Armageddon (convention)

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Armageddon Expo
StatusActive
GenreScience fiction Comic Con Multi-genre
Location(s)New Zealand: Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, Tauranga
Inaugurated1995
AttendanceA combined yearly attendance average of 120,000+ attendees
Organized byBeyond Reality Media Premiere Event Management Ltd
Websitearmageddonexpo.com

Armageddon Expo is a New Zealand-based pop culture convention that holds multiple events around New Zealand in cities including Auckland, Wellington, Tauranga and Christchurch. The event, run by Beyond Reality Media has been running continuously since 1995. In recent years, it has evolved from its roots of comics and trading cards to showcase computer and video gaming, animation, film and television, cosplay, comics, live wrestling, and retailers selling pop-culture merchandise. The convention hosts celebrity guests from the worlds of movies, TV shows, animation, cosplay, YouTube, comics and gaming. Event attendees can meet guests, purchase autographs and photo opportunities as well as watch panels featuring the guests. Armageddon Expo is one of the largest public conventions held in New Zealand.

History[edit]

Armageddon was first held in Auckland, New Zealand on the weekend of 2 December 1995 at the Avondale Raceway. In 1997, the convention came to Wellington, following which a Melbourne event was held in 1999; followed by the first Christchurch event held in 2007. The Expo no longer hosts events in Australia but has expanded each year hosting events in various cities in New Zealand including Hamilton, Manukau, Tauranga and Dunedin. 2018 will be Armageddon's 23rd year of operation with shows in Christchurch, Auckland, Wellington and Tauranga.

Highlights[edit]

Current show events include:

  • Celebrity Guest Panels, autograph and photo sessions.
  • The Cosplay Contest.[1]
  • Exclusive Screenings
  • Impact Pro Wrestling
  • What's In The Box Trivia Contest
  • Cosplay Parade
  • Gaming and Card Tournaments

and more.

Armageddon hosts a variety of stalls run by companies from around NZ and internationally, with merchandise including comics, gaming, trading cards, anime, steampunk and memorabilia sales. At each event, there are numerous NZ and overseas comic creators and artists also selling their products.

Venues and Guest Appearances[edit]

1995-1997[edit]

  • 1995 (2–3 December) - Avondale Raceway, Auckland
  • 1996 (25 August) - Freemans Bay Community Centre, Auckland
  • 1997 (9 March) - Freemans Bay Community Centre, Auckland
  • 1997 (17 August) - Freemans Bay Community Centre, Auckland
  • 1997 (24 August) - Victoria University, Wellington

1998[edit]

21–22 March - Alexander Raceway, Auckland

28–29 March - Wellington Raceway, Wellington

3–4 October - Aotea Centre, Auckland

1999[edit]

29–30 May - Aotea Centre, Auckland

5–6 June - Melbourne Expo Centre, Melbourne, Australia

2000[edit]

18–19 March - Aotea Centre, Auckland

2001[edit]

10–11 February - Aotea Centre, Auckland

Invitational event: Buffy The Vampire Slayer - Aotea Centre, Auckland

15–16 September - Michael Fowler Centre, Wellington

2002[edit]

12–14 April - Aotea Centre, Auckland

23–24 November - Michael Fowler Centre, Wellington

2003[edit]

12–14 April - Aotea Centre, Auckland

20–22 September - Michael Fowler Centre, Wellington

2004[edit]

16–18 April - Aotea Centre, Auckland

25–26 September - Queens Wharf Events Centre, Wellington

2005[edit]

16–17 April - Queens Wharf Events Centre, Wellington

22–24 October - Aotea Centre, Auckland (10th Anniversary)

2006[edit]

29–30 April - Queens Wharf Events Centre, Wellington

21–23 October - Aotea Centre, Auckland

2007[edit]

14–15 April - Christchurch Convention Centre, Christchurch

21–22 April - TSB Arena - Wellington

19 August - A Day With The Doctor (Doctor Who convention) - Auckland

13–14 October - Melbourne Exhibition Centre, Melbourne, Australia

20–22 October - Aotea Centre, Auckland

2008[edit]

19–20 April - TSB Arena - Wellington

26–27 April - Christchurch Convention Centre - Christchurch

25-27 October - Auckland Armageddon, Aotea Centre

  • Comic Guests:

Jim Lee, JJ Kirby, Sandra Hope, Livio Ramondelli, Joel Gomez, Eddie Nunez and Beth Sotelo

2009[edit]

28–29 March - Christchurch Convention Centre, Christchurch

Darick Robertson (comic book artist), Queenie Chan (manga writer/artist), Bill Farmer (voice actor/voice of Goofy), Peter Davison (Doctor Who), Michael Hurst (Hercules), Kevin Sorbo (Hercules/Andromeda/Meet the Spartans), Michael Winslow (Police Academy), Mark Strickson, (Doctor Who - Turlough), Jonny Fairplay (Survivor/Fear Factor/TNA), Sam J. Jones (Flash Gordon), Michelle Deighton (America's Next Top Model), Colleen Clinkenbeard (voice actor; One Piece/Fullmetal Alchemist), Greg Cipes (voice actor; Ben 10 Alien Force/Teen Titans), Brina Palencia (voice actor; Black Cat/One Piece/Fullmetal Alchemist).

4–5 April - TSB Arena, Wellington[2][3]

Darick Robertson (comic book artist), Queenie Chan (manga writer/artist), Bill Farmer (voice actor/voice of Goofy), Peter Davison (Doctor Who), Michael Hurst (Hercules), Kevin Sorbo (Hercules/Andromeda/Meet the Spartans), Michael Winslow (Police Academy), Mark Strickson, (Doctor Who - Turlough), Jonny Fairplay (Survivor/Fear Factor/TNA), Sam J. Jones (Flash Gordon), Michelle Deighton (America's Next Top Model), Colleen Clinkenbeard (voice actor; One Piece/Fullmetal Alchemist), Greg Cipes (voice actor; Ben 10 Alien Force/Teen Titans), Brina Palencia (voice actor; Black Cat/One Piece/Fullmetal Alchemist).

17–18 October - Melbourne Exhibition Centre, Melbourne[4]

Joe Flanigan, Jason Momoa, Paul McGillion (Stargate Atlantis); Noah Grey-Cabey (Heroes); Cameron Bright, Christopher Heyerdahl, Bronson Pelletier (New Moon); Gigi Edgley (Farscape); Seth Green, Matthew Senreich, Tom Root (Robot Chicken); Greg Cipes (Teen Titans/Ben 10 Alien Force); Travis Willingham (Fullmetal Alchemist); Laura Bailey (Soul Eater); Sean Schemmel (Dragonball Z); Dante Basco, Olivia Hack (Avatar); Peter David (comic book writer), Nicola Scott (comic book artist), Greg Rucka (comic book writer), Matthew Clark, Bill Sienkiewicz (comic book artist)

24–26 October - ASB Showgrounds, Auckland[5][6][7][8][9][10]

Joe Flanigan, Jason Momoa, Paul McGillion (Stargate Atlantis); Bronson Pelletier (New Moon); Gigi Edgley (Farscape); Seth Green, Matthew Senreich, Tom Root (Robot Chicken); Craig Horner, Craig Parker, Tabrett Bethell, Mark Beesley, Bridget Regan (Legend of the Seeker); Michael Winslow (Police Academy); Greg Cipes (Teen Titans/Ben 10 Alien Force); Travis Willingham (Fullmetal Alchemist); Laura Bailey (Soul Eater); Sean Schemmel (Dragonball Z); Dante Basco, Olivia Hack (Avatar); Steve Downes (Halo); Peter David (comic book writer), Greg Rucka (comic book writer), Matthew Clark, Bill Sienkiewicz (comic book artist)

2010[edit]

27/28 March 2010, Christchurch Convention Centre[11]

Celebrity guests included Michael Winslow and Marion Ramsey Police Academy (film), James Kyson Lee (Heroes), Dominic Keating and John Billingsley (Star Trek: Enterprise), Bonita Friedericy (Chuck), Paul McGann (Doctor Who), René Auberjonois (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine), Chaske Spencer (The Twilight Saga: New Moon). Animation Guests included Steve Blum (Wolverine and the X-Men), Tom Gibis (Naruto), Michael McConnohie (Warcraft) and (Vampire Hunter D) and Melodee Spevack (Digimon). Comic Guests – Christian Gossett, Michael Allred, Francis Manapul and Nicola Scott. Author Guest - Robert Rankin.

2–4 April 2010, TSB Bank Arena, queens wharf, Wellington[12]

Celebrity guests included Michael Winslow and Marion Ramsey Police Academy (film), James Kyson Lee (Heroes), Dominic Keating and John Billingsley (Star Trek: Enterprise), Bonita Friedericy (Chuck), Paul McGann (Doctor Who), René Auberjonois (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine), Chaske Spencer (The Twilight Saga: New Moon). Animation Guests included Steve Blum (Wolverine and the X-Men), Tom Gibis (Naruto), Michael McConnohie (Warcraft) and (Vampire Hunter D) and Melodee Spevack (Digimon). Comic Guests – Christian Gossett, Michael Allred, Francis Manapul and Nicola Scott. Author Guest - Robert Rankin.

June 2010, Castle Complex Otago University, Dunedin. NZ Anime convention,[13]

Animation guest, Johnny Yong Bosch

16/17 October - Melbourne, Melbourne exhibition centre,[14]

celebrity guests included Ben Browder (Farscape) and (Stargate SG-1), Michael Shanks (Stargate SG-1), Juliet Landau (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Michelle Forbes (Battlestar Galactica and True Blood), Paul McGann, Sylvester McCoy, Sophie Aldred Doctor Who, Jerri Manthey, Jonny Fairplay (Survivor) David Faustino Married... with Children, Michael Biehn The Terminator and Aliens, Torri Higginson (Stargate Atlantis), Claudia Christian (Babylon 5), Lloyd Kaufman TROMA FILMS, Bruce Hopkins *LOTRS and Miracle Laurie DOLLHOUSE. Animation Guests included Bill Farmer DISNEY, Mela Lee VAMPIRE KNIGHT, Vic Mignogna Fullmetal Alchemist, John DiMaggio FUTURAMA and James Tucker WB ANIMATION. Comic Guests included Daniel Way, Darick Robertson, Lar Desousa, Rya Sohmer and Georges Jeanty.

23–25 October - Auckland, ASB Showground's (Fifteenth anniversary event!)[15][16][17][18][19]

Celebrity guests included Michael Shanks (Stargate SG1), Paul McGann, Sylvester McCoy, Sophie Aldred (DOCTOR WHO), Jerri Manthey, Jonny Fairplay (Survivor) David Faustino Married... with Children, Michael Biehn (TERMINATOR)and (ALIENS), Torri Higginson (Stargate Atlantis), Claudia Christian (Babylon 5), Lloyd Kaufman *(TROMA FILMS) and Miracle Laurie (DOLLHOUSE). Animation Guests included Bill Farmer DISNEY, Mela Lee (VASMPIRE KNIGHT), Vic Mignogna (FULL METAL ALCHEMIST), John DiMaggio (Futurama) and ***James Tucker WB ANIMATION. Comic Guests – Daniel Way, Darick Robertson, Lar Desousa, Rya Sohmer, Georges Jeanty and Nicola Scott[13]

2011[edit]

26/27 February - Sydney showgrounds, the dome, Sydney, Australia[13]

Guests Included Patricia Tallman (Babylon 5); Renee O'Connor, Hudson Leick (Xena: Warrior Princess); David Anders, (Heroes); Lance Henriksen; John Rhys-Davies (The Lord of the Rings); Laura Vandervoort (Smallville); James Clement, Ami Cusack (Survivor); Ryan Robbins; Colin Cunningham (Stargate SG-1); Rainbow Sun Francks, David Hewlett (Stargate Atlantis); Karen Allen; Christopher Heyerdahl

5/6 March - Adelaide, Royal Adelaide Showgrounds, Australia [13]

Guests Included Patricia Tallman (Babylon 5); Renee O'Connor, Hudson Leick (Xena: Warrior Princess); David Anders, (Heroes); Lance Henriksen; John Rhys-Davies (The Lord of the Rings); Laura Vandervoort (Smallville); James Clement, Ami Cusack (Survivor); Ryan Robbins; Colin Cunningham (Stargate SG-1); Rainbow Sun Francks, David Hewlett (Stargate Atlantis); Karen Allen; Christopher Heyerdahl

2/3 April - Christchurch convention center, Christchurch, New Zealand [13]

POSTPONED- Due to 2011 Christchurch earthquake - Venue was inside the CBD Red Zone for most of 2011[20] and was demolished in 2012 due to extensive damage.[21]

9/10 April - TSB Arena, Wellington, New Zealand [22]

Guests Included... John Rhys-Davies (The Lord of the Rings), Colin Baker, John Leeson (Doctor Who), Katee Sackhoff (Battlestar Galactica) Kristanna Loken (Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines). Comic Guests – Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner. Animation Guests – Paul Eiding Ben 10, Johnny Yong Bosch (Bleach), Michael Sinterniklaas (The Venture Bros.).

4/5 June - NZ Anime convention - Dunedin, New Zealand[13]

Guests Included animation Guests Kristi Reed and Kari Wahlgren

2/3 July - Christchurch, Addington Raceway (previously Christchurch Convention Center)[13]

Local celebrity guests were the Almighty Johnsons Ben Barrington, Emmett Skilton, Tim Balme and Jared Turner.

22/23 October - Melbourne, Australia[23][24]

Guests Included Comic Creators Rob Guillory, Fred Van Lente And Frank Cho. Animation Voice Actors Were Kevin Conroy, Kyle Hebert, Paul Eiding, Scott Mccord And Steve Blum. Celebrity Guests Were Adrian Paul (Highlander), Agam Darshi (Sanctuary) Alaina Huffman Sg U Amanda Tapping (Stargate/Sanctuary) Callum Blue (Smallville) Jeff Lewis (The Guild) Kelly Donovan (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Lance Guest and Catherine Mary Stewart (The Last Starfighter) Tom Braidwood, Dean Haglund And Bruce Harwood (The Lone Gunmen) Louise Jameson Doctor Who, Mark Ryan (Transformers), Mark Sheppard (Supernatural/Dr Who), W. Morgan Sheppard (Babylon 5 & Doctor Who), Nicholas Brendon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Robert Picardo (Star Trek: Voyager/Atlantis), Robin Dunne (Sanctuary), Sandeep Parikh (The Guild) And Sylvester McCoy Doctor Who.

28–31 October - Auckland, New Zealand (First Four Day Event)[25][26]

Guests Included... Comic Creators Rob Guillory, Fred Van Lente And Frank Cho. Animation Voice Actors Kevin Conroy, Kyle Hebert, Paul Eiding, Scott Mccord And Steve Blum. Celebrity Guests Adrian Paul (Highlander) Agam Darshi (Sanctuary) Alaina Huffman Sg U Amanda Tapping (Stargate/Sanctuary), Jeff Lewis (The Guild) Kelly Donovan (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Louise Jameson (Dr Who), Mark Ryan (Transformers), Mark Sheppard (Supernatural/Dr Who), W. Morgan Sheppard (Babylon 5/Dr Who), Nicholas Brendon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Sandeep Parikh (The Guild) And Sylvester McCoy (Doctor Who).

2012[edit]

14–15 April Hamilton, New Zealand[27][28][29]

Guests included...Comic creators Dave Johnson and Ron Marz. Animation voice actors Brian Beacock (BATTLE B-DAMAN) Vic Mignogna (FULL METAL ALCHEMIST) and Dave Wittenberg (NARUTO). Celebrity guests Bronson Pelletier and Tinsel Korey (TWILIGHT), John Levene (DOCTOR WHO), Julie McNiven (SUPERNATURAL), Paul McGillion (STARGATE ATLANTIS) Teryl Rothery (STARGATE SG1) and ALMIGHTY JOHNSON STARS Emmett Skilton (Axl), Jared Turner (Ty) & Ben Barrington (Olaf).

21–22 April Wellington, New Zealand[30][31]

Guests included...Comic creators Dave Johnson, Carlo Pagulayan and Ron Marz. Animation voice actors Brian Beacock (BATTLE B-DAMAN) Vic Mignogna (FULL METAL ALCHEMIST) and Dave Wittenberg (NARUTO). Celebrity guests Bronson Pelletier and Tinsel Korey (TWILIGHT), John Levene (DOCTOR WHO), Julie McNiven (SUPERNATURAL), Paul McGillion (STARGATE ATLANTIS) Teryl Rothery (STARGATE SG1) and ALMIGHTY JOHNSON STARS Emmett Skilton (Axl), Jared Turner (Ty) & Ben Barrington (Olaf) and Dean O’Gorman (Anders)

30 June–1 July - Christchurch, The Stables, Addington Raceway[32][33][34]

Guests included Callum Blue (Smallville) Sylvester McCoy (Doctor Who) Christopher Paolini (Author Inheritance Saga) and Colleen Clinkenbeard (Anime guest One Piece)

12–14 October - Melbourne exhibition centre[35][36][37]

Guests included, Bob Layton and Ian Churchill, Animation Guests: Kristi Reed (Anime director), Mela Lee (Vampire Knight) Johnny Yong Bosch (Bleach), Charles Mario (Mario Games), Lex Lang (Multiple anime star), Sandy Fox (Multiple anime star), Susan Eisenberg (JLU), Marianne Miller and Martin Billany (Yugioh Abridged), Yaya Han (Cosplay guest), Wrestling guest: Bushwhacker Luke, Acting guests: Aldis Hodge (Leverage), Aron Eisenberg (Star Trek DS9), Bruce Boxleitner (Babylon 5), Christopher Heyerdahl (Hell on Wheels), Christopher Judge (Stargate sg1), Cindy Morgan (TRON), Finn Jones and Miltos Yerolemou (Game of Thrones), George Lazenby (James Bond), Jim Beaver (Supernatural), Karl Urban (Judge Dredd), Mark Pellegrino (Supernatural), Martin Klebba (Pirates of the Caribbean), Rachel Grant (Die Another Day), Sebastian Roche (Vampire Diaries), Terry Molloy (Classic Doctor Who)

19–22 October - Auckland, ASB Showgrounds[38][39][40][41]

Guests included, Comic Guests – Bob Layton, Harvey Tolibao and Ian Churchill, Animation Guests – Kristi Reed (Anime director), Mela Lee (Vampire Knight) Johnny Yong Bosch (Bleach), Charles Mario (Mario Games), Lex Lang (Multiple anime star), Sandy Fox (Multiple anime star), Susan Eisenberg (JLU), Marianne Miller and Martin Billany (Yugioh Abridged), Wrestling guest – Bushwhacker Luke. Acting guests: Aldis Hodge (Leverage), Aron Eisenberg (Star Trek DS9), Bruce Boxleitner (Babylon 5), Christopher Heyerdahl (Hell on Wheels), Christopher Judge (Stargate sg1), Cindy Morgan (TRON), Finn Jones and Miltos Yerolemou (Game of Thrones), Jim Beaver (Supernatural), Mark Pellegrino (Supernatural), Sebastian Roche (Vampire Diaries), Terry Molloy (Classic Doctor Who) and Temuera Morrison (Fresh Meat)

2013[edit]

2–3 March Dunedin, The Edgar Centre[42]

Guests included animation guest - Greg Cipes (Ben 10: Alien Force, Teen Titans, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles). Movie guests - Hobbit stars, Dean O'Gorman, Jed Brophy, William Kircher, Peter Hambleton.

9–10 March - Christchurch, The Stables, Addington Raceway[13]

Guests included guest - Dante Basco (Avatar the legend of Ang, Jake Long American Dragon, Hook). Movie guests - Hobbit stars, Dean O'Gorman, Jed Brophy, William Kircher, Peter Hambleton.

25–26 May - Hamilton, Claudelands[43][44][45]

Guests included Animation guest: Yeardley Smith of The Simpsons.[46] TV guest: Mitch Pileggi of The X-Files[47]

1–3 June - Wellington, westpac stadium[48][49][50]

Guests include Animation – Christopher Smith (Monsuno), Janet Varney (Avatar: The legend of Korra) and Meagan Smith (Ben 10) Comics – Dean Rankine (Bonzo Comics) and Gail Simone (Batgirl) TV/Media guests – Yeardley Smith (The Simpsons), Jason Momoa (Game of Thrones), Joe Flanigan (Stargate Atlantis), Lance Henriksen (Aliens) Mitch Pileggi (X-Files) and Tony Amendola(Once Upon A Time) HOBBIT Cast included – Sylvester McCoy (Radagast the Brown), Luke Evans (Bard the Bowman), Adam Brown (Ori), Aidan Turner (Kili), Dean O’Gorman (Fili), Graham McTavish (Dwalin), James Nesbitt (Bofur), Jed Brophy (Nori), John Callen (Oin), Mark Hadlow (Dori), Peter Hambleton (Gloin), Stephen Hunter (Bombur) and William Kircher(Bifur).

19–20 October - Melbourne Showgrounds[51]

Guests included, Acting guests: Mark Rolston, Corey Feldman, Evanna Lynch, Billy Boyd, Ben Browder, Temuera Morrison, Nell Campbell, Gigi Edgley, Dean Stockwell, Dwight Schultz, Claudia Black, Ty Olsson, Ian McNeice, Catrin Stewart, Dan Starkey, Simon Fisher-Becker, Barry Bostwick, Richard Hatch, Robbie Jarvis, Jason Carter, Kim Rhodes, Norman Lovett, Rick Worthy, Tony Amendola. Star Trek production guest: Richard Arnold. Movie screening of Space Milkshake.

25–28 October - Auckland, ASB Showgrounds[52][53][54][55][56]

Guests included, Acting guests: Mark Rolston, Evanna Lynch, Billy Boyd, Ben Browder, Stephen Hunter, John Callen, Gigi Edgley, Dean Stockwell, Dwight Schultz, Ty Olsson, Ian McNeice, Catrin Stewart, Dan Starkey, Simon Fisher-Becker, Barry Bostwick, Robbie Jarvis, Jason Carter, Kim Rhodes, Norman Lovett, Rick Worthy, Tony Amendola. Movie screening of Space Milkshake.

2014[edit]

1–2 March - Dunedin, Edgar Centre[57][58]

Guests included Animation Guest: Steve Blum. Acting Guests: Colin Baker, Nicola Bryant, Mark Strickson, Mark Hadlow, John Callen.

8–9 March - Christchurch, The Stables, Addington Raceway[13]

Guests included, Animation Guest: Steve Blum. Acting Guests: Colin Baker, Nicola Bryant, Mark Strickson, Mark Hadlow, John Callen.[59]

24–25 May - Hamilton, Claudelands arena[13]

Guests included comic guest: Bill Sienkiewicz, Tom Taylor. Animation Guests: Paul Eiding (Ben 10), William Salyers (Regular Show), Charles Martinet (Mario Games). TV/Movie guests: Michael Rowe (Arrow), Christopher Judge (Stargate SG1), DJ Qualls, James Patrick Stuart, Jake Abel, Samantha Ferris, Steven Williams (Supernatural), John Callen, Mark Hadlow (The Hobbit). J-Pop performer: Chii Sakurabi.

31 May-2 June - Wellington, Westpac Stadium[13]

Guests included, Comic guests: Bill Sienkiewicz, Tom Taylor. Animation Guests: Paul Eiding (Ben 10), William Salyers (Regular Show), Charles Martinet (Mario Games), Jessica DiCicco (Adventure Time). TV/Movie guests: Michael Rowe, David Ramsey, Manu Bennett (Arrow), Christopher Judge (Stargate SG1), DJ Qualls, James Patrick Stuart, Jake Abel, Samantha Ferris, Steven Williams (Supernatural), John Callen, Mark Hadlow, Peter Hambleton (The Hobbit), Taika Waititi, Jemaine Clement, Jonny Brugh, Ben Fransham (What We Do In The Shadows), Frazer Hines (Doctor Who). J-Pop performer: Chii Sakurabi.[60]

18–19 October - Melbourne, Melbourne Showgrounds[61][62]

Guests included, Comic Guests: Kevin Eastman, Alan Robinson, Darick Robertson, James Tynion IV, John Layman, Kyle Higgins, Dean Rankine, Wayne Nichols, Adam Nichols. Animation Guests: Greg Cipes (Teen Titans), Jason Spisak (Young Justice), Roger Jackson (The Powerpuff Girls), Sean Schemmel(Dragonball Z), William Salyers (The Regular Show). TV/Movie Guests: Jenna Coleman, Sarah Madison (Doctor Who), AJ Buckley, Travis Wester, Alaina Huffman (Supernatural), Cliff Simon, Peter Williams, Jacqueline Samuda, Suanne Braun, David Hewlett, David Nykl (Stargate), Giancarlo Esposito (Breaking Bad), Helen Slater (Supergirl), Margot Kidder (Superman films), Mira Furlan (Babylon 5), Judson Scott (Star Trek), Michael Hogan (Battlestar Galactica, Teen Wolf), Jim Duggan (WWE), Peter Hambleton (The Hobbit), Matthew J. Doran (The Matrix). Authors: Robert Rankin (British humorous novelist), Terry Brooks (Shannara series)

24–27 October - Auckland, ASB Showgrounds, Greenlane[52][63]

Guests included, Comic Guests: Kevin Eastman, Alan Robinson, Darick Robertson, James Tynion IV, John Layman, Kyle Higgins. Animation Guests: Greg Cipes (Teen Titans), Jason Spisak (Young Justice), Roger Jackson (The Powerpuff Girls), Sean Schemmel (Dragonball Z), William Salyers (The Regular Show). TV/Movie Guests: Richard Dean Anderson (SG1, MacGyver), Jenna Coleman, Sarah Madison (Doctor Who), AJ Buckley, Travis Wester, DJ Qualls (Supernatural), Cliff Simon, Peter Williams, Jacqueline Samuda, Suanne Braun, David Hewlett, David Nykl (Stargate), Giancarlo Esposito (Breaking Bad), Helen Slater (Supergirl), Mira Furlan (Babylon 5), Judson Scott (Star Trek), Michael Hogan (Battlestar Galactica, Teen Wolf), Jim Duggan (WWE), William Kircher (The Hobbit), Barry Duffield (Spartacus), Jemaine Clement, Jonny Brugh, Cori Gonzalez-Macuer, Stu Rutherford, Jackie Van Beek, Ben Fransham (What We Do In The Shadows), Lucas Till (X-Men). Authors: Robert Rankin (British humorous novelist), Terry Brooks (Shannara series).[64][65]

2015[edit]

28 February/1 March – Dunedin, More FM Arena[66]

Guests included, Guests - Darick Robertson, Dean Rankine. Animation Guests - Eric Stuart (Pokémon). TV/Movie Guests - Alaina Huffman (Supernatural), DJ Qualls (Supernatural), Simon Fisher-Becker(Doctor Who).[66]

7–8 March - Christchurch, Horncastle Arena

Guests included, Comic Guests - Darick Robertson, Dean Rankine. Animation Guests - Eric Stuart (Pokémon), Colleen O'Shaughnessey (Digimon). TV/Movie Guests - Karl Urban (Dredd, Star Trek, LOTR), Katee Sackhoff (Battlestar Galactica), Manu Bennett(Arrow, The Hobbit Trilogy), Alaina Huffman (Supernatural), DJ Qualls (Supernatural), Simon Fisher-Becker (Doctor Who), Armin Shimerman (Star Trek: DS9, Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Kitty Swink (Star Trek: DS9), Adam Brown (The Hobbit Trilogy).[67]

14–15 March - Hamilton, Claudelands Arena (4th and last time this event was run in Hamilton).[68]

Guests included, Comic Guests - Darick Robertson, Dean Rankine Animation Guests - Eric Stuart (Pokémon), Colleen O'Shaughnessey (Digimon) TV/Movie Guests - Manu Bennett (Arrow, The Hobbit Trilogy), John Rhys-Davies(LOTR, Indiana Jones), Alaina Huffman (Supernatural), Simon Fisher-Becker (Doctor Who), Armin Shimerman (Star Trek: DS9, Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Kitty Swink(Star Trek: DS9), Adam Brown (The Hobbit Trilogy), Graham McTavish (The Hobbit Trilogy, Outlander TV series), Martin Klebba (The Pirates of the Caribbean).[69][70]

17-19 July - Wellington, Westpac Stadium[71][72][73][74][75]

Comic Guest – Stephen Bissette (Swamp Thing) Animation Guests – Courtenay Taylor (Regular Show), Matthew Mercer (Attack on Titan), Veronica Taylor (Pokémon), Joshua Seth (Digimon) TV/Movie star Guests – Dean Haglund (X-Files), Jed Brophy and William Kircher (The Hobbit), Jim Beaver, Sebastian Roche (Supernatural), Corin Nemec (Stargate SG1), Robert Maschio (Scrubs), Karen Gillan (Doctor Who), Rick Mora (Twilight), Saginaw Grant (Lone Ranger) Wrestling guest – Ted DiBiase (The Million Dollar Man) Cosplay Guests – Monika Lee and Riddlev [76]

23-26 October - Auckland, ASB Showgrounds[77][78][79][80]

Comic Guest – Christian Gossett (The Red Star), Kevin McGuire (JLI), Zander Cannon (Top 10), Dave Johnson (100 Bullets) Animation Guests – Christina Vee (Sailor Moon), Chuck Huber (Dragonball Z), Mela Lee (Fate/stay Night), Hal Rayle (Animation Legend), Maggie Roswell (The Simpsons) TV/Movie star Guests – Natalia Tena and Keisha Castle-Hughes (Game of Thrones), Alex Heartman and Azim Rizk (Power Rangers), Lou Diamond Phillips (SGU), Sean Maher (Serenity), Michael Rowe and Manu Bennett (Arrow), John Wesley Shipp (The Flash), Rachel Miner and Nicki Aycox (Supernatural), Casper Van Dien and Dina Meyer (Starship Troopers), Rainbow Sun Francks (Stargate Atlantis), Richard Franklin (Doctor Who), Bernie Kophel (Get Smart) and Robert Maschio (Scrubs) Wrestling guest – Jake ‘The Snake’ Roberts Japanese singer – Aimee Blackschleger[76]

2016[edit]

5–6 March, Vodafone Events Centre, Manukau Armageddon.[81]

TV and Movie Stars: Richard Dean Anderson, (Stargate SG-1) and (MacGyver),[84] Christopher Judge, (Stargate SG-1) and (The dark night rises); Ray Santiago, (Ash VS Evil dead) TV series; Marina Sirtis, (Star Trek Next generation); David Nykl, (Stargate Atlantis); Ruth Connell, (Supernatural) TV series. Wrestling Guest Haku (King Tonga).

12–13 March, Horncastle Arena, Christchurch Armageddon[85]

Comic guests: Christian Gossett,(The red star),[86] Charles Soule (Letter 44). Animation voice actors William Salyers, Mike McFarland, Paul Eiding. Cosplay guests: Riki Lecotey and Monika Lee.[83] TV and Movie Stars: Richard Dean Anderson, (Stargate SG-1) and (MacGyver),[84] Christopher Judge, (Stargate SG-1) and (The dark night rises); Marina Sirtis[87] (Star Trek Next generation); David Nykl, (Stargate Atlantis); Ruth Connell, (Supernatural) TV series. Wrestling Guest Haku (King Tonga).

19–20 March, MoreFM Arena, Dunedin Armageddon[88]

Comic guests: Christian Gossett,(The red star), Charles Soule (Letter 44). Animation voice actors: William Salyers, Mike McFarland, Paul Eiding. Cosplay guests: Riki Lecotey and Monika Lee.[83] TV and Movie Stars: Christopher Judge, (Stargate SG-1) and (The Dark Knight Rises); Marina Sirtis, (Star Trek Next generation); David Nykl, (Stargate Atlantis); Wrestling Guest Haku (King Tonga).

4–6 June, Westpac stadium, Wellington Armageddon[89][90] [91][92][93][94]

TV and Movie guests:Rose McIver- (izombie & Once Upon a Time), David Giuntoli (Grimm), Bitsie Tulloch – (Grimm), Natalia Tena (Harry Potter films, Game of Thrones),[95] Robert Picardo (Star Trek Voyager, Stargate Atlantis), Samuel Anderson Doctor Who, Ray Santiago (Ash Vs Evil Dead), Dana DeLorenzo Ash Vs Evil Dead, Ted Raimi (Xena, Seaquest DSV), Tahmoh Penikett Supernatural, Dollhouse, Battlestar Galactica; Cliff Simon Stargate sg1; Graham McTavish Outlander, Creed, Hobbit films; Wrestling guest The Honky Tonk Man.[96] Cosplay guests (international) Tine Marie Riis (Norway), Eve Beauregard (Australia). Animation guests Stephanie Sheh Sailor Moon, Naruto, Bleach, Eureka seven; Michael Sinterniklaas – Venture Brothers, Teenage mutant ninja turtles; Christy Carlson Romano Kim possible. Comic guests Carl Potts Alien Legion, Punisher war journal; Rachael Stott Doctor Who comics, Star Trek/Planet of the Apes; Christian Gossett The Red Star.

2017[edit]

11-12 March, Horncastle Arena, Christchurch[97]

Comic Guests: Tom Taylor (Injustice: Gods Among Us), Colin Wilson (Dredd). With Animation Guests: Veronica Taylor (Pokémon), Christopher Corey Smith (Lego Batman games), Cindy Robinson (Sailor Moon). Also TV/Movie Guests: Billy Boyd (Lord of the Rings), Ray Fisher (Justice League), Chad Coleman (The Walking Dead), Miltos Yerolemou (Game of Thrones), Ivana Baquero (Shannara, Pan's Labyrinth).

18-19 March, More FM Arena, Dunedin,[98] [99]

Comic Guests: Tom Taylor (Injustice: Gods Among Us), Colin Wilson (Dredd)and Animation Guests Veronica Taylor (Pokémon), Christopher Corey Smith (Lego Batman games), Cindy Robinson (Sailor Moon), Hynden Walch (Teen Titans, Adventure Time) along with TV/Movie Guests Billy Boyd[100] (Lord of the Rings), Ray Fisher (Justice League), Chad Coleman (The Walking Dead), Miltos Yerolemou (Game of Thrones).

28-29 May, Baypark Arena, Tauranga,[101][102][103][104]

Comic Guest was Todd Nauck (Spiderman/Deadpool, Young Justice, Doctor Who) along with Animation Guests Max Mittelman (One Punch Man), Ray Chase (Final Fantasy XV), Robbie Daymond (Sailor Moon Crystal, Final Fantasy XV), Kyle Hebert (Dragon Ball Z, Naruto)and Cosplay Guests Elffi and Calssara. With TV/Movie Guests Jewel Staite (Firefly, Serenity, Stargate Atlantis), Matt Letscher (The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow), Franz Drameh (The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow), Richard Harmon (The 100), Sachin Sahel (The 100), Max Carver & Charlie Carver (Teen Wolf), Paul Amos (Lost Girl, Assassin's Creed Syndicate), Adrian Paul (Highlander), Patricia Tallman (Babylon 5).

3 to 5 June, Westpac Stadium, Wellington[105][106]

Comic Guest was Todd Nauck (Spiderman/Deadpool, Young Justice, Doctor Who) with Animation Guests Max Mittelman (One Punch Man), Ray Chase (Final Fantasy XV), Robbie Daymond (Sailor Moon Crystal, Final Fantasy XV), Kyle Hebert (Dragon Ball Z, Naruto). Cosplay Guests Elffi, Calssara along with TV/Movie Guests Mark Sheppard (Supernatural, Firefly), Alaina Huffman (Supernatural, Stargate Universe), Jewel Staite (Firefly, Serenity, Stargate Atlantis), Jeremy Jordan (Supergirl), Matt Letscher (The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow), Franz Drameh (The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow), Richard Harmon (The 100), Sachin Sahel (The 100), Max Carver & Charlie Carver (Teen Wolf), Paul Amos (Lost Girl, Assassin's Creed Syndicate), Adrian Paul (Highlander), Patricia Tallman (Babylon 5), Ivana Baquero (Pan's Labyrinth, Shannara), Andrew Lees (The Originals), John Levene (Classic Doctor Who), Nathalie Boltt (Riverdale).

21–24 October, ASB Showgrounds, Auckland,[107][108][109]

Comic Guests were David Lloyd (V For Vendetta), Jill Thompson (Wonder Woman, Scary Godmother), Troy Little (Powerpuff Girls), Brenda Hickey (My Little Pony) along with Animation Guests Amber Nash (Archer), Steve Downes,[110] Jen Taylor (Halo), Bryce Papenbrook (Attack on Titan, Sword Art Online), Eric Stuart (Pokémon, Yu-Gi-Oh), John Stocker (Classic Voice Actor and Director). Cosplay Guests were Monika Lee, Jessica Nigri, Ashlynne Dae, Reagan Kathryn. The TV/Movie Guests were John Barrowman[111] (Doctor Who, Torchwood, Arrow), Tom Felton[112] (Harry Potter, The Flash), Nathan Fillion[113] (Firefly, Castle), Osric Chau (Supernatural), Ricky Whittle[114] (The 100, American Gods), Erica Cerra (The 100), Holland Roden (Teen Wolf), Pom Klementieff[115] (Guardians of the Galaxy 2), Enver Gjokaj (Agent Carter, Dollhouse), Walter Koenig[116] (Star Trek), David Blue (Stargate Universe), Jacqueline Toboni (Grimm).

2018[edit]

[114]

30 March to 1 April - Westpac Stadium Wellington[117]

Guests included Jeremy Renner (Marvel's Avengers (film series));[118]Bonnie Wright from (Harry Potter (film series)), Matt Ryan (actor),[119][circular reference] Kim Rhodes, DJ Qualls, Christopher Larkin (actor),[120][circular reference] Chelsey Reist, Rahul Kohli, Aly Michalka, Cherami Leigh, Lauren Landa, Mike McFarland, David Sobolov, Mick Wingert, Ben Fransham, Jonathan Brugh, Al Barrionuevo, Ben Stenbeck, featured cosplayers Jessica Nigri and Ashlynne Dae.[121] Armageddon also again hosted fundraisers for child cancer[122]

May 26 to 27 - Tauranga Armageddon, ASB Baypark Stadium[123][124][125][126]

Guests included Comic Guest Sloane Leong, Animation Guests Brad Swaile (Death Note, X-Men Evolution), David Sobolov (Guardians of the Galaxy, The Flash). Cosplay Guest Ashlynne Dae, TV/Movie Guests, Katie McGrath (Supergirl, Merlin), Lauren German & Lesley-Ann Brandt (Lucifer), Paul Blackthorne, Katrina Law, Echo Kellum & David Nykl (Arrow), Daniel Portman (Game of Thrones), John Shea (Lois & Clark), Garrett Wang (Star Trek: Voyager), 'Hacksaw' Jim Duggan (WWE)

June 2/4th - Christchurch Armageddon, Horncastle Arena[127][128][129][130]

Guests included Sloane Leong, Animation Guests Brad Swaile (Death Note, X-Men Evolution), David Sobolov (Guardians of the Galaxy, The Flash). Cosplay Guest Ashlynne Dae, TV/Movie Guests, Katie McGrath (Supergirl, Merlin), Mehcad Brooks (supergirl) Lauren German & Lesley-Ann Brandt (Lucifer), Paul Blackthorne, Katrina Law, Echo Kellum & David Nykl (Arrow), Daniel Portman (Game of Thrones), John Shea (Lois & Clark), Garrett Wang (Star Trek: Voyager), 'Hacksaw' Jim Duggan (WWE)

Future dates[edit]

October 19 to 22nd - Auckland Armageddon, ASB Showgrounds[131]

2019[edit]

April 13 to 15th - Wellington Armageddon, Westpac Stadium

June 1- 3rd - Christchurch Armageddon, Horncastle Arena

June 8- 9th - Tauranga Armageddon, ASB Baypark Stadium

New Zealand Comic Con[edit]

2015- 17–19 July - Wellington, New Zealand - Armageddon Expo expanded the traditional event by creating a citywide festival called NZ Comic Con - it not only held a traditional Armageddon Expo running for three full days but incorporated these additional elements throughout the weekend and evenings. A 3-day Scavenger Hunt, Pub Crawls, quiz nights, art exhibitions, a house of horrors, cosplay photo shoots, opening party and a closing party. The event was very successful and provided for a full 96 hours of almost non stop entertainment.[132]

2016 - 4 to 6 June - Wellington, New Zealand[133] citywide events include a 3-day Scavenger hunt;[134] Pub quiz night[135] art exhibitions.[136] House of horrors.[137] Cosplay photo shoots.[138] Opening party and shindig party.[139] Art master class[140] Studio Ghibli screenings.[141] Wellycon.[142] Au Contraire.[143] Wellington Zinefest.[144]

2017 - 3 to 5 June[145] NZCC returned to wellington for another fun fill four days for geeks to enjoy being themselves[146]

NZ Anime Convention (Dunedin Anime Experience)[edit]

NZ Anime Convention (also known as the Dunedin Anime Experience) is a commercial anime and manga convention held in Dunedin, New Zealand.[147] It was first held in 2009 in a growing response to include Dunedin into the Armageddon Expo family. The first event was held in the Dunedin Town Hall[148] and from 2010 onwards at Castle Lecture Complex in the University of Otago.[149][150] This event ceased after two years and was replaced by the Armageddon Expo Dunedin Show in 2012.[76]

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