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Armageddon (convention)

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Status  Active
Inaugurated  1995
Genre  Science fiction Comic Con
Location(s)  New Zealand: Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, Dunedin, Manukau
Attendance  70,000+ in 2015 (Auckland show) 130,000+ all shows combined 2015
Organized by  Beyond reality media premier event management ltd

Armageddon expo is a New Zealand owned commercial science fiction and comics convention held in New Zealand in various cities including Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin, the company has been running for 20 years. In recent years, it has evolved from a comic and trading card event in 1995 to showcase computer and video gaming, animation, and consumer electronics, alongside comics, wrestling, merchandise and a growing creative community in New Zealand. The convention hosts celebrity guests from popular movies, TV shows and computer games, who give panels, met and greet the public and provide a different atmosphere at each event. The new Zealand cosplay community is also actively participating at most of the armageddon events nationally. The event is a mixture of computer gaming, wrestling, music, anime, sci-fi, fantasy, comics and stalls. Armageddon has become the largest fantasy event in New Zealand with 70,000 attendees at the 2015 Auckland event and over 130,000 attendees attending the shows annually nationwide.

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History

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, then Melbourne event was held in 1999; followed by the first Christchurch event held in 2007. The Expo expanded in 2012, with its first expo in Hamilton, but has ceased doing Hamilton in 2015 due to lack of sustainability in that region. Armageddon will be doing a new expo in Manukau South Auckland in 2016.

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Special events that take place at Armageddon include a Dragonball Z kamehameha contest (created in NZ in 2001), Pizza Eating Contest, console gaming, trading card tournaments, Wuss Factor (fear factor style eating contest), Cosplay, movie screenings, and celebrity panels.

Armageddon hosts a variety of stalls run by companies from NZ and internationally, with merchandise including comics, gaming, trading card, anime, steampunk and memorabilia sales. At each event there are numerous NZ comic creators and small press present displaying and selling there wares.

1995-1997

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

21–22 March - Alexander Raceway, Auckland

Kurt Busiek, Mark Waid, Devin Grayson (comics)

28–29 March - Wellington Raceway, Wellington

Kurt Busiek, Mark Waid, Devin Grayson (comics)

3–4 October - Aotea Centre, Auckland

Joe Kelly, Steven Seagle, Chris Bachalo (comics)

1999

29–30 May - Aotea Centre, Auckland

Claudia Christian (Babylon 5), Chase Masterson (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine), Warren Ellis, Grant Morrison (comics)

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

Claudia Christian (Babylon 5), Chase Masterson (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine), Warren Ellis, Grant Morrison (comics), Frazer Hines (Doctor Who)

2000

18–19 March - Aotea Centre, Auckland

Jeremy Bulloch (Star Wars), Lani Tupu (Farscape), Art Adams, Joyce Chin (comics), Jeph Loeb (Comics)

2001

10–11 February - Aotea Centre, Auckland

Sean Schemmel (voice actor; Dragonball Z), Christopher Sabat (voice actor; Dragonball Z), Teryl Rothery (Stargate SG-1), Don S. Davis (Stargate SG-1), Peter Williams (Stargate SG-1), Virginia Hey (Farscape), Colin Baker (Doctor Who), Katy Manning (Doctor Who), Brian Michael Bendis (comics), Walter Simonson (comics), Louise Simonson (comics), Diana Schutz (comics), Ted Raimi (Xena: Warrior Princess), Kevin Smith (Xena: Warrior Princess)

Invitational event - Aotea Centre, Auckland James Marsters (Spike), Emma Caulfield (Anya), Brian Thompson (Luke and The Judge)

15–16 September - Michael Fowler Centre, Wellington Wayne Pygram (Farscape), Marjean Holden (Babylon 5 Crusades), Sean Schemmel (voice actor; Dragonball Z), Roy Thomas (comics), Che Fu (musician)

2002

12–14 April - Aotea Centre, Auckland

Claudia Black (Farscape), Wayne Pygram (Farscape), Jonathan Hardy (Farscape), Lani Tupu (Farscape), J. G. Hertzler (Star Trek), Robert O'Reilly (Star Trek), Tim Russ (Star Trek), Jason Carter (Babylon 5), Yvonne Craig (Batgirl), Peter Mayhew (Star Wars), Robert Leeshock (Earth: Final Conflict), Marjean Holden (Beastmaster), Steven Grives (Beastmaster), Veronica Taylor (voice actor; Pokémon), Stephanie Nadolny (voice actor; Dragonball Z), Mark Millar (comics), Frank Quitely (comics), David W. Mack (comics), Che Fu (musician)

23–24 November - Michael Fowler Centre, Wellington Amanda Tapping (Stargate SG-1), Teryl Rothery (Stargate SG-1), Don S. Davis (Stargate SG-1), Sandi Finlay (Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones), Bradley Kahl (Team Red Star), Christian Gossett (Team Red Star), Mariah Martin (voice actor, Amazing Nurse Nanako), Kyle Hebert (voice actor, Dragonball Z), Salmonella Dub (musicians)

2003

12–14 April - Aotea Centre, Auckland Tony Amendola (Stargate SG1), Kenny Baker (Star Wars), Robert Picardo (Star Trek: Voyager), Sean Schemmel (voice actor, Dragonball Z), Mira Furlan (Babylon 5), Gil Gerard (Buck Rogers in the 25th Century), Erin Gray (Buck Rogers in the 25th Century), Brent Stait (Andromeda), Anthony Simcoe (Farscape), Debi Derryberry (voice actor; Jimmy Neutron), John Cassaday (comics)

20–22 September - Michael Fowler Centre, Wellington Peter Mayhew (Star Wars), David Prowse (Star Wars), Garrett Wang (Star Trek: Voyager), Christopher Sabat (voice actor; Dragonball Z), Veronica Taylor (voice actor; Pokémon), Darren Dunstan (voice actor; Yu-Gi-Oh!), Jonathan Ross (voice actor; Yu-Gi-Oh), Kaduko Tadano (anime creator), Hiromi Matsushista (anime creator), Mark Bagley (comics), Christian Gossett (comics)

2004

16–18 April - Aotea Centre, Auckland John Rhys-Davies (The Lord of the Rings), Bruce Hopkins (The Lord of the Rings), Mark Ferguson, Lawrence Makoare, George Takei (Star Trek), Anthony Montgomery (Star Trek) (Enterprise), Corin Nemec (Stargate SG-1), Xenia Seeberg (Lexx), Eric Vale (voice actor; Dragonball Z), Wayne Grayson (voice actor; Yu-Gi-Oh), Megan Hollingshead (voice actor; Yu-Gi-Oh/Pokémon), David Kaye (voice actor; Transformers Armada), Brian Michael Bendis (comics), Marc Silvestri (comics), Alex Maleev (comics)

25–26 September - Queens Wharf Events Centre, Wellington John Rhys-Davies (The Lord of the Rings), Sean Astin (The Lord of the Rings), Andy Serkis (The Lord of the Rings), Thomas Robins (The Lord of the Rings), Sarah McLeod (The Lord of the Rings), Jed Brophy (The Lord of the Rings), Cirroc Lofton (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine), Penny Johnson Jerald (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine), Stephanie Nadolny (Dragonball GT), Dan Green (Yu-Gi-Oh), Wayne Grayson (Yu-Gi-Oh), Joshua Seth (Duel Masters/Digimon), David Finch (comics), Stuart Immonen (comics)

2005

16–17 April - Queens Wharf Events Centre, Wellington Connor Trinneer (Star Trek: Enterprise), Ray Park (Star Wars/X-Men), Daniel Logan (Star Wars), Devon Murray (Harry Potter's Seamus Finnegan), Raelee Hill (Farscape), Rebecca Riggs (Farscape), Amy Birnbaum (voice actor; Yu-Gi-Oh); Jonathan Ross (voice actor; Yu-Gi-Oh), Milton Lawrence (voice actor; Duel Masters), Sean Schemmel (voice actor; Dragonball Z), Scott Lobdell (comics)

22–24 October - Aotea Centre, Auckland (10th Anniversary) Gates McFadden (Star Trek The Next Generation), John Rhys-Davies (The Lord of the Rings), Richard Hatch (Battlestar Galactica), Torri Higginson (Stargate Atlantis), Rainbow Sun Francks (Stargate Atlantis), Cliff Simon (Stargate SG-1), Dean Haglund (The X-Files), Julie Caitlin Brown (Babylon 5), Robin Atkin Downes (Babylon 5), Nicole DeBoer (The Dead Zone), Jay Laga'aia (Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones), Joshua Seth (voice actor; Duel Masters) Dan Green (voice actor; Yu-Gi-Oh), Sonny Stait (voice actor; Dragonball Z), Christian Gossett (comics), Mark Waid (comics), Michael Turner (comics), Francis Manapul (comics)

2006

29–30 April - Queens Wharf Events Centre, Wellington

John Schneider (The Dukes of Hazzard/Smallville), John Billingsley (Star Trek Enterprise), Claudia Christian (Babylon 5), Jewel Staite (Firefly/Serenity), Mike McFarland (voice actor; Dragonball Z), Sean Schemmel (voice actor; Dragonball Z), Rodger Bumpass (voice actor; SpongeBob SquarePants), Brian Beacock (voice actor; Battle B Daman), Geoff Johns (comics), Phil Jimenez (comics).

21–23 October - Aotea Centre, Auckland

Rachel Luttrell (Stargate Atlantis), David Nykl (Stargate Atlantis), Colin Cunningham (Stargate SG-1), Tony Amendola (Stargate SG-1), Summer Glau (Firefly/Serenity), Mira Furlan (Lost), Clare Kramer (Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Bring It On), Tom Lenk (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Kevin Weisman (Alias), Kevin Conroy (voice actor; Batman: The Animated Series), Darren Dunstan (voice actor; Yu-Gi-Oh!), Jennifer Hale (voice actor; Powerpuff Girls), Vic Mignogna (voice actor; Fullmetal Alchemist), Steve Blum (voice actor; Cowboy Bebop), Arthur Suydam (comics), Gary Frank (comics)

2007

14–15 April - Christchurch Convention Centre, Christchurch

Avery Brooks (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine), John Rhys-Davies (The Lord of the Rings), Don S. Davis (Stargate SG-1), Maile Flanagan (voice actor; Naruto), Susan Eisenberg (voice actor; Justice League), Crispin Freeman (voice actor; Hellsing), Carolyn Lawrence (voice actor; SpongeBob SquarePants), Brian K. Vaughan (comics), Jimmy Cheung (comics)

21–22 April - TSB Arena - Wellington

Billy Dee Williams (Star Wars), Doug Jones (Hellboy/Fantastic 4), Aaron Douglas (Battlestar Galactica), John Rhys-Davies (The Lord of the Rings), Don S. Davis (Stargate SG-1), Maile Flanagan (voice actor; Naruto), Yuri Lowenthal (Naruto), Tara Platt (Naruto), Susan Eisenberg (voice actor; Justice League), Crispin Freeman (voice actor; Hellsing), Carolyn Lawrence (voice actor; SpongeBob SquarePants), Brian K. Vaughan (comics), Jimmy Cheung (comics)

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

Sylvester McCoy (the Seventh Doctor), David Weston, William Gaunt

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

Alan Tudyk (Serenity), John Wesley Shipp (The Flash), Jane Badler (V), Connor Trinneer (Star Trek: Enterprise), Peter Woodward (Crusade), Joe Flanigan (Stargate Atlantis), Chris Rankin (Harry Potter), Amanda Conner (comics), Jimmy Palmiotti (comics), Gail Simone (comics), Nicola Scott (comics), Billy West (Futurama), Richard Horvitz (Invader Zim), Stephanie Sheh (Naruto), Neil Kaplan (Transformers), Rodger Bumpass (SpongeBob SquarePants), Rino Romano (The Batman/Sailor Moon), Rob Van Dam (WWE), Jasmine St. Clair (WWE), Sabu (WWE)

20–22 October - Aotea Centre, Auckland

Connor Trinneer (Star Trek: Enterprise), Christopher Judge (Stargate SG-1), Ellen Muth (Dead Like Me), Peter Woodward (Crusade), Joe Flanigan (Stargate Atlantis), Chris Rankin (Harry Potter), Amanda Conner (comics), Jimmy Palmiotti (comics), Gail Simone (comics), Nicola Scott (comics), Billy West (Futurama), Richard Horvitz (Invader Zim), Stephanie Sheh (Naruto), Neil Kaplan (Transformers), Rodger Bumpass (SpongeBob SquarePants), Rino Romano (The Batman/Sailor Moon), Rob Van Dam (WWE), Christy Hemme (WWE), Raven (TNA)

2008

19–20 April - TSB Arena - Wellington

Christopher Judge (Stargate SG-1), Alexis Cruz (Stargate SG-1, Shark), Matthew John Armstrong (Heroes), Tracy Scoggins (Babylon 5), Hynden Walch (Teen Titans)

26–27 April - Christchurch Convention Centre - Christchurch

Christopher Judge (Stargate SG-1), Alexis Cruz (Stargate SG-1, Shark), Matthew John Armstrong (Heroes), Tracy Scoggins (Babylon 5), Nalini Krishan (Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones)

25–27 October - Aotea Centre, Auckland

David Hewlett, Andee Frizzell, Kavan Smith (Stargate Atlantis) Gary Jones (Hellboy) Doug Jones (Supermaan 1-4) Margot Kidder (Ghostbusters) Ernie Hudson Animation Guests, (Bleach) Johnny **Bosche (Avatar) Grey DeLisle (Naruto) Dave Wittenberg (HELLSING) Crispin Freeman. Comic Guests included Jim Lee, J. J. Kirby, Sandra Hope, Livio Ramondelli, Joel Gomez, Eddie **Nunez and Beth Sotelo. Wrestling Guest The Sandman

2009

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

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

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

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

27/28 March 2010, Christchurch Convention Centre

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), Rene 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

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), Rene 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,

Animation guest, Johnny Yong Bosch

16/17 October - Melbourne, Melbourne exhibition centre,

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!)

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

2011

26/27 February - Sydney showgrounds, the dome, Sydney, Australia

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

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

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

9/10 April - TSB Arena, Wellington, New Zealand

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

Guests Included animation Guests Kristi Reed and Kari Wahlgren

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

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

22/23 October - Melbourne, Australia

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)

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

14–15 April Hamilton, New Zealand

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

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

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

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

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

2–3 March Dunedin, The Edgar Centre

Guests includedAnimation 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

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

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

1–3 June - Wellington, westpac stadium

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

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

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

1–2 March - Dunedin, Edgar Centre

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

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

24–25 May - Hamilton, Claudelands arena

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

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.

18–19 October - Melbourne, Melbourne Showgrounds

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

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).

2015

28 February/March 1 – Dunedin, More FM Arena

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).

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).

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

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).

July 17-19th - Wellington, Westpac Stadium

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

NZ Comic Con

2015- July 17-19th - Wellington, New Zealand - Armageddon expo expanded the traditional event by creating a citywide festival. The inaugural event has been name NZ Comic Con - it not only held a traditional Armageddon expo running for 3 full days but incorporated these additional elements throughout the weekend and evenings. A 3-day Scavenger hunt, Pub Crawls, quiz nights, art exhibitions, 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.

October 23-26th - Auckland, ASB Showgrounds

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

2016

March 5–6, Vodafone Events Centre, Manukau Armageddon. Comic guests were Dean Rankine (Simpsons Comics), 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. TV and Movie Stars were Richard Dean Anderson, (Stargate SG-1) and (MacGyver), 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).

March 12–13, Horncastle Arena, Christchurch Armageddon Comic guests were 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. TV and Movie Stars were Richard Dean Anderson, (Stargate SG-1) and (MacGyver), Christopher Judge, (Stargate SG-1) and (The dark night rises); Marina Sirtis (Star Trek Next generation); David Nykl, (Stargate Atlantis); Ruth Connell, (Supernatural) TV series. Wrestling Guest Haku (King Tonga).

March 19–20, MoreFM Arena,Dunedin Armageddon Comic guests were 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. TV and Movie Stars were Christopher Judge, (Stargate SG-1) and (The dark night rises); Marina Sirtis, (Star Trek Next generation); David Nykl, (Stargate Atlantis); Wrestling Guest Haku (King Tonga).

June 4–6, Westpac stadium, Wellington Armageddon

TV/movie guests Rose McIver- (izombie & Once Upon a Time), David Giuntoli (Grimm), Bitsie Tulloch – (Grimm), Natalia Tena (Harry Potter films, Game of Thrones), 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. 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.

Upcoming events

March 11-12, Horncastle Arena, Christchurch Armageddon

Guests to be announced

March 18-19, More FM Arena, Dunedin Armageddon

Guests to be announced

October 21–24, ASB Showgrounds, Auckland Armageddon

Guests to be announced

New Zealand Comic con

2016 - June 4 to June 6 - Wellington, New Zealand citywide events include a 3-day Scavenger hunt; Pub quiz night art exhibitions. House of horrors. Cosplay photo shoots. Opening party and shindig party. Art master class Studio Ghibli screenings. Wellycon. Au Contraire. Wellington Zinefest.

NZ Anime Convention (Dunedin Anime Experience)

NZ Anime Convention (also known as the Dunedin Anime Experience) is a commercial anime and manga convention held in Dunedin, New Zealand. 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 and from 2010 onwards at Castle Lecture Complex in the University of Otago. This event ceased after two years and was replaced by the Armageddon Expo Dunedin Show in 2012.

References

Armageddon (convention) Wikipedia


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