Press Release – Armageddon Expo
The popularity of New Zealand’s pulp culture event, the Armageddon Expo continues to grow.
Beyond Reality Media Director Bill Geradts believes the answer to the continual growth of audience numbers is simple, “People are realising that these events are not just for fans,” he says. “They’re energetic, fun filled days which anyone regardless of what you’re into – whether it’s gaming, comic books, anime, cult films, TV series or whatever – can come and enjoy themselves.”
Final figures show an 10% increase in attendance at the Armageddon Expo in Wellington which had a huge weekend of 22,000 at the Westpac Stadium.
“While Auckland remains our largest New Zealand event, it’s fantastic to see fans in Wellington really embracing the Armageddon culture” says Bill.
As well as embracing the unique spirit of the event, Wellingtonians generously contributed to the Child Cancer Foundation Fundraising effort taking place over the long weekend, organised and manned by local airsoft club WMA (Wellington Milsim Airsoft), raising $24,794.
Of course, a main attraction of the Armageddon Expo is the opportunity for fans to meet their on-screen heroes in person, but it’s a feeling that goes both ways says Bill.
“We find that our guests really do enjoy coming to New Zealand; they love chatting with the crowd in the panel sessions about their character or show and meeting them in person at their autograph or signing sessions,” he says.
“In fact a number of guests have wanted to come back to New Zealand more than once so they can experience the Armageddon Expo in each region of the country, as the fans are all slightly different but also so welcoming and appreciative” he says.
As well as the big names, huge exhibitors and the biggest display of costumed cult-fans that gather in one place, its events like the infamous Kamehameha competition, Cosplay contest and classic Fear Factor Challenge that keep the adrenalin flowing throughout the event.
From its inception in 1995, the Armageddon Expo has grown to become the largest fantasy event in Australasia. With shows in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, Melbourne and Hamilton, the Armageddon Expo embodies the ever-growing pulp culture phenomenon.