Clockwise by top left: Will Allan (Captain America), Jackee Moore (Steampunk character), Kameron Corbin (Asuka Langley Soryu from anime Evangelion), Harmony Thompson (a maid), Kathleen Adams (Mirai Kuriyama from anime Kyoukai no Kanata), Jason Campbell (Major Fletcher from game Hard Reset), Tomoe Watanabe (a maid) and Bradley Fairburn (Steampunk character). Quinn Hardie, centre, is Caliborn from web comic Homestuck. Photos by Gerard O'Brien.
Fans of everything comic, anime, gaming, zombie, Dr Who and
more dressed up in their best for the Armageddon Expo at the
More FM Arena at the Edgar Centre at the weekend.
Organiser Bill Geradts said the expo, which ran over Saturday
and yesterday, was successful beyond expectations, with
thousands more than last year flooding through the doors.
''Last year was a bit of a test really. Once we did it we
would know if it was going to work, and it did, so this year
we put a bit more into it.''
Hundreds of people, including many families, attended the
show, with many dressing as their favourite characters from
fantasy and science fiction films, television shows and
books, as well as characters from anime, comics and video
At the expo they could play in a zombie alley, fly virtual
space ships, have a photo with a dalek, join clubs, buy
merchandise from their favourite shows or see, listen to and
have their photograph taken with guests, including the sixth
Dr Who, Colin Baker, his companion on the show Nicola Bryant,
Dunedin's own Mark Strickson, who played Dr Who companion
Vislor Turlough on the series, and The Hobbit dwarves
Mark Hadlow and John Callen.
Dunedin teenagers Rina Watt and Kenzie Stewart (both 13), who
dressed as characters from Japanese anime television series
Madoka Magica said they were ''really into anime'',
had been since they were ''little'', and watched everything
they could about the show as often as they could.
''I'm half Japanese, so I've grown up with it. We just love
it,'' Rina said.
Mr Gerardt did not have exact figures, but it was
''significantly more'' than last year's figure of 6000
visitors over the weekend.
''We'll definitely be back next year,'' he said.