Voxy News Engine Tuesday, 3 May, 2011 – 14:58 No it’s not the end of the world – its Hamilton’s newest and largest pulp culture event!
Claudelands Events Centre has won the right to host the hugely successful Armageddon Expo. The three year contract with the show’s promoters will see fans from all over the country attend Hamilton’s first ever expo on Saturday April 14th and Sunday 15th 2012.
Armageddon is a firmly established event in New Zealand’s pulp culture and Waikato residents already support the event with over 4,000 tickets to the 2010 Auckland show being sold in the Waikato region.
Claudelands’ three large inter-connected venues under the same roof, plenty of outdoor space with easy indoor/outdoor flow and a central city location meant the venue was an easy choice for Armageddon Expo organiser Bill Geradts
“Armageddon has gone from strength to strength over the last few years, expanding into the ASB Showground in Auckland so Hamilton was a logical next step. The Claudelands Events Center offers Armageddon a perfect venue for showcasing the gaming and entertainment market as well as bringing international celebrities to the Waikato. We are expecting numerous local companies to participate as well as exhibitors from all over NZ” said Mr Geradts
Particularly popular with youth and teenagers, Armageddon attracts fans of all ages interested in gaming technologies, comics, anime, sci-fi, cosplay, IPW wrestling, skateboarding, TV and movie stars, playing paintball, cyber game and trading card tournaments, music, live entertainment, pillow fights, eating challenges and much more!
While the 2012 line-up is not yet confirmed, Armageddon will host international animation voice actors, comic creators from Marvel and DC Comics and television and movie celebrities including Stargate Atlantis star David Hewlett. Guests will be present to sign autographs, host panels and photo sessions – giving the Waikato the opportunity to meet celebrities face to face. Tickets are expected to go on sale this December.
With the 2010 San Diego Comic Con fast approaching, fans are getting eager to listen to all of the questions that are due to be asked at this years headline event.
This year only Stargate Universe will feature in the Stargate Franchise line-up, you can catch the official panel at10:30-11:30 in ballroom 20.
The all star line-up which includes: Robert Carlyle, David Blue, Ming Na, and Louis Ferreira, moderated by Robert Cooper.
Stargate fans that live in the central United States of America have a new reason to cheer today, a brand new convention has been added to line-up compared to previous years.
Creation Entertainment has added a brand new stop in this year’s official Stargate convention tour. Usually each summer brings Creation and Stargate to Chicago for a Midwest convention, which usually takes place in August.
However fans can now look forward to Stargate Conventions starting on June 12th and June 13th beginning in Marriott City Centre in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Scheduled guests so far include:
- Joe Flanigan
- Brian J Smith
Head on over to Creation Entertainments Stargate Minneapolis convention page for more information including ticket pricing, future guests and more as it is updated.
Some of the cast from Stargate SG-1/Atlantis will be in London this weekend (22nd-24th) for the Wolf SG Worlds Convention. Click here to go to the official site!
Dan Payne (Lt. Reed / Super Soldier / Wraith Warrior)
Garry Chalk (Colonel Chekov)
Patrick Currie (Fifth)
Paul McGillion (Carson Beckett)
Jay Acovone (Major Kawalski)
The popular fan ran conventions provided by the legendary Gatecon have decided that 2010 will be their final year of holding the annual event.
Here is the official announcement
After twelve years and ten highly successful conventions staged in Canada and the United Kingdom, the owners of Gatecon have opted to wrap their fan-favorite Stargate events. The final convention will be held July 8-11, 2010 in Vancouver, British Columbia at the Sheraton Wall Centre.
“Gatecon has had an incredible run, and the fans, actors, and studios have been amazingly supportive of us, but we have decided to go out on a high note after our tenth convention. With corporate events dominating the convention landscape now more than ever, we have shown that a quality product can be achieved with the right mindset and that quality over quantity is the way forwardâ€, said Richard Pasco, one of Gatecon’s owners.
Gatecon was born in 1998 when fans of television’s Stargate SG-1 were chatting online and bemoaning the lack of merchandise for the show. From those discussions came the idea of hosting a convention for the show – but none of the show fans had even attended a convention, let alone put one together. With perseverance and determination, the first Gatecon was held in 2000, just outside Vancouver Canada, where the show was filmed. Cast and crew from the show attended and were greeted by eager fans. Even the head of MGM Television, Hank Cohen, impressed with the fan support and determination, flew up from Los Angeles to attend that first convention.
Jump forward ten years and Gatecon is stronger and bigger than any of the core group could ever have imagined. It has become a firm favorite with fans and guests alike. Most of the principle cast and crew have appeared on the Gatecon stage. It has become a vessel for substantial fundraising, raising more than a quarter-million dollars for the Make a Wish Foundation, as well as more for the Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society. Gatecon has also created an entity that none of the organizers could possibly have envisaged – one of Family. People from all corners of the globe have used their annual vacations to return to Vancouver, or the UK, to meet up with like-minded folks who have forged friendships as strong as any family bond. People have met at Gatecon and later married, proposals have taken place at the event, as has a wedding ceremony. Some who met at Gatecon have since traveled around the world to support friends in times of joy and sorrow. It is this unique strength of family values that kept Gatecon going, and it is an atmosphere that astounds the cast, crew and guests who arrive as strangers, but leave after three days as part of the extended Gatecon Family.
“We are sad to see our conventions end,â€ said Pasco, ” but we know the bonds that have been formed, and the friendships born out of Gatecon will be our enduring legacy.â€
The convention list has expanded considerably since the initial announcement back in July (original news here), tickets are still available to order for this fantastic event over at the official Gatecon website.
Writer / Producer Martin Gero will be joining the official Stargate SG1 / Atlantis convention which is due to be held in Los Angeles between November 6th 2009 and November 8th 2009.
Martin joins an already announced lined up which includes: Ben Browder, Michael Shanks, Joe Flanigan, Paul McGillion, Cliff Simon, Ryan Robbins and Robert Picardo.
Martin will be speaking on stage, answering questions and signing autographs on a complimentary basis for fans in attendance (on Sunday).
Creation entertainment are currently running an exclusive auction for the up coming official Stargate SG1 and Atlantis convention which is due to take place in Los Angeles commencing 6th November 2009.
Included in the 6 auction lots are exclusive partys with: Ryan Robbins, Paul McGillion, Joe Flanigan and Cliff Simon. Also available are backstage Vip Passes and an exclusive lunch with Michael Shanks
The newly renamed SyFy network are running a questions and answers section over at their new website for the 2009 Comic Con event which is currently underway in San Diego, where you can ask your favourite SyFy star any question you like.
Michael Shanks will be making a guest appearance at the 2009 Hub convention in Melbourne Australia on the 13th September 2009.
Hub Productions have posted an official announcement on their website,
We are delighted to announce a very special appearance of Stargate’s Michael Shanks for The Hub Productions. Michael, who will be filming a feature out here in Australia, graciously agreed to make an appearance for us to meet all the fans that have been dying to see him since he was unable to make Armageddon last year.
Michael has confirmed his appearance on Sunday the 13th September in Melbourne and will hopefully be able to confirm an appearance on Saturday the 12th September in Sydney.
Tickets are on sale now, with 20 limited VIP tickets available for $340.00, and general day tickets for $70.00. (all prices quoted are in Australian Dollars)
Head on over to the official convention website to purchase your tickets today »