Are you getting it? We asked cosplay expert Clem Bastow to be your bullet-proof guide to Armageddon
It’s not every day you get to be within shouting distance of Gus from Breaking Bad, Clara Oswald from Doctor Who and the original Lois Lane – not to mention a few thousand people dressed as Pokemons, comic book characters and even a TARDIS or two – but then it’s not every day that Armageddon hits the Melbourne Showgrounds.
If you’re not already in the know (and if you are, you’ve likely been working on your screen-accurate Ghostbusters 2 Louis Tully costume since March), the weekend-long expo is one of Australia and New Zealand’s biggest ephemeral extravaganzas; a pop culture coliseum in which cosplayers rub up against roleplayers, and the queue to meet comic book legends is as hotly contested as the line for pizza slices. The cosplay scene in Australia is booming, so expect to see real-life representatives of just about every cult film, TV show, video game, comic book and even webcomic you can think of.
With so much colour and movement on display, the uninitiated might see Armageddon as ripe for a bit of the old point-’n’-laugh, but here’s a tip: nobody likes a dropkick. See someone in a costume you like? Ask their permission before you take a photo. Don’t forget to wear deodorant (it gets sweaty inside a Stormtrooper “bucket”).
Most importantly, immerse yourself in the world of the enthusiast, and reconnect with what it is to be a fan. And don’t forget: the most memorable con moments aren’t necessarily the ones that wait at the end of the queue; be on the lookout for hard-to-find comics and collectables, and most importantly, bask in the knowledge that you are with your people. Assuming, that is, your people are the sort of people who get into heated arguments about which Doctor was the best, whether JJ Abrams ruined Star Trek, and whether or not Neutral Good is really the most boring Dungeons & Dragons alignment.
Worth queing for
1. Kevin Eastman
He’s the daddy of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (pictured)
2. Giancarlo Esposito
We’re assured the Breaking Bad baddie is a nice guy
3. Helen Slater
She was Supergirl, which is like the opposite of kryptonite to us
4. Sean Schemmel
Meet the voice of Goku, the manga Dragon Ball heartthrob