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Don’t Panic! Armageddon Expo Set to Impress Again in Auckland

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Evanna Lynch, Luna Lovegood to appear at Armageddon Expo, Auckland

Kiwi muggles, hobbits and zombies don’t usually get together in one reality, but they’ll be lining up with all kinds of other superheroes, fantasy creatures and gamers when Armageddon Expo returns to the ASB Showgrounds in Auckland on 25th – 28th October.

With huge stars already confirmed, Auckland’s show is set to break Armageddon records again and is expected to beat the 50,000 fans that attended in 2012.

Guests will include Billy Boyd, Pippin from The Lord of the Rings; Evanna Lynch, Luna Lovegood from the Harry Potter series; David Morrissey, The Governor from The Walking Dead; as well as multiple stars from Doctor Who (current series) and Supernatural, with still more to be announced.

Comic fans will delight with Kevin Eastman, co-creator of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, making an appearance as well as Dan Slott, writer of Marvel comic Spiderman.

Armageddon Expo organiser Bill Geradts says that the 2013 show will be massive.

“Zombies are the new vampires, so we’re expecting a huge turnout for David Morrissey, and Evanna Lynch is our first ever Harry Potter actor and the response to her attendance has been incredible,” says Geradts. “We’ve confirmed some amazing talent, with gaming displays and previews still to be announced.”

Alongside the big and small screen stars, Armageddon Auckland has comic, gaming and anime names a plenty.

“We’re really looking forward to having Matt Melvin, the artist of the internet comic sensation Cyanide and Happiness, on board for the first time. I’m hoping he might feature New Zealand in a comic in honour of visiting the expo,” says Geradts.

All of the popular events that take place at the show will be happening again this year.

The infamous Burning Man will explode on the Friday night with a fiery pyrotechnic display, and the all-ages masquerade ball on Sunday night will be a stunning parade of Cosplay outfits and creative masks alike leading up to the announcement of the Trans-Tasman Cosplay winner on Monday 28th October.

“Cosplay entrants have been working on their costumes all year, and if the Hamilton and Wellington competitions are anything to go by, Auckland is going to be a spectacular exhibition of the best Cosplay in the country. I can’t wait,” says Geradts.

Tickets go on sale Thursday 1st August at www.iticket.co.nz

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