What to pack for Armageddon (the expo that is)

It’s still two months away from what will be my second Armageddon Expo but I am already amped and ready to pack!!

My last (and first ever) experience at Armageddon was in Wellington in 2015 – I only went for one day and missed ALOT of cool stuff (although I did get to meet Karen Gillian! – Check it out here )

I was in NO way prepared for the awesomeness – my cellphone went flat, my feet were sore (after a very poor choice of footwear), my camera got full way too early, and so on…

This year I am going for THREE WHOLE DAYS to the big ol’ metropolis of Auckland to what promises to be the biggest Armageddon Expo yet!!  (the list of guests attended is epic believe me!! – more on that when I post my schedule :-)).

My flights are booked, accommodation sorted, tickets purchased and now it’s just planning (the aforementioned) my schedule, and of course packing!

So, I have scoured the internet, asked many people, many questions and here is what I have decided to pack to get me through….

Backpack – Nothing too big and bulky, but can carry a lot- besides the essentials you will also need to take into account the amount of swag you will collect throughout the day(s).

Cellphone – This is a must for everyday anyways. Apps like Twitter, Facebook and Instagram will keep you up-to-date on panels and autograph sessions etc.

Portable Chargers – All that tweeting and Instagraming can quickly drain your battery so keeping one of these on hand is a must.

Charging Cords – There are sometimes power outlets you can use.

Shoes – preferably sneakers as you will be doing ALOT of walking!

Water Bottle / Snacks – Will all that walking you are going to very thirsty and hungry (fruit and muesli bars are ideal).

Gum \ Breath Mints – to keep your breath fresh

DSLR Camera / SD Cards / Spare Camera batter – Cellphone photos are nice, quick and easy but I prefer to take my DSLR camera too – especially for taking photos of all the awesome Cosplayers. Extra SD cards and a spare battery are a must.

Toiletry Bag:

  • Lip balm
  • Hand sanitizer – lots of people = lots of germs
  • travel deodorant
  • make up

Poster Tubes / Rubber bands – for any posters/photos you collect

Contact Cards – Expos are a great place to network and meet new people so carrying some of these around is a great way to make sure you all keep in contact afterwards.

What else do you suggest I pack?

 

 

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Peter Capaldi – the man, the myth, the legend

As many of you who follow me on social media may know I LOVE Peter Capaldi!! The man has endless talent, an endless love for his fans and..ummm is just an around terrific human being.

Here is some of the awesomeness that is Peter Capaldi:

1. He is an amazing artist
Peter Capaldi attended the Glasgow School of Art where he honed his drawing skills.
Watch this video of Peter drawing all the Doctors he grew up watching:

Peter Capaldi: Draw My Life – Doctor Who: The Fan Show: http://youtu.be/rewhHdFDCZg

He also recently sent Titan Comics artist Rachel Story this artwork expressing his gratitude for all her work (nope not jealous at all lol).
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2. He visits sick kids in hospital…in character!!

I recently saw the story of young Daniel Norton on Facebook. Daniel is a massive Doctor Who fan who was forced to miss the Doctor Who Festival due to illness. Upon hearing this news on social media Peter decided to surprise him at his hospital bedside.

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Turning up in character he greeted Daniel by saying “I understand you need a Doctor”..lol. Check out the heartwarming story here.

3. He’s won an Oscar

Back in 1995, Peter won an Oscar (as a director), he won the 1995 Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film for his short film Franz Kafka’s It’s a Wonderful Life.
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He also tried to use said Oscar to upgrade his flight lol – https://youtu.be/jpKPnb5MoRs

4. He was in a band

In their youth, Peter (as lead singer) and talk show host Craig Ferguson formed part of a punk rock band called… wait for it… The Dreamboys (formerly known as the rather edgier The B*stards from Hell). According to an interview Peter gave on Graham Norton’s chat show, the band’s name meant they were often booked by parties who mistakenly thought they were a group of male strippers.

Check out one of their songs here: OUTER LIMITS – Dreamboys: http://youtu.be/2AfGi-_fQ5o

5. He wanted to be president of the Doctor Who Fan Club
At age 14, Capaldi rigorously attempted to claim the role of president of the show’s official fan club. Unfortunately the role went to someone else but the future Doctor did not give up and continued to send letters. The secretary dealing with his letters got so annoyed with the persistent Peter she said that she wished “the Daleks or someone would exterminate him”. Hard luck, Peter

Check him out discussing this on Graham Norton:
PETER CAPALDI’s Most Embarrassing DOCTOR WHO Fan …: http://youtu.be/XM2bXjs0n2g

6.The holey sweater he wears in Doctor Who is from his own wardrobe

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7. He voices the Brussels sprout in the BBC One Christmas 2015 ad
Check out the cuteness here:
Sprout Boy meets a galaxy of stars: Trailer – BBC…: http://youtu.be/XnoxGr_sTz4

Whovian Interview: Fandom Jewellery

Today I received another amazing piece of jewellery (now I have a TARDIS and a sonic screwdriver necklace yay) from Glenda at Fandom Jewellery and wanted to know more as to goes into making such awesome pieces of nerdom/fandom art.

1) When and how did Fandom Jewellery get started?

It originally started with my daughter and I making elegant pieces of jewellery featuring Swarovski crystal and Paua, because I love paua, but not in a touristy way. See  below pics of my first 2 pieces. We then started using Czech glass buttons as cabochons and naturally segued into Goth, Grunge Fandom and Steampunk. Back then we were known as Killer Gems. Killer as my daugher was K miller and in school she had liked to sign her name, K’iller, as that was sooooo cool! And my initials are G.E.M…hence Killer Gems. https://www.facebook.com/KillerGems/ 

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We were then invited to exhibit at an art exhibition in North Canterbury and from there, 4 years ago, received an invitation to Armageddon. We have now been present at almost every Armageddon Expo in NZ since Christchurch in 2013. We changed our name to Fandom jewellery a year ago as it better represents who we are now.
 
2) How do you come up with ideas for your designs?

Designs are inspired by the shows we watch, and by searching  existing elements that can be assembled together to create something special. Eg. A Silver rose and a Chuck sneaker shoe. So many chuckles over that when people get the significance. Sells well, as it’s a lovely piece of jewellery and those who are Whovians pick up on the relevance 🙂

 
3) What is your best-selling Doctor Who jewellery?

Hard to say as every Armageddon is different, but probably the charm bracelets the represent each doctor and one generic Doctor Who one that has a Blue enamel tardis, dalek, Yale key, weeping angel, astronaut, 3D sneaker, Wolf and a Trench Coat

 
4) What do you love about Doctor Who?

The humour and adventure. The fantasy of the possibility of time travel
 
5) Where can people buy your merchandise?

From my facebook page 

https://www.facebook.com/FandomJewelleryNZ/ 
 
6) Who is your favourite Doctor?

10 – David Tennant is fantastic, followed closely by Matt Smith as 11

Glenda’s awesome Doctor Who joke:

“How many insects does it take to make a Time Lord?

10 ants!!!!”

 
7) Will you be coming out with 12th doctor?

(Charm bracelet etc) Yes, I have already made a charm bracelet that references the the first season of Peter Capaldi’s 12th
 
8) Any other new designs coming out?

Yes, as mentioned above, a generic Doctor Who charm bracelet. And a pairing of a small weeping angel with eyes closed and a charm disc that says, “don’t blink”…. I love the weeping angels 🙂

Check out some of there awesome designs below:

Titan Comics: Eighth Doctor #3

Eighth Doctor 2016Writer: George Mann
Artist: Emma Vieceli
Cover Art: Rachel Stott & HI-FI

The Doctor and companion Josie are in Edinburgh 1866 and walk in a theatre to watch Philppot’s Magisterial Delights, for the magical delights of a cam calling himself “the Silversmith”.

The Doctor is excited and also amazed at the Silversmith passes between two mirror…but as always things aren’t as they look… As Josie soon realizes when one of the audience members returns to her seat alittle different after trying the mirror out for herself. This leads her and the Doctor to investigate further leading them on an “Alice through the Looking Glass” adventure….

This is a superbly written and illustrated story that keeps you wondering what will happen next and gives you feelings for all the characters involved.

I also loved that at the back of
this issue you get an inside glimpse at the creative process that goes into making these amazing comics.

You can find this wonderful adventures on sale from Titan Comics now!

8th Doctor variant
Variant cover
Check out the awesome range of comics and other awesome items available at MK1 Comics

Titan Comics Review: Tenth Doctor (Jan 15)

Tenth Doctor 2016

#6: The Weeping Angels of Mons

Writer: Robbie Morrison
Cover Art: Tommy Lee Edwards
Artist: Daniel Indro

The Tenth Doctor and companion Gabby arrive in the middle of World War I France, right on the Western Front. But there is something else just as traumatic going on, something is feeding off the men on the trenches, an old enemy of the Doctor, one that you to watch out for – hint: Don’t blink!! (more…)

Titan Comics Review: Doctor Who Twelfth Doctor #2.1

2.1I have always been a big fan of comics. Having grown up reading the likes of Beano and Archie I have loved the graphic illustrations and great storylines. This year I have decided to start collecting (and reviewing) the awesome Twelfth Doctor Adventures Year Two of the Titan Comics collection (amongst others). So here goes….
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