Melbourne's Geeks v. Nerds

December 07, 2010
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Since I came to Australia, I've only had a few things to tie me to my geek side. With me to Australia I took: A Zelda (OoT) t-shirt, a Doctor Who t-shirt and 10's sonic screwdriver. Supposedly my CTFxC counts as well but, there are other reasons for me having that one.

After Anja came back on Saturday the 16th of October, with a sword from Final Fantasy XIV and told me there was a geek orientated convention going on in Melbourne, October 17 was my chance to geek it out. Foolish enough, I'd looked up conventions for Melbourne about a month before that and read about Armageddon Expo. Thinking it was well over a month away I sort of forgot about it, until Anja reminded me.

With today's away team consisting of (L to R) Tim, Dan, Pete, Sascha, Sean, myself and Nathaniel, it was only a matter of time before the discovery of some team member's alterier motives: laughing at other people relentlessly. To be fair, as much as I can get my geek on, you wouldn't find me doing a kamehameha contest, dressing up like Spider-Man, or fondling Magic the Gathering cards any time soon. Some people were indeed a massive source of entertainment.

Comic artists Ryan Sohmer and Lar deSouza, from Least I Could Do and Looking For Group were present at Armageddon Expo, much to my surprise, swiftly followed by sheer delight. I read the comic Least I Could Do and used to read Looking For Group. From their stand I purchased a Least I Could Do comic novel (which is awesome) and got it signed by both artists. Win. You'll find that the signing is in the first minute of this entry's video (right before the intro)

With Sylvester McCoy, the 7th Doctor, I was however not so lucky. By the time I joined the queue to get his autograph, he was leaving. I caught a mere glimpse of his person. A few stalls down from him was David Faustino... no idea why he was there, he hasn't done anything useful since Married with Children.

By the end of the day, I'd spend a small amount of cash on some geeky stuff that I now have to ship home, because there's no way I can take them with but, also on useful stuff. I've gained a TARDIS, a Doctor Who wallet and some mints in a container shaped like the Ocarina of Time shield. Although the latter is debatable, seeing as the same shield (or variations of it, if you will) is also used in the Wind Waker and Twilight Princess.

All of this day was wrapped up nicely with a pint of Guinness and the wonderful performance of Pat McKernan. That didn't happen at Armageddon Expo, we stopped off at P.J's (a pub) on the way back.


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  • Oh my god, oh my god, oh my god....
  • Is it bigger on the inside?


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