One word: Cosplay. I didn’t even know what it was before setting foot into the hallowed tent that is the annual Atomic Live show, held at the Sydney Showgrounds at Olympic Park on Sunday 21st October, but I have been trying to erase it ever since as though it were only a psychotic Episode, Total Recall style. I think the moment I realised that these costumes should be banished to the Live Action Role Playing from which they emerged was when a guy walked past in cammo pants and a blue beret, and I didn’t even think that he might be dressed as Guile from Street Fighter… More frightening was the fact that I KNOW that he didn’t have to purchase a single extra piece to complete the outfit. It was all made from regular daily clothing. Add to that the compulsory Jedi, Chewbacca (“I went to the trouble of buying this costume, so it’s coming out every time!”) and a few others that I didn’t recognise and just gave the benefit of the doubt too, and it spelled BFI (Bad First Impression).
Once past that though, the event had many interesting booths. Atomic Live is based around the high end PC magazine Atomic, published in Australia for Australians, which is reflected in the events and information on the day. There was an impressive amount of activity happening across a broad range of companies such as Asus, NVidia, Auran and Ubisoft. Plenty of prizes were given away and most of the attendees seemed pleased with the day as a whole.
Australian media is an important part of the Australian sociology and economy. So it’s always good when non-profit organisations like the Australian Teachers of Media (ATOM) contribute greatly to Australian media in general and award those who excel in its various fields. Tomorrow (Friday 19th October 2007) will hold the 2007 EnhanceTV ATOM Awards which are a cause for celebration as they recognise excellence in over thirty categories of Film, Television, Animation and Multimedia. But also this year they will also be celebrating the ATOM Awards silver anniversary (25 years) and introducing a new category, Best Multi-modal Production, and sub-category, the Images of Age Documentary sub-category.
The fine folks organising the upcoming Armageddon Expo recently changed their guest line up with Adam West (Batman), Julie Newmar (Cat Woman), David Wohl and Ray Park (Darth Maul), not being able to make the expo. Now this is sad news for Melbourne and Sydney based Batman fans but everyone else don’t fret too much because some pretty cool people have come in to fill those blue booties.
Being a big fan of Alan Tudyk, I am even more stoked about the Armageddon expo than before but I can understand how some people might be sad about not getting to meet Adam West. Sorry Jordan you will have to wait until next year to show him your boy wonder costume.
I’m absolutely stoked for the upcoming pop culture Melbourne and Sydney based expo, the Armageddon Expo. When I first read the huge list of guests and events I thought, “What the hell? How can they fit so much awesomeness it to just two days?” well here’s how…
It’s nearly here; Armageddon the long running New Zealand pop culture expo has hopped across to Australia. The Armageddon Multimedia Expo is a celebration of all that is cool and awesome in the world of movies, television, comic books, and video games. So of course we are going to be there.
You can read more info on the Armageddon Multimedia Expo at their official site.
Make sure you don’t miss out on this great event. We are going to be at the expo getting some footage for our upcoming Vodcast so if you spot us feel free to come over and say hi. You might just get to play our on the spot pop culture quiz and win a prize as well as make it onto the vodcast.