Three Event Weekend – Wellycon, Armageddon,& Nat Sci Fi Convention

Three (no FOUR!) great events over three days, and Ike and I’ll be hiding in the least known one🙂

WELLYCON: Boardgaming fun: 4-5 June 2016 starting at 10am the Wellingotn Boardgaming convention – if you love board games check it out here   comiccon.co.nz/wellycon-nz-boardgaming-convention
Great for discovering brand new board games.

ARMAGEDDON: June 4-6th 2016 Queens Birthday long weekend 10am to 5pm all three days: http://www.armageddonexpo.com/nz/ of course you know about this event it has all these famous guests, and is a hit for cosplayers and tv watchers, and geeks of all kinds.

  • Rose McIver – IZOMBIE, ONCE UPON A TIME (Sat/Sun only)
  • David Giuntoli – GRIMM
  • Natalia Tena – HARRY POTTER FILMS, GAME OF THRONES
  • Robert Picardo – STAR TREK VOYAGER, STARGATE ATLANTIS
  • Robert Duncan McNeill – STAR TREK VOYAGER, CHUCK
  • Samuel Anderson – DOCTOR WHO
  • Ray Santiago – ASH vs EVIL DEAD (Sun only)
  • Dana DeLorenzo – ASH vs EVIL DEAD (Sun only)
  • Ted Raimi – XENA, SEAQUEST DSV (Sat/Sun only)
  • Tahmoh Penikett – SUPERNATURAL, DOLLHOUSE, BATTLESTA GALACTICA
  • Cliff Simon – STARGATE SG1
  • Graham McTavish – OUTLANDER, CREED, HOBBIT FILMS (Sun only)
  • Jed Brophy – HOBBIT FILMS, SHANNARA (Sat only)

AU CONTRAIRE (better known as the National Science Fiction and Fantasy Convention)  June 4th to June 6th 2016, comiccon.co.nz/au-contrairenz-sci-fi-con/ The guests of honour are A.J. Fitzwater and author Juliet Marillier.

Okay- I lied – there are 4 events white worlds signing

WHITE CLOUD WORLDS EXHIBITION: how could I have forgotten about this. It’s running  Sunday 5 June, to Sunday 12 June 2016 at the New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts. Which is unmissable if you love fantasy and art. www.eventfinda.co.nz/2016/white-cloud-worlds-academy-exhibition/wellington

Featuring work by over 30 artists from the popular White Cloud Worlds books, this new show will inspire and amaze with its selection of original and digital artworks aIke-rescuedwebnd sculpture from artists who have worked on some of the most well known film, graphic novel and game titles including The Hobbit and LOTR trilogies, Avatar, Mad Max: Fury Road, Wizards of the Coast, and more.

Ike and I are having fun, we hope you’re enjoying your weekend too…broomstick

 

 

 

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Miss Lionheart free copies and omnibus release – Merry Christmas!

Source: Miss Lionheart free copies and omnibus release – Miss Lionheart OmnibusMerry Christmas!

Merry Christmas

To celebrate the online release of the omnibus edition of Miss Lionheart, from multi-award winning author A.J. Ponder, we are going to give away 5 FREE copies of the paperback…

Kidnap yourself into mad-scientist territory with the Miss Lionheart compendium

OR read more…

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Free ebooks – Miss Lionheart and Twisty Christmas Tales

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shhh don’t tell anyone but…to celebrate the launch of Miss Lionheart – and the Laboratory of Death Part 3: Thrice Shy – on the 31st of March Phantom Feather Press is offering Twisty Christmas Tales and Miss Lionheart and the Laboratory of Death free To celebrate the final installment of

“Bundled into a super secret undergrocover-L-Twice-Poisoned-webund bunker Lilly must use her awesome genius skills – and her not so awesome social skills to survive long enough to create awesomely dangerous creatures and escape almost certain death… “

Twisty Christmas Tales  is  FREE 28th and 29th March (Pacific Time) – crazy Christmas adventures for the whole family! Christmas in outer space or at the beach, havoc in Santa’s workshop, monsters running amok, and mad scientists who turn Christmas into chaos by awesome New Zealand authors including Joy Cowley and David Hill

For readers 8+

And, Miss Lionheart and the Laboratory of Decover-L-Modified-Once-Bittenath  Part 1: Once Bitten will be free 31st of March Pacific Time (9pm 31 March to 9pm 1st April NZ time)

“I wish this book had been written when I was younger” Lee Murray

“a fun read for any YA mad scientist, secret spy, or evil super-villain” Peter Friend

“Fantastic read, highly recommended. Can’t wait to read parts 2 and 3. Very descriptive characters, lots of humour and horror!! Shelley Whittaker

For readers 12+

So why not start reading the series now and enjoy!

http://amzn.to/1NnGjIk

A.J.Ponder

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The ruins of Rivendell, Kaitoke National Park

If you should find your way to Kaitoke National Park, you never know what you might find hidden in the undergrowth, or passing through the ruins of the Elven archway that used to lead to the long lost Elven city of Rivendell.

Hidden ElvesAlthough it is important to watch out for danger,

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Most of the peoples you meet wont be as scary as you first thought,

IMG_5106Fortunately Ike and I went on a special day, so we saw many wonderful characters passing through the Arch to Rivendell. There were Hobbits, Warriors,

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and an elf that appeared to be the esteemed Galadriel herself,

A vision of Galadriel

A vision of Galadriel

A vision of Galadriel leaving Rivendell


Aragorn was also about to lead people through the dangerous perils on the walk showing some of the famous Kaitoke film sites. A major player in the Rivendell Archway revival project, he was happy to pose for a photo.

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And if you too want to set out on a journey of discovery, especially if you’re not too far from Wellington, then remember “…you shall not pass!” Or at least you shouldn’t pass without stopping by to walk in the footsteps of all the people both big and small who have made Kaitoke National Park (Waterwork Road entrance) truly magical.

Gandalf - You shall not pass!

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We hope you enjoyed this post and don’t forget to follow us for more events

A.J. Ponder and Ike

Wizards Guide to Wellington is available in good New Zealand bookstores, as well as Amazon, Wheelers and Fishpond

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Rivendel Archway Revival

The Rivendel Archway Revival opening event was a lot of fun, so look out for pictures of the official Rivendel Archway opening in the beautiful Kaitoke Regional Park over the next couple of days. And if you can, why not take a trip to see this wonderful spot and maybe enjoy a picnic by the river?

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10am tomorrow (7 March 2015) The Rivendel Archway will be officially opened in Kaitoke Regional Park.  7 March 2015 Why not go and enjoy the fun? Ike says we should all be looking out for elves, dwarves, and maybe even the occasional citizen of Laketown!

If you think that sounds fun here are two links with more details:
The Official Wellington city Council Information is here
Weta Workshop Timeline Photos on Facebook are here

Here’s hoping the weather is as fantastic as we had for the jousting a couple of weeks ago.

A.J.

(edited after the event)

Rivendell Cake

The city council’s cake, because Elves are known to have sweet teeth. Or is that Pixies?

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Top Secret. Mad science and new book – coming soon…do not read.

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Please be careful, this upcoming book is not for younger readers. Yes, that is right, I have been keeping an eye on what my writer has been up to, and it is very scary. But more on that later. If you have not read Miss Lionheart and the Laboratory of Death – First Bitten you should turn back now. It is far too scary. Stay away from Miss Lionheart’s blog and from all the thugs and minions at the World Wide Web of Evil, lest you regret it. Because Miss Lionheart and the Laboratory of Death: Twice Poisoned is about to be released, and I for one, would not want you to read it!
But the blog is quite fun, my favourite post is “Miss Lionheart and Mad Science” at Spider Photohttps://misslillylionheart.wordpress.com/2015/01/28/miss-lionheart-and-mad-science/ You might even be able to ask Miss Lionheart a question – I think I am going to ask what this spider of his is, if it is poisonous, and how big it is going to grow. And if Lilly could use it in one of her hybrids…because I do not think I would like that very much at all.

Ike

That’s Miss Lionheart and Mad Science at https://misslillylionheart.wordpress.com/2015/01/28/miss-lionheart-and-mad-science/ 

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Spiders, Ferns, DeClassified at Te Papa Sunday 1 Mar 2015

Wellington Family Event:

Do you love to discover new things, find out more about the natural world, meet the scientists, and find out some fun facts, or maybe you desperately need to know what that spider is!!!!! Maybe it will eat your children! (It wont).  But just to be sure, Dr Phil Sirvid will be there to tell you everything you need to know.

Te Papa has put on a Family Fun day just for you. Find out about recent plant and animal discoveries by Te Papa scientists in DeCLASSIFIED! Nature’s Secrets exposed.  Sunday 1 Mar 2015. Two different events are running at 1:30 and 3pm, focusing on spiders and ferns.

Find out more here on the Te Papa page http://www.tepapa.govt.nz/WhatSpider PhotosOn/allevents/Pages/FamilyFunDeCLASSIFIED!.aspx.

Learning is magic

Ike

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