Armageddon Out of Here

This week I’ll be giving a talk at a primary school in Melbourne, where I’ll be discussing the path that brought me to publication, as well as hopefully fielding some questions from the students. I’ve given other talks to support the release of Vanguard Prime: Goldrush, but this’ll be my first school visit. I’m only slightly nervous.


Something else I did this week was go to the Armageddon pop culture convention that took place over the weekend. Though I didn’t attend as an author, I was there in a vaguely official capacity as I’d volunteered to help out on a stand that my fiancé was working at. I’ve wanted to go to a comic convention ever since I was a kid but never had…until now.


I have to admit, the experience was a little overwhelming. There was so much to see that I didn’t really know what direction to go in, and though I intended to get photos of all the awesome cosplayers I found myself a little…well, shy…at the prospect of asking. So instead of asking, I took the socially awkward route of simply taking photos of inanimate objects that couldn’t object. Those objects included…


The DeLorean from Back to the Future Part III…


…A TARDIS (with some random dude standing in front of it)…


…and Shadow the Hedgehog hanging out with Chewbacca, as observed from a distance.

That last one might not have been inanimate, but I doubt either of them will object (side note: “Chewbacca” isn’t included in WordPress’s spellchecker. That just seems wrong. Isn’t the Internet built on blogging about Star Wars?).


I have to admit, the thought occurred to me that it would be cool to see a Vanguard Prime cosplayer or two. And if/when that happens, you better believe I’ll get some proper photos taken. The people in them may even know I’m taking them and everything!




Published by Steven Lochran

Steven Lochran is the author of the upcoming Middle Grade Fantasy series PALADERO, as well as the teen superhero series VANGUARD PRIME. He lives in Melbourne with his wife, two cats, and an unreasonably large toy collection.

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