Anyone Interested in a Globally Regional ArmiCon This December?

Looks like Thorin thinks the idea of a gathering of RArmy troops all across the globe is a cool idea. (Special thanks to Armitage Army @ Richard Armitage Central for the screen-cap.)

Looks like Thorin thinks the idea of a gathering of RArmy troops all across the globe is a cool idea.
(Special thanks to Armitage Army @ Richard Armitage Central for the screen-cap.)

TROOPS!  Some of us have been talking. We have so much fun together in our virtual world, we think it would be a kick to get together in person! But we’re alllll over the world, and that’s a lot of money for travel, especially since there’s no possible way to get the man himself to join us. So we thought we’d do things a little differently, just us RArmy members.

 Now if this is an old, tired idea, I hope the
veterans in the Armitage Army will forgive me.
I only joined about four years ago, and the troops
who are interested in trying this are also relatively new recruits.

So welcome to the first ever ArmiCon! (Hat tip to the wit of  The Anglophile Channel’s Marlise Boland for the name!) We want to start small. Here’s what we suggest:

  • Depending on when “The Hobbit: Thorin” also known as “Battle of the Five Armies” is released where you live, regional groups of RA fans will meet for a specific showing on specific day to see the film together. Then, depending on the time of the show, you can gather and visit over drinks and/or a meal before or after. Lots of us would like to get to know each other (and take selfies and tell tall tales)!
  • Each city/region would have an organizer, who would coordinate the specific theater, showtime and spreading the word.

So many of our members are allll over the world, and even for this first gathering, we’d like for this to be a global initiative… and we know that’s a lot to ask.

But imagine it: wouldn’t it be cool if *tons* of RArmy members in Italy, Australia, Bulgaria, France, Spain, Germany, the UK, the US or WHEREVER you are went to to see the final film in “The Hobbit” trilogy on the same night at the same time in different cities all over, gathering to see and discuss the film and get to know each other? Putting faces with Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr names?

This will definitely require volunteers to coordinate each event. I volunteer to create a Facebook Event Page – like this one – for each area, and then turn it over to the regional organizer to work things out with the fans in their city. province, country via the Facebook page (which is *very* interactive). Then after the ArmiCon in your region, your selfies, other photos and stories can be posted on the Event page for posterity!

Can we pull this off? Who knows? But we’ll never know unless we try!

What do you think??? Sound off here or on the “trial balloon” Event page.

Personally, I think Thorin would be touched.

"RArmy troops gathering across the world? Amazing!" (Special thanks to Armitage Army @ Richard Armitage Central for the screen-cap.)

“RArmy troops gathering across the world? Amazing!”
(Special thanks to Armitage Army @ Richard Armitage Central for the screen-cap.)

 

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About Richard Armitage US

Richard Armitage US is a respectful blog with a sense of humor and POV, and is designed for fans of British-born actor Richard Crispin Armitage, star of – among other productions – North & South, The Vicar of Dibley Wedding Special, Robin Hood, SPOOKS (MI-5 in the US), Chris Ryan’s Strike Back. He also starred as Thorin Oakenshield in Peter Jackson’s adaptation of JRR Tolkien’s The Hobbit trilogy, and was nominated for an Olivier Award for his work as John Proctor in Yael Farber's production of The Crucible at the Old Vic. Upcoming films include Urban and the Shed Crew, Sleepwalker, Pilgrimage and Brain on Fire, based on Susannah Cahalan's memoir. He recently completed his arc on the NBC series Hannibal as Francis Dolarhyde, also known as "The Red Dragon." Although this page is US-based, we encourage RA’s fans from across the globe to enlist in the RArmy, and join us here, on Facebook, Tumblr and Twitter!

27 responses to “Anyone Interested in a Globally Regional ArmiCon This December?”

  1. Amy Leonard says :

    I think it’s a fabulous idea! We all adore Richard. Why not go see his biggest movie *so far* together followed by a toast to his and the rest of the cast and crew’s success? I’m in.

  2. Marie Astra says :

    I think that’s a fun idea! Since there is supposed to be a New York Premiere, I think some of will be meeting up for that. But I love this idea!

  3. Servetus says :

    Reblogged this on Me + Richard Armitage and commented:
    Get in touch w/the organizers if you’re interested!

  4. Therese Vista says :

    Love it but I doubt there is another fan in my area.

    • Richard Armitage US says :

      You might be surprised, Therese. If you go here – tinyurl.com/ArmiCon14 – people are listing their cities/states/provinces/countries… We really have members EVERYwhere!

  5. Teslin Ruge says :

    I’d definitely be in (although I won’t be much help organizing it cuz I have a pretty full plate). I’m in the Santa Fe, New Mexico (USA) area, but willing to drive too. Anyone else in NM (or maybe Albuquerque, since that could be a pretty central place to meet)? I know I’d have at least two people coming with me.

  6. jazzbaby1 says :

    This is a great idea!

  7. Kathy Jones says :

    Great idea. I am in Southern California.I would, like, totally do it, dude.

    • Richard Armitage US says :

      I know we’ve heard from northern California already (Sacramento) but I’m not sure about Southern California… except for Marlise Boland of The Anglophile Channel (LA). Keep an eye on the event page for people from your area, Kathy: tinyurl.com/ArmiCon14

  8. meryl says :

    Think it’s a great idea to meet up! Count me in please 🙂

  9. Gratiana Lovelace says :

    Love it! And let’s not forget RA’s August 2014 release of Into the Storm. Opening weekend box office is so important for films. So I had earlier floated the idea of folks doing a meetup on Saturday August 9th (the day after the U.S. release) to support that film–with my closest big city hub being Chicago. But others could choose locations nearest them. Cheers!

    • Richard Armitage US says :

      Y’know, Gratiana, that might be a good event as a trial run. That film will need some help, I expect – August is a terrible time to release a film – and we could avoid any crowds there might be by go that Saturday or Sunday.

      I had thought about all of us going on RA’s birthday, since it will be released in the UK then and – if we turned out in droves – they would know it was us and RA would get a terrific birthday present.

      But if we do it the opening weekend, maybe we could ask members of the RArmy to arrange their events that weekend – whenever it is – in their their country.

      Let me think about this… THANKS for the idea!

      • Gratiana Lovelace says :

        Hi RAUS,

        I also had thought that a small initial RA fan meet up to see Into the Storm would both support the film and be a test case for a larger gathering. See my blog post about ArmitageCon.

        Any way, each country has their own Into the Storm release date–with each date’s opening weekend being crucial for box office numbers and buzz for gaining a potential audience. So if RA fans are so inclined, they could support the film by going to see it on its opening weekend for their country.

        I have had a few responses about a potential meet up in Chicago on Saturday, Aug. 9th for RA Fans to view the film together–with Chicago being a destination that is easy to get to for them. It’s a 2 hour train ride for me. Snap! So I’ll continue to send out feelers on my blog about that and see if some of us might want to do that.

        Other people in other parts of the U.S. and around the world might have their own suggested meet up dates and destinations. The more the merrier!

        Cheers! Grati ;->

        • obscura says :

          I’m still very interested in that Grati…Chicago is a comfortable distance for me too :). Let me know if you’d like any help laying out logistics…I’m always up for a “recon” mission!

  10. Laura says :

    I love this idea. If there is no one in the Phoenix area, I can always drive to LA – It’s only about 5 hours. I could use a road trip!

    • Richard Armitage US says :

      Who knows? There might be more people in Phoenix than you think, Laura. Check out the event page here: tinyurl.com/ArmiCon14 That’s where people are listing their cities. I’m glad you’re interested! I hope we can make this work!

  11. jane says :

    I would like to join in , Im in Berkshire England .

    • Richard Armitage US says :

      Terrific, Jane! If you go here – tinyurl.com/ArmiCon14 – you’ll see where people are listing their cities/areas. We hope to start matching up groups by finding out who’s available in what regions. I hope we can pull this off!

  12. Richard Armitage US says :

    The Richard Armitage US Facebook crowd is fully committed to this regional/global ItS Opening Weekend event(s) in August, a virtual North & South 10th Anniversary Celebration in November, and a regional/global Hobbit ArmiCon in December. We’re thrilled to be working with others in the RA Universe!

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