The biggest comic and pop culture convention in Asia returns to Manila!
From August 26 to August 28 at the SMX Convention Center at the SM Mall of Asia, AsiaPOP Comicon Manila 2016 (APCC Manila) will give fans exclusive features from the biggest pop culture sensations such as Netflix's Stranger Things and Marvel's Doctor Strange.
Get up-close and personal with comic veterans, cosplay stars, and Hollywood celebrities this weekend.
Here are the 10 awesome things to look forward to in APCC Manila 2016:
1. Meet Hollywood stars in person
Since its online premiere on Netflix last July 15, Stranger Things quickly became a pop culture phenomenon thanks to its homage to the '80s horror and fantasy genre.
One of the breakout stars from the show was 12-year-old actress Millie Bobby Brown who played the mysterious Eleven.
Other Hollywood stars set to be part of the second AsiaPOP Comicon are X-Men's young Hank McCoy Nicholas Hoult, Game of Thrones' Gendry Joe Dempsie, and The Vampire Diaries' Rebekah Claire Holt.
To get free passes to the autograph, photograph, and meet-and-greet sessions with Millie Bobby Brown, check out the official Facebok pages of APCC Manila and Netflix Philippines for details.
Check out the SM Tickets website for autograph, photograph, and meet-and-greet session tickets for Nicholas Hoult, Joe Dempsie, and Claire Holt.
Autograph and photograph tickets will also be available for purchase on event days.
2. Shake hands with comic veterans Mike Zeck, Ken Lashley, Billy Tan, and Whilce Portacio
Bring out your copies of X-Men, Uncanny X-Men, Secrets Wars, and other Marvel and DC comics as Mike Zeck, Ken Lashley, Billy Tan, and our very own Whilce Portacio will be talking about the world of comics and signing autographs during the event.
3. Showcase your talent in Whilce Portacio's comic workshop
The creator of X-Men's Bishop, along with his fellow comic artists, are on the lookout for new talents to keep the comic book industry fresh and thriving.
Be part of his comic workshop on August 27.
At the AsiaPOP Comicon press conference held yesterday, August 24, at the Conrad Manila Hotel, Whilce expressed his optimism that this convention will open up Manila to bigger and grander opportunities especially for comic artists and the like.
He said, "In the whole entertainment industry, we need new ideas--hint, hint Filipino, Pinoy. The manananggal, the tikbalang, everything! Nobody has really been the definitive versions of those, our mythology.
"One thing I'll say right away, there was J-Pop, J-Drama [Japanese dramas], then there was K-Pop, K-Drama, right? Well, pretty soon, the world will get sawa to that. So, what I want is for our creatives to stand up, so that when they want something new, it's P-Pop, P-drama."
Marvel's Senior VP of Creative and Creator Development C.B. Cebulski will also be scouting for new comic artists to work for Marvel.
4. See illustrator Jason Palmer's works on Star Wars, Firefly, The Walking Dead, and more
Known for his concept works for TV series and films such as Star Wars, Firefly, Indiana Jones, and Game of Thrones, Jason Palmer brings to Manila his threshold of artwork to the convention.
He may also bring few of his awesome shirts to sell at the event!
5. Exclusive merchandise from Devilrobots, tokidoki, and more
Shinichiro Kitai, art director of DEVILROBOTS, brings to the Philippines the world-famous to designs of the iconic To-Fu Oyako.
In an exclusive interview with PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal), he expressed his desire to collaborate with young Filipino designers.
Simone Legno of tokidoki is also back to feature exclusive designs for the convention.
Don't forget to check out the booths of Great Toys online, IDstar, Gaming Library, Filbar's, Cross, Big Boys Store, Ban Kee, and Comicave Studios where you can pre-order a 1/12 scale handbrafted bronze replica of the 75th Anniversary Tribute Staute of Captain America in Brooklyn, New York.
6. JAM to the music of One-Punch Man and One Piece
Rock out to the live performance of the opening theme of One-Punch Man with J-Rock anison legend Hiroshi Kitadani of JAM Project at APCC Manila.
As a solo artist, he also recorded the first opening song of One Piece.
7. Witness your favorite pop culture characters come to life in cosplay
The CAGE cosplay competition is back with Alodia Gosiengfiao and Myrtle Sarrosa joining international cosplayers Riddle, Ani-Mia, Lindze Merritt, and Yugana Senshi Unson for the Manila leg.
In a sit-down interview with Alodia, the cosplay darling felt happy for cosplay to have become a phenomenon in Manila.
"When I started, siyempre, it's like weird, different, what's this? But now, it's more accepted so now I'm just happy for the whole community."
Get cosplay makeup tips from Lindze Merrtt at her workshop on August 28.
8. Get your game on
Play League of Legends, Overwatch, DotA 2, Street Fighter V, and NBA 2k16!
Check out some board and video game demos and merchandise as well.
9. Beauty talk with Say Tioco and the Encisco sisters
There are also stuff to geek out about in beauty and fashion as beauty vloggers Say Tioco and Vern and Verniece Encisco share their tips and hacks.
Get to watch a fashion show by Giordano & New Era.
10. Exclusive never-before-seen footage of Marvel's Doctor Strange
The second film to be released under Marvel Studio's Phase 3, Doctor Strange stars Benedict Cumberbatch as the former neurosurgeon turned Sorcerer Supreme, Steven Strange. Benedict is best known for BBC's Sherlock, Star Trek Into Darkness, and The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.
Marvel's Senior VP of Creative and Creator Development C.B. Cebulski is back in Manila to present never-before-seen footage from the upcoming film at "Hall M" on Sunday, August 28.
"Hall M" showcases the latest Marvel content in the fields of gaming, television, and movies and it is only limited to 1,000 attendees.
Check out APCC Manila's Facebook page to find out how to get into Hall M.
For APCC Manila 2016 tickets are available via SM Tickets with ticket prices P550 (one-day pass), P850 (two-day pass), ad P1,050 (three-day pass).
All these will give the ticketholder access to stage activities, performances, and the main show floor.