It’s a wonderful time to be a geek as Asia Pop Comic Con (APCC)—touted to be the biggest three-day pop-culture extravaganza-is back in Manila from August 26 to 28 at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City, Manila.
My heart is already bursting at the seams with too much excitement as APCC brings two of my favorite tv/film actors for this year’s con along with other celebrities, comic book artists, vinyl artists and entertainers. This along with the many exhibitors and the full program line up ensures that this year’s comic con will be an event to remember.
I’ve always been in love with Nicholas Hoult starting from his days as the genius yet utterly sardonic Tony Stonem in Skins The First Generation and then as the lovable zombie turned human “R” in Warm Bodies. The fact that he is also this generation’s Hank McCoy also known as the mutant Beast of the X-Men ensemble, along with other role in “Mad Max: Fury Road,” “Sand Castles,” among others.
The first time I laid my eyes on Joe Dempsie was during his time as the hopeless junkie Chris Miles for Skins First Generation. This dude made me cry, no thanks to his performance and the unfortunate turn of events for his lovable character Chris. Then, I saw him again in “Game of Thrones” when he was cast as Gendry where he was last seen rowing that God-forsaken boat.
Other celebrity guests include: Claire Holt from the Vampire Diaries and The Originals and Millie Bobby Brown who is currently making waves on the Netflix Original “Stranger Things.”
Hall M: Exclusively for Asia
AsiaPOP Comicon Manila 2016 (APCC Manila)will also unveil Hall M, a showcase of Marvel content in the fields of gaming, television, and movies. Universal Events and Entertainment, the organizer of APCC Manila, has tied up with Marvel for this exclusive, first-of-its-kind showcase at any convention in Asia.
Hall M is expected to excite fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe as nothing gets geeks’ blood pumping like the word ‘exclusive’ – propelling people to wait long hours, endure snaking lines, and try to secure slots by hook or crook.
Fans will be treated to never-before-seen footage outside of San Diego Comic Con of Marvel’s upcoming Doctor Strange film at APCC Manila’s Hall M, including content from Marvel’s television and web series. Hall M is limited up to 1,000 attendees.
For C.B. Cebulski, Marvel’s Vice President of International Development & Brand Management, he said, “I’m thrilled to be coming back to APCC Manila this year! Given the overwhelming fan response to last year’s Captain America: Civil War trailer debut, Marvel is letting me bring even more fantastic footage with me, this time from all of our different divisions, to showcase at our extended ‘Hall M’ extravaganza! Some clips being shown for the first time! It’s all still a secret, but just know that Hall M is guaranteed to be a one-of-a-kind Marvel experience in Manila!”. Cebulski is returning to APCC Manila this year to once again scout the best artistic talent in the country.
“As a group we enjoy a global strategic alliance with Marvel on multiple fronts and so we are glad to be able to extend our partnership by offering never seen before Marvel content to die-hard fans and geeks in the Philippines. This will be first-of-its-kind Marvel showcase at a pop culture convention and visitors will be able to witness an epic exhibit of multiple surprises at this year’s AsiaPOP Comicon Manila.” said Abdulla Mahmood, Director – Marketing and Business Development of Al Ahli Holding Group (AAHG). Universal Events & Entertainment is a subsidiary of AAHG.
Comic Book Artists and Vinyl Toy Makers
Another highlight for me is the possibilit of meeting these comic book artists including the legendary Whilce Portacio. Comic books had a lot of influence on me during my growing up years and I consider it an honor to see these men whose talent has given birth to some of the most iconic moments on print.
APCC Manila 2016 tickets are now available via SM Tickets—made possible by its partner SM Group—with ticket prices PhP550 (one-day pass), PhP850 (two-day pass), and PhP1,050 (three-day pass). All these will give the ticketholder access to stage activities, performances, and the main show floor. The event is free for children aged five and below for all days, but a valid identification is required for verification purposes before entering the show floor.
Credit: all images courtesy of the APCC Facebook page.