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The Nerds Are Alright

You might probably noticed that this blog remained stagnant for a good few months – I drowned in a sea of to do’s at work and I was not in a good place – occasionally battling bouts of stress, anxiety and depression which can be a harrowing experience once it hits.

Until one day, I said I just couldn’t mope forever and abandon the things that made me happy. I decided to blog again and attend events; trying to find time from my busy schedule to fit everything in.

One of the first events I attended was this year’s ASIA POP COMIC CON, which was always been in my calendar for ages. Being a big nerd since I can remember, I love collecting comic books and action figures, and would diligently troop to the cinemas for superhero movies. Yes, I am one of those people who have an annoying habit of explaining “comic book universes.” I am also a DC girl through and through, though I am level headed enough to accept that the MCU cinematic universe is kicking our dark, brooding DC asses when it comes to box-office adaptations.

I was there on the invitation of my friend Paul (extreme left) who hosted the blogging panel featuring David Guison and Chevrolet brand ambassadors Mari Jasmine and Donny Pangilinan.

After the panel, it was on to the good stuff:

The Superman figure above has been on a must-buy list for a good three or four years now. But it’s more than 10k pesos; I kept putting it off. To put it simply, it’s either I take home the little homage to (my forever love) Christopher Reeve or I pay off my numerous insurance plans. I’d rather stick to my investment track.

While going around, I also caught sight of the ongoing signing for Ready Player One lead and MCU alumnus, Tye Sheridan:

I was initially planning to register for his panel, but it was scheduled way late in the afternoon; and I hate staying too long in MOA unless necessary, so I decided to skip it.

Admittedly, the star of this year’s con is the Netflix installation which took a lot of space and attracted a huge crowd.

I don’t know if it’s just me but the crowd this year seemed a bit smaller compared to the past years that I was there. I went Saturday AM until lunch – so I might be wrong and missed the Saturday afternoon crowd.

There was also a significantly lesser selection on merchandise that was for sale because everything seemed to sell the same Funko toys everywhere I go around the floor.

After needing it out on the land of superheroes, I continued the rest of the day on kawaii land as my friend, The Filipino Rambler and I hied off to Hello Kitty cafe in BGC.

Let’s get the obvious out of the way – the place is freaking cute. It is cute personified and an Instagrammer’s paradise.

I’ve been planning to eat here even before but it was newly-opened and everyone wanted a piece of the action. It was always full whenever I go, with reservations stacked one on top of the other — so I gave up trying to score a seat. I figured, I would go when the hype finally died down – and sure enough, we were able to immediately score seats when we walked in at 3pm on a Saturday noon.

Of course, the food was adorable:

  • It was begging for double-taps; served in dainty cups and cake trays, with cute sugar bowls to boot. The cakes, of course, were designed to look cute and Instagram-worthy.
  • So, was it delicious? It’s average on my book; a good 3.5 out of 5 stars. To be fair, I only got the cake and not the rest of the mains – so there might be something amazing there that I haven’t tasted yet.
  • It was good to finally have the time to go out and enjoy the things that makes me less crazy and less stressed . I had the chance to indulge my inner fan girl and thanks to the great afternoon — I realised that yes, in spite living in the crazy adult world, this nerd is still alright.
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    About A Charming Guy called Nick 

    Nicholas Hoult in Manila, APCC 2016

    The thing about liking celebrities is that you’re not sure if they will be as charming and as lovable in person as their onscreen persona. Who knows? They might turn out to be jerks or idiot douches effectively ruining any love you have for them in the process. 

    Nicholas Hoult – British dream boat, this generation’s Dr. Hank “Beast” McCoy; sexiest undead in the universe; the crazily heroic Nox and future on-screen JD Salinger – is (thankfully) charming and lovable on screen and most especially, off

    The excitement of the awaiting tri-media during the Hoult meet and greet during the recently concluded Asia Pop Comic Con is palpable the minute the press was accommodate inside the makeshift press area. Everyone was jostling for seats and stakes were claimed where cameras will be placed. The minute Hoult entered, the girls promptly screened, the guys winced (cos of the ear-splitting shriek of the ladies) and Hoult promptly smiled and waved, obviously happy with meeting the local press. 

    A major network immediately asked the tried and tested question for visiting celebrities in Manila: “How do you find the Philippines?” 

    Hoult answered he didn’t know what to expect, since it was his first time in the country but he thoroughly enjoyed and loved the food and going around malls and bars. (True enough, pictures of Hoult and Joe Dempsie circulated showing the two dancing in a local bar). Having mentioned the food, the question immediately was another from the patented list of Qs: “So have you tried balut?” Not yet, he tells the host and the crowd proceeded to rib him with balut jokes for the next hour or so. 

    Being in a gathering for the nerds, geeks and lovers of pop culture, Hoult was asked if he plays Pokemon Go. He said yes but admitted he is a sucky player and continues to be on Level 13 under Team Mystic (we have the same team). 

    Of course, network reporter takes it a cue to subtly dig Nicholas for info if he chooses Mystic because you know it’s “Mystique” (aka Hoult ex girlfriend Jennifer Lawrence’s character in the X-men franchise). 

    “No, I just love the color blue,” he quipped, smiling. 

    For Skins fans (myself included), Nicholas shared that he continues to be friends with the Skins cast, and the cast – has in fact – grown up together after the series concluded. “I thought I was supposed to play the Sid character,” he shared but of course, he ended up being the iconic Tony Stonem, the cool and rebellious gang leader of the first gen Skins. He notes that it was extra cool to be at the APCC with Joe Dempsie, who played troublemaker Chris Miles along with Nick on the first Skins and is now part of the “Game of Thrones” franchise as the ever-rowing Gendry. (Another Skins alumnus Hanna Murray – who played Cassie – is also part of the GOT universe, playing Gilly). 

    Here’s another bit of a trivia for Skins fanatics out there. Hoult admits that it was not him singing in some of the musical scenes in the show (one was when the cast was singing “Wild a World”) – “sorry, it wasn’t me!” he sheepishly admitted. 

    It’s okay, Nick — we still love you.

    Nick shared: “Joe and I plan to see more of the islands, maybe some beaches, after this (meaning the APCC)…” 

    When pressed where they plan to go, he smiled and quipped,

    “The Philippines!” 

    The audience promptly laughed, conceding it was a good and safe answer. 

    Asked to choose between Magneto, Wolverine and Professor, Hoult shared he would love to be Magneto, but quickly admits that Michael Fassbender is already doing a wicked job with the role. His answers to questions related to the X-Men movies showed how grateful he was to be part of the successful franchise, never mind that he was in two: X-Men and Mad Max. He shared that he has always been thankful and even if he is fully covered in make-up as Beast, he still happy to note that he could easily go to the loo when he needs to, even if he is in costume because some of the casts couldn’t. “In fact, I know someone in the cast who has to be helped by the crew when going to the bathroom because of how hard his costume was!” 

    In my head, I was wondering if he meant Jennifer Lawrence, considering how skin-tight her costume was as Mystique.

    All throughout his 20 year career, Hoult practically played every role in the playbook – starting as a cute, chubby-cheeked kid to a multi-faceted actor. Right now, his latest movie “Rebel in the Rye” is already in post production and is set for release in 2017. In “Rebel in the Rye,” Hoult plays legendary writer and author JD Salinger whose reputation as a brilliant later is only preceded by his reputation as a recluse. 

    I love JD Salinger and “Catcher in the Rye” is one of my favorite books, and with Nicholas Hoult in the title role, I am now in bliss. 

    Charming and affable – on and off screen – and yes, gorgeous, Nicholas Hoult is the kind of actor you always end up swooning after. 

    Geek out with me at Asia Pop Comic Con from August 26 to 28

    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. 

    Celebrity appearances 

    Nicholas Hoult 

    Credit : from the APCC Facebook page

    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. 
    Joe Dempsie

    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.

    For more information and event updates, please visit http://www.asiapopcomiccon.com/manila and official Facebook Page facebook.com/apccmanila.

    Credit: all images courtesy of the APCC Facebook page.