A regional event happening at the SMX Convention Center on the 24th and the 25th of March, ComicCon Asia 2018 is where the best of the region’s comics, movies, series, manga, anime, toys, gaming, and cosplay all come together in a massive arena of fandom explosion.
Featuring five distinct zones—Manga & Anime, Comics & Literature, Toys & Gaming, Movies, Series & Animation, and Cosplay–ComicCon Asia’s first run is jam-packed with exciting highlights centered on delivering unique and entertaining experiences for fans and con-goers of the region, including meet-and-greets with THE LEGENDARY superhero mastermind Stan Lee.
INTERACT WITH YOUR FANDOM FAVES
Backed by the combined expertise of PSL Entertainment and Nam Entertainment Group, ComicCon Asia came from industry experts in staging premier entertainment experiences and developing content for a global audience.
ComicCon Asia event producer Pauline Sofia Laping shares that Stan Lee, along with the convention’s roster of industry luminaries, are meant to “show fans what the industry behind creating a story looks like,” —a major draw for budding artists, creators, storytellers, and superhero fanatics alike.
Joining Stan Lee is NBA superstar Ray Allen, who celebrates the 20th year anniversary of the release of his movie He Got Game at ComicCon Asia, unveiling exclusive memorabilia and meeting up with basketball fans all over the region.
Walter Jones, the original Black Ranger from hit TV series Mighty Morphin Power Rangers is also coming in to say hi to fans of the massive teen franchise. Furthermore, set to shed light on the industry aspect of the creative trade are ComicCon Asia’s list of master creators in the world of cosplay, gaming, comics, illustration, photography, and more.
EXPERIENCE THE BEST OF COSPLAY
Do more than take selfies and get your photos signed. ComicCon Asia is where you can learn about various aspects of cosplay straight from leading artisans of cosplay’s elite.
Renowned artist and cosplayer Chad Hoku aka Hoku Props, a master in creating crowd-pleasing armor showstoppers, will help fans discover tips and tricks forged in the armor cosplay trade. Award-winning international cosplayer Linda Le aka Vampy Bit Me is set to help cosplayers level up their crafting skills with a workshop on stunning fabric costumes.
Through a Cosplay Posing & Facial Expression workshop, internationally-loved Austrian cosplay chameleon Nana Kuronoma will be unraveling secrets to embodying characters, from their gestures and quips, down to their very last quirks.
Meanwhile, Cosplay photographer Jay Tablante together with special guest Anna Redei aka Enji Night will be giving con-goers tips on capturing cosplay through the lens. ComicCon Asia is also the place to witness cosplayers bring their best cosplay to the frontlines as they compete for the ultimate Cosplay Match-Up. A one-on-one duke out for cosplay victory, Cosplay Match-Up is where bone fide dungeon warlords, space princesses, and manga maniacs can bring home the ultimate cosplay champ title under the Anime, Gaming, and Western/Filipino categories.
GET IMMERSED IN THE CREATIVE TRADE
ComicCon Asia 2018 is the place for local creators to sneak an exclusive peek into the exciting world of creative productions as the convention is set to host informative talks, workshops, and panel discussions led by globally-recognized creative industry pros. It’s where they can be part of a creative discourse designed to give Filipino creators the exposure and guidance they need.
For ComicCon Asia, DC/Marvel homegrown comic book artist Harvey Tolibao is set to unlock trade secrets in the comic book industry as he leads a workshop for aspiring artists together with Carlo Pagulayan, who will be giving expert comic book illustration techniques designed to help beginners turn to pros.
Take your creativity to the next level with Armand Serrano, Walt Disney’s Visual Development Artist, as he shares his experience in bringing to life well-loved characters from award-winning films like Mulan, Lilo & Stitch, and Big Hero 6. Fans can also catch LEGO’s Ian Sta. Maria, as he gives out futuristic character design tips and tricks while sharing his own creative process—complete with on-screen demos.
In addition, con-goers can learn how to become an expert craftsman in toy design through a master class led by Jesse Yu aka J*RYU. As J*RYU, he became an award-winning toy customizer, Kidrobot flagship, and the creator of the commercially and critically successful “Forest of Sorrows” and “Arcane Divination” sets.
Spongecola frontman Yael Yuzon will be sharing his experience in harnessing creativity to expand his artistic journey as well as unveiling his latest mini comics “Watership & Joy”. Moreover, creative hopefuls can learn about what it takes to be a successful creative entrepreneur in an industry workshop led by Carlo Calimon of StartUp Village and Jay Tablante.
They’re also free to join a creative discourse as Temple University’s Dr. John Lent, publisher and creator of the International Journal of Comic Art, holds a roundtable discussion on the span of the comic industry in Asia and the role of comics in the progressive growth of Asian comic culture and its significance on a global scale.
Part of Dr. John’s panel are: Toni Masdiono, a lecturer for the Indonesian School of Design and comic artist for popular album Ganesha Bobo and the Komunikasi magazine; Vietnamese comic pioneer Nguyen Thang Phong, popularized by his regime-defying artwork; Jerry Hinds, president of The Association of Comic Artists Singapore and creator of comic series SupaCross; and Malaysia’s Adi Nazri, founder of the Komic Kapalooza and former president of the Malaysia Comics Enthusiast Organization.
CLASH OF THE COMICCON CREATIVES
Aside from Cosplay Match-Up, ComicCon Asia will also be home to signature and co-located competitions made to empower and showcase the talent of the local creative landscape. Watch as we reveal the next Filipino creator who gets inaugurated into the local graphic novel hall of fame with the finals of ComicCon Asia’s Great Filipino Graphic Novel Contest. Get ready for a new breed of Filipino champions as ComicCon Asia, together with DV Tech Media, launches Project X: The Search for the New Pinoy Superheroes. ComicCon Asia also partners with The StartUp Village, the Animation Council of the Philippines (ACPI), and the Game Developers Association of the Philippines (GDAP), for One Shot, the search for the next big video game and animation idea. Lastly, hardcore collectors can either place their bid on the rarest memorabilia at our very own Auction Hero, or head to the Trading Guild to exchange limited edition collectibles.
“What makes ComicCon Asia different, aside from it being a regional convention participated by attendees and exhibitors from all over Asia, is the way we put a premium on the Filipino artistic potential,” Pauline adds. “More than an avenue for bringing home world-class entertainment, ComicCon Asia serves as a platform for growing our creators’ industry and taking it to brand new heights.”
ComicCon Asia 2018 tickets are set to drop by January 25 and will be available, with ticket prices of PhP800 for the one-day pass and PhP1300 for the two-day pass.