“The creative industry will fuel the global economy,” our program director Boboy Yonzon shared at the gathering of blogger we set up recently.
China, as his slides reveal, is now the biggest exporter of creative goods and services. Japan’s creative industry, on the other hand, outweighs its shipping industry.
These, and what he said about the creative industries employing more people than the automotive industry in US, Europe, and Japan, was, to us, an exciting revelation – which is why we’ve never felt more inspired to center ComicCon Asia around the creator.
Indeed, the Asian creative sphere is a force to be reckoned with. And we, Filipinos, have what it takes to compete in the global stage.
As we speak, there are 200 Filipinos illustrating for DC, Marvel, and North American comics, with more than a thousand in animation. This shows that we hold a kind of potential that when shaped right, can make a lasting mark in the industry.
So where does ComicCon Asia come in, and how do we nurture this raw potential?
Other than the fun con-goers get from attending conventions, ComicCon Asia goes deep into how else a convention can be experienced. It entertains the thought budding creators have long wondered: When is it my turn to have my own booth? My own poster? My own franchise? When is it my turn to promote my own creation?
Beyond your usual convention, ComicCon Asia is a chance to learn.
One of our co-located event, One Shot, gives Filipino creators an opportunity to pitch their movie, tv series, animation, comic, gaming, manga, anime, and toy ideas to influential industry movers with the intent of having them critiqued and possibly funded.
In essence, ComicCon Asia functions as a search for the next best Filipino talent to rival the expertise of our certified hall-of-famers.
True to this intent, ComicCon Asia will host industry talks, panel discussions, and workshops led by renowned artists, creators, and producers from around the world.
“At its best, ComicCon Asia is a venue for business matching opportunities,” Bernardo added. It is a convention that aims to be collaborative, to be integrative, and most importantly, inclusive.
As Yonzon welcomed every individual who wish to see our creative industry grow to be part of our endeavor, he gave our guests, and us, a challenge to think about:
“Let us grow big. Let us think big.”
ComicCon Asia 2018 is backed by the combined expertise of PSL and Nam Entertainment Group in staging premier entertainment experiences and developing content for a global audience. For more information on ComicCon Asia, please log on to www.comiccon.asia or like and follow us on Facebook.
PSL Entertainment is an event management company committed to developing homegrown content and talents, and delivering premier entertainment experience to a global audience. It has introduced Miss Global to the Philippine audience and is a key mover within the Miss Global worldwide organization.
Nam Entertainment Group is a full-service media company developing content for the global audience, including reality television shows, international event productions, music festivals, and trade shows. It has offices in the United States, Canada, and Vietnam and is currently developing the television series The Bachelor for the Asian market.