Wednesday, September 16, 2015

What to look forward to in Asia Pop Comic Con

What to look forward to in Asia Pop
by rick olivares

It is T-minus 1 by the time you read this. And this means that there’s one day to go ’til the much awaited Asia Pop Comic Con, the biggest comic book and pop culture convention to hit these shores. And when that happens, some folks will be in Geek Heaven.

There are going to be a lot of activities but personally, here is what I am looking forward to this Asia Pop (September 17-20 at the World Trade Center in Pasay City):

Thursday, September 17
Checking out all the comics, toys, and merchandise on sale!

Friday, September 18
The special screening of the new Lance Henriksen (who famously played Bishop in the Aliens films and ex-FBI agent Frank Black in the television series, “Millennium”) film, "Harbinger Down," a film with alien-like beings that takes the actor back to his roots. 
Meeting writer and artist David Mack whose Kabuki and Daredevil stories I read and collected.
Meeting artist David Yardin whose work on Image Comics’ “Aria” following our very own Jay Anacleto and Lan Medina on the wonderful series of magical stories.
Meeting American Cosplayer Monika Lee who did a great interpretation of Final Fantasy X’s Yuna and anime character, Sailor Mars.

Saturday, September 19
The Cosplay event our very own goddess Alodia Gosiengfiao & Vampy Bit Me
The Comics Artists Panel with DC Comics’ Hank Kanalz who famously helped start Image Comics with Jim Lee as well as Filipino superstar artists Mico Suayan, Stephen Segovia, and Carlo Pagulayan.
Check out the Marvel Special Panel on Captain America: Civil War. I figure they will feature new cut for the trailer.
In Conversation with actor Paul Bettany, who played the android Vision in Avengers: Age of Ultron
The Cosplay Authority Global Challenge where the winner can take home up to US$10,000!

Sunday, September 20
The Comics Panel with Marvel Comics’ C.B. Cebulski and Filipino superstar artists Whilce Portacio and Leinil Yu, and David Mack, and David Yardin.
Checkpoint Movie Preview and Panel featuring former pro-wrestler Bill Goldberg
The Toy Panel featuring J’Ryu, Chris Ryniak, Amanda Spayd, and Simone Legno
The Cosplay Authority Global Challenge Awards Ceremony

Some toys worth checking out:
The Hot Toys Booth, powered by Filbar’s or Booth K#19, will delight action figures hobbyists with six Hot Toys 2015 Toy Fair Exclusives—the Iron Man Mark XXIV Tank, Iron Man Mark III (Stealth Mode Version), Maria Hill, Luke Skywalker (Stormtrooper Disguise Version),  Star Wars: The Force Awakens - 1/6th scale First Order Stormtrooper Squad Leader, and Metal Gear’s Raiden (Inferno Armor Version). 
There will be Lego and Star Wars booths as well!

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