DC’s ‘Cyborg’ Smashes His Way into AsiaPOP Comicon Manila 2017

AsiaPOP Comicon Manila 2017 (APCC Manila) unveils American actor Ray Fisher, aka
Cyborg, from Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice and the highly anticipated film Justice League. Fisher will be the first Hollywood celebrity headliner to take on the biggest pop culture event in the country. APCC Manila 2017 is slated from August 25 to 27 at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City.
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Victor Stone, aka Cyborg, is a former college athlete turned cybernetic warrior through themysterious power of an otherworldly living machine known as a Mother Box. Cyborg is the latest addition to DC’s Justice League, an organization of Earth’s greatest superheroes dedicated to protecting the worldfrom its greatest threats.
“We have always believed in bringing unique talent and content to AsiaPOP Comicon Manila and this year is no different as we are bringing one of the brightest talents and potential future superstar, Ray Fisher who is reprising the role of Cyborg in the forthcoming blockbuster Justice League and will continue to be key superhero character within DC Universe” said Abdulla Mahmood, Director, Marketing and International Business, Al Ahli Holding Group. “Diehard DC fans who were craving for a superhero talent have their wishes fulfilled as they will get an opportunity to interactwith Ray Fisher as Cyborg”.
In 2020, Warner Bros. is said to release a solo Cyborg film, where Fisher will reprise his role as Victor Stone/Cyborg. Fisher’s performance as Cyborg marks the actor’s big screen debut. His past  performances include a brief appearance in the period television drama, The Astronaut Wives Club, and  various theater productions across the United States, including his portrayal of Muhammad Ali in the New York Theatre Workshop’s OffBroadway production of Fetch Clay, Make Man.
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APCC Manila also released the second batch of globallyrecognized artists who will showcase their  works and share their talents to their fans. These include Whilce Portacio, Carl Potts, Shoji Kawamori, and  Serena Kozuki.

Returning to APCC Manila is FilipinoAmerican comic book artist and writer Whilce Portacio, who  has done notable works, including the titles Uncanny Xmen, X-Factor, The Punisher, Heroes Reborn: Iron Man, Wetworks, and Spawn, among others. The talented inker and penciller was also a cofounder of the Image Comics and he has currently returned working independently for Image, DC and Marvel.

For his part, Carl Potts, who has worked as an Executive Editor in Marvel Comics for 13 years, is wellknown for being the mentor of some of the top comic artists including Jim Lee, Whilce Portacio, Scott Williams, Art Adams, Lary Stroman, Jon Bogdanove, and Terry Shoemaker. He created Alien Legion and the graphic novel Last of the Dragons. His book, The DC Comics Guide to Creating Comics: Inside the Art of Visual Storytelling was also published by DC/WatsonGuptill. He is currently working on a graphic novel
project called, The Flying Column. Under the title of “Vision Creator,” Shoji Kawamoriacts as a creator of original works, an
animation director, a scriptwriter, a mecha designer and many other roles. Being one of the original creators of the animated TV hit Macrosswhich became part of a series known as Robotech outside Japanhe played a major part in developing one of the important factors that popularized the Japanese anime phenomenon worldwide.
He was also one of the designers of the Diaclone line of toys, which later became known as the Transformers, including now ubiquitous “Optimus Prime.” His designs can be found in a wide range of media, from animation, and video games to liveaction movies and commercial products.
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Adding rhythm and beat to the fun that is APCC is solo Japanese idol Serena Kozuki, who will serve as the event’s musical guest. Serena is widely known for the song Shake the DiCE, which is the ending song of a popular Japanese Anime, light novel and Manga franchise titled, TenchiMuyo! Ryo Ohki. She is known as “Live Monster” onstage and is admired for her performing styles, which vary from sweet and girly to rockhard livewire. Serena performs for over 200 live shows yearly.
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APCC Manila 2017 tickets are now available via SM Tickets website, https://smtickets.com/, or at all SM Tickets outlets, with ticket prices a t PhP600 (oneday pass), PhP900 (twoday pass), and PhP1,100 (threeday 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 years and below for all days, but a valid identification is required for verification purposes before entering the show floor.
A limited edition Collectors Pack is available at a discounted price of PhP 3,500. This special offer is available for purchase at SM Tickets online (https://smtickets.com/events/view/5868) and SM Tickets outlets while supplies last. Collector’s Pack includes 1/12 Scale Iron Man “Shotgun Collectible Figure, 1x APCC 3Day Pass, 1x Special Edition Captain America Comic Book from Comicave Studios, and 1x APCC 2016 Tote Bag.
Also available is the Ultimate Merch Bundle, priced at PhP 1,600. The bundle includes 1APCC 3Day Pass, 1x Special Edition Captain America Comic Book from Comicave Studios, 1x APCC 2016 Tote Bag, 1x Sticker Set, 1x APCC 2017 Cotton TShirt (SXL), 2x APCC Lanyards, and 1x Star Wars Lanyard. This bundle is limited to 100 sets only, and is available at SM Tickets online, and at all SM Ticket outlets near you!
For more information and event updates, visit www.asiapopcomicon.com/manila, or follow their official Facebook Page www.facebook.com/apccmanila, Twitter account @AsiaPOPComicon, and Instagram account @asiapopcomicon.

DENKI MEGATECH CONVENTION- MECHA, GAMING, AND TECHNOLOGY CONVENTION

Denki Megatech Convention is a Technology, Gaming and Hobby Convention in the Philippines. The said event will be held on the 11th and 12th of February, 2017 at the Philippine Trade Training Center in Pasay City.

The event focuses what the Philippines scene has to show in terms of technology development, gaming, game development, art and even cosplay. One of the convention’s main goals is to showcase and allow attendees to participate, see and test out the different developments from a wide range of growing industries here in the Philippines.

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Another goal is for the attendees to experience gaming in more ways than one, from the creativity and patience of game development, to the diligence, excitement and celebration of our local gaming scene.

To top it all off, we’ll be having a cosplay competition, a hobby where creativity and innovation strive and grow, judged by a group of the best cosplayers the Philippines has seen.

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What are you waiting for? Start charging up for Denki!

Infographic: A bigger and better Animax Carnival Philippines this October

Anime fans and cosplay lovers will once again converge for two days as anime cable channel Animax will hold again its biggest and most celebrated anime event this year, the Animax Carnival Philippines 2016.

Now on its fifth year, Animax channel’s signature event promises to be bigger and better that ever, highlighting the performances of four of today’s most successful artists from Japan live!

Here’s an infographics on what to expect in this year’s Animax Carnival Philippines 2016.

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Animax Carnival Philippines 2016 will happen on October 15 and 16 at Halls 1 and 2 of the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City. Ticket for the event are priced from Php299 onwards which can be used for two days. Ticket are now available via smtickets.com and in all SM Ticket outlets nationwide.

For more detail, please log on to www.animax-asia.com/acph16

animephproject.com is an online media partner of Animax Carnival Philippines 2016.

AsiaPOP Comicon Manila 2016: Day 1

It has been more than a month already since the most awaited event happened last August 2016, AsiaPOP Comicon Manila 2016. This was the most anticipated event of the year since everyone who missed it last year is wishing to come to this event this year. People saving up for the tickets for the said meet and greet, photo session of the most awaited A-list international stars that they’ll be bringing here to Manila. For cosplayers, preparing the Cosplay Authority Global Challenge or so known as CAGE, for the awesome competition plus the amazing prize that is awaiting for them. And especially, con-goers who are a huge fan for the Westernize conventions, aspring comic book artists finally meet their idols face-to-face and especially get to interact with them plus as for some tips regarding their artwork.

AsiaPOP Comicon Manila 2016 was held at SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia last August 26-28, 2016. A 3-day event full of huge pop culture the event has seen. impressive international stars list, international cosplayers, and amazing attractions that the community hasn’t seen here in the Philippines.

Let’t start off on Day 1, August 26, there are a lot of activities line-up at the centre stage. The first thing you’ll notice is a wrestling ring in the middle of the event. For wrestling fans here in the Philippines, yes we do have a wrestling team here and they are the Philippine Wrestling Revolution also known as PWR. They have scheduled shows every month in different locations so if you wish to watch their shows, just go to their facebook page at: www.facebook.com/PHWrestlingRevo

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I may they are good since I’ve been attending some of their shows. Really entertaining I may say. You’ll feel the hype. They have an upcoming show that will be held at the Bayahinan Center, Pasig City, Philippines on October 8, 2016. The show is called: PWR: Renaissance. Judging by the name it seems a lot of revelation will be happening.

Aside from the wrestling ring, there are a lot of booths in the event center. There is a skateboard area, an American Ninja Warrior obstacle course, an artist corner where you’ll find the comicbook artists that AsiaPOP Comicon brought here in Manila just for you also local artists that are catering their marvelous artworks in a postcard, a shirt, a mug and many merchandise which you can support them by buying their products on site. There is also a play area section for your kids, and yes you can bring your kids to the event and enjoy as much as you enjoy the event.

Also, they have the Magic The Gathering, where in they’ll teach you to play the game, have a couple of games with others, and the best part is that you take home the deck they have given you to play.

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There are a lot of things you can actually do at the event area. I wasn’t able to tour each side because there are a lot of booths which you can try.

And of course, who would forget, there are amazing cosplayers that where at the event. They are showing their crafts. Amazing crafts I may say. They really prepared for this awesome event. Happy that a lot of people knows who they are cosplaying and from what series/movie they are from. Here are some of the cosplayers on Day 1.

Over all, Day 1 is very amazing, a lot of things happening on the centre stage, the PWR wrestling match is such a hype everyone can’t wait for Day 2 and 3, what they have to offer for the event. Amazing booths, amazing cosplayers, amazing artist area. I may say it is an event worth remembering by and worth coming every year.

We would like to thank AsiaPOP Comicon for once again getting us as their Online Media/Blog Partner for their awesome event.

Photo courtesy of Arkadymac.com. You may check their blogs and photos at www.arkadymac.com.

Joe Dempsie of ‘Game of Thrones’ comes to Manila for AsiaPOP Comicon Manila 2016

Still rowin’?” But who would have thought that he would get here! Joe Dempsie aka Gendry ofthe HBO hit series Game of Thrones (GoT) is coming to town for AsiaPOP Comicon Manila 2016 (APCCManila), the biggest pop culture convention slated on August 26 to 28 at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City.

Other than his role in GoT, Joe Dempsie also starred in the Skins and various British televisionseries such as Peak Practice, Doctors, Sweet Medicine, and The Fades, among others. He appearedin the films One for the Road, Heartlands, and Monsters: Dark Continent, to boot.

Currently, he stars in BBC’s modern thriller mini-series One of Us. For APCC Manila, Dempsie joins X-Men’s Nicholas Hoult, Vampire Diaries’ Claire Holt, and Stranger Things’ Millie Bobby Brown as its Hollywood celebrity headliners.

For the fans of Dempsie, APCC Manila is offering Autograph and Photograph session tickets with the actor, which will be available soon for purchase on SM Tickets website, https://smtickets.com/, or atall SM Tickets outlets. Autograph and Photograph tickets will also be available for purchase on event days.

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APCC Manila 2016 tickets are now available via SM Tickets 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 years 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 asiapopcomicon.com/manila and official Facebook Page facebook.com/apccmanila.

‘Hall M’ – A First-Ever Marvel Showcase in Asia Launched at AsiaPOP Comicon

AsiaPOP Comicon Manila 2016 (APCC Manila)—touted to be the biggest three-day pop-culture

extravaganza slated on August 26 to 28 at SMX Convention Center in Pasay City—will 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 as nothing gets geeks’ blood pumping like the word ‘exclusive’.

Imagine sights, sounds, and all other spectacles one might see and hear ahead of the rest of the world, or awesomeness the rest of the world may never see or hear. It’s this thrill that makes people wait long hours, endure snaking lines, and try to secure slots by hook or crook.

“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.

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.

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.

Hollywood Actor Nicholas Hoult, aka X-Men’s Beast, Headlines AsiaPOP Comicon Manila 2016

“What a Lovely Day” and a “Beastly” good time it is for movie and pop fans around the region as AsiaPOP Comicon Manila 2016 (APCC Manila) confirmed Hollywood actor Nicholas Hoult as the latest celebrity headliner to hit the stage of the biggest pop culture convention slated on August 26 to 28 at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City.

Hoult, who made his acting debut with the 1996 Canadian-British film Intimate Relations, is best known for playing mutant scientist Beast in X-Men: First Class and  X-Men: Days of Future Past, War Boy Nux in Mad Max: Fury Road, protagonist Jack in Jack the Giant Slayer, and R in Warm Bodies.

In the past, Hoult  starred in the independent, science fiction drama Young Ones opposite Michael Shannon and Elle Fanning and directed by Jake Paltrow, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. He also starred opposite Colin Firth in Tom Ford’s directorial debut A Single Man to rave reviews.

Hoult’s most recent movie appearances were in Drake Doremus’ film Equals, a futuristic drama also starring Kristen Stewart, which premiered at the Venice Film Festival, as well as the British independent production Kill Your Friends, based on a novel by John Niven.

 He has recently finished shooting writer/director Danny Strong’s directorial debut Rebel in the Rye, in which he plays a young J.D. Salinger; and he will also be seen in the film Sand Castle for director Fernando Coimbra, in which he portrays an American soldier on a mission to help a village at the end of the war in Iraq.

For the fans of Hoult, APCC Manila is offering Autograph, Photograph and Meet & Greet session tickets with the actor, which will be available soon for purchase on SM Tickets website, https://smtickets.com/, or at all SM Tickets outlets.

 APCC Manila 2016 tickets are now available via SM Tickets 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 years and below for all days, but a valid identification is required for verification purposes before entering the show floor.

A special Geek Bundle is also available at PhP3500 for the FIRST 100 customers which includes an event lanyard, tote bag, cape, a 3-day pass, and a 1/12 Iron Man Mark XL “Shotgun” collectible figure from Comicave Studios.

For more information and event updates, please visit asiapopcomicon.com/manila  and official Facebook Page facebook.com/apccmanila.

Hollywood Child Star Millie Bobby Brown to Bring ‘Stranger Things’ Phenomenon to AsiaPOP Comicon Manila 2016

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Things take a turn for the stranger as AsiaPOP Comicon Manila 2016 (APCC Manila) confirmed Hollywood child actress Millie Bobby Brown as the latest celebrity guest of the biggest pop culture gathering happening from August 26 to 28 at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City.

 Brown is most known for her current role in the ongoing sci-fi thriller series Stranger Things, in which she stars opposite Winona Ryder and David Harbour. Her portrayal of the enigmatic Eleven earned her high praises, including that of Variety.com chief TV critic Maureen Ryan.

 She wrote, “Millie Bobby Brown is about to be cast in a lot of projects. With a very small number of lines, Brown gave an indelible performance as Eleven; the ways she subtly yet movingly conveyed fear, sadness, doubt, love and a yearning for connection will stay with me for a long time.”

 Previously, Brown was cast after an extensive search as a lead in the series Intruders, opposite Oscar winner Mira Sorvino and John Simm.  Brown also took on a recurring role in the series Once Upon a Time in Wonderland, as Young Alice. She has also guested in a number of cult favorites such as Modern Family, NCIS, and Grey’s Anatomy.

For the fans of the Stranger Things star, APCC Manila is offering Autograph and Photograph session tickets with the adorable child actress, which will be available soon for purchase on SM Tickets website, https://smtickets.com/, or at all SM Tickets outlets. Autograph and Photograph tickets will also be available for purchase on event days.

 APCC Manila 2016 tickets are now available via SM Tickets 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 years and below for all days, but a valid identification is required for verification purposes before entering the show floor.

A special Geek Bundle is also available at PhP3500 for the FIRST 100 customers which includes an event lanyard, tote bag, cape, a 3-day pass, and a 1/12 Iron Man Mark XL “Shotgun” collectible figure from Comicave Studios.

 For more information and event updates, please visit asiapopcomicon.com/manila and official Facebook Page facebook.com/apccmanila.

‘Teen Wolf’ Star Holland Roden to Fly to Manila for AsiaPOP Comicon 2016

Things are looking to be monsterrific as AsiaPOP Comicon Manila 2016 (APCC Manila) revealed Hollywood actress Holland Roden, as the latest celebrity guest to invade the biggest pop culture gathering slated on August 26 to 28 at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City.

Roden is best known for playing the smart and beautiful Lydia Martin on the MTV series Teen Wolf. She has also played supporting roles in other popular series such as CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Lost, Community, Criminal Minds, and Grey’s Anatomy. She is also a host for MTV, doing various fashion and entertainment segments for the channel, MTV.com, and the brand MTVStyle.

For the fans of Roden, APCC Manila is offering Autograph and Photograph session tickets with the stunning celebrity, which will be available soon for purchase on SM Tickets website, https://smtickets.com/, or at all SM Tickets outlets. Autograph and Photograph tickets will also be available for purchase on event days.

APCC Manila 2016 tickets are now available via SM Tickets 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 years and below for all days, but a valid identification is required for verification purposes before entering the show floor.

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A special Geek Bundle is also available at PhP3500 for the FIRST 100 customers which includes an event lanyard, tote bag, cape, a 3-day pass, and a 1/12 Iron Man Mark XL “Shotgun” collectible figure from Comicave Studios.

For more information and event updates, please visit asiapopcomicon.com/manila  and official Facebook Page facebook.com/apccmanila.

ABOUT ASIAPOP COMICON

AsiaPOP Comicon  (APCC)  will be an international pop culture convention themed around comics, film, toys and collectibles, animation, games, cosplay, superheroes and everything pop culture. The event will attract several internationally renowned artists, celebrities and pop-culture icons to various pockets of Asia, starting with Manila in the Philippines, and draw the attention of ardent fans. APCC will feature exhibitors from genres of pop culture and top studios from the across the globe, to bring popular brands and exclusive content for the show.  Focusing on delivering the ultimate fan experience, APCC aspires to bring geek culture mainstream and stand tall as a perfect launch pad to unveil new products and first look of movies for the Asia Pacific region providing a galore of potential opportunities for SMEs in the entertainment business to reach out to big brands and the vibrant creative talent pool from APAC. While the event will serve as a mega licensing avenue for studios to establish a direct access to potential clients through B2B networking, the larger purpose of the event will remain the outreach  and communication for celebrities and brands with their fans and engage with them on a one-on-one basis.

ABOUT UNIVERSAL EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT

Universal Events & Entertainment (UEE), a subsidiary of Al Ahli Holding Group is a premier and dynamic international events management company, headquartered in Singapore committed to be the forefront of pop culture/comic con events globally. The passionate and dedicated team combined has over 4 decades of event management experience in the area of pop culture.    Universal Events & Entertainment prides itself in bringing world class celebrations of pop culture globally that delivers the ultimate fan experience whilst assisting brands to tap into the pulse of pop culture. We aim to build and engage communities and fans at our comic cons worldwide. UEE will kick off a series of comic cons events globally in Manila, UAE, Korea and USA in the near future.

APCC: 2nd wave of guest personalities!

Pop Culture Explosion at Asia POP Comicon Manila 2016

 Pop culture lovers of all shapes, sizes, and fandoms are definitely in for an unusual treat at AsiaPOP Comicon Manila 2016 (APCC Manila 2016) as it brings in even more special guests for the biggest pop culture convention in the country!

Slated on August 26 to 28 at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City, APCC Manila confirmed another roster of talents in different pop fandoms, from music,beauty to comics, to grace this epic event.

J-Rock and anime music lovers rejoice, as renowned singer Hiroshi Kitadani is here to rock your favorite anime series’ worlds in APCC Manila 2016!

Kitadani is a singer and member of anison (anime music) supergroup JAM Project. He first entered the anime music scene when his solo debut single We Are! was used as the opening theme for runaway hit series One Piece, which led to performances for other series such as Yu-Gi-Oh! GX.

Kitadani joined JAM Project in 2002, and has been a regular performing member ever since, taking part in songs such as THE HERO!! ~IkareruKobushiniHonō o Tsukero~, the opening theme for cult favorite One Punch Man, as well as soundtracks from other action-packed titles such as Shin Getter Robo vs Neo Getter Robo, Shin Mazinger Impact Z!,Super Robot Wars Original Generation: Divine Wars, Transformers: Animated, and many more.

Muscles, Machinery, and Other Miscellaneous Masterpieces

Comic book fansare bound to have the time of their lives as world-renowned comic book artists animate the world ofAPCC Manila 2016 with their presence and exceptional artistry. These include Mike Zeck, Ken Lashley, Billy Tan, and Whilce Portacio.

 Mike Zeck has influenced generations of artists with his comics’ series and covers. His groundbreaking six-part story Kraven’s Last Hunt, with J.M. Dematteis and Bob McLeod is the definitive Kraven the Hunter story and took the Spider-Man character to a whole new level. Readers have touted his creationas the ‘Greatest Spider-Man story of all time’ in recent polls.

Likewise, his work with writer Steven Grant on the Punisher Limited Series—collected as Circle of Blood—set the standard for the look and feel of the Punisher and propelled him to flagship character status at Marvel. Along with air-brush artist Phil Zimelman, Zeck has created some of the most recognizable painted images of the Punisher.

Zeck’s work has also graced the pages and covers of Captain America, Master of Kung Fu, Aquaman, Batman, Legends of the DC Universe, Green Lantern, G.I. Joe, G.I. Joe: Special Missions, Lobo, Deathstroke The Terminator, The Eliminator, Damned and many other titles.

For Ken Lashley, he has been a comic book veteran working on such titles as Excalibur, XCaliber Age of Apocalypse, Black Panther, X-Men, Spider-Man, Flash, JLA, Superman and Superman DOOMED, among others.

Lashley is one of the DC comics’ go-to cover artist, having done covers for Batwing, Ravagers, He-Man, Superboy, Earth-Two, Red Hood and the Outlaws, Superman/Wonder Woman, Superman, Batman, and Suicide Squad, to name a few.

Outside of comics, he has worked for Hasbro, Lucasfilm, Mattel and Fox Sports, creating designs for lines such as G.I Joe, Transformers, Spider-Man, Avengers, and StarWars. He is currently providing the art on Uncanny X-Men with writer, Cullen Bunn.

Billy Tan is a Malaysian-American comic book artist for more than 20 years now. His earlier artwork in Top Cow includes Tomb Raider, Tales of Witchblade, and Spirit of the Tao.

He joined Marvel in 2004 and since then, he has been a main penciler on projects such as X-23, Uncanny X-Men, New Avengers, and Uncanny X-Force among others.

Tan has also worked on the Green Lantern title for DC Comics for three years. He is currently living in China and had recently founded Tan Comics, a China-based comic company focusing on the Asian Super Hero genre.

Philippines, Represent!

Representing Filipino artistry are CAGE cosplay judges Alodia Gosiengfiao and Myrtle Sarrosa, beauty vlogger Say Tioco and artist extraordinaire Whilce Portacio, also known as the creator of Bishop ofUncanny X-Men.

Alodia Gosiengfiao is one of the most iconic cosplayers in the world today. Her passion for the art and craft of cosplay has resulted in appearances in cosplay conventions all over the world. She has also appeared in movies and television shows, both local and international, and has done collaborative work with game studios for various video game projects such as TinierMe and HatsuneMiku: Project DIVA.

From her first big break into showbiz as the Big Winner of Pinoy Big Brother Teen Edition 4, Myrtle Sarrosa started appearing in local television shows one after another. She has since come into her own as one of the most popular cosplayers in the country today, winning numerous awards in cosplay and anime events all over the country.

Say Tioco is a full-time lifestyle and beauty vlogger, whose YouTube channel contains videos on a wide range of helpful subjects: makeup and hair tutorials, makeup reviews, shopping and travel logs, and much more. She also holds regular workshops all over the country, where her fans and followers flock to learn more about hair and makeup.

For his part, Portacio, as an APCC-second timer, broke into the comics industry by inking Marvel Comics’ classic book Longshot in 1985. Quickly he became a sought-after inker at Marvel, then proved that he was more than ready to headline as a penciler on The Punisher in 1988.

Portacio was also a co-founder of Image Comics, an American comic book publisher founded in 1992 by seven high-profile illustrators. At Image, Whilce launched Wetworks and released the successful independent book Stone (based on Filipino myths).

In 1996, he returned to Marvel to draw Heroes Reborn: Iron Man followed by X Force. In 2000, he signed up with DC Comics and released the second run of Wetworks and worked on Batman Confidential, Authority, Stormwatch, and Batman/Superman.

To date, Portacio has returned working independently for Image, Marvel, and DC. He did Spawn, Artifacts, Hulk, Journey Into Mystery, Uncanny X-Men, and graced various Marvel covers and has launched his new creator-owned book, Non-Humans, for Image with Glen Brunswick (writer of new Line Cinema’s “Frequency”) and a new sci-fi book due this year.

Also returning to APCC Manila this year is C.B. Cebulski, the Vice President of International Development & Brand Management of Marvel, who will once again be on the hunt for the best artistic talent in the country. Interested artists may visit http://asiapopcomicon.com/manila/partywithus_portfolio for portfolio submission details and criteria.

APCC Manila 2016 tickets are available via SM Tickets 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 below six years for all days, but a valid identification is required for verification purposes before entering the show floor. APCC Manila 2016 is also offering to the FIRST 100 customers a special Geek Bundle, with an event lanyard, tote bag, cape, a 3-day pass, and a high-end 1/12 Iron Man Mark XL “Shotgun” armor from Comicave Studios all for the amazing price of php3500!

APCC Tickets

For tickets, visit https://smtickets.com/events/view/4666. For more information and event updates, please visit http://www.asiapopcomiccon.com/manila and official Facebook Page http://www.facebook.com/apccmanila.

AsiaPOP Comicon Manila is Back!

AsiaPOP Comicon Manila is Back with Wider Unique Content, First Announcement of Hollywood Headliner to Start Next Week

Get ready for another round of pop culture epicness as AsiaPOP Comicon Manila is back—bigger and better, geekier than ever!

Impressed by the sheer amount of fan response and to the country’s infectious enthusiasm for pop culture, Universal Events & Entertainment—a subsidiary of the Al Ahli Holding Group—is staging the second installment of AsiaPOP Comicon Manila (APCC Manila) on August 26 to 28 at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City.

The event has expanded from being more than a comic con as it will incorporate more elements of pop culture by integrating the existing comic con format with pop culture lifestyle trends, where beauty makeup artists, fashion influencers, unique children play zone, sporting section, digital and social media activation will tap into various segments of consumers to make it one great experience under the same roof.

“The energy of fans from the Philippines and in Asia is nothing like we’ve seen before. It’s these sorts of things that excite us to bring the best pop culture experiences in the world to this colorful country, This year we shall be bringing unique content where we can go beyond the usual movies, music, animation, gaming, toys and cosplay and offer fun elements within beauty, fashion, sports, lifestyle, digital activation and F&B; making it truly a pop culture carnival not witnessed before in the country” said Abdulla Mahmood, Director – Marketing and Business Development of Al Ahli Holding Group.

During its first run last year, APCC Manila featured a powerhouse Hollywood guest lineup that included Avengers star Paul Bettany, Game of Thrones actress Nathalie Emmanuel, Arrow heartthrob Colton Haynes, and Adventure Time voiceover genius Jeremy Shada, along with a roster of internationally-acclaimed cosplayers and artists.

For three days, visitors from all over the world dropped by to see the latest and greatest offerings in pop culture: exclusive merchandise, memorabilia exhibitions, even a life-sized Hulkbuster armor and an exclusive never before seen footage from Captain America: Civil War.

Pop Explosion

The second year of AsiaPOP Comicon Manila promises to boast another stellar set of celebrity guests and artists this 2016. First announcement of Hollywood headliner will happen on June 15, 2016.

With revelations on the way to this epic roster, APCC Manila 2016 also revealed its initial lineup of Cosplay Authority Global Challenge (The CAGE) cosplayers: including Ani Mia, Lindze Merritt, Riddle, and Yugana Senshi Uon. They are joined by artist Simone Legno of tokidoki, who is all set to bring the brand’s crazy-kawaii cool style to the event.

Legno is the world-famous artist and graphic illustrator best known for being one of the brains behind art giant tokidoki, through which he has collaborated with names such as Karl Lagerfeld, LeSportsac, Onitsuka Tiger, Marvel, and Hello Kitty, among others.

For the cosplayers, Mia currently writes for Otaku USA magazine, covering topics relevant to the cosplay hobby, in addition to travelling all over the world to judge costume contests and appear in different media. Merritt, for her part, combines her degrees in fashion, business, and aesthetics with her hobby. She has been featured in numerous magazines through the years.

A reality TV star, Riki LeCotey, aka Riddle, was one of the most popular characters in reality TV series Heroes of Cosplay, as well as the creator of Cosplay for a Cause, a charity outfit; while Yugana Senshi Uon is one of the newest rising stars in the cosplay scene, having started just a few years ago. Despite this, she has gained recognition all over Southeast Asia for her creative costume renditions, appearing in magazines and conventions.

Cosplay Competition

For the second time too, APCC Manila is proud to partner with The CAGE, the world’s biggest and first-of-its-kind cosplay competition. It aims to promote the spirit and craftsmanship of cosplay through costume and prop-making workshops, as well as provide a platform for cosplay enthusiasts and fans to compete on an international level.

It is currently inviting the best cosplay talents around the region to join the competition. The grand champion of the Open category will be determined by an impressive panel of expert judges from various areas of cosplay and will receive a record-breaking payout of up to USD$10,000. The CAGE also has a Kids category to cater to the younger audience.

“We were off to a good start last year with AsiaPOP Comicon and The CAGE competition. Now that we’ve seen just how hungry the Philippines and the entire region is for pop culture, we’re going to come back, even bigger and grander this time around. Watch out for more surprises,” Abdulla Mahmood added.

Tickets to APCC Manila 2016 will be announced soon. For more information and event updates, please visit http://www.asiapopcomiccon.com/manila and official Facebook Page http://www.facebook.com/apccmanila

TOYCON 2016 Gets Bigger on its 15th Year

 

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Dubbed as Asia’s longest running convention for collectibles, toys, anime, comics, cosplay, gaming and anything related to hobbies and collections, the Philippines Toys, Hobbles and Collectibles Convention (Toycon) will be celebrating their 15th year in a new venue, SMX Convention Center in Pasay.

Aside from the moving to bigger venue, TOYCON also promises a lot of awesome surprises for the local pop-culture fans with the TOYCON + Pop Life FanXperience courtesy of Chinese-based company Pop! Life Entertainment. Pop! Life is also bringing the “ultimate FanXperience” with exclusive show merchandise, exhibitions, international cosplay competitions, celebrity appearances, and much more.

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The  TOYCON + Pop Life FanXperience boasts the biggest dealer floor, covering two halls with around 240 merchants of various pop-culture merchandise, comics, accessories, cosplay merchandise, toys and collectibles. Anime fans are in for a treat as the 20-foot model of the iconic robot Voltes V will be displayed as part of its 40th anniversary celebration together with various memorabilia from its creator, Saburo Yatsude. There will also be an exhibit for the newest Funko Pop! toy releases and upcoming Suicide Squad movie by Warner Brothers Pictures.

Another most anticipated exhibit will be Excelsior! which will showcase some of the notable works by the former Marvel President and Chairman, Stan Lee. The exhibit would include vintage comic covers, movie props, rare memorabilia, original artworks, official merchandise and high-end licensed collectibles from the man who gave us Spider Man, the X-Men, Fantastic Four, Thor and Hulk.

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International and local celebrities and artists will be gracing the TOYCON + Pop Life FanXperience like Game of Thrones actor Kristian Nairn, Twilight actors Bronson Pelletier and Kiowa Gordon, former Superman actor Dean Cain, Star Wars’ Daniel Logan and R&B/Pop Singer songwriter Frankie J.

A brand new concept of costume role play set to premiere at TOYCON + Pop Life FanXperience. CosFanX is the biggest and newest international Cosplay competition which pits the best cosplayers in Asia against each other in country eliminations, country finals and regional finals. Top prize in the local finals is P50,000 cash and the chance to represent the country in the championships to be held in Thailand.

Tokyo Underground Experience will transform SMX Convention Center into the mind-blowing, colorful and kawaii world of cosplay and Harajuku with performances from Sony Music’s DJ Kazu, Electric Ribbon and Yanakiku. Local bands Itchyworms, Tanya Markova and Parokya ni Edgar are also set to perform. An autograph session with the new Sang’gres from the reboot version of GMA’s Encantadia will also be held during TOYCON.

TOYCON 2016 will take place on June 10, 11 and 12, Halls 1, 2, 3 and 4 of the SMX Convention Center, Pasay City. Entrance and VIP Ticket are available at smtickets.com and at SM Ticket outlets nationwide. Tickets will be also available on the event itself.

TOYCON is organized yearly by the Asian Comics, Toys and Hobbies-Collective Inc. For more details, check out their official website and Facebook page.

 

Interview with FLOW at Ozine Fest 2016

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For the first time, Japanese rock band FLOW visited Manila last April 16 for their live performance and fan meet & greet at Ozine Fest 2016.

Some members of the online media were given an opportunity to interview them. Check them out after the jump:

How do you find your Filipino fans so far?

  • They haven’t met them yet. In their Facebook page, there are a lot of Filipino fans and they would glad to meet them.

What is music for FLOW?

  • Life and energy

What is your first impression of the Philippines?

  • It’s hot. From airport to hotel, the sky is very blue. It is very beautiful.

What is your inspiration in your music?

  • They are inspired by their fans that enjoy their concerts and live performance.

Where do you draw your inspiration when writing your songs?

  • The band will first understand or consider the theme of anime or game before composing it.

What have you felt after recording COLORS (opening theme song of Code Geass) ?

  • They went to South America for a concert and saw cardboard sign that says “Jibun Wooo.” The band was very surprised and felt that they were able to send their message to the world.

What do they feel about foreigners or non-Japanese fans singing to their songs?

  • They really feel glad especially when non-Japanese fans start learning the language just to understand

Among the songs you sang, what is your favorite?

  • Sign, COLORS, GO!!!

Should we expect a new song in the near future?

  • They said that they are going to release two songs in the summer, one for anime (Tales of Zestiria the X ); and one for game (Tales of Berseria ). They also said to check their official homepage for updates.

Are there any genres that the band wants to try?

  • FLOW’s music is a fusion of various genres. They don’t focus on just only one genre.

What is your message to the Filipino fans?

  • Since this their first time in the Philippines, they’d like to enjoy it and they’d like give their best to make their Filipino fans enjoy the performances. They also hope that this is not the last performance here. They hoping for more to come

To FLOW and the organizers of Ozine Fest 2016, thank you very much.

Hope to see you perform again soon in upcoming event.

Cosplay Mania 2016: First wave of Guest Reveals!

Cosplay Mania is the Philippine’s premiere event for cosplay and cosplaying enthusiasts — with more than 25,000 attendees for last year’s two-day event. This year, Cosplay Mania celebrates over fifteen years of Philippine cosplaysince the hobby’s humble local beginnings in 2000.

The First Wave of Cosplay Mania 2016 guests are here! LIKE, SHARE and TAG your friends who have been waiting for this incredible news! Meet and Greet (M&G) Tickets announcements to follow so stay tuned.

What do you think of the First Wave of guests? Who do you think we’ll announce next?

Cosplay Mania 2016 will be on October 1-2, 2016 at the SMX Convention Center Manila next to SM Mall of Asia, Pasay City.

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About Cosplay.PH
Cosplay.ph is the leading Cosplay website and online community in the Philippines. With primary business in Makati
City, Philippines, we engage in various aspects of Cosplay such as organizing, managing and implementing Cosplay
events such as conventions, contests, parades, and workshops.

O-kun Fiesta 2

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After the success of their first ever event held last year with thousands of Japanese enthusiasts gathered and magazine supporters and readers, Otaku Asia Anime Magazine brings O-kun Fiesta 2, with the Japanese lantern festival as its theme.This year they  have even more tutorials, panel discussions, magazine signings and contests that will be happening in the two (2) day event that will be held on June 4-5, 2016 at Function Room 3 (not 1) of the SMX Convention Center.

Last chance of summer fun is at O-kun Fiesta! Otaku Asia’s annual event is back with more to offer. Now held on two exciting days, the event is something to look forward to before school starts.

O-kun Fiesta 2, is Otaku Asia’s way to reach out to their readers and give back for the support with a fun, informative and interactive fiesta of activities. Ticket price is at P150 sold on site and on Eventbrite (http://okunfiesta.otakuasia.com/ticketing/ ). PSICOM Publishing Inc. is holding a pre-selling offer for only P120 at their office until May 30.

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O-kun Fiesta 2’s program includes a series of lectures, demonstrations and tutorials that are related to being an Otaku. The event features a cosplay competition in the unique form of Cosplay Parade (http://okunfiesta.otakuasia.com/blog-post/be-part-of-the-cosplay-parade/) also announced is their Toy Photography Contest (http://okunfiesta.otakuasia.com/blog-post/point-shoot-win-the-toyphotography-contest/) in partnership with Hubbyte Toy Store and with special participation of internationally aclaimed toy photographer, Kixkillradio.

While off-stage, guests can participate in the magazine signing, tanzaku wall and event photobooth set up by Moonstruck Creatives.

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Also get your magazines signed at O-kun Fiesta 2!

Otaku Asia is firstly an annual magazine that has interviews, features and articles of the local cosplay and otaku scene in the metro.

In our O-kun Fiesta Special Issue, we feature all our guests, Ivyree Rosario of Little Things PH, Sheng Gonzales of Kixkillradio and Romeo Encisa Jr. of Moonstruck Creatives. Of course we will not forget to include our partners, Pixitato Artworks and Cosplay Medics PH. Inside are articles and posters of gender based cosplay groups, Bishounen Society and Tonari no Tsuns. This issue will have a 35-page student planner with pages for semestral schedules or anime streaming schedules!

Our event schedule: http://goo.gl/CsWF22

Our guests: http://okunfiesta.otakuasia.com/guests-and-lecturers/

Contests: http://okunfiesta.otakuasia.com/contests/

Ticketing: https://goo.gl/SBcdj5

See you at the event!

About O-kun Fiesta

O-kun is the doughnut-shaped fruit “O” on the logo of Otaku Asia, while Fiesta is because of our Filipino culture of celebration and festivities. Otaku Asia celebrates Japanese sub-culture appreciation with a touch of Filipino traits .

About Otaku Asia

Started as Otaku Asia Anime Magazine in 2013, Otaku Asia has transformed itself to be Philippine’s otaku lifestyle magazine. Based in Quezon City, the OA team has published several 96-page issues with various sections for cosplay, art, food, music, games, lifestyle, communities, tutorials and Japanese pop culture.

Anisong World Matsuri makes American Debut at Anime Expo 2016

 

Anisong World Matsuri makes American Debut at Anime Expo 2016

World-class Japanese music series unveils summer lineup for Anime Expo’s 25th Event

Santa Ana, CA – (May 19, 2016) Anime Expo, produced by The Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation (SPJA), will present the U.S.’s first Anisong World Matsuri event on July 2 and 3. Created by six leading Japanese entertainment companies including Lantis Co., Ltd., Sony Music Entertainment (Japan) Inc., AMUSE Inc., BANDAI VISUAL CO. LTD., BANDAI NAMCO Live Creative Inc., and Anime Consortium Japan Inc., the music and entertainment event adds yet another layer to North America’s largest anime event.

“We’re very happy to collaborate with valued Japanese industry partners to create a memorable event,” said Ray Chiang, CEO of SPJA. “We are hopeful that this will create an Anisong experience unlike any other. Anime Expo’s growth has allowed us to bring new elements of entertainment to our attendees.”

Anime Expo Attendees will have the unique opportunity to experience multiple concerts and events featuring a variety of performers and special guests. This is the first event of its kind in North America and Anime Expo is proud to produce this in collaboration with Japan. Anisong World Matsuri is a series of events and music concerts featuring:

~Love Live! Sunshine!! Event: Nice to Meet You, We are Aqours!!~

  •  Guest: Aqours (Anju Inami as Chika Takami, Rikako Aida as Riko Sakurauchi, Nanaka Suwa as Kanan Matsuura, Arisa Komiya as Dia Kurosawa, Kanako Takatsuki (as Hanamaru Kunikida, Ai Furihata as Ruby Kurosawa)
  • Location: Los Angeles Convention Center (LACC) Main Events in West Hall
  • Date: July 2, 2016

~ONE PUNCH MATSURI at AX~

  • o Guests: § Makoto Furukawa as Saitama § Director Shingo Natsume § …and more
  • o Performance by § JAM Project
  • o Location: Los Angeles Convention Center (LACC) Main Events in West Hall
  • o Date: July 2, 2016

Anisong World Matsuri ~Japan Super Live~

Performances by:

  • Eir Aoi § JAM Project
  • Luna Haruna
  • Minami
  • Sphere
  • T.M. Revolution
  • Yoko Ishida
  • DJ Kazu

Location: Microsoft Theater

Date: July 2, 2016

Anisong World Matsuri ~Japan Band Battle~

o Peformances by:

  • FLOW
  • OLDCODEX

o Location: The NOVO by Microsoft

o Date: July 3, 2016

Anime Expo will run from July 1 through July 4 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. To purchase passes for Anime Expo, please visit http://www.anime-expo.org/registration/

For more information about attending, please visit http://www.animeexpo.org/registration-help/.

For more information about Anisong World Matsuri, please visit http://www.daisuki.net/awm2016/