Asia Pop Comic Con is the biggest Geek and Pop Culture Convention this side of Asia and The Geekend Gladiators had the honor and privilege to cover it this year! We had tons of fun at the Big Show checking out its always-amazing booths and stalls, meeting and interacting with its star-studded guest line-up and overall, just taking in the atmosphere and expression of all things geeky.
There were plenty of things to enjoy about the show but here are our favorites!
The Netflix Booth
The Netflix booth was easily the most awe-inspiring thing at the show for me. It was like an interactive, mini-theme park for all our favorite Netflix shows. There was an area devoted for Stranger Things, Orange is the New Black, The Defenders, Riverdale and even the newly released Death Note Movie, all accessed through a central hallway made to look like Hell’s Kitchen/ Harlem from the Netflix MCU shows.
These weren’t just your average con kiosks either, you can tell that each area was lovingly recreated and crafted in painstaking fashion. To walk into a new area was to walking into a whole new world it seemed like and if you looked just right, you’d swear you were transported to each of the show’s universes. Family pictures and heirlooms adorn the walls of the Byers Home while familiar locales such as Josie’s Bar and Genghis Connie’s are present along the main street of the Booth–The Jukebox at Pop’s Diner even plays Music to go along with your Free Milkshake!
Also, shoutout to all the attendants manning the Netflix Booth. They incredibly helpful and ensured that everyone going through the booth had a great experience. They would point out all the cool elements in the room, tirelessly offer to take your picture, help hold your things and happily engage in casual conversation with people about the various Netflix shows you liked.
Absolutely fantastic. Well played, Netflix, Well played.
Local Komiks Love
The creative corner/alley was a highlight for me in this year’s APCC. It’s heartening to see that local artists and the local art scene is booming. What’s really impressive is that there are tons of great artworks sold there and that the artists are so warm and accomodating when signing their art.
The same goes to the Mars Ravelo booth celebrating the contributions of the great Mars Ravelo in the comic book community. Plus, there’s this awesome Darna card game that’s simple but really engaging. Kudos to APCC for focusing more on local content. Hoping for the same next year.
Meeting Alan Quah
Meeting Alan Quah for the first time was a real treat. He was really nice and I enjoyed talking to him. His demeanor towards his fans is really commendable. I was ecstatic when I met him and it felt like I was distracting him from his Deathstroke commission. Despite my obnoxious fanboying attitude, you could see that he’s happy to meet his Filipino fans. I wasn’t even aware that he would be at APCC. It was only when I passed by Comic Odyssey’s booth that I found out that Alan was there as a guest of Comic Odyssey. So thank you Comic Odyssey and APCC for making it happen. Meeting Alan Quah is one of my favorite moments during the convention.
The Tabi Po Booth
The Tabi Po booth, if you could call it that, was a sight to behold. It was one of the first things that caught my attention, that, and the fact that Tabi Po writer and artist, Mervin Malonzo was there. I didn’t need to be asked twice, I immediately went to him and bought Isyu 3 and asked for his autograph, and because he is such a good guy I also got to talk to him. I have never fan-girled before the way I fan-girled at that moment. Hopefuly the hubby did not get jealous as I was all smiles as I talked to sir Mervin. I got to ask him what are his future plans with the Tabi Po series and what are his next projects. After our short conversation, and a few pictures, Gino and I got to have our picture taken at the enormous Balete tree they set up. It was really fun and memorable, I thank Cignal TV for bringing to life the Tabi Po series and the “enkanto” experience at the APCC.
The Ray Fisher Panel
Before APCC Manila 2017, I wasn’t quite familiar on who this dude playing Cyborg was. After his fantastic panel though, I was completely won over. Ray Fisher was authentically, an amazing person. He was warm, gracious and so full of energy. He loved interacting and engaging with everyone who came to the panel. He entertained every question with wit and charm despite fielding a few rough ones here and there. He was genuinely happy to be part of the event to the point that he extended the panel for a few more minutes to give way to his fans who were eager to ask him more questions.
He even shared a sentimental moment with one of the fans when he was asked “What characteristics do you share with Cyborg?” he answered citing his family life and his strained relationship with his father. The fan then mentioned that she could relate stating that just found out a month ago that her father passed away and began to cry. Ray Fisher just came up to her and hugged her tightly.
The Ray Fisher panel was legitimately entertaining, heart-warming and honestly eye-opening. It was definitely not only my favorite moment of this year’s APCC but it might be my Favorite APCC moment of all time.
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Raffy Leynes is a geek of all trades (master of fun).He loves videogames, comicbooks, movies, 90’s cartoons, wrestling, and art. Lately, he’s been liking his geekery with a dash of “Indie”. He doesn’t know what the f*ck musings are but he is told he does them on his Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.
Gino is the Gladiators’ resident TV and comicbook aficionado. He is Matt Murdock by profession by day, without the vigilante crime fighting at night. He believes that the lightsaber is the best weapon during a zombie apocalypse.
Paolo Ollero, the newbie Gladiator is also one of the founders of The Dark Knight Ph–the premier Batman group in the Philippines. He thinks that he’s a certified G and a bona fide stud, but he can’t even wrestle to save his life. And as the saying goes… you can’t teach [him] that!
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