The AsiaPOP Comicon (APCC) is an adrenaline-fuelled experience fanboys of all ages look forward to every year. Here, we meet our favorite characters straight out of the TV shows and movies we first saw them in. It’s an indescribable kind of high and hype to be among a huge crowd of fans cheering for your idols, asking them your questions and posing for group selfies.
There’s also nothing quite like a comic con that easily brings together all kinds of people we would be delighted to meet. Whether it’s a personality or a fellow geek, APCC is one event where you can have the best mix of all possible pop culture universes.
So far only two celebrity guests have been confirmed to join APCC this 2018. But if you ask us, any name that pops up on their Hollywood lineup would just be a bonus—the duo of Iron Fist and Colleen Wing are enough to convince us to buy our comic con tickets.
Finn Jones and Jessica Henwick both star in Marvel’s TV universe, which focuses on street-level superheroes. They take on the lead roles for Iron Fist and its culminating series The Defenders, which brings the crime-fighting antiheroes of Hell’s Kitchen and Harlem together.
Last year, Hall N had a space recreated as the Chikara Dojo. We hope this year they’ll rebuild it and, this time, it will finally have a sensei. Yep, we’re low-key hoping Henwick, who plays a martial arts master in the series, will show us some of Colleen Wing’s warrior moves.
We know a lot of Iron Fist fans would like to ask Jones to spill the beans about the possibility of Heroes for Hire on Netflix (or reveal it’s actually the upcoming season of the man with unbreakable skin). In the comics, this story line progresses with the teamup between Iron Fist and another Defender, Luke Cage.
One of the comments thrown at our homegrown comic con is its lack of authenticity. A lot say that Manila’s version focuses too much on getting celebrities on board that it loses focus on what kind of event they’re trying to build. Well the fans of print would definitely be glad to know that APCC is bringing in some legends this year.
The likes of Lan Medina (Venom, Deadpool, Punisher, Aquaman), Alex Sinclair (Batman, Superman, Justice League, Green Lantern), and Mike McKone (Amazing Spider-Man, Teen Titans, Fantastic Four, Avengers graphic novels) of the comic world are joining in on the fun. Whilce Portacio is also doing an APCC comeback this year.
Getting a Hall M pass should be at the very top of every Marvel fan’s to-do list. Only a handful of passes are given to comicon-goers (about 200 of them) and this elite crowd gets a glimpse of all things Marvel firsthand. Plus, the pass is an uber cool sticker of the studio’s upcoming film, which makes for a really good souvenir. Fans get first dibs on the latest Marvel news: games that are being developed, cartoons that will soon air their pilot episodes, merch collabs and collections, and the most exciting of them all, Never-before-seen movie clips and trailers.
After Hall M, Marvel’s comic book executives are out to scout some new talent to join their pool of pencillers, inkers, and colorists. Make sure you’re preparing your portfolio as early as now!
APCC is reportedly finalizing its partnership with streaming giant Netflix to bring fan-favorite series to life. If Hall N will be anything like last year’s attraction, then prepare yourselves for tons of merch and good photos to bring home. Hall N had legit props on display, served food, and had DIY workshops. It was definitely a good taste of what a Netflix theme park would be like if they ever decide to build one.
In a con, you’d find yourself not only wanting to take pictures with the celebrities and featured artists, you’d prep your phone for a selfie beside your favorite characters brought to life by various cosplayers. The ensembles prepared by these hardcore fans are just phenomenal, and are a delight to witness throughout the entire comic con weekend. While others do it to show their love for the characters, others do it on a more professional level with an $18,000-prize at stake. Yup, that’s how big the CAGE (Cosplay Authority Global Challenge) competition is.
Remarkable cosplayers who have long been recognized for the creativity and accuracy of their portrayals are also flying in for AsiaPop. You’ll get to meet the “Real Maui” from Disney’s Moana again this year as Canvas Cosplay (Philip Odango) returns. While gamers will be pleased to meet Leon Chiro who suits up as Final Fantasy’s Gladio and Aldryn, as well as Capcom’s Dante. The uncanny resemblance of these cosplayers with the characters they dress up as is just phenomenal.
Because we know just how much you love discounts, there’s no better time than to buy tickets now—APCC will slash 15 percent off the pass prices until the end of May!