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What you need to know about AsiaPOP Comicon Manila 2015

AsiaPOP Comicon Manila (APCC) 2015 if done right could probably be the biggest and freshest convention that would grace the Philippines in more than 15 years of popularity of conventions of this kind.  APCC is set on September 17-20, 2015 at the World Trade Center in Manila.

Tons of guests, epic cosplays, first 4-day event and a new cosplay competition - CAGE – Cosplay Authority Global Challenge.

The 4-day event will be opening to the general public for 3 days with ticket prices ranging from P500 for 1-day passP800 for a 2-day pass and P1K for a 3-day pass.  The first day of the event will be providing a platform for industry professionals on the first day of the show. 

Unlike other events, AsiaPOP Comicon Manila 2015 will provide everyone with a content-rich experience across the spectrum of toys and collectibles, comics, games, cosplay and animation including appearances by film and television celebrities, entertainment performances, exclusive screenings, panel sessions, product launches, competitions and fun activities not just for the geeks and fans but also for the entire family.

AsiaPOP Comicon Manila 2015 Guests

Organizer, Universal Events & Entertainment (UEE), a subsidiary of Al Ahli Holding Group provides an initial glimpse of who you would expect at APPC.  Here are some of them:

Jason Momoa. Momoa is the famous Khal Drogo from the critically-acclaimed and Emmy-nominated first season of the HBO series “Game of Thrones”—as one of its headliners. Fans will be able to catch Momoa in the much anticipated DC Comics films, “Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice” and “Justice League”, where he will reprise the iconic role of Aquaman.

Amanda Spayd.Spayd is an American artist whose work combines the textures and colors of antique domestic objects and the natural world. With her obsessive attention to detail, her work has been published internationally, and is highly sought after by collectors around the globe. She has recently entered the toy market with Japanese sofubi and vinyl blindbox toys, as well as cast-resin collectible figures.

Jeremy Shada.  He is the teen heartthrob and talent behind the voice of Finn on Cartoon Network’s “Adventure Time”—who will treat the “Shadanators” with a sample of his talents as an actor, voiceover genius, and musician.

Makeout Monday.  Jeremy Shada's band where he is as co-lead singer and bassist. His band mates includes brother Zack Shada (vocals), Logan Charles (vocals and rhythm guitar), John Spicer (lead guitar), and Seth Renken (drums).

Whilce Portacio.   Filipino veteran comic book artist, who will share his 30 years of creative journey in the comic book world. Portacio is the wunderkind behind numerous iconic Marvel characters including the X-Men named Bishop (who recently headlined the movie “X-Men: Days of Future Past”) as well as the characters Malcolm and Randall. He also worked on Spawn, Artifacts, Hulk, Journey Into Mystery, Uncanny X-Men, and has graced various Marvel covers.

Chris Ryniak.  Ryniak is also a toy-designer and sculptor of numerous instantly sold-out editions of designer art toys and figures. He is well-known for his series of daily monster drawing project titled "Morning Scribbles," in which he has created and shared over 700 original creatures.

Some of Chris Ryniak's creations

Bill Doran.  International prop and costume maker.  He will be one of the judges for the CAGE – Cosplay Authority Global Challenge.

Alodia Gosiengfiao.  Philippine's very own cosplay icon and superstar.  She will also be one of the judges for the CAGE – Cosplay Authority Global Challenge.

Jay Tablante.  Billed as one of the best cosplay photographers not only in the Philippines but the world as well.  He will be one of the judges for the CAGE – Cosplay Authority Global Challenge.

VampyBit Me.  known for her daring and cool cosplay that made her a global cosplay phenomenon.  She will also be one of the judges for the CAGE – Cosplay Authority Global Challenge.

Allison Harvard.  An actress/model who was known through America’s Next Top Model Cycle 12 and America’s Next Top Model: All Stars. She will also be one of the judges for the CAGE – Cosplay Authority Global Challenge.

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Participants will also experience an all-star entertainment treat with actress/model/host LeeAnna Vamp, or the "Ghoul Of Your Dreams,” joining the roster of cosplay stars who will definitely spice up the event. Vamp is the host of “I Love Nerd Girls” and “Fiends Forever.”

Then there’s more for the cosplay aficionados with the special appearances of internationally-acclaimed cosplayers Monika Lee and Riki ‘Riddle’ Lecotey. The two are well-loved “characters” in the costume and anime-loving world, both of whom starred in SyFy channel, Heroes of Cosplay.

Monika Lee

Riki ‘Riddle’ Lecotey

CAGE – Cosplay Authority Global Challenge

Cosplayers are not to be left out. APCC Manila, together with event partner Cosplay Authority Global Challenge (The CAGE) – the world’s biggest and first–of-its-kind cosplay competition – is now accepting entries from cosplayers around the world to battle on an international level and be the next global Cosplay star. (Click here to know more details about CAGE)

“With this competition, APCC Manila expects to attract the best cosplay talents, not only in the region, but around the world. The CAGE will also have a Kids category to provide the younger audience with a chance to unleash their creativity and imagination,” Magnus explained.

The CAGE 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. The grand champion of the Open category will receive a record-breaking payout of USD$10,000 cash along with the opportunity to compete in the next edition of The CAGE at APCC Abu Dhabi.

For interested participants, visit www.cosplayauthority.com/application and like www.facebook.com/cosplayauthority and follow on Twitter @CageCosplay to find out more about the competition.

What is 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.

Who is the organizer, 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, Abu Dhabi, Korea and USA in the near future.

For more info and event updates on APCC Manila 2015, please visit asiapopcomicon.com, like APCC Manila on Facebook (www.facebook.com/apccmanila), and follow on Twitter @AsiaPOPComicon.

Are you ready for APCC Manila 2015?

APCC Manila 2015 will set a new level for events in the Philippines but the question is can regular con goers afford the price?  Would you attend this event?  What would you like to see in the event?  We want to hear from you if you think this is cool or just simply an event that is too expensive for you.

Watch out for more updates in the coming days.

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