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AsiaPOP Comicon Manila Year 3 is arriving soon

It's that time of the year, where one of Asia's largest comic convention opens its doors to Manila once more, the AsiaPOP Comicon Manila (APCC).


Now on its 3rd year, APCC is becoming the Philippines' top comic convention with tens of thousands of attendees every day in it's 3-day stretch.

Just recently, they teased us of what to come with the announcement of the partial list of guests which includes: Alan Quah, Artgerm, Jason Freeny, Quiccs Maiquez, and Simone Legno, as well as CAGE guests Haiden Hazard, Jin (behindinfinity), Pion Kim, and Philip Odango Canvas Cosplay.


From international artists’ Stanley Lau aka artgerm, Quiccs, Alan Quah, Simone Legno, to Jason Freeny, these creative geniuses are set to share their talents and insights to thousands of pop culture fans from all over the region who will converge at the country’s biggest pop culture convention.

By popular demand, globally-acclaimed concept artist, designer, and instructor Stanley Lau, also known as artgerm, is dropping by the Philippines to share his passion and talent for drawing digital and imbuing works with life and color. In addition to his personal pages, which are followed by hundreds of thousands of fans, he has also co-founded Imaginary Friends Studios, which does work for companies such as Capcom, DC, Marvel, and other entertainment and gaming giants.

For his part, toy designer, illustrator, and graffiti artist Quiccs is the founder of Hidden Fortress, which issues collector vinyl and action figures such as the TEQ63 and the Storm King Machine. He is also the co-owner of design firm Burnwater Studios, and a member of international graffiti groups Zinc Nite Crew, Three Flare Krew, and Pilipinas Street Plan.

Comics veteran Alan Quah is the founder of Komikaki Studio and has done works under publishers such as DC Comics, Legendary Comics, IDW Publishing, and Titan Comics. The talented penciller and comic artist's presence is one bound to please many comic fans.

APCC Manila will also bring global toy artists to animate further the convention grounds, starting with Jason Freeny, known for his iconic x-ray dissections of characters and figures from all over pop culture. Sculptor and toy designer Freeny will be showcasing his distinctive anatomical dissection style that has been well sought after by numerous artists, licensors and companies worldwide. Limited edition collectibles produced with Mighty Jaxx will also be available for purchase at the convention.

Coming back for the third time is Simone Legno of the tokidoki fame. 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.

Joining the first roster of guests are Cosplay Authority Global Challenge (CAGE) stalwarts Haiden Hazard, Philip Odango, Pion Kim, and Jin “behindinfinity”, to share their passion for bringing their favorite characters to life. The CAGE is one of the biggest cosplay competitions of its kind in the region.

Philip Odango is an award-winning cosplayer whose Doctor Strange costume was officially featured by Marvel, and he was also commissioned to produce a replica prop for The Jimmy Kimmel Show. His most recent "Maui" cosplay won second place in special effects at the Crown Championships of Cosplay in Chicago.

Seoul-based cosplayer Pion Kim, best known for her costumes of Sombra of Overwatch and Mai Shiranui, represented South Korea in the World Cosplay Summit. For her, the most important thing about cosplaying is “inspiring by story-telling,” wherein the cosplayer is able to express a story and adapt to the character’s emotions and life background.

Homegrown cosplayer Jin “behindinfinity” Joson is famous for her realistic interpretations of Animanga characters—from Hiro Hamada from Big Hero, Raito of Death Note, to Himura Kenshin of Rurouni Kenshin. She also considers herself as an all-around visual artist.

For her part, Haiden Hazard, who began cosplaying in 2013, is an avid fan of anime, comics, and gaming. She is a regular guest at conventions in Southeast Asia, where she hosts panels and judges cosplay competitions.


You get also the chance to be discovered by Marvel Comics's C.B. Cebulski, the Vice President of International Development & Brand Management, who is on the lookout for the country's best talents (Pencillers & Cover Artists)!

And for a limited time only, they will be issuing a 15% discount on all tickets. A limited edition Collector’s Pack is also available at a discounted price of PhP3000.


These offers are available for purchase at SM Tickets online and SM Tickets outlets until July 16, 2017!


Contributing to these exciting announcements are a mix of international and local exhibitors and sponsors, including Filbar’s, Tokidoki, Hasbro, HOOQ TV, HP, TV5, Fully Booked, Mighty Jaxx, Acer, Comic Odyssey, and 3DSense Media School among others, with more big names to come.

As previously revealed, Netflix, the world’s leading internet television network, has also partnered with APCC Manila 2017 as one of the main sponsors of the event, offering exciting experiences inspired by their wide array of original series and films.

This is going to be one hell of a show, so don't miss from August 25 to 27 at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City.

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