A Bigger and Better APCC Experience
The most anticipated pop-culture event of the country just took place last weekend. The SMX Convention Center in Mall of Asia once again became the center of geekdom. Asiapop Comicon once again opened its doors for Filipino geeks and pop-culture enthusiast to enjoy. APCC only seems to get bigger and better with every year. It is thanks to its successful track record that it has become the benchmark for geek events and conventions in the country.
Asiapop Comicon is really making it a tradition to celebrate all corners and facets of fandom. Not only does APCC manage to always bring big name acts and celebrities, they also gather one of the biggest collection of artists and creators for their Artist Alley. Everything is just made sweeter with the multiple booths and exhibits that people can visit. If you weren’t able to go to this year’s convention, check out everything exciting at APCC that you would have seen!
The Amazing NETFLIX Booth
NETFLIX‘s booth is one of the exhibits that people look forward to at Asiapop Comicon. It is largely thanks to its successful introduction at last year’s convention. Guests manage to immerse themselves in the different worlds of Netflix shows. This year was no different as the streaming service clearly brings its A game. Here are the different shows you can experience at NETFLIX”s booth at APCC.
Riverdale has become a cultural phenomena ever since it graced our screens. The Netflix and CW original show takes a darker approach to the lives of Archie and the gang. Pop’s Diner returns once again, but features a few new additions. Guests can enjoy getting their picture taken as Southside Serpent or a Riverdale Bulldog as part of Riverdale’s yearbook.
If the Serpents or Bulldogs aren’t your thing, you can pretend to belt it out on stage as one of Josie and the Pussycats. Visitors made sure to be on guard as the Black Hood was seen walking around the diner.
Take another trip into Hawkins, Indiana as the “Upside-Down” invades Asiapop Comicon. Fans of Stranger Things are treated to another recreation of one of the shows most popular locations. Enjoy classic video games like Dig Dug, PAC-MAN and Galaga at The Palace Arcade.
Once you’ve had your fun, help Will Byers complete the tunnel map which spans the walls of the booth. At the end of APCC the booth was basically a spot on recreation of the Byers’ home. And of course no Stranger Things Experience would be complete without receiving a hysterical call from Joyce Byers.
Iron Fist and Luke Cage
Around the Netflix booth show floor you can find interactive displays that would make you feel like one of the Defenders. Punch a wall to the brink or destruction or stop a car with only your iron fist!
What’s Your Story?
NETFLIX treated everyone to an interactive survey. It was called “What’s Your Story?”. In this survey people took a rope and answered questions about their favorite NETFLIX originals. Red ropes represent boys and white ropes represent girls. Once you finish answering the questions, NETFLIX will give you a choice between a free Southside Serpent or Pop’s Diner shirt.
Around the Asiapop Show Floor
While NETFLIX’s booth was certainly one of the main attractions of Asiapop Comicon, it wasn’t the only thing to see. The show floor was a hub for everything geeks and collectors always love to see. There were toys, collectibles, artwork, and cosplay everywhere!
Marvel’s booth allowed convention goers to pose with lifelike statues of Iron Man and Captain America. As you posed for a picture you can also enjoy an interactive presentation. If statues weren’t your thing, you could also take a photo with Star-Lord, Iron Man, and Captain America for real!
When you go to a convention for geeks, you can always expect there to be people selling merchandise from their favorite fandoms. APCC of course is no exeption! Trusted merchants like Filbar’s, Hubbyte Toy Store, and Hobbiestock Collectibles.
While Asiapop Comicon had a number of big name brands as exhibitors, it can be said that the heart and soul of the community was represented best at the Artist Alley. This collection of creative and talented creators and artist show their love for pop-culture as they use their skills to create merchandise for fans to purchase. Stickers, illustrations, plushies and and many more showcase the varying styles that the Filipino geek community use to show the love they have for their fandom.
Summing up the Experience
Asiapop Comicon is truly an event that every geek should aim to experience. APCC is like the Philippine’s very own San Diego Comicon where geeks and enthusiasts of all shapes and sizes gather to show their love for the different shows, comics, and properties which they enjoy. The more support and enthusiasm that Asiapop Comicon receives will ensure the growth of this event. And as this event grows, every APCC will only get bigger and better. So make sure to keep tabs on when the next Asiapop Comicon is next year and don’t miss out on this celebration of geekdom and pop-culture.
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