The SPOT.ph Guide to AsiaPOP Comicon Manila 2017
What to see, how much to shell out, and more!
(SPOT.ph) If you love all things TV, movies, and comic books, then you already know that the annual AsiaPOP Comicon Manila is one of the most exciting times of the year.
Here’s everything you need to know about this year’s AsiaPOP Comicon (APCC) Manila, happening from August 25 to 27 at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City.
Tickets to the actual convention will give you access to stage activities, performances, and the main show floor. They are still on sale via SM Tickets online or in outlets nationwide, and will be sold at the venue on the day.
- P600 (One-Day Pass)
- P900 (Two-Day Pass)
- P1,100 (Three-Day Pass)
Tickets to get up close and personal with Hollywood headliners are sold separately via SM Tickets.
- P1,100 (Autograph session)
- P1,700 (Photograph session)
- P3,100 (Meet & Greet session)
- P1,200 (Autograph session)
- P2,000 (Photograph session)
- P3,500 (Meet & Greet session)
- P550 (Autograph and Photograph package)
- P900 (Meet & Greet session)
Hollywood Celebrity Headliners
If you were thrilled at last year’s celebrity roster, this year’s mix of celebrities won’t disappoint you, either. It’s worth noting that even if you don’t pay for autograph or meet-and-greet sessions that you’ll still get to see them at the Main Stage.
The Stranger Things cast
If 2016 gave us Millie Bobby Brown, 2017 is giving us Joe Keery (who plays Steve Harrington), Noah Schnapp (who plays Will Byers), Dacre Montgomery (who plays “Billy” in Season 2), and Sadie Sink (who plays “Max” in Season 2).
There will be no paid autograph, photograph, or M&G sessions with the cast. Instead, you will get a chance to be part of an hour-long Netflix panel at the Main Stage.
- Main Stage: August 26 at 5 p.m.
- Meet & Greet session: August 26 at 4 p.m.
Instead of the usual ticket purchase, Netflix is currently hosting a special M&G contest for lucky fans. Just drop by the special Netflix Hall from this year’s APCC and share your “favorite moment” on social media using the hashtag #NetflixAPCC. Winners will be contacted by Netflix on the day of the event.
He is best known for his role as Derek Hale on the long-running MTV show, Teen Wolf. More recently, he’s flying high as Superman in the currently airing Supergirl series.
- Main Stage: August 26 at 12:30 p.m.
- Autograph session: August 26 at 1:45 p.m. and August 27 at 10:30 a.m.
- Photo session: August 26 at 3 p.m. and August 27 at 2:30 p.m.
- Meet & Greet session: August 26 at 6:30 p.m. and August 27 at 11:45 a.m.
He is set to portray Cyborg in the highly anticipated superhero team-up Justice League, which is slated to hit local theaters in November.
- Main Stage: August 27 at 4:15 p.m.
- Autograph session: August 26 at 5:30 p.m. and August 27 at 3 p.m.
- Photo session: August 26 at 12:30 p.m. and August 27 at 5:45 p.m.
- Meet & Greet session: August 26 at 4:15 p.m. and August 27 at 1:45 p.m.
This Japanese actor is best known for his role in Street Fighter: Assassin’s Fist, as well as the voice talent behind Genji in the video game Overwatch.
- Main Stage: August 27 at 3:30 p.m.
- Autograph and Photo session: August 26 at 3 p.m. and August 27 at 1:30 p.m.
- Meet & Greet session: August 26 at 1:15 p.m. and August 27 at 4:45 p.m.
The Booths and Major Events You Can’t Miss
Don’t forget to roam around the massive venue, because there are plenty of booths and events to explore while you’re killing time between meeting celebrities. Shop and peruse booths by Fully Booked, HOOQ, Netflix, Fox+, New Era Cap Philippines, NYX Makeup, 3DSense, Hobbiestock, Comic Odyssey, and more.
You can also learn from the best at special workshop sessions on comics, cosplaying, and other cool stuff.
Marvel’s Hall M
When: August 27 at 12:30 p.m.
Want an exclusive, top-secret and never-before-seen look at what Marvel has in store for TV and movie fans? Claim a Hall M tag on August 25 (4 p.m. to 8 p.m.), August 26 (4 p.m. to 8 p.m.), and August 27 (10 a.m. to 11 a.m.), which comes with a non-disclosure agreement form; you need to present these two items with a valid I.D. before the event.
Act fast because a limited number of tags will be distributed per day, and there will be a strict one-tag-per-attendee rule. Latecomers after 12 p.m. will not be allowed entrance.
Special screening of Netflix’s Death Note
When: August 26 at 6 p.m.
Netflix brings their own reimagined version of the popular Japanese manga, Death Note, to life in this film directed by Adam Wingard (You’re Next and The Guest). The movie stars Nat Wolff, Lakeith Stanfield, Masi Oka, and Willem Dafoe (as the creepy god of death or Shinigami Ryuk).
The Netflix Zone
If you’ve ever wanted to live out your favorite Netflix original shows, now is your chance! Their special interactive booth will play host to the following series:
- Stranger Things: Take out your cameras and pose by recreations of the show’s sets, including the Byers’ living room, the Hawkins Lab, and the Upside Down. Each set even features real set props from the show!
- Orange is the New Black: Transform into your favorite characters with special props to create your own OITNB mugshot.
- Death Note: The creepy movie comes alive with an interactive virtual reality experience that lets you be the owner of the Death Note. The (deadly) choice is yours!
- Riverdale: Grab your squad and take photos at the recreated set of Pop’s Diner (which comes with a milkshake!), or test your Riverdale IQ at the cool jukebox.
- Marvel’s The Defenders: Channel your favorite Defender superhero at the recreated New York set, which includes Pop’s Barber Shop, the Chinatown Gift Shop, and Hell’s Kitchen.
The Walk of Fame
Want to meet your favorite comic artist? Drop by the Walk of Fame (with a pen in hand, of course), where you can meet artists like Alan Quah, Artgerm, Carl Potts, and more.