PHOTOS: Must-See Scenes From AsiaPOP Comicon Manila 2017

It was a geek-filled weekend at the SMX Convention Center.

( If you’re an avid TV or movie fan in the Metro, then you already know that AsiaPOP Comicon Manila is one of the most exciting times of the year. Its 2017 iteration, which ran from August 25 to 27 at the SMX Convention Center, didn’t disappoint.



One of the biggest highlights of the weekend was the massive Netflix interactive booth, which housed replicas from just some of your favorite shows, including Riverdale, Orange Is The New Black, Marvel’s The Defenders, and Stranger Things. It even included a super-creepy virtual reality experience to promote their newest original film, Death Note.





Dedicated fans who braved the ridiculously long lines outside the booth on Saturday afternoon were in for an amazing treat because the cast of Stranger Things made a special appearance to take photos and sign autographs.


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They were also part of a Netflix panel where the lucky audience could ask them questions about Season 2 (no spoilers, though!). When asked about the actors they’d like to work with in the future, Joe Keery (who plays Steve), answered, “Harrison Ford,” while newcomer Dacre Montgomery said, “Mahershala Ali.” We approve!




Netflix fans weren’t the only ones who had fun that weekend, because APCC had something up their sleeve for folks who love DC Comics. Ray Fisher, who plays Cyborg in the highly anticipated Justice League movie, was on hand to give juicy details about the superhero mash-up. He also said that he was very “honored” to be working alongside the likes of Ben Affleck, Jason Momoa, and Gal Gadot.




On the small screen, Tyler Hoechlin made waves as Derek in Teen Wolf and Superman in Supergirl, which he was more than happy to discuss with fans and members of the press. When asked whether Clark Kent and Derek could get along, he laughed and said, “I know Clark would get along with Derek, but I think Season 1 and 2 Derek would treat Clark like Stiles.” He added that he gets called “Derek” the most when fans run into him on the street.



When asked about his favorite TV series, he said that he was a huge Game of Thrones fan, but said he doesn’t see himself as being part of the show.




Speaking of Game of Thrones, HBO and Sky Cable actually built a life-sized Iron Throne replica so fans can make like the new ruler of Westeros. The booth even had cosplayers dressed as Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen to pose with them!




Another popular booth was TV 5’s The Walking Dead interactive experience, which allowed brave eventgoers to see if they could survive a zombie apocalypse. Many screams were heard from that booth that day. There were also plenty of other fun booths to keep fans entertained all day, including Tokidoki, Fully Booked, Filbar’s, and more.





Of course, no APCC is complete without the Walk of Fame, where comic-book fans could meet and even purchase artwork from some of the biggest comic artists around the globe.





Local artists were also around to sell homegrown, fandom-themed creations, such as stickers, posters, T-shirts, and more. It was easily one of the most popular areas of the convention center, but if you could brave the hordes of fans, you could actually walk away with some pretty cool finds.


Photos by Jamie Doble, Netflix Asia, and AsiaPOP Comicon Manila

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