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Jason Momoa (Khal Drogo), Vampy Bit Me, Whilce Portacio Coming to Manila for AsiaPOP Comicon Manila 2015




Jason Momoa (Khal Drogo from HBO’s Game of Thrones), Whilce Portacio (Filipino comic book artist), Cosplayers  Vampy Bit Me, LeeAnna Vamp, Monika Lee and Riki ‘Riddle’ Lecotey are only some of the amazing international  guests slated to visit Manila as AsiaPOP Comicon Manila 2015 shapes up to be the biggest  pop culture gathering in Philippine history to bring together the very best in movies, television, entertainment, comics, toys, collectibles, gaming, cosplay for one mega event in September.

Nexcon 2: Heroes Rising Day 1



The ultimate celebration of all things science fiction and fantasy begins as Nexcon 2: Heroes Rising opens for its first day at the fresh new venue of SMX Convention Center at SM Aura in Taguig City. As one of biggest gatherings of genre fans and creators from the Philippines and beyond, it continued to be a spectacle for fans both old and new who have been yearning for an event that caters to their special interests. arkadymac.com is a media affiliate of NexCon 2, and we are glad to bring you the highlights of Nexcon 2: Heroes Rising, Day 1.




Nexcon 2: Heroes Rising Day 2


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The ultimate celebration of all things science fiction and fantasy continued as Nexcon 2: Heroes Rising stayed exciting on  its second day at the fresh new venue of SMX Convention Center at SM Aura in Taguig City. As one of biggest gatherings of genre fans and creators from the Philippines and beyond, it continued to be a spectacle for fans both old and new who have been yearning for an event that caters to their special interests.  arkadymac.com is a media affiliate of NexCon 2, and we are glad to bring you the highlights of Nexcon 2: Heroes Rising, Day 2.

Upcoming Event: NexCon 2: Heroes Rising


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Everyone’s excited about NexCon, the ultimate celebration of all things science fiction and fantasy.  It’s one of biggest gatherings of genre fans and creators from the Philippines and beyond,  and it will be happening this coming May 16 to 17, 2015, at a fresh new venue at SMX Convention Center Taguig, SM Aura, Taguig City.  The event proper will run from 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM on both days, so that’s two whole days of excitement for fans both old and new who have been yearning for an event that caters to their special interests and hobbies.  arkadymac.com is a media affiliate of NexCon 2,and we will be bringing you the highlights on both days.

SMO Comic Con 2014



There was lots of fun and excitement at this week’s SMO Comic Con 2014 held at the Yuchengco Lobby of De La Salle University.  It was part of the Media Week Celebrations, and it showcased the many talents of the different student organizations in the university.




There were booths, stalls, demonstrations, and a program which included talks by prominent local artists like Carlo Vergara and Rob Cham.






There was also a demonstration by Wacom about the many possibilities for creativity that their amazing products had to offer.







There was also a cosplay competition where cosplayers showed their mettle and skills to an appreciative audience.  The panel of judges included the lovely prominent cosplayer Jillian Ongsip and model Cyen Lazam.




Jeasan Declaro won top place for his portrayal of Deathstroke and an exciting show of weapon-handling skills.




Cosplayers for Justice PH also graced the event and gave a talk about their love of comics and cosplaying.




I apologize if this post is a bit rushed but I must be off to work now.  Will update this post later.  Do drop by again for more cosplay features here at arkadymac.com.
























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Oh-No! Manga Cosplay Camp 2 Coverage

Xtian Mack had a smashing great time covering Oh-No! Manga Cosplay Camp 2: The Coin & Flour Saga at the SMX Convention Center Hall 1, SM Mall of Asia last weekend.  Again enthusiasts of all kinds found their way to this event to celebrate the many enjoyable aspects of Japanese culture in a setting that was both festive and engaging. Helping us out on this assignment is the helpful and cheery Ghost Rider, who (unwittingly) finds himself as special guest correspondent for this special arcadymac.com coverage.
There were lots of booths and attractions that awaited all participants, with freebies generously given away by sponsors and exhibitors.  Stalls were open to cater to wide-ranging interests, from comics, to manga, to toys, to cosplay accessories.  Special guests were also on hand to give more flair to this already exciting affair.
There were great displays as well, like the giant Gundam model, the giant Mogu Mogu bottle and a wooden replica of Tokyo Tower, things that really made the entire experience of going to the Oh-No! Manga Cosplay Camp even more unique.
A great lineup of games, bands, video screenings, game demos kept the crowd entertained throughout most of the day, with the highlight being the cosplay competition that featured a variety of categories, from anime and manga, mecha, Western, games, and even a Vocaloid division.  Great prizes were given away to the deserving winners.
As with such grand events, costrippers of all kinds were in abundance in and around the event and photographers and the general pubic were treated to a spectacle of epic proportions, with literally hundreds of cosplayers posing for an appreciative audience.
We note that the venue was spacious enough to accommodate the large crowd that was in attendance, and the event went without much difficulty, so we commend the organizers of the event for a ob well done.
Thank you for visiting, and we hope that you drop by again soon for another great feature from arkadymac.com.
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Free Comic Book Day 2013 Coverage



I’m usually ambivalent and apathetic about holidays that don’t mean double pay at work, like Valentine’s Day, but this year’s first Saturday of May is a special exception as the whole world celebrates Free Comic Book Day. Unlike other holidays, this one means what it says and that is enough reason to be happy about. Yes! Free comic books at participating bookstores all around the world.  No ifs or buts.  It was started in the US in 2002 to promote comic book reading: to draw in new readers while calling back old ones and to thank all the people supporting the industry.  Since then, Free Comic Book Day has become a huge success and has spread to many countries.

In the Philippines, there were three different events where comics were given away last May 4.  The first one was at Fully Booked and Comic Odyssey at Bonifacio High Street, which gave away comics as well as sample editions from local artists.   Planet X in Glorietta also gave away free comics to the public.


The biggest event in terms of attractions and activities was held at the 4th floor of National Bookstore on Quezon Avenue, entitled Setting the Record, as invited artists aim to set the record for most number of sketches at a comic book event.  Luckily, this event was the closest so I was there around 8 in the morning with only about 40 people in line before me, some coming in as early as 6.  They started letting people in around 9.


Lots of things were in store for those who attended.  The biggest draw of all would of course was the free comic books, and each attendee got to take home three of them. THREE.  Three special edition comic books of popular titles published just for this very occasion.  Different titles are apparently made available at different locations.  I chose a rather flashy Superman, Last Son of Krypton comic, Aphrodite and Bleeding Cool.  There was no catch.  I didn’t need to buy anything to claim them.  I just got in line like the others and waited my turn to choose from among the twenty to thirty titles on display.  That unbelievably simple.


Besides the free comics, there are also many other booths that gave away freebies.  I got two pins/badges, stickers and a limited edition comic book created by local artists.  There were lots of comics on sale as well, most were on huge discounts including special covers and editions, signed copies, and back issues.  There were also comic book-themed merchandise, toys and collectibles on display or on sale.


Probably the most important aspect of the event was the presence of local comic book artists presenting their work to the public.  There are booths and sections dedicated to showing off locally-produced work, which can be viewed and purchased as well. I personally got to see and was amazed at the quantity and quality of work that our homegrown artists can do, as well as the creativity and hard work they have put in to their craft.  There was quite a number of these independent artists, creators, publishers  at the event, and their works were absolutely astounding.


There was a particular booth that caught my eye.  It was the Wacom booth, which had a really fancy pen tablet and interactive pen display, the kind of devices professional artists use.  They gave me a great demonstration and tried it briefly myself.  I can just imagine how easy my life would be with these babies helping me improve my site, but I guess I’d have to wait a while.  Wacom, by the way, is the world’s leading manufacturer of pen tablets, interactive pen displays and digital interface solutions.


It was quite unfortunate that I had to go to my regular job after just an hour at the event, so I was unable to stay to catch the part where famous artists working on US-based titles along with prominent local artists talk about the industry or about their work and do sketches and autographs.


Not much in the way of cosplay today, with only three individuals spotted in the event, but their efforts are well appreciated in this blog, of course.  I got to take snapshots of a father and son duo as a young Robin and the Red Hood, and there was Green Lantern as well.







It was a great day for me and all the others who participated. Got to go home with lots of freebies and was agreeably the most loot I’ve received at any event in quite a while.  Already looking forward to next year’s Free Comic Book Day, and I’ll make sure to bring more friends along.



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