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AsiaPOP Comicon Manila 2017 Press Conference


Giving everyone a glimpse of the many exciting things in store for fans of pop culture this weekend, AsiaPOP Comicon Manila 2017 held its press conference at the C Lounge of Conrad Hotel at the Mall of Asia Complex.  Presented to the media were stunning American cosplayer Haiden Hazard, our very own outstanding cosplayer Jin Joson, exceptional visual artist Quiccs, American comic book writer, artist and teacher Carl Potts, revered Filipino comic book artist Whilce Portacio, and creative director and co-founder of tokidoki, Simone Legno.  All of them were thrilled to meet fans and enthusiasts from all over this weekend.

AsiaPOP Comicon Manila 2017 will be Asia’s Biggest Pop Culture Convention


Filipinos are once again excited as August heralds the coming of one of the biggest pop culture experiences in the whole world happening right here in Manila.  After staging two successful events with impressive response from thousands of fans from all over the region, the Universal Events & Entertainment—a subsidiary of the Al Ahli Holding Group (AAHG)—recently confirmed that it is bringing a bigger and geekier AsiaPOP Comicon Manila (APCC Manila) for the third time, partnering with Marvel and Netflix to elevate Filipinos’ pop culture experience

AsiaPOP Comicon Manila Reveals ‘Agent Carter’ Star as First Hollywood Headliner!  


Hayley Atwell Announcement_2


arkadymac.com is glad to be APCC’s online media partner, and we are excited to share more great news.  AsiaPOP Comicon Manila 2016 (APCC Manila) announced today its first Hollywood celebrity guest to invade the second installment of the biggest pop culture convention in the country.  Slated on August 26 to 28 at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City, APCC Manila revealed no less than Agent Carter herself, Hayley Atwell, as its first Hollywood celebrity headliner.

Upcoming Events: AsiaPOP Comicon Manila is Back!


AsiaPOP Comicon Manila 2015 was the biggest event we at arkadymac.com have covered last year: the size and scope and quality of the exhibits, attractions and guests were on a scale the Philippines has never seen before.  We are then so glad and excited to share with everyone that AsiaPOP Comicon Manila will be coming back this year even bigger than before, with wider unique content and even bigger international guests lined up for pop culture afns of all ages.


Collecticon 2014


A celebration of the many interesting hobbies people just cant get enough of, Collecticon 2013 was a fun two-day event at the Megatrade Hall 3 of SM Megamall last September 27-28, 2014. The event had a lot of displays featuring toys, model kits, comics, collectibles as well as tons of booths selling related merchandise.  The avid collector or even just the curious passerby certainly would have been delighted to browse through the thousands of varied items sold and displayed by the many exhibitors who supported the event.








Our friend Ms. Faith was there to host the event and did a great job keeping the audience entertained.  There were auctions and games as part of the event, keeping the audience upon their toes and clamoring for more great bargains offered.  Our friends from the Borealis dance group were there to perform on stage with a riveting dance number.  There was also the K-Zone K-pop event that saw many performers and their fans filling the hall with dance and music.









We were there for the cosplayers of course and there were quite a number of them at the event.  We saw them having a great time amongst themselves and having fun having their photos taken by mallgoers and taking photos with them as well.  No harm taking selfies and groupies with them of course.







Worthy of mention was a Guardians of the Galaxy cosplay group which included our friend Lyron.  The crowd just couldn’t get enough of them.








Oh, and Doraemon Philippines was there too, with some of the most adorable mascots ever,




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Collecticon 2013



A celebration of the many interesting hobbies people just cant get enough of, Collecticon 2013 was a two-day event at Robinsons Place Manila held over the weekend.  The event had a lot of displays featuring toys, model kits, comics, colllectibles as well as tons of booths selling related merchandise.  There were also auctions and games as part of the event.




As much as I wanted to do a thorough and complete coverage of the event, I just missed just plain costripping so much that I couldn’t help myself, so please forgive me.  Most of the time I cover events all by myself and take pictures of cosplayers, which I also like, but I just miss just mixing it up with the crowd, having pictures with them and just plain having fun.  So please forgive me this one time, okay?  Thank you.


























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Cosplayer Fansigns


We start off with a fansign from our correspondent, Stephanie.  As our website’s resident genki girl, we certainly need her extra motivation with an extra heart and smile.


The cosplay community has its many colorful ways of making itself unique and creative.  This is shown in the strange but amusing ritual called the fansign.

Although far from perfect, the cosplay community is quite friendly with everyone, particularly with each other.  At events like conventions, they casually or intimately greet each other with the entire spectrum of courtesies, pleasantries and all sorts of body language.  Online, in the realm of cyberspace, they greet each other with fansigns.



Our good friend Mari sends us this fancy fansign while in her favorite Naruto cos.  We’re always grateful for her contributions to this website.


A fansign is any piece of writing which involves a person’s name or nickname on some medium, usually a simple piece of paper.  The one making and giving out the fansign then takes a snapshot of themselves with that sign then posts it online and is shared to the one who asked for it.  One may think of it as getting an autograph, except that you get your name instead shown in a photo with the one you admire.

As the name may suggest, it’s usually a sign for someone’s fan with the fan’s name on it.  Particularly popular cosplayers receive many requests for signs, usually through Facebook.  Getting one is the same as getting an autograph with all the associated feelings that come with it, like happiness, appreciation, giddiness, hysteria, shock, vertigo, blushing, flushing, incontinence, and, well, many other emotions.  I remember when I got my first fansign fro this particular cosplayer I liked.  Suffice to say I was strangely overjoyed, like I just won a prize of some sort. I could not take the smile off my face the entire day.



Eiri Mina as Inori Yuzuriha of Guilty Crown is just too hot for words as she sends us this colorful fansign.  Eiri has been featured several times on this website and has been our coverage partner in a number of events, so we send her our love and our thanks.


One need not be famous to give away fansigns.  Cosplay friends give each other signs every so often.  Usually such transactions happen on Facebook, like, “Send me one; I’ll make you one,”  or “Who wants a fansign?”  Everything is done lightheartedly, and everyone ends up happy.

There are many variations to this practice, of course.  The one giving fansigns may choose to be in cosplay or in everyday clothes depending on their preferences.  The sign itself may have other messages along with the names, like “I love (name),” or “(name) is my slave.”  It can also have pictures and drawings like those of flowers, kittens, hearts and caricatures.  The material the sign is on can vary too, like instead of paper, names can be written on phone screens, tablets, clay, papyrus, fruit, even body parts.



This one comes from across the seas, from our amazing friend Xyana from Malaysia.  Our mutual fascination of cosplay has made us good friends even if we’re from different countries.  We thank her for her constant support for our website, and I thank her personally for the wonderful drawing of Nyanbu on the fansign.  


To those not familiar with it, fansigns may not seem all that meaningful, but to those in the cosplay community, it’s one simple way of greeting each other, affirming friendships, returning affections, and acknowledging admiration.  Probably words will not suffice in describing the feelings involved, so I urge you to try it out for yourself, to either politely ask for one from a cosplayer friend you know, or offer to give out one yourself.  I assure you that it’s strangely enjoyable.

Please enjoy the fansigns our friends have made for us.  They were given wholeheartedly without asking for anything in return, so we at arkadymac.com are truly grateful to each and every one of them.

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Serreniethy Fionah as Perona from One Piece sends us this adorable fansign while touring the Visayas.  Everyone in the community always awaits great cosplays from her, and so do we.  Thank you, Serreniethy.



This collage of fansigns comes from our bright and talented friend Carmae, showing us her array of cosplays.  Despite the rigors of studying engineering, she has been gracious enough to help us out at every turn and we certainly appreciate each and every instance.



Iishe is a bubbly and endearing soul we have come across on our journeys to the cosplay world and has become a loyal friend ever since.  We then are very grateful to her for sending us this equally bubbly and endearing fansign.



 Jane is a colorful and lively character even without her costumes and she isn’t afraid to show it to her circle of friends.  We then are happy as can be for this lovely fansign and look forward to having her here again real soon.



Sabrina sends us this heart-filled fansign sealed with a warm smile.  We always enjoy seeing her at events, so we are thankful that she has gone out of her way to help us out with the site.



We wish to thank Angel as Zatsune Miku for giving us this charming fansign with a cute sketch of what seems to be a winged onigiri.  Angel has been our cover girl for one of our events and we look forward to having more of her here in the future.



 Pau Line as Tsunade from Naruto was gracious enough to agree to a fansign.  We of course welcome her support and wish to see more of her in future events.



 The feisty yet sweet Rin sends us her ninja fansign.  We thank her for her assistance to the website and await enjoying more of her company.



We have featured our good friend Angel as Tifa Lockheart from Final Fantasy VII a number of times on the website and we thank her for sending us this fansign.



Nicole is a new and refreshing face in the local cosplay scene, seen here as Black Rock Shooter.  We expect to see more of her around and we acknowledge her support of our site.



To round off our list of wonderful friends, we have Netski with a lovable fansign complete with a winning smile.  We do consider ourselves lucky to have one for her, so many thanks, Netski. 


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Philippine Cosplay Convention Coverage


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Fresh from his painfully painful training in the deepest, darkest jungles of Bulacan, Xtian Mack is proud to present this special coverage of the Philippine Cosplay Convention at Robinson’s Place Manila Midtown Atrium over the weekend.  He even competed with the big names of the cosplay circuit with…entertaining results, but more on that later.


Hundreds of cosplayers converged at the convention site donning an amazing variety of unique costumes of different themes and genres.  They range from a cute three-foot chibi Gohan to a massive 16-foot Optimus Prime, to an assortment of anything and everything in between.  Organized by Cosplay.ph, cosplayers and mall-goers alike were able to enjoy the event because it was free to attend, something everyone in the community was grateful for.


All in all it was an amazing event with no untoward incidents happening. Our congratulations to Cosplay.ph for an event that helped make cosplay known to more and more people.


We will update this post throughout the week because our staff, outnumbered and overworked as they are (all two of them), need to do other things like, well, work they get paid for to pay bills.  We’ll just post some of the great photos we have taken at the event.  Please visit regularly as we’ll do daily updates.


Many thanks to Brymac for being the lead photographer.  Many thanks too to the folks who were kind enough to use the camera in my place:  Justine, John Paul, Kyo and Shiira.  Special thanks to Jamie and the rest of ANBU Cosplayers PH.





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Collecticon 2012 Toy Fair and Cosplay Coverage


Welcome to Collecticon!

Collecticon 2012 poster

(Note:  This is re-posted since it’s only now I got to upload the pics. Sorry.)

Though not technically a cosplay event, I decided to cover Collecticon 2012 anyway since it still promised to be an interesting event showcasing hobbyists and collectors and toys and nostalgia and all these seemingly bizarre aspects of  pop culture coming together into one crazy mash-up at Robinsons Place Manila.  Well over 3,000 people attended the event.

What is it with toys and big boys (and girls)? For some it’s the admiration of cultural icons like movie and comic book heroes.  For some it’s nostalgia, while for some they just find them cute.  Toys appeal to our inner child and whatever our age, we continue to have a fondness for them.


Collecticon Stage

Collecticon Stage

Collecticon 2012 Event Coverage

Already on its 5th year, Collecticon was an event organized by Hobbiworx Inc. and Pinoytoykolektors.com held at Robinsons Place Manila last Oct. 6 & 7, 2011.  It was a two-day event conceptualized to be a collectors’ ultimate experience, bringing together hobbyists, enthusiasts, collectors, and merchants towards better understanding and exposure of these kinds of activities to the public.

Collecticon area at Robinsons Place Manila

Collecticon area at Robinsons Place Manila

Placed throughout the entire 1500 sq.m. of open activity space at the Midtown Atrium, more than 60 booths with a bewildering number and variety of merchandise were on display.  Items on sale include toys, figures, model kits, cosplay props, comic books, CDs, Gundam, and lots of anime/cartoon-themed goods.

Batman Statue

Full-size Dark Knight

To get the mall-goers interested about Collecticon, activities were held throughout the afternoon, such as the Collectors Display and Exhibit, Toy Auctions, Customizers Clinic & Workshop, Trivia Contests, Life Size Displays, Photo Contests and the Superhero Costripper of the Day.


Lots of toys to be had.

Lots of toys to be had.

I get the impression that the afternoon program was not as organized as it should be.  The few staff that were running the show were often seen to be left to their own devices on how to go about the program.  Well, they managed to generate some interest anyway through the auctions and the mini-contests like the bring-me and impromptu dance contests.  Many mall-goers did become curious and participated in the more casual activities and more importantly bought some merchandise from the stalls.   Hooray for capitalism.


Looks like some Gundam to me.

So all in all, I would say that despite a modest and cautious effort from the the organizers of Collecticon,  the event was still as success in that it managed to generate public interest in their hobbies and giving them a peek at how fascinating these hobbies can be.  All in all, a fun and  festive  event for everyone involved.


More robots.

More robots.


Three Tobis

The sign says it all.

Collecticon 2012 Cosplay Coverage

For some strange reason I had the feeling I shouldn’t expect much from this particular event.  When I got there around 10am, the place was busy enough with people, but I got the feeling that it was more focused on the stalls and the sales.  The program that came later in the afternoon for the event otherwise went well but was not too exciting.

Die-hard Naruto Cosplayers

Die-hard Naruto cosplayers

There was an event called the Superhero Costripper of the Day that just degenerated into a free-for-all, whatever-happens-happens cosplay show-off where a still sizable number of cosplayers participating.  Not a lot of heavyweight veteran cosplayers at this event though.  I would suppose they were already tired from Cosplay Mania ’12 the week before, or they were unaware of the event, or were aware of the event but ignored it altogether thinking the cosplay won’t be that much of a factor in this event.  Well, with these prospects, I thought that it would be a great opportunity for me to grab some cosplay time and earn myself some experience.

Taking pics with fellow cosplayers.

Taking pics with fellow cosplayers.

Pink mode Miku, I think.

Pink mode Miku, I think.

So I, Xtian Mack, made my second cosplay attendance and even made my competitive debut by joining the Superhero Costripper of the Day Contest, which strangely didn’t involve superheroes or stripping.  Go figure.  Anyway, I had a great time.  I even met my first cosplay friends there. I was pretty sure a hundred people asked to take pictures of me and pictures with me.  I was overjoyed.  Moms and kids and even the elderly took pictures with me with everything from old phones, digicams, tablets and what have you.  For just  my second cosplay appearance, I really had a great time being crazy.  Not a hobby most of my friends would agree of or be supportive of, but a rewarding hobby for me nonetheless.


A fighting pair.

A fighting pair.

Oh great. More of them.

Oh great. More of them.


Naruto Meets One Piece

Naruto Meets One Piece

New friends

Many thanks to my new cosplay friends, Christian and Justin