APCC is probably the closest to a US-based con as you could experience here in Manila. From the guest line-up down to the con floor setup, it has the vibe of a small-scale NYCC. This con quickly became the one for me to look forward to every year, even coming in as an attendee this time around.
It was great to see lots of local artists finally taking the plunge and sharing their craft on the con floor this year. I particularly like Rian Gonzales’s work, and asked her for a commission (still pending as of writing). There were also more local franchises and properties showing off their latest projects (Pedro Penduko, Patintero). Another unique feature in our local pop culture market are advertising professionals (creatives in particular) also dabbling into the comic book scene. It was awesome catching up with some of them outside of the usual industry environment.
The CAGE was entertaining as usual, with notable cosplay personalities back on stage. If there was anything I missed this year, would be sitting behind the judge’s table. I hope in the subsequent years, the organizers can also work on putting more panels and workshops since they did get the entire SMX at their disposal. This year was just sparsely peppered with Whilce’s art and Lindze’s cosplay make-up workshops. Other than that, the entire workshop schedule was bare for the weekend.
Still, APCC is shaping up to be the con to attend every year for me. I’m looking forward to its growth in Manila.
Here are some 360 shots of the con floor over the weekend. Enjoy!