Bringing geek culture mainstream


Renowned artists, celebrities and pop-culture icons came out to participate in the first international convention themed around comics, films, toys, animation, games and cosplay held at the World Trade Center from Sept. 17 to 20.

These big names gladly participated in panel interviews, photo ops, autograph sessions and a meet and greet with fans. Visitors who shared mostly the same interests were treated to programs and competitions lined up for the biggest pop culture convention.

Allison Harvard (third from right) with VampyBit Me and Jeremy Shada and his band Makeout Monday

Billed APCC or AsiaPop Comicon, it attracted exhibitors from genres of pop culture and top studios across the globe who brought popular brands and exclusive content for the four-day event.

Leading the pack of popular names to grace the APCC Manila 2015 were British actor Paul Bettany, Game of Thrones star Nathalie Emmanuel, and Glee star Mark Salling. They were also joined by singer and voice actor Jeremy Shada, Arrow star Colton Haynes, and America’s Top Model alumni Allison Harvard, who sat as one of the judges in the cosplay competition along with cosplay superstars Alodia Gosiengfiao and VampyBit Me.

British actor Paul Bettany in a photo op with a fan during the APCC’s last day at the World Trade Center

The cosplay competition known as the Cosplay Authority Global Challenge (The Cage) is considered as the biggest competition of its kind where the winner received a payout of up to $10,000.

Focusing on delivering the ultimate fan experience, APCC aspires to bring geek culture mainstream and stand tall as perfect launch pad to unveil new products and first look of movies for the Asia Pacific region. But ultimately, APCC’s larger purpose is to become a venue for celebrities and brands to interact with their fans on a one-on-one basis.

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