Thursday, June 14, 2012

Conventionally Speaking...

Outside: a calm, sedate and vaguely lifeless metal building.

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Inside: TOTAL CHAOS AND POORLY LIT PHOTOGRAPHY.

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My first comic convention in the Philippines (actually, my first comic convention anywhere if we discount all the times I complained about comics on the internet with strangers). There was some Marvel and DC stuff lurking in the longboxes:

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Mainly though, it was all about the local talent in the form of standalone sketches, paintings, comics (in "regular" format and ones that look like folded paper that's been drawn on directly) along with a bunch of live demos and artists signing things.

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Here's a few of those folded paper comic displays.

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Here's a local zombie comic, looked pretty good:

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These were amazing: comic characters painted in the style of Alex Ross on polystyrene.

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I wish I could remember who this guy is, but he's a well known local superhero (fake edit: just remembered, his name is Pilak).

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Elsewhere, I had what looked like a rather cool looking dystopian future playing out on a TFT, another reminder to pick up the Filipino Heroes League book and various well known artists signing things like there was no tomorrow:

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At one point I was quite busy being entertained by these hats which look remarkably similar to...well...decide for yourselves:

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There was also a tshirt which featured this guy and made me laugh for at least a good five seconds:

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Unfortunately, it felt like about a zillion people crammed into the smallish floorspace. This is clearly a big event here, and it desperately needs a little more wiggle room - one side was mostly taken up by the stage and a crowd listening to...well...whatever was going on at the time, the middle portion was tables and displays and one side had an insanely long queue of people waiting to shake hands with somebody. As a result, that thing snaked right out of the door and into the corridor. A lot of people wanted to just sit down too, and there wasn't a great deal of space for them to do it. Engage tangled mass of bodies warpdrive:

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Yeah, that's a lot of people. Overall the event was very entertaining (and there's a picture of me looking vaguely awkward on a stand's Facebook page waving some sort of plushy toy, embarassment hunters!) and I'd definitely go back again.

Next up: ToyCon. Oh, the fun I've had trying to get tickets for that one...

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