- Stan Lee is scheduled to make a stop in Manila as part of ComicCon Asia 2018
- The event will be held at the SMX Convention Center from March 24 to 25
- ComicCon Asia ™ was created as an event to showcase Filipino and Asian talent
- The finalists can hope to get projects produced, get job offers, or show their portfolio of work
American comic-book writer, editor and publisher, film executive producer and Marvel’s chairman emeritus Stan Lee is set to visit Manila as part of the ComicCon Asia 2018.
The event is meant to bring “the best of the region’s comics, movies, series, manga, animé, toys, gaming and cosplay… together in a massive arena of fandom explosion.”
Filipino fans will be thrilled as Stan Lee will be participating in meet-and-greets during the event, according to an organizer during the launch of the pop culture convention on Jan. 17 in Pasay City.
Now here’s the big thing
Could this be a chance for our favorite, original Pinoy superheroes like Pedro Penduko and Joaquin Bordado to be included in the Marvel universe? Not only that, Filipino artists have a chance to be recognized as Stan Lee himself gets to see their own creations and talent.
Marvel pumps Asian culture
As part of a push to grow its Asia fanbase, Marvel, which is now a Disney-owned franchise, released mobile games in China, opened “Marvel Stores” in South Korea and is now searching for artistic talent in the Philippines, said Marvel editor-in-chief C. B. Cebulski.
In fact, Marvel plans to introduce two new Chinese superheroes: “Sword Master” and “Aero” who will be based in China, said Cebulski.
“We want to have stories that are reflective of every culture,” added Cebulski.
With Marvel’s plans and Disney’s reputation of adopting stories from every corner of the globe like “Mulan”, Filipino fans and enthusiasts are excited to share the country’s rich culture with the world.
Imagine a Disney movie titled “Maria Makiling”, a Disney princess named “Daragang Magayon”, or superheroes like “Pedro Penduko” fighting side by side with “Blade” against vampires and mythical creatures. Wouldn’t that be cool?
Filipino Talent in Marvel and its rival DC
For those who were amazed with the 2017 hit movie “Spiderman:Homecoming“, do you know that a Filipino was responsible for the “wow” scenes as a Bicolano named Ryan Rubi lead the movie’s visual effects team? Aside from being the lead technical animator, he also conceptualized the creation of Spiderman’s “web wings”, along with other technologies in the latest Spiderman suit.
Recently, Metro Manila got featured in Wonder Woman, Justice League comics; thanks to Filipino cartoonists Jason Paz and Carlo Pagulayan when they incorporated several elements of the Philippines and its culture in the story. The two artists worked on the 32-page “Wonder Woman #37” wherein “LODI Motors” jeepney and the EDSA Shrine are just a few of the remarkable images that would let the fan inside you shout “This is definitely in the Philippines!”