Grab your Mjolnir and your utility belt (if you know,
you know). One of the world’s largest celebrations of
geekdom, Comic Con returns to Shanghai World Expo
Exhibition and Convention Centre for its third year
this month, bringing with it three days of cutting-edge
pop culture, cosplay, celebrity meet-and-greets and an
objectively crazy time.
Helmed by culture events agency ReedPOP and held
all over the world, Comic Con first dug its Wolverine-esque
claws into Shanghai in 2015 and is well on its way
to making it onto nerdy bucket lists everywhere.
there’s enough happening to keep even the most ardent
fanatics entertained, here’s how to win at Shanghai
Comic Convention 2017.
Shake hands with the celebs
Experience the full numbing extent of starstruck-itis in
the presence of the convention’s Entertainment Guests. Currently on a line-up of one is actor Brett Dalton, who will be taking a break from saving the world from total
collapse in Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D to meet with
fans on Saturday 6 and Sunday 7.
Meet the masterminds behind the scenes
Everyone knows the real heroes of the comic book world
are the illustrators. And this year’s line-up doesn’t
disappoint with headliners including the likes of fan artist-turned-celebrity-illustrator Dexter Soy, anime creator behind Mobile Suit Gundam Yoshiyuki Tomino,
Phil Jimenez formerly of Wonder Woman, Jacob Chabot
of Spongebob and The Simpsons comics, Jorge Molina
known for Thor and X-Force and more.
Find out what's hot
To check out the flashiest trends of the pop-culture world
head to The Block, a section dedicated to the display
of the up-and-coming fads of the underground, from
clothing you would have never worn in 2012 but looks
kind of edgy now, to super high-tech action figures that
would have made your 12-year-old self beam. There will
also be a local ‘Artist Alley’ for local creators to showcase
their work – you might just run into the illustrator of the
next Naruto or rub shoulders with the architect of the
first virtual-reality animated series.
Catch the Cosplay competition
Arguably the most anticipated event will be the Cosplay
competition, where Shanghai’s creative minds can
strut their stuff inside their self-crafted alter egos. This
year’s competition will be divided into five categories
including: needlework or sewn costumes; armour; FX,
which includes special-effects makeup, prosthetics and
animatronics; and Larger than Life, in which a creator is
completely gobbled up by his/her costume (think Samus).
First place winners will have the chance to compete at
Chicago’s International Cosplay Crown Championship.