The hype is real. AsiaPOP Comicon Manila 2016 (APCC Manila) announced today its first Hollywood celebrity guest to invade the second installment of the biggest pop culture convention in the country.
Slated on August 26 to 28 at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City, APCC Manila revealed no less than Agent Carter herself, Hayley Atwell, as its first Hollywood celebrity headliner. Atwell also played Peggy Carter in the first two Captain America films.
The British-American actress has been in the industry for more than a decade now. Having a background in classical theatre, Atwell also lent her voice to the recent Audible production of The Oedpius Plays as Antigone. For her next project, Atwell will play the lead role (Hayes Morrison) in the upcoming American legal drama television series, Conviction.
With more additions on the way to this epic roster, APCC Manila 2016 also revealed its initial lineup of Cosplay Authority Global Challenge (The CAGE) cosplayers: including Ani Mia, Lindze Merritt, Riddle, and Yugana Senshi Uon. They are joined by artist Simone Legno of tokidoki, who is all set to bring the brand’s crazy-kawaii cool style to the event.
Legno is the world-famous artist and graphic illustrator best known for being one of the brains behind art giant tokidoki, through which he has collaborated with names such as Karl Lagerfeld, LeSportsac, Onitsuka Tiger, Marvel, and Hello Kitty, among others.
For the cosplayers, Mia currently writes for Otaku USA magazine, covering topics relevant to the cosplay hobby, in addition to travelling all over the world to judge costume contests and appear in different media. Merritt, for her part, combines her degrees in fashion, business, and aesthetics with her hobby. She has been featured in numerous magazines through the years.
A reality TV star, Riki LeCotey, aka Riddle, was one of the most popular characters in reality TV series Heroes of Cosplay, as well as the creator of Cosplay for a Cause, a charity outfit; while Yugana Senshi Uon is one of the newest rising stars in the cosplay scene, having started just a few years ago. Despite this, she has gained recognition all over Southeast Asia for her creative costume renditions, appearing in magazines and conventions.