New con on the block builds fan base

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Karen Kunawicz

Karen Kunawicz

MUCH thanks, love and appreciation goes out to the team that organized this up-and-coming “little” (for now) convention called NexCon.

I use the word little because it currently does not have the attendance number of the cons that have been around longer like Toy Con, which happens over four days and covers all the Megatrade Halls at Megamall, or Cosplay Mania, which takes up several halls and rooms at the SMX over a two day weekend and has special international guests.

NexCon 2: Heroes Rising, which happened over last weekend, took up one hall at the SM Aura, was big in every other way.

Fan-Girl-20150522Most conventions involving cosplay and toys largely cater to a huge Japanese manga and anime fandom, with some participation from those who are into Western and Filipino properties. NexCon catered more (but not exclusively) to the fans of the latter two. Much of the love and very positive response over the weekend on Facebook came from fans and cosplayers of Marvel and DC comics, cosplay groups for Justice League, Avengers, X-Men, Game of Thrones, Star Wars, Doctor Who, and The Hobbit, as well as individuals who came as their favorites and those who came to enjoy the atmosphere.

Events included “Lip Synch Battle”—where I got to see Khal Drogo and four Khaleesis do a unforgettable version of Tom Jones’ “Sex Bomb,” GeekFight Battle Royale 2: Geeks Rising (a big time geek trivia quiz), cosplay contests, a photo contest and special panels: “Tagalize This!” and “Tales from the Diabolical” where the real-life bartender from “Trese” had a chat with book creators Budjette Tan and Kajo Baldisimo.


Geeks, cosplayers, fanboys and fangirls (like myself) were given an opportunity to share laughs and bond among “their people.” NexCon is slowly building a following and I’m hoping it gains more momentum and gives fans something to look forward to each May.

Eat your heart out, Khaleesi. Quennie Orbeta cosplays ‘Game of Thrones’ Daenerys Targaryen at NexCon. Photo courtesy of Adam Fuqua

Eat your heart out, Khaleesi. Quennie Orbeta cosplays ‘Game of Thrones’ Daenerys Targaryen at NexCon. Photo courtesy of Adam Fuqua

Other things that happened this week in the world of pop culture: Mad Men aired its last episode, Mad Max: Fury Road thrills those looking for strong female characters (has this in heaps), the comedy Spy just opened.

Finally Game of Thrones season five, episode six was controversial enough for people to tweet about quitting the show.

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