10 Reasons Why NexCon Rocked: Part 2

Continued from 10 Reasons Why NexCon Rocked: Part 1

5. The awesome panels
Most cons here are about the merchandise, cosplay and stage events. It’s only in book or comic related cons do I get to see any panels. NexCon had three of them, and each one was something worth attending. I managed to go to the Komiks Reborn and Cinema Fantastica. I know a lot of people were hoping to see foreign guests (actors particularly), but the NexCon panels were jampacked with Filipino greats in the field of comics, movies, and literature.


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4. Geekfight
Geek trivia game amped to the higher level! Fellow Whovians made a group of six and named it “Gallifrey Stands” (represent, Torchwood Manila as well). We didn’t win, but it was a respectable finish all the same. It was also their 5th anniversary, so the game was pretty intense. Lots of laughter and shenanigans, and thankfully I don’t have to turn in my geek card.


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10 Reasons Why NexCon Rocked: Part 1

It’s been a while since there has been an event dedicated specifically to sci-fi and fantasy. There are a lot of cons happening yearly around the Metro, but anime usually dominates over other fandoms. There was New Worlds a few years back, but nothing in recent history.

That is, until NexCon. Held last Saturday, May 31 and Sunday, June 1, it was a gathering of fans of sci-fi and fantasy, be it a TV show, books, video games, name it and they were there. The Bayanihan Center was home to these geeks for the weekend, and boy, was it ever crazy.

10. No crowds
I’ve long stopped attending local cons on a regular basis because of the crowds that overwhelm me every time. I usually go there to look for merchandise, but leave as soon as I got what I wanted. Most cons here are anime-centric, and while I was an anime geek from waaaaay back, I haven’t been keeping up with the new stuff these days.

NexCon was a refreshing change of pace. Aside from being able to recognize plenty of characters, it was a place where my favorite TV series was able to make an impact. There were a lot of people, but there’s still plenty of space to move around. The numbers may not have been the same as that of past cons, but still very respectable.

9. A place for everything
I like that the Bayanihan center has different halls and rooms. Merchandise and exhibitors were located in one hall, while panels and other events were located in their respective rooms. There was even space for cosplayers to place their baggage (a fact that was made known to us after the event haha).

8. NexCon Rocks
Did you stay til the end of day 2 and went to the concert featuring Stereodeal, Peso Movement and Paranoid City? We partied to amazing music, danced and pretty much celebrated our geekdom.

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Avalon.ph Giveaway: Star Wars Moleskine Journal

The first time I heard about Star Wars was sometime in the mid-80s. One of my dad’s cousins was young enough to consider me as his playmate, and he had plenty of Star Wars memorabilia at home. I was too young to understand the movie (I couldn’t sit still for that long), but he regaled me with stories of brave and adventurous Jedi, of the wise Yoda and the funny antics of R2D2 and C3PO. I found this all amusing, and quite frankly, liked Star Wars for these bits and pieces, and not as a whole.

The wonderful thing about Star Wars is that it is timeless. My parents and their siblings watched it. My siblings and I watched it. My cousins watched it, and when the family gets together and the discussion eventually flows to Star Wars, it is as if there is no age gap among us. Some of us love it for the simple good vs. evil storyline. Others (like myself) like it for the details of a galaxy that is different yet similar to ours. Others find its story very political, while some just appreciate the technology used to create it back then. Admittedly, I’m a fan of the merchandise that popped up, particularly the Lego Star Wars and the special edition Star Wars Moleskine journals.

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Get a chance to explore your Star Wars love by joining Avalon.ph’s latest giveaway. The Moleskine Star Wars Large Plain Notebook is a limited edition notebook dedicated to the greatest space epic ever told. It combines the classic Moleskine features with exclusive artwork from the original 1977 film.

The Moleskine Star Wars Large Plain Notebook is presented in a black hard cover with silk screen printed and debossed Star Wars graphics, quotes, logo and a paper band with a fleet of X-Wings. The inner pages are decorated with material from the Lucas film archive and include bespoke Star Wars paper inserts or stickers and full-colour end papers.

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And to wish you luck, I leave you with something from Rex Navarette: “May the Force be with you, and also with you. Lift up your sabers, we lift them up to the Force!”

Disclaimer: This is my entry to the contest. I am not an employee of Avalon.ph, nor am I getting anything out of this. I’m just hopeful that I win. 🙂 Photo courtesy of Avalon.ph