“We are not anti-anime, anti-manga and anti-cosplay!”, this was the statement made by Komikon, Inc. founding member, Sherry Baet Zamar via Facebook on sentiments that KOMIKON conventions are anti-anime and anti-cosplay.
Comments from various social media sites suggest that cosplaying anime characters in comic conventions should be discouraged as it is not the right venue to do so and comic book conventions should not be compared to anime and cosplay conventions.
KOMIKON in their official Facebook page reiterates that cosplayers are welcome to attend the event and even encourage them to wear Filipino comic characters to support the local comics and artists. KOMIKON even announced that HERO TV, a local cable channel that airs different anime series, is one of their partners. It aired an ad for KOMIKON’s upcoming comic book event, Summer KOMIKON 2012.
via @komikontweets: . . . Komikon isn’t anti anime. @myHEROnation is even one of our partners. We promote Filipino artists & their original works.
The Philippine Komiks Convention or KOMIKON for short is an annual comic book convention solely dedicated for comic book enthusiasts but unlike the former Metro Comic Con (now Manila Pop Culture Convention), Cebu Comics Convention (C3), Philippine Toy Convention and some comic conventions in the Philippines, it did not have cosplay competition or catwalk as part of their program.
KOMIKON aims to bring together local comic book artists/groups and publishers in a venue where they could present their talents, works and services to the public and, most importantly, to aspiring comic artists.
Upcoming spin-off event of the Annual Philippine Komiks Convention, Summer Komikon will be held on May 26 at Bayanihan Center, Pasig City and it is presented by Komikon, Inc., in partnership with National Bookstore.