The first ever Bangkok Comic Con was held in the Royal Paragon Hall of Siam Paragon coinciding with my brief vacation in the city. This I learned from the ever-dependable Mr. Google while researching the happenings in Bangkok in the 1st week of July.
I am not really a fan of anime or of comic books, but why not give this experience a try? It should be bongga being the first in Bangkok and with its aim to transform Thailand into a hub for international film and anime’ business.
I went in the afternoon of the second day of the event as I wanted to see Batman and watch cosplay competition for the first time. Outside the hall was overflowing with young crowd, some are in their costumes. Entrance fee was 150Bt ($5).
The hall was set-up with various exhibits and mini-shows usually targeted for the kids.
Further down the hall was Batman’s Batmobile on display which was a crowd favorite. Behind it was an exhibit of Batman’s 75 year history.
The adjacent room was filled with stalls promoting their stuff, selling comic items and toys.
There were a lot of photo ops opportunities with anime’ and cartoon characters that even this non-fan adult couldn’t resist.
The cosplay competition was quite entertaining. Cosplay, which is the abbreviated term for “costume play”. According to Wikipedia, it is a performance art wherein the participants, called cosplayers, wear costumes and accessories to represent a specific character or idea that is usually identified with a unique name.
Of course, the highlight of the event. Batman himself. I wanted to have a photo with him too, but I guess it was only open for those who pre-enlisted. Nevertheless, I enjoyed seeing a superhero in real life.
Looking at the attendance, I can say the event was a success and a good start of this conference’s aim. It was a very good venue to attract anime enthusiasts to hone their craft and be serious with it. Anime business is very much alive and lucrative.
It was a 150Bt and 2 or 3 hour or so well-spent, if I must say. Being a non-anime/comic fan, I was able to feel as though I were a kid again. Falling in line to have photos taken with the characters, appreciating the cosplayers walking around in their costumes, drooling over expensive toys and just being with the youth in one huge place.
Sometimes we need that. Stress and problems, they say, inherently come as we age, but for a brief while, amidst the noise and chaos of this place, the body and mind was able to relax a bit.
p style=”text-align:center;”>Men do not quit playing because they grow old; they grow old because they quit playing. ~Oliver Wendell Holmes