2011 Metro Comic Con was held at the SM Megamall Megatrade Hall last 7th and 8th May 2011. It featured toys, comics, indie works, cosplay, and celebrity signing events such as V for Vendetta’s David Lloyd. I managed to drop by on Day 1 to support some friends who were doing a Suckerpunch cosplay group (fantastic work, if I do say so myself), as well as score some comic books. However, I wasn’t able to stay for very long so this will be just a mini-report.
First, the good things. There were a lot more comic-related activities at MCC compared to other local cons (which were more geared towards anime and manga fans) — including booths that exhibited artist-related tools such as software and hardware, as well as art lessons for enthusiasts and serious artists alike.
There were also plenty of booths to occupy merch hunters such as graphic novel, t-shirt, and figure retailers. The comics sold at the indies section — where we ended up spending not a small chunk of change, were of better quality in both art and production compared to other events I’ve attended previously.
However, I couldn’t shake the feeling that there was something missing from the con — as if the con had so much potential to be great but fell sadly short. For one thing, there was a lot of empty space that I suspect the organizers were not able to rent out to exhibitors for lack of interest.
For another thing, there appeared to be a lot more people milling around outside the exhibit halls than inside. And although the absence of the typical anime con crush was one of the reasons I genuinely enjoyed myself, I got a feeling from other con participants that they did not think they got their money’s worth.
Call me ruthless, but I think MCC fell short of its potential turnout because of bad luck in scheduling. In between the torrential rains brought about by Typhoon Bebeng, the Pacquaio-Mosley fight, and the fact that one of the biggest events on the local calendar is a mere forty days away, a lot of prospective attendees simply held out. I guess better luck next year? After all, there is nowhere else to go but up.