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Comics, video games take center stage at Sugbo Entertainment Expo

Updated: Jul 1, 2019

Comic book artists, animators, startup video game developers and cosplayers will converge at the Sugbo Entertainment Expo (SEE), an annual trade show that highlights the local creative entertainment industry on June 29 to 30, 2019.

The event will be held at the Robinsons Galleria Cebu and will highlight the best local talents in the fields of comics, animation and video game development as well as enlighten everyone of the wider potential of the creative entertainment industry.

The event has since grown bigger, with more attendance and support, said event chairman Lawrence Panganiban.

“Last year we were able to invite two very accomplished comic book artists from Manila - Harvey Tolibao, an artist who has worked with Marvel and DC, and Elmer Damaso, one of the Philippines's pioneering manga artists,” Panganiban said.

“This year is going to be special for we have invited some of the leaders of the animation, comics and video game industries from Manila to come to Cebu,” he added.

Representatives from the Animation Council of the Philippines, Game Developers Association of the Philippines and Komikon are expected to grace the event.

Some of the top animation studios in the country are also coming in such as: Toon City, which has worked with Disney and Warner Brothers; and Toei Philippines, which has helped in the animation of some of the biggest anime namely Dragon Ball, Sailor Moon and One Piece.

“We also have Hugo Yonzon, a man who has worked on Darna and is a friend of the Ravelo family,” Panganiban said.

The event is a joint collaboration of the following organizations: Enigma Kai, a start-up comic book studio which is venturing into animation; Cebu Animation Guild, a collection of the best animators in Cebu; and Cebu Game Dev, a collection of start-up video game developers.

Organizers have held the event since 2017, in partnership with the Cebu Chamber of Commerce as part of Cebu Business Month.

Artists, creative people and anyone who is passionate about animation, comics and video games are invited to attend. (Ventures Cebu)

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