Comic Con Okinawa returns Oct. 15

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Photos courtesy of MCCS
Photos courtesy of MCCS

Comic Con Okinawa returns Oct. 15

by: Shoji Kudaka | .
Stripes Okinawa | .
published: October 11, 2017
With Halloween still a few weeks away, cosplayers on Okinawa will have an early opportunity to show off those hot new costumes. After a big turnout last year, the popular Comic Con returns once again to the island, Oct. 15 at the Camp Foster Fieldhouse.
 
Stripes Okinawa had a chance to speak with host MCCS, about what to expect from this much-anticipated pop culture festival.  
 
Q: It was reported that Comic Con Okinawa 2016 had a big turnout. Are you expecting a bigger turnout this year?
 
MCCS: This is one of those events that has something for everyone - kids and adults - and continues to grow each year. We reached more than 15,000 last year and expect to at least reach those numbers again this year. With the addition of Masako Nozawa, Phil Lamarr and other guest talent, we may see even larger numbers.
 
Q: The website notes prizes worth $100,000 are going to be given away. Can you elaborate on what kind of prizes will be offered?
 
MCCS: More than $140,000 worth of items will be given out during this event. Items include: thousands of comics from Diamond Distributors, free Comic Con lanyards from UMUC, hotel stays and extras from ANA Intercontinental Manza Beach resort, Hotel Moon Ocean, Moon Beach resort, Kafuu Resort, Grand Mer, Sheraton Sunmarina Resort, free go-kart rides provided by MariCAR, cool Game of Thrones and other merchandise provided by Boingo Wireless, toys from Mattel, entry tickets to Nago Pineapple Park, Red Lobster gift cards, Razer gaming products, signature art work from our guest talent, t-shirts, mugs, KRAVE beef jerky, PS4, Xbox One and other cool items from Foster Exchange and their vendors, signed DVDs, Magic the Gathering decks, Pacific Okinawa Players show tickets, and so much more!
 
Q: Can beginners be part of the cosplay contest? What would you say to people who are considering participating but might be hesitating?
 
MCCS: Yes, we do encourage beginners, even if it’s with a costume “off the shelf,” to be part of the experience. Cosplaying is wonderful way to connect with your favorite character as well as your fellow fans, and is a great way to learn about making your own customized costume. We are simply amazed at the level of creativity of the home made costumes on display every year!
 
Q: I see that there will be a booth dedicated to zombie makeup and zombie food. If people don’t have a costume, can they show up and get the zombie makeup?
 
MCCS: Zombies have been increasing in popularity and we expect our “Zombiefication Station,” manned by some talented volunteers, to churn out zombie makeovers of any age. We invite anyone to come over and get a FREE makeover, no costume necessary.
 
Q: What was the most popular theme or character last year? Which character do you think will be the popular this year? 
 
MCCS: Last year we had several Harley Quinns in her various incarnations along with Deadpool. With the popularity of the Wonder Woman movie, we think that the Amazonian Princess will be well represented this year.
 
Q: This year, you have an artist from “Shazam” and a celebrity voice actor from “Dragon Ball.” What was the reason behind the casting?
 
MCCS: We try whenever possible to bring talent that coincides with the increased visibility or popularity of a character because of TV, movies or video games. Last year we were able to bring in Jon Bogdanove who worked on the classic “Death of Superman” storyline that was part of the “Batman Vs. Superman” motion picture, and the fans reacted very well to that. This year we have the iconic Masako Nozawa, who voiced the Dragon Ball Super series, and Phil Lamarr, who voiced a limited run of the popular Samurai Jack on the Cartoon Network. We are also excited to have three Japanese comic artists who’ve worked on Transformers, Scarlet Witch, Dr. Who and DC comic books, which goes to show how international the industry has become. Real world events also have an effect on the availability of our guest speakers, as in the case when two of our talents who had to cancel due to Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.
 
Q: What would you say to the readers to encourage them to check out the event Oct. 15?
 
MCCS: The team behind Comic Con Okinawa are fans just like you, so rest assured that we’ve tried our very best to secure an ever-dynamic roster of talent, incorporating ideas to improve the experience for this FREE event for our on and off base community to enjoy and be a part of.
 
COMIC CON OKINAWA
 
 
Date: Oct. 15
Hours: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Location: Camp Foster Fieldhouse, Community Center, Ocean Breeze