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We help you geek out in time for Comic Con 2014 as well as reach geek-asm in other places around the city

Darth Vader and his Stormtroopers will invade Bangkok this weekend! And no, we’re not saying that as a side effect of the Star Wars marathon we went on to celebrate Star Wars Day (May 4) or the announcement of the Star Wars: Episode VII cast. It’s because Thailand Comic Con 2014 is taking place from today until Sunday (May 9-11) at Siam Paragon and the arch-villain and his soldiers will make an appearance there. This week, to help you embrace your inner geek (we all have one — don’t be in denial), we present what you can expect from the pop culture event along with other ways to geek out in Bangkok.

Kamen Rider Girls

New Japan Pro-Wrestling

THAILAND COMIC CON 2014

Much like the complex universes of Marvel and DC Comics, Thailand Comic Con 2014 (www.thailandcomiccon.com, fb.com/thailandcomiccon, B60 per person, Cosplayers get in free) features a galaxy of highlights. The event has something for you whether you’re a fan of manga, collectibles, movies, cosplay, video games, Japanese idol groups or all of the above. With our lightsaber of journalism, we break down the highlights of the convention in addition to all the booths selling comics and collectibles. May the force (to explore the three-day event) be with you. *All activities take place at Royal Paragon Hall unless stated otherwise.

- Throughout the event, members of the official Thai Star Wars fan club known as the 501st Legion will show up as Stormtroopers and Darth Vader to raise money for charities at their booth. For a B500 donation, you will receive a Star Wars fan club T-shirt. Donate B150 and receive a Star Wars badge. For B100, you can take pictures at their photo booth with a Lucasfilm-approved 8m-by-10m backdrop and Star Wars characters. There will also be life-size models of Darth Maul, Darth Vader and more on display.

- There will be more life-size sculptures of well-known movie characters for you to take pictures with throughout the event.

Hong Hoon

- Catch a glimpse of Ananda in the flesh as an announcement of his new movie called Hong Hoon (Crack My Sin) will take place on the main stage on May 9 from 2:30-3:30pm.

- Kamen Rider Girls, a Japanese idol group whose members each represent one of the protagonists of the superhero Kamen Rider series, will show up on the main stage on May 10 from 2:45-3:15pm. Join their panel on May 11 from 11am-noon. They will perform their hits at Parc Paragon from 5-5:45pm on May 10 and 5:45-6:30pm on May 11. Buy tickets (B200, B500) at Royal Paragon Hall.

Another idol group, Yumemiru Adolescence, will appear on the main stage on May 9 from 4:30-5pm and May 11 from 2:45-3:15pm. Join their panel on May 10 from 1-2pm. They will perform and be all kawaii at Parc Paragon from 5:45-6:30pm on May 10 and 5-5:45 pm on May 11. Buy tickets.

- The burly men of New Japan Pro-Wrestling will take the main stage on May 10 from 1:15-1:45pm and May 11 at the same time. Join their panel on May 10 from 3-4pm. See them smacking each other on May 10-11 from 7-9pm at Parc Paragon. Buy tickets.

Yumemiru Adolescence

- Catch fashion shows by Tokyo Girls Collection on the main stage on May 10-11 from 3:15-4:15pm.

Tokyo Girls Collection

- Among panel talks on various subjects, Hollywood visual effects will be discussed on May 10 from 2-3pm while reminiscing about favourite childhood heroes is scheduled to take place on the same day from 4-5pm.

- Two concerts will take place from 7-8pm. Room 39 performs on May 10 while Gun The Star performs on May 11.

- See who is the best gamer of all when finalists fight each other in Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3 on May 9 from noon-2pm on the main stage. Witness more killer combos as virtual fighters compete in Super Street Fighter IV on May 10 from 11am-1pm. Compete more in EA’s 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil on May 11 from 11am-noon.

- The final rounds of Thailand Comic Con Performance Cosplay Contest and Freestyle Cosplay Contest will take place on May 10-11 respectively from 4:15-6:15pm.

GEEKING OUT IN BANGKOK

Have you ever fantasised about running away from zombies or duelling like a warrior of yore with a sword and whatnot? If so, we’ve searched across the city for five more ways to help you reach geek-asm.

1. Set in an old cinema, The Bloody, formerly known as Bloody Hospital Begins, offers a gory and spooky experience. At this live-action haunted house, you get to assume the role of a detective who solves problems, while running away from literally rotting people in order to reveal a big scary mystery. If you accomplish all requirements without coming into contact with any of the infected, you’ll get to take a prize home. They change their scenario every two weeks to keep things fresh (and frightening). One game lasts 45 minutes.

Vanue: Tue-Sun 12:30-10pm.

The Bloody, Chokchai 4 Soi 3.

Contact: 02-933-2311, 082-584-6511, fb.com/BloodyHospitalBegin, IG: @The_Bloody.

Price: B750 per person.

The Bloody

2. If you want to don armour and duel with weapons as a gladiator or knight, consider joining the Society of Creative Anachronism, or SCA, in Thailand. The Thai chapter is named Canton of Golden Playne and is devoted to studying and recreating the ways of life of the Medieval period. Members of SCA assume the roles of warriors of different kingdoms and engage in full-contact combat (with protection and strict rules to abide by, of course). SCA members also study contemporary cultures in other countries that existed during the Middle Ages. They pursue not only brawny but also brainy activities such as dancing, cooking, music and poetry of yore too. Check out their Facebook group for more information.

Contact: 089-030-4282, fb.com/SCAThailand.

Malangsaab

3. Show some love for made-in-Thailand comic books by checking out the brand new action-filled graphic novel called Malangsaab or The Roach. It’s the brainchild of three Thai guys — Pakarn Kiatpinyo, Chanasinj Sachdev and Vasan Suwannaka — who want to turn the most hated insect into a masked hero in a cockroach suit who is willing to get his hands violently dirty (with blood) in order to rid a crime-laden city of baddies. As our (unhygienic) hero rises from a manhole to stomp on criminals’ faces, you can also expect some social satire. The first issue will be on sale at Thailand Comic Con 2014 at their booth. As an added bonus, the administrators of Lowcostcosplay will also join them there.

Contact: fb.com/thairoach.

4. Since we featured the Lowcostcosplay Facebook page in Jan, it has received more attention from other media outlets. Anucha “Cha” Saengchart, the founder and main cosplayer on the page, coined the term to point out that you can have fun and be creative with cosplay using everyday items to produce amusing imitations. He has recreated various characters from anime and movies as

well as inspired his followers to try their hands at zero-budget cosplay. Check out his page; you may discover an inner cosplayer within you.

Contact: fb.com/Lowcostcosplay.

5. Appreciate the galore of superhero collections from comics, cartoons, TV shows and movies at Batcat Museum & Toys Thailand. It houses over 50,000 items and has a long roster of superheroes on display such as Superman, Iron Man and Spider-Man as well as characters from Star Wars and Pixar movies. The venue is divided into two main zones. Around 30 per cent of the items are in the first zone where toy collections from Japanese and Hollywood movies are on display. If you’re a fan of the Dark Knight, you may go batsh*t at the second zone aptly called Gotham City where all things regarding Batman are shown. You can also visit their booth at Thailand Comic Con where they have vintage, tin and limited-edition toys on display.

Vanue: Tue-Sun 9am-6pm. Batcat Museum & Toys Thailand, 4, Lumasalee Intersection, Srinagarindra Road, Bang Kapi.

Contact: 02-375-9006, fb.com/batcat.museum, IG: @Batcatmuseum.

Price: B60 per child, B100 for adults, B250 for foreigners (sorry guys, we don’t make the rules).

Batcat Museum & Toys Thailand

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Writer: Pornchai Sereemongkonpol
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