Sugbo Entertainment Expo is an annual trade show that highlights the local creative entertainment industry, specifically in the fields of comics, animation, and video game development. This is a joint collaboration between 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.
The annual trade show is running on its third year since its debut in 2017 as one of the highlights of Cebu Business Month month-long celebration. Each year the event grows bigger with more attendance and has been gaining more support as the years go by. Last year they 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’ pioneering manga artists.
This year is going to be special with the presence of invited leaders of the animation, comics and video game industries from Manila. Also participating in the event are top organizations in these fields such as the Animation Council of the Philippines, Game Developers Association of the Philippines and Komikon.
Top animation studios in the country: Toon City, who has worked with Disney and Warner Brothers; and Toei Philippines, who has helped in the animation of some of the biggest anime namely: Dragon Ball, Sailor Moon, and One Piece. Hugo Yonzon, a man who has worked on Darna and is a friend of the Ravelo family will be attending the event, as well. Many of these guests are visiting Cebu for the first time officially and they will be giving talks regarding the wider potential of the creative entertainment industry. The event aims to highlight the best local talents in the fields of Comics, Animation and Video Game Development. As well as to enlighten every one of the wider potentials of the creative entertainment industry.
All artists, creative people and anyone who are passionate about animation, comics, and video games are invited! As well as the business community to showcase their latest products and services which everyone can make use of in their fields of expertise. This will also be a good opportunity for parents to see the value in the creative field.
Sugbo Entertainment Expo is on June 29-30, 2019 (Saturday and Sunday) at Robinsons Galleria Cebu.
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