Ultimate Comic Con (UCC) is one of Karachi's two annual pop culture and cosplay conventions, the other being Karachi Film and Comic Con.

This year saw UCC's second edition take place at the Global Marquees on Saturday, April 14, where a good number of Jokers, Harley Quinns and Jigsaws were spotted.

DC and Naruto Crossover
DC and Naruto Crossover

And I went as DC's NightWing.

Ultimate Comic Con steps up its game...

The comic con is now taking place at a more central, expansive location.

Much bigger than before
Much bigger than before

Location wise, Global Marquee is a terrific choice. Unlike other conventions that are usually tucked away in one corner of the city, the venue near FTC auditorium was easily accessible for Karachiites from all over.

The set up was interesting
The set up was interesting

The venue itself was a great choice for a convention. Internationally, events like these are held in convention halls but unfortunately, Karachi only has Expo Centre. A marquees hall, which is typically used for weddings, is our next best choice.

Genos from One-punch man
Genos from One-punch man

As someone who drives himself around and carries my intricate costume to change at the convention, I found the venue provided ample parking and a changing room, which are usually hard to find at events.

Cyberman
Cyberman

The arrangement inside the hall was an improvement over last year.

Although the booths and sets were similar, it wasn't as cramped and one could really walk around comfortably and admire the arrangement.

Him from Powerpuff girls with the Boss Baby
Him from Powerpuff girls with the Boss Baby

...but there's more work to be done

As far as organizing an event goes, the organisers DAWAT definitely know what they're doing, but there's still lots of room for improvement.

Howl and Lara Croft meet some interesting folks!
Howl and Lara Croft meet some interesting folks!

First of all, the online marketing of the event felt lacklustre and I felt there wasn't a lot of hype. And as far as event attractions go, fewer than usual were advertised and not even all of those materialised at the event.

Everyone wants a selfie with the cosplayers
Everyone wants a selfie with the cosplayers

I was quite satisfied with the event as a social gathering but I'm still looking for organisers to demonstrate their knowledge of the comic con culture so they can pull off conventions that properly celebrate comic book, film, animation, video game and other types of pop culture.

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