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Comic Fiesta 2010: Report

Hmm.. Kuroshitsuji is starting its Asian broadcast on Animax Asia starting from January 11, 2011.

Interesting… because I want to start my mini-report of Comic Fiesta 2010 around it! (laughs)

Okay, I didn’t manage to go to the first day but the second day I did. I braved the crowd with Asera (formerly Mari-chan) and went rounds before managing to track down my captain and ask for my media pass ;D

There were many people. I’m not sure many can describe the number of people there but imagine myself having to navigate and keep saying ‘excuse me, please let me through’ and avoid being trampled, and of course, in the way of the photographers of cosplayers.

When I manage to get in… I was thronged by the crowd and the people at the entrance. Asera almost tripped at the entrance, she didn’t notice the bump at the entrance. A scare there but it’s starting ~

There were people crowding near the entrance. They were girls giving out packets of NIPS as well as a corner where attendees can follow choreography on the screen and simulate them in real life. Then the NIPS art booth where visitors can join the contest and doodle their best form of NIPS 🙂 On the right will be the booth from myHorizon where they had a lucky draw of giving out an iPad in both days. I did participate but I couldn’t be there when the draw was held D: The reason will come soon ~

After myHorizon’s booth is NIPS’ photo booth and Hoyu’s booth. Hoyu’s booth displayed a wide variety of their hair colour products that feature illustrations of Ai Yazawa. A quickie, I nearly purchases one of these earlier this year because I was so enchanted with the illustrations! >w< The staff gave out cute empty red envelopes for Chinese New Year >w< I got 2 variations, the red and pink ones. Of course, I have no use for it myself so I gave them to my mother and grandmother ~

Moving on is the LimKokWing booth area, lots of desktops and people, didn’t go because of the flow of the crowd. So on the left there are independent booths of The Anime Depot and a booth specialising on figurines together with the trading card game area. Very hyped up atmosphere >w< when there was one player shouted or said something vulgar ^^

Further on are the bigger sized independent booths of anime goods. The reason why I say anime goods is because most goods is because most of them are anime goods. I wish there were goods for the otome crowd, not BL or anything but just simple CDs, merchandises (scrap the completely unworthy T-shirts or posters and etc away), PC, PS2 or PSP otome games, those kind of goods that are sold in Japan. Seriously, would kill to get them. Please don’t overlook female fans, serious ones are out to get them, no matter what it takes >w< Mind you, I’m not a feminist either. I have respect for both genders.

I saw hats being sold at the event. They were really cute, I wish I could get one GLOOMY one though but I’ve not much cash on my hand >x< It  suited me but I wouldn’t use it as often as I should D:

Okay, the doujin area shocked me entirely. It was full of people! It looked poorly arranged to me, the entire floor plan too. I didn’t expect the stage to be that small. The doujin area was packed like sardines in a can. I met up again with my friend Chin Yew, a brilliant illustrator (and director too >w<) where I got the chance to get his other 2 books. Will elaborate that another time. The walkway was narrow and both of us can hardly spend time on each booth because we need to constantly move to make way. We kept going rounds in the doujin area so that we saw every booth there but some people just wouldn’t budge D:

We kept on making rounds at the doujin area and went out again and came back in til we got put off and started being really irritated at people who didn’t make way. That didn’t happen only once.

I hardly paid attention to the other area except the doujin area because

1. No space to move around and enjoy different parts of the area
2. No resting area or small empty space where visitors can just take a break from walking and sort out their things
3. One entrance and one exit only? Some may find it hard to move around because there’s no shortcuts either Dx

Asera and I did watch a performance where someone sang Miliyah Kato’s Love is… and 2 other songs. After that, we’re just plain exhausted. Even to escape the crowd.

There were just too many people. Too less space. Maybe the Sunway Convention Centre will be slightly less convienient (in what way, I do not know yet) but there’s a lot of better moving space compared to Berjaya’s. There were too many people interested in the cosplayers, that contributed to the congestion where people want to give space and take a shot while some wanted to leave the area. I do not blame those interested on taking a shot but seriously, the venue just made me want to go like this -> *(!@()@*(^&*!@_)(!@^ then (smiles)

The increase of commercial booths are apparent this year. I don’t remember seeing this many commercial booths the previous year ^^

Since they is not much left, I will proceed for my goods report of CF 2010! They are not in the order I get them but please have fun with me! >w<~

Firs~t up is a handmade notebook. Black and white polka dots >w< and there’s a ribbon on the upper left corner (faints). Had to get them even though they a wee bit expensive but I think it’s worth it. The paper is from recycled paper so I think it’s for a good cause 🙂

After that are… bookmarks! It seems like a character from Persona 3 Portable and is a maid ^w^

The set below are from the Vocaloid series *w* A slight bit rebellious yet comfortable on the eyes >w< I could have remember that this particular booth has a set of K-ON! bookmarks that I love so much but when I went rounds after that, I couldn’t find them anymore TxT so I settled for the Vocaloid ones ~

Ahh, the Fairy Tail ones >w< I was so excited when I saw this but I hestitated until I went a few more rounds and finally reached the booth >w<<~~ I was disappointed when I thought the other matching card was sold out but there was the last one! (faints) I got them and in my opinion, very good artwork! I love it very much xD Loki, Natsu and Gray in one and the other has Erza, Lucy and Juvia ~ Had to get them satisfy myself even though I’ve only watched the anime adaptation >w< The artist could be found at http://arielucia.deviantart.com/ Please go and take a look ^^/

Ahh, finally the bookmark that kick-started the entire report! It’s a very good bookmark! It’s Grell from Kuroshitsuji ~ The other characters’ bookmarks aren’t that striking, maybe this is a favourite character of the artist’s?

One of our first purchases~ The artist was very nice >w< and cute too! I didn’t notice until I left that the artist was wearing the same outfit as one of the characters in the bookmarks >w<  The artist could be found at http://michiika@deviantart.com/

Here are another set of bookmarks from the Vocaloid series 🙂

Asera bought a Chinese New Year card, really cute 😀 I actually had my eyes on the items of a particular booth and it’s about a mother and her son. Really cute work but I couldn’t spare any money D:

That’s more or less what I’ve got at the event. Awesome tiredness but in truth, we’re quite irritated about the crowd. No compassion!


Comic Fiesta 2010’s highlights

Hello there ^^/ Comic Fiesta is back for another year with a spectacular line-up of events that’s gonna make you come over for a visit, even for a little peek >w<

Their wonderful line-up of events in a glance ^-★

  • Comic Fiesta Digital Competition (more information here)
  • Comic Fiesta Cosplay Competition (more information here)
  • Comic Fiesta Side Quests ∑(Owo;) What’s this about!? A definite must-check! (more information here)
  • National Manga Competition (more information at the main site ^w^)
  • NIPS Copic Challenge – Open to all visitors! Why don’t you give it a try? (more information here)
  • HOYU at CF 2010! – Oooh, strike a pose and stand a chance to win something(*^ー^)ノ (more information here)
  • CHILL Mobile Illustration Competition (see more below)
  • Lim Kok Wing DOtA Challenge – Wow, test your DOtA gaming skills in the public (`∀´)
  • GEMPAK Autograph Session

and the core of the event, at least the biggest thing in this event is (drumroll)

  • Industry Seminar
  • Meet Phil Yeh and Phil Ortiz
  • Portfolio Pavillion

More information on the Industry Seminar, Portfolio Pavillion and ‘Meet Phil Yeh, Phil Ortiz’ session are all here

The seminar will be graced with various creative veterans, CODEMASTER (a British independent game development studio has created many acclaimed works since 1986 and their branch in Malaysia has worked on Race Driver: GRID and F1:2010), Micheal Chuah and Jack Lim, Phil Yeh and Phil Ortiz!

Starting with the CHILL Mobile Illustration Competition, let’s start with what CHILL Mobile is all about. CHILL Mobile is a new, up and coming weekly comic magazine. However, it is not in the usual media, but in a digital format and only a download away! Readers are able to experience full colour comic strips, quizzes on their cellphones. When readers browse the mobile site of CHILL, they are able to browse the CHILL store and download wallpapers for your cellphone 😀 Unlike all comic magazines, readers can download and browse all issues of CHILL without taking up any space anywhere and where they are.

CHILL’s 1st issue has been released for free at http://www.lepakchil.com on the 19th of November. Aie G, a cartoonist will be at Comic Fiesta 2010 togethert with the CHILL crew for a special appearance! An illustration contest, CHILL Mobile Illustration Competition will be held on the second day, the 19th of December and the best work will be published in CHILL. Complete information can be found here.

The artists that are attending the Autograph Session are as follow

Saturday: Kaoru, Keith, Neko, Little
Sunday: Kaoru, Keith, Nishiki, Joe

I guess that’s all for now ^^

 


Comic Fiesta 2010 Aims To Reward Visitors and Challenge Perceptions

It’s the time of the year again! Comic Fiesta will be back this year at the Berjaya Times Square Manhattan Ballroom! For a first-timer who went last year, it was a very exciting experience for myself to see so many cosplayers and visitors >w< I can’t wait to look at more booths for items and artists!

The press release as below  ( ´・‿-) ~ ♥

Since it’s humble beginnings as a small exhibition at the Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall in 2002, Comic Fiesta has grown exponentially in both size and scope to become the premier ACG (Anime, Comics & Games) event in Malaysia. The 2009 edition of this expo brought in almost 8,000 visitors from all walks of life together under the roof of the Sunway Pyramid Convention Centre, the biggest audience yet for an ACG event organized in Malaysia.

Now, Comic Fiesta 2010 looks set to break the record yet again. Being held at the Manhattan Ballroom of Berjaya Times Square Hotel in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on 19 and 20 December 2010, this year’s iteration organized by Sequential Youth Arts Society (SAYS) is planned to bring “more of everything”, as well as challenge the local perception of what an ACG event can offer to its visitors and the Malaysian ACG community.

In addition to the ever-popular Artists Booth (formerly known as the Doujin Market) and anticipated Cosplay Competitions, Comic Fiesta 2010 will also be premiering new, never-seen-before attractions for all visitors.

Tickets are priced at RM15 for a one-day entry, and may be purchased at the venue itself. Visitors can also choose to pre-order their tickets at RM25 for both days using the order form from the official website. Application forms for the cosplay and karaoke competitions are also available from the website.

For more information of all the activities planned for Comic Fiesta 2010 a well as ticketing inquiries, visit the official website at http://www.comicfiesta.org. It is constantly being updated with new guidelines and the latest announcements.

Comic Fiesta 2010
18 & 19 December 2010
Manhattan Ballroom, Berjaya Times Square Hotel, Kuala Lumpur
http://www.comicfiesta.org

About SAYS
> Sequential Youth Arts Society (SAYS) is a volunteer-run, non-profit organization that aims to educate the public about the ever-expanding ACG community in Malaysia. Established in 2009, its ultimate goal is to create a dynamic avenue where local and international creative talents can come together and push the Malaysian creative industry forward through innovative new ideas.

 

After thoughts ~
Their timing is always lovely~ ♥ It’s close to Christmas and everyone can enjoy! (≧∇≦)


Neoromance ♥ Starlight Christmas 2010!

Neoromance ♥ Starlight Christmas is an annual Christmas event held by game company Koei; it is mainly targeted towards female audiences. So far, there are only 3 franchises under the Neoromance series; namely Corda, Haruka and Angelique. Each of these franchise has expanded and has many game sequels, spinoffs, TV animation adaptation, books, CDs, goods and much more.

Character designer for Angelique is Kairi Yura (illustrator for popular ongoing light novel series Saiunkoku Monogatari written by Sai Yukino) . Moreover, Tohko Mizuno for Harukanaru Toki no Naka de (serializing Kimi ni XOXO in Hakusensha’s LaLa) and Yuki Kure for Kin’iro no Corda (serializing manga adaptations of Corda in Hakusensha’s LaLa, LaLa DX and LaLa Special as well)

In addition, Koei has also launched a Neoromance Game Novel for mobile phones titled Love φ Summit. Voice actors from the series are new additions for this year’s event.

Back to Neoromance ♥ Starlight Christmas 2010, it’s set to be held for 2 days on December 4, 2010 ~ December 5, 2010 (Saturday and Sunday) at Pacifico Yokohama National Convention Hall. There will be two sessions for each day. The first session held during the day and the second held during the night. Please continue reading for more information.

Those attending are voice actors of respective characters in the Neoromance series. Here is a list of confirmed attendees for the event.

※Please take note that it might be subject to change, thus updated accordingly in the future.

Day 1

Angelique

  • Ken’yū Horiuchi
  • Mitsuaki Madono
  • Fumihiko Tachiki

Harukanaru Toki no Naka de

  • Kazuhiko Inoue
  • Tomokazu Seki
  • Kōsuke Toriumi

Kin’iro no Corda

  • Kentarō Itō
  • Hideo Ishikawa
  • Satoshi Hino

Neo Angelique

  • Daisuke Hirakawa

Love φ Summit

  • Hikaru Midorikawa
  • Kenji Nojima

<Special Guest>

  • Mitsuo Iwata (Angelique)

Day 2

Angelique

  • Ken’yū Horiuchi
  • Rikiya Koyama
  • Daisuke Namikawa

Harukanaru Toki no Naka de

  • Kazuhiko Inoue
  • Naozumi Takahashi

Kin’iro no Corda

  • Yūya Uchida
  • Hideo Ishikawa
  • Satoshi Hino

Neo Angelique

  • Daisuke Hirakawa
  • Taiten Kusunoki

Love φ Summit

  • Kenji Nojima
  • Takashi Kondō

The convention hall’s lobby would be opened at 11:00am, while the entrances are opened 30 minutes before showtime. The event’s first session begins at 1.30pm with the second beginning at 6:00pm.

3 types of entry tickets are sold for the event. Prices are inclusive of tax. Information as follows:

  • the SS seats – ¥7,800
  • the S seats – ¥5,800
  • the A seats – ¥3,800

Lastly, an official site for the event can be seen here.

Angelique series

Harukanaru Toki no Naka de series

Kin’iro no Corda series

Neo Angelique series

Love φ Summit


National Manga Competition launched!

 Liquid Media is back for the second year with the National Manga Competition. The competition jointly organised by the Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC) has some big names on tow this year with Canon Marketing Malaysia and Novotel KLCC on board as a sponsor, Animax as the Official TV & Online Partner, Comic Fiesta as the event partner and is further endorsed by the Education Ministry of Malaysia.

Open for participants from the tender age of 7, this year the competition is expecting a significant increase in entries from its first appearance.

The competition started with a big bang launch officiated by H.E. Masahiko Horie, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Embassy of Japan and accompanied by MDeC Representative, Mr. Saifol Shamlan, Vice President, Industry Development Division, Ministry of Education Representative, Mr. Mohamad Jamal Bin. Ujang, Deputy Director of Policy Unit and Mr. Richard Yeow, Senior Director and General Manager of Business Imaging Solution Division, Canon Marketing Malaysia

The inaugural competition last year started a local pool of raw talent to build the local manga and anime industry. This round will grow that pool further and these participants will play an integral part towards developing the local scene. Economically, this is a booming field whether it’s for the artist, animators, producers or channels which carry this art which originated from the land of the rising sun,” enthused Mr. Desmond Flaivel, Associate of Liquid Media Communications the organizers of the competition.

Animax, Asia’s first and leading anime and youth entertainment TV destination, continues to be the official TV and online media partner for the competition in its second year. Available to some 40 million viewers from 27 million homes in 19 countries across Asia and reaching over 2.1 million viewers in Malaysia1, Animax’s reach is a reflection of the immense popularity of anime and manga outside Japan. Just as Animax appeals to Asia’s youth and young adults, the competition targets to be a platform for aspiring talents in the same demographic group to express themselves and to share their love and passion for the artform.

Another party with interest in the progress of the field is MDeC, Malaysia’s multimedia development arm, “We are keen to open up new avenues in the creative field to realise the dream for a high income economy. The field of Manga is versatile and we can see it as a multi prong economy driver in the next 5 years.

Hence we are lending our cooperation to nurture young talent and with the emergence of this competition we have our finger on the pulse of the Manga and Anime environment,” said Mr. Saifol Shamlan, Vice President, Industry Development Division, MDeC

The traditional Manga market was worth a whooping 400 billion yen in 2007 for the Japan economy and has been termed as a soft power in the nation’s recovery plan in 2009. This soft power will grow through transfer of knowledge and expertise with other countries in the Asian region who have shown interest like Malaysia.

We are a booming economy and as far as I have realised, the Manga industry has nothing but grown over the years. The art and its artists are no longer confined to Japan and like our Canon brand, Manga and Anime has become a global icon for the creative world.

Our sponsorship this year is in line with our industry which is much based on visuals, imaging and creativity. We hope our support will wheel in more talents and the local industry will grow to be as lucrative as our Japanese counterpart,” shared Mr. Richard Yeow, Senior Director and General Manager, Business Imaging Solution Division of Canon Marketing Malaysia.

Canon is sponsoring cash and RM 12,000 worth of Wedoo (formerly known as Canonfoto) products to be given away as prizes. “The Wedoo is our local initiative in the photo book field. It is a great tool for the Manga artists to compile and showcase their works in a professional presentation. The winners will receive a printed and bound copy of their work entered for the competition,” added Yeow.

The National Manga Competition will begin from 30th June 2010 to 30th November 2010 and features 3 categories; Amatuers (18 years onwards); Secondary (13- 17 years of age); and Primary (7-12 years of age). Cash and prizes worth RM 15,000 will be up for grabs.

This year’s Competition will go one step further by organising a regional roadshow for school students in the states of Penang, Putrajaya, Malacca, Kota Kinabalu and Kuala Lumpur.

Further information the National Manga Competition 2010 is available at www.mymanga.com.my.

About Liquid Media Communications (M) Sdn Bhd

Liquid Media Communications (M) Sdn Bhd was set-up in Malaysia primarily as a concept writting outfit for the creative and advertising related services industry. Its primary focus is to create fresh and niche avenues for advertising while promoting the various creative components in the country. 

Editorial Contact:

Desmond Flaviel

Liquid Media Communications

Tel: +603 7785 8129

Fax: +603 7785 5253

Email: des@i-works.com.my

1 Source: A.C. Nielsen, Cume reach viewers 4+ 2009.


Mayʼn BIG☆WAAAAAVE!! Asia Tour 2010 Hong Kong and Taiwan concert info up!

Lovely fans in Hong Kong and Taiwan, wait no more! The tour information for the both venues has been announced!

19th March has been fixed as the date with her performance held at Rotunda3, 6th Floor of the Hong Kong International Trade and Exhibition Centre.

There will be 4 different ticket prices which will be HK$480, HK$580, HK$630 and HK$680. HK Ticketing/Tom Lee Music is the authorised ticketing channel for you to get your tickets. Ticketing has been started since the 30th of January. You can read the Hong Kong press release here.

Doors will open on 6.45pm and her performance will start on 8.15pm. It will be a 2-hour long performance.

Taiwan’s concert date has been set on the March 21 at the Taipei Legacy. Ticket prices are 2000 NTD, 2300 NTD and 2500 NTD. No official ticketing has been announced yet. The venue will be open at 5.30pm and the event starts at 7.30pm.


May’n BIG☆WAAAAAVE Asia Tour 2010 KL Concert: Tour Packages

Craziness!! If you haven’t joined the May’n Asia fan page in Facebook, look at what they’ve just announced! 2 customised tour packages have been set up for those who live in Singapore!

The Express Package includes a 2-way return trip to KL Live on coach and a concert ticket to the concert. This cost SGD 135.

Times of departure and arrival are:

Leaves Singapore on March 7th at 9am, arriving in Kuala Lumpur at about 2pm.

Bus heading back to Singapore on March 7th at 11pm where the passengers will regroup themselves and leave at 11.15pm and arrive at around 4.30am, the next day.

A Deluxe Package which is inclusive of a one night stay in Malaysia will also include a 2-way return trip to KL Live on coach, a concert ticket and a night’s accomodation at the Concorde Hotel which is only 10 minutes (walking distance) to the concert venue. This package cost SGD 200.

Times of departure and arrival are:

Bus heading to Malaysia on March 6th, 7.30am. Reaches at about 12pm.

Bus heading back to Singapore on March 7th at 11pm where the passengers will regroup themselves and leave at 11.15pm and arrive at around 4.30am, the next day.

Questions can be sent to info@mayn.asia~!