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Comic Fiesta 2009 event report!!

I know the report is rather too late since it happened last year on December 19-20th but today’s the deadline of the report and I have yet to edit the images for the report. School started this week and being the last year, I can’t (or must not) lose out to the others and do my best!!  

Comic Fiesta 2009 was my first ever event that I attended. Being a fan of Japanese popular culture as well as to art, I found myself in an event that treasures both interests in a single entity. I was overwhelmed with the size of the venue where the event was held. The air-conditioning was very cold so for those who are not used to air-conditioning, bring something to make you feel warm.  

For a first timer, I was shocked and excited to see all the cosplayers scattered outside the event venue. There were all sorts of cosplayers from many series that I can’t recognise but it was very nerve-wracking to see them when I went there in plain clothing. It made me feel as though I’m not doing enough for my fandom if I don’t cosplay the characters -_-||  

The doors officially opened at 10.30am but I was there at around 9am where the doujin booths are being set-up. But a lot of things started even before the official opening like the Limkokwing University booth where there are a few people playing 2 games that were designed, created by students of Limkokwing University. I made an effort to watch and tried the games myself. The first game was Smog Busters where I have to guide the player character to clean up the pollution happening in Kuala Lumpur. The game surroundings featured real places in K.L. so it’s fun but I never got far. The second game was Totem Mania where there is two player characters that needs to work together to overcome obstacles in the game. The game won Best Visuals and Special Mention (New) in the 2008 Kre8tif! Industry Awards. Please look here for more information 🙂  

There was the Portfolio Review, live performances, Supa Strikers and a live demo by Animasia. At 2pm, there was the group cosplay competition and a live demo by IFS at the same time. (How can attendees be two places at one time when they want to go to watch the cosplay competition and the live demo?) An autograph session with Gempak authors was held after the cosplay competition but I never went.  

After that was the One True Pair (OTP) competition. There were the (usual) Vampire Knight pairing of Kaname-Yuuki-Zero, Trish and Dante from Devil May Cry and some other series that I couldn’t remember. From the performances, I can say that Devil May Cry’s Trish and Dante cosplayers did the best and the characters suit them really well. The scenario for the performance was very well-though of since there were a few sentimental love songs xD and they did win the OTP award 😀  

There were a lot of cosplayers gathered since I went outside the venue. There were the Sergeant Keroro character heads of Keroro, Giroro, Tamama, Dororo and Kururu where you can use them and take photos with it. Many visitors took the chance to picture themselves as the characters with the human suits 😄


Comic Fiesta’09 Industry Seminar

Hi guys! There will be an Industry Seminar at the second day of the event which will be half a day long having speakers from the creative industry to share their thoughts and experience to the attendees of Comic Fiesta 2009.

This year’s theme for the seminar will be Bridging the Creatives which was the theme of last year’s event will aim to educating the industry on the trends, performances and forecasts for this particular sector.

The venue will be at Comic Fiesta Hall 1 in which the seminar will be held at the left side of the stage. It is scheduled to start from 10.30am to 1pm on the 20th December, 2009.

The first speaker announced for this Industry Seminar is Stanley Lau whom is the co-founder and creative director of Imaginary Friends Studio. His topic is Be a Digital Artist with a Style which will be about challenges, myths and opportunities of being a digital artist as well as on what it takes to be a successful digital artist. A few main factors of this talk which will be how to create a style in their art and making it commercially relevant valuble to the creative industry.

The second speaker speaking in this seminar is Dinjer of PeKOMIK which will talk about our country’s place in the comic industry today, hence the title of his topic, Where is Malaysia in the Comic Industry Today. This will give a deep insight on how the comic industry started in Malaysia. PeKOMIC is a non-govermental association that aims to bring comic artists, writers, readers and publishers closer in Malaysia which was formed nearly 2 years ago in 2007.

Azlan Pa’wan, the managing director of BigBeak Pictures will be the third speaker and his topic will be The Great Expectation. He will talk about Exploration in education, Expectations in working environments, Real Stuff about market demands and The Deal in international marketing. Pa’wan has served global clients such as Nestle, Nokia, Pepsi, Ford through creative deployment of resources and strategies.

Last but not least is Michael Chuah and Lefty, the co-founders of Gilamon Comics whose topic is Making Comics the Gilamon Way. Gilamon is an independent publishing label that specializes in both storytelling and design using comics as a medium. The company has already published their first graphic novel and released a series of T-shirts for the 2nd STGCC last August. They had also participated in various events in Tokyo, San Diego, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Singapore. Gilamon are also one of the winners of the Multimedia Development Corporation Intellectual Property Grant.

Sorry if the last few parts doesn’t seem to be original -_-|| My back hurts and the event’s tomorrow in which I’ve yet to get ready for.

Wish me luck~!


Aeroline to Comic Fiesta’09!

Aeroline has become the official bus provider for Comic Fiesta’09! For this promotion that starts on 18th to 23th December, those who choose Aeroline to bring them over are entitled to a 10% discount!

Those who live in Singapore and Penang are able to choose a one-way or return ticket of Singapore->Sunway or Penang->Sunway.

The promotional code is COMIC09 and can be used in both online and physical transactions. Remember, this promotion are only valid to those who attend Comic Fiesta’09 and are advised to make your bookings as early as possible.

Cheers!


Comic Fiesta 2009 TV spot!

Hi there! I’ll be joining the media crew of Comic Fiesta and here’s the TV spot for the upcoming anime, manga convention that will be held at the Sunway Convention Center on December 19-20th, starting at 10am to 7pm for both days.

Here’s the video~