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Forty Thousand and Counting

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Forty thousand people.

I think it’s safe to say that that is a pretty good estimate on number of fans of anime, comics and video games here. In fact, it’s even safe to say that Comic Fiesta is a good measuring stick for anyone interested to learn the size and scope of the anime community here in Malaysia.

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Let’s put things in perspective, just to show you what I mean. In 2002, the very first Comic Fiesta was held in the Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall. It had about four artist booths and approximately 500 visitors. With every iteration of CF, the crowd grew bigger thus the venues used had to grow bigger as well. Fast forward ten years later, Comic Fiesta 2013 occupied the entire ground floor of the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre and served a crowd of about 40,000 people.

500 and 40,000 visitors. The crowd grew about by 80 times over the past 11 years. From the statistics kindly provided to us by SAYS Youth Society (formerly known as the Comic Fiesta Organizing Committee), CF has been steadily growing at a rate of about 50% annually.

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It’s an amazing growth, for an non-profit event, powered 100% by unpaid volunteers, scavenging funds from ticket and booth sales as well as various sponsorship deals and packages. For a long time CF remained to be one of the most successful independent, home-made events, cobbled together by nothing more than a group of friends who pooled together their resources and talents.

Like many other passionate ACG fans, I was among those who has served in the CF committee for a while. It has been fun, for the most part. The rest of it is a lot of planning and meeting and ground work. Everything was done to deliver the best experience to the visitors.

A lot of the work behind-the-scenes, however, remains unseen by the fans. The year spent driving to meet clients. The long monthly meetings. The book-keeping. The tedious recruitments. The various agreements and contracts signed. The papercuts, the sleepless nights, the anxiety, the panic attacks. These and so many more, happening in places where you can’t see them.

All that work, and not a single cent goes into their pockets.

The problem is that these volunteers are often students or individuals committed to a full-time day job and CF is a part-time, passion project. Only a few individuals are privileged enough to be able to work on CF full-time. Thus comes the occasional errors, and miscommunications. Which, if you think about it, is forgivable.

Unfortunately, a lot of fans don’t see that. Many of them have a very simplistic view on how CF is run every year. There’s a common idea that resonates with the fans.

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I paid tickets for this event, so I expect it to be flawless.
Any mistakes is simply unprofesional and inexcusable.

Every year, CF is plagued with a variety problems. The biggest problems often involve crowd management. This is largely affected by the size of the hall, the floorplan and layout of the booths, positioning of the stage, and queue management.

Every year, the ticketing counters strive to run as efficiently as possible, to ensure the queue doesn’t stagnate.
Every year, the volunteers try their best to direct the crowd and manage the queue to avoid confusions.
Every year, the committees attempt to recruit as much help and provide as much training as possible to the volunteers.

Even then, the same problems keep repeating themselves, and I would like to say that it’s not entirely the committees fault. Anime Shrine learned that CF received over 300 applications for volunteers (also known as Felynes), but among the 300 applicants, only about 100 of them showed up during CF. This team of 100 young men and women were distributed over 12,000 square meters of exhibition space, to attend to the needs of about 40,000 energetic visitors.

Think about that for a moment. 40,000 visitors, and about 50 committee members, and 100 volunteers. To be able to deliver a flawless event without getting paid a single cent would be like asking for a miracle.

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Needless to say, there’s always room for Comic Fiesta to continue to improve every year. There’s a demand for better facilities, more open slots for artist booths, more interesting VIPs, etc. but every single one of those demands costs money that CF does not necessarily have at its disposal.

Being an independent, volunteer-organized event, Comic Fiesta continues to bootstrap itself and optimise its expenditures and efforts with every passing year. We wish the SAYS and the CF committee all the best and continue to be the symbol of ACG culture in Malaysia in the years to come.

Comic Fiesta 2013, Bigger and Much More Mature

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The 2013 edition of Comic Fiesta came and went, and certainly it did not dissapoint, at least in the eyes of Japanese Culture fans in Malaysia. This two day celebration of Manga, Anime and Cosplay is certainly the largest ever, with over 40 thousand fans in attendance. It’s a nice bump from the 25 thousand visitors last year and firmly stamped Comic Fiesta as THE premiere ACG event in Malaysia. (more…)

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Comic Fiesta 2012 – 10 Years of Awesomeness


Seems that Lowyat.net is not the only thing that celebrates it's 10th year of existence this year. Popular non-profit otaku gathering cum anime convention Comic Fiesta also turns 10 this year. And what a 10th version it is. Over 25,000 visitors visited Comic Fiesta at Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre this year. (more…)

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Comic Fiesta 2012 – Day 0 Preview

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We managed to sneak in Comic Fiesta halljust now, and took some pictures of the place and some stuffs that you might be interested in tomorrow during the real event itself. More after the break (more…)

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bless4 to appear at Comic Fiesta!


Just another week left before the largest sweaty otaku gathering in Malaysia, and we have some news that popular Japanese/American vocal ensemble group, bless 4 will be appearing at Comic Fiesta!
According to their website, bless4 will be appearing, altho at this time we have no confirmation of which date and time of their performance as of yet. But one of the committee did confirm that this news is true.

If you are fans of bless4, or Aquarion, please do come by Comic Fiesta this 22nd and 23rd December, that is if the world does not end first.

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Meet Shoko-tan and Momoiro Clover Z Live! @ Japan Fest


Coming this 23-27th of May, Sasuke Malaysia will be holding a very special Japan Fest at Hari Belia 2012!
In addition to its various games and competitions, they have invited two very special guests for the weekend – Momoiro Clover Z (MCZ) and the famous cat eating idol, Shoko Nakagawa (Shokotan)! (more…)

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Comic Fiesta 2012 Announced!


Brace yourself. Comic Fiesta 2012 has been announced! And it's slated for 22nd and 23rd of December 2012 at Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre!

>inb4 “oh noess bad crowd control”
>inb4 “noess KLCC sucks!”
>inb4 “Why KL?”

Honestly you guys need to visit comicket

Btw the Comic Fiesta website is down currently so you won't find anything good going there right now.

Edit: We have information that this time it will be 4 halls instead of 3! The confirmed halls are Hall 2, 3 (mini hall), 4 and 5. So more room for you to go in and mingle with everyone, that is if the cosplayers does not conquer the hall first.

A nice comfy chat with Ceui and Shimokawa Mikuni

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Well, not really that comfortable since we didn’t get any kind of refreshments, at least a cup of coffee (I don’t mind sharing with them), from the organizers of Comic Fiesta so that we might have longer time of conversation with these two singers from Japan. Ceui (pronounced ‘say-ee’) and Shimokawa Mikuni (pronounced … ah never mind) are amazing artists who made appearance in this year’s Comic Fiesta in Kuala Lumpur Convention Center. Having their first time in Malaysia, it’s surely a rather new experience for them. We at Anime Shrine were glad to be given some room to meet them in-person just after their stage performance. (more…)

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Comic Fiesta 2011 : Ever After

17th and 18th December. It's that time again as the prestigious yearly event of Comic Fiesta being held. This time, Kuala Lumpur Convention Center. A better place for all as it's the biggest place than all previous venues in previous years. Compared to the last year's event that being held at the Ballroom in Berjaya Times Square Hotel, the Hall 5 of the convention center is slightly bigger by 50 percent. Plus, it's a perfect place for a large gathering of people since, well, it's KLCC. Apart from the meaning of it being the convention center, it's also meant for KL City Center which is just a few meters away from the tallest twin towers in the world. Yeah, better transportation like trains and also a lot of parking areas. (more…)

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Meet Ceui and Shimokawa Mikuni Live during Comic Fiesta!

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Ever dreamed of meeting J-Pop artist Ceui and Shimokawa Mikuni in person? Now you can as they are two of the special artist that has been brought down from Japan just for Comic Fiesta! (more…)

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