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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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Culture Japan Convention 2013

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The first ever Culture Japan Convention was held in Pulau Pinang last weekend. This convention was the brainchild of popular blogger, as well as a self made successful otaku, Danny Choo. Held at the posh and luxurious Straits Quay Convention Centre, the two day event was awash with various activities that was catered specifically for people that has an affinity towards the Japanese Culture. (more…)

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Culture Japan Con is Nearly Here!

Danny Choo, with his father Datuk Jimmy Choo (whom originally is from Penang) as well as a rep from Penang Tourism in front of the CJC bunting at the press con

Danny Choo, with his father Datuk Jimmy Choo (whom originally is from Penang) as well as a rep from Penang Tourism in front of the CJC bunting at the press con


Yes folks, just another week to go (17th and 18th August 2013) before CJC is held in the Pearl of the Orient, Pulau Pinang. And because of this, Pulau Pinang Global Tourism held a press conference to promote the event, which will be helmed by popular blogger and Japanese culture media ambassador, Danny Choo. Also there in the press conference was Danny's father, the famous shoe maker Datuk Jimmy Choo, who originally came from Penang. (more…)

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World Cosplay Summit and Asia Cosplay Meet Malaysia 2012

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Asia Cosplay Meet and World Cosplay Summit Malaysia 2012 was held at Quay’s Bay Pulau Pinang on the last week of June this year. We would like to say congrats to Team Zen, consisting Taka and Chris for winning the ACM with their awesome rendition of Fate/Prototype (Fuck yeah male saber!) and Yee Gim for winning the World Cosplay Summit title as Raiden! Pictures after the jump (more…)

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Taylor’s Anime Society Cosplay Cafe will Serve You This Friday!

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If you are a fan of cosplay themed cafe, aka meido and butler cafe, you can visit the one that is being done by Taylor’s Anime Society (TAC) this upcoming Friday! The cafe will run from 12pm to 4pm, which is perfect if you have just returned from Friday Prayers. More after the jump
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World Cosplay Summit and Asia Cosplay Meet Pulau Pinang


Pure passion of cosplay, animation, games and manga forms the World Cosplay Summit and Asia Cosplay Meet Malaysia serves as a platform for all cosplayers all over the country to meet and share their experiences and skills. In addition, cosplayers from nearby countries will also be able to participate in such sharing session. World Cosplay Summit and Asia Cosplay Meet Malaysia will be brought to Pulau Pinang for the first time. To all Cosplayers and Japanese animation fans out there will be able to share a cultural exchange. Malaysia Cosplay Toshokan will be hosting the World Cosplay Summit and Asia Cosplay Meet Malaysia. (more…)

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Animangaki 2012 Is Coming Your Way!

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If you are a fan of Japanese culture and a frequent visitor to Malaysian ACG events, then you would be happy to know that Animagaki 2012 will be coming your this August, promising lots of fun filled activities for you! And what kinds of activities you might ask? Well read on and see (more…)

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Over 41k Visits the Inagural Anime Festival Asia Malaysia

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The recently concluded Anime Festival Asia Malaysia that was held last weekend at the Putra World Trade Centre was a hit, surpassing the initial target with a total of 41 thousand visitors visiting the event over two days and has easily taken the crown for Malaysia’s largest Anime-centric event, eclipsing even that of AFKL. The event, which is it’s first year specifically targets the fans of Japanese culture, specifically the ones that involves animes, mangas, cosplays and anisongs. And it totally did not disappoint with a whole lot of activities lined up for the fans over the two days
Over the next few days we will be doing special report of the event, but for now we will give a gist of what happened over the two days at PWTC!
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Japan Fest @ Hari Belia – Schedule

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For those that was wondering when the Japan Fest’s cosplay competition and concert will start, here is the schedule

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