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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 Con 2013

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Well what do you know folks, Culture Japan Con is just one month away! What, you don't know what Culture cheap viagra no prescription Japan Con is? Well you are missing something awesome then. (more…)

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Super GT: No Magic for Miku


It was a sight of anguish and disappointment in the pit of Team Good Smile Racing, who won convincingly here last year when it's car failed to finish the race. The BMW Z4 Car 0 was running second when on the very last lap had an engine failure and limped to a halt just metres from the end. (more…)

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Culture Night Japan Malaysia 2012

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The first Culture Japan Night for Malaysia was held last Monday, a day after Anime Festival Asia finished at the 6th floor of Pavilion Kuala Lumpur. The brain child of popular Japanese blogger Danny Choo, the event is where fans of the Japanese culture can mingle and meet each other, and more importantly spend some time with Danny himself (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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AFA Stars Are Here!

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We are only a day away from AFA Malaysia and most of the guests have arrived in Malaysia! Today we managed to catch up with Miyuko and Tasha from Spiral Cats, and also the Japanese bands Flow and Kalafina as they touched down at KLIA (more…)

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Culture Japan Night Malaysia: Register Now!

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Famous celebrity blogger, otaku, and AFA Malaysia host Danny Choo is holding a special Culture Japan Night, Malaysia edition on the 11th of June, a day after AFA Malaysia at cialis online Pavilion, Kuala Lumpur! More after the jump (more…)

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Anime Festival Asia Malaysia: Day 0 Press Event

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Here is your chance to get the AFAMY tickets, and also meet up close the guests for AFAMY a day before the real event starts! On Friday, 8th of June AFAMY will have a Day 0 Press Preview event at Plaza Low Yat featuring most, if not ALL of the guests that will appear on the two day event. This includes the famous K-PopJapanese band FLOW, Kotoko, Kalafina, host Danny Choo and cosplayers Tasha, Miyuko and Kaname! While the press preview event starts at 6pm, fans who are looking to buy the tickets for AFAMY can also buy it at the same venue (Plaza Low Yat) starting from 8am.

And to wrap things off, here is the teaser of what you can expect on the first day of AFAMY

Meet you guys there!

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SuperGT Fans can Bank on Local Hope With Surprise Wildcard Entry!

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Nearly one more week to go to the 3rd round of the Super GT race at the Sepang International Circuit and we can tell you that you might see some local flavours this time round. Yes folks, a wildcard Mosler MP900GT is said to be piloted by our own Fairuz Fauzy come this 9th and 10th June! He will be partnered by seasoned Japanese driver Yoshida Hiroki during the race weekend. (more…)

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