Original article at Pop Culture Fun – Malaysia
“Beauty is in the Details”
I got the call that a new Malaysian licensee will be launching their very own limited edition Justice League & Batman products. Then the next thing that entered my mind was – “I wonder who these folks are?”. Followed by – “Wow! I wonder what kinda products they gonna make?” OMG thoughts running wild haha
It’s ARCH Collection, but who are they?
Oh I have never heard of them till now. Well basically they’re a Malaysia company that designs & manufactures unique veneer (wood) based gifts, souvenirs & collectibles depicting culture & heritage! Wood / Timber! SO VERY Malaysian next to Pewter, Rubber and Palm Oil 😀 haha
ARCH Collection is founded by Mr. Andrew Lee, who has a passion for architecture & Kuala Lumpur. They own the award winning tourist attraction, KL City Gallery which is located at Dataran Merdeka and housed in a 120 year old heritage building beside the KL Library. This place is so packed with historical documents, facts, photos of KL past, present & future per square foot This is also the location for the very famous ‘I LOVE KL’ signage.
So what’s so special about these wood gifts?
1) The art pieces are layered to create a 2-D effect. The layering technique gives depth to the art piece while the use of different species of veneer and etching techniques create tones and hues.
2) These are pieces are made with multiple species of natural wood veneer, i.e. cherry, oak, maple, beech, makore, anegre, walnut. The wood frames are mainly solid durian wood harvested from durian trees that are past the fruit bearing age. hence no 2 pieces are the same.
3) MADE IN MALAYSIA – all these art pieces are cut here and hand assembled by our local master craftsmen. This truly makes for a born in KL item!!
This will be the only Justice League & Batman collection in the world, to have the Kuala Lumpur city buildings incorporated in them! Batman gliding of the KL’s famous buildings with the Batsignal hovering over the city skyline… TAKE MY MONEY!
Another pleasant surprise was the announcement of the special guest of honour to officiate this event, Yang Berhormat Tony Pua, Member of Parliament Damansara. What does he have to do with this event, we might ask? Well he answered that in his short speech. Usually he skips ALL invitations to ‘product launches’ but on this very special occasion he decided to attend.
WHY? Basically he made it clear that for this event, he would attend & support on a personal level because of 2 alphabets he saw on the invite… DC… as in DC Comics! Yes folks, you read it here in out blog – YB Tony Pua is a comic fan & comic reader!! He is currently following Batman series, but didn’t specify! Also on a personal note, he is friends with ARCH Collection founder Mr. Andrew Lee as well and is a firm supporter of what they are doing for tourism in Kuala Lumpur which ultimately means promoting Malaysia to the tourist 🙂
Keep up the good work folks!
Here is the official press release!
Click here to see the more photos as well as the products on Facebook: ARCH Collection Launch of Justice League & Batman Merchandise
Kuala Lumpur, 4 October 2018: In partnership with Warner Bros. Consumer Products, on behalf of DC Entertainment, ARCH unveiled a first-of-its-kind collection on 4th of October 2018, as the DC Super Heroes unleash their powers, encompassing the towering skyline of Kuala Lumpur.
Officially Launched by the honourable Member of Parliament Yang Berhormat Tony Pua, The Justice League and Batman Collection is exquisitely represented by a stylish range of collectibles, from fashionable accessories to functional items, not to be missed by fans. All designed and created with the finest detailing ever in all of ARCH’s collections.
Each item is a limited-edition work of art and an original born-in-Kuala Lumpur masterpiece. Inspired by the characteristics of each Super Hero, ARCH Master-craftsmen meticulously hand-assembled the range to perfection. The finished product is an authentic masterpiece that combines tradition, fine workmanship and innovation.
ARCH was founded in 1989 by Kuala Lumpur-based Award Winner Andrew Lee, who has more than 30 years’ experience in Architecture Model Making. Andrew moulds his stories of the city into ARCH range of products, instilling a greater appreciation meant to be shared with the world. Driven by his passion, Andrew established Kuala Lumpur City Gallery at Merdeka Square, an Award-Winning Attraction that glorifies Kuala Lumpur’s Past, Present and Future through miniatures.
About Warner Bros. Consumer Products
Warner Bros. Consumer Products (WBCP), a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, extends the Studio’s powerful portfolio of entertainment brands and franchises into the lives of fans around the world. WBCP partners with best-in-class licensees globally on an award-winning range of toys, fashion, home décor, and publishing inspired by franchises and properties such as DC, the Wizarding World, Looney Tunes and Hanna-Barbera. The division’s successful global themed entertainment business includes groundbreaking experiences such as The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi (opening 2018). With innovative global licensing and merchandising programs, retail initiatives, promotional partnerships and themed experiences, WBCP is one of the leading licensing and retail merchandising organizations in the world.
About DC Entertainment
DC Entertainment, home to iconic brands DC (Superman, Batman, Green Lantern, Wonder Woman, The Flash), DC Vertigo (Sandman, Fables) and MAD, is the creative division charged with strategically integrating across Warner Bros. and Warner Media. DC Entertainment works in concert with many key Warner Bros. divisions to unleash its stories and characters across all media, including but not limited to film, television, consumer products, home entertainment, and interactive games. Publishing thousands of comic books, graphic novels and magazines each year, DC Entertainment is one of the largest English language publishers of comics in the world.
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Original article here at PopCultureFunMY
Ding ding ding ding ding ding… the count down has already started. No Darkseid is not coming because the DCEU has been scraped. No it’s not the Doomsday clock or the Doomsday countdown from the WATCHMEN… Nor is it ‘2 Minutes to Midnight’ hahaha just had to throw in some Iron Maiden trivia as it’s what I’m listening to as I write this.
Its the count down to the debut of Malaysia Comic Con…. or is it Comic Con Malaysia? Well the registry says its Comic Con Malaysia Sdn Bhd, however I’ve always read the logo as Malaysia Comic Con since it debut early this year with the tagline suggesting it is the most legit use of the ‘comic con’ name, possibly because they sort covering or permission or endorsement from the ‘comic con’ originators or trademark (TM) holders… which can only mean the SDCC folks aka San Diego Comic-Con aka Comic-Con International! This is just my 2 cent guess because no official information has been released to anyone and their event is just 3 months away. Well I guess if you’re friends with any of the 5 employees or the boss, you would probably know more than me 😀
Anyways, I guess 90+ days is still pretty far for Malaysia standards so the excitement continues to maintain at a benefit-of-the-doubt level. With that said there’s always that ‘Fear of the Dark’ feel…. (Maiden pun again)… or that “I have a bad feeling about this” (Star Wars pun). Personally out of about 7 promises of Comic Con events only has one has delivery a BOOM + post-BOOM effect after the event has passed. Best part was this event was so chill & humble that I thought it was SOOO BLOODY UNDER SOLD compared to all the over-hype* these days – supa exaggerated copy writing, or comic style funky graphics, uninformed claims / tag lines etc. The event in mention was this one called Malaysia Games & Comic Convention (MGCCon) held in 2012. This event had 4 Marvel / DC level artist guest and the most popular cosplayer in the world! You had to be there to experience it and then later experience life without it. Comics fans can testify 😀 At least I think they can. Please, go look it up!
Just some recent examples of over-hype* I mentioned above:
1) In 2015 – a new event used the tagline “Malaysia’s FIRST EVER” comic con. Good hyped tagline but what about Comic Fiesta? Around since 2002 – present. So did you mean western comics? What about MGCCon in 2012?? Recently I learnt that there were comic strip / newspaper comic strip events in KL held back in the 80s, so that was pretty cool to learn about 🙂
2) January 2018 – event boasting headline announcing “a World Class Comic Con experience”. Then later it mellowed down a bit to “The Unforgettable Pop Culture Experience”.
3) August 2017 – new event to highlight toys, games, anime, comics – with all this in the event name… later adopts the tagline – Malaysia’s premiere toys & collectibles… just redirecting emphasis to toys + collectible and not games, anime, comics.
4) October 2018 – debut events caption says it’s “the most exciting new event of the year” with just 65 Likes on their FB page since January 2018.
Now, don’t get me wrong… I’m not writing to slam copy writing or condemn events but rather to highlight some awareness. All the 4 case events (name withheld because that’s not the point) mentioned above were great and achieved commendable things individually. So for the organisers & con goers:
a) Most of us who have been around, are sorta immune to big claims, hot air… ‘Holy Smoke’ even (Maiden pun). Yes, there is a role for all this stylo writing. I call it the ‘marketing lingo’ which is much needed to be presented to corporate sponsors etc. So everyone should chill and not react at the first announcement of a new event. Give these folks a chance. They are choosing to make a difference by not just being a Convention Goer but now a Convention Organiser. And it’s no small task. The thought to organise a convention is like asking ‘Can I play with MADNESS’ and being firm you won’t have a mental breakdown while doing it. (Maiden pun again)
b) Our focus determines our reality – if you want to learn from events… when you go to an event you will learn some. If you want to compile facts to condemn an event… you will go there & come back with a list. We can learn much from each other.
So with this I’m looking forward at what cool things Pop-Con 2019 brings at a time of the year which is vacant of much events. Currently I am particularly interested for them to reveal who they’re 3 guest are going to be. The only hints are: Game Director, International Voice Actor and Comic Illustrator. I have a cynical guess but I’ll keep that to myself as I m doing my best to stay positive. BECAUSE… my 2 cents thinks that this announcement will be a major decider for the con-goers perception of the event.
LASTLY, some free wisdom thru the years I’ve been around the community… the pop culture community, be it Anime or ACG or Western Comics or Gaming, has progressed much thru the years… and it has also has not. However it’s not necessarily ‘Wasted Years’ (Maiden pun, last one) but I wanna put this new wisdom out there to those willing to hear – I think it’s time for the “FOR FANS, BY FANS” motto to end (speaks with a Kylo Ren voice). I have watched many groups, friends & entities achieve some… under achieve.. and very rarely – SCORE BIG TIME… and continue to take it to the next level!
It takes more than “For Fans, By Fans” for the event to be successful. Before let share wha I believe defines event-success = in my opinion true event success is:
- The event has a true SOUL of what it’s suppose to be
- Financially viable to continue (survive)
- Have room to grow / expand.
No doubt, in the (Dream) TEAM you need people who are fans aka Subject Matter Experts, however you do also need a few more key skilled folks! You also need the Events experts (build up / logistics / lay out), then also the Marketing, Promotions & Sales TEAM. Don’t forget the master of the numbers. After that then it’s down to planning, like-minded+tested core support and EXECUTION. This is the super simplified peaNUT shell version. Further elaboration for another time…
Thanks for reading. Enjoy your events 🙂 Do write to us or comment below if you want to 🙂Cheers!
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Till then will be looking forward to the ‘New Kid on the Block’ event to begin 2019:
Pop-Con 2019 by Comic Con Malaysia
26 – 27 January
Putra World Trade Centre, KL
Boom! This is the current hot topic….. the buzz around town among the Anime community fans now!! Meme & 9Gag worthy images are also on the rise haha
So far nothing positive, the most I’ve seen was something neutral xD haha
Comments of “Wah! Wanna challenge CF?”, “Whachu know about Otakus?”. Too much corporate marketing lingo on the front page maybe. Who knows… the folks have not reached out to us yet, no proper media launch yet… no official launch either but it’s rolling forward.
Since I am the one here suggesting that the possible negative or neutral response to the advert below (then again its common for most people response negative to new things or change) could be due to ‘corporate marketing lingo’, i should elaborate a bit more. Here is the text :
“BEHOLD! THE YEAR’S MOST EXCITING NEW ANIME, COSPLAY, E-GAMES & TOYS EXTRAVAGANZA IS AT HAND! A million sights & sounds as well as thousands of renowned cosplayers and enthusiasts from around the globe! Experience arguably the most anticipated comics event ever! OTAKUs UNITE!”
- “The year’s most exciting new ….. is at hand” – The event Facebook page want started in January Yes. However as of today, there are only 65 likes on the page (one of them me & another is us, Cosplay Fun Malaysia). And since I realist (doing my best to an optimist) I’m gonna say that the 65 of us would be the only quantifiable ones who truly know / is excited because we clicked LIKE and want to know all announcements… all news. Since I only saw the advert last week, for the first time…. I personally am not incline to say that it’s ‘this year’s more exciting new event!’ From January – September 2018, I didn’t know it existed.
- “A million sights & sounds as well as thousands of renowned cosplayers and enthusiasts from around the globe!” – I’m not so sure what this means or what the writer was trying to say other than it has a lot of adjectives. I don’t know how “a million sights & sounds” links to “thousands of renowned cosplayers & enthusiasts..”. Are they going to post a Guinness World Record of photos & videos of cosplayers from all over the world? Or are they anticipating thousands of cosplayers + enthusiasts from all over the world are going to come? If that’s what they mean, I’m excited and I wanna help promote 🙂
- “Experience arguably the most anticipated comics event ever!” – personally, I feel that’s going to be difficult to take this first-time event as ‘most anticipated …event ever’. Also great due to point 1, I just found out about it last year.
- OTAKUs UNITE! – I’ve read some comments taking this in a negative light. For me I’m neutral. But the general condenses from the origins, which is Japan, the term has a negative connotation. It’s like calling out NERDS UNITE! Some will be ok and some wouldn’t like this I guess haha. Oh well!
Ada apa dengan gaya in? From what I know, in writing there is a certain margin of flair & exaggeration that can be considered ‘style’. I view this ‘style’ as a marketing style lingo, as these words & visuals will also be used in materials (flyer, posters etc) during presentation to potential sponsors and clients 🙂 So sometimes if the words are not ‘gempak’ enough, it doesn’t excite the client… especially to those who do not know about ACG events.
Bottom line – I just think the up roar is about poor copyrighting. It was more exaggeration-fantasy than factual-realistic-expectation. I am a realist (trying my best to be an optimist too) but not a language expert. So it’s just what I think… 2 cents 😀
Suggestion – Now I don’t wanna leave this with out a suggestion of a solution 🙂 In my opinion, they should dial back a bit on the adjaectives and announce more objectively 🙂 Alternatively, if they came out with a BIG BANG BANG BANG announcement like Hideo Kojima, Hayao Miyazaki and Yaya Han coming to Malaysia’s ABCDEF Event – BEHOLD! THE YEAR’S MOST EXCITING NEW ANIME, COSPLAY, E-GAMES & TOYS EXTRAVAGANZA IS AT HAND! Experience arguably the most anticipated comics event ever! OTAKUs UNITE! Straight away blow peoples with a BANG, and your tagline + benefit-of-the-doubt = ALL VALID hype hehe Honestly, i think with this kind of announcement, most off the community won’t care what you write xD hahaha Half will be excited and the other half going “Sure or not?”, “Who are these organisers?”, “Sure not scammers?” xD haha
In conclusion, I’m truly excited to hear of yet another ‘big scale’ event! The organisers are of the Star Media Group, they’re legit *thumbs up*. Being ‘legit’ and credible (Star Media Group) and not a brand new company / entity they would have a reputation to keep so all in all… I’m excited & looking forward to it 🙂
With already 2 brand new events this year, TAGCC (Toys Anime Games and Comic Con) and Asia Comic Con (Malaysia), I think this little announcement / surprise will be a nice finale for 2018… the cherry on the sundae… the last Event Of the Year! Singapore has that event called EOY… and ours was CF… until now.
Lots of Love to you all! Be safe and enjoy your events!!
– The Captain –
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Original article here at Pop Culture Fun – Malaysia!
Just as Bucky, T’challa, Spider-Man didn’t ‘feel so good’ in this years blockbuster Avengers: Infinity War, the 11 year old event STGCC has received the same fate. In Ep 4, Luke was “A New Hope” then in Ep 8, he became the last Jedi (or did he?)
No official announcement was made or delivered but from what I gathered — 2018 is THE LAST STGCC!
Next year, it will be known as SINGAPORE COMIC CON.
For those of who feel like throwing something at me, please chill. In all my 8 years of blogging, (never got paid, and still not given a cent) this is one of my most witty post title ever! So please show mercy 🙂 Thank you.
It has been a question on my mind for the past two years because Reed Pop / Reed Expo does like to keep things consistent and has a uniformity for brands. I particularly noticed that when they launched a whole bunch on new Comic Con events in India & China.
If you go to their website you will notice all their comic shows are called “____ Comic Con” except the Singapore show, so I kinda knew this change was inevitable, it was only a matter of time. I expected the 10th show last year to be the celebration of a decade and also the birth of something new but I guess they were waiting to announce it this year 🙂
Anyhow, I had a great time at STGCC 2017. Was there with the Outpost Commander… who I was with for the first STGCC back in 2008. I had a great time this year to at STGCC 2018… which I will now dub as ‘The End of an Era… the beginning of something new”… in the flavour of the famous Star Trek TNG series finale – “All Good Things…”. I ‘m glad I was there for all this memorable milestones 🙂 It means a lot to me 🙂
STGCC 2018 Visit – blog coming soon. Here’s some classic STGCC footage to commemorate the great run of the name & the brand!
STGCC Chronicles (2008 – 2018)
In 2008, PI Events Singapore launch an event called Singapore Toy, Game & Comic Convention. Me and the Outpost Commander were in Singapore at the time and we will always remember it because there was all these temporary changes in bus routes, security checks and other changes, thanks to the first F1 in Singapore haha.
Anyways, in 2009 we made it down again to STGCC because I was on a mission. Early STGCC announcements mentioned – HEROES (TV series) contest for a Super Fan! *Ting* *Light bulb*… so I went down to ace it.
It was fun and had a whole lot of stuff but majority still being more Japanese then the ‘Comic Con’ it was supposed to be. Now if you take a step back and look at the Singapore events landscape then (2008), an event called Anime Festival Asia debuted and was impressive with much potential. AFA was always true to it’s goal – “One Stop Japanese Pop Culture Experience!”… and for STGCC they were sorta having a bit of everything for everyone or maybe undecided on their goals.
Anyhow after the 2009 STGCC show, Reed Exhibitions stepped in and acquired the show in April 2010. And since then, after being powered by Reed Pop, STGCC slowly took shape (thru the years) and has been come a monster of an event that we have today. In the early years of the Reed Pop era of STGCC, 2010 – 2012, many criticized that STGCC was more Japanese Pop Culture show than Western Comic Con style event. But now, it is certainly not the case. For western comic fans, this is as close as we can get to Valhalla and return alive… even with on a tight budget!
In the past few years, STGCC has been bringing Marvel / DC guest artist that range from ‘Legendary’ to the currently ‘HOT’ topics in the comics scene! Artist example: 2015 had Adam Hughes (Babe expert!), Jim Cheung (AvX), Adi Granov (because of him we have MCU Iron Man)! 2016 Had “Hail Hydra Captain America” – Nick Spencer, Phil Noto (Marvel Star Wars covers), Brooke Allen (Adventure Time, Powerpuff Girls)! 2017 Had Arthur Adams (Legend), Frank Cho (DC Babe Expert), James C Mulligan (Disney FineArts Artist! 2018 Ryan Meinerding (Head of Visuals at Marvel Studios), David Finch (the man who married Batman), Mark Brooks (the man who married Spider-man?)… just to name a few.
Thank you STGCC for the memories and I am looking forward to the spiffy new SINGAPORE COMIC CON in 2019!! Thank you Reed Pop for powering this show and now… taking it to another level!! I hope to be there in 2019!!
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Official press release!
Bridging East And West With Visual Arts Expo 2018
VAX is back for its fourth year with more content for creatives and the creative-minded, plus big names including Dave Ross and Studio Orange as guests.
Kuala Lumpur, July, 2018 – Visual Arts Expo 2018 (VAX2018) is back again for its fourth year, bringing together creatives in a one-stop location for both locals and international content. Artists such as Dave Ross, FUMIO and representatives from Studio Orange headlines this year’s guest lineup.
It will be held at the Shah Alam Convention Centre (SACC), with its continuing goal to gather, present ideas and portfolios of people in the creative industry to interested parties, and to find opportunities both big and small.
Fazri Nuha Yusuf, Project Director of VAX2018 has this to say about this year’s event: “As we enter the fourth year of VAX, we have seen growth in many forms – both internally and externally. Not only the industry has grown exponentially, the public has been made aware of the creative industry and are no longer dismissing it as a non-viable career path.”
Hence why the heightened interest is something we would like to capitalize on. This is where VAX2018 comes in; as a platform to connect people in and out of the industry, we want to build up new relationships or create new ones between creative industry players both local and overseas.”
This year, VAX2018 is proud to present many great names for the event. This includes Studio Frontwing, one of the major players in the Visual Novel genre. Illustrators from the studio – FUMIO and Yosai Kuchu – will be joining VAX2018 as guest creators, alongside director Keiichiro Kawaguchi. FUMIO is well known for works such as the Grisaia series while Yosai Kuchu has created intricate art for content such as ISLAND and Queen’s Blade. Keiichiro Kawaguchi, meanwhile, is no stranger in both the anime and game world with titles under his belt such as Zettai Karen Children, Hunter x Hunter: The Last Mission, Frame Arms Girl and also Hayate The Combat Butler.
VAX2018 is also proud to present Dave Ross as special guest creator. Dave is no stranger to the comic book universe, with his name attached to comics from both Marvel and DC. He has worked with multiple IPs such as Iron Man, Daredevil, Star Wars, Justice League of America and Spider-man, to name a few.
Waki Kiyotaka brings the best of both worlds to the table. He has worked in iconic and memorable anime titles such as Wolf Children and the Land of the Lustrous, as well as western concept titles like the recent Iron Man animated series. Hige Driver brings some music to the scene, with his spin as a DJ as well as his experience in creating main-stream anime music like in the recent Umaru-chan R series.
VAX2018 targets an audience of school leavers, fresh graduates, young adults, and entrepreneurs. The event will present content in various forms – including (but not limited to) animation, comics, video games and music.
VAX2018 will be a two-day event, running on 21st and 22nd July 2018 at the Shah Alam Convention Centre. There will also be panels and seminars by invited guests, past presenters and the public on both days of the event. These seminars and panels are open to the public.
For more information, head on to www.VAX.asia
Join the discussion at VAX’s social media channels:
About Valkyrie Creative Solutions Sdn. Bhd.
Valkyrie Creative Solutions (Valkyrie) is a design and communications agency founded and currently based in Puchong, Selangor aiming to introduce new ideas, services, and platforms that operate within the creative industry. Valkyrie aims to create platforms for creative agencies, studios, and developers to come together for collaboration on and mutually outsourcing creative ventures. The dream is to establish an ecology where creativity flourishes and mainstream media is rich with Malaysian-made content.
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by The Captain.
Original link here – https://popculturefunmy.wordpress.com/2018/04/15/avengers-infinity-war-red-carpet-singapore/
After 2016 big big hyped Captain America: Civil War promo events, at Sunway Pyramid & Sunway Putra Mall, we were hoping for more of these events to come… primarily hosted in the Klang Valley of course huhu. Then 2017, we had our very first Hollywood Red Carpet gala… the movie Baby Driver, lead actors Ansel Elgort, Lily James and Director Edgar Wright making their appearance on the red carpet! All media from South East Asia we down to catch a few moments with the cast & director.
This year Avengers: Infinity War marks the culmination of 10 years / decade of Marvel Cinematic Universe and the beginning battle royal between Earth’s Mightest Heroes with the galaxy’s Mad Titan foe!! Every MCU movie took things to another level and the recent Black Panther movie has set the distinctive standard of how good the MCU can still get!
So, for the fans it was no surprise that South East Asia would get a red carpet fan event…. question is where? So far it’s been South Korea and Singapore. So, when this event was announced… friends & fans rejoiced especially in Singapore. They’ve been getting the Hollywood treatment for a while now (7 years), with the first one being the Green Hornet movie with lead actors Seth Rogan & Jay Chou in attendance.
As for fans in Malaysia… the “YAY!” celebrations were a little less…. until… PETRON MALAYSIA stepped in to give 30 lucky MALAYSIAN winners (and partner), the chance to attend this Red Carpet Fan Event!
And the winners are…… *drum roll* – list attached. Was glad to see many the folks from our new group – Marvel Fans Malaysia (https://www.facebook.com/groups/MarvelFansMY/) be making the ROADTRIP down for even greater glory. They’re gunning for the chance to meet RDJ or Mister Doctor (Benedict Cumberbatch) aka Sherlock aka Khan aka Smaug. Then there is our group co-founder and Outpost Productions Commander – Richard Chua who is a MEGA Iron man and Dr. Strange fan that dates all the way back to his youth!! haha Double the joy and even double the urgency to get on that red carpet!
It’s gonna be one heck of a road trip for them! I can’t wait to see the photos huhu!
So once again, a very big thank to PETRON MALAYSIA from all the Pop Culture / Geeks in Malaysia, for this one of a kind opportunity. Keep up the good work! (I’ve been filling Esso + Mobil for a long time and followed thru to Petron! Am very happy too!)
Avengers: Infinity War opens in Malaysia cinemas 25th April 2018
Check out the exclusive Avengers: Infinity War merchandise from Petron and Petron x MBO Cinemas.
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*UPDATE! Mister Doctor, Benedict Cumberbatch has already been spotted at Kampung Glam in Singapore, on Friday 13th April 2018!!
It’s an announcement of SUPERHERO proportions!! Just days after I wrote a short piece about the 3 events, that I go to Singapore to get a professionally organised event experience that is well themed and immersive – GameStart 2018 Announcement – and now comes this major announcement!
The two organisers of South East Asia’s PREMIERE Anime event and Gaming event are joining forces!!
In the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) – it’s called “Avengers Assemble”!
In the DC Expanded Universe (DCEU) – Come together! – “Unite the League!”
In the DC TV Universe – it’s call “Team Up”.
In the official press release below – Anime Festival Asia organisers, SOZO and GameStart Asia organisers, Eliphant will move into a ALL-NEW strategic alliance, partnership and a spiffy new office in Paya Lebar iPark in Singapore.
Can you imagine what they now can achieve with their “powers combined”? (*Captain Planet reference* haha) The regions Best of Japanese Pop Culture + The Best of Gaming beefing up each others events… into new / newer territories? #OHMY
We can’t stop imagining so we’ll just leave it be till official announcements are released! Till then this is the official press release! -The Captain-
SINGAPORE, 1 MARCH 2018: The producers of Anime Festival Asia and GameStart Asia team up to further develop ACG (Anime, Cosplay, Gaming) contents in SE Asia.
Organisers expect new expansion of events in Asia together
Singapore, 28 February 2017 – SOZO, organiser of Southeast Asia’s largest Japanese pop culture event Anime Festival Asia (AFA), and Eliphant, organiser of Southeast Asia’s premier gaming convention GameStart, have announced that both entities will form a strategic alliance to further strengthen existing events, and to create and develop new events in Asia.
The SOZO and Eliphant alliance aims to be the first step to roll out an integrated support system to further strengthen the community. By leveraging their strengths as IP innovators and event trailblazers, SOZO and Eliphant hope to provide new and inspiring ways for fans to enjoy their hobbies in gaming, animation and beyond.
With the support of SOZO, who has already established their presence in Indonesia, 2018 will mark the very first regional expansion of GameStart as they launch their very first: GameStart Indonesia. AFA will continue hosting its key events in both Indonesia and Singapore and hope to introduce more gaming content as part of their content offerings.
“Southeast Asia emerges as one of the fastest growing markets for gaming and content, we recognised that both AFA and GameStart audiences have diverse interests in both gaming and anime. With our partnership, we hope to work closely to bring even more exhilarating content and holistic experiences to both fanbases across the regions,” said Shawn Chin, Managing Director of SOZO and founder of Anime Festival Asia.
“We are extremely excited to be able to bring our event to various regions, with the support of our partners. We are determined to support the regional gaming industry, especially in esports and game development. We are positive that our partnership will provide more events and enable us to bring awesome content to both gamers and anime fans, ” said Elicia Lee, founder of GameStart Asia and CEO of Eliphant Pte Ltd.
As of 1st March 2018, both SOZO and Eliphant have moved to a new office premise together to further strengthen their alliance. Organisers expect an exciting year ahead and look forward to announcing more about 2018 calendar of events in the upcoming weeks.
About AFA – Anime Festival Asia (animefestival.asia)
AFA is a specialised business unit of SOZO. Started in 2008, AFA is the largest and most followed J-pop culture event in Southeast Asia. AFA has become a household name to J-Pop Culture lovers in the Southeast Asia region and is the leading and most effective content delivery platform, centring around allthings Japanese Pop Culture. In 2017, AFA partnered SOTSU to create C3AFA and has brought the event to Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia, Hong Kong and Tokyo.
C3AFA 2017 Visitor Tracking:
Hong Kong: 200,000
About SOZO (sozo.sg)
Tapping on Japan’s diverse wealth of entertainment content, SOZO has positioned itself to be the ‘bridge’, connecting Japan to South East Asia – by showcasing quality concerts, engaging retail experiences and creating meaningful online engagement to audiences and businesses across South East Asia.
Established in 2009, SOZO entertainment platforms include Anime Festival Asia, I Love Anisong, Japan Music Festival, and Anisong Fantasy Live. Previous projects by SOZO includes solo concerts for J-Pop artistes such as Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, May’n, SCANDAL, LiSA, and RADWIMPS, as well as festivals including Funan Anime Matsuri, Penang Anime Matsuri, and Creators Super Fest Jakarta.
SOZO is a Sony Music Japan group company.
About GameStart Asia (gamestart.asia)
GameStart is Southeast Asia’s premier gaming convention and Eliphant’s flagship event. Organised by industry veterans who are themselves gamers, GameStart seeks to bring the latest and greatest games across all genres and platforms – from PC, console and mobile to VR and tabletop – to audiences in Asia. GameStart Asia welcomed over 24,000 visitors from Singapore and the region in 2017.
About Eliphant (eliphant.co)
Eliphant is the organiser of GameStart Asia, Southeast Asia’s premier gaming convention, and since inception in 2014, has expanded its scope and operations to include its esports and live production arm, BEast of the East, SEA Major, one of the largest fighting game tournaments in Asia, and talent management agency VERSUS Talent.The company continues to play an active role in growing and supporting the gaming industry across multiple genres, including game development, knowledge-sharing, marketing, esports,
community building and event management.
Eliphant is the official organiser for the Capcom Pro Tour in Asia Pacific.
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