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Spider-man: Into The SpiderVerse – REVIEW NO SPOILERS

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WOW! Sony Pictures… Sony Pictures Animation is really playing with our spider-senses man! Just in October they threw the movie VENOM at us in which had a mixed review… but the box office takings says other wise…as it is STILL raking in the MONIE$. It’s cross US$800 million. Fans were divided because everything was so Spider-man World… Spider-man Universe = Eddie Brock, Venom Symbiote, Planet of Symbiotes, Carnage, Riot, Daily Globe = all so synonymous with Peter Parker + Spidey… doesn’t have any mention in the entire movie. It’s like some horrible mistake that most fans would question or just blame Barry Allen for messing with the timeline!
Personally I didn’t care much for VENOM movie, because I felt they changed to much just too accommodate NOT having (Peter Parker) Spider-man in a live action movie – due to the agreement with Marvel Studios. After the first trailer the prediction was pretty straight forward – Eddie gets bullied, then unites with Venom.. then Venom vs. many armed guards… FINALE Venom vs. some other symbiote xD Done. Anyways, those who loved VENOM, the Blu-ray releases just before Christmas on 18 December.
SOOOOOooooo after a whole movie of Spidey teasing but no Spidey….. NOW Sony Pictures Animation throws us a Spider-man animated movie with not one but SIX Spider-man. Yes, not 1 but 6! “6”. Boo yeah! Spidey Fans! You didn’t have to wait long!
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This movie is a WOW over load. It felt that the writers & producers were able to too fully utilize the advantages of story-telling with animation and optimize it. Thru out the whole movie, it did not feel like the ‘cartoon’ or ‘non real actors’ were ever a weakness to delivering an excellent comic book tale!
One Spider-man would be great but now they’ve upped the ante with Miles Morales, Spider-Ham, Spider-man Noir, Peni Parker and my favourite part of the debut – Spider Gwen! ❤
In short with no spoilers – the story was great! The voice actors were A-Class folks – 2 Oscar winners, 1 Golden Globe Winners, 2 Oscar nominees in my count.
THE SPIDEY & MARVEL FLAVOUR – Peter Parker is from Queens, Miles from Brooklyn… Steve Rogers is from Brooklyn. New York City – Daily Bugle… New York Bulletin, Manhattan – Stark Tower, Avengers Tower, Baxter Building… Hell’s Kitchen… Harlem…. all near by, all in the neighbourhood. NO, these places are not all mentioned. I’m just saying if you’re a Marvel fan, these famous comic landmarks will cross your mind when you mention this cities – NY, Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan. I’ve never been to America but I’ve learn so much American Urban geography from the Marvel Universe 😀
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THE HOMAGE 
I love the outright homage to the earlier Spider-man stories. I have a soft spot it because paying homage is nostalgic firstly to the fans who remember. It also is like a public declaration of gratefulness – acknowledging the previous contributions as a way to honour them! And there’s lots movie fans, comic fans and even the cartoon series fans will be satisfied! spiderman-intothespiderverse-webmontage-700x289
ACROBATIC ANIMATION
I’m not a hard core Spidey fan but I thought Spider-man (2002) and Spider-man Homecoming (2017) had great realisation in capturing the fluid acrobatic movements of Spider-man. It’s a battle of Science Fiction vs Peak Human Ability vs Physics… where is this line? The answer is there is none! It’s just left to all of us who have read countless issues of comics… to IMAGINE it. To put in motion those comic panels drawn by those visionary pencilers – Jack Kirby, Todd McFarlane, Erik Larson, John Romita Sr & Jr, Gil Kane, Mike Zeck and of course Steve Ditko the co-creator! I dare to say there may be some scenes / effects / moves done in this movie that probably could work in a live action MCU movie!! The Acrobtic movements the best I’ve seen than in any other Spidey rendition – ITS AMAZING & SPECTACULAR!!
MUSICAL MOOD 
Did you know that Spider-man is so popular that it had a broadway musical? It’s called Turn Off The Dark 😀 I have the soundtrack on CD hehe. Anyways, as mentioned Miles is from Brooklyn and the music really met the mood. Aside of that the original score is also as AMAZING as the action itself! Original sound track by UK born Daniel Pemberton. Who? Well the guy who scored The Man from Uncle (2015), Steve Jobs (2015) and King Arthur: Legend of the Sword (2017). If you’ve the recent King Arthur, you would realise that the movie was ok-ok-only-lah but the song choices… damn! A whole lot of mood of swag. Thank you Mr Daniel! I think the MCU is really lack this element 🙂Much hope was lost when James Gunn was lost.
FINALE TRIVIA 
Nowadays I sort try not to read fan predictions, fan theory of a movie synopsis or other early movie info. On the other hand, with 3 kids, I’m kinda short on time too lah hehe. So honestly I just went into the premiere knowing it’s a Sony Pictures Animation movie of Miles Morales Spider-man.
After the movie – WOW! What an excellent movie… what an excellent feature film! This being an animated movie takes away nothing… and in some ways takes the awesome to another level! Story, fan service, homage scenes, voice acting, fluid animation, sound track, action sequences… OMG everything is awesome!! Lo and behold I dug up the names of writers / executive producers, producers, directors… and found this – Christopher Miller and Phil Lord… indeed EVERYTHING IS AWESOME. These are the visionary brains behind Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 1 & 2, The Lego Movie. These are the rising talent that even the Star Wars brand wanted a piece off. Unfortunately the Star Wars brand chickened out on their vision of what the Han Solo origin was supposed to be. I would think the Star Wars heads found asked for something adventurous, funny and stylo… but found it to outrageous / strayed too much away from what the bosses could brain. Chris Miller & Phil Lord can elaborate a children book into a feature length film and create an epic story about sets of yellow educational building bricks for kids… damn! They gotta have some talent haha.
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So it is my opinion that these 2 guys had a big hand in making an amazing + spectacular character movie = AWESOME! Thanks guys!
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Well if the movie Venom can gross US$800 million with not a single Spider-man… I hope this movie tops Venom six times over 😀 It’s really hard right now to think “WHY THIS MOVIE IS SO AWESOME?”. Could it be because we’re all MCU fatigue? All too familiar with the MCU formula? Could it just be a familiar characters made by some other folks like your restaurant favourite dish cooked by a different but talented chef?
 
At the moment, I would say – Don’t think so much… just go watch it and enjoy it. Honestly, I was wondering if this movie came in 3D format haha because I like 3D. The rep from Sony Pictures Malaysia gave me the sad truth, ‘No’. Well maybe if it does well, the next one might be in 3D haha
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Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse opens in Malaysia 7 December in all cinemas. Thanks to Sony PicturesOutpost Productions and TGV Cinemas.

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#SonyPicturesAnimation #SonyPicturesMalaysia #TheCaptain
#PopCultureFunMY #CosplayFunMY #Marvel #MilesMorales
#PeterParker #GwenStacy #SpiderGwen #SpidermanNoir #PeniParker
#SpiderHam#Malaysia #Cosplay

CONFESSION = I’m so in love with Spider-Gwen now!! xD33

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ARCH Unveils Limited Edition Justice League & Batman DC Collection

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

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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

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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.

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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. re01

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!

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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.

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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 🙂

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Keep up the good work folks!

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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

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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.

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Passport Covers!! Nice!

About ARCH
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.

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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.

#ARCH #ARCHCollection #JusticeLeague #Batman #Batsignal #KualaLumpur #KLCityGallery #Malaysia #DC #DCcomics #WarnerBros #Superman #WonderWoman #Flash


New Comic Con Hype to begin 2019

Original article here at PopCultureFunMY

dingDing 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 😀

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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.

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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!

#PopCon2019 #MalaysiaComicCon #ComicConMalaysia #Malaysia #TheCaptain #PopCultureFunMY #CosplayFunMY #PopCulture #GeekCulture #GeekEvents #IronMaiden #EventOrganising #MGCCon #MalaysiaGamesComicCon

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
https://www.facebook.com/events/360066177869057/


STGCC Episode 11: The Last STGCC!

Original article here at Pop Culture Fun – Malaysia!

dauber2Just 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!

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Next year, it will be known as SINGAPORE COMIC CON.

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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.

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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)

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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.

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*TRIVIA – STGCC and F1 Singapore share the same anniversary… about a week apart!

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.

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STGCC 2009 – HEROES loot!

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. 1914232_173709164988_4893401_n

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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!

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STGCC 2009 – With Mario & Luigi

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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Japanese Film Festival 2018

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September is here and for fans of all things Japanese… it’s time for the Japanese Film Festival in Malaysia!! [Happy 15th Anniversary guys!]

Organised by The Japan Foundation KL with venue sponsors Golden Screen Cinemas in cooperation with Embassy of Japan and The Japan Club of KL; sponsored by Mitsubishi Corporation.

This year marks it’s 15th annivesary and has grown to cover 5 city in Malaysia in a span of 40 days. Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Johor, Sabah and Sarawak. So fans & friends of Japanese movies and Culture, if you found it difficult to catch these movies… now the JAPANESE movies have come to us in our own city… at our top cinemas… in the most popular malls – GO CATCH THEM!! (only at selected Golden Screen Cinemas) And bring a friend too 🙂 Do share if your friends and support this initiative by the very Japanese people, who are residing in Malaysia. Cheers!

 

Date & Venue

KLANG VALLEY from 6 – 12 September 2018
GSC Mid Valley Megamall, Pavilion KL, 1 Utama Shopping Mall, Nu Sentral KL

PENANG from 13 – 16 September 2018
GSC Gurney Plaza

JOHOR from 20 – 23 September 2018
GSC Paradigm JB

Kuching, SARAWAK from 4 – 7 October 2018
GSC Suria Sabah

Kota Kinabalu, SABAH from 4 – 7 October 2018
GSC Cityone Megamall

 

For all movie synopsis and schedules go to the official home page: https://www.jfkl.org.my/japanese-film-festival-2018/index.php

#JFF2018 #JFF15 #JFKL #JapaneseFilmFestival #Malaysia #KualaLumpur #JapanFoundationKL #JapanClubKL #GSC #GSCMovies #GoldenScreenCinemas #MitsubishiCorporation


Visual Arts Expo 2018 – Preview

Official press release!

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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For more information, head on to www.VAX.asia

Join the discussion at VAX’s social media channels:

Facebook.com/visualartsexpo
Twitter.com/Vax_my
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Avengers Infinity War Red Carpet Event – Singapore

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by The Captain.
Original link here – https://popculturefunmy.wordpress.com/2018/04/15/avengers-infinity-war-red-carpet-singapore/

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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!

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The Reason for the Season!

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

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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!! resized