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
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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.
#PetronFuelHappy #AvengersMY #InfinityWar #Petron #PetronMY #Singapore #AvengersSG #RDJ #RoberDowneyJr #BenedictCumberbatch #KarenGillan #MarinaBaySands #RedcarpetFanEvent #AvengersInfinityWar #Malaysia #TheCaptain #PopCultureFunMY #CosplayFunMY #Marvel #MarvelStudios #MarvelComics #MisterDoctor #DrStrange #IronMan #Nebula #DaughterofThanos #CaptainAmerica #CivilWar #CaptainAmericaCivilWar #SunwayPyramid #SunwayPutraMall #BabyDriver #PavilionKL #MarvelStudios10 #MCU10 #Marvel10Years
*UPDATE! Mister Doctor, Benedict Cumberbatch has already been spotted at Kampung Glam in Singapore, on Friday 13th April 2018!!
Original article here: GameStart 2018 Date Announced, Expansion Into Indonesia.
Travels of A Captain
Most of you may know that I only travel abroad to 2 events and only events in Singapore. Reasons being:
a) Because I can’t get this kind of event experience (immersive) here in Malaysia.
b) Because I can’t get this kind of event experience – professionally organised & run.
c) Because of financial constraints (coz I have to pay for all my own expenses).
And what events in Singapore might you ask? Singapore, Toys, Games and Comic Convention (STGCC), GameStart Asia and occasionally Anime Festival Asia. It’s very straight forward:
a) STGCC – The current & international comic (not manga) artist guest.
b) GameStart – VIDEO GAMES… the betas, demos, simulators, VR
c) AFA – the one stop Japan Pop Culture Experience.
Fan, Friend, Follower
Now I have been following GameStart since it’s debut in 2014 and there fore it is one of the events that really close to my heart because of it’s content, the organising team and the fact that you grow together with it.
And with that, it brings me great excitement to announce that South East Asia’s PREMIERE Gaming event is back and is extending it’s reach to Indonesia too! GAMER FANS in INDONESIA… HOLLER!! It’s gonna be fun guys. I am so excited for you all!
Last year GameStart started adding an event theme which made evident in their logo style. Last years theme was ‘Cyber Punk’… which I wondered if it had anything to do with the LONG AWAITED movie sequel release – BLADE RUNNER 2049? Apparently its just coincidental hehe Can you all guest what’s this year theme?
============ Official Press Release ============
SINGAPORE: Eliphant, the organiser of Singapore’s largest gaming convention, GameStart Asia, is pleased to announce the date and venue for the 5th edition of the event, which welcomed 24,000 gamers and esports enthusiasts in 2017.
#GameStart #GameStartAsia #GS2018 #GameStartSG #GameStartID #GameStartSingapore #GameStartIndonesia #STGCC #SingaporeTGCC #AFA #AFASG #AnimeFestivalAsia #TheCaptain #PopCultureFunMY #CosplayFunMY #Singapore #Indonesia
It’s exciting news for us to formally announce that Little Harajuku is collaborating with us! You will get free shipping through out Malaysia is you use the code “COSFUN” when you purchase stuff from their online store – www.littleharajuku.my Yes, FREE SHIPPING TO SABAH & SARAWAK too my friends!! HUHU!! BUY NOW xD haha Currently, it’s an ongoing promotion… how long it will last I don’t know.
By The Captain for Pop Culture Fun – Malaysia 2017!
Singapore Toy, Game and Comic Convention RETURNS this weekend at the world famous Marina Bay Sands. This years event is an extremely special one as it marks the 10th Anniversary of the brand. Times really flies and this event has really morphed & transformed in these past 10 years.
I can remember so clearly as I made plans with Outpost Productions Commander, Richard Chua, to travel to Singapore to check out this debut event back in 2008! Half way planning then all plans are messed up because guess what else is debuting in Singapore…. the first ever F1 Singapore Grand Prix!! And it’s a night race too!! Roads were blocked, bus routes were changed, accommodation was in shock… our trip nearly didn’t take place haha.
Anyways, STGCC has come a long way since then. But the biggest change… or the morphing + transforming part came when Reed Exhibitions bought over the brand. Now things really got interesting as the worldwide network of Reeds strong arm is now available to what was already known to be the regional hub of South East Asia.
I only made my first (Reed Pop Era) STGCC visit in 2014 and it was great!! But seriously… I really wanted to make for STGCC 2013 because of all the MARVELous stuff brought by Hot Toys!! THAT 1:1 display IRON MAN HALL OF ARMOUR!! Oh man… the photos look mesmerizing. Well, better 2014 than never!! 2014 was Hot Toys year to debut their brand new Star Wars stuff, so my theme expectation had to change! Then I came back the following year in 2015 and had another great encounter with Western Pop Culture!! I couldn’t make it in 2016 so I am definitely doing my best to head over this year for the it’s 10th outing!! And heading to STGCC 2017 with the Outpost Productions Commander – R.Chua is the perfect way to celebrate this trip!!
My TOP 5 Reason To Go STGCC in Reed Pop Era:
1) Meeting Marvel & DC artists: Oliver Coipel, David Mack, Cameron Steward, Adi Granov, Humberto Ramos, Harvey Talibao, Jim Cheung, Adam Hughes, C.B. Cebulski, Philip Tan etc.
2) Group Panel talks with the guests
3) Browsing Western Comics, memorabilia and collectibles.
4) Catching up with Singapore friends & Malaysian friends in Singapore
5) Online Media folks are treated so well in contrast to events in Malaysia.
My TOP 5 Reasons to go STGCC 2017
1) It’s the 10th Anniversary man!! It’s a big deal for any event!!
2) Western Comic Guests: Legendary Level Artist Mr. Art Adams, Frank Cho, David Mack, Adi Granov, James C. Mulligan… etc
3) Star Wars: Experience the Force Singapore – a whole buzz of activities & events on Orchard Road.
4) Life size THIS –
And the mysterious Kylo Ren – TIE Silencer, yet to be unveiled!! Something tells me it’s gonna me life size too! 1:1 scale!!
Along with a whole lot of other unseen merchandise & collectibles that have the power to suck your money away!! Haha
Here’s the official release & preview info!
Singapore Toy, Game & Comic Convention (STGCC) returns to Marina Bay Sands this September with its biggest party yet, in celebration of its 10th birthday.
Happening between 9 and 10 September, STGCC promises an entertaining weekend of pop culture and comic wonderland for both fun-loving families and passionate gamers, featuring the best of local and international toys, games, comics, anime and collectibles, topped with an exciting line-up of guests and personalities.
On top of the usual line-up of activities, STGCC will also be introducing a host of new zones specially catered to the ever-growing community of pop culture lovers.
For the first time ever, STGCC is hosting the Good Game Experience (GGXP), offering gaming fans an exhilarating programme of entertainment and tournaments. Taking up an entire exhibition hall, GGXP features a host of local and regional game publishers – supporting and celebrating their love for games, and honouring outstanding Indie Game Developers through the Good Game Awards (GGA) 2017.
Attendees can get to try their hands on new and unreleased games on-site, from card games such as Pokémon Trading Card Game, Final Fantasy Trading Card Game & Yu-Gi-Oh!, to immersive VR games, and take part in casual competitions happening through the day.
Not to be missed is the Akiba Zone, a zone inspired by Tokyo’s famous Electric Town, giving Japanese subculture and cosplay fans the chance to indulge in their hobby, get up close with their favourite idols and cosplay guests, catch exciting stage performances and win attractive prizes. Experiencing a cosplay wardrobe malfunction? Costume repair service is also available in this zone.
The convention will be headlined by renowned illustrator and animator Hiro Kanzaki (JP), making STGCC his first ever convention outside Japan.
Other international star attendees include beloved cosplay stars Iori Moe (JP) and Siu Tao (HK), returning fan favourites such as Marvel comic book artist, Adi Granov (US), rising star and DC Comics artist, Mirka Andolfo (IT), and American comic book writer and artist David Mack (US).
Hailing from our home ground, 6 Eisner Award Nominee Sonny Liew (SG) will also be making an appearance at STGCC. Playing the soundtrack of Akihabara’s subculture, music fans can look forward to acclaimed composers and DJs, such as ARM/IOSYS (JP) and Taku Inoue (JP).
Comic fans will also get to meet and view the creations of American comic cover artist and writer Arthur Adams (US), comic book writer and illustrator Frank Cho (US), comic book illustrator Joyce Chin (US), professional cosplayer, stuntman and model Leon Chiro (IT), Taiwanese cosplayer, Shimo (TW), and co-founder of Japanese-inspired lifestyle brand, tokidoki, Simone Legno (IT).
James C. Mulligan (US), one of Disney’s top selling artists, and Marvel Comics editor and talent scout, C.B. Cebulski (US). Budding artists hoping to join the ranks of Marvel’s esteemed artists will get the chance to have their portfolios reviewed by Cebulski himself. Shortlisted candidates will get to meet Cebulski for a one-on-one review.
Japanese pop music fans can look forward to beloved Japanese dance vocal groups Color Pointe (JP) and Tokyo CLEAR’S (JP) making an appearance at STGCC, along with composer Yunomi feat. nicamoq (JP), producer group REDSHiFT (ID), and DJ MarGenal (JP). Also present at the convention is prominent toy designer brand The Beast Brothers (MX), Sorbet Jungle’s founder DeAnne George (US), and Japanese toy designers Hinatique (JP) and Yasu (JP) both making their first appearance in Singapore.
For the complete line-up of guests for STGCC 2017, please click this link here.
Get your game on at STGCC
For the first time ever this year, STGCC is dedicating an entire hall for the ultimate GGXP gaming zone, featuring nail-biting eSports tournaments and the latest gaming and product showcases for visitors to play with.
In partnership with Gam3.Asia and Asus, three live gaming tournaments – ROG Masters 2017 – DOTA 2 – Singapore Qualifier and ROG Masters 2017 – CS:GO – Singapore Qualifier finals, and semi-final to finals Vainglory Championship 2017 – Southeast Asia – will take centre stage at the GGXP.
In the ROG Masters 2017 – DOTA 2 – Singapore Qualifier and ROG Masters 2017 – CS:GO – Singapore Qualifier, the top two playing teams will be facing off against each other in a best-of-three playoff for a chunk of the SGD$20,000 total prize pool (SGD$5,000 for 1st place, SGD$3,000 for 2nd place and SGD$2,000 for 3rd place in both qualifiers). The champions of the two qualifiers will also receive a sponsored trip to represent Singapore in the APAC Regional Qualifiers in Philippines from 26-29 October 2017. One of the most prestigious eSports tournaments in the world, the ROG Masters will feature a staggering total prize pool of USD$500,000 between the two games at the main event. There will also be a livestream of the Singapore qualifiers on the ROG Masters website.
On 10 September, mobile gaming fans can look forward to the Vainglory Championship 2017 – Southeast Asia where the top four teams in the semi-finals will battle towards the grand finals for their portion of the USD$5,000 prize pool. Please click here to register for Vainglory Championship 2017 – Southeast Asia.
Exclusive merchandise up for grabs at STGCC
Catering to fervent fans of Star Wars and comic and toy enthusiasts alike, leading developer of licensed merchandise, Beast Kingdom, will unveil an exclusive Egg Attack Action EAA-055 Darth Vader Hologram Version action figure from Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back. For Marvel fans, Beast Kingdom will unveil an exclusive Egg Attack Action EAA-021SG Avengers: Age of Ultron – Iron Man Mark 45 Special Edition. Beast Kingdom will also delight DC comics’ enthusiasts with the brand-new 1/9th scale film accurate collectible figures from the DC Universe.
Singapore-based collectibles retailer ActionCity will also release limited edition collectibles exclusively for the STGCC’s 10th birthday, such as Mr. Kiasu Stylised Art Toy, tokidoki Unicorno Porcelain Art, and a 1.2m tall Daruma featuring a uniquely Singaporean design.
Experience the Force at STGCC
For fans who just can’t get enough of the Star Wars: Experience the Force Singapore festival at Orchard Road, there will be an entire experiential zone at STGCC this year specially dedicated to Star Wars! Fans will be offered an immersive experience of getting up close and personal with fan-built vehicle replicas, games, and collectibles.
Be transported to a galaxy far, far away by a replica of Kylo Ren’s TIE Silencer from the upcoming movie, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the first of its kind in Southeast Asia.
In addition, larger-than-life fan made props have been flown in specially for this exhibition, including Rey’s Speeder, signed by film director J.J. Abrams, and a film replica of the interior of the Millennium Falcon.
Fans can also get to meet and interact with the most adorable droid in the galaxy, BB-8, through a virtual reality experience at STGCC. The latest addition to Star Wars’ ever-expanding mobile gaming family will also be featured at STGCC. Fans are welcome to take aim and compete with one another in real-time demos.
Tickets to STGCC will also be available for purchase at the Star Wars: Experience the Force Singapore event at Orchard Road, as well as on STGCC’s website.
Star Wars: Experience the Force Singapore festival is one of the initiatives supported under the three-year collaboration between Singapore Tourism Board and The Walt Disney Company Southeast Asia. Beyond the Star Wars events this year, Disney fans can also look forward to more unique Marvel and Disney Animation/Disney Pixar activities that will be taking the spotlight in 2018 and 2019 respectively.
For more information about Star Wars: Experience the Force Singapore, please visit http://www.experiencetheforce.sg/.
STGCC Official After Party
The fun doesn’t end at Marina Bay Sands Expo! STGCC goes full force with their Official After Party set to take place at VLV Singapore. On 10 September from 9pm onwards, the post-STGCC celebrations will feature four popular Japanese guest DJs – Camellia, kors k, kradness, and Ryu☆ – to end the convention’s 10th birthday on a high note.
Entry tickets sold at VLV. Cover charge is priced at $35, show up at the after party with STGCC’s wristband to enjoy $10 off and enter at $25!
Online Tickets Prices:
VIP TICKETS = S$85 STGCC ALL ACCESS PASS
1-Day Pass = S$19 [STGCC ALL ACCESS PASS ] / S$7 [GGXP + AKIBA ZONE PASS]
2-Day Pass S$28 [STGCC ALL ACCESS PASS ] / S$13 [GGXP + AKIBA ZONE PASS]
Ticket Prices at Door:
VIP TICKETS = S$85 STGCC ALL ACCESS PASS
1-Day Pass = S$21 [STGCC ALL ACCESS PASS ] / S$9 [GGXP + AKIBA ZONE PASS]
2-Day Pass S$30 [STGCC ALL ACCESS PASS ] / S$15 [GGXP + AKIBA ZONE PASS]
#STGCC #STGCC2017 #StarWars #ExperienceTheForceSG
#PopCultureFunMY #CosplayFunMY #TheCaptain #PopCultureFunMalaysia #CosplayFunMalaysia #OutpostProductions
Singapore Toy, Game and Comic Convention 2017
Date: 9 & 10 September
Time: 10am – 8pm daily
Venue: Marina Bay Sands Expo (Halls D, E, F)
All gamer folks are buzzing the news on cyber space since the mega announcement by leading video game platform Sony Computer Entertainment Asia! Last year we had 4 PlayStation 4 game title launches & it was such a roar. Gamers got off their couch, came to the shopping mall venues, played demos, met up with friends, picked up freebies all the way till past midnight…. it was great! Street Fighter V, Uncharted 4, Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare and Final Fantasy XV. These midnight game launch events were certainly not “Game Start Asia” for us here in Malaysia but it was reason enough for gamers to be excited about.
So what is this PlayStation Experience? – Well basically the PlayStation Experience or PSX for short is an event that showcases the latest / newest / upcoming games for the PlayStation platforms…. PS4, PS VR, PS Vita etc. It started out in 2014 & is a yearly event held in December in America. It debuted in Las Vegas in the first year & has moved to California since. This year, Malaysia is so privileged (if not extremely fortunate), to be the selected country / city for the PSX summer. To have this event in my own country is already a privilege but to be the host for the entire South East Asia region, is yet another honour too.
So, the PSX SEA 2017, which I dub to be PSX Summer haha or PSX Asian Summer haha (syiok sendiri because I am so happy), will feature most of the fresh stuff unveiled at the recent E3 (Electronic Entertainment Expo) 2017. E3 is an industry-only event, which means if you’re not part of the video game industry in some way, you don’t get to go 😦 But Hey! We got PSX SEA 2017 & it’s in Kuala Lumpur so rejoice! Again I say rejoice!
Special Guest Appearance: Kazunori Yamauchi (Producer Gran Turismo series), Waz Hazmer (Lead Designer Final Fantasy XV)
PlayStation®4 (PS4™): Detroit: Become Human, Everybody’s Golf, Far Cry 5, Gran Turismo Sport, Knack 2, Matterfall, Ni No Kuni II, and Taiko No Tatsujin: Drum Session!, Dissidia Final Fantasy NT, FIFA 18, Dragonball Fighterz,
PlayStation®VR (PS VR): Bravo Team, No Heroes Allowed! VR, The Inpatient, Final Fantasy XV: Monster of the Deep, Stifled,
#PlayStation #SonyPlayStation #PSX #PlayStationExperience #PlayStationExperienceSEA #KazunoriYamauchi #WanHazmer
#GranTurismo #Matterfall #BravoTeam #FIFA18 # DragonballFighterz #FinalFantasyXV #DissidiaFinalFantasy #Stifled
Date: Saturday, 5th August 2017
Time: 10am – 10pm
Venue: KL Live at Life Centre
FB event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1527041840693814/
FB page: https://www.facebook.com/PlayStationAsia/
Here’s a 5th Anniversary tribute to the 45 of us who made cosplay history in Malaysia for becoming the First Ever Cosplay Contingent to take part in a large scale parade!! Why was this not posted earlier? Well mainly because it was a bitter sweet experience. Very bitter in the beginning but as time went by… only the sweetness remains. The full story of the events have not been told till now. I have kept much of it to myself for so long and this year marks the 5th Anniversary of the historical feat that till this day, has not been done again. And so I wanted to commemorate it by sharing the challenges i faced for this historical event to take place. 5 years later, it was worth it. Get ready for a LONG read.
Lots of Love,
5 years ago in February… 45 of us made cosplay history in Malaysia by being the first (and only to date) cosplay contingent to take part in the Hari Wilayah (Federal Territory Day) celebration parade. On a size scale & festivity level this celebration parade this was only second to our Merdeka Day (Independence Day) celebration parade! It was televised live on RTM (TV1) as we marched on the historical landmark Dataran Merdeka (Independence Avenue) in the heart of Kuala Lumpur. Our Prime Minister was in attendance looking on as we marched past the VIP stand, presenting the team salute.
It was such an amazing opportunity & it was such an amazing once – in – a – lifetime experience! However, the road getting to that point was a huge challenge. One that has not been shared before. Also here are some photo footage that has not been shared till now.
It all started when I got a call from an event organizer whom I previously work with 2 years back. So they said, this year’s Sambutan Hari Wilayah (2012) was very close to the Chinese New Year, so because of this many communities / contingents who usually take part…. are unable to this year. “Would you like to take part in the parade & put together a contingent of cosplayers?”. My reply, “WHAT? Woah!”. To qualify, or more like look presentable in a large scale parade like this, there is a minimum number of people that each contingent should have. Since all participating teams are under manned, the minimum number of members of each contingent was reduced.
So, I was offered a spot in the 2nd largest national-pride-sake parade if I could pull together a minimum of 40 participants in my contingent. Considering the time I had in hand, which was maybe about less than 3 weeks to the date, the decision weighted heavy on me. To commit or not to commit? To take this project on or not? There was nothing to loose if I didn’t take it…. no one would know about this opportunity. But in my heart I felt that maybe since this opportunity came to me, so I should just take the challenge on. Nothing to loose but sooooo much to gain for the community if it was successful! “Optimistic doubts” of thinking that maybe, I should skip this year… & that I can do it next year. On the other side of my mind, what if there is no ‘next year opportunity’? (Wisdom from my late granny) Can I live with that? And so the conclusion was to go for it!
The ‘go for it’ actually only meant that I would be the initiator of this project, because I couldn’t make this event a success all by myself. This event requires numbers; minimum forty (40) to be exact… there is no way I can conjure that up on my own. This project is a wonderful opportunity for the community and, if done successfully, will be a wonderful achievement for the local community!! So make or break – it will be decided by the community. I just needed to make the call… & arrange all the logistics… the community (numbers) will have the answer on whether this event happens or not.
Little did I know that that was not the only thing I needed! I didn’t know what crap load of back lash I was going to get… not from the general public but from within the community itself. The very folks I want to do this for, want to burn me at the stake.
It all started with this newbie cosplayer who kept demanding to know every single detail about the ins & outs of the event – how I got the contact, who is the organiser, what do they do etc. and wanted the info straight away replied to her public post on FB. If I didn’t reply in her desired time frame, she will repost and accuse me of ignoring her questions. This is the beginning of the phrase ‘Cosplay Polis’… she goes on to attack the legitimacy of the event, accuse me of using cosplayers, embezzling of money etc. Then she continues to go further by calling up Dewan Bandaraya KL to check. Wow, so much free time!
Woman please! Firstly, if you are interested to join then just join. If you are not, then its ok, no one is forcing anyone to join. Why do you demand immediate attention & all answers to your questions when you are not interested to join in the first place? Sufficient information has already been posted for cosplayers to deliberate if they want to join the parade or not.
Secondly, you don’t organise events or even volunteer at events… why must you know everything about the ins & outs. This is the offer I got & this is the offer – as is. Cosplayers are NOT STUPID, they can read, and they can understand… if they want to join, here is the details. What is it that you are not satisfied about?
It was not the end, soon after a crossplaying senpai joins in the “Inquisition”… demanding for details. Dude, you also don’t organise event nor volunteer at events but want to make this kind of demands.
Now the newbie cosplayers bf, a famous botak photographer (now ex-bf) also gets into the picture. But his comments are even worst because in his rant he is saying stuff like I have already cheated all the cosplayers with a fake event, when the event date hasn’t even come to pass yet. Then he goes a step further by not just attacking the event, now even attacks me as a person… using words like liar, cheating cosplayers… then even attack my cosplay at events -__- Oh man. All the word-vomit from the bf… but I have a feeling it’s not all his words. The newbie cosplayer is ‘cosplaying’ as the VICTIM & pouring it all out to the bf to react & so she will not be deemed in an unfavourable light. Because if she actually did it herself… the most she would say in response to the ‘ugly’ comments would probably be “my FB account was hacked!” haha – Friends, please don’t be used by others to publicly voice their dissatisfaction – You are absorbing their bad vibes & karma into your own life ☹ There is already enough negative stuff all around us in daily life… you don’t need this! –
Now the most shocking part that hurts the most is that – we are all friends. This newbie cosplayer, the famous botak photographer bf and the crossplaying senpai, we were all knew each other well enough to yam cha. They could have PMed & asked to know about this or that, but they didn’t. They all wanted to make a public scene on social media… in a comment on the event page, in the cosplayfun FB group. This newbie cosplayer, is not just an average cosplayer – she really cosplays well & has very nice costumes because she makes them herself. I’ve helped sai kang her group photo shoot in Genting & manage some logistics. I have even invited the senpai crossplayer & her to hear their counsel on community events… then suddenly this. Wow! I never imagined such a HORROR since joining the community in 2006.
I was totally caught off guard & so damaged by this occurrence but I still needed to pull this event together! Now I only had 3 weeks to put the team together, in the midst of all this unnecessary crap. Now, as this truly a one of a kind + HISTORICAL event actually came to pass, there hasn’t been any apology or reconciliation. I get FB blocked by the newbie cosplayer & the crossplaying senpai. When I cross path with the newbie cosplayer, she pretends that she forgot who I was haha Why come to KL from Johor just to assassinate people? If I went to Johor to study and then later open a shop… the last thing I want to do is to anger the local folks -__-
Despite all this, what keeps me together and still believing Sambutan Hari Wilayah 2012 was worth all this effort is all of you! The special 45 of you who took a chance to take part in a ‘first time ever’ event, with an unknown guy in charge and for an event that could probably be ‘too good to be true’. This historical event could NOT have taken place without you all. It was all up to the call off the community and the community answered. 45 of us marched as the first time ever Cosplay Contingent at a state parade! We got the apt tee shirt for it and we got 3rd Prize place under the “Kontingen Beruniform” category!! Huhu Buffet makan for us all xD
5 years down the road the beautiful things are surely still very apparent and resonate louder than than the crap I went thru. I can’t say for everyone but I personally formed a close bond with you all. I wouldn’t trade 49* of you for the well wishes of the haters.
As I look back at all the existing footage from folks like Leena (videos), Nao (blog + photos), Sky (Blog + photos), AaronKee.com (photos), Alan Chin (photos), Whe96668 (videos), it really lifts my spirits again. Also as I revisit this footage, I remember the size & scale of this event that took place. I can see all your faces & your emotions as we share & enjoy this experience together 😀 All this encouraged me to also share my previously unpublished photos & videos. I’m a guy who likes to keep this stuff to myself because it is very special to me. Also after all the backlash I got from this… kept me from full enjoying our moments until now.
In this 5 years, I’ve seen many wonderful things happen in all your lives! Students graduating and joining the work force, cosplay competitors become competition winners, then become competition judges and then national champions to represent Malaysia; cosplayers become guest cosplayers, cosplay emcees, e-sport personality; cosplayers become famous singing artist, cosplayers join ACG bands, shy guy take on a Talk Panel at a convention, some of you get your dreams come true by either working, studying, staying in the beloved land of the rising sun – JAPAN!! Very very inspiring! Despite the enthusiasm, I also want to remember those who are no longer with us. I’m glad we had shared something special & even historical together. It may not have been so main stream with celebrity glamour but it’s uniqueness & comradely was like no other!
For some of you, I only got to meet you guys for the first time on rehearsal day and then others… I only met you for the first time on parade day!! That just blows my mind. Like minded folks with the same passion, united in purpose… can do great things! This is awesome stuff!
*49?? – There is still one other amazing thing that happened on event day. I was organising this event and focused everything on trying to meet the contingent quota and I was leading this contingent… that I forgot to consider if I had enough sai kang help if miscellaneous things happen. My fiancé (now wife) was already there running thru the schedule with me but it was not enough. Then suddenly Sky and Yuan with Narukids appear out of nowhere… at the right time on parade day. They couldn’t commit to the parade because they had things on but they came when they could. I will never forget what Sky said when I asked “Heyyy omg great to see u guys! What you all doing here” – she said innocently & truthfully – “We came to see and see if you needed help”. Those words really touched my heart because it was a total opposite of newbie cosplayer and the others. I truly need help and they sanggup to help in any way they can. So it ended up they looked after our bags which were placed on the side walk in front on Masjid Negara! These are Malaysia’s (first ever) representatives to the World Cosplay Summit Finals. They also represented Malaysia at the famous Tokyo Game Show and have took home many more 1st Place prizes thru the years! And they came to look after our bags… I was really touched… and am still touched till this day.
This is a very long post, but that’s because it’s one very close to my heart. We achieved something very special together! We were all very much united, harmonious and MUHIBAH! I believe we were a great example of what Malaysians can achieve when united and a great representation of the word COMMUNITY!! And so here is to the 49 of you, commemorating the 5th Anniversary of what was the historical-first-time-ever… one & only Cosplay Contingent for Sambutan Hari Wilayah – Federal Territory Day 2012!
- The Captain
- Yuki Sac
- Mohd Khairie
- Josiah Goh
- Leena Al-Zawawi
- Sophia Al-Zawawi
- Adam Al-Zawawi
- Zhang Zhang
- Joee Joe
- Minxz chan
- Miika Kyonez
- Ex-Soldier Jackie
- Vincent Loke
- Lullaby Hew
- Nekochi kazuchama
- Vinc Kyuuketsuki
- Nao Itazura
- Itazura Shio
- Siti Kidding
- Aaron Tan
- Shiki Arep
- Akira Koh
- Asyraf Noor Azizi
- Iqbal Noor Azizi
- Ace Rei
- Ejul Young Bae
- Erik Arep
- Shadow Inverse
- Lone Wolf Tomy
- Lowies Chew
- Mohd Amiruddin
- Leon Ken
- Erik Isaac
- Lydia Lockheart
- Ck Takoyaki
- Riez Forester
- Shingo Misaki
- Jerry Lee
- Ahmad Nazirun Mubin
- Brookbam Amri
- Wai Hong
- Itou Makoto Shinji
- Muhammad Azizi
- Charity Yang – coordinator ❤
- Sky Goldfish Fara – sai kang ❤
- Yuan Cuttlefish Cross – sai kang ❤
- Narukids Deadfish – sai kang ❤
Lots of Love and -salute-
Full Album of Photos here (previously published till now) : Hari Wilayah 2012 – The Journey
Check out all the previously unpublished Hari Wilayah 2012 video playllist at: http://www.youtube.com/user/cosplayfunmy
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