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 This place is so packed with historical documents, facts, photos of KL past, present & future per square foot This is also the location for the very famous ‘I LOVE KL’ signage.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.
#ARCH #ARCHCollection #JusticeLeague #Batman #Batsignal #KualaLumpur #KLCityGallery #Malaysia #DC #DCcomics #WarnerBros #Superman #WonderWoman #Flash
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 –
#StarSupaComic #StarSupaComic2018 #SCC2018 #TheCaptain #CosplayFunMY #PopCultureFunMY #EOY #TAGCC #AsiaComicCon #ACCMY #AsiaComicConMY #Malaysia #Singapore #Otaku #Anime #Cosplay #Egames #Omocha #MidValley #MVEC
Original article at Pop Culture Fun Malaysia here.
“What is this?” The buzzing question on every fans mind since our announcement of the event back in February this year! Scam… another Comic Con-Job… it looks like a Western Convention but is it yet another ‘comic’ event full of Japanese anime stuff? Who are the organisers? who are these people?
Related: Malaysia Comic-con Announced!
So many questions and next to no answers what so ever.
Anyways, the fans & folks are generally very nice as long as you don’t take their money (very obvious by the results of the recent general elections). Then FB sponsored ads of calling for vendors of the Malaysia chapter started popping up… then local exhibitors & vendors really started to get weary.
So I joined forces with some ‘PRO’ people to do some Jessica Jones sleuth work and this is what we gathered. As this is what we think we can share => The organisers originate from Thailand. And over there they have been in this industry for a couple of years already. So their new brand / event will be called Asia Comic Con.
Thailand will debut in June and Malaysia will debut in July. The Malaysia chapter will be managed by a local advertising agency – iHub Advertising. We received endorsement by some reputable folks so ‘PRO’ folks were satisfied to proceed to get a booth at the event.
One fail safe that would protect our hopes and dreams was the fact that the Asia Comic Con would FIRST debut in the homeland of Thailand a month before our in Malaysia. So far Thailand’s version of the page was doing a great job in announcing and the guest was getting better and better by the day. One of the strongest factors was the announcement of I Love Anisong (an Anime Festival Asia brand), was to hold their concert nights there. If you’ve not heard of Anime Festival Asia – AFA is by far, South East Asia’s ultimate Japanese Pop Culture experience. Began in Singapore in 2008, has now expanded to 6 other countries.
Then later I spotted the Gyu Creative logos on certain promo material. So that is another strong vote of confidence. Who are Gyu Creative? They are the folks from Thailand who brought us Japan Expo Thailand & Japan Expo Malaysia! Nuff said!!
Anyways, if all this was still not enough I had to send my British Intelligence operative… Mr. Bond… James Bond …. or rather it was because he was already going to be there that I sent him xD hahaha Oh yea, and no his name was not James Bond or Simon Le Bon but John… John Gullidge! 😀
His full adventure here! <LINK coming soon!>
When Asia Comic Con Thailand announce their Hollywood guest, Ms. Nymeria Sand from Game of Thrones or as The Resistance Pilot Jess Testor aka Jessika Pava aka [Blue Three] from Star Wars: The Force Awakens and my favourite, she is one half of the Daughters of the Dragon – Colleen Wing from the Netflix Marvel Universe (NMU) Marvel’s Iron Fist and The Defenders…the beautiful and talented actor on the rise – Ms. Jessica Henwick!! I didn’t know if I should celebrate or cry. But to save my heart from hurt I have to keep my expectations low. More on Jessica later!
What to expect at Asia Comic Con Malaysia?
1:1 scale Galore! Batman: Dark Knight Tumbler, Batman Ninja, Batpod, Predator Throne and Magneto Chair!
Former Chemistry Teacher turn drug cook, might be there!
IDOL GROUPs Siam Dream and SWEAT16!
Nobuo Yamada (NoB-san) who is famous for the Saint Seiya anime series and Super Sentai series and Chie Nakamaru (mao-san) who is famous for Doraemon song.
With Make-Up, he recorded several songs for the anime Saint Seiya, including the first opening song Pegasus Fantasy and the first ending song Blue Forever. All songs were released in three albums Saint Seiya Hits I (which had the participation of Mitsuko Horie), Saint Seiya Hits II and Saint Seiya 1996 Song Collection.
In 1998 he formed P.A.F. (stands for Patent Applied For, named after the PAF guitar pickups) with X Japan guitarist Pata. In about one years time they released: two albums, one mini album, one live album and two singles.
In July 2007, he sang with Hironobu Kageyama, Masaaki Endoh, Yoko Ishida, Kouji Wada and MoJo at Anime Friends, the biggest anime convention in Latin America, in Brazil; it was his first time in the county and he has gone back there to perform several times not only at Anime Friends, but also in other events in other cities, such as Fortaleza and Brasília.
She is a highly skilled singer with unlimited imagination, featuring a world of strong poetry message through a lively and powerful singing voice,
She made her major debut singing a theme song for a very famous animation “Doraemon” when the song was aired in TV Asahi in 2007 – “Yume wo Kanaete Doraemon.
Her voice is also famous for many anime songs such as Hakuoki, Tamagotchi and the latest one is Lego Friends!
Celebrity cosplayer Pion Kim and Aza Miyuko
And other guests.
For more info & updates, go to their FB page: https://www.facebook.com/asiacomicconmalaysia/
#AsiaComicCon #ACC2018 #AsiaComicConThailand #AsiaComicConMalaysia #ACCMY #ACCMY2018 #Malaysia #PopCultureFunMY #TheCaptain #CosplayFunMY #JohnGullidge #AzaMiyuko #PionKim #SWEAT16 #SiamDream #TheTumbler #Batpod #Batmobile #BatmanNinja #Predator #MagnetoChair #NoB #Mao #ChieNakamaru #NobuoYamada #Doraemon #SaintSeiya
So, the big news was released by our friends at Toybox Projects that the man, the myth, the mystery…. The voice behind bands L’Arc En Ciel and Vamps -HYDE- would be making his way to Malaysia for a concert. The WOWs in my head couldn’t stop popping up think of what the fans would be feeling or anticipating.
Toybox Projects is famous in the local scene to be the longest standing entity championing the cause to bring top Japanese music artist to Malaysia. Their long experience in media, public relations and promotions are their strengths… include that x-factor which is that the boss lady is a Japanese herself, who calls Malaysia her home.
Anyways, my concern was that I could make it for the Press Conference no problem… but the concert night was another story. And for those of you frequent concert goers may know… it’s really difficult to get some nice photos of your favour band in action, so I was very short of solutions. Who could I get in such notice who has the expert skills for dim light photography, passion for music and the affluent command of the English?? Where can I find someone who can represent Cosplay Fun – Malaysia with dignity, professional conduct who also understands the protocols of professional media coverage?? Then while processing all these criteria needs… a face comes to mind. This face!
All flags on criteria – PASS! Next concern was… OMG would he be available?? Being in so high demand it was a long shot but the best shot. Long story short… I present to you the return of the gentleman known as Max Jackson aka Johnnie B Ghoul… Mr John Gullidge! Scream Park Ring Master, Skilled photographer, great taste in music, gentleman extraordinaire… and it doesn’t hurt to be dashingly handsome too? Haha!
KUALA LUMPUR, 12 May: When The Captain at Cosplay Fun Malaysia asked me if I could take photos at the recent HYDE concert I jumped at the chance, I love doing live music photography and even though I had no idea who HYDE was, this was too good an opportunity to miss. The timing meant I was going to have to sacrifice attending an advance preview of “Deadpool 2” but I figured that was no big deal given the movie opened a couple of days later anyway. Then with a few hours to go before the gig, the Captain dropped the bombshell, their writer was unable to attend so in addition to taking photos would I be willing to write a review!
Bit of background here, the kind of bands I like don’t get to perform in Malaysia. I had to travel back to the UK last year to see my favourite singer Gary Numan and I’ve made frequent trips to Singapore to see the likes of Nine Inch Nails and Rob Zombie and even had to travel there and to Thailand to see the more mainstream Coldplay (thankfully Asians love Coldplay, at home most of my friends consider them far too mainstream and claim they never bettered “Parachutes” before selling out….which frankly is crap, you won’t see a better stadium show in the world than theirs…but I digress).
So anyway my response to the request was….”surely you want to get someone to review it who at least knows who he is”. As far as I’m concerned HYDE is the nasty half of one of horror literature’s better known double acts! Anyway a cursory glance at Wikipedia soon informed me that this guy is big, I mean Madison Square Gardens big, so my interest was at least piqued.
Arriving at the venue (extremely conveniently located right next to an LRT station, my preferred method of transport in KL!) I noticed a lot of the, predominantly female crowd, wouldn’t have looked out of place at a cosplay event and after eventually finding my allocated seat (wish I’d known I’d be given a spare ticket beforehand and I could have turned it into a date night, if I could find a date!) I immediately started fretting about how possible it was going to be to get decent photos from 8 rows back at the side of the hall but I needn’t have worried, the sumptuous lighting setup on a stage lit with candelabras, meant that it would have been hard not to have taken a half decent photo.
The term acoustic set conjured up images of a few years back when I was lucky enough to see my favourite band The Manic Street Preachers performing an “acoustic set” at a pub in Swansea. Incredibly pared back, it was basically the singer (James-Dean Bradfield) and guitarist (Nicky Wire) – they dispensed with the drummer -performing on just acoustic guitars. HYDE on the other hand was of what I would consider an orchestral set given he was accompanied by a pianist, guitarist, a wonderfully goth looking gentleman on a double bass, a drummer and four female violinist’s/cellists.
The first thing that struck me was how much I loved the whole look of the thing, very gothic and right up my alley (you should know that my full time job here in Malaysia is manager of the Scream Park at Sunway Lagoon and the annual Nights of Fright event so anything slightly macabre immediately gets my vote of confidence) and the second thing was the striking vocal similarity there was between HYDE and Japan’s David Sylvian (Japan the group, not the country).
This may seem irrelevant but when, half way through the gig, HYDE launched into a cover of Ryuchi Sakamoto’s “Forbidden Colours” (the theme to the movie “Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence”) I couldn’t have been happier or more impressed. It’s one of my favourite songs of all time and performed live by HYDE it not only raised every hair on the back of my neck but also brought tears to my eyes. Music has the power to move us unlike any other medium and this certainly did it for me.
I’d like to be able to rattle off the names of other tracks in the set list but I am afraid they were all new to me but clearly not to the hardcore fans in the crowd who applauded / cheered at each consecutive hit not to mention crying out between tracks: “I love you HYDE” etc. I would never thought of HYDE as a comic genius but his mastery of timing when using the simple “terimah kasih” was a joy to behold. Long silence….”Terimah Kasih”…audience cracks up….pause…..”Terimah Kasih” audience cracks up and repeat. Very funny.
The aforementioned lighting was stunning and a photographer’s dream (why they have to restrict the taking of photos to the first three numbers alone in beyond me but them’s the rules) and when HYDE asked everyone to turn on their phone flashlights the hall was magically transformed. He got in on the act himself at the end of the show, not only filming the audience, but taking the obligatory selfie on stage.
I think it’s a sign that I’m getting old, but to be able to watch a gig seated is actually so much more of a pleasure than being crushed up against a crowd and the acoustic tone of the set lent itself to a much more relaxed audience experience, at times a bit too relaxed as I notice a few people in the media section quite literally spent the entire gig scrolling through their phones just taking the odd cursory glance at the stage (maybe I’m doing them a discourtesy, perhaps they were live blogging the event for all I know).
I for one left the gig a convert to Hyde’s music, no mean feat considering a lot of the songs were sung in, what for me was a foreign language, and a quick check at the Facebook statuses of some cosplay friends who I had seen there confirmed that not only was this the gig they had waited a lifetime for (his first time in Malaysia) but it had exceeded all their expectations and you can’t say fairer than that.
Now if you’re unfamiliar with “Forbidden Colours” check it out on You Tube and thank me later! CHEERS!
Check out the entire album of excellent photos taken by John here: HYDE Acoustic Tour 2018 – Kuala Lumpur
#HYDE #HYDEliveinKualaLumpur #HYDEliveinMALAYSIA #HYDEliveinKL #CosplayFunMY #TheCaptain #PopCultureFunMY #LarcEnCiel #VAMPS #JohnGullidge #RyuchiSakamoto #MerryChristmasMrLawrence #MaxJackson
by Aimee for Cosplay Fun – Malaysia.
出道超过25年的【他】这回将首度以个人身份来马开唱! 这位【他】是谁呢？他就是日本教皇级摇滚乐团「L’Arc~en~Ciel 彩虹」主唱HYDE。 他宣布要在5月12日于吉隆坡马华礼堂（MCA Hall）举办「HYDE ACOUSTIC CONCERT TOUR 2018 -黑弥撒亚洲巡回演唱会-大马站」，这是他出道多年来第一次以个人名义来马举办演唱会，而且吉隆坡则是东南亚唯一一站。
HYDE于去年在圣诞节前夕与东京举办了两场名为《黑弥撒》演唱会，由于这场演出太梦幻，在海外乐迷的强烈要求下，HYDE决定走出日本，展开了亚洲巡回演唱会。 这次来马的演唱会的福利堪称「破天荒」啊！ 凡购买VIP票的粉丝可与HYDE做近距离接触，参加会后击掌+团体大合照。各位您们还在等什么呢？这可是和男神近距离接触难得的机会啊! （笑）
这次HYDE是第一次来到马来西亚，问他对于马来西亚的看法时，HYDE幽默的回了一句“好热啊”。 果然我们马来西亚的天气真的是太热了！（汗） HYDE还开玩笑的说由于黑弥撒的概念是以冬天为主，他希望可以透过演唱会让马来西亚的歌迷体验一下冬天的感觉。（笑）
馬來西亞歌迷一直都很希望HYDE可以來，終於成行了！歌迷們千萬不要錯過這次機會，親眼目睹HYDE的精彩演出！还没购买门票的歌迷们，門票可在www.ticketcharge.com.my 購得。门票分为RM698（VIP），RM508，RM338以及RM168，欲知更多演唱会详情可游览Toybox Projects官方脸书。
It was the dawn of a new revolution. Toys, Anime, Games Comic Con (TAGCC) was announced 3rd quarter of 2017 and immediately sparked our imaginations.
“Wow new event?”, “Wow… will it be a western Comic-Con?”, “Who is the organiser”, “Sure or not? Not another scam event?”
Well as time went by it was revealed that it was going to be POWERED BY Comic Fiesta, and then everybody was more chill that it will be legit. As for me I was interested to see what the identity of this show was going to be.
As the title stated, it was going to be a show with Toys, Anime, Games and Comic. My first question would always be what does the ‘Comic’ there represent?
a) is it Western Comics? Eastern Comics? Japanese Comics? Because Japanese comics are called Manga. Or is it all comics?
b) so is the ‘Comic’ word meaning more towards a ‘Comic Con’ style event? With ‘Comic Con’ expectations being Hollywood guest (actors, creators etc)?
Then there is the issue of – WHY? Name your event blah blah blah Comic Con when just about 2 months back this happens – SDCC successfully sues another convention for using name ‘Comic Con’
It would feel like starting off on the wrong foot -__- Then in January 2018, TAGCC (tag-cc as how we pronounce it) unveiled their new tagline – “Malaysia’s Premiere Toys and Collectibles Show”. Ok, so now the focus is back on Toy & Collectibles. It’s clear now. But now I don’t know whether I want to pity the Anime, Games and Comic parts 😦
Anyways, these are the wanders and wonders of the event organising life! The only easy day was yesterday! This work genre is not for the faint of heart… and I think only a very special few can ever successfully navigate this as work and also a LIFEstyle. Thank you for organising shows! We appreciate you! -TheCaptain-
Location: Mid Valley Convention Centre, all 3 Halls! Mid Valley is a great event venue with it’s strength being the ‘walk in’ crowd. Those of you who frequent Mid Valley on the weekends will know that it’s packed packed packed! If you’ve haven’t seen the crowd then just past by the parking signage which will tell how many parking spots left on a Saturday at 2pm 🙂 So some convention folks have told me that as much as 20 – 30% of their event visitors are actually walk-ins, meaning they didn’t know about the event but because they already at Mid Valley, they saw it … and there and then decided to go into the event, check it out.
The queue at a Mid Valley event is always a attention puller, especially when the folks in the queue are cosplayers! It was packed very early on. The atmosphere was great as you enter with anticipation. As usual, the crowd and queue were arrange well and orderly since the pros Comic Fiesta are the folks who set it up, operating it and also managing it.
As you near the entrance to the first Hall… all the feels and smells like that of entering Singapore, Toys, Games, Comic Con (STGCC) start to over whelm your senses. At STGCC we’re always welcomed by the GIANT Hot Toys (Hong Kong) booth fill with figures… models from Marvel, Star Wars and other pop culture icons. But over here… we’re welcomed by the Prime 1 Studios (Japan) and all their glorious premium format collectibles… followed by Beast Kingdom (Taiwan) with a giant 1:1 scale figure of the King of Wakanda, the Black Panther, T’Challa.
Check out our Walk Thru Video in which you will not miss a single section of TAGCC.
Check out all the photos at our FB Page album: TAGCC 2018 Day 1 Visit
CONCLUSION: All in all it was a pretty awesome Toy & Collectibles show! I felt that was at least a good 5,000 folks in this first 3 hours that I spent here. You really don’t feel it’s a new event because everything is running pretty smoothly which I’m sure is thanks to Comic Fiesta who is running it 🙂 It was nice to see some other big time toy makers like Beast Kingdom, XM Studios, Ryu Studios, Infinity Studios, HMO Collectibles in Malaysia… in Kuala Lumpur.
GEMPAK STARZ (Kadokawa Gempak Starz) had a big booth too celebrating their 15th Anniversary. And that was also pretty special. With this in mind makes it almost guaranteed the famous artists and story tellers from the brand would be there! Here’s a super candid shot of KEITH!
The stage content of Panel talks of designers, toy makers etc was pretty cool and very current… just like in STGCC. Most of the time we’ll have singing, dancing and bands playing for the most part of the entire day… or crowd interaction (which still means “make some noise”) or Cosplay runway or cosplay competition which still means ‘Loudness’. So for a change to have a few subject matter experts sit down and share insight… we can the crowd also sitting down and being attentive to what they are saying… seems more mature I guess haha (Y) *Also nice to have it conducted in English hehe
UPDATE: The site announced that total visitors for 2 days was 15,000. Wow! Congrats and great job guys! Looking forward to the next one!
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