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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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Dave Ross Returns to Malaysia

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Hello Friends and Fans!
I’m sure most of you already know that Dave Ross is coming to Kuala Lumpur in July and he will be a special guest at Visual Arts Expo 2018 Woo hoo!! And with great excitement I would like to announce that Dave has just opened up taking commission orders for us folks in Malaysia. Friends and Fans, don’t miss this opportunity to get your own unique, individual, one of a kind (in the world) art of your favourite character(s), hand drawn by one of the western comic world veterans!! Price Guide below.

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For those of you who are not yet familiar with Dave and his work – “Mr. Dave Ross is a veteran comic artist from Canada. He’s been involved in the comic book industry since its glory days in the 80s all the way till this decade. He is one of the few comic artists who has work for the “big 3” comic publishers of that prime era – Marvel, DC and also Dark Horse! The titles he’s penciled are house hold names from across the genre like Star Wars, Star Trek, Batman, Spider-man, Aliens vs Predator, X-Men, X-Factor, Excalibur, New Avengers, West Coast Avengers, Justice League of America, Daredevil, Deadpool, Punisher, (my first comic series) Alpha Flight & many more! I say titles, because if I were you list the names of characters… this column would not be enough haha”.

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For more info on Dave’s work you can go to his website: (www.daverossart.com/checklist.html). Trust me, if you have been collecting comics in this era. You’re bound to have at least one comic that he has penciled! haha

For a more extensive list of works by Dave you can check here: http://www.comicbookdb.com/creator.php?ID=1783

Here are the rates were for full sized (11” x 17”) comic boards.
Single Figure, No Background – RM 580.00
Single Figure, Some Background – RM 760.00
Single Figure, Full Background – RM 860.00
Two Figures, No Background – RM 830.00
Two Figures, Some Background – RM 980.00
Two Figures, Full Background – RM 1,130.00

Here are rates for blank comic book covers:
Single Figure – (finished pencils only) RM 280.00
Two Figures – (finished pencils only) RM 480.00
+ RM 150.MR for Inks

VAX Commissions Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/2125796501000857/

 

Dave Ross at Visual Arts Expo 2018 – schedule
Saturday, 21 July 2018 – Comic Panel
3pm at Main Stage

Sunday, 22 July 2018 – *Comic Workshop
3pm – 5pm at Special Room
Tickets: RM 35 early bird, RM 50 at the door.
*Ticket into Visual Arts Expo not necessary.

20294511_1903120813345109_7559946661981351925_nIn July 2015, Dave released his first book called, Free Hand Figure Drawing for Illustrators: The Art of Drawing from Memory. Since then has been translated to Japanese, Korean and this year, into Mandarin! Copies will be made available at Visual Arts Expo 2018 by the kind folks of Basheer Graphic Books, who will be exhibiting at VAX 2018.

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It’s a great book at an affordable price. For me, it really unlock what I now call the “Dave Ross Dynamic Angle Pose”haha Do check it out if you have the chance!

Free Hand Figure Drawing For Illustrators: The Art of Drawing from Memory 
by David H. Ross (book details)

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Watson-Guptill (July 28, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385346239
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385346238
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 0.6 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds

#DaveRoss #DavidRoss #DavidHRoss #VisualArtsExpo #VAX2018 #VAXisBack #Marvel #DC #DarkHorse #Valiant #ComicBookArtist #FreeHandFigureDrawingForIllustrators

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What to expect at Asia Comic Con – Malaysia 2018?

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.

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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! 😀

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His full adventure here! <LINK coming soon!>

Related: Asia Comic Con 2018 – Hollywood Guest Announced

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!

 

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This is no statue prop guys! This is a real working movie used prop! They have to drive this monster in & out the convention area!
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This is no statue prop guys! This is a real working movie used prop! They have to drive this monster in & out the convention area!
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Thai Spider-man non included!

 

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Former Chemistry Teacher turn drug cook, might be there!

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1:1 Scale Batman Ninja Statue

IDOL GROUPs Siam Dream and SWEAT16!

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SWEAT 16!
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SWEAT 16!
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SWEAT 16!
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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.

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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 his solo career, he recorded the opening song for the Super Sentai series GoGo Sentai Boukenger and Tensou Sentai Goseiger.

He also recorded the song “Never”, from the Saint Seiya anime-movie Heaven Chapter ~ Overture (Tenkai-hen Josou Overture).

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 KageyamaMasaaki EndohYoko IshidaKouji 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.

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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

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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


HYDE Acoustic Concert Tour 2018 Kuala Lumpur – Coverage

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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.

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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.
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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!

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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!

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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! 0W5A9989_resize

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).

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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.

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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.
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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.

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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).

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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.

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Check out the entire album of excellent photos taken by John here: HYDE Acoustic Tour 2018 – Kuala Lumpur

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HYDE Acoustic Concert Tour 2018 – Malaysia (Press Conference)

by Xajin Jian for Cosplay Fun – Malaysia.

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KUALA LUMPUR, 11 May 2018: If you are a huge fan of all things J-Rock and if you have not been living under a gigantic rock all this while, word around the grapevine is that front line of L’Arc~en~Ciel, HYDE will be having his first ever live show in Kuala Lumpur tomorrow on the 12th of May 2018 at the MCA Hall at 8PM.

32257646_1542197692569617_8998294825463709696_oHYDE’s Kuro Misa tour started off as an acoustic fan-club event has grown into a huge ordeal spanning concert tours in Shanghai, Beijing, and Hong Kong. One would have hoped when would he step foot in our very own country but fan do not have to wait any longer as HYDE’s Kuro Misa tour is finally here in our very own Malaysia. Malaysia marks the only stop he will be making in his SEA leg so fan would definitely not want to miss this once in a live time experience.

32231661_1542197662569620_7578839062195208192_oThe Kuro Misa tour is different from the previous lives HYDE has done and he promises to deliver an entirely different feel and experience to his fans all the way from his euphoric performance and to his amazing singing voice.

_DSC0078So what can we expect from the live tomorrow? One thing he hopes to achieve in this live is to be able to deliver music that will be fit for everyone. Compared to his high energy lives, HYDE wants the Kuro Misa experience to be able to envelop all the listeners there despite their age, or background. His set list will feature some of his older works and his news works and of course some amazing surprises that he hopes will please the fans.

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_DSC0179Of course we have to give a huge shout out to Toybox Projects for bringing the HYDE Acoustic Concert Tour 2018 Asia Live in Kuala Lumpur. This gives an amazing chance for all fans to experience the spectacular performance of one of the biggest and most sought out after artist in the industry.

_DSC0160So what are you waiting for? If you still haven’t gotten the tickets to the live show yet, you can get it at www.ticketcharge.com.my or you can head to the concert venue to purchase them on the day of the concert itself. Tickets are priced at VIP RM698 / RM508 / RM338 / RM168. All prices exclude ticket processing fee and other online & credit card transactions.

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Being a fan of HYDE and L’Arc~en~Ciel for almost 15 years, this is one experience not to be missed. Whether I am sick or bedridden, nothing will stop me from supporting one of my favorite vocalist of all time. Well I am excited and can’t wait for the concert. You can expect me there tomorrow cheering my lungs out and cleaning out my wallet for all the merchandise. Get excited everyone and let’s rock out at the concert!

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#HYDE #HYDEliveinKualaLumpur #HYDEliveinMALAYSIA #HYDEliveinKL #CosplayFunMY #TheCaptain #PopCultureFunMY #LarcEnCiel #VAMPS #XajinXian

Full Photo album here: Cosplay Fun – Malaysia Facebook 


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


AFA and GameStart UNITE!

AFA x GSIt’s an announcement of SUPERHERO proportions!! Just days after I wrote a short piece about the 3 events, that I go to Singapore to get a professionally organised event experience that is well themed and immersive – GameStart 2018 Announcement – and now comes this major announcement!

The two organisers of South East Asia’s PREMIERE Anime event and Gaming event are joining forces!!

In the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) – it’s called “Avengers Assemble”!

In the DC Expanded Universe (DCEU) – Come together! – “Unite the League!”

In the DC TV Universe – it’s call “Team Up”.

In the official press release below – Anime Festival Asia organisers, SOZO and GameStart Asia organisers, Eliphant will move into a ALL-NEW strategic alliance, partnership and a spiffy new office in Paya Lebar iPark in Singapore.

Can you imagine what they now can achieve with their “powers combined”? (*Captain Planet reference* haha) The regions Best of Japanese Pop Culture + The Best of Gaming beefing up each others events… into new / newer territories? #OHMY

We can’t stop imagining so we’ll just leave it be till official announcements are released! Till then this is the official press release! -The Captain-

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SINGAPORE, 1 MARCH 2018: The producers of Anime Festival Asia and GameStart Asia team up to further develop ACG (Anime, Cosplay, Gaming) contents in SE Asia.
Organisers expect new expansion of events in Asia together
Singapore, 28 February 2017 – SOZO, organiser of Southeast Asia’s largest Japanese pop culture event Anime Festival Asia (AFA), and Eliphant, organiser of Southeast Asia’s premier gaming convention GameStart, have announced that both entities will form a strategic alliance to further strengthen existing events, and to create and develop new events in Asia.

The SOZO and Eliphant alliance aims to be the first step to roll out an integrated support system to further strengthen the community. By leveraging their strengths as IP innovators and event trailblazers, SOZO and Eliphant hope to provide new and inspiring ways for fans to enjoy their hobbies in gaming, animation and beyond.

With the support of SOZO, who has already established their presence in Indonesia, 2018 will mark the very first regional expansion of GameStart as they launch their very first: GameStart Indonesia. AFA will continue hosting its key events in both Indonesia and Singapore and hope to introduce more gaming content as part of their content offerings.

“Southeast Asia emerges as one of the fastest growing markets for gaming and content, we recognised that both AFA and GameStart audiences have diverse interests in both gaming and anime. With our partnership, we hope to work closely to bring even more exhilarating content and holistic experiences to both fanbases across the regions,” said Shawn Chin, Managing Director of SOZO and founder of Anime Festival Asia.

“We are extremely excited to be able to bring our event to various regions, with the support of our partners. We are determined to support the regional gaming industry, especially in esports and game development. We are positive that our partnership will provide more events and enable us to bring awesome content to both gamers and anime fans, ” said Elicia Lee, founder of GameStart Asia and CEO of Eliphant Pte Ltd.

As of 1st March 2018, both SOZO and Eliphant have moved to a new office premise together to further strengthen their alliance. Organisers expect an exciting year ahead and look forward to announcing more about 2018 calendar of events in the upcoming weeks.

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About AFA – Anime Festival Asia (​animefestival.asia​)

AFA is a specialised business unit of SOZO. Started in 2008, AFA is the largest and most followed J-pop culture event in Southeast Asia. AFA has become a household name to J-Pop Culture lovers in the Southeast Asia region and is the leading and most effective content delivery platform, centring around allthings Japanese Pop Culture. In 2017, AFA partnered SOTSU to create C3AFA and has brought the event to Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia, Hong Kong and Tokyo.

C3AFA 2017 Visitor Tracking:
Singapore: 96,000
Thailand: 30,000
Indonesia: 50,080
Japan: 100,000
Hong Kong: 200,000

About SOZO (​sozo.sg​)
Tapping on Japan’s diverse wealth of entertainment content, SOZO has positioned itself to be the ‘bridge’, connecting Japan to South East Asia – by showcasing quality concerts, engaging retail experiences and creating meaningful online engagement to audiences and businesses across South East Asia.

Established in 2009, SOZO entertainment platforms include Anime Festival Asia, I Love Anisong, Japan Music Festival, and Anisong Fantasy Live. Previous projects by SOZO includes solo concerts for J-Pop artistes such as Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, May’n, SCANDAL, LiSA, and RADWIMPS, as well as festivals including Funan Anime Matsuri, Penang Anime Matsuri, and Creators Super Fest Jakarta.

SOZO is a Sony Music Japan group company.

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About GameStart Asia (​gamestart.asia​)

GameStart is Southeast Asia’s premier gaming convention and Eliphant’s flagship event. Organised by industry veterans who are themselves gamers, GameStart seeks to bring the latest and greatest games across all genres and platforms – from PC, console and mobile to VR and tabletop – to audiences in Asia. GameStart Asia welcomed over 24,000 visitors from Singapore and the region in 2017.

About Eliphant (​eliphant.co​)
Eliphant is the organiser of GameStart Asia, Southeast Asia’s premier gaming convention, and since inception in 2014, has expanded its scope and operations to include its esports and live production arm, BEast of the East, SEA Major, one of the largest fighting game tournaments in Asia, and talent management agency VERSUS Talent.The company continues to play an active role in growing and supporting the gaming industry across multiple genres, including game development, knowledge-sharing, marketing, esports,
community building and event management.

Eliphant is the official organiser for the Capcom Pro Tour in Asia Pacific.

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