Hey everybody, it’s The Captain here. It was a great 2018. Aside from the historical May 9th 2018…. (for the nations benefit) we had some new events join the calendar… some were amazing, (TAGCC _ Toys Anime Games Comic Con, Asia Comic Con) and some were promising (Crtl-Alt Gaming, DOTA 2 – KL Major) . Then at the eleventh hour…. December, two additional events unveiled themselves, The Star media groups Star Supa Comic event… that takes place a week after Comic Fiesta… and then MyTown the shopping mall tries to go big again to end the year by merging a Japan Expo Asia event with their New Year celebration. Good luck to them both.
2018 also saw it’s biggest J-ROCK star yet to come to Malaysian shores… the man, the myth, the mystery…. The voice behind bands L’Arc En Ciel and Vamps -HYDE! His concert at the Wisma MCA hall was impressively decorated to his specification of this Acoustic Concert tour. It was beautiful! What was also cool was that Malaysia was his only stop in Southeast Asia!!
However, year end 2018 came with much grief too. Every comic fans worst fears came to reality with the passing of the Legendary Comic Book ICON Mr. Stan Lee on 12 Nov 2018. At the age of 95, every passing day and month was a bonus for us and the fans. We all knew this day would come… and it has arrived. For those of us who never got the chance to meet him at these comic cons… now we will never that chance… ☹ EVER. It was very sad news.
Anyways, here that famous EVENTS LIST 2019 by The Captain for Cosplay-Fun Malaysia and Pop Culture Fun – Malaysia.
Don’t forget to check out the POP Watch Events List 2019 here to what geek dates to remember or take note off!
We wish you all a very prosperous & blessed 2018 to you all!!
Lots of Geek Love!
– The Captain –
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As usual the events listed in GREY are NOT YET CONFIRMED or TO BE ANNOUNCED but we are hoping they will have them again this year Do feel free to contact us [firstname.lastname@example.org] if you would like your event to be listed or unlisted. We want to give the community something to look forward to!
We added a version on Facebook too on our sister site Pop Culture Fun – Malaysia. This list however, only includes events that have been announced in full as in it the event has a name, date, venue and a FB link to direct the fan enquiries to!
Here is the link: Cosplay-FUN Malaysia events list on FACEBOOK
*If you are going to cut and past our event list & post it on your website, could you please have the courtesy to at least put a little acknowledgement /credit mention to us, for our years of effort?
Thank you 🙂 And bless you regardless*
A BIG THANK YOU to all the folks from all over the world for visiting & re-visiting our page. Holler out to the top 12 Visiting countries. We surely notice you and appreciate ALL of you!!:
9. Great Britain
11. Hong Kong
UNMC Japanese Cultural Night 2019
Wednesday – 13 Feb
Great Hall, University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus (UNMC) Semenyih
Arts, Cosplay & Etc (ACE) 2019
16 – 17 Feb
Exhibition Hall, The Starling Mall
23 – 24 February
Berjaya Times Square, 2nd Floor, IT Centre, KL
Anime Comics Games – ACG Fiesta 2019
9 – 10 March
UTAR Sg Long Campus
Penang Yosakoi Parade 2019
4pm – 11pm
ComicCon Asia 2019 (Philippines)
SMX Convention Centre, SM Mall of Asia
Cosplay Festival 4
23 – 24 March 2019
Grand Ballroom, Sunway Putra Hotel
30 – 31 Mar
1st Flr, Boulevard Sunway Velocity
CTFKL Kampung Style (Collectors Toy Fair KL)
Laman Istana Budaya, Kuala Lumpur
Foyer Engineering, UiTM Shah Alam
Video Game Classics 2019
Esplanade Concert Hall, SINGAPORE
Season4Otaku 2019 Densetsu No Hito
6 – 7 April
Lightbox, Sungai Buloh KL
Distant Worlds 2019
12 – 13 April
Dewan Philarmonic Malaysia
Crtl+Alt Gaming 2019
Jeffrey Cheah Hall, Sunway College
Dollfest Malaysia 2019
RUANG, Subang Jaya
Kingdom Hearts Orchestra – World of Tres SINGAPORE
18 May 2019
Creators Super Fest 2019
Pullman Grand Ballroom, Jakarta, INDONESIA
MY Idol Party Vol.2 2019
KL Live, Kuala Lumpur
Momiji Riken Mura 2019
New Era University College, Kajang
Concourse area, South City Plaza (changed from IM4U Sentral)
TAGCC (Toys Anime Games Comic Con) 2019
22 – 23 June
Putra World Trade Centre TBC
Gunpla Expo Malaysia 201
East Atrium, MyTown KL
Dream Mansion, PENANG
Asia Comic Con 2019
Royal Paragon Hotel, BANGKOK (THAILAND)
Kaijucon (Table Top Hobby Convention) 2019
KDU University College Glenmarie (campus) Shah Alam. https://www.facebook.com/kaijucon.my
Asia Game Festival 2019 (SINGAPORE)
Suntec Singapore International Convention & Exhibition Centre
GAX (Game & Anime Expo) 2019
Berjaya Times Square, KL
Japan Otaku Matsuri 2019
Summit USJ, Subang Jaya
Comic Art Festival KL 6 (CAFKL5) 2019
Atria Shopping Gallery, Damansara Jaya
Penang Anime Matsuri 2019
Setia SPICE Convention Centre, PENANG
C2AGE RELOADED 2019
6 – 7 July
Oasis Village, Ara Damansara
Star Supa Comic 2019
13 – 14 July
Mid Valley Exhibition Centre
Anime Saiko 2019 – KL
Sunway Velocity, KL
World Cosplay Summit – Malaysia Qualifier 2019
Visual Arts Expo (VAX) 2019
Shah Alam Convention Centre
Bon Odori Shah Alam 2019
7pm – 9:35pm
Kompleks Sukan Negara Shah Alam (Panasonic)
Bon Odori Penang 2019
6pm – 10:30pm
Japan Expo Malaysia 2019
Fahrenheit 88 & Pavilion KL
AsiaPop Comicon Manila 2019
SMX Convention Centre, Manila PHILIPPINES
World Cosplay Summit FINALS 2019
Aichi Arts Centre, NAGOYA, JAPAN
Comic Fiesta Mini (JOHOR) 2019
Capital 21 Shopping Mall, JOHOR
OtaFair 2019 (OtaFuse Mini Event)
Suria Sabah Shopping Mall, SABAH
Sunway Pyramid Convention Centre
PlayStation Experience 2019 – SEA
GMM Live Hourse, Bangkok THAILAND
Asia Pacific University, Bukit Jalil
8 – 9 Sept
5th & 6th Flr, Suria Sabah Shopping Mall
Singapore Toy, Games & Comic Convention (STGCC) 2019
soon to be Singapore Comic Con 2019
TBA Marina Bay Sands
Nowadays Anime Festival 2019
Quill City Mall, KL
Cosplay Commuter 2019
Kelana Jaya LRT Line
Comic Fiesta Mini (Penang) 2019
Straits Quay Convention Centre, PENANG
Pekan Kartun 2019
StamaX (Sandakan, Toys, Anime, ModelKits, Action Figures Expo)
TBA September 2019
9am – 9pm
Dewan SRJK Chi Hwa
WESG SEA Malaysia Final 2019
Quill City Mall,KL
CTFKL Car Boot Toy Fair 2019
Ara Damansara LRT Station
Momiji Halloween 2019
New Era University College, Kajang (SELANGOR)
Publika Bon Odori 2019
The Square, Publika
Popcon Asia 2019
Indonesia Convention Centre (ICE), INDONESIA
Aki Fest 2019
Taylor’s University Lakeside
JAPANESE FILM FESTIVAL 2019 by Japan Foundation KL at Golden Screen Cinemas.
Klang Valley: TBA Sept [Mid Valley, Pavilion, 1 Utama, Nu Sentral]
PENANG: TBA Sept [GSC Gurney Plaza]
JOHOR: TBA Sept [GSC Paradigm JB]
Kuching, SARAWAK: TBA Oct [GSC CityONE Megamall]
Kota Kinabalu, SABAH: TBA Oct [GSC Suria Sabah]
Malaysia Hobby Expo 2019
Mydoll 2019: Mydoll x Macaron Doll Tea Party
Dewan Serbaguna Pusat Komersial Bdr Tun Razak, KL
Asia Comic Con Malaysia 2019
26 – 27 October
Mid Valley Exhibition & Centre TBC
The Banquet 2019
Evolve Concept Mall
Elements Mall, MELAKA
Evolve Concept Mall, Ara Damansara
UTAR Bunkasai 2019
UTAR Sg Long Campus
Gunpla Builders World Cup (Malaysia) 2019
IPC Shopping Centre
Level Up KL 2019
CCEC Bangsar South,
KL Toon 2019
Quill City Mall, KL
Da Men Mall, USJ 1
Junboku 03 2019
Plaza Pelangi, JOHOR BAHRU
Indonesia Comic Con 2019
Jakarta Convention Centre
Malaysia Esports Convention 2019
KotaKomik Kajang 3.0
Metro Point Complex Kajang
DOTA 2 -The Kuala Lumpur Major 2019
Axiata Arena, Bkt Jalil
ZOOM Kartun / CCX 2019
The Summit USJ, Subang Jaya
East Coast Collectors Toy Fair vol.3
TBA November 2019
Bukit Gambang Resort, Kuantan PAHANG
C3 AFA Singapore 2019
SUNTEC International Convention & Exhibition Centre, SINGAPORE
KL Toys Festival 2019
Institut Latihan DBKL, Bandar Tun Razak
Christian Ecumenical Centre, KUCHING
Big Bad Wolf Sale 2019
Mines International Convention Centre (MIECC)
MMU Cyberplay 2019
MultiMedia University Cyberjaya, Dewan Tun Canselor
Costime III 2019 by JCosClub
Sutera Mall, JOHOR BAHRU
TBA December 2019
ITCC Penampang, 1st Flr Exhibition Hall,
Star Wars Malaysia Fan Club event 2019
The School, Jaya One
WESG Southeast Asia Grand Finals 2019
Quill City Mall Convention Centre, KL
GAX Evolution 2019
Quill Convention Centre, KL
Harajuku Fashion Walk (SINGAPORE)
TBA Dec 2019
Merlion Park, Singapore
ODEX Cosplay Carnival 2019
Our Tampines Hub
Cosplay Party 5.0
TBA December 2019
Comic Fiesta 2019
KL Convention Centre, KLCC
UMS Japanese Cultural Night Bon Odori 2019
Padang Kawad, UMS
EOY J-Culture Festival 2019
Suntec Convention Centre, Hall 403
Japan Expo Asia 2019
MyTown Shopping Centre
========= PAST EVENTS ========
Japan Expo Thailand 2019
25 – 27 January
Central World, Bangkok
Todak Fest 2019
26 – 27 Jan
Mid Valley, MVEC Hall 1
Pop-Con 2019 by Comic Con Malaysia
26 – 27 January
Mid Valley Exhibition & Convention Centre, Hall 3
Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse opens in Malaysia 7 December in all cinemas. Thanks to Sony Pictures, Outpost Productions and TGV Cinemas.
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Original article here at PopCultureFunMY
Ding ding ding ding ding ding… the count down has already started. No Darkseid is not coming because the DCEU has been scraped. No it’s not the Doomsday clock or the Doomsday countdown from the WATCHMEN… Nor is it ‘2 Minutes to Midnight’ hahaha just had to throw in some Iron Maiden trivia as it’s what I’m listening to as I write this.
Its the count down to the debut of Malaysia Comic Con…. or is it Comic Con Malaysia? Well the registry says its Comic Con Malaysia Sdn Bhd, however I’ve always read the logo as Malaysia Comic Con since it debut early this year with the tagline suggesting it is the most legit use of the ‘comic con’ name, possibly because they sort covering or permission or endorsement from the ‘comic con’ originators or trademark (TM) holders… which can only mean the SDCC folks aka San Diego Comic-Con aka Comic-Con International! This is just my 2 cent guess because no official information has been released to anyone and their event is just 3 months away. Well I guess if you’re friends with any of the 5 employees or the boss, you would probably know more than me 😀
Anyways, I guess 90+ days is still pretty far for Malaysia standards so the excitement continues to maintain at a benefit-of-the-doubt level. With that said there’s always that ‘Fear of the Dark’ feel…. (Maiden pun again)… or that “I have a bad feeling about this” (Star Wars pun). Personally out of about 7 promises of Comic Con events only has one has delivery a BOOM + post-BOOM effect after the event has passed. Best part was this event was so chill & humble that I thought it was SOOO BLOODY UNDER SOLD compared to all the over-hype* these days – supa exaggerated copy writing, or comic style funky graphics, uninformed claims / tag lines etc. The event in mention was this one called Malaysia Games & Comic Convention (MGCCon) held in 2012. This event had 4 Marvel / DC level artist guest and the most popular cosplayer in the world! You had to be there to experience it and then later experience life without it. Comics fans can testify 😀 At least I think they can. Please, go look it up!
Just some recent examples of over-hype* I mentioned above:
1) In 2015 – a new event used the tagline “Malaysia’s FIRST EVER” comic con. Good hyped tagline but what about Comic Fiesta? Around since 2002 – present. So did you mean western comics? What about MGCCon in 2012?? Recently I learnt that there were comic strip / newspaper comic strip events in KL held back in the 80s, so that was pretty cool to learn about 🙂
2) January 2018 – event boasting headline announcing “a World Class Comic Con experience”. Then later it mellowed down a bit to “The Unforgettable Pop Culture Experience”.
3) August 2017 – new event to highlight toys, games, anime, comics – with all this in the event name… later adopts the tagline – Malaysia’s premiere toys & collectibles… just redirecting emphasis to toys + collectible and not games, anime, comics.
4) October 2018 – debut events caption says it’s “the most exciting new event of the year” with just 65 Likes on their FB page since January 2018.
Now, don’t get me wrong… I’m not writing to slam copy writing or condemn events but rather to highlight some awareness. All the 4 case events (name withheld because that’s not the point) mentioned above were great and achieved commendable things individually. So for the organisers & con goers:
a) Most of us who have been around, are sorta immune to big claims, hot air… ‘Holy Smoke’ even (Maiden pun). Yes, there is a role for all this stylo writing. I call it the ‘marketing lingo’ which is much needed to be presented to corporate sponsors etc. So everyone should chill and not react at the first announcement of a new event. Give these folks a chance. They are choosing to make a difference by not just being a Convention Goer but now a Convention Organiser. And it’s no small task. The thought to organise a convention is like asking ‘Can I play with MADNESS’ and being firm you won’t have a mental breakdown while doing it. (Maiden pun again)
b) Our focus determines our reality – if you want to learn from events… when you go to an event you will learn some. If you want to compile facts to condemn an event… you will go there & come back with a list. We can learn much from each other.
So with this I’m looking forward at what cool things Pop-Con 2019 brings at a time of the year which is vacant of much events. Currently I am particularly interested for them to reveal who they’re 3 guest are going to be. The only hints are: Game Director, International Voice Actor and Comic Illustrator. I have a cynical guess but I’ll keep that to myself as I m doing my best to stay positive. BECAUSE… my 2 cents thinks that this announcement will be a major decider for the con-goers perception of the event.
LASTLY, some free wisdom thru the years I’ve been around the community… the pop culture community, be it Anime or ACG or Western Comics or Gaming, has progressed much thru the years… and it has also has not. However it’s not necessarily ‘Wasted Years’ (Maiden pun, last one) but I wanna put this new wisdom out there to those willing to hear – I think it’s time for the “FOR FANS, BY FANS” motto to end (speaks with a Kylo Ren voice). I have watched many groups, friends & entities achieve some… under achieve.. and very rarely – SCORE BIG TIME… and continue to take it to the next level!
It takes more than “For Fans, By Fans” for the event to be successful. Before let share wha I believe defines event-success = in my opinion true event success is:
- The event has a true SOUL of what it’s suppose to be
- Financially viable to continue (survive)
- Have room to grow / expand.
No doubt, in the (Dream) TEAM you need people who are fans aka Subject Matter Experts, however you do also need a few more key skilled folks! You also need the Events experts (build up / logistics / lay out), then also the Marketing, Promotions & Sales TEAM. Don’t forget the master of the numbers. After that then it’s down to planning, like-minded+tested core support and EXECUTION. This is the super simplified peaNUT shell version. Further elaboration for another time…
Thanks for reading. Enjoy your events 🙂 Do write to us or comment below if you want to 🙂Cheers!
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Till then will be looking forward to the ‘New Kid on the Block’ event to begin 2019:
Pop-Con 2019 by Comic Con Malaysia
26 – 27 January
Putra World Trade Centre, KL
Boom! This is the current hot topic….. the buzz around town among the Anime community fans now!! Meme & 9Gag worthy images are also on the rise haha
So far nothing positive, the most I’ve seen was something neutral xD haha
Comments of “Wah! Wanna challenge CF?”, “Whachu know about Otakus?”. Too much corporate marketing lingo on the front page maybe. Who knows… the folks have not reached out to us yet, no proper media launch yet… no official launch either but it’s rolling forward.
Since I am the one here suggesting that the possible negative or neutral response to the advert below (then again its common for most people response negative to new things or change) could be due to ‘corporate marketing lingo’, i should elaborate a bit more. Here is the text :
“BEHOLD! THE YEAR’S MOST EXCITING NEW ANIME, COSPLAY, E-GAMES & TOYS EXTRAVAGANZA IS AT HAND! A million sights & sounds as well as thousands of renowned cosplayers and enthusiasts from around the globe! Experience arguably the most anticipated comics event ever! OTAKUs UNITE!”
- “The year’s most exciting new ….. is at hand” – The event Facebook page want started in January Yes. However as of today, there are only 65 likes on the page (one of them me & another is us, Cosplay Fun Malaysia). And since I realist (doing my best to an optimist) I’m gonna say that the 65 of us would be the only quantifiable ones who truly know / is excited because we clicked LIKE and want to know all announcements… all news. Since I only saw the advert last week, for the first time…. I personally am not incline to say that it’s ‘this year’s more exciting new event!’ From January – September 2018, I didn’t know it existed.
- “A million sights & sounds as well as thousands of renowned cosplayers and enthusiasts from around the globe!” – I’m not so sure what this means or what the writer was trying to say other than it has a lot of adjectives. I don’t know how “a million sights & sounds” links to “thousands of renowned cosplayers & enthusiasts..”. Are they going to post a Guinness World Record of photos & videos of cosplayers from all over the world? Or are they anticipating thousands of cosplayers + enthusiasts from all over the world are going to come? If that’s what they mean, I’m excited and I wanna help promote 🙂
- “Experience arguably the most anticipated comics event ever!” – personally, I feel that’s going to be difficult to take this first-time event as ‘most anticipated …event ever’. Also great due to point 1, I just found out about it last year.
- OTAKUs UNITE! – I’ve read some comments taking this in a negative light. For me I’m neutral. But the general condenses from the origins, which is Japan, the term has a negative connotation. It’s like calling out NERDS UNITE! Some will be ok and some wouldn’t like this I guess haha. Oh well!
Ada apa dengan gaya in? From what I know, in writing there is a certain margin of flair & exaggeration that can be considered ‘style’. I view this ‘style’ as a marketing style lingo, as these words & visuals will also be used in materials (flyer, posters etc) during presentation to potential sponsors and clients 🙂 So sometimes if the words are not ‘gempak’ enough, it doesn’t excite the client… especially to those who do not know about ACG events.
Bottom line – I just think the up roar is about poor copyrighting. It was more exaggeration-fantasy than factual-realistic-expectation. I am a realist (trying my best to be an optimist too) but not a language expert. So it’s just what I think… 2 cents 😀
Suggestion – Now I don’t wanna leave this with out a suggestion of a solution 🙂 In my opinion, they should dial back a bit on the adjaectives and announce more objectively 🙂 Alternatively, if they came out with a BIG BANG BANG BANG announcement like Hideo Kojima, Hayao Miyazaki and Yaya Han coming to Malaysia’s ABCDEF Event – BEHOLD! THE YEAR’S MOST EXCITING NEW ANIME, COSPLAY, E-GAMES & TOYS EXTRAVAGANZA IS AT HAND! Experience arguably the most anticipated comics event ever! OTAKUs UNITE! Straight away blow peoples with a BANG, and your tagline + benefit-of-the-doubt = ALL VALID hype hehe Honestly, i think with this kind of announcement, most off the community won’t care what you write xD hahaha Half will be excited and the other half going “Sure or not?”, “Who are these organisers?”, “Sure not scammers?” xD haha
In conclusion, I’m truly excited to hear of yet another ‘big scale’ event! The organisers are of the Star Media Group, they’re legit *thumbs up*. Being ‘legit’ and credible (Star Media Group) and not a brand new company / entity they would have a reputation to keep so all in all… I’m excited & looking forward to it 🙂
With already 2 brand new events this year, TAGCC (Toys Anime Games and Comic Con) and Asia Comic Con (Malaysia), I think this little announcement / surprise will be a nice finale for 2018… the cherry on the sundae… the last Event Of the Year! Singapore has that event called EOY… and ours was CF… until now.
Lots of Love to you all! Be safe and enjoy your events!!
– The Captain –
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Original article by Pop Culture Fun Malaysia. Link here: Game Start 2018 – Preview
Earlier this year, Eliphant Pte Ltd who are the organisers of Game Start Asia, made the BREAKING LEVEL UP news… they were locking arms with another home grown convention power house – SOZO Pte Ltd… the creators of Anime Festival Asia, then Anime Matsuri spin-offs as well as Japan Music Festival (JMF) among other signature events. It was MEGA TEAM as if the Avengers teamed up with the X-Men to take baddies from another galaxy!! South East Asia’s premiere gaming event joins up with South East Asia’s one stop Japanese Pop Culture Experience! EPIC just got multiplied!
RELATED: AFA & Game Start Asia UNITE!
After this big announcement… we’re expecting more from Game Start 2018 & they are already on track to deliver from what announcements they’ve already made. If you’re like me, I always excited to know who are the guest are… so here it is in short!
1) MONSTER HUNTER: WORLD – Director = Yuya Tokuda
2) MONSTER HUNTER: WORLD – Executive Director + Art Director = Kaname Fujioka
3) SOULCALIBUR VI – Producer = Motohiro Okubo
4) Celebrity Gamer – New Japan Pro Wrestling IGPW Heavy Weight CHAMPION – Kenny Omega (The GS folks have really gone over board this time!! OMG!!)
5) Celebrity Voice Actor – OVERWATCH (Mei) = Elise Zhang (I’m sorry I’m sorry I’m sorry)
Whats NEW this year?
1) 3 HALLS in SUNTEC!
2) Shadowverse Contenders Cup 2018
3) Tekken World Tour 2018
4) ArcRevo World Tour 2018
5) Gaming Workshops: Build Your own Arcade Machine / Create Fun Animations
6) Masterclasses by Jax Jocson & Carlo Arellano
Here’s the official press release!
GameStart 2018 (#GameStart2018), Southeast Asia’s Premier Game Convention, celebrates its 5th year on 13 & 14 October 2018 with the ultimate gaming content at Suntec Convention Centre. Organisers Eliphant announced a series of returning favourites as well as new and exciting content for everyone, including game showcases and previews, tabletop gaming, esports, indie games, retro gaming, and cosplay. Esports fans can gear up for exciting competition as SEA Major (SEAM) 2018 plays host to more international tournaments. Mobile esports also takes centerstage as SEA Mobile Major (SEAMM) plays host to the very first Shadowverse Contenders Cup for the Southeast
Asia & Oceania region.
An exciting guest lineup awaits visitors at GameStart 2018. Organisers revealed a guest appearance by voice actress Elise Zhang, who is best known as the voice of Mei, a character from one of the world’s most popular games, Overwatch. Please see Annex C for her bios.
New additions to GameStart include the debut of GameStart Masterclasses, where well-known creatives and personalities from the international games industry are invited to run specialised masterclasses. GameStart Workshops, developed in collaboration with No Average Joe, is a series of workshops and talks that focus on a range of general gaming-related topics. GameStart MasterClasseswill be held on 10 and 12 October while GameStart Workshops will be held during the convention.
Crowd Favourites to Delight All
In addition to previewing new games, visitors can immerse themselves in the action-packed halls with a slew of game-related returning favourites, including:
● Gather round and immerse yourselves in fantastic worlds of board games, old and new, as the GameStart Tabletop returns to bring gamers the discovery of new analog worlds.
● Doujin Market, Singapore’s largest community curated youth arts and illustration fair, is back for the third year with 43 artist tables. It is curated in partnership with Neo Tokyo Project, Singapore’s first dedicated pop-culture marketing collective.
● The 3rd Secretlab Grand Prix will be held for 2 sessions on 13 and 14 October, and the
competitor with the fastest timing EACH DAY gets to bring home their own Secretlab Chair!
● Cosplayers can put their best game cosplay forward at the GameStart Cosplay Runway on 14 October. Pre-registration is now open at http://bit.ly/gscosplay18
● Unwind, chill out and grab a bite in the fantasy-themed Sanctuary – A selection of awesome vendors, with great food and tasty beverages including specially selected craft beers, welcomes all within the convention grounds.
Celebrating Indie Talent
GameStart visitors will get to vote for their favourite indie game for the GameStart Indie Award, and play a part in helping the winners take their first steps to prominence. The winning game developer will win a sponsored trip to exhibit in Taipei Game Show 2019 in January 2019, as well as a high-end creative pen tablet sponsored by WACOM. Both 2017 GameStart Indie Award winners went on to clinch international awards in Taipei Game Show and beyond.
See what the future of gaming can offer at The Founders Base, GameStart’s special indie area, with subsidized booths to individuals, start-ups and small companies that create or work with games. Limited booths are still available on a first come first served basis, and interested applicants can find out more at https://gamestart.asia/landing/#exhibit.
World Class Tournament Action at Our Doorsteps
SEA Major (SEAM) 2018, one of the largest fighting game tournaments in Asia, returns to GameStart 2018 bigger and better! Expect to see high-level tournament action, as top players from around the world convene to fight for over USD 60,000 in prizes! This year is extra special, as SEA Major will play host pitstops for four major events – the Capcom Pro Tour Asia Finals, Tekken World Tour Master event, one of only 7 Dragon Ball FighterZ World Tour SAGA events, and the only ArcRevo World Tour event announced for Southeast Asia.
The inaugural Shadowverse SEAO Contenders Cup, where the top 4 players in the South East Asia Oceania (SEAO) Region fight for the right to represent the region at the Shadowverse World Grand Prix in Japan, for a top prize of USD 1,000,000, will also be held during GameStart 2018.
More details of key highlights in the tournament line-up, announced to date, is available at Annex A. To join the tournaments, check out BeastAPAC.com.
Once-in-a-lifetime Opportunity to Learn from Legendary Game Artists
Take your Game Art to a whole new level with the GameStart Masterclasses on 10 and 12 October. For the first time, two acclaimed international game artists, will be in town to conduct exclusive intensive sessions for budding and professional game artists in Singapore.
Jacqueline A.X Jocson, Art Director, Concept Artist & Instructor at the Academy of Art University, San Francisco will share insights on visual storytelling and the concept behind creating iconic and memorable characters on 10 October. Carlo Arellano, Art Director at Super Evil Megacorp, will focus on Advanced Character Design on 12 October. Details of the speakers are available in Annex B.
The Masterclasses are organized by GameStart Asia and held at *SCAPE, the venue sponsor. Seats are priced at SGD120. Registration will open on the official GameStart site closer to date.
GameStart Workshops, powered by No Average Joe, will be held on 13 and 14 October within the GameStart halls. Sessions range from a hands-on workshop by Retrocade for those who are interested in building their very own mini arcade machine, as well as learning basic game animation. The full schedule will be available from 24 September onwards when pre-registration opens.
A Weekend of Fun, Games and More
GameStart 2018 will see its most diverse offerings to date, with mobile and PC games having a bigger presence at the convention. The first batch of exhibitors and sponsors announced for GameStart 2018 include The Walt Disney Company Southeast Asia, who will be exhibiting at GameStart for the first time, Japanese mobile giant Cygames; Mihoyo, publisher of popular mobile game Honkai Impact 3; WB Games, Taipei Game Show, Battlebrew Productions, 3DSense and gaming apparel brand Xmashed Gear.
HyperX leads this year’s sponsor list as Official Gaming Headset, Armaggeddon as Official Quest Sponsor, Wacom will sponsor the GameStart Indie Awards, and MyRepublic returns as Fibre Broadband Sponsor. Sponsors also include Monster (Official Energy Drink), Central City Brewers & Distillers (Official Alcohol Beverage Sponsor), Razer, Twitch and Xsplit, the official streaming software of the event. Tickets and official merchandise are available for sale at gamestart.asia/ticketing
“Esports has been garnering huge interest and publicity in recent years. Coupled with the popularity of mobile gaming and as celebrities openly play games such as Fortnite, gaming is now more mainstream than ever. In GameStart, we have seen a gradual shift in the demographics of GameStart attendees -from hardcore gamers when we first started to a wider variety of visitors, from esports fans, competitive gamers, to families with young children. Our content has also evolved to be more inclusive of different interest groups, such as our partnership with Doujin Market and the introduction of our
Tabletop area, which was very well received last year,” said Elicia Lee, Founder of GameStart Asia.
Venue: Suntec Convention Centre Halls 401 – 403, Singapore
Event Dates: 13 & 14 October 2018
● VIP Ticket Holders: 10am – 9pm
● General Public: 11am – 9pm
GameStart 2018 MasterClasses
Dates: 10 & 12 October 2018
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Annex A: Tournament Line-up (As of 20 September 2018)
[Please refer to the official website for the latest updates]
SEA Major (SEAM) 2018 Tournaments include
ArcRevo World Tour – 13 & 14 Oct
Announced at EVO 2018, the ArcRevo World Tour will make a pitstop in Singapore. Watch as participants in ArcSys’s marquee games, Guilty Gear Xrd Rev 2, BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle and BlazBlue: Central Fiction, fight for the chance to call themselves the best of the best.
Capcom Pro Tour Asia (Finals And Last Change Qualifiers)
Last chance qualifier on 13 Oct, with the Asia Finals on 14 Oct. After a year of intense competition, Asia’s best descendon the SEA Major Stage to duke it out for a chance to
call themselves the best in the region.
Dragon Ball FighterZ SAGA Event – 13 & 14 Oct
The fifth in a line of Saga events, competitors from all over the world gather to decide who will go on to fight for the title of World Champion! at the pinultimate event in January 2019.
Tekken 7 – 13 & 14 Oct
With the Open Tournament, the stage is set for you to emerge the victor as you pit your Tekken skills against the best from around the region for the prize pool of USD$15,000!
Special Tournament Highlight
Shadowverse Contenders Cup – 13 Oct
After a year of competition, the top 4 players in the South East Asia Oceania Region gather to prove themselves and fight for the right to represent the SEAO region at the Shadowverse World Grand Prix in Japan, and vie for the top prize of USD 1,000,000.
Annex B: GameStart MasterClasses – Trainer Profiles
Carlo Arellano, Art Director, Super Evil Megacorp
Carlo began his career as a creature and character designer, working on such movies as Van Helsing, Spider Man, Evolution, Tremors 3, Hollowman and Tim Burton’s Planet of The Apes.
In entertainment design he has worked on amusement park projects for Universal Studios Japan, most notably the Water World Experience. Carlo has provided concepts, textures and models for many Video Game projects including: World of Warcraft, Ratchet and Clank, Resistance, and God of War. His illustrations have been featured in Dungeons and Dragons, Dark Horse Comics and in the books Nuthin But Mech, MetamorFX and Costume Design And Illustration: For Film Video Games And Animation. He has taught Concept Art and Figure Drawing at Art Institute, Concept Design Academy, Concept Design Workshop, Computer Graphics Masters Academy and Laguna College of Art And Design.
Carlo Arellano’s teaching methodology concentrates on design and the use of it to efficiently communicate ideas and provoke specific emotional responses in the audience. By using proportion, form, storytelling, color and focused design creation rather than sprawling ideation, the student is shown how to create strong archetypes which resonate with the viewer. The student is given tools to communicate important storytelling ideas and skills to create production ready concepts which take into account not only artistic concerns but pipeline, animation and gameplay needs.
He is currently the Art Director at Super Evil Megacorp in San Francisco, California.
Jacqueline AX Jocson, Art Director & Concept Artist
Jacqueline Jocson is an Art Director & Concept Artist specializing in design and storytelling. Originally from Houston,TX, she moved to Los Angeles to work in the Entertainment Industry. She graduated from University of Southern California with a Masters of Fine Arts in Digital Art & Animation.
Over the past decade, Jacqueline has worked in film ,game, VR/AR ,television, advertising, and IP creation for the past decade with clients such as Stan Lee’s POW! Entertainment, SyFy Channel, Digital Domain ,Super Evil Megacorp, and Psyop. Projects include Capcom’s Lost Planet, Super Evil Megacorp’s MOBA Vainglory, Supercell’s Clash of Clans advertising campaign with Psyop, and creating and pitching IPs for Stan Lee.
Jacqueline teaches & writes courses for the BFA & MFA programs in the School of Game Development at the Academy of Art University San Francisco. Some of her courses include Monsters vs Mechs, Character Design, Digital Painting, & Digital Figure Painting.
Annex C: Elise Zhang, Voice Actress – Profile
Voice actress, best known as “Mei” in Overwatch. Being a Chinese voice actor, she dubbed for Mei in both the English and Mandarin versions, and Symmetra in the Mandarin version. She is Lily in Heroes of Storm, and Alleria Windrunner in HearthStone. She also voices a lot of cartoons in China, such as Power Puff Girls, We Bare Bears, P King Duckling, Lego NEXO KNIGHTS, Lily’s Driftwood Bay, Ruby Gloom.
Original article here at Pop Culture Fun – Malaysia!
Just as Bucky, T’challa, Spider-Man didn’t ‘feel so good’ in this years blockbuster Avengers: Infinity War, the 11 year old event STGCC has received the same fate. In Ep 4, Luke was “A New Hope” then in Ep 8, he became the last Jedi (or did he?)
No official announcement was made or delivered but from what I gathered — 2018 is THE LAST STGCC!
Next year, it will be known as SINGAPORE COMIC CON.
For those of who feel like throwing something at me, please chill. In all my 8 years of blogging, (never got paid, and still not given a cent) this is one of my most witty post title ever! So please show mercy 🙂 Thank you.
It has been a question on my mind for the past two years because Reed Pop / Reed Expo does like to keep things consistent and has a uniformity for brands. I particularly noticed that when they launched a whole bunch on new Comic Con events in India & China.
If you go to their website you will notice all their comic shows are called “____ Comic Con” except the Singapore show, so I kinda knew this change was inevitable, it was only a matter of time. I expected the 10th show last year to be the celebration of a decade and also the birth of something new but I guess they were waiting to announce it this year 🙂
Anyhow, I had a great time at STGCC 2017. Was there with the Outpost Commander… who I was with for the first STGCC back in 2008. I had a great time this year to at STGCC 2018… which I will now dub as ‘The End of an Era… the beginning of something new”… in the flavour of the famous Star Trek TNG series finale – “All Good Things…”. I ‘m glad I was there for all this memorable milestones 🙂 It means a lot to me 🙂
STGCC 2018 Visit – blog coming soon. Here’s some classic STGCC footage to commemorate the great run of the name & the brand!
STGCC Chronicles (2008 – 2018)
In 2008, PI Events Singapore launch an event called Singapore Toy, Game & Comic Convention. Me and the Outpost Commander were in Singapore at the time and we will always remember it because there was all these temporary changes in bus routes, security checks and other changes, thanks to the first F1 in Singapore haha.
Anyways, in 2009 we made it down again to STGCC because I was on a mission. Early STGCC announcements mentioned – HEROES (TV series) contest for a Super Fan! *Ting* *Light bulb*… so I went down to ace it.
It was fun and had a whole lot of stuff but majority still being more Japanese then the ‘Comic Con’ it was supposed to be. Now if you take a step back and look at the Singapore events landscape then (2008), an event called Anime Festival Asia debuted and was impressive with much potential. AFA was always true to it’s goal – “One Stop Japanese Pop Culture Experience!”… and for STGCC they were sorta having a bit of everything for everyone or maybe undecided on their goals.
Anyhow after the 2009 STGCC show, Reed Exhibitions stepped in and acquired the show in April 2010. And since then, after being powered by Reed Pop, STGCC slowly took shape (thru the years) and has been come a monster of an event that we have today. In the early years of the Reed Pop era of STGCC, 2010 – 2012, many criticized that STGCC was more Japanese Pop Culture show than Western Comic Con style event. But now, it is certainly not the case. For western comic fans, this is as close as we can get to Valhalla and return alive… even with on a tight budget!
In the past few years, STGCC has been bringing Marvel / DC guest artist that range from ‘Legendary’ to the currently ‘HOT’ topics in the comics scene! Artist example: 2015 had Adam Hughes (Babe expert!), Jim Cheung (AvX), Adi Granov (because of him we have MCU Iron Man)! 2016 Had “Hail Hydra Captain America” – Nick Spencer, Phil Noto (Marvel Star Wars covers), Brooke Allen (Adventure Time, Powerpuff Girls)! 2017 Had Arthur Adams (Legend), Frank Cho (DC Babe Expert), James C Mulligan (Disney FineArts Artist! 2018 Ryan Meinerding (Head of Visuals at Marvel Studios), David Finch (the man who married Batman), Mark Brooks (the man who married Spider-man?)… just to name a few.
Thank you STGCC for the memories and I am looking forward to the spiffy new SINGAPORE COMIC CON in 2019!! Thank you Reed Pop for powering this show and now… taking it to another level!! I hope to be there in 2019!!
#ReedPop #STGCC #SingaporeToyGameComicCon #SingaporeTGCC #SCC2019 #SINGAPORECOMICCON #TheCaptain #OutpostCommander #PopCultureFunMY #CosplayFunMY #Comics #ComicBook #WesternComics #GameOver #STGCCchronicles
September is here and for fans of all things Japanese… it’s time for the Japanese Film Festival in Malaysia!! [Happy 15th Anniversary guys!]
Organised by The Japan Foundation KL with venue sponsors Golden Screen Cinemas in cooperation with Embassy of Japan and The Japan Club of KL; sponsored by Mitsubishi Corporation.
This year marks it’s 15th annivesary and has grown to cover 5 city in Malaysia in a span of 40 days. Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Johor, Sabah and Sarawak. So fans & friends of Japanese movies and Culture, if you found it difficult to catch these movies… now the JAPANESE movies have come to us in our own city… at our top cinemas… in the most popular malls – GO CATCH THEM!! (only at selected Golden Screen Cinemas) And bring a friend too 🙂 Do share if your friends and support this initiative by the very Japanese people, who are residing in Malaysia. Cheers!
Date & Venue
KLANG VALLEY from 6 – 12 September 2018
GSC Mid Valley Megamall, Pavilion KL, 1 Utama Shopping Mall, Nu Sentral KL
PENANG from 13 – 16 September 2018
GSC Gurney Plaza
JOHOR from 20 – 23 September 2018
GSC Paradigm JB
Kuching, SARAWAK from 4 – 7 October 2018
GSC Suria Sabah
Kota Kinabalu, SABAH from 4 – 7 October 2018
GSC Cityone Megamall
For all movie synopsis and schedules go to the official home page: https://www.jfkl.org.my/japanese-film-festival-2018/index.php
#JFF2018 #JFF15 #JFKL #JapaneseFilmFestival #Malaysia #KualaLumpur #JapanFoundationKL #JapanClubKL #GSC #GSCMovies #GoldenScreenCinemas #MitsubishiCorporation