July marks that we have reached the middle of 2017 and if you’re a fan of Anime – illustration, animation, character design, music composition…. Then you should be a fan of VAX! VAX is back!! Back again! VAX stands for the Visual Arts Expo. This event debut 2 years ago and has not lost a step in trying to deliver a wholistic experience of the Anime as a production… as a work of art… visual arts. On the first year they brought in Studio Gainax co-founder Hiroyuki Yamaga, Macross creator Shoji Kawamori, music artiste Aimee B, Back-On – full list here (VAX Guest Album 2015). Year 2 saw them host Mika Kobayashi, Tetsuro Shimaguchi, illustrator Itaru Hinoue, composer Oriti Shinji – full list here (VAX Guest Album 2016).
Let’s also not forget about the most unique feature at VAX (in our opinion) – SIP aka Special Interest Panel. Many events are community based, organised by community, run by community made for the community…. But so far VAX is the only one to give the fan community a voice & a stage! Fans & friends can apply for the time slots to present talks on their favourite topics: Japanese Idol Group Love Lieve, Kuroshitsuji, Gundam Saga, Pop Culture Conventions etc. As much as the special guest list is really exciting, the Special Interest Panels are really the heart & soul of VAX! (our opinon).
Here is the official press release for this year’s event! We’re just waiting now for the final schedule to start planning our visit!! How you got your tickets yet??
Expand your creativity horizon at Visual Arts Expo 2017
Visual Arts Expo 2017 returns with a new line-up of content, tailored for everyone and anyone interested in the creative arts
Kuala Lumpur: – The annual Visual Arts Expo (also known as VAX2017) is back again for the third year to spread and invite creative-minded people to collaborate and network with other content creators and the public. This year, VAX2017 will be opening its doors to the public at a new location in the heart of Selangor. VAX2017 aims to be the one-stop location for creatives to gather and present to all parties their ideas and portfolios, and find the opportunity to expand their business and services to reach into larger markets outside of Malaysia.
The expo targets an audience of school leavers, fresh graduates, young adults and entrepreneurs, and will present a wealth of content in various forms – which includes animation, comics, video games and music. These contents will then be shared with visitors, which includes creative industry players from Japan, America and Europe – and ultimately be used by these professionals as part of their own content and future projects.
“As we approach our third year, VAX 2017 will further build upon the success it has garnered from the previous two editions of the event to further connect and nurture relationships – especially between the local creative industry players, like-minded partners from overseas, as well as local audiences to showcase their talents and products under their wings.
Thanks to local successes such as Les Copaque and Lemon Sky Studios, Malaysian creative professionals are getting propelled to the world stage, and we at VAX 2017 will be supporting them with full gusto, as well as helping budding creative-content producers to showcase their talent on our own platform,” says Fazri Nuha, Project Director for VAX.
VAX 2017 targets an audience of school leavers, fresh graduates, young adults and entrepreneurs, and will present the content in various forms – which includes animation, comics, video games and music. The staple of the event – Special Interest Panels – will be held during the two-day event, where fans from all walks of life can come in and present their content to be shared with the public.
For this year’s edition, the guest speakers for VAX 2017 will include Masumoto Kazuya from Studio Trigger, whose portfolio includes titles such as Kill la Kill and Tengen Toppa Guren Lagann. Studio Trigger will be opening a gallery of artwork from Kill la Kill during the two-day event for attendees to check out the art from the acclaimed studio. Also attending VAX2017 is Ito Noriko, Animation Supervisor from Studio MAPPA, who was worked on titles such as Punchline and YURI!!! On Ice.
Hiramatsu Tadahashi is also one of the notable guests attending VAX2017. He has worked on big named anime such as Neon Genesis Evangelion, FLCL, Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex, Space Dandy and also Yuri!!! On Ice as part of his portfolio. He is also the character designer for the anime Yuri!!! On Ice.
Masafumi “Pierre” Sugiura, a notable independent script and scenario writer in the Japanese animation industry – who has worked in shows such as Touken Ranbu: Hanamaru and Barakamon – is also attending this year’s edition of VAX and will be sharing his experience in working with the industry through a panel as well as a closed-door portfolio review session. To close the event, Ai “AiRI”Miyake will be sharing her music on stage with the guests attending VAX2017. Her notable works includes the theme songs for shows such as Kyoukaisenjou no Horizon and Gundam Build Fighters.
VAX2017 will be a two-day event, running from the 21 and 22 of July 2017, at the Shah Alam Convention Centre (SACC). Tickets for the event will be priced at RM 25 per day for walk-in visitors, or RM 40 for early bird tickets when purchased online. Also available for purchase are two special tiers exclusive tickets, the Silver Pass and the Gold Pass. These passes give the bearer special perks and gifts along when they are purchased from VAX2017, which includes exclusive meet & greet chance, limited edition event swag and more. All tickets are available for purchase from the official website, with several of the tickets available for a limited time only:
- Early Bird tickets – until 7th July 2017
- Silver Pass – 7th July 2017
- Gold Pass – 20th July 2017
For more information, head on to http://www.VAX.asia
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About Valkyrie Creative Solutions Sdn Bhd
Valkyrie Creative Solutions (Valkyrie) is a design and communications agency founded and currently based in Puchong, Selangor aiming to introduce new ideas, services and platforms that operate within the creative industry. Valkyrie aims to create platforms for creative agencies, studios and developers to come together for collaboration and mutual outsourcing for creative ventures. The dream is to establish an ecology where creativity flourishes and mainstream media is rich with Malaysian-made content.