A truly su­per-sized event. comic Fi­esta 2013 was

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - R.AGE - Story and pho­tos by ARIS ZARIL allther­age@thes­

FOR fans of an­i­ma­tion, comics and games (ACG) around the re­gion, it was the event they’ve waited for all year – Comic Fi­esta, Malaysia’s largest and long­est-run­ning ACG con­ven­tion re­turned for its 11th edi­tion on Dec 21-22.

To give you an idea of just how huge ACG cul­ture has be­come in Malaysia, the event was held through­out the mas­sive space of six halls at the Kuala Lumpur Con­ven­tion Cen­tre, and nearly 40,000 peo­ple showed up over the two days.

As usual, one of the main at­trac­tions was the Cre­ative Art Mar­ket, which saw pos­si­bly the largest num­ber of dou­jin (self-pub­lished work) booths ever seen at a lo­cal event.

Com­mer­cial booths made their pres­ence felt as well, with the ever-pop­u­lar Cul­ture Ja­pan booth in par­tic­u­lar draw­ing huge crowds. The League Of Legends game had it’s own event space as well.

Over the years, cos­play (cos­tume play) has be­come a huge part of the con­ven­tion, and this year’s event drew a record num­ber of cos­play­ers. Some cos­tumes were highly so­phis­ti­cated, and some were more hum­ble, but ev­ery­one was hav­ing a great time ad­mir­ing each other’s work.

There was also a cos­play com­pe­ti­tion, which saw some amaz­ing cos­play­ers show­cas­ing their work for a shot at the cov­eted solo and group ti­tles.

If that weren’t enough, there were also some fan­tas­tic cash prizes as high as RM1,000 up for grabs at the Poke­mon XY and Ul­ti­mate Mar­vel vs Cap­com 3 gam­ing tour­na­ments.

To cap it all off on the fi­nal day were live mu­sic per­for­mances by LOVERIN TAMBURIN, RFB, Fly1ng Pan, 5 Minute Heroes and Har­mo­nia, all build­ing up to an all-out End Game fi­nale mixed by Ja­panese mu­sic pro­ducer live­tune.

Spe­cial guests this year in­cluded Cul­ture Ja­pan di­rec­tor Danny Choo, il­lus­tra­tors red­juice, Vo­fan, Ikkyu and DMYO, as well as in­ter­na­tional cos­play­ers On­nies, Yue­gene Fay, stayxxxx and Xrys­tal.

The goal of Comic Fi­esta is to cel­e­brate the art and cre­ativ­ity of ACG cul­ture, and to pro­mote a greater un­der­stand­ing of it among the gen­eral pub­lic. Judg­ing by the grow­ing num­bers ev­ery year, it is def­i­nitely reach­ing its goals.

If you missed out this year, fret not. You can log on to face­­tarRAGE to check out more pho­tos of the event, plus there’s al­ways next year! Bring on Comic Fi­esta 2014!

Page de­sign by Aris Zaril

Si­non from Sword artOn­line. The fun-lov­ing guys from the ‘FanSer­vice’ dou­jin booth. comic Fi­esta mas­cots yin yong (left) and coffy. The writer (right) with cul­ture Ja­pan di­rec­tor danny choo. cute Touhou Project fan-made key­chains on sale char­ac­ters from TheHob­bit. Tiny Tina from bor­der­lands2. Pur­ple Heart from Hyper­di­men­sionNep­tu­nia with char­ac­ters from Godeater2 The mighty Thor. yes, there is a guy in that Gun­dam suit! Sona from League ofLe­gends. rac­ing miku 2012 PVc statue by Good Smile com­pany. ruby rose from rWby.

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