Doesn't time fly when you have something to look forward to each year. Comic Fiesta (CF) has become a permanent mark in my calender for the past six years and the one event I blocked out my entire December for. Seriously, I only start making plans once the dates for CF have been announced.
Over the weekend before Christmas, 21-22 Dec 2013, close to 40,000 (39,855 to be precise) otakus, anime and manga fans and curious visitors (about to be severely overwhelmed by culture shock) from all over the country descended upon Kuala Lumpur Convention Center in a crazed frenzy driven by a one-year-long wait for the biggest ACG (Anime, Comic, Games) convention in Malaysia.
|My blogger pass privilege|
Last year I was fortunate to have been able to attend Comic Fiesta 2012 as an official blogger which came with certain privileges and duties (which you can read about in the links at the bottom of the post) and this year, I was once again selected to resume this role. Yay! (Is it weird that I was actually more excited about CF than Christmas?)
|Early queue at 8am.|
On the first day of CF, I arrived bright and early at the convention center for a quick briefing and to collect my blogger pass and witnessed once more the growing popularity of CF. It was only 8am and already a long line had accumulated outside KLCC.
The Felynes (volunteers) were briefed and were in position to direct CF-goers into queues although I later read over Facebook that there was an initial confusion between the early bird line and the walk-in queue. But that was quickly sorted out on Day 2.
|Maps in strategic locations.|
|The first in lines in the waiting hall, gearing to go.|
|League of Legends trailer|
|100 Days countdown.|
Having a pass had its perks and one of them was being able to buy high-sought after stuffs before the crowd came in. I walked away from Culture Japan with three T-shirts and the limited edition Touch N Go Mirai card, spending a good chunk of my weekend budget here alone.
|Culture Japan taking a quick group shot with a few fans before show time!|
|Cheerleader Mirai spotted!|
|Selfie with Danny|
At 10am sharp, the crowd was let in and I retreated to the safety of the overhead balcony to snap photos of the colourful hordes and waves to die-hard fans and otakus as they swept through the booths and market place.
|High-perch view of the creative market place.|
|Looong queue at Coffytiam.|
|YinYong, Coffy, Tea and Mi. Where's Michael??|
|There you are, Michael!|
Hall 1 and 2 proved to be heaven for cosplay photographers due to the numerous cosplayers there. Here are a few that I spotted:
|Inori from Guilty Crown|
|League of Legends cosplayer.|
And of course, the obvious favourite anime/ manga to cosplay for 2013 was Shingeki No Kyojin, also known as Attack on Titan. It was as though every known Shingeki no Kyojin characters had decided there were Titans that needed killing at CF.
|Shingeki no Kyojin gang.|
|Annie, Mikasa & Sasha.|
|Yummy yummy humans.|
And a huge banner was spotted at one of the doujin booths, which obviously worked judging by the horde of girls gathering there. Oh wait, it is because the doujin was Levi/Eren-ship.
|We will obey you....|
One of the booths had a Titan mannequin in front of it... at least until it changed poses now and then or to take pictures with impressed CF-goers.
|Danny Choo talking about Smartdoll Mirai.|
|Getting the crowd pumped up.|
The special guests line up this year consisted of artists, musicians and cosplayers that had the crowd screaming their lungs out every time they were mentioned by the emcees and/or brought on to stage. Some of the recognizable names are Taiwanese cosplayer, Stayxxxx, Yuegene Fay from Thailand, Guilty Crowd illustrator, Redjuice and Mirai artist, Ikkyo.
|Guest artist introduction|
|Yuegene Fay & Stayxxxx|
|'Mom, can we go now?'|
Were you there? What did you enjoy most about CF? If you were not there or have no idea what this whole post is about, what do you think about CF anyway? Leave your thoughts in the comments!
To read about Day 2: 'Buy First, Think Later'
To see photos from Day 2: Comic Fiesta 2013 Day 2
For Comic Fiesta 2012 coverage:
EPIC Day 1
Otaku Overload Day 2
Hooked on bless4
Cosplay & Gaming Winner
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