Comic Fiesta: Malaysia’s Comic-Con
Comic Fiesta, Malaysia’s biggest and longest running animation, comics and games convention has finally come and gone last weekend. An annual geekapalooza, where all geeks and otakus from across the country and also neighbouring countries gather dressed as their favourite characters from movies, comics and anime etc.
December has always been a month of excitement and anticipation for Malaysian geeks as Comic Fiesta rolls around the corner. While across the pond America has Comic-Con, we here in Malaysia have Comic Fiesta. A place where people can be free to dress however they like whether in outrageously colourful costumes like their favourite comic book characters, anime characters and movie characters. Some even cross-dress as their favourite characters without the fear of judgement. Comic Fiesta is THE place to let your inner geek shine.
For such a big event and bigger fanfare, Comic Fiesta has surprisingly humble beginnings. Comic Fiesta started as a small exhibition by SAYS Youth Society way back in 2002 with just a tiny fraction of the crowds today at just over a hundred expected visitors. Now they are pulling in tens of thousands of people annually with last year’s Comic Fiesta attracting a staggering 45,000 visitors! Hence why Comic Fiesta is one of the biggest comic conventions in Malaysia and also the South East Asia Region.
Some of the well-known activities that Comic Fiesta hosts are cosplay competitions; both solo and for groups, and a creative art market which showcases a lot of local artists and their artwork which includes a variety of self-published comic books, art books and animation. Local video game developers also attend Comic Fiesta to showcase and demonstrate their latest games to the public.
Every year Comic Fiesta invites local and international artists and this year is no different. This year’s guest performers include Japanese indie J-Pop group fhána, Malaysian lead designer of Final Fantasy XV Wan Hazmer, Singaporean comic artist Evacomics, Thai celebrity cosplayer Onnies and a host of other local and international guests.
With Comic Fiesta priding themselves with their motto “event by fans for fans”, here’s to more homegrown comic conventions such as this in the years to come. Geek power!