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Darkshaunz
Context

ACG - Stands for Anime, Comic & Games.
Animangaki/"AMG" - Commonly known as the "Warm up" convention before "CF", usually has an attendance of around 8,000+ people.
Comic Fiesta/"CF" - The ACG convention of conventions in Malaysia, with last year's attendance exceeding 50,000+ people.


Convention Musings

Anime conventions are generally awful clusterfucks, and unfortunately - I must subject myself to them to get things that I can't already get on the internet (mainly guest appearances and original art). I love cons because I get to meet local artists, many of which also know me and it's a great opportunity to catch up. Cosplayers are another group of people that I admire and respect for their passion. For now, these pros keep me going back to cons - but I have no doubt that there will come a day when anime conventions will become too big, and too competitive for its own good here in Malaysia.

Anime conventions have grown ridiculously fast here. I've been attending the ones here for the past 5 years, and there is no doubt that the crowd gets more brutal and intense with each passing year. When I first attended Comic Fiesta in 2009, I thought it was pretty big with a 15,000 or so crowd. Last year, Comic Fiesta 2013 saw more than 50,000 people in attendance. I believe it will be 60-70,000 people this year. Which means I have to get up not 1, not 2, but 2.5-3 hours earlier than I usually do to get my tickets...to get to queue for the front entrance.

To put it into perspective, America's largest comic convention - The San Diego Comic Convention (SDCC), hosts around 130,000 people. Except when you consider the population difference, there is clearly a deep anime/manga epidemic that is gripping my entire nation. Last year, for my CF 2013 tickets - I bought them online about two months before they were sold out. This year, I bought my tickets for CF 2014 in the convention that I attended this past weekend - the best part was, all the 500 CF 2014 V.I.P passes were sold out on the first day of the convention itself, 4 months before CF even begins.

This sets a pretty brutal precedence, meaning the new meta now is to attend Animangaki in August of a year, just to be able to stand in another line inside Animangaki, to buy tickets for Comic Fiesta in December of a year. Comic Fiesta's current venue is Kuala Lumpur Convention Center, by far the biggest venue we have in the entire country. Sooner or later though, demand will exceed the supply - and I dread to think how many loops I'd have to jump to attend a con in my home country.


Bonus: Two groups of people that need to die out in cons

The socially retarded people

When I was in the general vicinity of the early bird ticket counter (I was so early there that the counter hadn't even opened yet) , there was this guy that was constantly pacing back and forth muttering to himself (and not quietly). He also kept looking at the unopened counter and kept tsking loudly whilst shaking his head violently. He also laughed strangely at certain points. Quite a few people were wondering if he was going to crack and go on a stabbing spree. Unfortunately, this wasn't 1930s Germany and I wasn't part of the SS - so I could not put him down for the good of the Fatherland.

What they say about the unwashed masses is indeed true. Take a goddamned shower before you exit your home, wake up early and clean up your dumb act. I would pay triple the ticket price for a sash that gives me authority to get someone ejected from a line/hall if they fail a "do you smell like ass" test. The proceeds of this money would then go to a prison-style shower room at the next convention where these foul-smelling individuals will be dumped into.

The awkward people that talk in horribly mangled Japanese and start calling each other -chan, -kun, -sama or whatever. The only time this is remotely acceptable is if the person in question is cosplaying as an anime character, and it is part of the act. Whenever I hear it (which is alot), a cold chill runs down my spine, as if I was in that scene from The Sixth Sense when the small kid sees a bunch of frozen corpses dangling from the ceiling. You aren't Japanese, and no, taking half a semester of Introductory Japanese in college because you wanted to watch anime without subtitles doesn't count.


The assholes with cameras costing the GDP of a small nation

These are by far, the worst sorts of human beings at a convention. Bad-smelling and unshowered people at least have the decency to fall in line like the rest of us and follow the flow of traffic. However, there is a growing population of douchecannons that think they are important, that their equipment is impressive and they regularly force the cosplayers to pose/look at them whilst they give their camera the equivalent of man-on-machine fellatio. This is very selfish for the other people waiting to get a picture with the cosplayer.

They also always take 6-10 snapshots, because apparently owning a camera that costs as much as my car means a constant fear that the camera will fail in its primary duty in the first two tries. I suspect that it's mainly because they are fucking awful sub-amateur "photographers". I use an old, possibly rusting Olympus digital camera - and I take a total of one snap per cosplayer. So far, I've done okay with just one snap. The cosplayer holds his/her pose for me, for 5 seconds tops and is ready to look at another camera.

These assholes also stop cosplayers at major flows of traffic. Even worse when they have a fellow helping them with one of those large and unwieldy light reflectors. The only people I have an iota of patience for are the official media badge-wearing people that are covering the event properly. The rest of them should pay a penalty for each large obstruction they bring into the hallways. I would start at USD $500.00 for each light reflector. Hogging the cosplayer is bad enough, but hogging common space? They should make it a rule that if you leave your reflector on the hallway, the public can step, defecate, urinate or spit at the equipment.
Shrewmkin
Darkshaunz wrote:
What they say about the unwashed masses is indeed true. Take a goddamned shower before you exit your home, wake up early and clean up your dumb act. I would pay triple the ticket price for a sash that gives me authority to get someone ejected from a line/hall if they fail a "do you smell like ass" test. The proceeds of this money would then go to a prison-style shower room at the next convention where these foul-smelling individuals will be dumped into.

The awkward people that talk in horribly mangled Japanese and start calling each other -chan, -kun, -sama or whatever. The only time this is remotely acceptable is if the person in question is cosplaying as an anime character, and it is part of the act. Whenever I hear it (which is alot), a cold chill runs down my spine, as if I was in that scene from The Sixth Sense when the small kid sees a bunch of frozen corpses dangling from the ceiling. You aren't Japanese, and no, taking half a semester of Introductory Japanese in college because you wanted to watch anime without subtitles doesn't count.


Hekate and Spoon would like to have a word with you...

We got a fair few of those people doing the whole chan, kun, sama, senpai on the weekend, luckily we didn't encounter many stinky smelling people, except this one person who smelt like my niece who just shit their nappy...

Did they have a queue for attendee's who pre-ordered their tickets so they can just head straight on into the venue as gates open, while others have to wait while buying their tickets?
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Darkshaunz
Shrewmkin wrote:
Did they have a queue for attendee's who pre-ordered their tickets so they can just head straight on into the venue as gates open, while others have to wait while buying their tickets?


Yeah, I love walking through using the fast lane whilst waving my ticket (a wristband) to the volunteers. I know I was there early, because I was there even before the early bird ticket counter was manned.

Meanwhile, next to the fast lane for early bird ticket holders, is the line of unending doom and gloom - a collection of people that didn't plan ahead, and must endure each others' potentially horrible odours.
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