After two years of being postponed due to the pandemic, the biggest yearly Anime, Comics and Games (ACG) convention, Comic Fiesta, finally returned with more excitement and fun! Many within the community have been anticipating their participation in this epic ACG gathering.
The event happened on 17 and 18 December 2022, at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (KLCC), where various programs, booths and showcases were featured. Let’s dive into what went on at Comic Fiesta this year!
Ever heard of Made in Abyss? Well, the author of that popular series, Akihito Tsukushi was invited to join Comic Fiesta as a special guest this year! He had a special meet and greet session on both days at the Kinokuniya booth, where fans of his work got to see him in person and have their merchandise signed.
Another special appearance from this year’s event was a talented and renowned singer from Japan, Suzuki Konomi. She’s well-known for her songs like This Game from No Game No Life and Realize from Re:Zero. Fans also got the chance to participate in a meet and greet session with the singer on Day 2, where they got to show their love for her up front.
Comic Fiesta 2022 also featured guests from the virtual world — Hololive VTubers! This included Amelia Watson and Takanashi Kiara from Hololive English, as well as Kobo Kanaeru and Airani Iofifteen from Hololive Indonesia. Fans were treated to a special stage session from the VTubers, as well as a photo op that could be found in the Exhibitor’s Zone.
There were a variety of exhibitor booths at the event, from game companies to hardware technology companies; from merchandise retails to universities. The area was definitely jam packed with fun and interactive booths and activities for the audience to look around and join in.
One booth that stood out to was the Hong Kong Comics Pavilion, where comic artists from Hong Kong came all the way to Malaysia to showcase their creative works. All the featured comics were unique in their own way, and we think it’s a great way to help promote a different side of the comic world aside from the usual Japanese manga or Korean manhwa.
Besides that, there was also an official Genshin Impact booth for fans of the game to visit. A life-sized teleport waypoint was also featured at the booth, with different Sumeru character standees around it. Moreover, the official Genshin Impact SEA Carnival was also held live at Comic Fiesta, where different teams from all over the South-East Asia region came together to compete in a showdown.
The Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) also had their own section in the Exhibitor Zone, which was known as the My Digital Creative Festival (MYDCF). Different local indie games were showcased there, such as Kabaret by Persona Theory Games and Exist.exe by Skyfeather Games. Not to mention the stage, where various talks and e-sports tournaments we held live for the audience’s viewing.
The most anticipated section of any ACG event — the doujin area. At Comic Fiesta, there were more than 100 doujin booths scattered across the Art Market, with each having something different to offer. No one could walk out of that area empty-handed! Some popular fandom merchandise that was in abundance included Nijisanji VTubers, Genshin Impact and Spy x Family. Although the area was packed with people going back and forth to visit booths, it was totally worth it to get your hands on the merchandise that you wanted!
Within the Art Market were the Cosplay Booths, where local and foreign well-known cosplayers gathered to booth at this event. Many attendees took the chance to meet their idols, even if it meant lining up for long periods of time. Some cosplayers also had special activities at their respective booths, like giveaways and auctions. It was nothing less than lively!
As an integral part of the event, the stage section of Comic Fiesta is now placed in a newer hall as part of an expansion made by KLCC themselves. The stage section of both days were quite packed with interesting activities but the ones that took the cake were the Hololive Meet and Suzuki Konomi Special Live Performance, as both activities filled the hall to the brim.
On Day 1, the stage started off with the 60 Seconds of Anything Cosplay Competition, followed by an art demonstration by Akihito Tsukushi where he showed off his impressive artwork and talked about Made in Abyss. Right after, the first Hololive Meet session happened, where Takanashi Kiara and Watson Amelia of Hololive English had a Q&A session with their fully packed hall of fans.
In between activities were performances by Rina-Hime, #176 and MinRi as they sang anime songs to the crowd. To end the day, special guest Suzuki Konomi successfully wooed the crowd with her amazing songs from No Game No Life, Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu and Sakura-sou no Pet na Kanojo.
Day 2 started off with an impressive Mechamato Movie OST Performance by Yonnyboii, who was wearing a Mechamato Suit. The day went on with a performance from MyHoloTV’s VTuber talents, Liliana Vampaia and Virion Kisei. The two also did a quick stage Q&A session with the audience.
The next session was also conducted by VTubers, where Airani Iofifteen and Kobo Kanaeru of Hololive Indonesia took the stage for the second Hololive Meet. During the session, the VTubers did a Q&A punishment game with the crowd, while Iofi also conducted an art demonstration.
After the Hololive Meet, the One-True-Pair Cosplay Competition took place where teams of participants showed off their impressive cosplay skits. Finally, Comic Fiesta closed the event with the Night Jam: Purname which featured local talents such as Crestfall, Amelia Khor and Mystical Mirage, who performed various anime songs on stage.
That’s a wrap for Comic Fiesta 2022! Let us know if you attended the convention and what was your favourite part of the event!