They moved to MINES, then to PWTC, and now, Comic Fiesta is back to KLCC - where I experienced my first CF and my first time on the other side of the booth. One of my favourite experiences with CF was in 2014, where the Valkyries were there for the annual event, as well as Jerry and Ben, who now form the Rolling Ronins with the rest of us.
This time, we came back with a booth - our collaborative’s first.
Boothing, shopping, and hanging out with booth mates and friends aside, here are some of our most memorable moments this year:
Yeah, it was amazing.
However, I do feel that the organizers did a better job with crowd control than the last time CF was held at KLCC. Sure, there were long queues and constant crowds but to be very honest, as a participant, you’re not the only fan of a certain cosplayer or artist - And neither do you have the right to judge who a “real” or “fake” fan is - so good job to the volunteers, but perhaps queue lines can be better managed, especially around cosplayer and artist booths.
Personally, this year’s announcements brought on the most number of reactions, as far as I have experienced. Of course, there were many announcements for separated friends and kids to go to whoever they got split from at the Lost and Found or Information counter. But this year brought about announcements about prohibiting pets (and a wave of laughter through the halls), reports of upskirt photo-taking (curse you, pervert!), and constant reminders for people to keep a lookout of their own belongings (and their companions).
D.M. Jewelle and I ended up scripting a Night Vale fanfic excerpt thanks to the announcements:
The Night Vale Lost and Found, lose something you never knew you had, and find something you never knew you were supposed to find.
Like most conventions we headed to, nothing could make the event better than the presence of the geeks, fandom members, and booth customers. It was, again, great to speak to regulars, other booth owners, and people who were going to Comic Fiesta for the first time. Also, with Sarah Coldheart in the crowd, you know there’s bound to be something more than just transactional business happening. That being said...
Remember the “CF Make It Rain” gif of 2014? There’s now this:
Conventions cannot be conventions without convention food - but since the Ronins came together, our convention trips have been nothing but a barrage of food. Ben revealed his platinum pick of roast meat somewhere in Pudu, the Tiger finally brought my to Fluffed, and we tried Din (by Din Tai Fung), so that Sarah can have a taste of halal Xiaolongbao straight from the bamboo basket.
So even if we did umm… earn some cash, most of it was, you can say, returned to the economy via amazing food. LOL.
P/S - For those curious about the incident that happened at the closing of the event, I’m going to not say more than the fact that it happened after our friends and I left the hall before it happened. There have been loads of speculation but I’m going to wait for Comic Fiesta’s official statement instead.
Thank you all, once again, for all your support for our stories and art. For more information, check out our Facebook page here. You can also catch a video glimpse of how Comic Fiesta went for our friends via Sarah Coldheart's video here.