The Xenomorph Queen from Aliens leers at me from atop a row of pods, her claws outstretched as she prepares to pounce.
What would be best to use against her? There is a row of Iron Man suits beside me. Not too far away, KITT, the car from Knight Rider, is parked next to an AT-AT from Star Wars and Han Solo frozen in carbonite. Surely one of these would be useful …
For a while I wonder if I’ve accidentally wandered onto the set of a massive crossover movie, or if I’m having a particularly geeky dream. No, I’m standing before some of the displays at Komik Kon, a local convention for pop culture enthusiasts celebrating animation, manga, toys, collectibles, video games and more.
The three-day event, which is based off the legendary San Diego Comic-Con, was held at MAEPS, Serdang, from Nov 13-15.
Komik Kon had all the usual events associated with fan conventions. There were panel discussions on topics such as Gundam, Pacific Rim and even Malaysian pro wrestling, Malaysian Toshokan cosplay performances, and even a lightsaber duel stunt show by the group FAST.
Cosplayers were aplenty, with many dressed as Marvel or DC superheroes, as well as Star Wars characters. There were also quite a few people who came as Disney princesses, which was very cool. What was especially nice, however, was seeing quite a few families in costume together: one awesome father dressed his son as Goku from Dragon Ball, complete with gravity-defying hairstyle, which was amazing!
Malaysian flavour was strong at Komik Kon, which was one of the major highlights of the event. Local artists, vendors and costumers alike were out in full force, peddling a wide variety of wares from cartoon sketches to action figures. There was an area allowing free reading of local comics such as Lawak Kampus, and local comic characters such as Boboiboy, Chichi and ChaCha, and Cingkus Blues.
There was also a booth dedicated to the history of Malaysian animation, complete with people dressed as everyone’s favourite local animated superheroes, Keluang Man and Tiong Man!
Also nice was a large selection of food trucks that parked themselves behind Hall A, selling all sorts of stuff to eat. Hungry fans are angry fans, after all, and you wouldn’t like them if they’re angry.
The only thing I found odd was the presence of a huge fighting ring, set up by Malaysian Pro Wrestling, standing in the back of the hall. Pro wrestling wasn’t really something I associated with comic conventions, so it seemed a bit out of place. Perhaps it was just me, though: there did seem to be a number of people interested in it.
Komik Kon’s attendance also seemed a little bit low: there appeared to be only about a couple of hundred visitors when I showed up on Saturday afternoon. While this meant I did not have to worry about struggling through huge crowds, Komik Kon seemed a bit desolate sometimes, which was a shame.
I think the event’s relatively far-off venue, combined with the rather high admission price (RM35 for a day pass!) may have contributed to this.
Personally though, I enjoyed myself at Komik Kon. It would have been nicer if there had been more events, such as workshops or big name guest appearances, but for a first time event, it was certainly well done.
The convention was clearly planned by fans with a lot of love and passion, and the organisers should be commended for starting this up. A promising start: lets hope Komik Kon some day reaches the scale of the San Diego Comic Convention!