An UnCon-Eventional Story: Star Supa Comic 2018

Con-Eventional Stories are event recaps more on the event itself than the experience.


Credits to the Star Supa Comic official Facebook for the featured image, and the various images seen in this post.

I DO NOT own the rights to any of these photos (If mentioned), ALL rights belong to Star Supa Comic.


Introduction

At the risk of sounding like promotingStarSupaComic.com, this will likely be the last post on Star Supa Comic (SSC) itself, until July 2019 at least. Assuming the people behind SSC don’t go round announcing some other event less than a year after the previous one.


The FAQ is this?

Initially announced some time in August 2018, Star Supa Comic is the newest entry into the Malaysian ACG events scene, organized by i.Star Group Sdn Bhd and its various associates as seen here,

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It’s interesting that the Animangaki folks are involved in this as well, because apart from them, every other brand name there seems like the kind of sponsors you’d beg to throw money into funding your event in exchange for a booth or two.

Anyways.

If there’s one word that I’d use to describe Star Super Comic itself, it would either be,

Confident, because for a first time event, they were able to assemble some high profile folks that people quite literally queue themselves to meet.

We’re talking foreign Guest Cosplayers like Mr Leon Chiro from Italy, Ms Clarissa Punipun from Indonesia to name a few, and quite the lineup of fellow Malaysian emcees, cosplayers, propmakers and performers to tag along for the ride. 

 

Credits to the Star Supa Comic official Facebook for these images

The guest lineup is pretty solid, since it draws in crowds of super committed folks who’d gladly put up with the event’s pickles just to meet people from out of this world. This part of the world anyways.

Or,

Cocky, for presenting themselves as a…challenger to the crown of the Malaysia’s ACG events scene I suppose? That’s how’d I describe an event that puts its inaugural event the weekend after Comic Fiesta, as seen in the initial bits of promotional material that first surfaced around August 2018.

 

Credits to the Star Supa Comic official Facebook for these images

That said, it does seem pretty cocky for them to announce SSC 2019, the sequel to the first event in December, on the same date as another event, less than a year after the last one, but more on that later.

Though to be fair, events organizers do what they want and more events for us Malaysians to attend is a pretty sweet deal, since it means more opportunities to get some fun going once in awhile.

Then again, it’s also important to for us to talk about both sides of an event. The things an event does right and the things people often bitch about post-event on Facebook comment sections. Here’s what I can tell you about Star Supa Comic 2018.


The Good Goods

The Good Goods brings you ALL the best bits an event has to offer!

Please keep in mind this is only for the current iteration of this event, which may or may not repeat for future events.


  • An Indoor Event

Compared to the Comic Fiestas hosted at KLCC over the years,  the internal exhibition hall at the Mid Valley Convention Centre gives visitors the benefit of not having to worry about rain ruining photo shoots. For two days in a row, in Comic Fiesta 2018’s case.

Mid Valley Megamall itself has plenty of spots to setup for photos with cosplayers, even inside the event hall where there’s plenty of props, statues and decent spots to get some good shots in. Who wouldn’t want to do a Jojo Stand right next to those Lord of The Rings Cardboard cutouts?


  • Internal Toilets

…No. Not for sneaking a peek you pervs. Or to take one of ‘those’ Astolfo photos.

But mostly, for the convenience. Because over the years I recall toilets being kind of absent in the KLCC hall itself, where you’d have to go some lengths just to take a piss. Correct me if I’m wrong if there are toilets found in the KLCC event hall , but point is, convenient toilets are convenient.


  • Cosplayer’s Section (Largely abandoned)

Despite being in the middle of the Tech section of SSC, the large occasionally occupied by cosplayers section of the event is pretty neat, since it gives cosplayers a clear cut place to hang around for activities being hosted etc.

The problem here, is that cosplayers would either be walking around the event taking in the sights, or just hanging out with fellow cosplayers at a more strategic spot. Most notably, outside the event hall itself.

I would suggest a bigger area for cosplayers to hang around, considering the space provided was large, but not enough to justify luggage security for the folks who came to the event with bags that need watching. Or alternatively, a closer spot to the entrance because one can argue the spot they chose as the cosplayers hangout section is very out of the way, especially for those who aren’t interested to enter the event itself.


  • Small crowds (Likely a one-off)

A mostly worthless benefit, but small crowds make it easier to roam around so no biggie here. I’m just concerned over how’d SSC handle bigger crowds in future iterations, and at the same venue.


  • Double Exits

The BEST thing to happen to this event, considering that Comic Fiesta had historically never allowed normal visitors to utilize the many, more convenient and strategic exits across the KLCC event hall.

With exits that lead to Mid Valley’s 3rd floor hawker centre and the main entrance into the exhibition hall, it’s an amazing idea for visitors to get around. Just make it more known next time, I only found out about the main entrance exit on Day 2!


The Bad Blehs

The Bad Blehs brings up some…bad stuff, about events, which need to be talked about since no event is without issues that can’t be fixed for the future.

Future Organizers and/or spies from other event organizers, you can learn a thing or two of what not to do at your event here. (As a guide, so that you’re not too busy repeating history.)

Please keep in mind these are only for the current iteration of this event, which may or may not repeat for future events.


  • 14 buck Frozen Takoyaki (Seriously, eff this)

Yeah…no.


  • Effing pickpockets (Make announcements)

I don’t know what’s the deal with ACG events and pickpockets, but one thing I do know is how the event people always alert visitors AFTER someone gets boned by getting their wallets stolen.

Although this did not happen to me, it did happen to a friend of mine at SSC who’s wallet went MIA not by traditional pickpocketing, but by literally disappearing right in front of him, in the closest representation to literal daylight robbery.

Granted he did found his cashless-wallet with most of his cards intact later that day, but the point is, throwing in an announcement for visitors to be alert every hour would ensure everyone’s always alert, ensuring those itchy scumbags don’t get away with another round of robbing people.


  • Ticket prices (Just cut them for Day 2 already)

45 bucks for 2-day early bird tickets? Sure.

Tickets that get cheaper only after Day 2’s 50% done? What is wrong with you SSC people?! You should’ve just made those tickets cheaper from the start of Day 2 if you’re going to discount them later anyways!

Would you rather be selling tickets and welcoming people into your event? Or do you people get paid for owning boxes of unused tickets? It’s just really strange they’d pull a discount tickets stunt halfway through Day 2 is all.


  • Early Ticket distribution

This honestly needs a buff. It’s great that events have outlets that help them sell tickets early, but the way SCC distributes their early bird tickets makes the event a highly Selangor restricted event.

Even though I count around 2+ folks who happen to also be from outstation that weekend, future iterations really need to consider expanding their audience a bit. Partly because there’s no longer the ‘Comic Fiesta was last weekend so a smaller turnout’ excuse to lean back on anymore.

Also, this is an event promoted by The Star group, which owns The Star Newspaper. Use that newspaper to promote this event more frequently rather than just put up one Star2 article and call it a day.


  • Abandoned Card Game Area Parking Lot

This one’s a biggie in my view, apart from being wasted space on Day 2 with almost nothing happening at the Card Game section of SSC, outside of workshops for whatever card games they were running that day, it’s honest to god a waste of space.

Hell, THIS section of the event could’ve been used as a cosplayer hangout/luggage babysitting area, instead of a glorified parking lot for legs, without having to worry about being saman-ed. Though visitors would’ve already paid for a ticket so…we’re fined either way?

An alternative would be to welcome exhibitors who deal in other card games as well, especially the ones that weren’t featured for the event itself. I’m talking stuff like Yugioh, Vanguard, Pokemon etc, the kind of card games that would attract kids to spend time at an event they’d find to be boring if they’re not into whatever’s being featured there.


The Sequel?

For those of you unaware, or are very much aware, Star Supa Comic 2019 is happening! Less than a year after SSC’s debut event in December 2018, it would be interesting to see how the organizers play their cards for this one.

Star Supa Comic 2019’s back at Mid Valley Convention Centre, on July 13th and July 14th. More details will be announced in the coming months I expect, don’t expect me to be updating here with stuff about it.

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Credits to the Star Supa Comic official Facebook for these images

That said, this date does clash with C2AGE, an event that’s going down at Oasis Village, Ara Damansara, so fellow readers you might have to take your pick at which event is bigger on your priority list.

An established name? Or the newbies at Mid Valley again? ALL PICK.


The Verdict

SSC coincidentally putting itself around the same time as other events is a dick move that really needs good attractions to justify itself at all, otherwise this is about as attractive as Malaysia’s ex-PM’s choices in practices.

*END*


Author’s Note:

Thank you so much for reading!

As usual, and if possible, I’d love to hear your feedback on what I can do better for what the content you see here.

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3 thoughts on “An UnCon-Eventional Story: Star Supa Comic 2018

  1. I only been to day 2 ssc but and pay for RM35 for the ticket.(not worth it)

    It’s so true everything you write about it haha about the cosplay hangout zone I was like yooo it’s so empty here only a group of cosplayer around 4 or 5 people talking to each other and it’s pretty nice not crowded in the ssc but saw some shop selling phone lmao in the ssc and some technology stuff… Well it only took me 30minutes done walking around the places I was like wow I just paid RM35 for all of this and yes there are only a few like 2 or 3 very nice looking cosplayer I took picture with. There is a bunch of boku no hero cosplayers which is not interesting much to me except Leon. Leon which is cosplay as allmight but have to line up a very long line to take picture with him just like shaking hand with the celebrity asking for signatures from it. While I’m coming out to the exits I was like yoo wth crowded af all of sudden the cosplayers and some human just like human traffic jam blocking some way and I just went back home after that. When I look up facebook there is a live concert in ssc fb acc I was like yoo am I wrong for going home too early? Are you kidding me. On that day I didn’t spend any money in there only for the tickets and some free lucky spin.

    That’s only my day 2 opinion. There may be some part I said it wrong but it’s been a long day since that day what in my memories is.

    Well what can I say… At least it tried it best…

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