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2018 – The one with The Concert
Comic Fiesta is famous for many things. 🤔
But in 2018, the most famous thing to come out of Comic Fiesta was…
…yeah this one’s going to piss off a whole lot of people.
- Comic Fiesta 2018 is the 17th iteration of Comic Fiesta, since 2002.
- This was the 6th time Comic Fiesta has been held at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (KLCC).
- This was the 1st time Comic Fiesta did not feature Danny Choo, one of the event’s longest running featured guests since 2012, as a featured guest.
The A-Bridge Story
Comic Fiesta and KLCC, are professionals.
They run an event, that people really really like coming to.
They have Safety rules.
Like the ones they did since 2017. (☞ﾟヮﾟ)☞
They have content.
Of stuff from folks who used to be Kids.
But ultimately, they have a CONCERT.
But there was a problem with these concert events.
Historically, Comic Fiesta’s night concerts tend to be largely abandoned, since not everyone liked attending these concerts.
Which led to…the following skit.
“We apologize, but the hall is full.”
“FUCK YOU COMIC FIESTA!”
I was working during Comic Fiesta 2018 actually, as a helper for the Children’s Card Game tournament at the upper levels of the event.
To which, it was at this event where we realized the following,
“Look, we’ve been to this Comic Fiesta thing for a long ass time now, would it kill you to take in some of the sights for once in your goddamn life?”
And so we did, but more on this in a future Flashback.
For now, the Take Aways.
Of spicy shit that’s going to piss a whole lot of people off. 🔥
Hang on, shouldn’t the 2017 story be more spicy, since it’s Bear Spray related?
1) The People Problem
Okay where’s the Comic Fiesta Punching bag, because that that’s what most folks are here for.
Looking at the concert situation, Comic Fiesta should’ve done at least 1 of these 2 options.
Either Quota Limit the Concert before the event, or Up the Entry Fee for the Concert.
We suspect that, because past Comic Fiesta night concerts tend to have shit tier amounts of people attending it, it kind of makes sense for them to not expect a big crowd.
But even then, Comic Fiesta should’ve taken steps to check how many people can they realistically fit in the Concert Hall, in the event they encounter a situation where there’s too many people to fit.
It’s not realistic to fit EVERYONE in the Concert Hall, that’s just not happening.
Especially for a venue like KLCC.
In short, Comic Fiesta should’ve prepared for the worst case scenario, which they unfortunately didn’t.
Because announcing a Quota will at least deter the people who are too late for it, rather than bitch slap attendees that find out about the limit at the event.
It’s always awful to find out about untold terms and conditions in the field.
The 2nd point, Upping the Entry Fee may sound like an idea that you hate.
But let’s look at it again.
RM 30 to 60 bucks (Assuming you come for both days of the event), with access to the event coupled with a Night Concert, that’s a bloody good deal.
Even if you don’t enter the Comic Fiesta Event in the main event hall, that’s 30 bucks minimum for what’s essentially a Concert Ticket at that point, which is fucking absurdly cheap even by today’s standards.
Which was why they should’ve prepared a special ticket for the night concert.
Even though it’s not the main attraction of Comic Fiesta, at least you can guarantee that people who are here just for the concert, will splurge the cash for it.
Especially if you have an act that attracts a walking horde to attend it.
Granted, charging for the concert would make Comic Fiesta dangerously close to what Anime Festival Asia (AFA) is, yet it is something to consider.
You don’t even have to make it 3 digits or something, just set a higher price will do.
Because the piss cheap price of RM 30 for event access and a concert is just…crazy.
Of course there’s going to be a lot of people picking it up, which indirectly creates this perspective that, they have the right to attend the concert all because they bought a ticket.
Why else do you think they were really pissed off last year? 🤔
2) The Safety Problem
It’s unclear if Comic Fiesta did or did not announce that safety was the reason behind them having to stop people from entering the Concert Hall.
For those unaware, this was the first event in KLCC’s history that triggered the venue’s weight alarms.
One of the telltale signs of too much weight, better stop adding more.
Also, KLCC’s staff have the right to stop people from entering the hall any further.
These people have been working at the venue for years, and they know it better than any other event organizer that hosts their event there.
Such that, the safety of attendees at KLCC is priority one, even if it pisses people off.
Speaking of which, now it’s our turn.
Let me make this clear.
It’s completely justified to be pissed off at Comic Fiesta, with the way they handled the night concert.
But you’ve crossed a line when endangering other people becomes your action.
If you thought the previous year’s Bear Spray shitshow was hot stuff, you ain’t seen nothing yet.
Forget the dangerous props in the Event Hall, when the salty fuckboi attendee is more of a safety threat than lookalike props.
From retarded shitbags willing to force their way into the Concert Hall, to death threat sending edgelords, it begs the question. Who the fuck are these morons anyways?
What right do these late coming twats have to watch the concert?
Oh it’s because you have a ticket? So do the people who lined up earlier than your sorry ass! Have you never lined up for concerts before?
Like what, your regular ticket makes you a VIP that’s entitled to watch this concert?
Even though it’s dangerous to continue adding people into the hall?
For all the faults Comic Fiesta has, these types of attendees are equally problematic.
And you can find these dumbasses at any event, in many forms by the way, they’re just more prevalent at Comic Fiesta for some reason.
Also, pretty confident to say that these dickweeds would have ALL THE MONEY to go overseas and watch these performers’ concerts anyways.
Before coming back to Malaysia and bitching about “WHY AM I POOR, FAK CF-“
Also x2, it’s not like the performers at Comic Fiesta 2018 are performing for the last time in their careers.
Pretty sure AFA had them around as part of their lineup, and it’s difficult to believe that there aren’t people in Malaysia who don’t attend AFA just to catch their concert.
It’s probably destiny that some of these little shits didn’t managed to catch the concert.
They likely had it coming.
Isn’t that right Mr still salty as Fai-uckboi?
Because shitbags causing safety concerns for other attendees, deserve as much of a callout as an event organizer that has sinned.
You’re no better, but worst than Comic Fiesta. Imagine that.
Actually don’t, because that’s just fact. (☞ﾟヮﾟ)☞
Also x3, how many of these concert watching people are actually there for the concert, and not there to raise their arms by illegally recording the concert?
3) To CF’s Credit
The funny thing about Comic Fiesta every year is that, even though we can take the piss at that year’s biggest issue. People still, funnily enough, attend Comic Fiesta anyways.
There is this strange, “Comic Fiesta Magic”, that the event has. Both indoors and outdoors, there’s this strange phenomenon that’s difficult to put into words.
There’s a good reason why, despite all the mishaps Comic Fiesta has over the years, and 69% worth of cheap talk by people claiming that Comic Fiesta is dead, all because they expect some bullshit way beyond their expectations.
For this Comic Fiesta Magic I guess. Like…a celebration of something if you will. 🤔
And I’d say that’s worth keeping around.
Which would make Comic Fiesta 2019, an interesting challenge.
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