MGCCon Goes International

By ANIMATION XPRES... | 19 March, 2012 - 17:48
Come May 19 and May 20, 2012, a new comics and games convention called the Malaysian Games and Comic Convention 2012 (MGCCon2012) will be opening its doors to the general public and fans (both casual and hardcore), as it invites them to come and enjoy a weekend of festivities that celebrate the love for everything and anything Comics and games.

A collaboration between the Malaysian comics creators association, PeKOMIK, the Malaysian Chapter of International Game Developers Association and creative consultancy Banshee Creative Sdn. Bhd., the event, scheduled to be held at the Damansara campus of KDU University College (KDU), will be the platform where comic and gaming fans from all walks of life can meet up to discuss, share, and indulge in their life-long passions.

Be it videogames, boardgames, comics of every kind, official merchandise and everything in between, the organisers of MGCCon2012 promise attendees a weekend filled with fun activities, awesome moments, and jaw-dropping excitement.

Beyond the usual highlights that are common in all local events (ACG), such as the Comic Market known as the Indie Valley, art galleries, Cosplay activities, video-gaming areas, and three major event competitions related to art, Cosplay and games, MGCCon2012 will also be preparing some new event mainstays for its attendees.

This includes the appearances of major VIPs to MGCCon2012 who are eager to meet their Malaysian fans, conduct live-demos and portfolio review sessions. A 24 hour comic creation and 24 hour GameDevThon will be a part of the activities on hand during the convention. In addition to that, various Master Classes and workshops will also be organised in collaboration with KDU, the VIPs, those in the industry and the event sponsors.

Wanting to make a difference and remain innovative at the same time, MGCCon2012 is focusing on the comic and gaming world that have somehow remained niche even with the backing of Hollywood. As such, the VIPs for the event reflect this focus.

One of them is none other than Billy Tan, a Malaysian comic artist who has made it big in the US when he was under the tutelage of Marc Silvestri, a renowned comic artist who is famous for his works in X-Men, Darkness, Batman, CyberForce, and the Avengers. He is presently working on Marvel’s Uncanny X-Men and New Avengers.

The other VIPs include Leinil Francis Yu and Carlos Pagulayan, two superstar Marvel comic artists from the Philippines, Jay Tablante, renowned Cosplay photographer as well as international celebrity Cosplay ambassador, Alodia Gosiengfiao.

There will be other local well known personalities within the local creative industries present, from indie comic creators Gilamon Studio preview of new titles and their special 10th anniversary project to the Anugerah Pekomik 2012 where the comics industry acknowledges the creators within their field.

Datuk Lat and other notable personalities will be present during the Anugerah awards in addition to participating in a industry panel discussion. The Games industry will also be bringing industry leaders to educate and support those within their fields.

In the run up to the event, MGCCon is launching a T-shirt Design contest with its official merchandising partner Zicco Tees where the winning design of this contest will (from March 22nd) become the official t-shirt merchandise of MGCCOn 2012.

In April, Malaysian cosplayers can submit their application to become a model for our VIP Guest, Jay Tablante’s masterclass on cosplay photography this coming 18thMay. The winner will also win a series of headshots taken by this famous cosplay/lifestyle photographer.

In April, pre registration for the 24hour comics and 24hour GameDevThon will be open in addition to the master classes and workshops as there are a limited number of slots. MGCCOn 2012 would like to thank their partners, KDU University College, Zicco Tees, Pixaworks, Borders Malaysia and the official Tourism Board, Tourism Selangor for their continued support.