Tuesday, 18 December 2012

EACon 2012

Expressive Arts was the highlight of the convention last weekend that attracted hundreds of the youth.

Held for two consecutive days since December 15 at the Kiulap Plaza Hotel, this year's event was again organised by Team Frag Factory (TFF) who made the introduction of the convention to the local community last year.

The two-day event, which runs from 10am to 6pm, sees the participation of a large number of local Cosplay and gaming enthusiasts. Booths have also been set up offering games and toys for enthusiasts, as well as photo opportunities with Cosplay characters. Additionally, up on display are Gundam Gunplay as well as mega blocks, anime arts and other figures.

One of the famed Cosplay groups, Military Simulation Cosplay (MSC), also participated in the EACON. Formed in 2009, the group comprises 10 members who are deeply passionate about dressing up as special military forces personnel.

Md Faiz Idrus, the founder of the group said, "I joined one of the Cosplay events a few years back and found that there were quite a number of Cosplayers who have similar interest of dressing in military attire, so we formed a group named Military Simulation Cosplay."

The costumes, he explained, ranged between B$500 and $1,000 in price. The group also practises costume-sharing.

Two of the attractions at the Cosplay event yesterday were Hazzu and Reese, who dressed up as their favourite characters Panty and Stocking.

"We love the anime series and we wanted to dress up as them," they said.

Asked what their friends think of their costumes, Reese said, "Some feel it's weird, while others are fine with it. It's not about grabbing attention, it's all about the character, which we love very much."

Article taken from The Brunei Times and Borneo Bulletin.


Fanboys Infinite and Geeks and Things are there too...

the people of Counter Attack who handle the fighting games

and below is the debut of me and Nio's little project... eheh... and with quite a lot of good response, we decided to make page called N.E Project... go ahead, go like that page!!! 8D

some of the submitted drawing...

group photo from the plamo section...

this guy had a very busy two days... huhuhu...

video by The Brunei Times


video by Counter Attack


ahhh... and finally, what I think of EACon 2012... having to come back from HobbyCon a week earlier, which is a free event, and then going to a con that require a $20 ticket, of course expectation will be quite high... but instead of comparing it with oversea con, i'll just compare it with last year EACon...

On the positive note, there were a lot of improvement, better location, bigger venue and more booths. And on the negative side, I still feel there is a lack of stage performance or lack of drawing power on the stage. I only managed to catch the panel for gaming and plamo, I don't know if they got other panel or workshop other than that. And kinda surprised that the yoyo community were missing this year.

And despite EA getting a bigger venue, it is kinda sad to see the plamo section only get quite a small space, I think they deserve a bigger space and better placement to showcase all their models...

On the drawing side, I'll just skip that coz I didn't cover that section... huhuhu... sorry bout that... huhuhu...

For the cosplayers, there were TONNES of improvement compared to last year and I can see more quality cosplay can be seen during the con, though still got a few people who do the mix and match style, but overall, most of them were awesome! But unfortunately, due to my mood for shooting keep on swinging (and sometimes just being plain lazy), I missed out quite a lot of them, sooo sorry for the cosplayers who I missed!!! >_<

owh... for the proper photos of the cosplayers that I did manage to take, it will be uploaded at N.E Project page, so just keep on checking on that page... :)

Then finally, the gaming section, which to me was the main highlight of EACon, and yes, they went out with a bang, especially the LoL tournament which offer the top prize of $1,000.00, so not surprised that most of the hype went to their section... and not to forget the fighting games by Counter Attack where in the final, the public can see some nail-biting matches...

So overall, it was much better than last year, even though still far from oversea con, but at least they got some improvement... and as for the $20 ticket, for gamers, it worth the price... as for the rest, I think it is kinda too expensive considering it is just a few dollar cheaper than STGCC or AFA... with all the improvement and increase of sponsors, I think it is high time for EA to start inviting a few celebrity or artist to do a panel/workshop or performance... though EA is mainly a hobby convention, but you can't deny that most of the hype (and also income) came from the cosplay & gaming community, so might as well try to find invited guest that are from that section...

And with that, I would like to say good work EA, hope to see more improvement for next year edition... cheers! ^^v

More photos of EACon can be viewed at the link listed below...

Me - Part 1 and Part 2
Muqsit Saber - Day 1 and Day 2
Yamada - Day 1 and Day 2
Zoel Lonewolf - Day 1 and Day 2

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