Comic Fiesta 2016 has come and gone, and like all conventions, there’s always stuff that we absolutely love (and kinda dislike) about it. So here’s what we think are the good and bad bits about CF2016, and don’t worry, we’re not that salty.
1. Lots of space!
Compared to last year’s location, Mines Convention Center; the Putra World Trade Center feels like it has a lot more space. Mines was quite huge in its own right, but it suffered under poor internal (and external) traffic flow. Here, it was still crowded but it was much easier to move around and there weren’t any severe obstructions due to human traffic. Definitely, a plus, though we had to walk quite a bit just to get to the main hall from the ticketing hall.
2. Loads of transport options
It’s always great when the event venue has loads of transport options and this year it was no exception. You could get to the venue by bus, LRT/KTM easily or drive.
The best part? it wasn’t hilariously jammed outside like it was during last year’s CF.
3. Better traffic flow!
On the surface, I originally thought that having one-way traffic would be a bad thing; but it certainly didn’t come out as bad as I expected. The walk is a bit long and it can be a bit tedious to get back into the halls (assuming you went the whole way out into the main PWTC building) so I imagine if you had a restricting or large costume it was a pain to get around.
However, aside from the long walk in over the river and up around the convention, there are certain areas where you can use as a shortcut back to the main hall, without having to go all the way back to the ticketing hall.
4. More booths
This year it felt like there were much more vendor booths than usual. There was also a greater variety, featuring a Games Workshop booth, card games and a gashapon area with Pokemon Tretta. There also wasn’t quite as big a presence for eSports as there was last year, so there was one less distracting space (no offence to the folks who love eSports!)
So much variety! I don’t think I’ve ever seen so many booths at CF and I really hope the trend continues.
5. The stage has its own area
I like this a lot. Not only does the overall noise pollution (sorry) is kept separate from the main hall area, it keeps the massive crowd watching separate from most of the show floor. To put it simply, the people watching the stage get the area all to themselves and people outside didn’t have to worry about it being too loud. Win-win!
Now on to the not so nice bits…
1. Trash, trash everywhere
This one is more of a people problem rather than a problem with the convention itself. Trash at the eating area was overflowing, tables were filthy and I’ve seen photos on social media of leftover rubbish in the halls.
Having food available in the halls is a fantastic thing, don’t make them take it away just because you can’t throw away your own wrappers and drink cups.
There’s also the possibility that PWTC’s cleaners couldn’t handle the sheer quantity of trash but don’t be that guy if you’re at a con, dispose of your rubbish!
2. It was pretty hot
Not really something that can be avoided with the sheer quantity of people who attended the event (clocking in at 45k this year!) but PWTC in itself is a bit of an old building and the amenities probably couldn’t keep up with the crowd.
I was wearing your basic T-shirt and pants combo and it was hot, I can’t imagine how sweltering it must have been for the cosplayers! (no really, they were really hot, in more than one way).
It’s not something that CF itself can really fix but it’s something the building management might want to look into.
3. Problems with pickpockets
Again, this is an issue that plagues all large events.
We even heard that a thief was caught with SEVEN phones which had been stolen. We can’t verify the legitimacy of this rumor, but it sadly doesn’t sound farfetched. Always, always be careful of your things and be aware of your surroundings. We know it can be hard when a convention is so huge (and oh so distracting) but there’s never any harm in it.
Also, if you’d like to help support one of the stricken artists who had their earnings stolen by a thief, you can visit the GoFundMe campaign here (it’s already hit its goals, you guys are awesome!).
By the way, if you happened to have lost or found something at CF, here’s a link to help you out.
All in, I think this year’s CF was pretty dern good. There was heaps to see and a packed itinerary of things to do (I hope you at least hit the Assassin’s Creed panel on Sunday!) and the location honestly wasn’t half bad. Not forgetting the awesome cosplay we got to see this year! You guys don’t ever stop rocking your awesome costumes!
Granted the con had its small issues but those were mostly due to the crowd and building as opposed to the actual convention itself. Like the awful data reception.
I hope CF just keeps improving! it’s grown immensely from its small roots and we’d love to see how it keeps growing from here!
PS: We won’t hate you if you have it in PWTC next year. Let’s just not go back to Mines…