The second annual Comic Con Nepal 2018 was hosted by Comic Con Nepal and ZEROSTAR title sponsored by Model Global Visas Consultancy (MGVC) and powered by HONDA on 15th of September 2018 at Bhrikuti Mandap Garden, Kathmandu Nepal.
The objective was to promote Otaku Culture (Otaku typically used to refer to a fan of anime/manga but can also refer to Japanese video games or Japanese culture in general), creating an Otaku forum for the fans and give up-coming Nepali writers, manga artist, and game creators an opportunity to explore and share their enthusiasm for Japanese / American media and pop culture. This event will also create a fantasy world where people of all ages can showcase their skills and artistic creativity.
One-day event showcased stalls by several Nepali artist and venders. Also featured several workshops, interactive sessions, interviews, speeches by various Nepalese comic book artists, writers and movie producers/Directors. Highlight of the event was Cosplay Contest, AMV contest, Art Contest and concert by one of the biggest name in Nepali music Sabin Rai and the Pharaoh.
The attendees were far more than anticipated, and quickly reached 8500 not counting of professionals and exhibitors, full capacity of the venue.
INTRODUCTION TO THE ORGANIZERS
COMIC CON NEPAL
Comic Con Nepal’s goal is to share and exhibit the passions of the youth to unite the community through a world of arts, music, games, and books. It is designed to provide an environment where people can network with their peers to relatable real-life work experiences. It gives up-and-coming Nepali writers, artists, and creators an opportunity to explore and share their passion for Japanese/American media and pop culture.Began in September 2017 in Kathmandu, Nepal, in affiliation with Koto International LLC. After years of research and participation in San Diego, New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Tokyo, Hyderabad, Delhi, Mumbai Comic con, KOTO International LLC and ZEROSTAR Pvt. Ltd started a multi-genre convention that would bring together people of all ages.
- Privately held subsidiary of KOTO INTERNATIONAL LLC: a USA based enterprise that provides management solutions and industry services. Has been a driving force to distribute and promote Japanese based toys and collectable toys to North America market. license from franchises such as Star Wars, Marvel, and DC Comics etc.
- Founded on 2016 in Nepal by Jeffrey Kashida
The Comic Con Nepal was inaugurated by:
The awards for the competition’s and the certification presented to all the winners, participants and volunteers at the end of the event. In total event was scheduled to be for six hours. Event was attended by closed to 10000 people of all ages.
Ambassador of Japan to Nepal Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Masamichi Saigo
Ambassador of Australia to Nepal His Excellency Peter Budd
Comic con Nepal founder/President CEO of Koto International Mr. Jeffrey Kashida and
Director and Vice President of Television art worker Mr. Chet Bahadur Singh (Raja)
HIGHLIGHT OF THE EVENT: MAIN GUEST: BESTE OKTEM (TAMANEGI) COSPLAYER FROM TURKEY
Beste Oktem most popularly known as @tamanegi: the cosplayer from Turkey who has been cosplaying since 2010.
- Dracon İzmir vol 5 Cosplay Yarışması,
- Zenicon Cosplay yarışması,
- ConEtü’16 Cosplay yarışması 1.si (Göktürk Dede),
- ConEtü’16 Cosplay yarışması Jüri özel ödülü (Beste Öktem),
- E Game Show 16′ Cosplay yarışması jüri özel ödülü (Göktürk Dede),
- GFA’16 Bireysel Cosplay yarışması bayanlar 2.si (Beste Öktem),
- Gamex 16′ en iyi craft ödülü (Beste Öktem),
- Gamex 16′ en iyi sahne gösterisi ödülü (Göktürk Dede),
- Türk Japon Gençlik Festivali 17’ Cosplay yarışması 1.si (Beste Öktem ve Göktürk dede),
- Yucon 17’ Cosplay yarışması 3.sü (Beste Öktem)
EVENT FEATURES following COMPETITION:
180 officially registered as cosplayers, however 60 in total participated in the competition.
(Winners was judged by Beste Oktem (Tamanegi), Jeffrey Kashida along with Organizers of Comic Con Nepal)
|1st prize||Sadagi Darshandhari (Cosplaying as Beauvoir (Opera Boss)|
|2nd prize||Gunjesh Shrestha (Cosplaying as Thanos)|
|3rd prize||Erina Maharjan (Cosplaying as Predator)|
70 in total participated in the competition however only 32 got selected for the showcase.
(Winners Judged by Australian Ambassador to Nepal Mr. Peter Budd)
|1st prize||Mr. X|
|2nd prize||Alish Awale|
|3rd prize||Kiran Tamang|
Music Video AMV’s Competition
30 officially registered and participated in the competition
|1st prize||Bijaya Bahadur Joshi|
|2nd prize||Lishara Rana|
|3rd prize||(Not received yet)|
Video Gaming Competition: TEKKEN 7 and Naruto
40 officially registered for game contest however around 200 in total participated in the competition.
|1st prize||Tenzing Samdup|
|2nd prize||Pranaya Jung Rana|
|3rd prize||Nayan Shrestha|
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE EVENT:
MOVIE POSTER AND FIRST SONG RELEASE
“Kapuri Ka”, a Nepal movie which will release on 2019 is an entertainment movie and a love story of 2 guys and a girl who becomes a victim of the local society and culture, the movie has given educational message and idea of the current society which has been infected by Drugs abuse, rape and lack of understanding and belief to the young generation.
Kapuri Ka is directed by Mr. Chet Bahadur Singh (Raja) who also debut its Oscar Nominated Movie: Sunpani” in Comic Con Nepal 2017.
The first ever poster of the movie was released on Comic Con Nepal 2018 along with its first song “Kapuri Ka- Sunil Katuwal & Anjila Regmi Ft.Sagar”
Concert by one of the biggest name in Nepali music Sabin Rai and the Pharaoh
Sabin Rai who is also known as Bryan Adams of Nepal rocked the stage with his forever famous songs.
The audience enjoyed the performance as the whole event turned out as a cosplay- concert event for 60 minutes.
Performing his concert in almost all over the world, he says Comic Con Nepal has made him feel different after the event. Rai says, “I want to make new fans and want to perform in a new environment. I think Comic Con Nepal is the right platform for me to do something different”.
Event layout was divided into four parts VIP Lounge, Exhibitors section, Program area section, food area section. The exhibitors disseminated information to regular flow of visitors and invited guest from industry. With a large number of general public, the event witnessed turnover of trade visitors, delegates, and consulate representatives those who visited stalls and praise exhibitors.
|Exhibitor’s area size||90 FT X 100 FT|
|Total Exhibiters stall||30|
|Main Program Area||100 FT X 145 FT|
|Stage||30 FT X 40 FT|
|Main Hall||80 FT X 90 FT (Capacity: 3500)|
|Food area size||60 FT X 45 FT|
|Total Food stall||7|
Exhibitors Feedback Summary
- 90% of the exhibitors were satisfied with the ambience of the show
- 70% were satisfied with overall environment and facilities provided at the venue
- 70% exhibitors received quality information
- 60% exhibitors had relevant visitors
- 85% people found the timings satisfactory
- In terms of ease of access, 80% exhibitors were satisfied with the organization of the show
The Fair attracted media attention, through all leading newspapers, FM radio and television network and different social media platforms; giving Comic Con Nepal 2018 considerable publicity, coverage and influence.
EVENT SPONSORED BY FOLLOWING SPONSORS
|Title Sponsor||MODEL GLOBAL VISAS CONSULTANCY|
|Sub-Sponsors||AUSTRALIAN INSTITUTE OF BISINESS TECHNOLOGY||DREAM STAR||PIGS AND PANDA||ZEROSTAR|
|Event Managed By||EVENT SOLUTION PVT. LTD|
|Promoted By||OTAKU CLUB NEPAL|
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