MiniCon was held in Lahore on the 7th of September as an independent venture by the members of a Pakistani anime lover’s social media based guild called Otakus Creed. Originally the event was supposed to be held at the 6th of September but the date had to be moved forward because of unfavorable weather conditions. As implied by the name, MiniCon was a relatively small event but so far it seems by the pictures and the feedback of the attendees that it was a smashing hit with the fans. Here are some highlights from the event which featured Cosplay competitions, Gaming, Duel Masters tournaments and Bey Blading competitions. The event also served the purpose of Pakistan’s first anime and manga related magazine, Animaxia to make its debut and free copies were given to competition winners. For more information and to access more pictures from the event, like MiniCon’s facebook page here.
After the huge success of Twin Con, Dekho Japan and GHQ Game Con, the next feature worthy cosplay event in Pakistan’s bustling new wave of Otaku culture just so happened to be Anime Con. Anime Con was held in the country’s capital Islamabad on the 22nd of June at Dream Land Motel courtesy of WG Productions, Comsats Islamabad, and Radio FM 91. The event included several different activities and competitions for the attendees to enjoy.
Now for the cosplayers… No words are needed to see what an effort was made. My favorite cosplays include the Kill La Kill Ryuko cosplay by Arwa Nawal and the Naruto Rikoudo cosplay by Zaeem Ahmer according to whom this is the first Naruto Rikoudo cosplay in the world. Pretty awesome, aint it? Please know that the pictures provided are the work of independent photographers and thus, the quality is a bit fuzzy. Do bear with me. All photos shown ahead belong to their respective owners. I own nothing! To find more photos and know more about Anime Con, join their facebook page here.
‘When we started planning this event last summer , we were thinking of small event with 100-200 people. Without your support we were able to make this huge. From the estimate we made we sold over 900 tickets . Thus Making TwinCon 2014 the BIGGEST ANIMATED ART CONVENTION IN PAKISTAN’S HISTORY!!
Thank you everyone for being a part of it , for making this possible and for making our dream come true.’ – TwinCon Team
Find the complete TwinCon 2014 photo album here.
Four hours to Twincon peoples! For those of you going, congratulations. May you have a great time. And from those of us who cant make it… well, we’ll be there in spirit, watching over you as your guardian angels.
I intend to publish a full feature covering Twincon 2014 on this blog as soon as possible. Till then, here are some last minute instructions posted by the Twincon page.
- For Manga and Sketching Competition, you have to bring your own Stationary. We will only provide Paper.
- Follow the rules Strictly. They will be enforced and we will take action against violators.
- Please bring your CNIC, or if you are under 18, the guardian accompanying you should bring their CNIC.
- If you have purchased your ticket, please keep it with you for entry into H12 and the event.
- Any decision made by the organizing team is final and they have to right to take any action they want.
- Come have fun, meet new people and make new friends.
- Pray that the events goes off without a hitch.
‘Thank you for the never ending support you have shown us.
See you soon!’
In case you are wondering about the peeps in the picture above, they are none other than our hard working ambassadors for Twincon 2014. With only one day to go, twincon’s page has posted the schedule for the event among details for the Duel Masters tournament.
- There will be a registration Desk inside the venue where you can register yourself for on-spot events like Duel Masters , Bey-blade , Sketching , Manga etc.
- Since there is limited time, the schedule will be followed strictly.
Lastly, here’s an introduction of the Twincon Team that’s making this happen. A big thank you to you all!
With only two days left to go, Twincon’s facebook page has been posting as many details as they can to ensure every body has a splendid time at the event.
NUST has several Gates used for Entry.
Entry for the event will be from Gate 10 ONLY (Directions from RWP shown in Pic 1).
At Gate 10 there will be a check post where your cars will be searched. Those people who have their tickets can show their tickets to the guard and they will be allowed to enter NUST. Those who want to get tickets on spot will have to go the the reception of gate 10. Here we will have a registration Desk setup where you can get your on spot tickets. After getting your ticket and you will be allowed to enter NUST. The event will take place in NBS Ground NUST H12 (directions from gate 10 shown in Picture 3). There will also be markers to help you along the way.
Once in NBS ground you will have to show your ticket at entrance , The Person at entrance will tear half your ticket and place a stamp on your hand.
Inside the venue there will be another Registration desk. You can register for events (Duel Master’s , BeyBlade , Sketching , Manga ) at this desk. You can also buy your Sky Lantern from this desk.
Thank you for visiting this blog even though i have been m.i.a for the past few days.. i mean weeks. *embarrassed finger twitching* Eh..hehe.. anyway, this is just gonna be a short post telling you about the new dates for Twincon 2014. So, this might be a little short notice, but if you already didnt know from Twincon‘s facebook page, the event is a mere five days away!!
Here’s what the page posted.
“Past 2 Weeks have been quite tough on us , We had a lot of discussion regarding possible venues.
Today i had an extensive meeting with administration of NUST H12 Campus. After a Lot of Discussion about the event NUST Administration was grateful enough to allow us to hold the event at their Campus.
By Holding the event inside NUST H12 Campus we get the security needed to ensure no problems occur. We will also have a perfect Ground to hold our event on and All of you get to enjoy the beauty that is NUST H12 Campus.
We would like to thank the administration at NUST for allowing us the opportunity to hold this event.
As for the date ? The Poll was pretty one sided 137 for 16th Feb against 67 for 16th March.
So See You All on 16th February at NUST H12 for TwinCon2014!!!!!”
A brief list of competitions to be held at the event..
Here’s the list of ambassadors you can contact for details about the tickets.
“After a Lot of Discussion with the Organizing Team. We have Decided that On Spot Tickets will be only Available at Gate 10 of NUST (Which is to be used by outsiders for entry ). These Tickets are reserved for Non NUSTIANS.
On Spot Tickets will not be available for NUSTIANS. We have 4 Ambassadors in NUST (including EME ) so People from NUST please get your tickets before hand to avoid any inconvenience. Though NUST Alumni and Student of MCS and AMC can get their tickets on Spot.”
Well peoples, im out for now. More posts coming as soon as i make sure not to flunk my next test. G’nite!
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‘We are extremely sorry to announce that Islamabad police has cancelled the NOC issued to all venues for events due to high security threats in the Twin Cities. Due to this we have been forced to postpone our event. This is as shocking for us as we have been informed just now as well. A high security threat alert has been issued by the government and for us the security of our participants is of utmost importance.We will soon announce new dates as soon as we are given the security clearance.’
‘We would like to thank our Sponsor and Restaurants who were going to set up stalls for being so supportive through these hard times.
And would like to apologize from the bottom of our hearts for any amount of loss we might have caused them by announcing the postponement late in the day;
Olive Garden, Capitol Delight, IcePresso, Burka Avenger, SMASH Magazine, Revolution Flame, Isloo Times, Three Musketeers Studio, and Next Gen Studio.’
‘NEW DATES WILL BE ANNOUNCED ONCE THE NOC IS RE ISSUED!’
Wow.. what a bummer. Anyway, keep your eyes peeled for more updates on Twincon 2014’s Official Facebook Page. Also, there is a lot of speculation going around about new dates for the event. I suggest you dont trust the rumors. The new dates will only be confirmed once posted here.
Rules For Twincon
1. No One gets in without a ticket.
2. Within the premises the organizing body can ask you to show the ticket or stamp (to be placed on hand at entrance ) so please don’t throw away your ticket.
3. The Organizing Body has the right to deny entry to any person they find inappropriate.
4. The Organizing Body holds the right to ask anyone to leave the premises if found breaking any of the rules.
5. No Cigarettes allowed inside venue.
6. Every kind of drug are prohibited.
7. No Weapons allowed , For Cosplay weaponry following rules apply.
a. No Cosplay Weapon (Swords e.t.c) Made out of metal are allowed.
b. No operational Cosplay Weapons allowed.
c. Cosplay weapons should have a blunt edge , no sharp edged cosplay weapons allowed.
d. Plastic is preferred , wood is allowed but discouraged.
e. Any one that brings a toy guns should not be carrying an pellets or bullets for the gun.
f. Anyone found misusing his Cosplay Weapon will have them confiscated.
g. Cosplay Weapons used are only for Cosplay purposes and should not be used for any other purposes.
h. All Cosplay weapons will be checked at entrance and the organizing body holds the right to confiscate any cosplay weapon they see unfit.
8. The Event if a Family event so No Obscene or unethical material allowed for Cosplay.
9. Everyone is advised to display good ethical and moral values throughout the event to ensure it goes as smoothly as possible.
10. Every Participant should take care of his/her own belongings , The Organizing body will not be responsible for any misplaced/lost item.
11. Decision of the Organizing Body is final and everyone has to abide by them.
12. The Organizing Body holds the right to perform a full body check on anyone found suspicious.
13. ANY DAMAGE CAUSED TO THE VENUE OR ANY OF THE EQUIPMENT IS PAYABLE IN FULL BY THE PERTICULAR PARTICIPANT.
14. Anyone attending the event agrees to abide by these rules and will be held answerable if he/she break the rules.
1. Registrations for Duel Master and Beyblade is on first come fist serve basis. The first 16 or 32 people who register on spot will take part and draws will be announced on spot as well.
2.Registration for trivia will be on first come first serve basis as well. 5 teams of 2-3 people will be registered.
3.We Will Announce The Person whose match is up next. If they don’t show up at the respective table with in 3 minutes they will be disqualified.
4. Rules of Duel Masters will be emailed to everyone who registered and posted on our facebook page soon.
5.Any queries regarding The Schedule may be asked in the comment or emailed to us at email@example.com.
There are basically two Open Air Theaters , One is inside the Lok Virsa , Other is the Open Air Theater Shakar Parian (Our Venue).
The Open Air Theater Shakar Parian is right after the road that goes up to Shakar Parian (If You are coming from Pak China Center side , or Sports Complex side ).
Or After lok Virsa and Just Before the Road that goes to Shakar Parian on your left (If Coming from Islamabad Highway). There are boards on both side that say Open Air Theater pointing towards the it.
THE VENUE IS OPEN AIR THEATER SHAKAR PARIAN , The one under CDA Sports and Culture.
Please dont confuse it with Lok Virsa.
It is a widely known fact that in countries like USA, every year, there is a comic convention that takes place by the name of Comic Con. It is one of the mega events of the year in which comic lovers from all around gather, dressed up as their favorite character and enjoy unlimited Comic-madnes… Well this year, we bring you TwinCon. And yes, it’s happening in Pakistan. This is for all those anime lovers and all the people who love comics and have always wished to meet other people who share the same interest as them. This is your chance to experience a virtual world you live in, as a reality.
Competitions And Activities Planned:
AMV Competition (Send Your 3-4 Minute AMV to firstname.lastname@example.org)
Duel Master Tournament
Registration Fee Rs 50 to be Paid On Spot )
So You Think You Can Speak Japanese
(Group Activity )
Gaming On Xbox 360
(Naruto.Shippuden.Ultimate.Ninja.Storm.3, Fifa 14 , UFC Undisputed , Takken , Street Fighter and more )
Sketch Drawing Competition (On Spot)
Fan Art Competition (On Spot)
List of Ambassadors
Maaz Mukhtar—-Super Nova School————0300-8469677
Junaid Faraz——Roots School System DHA 1–0331-5095795
Sarim Ali Ghazi—-Saint Mary’s Academy——–0344-8013614
Mamoon Asif—– NUST————————–0312-5115651
Muiz Junaid Khan-NUST————————–0333-4508814
Syed Hassan Jalil–NUST————————–0313-9119888
Maha Rasheed—-Comsats Wah——————0302-5472500
Saima Tariq——-EME-NUST —————– 03445-136965
Saad Ahmed——Beaconhouse F-11 Islamabad-0336-514-0891
Zoha Fatima——-OPF Girls Collage————–0336-2199507
Reshail Raza——–Air University——————0313-6774125
Umar Farooq—— BMI—————————-0333-5534148
Mughees Ilyas —–FAST————————–0323-5321311
Aleeza ————– APSACS Humayun Road —0331-5999075
Waleed ————-Air University—————–03452434858
The event will be held at Open Air Theater, Lok Virsa, Islamabad, Pakistan on the 25th of January from 9am to 5pm PST. Tickets are available through ambassadors on the spot and cost Rs.250.
For more information, visit Twincon’s official facebook page here.