For anyone living in Beijing China, the new year started off with a bang as the second annual Slash Only #2 event too place today! So as always it was another perfect excuse for the Capsule Computers Crew to attend and cover the event. Slash Only #2 event was open to the public with tickets being sold online and also at the door. Due to the size of the venue only 550 tickets (500 online and 50 at the door were made available to the public) ticket prices were set at 40RMB (approx $5USD/AU) per person, so it certainly was a very affordable price if you’re a Dojinshi/comic book fan eager to pick up the latest Dojinshi’s and merchandise from popular TV Shows, Movies and games from the US and UK “Only” Yes you heard that right. Slash Only, only focuses on US and UK stuff and this time around absolutely NO Japanese Anime, Shows, games or movies were sold.
Slash Only #2 was held at Beijing Workers Indoor Arena, also known as the Beijing Worker’s Gymnasium which hosted the 2008 boxing events for the Summer Olympics. It was held in a special function hall of the arena used for hosting events, the size of the hall was certainly one of the smallest we’ve come across for a Doujinshi convention which brings me back to the reason why only 550 tickets were made available, a smart decision by the event organizers as they were really pushing it by allowing any more people in. As we’ve come to expect with every major comic / Doujinshi convention in China, everything went down without a hitch and once the clock struck 10, the fans and cos players were allowed in and the mad rush to buy your Doujinshi and merchandise was on for young and old!
What the event organizers also did to entice the fans was offer everyone attending a chance to pick up and collect the Slash Only trading card game cards. (similar to other card games like Magic The Gathering) These cards were not for sale at the beginning of the event, and initially were given away to the fans once they purchased merchandise from any of the vendor booths. However, at the end of day the entire collection comprising of 24 cards went on sale and massive lines were quickly formed and anyone interested in picking up the entire set were able to do so for only 20RMB ($3US/AU). This was certainly a great little incentive cooked up by the organizers for the fans which everyone really enjoyed.
Today’s event drew an impressive amount of Cos-Play characters dressed up from US and UK TV Shows, Movies and Games. Check out the pictures below in the gallery (we also have a link to our full gallery images hosted on Facebook) a lot of effort and time was certainly spent into some of these outfits which I must say were very interesting and amazingly well designed. All in all Slash Only #2 event was a great day out for the fans, what better way to kick off 2013 with a fun and enjoyable Doujinshi event! Click on the link below to be taken to our Facebook gallery page for Slash Only #2 Event.
Image Gallery below