WE might be half a world away from San Diego but if you want a taste of what it’s like at a comic convention, then mark your calendars for the weekend of the Singapore Toy, Game & Comic Convention (STGCC).
Happening on Sept 12 and 13, the event will bring together pop culture artists and enthusiasts from near and far.
Autograph sessions, stage performances, exciting exhibitors as well as the debut of the STGCC Championships of Cosplay — the eighth edition of the annual event promises to be jam-packed with activities.
If you’re heading over, do check out the Malaysian exhibitors for a taste of some home-grown talent.
Monochrome Rainbow, a doujin group that creates fan-based merchandise in the adorable chibi form, and Monstres, a team of close friends who produce fan-made collectables, will be heading over to the convention for the first time this year.
Monochrome Rainbow’s work features cute, colourful chibi fan-based illustration, which are made into badges and keychains. At the event, they will be showcasing some chibi Gundam merchandise and movie-based fan art.
Monstres will be making special merchandise exclusively for STGCC 2015, along with its childhood-themed artwork that features many classic cartoons and anime characters.
A returning Malaysian exhibitor is Running Snail Studio, a creative illustration studio comprising contemporary artists driven by art, personality and life, and known for the illustrations it has done for Petronas.
The studio will be launching its very first art book at the event, which will feature their Studio Ghibli-anime style illustrations from the past five years.
1000tentacles Studio is another Malaysian name that would be familiar to STGCC goers.
Specialising in character design, producing unique art toy and expanding ideas into comic format, the studio made a splash at last year’s event with its Star Wars Sculpture Series.
Some big names will be making an appearance at the convention, including Adam Hughes, Camilla D’Errico, Koyama Shigeto and Sadamoto Yoshiyuki.
Hughes, whose attendance at the convention will also mark his first time in Asia, is a renowned comic book artist known for his cover work on titles such as Wonder Woman and Catwoman, as well as his work with various companies such as DC Comics, Marvel Comics, Dark Horse Comics, Lucasfilm and Warner Bros Pictures.
The self-professed “naturalist” artist’s artwork has graced a wide assortment of comic book covers as well as many places outside the comic book industry.
Canadian comic book illustrator, painter and visual artist D’Errico will be bringing her distinctive form of art, which incorporates both manga and western styles with surrealist elements.
Six of her one-of-a-kind Artist Proof Kuro Vinyl Toys will make their first public appearance at STGCC. There will also be a special print release of 25 pieces of Tree of Life, which D’Errico will hand-embellish with gold paint at STGCC and offer for sale.
Fans of Disney’s popular animated feature film, Big Hero 6, will not want to miss designer Shigeto Koyama, who was part of the team that did the concept design for Baymax, the movie’s iconic superhero.
The artist’s other notable works include Heroman, Eureka Seven, Star Driver, Captain Earth and G-Reko.
Be sure to also catch one of Japan’s most high-profile and well-known character designers and manga artists, Yoshiyuki Sadamoto.
The founding member of the Gainax anime studio, which is famous for productions such as Gunbuster and Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water, Sadamoto is also known for his work on the popular Japanese animated television series, Neon Genesis Evangelion and the Japanese hit movie, The Girl Who Leapt Through Time.
There will also be stage performances by popular musicians, Animenz and TAMUSIC, well-known for their unique renditions of Japanese anime music.
Classically trained pianist, Maik Guo (aka Animenz), is well-known for his virtuosic performance and transcription of Japanese anime music, and whose most popular soundtracks include Shingeki no Kyojin, No Game No Life and Tokyo Ghoul.
TAMUSIC will perform a repertoire of famous musical tunes from genres spanning Anime, Game, Vocaloid and Touhou.
Cosplay enthusiasts from around the region have a new stage to strut their stuff.
The region’s top cosplayers and budding enthusiasts will battle it out to represent STGCC at the 2016 C2E2 Crown Championships of Cosplay in Chicago, where they will compete for international glory among the best cosplayers in the world.
To mark Hasbro’s first participation and in celebration of cosplay with STGCC, Hasbro will be sponsoring close to SGD$2,000 worth of Magic: The Gathering merchandise, which includes the latest Magic Origins and Battle for Zendikar products for the top three winners.
The champion will be rewarded with a grand prize of a return economy class air ticket to Chicago and SGD$1,000 in cash, sponsored by XM Studios.
Judging the competition are renowned cosplayers, Tadaaki “Jacky” Dosai from Japan and Yui from Hong Kong, as well as representatives from Moviemania and XM Studios.
STGCC tickets are SGD$19 (about RM43) for a one-day pass and SGD$28 (RM64) for a two-day pass.
Check out www.singaporetgcc.com for more details.
Pictures from Singapore Toy Game & Comic Convention STGCC 2015