Hey there, pop-culture fans!
We’re back again with another Singapore Toy, Games & Comic Convention (STGCC) Roundup! It’s less than a month till the big day, so just like last year, we’re giving you more reasons why you should be popping down to the con!
Are you ready? Here we go!
Cosplay friends rejoice, because COSMODE’s back this year and Jacky-san (we interviewed this cool cat last year), as well as his team, will be on the prowl for peeps to be featured in their publication. If you missed your chance last year (there were two full page spreads), be sure to keep an eye out for him. We suspect he might be donning Kotetsu-san’s (from Tiger & Bunny) trademark cap and vest this year, but who’s to say, hmm?
Jacky-san of COSMODE – Picture replicated from www.singaporetgcc.com
2. Cosplay idols Touya Hibiki & Kousaka Yun
We caught up with Kipi at STGCC last year, but this year, you can expect twice the fun!
Both Touya Hibiki and Kousaka Yun are household names in Japan, and we talked a little bit about how awesome they are in a previous post.
If you’re a fan of their work, make sure you don’t give the convention a miss!
Celebrity cosplayers Touya Hibiki & Kousaka Yun – Pictures replicated from www.singaporetgcc.com
3. STGCC Cosplay Runway
If you love dazzling the stage and strutting your stuff on the catwalk, this year’s STGCC gives you the chance to do so on the Runway on Day 2 of the con! (It’s like a cosplay fashion show, so photographers take note too!)
If you’ve already registered, keep your fingers crossed, because the organizers will be announcing the results by Monday, 20 August!
4. DJ Battle – ZANEEDS X MONOMIND
A cool night at the con’s always better with music, and this year’s no different.
Except, you know, this year’s gonna see a spin-off between two of Japan’s hottest EDM masters.
DJ Zanio of ZANEEDS and DJ haLRu of MONOMIND will be playing tunes from Vocaloid and Touhou, and they’ll be battling it out on stage to prove which fandom’s stronger.
It’s a musical showdown the likes of which you’ve never seen before!
ZANEEDS vs. MONOMIND – Can we say dueling DJ decks at dawn? XD
5. UK’s Leading Comic Writer – Andy Diggle
Andy’s one of UK’s leading comic heavyweights, with DC comics titles like Batman, Swamp Thing and Hellblazer under his belt. Fans might also remember him as the creator of The Losers, a comic book that managed to make the big screen in 2010.
He’s also worked with another one of this years’ guests, Leinil Yu, on the sci-fi thriller Silent Dragon, and this prolific wordsmith’s also churned out titles with DC, Dynamite and Image. If you’re a Doctor Who fan, you’ll also be pleased to know he’s putting out comics based on our favorite Time Lord with IDW!
6. Hot Toys
Hot Toys will be making their presence felt at STGCC this year, and in a big way. In addition to a visit by J.C. Hong, the Production Director and Chief Painter of Hot Toys and his fellows K.A. Kim, Kojun and Yuli, you can also expect exclusive Hot Toys products like Captain America from the Cap A movie, Lt. Jim Gordon from The Dark Knight, and Angelica from Pirates of the Caribbean.
There’s also a pre-sale roadshow, so if you’re big on Hot Toys, here’s how you can check these out.
7. Piko in Singapore
If you’re a regular Nico Nico Douga channel surfer, then you’ll know who Piko is.
The androgynous prodigy shot to fame in 2007 when his video went viral on the live streaming site, and since then he’s amassed a sizeable following and millions of hits, making him one of the Internet’s biggest singing sensations.
His latest single “MakeMyDay” features as the OP for anime series Binbougami ga!, and you can be sure he’ll be a definite hit at the con!
Piko – Picture replicated from www.singaporetgcc.com
8. Marvel Exclusive Illustrator Mark Brooks & artists galore
Our friends from Invasion! Toys & Collectibles are also hosting a plethora of Marvel illustrators, including the very amazing Mark Brooks, who’s worked on Wolverine, X-Men Legacy and more.
Other names on the list also include TMNT illustrator Mark Torres, Mico Suayan and Stephen Segovia. Comic fans sure have plenty to look forward to this con!
Recognize some of these pieces? – Pictures replicated from www.singaporetgcc.com
9. Exhibitor Booths
Our friends from Harris PLANERDS are back at STGCC this year, and that’s just scratching the surface of all the exhibitors and creators who will be at STGCC this year.
The list also includes the good folks from Collateral Damage Studios, who will be retailing their Superscenic 2 artbook at the con (they’re an exhibitor at ICDS 2012 too!), Imaginary Friends Studios, and other staples.
10. Gong Cha
Nothing beats a cool drink in sweltering Singapore.
Meet the Official Drink of STGCC, a fizzy concoction of Calpis, Lemon Juice and K Jelly enhanced with lemon rind. The drink also comes in other flavors, if lemon’s not your cup of tea.
(Don’t forget to flash your STGCC ticket while making your purchase for an additional free topping with any Calpis drink purchase!)
We know this one’s gonna save us when we’re hot and bothered after a long day in armor! XD