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10 Reasons Why You Should Check Out STGCC '12

10 Aug , 2012,
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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!

1. COSMODE

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

 

It's a pop-culture Invasion!

5 Jan , 2012,
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Stephen Segovia's exclusive Supergirl print - just one of many goodies you can expect at Invasion!'s opening this weekend.

Get ready for a pop-culture invasion this weekend when Invasion! Toys & Collectibles opens its new retail outlet at Funan DigitaLife Mall.

The computer hub’s getting jazzed up by the entry of this new player, which joins Battle Bunker, Black Tactical,  La Tendo, and Rapid Culture on level 5.

Invasion!’s set to infuse the place with a fresh dose of Western chic. The store promises to be a platform for visitors, not just to indulge their inner geek, but also to connect with celebrated art creators and illustrators from around the world, who will be making regular store appearances and signings.

And talking about store appearances, comic-book artist Stephen Segovia will be in town for the official opening, and he will be joined by local artist Sonny Liew and Indonesian illustrator Rudy Ao.

The trio will be offering exclusive art prints, and taking limited commissions for the event (you can e-mail your requests to Invasion!’s owners here), so if you’re a fan, this is one chance you don’t wanna pass up.

Also, don’t forget to check out Invasion!’s official site, and Facebook page here.


Invasion! Toys & Collectibles Grand Opening

Date: Friday 6th Jan & Saturday 7th Jan

Time: 6 pm (Friday) & 11 am (Saturday)

Venue: 109 North Bridge Road, #05-36, Funan DigitaLife Mall, Singapore 179097

 

Another STGCC Roundup

14 Aug , 2011,
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STGCC! XD

STGCC’s only a week away, and in our final roundup, we put the spotlight on the cosplay contest and some of the exhibitors gracing the show floor. We’ve also got some great news for Mico Suayan fans.

1. Cosplay @ STGCC 

The finalists for Cosplay @ STGCC were announced on Thursday, and it looks like cosplay lovers will be in for a treat!

Contenders for the STGCC title include established cosplayers from the Philippines and WCS finalist from Malaysia, and they’ll be on stage from 5 pm to 7 pm on Sunday (21 Aug), jostling for the top prize of $1,000.

Check out the full line-up here.

2. Exhibitors

Nothing beats going to a con and going home laden with armfuls of loot, and we single out a few booths worth watching for.

On the comic front, we have:

Benjamin Ang (#F33) Benjamin’s the first (of hopefully many) Singaporean talents to get a gig with Marvel following last year’s Portfolio Review. He’s got my vote of confidence, so do pop by his booth to support this rising star.

Setting up shop in the artist’s alley is Kelvin Chan (#G48). Be sure to drop by Kelvin’s booth, especially if you missed his awesome work at Comic Art Show 2011. He’s also got special limited edition Conan the Barbarian prints on sale, and if you’re really, really lucky, snagging one of these 100 signed and numbered pieces could also snag you a ticket to the movie screening.

Our friends Noval and Rudy AO will also be putting in an appearance at (#G36), where they’ll be sharing a booth with the amazing DC illustrator Ardian Syaf, while Marvel’s Harvey Tolibao will also be showcasing his pieces a couple booths down, at (#G40/42). 

And now, a little something for the manga fans. If you like Knightcat’s work, she can be spotted at (#G25) where she’ll be selling her prints and merchandise. Also, Rixou of art group Soraworks will be debuting a 35-page graphic novel at (#G21) (that’s just a few booths away!), so do take note!

And while we’re on the topic of book launches and debuts, Mico Suayan, who has done some really marvelous work on Moon Knight, Thor, Wolverine and the X-men will be putting out his sketch book at the Elseworlds booth at (#E22).

This exclusive STGCC 2011 release will feature some of his best sketches and cover art pieces, and is definitely something not to be missed.

Mico's Sketchbook - Cover Art (used with permission)

Mico's Sketchbook - Sample Pages (used with permission)

If you’re into toys:

Action City‘s booth at (#E2) is where the Hot Toys action is at. That’s where you can grab your share of limited edition STGCC exclusive Batman, Iron Man and Predator figurines.

Evirob, Gloomy & TO-FU Oyako loyalists can check out Play Imaginative at booth (#B2), while Simply Toys (#F11) and The Falcon’s Hangar (#D18) will be stocking their own treasure troves for the discerning toy collector.

The China Square Central regulars will be there too, so look out for some of their kickass stuff for sale.

And finally, if you’re just dying to get Kieron’s or Paul’s signatures, and you’re missing that one comic book:

Check out Harris Planerds (#B14). Our Planerds friends have promised to keep graphic novels and trade paperbacks by the big names handy, just for STGCC.

3. Crimson’s Con Project

No con is complete without photography and video coverage, and this year, we’ve got something ambitious planned for con goers and cosplayers alike.

The Neo Tokyo Project will be doing a photodocumentary at STGCC, and we’d love for you to be a part of this blog exclusive feature. So if you’re gonna come dressed in geek chic or in costume, we want you to share your story with us. Joey and I will be roving the show floor in steampunk costumes inspired by Joe Benitez’s Lady Mechanika, so do say hi if you see us!

We’ll also be doing an MTV style convention video on Day #1, so do look out for our camera crew (they’ll be wearing The Neo Tokyo Project t-shirts), and pose for the cameras!

Until this coming weekend, folks. Cheerio!

An STGCC Roundup

2 Aug , 2011,
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STGCC! XD

With the Singapore Toy, Game and Comic Convention (STGCC) happening in little more than just 3 weeks time, here’s a quick look at what the event has to offer.

1. If you’re a Cosplayer or big on Eastern fandom

If you’re a cosplayers, there’s the Cosplay Contest happening on the second day of STGCC.

You’ll also get a chance to meet with celebrity cosplayer Kipi, as well as the editor and team from COSMODE magazine. What’s more, the COSMODE folks will be roving the show floor, taking pictures of cosplayers, so come in your best outfits.

Who knows? You might become Singapore’s next cosplay star.

Otakus also have something to look forward to. Both character artist Kishida Mel , as well as voice actress Itou Shizuka will be in attendance.

Oh, and there’s a *coughVocaloidcough* dance party too, if you’re into that sorta thing.

2. Artists and Comic Book Fans

I’m totally geeking out over the guests at this year’s event, who will be here for signings, talks and more. If you’re big on comic writing like I am, don’t you dare miss Paul Levitz and Kieron Gillen, and if you’re the arty type, there’s peeps like Mico Suayan, Harvey Tolibao and Steven Segovia to whet your creative appetites.

If you’re an artist hopeful, there’s the Portfolio Review by C.B. Cebulski, arguably your best chance to break into the comic book scene. Closing date for registration is 12 August though, so if you’re still getting your portfolio together, it’s time to step it up!

There’s also gonna be an artist’s alley for those who want a piece of something different. The artists from Comic Art Show 2011 will be there too, so if you missed your chance to meet them, STGCC’s gonna be the time.

3. Cool Swag and Phat Lewts

If you’re popping by STGCC for a stab at swag, then you’re in luck. There’s loads available, including limited edition Batman, Iron Man and Predator figurines from the Hot Toys booth, as well as other exclusive products. Check out the STGCC website for a full list of details.

4. Crimson’s Secret Project

We’ve got something in the works for STGCC too, and it’s not just the exclusive interviews we’ve managed to schedule with some ninja guests from overseas.

Look out for the steampunk dude with the camera at STGCC on Day 1 and Day 2, and you just might become a part of something grand. XD

STGCC takes place on 20-21 August 2011. Tickets are available at the STGCC Official Website, and at selected stores islandwide.