August 20, 2015

You know what’s better than toys, games and comics? Bringing people who love these things together for an extensive activity-filled event. We may not have been able to take the annual pilgrimage to the mecca of all comic-cons last July (San Diego Comic-Con aka SDCC, arguably one of the most important events for the entertainment industry every year), but we were still lucky enough to watch some star-studded panels, exclusive trailers and clips online – leaked or not. Good on you if you managed to catch the X-Men: Apocalypse and Deadpool trailer before they got taken down. As we move closer to September, we prepare ourselves for our very own epic gathering of like-minded enthusiasts and stars – the eighth annual Singapore Toy, Game and Comic Convention (STGCC).

This spectacle will take flight on the 12th and 13th of September, turning the entire Sands Expo and Convention Centre into a pop culture sanctuary. The event attracted more than 40,000 local and regional cosplayers, die-hard collectors and fans of pop culture last year, and they’re hell- bent on breaking their own record this year.

We’re incredibly stoked to have (and to share the same breathing space with) the man responsible for bringing to life legendary heroes like Captain America, Hellboy, Wonder Woman and Supergirl – Adam Hughes. This renowned comic book artist, who’ll be making his debut in Asia at STGCC, is an Eisner, Harvey and Inkpot award-winner. We’re not surprised, considering his 25 years of experience as a professional illustrator. Joining him in making their first appearance in Singapore is Jim Cheung, co-creator of Young Avengers. Jim’s currently working on Secret Wars and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.. Apart from the Marvel universe, he’s also worked with The New York Times, ESPN, Mattel and Dorling Kindersley (DK Books).

Another exciting artist that’ll be coming through is Camilla d’Errico. Her unique form of art adopts both manga and western styles, and incorporates surrealist elements to evoke emotions in her fans. Some of her memorable works include the Helmetgirls (with Dark Horse Comics) and Tony Tony Lollipop for Disney’s Stitch: Experiment 626.

Other greats include designer Koyama Shigeto (remember Baymax from Big Hero 6?), character and manga artist Sadamoto Yoshiyuki (founding member of Gainax anime studio, which is famous for Gunbuster and Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water), fan favourites Simone Legno (responsible for the tokidoki brand) and Iron Man: Extremis illustrator, Adi Granov, as well as popular Japanese anime musicians, Animenz and TAMUSIC.

Cosplayers, this one’s for you. STGCC is presenting the first-ever Championships of Cosplay this year. Battle it out against the region’s top cosplayers to represent STGCC at next year’s C2E2 Crown Championships of Cosplay in Chicago (including $1,000, sponsored by XM Studios), where the winner will gain international glory among some of the best cosplayers in the world. The top three winners will also stand to win close to $2,000 worth of Magic: The Gathering merchandise, thanks to Hasbro.

Apart from that, Stella Chuu, dubbed the Anime Princess of Burlesque, along with Saku (she’s dressed up as Ryuko and Satsuki of Kill la Kill, and Juliet Starling from Lollippop Chainsaw), and the incredible duo, Kuryu and Nakato, will be making an appearance.

See, there’s always something for someone. Now we just need to sit tight as we wait for the next wave of line-up. You’re not alone!

The 8th Edition of Singapore Toy, Game and Comic Convention (STGCC) will be held on 12th and 13th September. Tickets are priced at $19 (one-day pass) and $28 (two-day pass), and will be available at selected retail outlets and at the event itself.

Photos courtesy: Singapore Toy Game & Comic Convention STGCC 2015