STGCC 2012: Singapore-Styled Weekend of Geekery Returns
The Singapore Toy Games and Comic Convention (STGCC), organized by Reed Exhibitions, will be back this year on 1-2 September. This year, the convention has changed its location, so local and regional fans will be gathering at the Marina Bay’s Sands Expo & Convention Centre, rather than at the Suntec Convention Centre.
Last year, STGCC 2011 saw close to 30,000 people walk through its doors. It had Marvel and DC, as well as Hot Toys putting up prominent exhibitor booths during the event, in addition to the anime-centric guest appearances from popular Japanese cosplayer Kipi and vocaloid band Zaneeds.
For this year’s convention, the first batch of guests has already been announced. And it is quite an exciting list so far!
Mark Brooks, a Marvel artist well-known for his works in X-Men Legacy, Uncanny X-Force, The Amazing Spider-Man, Dark Reign: Young Avengers and TRON will be heading to the tropical city island as a guest. He has also contributed to a series of comiquettes with Sideshow Collectibles that include characters like Dagger and Scarlet Witch. He will be hosted by local store Invasion! Toys & Collectibles, and with that, I am sure there will be more Mark Brooks “booth and convention specials” to be announced nearer the date of the event.
Mark Brooks artwork
Artist Mark Torres, who is not a stranger to Singapore and has drawn for indie comic releases like Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Zombie vs Robots, will join Brooks as a guest in the Western pop-culture genre. Having met Mark Torres before, I can tell you that he is a fun and playful personality to hang out with. Definitely a wonderful addition to the guest list!
Then, there is LA-based graffiti artist Tristan Eaton, whose works is permanently featured in NYC’s Museum of Modern Art (MOMA). Hailing from Mexico, are designer custom toy designers Carlos and Ernesto East, also known as the Beast Brothers. Both of these names are well-known for their urban/ street-style art and will be in Singapore for the first time.
Illustrator, toy designer and avid toy collector, Mark Nagata will be meeting fellow toy lovers and sharing his experiences at STGCC 2012. He is the man behind Max Toy Company, which specializes in classic Japanese toys custom-made by Mark and is known to have the largest Ultraman toy collection in the world!
Fan favourites like popular Japanese vocaloid group Zaneeds, Tadaaki “Jacky” Dosai – the Chief Editor of Japan’s top cosplay magazine Cosmode, and Simone Legno – the creator behind lifestyle brand Tokidoki – will all be back in town for the convention this year. So will HK toy company Hot Toys – whose booth is a must-stop for toy collectors and pop-culture fans to gawk at their amazingly life-like productions.
The artist alley and exhibitor booths also boast of local and regional talents like Sonny Liew (Malinky Robot), writer Dave Chua, artist Koh Hong Teng, indie artist d’creativeaholic, Keatopia, Sir Fong amongst many many others!
And Reed has indicated that there are still MORE guests to be announced!
This sets the stage for this year’s STGCC to be an even more exciting and vibrant infusion Eastern and Western pop-culture. I strongly suggest that fans from the region should make an effort to come here for the convention this year, if they can afford it.
To get your tickets, head on to the official site
Tickets are set at $15 for a 1-day pass and $25 for a two-day pass.
VIP tickets are at $50 per ticket.
There is also a special ticket collaboration with Tokidoki for fans of the lifestyle brand. And word is, there will be more news about a Hot Toys ticket promotion too.
In order not to miss out on the STGCC news, visit www.singaporetgcc.com for more details!