Singapore Comic Con (SGCC) 2019 kicked off on 7 and 8 December 2019 at the Marina Bay Sands Convention Centre. With fans of all ages and countries lining up as early as 7.30 am, with some already in costume. Crowds were full of DC superheroes, anime characters, lightsaber-wielding Jedis and even mini Disney princesses.
Visitors could explore a variety of exciting spaces such as a GGXP Zone, Artist Alley, and the main stage. Gaming tournaments, exclusive launches, panel discussions, exhibitions, and stalls made up the dynamic mix of activities that sprawled across the halls.
The star-studded guest line-up included comic creators Greg Capullo, Jock, Andy Kubert, and David Mack, toy designers Jason Freeny and Tara McPherson, gamers Alodia Gosiengfiao, Topson and Viva La Dirt League and cosplayers Astarohime and Jin (behindinfinity).
It was packed with concurrent events, Maxsoft and Project EXT hosted an exclusive Pokémon tournament that saw trainers battle it out in the Pokémon Video and Trading Card games. Cosplay Parade drew numerous dedicated fans, all decked in their best costumes, proud to represent their favourite characters on the wrestling ring. In the gaming zone, PVP Esports @ Singapore Comic Con by Singtel held a Corporate League Final as regional teams battled it out in Mobile Legends: Bang Bang and Dota 2. Gamersaurus Rex also held tournaments all day long with games such as Dungeons vs. Dragons, Warhammer, and Song of Ice and Fire.
Highlights include, exclusive insights into artist processes, live drawings, and unique collaborations through the panel sessions on the main stage. In addition, Talks with Batman and X-Men illustrator, Andy Kubert, and a Mr. Kiasu Meets SpongeBob SquarePants panel. The sprawling Artist Alley gave fans a chance to meet their favorite artists and purchase special merchandise and products.
Visitors got hyped up by their favorite characters brought to life by many talented cosplayers decked in intricate, well designed costumes. The Championships of Cosplay final took over the main stage in the late afternoon. Cosplayers competed and won the hearts of the judges such as Bernard Phee, Astarohime and Jin (behindinfinity) who guest judged this year’s competition. After a spectacular display of talent by all competing cosplayers, Danniel Adi Putra emerged on top and was crowned as the overall champion for the Championships of Cosplay 2019. Danniel won himself an all sponsored trip to represent SGCC at the prestigious cosplay competition at Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo (C2E2) in 2020 as well as a cash prize and tickets to SGCC 2020.
In the gaming zone, PVP Esports @ Singapore Comic Con returned with the Campus League Final, where tertiary teams battled it out in Mobile Legends: Bang Bang for the grand prize of SGD $5,000 and 3,000 Diamonds per player. Unstable Network took the competition by storm and walked away as the Champions of the PVP Campus League Grand Finals 2019.
The two-day hit event came to a close after drawing in an estimated 55,000 fans who took home prizes, precious memories and merchandise from various exhibitors such as XM Studios, Tokidoki, Mighty Jaxx and the creators at Artist Alley. Overall, it was a fantastic experience for visitors to revel in the world of Japanese artwork collectibles and appreciate the fusion fashion styles of east meets west.
*Photography Credits To Singapore Comic Con 2019.