Singapore, 8 – 9 September 2018 – The Singapore Toy and Gaming Comic Convention (STGCC) is one of the biggest celebrations of entertainment fandom –featuring workshops, cosplay collections and displays of unique merchandise. This year the convention has created more fan-curated spaces representing a plethora of fandoms.
The Fan-Tastic Zone is created by superfans of acclaimed franchises, shows and characters for superfans and showcased fan-art, merchandise and cosplay. Visitors looking to trade or source rare sketchcards will revel in the Sketchcards Meet & Trade and Scavenger Events organised by the Singapore Comics Community, which showcased its extensive collection of vintage comics — all of which are easily worth a small fortune. The community also hosted sketchcard workshops, conducted by prominent artists in the comic community.
The two-day extravaganza celebrates Marvel Cinematic Universe’s 10th anniversary by paying tribute to the plethora of action-packed superhero-themed movies that set our screens ablaze this year. As part of this, fans can expect to meet several Marvel creators and artists including Marvel Studios’ Head of Visual Development Ryan Meinerding (US), a bonafide superhero alumnus with titles such as Thor, Captain America: The First Avenger, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Avengers: Infinity War and Black Panther to his credit.
Known as the man who officiated Batman’s wedding, comic artist David Finch (Canada) who has contributed to notable Marvel and DC Comics titles such as New Avengers, Moon Knight, Ultimatum, Wonder Woman and Batman will also be present at the event.Eisner-nominated comic illustrator and designer Mark Brooks (UK) who recently unveiled his uber-cool rendition of the Batmobile for the Detective Comics series, is another superhero luminary attending this year’s STGCC.
Cosplay and anime fans were delighted to meet character designer Range Murata (JP), known for anime series such as Blue Submarine No.6, LASTEXILE, Shangri-La and musical artist and chart-topping composer YUC’e (JP), who has contributed to rhythm games such as beatmania IIDX and SEGA’s CHUNITHM.Organisers of STGCC will also be screening selected anime titles via Japanese anime and pop culture channel, Aniplus as well as episodes of Dr Who’s Christmas specials from BBC.
Attendees who wish to merge with alien supervillain Venom and gain cool supernatural abilities can do so at the booth dedicated to the anti-hero. Sony Pictures Entertainment booth is one of my favorites and featured a special Facebook camera filter where your selfie will be transformed into venom faces. There’s also a bike on display for fantastic photo opportunities.
Not to be outdone, Spidey’s dedicated team of superfans bring on the Singapore chapter of the international fandom to the convention. “Spiderverse SG” celebrates the release of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. Attendees can take photographs at the specially constructed 3D photo-corner and pose with cosplayers from the Spiderverse club.
The Supreme Leader of the White Walkers, the Night King makes a chilling appearance at the convention. There are photo opportunities at scheduled times, where people can take selfies with the costumed characters of the Night King and White Walkers at the specially constructed Game of Thrones booth.
It’s a toy lover’s paradise at STGCC, as toy makers, producers, illustrators and artists will showcase their best creations- vinyl toys, original artwork, figurines and more, at the convention.
Tokyo-based 1000toys Inc. originally started as an effort to bring original, high-quality creations by Japanese toy-makers and designers to the forefront, but has since expanded their line-up to include international artists.
The Toys to Art Showcase, a collective produced by 1000toys Inc. and Sentinel Co. Ltd. feature the works of distinguished independent Japanese artists at STGCC. A wide selection of artwork and toys from names such as Hikari Bambi, Kaiju artist DAN, ZIQI, Sad Salesman, Horrible Adorables and many more are up for grabs.
Japanese graphic designer and illustrator Teresa Chiba runs art production label Production Genmu, where she displays her multidisciplinary creative works inspired by traditional Japanese attire, designs and art forms. “Kabuki Otome” — the spirited teenage girls of Kabuki are a recurring motif in her work.
Kaori Hinata’s Hinatique produces knick-knacks and ceramic figurines, which ooze equal parts cuteness and nostalgia. Her creation “Morris – The Cat with Antlers” visited STGCC last year and became an instant fan-favourite. Apart from her original designs, Hinata has also collaborated with Star Wars, Ultraman and Powerpuff Girls.
Veteran Japanese illustrator, character and product designer Yasu has had her work exhibited at Thailand, London, Taiwan, New York, Beijing and Shanghai. Her characters, including the iconic “Ebineko”, “Same” and “Yamorin” have been immortalised on a variety of mediums-namely lush, resin, vinyl and paper.
Nakao Teppei is a commercially acclaimed illustrator whose quirky art style has earned him a spot on a variety of media such as magazines, book covers, print advertisements, TV commercials and websites. He has also collaborated with Japanese toy maker Sentinel to produce his first “sofubi” (soft vinyl) toy, Sushi L.A., which was well-received worldwide.
Peach Momoko is a Japanese illustrator whose vibrant and detailed art styles has won her plenty of praise and loyal fans. Her work aesthetic is inspired by vintage Japanese motifs dating back to the Sixties and is created on a watercolour medium.
British-Chinese manga artist Yishan Li is the creator of graphic novels based on the lives of popular characters and respected public figures such as Buffy (Buffy: The High School Years) and Lady Diana (Lady Di and Me). Her work has been published by established names such as Dark House, Random House, Top Cow, DC and Delcourt.
Canadian cosplayer Hikarin is well-known for her portrayal of youthful male characters. Armed with a dazzling trademark smile, she utilises clever make-up techniques to bring her characters to life. US-based Taiwanese cosplayer Zekia considers STGCC to be her first overseas convention and displays prodigious construction and needlework skills in her costumes. Both personalities are brought in by Yours Officially and Beast Kingdom.
Taiwanese cosplayers Shiraga Yanko, fondly known as Xiao Yang by her devoted fans, is famous for her porcelain doll-aesthetics and dainty portrayals of beauteous young female characters from the world of anime.
Owner of famed Japanese nightclub Akihabara MOGRA and instructor for famed DJ equipment producers PioneerDJ, D-YAMA is a top DJ in Japan’s burgeoning Anisong scene. He tours internationally and has performed alongside popular anisong artist Mami Kawada.
Overall, the vibe of STGCC 2018 certainly feels much better as compared to last year —more space for all the exhibitors and public. There’s a host of new zones specially catered to the ever-growing community of pop culture lovers and fans are certainly stoked about the whole experience.
Short Q&A with Olivia Mears (@avantgeek)
Designer Olivia Mears AKA AvantGeek has received international acclaim for the usage of unusual material such as food, recyclables and art supplies in her creations. Her work is often referred to as “wearable art”, with noteworthy costumes including the “Taco Belle” and “Pizzarella” items. She also serves as a brand ambassador for SINGER® Sewing Company
How would you describe your personal style and what are your inspirations?
My personal style leans toward fantasy, with many of my inspirations being from television and games growing up: Lord of the Rings, Legend of Zelda, Cardcaptor Sakura, and from art styles like Art Nouveau and artist Claude Monet. My casual clothing is much more reminiscent of 50’s fashion.
What styles do you see coming back in style?
I see a lot of styles coming back from the 80’s and 90’s: lantern sleeves, long blouses and tunics with belts, t-shirts made to look vintage. We love nostalgia from our childhood, especially current generations, so there have been lot of references to popular fiction (cartoons and movies) from decades ago.
What are some timeless accessories / fashion pieces that will always work?
I am a personal fan of 50’s style swing dresses with simple floral patterns or solid colors. They have a nice silhouette and are so easy to accessorize. They are only dated if accessorized that way, and can be dressed up or down for the occasion. For shoes: simple rounded heels.
What’s the future fashion trends you anticipate of this industry?
I think we will always be bringing back recent trends from the past thirty years for nostalgia, but I also see iridescent and metallic fabrics becoming more popular as a nod to retrofuturism and movies like Bladerunner.
In the future where do you hope your career will take you?
I would definitely like to design on a greater scale so that more people can purchase my dresses. For now I am enjoying exploring fashion concepts and daring (if not bizarre) design choices like “food fashion” and fantasy themes.
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