Look out pop culture fans, the annual Singapore Toy, Game and Comic Convention (STGCC) is returning for another epic and spectacular show! The Sands Expo and Convention Center will be transformed into a pop culture haven for the 8th edition of STGCC, taking flight on the 12th and 13th of September. Whether you are an avid cosplayer, a die-hard collector, or simply a fan of popular culture, STGCC 2015 has something for everyone in one power-packed weekend!
Behind every superhero and superheroine lies an artist recognised for his vision and artistic talent. Renowned comic book artist Adam Hughes, who will appear for the first time in Asia at STGCC 2015, is one of the best. An Eisner, Harvey and Inkpot award-winner, he has brought to life legendary heroes like Captain America, Hellboy, Wonder Woman and Supergirl. Withover 25 years of experience as a professional illustrator, he has worked with notable companies to produce favourites such as DC Comics – Catwoman, Marvel Comics – X Men, Dark Horse Comics – Star Wars Legacy and Warner Bros. Pictures – Wonder Woman.
In addition to savouring Adam Hughes’ unique “realist” style, fans will also experience a seamless spectrum of emotions as Camilla d’Errico brings to STGCC her distinctive form of art, engaging both manga and western styles with surrealist elements. Her famous works include the Helmetgirls, with Dark Horse Comics, Tony Tony Lollipop for Disney’s Stitch Experiment 626 and her self-published graphic novel, Tanpopo.
Six of Camilla’s one-of-a-kind Artist Proof Kuro Vinyl Toys will make their first public appearance at STGCC. The numbered pieces of these designer vinyl toys were sold out completely in a limited production run. Camilla has also confirmed a special print release of 25 pieces of Tree of Life, which she will hand-embellish with gold paint at STGCC and offer for sale.
Fans of Disney’s popular animated feature film, Big Hero 6, will not want to miss designer Koyama Shigeto, who was part of the talented team that did the concept design for Baymax, the movie’s iconic superhero. A veteran designer on popular Japanese animated television series, Evangelion, Koyama’s other notable works include Heroman, Eureka Seven, Star Driver, Captain Earth, Gunbuster 2 and most recently, G-Reko.
Joining the line-up of distinguished guests this year will be one of the most high-profile and wellknown character designers and manga artists from Japan, Sadamoto Yoshiyuki. The founding member of the Gainax anime studio, which is famous for productions such as Gunbuster and Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water, Sadamoto is also known for his work on the popular Japanese animated television series – Neon Genesis Evangelion and the Japanese hit movie – The Girl Who Leapt Through Time.
Elevating the sensory experience at this year’s STGCC will be stage performances by popular musicians, Animenz and TAMUSIC, well-known for their unique renditions of Japanese anime music. A classically trained pianist, Maik Guo (aka Animenz), is internationally known for his distinctive, virtuosic performances. Some of his most popular pieces are soundtracks from popular manga series such as Shingeki no Kyojin, No Game No Life and Tokyo Ghoul.
Likewise, TAMUSIC will set hearts pumping at STGCC as he performs a repertoire of famous musical tunes from genres spanning Anime, Game, Vocaloid and Touhou.
“Triumphing in the pop culture scene to give fans in Singapore and the region an immersive experience, STGCC has been delivering an incredible multitude of pop culture content from the East and West over the past seven years. This year, we continue to fill the stage with a star-studded list of pop culture personalities and bring the universe of toys, games, anime, manga and collectibles together once again for an exhilarating weekend! “Brace yourselves! The 8th edition is definitely hyping up to be the coolest event of the year!” Said Ms. Lin Koh, Assistant Project Director, Pop Culture Cluster.
STGCC is also stoked to present the inaugural Championships of Cosplay this year! Raising the standards of cosplay in Singapore, watch as the region’s top cosplayers and budding enthusiasts battle it out to represent STGCC at the 2016 C2E2 Crown Championships of Cosplay in Chicago, where they will compete for international glory among the best cosplayers in the world! To mark Hasbro’s first participation and celebration of cosplay with STGCC, Hasbro will be sponsoring close to SGD 2,000 worth of Magic: The Gathering merchandise, which includes the latest Magic Origins and Battle for Zendikar products for the top three winners. The champion will be rewarded with a grand prize of 1 x return economy class air ticket to Chicago and SGD 1,000 in cash, sponsored by XM Studios. Judging the competition are renowned cosplayers, Tadaaki “Jacky” Dosai from Japan and Yui from Hong Kong, alongside representatives from Moviemania and XM Studios.
STGCC tickets will be available for sale from 1 July 2015 and priced at SGD$19 for a one-day pass and SGD$28 for a two-day pass. Get ready and grab your tickets at selected authorised retail outlets and at the event itself! Visit www.singaporetgcc.com/tickets-queues for more ticketing details.
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