With just 1 day away to the biggest East meets West popular culture, things are in high gear as the team behind this year’s Singapore Toy, Game & Comic Convention (STGCC) 2017 held its media preview yesterday. Sharing with members of the media what visitors can expect, this year’s event promises a kaleidoscope of comics, toys, games, manga, anime, cosplay and collectibles with a line-up of industry heavyweights, latest pop culture releases and non-stop stage entertainment.
From the media preview, the POPCulture Online team picks out 5 reasons why making the trip down to STGCC 2017 is worth it:
This year’s STGCC sees established names from the international cosplay stage add their glitter and glam to the event. This includes Leon Chiro, a professional cosplayer whose portfolio includes collaborations with Ubisoft, Square Enix, Capcom, 20th Century Fox, Riot Games. Our writer will be interviewing this hot Italian hunk who looks good even in normal wear so stay tuned for that!
Not forgetting our very own local cosplayers who never fail to amaze us each year with their highly detailed costumes and amazing makeup. Just remember to have basic courtesy when approaching them for a photo.
Meet our local Comic Heroes
Google the name Sonny Liew and you would read about how the local comic artist and illustrator became the first Singaporean to win the international comic industry’s prestigious Eisner Award. Of course, you would also find talk about the support or lack of it he was given with his book, “The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye”. Controversies aside, Sonny is a featured guest at STGCC 2017 and fans will not want to miss his Walk of Fame session on Saturday to meet him and get his autograph.
There will also be a panel titled “Made in Singapore lah!” on Sunday where Dan Wong (A Good Citizen), Derrick Chew (DCWJ), Eva (Evacomics), WaHa (CDS) and Lim Cheng Tju (M) will be sharing their work and story to inspire those who would find the courage to follow after them.
If there is something I always tell my team and regret not following up on, it is to keep my ATM card at home. One regular highlight of STGCC each year is the amount of cool merchandise available for those looking to do some retail therapy.
From Hot Toys who will be having their exclusives for fans to add to their collection to Beast Kingdom who will have a booth for fans to drool over, it will be retail therapy heaven. In fact, this year’s lanyard will again be a noteworthy purchase with the Tokidoki signature design style.
Best part about STGCC 2017 being held at the Marina Bay Sands Expo is the abundance of ATMs around if you know what I mean.
Feel The Force
As part of Star Wars Force Friday II, a global fan event celebrating the launch of Star Wars: The Last Jedi products, Star Wars: Experience the Force Singapore festival comes to STGCC this weekend to round off an exciting week.
From Kylo Ren’s specially built Tie Silencer to experiencing what is it like to be in the Millennium Falcon, this is something Star Wars fans will not want to miss. Fans will also get to meet everyone’s favourite droid BB-8 virtual reality thanks to ILMxLAB so do remember to bring the Force with you this weekend.
Best of East meets West
The constant reason that the Singapore Toy, Game & Comic Convention (STGCC) continues to attract popular culture fans from both Singapore and the Region is the combination of East and West popular culture content in one event.
No other event will you see a western name such as Adi Granov (conceptual designer and illustrator on the Iron Man films and the Avengers) and an eastern one such as Kanzaki Hiro (worked on original character designs for My Little Sister Can’t Be This Cute, Eromanga Sensei and Go! Go! 575) be at the same event.
Oh, and if you are worried about the expensive food options at MBS, last year had this food counter at the rest area where the rest rooms are. The food is decently priced considering it is MBS and the quality is decent too.
The POPCulture Online team will be covering STGCC 2017 as its one of its official media partners so do stay tuned for our coverage and interviews. We are definitely all geared up for the event and we hope to see everyone there!
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