The Singapore Toy, Game and Comic Convention (STGCC) announces more pop culture personalities for this year’s show! Jim Cheung, co-creator of Young Avengers, and Stella Chuu the Anime Princess of Burlesque, will be making their first appearance in Singapore at the Sands Expo and Convention Center on the 12th and 13th of September. At the same time, STGCC welcomes the return of fan favourites Simone Legno and Iron Man: Extremis illustrator Adi Granov. The 8th edition of the pop culture extravaganza will also celebrate SG50 (Singapore’s 50th anniversary) through special collaborations with local and international artists!
STGCC x tokidoki Unicorno for SG50
The first collaboration to be announced is the limited edition STGCC x tokidoki Unicorno, designed specially to commemorate SG50, by tokidoki co-founder and Creative Director, Simone Legno, as he returns to STGCC this year bringing with him his ever-popular brand of adorable, Japaneseinspired characters.
“I wanted to create the SG50 colourful Unicorno to compliment the beautiful creative mix of diverse cultures I’ve experienced in Singapore,” says Legno. Priced at $30 each, they will have a limited run of 1,000 pieces. Details of when and how fans can purchase this exclusive collectible will be released at a later date. Anyone holding an STGCC VIP Package will have one included in their gift package.
Ms Lin Koh, Assistant Project Director, Pop Culture Cluster, Reed Exhibitions, heralded this homage to Singapore, saying, “Singapore has been featured prominently in Simone Legno’s work, in his take of local icons such as the Merlion. Fans in Singapore will love his rendition, representing the international pop culture community celebrating with Singapore. We are also working on another special collaboration with local artists for Singapore’s Golden Jubilee, which will be announced soon. Watch this space!”
Hotshots in Comic Illustration
STGCC is thrilled to announce more top-notch artists from the West that promise to excite comic fans.
Jim Cheung, the brilliant penciler whose exclusive engagement with Marvel Comics has spawned Young Avengers, will come to Singapore for the first time to attend the show. Currently working on Secret Wars and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., he has also penciled for Marvel series Axis and Avengers: The Children’s Crusade. Outside of Marvel, Jim has amassed an extensive portfolio of illustration projects that range from co-creating Scion for CrossGen Comics to penciling for Kill Bill (The Village Voice), and has worked with The New York Times, ESPN, Mattel and Dorling Kindersley (DK Books).
Another Marvel illustrator and conceptual designer, Adi Granov will be back for his second appearance at STGCC. His work on Iron Man: Extremis spurred the formation of the Marvel movie universe and paved the way for his role as a conceptual designer and illustrator on the Iron Man and Avengers films. Star Wars, Darth Vader and Princess Leia comics are just a few of his other notable illustrations. His work can also be seen on the special edition CD release of Opiate by multi platinum American rock band Tool.
Top cosplayers from the East and West make their Singapore debut at STGCC 2015
Joining the list of explosive guests from the West is Stella Chuu, dubbed Anime Princess of Burlesque for marrying cosplay and burlesque in her one-of-a-kind acts. She will be making her first appearance in Asia at STGCC. Her humorous and risqué performances in themes ranging from Pinkie Pie to Jayne Cobb from Firefly, as well as her trademark TRON routine, are her calling card to fame and saw her touring around the Americas. She is also recognisable for cosplaying Ivy Valentine from Soul Calibur, Supergirl Kai and Devil Momura Akemi, all hinting at what she may bring to the table at her maiden appearance in Asia.
From the East, the doll-eyed wonder with sensual curves will come in the form of cosplayer Saku. Hailing from Japan and making her debut appearance in Singapore, she has brought to life the characters Ryuko and Satsuki of Kill la Kill, and Juliet Starling. Apart from female characters from animations, games and fantasy-themed titles including Vocaloid, the charismatic cosplayer also cosplays male characters.
One of Japan’s most well-kept secrets is Kuryu, who will be in Singapore for the first time with fellow cosplay personality Nakoto. The duo often pair up and are expected to enthrall fans at STGCC with a showcase of their artfulness and chemistry as demonstrated through their partnership as characters like Haruka Nanase and Tachibana Makoto of popular anime Free! Other famous anime brought to life through their cosplay are Diamond no Ace, Tiger & Bunny and Gintama.
With more personalities to be announced in the coming weeks, STGCC promises to turn the pop culture heat up in September!
Hardcore fans can purchase the $100 STGCC VIP Package valued at $255 that grants each holder priority entry, a two-day VIP Badge, 3 Fast Passes for the Walk Of Fame to meet their favourite pop culture stars, and the STGCC x tokidoki Unicorno, among other prized goodies in the package.
STGCC tickets are on sale now, priced at $19 for a one-day pass and $28 for a two-day pass. Tickets are available for sale at selected authorised retail outlets and at the event, while VIP Packages are sold online exclusively. Visit www.singaporetgcc.com/tickets-queues for more ticketing details. Check out www.singaporetgcc.com for the latest STGCC news!
About Singapore Toy, Game & Comic Convention
The Singapore Toy, Game & Comic Convention combines the best of pop culture from East and West to Asia, uniting the worlds of comics, anime, toys, collectibles and games. It is the pre-eminent event in the Asian market that fits with other shows in the Reed pop culture portfolio, including New York Comic Con (NYCC), the Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo (C2E2), Star Wars Celebration, PAX, NYC – Special Edition and OZ Comic Con.
STGCC will reach out to a whole new world of fans in Asia and opens a vast market with exciting opportunities for companies to break into the Asian market and/or reinforce a growing presence. Fans will experience a showcase of pop culture’s coolest and latest products, and be thrilled by personalities and characters from the worlds of superheroes, villains and realms of fantasy. STGCC’s vision is to deliver quality content and spread the currency of cool in Asia and aims to be the leading catalyst for the pop culture industry.
Images courtesy of Singapore Toy Game & Comic Convention STGCC 2015
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