Pop culture fans of comics, games, toys, cosplay and everything else in between can rejoice as the annual Singapore Comic Convention (SGCC) 2019 returns this year! Held from 7th to 8th December at Marina Bay Sands, SGCC will join other constituent events as part of the Singapore Media Festival this year (SMF), hosted by the Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA).
Fans can look forward to two whole days of living their fandom fantasies with a rich mix of experiential activities and meet-and-greet sessions with pop culture icons.
“SGCC will continue to feed fans with their favorite pop culture dishes, just as we have for the last 11 years as STGCC. And this year, we’re upping the game with some jaw dropping headliners,” enthused Mr. Suhaimi Sainy, Senior Manager of Special Projects, Reed Exhibitions. “Come gawk at and geek out over your beloved fandoms and franchises as you take in the moment with many activities we have in store. Fans, you won’t feel far from home.”
Comics Illustrators and Award-Winning Toy Artist Amongst Star-studded Line-up
The two-day extravaganza between 7 – 8 December will see a star-studded line up of illustrators and toy designers.
Hailing all the way from UK is three-time New York Times best-selling artist Mark Simpson known by the pen name Jock. Famed for his artwork in graphic novel titles, such as 2000 AD, The Losers, Wolverine and the award-winning Batman: The Black Mirror series, Jock has also produced key art concept designs and promotional imagery for films including Iron Man 3, The Dark Knight Trilogy, Dredd and Star Wars: Episode VII.
Fans of DC Comics’ Batman series will also be star struck at a special meet & greet session with American comic book artist and penciller Greg Capullo. A legend in the world of comics, Greg is best known for his work on Quasar, X-Force, Angela, Spawn and Batman. Prior to his current work illustrating for the iconic Batman series, Greg provided art for Blizzard Entertainment’s World of Warcraft and contributed lead character designs for the award-winning HBO animated SPAWN series.
Joining this stellar line-up is pop surrealist, Tara McPherson known for creating art pieces that explore the realms of otherworldly characters which are born from complexities of the human psyche. Tara’s talent places her as a leading female artist for the Designer Toy movement. She has collaborated with brands like kidrobot, ToyQube and most recently Tomenosuke. Recently in 2018 she won a Designer Toy Award in the category Best Licensed Toy for her Wonder Woman Art Figure.
You can catch these artists and more in action at SGCC 2019.
Changing the Game: Analog vs Digital Sports at GGXP
Gaming geeks of all ages head down to the Good Game Experience (GGXP) area at SGCC 2019 to experience in the world of gaming.
PVP @ Singapore Comic Con
Celebrate all things esports at PVP @ Singapore Comic Con by Singtel! The stage will be set for gaming fans to rub shoulders with professional gaming influencers and celebrities, experience exclusive industry showcases such as AR and VR in gaming, witness the finals of the PVP Community Leagues featuring Mobile Legends: Bang Bang and DOTA 2, and much more. Aimed at offering amateur gamers the chance to come together for some friendly competition, the PVP Community Leagues comprise a local inter-tertiary Campus League and a regional Corporate League. A combined prize pool of cash and prizes worth more than SGD 30,000 awaits the winners, and an additional SGD 20,000 will be donated to the PVP Corporate League winners’ charities of choice – it’s gaming for good!
Mr Arthur Lang, CEO of Singtel’s International Group said, “We’re thrilled to bring a whole new level of gaming action to PVP @ Singapore Comic Con as gaming becomes more intertwined in mainstream culture. We’re excited to offer fans in the region an elevated gaming experience from meeting gaming heroes and influencers to witnessing some of the latest developments in gaming technology. The deep passion for competitive gaming is also amazing to see with the PVP Community leagues drawing some 1,250 participants from schools and companies across the region. With the premier of PVP @ Singapore Comic Con we look forward to bringing more excitement to gamers of all ages and walks of life!”
Old school is the new school with the Tabletop experience brought to you by Gamersaurus Rex! Explore miniature tablescapes and battlefields laden with a myriad of terrain features where players enact battles between opposing forces using beautiful hand painted miniature models. Some of the games that will be featured during the convention include tournaments both for Warhammer 40,000 and A Song of Ice and Fire Miniatures Game. Visitors can also try their hand at painting these figurines which they can take home as memorabilia. Role-Playing Adventure Game freshies need not worry as Dungeons & Dragons sessions for beginners will also be hosted, letting them learn as they play.
Uniquely designed T-shirts by artists hailing from all over the world will be specially created for this year’s event and is available for sale at SGD $29 each from 1 July 2019. These limited-edition T-shirts will be available online and also sold on site at the Merchandise store at SGCC in December.
The designers include New York-based award-winning artist Tara McPherson and Japanese artist Peach MoMoKo whose use of watercolours allows her to create vibrant and vintage Japanese styled artwork. Alongside these talented women is Stephanie Raphela Ho, a Singaporean artist better known as Muffinsaurs whose design style focuses on adorable animals and inspired by her daily encounters.
This year, SGCC 2019 returns with attractive ticketing packages and new ticket categories via the website. Having noticed many families and youth frequenting the convention the past few years, the new categories will be all-inclusive and cost-efficient for all. To enjoy greater savings, fans are encouraged to purchase their individual or grouped tickets online.
Visit www.singaporecomiccon.com for more details on ticket categories.
In conjunction with five other constituent events, namely the Asian Academy Creative Awards (AAA), Asia TV Forum & Market (ATF) and ScreenSingapore, Singapore International Film Festival (SGIFF) and the digital event SMF Ignite, Singapore Comic Con will be part of the SMF this year. The SMF, hosted by the Infocomm Media Development Authority, will showcase the strong variety and creativity of Asian content and how its stories permeate the world.
Photos courtesy of SGCC
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