The Media Preview for the Singapore Toy, Game and Comic Convention (STGCC) 2012 was held at the Sands Expo and Convention Center, Marina Bay Sands (MBS), where members of the media were given a glimpse on what to expect over the weekend.
Starting off the media preview was Ms Yeow Hui Leng, Project Director of STGCC 2012, who shared with everyone how the Singapore Toy, Game and Comic Convention has grown over the years.
This year’s Singapore Toy, Game and Comic Convention will see close to 160 local and international exhibitors participating in the event. Add in a power-packed line-up of 35 notable popular culture personalities and the team behind the event are expecting over 35,000 local and regional fans to visit the event over the weekends.
POPCulture Online also managed to have a quick word with Ms Yeow as to why the team decided to select the Sands Exhibition and Convention Centre, Marina Bay Sands, as the venue for this year’s STGCC. As MBS is one place many visitors to Singapore including STGCC’s own guest would like to visit, having it here would definitely add that extra bit to an already exciting event.
Following the overview to the event was a rather interesting session with 3 western popular culture personalities, Andy Diggle (leading comic book writer from the UK), Tristan Eaton (famous graffiti artist, illustrator and toy designer from the USA) and Leinil Yu (top Marvel Comics and DC Comics Asian illustrator from the Philippines). The three shared about their impressions of Singapore as it was Andy and Tristan’s first time to the country and how they were looking forward to the event and also meeting the many fans over the weekend.
As a treat for everyone present at the media preview, both Tristan Eaton and Leinil Yu did live sketches with Andy Diggle chipping in with a caption for Leinil’s sketch of a Singaporean Superhero. Tristan will be completing his sketches over the weekend and will be giving them away in a lucky draw. Interested fans should definitely visit his booth to find out more on how they can take part.
Seeing how Leinil was heavily involved in the drawing of Marvel characters, we just had to ask him what would he do if he could update Captain America’s costume. While he did comment that the old chain mail based design was getting outdated and he would want to add elements of technological advances along the lines of of Metal Gear Solid’s Snake outfit, he would still prefer to keep the shield in its original round form with the colours intact.
We also managed to ask what Tristan if there was this one piece of work that he would love to share with his grand children later on, what would it be. You could see that gleam in his eyes as he explained how he worked on art pieces for President Obama’s election campaign. Definitely one for the grand children as its not everyday one gets to work for the man who would create history as the USA’s first black president.
As for writer Andy Diggle, well we will keep that for later as we have another interview scheduled with the man who has worked on many noteworthy titles such as 2000AD, Swamp Thing, Punisher, Daredevil, Batman, Green Arrow and the ever popular Dr Who.
Rounding up the media preview was a session with 2 eastern popular culture personalities, Touya Hibiki and Kousaka Yun, who are both top cosplayers from Japan. Turning up as popular Vocaloid characters Hatsune Miku and Kaito in their Senbonzakura outfits, the pair was all ready with their poses as flahes went off like fireworks on the 4th of July.
With STGCC being an east meets west popular culture event, we took the chance to find out from the charming pair what western popular culture have they come across. It was interesting to know that they were familiar with popular cartoons like Tom & Jerry and also SpongeBob SquarePants. When asked if there was a western character they would like to cosplay one day, Touya Hibiki happily answered Jack Sparrow, a cosplay that I’m sure would definitely catch the attention of many western popular culture fans.
Overall the media preview for this year’s Singapore Toy, Game and Comic Convention has whet the POPCulture Online’s team’s appetite with what looks to be an exciting event, and that’s just only the tip of the iceberg. We are definitely looking forward to the event itself and from the many messages going around the social media networks, it looks like we are not alone.
Do stay tuned to POPCulture Online over the next two days and the following week as the team will be covering the coolest east meets west event right here in sunny Singapore.
Photos Credits: Ken Koh
By Kenneth Wong
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