It seems like forever as many fans waited for news on the upcoming Singapore Toy, Game and Comic Convention (STGCC) to appear after the announcement of the date and venue for this year’s STGCC.
Last year’s STGCC saw the event move to the posh Sands Expo and Convention Center in Marina Bay Sands and saw many high profile guest including rising Japanese singer PICO, the team behind the very popular Hot Toys and popular cosplayers Touya Hibiki and Kousaka Yun from Japan.
Naturally this left fans of the coolest event in town wanting more and well, the wait is finally over.
First on the guest list is the man behind the unforgettable red and gold armor that Tony Starks dons to fight evil. The Iron Man armor is the brain child of Adi Granov who will be making his way down to STGCC 2013.
Adi is best known for his work in the Iron Man: Extremis comic book series, written by Warren Ellis, and his role as a conceptual designer and illustrator on the Iron Man and the Avengers films with Marvel Studios. In fact, the book that he worked on sparked off the Iron Man blockbuster series. Hollywood director John Favreau not only assigned him as the suit supervisor, but also asked for his help to design all main characters and fight scenes in the first movie.
His pens have graced hundreds of cover pages for many of Marvel Comics’ bestselling comic books including X-men, The Avengers, Ultimates, Iron Man, Captain America, and many others.
With nominations for seven Eisner Awards (Oscar Awards equivalent in the comics industry), four International Eagle Awards (Longest established awards in the comics industry), and both the Harvey and Kirby Awards (Distinguished awards among comic-book professionals) in the category of Best New Talent amongst many others, the list undoubtedly proves to be a testament of David Mack’s skills as an author and artist.
Best known for the New York Times Best Selling KABUKI Graphic Novels and Daredevil from Marvel Comics, Mack’s unique ability to transit smoothly between independent and mainstream comics often sees to the creation of remarkable works of art. Interweaving Eastern and Western influences, his avant-garde practices materialise into the mainstream superhero characters while his own KABUKI comics showcase innovative use of techniques.
Out of comics, Mack has illustrated and designed jazz and rock albums for both American and Japanese Labels, including work for the former Beatles member Paul McCartney.
Vampy Bit Me
No stranger to Cosplay fans around the world, Vampy Bit Me (not her real name) is a title that that stirs excitement among her near 100,000 fans on FaceBook. Having learnt styling in the States, Vampy Bit Me made a splash into the cosplay scene. She was discovered by Japanese toy company Kotobukiya, and was featured in the cosplay showcase book Otacool 2.
Currently part of a costume/prop makers group named Team Mantium Designs, Vampy Bit Me is involved in building and fabricating highly articulate armour.
Rocketed to stardom as the character designer of the hit anime Guilty Crown, Redjuice is one of the most promising illustrators in the anime-manga industry. Also a member of the creative doujin (self-published Japanese works) music group supercell, his upcoming works include illustration of the novel BEATLESS.
An established five man design team, DEVILROBOTS is globally famed by the character TO-FU OYAKO. They have collaborated with international brands such as ADIDAS, Coca-cola, Disney, Nike and so on. The official TO-FU shop will open its store this month in Hong Kong.
DJ kz (livetune)
Producer of the commercial track Tell Your World for the collaboration between Google Chrome and Hatsune Miku (famous vocaloid character), the rising music producer DJ kz (livetune) will join the STGCC’s line-up of pop culture personalities to bring the house down.
There is no doubt to TAM’s rise to international fame from a regular street artist along Akihabara, Japan. His renditions of popular musical tunes from genres like Anime, Game, Vocaloid and Touhou have received more than 20 million YouTube views, and he has performed to more than 10,000 people and released more than 100 albums for his collection of 2000 over songs.
Ms Yeow Hui Leng, Senior Project Director of STGCC, has this to say about this year’s STGCC:
As the leading show in Southeast Asia that unites the best in pop culture from the East and West, we always strive to be the game changer for the benefits of fans and our supporters. We hope the content for this year’s STGCC will be a testament to our response to fans’ feedback and how we have packaged a programme mix that is high in pop culture index and wide in ground appeal.
With a new record attendance of close to 35,000 local and regional visitors last year, you can be sure the good people at Reed Exhibitions will continue to give fans of both Eastern and Western Popular Culture a time to remember.
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