The Singapore Toy, Game and Comic Convention (STGCC) will take Southeast Asia’s pop culture scene by storm with its latest power-packed announcement of 12 top-notch personalities, released six weeks before the main event kicks off in September.
From East to West, from comic book artists to the elusive creative forces behind popular Japanese entertainment, this year’s STGCC will see a wide range of pop culture personalities appearing in Singapore for the first time, bringing with them new collaborations and exciting news.
This edition of STGCC will see the debut appearance of Tomokazu Sugita, a famous seiyuu (voice actor) best known for voicing many memorable roles in various Japanese anime and game titles – from Gintoki of the popular Gintama, to Kyon from Haruhi Suzumiya and Joseph Joestar from Jojo’s Bizzare Adventure. He also brought to life Ragna the Bloodedge from fighting game BlazBlue, which spawned an anime series.
In fact, not only is this his debut at STGCC, the trip also marks his very first visit to meet fans in Southeast Asia!
Pop culture aficionados are in for a real treat as Reed Exhibitions will be showcasing not one, but two pairs of power duos at STGCC.
Cameron Stewart and David Mack
Freshly announced at the recently-concluded San Diego Comic-Con, Fight Club, the novel brought to stardom in 1999 by Brad Pitt and Edward Norton in the Hollywood cult classic of the same name, is taking on a new storytelling format and returning as a comic book series – Fight Club 2.
Cameron Stewart and David Mack, who will be in Singapore to meet fans at STGCC, are working together on the artwork for all 10 issues of the highly anticipated sequel, with Stewart doing the art, and Mack as the cover artist. The series, published by Dark Horse, will debut in May 2015.
David Mack, famed for the New York Times Best Selling KABUKI Graphic Novels and Daredevil from Marvel Comics, is back at STGCC with first-timer Cameron Stewart, an Eisner Awards (the comic industry’s equivalent of the Oscar Awards) winning writer and artist.
Together with artist Babs Tarr, Stewart recently gave DC Comics’ Batgirl a new look, and he is officially on board as part of the new writing team with Batgirl #35, starting in October 2014. Stewart also wrote and drew the Assassin’s Creed: The Fall, Assassin’s Creed: The Chain and Assassin’s Creed: Brahman, based on the extremely popular Assassin’s Creed video game series.
Shirahane Nao (AKA Dmyo) and Stayxxxx
The next power duo recently collaborated on the “Sleepless Child” project in May 2014. Shirahane Nao (AKA Dmyo) from Korea, a prominent illustrator best known for her works with celebrity blogger Danny Choo on Mirai-chan (the official mascot character of Culture Japan), tied up with Stayxxxx, a high profile Taiwanese cosplayer on this project.
Their first collaboration takes the form of “Cosplay x Illustration”, with Stayxxxx cosplaying as Eiji Seiun, the male partner of Mirai-chan, spiced up with Shirahane Nao (AKA Dmyo)’s illustration of Mirai-chan. It was a piece done in celebration of the launch of Danny Choo’s Smart Doll.
Stayxxxx may look like a suave and stylish guy when donning various anime/manga/game outfits, but she is in fact a female cosplayer well-known for cosplaying male characters. Her depictions of anime characters such as Captain Levi from Attack on Titan, Houka Inumata from Kill la Kill, and Gilgamesh from FATE series have won her fans from across the region.
Comic artist Olivier Coipel rose to fame as the artist of the DC Comics’ Legion of Super Heroes, before moving on to Marvel Comics, and teamed up with writer J. Michael Straczynski (also the creator of popular science fiction TV series Babylon 5) on the critically acclaimed book Thor, where he designed the look of the God of Thunder. Coipel has also showcased his gift for spectacle in his work with writer Brian Wood as the penciller for the series: X-Men, and his three issues of Avengers vs. X-Men (AvX) comic book series as an artist.
Coipel is currently working on a top secret Marvel project. Meet him face-to-face at STGCC to find out more!
Frank Kozik is the father of the iconic Labbit character. An entirely self-taught artist, Kozik works closely with Kidrobot and other boutique toy companies to create over 500 different limited edition figures. He also has a pair of NikeSB Dunk Quickstrike sneakers, a special edition Swatch watch, and an “Absolut Kozik” print ad amidst other notable projects under his belt.
Andy Price is the lead penciller and ink artist for the wildly popular My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic comic book from IDW Publishing. The book broke the 100,000 presale mark; the first independent book to beat out DC Comics and Marvel Comics in nine years.
Price is making his debut in Asia at STGCC. Calling all fans of My Little Pony, be sure to catch Price in person at the show!
Makoto Kedouin (KEDWIN)
Makoto Kedouin (KEDWIN) is the writer of Corpse Party, a survival horror adventure Doujin (self-published works) video game series. The popularity of Corpse Party has spawned titles in many other games, manga and OVA (original video animation). Catch him at STGCC as he brings the “horror factor” from Japan to Singapore!
haLRu (MONOMIND) is a prominent independent engineer of SOUND VOLTEX BOOTH and his responsibility is to drop beats on the dance floor daily. He was the sound engineer for the recording of the underground Doujin hits such as Himawari Remix, RayRain and even albums like Anime House Project and enigmatic LIA4.
estha (GEOGRAPHIC)’s music mostly encompasses styles of house music, but he has multiple releases in the Touhou and Game music genres as well, most notably his works with Key Sounds Label. He is also the founder of two paramount Doujin groups within the Touhou scene – “GEOGRAPHIC” and “XL PROJECT”, both comprising experienced talents from Music, Design, Programming and Storytelling.
Harvey Tolibao from the Philippines has been working with Marvel Comics on several projects, including Young Avengers: Hulking, X-Men: Hellbound, and the Silver Surfer series. He is currently working on the highly-anticipated book X-Men V4 and will be going to American publisher Dark Horse Comics to draw for the Ghost comic book series.
Returning to STGCC after two years, Tolibao will be launching a brand new HMT (Home of Multi-Talent) Studios artbook at the show to inspire other artists. Get ready to be impressed with the amazing collection of artwork in the book!
With the addition of this new wave of 12 personalities, pop culture fans will get the opportunity to meet-and-greet a wide range of internationally celebrated names at STGCC, happening on the 6th and 7th September at the Sands Expo and Convention Centre in Marina Bay Sands.
So grab the tickets to the pop culture fiesta now! Priced at $19 for a one-day pass and $25 for a two-day pass, tickets are available for sale at selected authorised retail outlets and at the event itself. Visit www.singaporetgcc.com/tickets-queues for more ticketing details.
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