Returning to make a splash in the local pop culture scene, the annual Singapore Toy, Game and Comic Convention (STGCC) is back with its first announcement of six top-notch pop culture personalities to kick-start the wave of excitement leading up to the seventh edition.
From the East, STGCC has invited three renowned DJs from Japan, each highly-regarded for their work in the different realms of Japanese music – Anisong, Touhou and Vocaloid. Inu, D.watt and sasakure.UK will take to the stage on the first night of the two-day convention with a two-hour music showcase that will bring the house down. Spinning the latest hits from popular Japanese games and anime, this STGCC DJ Night will be the first in Singapore to feature all three music genres on the same stage.
Three multi-talented artists from the West complete the first release of star-studded pop culture personalities announced by the organiser, Reed Exhibitions. They are Humberto Ramos, who is well acquainted with Spiderman, Alex Solis, the father of “The Famous Chunkies” featuring oversized superheroes, and Simone Legno, the creator of the popular tokidoki brand.
Bringing together the best of pop culture from the East and West, STGCC 2014 takes place on the 6th and 7th of September at the Sands Expo and Convention Center in Marina Bay Sands.
“The show has matured over the past six years, and we have amassed a very loyal following of fans from Singapore and the region by bringing together vibrant international content from the East and West for a regional audience,” said Ms. Rita Magnus, Senior Manager, Pop Culture Cluster.
Taking over the helm of Southeast Asia’s leading pop culture show for the first time, Ms. Magnus, who has been the show’s Western content programmer for the past three years, has fresh aspirations for the show. “With a strong list of pop culture personalities and attractive offerings for our fans, we aim to put together a stellar content of substantial mass appeal and pave way for the show to be elevated to the next level.”
Last edition, the leading pop culture show in Southeast Asia concluded with a record-breaking attendance of 40,000 local and regional visitors over a galvanising weekend of pop culture combo.
Fresh spin on DJ Night at STGCC
STGCC will teleport fans of anime and games to Japan with the STGCC DJ Night, where three top DJs from Japan – Inu, D.watt and sasakure.UK promise an electrifying night filled with the latest hits from the popular Japanese music genres of Anisong, Touhou and Vocaloid.
Since his destined encounter with the popular anime Sailor Moon, Inu has been hooked on the Anisong genre and has dedicated himself to anime sound track production. His latest pieces include the rearrangement of anime theme songs from Sengoku Collection.
D.watt has released more than 250 CDs with the notoriously famous IOSYS, a Japanese musical ensemble known for their Doujin (self-published works) releases from the Touhou Project series (a popular Japanese doujin game series) and the Denpa music genre. The group is a regular contributor of tunes for popular arcade games such as Beatmania IIDX by Konami and Maimai by Sega.
“Do Vocaloids Dream of Doomsday Bird?” is sasakure.UK’s major debut in 2010, blasting his name to fame in the Vocaloid world. His music outlook is characterised by a distinct pop flavour with a deep atmosphere, interjected with blip-bloppy chiptune sounds as well as changing key and rhythm. Some of his famous songs are frequently used in Hatsune Miku: Project Diva rhythm games as well!
Popular artists from the West
Works from the first wave of Western pop culture personalities can be seen on the most popular everyday platforms – from TV to watches and bags. Come and meet these three amazing artists at STGCC and get their autographs on your favourite merchandise!
Humberto Ramos‘ affinity with everyone’s favourite web-head dates back in 2003 when he started working on both Peter Parker and Spectacular Spiderman for Marvel Comics. With his distinct manga style artwork, Ramos has made a name for himself and is currently working on the newly re-launched Amazing Spider-Man series, drawing some of the best characters to date featuring Electro, Black Cat and Silk.
Creative artist Alex Solis (or alexmdc in the T-shirt world) is one of the most successful artists on Threadless, an online platform where the top voted designs make its way onto T-shirts and other apparels. In an attempt to address the relationship between fast food and obesity, he came up with a series of humorous depictions of what would happen to superheroes if fast food becomes part of their daily diet. Check out his oversized Batman and Superman at STGCC!
The popular tokidoki brand is a classic staple of STGCC, with fans lining around the block to meet Simone Legno, the charismatic creator behind the hugely successful pop culture phenomenon. An Italian with an undying passion for Japanese culture, Legno has worked on many high profile design projects for big brands such as Volkswagen and Microsoft.
STGCC tickets are up for grabs 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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Pictures courtesy of Singapore Toy, Game and Comic Convention 2014.