For the first time at the Singapore Toy, Game and Comic Convention (STGCC), Artist Alley – a space dedicated to showcase the works of up-and-coming artists – has been completely snapped up three months prior to the show in September. This edition of STGCC will see more than 160 participants at Artist Alley filling the show with colourful pop culture offerings, with 33 new booths making their STGCC Artist Alley debut.
Ms. Rita Magnus, Senior Manager of the Pop Culture Cluster at Reed Exhibitions, organiser of STGCC, said: “The sold-out status and the number of newcomers at Artist Alley are very encouraging for us, and we are thrilled by the increasing number of people who recognise our show as an effective conduit that reaches out to the pop culture-loving crowd. This definitely serves as a strong testament to our show’s quality and reputation among the pop culture fraternity.”
Artist Alley is the crucible of creativity, a staple for comic conventions all over the world like San Diego Comic Con and New York Comic Con. With participants from countries like Singapore, Korea, China, Malaysia, Indonesia and Philippines, visitors can expect to see a kaleidoscope of art forms at the STGCC Artist Alley – from works of independent artists brimming with their individualistic styles, to cross-country collaborations that bring exciting products from collisions of creativity to the table.
STGCC plays host to Singapore’s Pop Culture Superheroes
Check out these home-grown artists and locally-inspired creations fostered from Singapore’s reservoir of creativity!
STGCC will witness the launch of Singapore’s first superheroes in full force – SupaCross, the brainchild of The Association of Comic Artists (Singapore). The SupaCross Universe consists of teenage villains who reside in Hougang, superheroes named Singapore Sling (a 15-year-old Chinese schoolgirl capable of slicing steel) and D-Temasek (a Malay Lassale art student with para-strength).
Chicago-based creative artist Alex Solis collaborates with Mighty Jaxx, a Singapore-based toy producer, to create the very first designer toy based on THE CHUNKIES! series. 100 pieces of The Chunky Knight (aka Batman with an eating disorder) will chomp their way to the show as one of the heavyweights at Artist Alley. Catch sight of Alex Solis in action at STGCC as he will be present with a host of pop culture personalities lined up this year!
Founded in Singapore by Jake Lee, Pobber made a name for itself at international comic conventions with an array of unique offerings, working with artists such as Jeremy Madl on cult toys of the Mork family.
This year, Pobber breaks its streak and exhibits on home ground for the first time, starring its celebrated creation of robotic ape war machine Mecha amidst other exciting toys.
XM Studios, Singapore’s very own producer of limited edition premium statue collectibles, unveils the first femme fatale of their Marvel Premium Collectibles statue series – Black Widow. The legendary member of Avengers (superhero team) and agent of S.H.I.E.L.D (an espionage and law-enforcement agency) is crafted in highly detailed 1:4 scale and hand-painted with quality finish.
Stay tuned to STGCC as XM Studios reveals the rest of their Marvel Premium Collectibles statue series!
Booth of Lost Things presents “100,000 Horsepower”, a resin bust that resembles an emo version of the pop icon Astro Boy (a robot superhero from a classic Japanese manga series).
The bust is a joint collaboration by Sonny Liew, an Eisner-nominated (Comics industry’s equivalent of the Oscar Awards) comic artist who now resides in Singapore, local sculptor Gary Choo and Singapore based toy producer Mighty Jaxx.
PBK and Daniel Yu are two Singaporean forces joined by their shared passion for sculpting and DIY toy production. Daniel Yu is a self-taught sculptor whose works provide a whimsical escapism from reality.
While PBK comprises three artists working as one mind, creating designs based on their backgrounds in street art and tattoo culture. Together, they will bring quirky and unique toys to the table at STGCC.
Creative craft overload with cuteness at STGCC
Animals come alive in the pop culture world under the skillful hands of talented toy makers, with pandas and frogs under the spotlight.
It is a panda fiesta as Cacooca unleashes its pandas at STGCC! The store has been working on numerous diversified creations under the settings of PANDA, producing the black and white mammal clad in spacesuit and miner get-ups, and even riding a hippo!
Firestarter Design introduces Noodles, the Dim Sum Panda. The first in the series of Dim Sum Panda, Noodles (staying true to its name) feasts on all types of noodles, from Japanese ramen to local delights like laksa and mee pok. And he loves having his noodles in a red bowl!
Meet APO FROGS (short for apocalypse frogs), specially brought to STGCC by TWELVEDOT studio from Korea. Unlike the common frogs, APO FROGS stand on their hind legs, and appear to have a very different opinion about rain from most frogs as they enjoy being in their raincoats.
Grab the chance to meet all these amazing artists at the STGCC Artist Alley! 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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Images courtesy of STGCC.
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