STGCC is short for the Singapore Toy, Game and Comic Convention
Kuala Lumpur, 16 June 2014 – Fans of anime and cosplay can expect to see stars at this year’s annual Singapore Toy, Game and Comic Convention (STGCC) as the event announces the first wave of six top-notch pop culture personalities from the East and West. Making their way to STGCC from the East are 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 music showcase. Spinning the latest hits from popular Japanese games and anime, the STGCC DJ Night will teleport fans of anime and games to Japan.
From the West are three multi-talented artists – 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 for SGTCC.
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,” said Ms. Magnus.
SGTCC – the leading pop culture show in Southeast Asia – in 2013 concluded with a record-breaking attendance of 40,000 local and regional visitors.
STGCC DJ Night profiles
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!STGCC tickets are up for grabs now! Priced at S$19 for a one-day pass and S$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.
Humberto Ramos – Spiderman
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!
Simone Legno – tokidoki
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.
(*portion added 31 July 2014 by Cosplay-Fun Malaysia)
Since issue 1, Andy Price has been the lead pencil/ink artist for the incredibly successful and record breaking MY LITTLE PONY: FRIENDSHIP IS MAGIC comic book from IDW Publishing. MLP broke the 100,000 presale mark, the first independent book to beat out DC or Marvel in 9 years! The book has reached an all age audience, and bought new readers to comic shops!
Andy is a graduate of the Joe Kubert School, and has also done work for BOOM!Studios, DC Comics, Marvel Comics, Rittenhouse Archives, Breygent, Innovation, and Slave Labor Graphics, among others. He lives in Georgia, USA where he is completely swamped with Batman collectibles and makes steak & guiness pie for his wife Alice. He also celebrates Batman’s and James T. Kirk’s birthdays.
Cameron Stewart is an award-winning writer/artist best known for his original webcomic-turned-graphic novel Sin Titulo, which won Eisner and Shuster Awards and was nominated for Harvey, Eagle and Stoker Awards. He has written and/or drawn Batman and Robin, Seaguy, Assassin’s Creed, BPRD, Catwoman, and many more. Originally from Canada, he now lives in Berlin, Germany.
David Mack is the New York Times Best Selling author and artist of the KABUKI Graphic Novels, the writer and artist of Daredevil from Marvel Comics, and the author and artist of his children’s book THE SHY CREATURES from MacMillan.
He has worked on What If?: Civil War; Young Avengers: Hulking; Ultimate X-Men with Robert Kirkman; Secret Invasion Avengers: The Initiative Tie Up; Darkhawk; Snowbird; Nation X; he was popularly known for his mini-series, Psylocke (written by Chris Yost); X-Men: Hellbound (written by Christopher Yost); Uncanny X-Men and Variant Covers for Heroes For Hire.
Olivier Coipel is a French comic artist, who started on Legion of Super Heroes at DC comics. He then moved on to Marvel and been producing work for Marvel comics since then. Coipel keeps on getting more and more popular especially after completing his 3 issues on the mega popular AvX (Avengers vs. X-Men) book. He is has also worked with Brian Wood on the series: X-MEN. As of this writing, he is currently working on a top secret Marvel project.
And from the East we have:
Nao is famous for her character design and contributions to various works namely – Nintendo 3DS game “Onna no ko no misshitsu ni itara maru maru, shicau kamo shirenai” by D3PUBLISHER INC, PSP Game “Sucre” by GIGA, Mascot design for Culture:Japan, Insert illustration in light novels and magazines also serialized manga published by Kadokawa and Koudansha.
Tomokazu Sugita is a famous seiyuu (voice actor) who will make his debut appearance in Southeast Asia at STGCC! He is 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 Bizarre Adventure, he also brought to life Ragna the Bloodedge from fighting game BlazBlue, which spawned an anime series.
Stayxxxx is a cosplayer hailing from Taiwan who squeezes in time to cosplay in the midst of her fanatic doseof Anime, Manga and Gaming. She appreciates cosplay with a sense of realness, and hand makes all her costumes. Cosplaying at her own pace and a hopeless Otaku, Stayxxxx hopes to live life to the fullest with her 5 cats.
All info is accurate as of 31 July 2014. For the latest & complete STGCC news, go to www.singaporetgcc.com
All images courtesy of Singapore Toy, Game & Comic Convention 2014 & the individual artists / artistes. It’s building up to be another great STGCC, hope to see you all there!
(*portion added 31 July 2014 by Cosplay-Fun Malaysia)
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ABOUT SINGAPORE TOY, GAME & COMIC CONVENTION
The Singapore Toy, Game & Comic Convention combines the best of pop culture from East and West to Asia, uniting the worlds of comics, anime, toys, collectibles and games. It is the pre-eminent event in the Asian market that fits with other shows in the Reed pop culture portfolio, including New York Comic Con (NYCC), the Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo (C2E2), Star Wars Celebration, PAX, NYC – Special Edition and OZ Comic Con.
STGCC will reach out to a whole new world of fans in Asia and opens a vast market with exciting opportunities for companies to break into the Asian market and/or reinforce a growing presence. Fans will experience a showcase of pop culture’s coolest and latest products, and be thrilled by personalities and characters from the worlds of superheroes, villains and realms of fantasy.
STGCC’s vision is to deliver quality content and spread the currency of cool in Asia and aims to be the leading catalyst for the pop culture industry.