It’s less than a month away to ICDS which stands for International Cosplay Day Singapore! This is its 3rd year running & this year’s theme is Heroes & Villains – Your Move! International Cosplay Day is a global celebration of cosplay which is held on the last weekend of August. On this side of the world – only Singapore is having an event proper to celebrate the occasion. International Cosplay Day Singapore (ICDS) is organized by The Neo Tokyo Project.
As the title goes, the special cosplay guest each year also are of the international flavour or should I say culture. They are some of the most recognized cosplayers in the global cosplay community. For its inaugural start in 2012 ICDS had 2 special guest! The first was world renowned cosplayer Yaya Han from America, who is well known for her extremely elaborate self-made costumes. And the other was Jerry Polence. She is an international Filipina model / cosplayer based in Seattle, America. She is an ambassador for Crunchyroll. The following year 2013 saw them invite Asian Cosplay Goddess (as we know her) Alodia Gosiengfiao from the Philippines – who is such a darling as I have had the opportunity to meet her 3 times before. She is so polite & pleasant for a person with her level of ‘celebrity-ness’ that its no wonder why she is so beloved by all her fans… yes all 4.5 million of them! I kid you not – go & check out her FB fan page 🙂
This year 2014 – The Neo Tokyo Project has upped the ante & are bringing in two special cosplay guest: The first is legendary armour & costume maker Kamui who hails from Nuremberg, Germany. Words cannot explain how intricate & elaborate her crafting skills are as the final product will keep you in disbelief that she’s not a black smith? The second is Dat-Baka, a Vietnamese-Australian cosplayer who hails from Melbourne, Australia. He is a part of the familiar Team Sexy Beast & have a global following for his portrayal of sizzling hot male characters!
Another special guest returning from last year is internationally acclaimed cosplay photographer Jay Tabalante. He has produced some of the most iconic images for cosplay icons Yaya Han, Alodia Gosiendfiao, Vampy Bit Me… etc. Haven’t see his work? Go check it out: http://jaytablante.deviantart.com/
What else has leveled up?
– SPACE! Last year it was only 1 floor but this years ICDS will span 3 floors of *SCAPE, Singapore.
– Basic admission is now FREE!
What activities will there be?
Wow, I’m glad you wanted to know. So check the list out:-
Anime Quiz Challenge:
Sponsored by Anime Yorozuya, this stage game for anime lovers and J-culture fans will have teams pit their wits in a no-holds barred trivia contest, with more than $1,000 in original character goods to be won.
AniDance & Music Party:
Wind down after a day of excitement with this 2-hour concert featuring more than 20 homegrown talents and performers, bringing you a range of popular anime songs, DJ remixes, and live music on stage.
ICDS will feature both a Cosplay Runway for novice cosplayers, as well as a Cosplay Talent Showcase competition for cosplayers who wish to strut their stuff and dazzle the stage. Prizes for the competition include Brother sewing machines ($398), cosmetics hampers from our Preferred Beauty Brands, and studio photography vouchers by Camwerkz Pte Ltd.
A scavenger hunt that rewards visitors simply for being a part of the convention, this year’s ConQuest will encourage greater interaction with cosplayers. Take selfies with cosplayers and at selected activity zones to net stamps and win prizes. What’s more, participate in the grand draw, and you may stand a chance to win a dinner date with our Guest-of-honor Dat-Baka.
Doujin Market, or ‘Doujima’ for short, is a bi-annual exhibition by independent artists in Singapore’s doujin scene. Curated in collaboration with CDS Studios and Daiyaku, Doujin Market at ICDS will see 34 artist groups showcasing their work. by seasoned artists and writers.
Extravaganza & Kaleidoscope:
This year, ICDS plays host to Extravaganza & Kaleidoscope. Co-organized by NUSCAS, NTUVAS and CDS Studio, this annual regional arts and illustration competition will feature winning entries in three different categories – comprising of Graphite (Digital Art Competition), INK! (Traditional Art) and Sequential Art, as well as an exhibition segment titled Kaleidoscope. This year’s Extravaganza is supported by the National Arts Council’s Matchbox initiative.
Geekology 2.0 Exhibition by Jay Tablante:
Cosplay photography enthusiasts are in for a treat as Jay Tablante returns with Geekology 2.0, his annual photography exhibition in Singapore.
Having worked with legendary cosplayers around the world, Jay’s exhibition will showcase the skill and rigor behind his seminal works. This year will also see him debut some never before seen pieces at ICDS.
Singapore’s Annual Cosplay Chess:
Into it’s fourth year, Singapore’s Annual Cosplay Chess returns with the theme of “Heroes & Villains: Your Move!”.
This year’s stage show will feature greater interactivity between the audience, who will be invited on stage to be a part of the program, with their contributions defining the direction the show takes next year.
GET YOUR TICKETS HERE: http://neotokyoproject.com/icds/index.php/buy-tickets/
A single blog can’t contain all the good stuff about ICDS so for more info & the latest updates please go to:
Official website: http://neotokyoproject.com/icds/
FB page: https://www.facebook.com/ICD.SG
FB Event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/587669214637673/
I don’t know about you guys but I’m excited to attend ICDS 2014. Hope to see you all there. For those of you who know me, do take the time to say hi! 🙂 Until then, have a good week!
About Neo Tokyo Project
Neo Tokyo Project is a cosplay and pop-culture events start-up in Singapore.
Originally conceived as a cosplay oriented blog, Neo Tokyo Project has since grown into a media
portal that boasts more than 10,000 unique monthly page views, from readers spanning 21
different countries around the world.
In late 2011, Neo Tokyo Project entered the realm of pop-culture events management, organizing
Singapore’s 1st Annual Cosplay Chess stage show as well as curating internationally acclaimed
cosplay photographer Jay Tablante’s first ever exhibition in Singapore.
Presently, Neo Tokyo Project is the organizer of International Cosplay Day Singapore (ICDS), a
proprietary, fan-driven convention held annually in August, and is the agency of choice for
companies intent to target the pop-culture market.