Singapore's biggest toys and comics convention draws in the crowds03 September, 2013 by Chad
Last weekend we returned to the Marina Bay Sands Convention and Exhibition Center for the Singapore Toy, Games & Comic Convention. This year marks the second since Singapore’s largest toys and comics convention has shifted to the more prestigious location. With its wide range of offerings ranging from the mainstream to niched sub-cultures, STGCC is something we look forward to annually.
A crash course in the underbelly of Bangkok01 August, 2013 by Chad
Last week, I took a short trip down to Bangkok for some business, my first time visiting Thailand. Despite lasting barely 2 days, it proved to be a frantic, eye-opening experience and a suitable crash course in the workings of the underside of the country. While the sensitive nature of the trip means that a lot of details will have to be passed over, here’s a short summary of some of the happenings.
PAX Australia lives up to expectations as the best video games convention in the Pacific23 July, 2013 by Ben
Being a fan of the Penny Arcade webcomics, getting to attend the first ever PAX show in Melbourne, Australia, was truly a dream come true. Being surrounded by fellow gamers and cosplayers, and also to be immersed into such a culture for even just a day was simply incredible. Despite it being quite a gloomy, rainy day, the hype and the mood for PAX was far from that. Before the doors opened at 10am, the lines had already extended far beyond the entrance to the queue room and continued to grow. It was stunning to see the amount of people socializing with one another, not to mention the amount of StreetPass hits on my 3DS got as soon as I walked in the door!
Local music festival returns again with a solid lineup01 July, 2013 by Mus
Baybeats has been a regular occurrence in the Singapore music scene since it started in 2002. The event has been pivotal to raising the popularity of bands from around the region. This year was no different, as bands from as far as Japan came down to perform to a local audience from all walks of life and music preference.
Indonesian sister group of AKB48, JKT48 has announced the establishment of a new team. In tonight’s theater performance of Boku no Taiyou it was announced that Team K has been established, with a total of 18 members. A captain for the group has not yet been decided. This marks the third Team K in the whole of the AKB48 franchise, with overseas group JKT48 beating Hakata group HKT48 to the punch. More information can be found on the official twitter account of JKT48.
Officially unofficial sentai themed late night drama06 June, 2013 by Chad
Akibaranger is a difficult show to explain. Even the series’ name is a bit of a misnomer, and despite being called “unofficial” the show is created by the same people at Toei who’ve made some of the beloved Sentai and Kamen Rider tokusatsu. But instead of being the usual low-budget, live-action superhero flicks targeted at children, the team uses the tokusatsu idea loosely to deliver a novel, at many times hilarious after hours comedy.