A bastion of hope for local hobbyists?16 November, 2010 by Chad
Moving on, everyone’s looking forward to STGCC (Singapore Toy, Games & Comic Convention) next month. AKB48 will be visiting to promote their new single Chance no Junban with a mini-concert and an exclusive meet-the-fans session. If that isn’t your thing, STGCC will be holding its own cosplay competition to win between $500-$1000 in cash. It seems you won’t even have to be some famous invited cosplayer to stand a chance a winning this time.
Now in its second year of running, the Singapore Toy, Games & Comic Convention covers the hobbies of comics, anime, film, toys, collectibles and games (according to their website). STGCC has confirmed 21 big names in the comics and illustration industry so far including David Lloyd (V for Vendetta), Kitai Shinichiro (DEVILROBOTS), Nishiyama Koto (Tofu Oyako) and of course Simone Legno (Tokidoki). If it was anything like last year, it would mean you could meet all these illustrators at their booths, get some exclusive items and even their autographs.
Not a big fan of vector, since I used to do that stuff for a living many years back but some friends managed to grab some Tokidoki T-shirts and uchiwa at last year’s STGCC. Still, lots of amazing classical illustrators. Marvel Comics will be making their first appearance in Singapore too. The official presence of these artists and the companies they represent marks a stark contrast to other disappointments.
As mentioned above, there’s going to be a cosplay competition at the fair which will be open to anyone from the public. There are 3 categories to take part in, a Solo contest (10th December) and Group contest (11th December) for those above 12 years old, as well as a junior category contest from those between 5-12 (12th December). The first prize for each category is $1000, $1000 and $500 respectively. You can take part in more than one category, obviously except for those taking part in the 3rd contest.
The themes are not limited to Manga and Anime, so it should make for an interesting contest. I can expect that the children contest should be quite amusing. Would be fun to be a cosplay judge.
Unsurprisingly, my greatest interest in STGCC is the presence of AKB48. Reed (the people behind the event) have invited Japan’s biggest pop idol group (in more than one sense of the word) to promote their upcoming new single Chance no Junban, which will feature the lineup decided by the AKB48 Janken Senbatsu tournament which I previously covered.
This time, the girls will be here for a two day event. They will be appearing at STGCC’s main stage on Friday the 10th December for a short performance and at the Suntec auditorium on the 11th for a closed door meet-the-fans session.According to STGCC’s website “Fans will have the opportunity to listen to their latest songs, play games with the girls and win autographed CDs”. Considering that the event is scheduled two days after the release of AKB48’s new single, an intelligent guess says that the Janken Senbatsu won’t be coming as they will be busy promoting the single back in Japan.
Entry tickets to the fair on Friday will allow you to see them stage ($10.70), while access to the Saturday fan session costs $30 (which includes entry to the fair on that day). It is unlikely that that they will be performing nearly as many songs this time round, but it is still much cheaper than their previous visit. Tickets can be bought online from Gatecrash.
You can bet I’ll be heading over to check STGCC out next month. I’ll reserve any judgment till then. So far the only problem has been the lack of publicity for the event ahead of time. I only found out about it not too long ago (because of the AKB48 announcement). They could have called upon some more visible blogs for help. I’m giving STGCC a shout out here because it’s always nice to some people actively promoting the media (both classic and digital) industry in Singapore. You can find their website here.
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