The annual Singapore Toy, Game & Comic Convention (STGCC) is back again! This year the event will be held at a new venue, the Sands Expo and Convention Center in Marina Bay Sands from 1 to 2 September 2012.
Fans in Southeast Asia can look forward to meeting Marvel Comics illustrator Mark Brooks, well-known for his stunning illustrations for Marvel, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comic illustrator Mark Torres and recognised kaiju (Japanese monsters) illustrator and toy designer, Mark Nagata.
Fans can also expect more exclusive STGCC collectibles at this year’s event. Cult toy designers Tristan Eaton and The Beast Brothers, well-known for their distinct urban art style as seen on the infamous Dunny and Munny toys by designer toy label, Kidrobot, will be in Singapore for the first time at STGCC. Tokidoki creator Simone Legno, a huge fan favourite, will also be creating limited edition collectibles only available at STGCC.
Touya Hibiki 十夜ひびき, Japanese cosplayer
Touya Hibiki is a famous cosplayer in Japan, well-known for her extremely charming portrayal of male anime and manga characters. Her flawless cosplay of familiar male characters such as Ichinose Tokiya (Uta no Prince Sama), Vocaloid character Kaito, Shiraishi Kuranosuke (Prince of Tennis), Kamui and Okita (Gintama) as well as Alto Saotome (Macross Frontier) has captured the hearts of thousands of fans worldwide. Touya also regularly participates as a staff Cosplayer for Miku Party (Mikupa), Comiket and many other game events in Japan. She will be making her first appearance in Singapore at STGCC.
Kousaka Yun 香坂ゆん, Japanese cosplayer
Another famous Japanese cosplayer coming to Singapore for the first time is Kousaka Yun. She is best known for her depiction of sweet, innocent characters from popular anime and manga such as Kobato Hasegawa (Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai), Kagura (Gintama), Madoka Kaname (Madoka Magica) and Yamada (Working!). Yun and Touya have also worked together to bring alive dreamy couples from popular anime series such as Gintama and Uta no Prince-sama.
MONOMIND is a popular Japanese electronic music label. Made up of DJ haLRu and guest artists, MONOMIND takes pride in spreading its fusion of Otaku and Club culture to all parts of the world. Known as the mastermind behind Japan’s much-raved about Touhou club event “Onban Yakoh” (Monster Party),DJ haLRu is famed for being the Mastering Engineer for popular Doujin releases such as Anime House Project Series and Enigmatic Lia 4.
From Asia, Japanese pop culture fans can look forward to meeting Chibi art illustrator CHANXCO and DJ Zanio from popular Japanese vocaloid group, ZANEEDS, and Chief Editor of Japan’s top cosplay magazine Cosmode, Tadaaki “Jacky” Dosai.
DJ battle @ STGCC: DJ haLRu, MONOMIND vs DJ Zanio, ZANEEDS
Japanese pop culture fans can also look forward to an electrifying DJ battle as DJ Zanio from ZANEEDS battles MONOMIND’s DJ haLRu at this year’s STGCC. This will turn out to be an ultimate Touhou vs Vocaloid showdown that fans will not want to miss.
Online ticketing opens 31 May 2012 and are priced at $15 for a 1-day pass and $25 for a two-day pass. VIP tickets are priced at $50 per ticket. For more details, go to www.singaporetgcc.com/buy-tickets