Unless you already have a flight ticket, it might be a bit of a stretch to head to the mecca of all comic-cons in San Diego happening right now. But take heart, because Singapore’s very own Singapore Toy, Game and Comic Convention (STGCC) is returning to Sands Expo and Convention Center on Sep 9-10 to celebrate 10 years of awesome games, toys and comics under one roof.
For two days, three halls at the Sands Expo will turn into a melting pot of pop culture, filled to the brim with famous comic and manga artists, local and regional cosplayers, die-hard collectors, anime creators, toy designers, soundtrack composers and more.
Following last year’s highly successful “STGCC eSports – Mountain Dew Cup”, the convention’s first PC gaming tournament, the team is dedicating an entire hall for the gaming scene at STGCC this year, showcasing big- and small-time regional, international and local game publishers (read: unreleased games!). You can expect lots of sweat and tears, and the occasional “Nice one lah!” being shouted across at the participating teams in the various tournaments. There’ll also be tabletop game tournaments for the likes of Pokemon Trading Card Game, Yu-Gi-Oh! and Final Fantasy Trading Card Game. And if hardcore gaming isn’t your thing, you can head over to the Chillax Zone and challenge your buddies on console and VR games.
There’ll also be a dedicated area for cosplayers, musicians and their fans to hang out. The Akiba Zone, inspired by the sleepless high energy electric town in Japan, will see popular Japanese DJs, beauty brands for cosplay makeup and STGCC’s cosplay guests—Leon Chiro, Shimo, Siutao and Iori Moe—setting up shop here.
Also on the line-up are renowned illustrator and animator Hiro Kanzaki, who’s making an appearance at his first convention outside of Japan, fan favorite and Marvel comic book artist Adi Granov (his most notable works include the Iron Man: Extremis series and his role as conceptual designer and illustrator on the Iron Man films and The Avengers), Italian rising DC comics artist Mirka Andolfo (Wonder Woman, Ms. Marvel, and Green Arrow are just some of the series she’s worked on), comic cover artist and writer Arthur Adams, the Emmy-nominated David Mack, who’s responsible for the covers of Neil Gaiman’s American Gods and Chuck Pahlahniuk’s Fight Club 2, as well as co-creating deaf Marvel superhero Echo, and co-founder of tokidoki and annual fan favorite, Simone Legno.
For a full list and ticketing information, check out the STGCC website.