Singapore’s largest pop culture convention – the Singapore Toy, Game & Comic Convention (STGCC) returns bigger and better than ever before, with dazzling displays of cosplay pageantry, exhilarating eSports contests and appearances from iconic artists.
Beyond superheroes, this year’s STGCC will feature multiple booths and breakout zones catering to a variety of gaming enthusiasts.
The two-day extravaganza between 8 – 9 September celebrates Marvel Cinematic Universe’s 10th anniversary by paying tribute to the plethora of action-packed superhero-themed movies that set our screens ablaze this year.
As part of this, fans can expect to meet several Marvel creators and artists including Marvel Studios’ Head of Visual Development Ryan Meinerding, a bonafide superhero alumnus with titles such as Thor, Captain America: The First Avenger, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Avengers: Infinity War and Black Panther to his credit.
Known as the man who officiated Batman’s wedding, comic artist David Finch who has contributed to notable Marvel and DC Comics titles such as New Avengers, Moon Knight, Ultimatum, Wonder Woman and Batman will also be present at the event.
Eisner-nominated comic illustrator and designer Mark Brooks who recently unveiled his uber-cool rendition of the Batmobile for the Detective Comics series, is another superhero luminary attending this year’s STGCC.
Cosplay and anime fans will be delighted to meet character designer Range Murata, known for anime series such as Blue Submarine No.6, LASTEXILE, Shangri-La and musical artist and chart-topping composer YUC’e, who has contributed to rhythm games such as beatmania IIDX and SEGA’s CHUNITHM.
Shining a Spotlight on Cosplaying
Cosplaying or dressing as your favourite character, is an essential part of attending STGCC. This year STGCC is kicking things up a notch by collaborating with SINGER to give fans the opportunity create and produce their very own fantasy ensemble. SINGER Sewing Company’s Experience Zone has a number of treats lined up for STGCC 2018 attendees blessed with nimble fingers. Just like Clark Kent’s swift transformation into Superman, fans can quickly assemble their own geek superhero cape in any of the four Singer telephone booths.
The complimentary activity will provide up to 1,000 capes for fans to sew together and flaunt their geek powers. Fans are also invited to snap a photo at the SINGER Experience Zone in their best cosplay outfit and post it to Instagram with the hashtag #cosplaywithSinger. Fans stand a chance to win prizes sponsored by SINGER in the following categories, “Best Cosplay Outfit”, “Best Cosplay Pose” and “Wittiest Comment”!
Watch your Favourite Characters Come to Life at the STGCC Championships of Cosplay presented by SINGER
STGCC 2018 attendees with a flair for the dramatic and a love for over-the-top costumes, can look forward to the STGCC Championships of Cosplay presented by SINGER, comprising of a pre-event judging session and stage display.
Participants may seek inspiration from comic books, movies and television, video games, anime and manga, and fantasy characters when conceptualising and creating their costumes. They will be judged on the following criteria: needlework, armour, special effects and theatricality.
Prizes for first place include direct entry into the 2019 Crown Championships of Cosplay finals to be held in Chicago, a fully sponsored trip to Chicago including two-way flight tickets and a two-night hotel stay, Grand Champion medals SINGER sewing machines and a cash amount of 1000 SGD.
Prizes for second and third place include cash amounts of 500 SGD and 300 SGD respectively, medals, SINGER sewing machines and VIP packages and passes for STGCC 2019.
Application for STGCC 2018 Championships of Cosplay presented by SINGER ends on 5 August 2018, 2359hrs. The General Public can click here to apply for the STGCC Championships of Cosplay, presented by SINGER.
Make the World your Canvas at the STGCC 2018 Comics Cover Art Contest
STGCC 2018’s official artwork features the mammoth-sized monster Merzilla, whose defeat can only be guaranteed by superheroes. Until 27th July 2018, artists will receive the opportunity to fashion their original interpretations of this terrible creature and the chosen champions destined to defeat it. Any medium of expression is acceptable- pens, paints, pencils or digital. This competition is open to all irrespective of country of residence.
Click here to find out more about entry details, prizes and submission deadlines.
Access exclusive merchandise at STGCC 2018
STGCC is giving all attendees an opportunity to unleash their inner hero, with a dedicated STGCC x Heroes merchandise collection which features T-Shirt, posters, sticker packs and lanyards.
The VIP Loot Pack, curated specifically for pop culture connoisseurs, comes with early access to the convention, 3 VIP Fast Passes with access to the much-anticipated Walk of Fame festivities, VIP merch such as T-Shirts, lanyards, badges as well as a VIP tokidoki x STGCC sports towel. In a bid to give fans a little extra love, the VIP Loot Pack also comes with a mystery T-Shirt.
Fans of Tokidoki’s iconic characters should stay tuned for the brand’s collaboration with STGCC 2018. More details will be announced at a later date.
STGCC’s Kids Cosplay Parade is a platform for kids to dress up as whatever their hearts desire: be it a fierce princess warrior or a scheming villain. Both store-bought and handmade costumes will be accepted. Children aged 5-12 years old can let their imaginations run wild at the Parade on 9th September 2018 (Sunday).
Parents can simply show up with their children at the Parade for free, as the second day of STGCC (9th September 2018) is aimed at fans with families – click here to register.
Passes are now on sale online here and at Kinokuniya islandwide in Singapore.
Date: 8 & 9 September
Time: 10am – 8pm daily
Venue: Marina Bay Sands Expo, Halls D, E, F