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Come to STGCC on Sunday Sept 2pm (this year its at Marina Bay Sands!) for a panel on Singapore Comics! Organised by Epigram Books, this is the first time a local publisher is making a serious attempt to put Singaporean comics into the market, so do come give your support!

Amongst the attendees will be: Dave Chua, Koh Hong Teng, Drewscape, Xiao Yan, Miel, Oh Yong Hwee and myself 🙂

STGCC, Sands Expo & Convention Centre, Marine Bay Sands – Event Stage

Sunday, 2 september 2012

10:30am-11:30am

Singapore Toy Games and Comic Con 2011

Last year’s STGCC was a transitional one ; Reed Exhibition (who also run the New York Comic Con)  took over the event from Play Imaginative, and, as had been planned since STGCC’s inception, there was a move towards charging for entry for the first time. It turned out to be a deterrent for some/many, and attendance seemed to plummet, especially on Sunday – the feel of a ghost town at times.  So there were all sorts of qualms when STGCC 2011 started rolling around.

The event had been shifted from December (in 2010) back to August, and a lot of local creators were caught off guard, with their new titles not ready for that date. Coupled with other concerns (a shortened event, for example, down from three to two days), it meant many did not opt for a booth at this year’s event.Would everyone get drowned out by the Computer Games Booth again? Were ticket prices going to be re-adjusted?

So worries all round; but Reed proved ready and willing to listen to feedback from all concerned – fans, creators, retailers – to try and figure out how to make STGCC work. Some things were doable (making the Artist Alley and Alley again, rather than the initially planned laid out, best described as an Artist Circumference), others not (getting Hong Kong and Taiwanese Guests in); but overrall it was clear that Peter Tatara, Hui Leng and others at Reed were trying their damnest.

There’ll still be gripes I guess, but STGCC 2011 felt  like it was starting to take shape. It’s a convention still trying to find its voice, balancing out toys/games/comics, catering to Western comics and Mange/Anime fans, and  sheer distance and costs means  its always going to be tricky getting too many US based creators; but they’re giving it a go, and I think 2012 will see better things yet 🙂

Thanks anyway to all those who came to the show, those who bought some Malinky Robot comics; sorry if mostly only remember faces and hardly ever names :p

Some pictures from the event below:

STGCC 2011 PICS

Though the truth, I guess, is: its always a transition, one thing to another; that’s how it is, with this mortal coil.

STGCC

The 3rd Singapore Toys Games and Comic Con (STGCC) is coming this weekend, organised for the first time by Reed Exhibitions, who I think are also behind the New York Comic Con. There’ll be lots of Singaporean and Malaysian Comics creators there at various booths, some of us have pitched in together to do up a guide to which ones 🙂 You can see/download a PDF of it here. The Liquid City Booth is at G26.

We’ll be holding a Lucky Draw at STGCC, with Original Art, prints and other prizes to be won; just collect the autographs of the comics creators listed in the brochure; Draws will be conducted at 8PM on
Friday and Saturday , and 7pm on Sunday at the Liquid City  Booth (G26). So do go come to the event, and buy books from everyone from Dave Chua and Koh Hong Teng, Drewscape, Ken Foo, Troy Chin, Stickgal, JC Wong, Shawn Yap and many more!

The amazing Tan Eng Huat and myself will also be on the so-called Walk fo Fame thing at these times:

Saturday, 11 December 1100 – 1145hrs
Sunday, 12 December 1730 – 1800hrs

What else…. a whole bunch of panels (all held at the Panel Room (Level 4, Halls 401 – 402)), including the below:

(Saturday 11 Dec | Time: 1230 – 1315 hrs)

Local: Asian Identity in comics in the midst of Manga and Superheroes

Panelists: Tan Eng Huat, Sonny Liew, Otto Fong, Lim Cheng Tju
(Saturday 11 Dec | Time: 1400 – 1445 hrs)

MARVEL – East in West: The appeal of Asian elements in Western comics

Panelists: Alex Maleev, Leinil Yu, Esad Ribic, Sonny Liew, Harvey Tolibao, Salvador Larroca, Giuseppe Camuncoli

(Sunday 12 Dec | Time: 1200 – 1245 hrs)

Merchandising of Comics into Toys

Panelists: Tan Eng Huat, Sonny Liew, Jason Siu, Tim Tsui

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