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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

Last and very least indeed, I talk about somethings and others with CNNgo here.

Liquid City Book Launch at KLCC

The book signing at KLCC Malaysia just about wraps up all the promotional shindigs for Liquid City for 2008. It’s been lots of fun meeting all the artists involved in the project, but tiring as well; all this PR stuff requires a kind of disassociation i think, a projection of some self other than the one you’re used to. Maybe in time the two will coalesce, but maybe not just yet 🙂

Anyway, the folks from Gilamon were there, including Kaoru who couldn’t make it to the Singapore signing, plus Leong Wan Kok. Otto Fong made the trip across the causeway, and Tan Eng Huat and Pekomik‘s Muhamad Azhar Abdullah showed up to lend their support. Wan Kok brought his laptop along and it had all sorts of amazing works in progress on it… check out his website!

Lat was all PR-ed out  from all the signings he did for his new stamp collection, but he did join us for drinks afterwards, and it was great as always hearing him talk about his experiences 🙂

Above from left to right: Micheal Chuah, Kaoru, Keith Chong, Chin Sau Lim, Lat, Muhamad Azhar Abdullah, me, Tan Eng Huat and Leong Wan Kok.

an aside: watched “Bolt” in 3D today, the first 3D movie i’d seen since a Jaws sequel ages ago… it was an interesting experience, but after the first half hour I think you start getting used to the effects, and its back to old fashioned storytelling to sustain the show. Maybe Jame Cameron’s Avatar will take 3D to its next step though, with the effects somehow becoming intergral to the story, who knows 🙂

The Half Flat show is in its final week; it’ll probably be kinda sad when its time to take all the paintings down :p

Singapore Toys and Comics Convention – Sunday

STCC finally came to a close last night, and I think overall it turned out better then many of us had expected. There were complaints about the size of the exhibition space, crowdedness and teething problems with queue-organization…but I guess its difficult to avoid these things at a first time event. Attendance was probably bout 50-70,000, which is impressive given even San  Diego CC is bout 125,000 a year.

One great thing bout STCC was seeing so many fellow creators together; left to right above are Tan Eng HuatKenny Chua, Rixou, Michael and Julian ‘Lefty’ of Gilamon, Derrick, and Kai and DCJW from IFS (the name of the girl in blue escapes me :p)

Not to mention the ever ebullient Jerome Hinds , Skan Srisuwan and Zemotion (who had to run off for an assigment in Paris on saturday, so its her sister assistant (?) and Geraldine and fellow Wacom exhibitor in the pic :p).

Left is super helpful Winston Goh from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, whose has a folder full of excellent Wonder Women sketches by various artists and far right is Gary Erskine, guest artist whose credits include 2000AD and Dan Dare! 🙂

“3 Guys in a Booth” reunited: me and two of Singapore’s most intriguing and talented cartoonists, Troy Chin and Ken Foo.

Us again, and Eddie from Collatarel Damage Studios….

Before you knew it, it was closing time, so it was goodbye to the Booth That Didn’t Exist, and a near miss as I almost tossed out a box before noticing neat drawings on it by Danny Yee (L-R: Oliver, Danny, Sue, Atari!) . End-of-convention hour is always kinda sad; maybe its the (re)realisation of the transitory nature of it all. Sub specie aeternum, right? 🙂

The organisers have already said there’ll be another convention next year. They’ll probably secure a bigger space. Personally I don’t have a lot of reference points for what conventions are like beyond SDCC, so it’s hard  to envisage any model to aspire to besides San Deigo, though maybe that’s always going to be a touchstone rather than realistic goal.

Aside from attracting more artists, creators and publishers to attend, I guess what STCC might need in the future would be more exclusive launches, maybe a seminar or three, maybe some tie-ins with Mediacrop etc for TV serial or movie launches to add a bit of celebrity razzmatazz :p And maybe some  easy access rest/food/beverage areas! 🙂

Still all in all it was an excellent start, but now its back to work work work.  But last but not least: students from CHIJ with their first runners-up Lego model and my favourite costume of the day! 🙂