STGCC 2011 Coverage

The coolest event of the year, the Singapore Toy, Game & Comic Convention was held 20-21 August at Suntec City Convention Halls 401-402. From the get go, pop culture enthusiasts flooded the halls, swarming the booths and Artist Alley to lay their hands on independent artwork, toys, figurines and discounted comic books. Kids and adults alike also got a chance to check out the 3D graphics on the Nintendo 3DS sets on display. And, at one chunk of Hall 401, live big-screen multiplayer gaming was underway, Tamiya cars were racing on a big track, while rows of tables were set up for hardcore Trading Card Game players to compete.

There was a lineup of interviews at the STGCC stage, and the first was Comic Creators East Meets West, where Southeast Asian artists from Marvel Comics chatted with their western counterparts who write for Marvel or DC Comics. One tip to get good enough to draw comics for names like Marvel, "Practice 10 hours a day with equal focus on drawing, art style storytelling. Develop your own voice, and put yourself out there. It's easier these days with the Internet, especially deviantART".

And, of course, with all the Marvel talents roaming STGCC, there was a public discussion among C.B Cebulski, Kieron Gillen, Stephen Segovia, Leinel Yu, Carlo Pagulayan, Mico Suayan, Harvey Tolibao, and Ben Ang (Singaporean artist who was hired last year at STGCC during MarvelÂ’s Portfolio Review!) during the Marvel: Your Universe Panel. They talked about their work at Marvel, lamenting not insignificantly about the difficulty of drawing females, who have to look perfect yet unique. While their favorite character to draw was usually Wolverine, their favorite characters were villains like Magneto for being more complex characters. X-Men, it seems, is a big part of their Marvel experience. It was also revealed that X-Men would be relaunched this September and that a BIG secret would come out.

Finally, fans could queue up at the Walk of Fame to get a signature, photograph and a short chat with the personalities mentioned above.

Even with everything going on, the STGCC organizers packed an extra punch to the events, with premiere screenings of Godaizer and Disney's Phineas and Ferb The Movie; ZANEEDS' performance; and the Cosplay @ STGCC competition.

So that was STGCC. If you were there, rock on. If you weren't, be sure to check it out next year, because it's going to be an even bigger and better event!

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