by Darren Wan
The 2015 iteration of the Singapore Toy, Game & Comic Convention (STGCC) was held at Marina Bay Sands from 12 to 13 September, attracting artists and their fans from all over the globe. Representing the confluence of pop culture fans and personalities from geeks to cosplayers, STGCC 2015 attracted many big names from the local and international scene.
Among the most renowned guests are Adam Hughes, C. B. Cebulski, and Adi Granov, all of whose artwork is still being published by Marvel Comics. Yoshiyuki Sadamoto, one of the most famous Japanese manga artists who designed characters of the anime series Evangelion, was also among the artists present. The autograph sessions for these artists attracted long queues that were a testament to their popularity among local comic circles. Less well-known artists with strong indie fan bases were also present, with toy designer Huck Gee premiering his vinyl Skullhead Blanks toys, which were, unfortunately, stolen.
Cosplayers were also featured prominently at the convention. The atmosphere was abuzz with excitement, with amateurs and professionals alike taking selfies and enthusiastically sharing conversation in the bustling lobby and along the crowded corridors of the convention. The events and talks were wide-ranging, dealing with topics like the Singaporean comics industry, cosplaying and its different practices in the East and the West, and female comic artists in the 21st century. Without a doubt, STGCC 2015 was an unparalleled success that appealed to artists and fans of different specialities and interests, painting an authentic portrait of a vibrant, ever-changing industry.