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Saturday, September 1, 2012

STGCC 2012: First Day Highlights at a Glance!

09.01.2012 – Greeting the start of September is the opening day for the Singapore Toy, Game, and Comic Convention.

The registration area was open for two different queues the standard and VIP pass. Upon entering the convention hall the crowd is already heading to the booths with collectibles.

The first artists to be featured in the Walk of Fame were Gabby Tiongson, Wendy Chew, and The Beast Brothers.

The long queues on that particular hour belongs to the Beast Brothers meeting their fans based in Singapore and then Filipino graphic artist Gabby Tiongson who’s works where featured at Vinyl on Vinyl.

Singapore-based artist Wendy Chew released her special art prints as well as her special art books where she is selling them at the 8-Bit Media/Vinyl on Vinyl booth. Familiar faces from the Philippines visited the Komikon booth where Gerry Alanguilan greeted Singaporean fans who signed his works.

The event was overwhelming with how the booths are categorized and organized. The lighting inside the convention hall was just right for you take photos of some interesting collectibles featured in this event.

The Batman Alloy figure based from Jim Lee’s art was on display at the Play Imaginative booth where you can also have the chance to look and hold the figure for you to see the quality. The details and craftsmanship of this action figure defines the character based on the art work by Jim Lee.

The Hot Toys booth featured their latest action figures and on top of the three exclusives which were featured yesterday they also have the vehicles as well as some huge dioramas. The Bat vehicle from The Dark Knight Rises movie is the centrepiece of the Batman collection while the other side featured Marvel’s Avengers.

STGCC definitely has evolved since we last saw this event in 2009 which was previously held at the Suntec City Convention Centre.

Towards noon time the next Walk of Fame artists featured were Leinil Yu, Gerry Alanguilan (his first name was misspelled to “Gary”) and Andy Diggle who all worked at Silent Dragon graphic novel back 2006 when the book was released in separate comic book format.

Red Dot Diva’s Tina Gan interviewed Mark Brooks at the Media Village talking about his inspiration that got him interested into comics and how he will always be a fan of Stan “The Man” Lee. The interview lasted thirty minutes together with New Web Pick a local based online media.

By late afternoon Alvin Chong of was the moderator on stage for the panel discussion with Gerry Alanguilan, Mark Torres, Leinil Yu, and Andie Tong.

The Artist Alley features a collection of talents in the industry representing the art and culture of Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and the Philippines. You rarely see independent comics featured in this area. Most art featured in the Artist Alley are who are known for pop art who released their own art toys and prints.

However there are two notable independent artists that definitely caught our attention as we check out this particular area. They are Sonny Liew and Otto Fong who has launched their latest books for this year’s event.

By early evening the crowd has trickle down where we got the chance to take a look at the other interesting booths.

Overall the first day was definitely was a Pop Culture event which have all the genre that define this convention. Its well balanced in terms of how they promote the toys, games and comics industry.

They really made the guests the primary draw of this event and never were the selling part by the retailers, which should be the right template in any convention that caters to "Pop Culture" which made this event the best place to be.

Singapore Toy, Game, and Comic Convention (STGCC) is at the Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Center happening this weekend (September 1-2, 2012). For more updates and details LIKE the Official Facebook Page or follow them on Twitter: @SingaporeTGCC

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