STGCC 2010 opens with a galaxy of pop culture icons
Crème de la crème of personalities, products, entertainment and collectibles from West and East in a three-day, action-packed extravaganza
Singapore, 10 December 2010 – This year’s Singapore Toy, Games & Comic Convention (STGCC) is power-packed with top-line content from both East and West, bringing together personalities, entertainment and products in a three-day, unique east meets west extravaganza. The show, which is into its third year, will showcase first-time participation from world-class names in pop culture, with something for everyone in comics, anime, manga, toys and games. Top gamers from around the region will participate in the Online SEA Games 2010, a battle-to-the-death series of thrilling gaming tournaments organised by Asiasoft Online.
West Meets East
STGCC 2010 organisers, Reed Exhibitions, has taken “the best of our US show ‘New York Comic Con’ and infused it with an eastern flavour.” STGCC features a strong line-up of panels showcasing 26 guests from 12 countries. Marvel will make its first appearance in Asia and will be reviewing artists’ portfolios. Lucasfilm Singapore will helm two exciting panels on the art of the Clone Wars and divulge secrets on the making of Marvel Studios’ Iron Man 2. In addition, Lucasfilm will be recruiting during the first two days of STGCC at designated times.
The Marvel entourage comprises celebrated writers and famed illustrators known for their work on Marvel’s most beloved super heroes like Spider-Man, X-Men, Iron Man, The Avengers, Fantastic Four, The Incredible Hulk, Daredevil and Thor.
From the East, personalities will include top-notch toy designers, including Gloomy Bear’s Mori Chack, Devilrobots’ Koto Nishiyama and Shinichiro Kitai from Japan, and Asterialand’s Alice Chan, Monkey Playground’s Jason Siu and Da TeamBronx’s Tim Tsui from Hong Kong.
A total of 50 budding artists will showcase their creations at Artist Alley from Southeast Asia. Product launches will include manga Karneval (world’s first English version), Naruto, toys like the special 7” Domo Qee and The Winged Tiger in Singapore, a comics collaboration between the ‘Godfather of the American Graphic Novel’, Phil Yeh and Singaporean artist and co-author, He Shuxin.
Fans can expect a line-up of activities that will immerse them in a total pop culture experience at STGCC. They can get the thrills with action professionals in live stunts, watch artists at work, get tips from writers and illustrators on the finer points of their art, buy gifts and souvenirs based on their favourite characters (yes, it’s Christmas!) or even get talent-spotted!
Adding to the live action buzz is a special performance by Japanese all-girl pop sensation AKB48. 12 of the girls will also be performing their latest song, Chance no Junban, which debuted in Japan on 8 December 2010 and meeting their fans at a special closed-door session. Be thrilled by “live” stunt performances by Team J Phillips, re-enacting iconic scenes from The Matrix and Kung-Fu Panda without wires or rigging and be absorbed in cosplay fashion shows by Merveilleux Boutique and Haru House.
Be among the first to preview screenings including the Scream Awards 2010 (ahead of the Sony Pictures Entertainment network-wide simultaneous broadcast on 19 December 2010) and one of 2010’s most anticipated anime, Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan presented by Animax. There will be two other sneak peeks – Cartoon Network’s Asian premiere of Generator Rex and Iconix Korea’s Pororo, which are popular hits with children.
Collectibles and Limited Editions!
Exclusive collectibles will also be up for grabs at STGCC. Some of the biggest toy designers and comic houses will be launching new-fangled toys and limited-edition memorabilia. In addition, be sure to get a complimentary souvenir of Marvel Comics’ full-colour poster of its iconic superheroes namely Spider-Man, Thor, Captain America and Iron Man.
Graphic novel enthusiasts are also in for a treat with the limited-edition V for Vendetta Absolute Edition Hardcover Graphic Novel (presented by G&B Comics) while toy lovers can get their hands on special-design Trexis and Dooodolls Costume Party 10’’ Special Edition.
Fans will have the incredible chance to have their toys and comics autographed by the creators themselves. Besides comics writers and illustrators from Marvel Comics, and DC Comics’ Ivan Brandon and Gail Simone, V for Vendetta’s David Lloyd, Tokidoki’s Simone Legno, Da TeamBronx’s Tim Tsui and DevilRobots’ Koto Nishiyama and Shinichiro Kitai will be present and signing their works at the Walk of Fame, which is a special section of scheduled meetings for fans to meet and interact with their favourite pop culture authors, illustrators and creators.
Industry big names like Alex Maleev, Esad Ribic, Giuseppe Camuncoli, Harvey Tolibao, Leinil Yu, Matt Fraction, Salvador Larroca, Sonny Liew and Tan Eng Huat will be signing autographs, doing live sketching and talking to fans about their latest works.
Get spotted by talent scouts!
Aspiring artists looking for their big break will not want to miss a meeting with Marvel Comics’ international talent scout, C.B. Cebulski. Renowned worldwide for his ability to discover top talent, he will be reviewing portfolios and dishing out tips on catching the discerning eye of talent scouts. Cebulski will also be giving an inside look into the world of Marvel and what it takes to the next comics superstar at his panel, Marvel’s Hunt for Talent.
Get tips from world-class experts!
Marvel Comics and Lucasfilm Singapore will also be presenting panels for the first time in Asia at STGCC. Comics buffs will hear first-hand from Marvel writers and artists their inspirations, latest projects in panels and intimate conversations over the first two days of STGCC.
Lucasfilm Singapore will present two panels – from Industrial Light & Magic Singapore – Iron Man 2: An insider’s treat on the movie’s visual effects and from Lucasfilm Animation – The Clone Wars: Pushing the envelope for TV. They will be delivered by an international suite of Lucasfilm artists who will give a rare insight into the highly-regarded expertise and artistry synonymous with Lucasfilm Singapore.
This year’s STGCC will have a total of 37 product launches, including comics, limited-edition toys and merchandise, and features over 100 exhibitors and 50 upcoming artists from 12 countries.
“Putting together a convention like STGCC which brings artists, writers, illustrators, and designers of such high calibre to Asia has been an exceptional experience. And I believe our fans will feel the same way over the next three days as they come up close and personal with the very people who breathe life into our favourite comics and toys. We also made sure there are lots of coveted collectibles for our fans to take home and enjoy,” says Project Director of STGCC 2010 Ms Yeow Hui Leng.
The first-time ticketed event is expected to draw 45,000 visitors including toy designers, comic creators, illustrators, game developers, publishers and fans from Asia. STGCC 2010 is co-produced by Reed Exhibitions Singapore and US-based ReedPOP, the team behind international events including the New York Comic Con, New York Anime Festival, and Star Wars Celebration.
The show is open to the public from Friday, 10 Dec to Sunday, 12 Dec. (Please refer to fact sheet for opening hours) Tickets are priced at $15.00 for a 1-Day pass and $25.00 for a 3-Day pass (inclusive of 7% GST and handling fees). For more information on STGCC, visit www.singaporetgcc.com.
ABOUT REED EXHIBITIONS
Reed Exhibitions is the world’s leading events organizer, with over 440 events in 36 countries. In 2009 Reed brought together over six million active event participants from around the world generating billions of dollars in business. Today Reed events are held throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East and Asia Pacific, and organized by 35 fully staffed offices.
Reed organizes a wide range of events, including trade and consumer exhibitions, conferences and meetings. Its portfolio of over 440 events serves 44 industry sectors, including:
Aerospace & aviation, automobiles, beauty & cosmetics, broadcasting, building & construction, electronics, energy, oil & gas, engineering & manufacturing, food service & hospitality, gifts, healthcare, interior design, IT & telecoms, jewellery, life science & pharmaceuticals, machinery, marketing, business services & training, medical education, printing & graphics, security & safety, sports & recreation, travel.
Working closely with professional bodies, trade associations and government departments Reed ensures that each and every event is targeted and relevant to industry needs. As a result, many Reed events are market leaders in their field.
Reed Exhibitions is part of Reed Elsevier Group plc, a FTSE-100 company and world-leading publisher and information provider. In 2009, Reed Elsevier made an adjusted profit before taxation of £1,279 million on turnover of £6,071 million.
ABOUT SINGAPORE TOY, GAMES & COMIC CONVENTION
The Singapore Toy, Games & Comic Convention combines the best of pop culture from East and West to Asia, uniting the worlds of comics, anime, toys, collectibles and games. It is the pre-eminent event in the Asian market that fits with other shows in the Reed pop culture portfolio, including New York Comic Con (NYCC), the Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo (C2E2), Star Wars Celebration and New York Anime Festival.
STGCC will reach out to a whole new world of fans in Asia and opens a vast market with exciting opportunities for companies to break into the Asian market and/or reinforce a growing presence. Fans will experience a showcase of pop culture’s coolest and latest products, and be thrilled by personalities and characters from the worlds of superheroes, villains and realms of fantasy.
STGCC takes place alongside the Asia Television Forum (ATF) which runs from December 8 to 10. ATF is Asia’s leading content market, where international TV content sellers meet Asia’s broadcasting industry. This pairing presents unprecedented business opportunities for trade and consumer audiences.
STGCC’s vision is to deliver quality content and spread the currency of cool in Asia and aims to be the leading catalyst for the pop culture industry.
THE CULTYARDâ„¢ COMES TO NEW YORK CITY
The Cultyard, Inc. Joins Forces with Reed Exhibitions to Create a Premier Art and Design Pavilion at the 2010 New York Comic Con
Norwalk, CT, July 13, 2010: ReedPOP’s New York Comic Con (NYCC) and The Cultyard, Inc. have today announced a partnership which will bring a new and focused pavilion for Art, Design, Collectible Toys, Pop-Tech, and Fashion to the New York Comic Con, October 8-10th, 2010 at the Jacob K. Javits Center in New York City. Working as consultant and ambassadors, the Cultyard will work to assist ReedPOP in expanding their hugely popular show, already the second largest event in NYC — enlisting the tastemakers, virtuosos, trendsetters, artists, thinkers, movers-doers and shakers of this potent design community and the potent brands they create. ReedPOP’s NYCC draws nearly 80,000 passionate fans, followers, exhibitors, and press. The Cultyard is excited to bring a unique brand of art, art-related ideas, and products into this dynamic event.
The Cultyard and NYCC are pleased to reveal that the following well-known names from the collectibles space have already pledged to exhibit within The Cultyard pavilion at the show: Tokidoki, Toy Tokyo, DKE, StrangeCo, Tenacious Toys, myplasticheart, Toyqube, and Mimoco. Additionally, artists appearing inside The Cultyard at NYCC will already include Simone Legno, Tara McPherson, and pushead.
Initially launched at the Comic Con International in 2004, The Cultyard has become a premier show-within-a-show for the art and design subculture genres. The Cultyard was conceived and is curated to showcase a premium list of creative lifestyle companies whose products include collectible designer toys, urban apparel, art and illustration, independent magazine publications, animation, tech and entertainment. Since its founding, The Cultyard has evolved into an influential shapeshifting community of apparel brands, art and design merchandisers, galleries, licensing organizations, independent entertainment juggernauts, and other creative businesses.
“ReedPOP’s NYCC is a perfect fit for the Cultyard,” states Jonathan Cathey, co-founder of The Cultyard, Inc. “It already exerts a great pop culture influence in one of the most design savvy cities in the world, and we are happy to take our circus on the road with them for a weekend of art and design proliferation.”
“The New York Comic Con is a showcase for the worlds of popular culture, and we’re proud now to expand our scope into the realms of indie and underground toys and art,” notes Larry Settembrini, Sales Manager for NYCC and other ReedPOP events. “We put emphases on comic books, movies, television, anime, manga, and video games, and now — through this partnership with The Cultyard — we anticipate strong success and participation by a variety of forward-thinking brands in one of the most artistic, edgy, influential areas of the popular arts.”
Tickets for NYCC are available now at www.nycomiccon.com. Other information about the show, which is co-located with the New York Anime Festival, as well as general news about ReedPOP, which also organizes Star Wars Celebration, is available via the Show Director Lance Fensterman’s blog, www.mediumatlarge.net.
ReedPOP is a boutique group within Reed Exhibitions which is exclusively devoted to organizing events, launching and acquiring new shows, and partnering with premium brands in the pop culture arena. ReedPOP is dedicated to producing celebrations of popular culture throughout the world that transcend ordinary events by providing unique access and dynamic personal experiences for consumers and fans. The ReedPOP portfolio includes: New York Comic Con (NYCC), Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo (C2E2), Penny Arcade Expo (PAX) East & West, Star Wars Celebration V, New York Anime Festival (NYAF), and UFC Fan Expo. The staff at ReedPOP is a fan-based group of professionals producing shows for other fans, thus making them uniquely qualified to service those with whom they share a common passion. ReedPOP is focused on bringing its expertise and knowledge to world communities in North America, South America, Asia, and Europe.
ABOUT NEW YORK COMIC CON:
New York Comic Con is the East Coast’s biggest and most exciting popular culture convention. Our show floor plays host to the latest and greatest in comics, graphic novels, anime, manga, video games, toys, movies, and television. Our panels and autograph sessions give fans a chance to interact with their favorite creators. Our screening rooms feature sneak peeks at films and television shows months before they hit either big or small screens. And with dedicated professional hours, New York Comic Con is a market place, bringing together the major players in the entertainment industry. New York Comic Con is the second largest pop culture convention in America and the only one that takes place in the comic book, publishing, media, and licensing capital of the world — Gotham City. (www.newyorkcomiccon.com)