Info Bites: STGCC 2014

30 Aug

The Singapore Toys, Games, and Comic Convention 2014

 

This post is a little late, considering that the Singapore Toys, Games, and Comic Convention (STGCC) 2014 is less than a week away, but I only decided to make a post for it a day or so ago after realising that there are more than a few things I’m looking forward to from the event this year. The biggest irony is that I won’t be able to attend the event this year as I’ll be back in Malaysia attending a friend’s wedding, but thankfully I still have my *ahem* girlfriend and our group of friends there to be my proxy shoppers!

I’ll only be highlighting the stuff I’m looking forward to personally, so this post will definitely come off as a little biased, but hey, I guess it’s kinda my task to get people excited about what I myself find exciting too, right? Now, onwards to the juicy bits!

The Comic Strip @ Booth H21

The Comic Strip, an imprint by BooksActually, debuting at STGCC 2014!

 

First off, I’m definitely stoked for The Comic Strip, an imprint by Singaporean bookshop BooksActually, which has been a staunch supporter of the literary scene in Singapore. I’m more than happy to see that they’re now extending that support to local comic creators too!

They’ll be releasing five brand new books for their debut at STGCC 2014, namely: Tales from A Tiny Room by Wayne Ree (and collaborating artists), The Unsavoury Alphabet by Gene Whitlock, The Adventures of Fatman and Superchub by Stephanie Raphaela Ho, A Wonderful Life by Kenfoo and Adrian Teo, and the book I’m looking forward to the most: the long-awaited 6th volume of Troy Chin’s The Resident Tourist.

You can catch the artists and have them sign your books by referring to the signing schedule below!

 

The Comic Strip’s Signing Schedule

 

Charsiew Space by Benjamin Chee @ Both AA64

Charsiew Space cover

 

Here’s the pitch: In a universe where Charsiew (aka Roast Pork) no longer exists, it’s up to an old lady chef, a space rouge, and his robot sidekick to bring this delicacy back onto the intergalactic menu! What’s there not to love? I’ve been a fan of Benjamin’s work since I was first introduced to him at my first 24-Hour Comics experience and subsequently a tag-team-comic get-together, and this will be his first solo book that he has self-published.

 

Charsiew Space Preview Page 1. Come on, that piglet implores you to buy the book, if only to watch it slowly being turned into a delicious savoury Chinese delicacy!

 

I managed to flip through the sample copy of the book when I met up with him at the Liquid City Volume 3 launch recently, and the print quality of the book is superb! At 60+ pages and going at only 8 SGD a copy, do grab yours quick at STGCC before it’s all snapped up, like really tasty Charsiew!

 

JUNK by Jing + Arm @ Booth AA9

JUNK by Jing + Arm

 

I happened to stumble onto the preview pages of this artbook on my Facebook timeline, and I was instantly hooked. I’ll let the pictures do the talking and let you decide if it’s worth the 16 SGD (or so I’ve been told) it’s going for (I think it is!).

 

JUNK Preview Image 1

 

JUNK Preview Image 2

 

Rex Regrets @ Booth AA62

Rex Regrets that he didn’t force Max to stay in Singapore for STGCC 2014

 

If you’re a fan of Rex Regrets on Facebook, you’ll definitely want to meet up with his minion (Jerry) that produces his artwork at STGCC! Though Rex Regrets to inform me that the physical copies of his book will not be ready for sale until next year, there will be postcards and T-Shirts that have been Rex approved for sale at the booth. His minion will also be sharing the booth with one Annabella Goh, who produces whimsical, kooky artwork that live on in the form of badges and such (as evidenced by what’s available on their shared Bigcartel shop). They’re always glad to talk shop (especially about art woes), so do drop by their booth for a chat and tell Rex that Max sent you!

Annabella has her eye on you.

 

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With that, I guess I’m done with the stuff I’m excited about for this year’s installation of STGCC. I’m pretty sure that there are some other goodies that I might have missed out (which every con-goer knows are a joy to unearth and stumble upon while browsing booths), so you might want to keep an eye on other blogs that have more comprehensive coverage of STGCC 2014 previews like Here Be Geeks and Reddotdiva!

On a less comic-related note, I discovered today that Pop! will (finally) be releasing some STGCC Exclusive figurines, so that’ s a step forward in terms of the scale of this event, at least in my book!

If you’re headed to STGCC this year, I hope you’ll have a blast and twice the amount of fun for my sake! Peace out!

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