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5 Must-Haves @ STGCC 2011

We’re back from the first day of the Singapore Game, Toy and Comic Convention (STGCC) 2011 and we’ve had a whole load of fun going around and meeting creators from Singapore and around the region! For those of you who will be at the Con later, here’s a list of our 5 must-have exclusives that you may not have known about before attending.

(Do take note that we’re intentionally leaving out some of the obvious ones, like Harvey Tolibao’s Captain America #1 variant cover, which is $15 at the Marvel booth, as well as the Mico Suayan and Harvey Tolibao sketchbooks. These three are definite must-haves as well, but you’ve probably heard so much about them already.)

So, without further ado, let’s start! In no order of desirability…

1. “The Art of Wendy Chew V2” – Elseworlds, Booth E22

This gracious artist has been previously spotted by the likes of the Red Dot Diva as well as Parka Blogs, but this time it was the guys from HereBeGeeks who finally got a chance to meet her! She’s got an exclusive book for this year’s STGCC and it’s selling at $30 a copy with both full-colour pin-up art as well as some concept sketches. If you’re lucky, she’ll have time for some lovely commissions at $30! Check out the ones we got that we’re so pleased with!

2. “Malinky Robot” – Giant Robots Walk The Earth, Booth\ G44.

Sonny Liew’s comic book anthology, featuring the “Stinky Fish Blues” story that gave him his big break back in 2003,  is finally a reality, and what a wonderful journey through the genius of this humble and unassuming artist it is. The anthology is priced at a amazingly low $18, and if you’re early, you may still qualify for a free “Secret Robot Spy Factory” sketchbook with every purchase of Malinky Robot!

3. Leinil Yu’s Sketchbook – his booth at Artist Alley G48? (we’re guessing… he’s not on the official programme)

This prolific artist that has defined a generation of Marvel’s superheroes is back in town again, and he’s brought with him his sketchbook! This full-colour publication with several fold-out pages is a steal at $10 and will be the perfect addition to any comic book art collection.

We understand that Leinil himself will be at the booth at about 1pm, but take this as rumour as there’s no way to confirm it, especially since he’s scheduled to be at the Marvel: Your Universe panel on the main stage at the same time.

4. Marvel Comics MyStamp set + Spider-Man Ultimate 50 MyStamp set – Singapore Post, Booth C2

This gorgeously produced collectors’ item comes at the rather steep price of $89.90 for both sets, but once you take a look at the interiors, you’ll be compelled to shell it out. The sets are also sold seperately, at $39.90 for the Spider-Man MyStamp set (which also comes with a free reprint of Amazing Spider-Man #1!) and $49.90 for the Marvel Comics MyStamp Set (which features the likes of Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, Spider-Man, the X-Men and the Silver Surfer), but take our word for it and get both, as they come in a numbered Collector’s Edition folder.

5. Anything from Planerds – Booth B14

We may a little biased here, but really, with 20% off at everything at the Con, you can’t go wrong. Also, spend a minimum of $30 at the booth and receive a stamp on your receipt which will give you 10% your next purchase at Planerds at 313@Somerset when you produce it. Of course, Planerdteers already enjoy this 10% discount, but if you’re not one… this is the first step!

Check out a graphic memoriam of Mdm Kwa Geok Choo by Morgan Chua, The Resident Tourist (part 5) by Troy Chin (which was launched earlier today), and a gorgeous Wendy Chew x Planerds Art Print, while stocks last, of course! Unfortunately, we understand Troy will not be at the Con tomorrow, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still get the book first and get it signed later.

See you at STGCC! We’ll be in our superhero threads, but say hi if you recognise us and spot us!

Peter Lin

His teenage years spent nursing a giant man-crush on Steve Rogers, the first Captain America, Peter naturally found himself drawn to many other heroes who depicted strong, manly qualities, including the honour-bound warrior Worf, first Klingon in Starfleet, and the muscular rock hard abs of The Thing.

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