How do you know the Singapore Toy, Game and Comic Convention (STGCC) has definitely arrived? When it kicks off its publicity for 2014’s edition with the announcement that The Amazing Spider-Man artist Humberto Ramos will be coming to our shores!
The Mexican artist should be no stranger to fans of DC, as he began his professional career over 20 years ago drawing Bart Allen in Impulse. Over the past 10 years, however, his distinctive, dynamic artwork would be most familiar to Marvel fans, starting with the 2003 launch of The Spectacular Spider-Man title, followed by Wolverine, X-Men, New X-Men and even Avengers: The Initiative over the next six years. He returned to The Amazing Spider-Man in 2010, working closely with Spidey scribe Dan Slott ever since.
Now, as the artist for Marvel’s top selling comic series, The Amazing Spider-Man, relaunched in April this year as part of the All-New Marvel NOW! brand, Humberto Ramos should feel on top of the world. In April, issue 1 of the relaunched series garnered over half a million initial retailer orders, despite being priced at US$5.99, making it the most ordered individual issue in the last decade!
Ramos also shares credit with Slott in the design of Silk. She’s a new character that spins (pun totally intended) out of the events of the current crossover series Original Sin and is the answer to the question no one thought to ask before: Was Peter Parker the only one bitten by that radioactive spider? Silk is slated to appear in issues 4 and 5 of The Amazing Spider-Man, which should conveniently be in comic book stores by the time STGCC rolls around in September.
Having such a high-profile artist appear at STGCC clearly reaffirms the commitment of the convention’s organisers, Reed Exhibitions, to make the event their premiere comic convention in the region. STGCC is held on the weekend of 6-7 September this year, and ticket prices are $19 for a one-day ticket, and $25 for both days. For more information, head on to singaporetgcc.com, and check back with us for more updates on the Con!