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STGCC Media Preview: Amazing AND Chunky!

Earlier today, the combined forces of Reed Exhibitions and Ninemer PR presented the STGCC Media Preview of this year’s Singapore Toy, Game and Comic Convention (STGCC) at The Vault along Circular Road. The new location for the Media Preview (past years’ events were held at a Meeting Room in the Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre) was to provide a cosy and comfortable atmosphere for the media and selected guests and I definitely felt it was very suitable for the informal mood the organisers intended to create.

Four of this year’s STGCC’s featured guests were present at the Media Preview, including Singapore’s very own veteran cosplayer Lenneth XVII, Threadless designer Alex Solis, sneaker artist Sekure D and of course, the amazing and very humble Humberto Ramos, one of the first guests announced for this year’s con, and the current artist for Marvel Comics’ Amazing Spider-Man.

Find out more about the event, and what else you can expect from this weekend’s con, under the cut!

Though the whole of The Vault was booked for this event, most of the Media Preview occurred in half of the venue’s space. It definitely got a lot more cosy than expected once most of the media and other invited guests showed up, yet there wasn’t a feeling of being too cramped. On display were several items that were either exclusive to this year’s convention, such as Hot Toys’ Iron Man Peacemaker (Mark XXXVI) Collectible Figure and Mighty Jaxx’s designer toys including the limited edition Chunky Knight, based on Alex Solis’ designs, or other items that collectors could look forward to, like a copy of Stanley “Artgerm” Lau’s Superbelle sketch book.

The event started proper with the host, Elliot Danker, co-founder of POPCulture Online, introducing what we could look forward to this year, including the exclusives, the events, the exhibitors and of course, the guests. Naturally, he took a moment to namedrop his site when mentioning Cameron Stewart, whose Batgirl redesign is the cover of their latest issue!

After almost half an hour of exposition, which saw Humberto Ramos popping his head out from behind the curtain to the guest holding area with amused curiosity, it was time for the guests to be revealed! Hailing from different parts of the world, Ramos from Mexico, Sekure D aka Matt Fabris from Australia, US-based Lenneth XVII from Singapore and Alex Solis from the US, the guests represented the diversity and reach that our local convention now commands. After some short introductions, there was a quick Q&A, followed by a selfie attempt that lasted forever – but it paid off.

And then, it was finally time for the guests to showcase their talents! Unlike previous years where there was a round table interview for the guests, this year, the organisers allowed the media to interact with the guests as they worked on their art, gallery-style. Each guest was placed at four different locations in The Vault, with Ramos and Solis both getting a blank canvas each. Sekure D brought out a sneaker he was working on, while Lenneth XVII did old-school interviews, starting with our friends from The Neo Tokyo Project!

Ramos and Solis inadvertently got into a kind of friendly competition, as both elected to draw their versions of Spider-Man. It was amazing to see both of them working at a steady pace, yet achieving so much in such a short time. Each of them took slightly less than 30 minutes!

Check it out – Ramos’ Amazing Spider-Man versus Solis’ Chunky Spider-Man! Who drew it better?

All in all, it was a fun event and a great teaser for this weekend’s convention. Thanks again to Reed and Ninemer for a great time! Tickets for the Singapore Toy, Game and Comic Convention are still available and more information can be found at We hope to see you this weekend!

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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