So ReedPOP’s Peter Tatara and Mike Armstrong are in town for a week on their second visit to Singapore (the first being for the Singapore Toy, Games and Comics Convention 2010). After days of doing the necessary groundwork for this year’s event: meeting up with industy partners, pop culture retailers, and with only 7 hours of sleep in the past 72 hours, what do these awesome gentlemen do?
Sure, they were curious about tapping our brains on what kind of industry guests they could bring in for this year’s STGCC, but since you could do that online – that was just a veneer for the two Americans to guzzle down bottles of Tiger (Mike’s preference) and Asahi Silver (Peter’s preference). Read on to find out what happened!
We did get to chat about STGCC, swearing in Singapore, geek culture in Singapore, maid cafes, Geylang and durians. Not necessarily in that order. Quite a few points were raised, and hopefully we’re able to share what we remember in our drunken stupor below. Also: Travis Allens.
– The presence of Marvel and DC will remain, an affirmation of ReedPOP’s great relationship with the comic giants, but this year’s STGCC will also bring in the anime/manga/j-pop elements that were seen to be lacking in last year’s show. Plans are underway for some major guests, like mangakas, seiyuus and cosplay celebrities to grace the weekend event. AKB48 might once again be returning too our shores – we wonder how many will make it this time.
– Whom do you want to see? Seems to be the common question. The fact remains that with ReedPOP’s backing and influence, they do have the ability to meet most fans’ demands – assuming the fans can agree who they want to see most. The general consensus was that it might be better to get an iconic name from the past rather than an up-and-comer to draw in the fans, but this of course is counter-intuitive, since the objective is to get more newcomers to the fandom. We do believe that a balance has to be met, and given Peter’s hesitance to say too much on the matter, he might already have something figured out.
– Both Peter and Mike hate durians, and Peter tried to eat the seed. He is a brave man.
– How about TV and movie stars? That’s right! Apparently they’re the hardest to book, often confirming only days or hours before an event, but Peter has shared that Australians are much easier to get over… Any ideas on who? A lot of this is also dependent on if the publicity machine is rolling forward, so studios might not be too willing to bring a guest down after a movie has already been released. People involved in the The Avengers and Batman would definitely be interesting.