Just thought if you guys read Life! today and thought, “man they be are disappoint T_T” or however those humourous felines speak, I thought I’d share with you what I’d sent in as a reply when asked for an opinion. But first, I’d like to add that the shift to a more eastern pop culture presence was directly in response to some criticisms they got last year (lack of anime), and secondly, if you actually GO to a western con “like San Diego Comic Con (sic)” (yes, it’s comic-con guys, gets your hyphens right) you would definitely see the presence of anime. Also, “at least one fanboy is pleased to see more anime content” isnt exactly right – I’m no longer the anime fan I was 10 years ago, rather, I’m more pleased for the local anime fans.
But on the flipside – do I wish for more huge, legendary artists from the west? Sure. I have also mentioned to some privately that having to plan this year’s in a much shorter period or 9 months while listening to the criticisms they had last year isn’t easy for Reed – but that being said, they are professionals in this, and here’s hoping this year’s will be super fun, and next year’s will be the next step up. We all want a bigger con, but we all need to work together to get there, and not be our own splinter groups, happy at the discontent towards the event. And let’s not forget, it’s Singapore Toy, Game and Comic Convention. Maybe the word anime is missing from the title, but comics itself isn’t exactly the only focal point for an event that started out very toy orientated.
My thoughts on the STGCC lineup:
1) Very happy with Marvel bringing in Keiron Gillen. Last year they had Matt Fraction, who ended up doing Fear Itself, and now this is another up and comer who is doing quite a few big titles.
2) DC bringing in Paul Levitz is one for the people who want someone who’s a veteran, and he’s definitely been around the business for a while. A good balance, in a sense – Marvel bringing someone new, DC bringing someone old. Also helps that DC is around, right before their relaunch
3) Nice to see STGCC try to bring a bit more of an anime slant this year, and away from the usual anime cons at the end of the year
4) Lots of regional artists, which is nice, but lack of US/Europe based artists.
5) Lots of positive points so far, but honestly with the event cut to 2 days, and their planning time set at 9 months, this might be as good as it gets. Honestly I’m excited with who they’re bringing in, but numbers wise this is a rather small pool. Add to that G&B comics running their own event during the same weekend, and Kino hosting Gilamon comics too, it feels as if something is very wrong, and that STGCC might have alienated some of the local retailers in some sense. The usual G&B special guest is missing.
And finally, Singapore Toy, Game and Comic Convention doesn’t have the hyphen that San Diego Comic-Con has. For a moment when I saw the cover page I thought local fans were disappointed with SDCC, which was like “wahhhhhhh?!”. So what do you guys think? Do you agree with the slant of the article?