So the annual Singapore Toy Game and Comic Convention (STGCC) takes place this weekend (Sept 1-2), and the excitement is mounting among fanboys. If you’re reading this and you’re not a Singaporean geek, STGCC is basically our version of the San Diego Comic Con, albeit on a much smaller scale. Last year’s convention drew around 30,000 people to Suntec. But since the mall is undergoing an overhaul, this year’s STGCC takes place at Marina Bay Sands a.k.a. the Ark from that Mayan apocalypse movie 2012 (2009).

STGCC, Singapore Toy Game and Comic Convention

STGCC does tend to get rather eventful.

This will be the third convention I’m attending/covering, but with a key difference: I’m moderating two panels with some very interesting guests in attendance. Details are as below:

 

Spotlight on Andy Diggle (Saturday, 1.30-2.30pm) 

I interviewed him for The Straits Times (which fanboy website and STGCC supporting blog Here Be Geeks was kind enough to highlight), and found him to be lively and engaging, so this should be a really good panel. You know him for his work on The Losers, Daredevil, Thunderbolts, Batman, Judge Dredd and very soon, Dr Who. In our discussion, the British writer had plenty to say about the tone of comic book movie adaptations, the process by which these movies are financed and (just a little bit) about some of his upcoming projects. We’ll see if he can reveal any more about the latter.

 

Evolution of Heroes and Villains (Sunday, 1-2pm)

This will be the STGCC mega-panel, featuring Diggle and Spider-Man and X-Men artist Mark Brooks (whom I also interviewed for ST, again highlighted by Here Be Geeks). Joining the two Western guests are a quartet of Asian artists: Andie Tong (Spectacular Spider-Man UK), Gerry Alanguilan (who collaborated with Diggle on the creator-owned Silent Dragon), Leinil Yu (best known for his outstanding work on Secret Invasion) and Mark Torres (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles). We’ll be talking heroes and villains, and er, that’s all I can say at the moment.

STGCC, Mark Brooks

Ms Marvel by Mark Brooks. Hubba Hubba.

STGCC, Leinil YU

Leinil Yu’s visuals for Secret Invasion

I won’t be moderating it, but here’s another panel I’m looking forward to attending as well:

How To Maximise Wealth, Ace Your Exams and Be A Winner By Drawing Comics (Sunday, 1030-1130am)

Among the panelists: Singapore’s comics godfather Sonny Liew, the dynamic duo of Dave Chua and Koh Hong Teng, who adapted Chua’s debut novel Gone Case into a comic, and The Straits Times’ very own Miel. According to the STGCC schedule, the panel will assess the local comics scene and give advice on how to break into the industry, so come along if you have aspirations of becoming the next Liew or Stanley Lau.

So that’s that, as far as comic panels go. You can find a full list of all the comic, toy and cosplay panels here, and highlights of the convention booths here.  If there are questions you would like me to ask messrs Diggle, Brooks et al, tweet me @incoherentboy with the hash tag #askstgcc,  or leave a comment below, and I’ll try my best to fit them in.

 

I know what I’m looking forward to, but what are YOU looking forward to at STGCC?