Calling all Aspiring Artists, ‘Geek Out’ with Renowned Artists at Singapore Comic Con 2019

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Taking a Big Step: Become a Professional Creator, new initiatives unveils at Singapore Comic Con 2019 to connect creators with Publishers.

The long wait is over, Singapore Comic Con 2019 is bringing brand-new initiatives this year, the “Work In Progress” (WIP) programme which will connect aspiring creators to various publishers. Alongside with this, Notable artists from the world of comics will be present in the event, creators of the hilariously relatable, Sarah Scribbles and My Giant Nerd Boyfriend.

Championships of Cosplay is also back, showcasing the best of cosplayers in Singapore, bringing their favorite anime and game character to real life. The registration for the Championships of Cosplay is now open.

Work in Progress (W.I.P Programme)

Aspiring artists will get a chance to showcase their creativity and leverage the opportunity to get their talent spotted and have their work published. The new W.I.P. programmers allow aspiring local & Southeast Asian creators to step forward and showcase their creativity to publishers.

Mr. Suhaimi Sainy, Senior Manager of Reed Exhibition said “Many of our fans don’t just gobble up comics and pop culture but are also aspiring creators with their own original ideas and unique stories to tell. We hope that with the W.I.P programme, we can unearth new talents, encourage people to explore opportunities to turn their passion into reality and make their dreams come true by turning their passion projects into published works,”.

Each proposal submitted will be thoroughly vetted by an esteemed group of participating publishers such as Shogakukan Asia, Asiapac Books Pte Ltd and Vividthree Productions Pte Ltd + Darkbox Studio Pte Ltd for unique curated content and fresh ideas. Creators whose entries display their passion and skills in original storytelling will be presented with an opportunity to meet the publishers at SGCC this December and stand a chance of having their works published. The submission is now open.

“Shogakukan Asia is pleased to work together with SGCC and fellow creators in the W.I.P programme,” commented Mr. Bunsho Kajiya, Managing Director, Shogakukan Asia Pte Ltd. “As the leading publisher of manga titles, Shogakukan Asia’s editors possess a treasure trove of experience and knowledge which we would like to impart to a new generation of local and regional talent.”

“We are delighted to be working with SGCC on this initiative to encourage aspiring creators in the region. Our company has always been committed to nurturing emerging comic talent, having published early works of many successful and well loved comic artists such as Wee Tian Beng (Singapore), Chan Kok Sing (Malaysia) and Hu Rong (Japan/China). W.I.P programme is a fantastic opportunity for artists to give their dream career a shot,” said Chong Lingying, Manager of Asiapac Books. 

Championships of Cosplay

The Championships of Cosplay is back at SGCC 2019. A true test of talent, grit and a lot of patience, the best of the best of Singapore’s cosplay scene will be showcasing their craftsmanship and artisanal skills at this event. 

Each submission will undergo a pre-judging session where only up to ten contestants will be shortlisted. The ultimate champion will win an all sponsored trip to represent SGCC in the grand finals at the Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo (C2E2) in 2020 as well as a cash prize and tickets to SGCC 2020. 

Submissions are open until 6 October 2019.

Meet Creators from Marvel and DC Artist, a Star-Studded Line-up

If you’re a huge comic book fan, you’ll be stoked this December with SGCC’s lineup of artists this year. In addition to meeting and interacting with legendary comic creators Jock, Greg Capullo and American artist and toy designer Tara McPherson, fans can geek out to four additional renowned artists this December. 

Hailing from the streets of Brooklyn, New York, is an illustrator and cartoonist Sarah Andersen who rose to fame when she started her webcomic, Sarah’s Scribbles in 2011. The amusing and quirky portrayal of “adult life” which made the webcomic relatable to daily life, made it a viral hit on social media. Since then, the talented artist has published several books, such as Herding Cats, Big Mushy Happy Lump and Adulthood Is A Myth. 

Illustration by Sarah Anderson

From neighbouring country Malaysia, is rising comic artist, Tay Yen Ee or better known by her pen name, Fishball. As someone who loves drawing, Fishball uses her talent as a way of recording her daily life. Humorous, captivating and all so true, Fishball’s My Giant Nerd Boyfriend comic strip became a household name when it was picked up by Korean-based publishing portal, Webtoon. 

Artwork by Fishball

Comic fanboys and fangirls can look forward to getting up close and personal with amazing artist, Yasmine Putri. Starting out her career as a freelancer with various stints in both Marvel and DC Comics, Yasmine is known for her gritty artistic flair that blends realism with comic styles. Her latest works include variant covers for DC’s limited series, DCeased which debuted on 1st May where she pays homage to classic horror movie posters. 

Artwork by Yasmine Putri

A comic is nothing without a gripping storyline and author Donny Cates’ brilliant writing is testament to that. Joining this year’s SGCC line up, Donny has been making a name for himself on titles such as God Country, Venom and Silver Surfer. His current run on the Absolute Carnage storyline sees the symbiote-empowered serial killer on the hunt for anyone who has ever been attached to a symbiote.

Venom by Donny Cates

It’s not over yet folks! Joining our already stacked guest line-up are comic creators, Livio Ramondelli and Creees as well as illustrators Joey Spiotto and Prema-Ja. 

Visitors will also be in awe as they gaze upon the jaw-dropping creations of well known cosplayers, Astarohime and Jin (behindinfinity) who will be making an appearance at SGCC this year. As an avid cosplayer for over ten years, Astarohime has more than 100 costumes in her wardrobe that exudes outstanding precision and intricacy in each design. She has also been chosen as a representative for Russia in foreign cosplay conventions as guest-of-honor and member of the jury for the past three years. 

For Jin (behindinfinity), her love for cosplay has earned the passionate individual unique opportunities such as being chosen to be the official Kenshin Himura cosplayer on the Asian red-carpet premiere of the live action film for Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno and the international tour of The Lion King musical. Jin’s passion for cosplay has also given her the opportunity to share knowledge and interact with her fans around the world. Fans of all ages and fandoms can look forward to two full days of exhilaration with all these exciting activities and bonding with fellow fans only at SGCC 2019 happening from 7 – 8 December at Marina Bay Sands, Halls A, B and C. Gaming geeks of all ages will also get a chance to experience the world of gaming at the Good Game Experience (GGXP) zone. Apart from experiencing the latest and coolest enhanced gaming features, visitors can also gawk at the latest comic merchandise and array of collectible toys all under one roof! Tickets to SGCC 2019 are now available for purchase with fans being able to enjoy greater savings with the couple and group ticket packages available via the Singapore Comic Con website. 

Singapore Comic-Con 2019

Be sure to clear your calendars as Singapore Comic-Con (SGCC) will take place on December 7-8, 2019 at Marina Bay Sands. Check out the tickets below.

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