SINGAPORE, 22 August 2019 – Premier pop culture extravaganza, Singapore Comic Con (SGCC) 2019, is proud to introduce a brand-new initiative this year that looks into connecting aspiring creators with publishers through the ‘Work In Progress’ (W.I.P) programme. Alongside this exciting initiative, visitors of SGCC 2019 can also look forward to meeting notable artists from the world of comics such as the creators of the hilariously relatable, ‘Sarah Scribbles’ and ‘My Giant Nerd Boyfriend’. If cosplaying is your passion, it’s time to get started on your outfit as registration for the Championships of Cosplay is now open.
GROOMING THE NEXT GENERATION OF CREATORS
Telling a compelling sequential narrative with words and pictures is a critical skill when forging a strong creative connection between the comic artist and the reader. Budding artists that have ever dreamed to work in the world of comics can now get their big break. The new W.I.P programme will allow aspiring local & Southeast Asian creators to step forward and showcase their creativity as they look to leverage on the opportunity to get talent spotted and have their work published.
“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,” said Mr. Suhaimi Sainy, Senior Manager, Reed Exhibitions.
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. Mark your calendars as submissions open on 29 August 2019.
“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 wellloved 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.
GO SUPER SAIYAN AT THE CHAMPIONSHIPS OF COSPLAY
Creativity holds no boundaries at the Championships of Cosplay, back again 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.
Singapore Comic-Con will happen on December 7-8, 2019 at the Marina Bay Sands Expo. Tickets are now on-sale, with attractive packages for families and groups of friends! Get your tickets via their official website. Find your ticket packages below:
Formerly known as the Singapore Toy, Game & Comic Convention (STGCC), Singapore Comic-Con is Southeast Asia’s ultimate celebration of the best of Western and Asian pop culture. From toys, collectibles, comics, and esports to cosplay, there is something for everyone to experience. SGCC is within the ReedPOP portfolio, which includes New York Comic-Con, Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo, OZ Comic Con, PAX, and the Star Wars Celebration.