Reed Exhibitions, the organizers of the Singapore Toy, Games and Comic Convention (STGCC), announced on 8 November that Marvel Comics will be exhibiting at STGCC 2010. This is the first convention that Marvel has ever exhibited at in Asia. To date, Reed has announced a slew of Marvel talent at STGCC 2010 including Guest of Honor Salvador Larroca and other Walk of Fame Featured Guests including Leinil Yu (check out his X-Men below), Giuseppe Camuncoli, Esad Ribic, Harvey Tolibao (his rendition of Avengers follow) and Alex Maleev. Reed further revealed Marvel’s Senior Vice President, Creator & Content Development and international talent scout, C.B. Cebulski, will join Larroca as Guests of Honor at STGCC 2010. STGCC will take place from 10 to 12 December 2010, at the Suntec International Convention Centre.
“Marvel’s extensive popularity is manifested through successful box office ticket receipts of Spider-Man, Iron Man, the Incredible Hulk, and The X-Men series because the comics these characters are based on have strong plot lines that dwell on universal themes like good versus evil, heroes versus villains, which resonate well in Asia,” observed Ms Yeow Hui Leng, Project Director, Reed Exhibitions. “The further extension from Marvel Comics into games, toys, television programs and the upcoming films like Thor and The First Avenger: Captain America have sparked the creative imagination of Asian fans. We are therefore very honored and delighted that Marvel has decided to exhibit in Asia for the first time at STGCC.”
In addition to the various Marvel-specific panels that Marvel talent will be presenting on Friday, 10 December 2010 at STGCC, there will be sessions with other creators, writers and illustrators to discuss the impact of Asian influences and elements in Western comics on Saturday, 11 December. There will also be a panel by Cebulski on Marvel’s talent hunt where he will give an inside look into the world of Marvel and what he looks for in the next Marvel artist. He will also explain the procedure for aspiring talent to submit a portfolio and the possibility of having it reviewed during the show. Cebulski’s panel is scheduled to take place on Friday, 10 December.
Michael Pasciullo, Marvel’s Senior Vice President, Brand Planning & Communications said, “We have built a strong partnership with Reed in the US through its conventions in New York and Chicago where they have created platforms for our fans to access our creators in a personal manner. We recognize the importance of these events in engendering a community where we can interact and engage our fans. Marvel has had a strong presence in Asia for a long time through publishing and consumer products. We are very excited to have the opportunity to reach out to our fans in Asia by attending STGCC with a strong roster of creators who will be participating in panels and autograph sessions.”