This December, Singapore Comic Con will be full of activities celebrating the world of comics, games and toys. And if you’re a creator, here’s your chance to show off your skills!
Cosplay first became a part of comic con culture when fans started showing up in costumes at science fiction conventions. Coined in Japan in 1984, the term ‘cosplay’ is a play on the words ‘costume’ and ‘play’. It’s a type of performance art where cosplayers wear costumes and fashion accessories to represent their favourite character from comics, TV, films, anime and games.
And cosplay is HUGE at SGCC! Every year, the event hall is packed with visitors from Singapore and the region dressed in various costumes. This year, well-known cosplayers Astarohime and Jin (behindinfinity) will be making an appearance at SGCC.
Best known for her amazing princess cosplays, Astarohime is a cosplayer for over 10 years with more than 100 costumes in her wardrobe. She designs her own costumes, from sketches to the finest details. For the past 3 years, she has also represented her home country of Russia in foreign cosplay conventions as a guest-of-honour and member of the jury.
Hailing from the Philippines, Jin (behindinfinity) is a professional costume designer who loves cosplaying as charismatic portrayals of characters including Hiro from Big Hero 6. Jin also enjoys sharing adventures in cosplay and art through social media. This ultimately lands Jin with unique opportunities like being the official Kenshin Himura cosplayer on the red carpet Philippine premiere of the live action movie Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno.
You’ll also find many other cosplayers at SGCC, all dressed up as their favourite characters. Some would even make a parade of it by showing up in notable groups from a particular film or anime just to delight the crowds. And some of these cosplay outfits are also self-made.
If you’re one of them who loves making your own cosplay costumes, why not sign up for the Championships of Cosplay? It’s a fun competition where participants get to showcase their craftsmanship and artisanal skills while flaunting their finished products onstage at SGCC.
The top prize? An all-sponsored trip to represent SGCC in the grand finals at the Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo (C2E2) in 2020, plus cash prize and tickets to next year’s SGCC. Wow! What an huge honour!
But first, everyone who signs up for the Championships of Cosplay will have to undergo a pre-judging session. Only 10 contestants will be shortlisted to appear onstage at this year’s SGCC.
For those interested, be sure to register on the SGCC website soon by clicking on “Sign Up Now!”. The closing date for registration is 6 October 2019. Don’t miss your opportunity!
If you’re more into drawing comics, you can sign up for the Work in Progress Programme instead where you can meet with professional artists and publishers!
For event tickets, click to see full details of the SGCC ticket categories.