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Singapore Comic Con 2019: My Experience

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On 7th December 2019, I had the pleasure of attending the Singapore Comic Con as a media blogger for MILKCANANIME. It was an eye-opening experience for me as well as fellow blogger kimizomi, who unfortunately had to pay for her own entry ticket. As I had not been to previous years’ comic cons before, I did not really know what to expect.

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The crowd outside the convention hall

My media pass and kimizomi's entry wristband
The first thing I noticed upon entering was that there was a lot more space in the convention hall as compared to other conventions that I have been to, such as AFA and Doujima, so it made for a much more comfortable experience as there was less squeezing and pushing past other people.

A lot of space between and across booths
The first area that we visited was my favourite part of any convention, the Artist Alley, where indie artists and creators set up their own booths to sell their own artwork, be it fanart or original art. It was a joy to see all their work and support them by buying prints, keychains, stickers and enamel pins, among other things. There were many Marvel and DC fanartists, but there were also many booths selling anime fanart. I spent about $70 here! 

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One of the booths that I purchased from

My loot from the Artist Alley. The two Oysters, Kaki Chan and Miraku Chan are our cute OCs in MILKCANANIME.

We knew that Max was holding an Exhibitor Booth at TS24 and so we dropped by this booth to show our support. 

You can read more about the story behind his Booth here.

Beside the Artist Alley was the Guest Booths. The artists featured there were all famous artists of official comics, and there were crazy long lines of fans eagerly waiting to get their copies signed. I personally did not know any of them, but it was nice to see that most of them were getting a lot of love from their fans.

Some guest booths
Further inside the exhibition hall, there were booths selling official merchandise, such as Bandai, Lego and Disney. The things there were much more expensive, so I just browsed and looked around. I bought a few books for my dear friend Gin from the Book Depository booth, because they were having a 15% sale, and I got this really cool POP figure from the comic series Saga for free.

Exclusive merch I got for free

One of my favourite stalls was the one by SaberMach, where they were selling different types of light sabers inspired by the Star Wars franchise. They looked really cool and it was regrettable that none of the sabers were within my budget. Maybe next time!

The prices that made my wallet cry

There were also live performances available, and kimizomi and I were lucky enough to catch a band play songs from the movie Frozen. They were really good and we enjoyed listening to familiar tunes, such as Let It Go and Do You Want to Build a Snowman?

The brass band playing
There was a whole section at the back of the exhibition hall for all things gaming-related. There were tables prepared for card game duels and the like. Prominent games that I recognized were Pokémon and Hearthstone. Even gaming chairs were sold at the convention, which was pretty interesting. Sadly, as I am not much of a gamer, I did not stay in that area for long.

Tables laid out for card matches
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Some people playing Dungeons and Dragons (I think)
If there was one thing that really surprised me about SGCC, it would definitely be the wrestling event. I don’t know how wrestling fits in a comic convention, but it was exciting to hear bells ringing and the crowd cheering in the distance as I shopped at the Artist Alley.

A picture of the ring I took in a hurry
One of my favourite things about going to conventions are seeing all the talented cosplayers and trying to name which character from which franchise they were cosplaying. I was lucky enough to catch a glimpse of some of the best cosplay I’ve ever seen in my life. From the moment my eyes landed on these two girls, I knew they were cosplaying the nurses from Silent Hill. It was eerily realistic and very accurate to how the nurses in the actual franchise looked.

The Silent Hill nurses
I also saw this guy cosplaying as Slender Man and walking very slowly past me. I don’t know if he was walking slowly because he was in character or because he couldn’t really see through his mask, but it was kind of scary so I took a picture as he walked past.

He was walking so slowly I thought he was going to attack me or something
There was also some really cool cosplay of these weird creatures from what I assume is The Dark Crystal, and they were really well-made. It was a great way to promote the new movie, too.

Amazing costumes
The beak of the bird’s mouth could even open and close! It was really quite impressive.

Finally, after several hours of walking around and spending money, kimizomi and I left the convention. It was a wonderful experience and I would definitely go again next year. I had a great time interacting with indie artists and supporting their craft. For people who are avid comic readers, it is a great way to meet their favourite creators and show their support. If you haven’t been to comic con before, I highly recommend it!

Written by yin

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