[Ascaloth] Singapore Toy and Comics Convention, Day 2

Sunday was the second day of the Singapore Toy and Comics Convention, and more importantly, it was the day when the Coscon is based on the Anime theme. Naturally, this means it would be one of the biggest draws for otaku, and hence somebody from RIUVA was going to have to cover it.

Unfortunately, since Kok-face-naden is busy being involved in the NUS booth there, and the CEO TJ Han is a lazy fuck who can’t be bothered to even take pictures ever since he had his 姫さま to worry about, it has to fall to me again to cover this event. Sigh….well, that’s the lot of a sub-writer of this blog, we have to do all the shit work while it’s the Boss who gets all the accolades for having the Funniest Blog Of The Year. Anyway, here we go, the second day of the Singapore Toy and Comics Convention.

There’s always a Haruhi around. You know, it’s impressive how long the Haruhi phenomenon has lasted, even until now. It’s gotten to the point where the Haruhi fanboys got tired of fapping to the same old female characters in SHnY, decided to change everyone’s genders, and then fap some more to the new females characters attained through the genderbend. O Haruhi-sama, what have you wrought?!

Anyway, there were the usual gaggle of cosplayers hanging around outside the entrance to the convention hall, some of whom waiting for the Coscon to start, and the others….well, being cosplayers.

Hatsune Miku. You’ll see a lot more of her later on.

Some bishonen-wannabe from Vampire Knight, I think. I’m going to guess that it’s Zero, but since I don’t care for Vampire Knight, I don’t know for sure.

Shirley Fenette and Karen Stadtfeld from Code Geass. "Karen" is fairly good-looking, and while she may not have the anime-perfect body of her inspiration, she does meet the basic requisites to be Karen, if you know what I mean.

Otherwise, they have one of the better-crafted costumes I’ve seen there, which makes it more of a shame that they didn’t join the Group competition. You’ll see what I meant by that later.

Genesis Rhapsodos from FF7 Crisis Core. The guy’s very into his role the whole time, and he does have the panache to pull it off. Not to mention that humongous one wing. Awesome stuff.

Tieria Erde and Lockon Stratos from Gundam 00. Is it just me, or are there no guys around here who can pull the Meisters off? Well, considering the characters are a gay bunch to begin with, I guess that doesn’t matter…

Unlike reports of the first day from other sources, there was no registration to begin with on the second day, and it was free to enter. Naturally, there was nothing like the line of angry people reported to be present on the first day as well. However, the crowd inside was pretty thick, and many a times I was glad to have a set of strong shoulders; it allowed me the option of simply bashing through when the crowd left no other path to go. Not exactly the most polite of options, but when there’s no choice, that’s as good a choice as any.

The first thing you see when you enter Convention Hall 603.

The booth of Gary Erskine, who is supposedly a famous comic artist who has been around for 20 years or so. There were quite a few queueing up for his autograph. I’m not much for Western comic books, so I had no idea who this guy was. Even now, I still don’t much care, though.

The D-Box racing simulator, with technology designed to simulate the actual conditions within the game. Practically all who tried the simulator were kids, who promptly went crashing into walls and giving themselves a buttload of sore in the process.

The movie theater seating, also in the D-Box booth. I’m kind of wondering how much these systems cost, and what kind of people can afford these. They’ll probably go well with surround sound for a total movie experience, but probably only the very rich might be able to afford them…

The tokidoki booth. The designs are admittedly quite eclectic, and probably would appeal to some.

Darth Vader and his minions are still around. You know, before this I didn’t even know that the 501st Legion even existed. Now THAT’s dedication.


The Bandai booth, one of the larger ones in the Convention, and with shelves stocked full of classic mecha figurines.

The three statues depicted above are the Chohin, Kanu and Ryubi Gundams, each depicting Zhang Fei, Guan Yu and Liu Bei respectively.
O great sons of China, how low hast thou fallen;
from great figures in Chinese legend, to parody fodder for thy craven Studio of Mecha Trainwrecks.

And you know, being depicted as SD Gundams isn’t even that bad; it gets particularly galling when the heroes of the Romance of the Three Kingdoms gets turned into fap material. Oh, Japan.

More Gundams.

The Magma Heritage booth. The company specializes in Pullip dolls, which can be seen here. I’m only showing this because I know of at least one girl who might be interested in this.

And this is the abysmally small presence of NUS in the convention, sending only the comics section of the Forum Co-op Bookshop. Even Singapore Polytechnic has a much bigger presence within the convention. Bah, pathetic.

CosCon Cosplay Competition (Anime)

The highlight of the day was the Anime-themed Coscon, which started at 1400 hours. Or it would have been, if the whole thing wasn’t as pathetic as it was.

Apologies in advance for some of the shitty shots, there was only so much I could do with a shitty camera.

 
First up is Tifa, who did some lame-ass dance in a lame-ass attempt to impress, which fell flat on its lame ass.

Then there was girl Cloud, who spouted off some obscure reference to a side-plot in the original FF7 PS game.

Then we have generic Lolita…

And generic samurai…

And a chump Roy Mustang from Macross Full Metal Alchemist. I think this was the guy who first answered "Singapore" when the MC asked "where (which series) are you from?", sparking off a whole series of variations on the same gag.

More generic Lolita…

…I don’t even know who this guy is supposed to be. If he hadn’t said it was some sort of "mayonnaise bottle-cannon", I would have thought he was carrying around some fuckin’ huge milk bottle like some fuckin’ huge baby…

And to cap off the pathetic-ness of the entire affair, here’s the ONLY entry in the Group/Family category;

And the screams of all FYGs in Singapore brought about a great tremor in the hall.

That, however, was but the precursor to the greater tremor that resulted from the rage of the FYGs. Never again will that MC ever dare to get between Naruto and Sasuke, for fear of the wrath of They Who Wants Buttsecks.

Now we’ve got the worst of the lot out of the way, we can finally take a look at those who weren’t so bad. From left to right, Afro Guy from the DDR arcade games, Sword-Wielding Angel who keeps talking about protecting her Oujo-sama, Devil God Guy from some Samurai fighting game, and Sakata Gintoki from Gintama…

Yup, it’s the same Genesis guy from before, Bleachtard posing as Kurosaki Ichigo, the same Hatsune Miku from before, and Generic Fighting Miko-san…

And finally, along with Miku and Fighting Miko-san, Master Narutard and finally Lenalee from D-Gray-Man.

Rätsätsää ja ribidabi dilla
Beritstan dillan dillan doo,
A baribbattaa baribariiba
Dibi dibidibi disten dillan doo
Ja barilla stillan deijadoo
A daba daba daba daba daba dybjabuu,
Baristal dillan stillan duubadäg
Dägädägä duu duu deijadoo



Aiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii can give you Gaaaaaatsubiiiiiiiiii………

On the bright side, some of the cosplayers were great fun. DDR Afro for one, and Miku in particular; while the rest were doing the standard pose-for-pictures, she was like an Energizer bunny prancing around with her leeks, singing the Loituma song, and generally not slowing down her pace one bit.

Genesis was awesome as well. Like I said earlier, he was really into his role, and even the MC got freaked out, heh.

And the final results: 3rd Place Genesis, 2nd Place Lenalee, 1st Place Miku. Although Genesis looks like he’s about to kill someone…

Found Karen and Shirley again after the CosCon.

Lego Changi, and Lego Merlion.

See what’s on the top left corner? Yup, OMFG IT’S ODEX!!! GET THE ROTTEN EGGS!!!!

As a wind-down from the hustle and bustle, I took a look at the Domuya Your Doll booth. They specialized in Ball-Jointed Dolls.

To cap things off, I leave you guys with….

The yellow hairband isn’t that obvious, but yes, that’s Seitenkan’s Suzumiya Haruki (Haruhiko)…

And Yin from Darker Than Black, with Yuki Cross from Vampire Knight.

And that concludes the first-ever Singapore Toy and Comics Convention coverage. Ascaloth from RIUVA, signing out.

30 Responses to “[Ascaloth] Singapore Toy and Comics Convention, Day 2”


  • …I don’t even know who this guy is supposed to be. If he hadn’t said it was some sort of “mayonnaise bottle-cannon”, I would have thought he was carrying around some fuckin’ huge milk bottle like some fuckin’ huge baby…

    …That’s Hijikata from Gintama. The mayonnaise cannon was what he used when he ‘morphed’ into Mayora-13 in episode 35…

  • Roy Mustang from Macross? Wow, what world do you live in?

  • sesshomaru_haku

    The Devil God guy from the samurai game is Shingen Takeda. (From Samurai Warriors)

    One of the supposedly best strategists in Japanese history doing a Gatsby advert…wtf.

  • @double,

    Ooops, FMA. Well, forgive me for not really giving a damn about FMA. >_>

  • Isn’t Gintama TJ Han’s favourite anime of all time (or something to that effect)? LOL.

  • Fool! Couldn’t even recognise Hijikata from Gintama :(

  • You should have seen the Ayanami Rei doll. SRSLY.

    It even had a lance of longinus that was literally screaming “SPEAR GOES IN HERE”

  • Oh crap I missed Yin, despite her not really looking like Yin.

  • Aiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii can give you Gaaaaaatsubiiiiiiiiii~ Gatsubi~ Gatsubi~~
    the afro guy is a winner in my opinion.

    and i’m furious u didn’t cover Simca the judge, she’s looks cute. well at least from where i’m standing. far away.

  • This is quite a bad coverage. Especially when you take a picture of one of the more celebrated artist in the western comic world, and refuse to do even a cursory google check to provide that slight titbit of information about him, instead just dismissing him as someone you do not care about.

    Your knowledge of Japanese manga/anime characters ain’t that great either, seeing how you disparaged that Hijikata cosplayer blindly, without even knowing that he was Hijikata.

    What of the doujin stalls? Nothing. And you chose to blindly (once again) question the so-called “abysmally small” booth, without even asking ME the reason why. I guess you’re also ignorant of the fact that those booth space COST money.

    Do your research please. If not, then write a generic article, not some crap with pseudo-critiquing that fails big time.

  • Oh theres more Romance of the Three Kingdom Fapping Material besides Ikki Tousen? *fapfapfap*

  • “And this is the abysmally small presence of NUS in the convention, sending only the comics section of the Forum Co-op Bookshop. Even Singapore Polytechnic has a much bigger presence within the convention. Bah, pathetic.”

    lol u can bash our university all you want, but when I was there “Sunday as well” NO ONE went to the SG polytechnic booth even though it was bigger and more spacious. I was thinking… kind of sad really. I wasn’t interesting in the NUS one, but there were definitely more people there.

    Ah I should have brought a digicam zzz.

  • @kokanaden You are overly worked up dude.

  • Happy Tree friends? oO

  • Hmmm….guess abit sad i didn’t go on the 2nd day to oogle at cosplayers but I got what I wanted. Wheee.

  • It’s a thankless job covering an event, it seems.

    I’m guessing this was shot from a compact, judging from the overuse of flash. Because if this was from a DSLR, I’d weep. Well, I didn’t fare much better anyway :P

  • @Panther,

    Yin was walking around outside the hall around 5 plus, just before I left the event for good.

    @gordon,

    I almost ran right smack into her when she returned to the Moviemania booth. No, seriously.

    @kokanaden,

    Since you can apparently write a SOOOO MUCH BETTER coverage than I can, please do us all a favour and ACTUALLY write one. Thanks.

    @dKiWi,

    Far as I can tell, they basically transported the entire manga section from the NUS Co-Op to Suntec. Like, okay. Of course there’s the advertisement for Graphite, but since I’m apparently so ignorant and blind, you have to ask my fellow RIUVA colleague who’s apparently SOOOO MUCH BETTER than me for details.

    @MrMayat,

    Yeah, it was from a compact. I think I did fairly well considering what I had to work with. X_X

  • Ah! I didn’t know that there’s a Ryubi and Kanu Gundam! I should have tag along. :(

  • I left the event too early then Ascaloth, was around just after 4 when I left. The cosplayers stayed until 5 ? Thought they all left after the competition ended. At least, most of those in the competition did.

  • Forceflow/Tohsaka

    Urgh. The yaoi bait was scary. Turned tails and headed for the damn exit when they started to get to close.

  • It kind of amuses me when guys from the same blog actually start ripping each other.

    Anyway the Tieria and Lockon costumes just don’t seem to work. I think it’s the fact that they’ve got the hair colours completely wrong. Anyway Gary Erskine isn’t really that famous a comic book artist. He’s more of a go-between guy that has worked on some famous DC and Dark Horse series. I think his most famous side job was probably Hellblazer. Genesis Rhapsodos makes me weep not for the person dressed up as him, but Final Fantasy in general. Tetsuya Nomura’s designs become crappier and more goth-emo every game. By the end of his carrier he’s probably just going to draw Gackt as a character instead of mimicing his appearance.

  • You can find better cosplay at deviant art. Is it just me or does all the costumes look like they’re too big?

  • @Kaioshin Sama What’s so amusing? Never heard of the ancient Chinese proverb of scolding being equivalent to concern and physical bruising being a show of love?

    In any case, for being it’s first of its kind, getting someone like Erskine wasn’t so bad. It’d be rather retarded to expect them to get someone like Frank Miller. No fucking way. Maybe in a few years’ time.

    @Ascaloth Erm, I don’t need to, I could just refer you to tjhan’s post. Or perhaps, Windbell’s post. And well, don’t go Animesuki-defensive on me. I was just pointing out the flaws, and rightly so too.

    @LianYL I’m not. It’s a bad post, and considering that you weren’t there, I guess you wouldn’t know.

    @MrMayat Nothing about being thankful or not, this was quite the sloppy job.

  • @Kaioshin,

    Thank you for ripping on the popular stuff just for the sake of looking intelligent, yet again. Back to the dark hole where you came from.

    @Llyke,

    It’s Singapore, not Homeland Japan. The cosplay here isn’t usually as professional as it is in OtakuLand.

    @kokanaden,

    I was there mostly for the cosplay. I didn’t receive any word from TJ or you that I HAD to give too much of a damn about Erskine or doujins or whatever. And since TJ, you and the rest are either too busy or too fucking lazy to update RIUVA regularly enough, of course it ends up having to be the not-so-otaku “sissy show” writer who has to be there so that RIUVA doesn’t overlook the STCC entirely.

    You want a good coverage on this blog? Do it yourself, or at the very least, give me a fucking guideline to work on next time.

  • sees Haruhi crossplayer…

    “OMG TEH GOGGLES!!! THEY DO NOTHING!!!”

    Thank goodness I didn’t see that in person, already traumatised enough as it is…

    The Karen, Shirley and Hatsune Miku cosplayers pulled it off much better than I expected actually.

    Somewhat crowded and probably due to the freebies they were giving out, could probably have been better if the toys were in the centre and dividing the Western and Eastern comics, (can’t complain though, these events are rare enough as it is…)

  • Chill, I’ll whip up glasses of cold lemonade for everyone. :)

    I’m wondering whether you’ve gotten any freebie? Share them with me the next time we chat ya! ^.^

  • Hey Ascaloth a word of advice to you, do not make mockery remarks out of Cosplayers. You think hiding behind your keyboard making jackass remarks on others is funny ???

    First up is Ascaloth, who wrote some lame-ass coverage in a lame-ass attempt to impress, which fell flat on its lame ass

  • @Hynavian,

    I’d like mine not too sweet, please.

    Sorry, the freebies redemption counter that day still had the fuckin’ long queue, so I didn’t collect anything. Had a job to do there, so I couldn’t waste the time queueing. Sorry.

    @reVidia,

    Yay for more lazy fucks who don’t even get off their pizza butts to cover events, and instead hide behind their keyboard flaming those who actually made the effort to.

  • The guy who cosplay as Kurosaki Ichigo also cosplay at GACC08 (MMU, Melaka).

  • I had an amazing experience at the first Singapore Toy and Comic Convention and enjoyed the response from enthusiastic and friendly fans. I realise that these events are now very large and cater for a variety of tastes and interests (and not just cultural ones) I spent the trade show and weekend signing, sketching and chatting (till hoarse) to well over a thousand fans (and newbies) for near 24 hours total. It was worth it!

    As far as my standing on the talent ladder, I know my place (well down the rungs with the grafters! ;) but it’s a broad church with everyone doing their own thing at various levels. The organisers at the STCC event were kind enough to approach me and gave me an amazing opportunity to visit Singapore (what little I saw outside my convention commitments, I loved! ) and I will be back next year for a longer stay at a more modest booth. My thanks to everyone at Play Imaginative for making the trip happen, D&G Comics for the signing on Friay and all the friends who helped make the trip a fantastic experience.

    I hope you look back on the event a bit more favourably and see more than just CosPlay next time. There is plenty of talent out there and (like music taste) it would be a shame to be so blinkered and focused on just one part of a larger creative world.

    Pop by the booth next year and you may get a surprise with my new art direction. Always tried to put in a more Asian skew (where appropriate and possible) to my mainstream work. Otomo’s AKIRA and Shirow’s Ghost in the Shell (and Appleseed) work has always been a major influence. These works were themselves by a variety of sources, BBlade Runner being an obvious one. Syd Mead (the film’s visual Futurist himself referencing the neon madness and chaotic street life of Tokyo!) You cannot limit yourself to one genre or medium as it will ultimately stagnate. The Magnificent Seven was a remake of Kurosawa’s The Seven Samurai. When asked about his influences he said John Ford’s Westerns’. East meets West meets East…

    Anyways… great pics. Delighted with the success of the first Singapore Toy and Comic Convention and very much look forward to next year’s event. It will be a lot bigger and who knows? Maybe Frank Miller will be sitting in my place next time? Now that would be worth a flight over! ;)

    garye

    PS – Kokanaden, thanks for the kind words.

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