Read Play Blog: Conventions Bonanza!
Read Play Blog is a meme about video games and books, posted every 16th of the month. Bloggers are encouraged to answer a discussion question, and recommend a video game that is similar to a book they liked. Hosted by Happy Indulgence Books & Read Me Away.
This month's topic is quite my cup of tea. I have a love-hate relationship with conventions here because they are always crowded (occasionally stinky, depending on which kind of crowd you get caught in), and I always spend a bomb there, but I love looking at all the art, merchandise, and also get some freebies. Heh! Oh, and the occasional famous person that I actually have some knowledge of, but usually I don't.
Things to note: I'm not the brightest bulb in the world when it comes to conventions. Also, I'm not entirely caught up with each season's new anime/manga... AND I'm not familiar with local publishing scene. I'm pretty tragic, now that I've spelled that out, ha! But my main point, whenever I attend cons, is to support local artists/illustrators by buying original/fan art that I love, and obviously within my buying power!
There are a few cons that I attend annually (if I can afford to spend, lol). I'll link to their official Facebook pages and whatnot. Starting with the smallest to the bigger ones, we'll begin with...
Diamond Crevasse.) Here's also where I found some of my favourite artists. My top two shared a booth last year, I hope they will be there this year too (or at STGCC). They are Muju and Shikee. Mainly, I fell in love with the Storm Riders print that Shikee made. Old school manhua lovers are hard to find, let alone a skilled artist who loves them enough to invest time in drawing them. Some celebrity cosplayers are also invited to attend, such as Kaname and Reika. (Reika makes me so confused with her male cosplays. I mean, even with my exposure to visual rock, she takes it to another level. /weeps)
Some of my other favourite artists (both fanart and original!!):
- Robin (If you love CA, Sherlock, check her out!!! I love!!!)
- Freebird (Quiet but lovely artist. ^-^)
- Cirque de Blanc (Personally, I dub her Queen of Chibis)
- DatWorks (Their team effort is admirable!)
I am a puddle of mess at the end of this post because I have NEVER summed up my experiences of cons in one shot and I feel like otaku trash. BRB, going to get my sanity back. But I guess if you want to attend a con in Singapore, just pick STGCC for the maximum experience, since we are a tiny country, they usually don't differ much, as you can probably tell from my description... I was running out of things to say, lol.