We kinda missed the fact that the Singapore Toy Game and Comic Convention jsut wrapped up; it’s of note as the second year the show was run by Reed, the same gang that puts on C2E2 and NYCC. Luckily, the Jakarta Globe has a very thorough report:
Singapore. A shorter event and complaints of a perceived shift towards Eastern pop culture did not stop almost 30,000 fans from flocking to Suntec City last weekend for the annual Singapore Toy Game and Comic Convention.
Organizers say the visitor numbers for the fourth edition of the convention surpassed last year’s, despite being reduced to two days from three. It drew 28,000 fans last year.
Last year’s show was also held in December, if we recall. The occidental guest list was pretty modest — Paul Levitz, Kieron Gillen and C.B. Cebulski (above, with locals) — but prominently quoted blogger Red Dot Diva, who seems to be kind of the Beat of Singapore, found the show “sexier” while worrying about a renewed focus on anime. And of course, every show has unique local concerns:
Retailers such as Andy Ho, in his 40s, manager of Bruce Toys & Collectibles, were also pleasantly surprised by the buying crowd as he did better business than last year.
He and his fellow retailers had been apprehensive about the prospects of the event as it coincided with Ramadan as well as the Hungry Ghost Festival.
Face it, no one wants to go up against a Hungry Ghost festival.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.