Showing posts with label media preview. Show all posts
Showing posts with label media preview. Show all posts

Thursday, August 25, 2016

AsiaPop Comic Con Manila 2016: An Interview with Comic Book Artist Mike Zeck


AsiaPop Comic Con Manila (APCC Manila) kicks off later today with its second edition. The 3-day convention will see fans in Manila mingling with celebrities, comic book guests, cosplayers, and have fun participating in other activities, like panels, meet and greets and autograph sessions.

This year's celebrity guest roll includes Nicholas Hoult of the "X-Men" franchise, "Warm Bodies" and "Mad Max: Fury Road" fame, young breakout star Millie Bobby Brown known for her memorable role as Eleven in Netflix's "Stranger Things", Claire Holt of "The Vampire Diaries" and Joe Dempsie who is most familiar to fans as Gendry in the international hit series, "Game of Thrones".

However, as the convention is still called a "Comic Con", a few comic book artists have also been invited as guests. One of them is reknown illustrator Mike Zeck, whose various definitive artwork have impressed fans' visual psyche through the many years of his career. One notable image is the shift of Spider-Man's red and blue costume to the black version in the 1984 Marvel limited comic book series, "Marvel Super-Heroes Secret Wars".

Mike Zeck has also worked on covers for several DC Comic books like "Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight" and in recent times, for the "Deathstroke the Terminator" series.

Friday, September 11, 2015

STGCC 2015: Media Preview with Adam Hughes, Huck Gee and Stella Chuu at the Flashy New DC Superheroes Cafe!

To be honest, Red Dot Diva wanted to type in "Spanking New" in this article's header, but she did not want no DC Superheroes suddenly crashing into her room and delivering the necessary punishment.

Although....... if it were Batman bringing her some Batman sliders... Hmmmmmm.... *wriggles eyebrows*

A photo posted by Red Dot Diva (@reddotdiva) on


Sunday, October 5, 2014

Gamestart Asia 2014: Set to be Singapore's Most Happening Gaming Convention

As Red Dot Diva will be away for two weeks, she will not be able to check out GameStart Asia 2014.

Instead, Red Dot Dude will be attending and reporting together with the rest of the Glam Bloggers' Alliance - Agent W and Ed from Toys-etc!

Here's Red Dot Dude's quick recap of the GameStart Asia 2014 media preview held recently:

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In the area of gaming, US folks have the Electronic Entertainment Expo (“E3”), Japanese fans have the Tokyo Game Show, and those in Germany go for Gamescom. In less than 3 weeks, Singapore will have her own gaming-focused convention called GameStart Asia 2014, and it is the only gaming show that will be held here this year! In fact, GameStart Asia 2014 will be the first by organizer Eliphant Pte Ltd.

Eliphant held a media preview last Wednesday (2nd October 2014) at the St Games’ CafĂ© in Bugis+ to give us a taste of what to expect.


GameStart, which will be held at Suntec City Convention Centre on 25th and 26th October 2014, targets to appeal to core and casual gamers as well as cosplay enthusiasts, who are based not only in Singapore but the South-East Asian region. Some of the exhibitors are big name companies such as, Sony Computer Entertainment HK (“SCEHK”), Bandai Namco Games, Blizzard Entertainment, Razor, etc.

Main exhibitor, SCEHK, will provide attendees with the unique opportunity to meet gaming industry celebrities such as
Ono Yoshinori, Street Fighter Series Producer
Masaaki Yamagiwa, Bloodborne Producer
Junichi Yoshizawa, Freedom Wars Producer
Daigo Umehara (The Beast), world leading Street Fighter player

SCEHK is set to occupy more than 250 square meters of booth space, allowing attendees to experience PlayStation’s interactive booth with over 30 games. Other things to note are the Trade-in Programme, where one can trade in any old gaming console for a SGD100 rebate on the PS4 and premium goods to be given away for game trials.

Hidetoshi Takigawa, SE Asia Region Head of Sony Computer Entertainment Singapore (SCES), showing a preview of the Playstation Booth

There will also be fantastic early bird specials for the SCEHK booth.
• First 3 customers to purchase a PS4 will receive a Sony Xperia Z3 as well as a 3 year PlayStation Plus membership and a T-shirt
• First 10 customers to purchase a PS4 will get a uniquely designed Toro cover and a PlayStation T-shirt
• First 50 customers each day will receive a free PlayStation T-shirt

Some of the awesome specials that SCEHK is offering

What's a gaming convention without gaming tournaments? If you are a Street Fighter fan who's all set to kick butt on the consoles, you will want to head straight to Razor's booth, where the finals of the Capcom Pro Tour Asia will be held. Top Asian Street Fighters from the region will be competing for the championship and a chance to participate in the global Capcom Pro Tour Finals in the US. Attendees will also have the chance to face RZR Xian and Daigo Umehara (both previous Street Fighters champion) to a match of Street Fighter. Edward from Toys-etc and I had the chance to challenge RZR Xian during the Media Preview and we got thoroughly wiped out.

Edward looking helplessly as RZR Xian decimate his Ryu

Fans of retro gaming will be able to try their hand at some games of the old console systems, such as Nintendo, Super Nintendo, Sega Megadrive, etc.

For cosplay enthusiasts, renowned international cosplayers Yuegene Fay (Thailand) and Yasemin Arslan (Australia) will be present to meet fans in a panel on stage as as well as act being judges for the cosplay competition that will be held on the 26th October 2014.

International guests who will be at GameStart 2014

Tickets are on sale at S$8.50 for a 1-day pass and S$15.00 for a 2-day pass. All tickets will qualify for a daily draw where winners can go home with goodies like consoles, games, gaming accessories and many more.


Hope to see you guys at GameStart Asia 2014!!!!

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Also, check out fellow GBA, Ed from Toys-etc's Survival Guide on the GameStart Asia 2014 over here!


Friday, September 5, 2014

STGCC 2014: Media Preview at The Vault - Geek Casual is In!

Geeky-casual is how Red Dot Diva would sum up the Media Preview for STGCC 2014, held at the Vault on 4 September Thursday morning.

This year, the venue for the Media Preview had changed from the stiff swanky upper-class poshness of MBS' meeting rooms to a pub known for geeky drink gatherings at historic Boat Quay. In fact, there were Harry Potter and Middle Earth posters placed in some corners of the room.

Humberto Ramos, Alex Solis, Matt "Sekure" Fabris and cosplayer Lenneth XVII were the special convention guests ready to meet the bunch of media at the preview. It was with great fortune that Red Dot Diva got introduced to the master artist Humberto Ramos as he got of his transport outside the Vault.

Inside the Vault, the convention exclusives were displayed for everyone to have a look at, including those from Hot Toys, Mighty Jaxx and all the others.


Both Ed from toys-etc.com and Agent W were hauled for official photographer duties during the Media Preview, and Red Dot Dude had helped ferry a couple of the guests from their hotel to the Vault, so it was up to Red Dot Diva to do her glam social media thing.

Here's Ed's quickie write-up about the couple of hours that happened that day:

Thursday, May 8, 2014

"Resurrection" Time in Singapore - Party Of A Lifetime with Omar Eppsand Kurtwood Smith!

Gotta give it to cable channel Lifetime Asia.

They concocted such a clever name for the launch party for their new TV series "Resurrection", which will premiere in South-East Asia on May 12, 10 PM. Guess when people can't stay dead, they *are* having a Party of A Lifetime!

To celebrate the upcoming premiere, stars of the highest-rated new scripted show in the USA - Omar Epps and Kurtwood Smith - made their promotional rounds to South-East Asian cities this week. The actors made their first stop in Kuala Lumpur, followed by our little Red Dot Island, and are now currently in Manila.

Enroute to Singapore from KL, the season finale of "Resurrection" was aired back home. And Kurtwood tweeted to say that he missed being able to watch the last episode and tweet "live" with the show's fans.

Kurtwood tweets Diva! SQUEE!

Friday, August 30, 2013

STGCC 2013: Introducing Joe Mad (SGCollect Exclusive!)

Article "KOPE" #3 - Red Dot Diva brings you Agent W's mad article on special STGCC guest, Joe Madureira. 

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Bursting into the scene and reinvigorating the look of X-men in 1994, Joe Madureira, known as Joe Mad!, 's dynamic Japanese animation style changed how we viewed the X-men for an entire generation. Not only content with giving X-men's Rogue (Masamune Shirow's Ghost in the Shell's comic) Major Kusanagi's hairstyle in the alternate story "Age of Apocalypse", his manga inspired look for X-men was not only seen in comics but in toys as well.

Just as suddenly as he shot into stardom, he left Marvel in 1997 to go to Cliffhanger! with Humberto Ramos and JScott Campbell. Creating and crafting "Battlechasers", a sword and sorcery fantasy quest adventure, it started strong but the comic slowed and soon, after 10 issues, Joe Mad! left comics to venture into developing computer games on his own. Leaving a void in all our (my) fanboy hearts....developing Darksiders with Joe Kelly.

STGCC 2013: Top 5 Moments (ToysEtc + Red Dot Diva Exclusive Fan Service Variant)

ToysEtc regurgitates his top 5 moments of the Media Preview last Thursday while Red Dot Diva parries and adds more spice to his hot list.

1. The Media
Meeting friends, old and new, at the convention is an annual affair. This is usually the only time our lives intersect and this picture distills the essence - the overwhelming enthusiasm, the glorious geekiness and the must-take-picture-trophy fervor. Meanwhile, J*RYU's face tells another story.

Clicks and flashes

Red Dot Diva: Dude. What only time? We recently bonded over pandas, remember? :|


Saturday, September 1, 2012

Pre-STGCC 2012 - A Packed and Lively Media Preview

Friday 31 August. The day before STGCC 2012, and a day that Red Dot Diva has been looking forward to - STGCC Media Preview Day!

But, oh the wet weather and the fact that school was out early (Red Dot Diva had forgotten about that!) made public transport a nightmare.

And oh, dear Marina Bay Sands -- you are so tricky to get to when someone is in a hurry!

So, Red Dot Diva was about 15 minutes late for the exclusive Media Preview. :(

When she arrived into the allocated media room, she found that it was PACKED! Standing room only by then. And there were so many photographers eager to take pictures of almost everything.

It was good to see people getting excited about STGCC again this year and creating more buzz about the show. Being able to re-connect with the many geek friends at the media preview got Red Dot Diva even more stoked for the weekend.

Friday, August 19, 2011

STGCC 2011 Media Preview: Cosplay, Comics, Toys!

Presenter Reiko and her shiny hat
Red Dot Diva would be the first to admit that she felt a certain kind of inertia after almost 75% of the STGCC 2011 guest list were officially announced.

There just didn't seem to be a buzz or sense of excitement leading up to this year's event at all.

The vocal reactions from the comic fans have already been well documented by the Straits Times (article by Nicholas Yong) and Here Be Geeks.

Whatever the case may be, Red Dot Diva felt it was worth supporting an event in a market that is already considered small in terms of the worldwide arena. Plus, many of her friends will be at STGCC at their booths displaying their art, or going as cosplayers and fellow bloggers to give their show of support.

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