International Cosplay Day Singapore Takes The Street This August
Before you head to STGCC this year, International Cosplay Day Singapore has a batch of pop culture ready to serve.
ICDS 2013 is set for August this year at *SCAPE on Orchard Rd for its second convention of cosplay and pop culture with special guests like cosplayers Alodia Gosiengfiao, Yuanie (pictured) and Clive Lee, and critically acclaimed photographer Jay Tablante.
Also lined up are events like the Third Annual Cosplay Chess, Cosplay Talent Showcase, Blizzard Cosplay Runway and art exhibits, vendors and VIP booths.
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Celebrate an epic concordance of pop-culture at International Cosplay Day Singapore (ICDS) 2013
Singapore – Suspend disbelief for a day. Dive into a setting inspired by science & magic in Eastern and Western pop-culture when International Cosplay Day Singapore (ICDS) returns this August.
Into it’s second year, ICDS 2013 will feature internationally acclaimed guests-of-honor, as well as a gamut of pop-culture content and Singapore’s 3rd Annual Cosplay Chess stage show.
Following ICDS’s success in 2012, which saw more than 1,000 visitors attending the fan-driven cosplay & pop-culture convention at Ngee Ann Polytechnic, organizer Neo Tokyo Project has partnered with *SCAPE Co. Ltd to bring ICDS to Singapore’s shopping belt in Orchard Road on 25 August 2013.
The convention expects to attract more than 3,000 pop-culture lovers from all walks of life this year, including anime fans, cosplay enthusiasts and gamers.
Guests-of-honor at ICDS this year will include celebrated Filipina cosplayer, model, artist, actress and now recording artist, Alodia Gosiengfiao, former World Cosplay Summit (WCS) representative for Singapore and veteran cosplayer, Yuanie, as well as Clive Lee, a pre-eminent cosplayer and costume maker whose amazing Gundam creations have won multiple awards over the years, including the prestigious Anime Festival Asia (AFA) Regional Cosplay Championship.
Joining them is critically acclaimed photographer Jay Tablante. Jay has collaborated with D.C. and Marvel to produce some of the most iconic and daring images in comic book cosplay of all time, and will be exhibiting his work at ICDS.
“International Cosplay Day Singapore is a celebration of cosplay and pop-culture by fans, for fans,” said Mr. Jason Koh, editor-in-chief of Neo Tokyo Project.
“The convention transcends barriers by presenting an eclectic fusion of Eastern and Western pop-culture elements. This year, we plan to make the ICDS experience even more robust by giving visitors an opportunity to shape the outcome of our stage show,” he concluded.
To gamify the convention and to inject interactivity, Neo Tokyo Project will be introducing ConQuest – a proprietary framework that reimagines convention goers as either proponents of Science or acolytes of Magic. Visitors will complete a series of achievements while partaking of the convention, and their contributions will impact the finale of Singapore’s 3rd Annual Cosplay Chess.
Highlights of the convention include:
Singapore’s 3rd Annual Cosplay Chess – An epic battle between the forces of Science and Magic rages on stage in this 2-hour long cosplay performance extravaganza. Watch as Okabe Rintarou from Steins;Gate attempts to save the world from the destructive machinations of Deathwing the Destroyer from Blizzard Entertainment’s World of Warcraft®. With more than 60 cast and crew members, this segment is not to be missed!
Cosplay Talent Showcase – A talent showcase that will see cosplayers from Singapore and around the region putting their performance skills to the test to win prizes and accolades from our esteemed guests-of-honor.
Blizzard Cosplay Runway – Come to ICDS 2013 in costume as any of your favorite Diablo®, StarCraft® or World of Warcraft characters for a chance to win limited edition prizes sponsored by Blizzard Entertainment in this runway segment.
Calls for entries for both the Cosplay Talent Showcase and Blizzard Cosplay Runway will be announced in June 2013.
Artisan’s Alley and Live Art Murals – We welcome artist groups and creators to exhibit their works at ICDS. This year, several walls outside the The Warehouse have also been re-purposed into Live Art Murals, where exhibiting artists and visitors with a creative streak can leave their mark!
Sponsor, Vendor and VIP Booths – Our various sponsors, anime goods and pop-culture vendors will be showcasing and retailing their products at ICDS. Jay Tablante will also be retailing copies of Geekology 101, and holding an exhibition of his works during the convention.
ICDS Post-Event Celebration and Dance Party – Party the night away in a 2-hour celebration of anime and videogame grooves, featuring singers and musicians from the local pop-culture music scene.
Regular Convention Pass – Regular convention tickets are priced at $5.
VIP Convention Pass (100 only) – VIP passes are priced at $30 and available while stocks last. VIP passes include expedited convention entry, prints, guaranteed signings, Jay Tablante’s Geekology 101 book, exclusive ICDS 2013 and Singapore’s 3 rd Annual Cosplay Chess merchandise and more.
Tickets are available for pre-sale at Books Kinokuniya (Ngee Ann City) on Free Comic Book Day (May 4), through Pre-Orders (via email at email@example.com) and will also be available for retail from June 2013 onwards.
For more information about ICDS, please visit www.icdsg.com
Photo by Brian Lim