Con Coverage – STGCC 2017 (Part 2: OA Exhibition & Frank Cho Interview)

As promised, today guest author Alexander Lee will continue walking you through the Singapore Toy, Game & Comic Convention 2017! If you missed it, please read part 1 of his STGCC 2017 coverage here. Do also check out Alex’s TV & film review column for CBSI, Live from Mojoworld!. And for those interested in Alex’s OA collecting tastes, here’s his Collector Spotlight!

Original Comic Art Exhibition

We’re back for part 2 of our coverage of the STGCC (Singapore Toy, Game & Comic Convention) 2017!

We will first discuss the Original Comic Art Exhibition featured at this con.

The OA Aficionado and myself, together with a few like-minded enthusiasts, were proud to have had a hand in organizing the exhibition – a first in the history of the convention.

A chief goal was to foster and heighten interest and enthusiasm for original comic art. In an age of dwindling comic readership, we felt it both a duty and challenge to seek to promote the hobby. Based on the robust turnout, we believe there is cause for optimism.

The exhibitors did double duties as guard dogs and guides, entertaining various questions on the hobby and artwork. While not many viewers (in particular, the young) were familiar with the concept of original comic art, it was heartening to see that their interest was piqued. As part of our guide duties, we covered issues ranging from the process of creation of published work, to the history and heritage of OA collecting.

The OA exhibition comprised several components, namely:

  • Artwork by STGCC guests, past and present. This was to tie in with the STGCC’s 10th birthday bash. We managed to showcase art by the likes of Adam Hughes, Arthur Adams, Mark Brooks, Humberto Ramos, Adi Granov and David Mack.
  • An array of X-Men artwork over the decades (X=10, get it?).
  • Stages of production, which featured artwork over the course of the various steps of creation eg. pencils, inks, colors.
  • Types of OA. Here, we displayed a range of pieces including a cover, a DPS, a panel page, a commission, a painted piece as well as a blueline page.

Some of the notable pieces on show included:

  • John Byrne’s X-Men #121 page 14
  • Neal Adams’ X-Men #59 page 3
  • Dave Cockrum’s X-Men #156 cover
  • Paul Smith’s X-Men #170 page 23
  • Don Heck’s Avengers #112 cover
  • Todd McFarlane’s Amazing Spider-Man #309 page 20
  • Jim Starlin’s Captain Marvel #34 cover

And here’s a video of another local collector, Amran, providing a walkthrough of the exhibit. The Original Comic Art Exhibition segment starts at the 8:55 minute mark.

Frank Cho Interview

As mentioned in part 1 of the STGCC coverage article, we were lucky enough to have Arthur Adams and Frank Cho headlining the comic guests. We managed to get Frank to take a break from his busy schedule to do a quick interview.

Pardon us for the audio – apart from the OA Aficionado, there’s a co-interviewer from the NTU Visual Arts Society, Kar Yee, whose voice is pretty hard to hear. We trust that Uncle Frank’s insights will make up for it!

A transcript of the interview done by the NTU Visual Arts Society is also available.


As a bonus segment, here are a few images of some of the loot snagged by various voracious OA collectors from this year’s con! We’ll let the pics do the talking:


Here’s Part 1 & Part 2 of the guide to collecting original comic art.

Original Art Aficionado archive

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