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Following up on last year's Original Art Exhibition, we feel this year it is appropriate to cover other aspects of comic collecting in order to cater to different types of collectors. The industry is constantly growing, expanding into new areas of collecting comics and comics-related collectibles. We hope to generate enough interest, making comics a larger and more important part of STGCC. The idea is to get fans excited to read comics again.

Comics collectibles can be categorised as follows:

  1. Singles
    • Slabbing / Grading
      The exhibition will primarily be focused on rare Singles, as key issues are the rarest and most valued in comics. Comic collectors and fans alike are more likely to be interested to see these on display. The list further down the page gives a rough idea what we have managed to put together so far.
  2. Collected Editions
    • Tradepaperbacks / Hardcover
    • Omnibuses / Absolute Editions
    • Artists / Artifact Editions
      We have yet to decide if we will showcase physical copies of collected editions, as they are readily available at Kino and many local comic shops. It is likely, however, that they will get a mention in the writeup. Having said that, if there's enough space to accommodate these, we would not be against putting them up.
  3. Digital
  4. Original Art
    We covered this last year.

As in 2017, the aim of this exhibition is to engage the public by educating / providing information about comics and the fun art of comic book collecting. SCC members would be there to take visitors through the exhibits like we did last year for the OA exhibition. We intend to have a few writeups put up as well, these would appear on A2 standees. Depending on the length of the writeups (and budget constraints), we might put some pieces together on a single A2 board, for example, "Grails and Why They are Important" and "Slabs and Why They are Relevant in Comics Collecting" could go well together. See under Sample Writeup / Educational Material for more information.


From the preliminary list of comics available for display at the exhibition so far, it could very well make this one of the first and largest gathering of Mega Keys at a South East Asian comic convention, if not the first and the largest. Here's the tentative list of comics we hope to showcase at this year's STGCC:

 

The comics owned by SCC members include Mega Keys: Journey Into Mystery #83 (1st appearance of Thor), Incredible Hulk #1 (1st appearance of the Hulk), The Avengers #1 (1st appearance of the Avengers), The Brave and the Bold #28 (1st appearance of Justice League of America), Incredible Hulk #181 (1st appearance of Wolverine), Fantastic Four #1 (1st appearance of the Fantastic Four), Amazing Fantasy #15 (1st appearance of Spider-man), Strange Tales #110 (1st appearance of Doctor Strange, Signed by Stan Lee), Daredevil #1 (1st appearance of Daredevil), Avengers #4 (1st appearance of Silver-Age Captain America), Silver Surfer #1 (Origin of Silver Surfer; 1st in solo series), Sandman #1 (1st appearance of Morpheus).

Plus other Bronze Age and more modern grails: New Mutants #98 (1st appearance of Deadpool), New Teen Titans #2 (1st appearance of Deathstroke the Terminator), Marvel Super-Heroes #18 (1st appearance the Original Guardians of the Galaxy), Nyx #3 (1st appearance of X-23), Batman Adventure #12 (1st appearance of Harley Quinn), Star Wars #1 (1st appearance Luke Skywalker, Darth Vader, Princess Leia, R2D2, C3PO, Stormtroopers) Amazing Spider-man #101 (1st appearance Morbius the Living Vampire), Captain Britain #1 (1st appearance of Captain Britain, Signed by Chris Claremont), Daredevil #7 (1st appearance of red costume), A-Force #1 (1st appearance of A-Force (Team), 1st appearance of Singularity), Han Solo #1 (1st in Solo series, signed by Harrison Ford), Saga #1 (1st appearance of Alana, Marko, Hazel), Marvel Team-Up #65 (1st appearance of Captain Britain in American Comics), Mighty Thor #700 (Death of Jane Foster and the return of Odinson as Thor, signed by Sir Anthony Hopkins), Ultimate Fallout #4 (1st appearance of Miles Morales, The Maker and Children of Tomorrow), Amazing Spider-man: The Movie #1 (Signed by Emma Stone), and Captain America #1 (2011) (Tolibao STGCC Variant, with Cap in front of the iconic Singapore Merlion). This secondary list might be trimmed down, or some replaced with rarer keys.

 

The comics that would likely be on display are shown below. We are open to suggestions for titles you would like to see featured as this is just a sample of our combined collections.

Click on the tab: MegaKeys, SilverAge, BronzeAge, Modern and ComicMovies (for Comics Impact on Movies) to filter the list.


Journey Into Mystery #83
Journey Into Mystery #83
1st appearance of Thor
From the Collection of Chee Hoe...
Journey Into Mystery #83

Journey Into Mystery #83

1st appearance of Thor
From the Collection of Chee Hoe

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Amazing Fantasy #15
Amazing Fantasy #15
1st appearance of Spider-man
From the Collection of Brighton Yap...
Amazing Fantasy #15

Amazing Fantasy #15

1st appearance of Spider-man
From the Collection of Brighton Yap

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The Avengers #1
The Avengers #1
1st appearance of the Avengers
From the Collection of Brighton Yap...
The Avengers #1

The Avengers #1

1st appearance of the Avengers
From the Collection of Brighton Yap

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The Brave and the Bold #28
The Brave and the Bold #28
1st appearance of Justice League of America
From the Collection of Myron Tay...
The Brave and the Bold #28

The Brave and the Bold #28

1st appearance of Justice League of America
From the Collection of Myron Tay

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Daredevil #1
Daredevil #1
1st appearance of Daredevil
From the Collection of Brighton Yap...
Daredevil #1

Daredevil #1

1st appearance of Daredevil
From the Collection of Brighton Yap

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Incredible Hulk #181
Incredible Hulk #181
1st appearance of Wolverine
Signed by Stan Lee
From the Collection of Brighton Yap...
Incredible Hulk #181

Incredible Hulk #181

1st appearance of Wolverine
Signed by Stan Lee
From the Collection of Brighton Yap

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Fantastic Four #1
Fantastic Four #1
1st appearance of the Fantastic Four
From the Collection of Brighton Yap...
Fantastic Four #1

Fantastic Four #1

1st appearance of the Fantastic Four
From the Collection of Brighton Yap

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Incredible Hulk #1
Incredible Hulk #1
1st appearance of the Hulk
From the Collection of Chee Hoe...
Incredible Hulk #1

Incredible Hulk #1

1st appearance of the Hulk
From the Collection of Chee Hoe

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X-Men #1
X-Men #1
1st appearance of the X-Men
From the Collection of Brighton Yap...
X-Men #1

X-Men #1

1st appearance of the X-Men
From the Collection of Brighton Yap

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Avengers #4
Avengers #4
1st appearance Silver-Age Captain America
From the Collection of Christopher Hwang...
Avengers #4

Avengers #4

1st appearance Silver-Age Captain America
From the Collection of Christopher Hwang

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Sandman #1
Sandman #1
1st appearance of Morpheus
From the Collection of Myron Tay...
Sandman #1

Sandman #1

1st appearance of Morpheus
From the Collection of Myron Tay

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Strange Tales #110
Strange Tales #110
1st appearance of Doctor Strange
Signed by Stan Lee
From the Collection of Brighton Yap...
Strange Tales #110

Strange Tales #110

1st appearance of Doctor Strange
Signed by Stan Lee
From the Collection of Brighton Yap

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Star Wars #1
Star Wars #1
1st appearance Luke Skywalker
1st appearance Darth Vader
1st appearance Princess Leia
1st appearance R2D2
1st appearance C3PO
1st appearance Stormtroopers
From the Collection of Christopher Hwang...
Star Wars #1

Star Wars #1

1st appearance Luke Skywalker
1st appearance Darth Vader
1st appearance Princess Leia
1st appearance R2D2
1st appearance C3PO
1st appearance Stormtroopers
From the Collection of Christopher Hwang

Readmore
Captain Britain #1
Captain Britain #1
1st appearance of Captain Britain
Signed by Chris Claremont
From the Collection of Christopher Hwang...
Captain Britain #1

Captain Britain #1

1st appearance of Captain Britain
Signed by Chris Claremont
From the Collection of Christopher Hwang

Readmore
New Mutants #98
New Mutants #98
1st appearance of Deadpool
From the Collection of Myron Tay...
New Mutants #98

New Mutants #98

1st appearance of Deadpool
From the Collection of Myron Tay

Readmore
Daredevil #7
Daredevil #7
1st appearance of red costume
From the Collection of Myron Tay...
Daredevil #7

Daredevil #7

1st appearance of red costume
From the Collection of Myron Tay

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Silver Surfer #1
Silver Surfer #1
Origin of Silver Surfer; 1st in Solo series
Signed by Stan Lee
From the Collection of Christopher Hwang...
Silver Surfer #1

Silver Surfer #1

Origin of Silver Surfer; 1st in Solo series
Signed by Stan Lee
From the Collection of Christopher Hwang

Readmore
Invaders #8
Invaders #8
2nd appearance of the original Union Jack
From the Collection of Christopher Hwang...
Invaders #8

Invaders #8

2nd appearance of the original Union Jack
From the Collection of Christopher Hwang

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Marvel Team-Up #65
Marvel Team-Up #65
1st appearance of Captain Britain in American Comics
From the Collection of Christopher Hwang...
Marvel Team-Up #65

Marvel Team-Up #65

1st appearance of Captain Britain in American Comics
From the Collection of Christopher Hwang

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Nyx #3
Nyx #3
1st appearance of X-23
From the Collection of Myron Tay...
Nyx #3

Nyx #3

1st appearance of X-23
From the Collection of Myron Tay

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Amazing Spider-man #101
Amazing Spider-man #101
1st appearance Morbius the Living Vampire
From the Collection of Myron Tay...
Amazing Spider-man #101

Amazing Spider-man #101

1st appearance Morbius the Living Vampire
From the Collection of Myron Tay

Readmore
Mighty Thor #700
Mighty Thor #700
Death of Jane Foster and the return of Odinson as Thor
Signed by Sir Anthony Hopkins
From the Collection of Myron Tay...
Mighty Thor #700

Mighty Thor #700

Death of Jane Foster and the return of Odinson as Thor
Signed by Sir Anthony Hopkins
From the Collection of Myron Tay

Readmore
A-Force #1
A-Force #1
1st appearance of A-Force (Team)
1st appearance of Singularity
Signed by Jorge Molina
From the Collection of Christopher Hwang...
A-Force #1

A-Force #1

1st appearance of A-Force (Team)
1st appearance of Singularity
Signed by Jorge Molina
From the Collection of Christopher Hwang

Readmore
Ultimate Fallout #4
Ultimate Fallout #4
1st appearance of Miles Morales
1st appearance of The Maker (Reed Richards)
1st appearance of Children of Tomorrow
From the Collection of Myron Tay...
Ultimate Fallout #4

Ultimate Fallout #4

1st appearance of Miles Morales
1st appearance of The Maker (Reed Richards)
1st appearance of Children of Tomorrow
From the Collection of Myron Tay

Readmore
Saga #1
Saga #1
1st appearance of Alana, Marko, Hazel
From the Collection of Myron Tay...
Saga #1

Saga #1

1st appearance of Alana, Marko, Hazel
From the Collection of Myron Tay

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Amazing Spider-man: The Movie #1
Amazing Spider-man: The Movie #1
Signed by Emma Stone
From the Collection of Myron Tay...
Amazing Spider-man: The Movie #1

Amazing Spider-man: The Movie #1

Signed by Emma Stone
From the Collection of Myron Tay

Readmore
Han Solo #1
Han Solo #1
1st in solo series
Signed by Harrison Ford
From the Collection of Myron Tay...
Han Solo #1

Han Solo #1

1st in solo series
Signed by Harrison Ford
From the Collection of Myron Tay

Readmore
Captain America #1 (2011)
Captain America #1 (2011)
Tolibao STGCC Variant, with Cap in front of the iconic Singapore Merlion
From the Collection of Myron Tay...
Captain America #1 (2011)

Captain America #1 (2011)

Tolibao STGCC Variant, with Cap in front of the iconic Singapore Merlion
From the Collection of Myron Tay

Readmore
New Teen Titans #2
New Teen Titans #2
1st appearance of Deathstroke the Terminator
From the Collection of Myron Tay...
New Teen Titans #2

New Teen Titans #2

1st appearance of Deathstroke the Terminator
From the Collection of Myron Tay

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Marvel Super-Heroes #18
Marvel Super-Heroes #18
1st appearance the Guardians of the Galaxy
From the Collection of Myron Tay...
Marvel Super-Heroes #18

Marvel Super-Heroes #18

1st appearance the Guardians of the Galaxy
From the Collection of Myron Tay

Readmore
Batman Adventure #12
Batman Adventure #12
1st appearance of Harley Quinn
From the Collection of Myron Tay...
Batman Adventure #12

Batman Adventure #12

1st appearance of Harley Quinn
From the Collection of Myron Tay

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Avenging Spider-man #9
Avenging Spider-man #9
1st Carol Danvers as Captain Marvel
From the Collection of Myron Tay...
Avenging Spider-man #9

Avenging Spider-man #9

1st Carol Danvers as Captain Marvel
From the Collection of Myron Tay

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Promoting the Event on SCC Facebook Group

As with last year, we would be promoting the Comics Exhibition at STGCC 2018 on our Facebook Group. SCC membership has grown since the last STGCC, our reach is about 2,900 plus geeks and comic readers, the biggest comics group in Singapore

Promotions would be done before STGCC as well as during the event itself. We effectively used the group to get members to the booth last year.

We would also be interviewing the main comics guest artists with questions coming from SCC members. These series of short video interviews (which have proven very successful) would be posted in the group before and after STGCC. Here's an example:

Art Adams video interview at STGCC 2017, conducted by members of SCC / the Art Side


Slabbing & Grading Comics

Brighton Yap
21 August 2018
Comics General
American Mainstream Comics
Collecting Comics as a Hobby or Investment
Slabbing and Grading
I've been collecting comics for twenty years now. I love the hobby and would go to the local comics store regularly picking up weekly/monthly issues from my pull list. As I progressed further in the hobby, I started to make more friends that started collecting “key” comic issues. What we mean by the term “key” is that the issue is significantly important in that it might contain an event that can shock a storyline prompting collectors to collect those comics. Events such as Secret Wars, Civil War, The Infinity Gauntlet, Death of Superman and more recently the death of Wolverine are some examples. These are key events and collectors will scramble to get the best copies, variants and also aim for the best possible “condition” of the book available. Key comic books also means that it is the first time a hero/villain/character has appeared in the publisher's books. Normally these......
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Nic Tan
08 August 2018
Comics General
Collecting Comics as a Hobby or Investment
Slabbing and Grading
The concept of slabbing collectibles (coins, trading cards, comics, toys, video games) has had its share of (common) problems and controversies over the years. If you are starting or have pondered starting to collect slabbed / third-party graded comics, do be aware of the three concerns below and make a considered decision before slabbing your comics or purchasing slabbed ones. 1) You Can't Read the Book Anymore! This is the one thing that amuses me the most when I discuss slabbed comics. Let’s first be clear on what I mean—I really mean that if you remove the book from the (not-unbreakable) slab, you are essentially undoing the grade given by the grading company. That is why people do not remove the book from the slab. Of course, the flipside of this is that you lose one very key reason why the book was to enjoyed and owned in the first...
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Side Activity

Although not part of the exhibition, SCC members are planning a Sketchcard Meet & Trade session at STGCC this year. Aspiring artists in the group have started drawing popular comic characters from a wishlist drawn up by other members. Here are some work in progress as well as completed cards:

These cards, measuring 2.5 x 3.5 inches each, would be traded or given away at STGCC, at the proposed Comics Exhibition Booth (we hope) if the proposal is accepted.

Sketchcards are a popular off-shoot of trading cards and original art, and have garnered quite a following among comic fans.

Sketchcards have overtaken mass-printed trading cards, as they offer another way for fans to acquire original art commissions from their favourite comic artists, that are far more affordable. The sketchcards created by SCC members will NOT be for / on sale at STGCC.

This would add to the excitement and bring members to the event.


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