Meet Cosplay stars, J-pop singers and top illustrators at these cosplay expos

Last year's Anime Festival Asia, one of the most established festivals for Japanese pop culture in the region, at the Suntec Singapore Convention and Exhibition Centre. -- PHOTO: SOZO PTE LTD
Last year's Anime Festival Asia, one of the most established festivals for Japanese pop culture in the region, at the Suntec Singapore Convention and Exhibition Centre. -- PHOTO: SOZO PTE LTD
It's Marvel comic character Lady Deadpool versus the US Navy Seals from the video game Medal Of Honor: Warfighter as Ms Annice Tan gives her cosplay friends the boot at Funan DigitaLife Mall. -- PHOTO: ST FILE
It's Marvel comic character Lady Deadpool versus the US Navy Seals from the video game Medal Of Honor: Warfighter as Ms Annice Tan gives her cosplay friends the boot at Funan DigitaLife Mall. -- PHOTO: ST FILE
Cosplay Chess at the International Cosplay Day Singapore 2013. -- PHOTO: BRIAN LIM PHOTOGRAPHY
Cosplay Chess at the International Cosplay Day Singapore 2013. -- PHOTO: BRIAN LIM PHOTOGRAPHY
Cosplay star Tatsumi Inui will be at Charaexpo. -- PHOTO: TATSUMI INUI
Cosplay star Tatsumi Inui will be at Charaexpo. -- PHOTO: TATSUMI INUI

CHARAEXPO 2015

Marvel at the slick moves of 12 New Japan Pro-Wrestling wrestlers including Hiroshi Tanahashi and Jushin Thunder Liger as they go head-to-head in a 6m by 6m wrestling ring. This is the league's first appearance in Singapore.

If wrestling is not your thing, try your hand at the Bushiroad Spring Fest card game tournament, mingle with renowned artists at the Creators' Corner or check out merchandise and content from over 40 exhibitors including Bushiroad, Aniplex and VisualArt's. Also features cosplayers such as Tatsumi Inui.

Where: Singapore Expo Hall 7, 1 Expo Drive

When: June 20 and 21, 10am to 6pm

Admission: $6 from chara-expo2015.peatix.com or $8 at the door. Free for children aged 12 and below Info: Go to chara-expo.com

INTERNATIONAL COSPLAY DAY SINGAPORE 2015

A key draw at the yearly convention is cosplay chess, a stage performance featuring a game of human chess played by cosplayers acting as the chess pieces.

An entire function hall will also be dedicated to showcasing doujin, or self-published works, by the local community, and there are plans to hold a speed eating contest and a tribute to the late animator Monty Oum, who created the popular animated series RWBY.

Where: *Scape levels 2, 4 and 5, 2 Orchard Link

When: Aug 22 and 23, 11am to 7pm

Admission: $5 at the door

Info: Go to www.icdsg.com

SINGAPORE TOY, GAME AND COMIC CONVENTION 2015

Considered the closest version to the famous comic cons in the West, the annual convention brings together the best of toys, games, comics, anime, manga and collectibles from both the East and West. Fans can rub shoulders with artists from DC Comics or meet cosplayers dressed as anime characters.

Where: Hall B and C, Level 1, Sands Expo and Convention Centre, Marina Bay Sands

When: Sept 12 and 13, 10am to 8pm

Admission: Details will be released soon

Info: www.singaporetgcc.com

FUNAN ANIME MATSURI 2015

At this week-long festival celebrating Japanese pop culture, attendees can either sign up for a character bento-making workshop led by bento artist Shirley Wong, also known as Little Miss Bento, or a cosplay photography workshop.

They can also learn from top anime illustrators such as IKKYUU or meet rising cosplay stars from the region including Ying Tze from Malaysia and Shimo from Taiwan.

Where: Funan DigitaLife Mall, 109 North Bridge Road

When: Until Sunday, 10am to 9pm

Admission: Free

Info: Go to funananimematsuri.com

ANIME FESTIVAL ASIA 2015

Occupying a space of more than 12,000 sq m, the festival is arguably the biggest Japanese pop culture convention in Singapore with more than 150 booths featuring the latest Japanese content, Anisong concerts featuring popular J-pop singers, and its regional cosplay competition. More details will be released soon.

Where: Level four, Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre, 1 Raffles Boulevard

When: Nov 27 to 29, 9am to 9pm

Admission: Tickets start from $13

Info: Go to www.animefestival.asia

COSFEST XIV: UNDER THE STARS

Into its 14th year, a key activity at Cosfest is the selection of a team to represent Singapore in the World Cosplay Summit held in Nagoya, Japan.

Other crowd favourites include cosplay and anime karaoke competitions, maid cafes and artist booths by fans selling merchandise from their favourite anime and manga series.

When: July 11 and 12, noon to 6pm

Where: D'Marquee, Downtown East

Admission: Free

Info: Go to www.facebook.com/COSFESTASIA