Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Introducing Mark Torres: Talent With A Quirky Twist

Pic by Roi Francisco
Young, hip, arty and cool. Artist Mark Torres seems the kind to party with the right crowd, and yet stays awake just enough to finish his art projects.

If one has visited his deviantart gallery page, you would have found an interesting mix of traditional and digital art-styles, with a kind of twisted playfulness to his interpretation of subjects. For instance, Red Dot Diva appreciated the almost impressionistic, evil-snicker behind "Joke-tober". Go check it out.

To help folks get to know more about Mark Torres before he arrives here on March 9 -10, Red Dot Diva got him to answer a few of her nosy questions via email:

Sunday, February 26, 2012

SDCC 2012: Cancel All Plans! Stay By Your Computers!

A couple of days ago, the San Diego Comic-Con (SDCC) folks sent out emails to everyone who has a Member ID advising them to keep watch about the opening of online registrations, which will be happening REAL SOON.

On their General Information page, they mentioned that "badge sales will begin sometime after the Comic-Con Member ID registration website closes on February 28th, 2012."

So, for those who haven't got a pre-reg ticket at last year's convention... it's time to get your act together and prepare to snap up those passes! CANCEL All Plans!! And Stay By your Computers!

Tickets do sell out *really* quickly. And there will be a very high probability that the servers may stall and get jammed with the insane amount of traffic.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Cowabunga! Mark Torres Ninjas Into Town!

Local comic fans have been so spoilt lately!

Just as Stephen Segovia popped by in early January to grace the official opening of Invasion! Toys & Collectibles, his fellow Filipino compadre Mark Torres soon will make his way to Red Dot Island.

Mark Torres is scheduled to make a special appearance at Invasion! on March 9th and 10th (Fri/ Sat). Time to be announced.

If one is not yet familiar with Mark's varied and vibrant art styles, check out his deviantart page! Red Dot Diva loves how the perspectives in his art make them seem almost 3-dimensional. Especially the one called BATMAN vs ZOMBIES above! Personally, she has never seen Batman soooo "Diva-fuchsia-cool"! Heh.

Mark's latest work is going to be featured in IDW Publishing's comic, "Infestation 2: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1" - due for release on first week of March, with issue #2 following very soon after. He has also worked in the very Asian anthology, "Liquid City Vol. 2" and IDW's "Zombies vs. Robots: Undercity #1-4".

Monday, February 20, 2012

Autobots Get A Taste of Singapore Kaya Toast

Singapore brekkie for the Autobots
Frankly.... Red Dot Diva just couldn't help snickering at the images that steamrolled into her email in-box that day.

You see, well-loved Transformers characters Autobots Optimus Prime and Bumblebee decided to drop in to the Red Dot Island last week. And the first thing they did was to have a taste of the iconic Singaporean breakfast consisting of kopi-O, kaya toast and you tiao at the Old Airport Road Food Centre.

Can Autobots even digest food? Red Dot Diva is confused.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

At Invasion!: Grilling Comics Artist Stephen Segovia

Invasion! Toys and Collectibles is the latest kid on the block in the Red Dot Island comics, toys and collectibles market.

Announcement of its launch late last year was met with a fair amount of excitement from local comics and toy collectors, as fans felt the need for more choices and healthy competition.

For those who are intending to visit Invasion! for the first time, the store is located at the 5th floor of Funan DigitaLife Mall, around the same vicinity as the food court, and just right next to children-enrichment outlets like a music school and a pottery-making studio. (Check out a previous blog post more about the store and its launch!)

At the store's opening which was held over two days in early January 2012, a trio of comics artist - Stephen Segovia ("Dark Wolverine", "Mighty Avengers", "Battlestar Galactica"), Sonny Liew ("Malinky Robot", "Liquid City") and Rudy Ao - was at the store meeting comics enthusiasts and drawing sketches.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Transformers Cybertron Con To Create Sparks In Singapore

It's just not enough that the world's first ever Transformers The Ride made its debut at Universal Studios Singapore recently.

The 3D ride, which has been gaining increasing popularity since it opened, was based on the Transformers brand by Hasbro and the loudly explosive movie franchise by director Michael Bay. Red Dot Diva cannot comment much about the ride, for she has not experienced the thrill yet. In fact, she has not even stepped foot at Universal Studios Singapore before. Any kind ticket sponsors out there? Hint, hint.

Eager to create more sparks and Transformers hype in the region, Resorts World Sentosa will be the proud host of the first ever Transformers Cybertron Con in South-East Asia this coming March. The convention, organized together with mega toy brand company Hasbro, will be held at the Resorts World Convention Centre from March 11-14.

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