SINGAPORE - A hall of armoured suits worn by superhero Iron Man and a chance to work for Marvel are among the attractions at this weekend's Singapore Toy, Game & Comic Convention.
More than 180 exhibitors - including, for the first time, the Walt Disney Company - will congregate at Marina Bay Sands on Saturday and Sunday for the annual comic bash.
Marvel, which is owned by the Walt Disney Company, will hold panel discussions and autograph-signing sessions for fans at the convention.
Mr Chester Cebulski, senior vice-president at Marvel, says that the company hopes to sniff out budding local talent from sketching sessions held there.
"While our artists are mostly American and European who come with their own life experiences, we want an international sensibility in our works that fans from all over the world can identify with culturally," says Mr Cebulski, 42, who is also a talent scout.
Such multi-cultural references include having different architectural styles in comic strips, he adds, or drawing characters eating with chopsticks rather than fork and spoon.
Also on show: a Hall of Armour from the Iron Man movie franchise, with seven life-sized replicas of armour suits from titular character Tony Stark's Malibu mansion, including the Mark I and the Mark VII. Along with it, conceptual designer and illustrator for the three Iron Man films, Adi Granov, is making his first appearance at the convention.
Other well-known names in the comic and animation industry who will appear at the event are writer-illustrator David Mack of graphic novel Kabuki, and Marvel Television's vice-president of animation development and production Cort Lane, known for his work on Ultimate Spider-Man.