Sunday, 5 May 2013

Celebrate an epic concordance of pop-culture at International Cosplay Day Singapore (ICDS) 2013

Suspend disbelief for a day. Dive into a setting inspired by science & magic in Eastern and Western pop-culture when International Cosplay Day Singapore (ICDS) returns this August. 

Into it's second year, ICDS 2013 will feature internationally acclaimed guests-of-honor, as well as a gamut of pop-culture content and Singapore's 3rd Annual Cosplay Chess stage show.   

Following ICDS's success in 2012, which saw more than 1,000 visitors attending the fan-driven cosplay & pop-culture convention at Ngee Ann Polytechnic, organizer Neo Tokyo Project has partnered with *SCAPE Co. Ltd to bring ICDS to Singapore's shopping belt in Orchard Road on 25 August 2013

The convention expects to attract more than 3,000 pop-culture lovers from all walks of life this year, including anime fans, cosplay enthusiasts and gamers. 

Guests-of-honor at ICDS this year will include celebrated Filipina cosplayer, model, artist, actress and now recording artist, Alodia Gosiengfiao, former World Cosplay Summit (WCS) representative for Singapore and veteran cosplayer, Yuanie, as well as Clive Lee, a pre-eminent cosplayer and costume maker whose amazing Gundam creations have won multiple awards over the years, including the prestigious Anime Festival Asia (AFA) Regional Cosplay Championship. 

Joining them is critically acclaimed photographer Jay Tablante. Jay has collaborated with D.C. and Marvel to produce some of the most iconic and daring images in comic book cosplay of all time, and will be exhibiting his work at ICDS. 

“International Cosplay Day Singapore is a celebration of cosplay and pop-culture by fans, for fans,” said Mr. Jason Koh, editor-in-chief of Neo Tokyo Project. 

“The convention transcends barriers by presenting an eclectic fusion of Eastern and Western pop-culture elements. This year, we plan to make the ICDS experience even more robust by giving visitors an opportunity to shape the outcome of our stage show,” he concluded. 

To gamify the convention and to inject interactivity, Neo Tokyo Project will be introducing ConQuest - a proprietary framework that reimagines convention goers as either proponents of Science or acolytes of Magic. Visitors will complete a series of achievements while partaking of the convention, and their contributions will impact the finale of Singapore's 3rd Annual Cosplay Chess.  

Highlights of the convention include: 

Singapore's 3rd Annual Cosplay Chess – An epic battle between the forces of Science and Magic rages on stage in this 2-hour long cosplay performance extravaganza. Watch as Okabe Rintarou from Steins;Gate attempts to save the world from the destructive machinations of Deathwing the Destroyer from Blizzard Entertainment’s World of Warcraft®. With more than 60 cast and crew members, this segment is not to be missed! 

Cosplay Talent Showcase – A talent showcase that will see cosplayers from Singapore and around the region putting their performance skills to the test to win prizes and accolades from our esteemed guests-of-honor. 

Blizzard Cosplay Runway – Come to ICDS 2013 in costume as any of your favorite Diablo®, StarCraft® or World of Warcraft characters for a chance to win limited edition prizes sponsored by Blizzard Entertainment in this runway segment. 

Calls for entries for both the Cosplay Talent Showcase and Blizzard Cosplay Runway will be announced in June 2013. 

Artisan's Alley and Live Art Murals – We welcome artist groups and creators to exhibit their works at ICDS. This year, several walls outside the The Warehouse have also been re-purposed into Live Art Murals, where exhibiting artists and visitors with a creative streak can leave their mark! 

Sponsor, Vendor and VIP Booths – Our various sponsors, anime goods and pop-culture vendors will be showcasing and retailing their products at ICDS. Jay Tablante will also be retailing copies of Geekology 101, and holding an exhibition of his works during the convention. 

ICDS Post-Event Celebration and Dance Party – Party the night away in a 2-hour celebration of anime and videogame grooves, featuring singers and musicians from the local pop-culture music scene. 

To reserve tickets now, please email 

For more information about ICDS, please visit 

For further press enquiries, please contact: 

Jason Koh 
Editor-In-Chief/Convention Producer 
Neo Tokyo Project 
(65) 9674 0984 / 


Charlotte Lee 
Social Media Specialist/Press Liaison 
Neo Tokyo Project 
(65) 9231 5681 / 

Alodia Doll
Photo by Carlo Biana

Clive as Unicorn Gundam
Photo by Tan Zhao Han

Jay Tablante

Yuanie as Black Gold Saw
Photo by Brian Lim

About Neo Tokyo Project 

Neo Tokyo Project is a cosplay and pop-culture events start-up in Singapore. 

Originally conceived as a cosplay oriented blog, Neo Tokyo Project and has since grown into a media portal that boasts more than 10,000 unique monthly page views, from readers spanning 21 different countries around the world. 

In late 2011, Neo Tokyo Project entered the realm of pop-culture events management, organizing Singapore's 1st Annual Cosplay Chess stage show as well as curating internationally acclaimed cosplay photographer Jay Tablante's first ever exhibition in Singapore. 

Presently, Neo Tokyo Project is the organizer of International Cosplay Day Singapore (ICDS), a proprietary, fan-driven convention held annually in August, and is the agency of choice for companies intent to target the pop-culture market. 

ICDS 2013 Primary Sponsors and Partners 

*SCAPE Co. Ltd co-presents ICDS this year, and we are grateful for their program partnership. A non-profit organization with its mission and vision rooted in support of youth, talent and leadership development, *SCAPE aims to facilitate youth-oriented programs and support within various communities of youth interest. The youths of today will be inspired and empowered to DREAM IT! LIVE IT! at *SCAPE! 

Blizzard Entertainment is a premier software developer and publisher. One of the world’s most popular and well-respected makers of computer games, Blizzard has created multiple blockbuster titles including World of Warcraft, Diablo III, and StarCraft II. It is our greatest honor to have their patronage at our convention. 

The convention is supported by Books Kinokuniya, a Japanese bookstore chain with a 30-year history in Singapore. Books Kinokuniya has graciously offered us the opportunity to retail our tickets in store during Free Comic Book Day. 

ICDS is also supported by cosplay performance circle Project Zen. Project Zen comes aboard this year to provide quality prop-making and theatrical production support, heightening production values for this year's convention. 

Ticketing Information 

Regular Convention Pass – Regular convention tickets are priced at $5. 

VIP Convention Pass (100 only) – VIP passes are priced at $30 and available while stocks last. VIP passes include expedited convention entry, prints, guaranteed signings, Jay Tablante's Geekology 101 book, exclusive ICDS 2013 and Singapore's 3rd Annual Cosplay Chess merchandise and more. 

Tickets are available for pre-sale at Books Kinokuniya (Ngee Ann City) on Free Comic Book Day (May 4), through Pre-Orders (via email at and will also be available for retail from June 2013 onwards. 

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