After finalising the chosen 40 stickers, I inked it and sent it to my assistant to colour. Then it was returned to me a week later and I continued to clean up the lines and tweak the colours for another week or so (on and off). I finally submitted on 18th May excitedly and announced on my Instagram:
Unfortunately this is what I get 2 days later:
they rejected me because they think my vomit sticker was too offensive or crass (em showing off English eh?) and the other was an infringement of copyright with no clear owner:
For my foreign friends, "WIN LIAO LOR" is a Singlish term that expresses resentment that the other party had won his argument.
For my foreign friends, "COME I CLAP FOR YOU" is a Singlish sarcastic response that you praise the person without being genuine about it.
So I think LINE was trying to say NO MEME allowed. I sure hope nobody does a meme for words like "I AM SO HAPPY" and other common phrases because that means all will be rejected by LINE's standard.
LINE, COME I CLAP FOR YOU.
As for the vomit sticker. Some people said that they had seen animal vomit LINE stickers before so perhaps humans are banned from doing the same act. But then again my friend told me that his cat vomiting sticker was also rejected, so we conclude it could be because of the vomit's colour...!?
I cannot use LINE stickers to gather donation. They actually dug up my Patreon page!!!
*Reward has since been taken down (of course)
NO WONDER THE REVIEW TOOK SO LONG!!!
(even regular readers don't bother to go to my Patreon!)
So I promptly removed my Patreon reward (with much sadness) and resubmitted on the same day. Unfortunately I received another rejection 3 weeks later:
Hello LINE rejection team, if you are reading this, please get a lawyer to do proper training to understand copyright and trademark ok?
So I resubmitted at night and oddly, I wasn't expecting to be approved because I firmly believe LINE could dig up something to reject me again, like it is ANOTHER infringement of copyright of this meme:
Approved on 22 July (after 3 rejections over 2 months)
Oddly, barely a week passed and I received another email from LINE. To my surprise it was a notification of approval!? I had to re-read a few more times to make sure my eyes weren't playing tricks on me...
I also became very paranoid that they might find something later to take down my stickers so I quickly ramp up some promotional ads to sell them before they take them down for any baffling reasons!
On the first day of release, I sold an estimated 100 sets? And ranked no.1 in local Singapore LINE creator store. Meanwhile I only ranked no.21 in female character category in Indonesia. Which means... IT'S VERY DIFFICULT TO GET SINGAPOREANS TO PAY FOR STICKERS and OUR MARKET IS DAMN SMALL.
Which will explain why you seldom see Singaporean creators creating stickers in Singlish because not a lot of local will support (this is hard fact)... and foreigners won't understand them... The top selling sticker locally is actually in traditional Chinese, maybe downloaded by Taiwanese living here???
In response to some of the comments so far....
- I emailed to FB stickers but they did not reply me... ...
- Whatsapp has no sticker store, please don't ask...
- I only earned around SG$100 from the sales so far and it is dipping fast like a falling dead bird. So please don't ask me if it can be FREE or not. (anyway we cannot set it to FREE unless we are LINE partnering studios or creators). Currently we only get 35% of sales.
- I do not know how to sell stickers on wechat, if you do let me know.
- You can submit LINE stickers here: https://creator.line.me/en/ I urge you to google for answer next time.
- Only partnering big studios and creators can submit animated LINE stickers. Small fries like me can only submit static stickers.
How to buy my LINE stickers
On PC, you can visit: http://line.me/S/sticker/1164919
You can buy for yourself or send as gift.
On iOS, you can search for "Evacomics" and it will appear on "Creators" tab. You have to purchase 50 coins, and it will cost 120yen, 1SGD or 0.99USD. It will be deducted from iTunes credit. You can either top up via credit card or iTunes gift card.
On Android, you can search for "Evacomics" and it will appear on "Creators" tab. Like iOS, you have to purchase 50 coins too. You may have to go through app store or something to buy those coins. I am not exactly sure how so please follow instructions on your LINE app to buy coins.
Please support, thank you very much!
*this is not a meme*