Wackymons, my hotel roommate, fixing her paintings on her wall here (P.S. She took long time to dismantle too XD)
It was very nice of them and I felt very honoured that my book is published under such a major publisher :)))
(Of course, I asked about my sales, it is not a best seller yet but doing well. It is very encouraging considering that it is my very first book.)
I think it was some Chicken noodles, unfortunately it was cold by the time I had time to eat ^^;;
Grace, our "Alien Queen", director of this event, dropped by to every booth to say hi and see how's it going for us. You can never ever get this type of warm treatment from the organisers in Singapore, Malaysia and... everywhere else?
Day 3 started with a "doodle battle" between me Dika Toolkit, a very popular Indonesian artist with over 455k Instagram followers, WOW!
THEN FREE FOOD STARTED TO POUR IN!!!>>>
Pekomik, Malaysia! Unfortunately they only had comics in Malay, otherwise I would have bought some of it.
After ThoughtsIt was a great event for creators like us. We saw a lot of original comics and goods unlike in Singapore, where majority is fan art. You can see that the organizers put in a lot of effort to promote both local and foreign artists equally and did not rely on any star cosplayers at all. In fact, there were not a lot of cosplayers and the main attraction were the creators themselves!!! This is very different from Singapore conventions, where the focus is on cosplayers and inviting overseas artists to draw in the crowd. The only festival in Singapore that focuses on local original creative work is "Creative Market", organised by TCZ Studio. But there is a conflict of interest as they run a comic studio so they definitely promote and feature their own work first. Also the venue is always located at odd places where the crowd will not go or a good venue but on dates that is difficult to draw crowd (e.g. Suntec during National Day). The marketing is also very limited to only social media, where reach is very little. If they charge a small fee from artists and get more support from government funding, perhaps they can invest to do more marketing (like on media or billboard) to get more people to come. Of course, if the newspaper, radio and TV station can do it for free as an article report would be better.
Popcon Asia was indeed a wonderful event and I highly recommend more artists to join, but keeping in mind that disposable income in Indonesia is not as high as Singapore and Malaysia, so prices of books and goods have to be lower. Perhaps it is better to produce there to sell instead of making it in Singapore then bringing it over. Also artists have to work on their branding and marketing for the trip to be more successful. Having someone who can speak Bahasa Indonesia will help a lot as well!
Special thanks to:
Rinnie: Without you we will have no food and transport. Also can't understand questions from some customers.
Draw Slowly (Shawn) and Mark Koh: Without you there will be no booth for me to share.
Wackymons (Shenly): Without you, I won't save on hotel money XD
National Arts Council (NAC): For funding air tickets and part of accommodation!
Grace and rest of Popcon Galactic team: Without you there will be no awesome experience~~~
...and fans: your support gives me energy to continue!
Terima Kasih and see you again next year! :D