Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Why Matcha cat cushions were so difficult to remake

matcha cat animal cushion
It wasn't easy to clear 100 cat cushions last year. I sold through my homepage, during my talks and I rented booths at conventions. The books were freakin heavy and the cats were freakin bulky. You combine the two and it's a seller's worst nightmare. Finally after 3 months of struggle, it was finally sold out during Anime Festival Asia in December.

...and I thought my nightmare was over...

But whenever I take Matcha (yes that is the name of my cat) out to conventions, people kept asking for it. Strange that:
When I have plenty of stock, people don't want to buy.
When I have no stock, people want to buy.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Animals taking over human jobs in Japan

tama nitama cat station master japan
In Japan, cats can become station master and dogs can become store keepers!
Don't think this can happen in other countries... *sweat*

*I will be signing my comic strips from now on to prevent theft of my artwork with my credits removed.

Monday, September 21, 2015

Deadly Indonesian chili VS Japanese curry

Japanese curry Indonesian chilli webcomics evacomics comic strips culture shock difference
Last comic strip based on my trip to Indonesia last month! The chili is deadly!!! (Singapore is in between I think)

Friday, September 18, 2015

Singapore Toy, Game & Comic Convention (STGCC) 2015

Singapore Toy, Game & Comic Convention STGCC 2015
With nothing to sell this year, I went to Singapore Toy Game and Comics Convention, aka STGCC 2015 (12-13 Sep) as a media visitor to check out the exhibits, the artist alley and crowd.

One-day pass costs $19 and two-day pass costs $28, increased from $25 last year. Kids below 5 can enjoy free admission on Sat and kids below 12 can enjoy free admission on Sunday. Unfortunately this information was not well conveyed as many people I spoke to did not know about this.

Monday, September 14, 2015

Tight security in Indonesian shopping malls

I was really amazed with the tight security at shopping malls in Indonesia. They even check vehicles when you drive into the driveway or carpark. I felt almost as safe as airports... I wonder if it happens in other countries too?

Monday, September 7, 2015

5 things not to say to a comic artist

I was recently terribly busy helping out in my alumni's event and doing an urgent commission work so there were not many new comics besides the regular Monday ones. During those alumni events, I networked with many strangers who had never heard of my comics. The most popular comment was "Can you draw me" and "Can you give a talk at our school". But when I asked if I can sell my books there and if I will get speaker fees, the replies were mostly irritating: "Oh sorry, you cannot sell your book during the talk... We are tight on budget, so can you consider doing it for free? Think of it as promotion". The irony was after chatting for some time, it is revealed that they do have LOTS of money. Well, not for me that is.

I did lots of free talk last year and sold my books there. That was how I managed to clear 1,000 books all by myself within a year. But the downside was I became so busy preparing the materials, doing promotion for the events, that I have ZERO time to work on my new book.

The last comment "MORE EXPOSURE", which was used by 80% of potential clients last year to negotiate my fees downwards actually made me motivated to grow my fanbase to proof that I don't need your exposure, you need me to promote you instead.

Unfortunately this year, I am caught up with tons of commission work, some were paid last year but delayed till this year. That's why I am very grateful to all my patrons at Patreon, who provided me a steady flow of monthly allowance so I could jack up my commission rates and lessen the projects I had to do. This means more time to work on all-new content for my book, while still keeping the regular Monday comic strips! Of course, I do still get requests to conduct workshops (which sometimes require lots of meetings and get cancelled last minute, so I will be declining all workshops for corporate HR training), tons of requests to negotiate my fees and collaborations, etc. Sometimes I wish I can just ignore all the emails and go somewhere far far away to work on my book... But money is important, especially in Singapore, so I will still read emails.


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