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#StickerConMNL2019 recap

Nearly a month after #StickerConMNL2019 and I’m still on a bit of a high. While I tried not to have expectations (particularly with how much I’ll sell), I couldn’t help but hope that it would surpass last year.

So what’s #StickerConMNL? Well, it’s the biggest and only convention dedicated to stickers. Artists from all over the country showcase their works and sticker enthusiasts come to meet them and buy stickers to add to their collection.

I love the theme of the poster. StickerConMNL does feel like a carnival of sorts.

While the venue was still Bayanihan Center, StickerConMNL now occupied both halls allowing more tables and more artists to join. Over 200 local artists have signed up as exhibitors, some even coming from areas around the country like Bicol and Cebu.

Guests weren’t just from Manila either. I’ve seen posts from people who said they came from Cavite and Batangas, and maybe some came from further places.

Not an idle moment.

The bigger venue also afforded for bigger number of attendees. By 3 PM, there were 2,000 guests (based on the number of tickets sold), and the total number of tickets sold for the day reached up to 2,700.

Artists old and new

#StickerConMNL2019 featured a lot of the artists who were present last year. I don’t know the ratio of new and returning artists, but with over 200 there probably is a whole lot of first timers.

Last year, I had the experience of selling on my own on the behalf of my group because they were suddenly sent off on a business trip. This time, they got to sell and their experience was overwhelming. They were worried at first that they might not sell much, but I assured them they will. I guess it’s safe to say that all their expectations were blown out of the water. Even mine, to be honest. The sheer number of people were overwhelming, but I’m really grateful for everyone who stopped by and bought a sticker.

What I loved

  • It’s all about the stickers. Duh. People come to the event for it, and you won’t really be competing with other products like comics or toys (even if there will be some available). Even if you think what you made is pretty obscure, there will still be someone there who will appreciate it.
  • The bigger space! Like I said earlier, the bigger space allowed not just for more artists to join the event, it also allowed for wider aisles for people to move through.
  • The games. StickerConMNL isn’t just a marketplace. The organizers made sure that everyone—guests and exhibitors alike—were not bored. There were several ‘Bring Me’ games, and a sticker cutting contest that showed one’s dexterity and skill in handling scissors and paper.
  • The 1:1 ratio of displays to artists. StickerConMNL is pretty strict about having each individual artist sign up for a space, rather than sign up and sell as a group. You can still sign up under your group name, but you have to list each participating member. I like this because it allows each artist to showcase their work and become more known to newcomers.
  • My location. The tables assigned to us were towards the side and near the exit. Was worried at first because we feared that maybe by the time people reached us, they’d have no more money to buy our stickers. Fears unfounded though. And since we were by the wall, we had space for our things and not had to worry about having it in anyone’s way. Bonus: There was a nearby power outlet which I used with my extension cord.
  • It’s a one day event. I know a lot of attendees are clamoring for StickerCon to be a two-day event. As an exhibitor and with the con’s 1:1 rule, it’s difficult for us to sell two consecutive days. We don’t have assistants, and practically all of us didn’t get a break. Doing it two days in a row takes a toll on our health, and unlike Captain Marvel we don’t have an unlimited well of energy to tap. While a two-day event will definitely bring us more money, I think most would just love a break—especially since we’ve mostly been up days before preparing for the con. Thank you for your understanding.
Photo by Raphael Angelo Salen. Thanks for getting this sticker, and for the amazing photo! PS. I should fix my hair.
With Landlee, Pat, Thea, Kitkat, Neobie, and Christine.
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My display of stickers

Can’t wait to see what #StickerConMNL has in store next year! For more photos, do check out the #StickerConMNL2019 hashtag on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

Announcing #StickerConMNL2019 year 2!

Remember #StickerConMNL last year? Well, #StickerConMNL2019 is happening this Saturday!

On it’s second year, and I’ll be here too!

I’ll be joining it again this year, and this time my friends will be with me too. Under Kamote PH, we’ll be at tables 13, 14, and 15.

We’ll also have friends The Meow Project, The Offbeat Cat, and Gian Wong at table 83.

From the entrance, turn left and walk towards the exit. Our table is right there.

Event Recap: StickerConMNL2018

It’s been a little over a year since my colleagues at Canva and I have embarked on this journey to sell our creations, mainly in the form of stickers, but we also sell a few pins, postcards, keychains and whatnot. We started at Komiket last February 2017, but have also dabbled in the BGC Art Mart and other creative events. We joined Komiket as well this year, and StickerConMNL.

What is StickerConMNL? Check out this article by When in Manila to get caught up! Fandom Feels PH Presents Sticker Con MNL 2018!

I heard about StickerCon last year, but I didn’t know it was my friend Grace of Fandom Feels PH who was spearheading this venture. This made me more excited. I rallied my officemates, and finally got a list of who will join me in this adventure.

I have to say that I was very unprepared for StickerCon, despite the long lead time. I left a lot of things at the last minute, thinking that I’ll be able to do things in two, then one, week. Nope. Instead of getting new stuff printed, I ended up hoping that my remaining stock will suffice.

Then came the news that my fellow artists will be going away for a business trip. That left just me to man the booth. The good thing with StickerCon it was just one day, unlike Komiket. However, I’ve never manned our booth for a whole event just by myself. Usually I’d pick up from the last person, but this time, it’ll be from start to finish. Thankfully, Drew and Ryan came by and kept me company for a bit.

I wasn’t expecting the crowd. A quick chat with my friends and they said it was totally unexpected too. Their last count was about 1,700 people (based on the number of tickets sold), and that didn’t count the number of artists, assistants, staff, and complimentary tickets. Towards the end of the day, they let in the attendees of another event happening in the same venue.

The sales were amazing. There were always people at the table, buying one or two stickers. One lady had an amazing haul of nearly 20 stickers. Another guy got all the retro gaming stuff we had, and quite a few dropped by to get more of their favorites. Almost all of the stock I had on hand were gone, and many last minute buyers were disappointed that we ran out of stuff. [Lesson: Come early as possible].

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With the organizers and staff of StickerConMNL

Congratulations to the team of StickerConMNL! Hope this will be an annual event, and maybe have some small pop-ups too?

Komiket 2017: Post event

I’m no stranger to cons. I’ve attended a lot over the years, and have gone to so much more since I got into Doctor Who and met my Sepanx friends. However, it was my first time to sell something last February 25, at the Komiket in Centris Elements.

I can’t recall how it all started, really, but suddenly a few of my officemates and I were talking about getting a table at Komiket and selling stickers that we designed. Next thing I knew, Kate was getting us a table, and everyone was preparing for it.

As usual, I procrastinated, thinking that I had enough time. Unlike my friends, I wasn’t a designer and dabbled only in drawing and graphic design. Not only did I have to brainstorm sticker ideas, I had to learn how to create them in digital form using software like Adobe Illustrator.

Long story short, I crammed. I finalized my designs barely two weeks before, and had things printed less than 36 hours before. Stayed up all night to cut them (because I didn’t go for the digital-cut service) and woke up early on the 25th to set things up.

Thankfully, things worked out well despite all the rush. My simple designs actually got sold, and I managed to earn back the amount I spent for printing. We even had a lady inquire about our commission prices (to which we all replied with a blank stare). It wasn’t perfect, but I’d like to think we learned a lot from this venture. We’re now planning to doing this on a regular basis, setting up a collective name and all that.

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Stickers galore!

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Here’s mine.

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Thanks for checking out our work!

Photo by @steldevera
Artists and friends

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Lessons learned:

  • Having a brand helps get people to buy from you, or at least have a way to reach out to you if the want to avail of your services and buy more of your products.
  • Have an inventory of your products, and clearly label the price of each one.
  • If you can have a system of how you sell and split the cost, that will help.
  • Signs and display cases are hella useful.
  • Promote, promote, promote!

I’m excited to see this grow. It’s a great way for me to keep creating and improve on my designing chops, and who knows how it’ll grow as a business? Too early to tell, but hey, all the possibilities!

Filipino Friday #3: Five Ways I Can Support Filipino Authors

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For the 3rd week of Filipino Friday, we’re asked:

Let us know what are the Five (5) ways you can support Filipino authors? Buying their books is definitely the best way to do so, but what more can we do?

The most obvious is to buy their books, especially the indie and self-published authors. Unlike authors who don’t have a contract with publishers, they don’t get any earnings until their book is sold. I know a lot (if not most) of these authors don’t write for the money, but it’s great that we can still purchase it. Believe me, seeing that someone bought your book is such a thrill, and even if that’s just $0.99.

Spread the word! I find that the best way to get other to purchase and read a book is to talk about it. While authors do their thing for publicity, as a reader you can do your part. Some people may not want to pick up a book because of its cover, or its genre, but if they hear you talk about it (why you liked it, you know the author, or for whatever reason) there’s a bigger chance that they’ll buy it and read it.

Give it as a gift. Buying a copy of a local author’s book and giving it as a gift helps create awareness about it. You can give it to anyone, be it an ebook copy or a physical copy.

Join and host giveaways! A lot of giveaway mechanics have people follow social media accounts of authors, and one share equals to one entry. While it may sound a bit trite, it’s pretty effective. When you share the link to the giveaway, there’s a hug chance that people who follow you will be curious. That’s already one extra person who’ll know about it.

Attend events. While authors love it when you buy their books, they love it even more when they get to meet you. So if the author says he or she will be at this event for a talk or a book signing, go (schedule permitting, of course). You can tell them up close how much you enjoyed their work. From the writer’s POV, it’s really cool when you get to talk to someone who has read your work. They’re appreciative of you, and they feel a humble pride that someone has read and liked their book.

If you enjoyed reading the book, tell others about it.

November 2014 Summary

I’ve got a horrific backlog of posts for this November. Work and school kept me busy, and they have their own backlog too. Quick summary of what’s happened so far, starting with the latest.

NaNoWriMo Winner!
50,312 words in 30 days. Validated my words on November 3o, 2014 10:30 PM (GMT +8). About 20k of those words were written in 14 hours of Nov. 30. I do not recommend it. Story’s not done, but I’m putting it aside until after my finals on the 13th.

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Canva Creatives Conference
I feel lucky that I was able to attend and I got to meet the people behind this online tool. I love the site, and it has been an invaluable tool for me at work. A proper post with photos to follow.

#CanvaConference kit. Had an awesome time.

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Filipino Reader Con
My second year to volunteer! Got great books, met awesome people and had a really amazing time. Post and photos to follow as well.

#FilReaderCon volunteers. Had a wonderful time. Next year ulit! Photo from @fantaghiro23

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There’s still a lot in between, but that’s it for now.

Oh my, it’s December already!

All the Doctors at Cosmania 2014

Well, we finally did it. All the Doctors and the FemmeDoctors in one event.

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Photos by Cali Ynoviel & Bex P., background edited by BJ David. Yes, we are aware we made a mistake with the ordering.

I tried to recall how this all came about. My research brought me to a post in the Whovian PH group where a few ladies talked about making a group for the femme Doctors. It grew from there until we had a complete line-up. The girls were able to debut an incomplete roster last May during NexCon.

In the months that followed, everyone (and by that I mean the guys and the girls) worked together to complete all twenty six. We found people who were willing to play the Doctors, and helped them get their props and costume together. There were many sleepless nights where people stayed up to finish things, fueled by coffee and a lively Facebook chat group.

Somehow, we pulled it off.

And it wasn’t just the cosplayers. It was also friends who worked with us in shopping for materials, making accessories and the like. We had a trip to Divisoria to buy cloth and other stuff. Some braved torrential downpours just to help sew coats. Others actually learned how to sew, and even got their families onboard to finish things. And then there were the photographers.

Our companions were awesome too. We had Amy Ponds, Clara Oswalds and a Rose Tyler. We also had a Dorium Maldovar (hi Moses!). We were in the minority during the event as the crowd was mostly into anime, but we got recognized by a few people, and that was enough for us.

More photos from Day 1 can be found here. I’ll discuss the costumes and how everyone made theirs maybe in the comments. 🙂

10 Reasons Why NexCon Rocked: Part 2

Continued from 10 Reasons Why NexCon Rocked: Part 1

5. The awesome panels
Most cons here are about the merchandise, cosplay and stage events. It’s only in book or comic related cons do I get to see any panels. NexCon had three of them, and each one was something worth attending. I managed to go to the Komiks Reborn and Cinema Fantastica. I know a lot of people were hoping to see foreign guests (actors particularly), but the NexCon panels were jampacked with Filipino greats in the field of comics, movies, and literature.


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4. Geekfight
Geek trivia game amped to the higher level! Fellow Whovians made a group of six and named it “Gallifrey Stands” (represent, Torchwood Manila as well). We didn’t win, but it was a respectable finish all the same. It was also their 5th anniversary, so the game was pretty intense. Lots of laughter and shenanigans, and thankfully I don’t have to turn in my geek card.


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10 Reasons Why NexCon Rocked: Part 1

It’s been a while since there has been an event dedicated specifically to sci-fi and fantasy. There are a lot of cons happening yearly around the Metro, but anime usually dominates over other fandoms. There was New Worlds a few years back, but nothing in recent history.

That is, until NexCon. Held last Saturday, May 31 and Sunday, June 1, it was a gathering of fans of sci-fi and fantasy, be it a TV show, books, video games, name it and they were there. The Bayanihan Center was home to these geeks for the weekend, and boy, was it ever crazy.

10. No crowds
I’ve long stopped attending local cons on a regular basis because of the crowds that overwhelm me every time. I usually go there to look for merchandise, but leave as soon as I got what I wanted. Most cons here are anime-centric, and while I was an anime geek from waaaaay back, I haven’t been keeping up with the new stuff these days.

NexCon was a refreshing change of pace. Aside from being able to recognize plenty of characters, it was a place where my favorite TV series was able to make an impact. There were a lot of people, but there’s still plenty of space to move around. The numbers may not have been the same as that of past cons, but still very respectable.

9. A place for everything
I like that the Bayanihan center has different halls and rooms. Merchandise and exhibitors were located in one hall, while panels and other events were located in their respective rooms. There was even space for cosplayers to place their baggage (a fact that was made known to us after the event haha).

8. NexCon Rocks
Did you stay til the end of day 2 and went to the concert featuring Stereodeal, Peso Movement and Paranoid City? We partied to amazing music, danced and pretty much celebrated our geekdom.

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This Book Life: 34th Manila International Book Fair

I deliberately skipped the Manila International Book Fair for the main reason that my finances will not support the foray into book heaven (or hell, whichever you prefer). Aklatan proved to be friendly to the wallet, as I concentrated on getting only two books and the ebook bundle, but I feared that MIBF was fiercer.

I ended up going there yesterday before lunch just so I could make the cut-off for the Harry Potter raffle. I was an hour late meeting my friend Ching (and I got reprimanded for it), and it was raining like hell. Not to mention that the MoA area was crowded: probably thousands of people were there for different events: MIBF, Best of Anime, the UAAP Cheerdance Competition, the SM 3-Day Sale… chaos.

Luckily, the line for tickets were short. I used my student discount, and once I was in, I made a beeline for the National Bookstore section. With the crowd, I was waffling on getting a copy of the new Harry Potters, but at the last minute I did, and I got a raffle ticket. Ching got one as well, and she also got a poster (which she later gave to me! Weee!). There were a lot of collectibles and Harry Potter memorabilia too, though I wasn’t really able to see them *sad face*

Times like these I wish I stayed more active in the HP community.

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Potterheads surround the booth

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