It was a rainy day on Sunday but that didn’t stop a mass of comic fans from collecting at Tokyo Big Site for Comitia 106 (and some other doujin festival it seems).
What is Comitia? What is doujin? Awe snap! Guess I have a little explaining to do.
First off, Doujinshi (nihongo nihongo) is pretty much the Japanese word for “self-published media.” I think where I come from we just call it “indie-whatever.”
Comitia is a big indie-comic market that’s held in major cities around Japan a few times a year. Something like four times in Tokyo, twice in Osaka, etc…
What’s the difference between this and Comiket? Well, both sell doujinshi but Comitia is for selling original works only. No Sasuke Naruto slash stuff, sorry.
Comiket is much bigger I think. I hear there’s a bunch of cosplay too (none at Comitia). The thing I don’t know is if there are original works here or if it’s all fan comics. Readers who’ve been there, help me out with this one.
But the big thing that makes the fall Comitia special is that it’s the host of the Kaigai Manga Festa (International Comic Festival). I’m so excited that comics from other countries have become of interests enough to have an event like this. It’s only the second year they’ve had it, but it’s certainly growing in popularity.
At first thought it would be nice to have a table in the international section. But it was a little more expensive and I… missed the deadline. So instead I signed up for a normal spot.
This was my first time doing anything like this and really didn’t know what to expect. I kinda knew that sales wouldn’t be that great. Seems as if the average seller only sells about 2 books. This was my first time so I’ve yet to even build any credibility.
I think overall I sold about 6 or seven items that day. Mostly my “A.C. Galaga: Tangents of Insanity” collection. I guess it was more appealing because of all the different stories.
My first sale was a young girl who came up and quietly stood in front of my table. I was nervous. “could she really want to buy something?” I thought. Then I noticed that she was even more nervous than I was. She stuttered slightly as she said, “s-sumimasen… ano… h-haloween sutika setto o kudasai.” I replied politely in Japanese, handed her a set of stickers and a pin and thanked her for her purchase. Both our hands shook as we exchanged currency for goods. She thanked me and darted off.
So I sold a few comics and had a blast. Hope to have a store online soon so I can sell them to any reader that might be interested.
Well, here’s a pick of some of the loot I came back with. I totally gotta be more careful at the next convention. I want to help support my friends and fellow artists, but my pockets are bleeding now.
Oh yeah, now that it’s getting colder, be sure to warm your hands and belly with a can of hot corn soup from the vending machine. Love that stuff!!
Talk to you again soon!
*** Actually wrote this entry quite a while ago. This and that happened and I never got around to finishing it. Here it is, not quite as polished as I’d like cause I’d love to just get it out of the way. Here’s to 2014 having a ton more posts and comics!! Happy New Year!
In less than a week I’ll be in Tokyo trying to sell comics at Comitia! It’s pretty exciting!
If you happen to be in Tokyo on October 20th, swing by Big Site between 11 – 4 and come visit my table. I’ll be posted at half a table hocking my wares at Q07a
This is only half the map. As you can see, there’s going to be a lot of people there. Should be a blast! Also, I’m not too far from the 2nd Annual International Manga Festa!! Can’t wait to meet some awesome comic artist again like David Namisato (and to snag his 2nd issue of The Long Kingdom).
I’ll be selling prints of ‘Rie Kills a Ghost’ and ‘ACGalaga’s Tangents of Insanity’ as well as an assortment of stickers. I’m printing 50 of each so help me get rid of them by buying a bunch ;) If you can’t make the show, I’m sure I’ll have extra copies to sell in the online store after the convention (when ever I figure that thing out).
Hope to see you there!
I’m still working out pricing. Right now I’m planning on selling them for 100 yen (one dollar) each. The two zombie stickers are not for sale. If you spend 1000 yen or more at my table (I’ll also be selling comics) you can pick one as a special prize!
So, how do those prices sound folks? Let me know in the comments.
One more thing, which one do you think is the cutest? :D
Guess what all you awesome folk?! I got myself some new business cards!
Maybe you didn’t know but I ran out of my last batch, so I did a bit of a redesign on the front and added even more pictures on the back! You never know what cool image you might end up with.
And for those of you who already have my card, this might be an opportunity to snag a different design.
One more thing: you might notice that on the bottom right hand corner there’s a II noting that this is phase 2. Maybe with your help these things might become collectors items one day ;)
… one can dream, can’t they?
All the best and see you again soon. Thanks for reading!
Good morning (evening?) my wonderful readers,
Little by little preparations are being made for my trip to Tokyo. Still don’t have a book printed, though. Working on a few more comics to add. I’m not really sure how long printing takes, so I might screw myself. Worst case scenario, I could always make some combini copies (copies made at a convenience store).
Since there’s a lot going on, lets talk about distractions.
Not just any TV, “The Legend of Korra” has started airing again and it is soooo good. The first season was pretty ok, but this one is looking to be much better. I’m guessing that one show isn’t that bad of a distraction…
So there’s also a new season of “Always Sunny in Philadelphia!!!” This is a great time of the year. Finally have some good shows to watch… there’s been this lull between the end of Futurama and now. Happiness!!
Ok, so you say that just two shows still really isn’t that bad, right? Enter the YouTube…
Yeah, I’ve started subscribing to a few channels here and there and it’s become a nice way to blow an hour or two (not nice… horrible). Pop on an episode or two of the Nostalgia Critic, watch a few Android: Netrunner matches, study some fighting game tutorials (see below), follow up on what’s happening with Team Coco, or just fall down a YouTube hole of random crap. Argh! Get me out of here!!!!
Not just any video games. We’re talking about fighting games. I love ‘em, I always have. Recently a game called Skullgirls came out for PC and it got me back into my fighting game addiction. Man, this game is great!
The art is really nice to look at, the animation quality is top notch, and the game system is a whole lot of fun! It reminded me of playing Marvel vs. Capcom 2 at first. A lot of people complain about the crazy combo system, but for others and myself, that’s part of this game’s charm. It’s easy to combo so you’re able to come up with some awesome chains if you practice and get creative. Unfortunately, I’m not there yet and almost every time I step into an online match I get my pixeld butt royally handed to me. Must… practice… more!
So, this game and the fact that I can actually play online against real people (I don’t know any people in real life) has kind of opened my FG craze again. I picked up some arcade sticks (regular controllers give me blisters and I have trigger finger).
This got me back into other fighting games I love. I already had a slew of them for PS1 and PS2 (this isn’t including my collection in the US) and I’ve been compelled to peruse the used section for nice finds every time I step into a game store. Picked up yet another copy of Street Fighter III 3rd Strike (Soooo good) as well as King of Fighters 2002 for the PS2. Street Fighter x Tekken also went on sale so I’ve been playing that too.
This made me go back to the game center and try to play Street Fighter 4… and I was gang raped. Of course I’m now constantly fighting off the desire to play 3000 yen to buy SF4 on steam so I can practice and show those arcade bullies that I can fight back! Must… not… buy… another game!!
Help me out here. How do you overcome these distraction? How do you fight off these addictions or at least suppress them in order to be productive? Anyway, I’m going to attempt to get back to work on my comics.
So I’ve bitten the bullet and signed up for a spot at Comitia 106 in Tokyo. I’ll either boost my self-esteem or destroy it… I’m not fully prepared for this. I don’t have a great printing of my comic yet, my “Circle Cut” is pretty amateurish, and I’ve no idea what I’m getting myself into. But, if you happen to be in Tokyo October 20th, come to Big Site and buy my comics!!
I’m doing this to learn, get ideas, and meet new people. The money has been paid and I signed up to be in the “Seinen” section (adolescent comics). Now I just have to wait for my table number and further instructions. I’ll keep you posted!!
After finishing up the fantasy pictures, I got back to working on comics. There are two I’m currently trying to finish off.
To cover up the horrid composition (I was still a student) and poor inking technique (no excuses), for some silly reason I decided to fully color this one. Yay! Not like I’m under any time restrains or anything. Thought this one would be quicker than the mix comic because it didn’t involve a laborious amount of time scribbling in ballpoint pen. But I remedied that by going FULL COLOR!! That’s the luxury of making your own comics. You can do whatever you feel like. Just don’t hope to print it at a reasonable price ;)
Also!! I’m not sure if he’s still taking preorders, but be sure to head over to Sundayink.com and order yourself a copy of a the new comic compilation “5-Track Mind” by the uber talented David Piper! I also got a few stories in there so that’s all the more reason for you to pick one up :D
I’m going to keep at it so be sure to stay tuned for more comic news from A.C. Galaga Studios!!
Rock on, gang!
Just a quick update on what’s happening here.
I just finished a small job where I was asked to do characters of a few employees for a news letter. I guess they turned out okay.
It reminded me of when I was in HS and used to doodle pictures of friends on my text book. Some of them were cool with it, others insisted that it looked nothing like them. Once, a sort of a fight broke out over one of my doodles. One person refused to believe that the doodle looked anything like her, but many others said it did. It was just a cartoon, but there was much dispute. A third party was brought over to be the judge. She said it looked more like a baby monkey… we all laughed and started calling the girl a baby monkey.
The name eventually spread to students that hadn’t even seen the picture and the girl was constantly tormented for the next week or so. I heard that in one of her classes someone threw a plastic banana at her. Other’s would leave bananas covered in messages in her locker.
I guess it eventually stopped after a while. There is no real resolution to this story. I do really feel bad about helping torment that poor girl. Kids are stupid and cruel and I was no different. This is probably why I have a hard time doing character pictures of people I know. Whenever they say, “That doesn’t look like me.” I feel like I did something bad.
Well… I’d best be getting back to those fantasy character sketches. Still about a month to go, so I want to cram them out as quickly as possible!! Ganbaro!!!