HAPPY 3RD BIRTHDAY TO THE KOMIKON! MY, HOW YOU'VE GROWN! MY BIRTHDAY WISH FOR YOU WOULD BE...
But before anything else, Wella would like to thank all the people who bought copies of Trese, Skyworld and Maskarado.
Last year, during the early afternoon of the Komikon, I was alone at the table. So, I was the one handing over copies to the buyers, getting their payment, using my cellphone to computer for change (because I suck at math), rummaging for change from my Superman lunchbox, then sign their copy of TRESE (if they asked for an autograph). By the time Shali and the other arrived, I looked like a headless chicken. Shali said I looked less frantic this year.
And the main reason for that is Wella and Shali-- our sale girls / promodizers (yes, there is such a term for people).
After a couple of minutes of sitting at the table, Wella and Shali had perfected their patter. "Hi! This is the new comic book Skyworld. And this is the complete set of Trese. If you buy all seven copies you get one for free. And there's also Maskarado over here." Then, after making a sale, they point to the three stooges standing behind them. "By the way, this is (fill in name of creator here). He (wrote / drew) this comic book. Would you like him to autograph your copy?"
And they kept doing that until 6pm.
They're the real super heroes of the Komikon!
Anyway, thanks again to everyone who got copies of TRESE! We hope to announce really wonderful news about it early next year.
By first or second week of December, we should be able to bring KADILIMAN and SKYWORLD some of the comic book stores. Will announce it as soon as they're available.
THE BIRTHDAY WISH...
Congratulations to the organizers of the KOMIKON for another successful event. Congratulations to all the comic book creators who launched new titles, who keep telling stories, who are always willing to share their words and art. I wish to see all of you again in the next Komikon. I hope you will have more than one new issues to share (says the man who came to the Komikon last year with Trese #6 and came to this year's con with just Trese #7 HAHAHAAH).
I wish to see your comic books in the comic book stores and magazine shops and book stores.
If you listened closely to some of the talks happening at the tables, there seem to be a couple of publishers and new companies that are interested in giving comic book publishing a try and that means they'll need material. I wish you find yourself a good and honest business partner/publisher; one who's concerned for the art as much as they're concerned with the business of it.
I wish that next year, there'll be so many new comic books we'll need a bigger venue (with airconditioning! please? Did you see me sweating in all those pictures? Bad trip!)
See you all next year!
See you sooner in the comic book stores!