Last weekend was that time of the year where thousands of comic artists around the world create 24 pages of comics in a span of 24 hours. This year, I was grateful for JF letting me handle a new aspect of this year’s event – the sales table.
It was a passing suggestion, mostly to boost the independent comics, especially original comics being made by our artists. Thanks to JF, we had a main table for various 24 Hour Comics Day (24HCD) participants to sell any works they would like to put out.
And the response was amazing.
Apart from the Tiger, Wayne and Gene came to peddle their own publications (Yellow Princess, Pitchers etc…), and artists like Derek Chua, Kelvin Chan, Priscilla & Chai, and Paul Pereira came to sell their prints and comics. James Leong even had a corner for people to buy his comics by pledging on his Pozible.
The flag-off came after the participants had an early lunch, and since we were in the main room, the energy started tense – with everyone concentrating on their thumbnails and stories. JF himself was going through a few last-minute admin prep.
Over at the sales table, Wayne and Gene were being themselves. Which meant I was entertained. A lot.
A conversation I had with Wayne out of the blue:
Me: I couldn’t really sleep last night so I had a few random thoughts.
Me: You know what truly doesn’t discriminate? Hellfire. It takes whatever’s been thrown in, regardless.
Wayne: (points to the door) Go home, you need your rest.
At the same time, a guy from Campus, Jethro, was making his rounds to cover the event and decided to talk to us. It was a good conversation about the local creative scene, and how we as individuals can do to diversify it genre-wise.
This year’s prize table was also quite full, with sponsorships from Kinokuniya, Basheer, Books Actually, and Absolute Comics to name a few. A big thank you to Chris Shaw and his team at LaSalle for the nitty-gritty aspects of the event and the logistics too!
My experience with 24HCD so far has just been nothing more than a spectator. I have gone a little further this time, being behind a table of some sorts, and it was an amazing albeit sleepy and tired experience by the time Sunday afternoon rolled along.
I was also incredibly pleased that the best sellers at the sales table were original artwork, and I definitely hope this is a trend which will continue to grow in our arts scene (regardless of fiction, comics, film etc…).
This year’s experience was definitely different for me. For one, I was there for a good 12 hours, something I wasn’t able to observe for the last few years. And I do look forward to helping out again.
Many thanks to the sponsors, Chris Shaw and his team, veterans like James Leong, Paul Pereira, Clio, and Wayne and Gene for cutting through the silence, all the artists who put their work up for sale, Derek Chua for setting up the table on Sunday, and definitely, JF for tirelessly organising 24-Hour Comics Day for us in Singapore.
See you all next year!
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