The weekend of CAFKL went by too quickly, if you asked me. If you wanted me to sum it up into a sentence, I would say this – it was awesome. It was awesome in its own inspiring, creative, humid, and rewarding way.
Held at The Annexe Gallery near Central Market, CAFKL is significantly smaller than Comic Fiesta itself. Nonetheless, it was more specialized, since it was focusing on comics and the people who made them.
Sharing our booth with organizer Maiki, our neighbours included Stephani Soejono, Ashel, Serah, and D.M. Jewelle. Wonderful people like Eisu, Jer Bear & Anna, Ezel, Saph, Kuzu, Rain, KidChan, and Christine dropped by as well. There were many others around as well, sorry if I forgot to mention you! While setup was quick (booth sizes were half of what they had in Comic Fiesta), the response was quicker. By the first 15 minutes after the doors opened, the comic fans started pouring in.
What I liked about this event was how select it was. Interested comic fans were able to go through booths individually without being overwhelmed by the happenings that were going on around them. At the same time, it was kind of a given that the people there were there for the comics and the interesting comic panels, so interest level was definitely there.
However, it was incredibly humid and stuffy, possibly due to the sheer volume of people within a small event space. Although we were constantly perspiring and getting bouts of heat rash, the atmosphere of creativity and the organizing committee’s constant efforts in trying to get better logistics did make things better.
All in all, it was an incredible weekend – many thanks to the organizing committee for this great event, our booth neighbours and friends for the support, and of course, the Tiger for letting me experience this event. (P/S – For those who checked in with my latest Signal Boost post: “How Was Your Day?” sold out on the first day itself!)
To find out more about CAFKL and future events, click here.