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Saturday, March 24, 2007

Comics and Events Organizing 101

// im reposting this for an entry for this day, this was used in one of our lecture in DLSU 3 years ago i think. Soon I'll be posting Comic Shop 101, I just talked couple of days ago people from outside Philippines who like to established their own comic shops in their area. I've started in a small comic business before I got here and I guess Its time to share to the public my SECRETS hehheh. There are lots of people who wants me to put up a store again, but as I say it the last time I closed a small business. It needs a super big attention. and also man power.

well in this article it materializes into a big convention - KOMIKON and others.

Comics Events and Conventions
by: Azrael Deasis Coladilla and Lace Llanora

Events and Convention for comics are the amusement, entertainment and fairground for the comic fans, comic creators, and merchandisers. It’s a big promotional gathering and it’s a yearly and seasonal activity for the comic pop culture.

Functions of Events and Conventions


The importance of having these events and conventions is for all comic fans, creators and publishers to gather in one place and promote each other’s comic related products and services.


The interaction between comic readers and creators is established.

Market Research

It’s a big opportunity for the comic publishers to know more about their target market, environment, competitors and trends.

This will help them with product development. Their next product releases just like any product in the market will be designed based on the current market situation.

In short, events and conventions serve as a market place for comic artists, publishers and enthusiasts.

Elements of a successful comic event

1. The event should be fan friendly

2. It should promote interaction
a. Comic fan - comic creator
b. Fan to fan
c. Comic creator-creator relationship

3. Art appreciation

Organizing 101

1.organize a small-scale event
2.organize a big scale event

a. Make a plan for your event
b. Prepare list of programs
c. List of contacts
d. Guests
e. Activities
f. Venue
g. Budget
h. Sponsors
i. Making business
j. Public Relation
k. Promote the event

Plan the event
1.set a date
2.time and schedule
3.timetable of organizing

Programs: set of activities, itinerary for the event
-It should feed the interests of all the stakeholders:

1. The corporate persons
2. The target market (readers, fans)
3. The publishers
4. The advertisers/sponsors

2.affordable for the target market

1.always try to plan a "no budget event"
2.divide the budget for venue, production, talent fee, and prizes

Getting sponsors

Sponsors reduce the cost of organizing an event. Sponsors are willing to give a certain amount of money or anything of value in exchange for their company’s exposure, promotion and participation in the event.

-Submit a good proposal (mostly for budget)
-Should be SMART
S- simple, specific
T-time bound

-Present a working idea
-Show your back track

Possible Activities
1.Comic book launchings
2.Comic creators panel discussions
3.autograph signings

Turning everything into a business
-Events organizing like any other forms of marketing activities are for profit.

1. Entrance fee
-Get profit from volume and not from high mark ups if possible
-Pricing depends on the lifestyle, age and income of the target audience

2. Sponsorships
3. Entry fees for other contest
4. Divestitute: sell your big idea to other events organizers or publishers if you feel you lack the time and resources to do the job.

Public Relation
In events organizing, you need to have good public relation skills, because it is easier to move in the event organizing field if you know the key players, and if you have connections, organizing will be an easier task

Promoting the event
the best way to promote and advertise your event is through word of mouth, it serves as a direct marketing tool and the credibility level is high

If you have a budget, you can use the "tri-media", TV, print and radio; however, there is another form of media that should be exploited, the Internet.

The Internet is a good medium to advertise products, services and in our case, events. It is the least costly advertising tool that we can utilize.

Whichever medium you choose, the layout and content must always be fit to the target audience's demographics and psychographics

Author's Comments

this is my own formulated notes for our lecture in De La Salle University
last thursday for their LaSallian Enrichment Alternative Program (LEAP)

me and Artists' Den was invited to give lecture about "Making Business Through Comics"
as for my part my topic was "Organizing Comics Events and Convention"

//in events organizing a comic event, here's my lecture notes based only from my experience.
this article can be found also here

Friday, March 23, 2007

I won UNO !

UNO March issue featuring Anne Curtis on the cover.

While preparing for new uploads for work, I saw this email and they told me that I won a one year subscription of UNO Magazine. whoohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!

totally surprised by that message and Thanks to PEX, ROgin E and UNO for the goodie prize! wow! as in wow!

I was planning to buy next month the upcoming mag of it, the content of UNO magazine is great, yeah! I discover it when I downloaded a pdf version from the net and read the magazine for the first time. wow! I just tried to see whats inside, and whoa!! the magazine is good and very informative.

but now I will save my P120 and wait to go to pick up my prize!

The 6th Philippine, Toys, Hobbies and Collectibles Convention 2007
production note 6

At last.. another update to all of you, been busy lately for the website of GHG and the website restoration is going good, thats why I went back for ToyCon to fix once and for all my other duties for this.

Formulating contest rules are one of my favorite job, this requires heavy conceptualization of guidelines for the contest. The contest rules should be clear and easy to understand. You must be familiar to its nature and also
the outcome of the contest. Sometimes if ever I need to top my ideas, all I do is search for other contest and then compare my rules to them, Coz Im avoiding rules to be the same to other events and that is a very serious issue.
And it happened to our contest rules copied for an event not affiliated to us - not for the first time it happened.
but its okay, I've already forgive them and told them not to use or clone our contest materials with out our permission.

The contest rules and line up are here already, and also posted in the
and some of the rules posted are not yet final. but people can use those rules if they want to start right away.
minor revisions will be included that relates to submission and other mechanics.

here are the contest line up for ToyCon 2007

Customized Action Figure Contest

Original Character Design Contest

Fan Film Contest

ToyCon Live Action Figure COSPLAY Contest

TransFormers Speed up Contest

Video Game Tournament

Inter School Comic Creation Contest

TransFormers FAN ART Contest

Inter School Animation short film contest

there ya go!
geez...This TransFormers season gives a very terrible headaches. lots of issue and me as for being controversial once again hahhahaha..

oh kids!thats all for now. I;ll give you update soon about THEIR MOVIE, OUR TOYCON

Thursday, March 22, 2007

Get well soon Lico!

posted article and image below are from his blog

Lico is confined at the Mary Chiles Hospital, Im searching in the net on how to get there.
as Lico says that he's okay and recovering.

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At last I get to upload the first strip of FPN Adventures. I upload a new strip every Tuesdays and Thurseday. For now, this is a weekly thing because I have to focus on the FPN graphic novel and other projects.


3G Gigabye DIY - Lan Party event
(Video Games, Gadgets, Cosplay, tournaments and contest)

user posted image

March 30, 2007
Market Market, Activity Center
Fort Global City, Taguig, Metro Manila

The Ultimate Event for PC Enthusiats has finally arrived! Featuring the latest PC technology by GIGABYTE, the coolest games, the awesome and creative cosplayers, the most hot and sought Pinoy Rock and Anime Bands, product displays and demos and a lot more
in one great party!

Video Game tournaments - Counter Strike, DOTA, Audition
Fastest Geek DIY PC
Raffle Contest to all who registered for free at the event

Free gaming -Freeplay, NBA, DOTA, NFS, Counterstrike
product launchings
Gigabyte Demo
live bands
and many more.


3G Gigabyte Cosplay Guidelines

1. Registration is free and open to all.

2. Kids, Teens and Adults are allowed to join.

3. The Cosplay contest is an Open Category, everyone can portray their favorite characters from any genre of comics, anime, video game, online game, movies and etc.

4. The contest will be held at the 3G Gigabyte event at the Market Market activity area, The Fort on March 30, 2007

Registration will start at 10:00AM to 4:30PM

Contest will start on stage at 5:00PM to 5:30PM

Announcement of winners on stage at 6:00 or 6:30PM

5. Costumes shows too much nudity and gory appearance are not allowed. Props, real life swords and weapons that can harm people are not allowed at the event.

Best Male
Best Female
Special awards for Kids

Judges and Criteria for the contest will be announced on the event itself.

Note: Cosplay Guidelines are subject to change w/o prior notice

Pirates of the Caribbean at World's End

I just saw this in Ariel's blog, cool gimik for movies, having your own player in your blog.
and because I loved the gimik, im posting it here too. :) And it will be the time that we don't depend on too much youtube hehhehe, coz this one updates on its self

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

my patient for 3 days

I became a cat nurse days ago when Lace's aunt found this 2 week old kitten in the street, the kitten was slaughtered by a unknown male cat here in our area, we know that the mother and its infant are secured living at the back of the pond in the garden. Then we saw that there are bite marks on the neck, and its very weak and unable to stand up, we gave first aid and then feed the kitten hoping to recover.

but after 3 days, it died.

I later found out when I txted the people here in the house, asking if it is alive, I was about to buy some milk for house pets and a baby bottle. But I felt sad when I heard the news.

but its okay.

there are 4 more kittens living on the terace with their mom hahahahah.
but Im hoping that they will move out of that area when they can go out of their own.

sometimes i feel that cats are dumb and smart.

like our favorite house kitten here. now growing into a big cat.
and also he's very popular here and the neighbors walk by infront always just to catch a glimpse of Pulot.

Pulot is funny sometimes. Last night I saw his stranded on top of the garden roof.
I was surprised that he tried to catch that 'butiki' or lizard on the high wall hahahaha.
I rescued him from the top. and now he plays with the fish in the aquarium hahahah

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

my mobile phone is broken!!!

so expect me to ask all your name when you txt me. part of the contact directories are saved to my moto phone. Im using my old Samsung.

Sunday, March 18, 2007

HERO TV's BECK Mongolian Chop Squad Concert Mall Tour

lets have a break and read some messages from our partners in the industry
happy anniversary to Hero TV's G-cube

Click and Check the Image above for the ground events of HERO TV

Hero TV ‘vocalizes’ OPM lead artists

With the success of the Voltes V Evolution in using an all-star cast of “voicers”, anime fanatics are now up for an even bigger breakthrough as Hero TV once again taps celebrity dubbers, but this time, vocalists from popular OPM bands to voice characters in the newest musical anime series, Beck: Mongolian Chop Squad.

Premiering this April 14 on Hero TV, Beck is certain to be an anime hit as it features the voices of OPM band icons: Rivermaya’s Rico Blanco, Sandwich’s Raymund Marasigan, The Dawn’s Jet Pangan, Rocksteddy’s Teddy Corpus, Six Cycle Mind’s Ney Dimaculangan, and Sponge Cola’s Yael Yuzon. Beck’s lead character will be voiced by the Little Big Star Big Division Champion and emerging teen heartthrob Sam Concepcion. Joining him to give voice to his character’s love interest in the anime series is a budding teen celebrity Stephanie Cuevas from the ongoing musical stage play High School Musical.

Hero TV’s belief in Beck – and the clever gimmick of using rockstar celebrity dubbers – is backed up by the fact that Beck is a monster hit in Japan. It follows the story of a 14-year old boy who lives a boring and uninteresting life, until that day when he saves a strange dog. From this point on the boy gets involved in the rock band of a wild and unpredictable guitarist, and he soon finds himself with a new life as a member of this band that is yet to hit the music scene.

Aside from its appealing story and production twists (use of celebrity dubbers), Beck will definitely be remembered through its catchy theme song “Hit In The USA” as popularized by Beat Crusaders. You can also catch the Beck experience near you through several mall shows that will be conducted in March and April.

Watch Beck on Hero TV, the no. 1 anime channel among kids, teens and young adults that ranks in the top 10 most watched cable channels. Get updates constantly by tuning in to Hero TV Channel 44 in Metro Manila and in over 250 cable systems nationwide.


Airing Date:

April 14 – July 14, 2007, Saturdays & Sundays[11am with a replay in the evening(7:30pm) airing].

The Characters of BECK: Mongolian Chop Squad


The main character, a 14 year old talented but very reserved boy. The series follows his rapid development from an average person to an outstanding guitarist. Being extremely polite, he cannot help but let others push him around, a possible metaphoric stereotype on the very proper and manner conscious Japanese society. The last member of BECK, he is the second guitarist and vocalist. Yukio has a very beautiful voice that is mostly used for Beck’s slower songs. He owns a Fender Telecaster


A Japanese character with a long history in America. He speaks fluent English, and frequently uses both Japanese and English in his conversation. He lives alone in a shack by the fishing pond. His skills and taste in music inspire Koyuki to take up the guitar. His talent in playing the guitar and writing songs is unparalled. The band’s creator, Ryusuke is BECK’s lead guitarist and band leader. A once younger Ryusuke and Eddie Lee stole the Lucille (a very famous guitar named after a woman) from the boot of Syke’s vehicle. This begins a deeper backstory of Ryusuke’s character.


Koyuki’s guitar and swimming teacher. Saitou once swam in the Olympics but was unable to achieve his dream of winning so he turned his life to teaching others how to swim better. Saitou is loud and demanding in public, and especially strict when it comes to swimming. But when he is out of the water, he is much more open, even turning Koyuki for advice on his attractions to Momo. Saitou is a fan of British rock and his favorite band in the anime is the fictional Rocket Boys while in the manga, it’s the Beatles.


The first recruited member of BECK, Taira is the bassist, and the most talented band member next to Ryusuke. Little is known about him, and his attitude may sometimes come off as uncaring. He has been seen working as a traffic officer.


Main vocalist for BECK, he is the key member that Ryusuke needed to bring Taira into the band. Compared to Koyuki, his voice is more punk- and rock-oriented, like the majority of the band’s songs. He also named the band “BECK,” inspired by Ryusuke’s dog.


The fourth member to join, he was also Koyuki’s first good friend, sticking with him even when the school bully and his gang beat him up for breaking the silent treatment on Koyuki. He is the drummer, inspired by his brother and replaces the original drummer of BECK who followed Ryusuke from his original band, Serial Mama.


Originally in Ryusuke’s first band Serial Mama, he formed a new Belle Ame (Beck’s main rival) which became popular not through their talent but the band members’ looks. Getting all the big breaks, Belle Ame seemed destined for greatness, until Beck overtook them on their drive to fame.


Ryusuke’s sister and a talented singer with a strange relationship with Koyuki. At times she seems attracted to him, other times she brushes him off with little regard to his often ignored feelings. She also has a great voice and can sing as well.

Production Staff

Dubbing Director : Stiffany Adanza.

Head Writer: Gary Ryan Ang

Supervising Producer: Carlo Landrito

Executive Producer: Dong Pilotos

Line Producer: Chris Dela Riva

About Hero TV

Hero TV is the premiere anime cable channel in the Philippines formed by Creative Programs Inc. (the cable subsidiary of ABS-CBN.) It is the first and only all-Tagalog-dubbed anime channel in the country.

Seen on Sky Cable channel 44 and in over 250 cable systems in the Philippines, It aired its first test broadcast from August to September, 2005. Regular broadcast started on the following month and was formally launched at the Philippine Trade Training Center on November 12, 2005. Since April 2006, the channel airs between 6:00 am to 2:00 am. The channel also shows surefire anime that proves to be a definite hit for cable viewers - young and old. The channel also premieres never-before-seen anime titles in the country such as Mirmo de Pon!, Negima!, and Major to name a few. Hero TV also airs non-anime programs such as tokusatsu (Live action special effects) shows like the Power Ranger series, western-style animation programs such as Heavy Gear and Godzilla, and anime-style animation programs such as Di-Gata Defenders and Class of the Titans, and features the most popular anime series in the country.

Hero TV also takes pride in producing its own local programs like G3 or G-Cube (Games, Gigs, and Gadgets, a technology-centric program) and Animenutes (a news and information program with an anime-themed affinity).

Azrael Coladilla is the blogger and founder of Azrael's Merryland Blog. This blog started as a personal blog in 2003, and then converted the blog into a lifeblog about his interest and reporting about pop culture, lifestyle, entertainment, technology, food, travel, toys, outdoor adventure, internet and social media. Awarded as the 2009 Most Influential Blogger for Luzon, Philippines, awarded by the Philippine Blog Awards. He is the founder of several online communities - Manila Bloggers Network, Philippine Bloggers Network, Oh My Food! community, Cavite Bloggers, Travel and Blog Community, and Philippine ToyCon. Azrael's Merryland Blog is included in a list of top 50 Blogs in the Philippines , ranked 65th in Top 100 Blogs that Matter , 49 must read lifestyle blog in the Philippines. and rank 40th in 100 Top Philippine Blogs by Feedspot.
He loves to travel, explore, discover, eat new food, document and record his life, meet new people, do photography and collect Transformers toys.
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