About Me, art, Event

42 Kilometers

We interrupt the love quotes posting for this, er… random thought.

Comic convention in UPLB tomorrow. I was thinking of going but then thought about how far it is from my house and then decided to just go to the comic convention this summer in UP Diliman.

And then I realized that UP Diliman is just as far from my house as UPLB.

Not kidding. They’re both around 42 kilometers away, and within walking distance from really good cake — UPLB: Mer-Nel’s, UP Diliman: Chocolate Kiss.

So, yeah… It’s a dilemma. Hehehe!

Completely unrelated: Happy Birthday to my friend Cam who turns 26 today! 🙂

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So Broke!

Believe it or not, the next two statements are absolutely true (I swear on my life they are):

1. I have only Php64.81 left in my bank account.
2. The money that my wallet currently contains is Php42.00.

So I have a total of Php106.81 left before the next payday. (Although, I technically can’t withdraw the 64 pesos in my bank account since the minimum for withdrawal is Php500.) 😥

The reason? Oh you know, just some things essential to life, like food and… comic books.

Yesterday was the 4th Annual Komikon. And I lost all my money buying comics! 😥 Huhuhuhu…

The saddest thing is that I wasn’t even able to buy all the comic books that I wanted! Because unfortunately, I already didn’t have that much money to begin with (I’m blaming it on Starbucks and their stupid stupid mainstream consumer-driven evil schemes!), so I had to pick only the ones that I really really liked. So there. Even though I didn’t splurge, I still ended up broke. 😥 And that’s why I’m bitter.

But money matters aside, yesterday was actually a really fun day. I always have fun at the Komikon. 🙂 Dare I say it’s my favorite geek convention. Even if it is held in the far away land of Quezon City (No offense to those who live there, but I’m a Southern girl at heart!). Or that actually might be the reason why I like it so much. With such a small venue (It’s at the UP Bahay ng Alumni, in case you didn’t know), and a small number of attendees (Okay, I’m aware that there were probably a couple thousand of people there, but it’s still not as many as the attendees of other events, e.g. the Hero Con, OZine fest, etc.), and no cosplay (Again, no offense to cosplayers. I love cosplay, but some cosplayers are just waaaayy too showbiz.), the event becomes more intimate, and it gets to really focus on the art, rather than the sales. 🙂 I love how famous artists become normal people in the Komikon in the sense that you can just find them anywhere. I mean, sure, for a long time, they’re sitting at their tables and writing autographs, but they eventually go around and buy comics themselves, and talk to a lot of the fans. Being able to come up to someone like Arnold Arre and just say “Hi I love your work, and can I get your autograph?” is really something.

I was also able to meet a couple of people–friends, old and new. My high school friends from Mangaholix weren’t there at all because they attended the Hero Con (which happened to be on the same day) instead, but the people at the Mangaholix booth were pretty good acquaintances of mine, so I was able to hang out at their booth still. Yay! I was pleasantly surprised to see Kristofferson, my high school friend, who said that he was there simply because he missed the comics. (Me too!) He was one of the people I went with to the first Komikon back in 2005. We went to sell an independent comic. I helped set up the booth and everything! 🙂 Well, my friends have come a long way– from being a table in the Indie Tiangge, to being a Major Sponsor of the event. Congratulations to them! 😀

And I met some new people too–Markus, who I only used to know from his blog (and I’m still sorry I wasn’t able to buy their Bayan Knights, I’d run out of money by the time I found their table. 😦 ), and lots of others whom I found out were friends of my friends. Syeri was there too (well of course, she’s the organizer!) and gave me a limited edition of the Darna comics for free! Okay, she gave them as a prize, but the “trivia” question I answered was so easy, I really didn’t work for it. 😀

Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to take any pictures. I didn’t bring my camera because I’m a paranoid freak, and my cellphone camera isn’t very good. Plus I was alone most of the time so there wasn’t really anyone I could ask to take a picture of me. That’s actually what’s most different for me this time, since I used to go to the Komikon with at least 5 friends, and when I got there I would know most everyone, but now I went with, well, zero friends. But I guess that’s why I was able to meet all those new people. And as everyone keeps telling me, it’s always good to make new friends. 🙂 So hopefully I did make some new ones, and if I didn’t, well it was nice crossing paths with them for one day. 🙂

Now all I have to do is earn back the money I spent, and I don’t know, ask my parents for money in the mean time? How pathetic is that?! And just to drive my point home, I’ll tell you the story of how I got so embarrassed at the food stands:

So I was hungry and wanted to buy a hotdog. I asked the girl selling them how much one hotdog sandwich was.

“Seventy,” she said.

My first reaction was, Holy cow that’s an expensive hotdog! (Okay, it’s that expensive because they’re technically frankfurters). I only had a hundred bucks left in my wallet then, and was saving that for my trip home (Sa Las Piñas pa’ko nauwi!), so I knew I couldn’t afford it and had to tell her, “Ah, sige. Babalik na lang ako,” like I was in a department store trying on a pair of shoes that I realized didn’t look good on my feet. 😳

Yeah. I should never go out without any money again. Or if I ever do, it better be with a really really rich friend. Hehehehe. See ‘ya all next time! 😀

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Big Time

Things just change, I guess. Hindi naman pwedeng ganun nang ganun na lang parati. Siyempre, tumatanda tayo, so nagbabago ‘yung mga role natin sa mundo. So nagbabago ‘yung mga priorities, ‘yung mga pangarap, ‘yung mga pangyayari.

In an earlier post, I promoted the Mangaholix Convention ’08. And I said that my friend J and I wouldn’t be able to go because we both had classes that day. I had a Nihongo class in Makati, and she had review classes in UST for her impending Board Exam. But as it turns out, she was able to go. She got there at 7PM, and the convention was almost ending, but she still paid the Php100 entrance fee. I told her that if she talked to the organizers, she may have been able to get in for free (Note: Some of the organizers are our friends from high school), but she said she didn’t want the hassle, and that she wanted to go anyway, “Even if alam kong lugi ako,” she said.

If only she’d told me sooner that she was going, then I probably would’ve gone as well. Of course, I wasn’t able to because other than my Japanese class, I also had to work that day (I’m talking about last Saturday, May 31, by the way). It’s not because our company’s a slave driver, the overtime is really due to my own irresponsibility. Ayoko nang mag-elaborate dahil baka kung ano pa ang masabi ko. So I’ll just stick to the topic. The Mangaholix Convention. Right. So, I wasn’t able to go, but from the looks of the pictures posted in my friends’ Multiply pages, and from J’s story, I’d say it was a lot of fun. But other than that, it looked like a really big thing, nearly as big as the Hero Channel Convention (perhaps because the venues were the same?), and that was organized by a big TV Network.

I guess because we started so small, that’s why it’s hard for me to believe that my friends have gone this far, to actually being hosts and organizers of a big event, getting famous bands (like Urbandub and Kala) to perform, and famous celebrities as their hosts (I don’t know who the host this year is, but last year it was the model, Sabrina Asano). Did I ever think that our after-school hangouts at Carl’s Jr. in ATC would get them to where they are now? Not even when they began to hold weekly art workshops in Ortigas did I ever think that they’d ever be able to get this “big time”. Maybe others think they’ve “sold out” (it’s usually the case in the art world, right?), especially since their material is more inclined to cater to the mainstream, rather than the serious artists (I say this because they have a lot of articles featuring mainstream stuff that I think are more for publicity rather than the “art” value, but of course I could be wrong), but I admire them for sticking to what they like to do, and making it this far anyway. I don’t think they ever compromised their integrity as artists anyway. Even if they have a lot of “publicity stunts”, the art they produce is still very good art. Although personally, I would’ve been happy even if they just published at an indie-comic level and people got to know them from that. I’m a fan of those “underdog” stories, after all. But again, this isn’t about that. What am I talking about, really?

I guess I just feel weird, because I wasn’t able to attend the convention. I haven’t attended one in a long time (It’s been exactly half a year, today, that I haven’t gone to one.) you see, and I kind of missed it. J said she had a lot of fun because she saw a lot of old friends and acquaintances, and she felt like she really belonged. Although we’re really close friends, she really knows more people than I do, mainly because 1) She played Ragnarok and so has an entire “guild” of friends, and 2) She’s really a lot friendlier/sociable than I am. There was a time when I did feel like that, like in the Mangaholix Convention last year. I didn’t have a Staff ID (don’t ask me why), but hung around the Mangaholix booth. One volunteer (I don’t know who, he must’ve been new), called my attention and told me that only volunteers were allowed inside the booth. I raised an eyebrow and the friend I’d been talking to at the time said to him that I was with him, so it was okay. Before the other guy could react, other staff members of Mangaholix showed up and they all greeted me by my name, thereby proving that I really was friends with them, and therefore it was okay for me to be there. I wasn’t just some random convention-goer, trying to get access to something I shouldn’t have access to. It actually upset me when he told me what he did, because he looked like he was asking me to leave. Hmph. Didn’t he know who I was? (Obviously not. Well, I’m not that popular anyway, and I didn’t have an ID, so yeah, it was an honest mistake, but I’m a brat. Haha.)

Well, it seems like I’m just rambling on and on without a point. I guess what I really want to say is that I feel bad that I wasn’t able to to go the convention, but at the same time, for some reason, I do feel sort of like, I don’t belong to that world, at least, not anymore. I don’t think I’ve “grown out of it”, because I don’t think I’ve grown at all, and it’s not like I’m no longer interested in anime and comics and toys and games. I still am, but somehow… maybe… I was content with just sitting on the sidelines, watching the cosplayers, and just going around the convention having fun. I don’t think I’d have any fun if I had responsibilities (like if I were an usher or a cosplay judge (not that I’d ever be one.)). I never really want to make it to the big time, after all. But I am real happy for my friends that they’ve achieved their goals (or at least one of them).