Komiket year three was amazing. It was smaller compared last year, but it was jam packed! Our shop eenieminniemo usually sell crochet accessories and stationery aside from my original art prints. For this years Komiket, we decided to focus more on showcasing my artworks rather than the crafts we make.
I also launched a new product called “The Rabbids” of The Rabbid Army. They are miniature handmade sculptures with a deep dark secret behind each of their masks. They are about 2.5 inches tall and are made out of polymer clay with a crochet mask and a carrot so they won’t go hungry.
Initially, I had ten of them for rehoming. The first one got to find his forever home a couple of minutes after the event opened. I was so shocked. After a while, one by one, they captured the hearts of others. By the end of the day, only three of them were left and a few minutes before closing, the one in the middle of the photo was adopted out too.
When I started making “The Rabbids” I made them for myself. I knew that if I saw something like them in a store, that I would buy them in a heartbeat. I never expected other people to like them too.
Drawings above are by Giosdesk
THE HIGHLIGHT OF MY KOMIKET 2017 EXPERIENCE
When I was in college, I had a professor who I looked up to and idolized. I remember saving up to attend one of his workshops. I “stalked” his profile to check if he had new caricatures and new “BAKA” merchandise. I would talk about how witty the “BAKA” franchise was for hours.
To cut it short, last Saturday, I saw my former professor checking out comics at the booth right next to mine. I wanted to flee and hide, I guess it was because I didn’t know how to approach him or talk to him and sort of felt embarrassed that I dropped out of college. I didn’t want to disappoint one of my idols and former mentors.
I finally mustered the courage to say hello. He asked me about my artworks and where I worked now. I was so proud to say that I am now working as an illustrator and join bazaars to sell my artworks. He took notice of my Rabbids and I told him about the concept, how they’re blind boxes (but you can see them) where each Rabbid has a different secret behind its mask. He immediately said “I’ll support you!” and chose one of the Rabbids for rehoming. I was shocked and amazed that he took one home. It was the best feeling ever. I was literally shaking and couldn’t stop smiling. (Hence my face in the photo)
Thank you so much Mr. Meneer Marcelo for supporting my work and for being one of the best mentors ever! You have always inspired me to think outside the box and to never stop making art. Welcome to The Rabbid Army!
I cannot wait for another event like this. I am so exciting to put my other plans for world domination in action.
The army is getting bigger.