MiniComi 2017 Wrap-Up

MiniComi 2017 was a big success! Thank you to everyone who tabled, attended, and helped out – the event would not have been possible without you.

IMG_9428 editMiniComi kicked off with a great start – set up and check-ins were smooth, and the weather was thankfully kind to us.

IMG_9434Artists really stepped it up this year! There were a brilliant variety of items for sale, making a walk down the aisles filled with surprises. Not only were there countless beautiful prints of all styles, artists even brought comics, candles, homemade soap, crochet plushies, tea, accessories, and ice cream sandwiches.

Check out the slideshow below for pictures of some of our talented artists (info about them can be found here):

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Here’s a photo of one of our contest winners, Jessica! (obscurecardboardbox)

contest winnerMeanwhile, UBC Beads and Crafts hosted a very popular free charm-making activity. A full photo album of charms made at their table can be found here.

IMG_9442A couple of our other community partners also showed up at the event. Thanks UBC Anime Club, SFU Summerfest, and Anime Evolution for joining in on the fun!

IMG_9421 IMG_9373We caught up with a couple of impressive cosplayers as well. See the gallery below:

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The competition for our draw prizes was fierce, but three lucky winners walked away smiling today. Thank you everyone for participating!

IMG_9439 edit2We hope you enjoyed MiniComi 2017. If you missed it, no worries – come by next year! See you at MiniComi 2018!

*We will also be tabling at various events in the summer accepting feedback about this year’s event and ideas for future events. Come by and say hello!

If you would like your photo removed from this post, please send us an email at minicomivancouver[@]gmail.com or a message to our social media accounts.

MiniComi is just around the corner!

A couple of important updates for the event!

Table layout has been finalized:

MiniComi 2017 Final Layout

Draw prizes:

1) Something Crafty: Various colours of Sculpey clay, blank canvases, and a Paint Your Own Phone Case set.

2) Something Sweet: An adorable Rilakkuma stationery and pencil case set, with a cheerful yellow journal.

3) Something Artsy: Faber-Castell pencil crayons, with a portable sketchbook and pencil case to draw on the go.

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Raffles for each set will be held throughout the afternoon. Simply pick up free sticker cards at the info booth, earn stickers with your purchases, and drop off completed cards into the draw box of the prize you want to win.

Artist Info:

We’ve updated our Artists page with profiles of everyone selling at MiniComi 2017.

See you at MiniComi 2017!

 

Regarding Registrations

Due to overwhelming interest, we are now at full capacity and have a very long waitlist! Please note that any new registrations from this point on will be unlikely to get a table, but we urge you to try again next year!

Thank you everyone for your continued support, and we hope you’ll come by and support your fellow artists.

Our 2017 Art Contest is now live!

As usual, we’ll be hosting our annual art contest for MiniComi 2017!

Help us promote our event with your amazing artwork, and in return you’ll receive free table space for you or a friend.

Rules and specifications can be found on our 2017 Art Contest page, which can be accessed above.

The deadline is January 31, 2017. Good luck!

Event Wrap-Up

Thank you to everyone who came to participate in MiniComi – whether it was the artists, the attendees, the volunteers, or the staff. We hope you enjoyed MiniComi 2016, and we hope to see you next year!

To help make our next event just as successful (or more!) we would love it if you took the time to fill out this survey: http://goo.gl/forms/RLEwyMgYTKg2q0u12
Questions are completely optional, so you can pick and choose what you would liked to answer. This would be greatly appreciated!

Thank you again!

 

Artist Introduction – Susy Hsi (Liansa of MRART)

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Greetings everyone! My name is Susy Hsi, also known as Liansa in the art community. I draw digital art with a small Wacom Bamboo Fun Tablet. I am part of a trio team called MRART with ayeru and reincarnationz. We each come from different schools which keeps our designs fun and refreshing. I graduated from SFU’s School of Interactive Arts and Technology.

Storenvy: mrart.storenvy.com
Tumblr: mrartists.tumblr.com
Deviantart: liansa.deviantart.com
Facebook: facebook.com/liansa.ca

How did you start making art / doing what you do? When did you start?

I started drawing during the end of elementary school by copying Pokemon cards and anime screenshots. In 2009, I played with the Graffiti app on facebook by drawing digital art with a mouse for hours after school. My older sister noticed I was obsessed with this and decided to buy me a Wacom tablet for my birthday. I still use it to this day. <3

Do you apply your art to another aspect of life? Has art helped you in surprising ways?

Art has helped me connect with my closest friends. Sharing a passion with them and starting a business around art and anime has been amazing because the community continues to be fun and interesting every year.

How did you come up with your artist name?

I like snails. I have always liked the idea of living life at your own pace, no matter how slow or small your pace is. Sounds random and unrelated but try reading my artist name backwards. :)

How long on average do you spend on one of your works?

For posters, it takes around 15 hours to complete. Smaller things like keychains and buttons take around 3 hours. It usually depends on the size and resolution of the file.

Fun question: What can you not live without?

Definitely sugar. Anything sweet generally makes me happy. I enjoy drinking bubble tea as I draw.

Feel free to visit MRART and chat with us about anime and fun stuff at our table. We appreciate all the support we get. Have a great summer!

Artist Introduction – Chili Ferrets

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Hi !! We are Ash and Vice ! Two Chili ferrets riding the creative wave ! We mainly use digital tools. Tho the master mind here is obviously our brains which carry waayyy too much ideas.
At Minicomi you’ll find two different things at our booth.
First the Fan art: posters , buttons and stickers ! Colorful representations of what we like that goes from video games to comic and anime !
Second its the Original work: we have our own comic and merchandise from the personal projects each of us have, check them out!

Do you apply your art to another aspect of life? Has art helped you in surprising ways?

Ashka : As a Teacher Assistant in classical animation class , I always use my skills the help the students. It feels really good when you help a student who is stuck with its piece of Art and you just unblock it like that. The smile on its face is priceless. And then you become friend ! So yeah ART IS LOVE !
Vice: Learning how to tattoo… so first thing I need to know is how to draw, lol! That’s some other aspect of life right?

What are you trying to accomplish with your work? (eg. are you trying to inspire an audience? Do you have a goal in mind?)

Ashka : I want to reach people, yeah. I want to play with their emotions when they read my comic. I want them to get attached to my characters as much as I am. I wanna make cool stories !!
Vice: I want to make others enjoy my ideas, do fanart, yes, but obviously the final goal is for people to enjoy my original art and become fan of it.

What does ‘being creative’ mean to you?

Ashka :
It means to me : get in the zone , open your creative senses and puke your feeling on the blank page ! The deeper it comes from the more it will affect people.
Vice: Training and repetition, people say that creative people have a gift. I say its not true, you got to put your time and effort to become creative, grabbing things from other artists and real life.

What is a piece of advice you could give to newbies?

Ashka : The goal is not the most important, It’s the journey that matters. Meaning , nothing is perfect, you gonna learn a lot from all the shitty sketch you gonna do. Dont look down at them !
Vice: Dont give up, never. Don’t let people tell you what to do. If you want to be an artist, a comic artist, or any other kind, do it. Do it and become good!
How did you come up with your artist name?

Ashka :  
This is my initials of my real name which is …Hxxxxx Kohari. H + K but with the french alphabet pronouciation.
Vice: I grabbed it from the character Vice from King of Fighters, it kinda got stuck to me so now its just my nickname.

What superpower would you have and why?

Ashka: I WANNA BE A WEREWOLF ! But a fancy one. I’ll be wearing a tuxedo. All. The. Time.And at each full moon, I can let go all my primal instincts but with my tuxedo , I’ll be so handsome.
Vice: I want to not sleep or eat. So much time consumed that  I could use in life. (boring yes but oh so useful)

We will be glad to meet you all !
And you can go check our page : https://www.facebook.com/chiliferrets/

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Artist Introduction – THE GOLDEN JOY BOYZ

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We’re the GOLDEN JOY BOYZ here to bring you sick prints of you’re waifus

How did you start making art / doing what you do? When did you start?

Daniel: Started drawing personal anime fanart, but it wasn’t until I drew MLP fanart did I try and take drawing more seriously.
Gabriel: I’ve always been drawing. When I was 3-4~ I saw Goku turning into an Oozaru for the first time and I think that was what really got me thinking, “I wanna draw stuff like that!”

Is this your first Minicomi?

Daniel: This will be the first I will be tabling at.
Gabriel: This is #4 for me.

What is your fondest memory about your art?

Daniel: At a convention, the voice actor for one of the characters I drew really loved the print I made of their character. It was a big confidence booster at the time since I was starting out.
Gabriel: The first conversation I had with the girl I like was because she saw me drawing, so I guess that (〃・ω・〃)

What are your favorite tools/programs to use to create your pieces?

Daniel: PaintTool Sai and Photoshop CS6
Gabriel: I usually do the linework traditionally then colour with Sai/Photoshop.

Who / what inspires you?

Daniel: Friends, classmates at school, shows and real life experiences inspire me.
Gabriel: In the immortal words of Yeezy: “I inspire me.”

You can check us out at:

http://gabrielzigzagoon.tumblr.com/

and

http://strayedpathart.tumblr.com/

Artist Introduction – Jell

Hey, I’m ujelleesundae/Jell (jellichronistic.tumblr.com). I am a paper-and-pencil kind of person, but once in blue moon I will pick up my drawing tablet and post something. I only draw cute anime stuff, don’t trust anyone that says otherwise.

You may find me nervously sweating, selling stickers, taking *free* drawing commissions, or a combination of all three at the same time.

How did you start making art / doing what you do? When did you start?

I started drawing out of boredom. When I was in grade six, my mom opened up a restaurant. My little brother and I had to stay there after school and we weren’t allowed to go home until after closing time, which left us with hours of nothing to do. We started doodling and sharing lame comics to pass the time. While he’s upgraded to playing online games, I’m still drawing.

Is this your first Minicomi?

It’s my first time participating as an artist, but I’ve been going since 2013 to annoy a specific table.

Who / what inspires you?

I have a soft spot for stories about the power of friendship and the slice of life genre. Anything that gives me warm fuzzy feelings or catches my attention and hypes me up. My favorite artists are the ones where I’ll come across their works and get the urge to draw right away. Some artists off the top of my head are Tatsuyuki Tanaka, Hayashida Q, and Gabriel Gamboa.

How did you come up with your artist name?

It’s a beautiful combination of puns ‘n stuff. ‘Jellee’ is my first name shortened by a friend who said it was hard to pronounce, ‘Sundae’ is a pun of my last name, ‘ujellee’ is a pun on a meme hopefully nobody remembers, and a jelly sundae is a kind of dessert.

What would you bring with you to a deserted island?
A year’s supply of chips and ice cream of various flavors. And lots of kittens.

Stay wonderful, gals and pals! See ya there.

Artist Introduction – Hazel Cheng (Hazel Illustrates)

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I’m Hazel Cheng, an illustrator! I work digitally, and occasionally dabble in watercolour and inks. Cute characters and whimsical subjects are my thing, just a way to have a good time and spread some fun and colour. My art blog is @http://hazelcheng.tumblr.com/. I’ve also got a facebook page @https://www.facebook.com/hazelillustrates/.

Who / what inspires you?

When one works indoors, plugged in all the time, taking a breather outside is refreshing. I’m always impressed with nature and animal life! Honestly, I’d say everything inspires me, but you just never know when it will strike.

What are you trying to accomplish with your work?

I always have some grand idea of changing the way people look at things, or inspiring them to take action. I believe that illustration has the power to achieve these ends, so maybe some day.

What does ‘being creative’ mean to you?

Just making things.

What is a piece of advice you could give to newbies?

There’s nothing I can say that hasn’t been said, but I always like to say that fancy tools don’t make the artist. I appreciate good paper though, a good foundation is everything.

What other hobbies do you have?

I like hitting up thrift stores and garage sales for cute things. I collect a variety of toys, from little ponies to fashion dolls.

I’ll play nice, so drop me a line. I’m super excited to meet everyone!