Rabu, 29 Oktober 2014

Pekomik di Menara Kuala Lumpur sabtu ini!




Salam Pekomik,

Kota Buku dengan kerjasama @Kementerian Pendidikan Malaysia akan menganjurkan FESTIVAL SASTERA KANAK-KANAK (FSK) 2014 dengan butiran yang berikut :-


TARIKH: 30hb. Oktober hingga 2hb. November 2014

TEMPAT: Dataran Menara Kuala Lumpur
MASA: 10.00 pagi hingga 6.00 petang 
TEMA: “Meraikan Kepelbagaian Dalam Sastera Kanak-Kanak”

Pekomik secara langsungnya terlibat dalam acara ini dengan pelbagai susunan aktiviti serta program intelektual, bagi melahirkan kemeriahan membaca dan penglibatan masyarakat terutamanya kanak-kanak dengan kerjasama strategik agensi kerajaan dan syarikat swasta. EMPAT (4) teras utama penganjuran FSK 2014 sebagai daya tarikan pengunjung adalah :-

>> Interaktif
Buku pop-up, 'doodle', 'stop motion', Petrosains dan lain-lain.

>> Bengkel Profesional
Penceramah dan pakar berkaitan ilustrasi, teknik bercerita, jualan hak cipta akan berkongsi kepakaran mereka bersama penggiat buku, guru tadika, ilustrator, penulis dan sebagainya dari negara Jepun, India, Korea, Malaysia, India, China dan Indonesia.

>> Kebudayaan
'Choral speaking', teater, wayang kulit, tarian, 'story telling', forum kanak-kanak, 'braille story telling' dan lain-lain.

>> Pameran dan Jualan
Sebanyak 30 buah gerai jualan akan dibuka sepanjang FSK 2014.

Semua adalah dijemput hadir bagi memeriahkan lagi acara. Bagi ahli-ahli#Pekomik yang berminat untuk menjual dan mempamer produk/komik/karya mereka, sila PM Faizal Mukhtar atau Rani Ahmad untuk proses pengesahan keterlibatan.

Untuk sebarang soalan dan maklumat lanjut, nyatakan di ruangan komen di bawah ini. Harap maklum dan terima kasih.

Jumaat, 17 Oktober 2014

FAQ | SOALAN LAZIM PROJEK KHAS PEKOMIK/M-MODE


10 FAQ | SOALAN LAZIM
SESI TAKLIMAT PROJEK KHAS PEKOMIK/M-MODE

1. Projek apakah ini?
Projek khas ini merupakan sebuah projek usahasama Pekomik dengan M-Mode Berhad dalam pembangunan kandungan kreatif berbentuk siri komik dan kartun termasuk karya-karya yang berkaitan seperti karikatur, ilustrasi, ‘doodle’ dan seumpamanya. Ianya dilaksanakan bagi memberi peluang kepada semua ahli-ahli Pekomik mengembangkan IP (hak intelektuil) bagi tujuan niaga dan meluaskan capaian karya anda sebagai produk komersial serta menjana pendapatan melalui peranti dan aplikasi mobil.

2. Adakah saya layak untuk hadir ke taklimat ini?
Tawaran ini di buka kepada semua ahli-ahli Pekomik; tidak kira sama ada anda bertaraf amatur, semi-pro atau profesional; separa masa atau sepenuh masa. Yang penting anda boleh melukis dan tahu melukis.

3. Saya bukan ahli Pekomik tetapi amat berminat untuk hadir. Adakah saya dibenarkan berbuat demikian?
Silakan. Anda boleh mendaftar terus melalui portal rasmi kami di sini:
>> http://www.pekomik.org.my/p/daftar-keahlian.html <<
atau hadir sendiri dan daftar terus di lokasi kejadian. Tiada cas atau yuran dikenakan kerana kami sedang giat mengadakan promosi pendaftaran keahlian.

4. Apakah yang perlu saya lakukan apabila hadir ke sana?
Anda hanya perlu datang dengan semangat yang positif sambil duduk, dengar, faham dan tanya seberapa banyak atau apa-apa soalan yang anda mahu tahu berkenaan projek di atas. Juga tiada cas dikenakan.

5. Ada apa-apa yang perlu saya bawa ke sesi taklimat?
Kami syorkan anda membawa contoh-contoh portfolio hasil karya komik/kartun/'doodle'/karikatur/ilustrasi untuk sesi ini bagi tujuan saringan awal oleh pihak M-Mode. Dengan ini, kebarangkalian anda untuk terbit bersama mereka adalah lebih tinggi berbanding yang lain.

6. Saya sibuk dengan acara/urusan lain pada hari tersebut. Adakah peluang ini masih terbuka untuk saya menyertainya pada kesempatan yang lain?
Usah khuatir. Kami akan edarkan butiran taklimat projek ini di laman web dan Facebook rasmi Pekomik kelak bagi anda yang tidak berkesempatan hadir. Macam biasa, tiada cas.

7. Saya berasa ragu dan menanam syak wasangka pada projek ini. Bagaimanakah Pekomik dapat meyakinkan saya bahawa projek ini berwibawa serta benar-benar sah dari sudut undang-undang, tidak berselindung di sebalik skim perjanjian yang tidak telus serta bersifat tidak bermoral dari sudut niaga?
Soal peribadi dan kepercayaan adalah bergantung pada diri sendiri kerana kami di Pekomik tidak dapat menentukan keputusan dan hak anda sebagai rakyat Malaysia yang bebas memilih atau menolak. Apa yang boleh kami katakan; Pekomik sentiasa memilih, menyaring, memantau dan menawarkan peluang berkarya dengan beretika di bawah akta dan undang-undang persatuan seperti yang termaktub dalam panduan aktiviti/kegiatan ROS (Registry of Societies) Malaysia.  

8. Saya masih tidak yakin. Apa yang perlu saya lakukan?
Mungkin anda boleh cuba projek-projek susulan yang diatur oleh Pekomik di masa akan datang. Rezeki ada di mana-mana dan mungkin projek ini bukan rezeki anda.

9. Saya mahu sertai projek ini tapi saya tidak suka Faizal Mukhtar sebagai Presiden. Adakah projek ini masih wujud dan diteruskan apabila tempoh beliau sebagai Presiden tamat malah diganti dengan Presiden serta Ahli Jawatankuasa yang baharu?
InsyaAllah. Namun, berilah beliau peluang untuk membuktikan kemampuan beliau bersama Ahli Jawatankuasa yang sedia ada. Bijak pandai ada berkata, “Benda boleh bincang.” 

10. Sampai bilakah tawaran ini akan di buka?
Tawaran ini dibuka dari sekarang sehingga anda rasakan cukup yakin bahawa ‘industri’ komik Malaysia ini sudah layak bergelar industri serta mampu berdaya saing dan menjana pertumbuhan/kepesatan ekonomi negara kerana lebih banyak lagi entiti seperti M-Mode akan tampil memberikan tawaran yang lebih kurang sama atau lebih hebat. Dan pada ketika itu, mungkin projek yang di atas sudah tidak ada nilainya lagi. Ini teori mudah ekonomi yang digelar ‘demand & supply’.


Selasa, 14 Oktober 2014

Peluang menyertai projek aplikasi 'Comic Mobile'


Salam Pekomik,

Pekomik dengan kerjasama strategik #MModeMobile Malaysia ingin menjemput semua karyawan-karyawan komik Malaysia yang terdiri daripada pelukis komik, kartunis, karikaturis, 'doodler' dan ilustrator untuk menghadiri satu sesi taklimat khas bagi sebuah projek aplikasi 'mobile comic' baharu. Butiran adalah seperti berikut --

TARIKH : 18 OKTOBER, 2014 (SABTU)
MASA : 10.30 pagi hingga 12.30 tengah hari
TEMPAT : Studio M-Mode, Blok B, Tingkat 19, Unit 7 (B-19-7), Bangunan Megan Avenue II, Jalan Yap Kwan Seng, 50450 Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA

Tawaran ini di buka kepada semua ahli-ahli #Pekomik, sama ada anda bertaraf amatur, semi-pro atau profesional*

Jamuan ringan disediakan.

Untuk sebarang soalan/maklumat lanjut, sila PM Faizal Mukhtar atau nyatakan di ruangan komen di bawah ini. Harap maklum dan terima kasih.

*Disyorkan untuk membawa contoh portfolio hasil karya komik/kartun/'doodle'/karikatur/ilustrasi untuk sesi ini bagi tujuan yang berkenaan.





Jumaat, 19 September 2014

PeKOMIK @ Great 2014: Datuk Lat, Faizal Mukhtar, Gayour & Zid




Salam Pekomik


Bersempena dengan GREAT 2014Pekomik dengan usahasama strategik#MaGIC dan New Entrepreneurs Foundation (Yayasan Usahawan Baru) di bawah program #ComicXcel/Comic Accelerator Program (CAP) akan mengadakan forum eksklusif bersama panel speaker profesional yang terdiri daripada personaliti dan tokoh industri komik tanahair.


19 SEPTEMBER, 2014 (JUMAAT)
DATO’ LAT | ‘KEBUDAYAAN DALAM KOMIK’, 11.30 AM - 12.30 PM
FAIZAL MUKHTAR | ‘GENERASI USAHAWAN KOMIK’, 2.30 PM - 3.30 PM

20 SEPTEMBER, 2014 (SABTU)
GAYOUR | ‘KOMIK TEMPATAN vs ANTARABANGSA’, 11.30 AM - 12.30 PM
ZID | ‘KOMIK ARTIS MALAYSIA DI PENTAS ANTARABANGSA’, 2.30 PM - 3.30 PM

Tempat:
Blok 3730, Persiaran APEC, 63000 Cyberjaya.
Tarikh & Masa:
17 hingga 20 September, 2014 
8.00 pagi hingga 8.00 malam

Anda semua dijemput hadir untuk sama-sama memeriahkan lagi acara ini. Harap maklum dan terima kasih.

Untuk makluman lanjut tentang GREAT™, sila layari:

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Tentang GREAT™

GREAT™ merupakan himpunan usahawan-usahawan kreatif Malaysia serta perkumpulan jaringan sosial untuk dana-dana keusahawanan. Kenali jaringan prolifik usahawan-usahawan baru, ilmu dan tips perniagaan dan pelbagai acara menarik untuk idea inovasi anda.

Festival selama empat hari ini membuka peluang untuk anda berinteraksi dalam ekosistem keusahawanan tanahair. Apa yang pasti, GREAT™ 2014 bukan sahaja mendekatkan anda dengan pakar-pakar industri dan teknologi, malah kepada dana kerajaan dan swasta.

GREAT™ 2014 untuk kali ini tertumpu kepada 6 kluster industri: Makanan, Agro, Teknologi, Gaya, Seni Kreatif dan Usahawanita.


Isnin, 8 September 2014

Pekomik menyokong perjuangan kartunis-kartunis indie

Menarik dalam Utusan Malaysia hari Sabtu, 2 OGOS 2014 yang lepas. 

Pekomik dengan usahasama De' Gwet bersama Cesaga, Comicore Club, Sketches Online Store, Manteraworks dan Animas membuka ruang alternatif kepada pengkarya komik dan kartunis indie tempatan menerbitkan hasil karya mereka.


Sekitar Majlis BBQ Iftar & Potluck pada bulan Puasa yang lepas. 

















Sabtu, 30 Ogos 2014

The Star: Tough times for comics trade

by Kelly Tey
IN the American sitcom The Big Bang Theory, the four lead characters Sheldon, Leonard, Howard and Raj are often seen visiting their local comic book store.
They are depicted fumbling through shelves to find the right comics, bickering over the last copy and spending money on these collectables.
However, one is unlikely to see this in a local comic bookstore in Malaysia.
While the sitcom is fictional, the comics fan culture does exist in the United States and other parts of the world.
Conventions are held to celebrate comics, predominantly in the US, spearheaded by the biggest annual event in comic “fandom” – the San Diego Comic-Con International.
In Malaysia, the comic book culture pales in comparison.
Faizal's prized possessions - Silver Surfer #1 and The Avengers #8 that can fetch about  US$5,000 (RM1,6242) each if both are in prime condition.
 
Faizal's prized possessions - Silver Surfer #1 and The Avengers #8 that can fetch about  US$5,000 (RM16, 242) each if in prime condition.
Various factors such as rising costs, changing times and advanced technology has led to a decline in the comic book business.
The few local fans have also found other sources to feed their hobby, leaving the local comic book trade struggling .
Today, although comic book shops still exist, they have diversified and games and merchandise have become their core business.

Better days
Comics used to enjoy a strong presence in Malaysia with fans flocking to bookstores to get their hands on the latest issues.
“Back in the 1980s, comics sold so well that fans had to go from shop to shop to find their copies,” said long-time comic book enthusiast Davin Arul.
Fans would scavenge for prized issues at bookstores, said collector Faizal Mukhtar.
“I was happy to find a 1963 The Avengers #8 comic in an old magazine shop.
Wong says comics make up less than 5% of The Comics Corner's entire business.
 
Cheah says comics make up less than 5% of The Comics Corner's entire business.
“It was the first appearance of Kang the Conqueror, and it is now valued at about RM1,000. I only paid RM8 for that issue,” said Faizal, who also operates online comic book shop kedaikomikonline.com.
The comic book scene had a large fan base in the late 1980s and early 1990s, and it saw the birth of local comic book stores such as The Comics Corner and The Mind Shop.
The comic book trade was at its peak in the 1990s with big demand for every issue.
“In 1992, Superman #75 sold out everywhere when it was released. When word got out that it would be available at my shop, people queued up before the shop opened,” said Davin, who used to own a comic book shop - The Final Frontier.
“I had to limit customers to one copy each as many wanted to buy three to five copies each. The issue was sold out in minutes.”
He also recalled how Spiderman #1 was the shop’s best-selling issue.

Tough times
The craze proved to be short-lived and soon there was more supply than demand.
“It was a ‘false boom’. People bought multiple copies of these special issues thinking it would grow in value, but it didn’t,” said The Comics Corner co-owner Kelvyn Cheah. “Subsequently, many sold the issue at the original price they bought it.”
By the early 2000s, the introduction of trade paperback comics (an all-in-one collection of one particular comic storyline) at major bookstores as well as rising costs from rental, freight and processing charges caused a further strain on comic book traders.
A standard comic book averages RM16.80 while trade paperbacks retail at RM52 to RM68 each, sometimes even cheaper at book fairs.
Cheah admits even collectors like him, own trade paperback versions for cost and convenience.
“It made more sense as one book would give you the entire collection.”
Davin, whose business folded due to increasing costs, said that it was difficult to compete with major bookstores, books fairs, the rising freight charges and other costs.
Comics Mart owner Wong Khai Hoong also found it hard to compete with online stores which provided fast delivery when new issues were released into the market.
“No one was willing to wait when they could have their comics almost immediately,” he said, adding that shipments of larger orders would often meet with unexpected delays.
Comics shops continued to feel the pinch when e-comics became available online. Comics can also be downloaded via smartphone apps.
“The new way to buy comics, which is simpler, easier and more cost-efficient allowed more people to join the comics bandwagon,” said Faizal. “But it did not help local comic stores.”

Moving on
The marriage of comics and film helped to revive the comics business. When X-Men, Spider-Man, The Avengers and Iron Man were made into movies, younger audiences became interested in the characters and storyline.
Cheah said comic books also became popular again through special edition covers to attract buyers.
At that point, however, traditional comic shops had already changed their focus and had moved on to more profitable business segments.
“The comics scene does not produce enough long-term readers anymore and while movies have provided a boost, people want to buy more merchandise instead,” said Wong.
As such, he said, they have switched their focus to the gaming segment, emphasising board and card games.
Wong said he holds weekly game events and provides space for players to gather and interact in his shop.
The Comics Corner had diversified into the trading card business in 1998, which Cheah said had protected the company against decline of comics.
“We had received requests for sports cards in the late 1990s and that’s when we saw value in going into the segment. We started out with sports cards then gaming cards which has become a major part of our business now,” said Cheah.
Continuing trade
Although comic books take up less than 5% of its business, Cheah said they still import comics.
“Comics have become a part of us that we don’t want to let go,Despite the decline, there’s still hope, but perhaps more marketing is needs to promote it.”
Brimming with optimism, Faizal said cultivating a new generation of collectors is not entirely impossible.
Through his role as the Malaysian Comic Activist Association (Pekomik) president, Faizal actively engages more than 1,300 followers with the latest trends and recommendations.
He added both the writers and companies’ have the responsibility to keep comics alive.
“People get bored too easily, so comic content has to be re-invented and move with the times, and set new trends. The same goes for us — we need to be the trendsetter and decide what people need before they know they need it,” said Faizal.
There are about 400 to 500 comic titles being produced weekly and businesses have to decide what to bring in and how they would interest customers.
With the right approach, Faizal has faith comics could make a comeback and appeal to different market segments.
“If people are fascinated with the movies, I’d gauge their interest from that perspective; if they’re into movie merchandise, I would capture their attention with a comic-related back story. Anything is possible.”

(Taken from: - http://www.thestar.com.my/Business/SME/2014/04/29/Tough-times-for-comics-trade-Rising-costs-and-ecommerce-force-local-comic-stores-to-switch-focus/

Jumaat, 29 Ogos 2014

Pekomik @ Majlis Pelancaran Antologi Komik 'Liquid City Vol. 3', Image Comics