Namguga

The Fisherman limited edition print

Namguga is the shop of Brian Kim who resides in New Jersey, and is home to a lot of prints with curious characters.

He is now selling a limited edition of 50 prints of each of his characters — there is a total of six in all.

You can also read up on his blog and see his collection of prints for sale at his Etsy shop.

Pikapackage: FAQs

The New PikaPackage Project

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UPDATED 19 APRIL 2010

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Hello there!

Here’s the basics about participating in the PikaPackage Project:

1. The PikaPackage Project is a curated project; meaning that it is only via invitation only. To get an invite, please fill in the form over here.

2. Participating fee is USD$25 that would help fund the marketing materials, the advertising costs (yes, we will be advertising in other sites to get more attention!) and the effort that goes into organizing the project; artists will also have a banner on the blog for a month and a half.

3. Participants will be asked to submit 8 contributions. Contributors should send products/mini products from their shops (or limited edition lovelies) + promo materials (flyers, postcards, biz cards, etc). Please do not send your promo materials only, as these would not count as a proper contribution! Please see here for more information.

4. Every participant will get one PikaPackage in the mail too!

Hurrah!

And now, on to the Frequently Asked Questions list:

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1. Why don’t I just buy a regular ad spot without contributing?

2. I’m still confused. What’s a PikaPackage, exactly?

3. And who are the participants of PikaPackage?

4. And what’s in it?

5. What type of items should I contribute?

6. Why should I contribute to PikaPackage?

7. And how will Pikaland help me?

8. I hear there’s a free giveaway each month. Tell me more.

9. How many items should I donate?

10. Do they all have to be the same thing?

11. And why should I contribute more?

12. This sounds fun! Could you tell me when is the cut off date for participants and what are the themes for 2010?

13. What if I’ve already participated before? Can I contribute again?

14. And how/where do I send my contribution to?

15. I’d love to participate, but why does it cost USD$25 now when it’s free before?

16. Thanks for the early notice and I’d love to be in, but I’m forgetful sometimes. Any chance of reminding me when the closing date is near?

17. Can I see what has been written about the PikaPackage Project on your blog + the previous example of the giveaway?

18. What about packages that doesn’t sell out?

19. I need visuals! Can you illustrate the idea and tell me how it will actually work?

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1. Why don’t I just buy a regular ad spot without contributing?
Well, for one thing, just placing an advertisement banner isn’t all that much fun. The PikaPackage Project offers you more exposure, more fun and a chance to mingle with the rest of your peers! And we get it — some artists don’t have enough money to place a banner ad on good blogs; so this is our way of helping them out!

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2. I’m still confused. What’s a PikaPackage, exactly?
A PikaPackage is a promo and marketing tool for illustrators and artists who are selling online. This package will be as ONE (or TWO) free giveaway, and the rest will be sold to adoring fans and readers. (The proceeds from the sale of PikaPackages will help fund the PikaPackage Project.)

The giveaway package will hold one item each from every participant, while the rest of the PikaPackage to be sold will hold selected items from the participants (with a minimum amount spread all around) + a specially produced zine by Pikaland!

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3. And who are the participants of PikaPackage?
PikaPackage holds stuff from illustrators and artists — those who sells their wares online (via their own shops, on Etsy, DaWanda, etc) & even those without shops who would like a little publicity on their work.

Artists and illustrators are selected by invitation only, so sometimes we would have to turn down some peeps due to a very packed edition! But feel free to send your work via email to us, so that we can consider you for future rounds.

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4. And what’s in it?
Prints, buttons, coasters, notepads, postcards, zines, comics, etc — as long as you had a hand in illustrating/producing it. Pikaland will also be producing a special zine to be included with each package.

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5. What type of items should I contribute?
Contributors should send products/mini products from their shops (or limited edition lovelies) + promo materials (flyers, postcards, biz cards, etc). Please do not send your promo materials only, as these would not count as a proper contribution!

Promo materials are defined as posters/flyers/postcards with your name/shop/logo on them, and do not hold monetary value to be sold. (If you’re giving out postcards, please make them as a special sets or include envelopes). They are good for slipping in together with your products to let people know where they can find your work.

We welcome printed matters that can be packed flat — unless you’ve informed us beforehand and we’ve okayed it. We would discourage heavy items, like paperweights and stone magnets, etc.

For more info, download our info kit

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6. Why should I contribute to PikaPackage?

  1. You get top-notch reporting about your art & wares;
  2. Your contributions will be treated to a photo shoot, where they will then be cleaned up and uploaded onto our flickr page
  3. You will be part of a specially-produced zine made to promote your work;
  4. You’ll have an exclusive advertising spot on our blog for a quarter of the price; and
  1. You’ll get an awesome PikaPackage containing great art from your peers in the mail.

What’s not to love? ;)

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7. And how will Pikaland help me?
Pikaland celebrates illustrators and artists who are selling their wares and brings them to the masses. And since we’ve narrowed down the audience to those who love illustrations + art, you’ve got a receptive crowd right here!

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8. I hear there’s a free giveaway each time a new PikaPackage launches. Tell me more.
Certainly! This would be more of a lucky draw for readers — they’ll be encouraged to visit the participant’s website/store and that’s when the fun starts. The goal is to stimulate interest and to garner new fans of your work.

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9. How many items should I donate?
A minimum of 8 items will suffice for now, but if you want to donate more, please feel free to do so!
Oh, and remember to include your business card, or your promo material with your wares to show a link back to your site — I’ll provide the information in the zine, but just a heads up in case you’d like to include some (some may not have any done up, and that’s okay too).

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10. Do they all have to be the same thing?
No, it’s entirely up to you to decide what you would like to contribute — it can be made of the same item, or a variety of works.

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11. And why should I contribute more?
Well, since the contributions will be divided equally between each package with a minimum quantity of products each, donating more will result in more of your items to go around — and will reach a wider audience.

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12. This sounds fun! Could you tell me when is the cut off date for participants and what are the themes for 2010?

The dates are the deadlines for you to send off your items (not for them reaching me!)

Spring
Deadline: 30th April 2010 Extended to 5th May 2010

Go Travel!
Deadline: 15th June 2010

Special edition: Gocco
Deadline 30th July 2010

The green pack
Deadline: 15th September 2010

Special edition: Zines!
Deadline: 30th October

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13. What if I’ve already participated before? Can I contribute again?
Of course you can! :)

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14. And how/where do I send my contribution to?
You’ll receive an email to let you know where to ship your items.

Unfortunately, participants have to ship international (and vice versa) — so to alleviate the pain, you are advised to use regular airmail which is totally fine. I will let you know when your contributions are here!

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15. I’d love to participate, but why does it cost USD$25 now when it’s free before?
Well, we wanted very much to keep it free, but after recalculating the cost of organizing the project, the cost was simply too much to bear on our own — there’s a lot of hidden costs involved. We wrap the package with plastic sheets for protecting artwork, as well as the cardboard inserts for each package (yes, even those that go to the participants!), shipping costs, printing out the zine… well, you get my drift. The USD$25 won’t cover a lot of the cost, but every little bit helps, and we most appreciate any help that comes our way.

But think of it this way, a banner on our regularly updated blog about illustration & art will gain momentum for your shop with our appreciative audience who loves art! (see more details on our readership statistics here!)

We’ll also be purchasing ad space on other good blogs, so think of it as a co-op effort in promoting your work!

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16. Thanks for the early notice and I’d love to be in, but I’m forgetful sometimes. Any chance of reminding me when the closing date is near?
Of course! We’ll automatically notify everyone when the closing date draws nearer. :)

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17. Can I see what has been written about the PikaPackage Project on your blog + the previous example of the giveaway?
Sure! You can see what happened right here.

You can see also see more on our specially set up PikaPackage flickr page.

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18. What about packages that doesn’t sell out?
We’ll still keep them up for sale and send some of them out as part of our marketing strategy, and will most likely return the remaining contributions if we can’t sell them by a certain time.

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19. I need visuals! Can you illustrate the idea and tell me how it will actually work?
We sure did! See the illustration of the whole shebang right here.

Alrighty! To get an invite, please fill in the form over here.

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Need more answers? Email me here.

PikaPackage — changes!

Dear friends,

Thanks to a lot of great input from our participants, I’ve made the decision to abolish the standard participation fee, along with a couple of changes (see below). This means that anyone who wanted to participate, can now do so more easily.

The changes:

1. Participating in the PikaPackage project is free; and

2. Participants now have an option of buying an exclusive advertising spot on the blog (only participants are able to buy a space) for USD10. Although this was given away free before, but due to the need to defray costs, this is now up as an option for participants who would not mind making out a small contribution to the PikaPackage Project in exchange for more exposure on the blog. The optional fee would help fund for marketing materials, the advertising costs (yes, we will be advertising in other sites to get more attention!) and the effort that goes into organizing the project; and

3. Participants will be asked to submit 12 contributions (or more, if you’d like), instead of 8, so that we can fit in more works from different artists into one PikaPackage. (If you’ve already sent in 8, that’s fine too.)

You can find the new update here, along with my mailing address:
www.pikaland.com/faq

And we’ve extended the deadline for the July edition to allow more time for participants to get ready:
All contributions must reach me by 20 JUNE 2008.
The SECOND PikaPackage will launch on the first week of JULY 2008.

If you have any questions, feedbacks, or if you want to participate, please email me at pikapackage@pikaland.com.

Once again, thank you so much for your gracious and continuous support. We’re going to make the PikaPackage Project bigger and better! :)

Have a great week!
Warmest,
Amy