Hello my readers!
It’s been a long since I wrote an entry about ART!
I already made an article about Copic Markers a long time ago; however, this time I would tell you where you can get those babies in the Philippines.
Just like many aspiring Filipino comic/manga artist, I really wanted to try Copic Markers, since a lot of illustrators are getting fond of using them. I cannot really blame them because those markers have a splendid effect; in addition, it also gives a watery ambiance like what you get with watercolors. Moreover, even if you bombard your canvass with tons of coatings from those markers, your paper doesn’t easily break.
Those remarks just makes you want to try those tempting markers out; however, they are not products that you could easily purchase in your local art supply shops, in the Philippines.
Though that might sound a bit discouraging, you don’t need to fret because we already have the INTERNET! You could almost buy anything these days, as long as you have the dough and a net connection, in the World Wide Web.
For those people who don’t have a good relationship in internet shopping, again, you don’t need to worry; I was also like that in the beginning but I had become accustomed to it already. Like they always say, “You’ll find ways to do something that you like in order to make it into a reality.”
I researched shops/people selling Copic markers; actually, I didn’t expect much, but I still have a hope that I could find a shop, in the Philippines, that sells those markers I crave so much. After grueling hours of looking for that certain store on the internet, I found GREATTOYSONLINE; it’s a shop that mostly caters to ‘toy collectors.’
GREATTOYSONLINE has a lot of branches in Manila and they also provide online purchases. Since I bought my Copics personally in their store, I don’t know the means of their payment; on the other hand, you could always ask them.
Their Copics are 240 pesos each; even though you’ll buy more than a piece, you still need to pay 240 pesos; there are no discounts. Aside from those markers, Great Toys also offer different products from Copic. Their product availability may vary from time to time; hence, you could just visit their site to see them for yourself.
240 pesos each, it is, indeed, very expensive and not many wannabe or professional Filipino mangaka/illustrator could afford them. I’m a cheapskate myself so I didn’t stop looking for cheaper alternatives. I actually almost consider buying from Amazon Japan but I couldn’t read Japanese; in addition, I don’t know if all of the sellers are willing to ship outside Japan. I then gave up; however, thankfully, when I was looking for a book in MULTIPLY.COM, I accidentally found ARTMEDIA TRADING. Sadly, at this moment, Multiply.com does not operate anymore; however, Artmedia is also making transactions on their Facebook site.
ARTMEDIA TRADING is an online art store that mostly provides manga materials. On top of their Copic merchandise, the shop also sells Neopiko Markers, Deleter Products, Sakura Pigma, Prismacolor and a lot more.
For 218 pesos per piece, you could get your Copics and color like a pro! On the other hand, it’s still a bit pricey but unlike in Great Toys, Artmedia gives a discount, if you purchase a lot of markers.
Individual pen – 218
minimum of 6 pcs – 1,300
minimum of 12pcs – 2,600
minimum of 24pcs – 5,150
minimum of 36pcs – 7,700
minimum of 72pcs – 15,250
Furthermore, for a minimum purchase of 500 pesos, you’ll get FREE SHIPPING (JRS express letter only).
I pay them using my PAYPAL account but you could use BDO, BPI or G-Cash. Artmedia is accommodating, which is a plus point, so I like making transactions with them. So far, I haven’t had any problems with their products and services.
It’s very difficult to trust people online, especially when money is involved, which is why a thorough RESEARCH is a must. I made this article with the hopes of helping those, who are clueless, on what to do with shopping for manga materials. It’s very hard, for Filipino comic/manga artists, to find mediums that are not manufactured or popular in here.
I’m not rich; I’m very poor, which is why I save all my money just to buy the materials I need. I’m quite choosy when it comes to my medium; I want the best but with reasonable prices.
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