Some people have been asking if I was still trying to raise funds for this campaign. Short answer is yes. The money that was raised so far was a big help, I am hoping that people might perhaps bring this back into other people's visions for just a bit.
Apparently it is giving Tuesday, so I thought I would bring this back up. As an update, I cancelled the Patreon fund raiser as it seemed to have been poorly conceived from the start. Nobody got charged anything, so all that is left is this.
If yo ugave already, thanks very much. If you could perhaps repost this on your Facebook or other social networks I would appreciate it.
Thanks to everyone who contributed to this campaign. Why we did not get close to what I was hoping for, the money did go a long way to helping us get through some short term issues.
I have decided to change tactics and try out Patreon to try and raise the rest of the money. You can see more about that crowd funding platform here http://www.patreon.com/slgpubs
There are some interesting and cool developments coming for SLG and this campaign helped us get a little closer to them. So, again, thanks if you contributed and if you could take a second pop over to the Patreon campaign and perhaps let people know about it.
I will keep this campaign active in the event people might prefer a single, direct donation.
While you are voting for us in the Chase Main STreet Grants contest, keep in mind that our chances of actually getting considered are pretty slim, so if you still want to help out this is one of the best ways to do it. Or you can go get a cool thing from our website at www.slgpubs.com
Today is my birthday, so in case you thought you might like to do something to help me celebrate, please consider making a donation to either help out my business or buy an rocket launcher to shoot down the next drone that buzzes my house.
Thanks so much to everyone who has donated to my GoFundMe campaign. Doing something like this (the crowd funding not the thank you) is a bit out of character for me. Getting support from both old friends and people I have never met was kind of overwhelming. So, from the bottom go my heart I wanted to say thanks for the donations, sharing the link and even just for your well-wishes. This kind of support helps me in ways I cannot put into words.
While the campaign itself is probably not going to get fully funded, what I got did get us out of a small tight jam, so please know that your donation did help even if the campaign seemed to fizzle out. Please know that SLG will always continue in some way, shape or form. I have spent over half my life, my entire adult life (even though some people think that a career in comics was my way of avoiding growing up) building SLG and there is no way I will let it go down without fighting. Likewise with our venue, The Art Boutiki, which I know that some people do not see as being the same thing, but the money we made running live music in San Jose made publishing comics possible for the last few years.
Thanks so much for getting this campaign off to a great start. Some of your comments were very touching and the private messages I got were very nice too (except for that one guy, and consider your nose broken if I ever meet you).
Thanks, and thanks for helping spread the word too.
SLG Publishing is a San Jose, CA based comic book publishing company. Established in 1986, SLG has helped many cartoonists and comics creators start their careers.
Recently we were forced to relocate because our old building was being torn down. At the time I had a couple of choices, close up altogether or try and make a go of it somewhere else.
Not wanting to turn my back on a 28 year old business (which was struggling to begin with) I decided to try and keep going, adding a retail component to our storefront that we did not have before and add some other revenue streams to our gallery store as well as our publishing company like doing contract t-shirt printing and hosting live music. Sure, the smart thing to do was to just quit, but then publishing comics was never a really smart thing either, so go figure.
We had a line of credit, a couple of them, which I used to relocate with (this after a couple of different crowd-funding initiatives did not fund).
After running up our credit line during the move our bank decided to review our account and decided that the balance on the credit line was too high and, in their infinite wisdom, demanded immediate repayment in the form of a high-interest loan. This created a domino effect where, when reporting the change in my credit status to the various credit bureaus caused them all to cut my credit and in a couple of cases close my accounts.
Because of the nature of my businesses all of our debt was secured through personal guarantees and now I am in a spot where not only am I unable to get my business righted, but I have blown through all of my personal assets other than the home I live in to keep things going.
I have until th emiddle of next month to make a sizable payment on what I owe to some creditors, so I am trying to bring attention to this again.
The money I raised so far helped out quite a bit, but I am still trying to get this thing under control, which is why I am going this route.
I have alot coming up which will eventually set me right, so look at this as perhaps investing in the future of a business that puts artists first.
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