Help Me Get My Business ON Track

$13,350 of $85k goal

Raised by 281 people in 27 months

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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Update 23
18 months ago

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.
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Update 22
20 months ago

If you live in or near the San Jose area, here is an event that we have going on in our space next week that would help us out if you attended or helped spread the word on . https://www.facebook.com/events/336224149897296
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Update 21
22 months ago

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.
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Update 20
23 months ago

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.
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Des Taylor
24 months ago

I've always said -Let me know what I can do to help,Dan!

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Vincent Lowe
26 months ago

Best of luck Dan. We hope to see you thriving again soon.

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Georgia Baterip
26 months ago

Good luck! I had no idea you guys needed help. I'm looking for work and broke these days, but if I wasn't I would throw lots of money at such a worthy cause. Jhonen Vasquez's "Johnny the Homicidal Maniac" was a fond element of my mis-spent youth, and I have SLG to thank for publishing those wonderfully disturbing tomes. It is great to see a "real" publishing company that publishes based on a writer's talent, as opposed to a dumbed-down company who grinds out publications based on what they *think* the public wants. Keep fighting the good fight, and I hope you meet your goals :)

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Kerin Schiesser
27 months ago

Good luck! The more independent artists get published, the happier I am - there's a "samifying" effect that winnows most of the independent stuff before it can reach the big publishing venues. I love that you did the more eclectic, weirder, unusual books sometimes...

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Holly Gray
27 months ago

Dan, I wish you much luck! SLG has done so much for so many budding comic book artists! Hopefully they will all come forward and return the favor.

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Michael Yakutis
27 months ago

Good luck SLG! Your comics played a big part in who I am today. When I lived in San Jose, visiting your old headquarters was always the highlight of my day :)

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Derek McCulloch
27 months ago

Good luck Dan. Really hope the community pulls together for you!

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$13,350 of $85k goal

Raised by 281 people in 27 months
Created June 26, 2014
AB
$20
alexander blanco
13 months ago

i hope SLG will live on

BL
$15
Bryan La
17 months ago
$30
Anonymous
18 months ago
$50
Anonymous
18 months ago
$30
Anonymous
18 months ago
KJ
$5
Kwhan Jarmond
18 months ago

Hope this lil bit helps

$20
Cindy Stodola
20 months ago
$5
Anonymous
22 months ago
$25
Scott Rogers
22 months ago

Dan, I wish I could give more, but I'll spread the word!

SB
$50
Shay Brog
22 months ago
Des Taylor
24 months ago

I've always said -Let me know what I can do to help,Dan!

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Vincent Lowe
26 months ago

Best of luck Dan. We hope to see you thriving again soon.

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Georgia Baterip
26 months ago

Good luck! I had no idea you guys needed help. I'm looking for work and broke these days, but if I wasn't I would throw lots of money at such a worthy cause. Jhonen Vasquez's "Johnny the Homicidal Maniac" was a fond element of my mis-spent youth, and I have SLG to thank for publishing those wonderfully disturbing tomes. It is great to see a "real" publishing company that publishes based on a writer's talent, as opposed to a dumbed-down company who grinds out publications based on what they *think* the public wants. Keep fighting the good fight, and I hope you meet your goals :)

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Kerin Schiesser
27 months ago

Good luck! The more independent artists get published, the happier I am - there's a "samifying" effect that winnows most of the independent stuff before it can reach the big publishing venues. I love that you did the more eclectic, weirder, unusual books sometimes...

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Holly Gray
27 months ago

Dan, I wish you much luck! SLG has done so much for so many budding comic book artists! Hopefully they will all come forward and return the favor.

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Michael Yakutis
27 months ago

Good luck SLG! Your comics played a big part in who I am today. When I lived in San Jose, visiting your old headquarters was always the highlight of my day :)

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Derek McCulloch
27 months ago

Good luck Dan. Really hope the community pulls together for you!

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