Help Me Get My Business ON Track
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.
If yo ugave already, thanks very much. If you could perhaps repost this on your Facebook or other social networks I would appreciate it.
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
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.
Ok, tiny suggestion. I looked at your Wikipedia page just to be sure your company name wasn't on purpose. Gladly it's not. Perhaps a rebranding or renaming may help you with your sales. "Slave Labor" may not be taken as lightly as it was in 1986. Also, maybe you could sell your content on amazon kindle and as hard copies on amazon as well. Your content looks really good, and I think you might just have a PR issue.
hello I have also just started a business. so best of luck for your business hop you will get the enough money for your goal.
I've always said -Let me know what I can do to help,Dan!
Best of luck Dan. We hope to see you thriving again soon.
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 :)
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...
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.
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 :)
Good luck Dan. Really hope the community pulls together for you!