Manila KomiKon Appearance

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Raised by 26 people in 36 months
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My comic friend Carlo Jose San Juan, or Caz, has graciously invited me to speak at this year’s KomiKon convention in Manila. I will be demonstrating Manga Studio, plus talking about my experiences as a webcomic creator. The convention is providing me a table at no cost so I may do sketches and sell my books. It is a great opportunity, and Caz is providing my room and board, I only need to buy a ticket for a round-trip flight to Manila. This is where YOU come in to this story.

The round-trip airline ticket costs roughly $1200.00. I also need to upgrade my passport for $100 and buy a new battery for my laptop, which is also roughly $100. The other $400 is to cover expenses that may pop up during my trip such as baggage fees or tips, as well as cover the fees charged by GoFundMe and WePay.

With my struggles with depression these past few years, my income has been nearly non-existent. But this year has been a rebuilding year for me and this trip will do wonders in promoting me.
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Greetings everyone.

I have closed down this campaign. At 50% funding, it just wasn't enough to cover the fees to fly me to Manila. I truly appreciate everyone who supported me; it means so much to me.

The other reason I have called off the trip to Manila is due to my anxiety caused by my depression. I wasn't going to discuss this reason openly at first, but I think it will help others in my situation know that they're not alone. My trip to New York was fret with a variety of anxiety moments, most of which would have been very difficult to deal with if I were in a foreign land. I'm not happy about this, but it is a reality at the moment I have to deal with.

BUT there is a silver lining to all of this. I will use the money raised to purchase a booth at the upcoming C2E2 convention in Chicago. This has always been a very successful convention for me and with the booth paid in advance; I can work on printing new books of my works and comics. I think this is a great idea and one that helps my career as an illustrator as much as a trip to Manila would.

I hope you all understand what a difficult decision this has been for me. I also hope you see how this will turn into a positive for me and it will be because of your support. So once again, thank you very much.

Byron
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$940 of $1,800 goal

Raised by 26 people in 36 months
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Created September 25, 2015
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$15
Anonymous
35 months ago
AK
$40
Ana King
35 months ago

Great opportunity! I hope you make it!

$20
Antoine Gagnon
35 months ago

Time for you to get out of the boonies!

$150
Debbie King
35 months ago

Rock on, Byron--I hope this helps. :>)

$25
Anonymous
35 months ago
$15
Dawn Griffin
35 months ago

Because you rock!

MS
$50
Marco Slangen
35 months ago

Good Luck!

FH
$15
Frank Halvorsen
36 months ago

Good Luck

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