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Comic adaptation of Samad Behrangi's children story, The Little Black Fish - a story about questioning authority and self-actualization
Comic adaptation of Samad Behrangi's children story, The Little Black Fish - a story about questioning authority and self-actualization
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    1. Bizhan Khodabandeh 2-time creator on June 29, 2012

      Thanks for the support Luke. Its a hard one. Through Diamond at 7.95 a comic I get 33 cents per sale. At 6.95, I am losing money. And these numbers don't include shipping costs because Diamond doesn't cover you shipping your comics to them. =( Patrick seems to be confident that I could do well peddling my own stuff - if handled correctly. I think that I will have to do that until I can cut back on costs by ordering larger quantities - assuming I even sell all of these in the first place.

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      Luke Stevens on June 29, 2012

      Hey B. This work is wonderful, and should be shown to as many people as possible. You should make money on this - as much as possible, but if you distribute through Diamond, every comic shop and a lot of bookstores will be able to stock it. I think it will be received on a much larger scale, and especially have a chance with people that may not have known about it before. Look forward to a hard copy, no matter where it comes from.

    3. Bizhan Khodabandeh 2-time creator on June 22, 2012

      Of course! Its for folks like you that I am doing this for! I'll email you right now.

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      Poupak on June 22, 2012

      Hello Bizhan, I have now moved to France. Could you make sure I still get the book? It was my favorite growing up! Could you email me so that I can send you my new address? Thanks! -Poupak

    5. Bizhan Khodabandeh 2-time creator on June 13, 2012

      Thanks for the kind words of encouragement Beehive Design Collective. Also, did I mention that I caught you on your "The True Cost of Coal" workshop tour? I purchased a super huge print of the banner. Thanks for the experience and sweet print!

    6. beehive design collective on June 12, 2012

      Bizhan,

      As fellow artists, we empathize with your learning mistake and extend our solidarity. We feel very fortunate that our group had the foresight to begin self-publishing from our inception over ten years ago, and also to be suddenly presented the fantastic gift of Kickstarter as an innovative funding resource only after having solidly established that as our method of operation. We can completely imagine how, without the privilege of experience, such a temptation might be taken with the best of intentions. So glad to hear that the situation is done having it's way with you now, and that you have decided to proceed independently. That's the gem that Kickstarter is... we know you won't regret your decision, and appreciate you taking time to clarify the tangle with honest and articulate humility. Welcome to self-publishing! It's where all the cool kids are! FUCK the publisher middleman! They take your talent, squeeze it through rules and copyrights, and leave you with crumbs... Much luck to you!

      Love,
      the bees www.beehivecollective.org

    7. Bizhan Khodabandeh 2-time creator on June 12, 2012

      Like I said, I understand the frustration and apologize. I'll have something for you soon.

    8. Joe Marchese on June 12, 2012

      I do have to say that I agree with Kellie on this particular issue, its been an entire year and we have nothing more than a few cryptic update messages. So far this year you updated the backers twice. If you had money on a project expecting results and you heard back twice in this long of a time period, you'd agree that more communication is definitely needed.

    9. Bizhan Khodabandeh 2-time creator on June 12, 2012

      I understand. It is just as frustrating - if not more so - for myself. I have felt like I have been "treading water." However, I didn't want to ruin the opportunity of a book, with such an important moral, reaching more people. I actually already emailed the publisher with concerns and intention to produce copies myself for you (the backers).

      Its actually interesting that you are bringing this up now. I recently told a mutual friend of ours, Jared, that I was planning on going with the original plan of self-publishing yesterday. He would defend my moral nature.

      However, I think that it is unfair and hurtful to say that I haven't been honest. I thought that the updates were enough to keep people in the loop and since no one had protested - until now - I assumed that everything was OK. I didn't intend to get this published by a company. They approached me because of Kickstarter. It was exciting and many backers were excited with me, but it didn't work out and that isn't my fault.

      I'm not saying this with malice. I genuinely feel bad and understand why you would be frustrated, but I'm a little hurt by your tone.

      I should hopefully have something for you soon. Thank you for your patience.

    10. Kellie Rupard-Schorr on June 12, 2012

      It has been exactly 1 year today since your project funded and all I have to show for my backing is some pages on a PDF, and a continuing saga of your publishing issues. It is clear you do not have a signed working contract with a publisher at this point. I know enough about publishing to know you wouldn't be doing all this stuff yourself if you did. Are you going to follow the original plan and publish this work yourself, or admit its not going to happen and apologize to backers or what?

      Some thoughts:
      1. Failure to consistently and honestly update backers is a bad way to do things.
      2. Failure to follow-through with some kind of plan is simply unacceptable.
      3. It's great you dreamed a larger dream for this work, however, your description did not tell backers the project was dependent on you finding an outside publisher. Many artists do end up with that dream, however, those who don't publish their work as promised. They aren't still making promises a year after funding.

    11. Bizhan Khodabandeh 2-time creator on September 26, 2011

      Thanks for the support Jeffrey. I can't wait to get you a copy!

      The postponement of printing has made me feel like an excited child told to wait until everyone else has eaten some cake.

      Take care,

      Bizhan

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      Jeffrey Wood on September 25, 2011

      it's great to hear the project has become bigger than you anticipated. use the money how you need to, congratulations. can't wait to see my copy....whenever i get it.

    13. Bizhan Khodabandeh 2-time creator on May 31, 2011

      That won't be a problem mom. =P

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      cjshaw on May 30, 2011

      I'll need more copies.......

    15. Bizhan Khodabandeh 2-time creator on May 30, 2011

      Thanks! Me neither.

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      Jeffrey Wood on May 30, 2011

      congrats, bizhan, i look forward to reading the finished piece!

    17. Bizhan Khodabandeh 2-time creator on May 3, 2011

      Sorry about all of the grammatical errors and misspellings. I am about to start teaching.

    18. Bizhan Khodabandeh 2-time creator on May 3, 2011

      You can try uploading it to flickr.com and then using the link URL from that site. So once you have started an account and uploaded it your can right-click the image with your mouse and select "Copy image location" then past that URL into the dialogue box that appears when you click to insert an image.

      What I did was upload it to my personal site and copy the URL for the image location.

      Hope that helps and I look forward to taking a look at your Kickstarter campaign.

    19. Daniel Kornguth on May 3, 2011

      I look forward to reading you comic.
      Oh, one other thing, I couldn't get my sample pages to load and when I sent a message to tech support, they replied with a form letter that didn't really address the problem.
      I'm not super computer savvy, but I did make URLs for the images. Any advice?

    20. Daniel Kornguth on May 3, 2011

      I think your work is stunning and it is an honor to support your endeavor.

      I have also launched a kickstarter campaign. The political and social commentary in my work is quite veiled but I hope that anyone reading my story will feel that it resonates on an emotional level.