Risks and challenges
There were big monsters in my closet in doing this project. It started out as a simple idea. Yeah, right! Don't they all. After all, I have been teaching kids how to create their own comic books for years now. I loved watching them as they conceived their idea and developing it into a real comic book that they could actually show family and friends what they created. I had taught the class for so long that I never wrote any of the information down on paper. The material was in my head, so when I would stand in front of the class all the information poured out of me like a waterfall. So, I thought all I had to do was to stand in front of the camera and film it. I found out quickly that it doesn't work that way with filming. The viewer couldn't ask questions, so I had to make sure I covered everything which introduced the first purple spotted monster rearing his fang covered mouth.
I knew what I had to do, although wasn't all that excited about it. I pulled out paper and pencil and began to write all the information down on paper. I am a doer and to list all the steps in this "how to" book was my first challenge. Some days there was lots of hair pulling moments and it wasn't pretty, but you do what you need to do with you want the project out there.
The next monster that came out of the closet was when I realized that I had been using other people's characters to teach my class. I didn't want to have to pay all those people royalties, so I had to create my own story and characters. Each character had to be developed so that one character could communicate and show what I needed to teach for that type of character. Using other people's characters let me show a number of characters as a certain type of character, such as villain. My creation of the villain had to show all the aspects, good and bad, in creating a great villain. That's a tough job, but I feel that I accomplished it with Knight Briam, the villain in the group project.
Everything started coming together with the workbook and I started filming when the next monster came out of the closet. I realized that I needed to put the videos on DVD's so that they could be watched on a TV or a computer. This monster was ugly, because I realized that I would need financial help on this one. That's where Kickstarter and you come into the story. I hope that you can help me slay this monster.
For the last four years I have been producing one book a year and publishing them all under my imprint, Happily Ever Art Publishing. I have been chief bottle washer and captain of every ship that has anything to do with selling, promoting and marketing these books. I have been putting all my money back into my company to make these books successful. I have actually given up stuff, just so I could get my books out there. Every month I set up places to exhibit my work, comic con or events to sell my books at and I do school presentations to introduce my book to kids. I am working very hard to get kids to use their imagination, so that they can see all the possibilities and make good choices in their lives. An imagination is a terrible thing to waste.
I can't see any more monsters coming out of the closet on this project, but don't hold me to that. I didn't see the other ones either. So far, I have slay the monsters that have appeared and hopefully will slay any future ones. I plan to have the project completed to sell at MegaCon in March 2013. If you would like to see some of my other books and projects, please feel free to visit my website: http://www.happilyeverart.com
I do have one finally question. Does any one know what a monster eats? The last monster won't go back into the closet until I feed him.
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