So, WOW! Thank You SO much! It’s only been 24 hours and we are already at $35.00 int he Kickstarter campaign. Very cool!

I have a lot of people whom I have been helping me and sharing great advice on how to go forward and I am not taking any of the help for granted.

I was encouraged to give you all a better idea of how the funds, should the campaign be fully funded, will be used.

Needless to say, not a bad idea should you all be wondering what I’ll be attempting to get for the strip.

Counting The Cost

Currently, the only tool I’m needing in order to make “By and By” more standardized much like other webcomics is a Microsoft Surface Pro 4 that is valued at $899 and a Surface Pen for $59.99.

With your help the cost from out of pocket would be reduced immensely.

I’m aiming for a Microsoft Surface Pro 4 over an Apple iPad because of the Adobe suite…specifically, Photoshop and Illustrator. To add, I also have the ability to do a bit more with a laptop feel with the Surface Pro compared to an iPad.

Also, drawing on the tablet is so much better on the Surface Pro 4 than on the iPad. The sensitivity and the pinpoint accuracy of the pen to the Surface Pro screen is remarkable and it only keeps getting better.

I also understand, however, that as an artist and all-around creative, this is just my preference and not merely a review to end all reviews.

Why Support

Yesterday, I was listening to someone talk about knowing their “why,” and understanding the purpose behind what they do and how important it is for us to reach people.

With cartoons, I can do that. I can watch a cartoon series and pull a life changing lesson out of it. I can create my own cartoons and tell a story that lifts up the oppressed and the depressed.

As a kid, I constantly watched cartoons as a means to escape…to escape the bullying…to escape my personal struggles…to escape anxiety…now, I use it to help give life and set free countless children and adults who feel like they need an escape.

While my webcomic is a bit different, that’s the whole point, to be different and to express it and embrace it.

And I want to give that gift to someone out there whose in need of knowing that he’s not the only socially awkward guy out there whose a bit different from the world. And…I want them to know…that it’s okay. He, or she, is not alone.

My Webcomic and Kickstarter

February 8, 2016

 

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As discussed a few days ago, I said that I hoped that my Kickstarter would be approved.

I’m happy to announce today that my Kickstarter is approved and LIVE!

The webcomic, “By and By,” follows the adventures (or misadventures) of 11-year-old socially awkward boy, Watler Ayo, and his struggle to understand God, girls, government and grown folk!

With your help, I will be able to expand the webcomic by way of design and look and create an appealing story about a boy and his daily experience of overcoming everything from bullying to peer pressure to ridiculous math equations.

And…you’ll get some pretty cool stuff for supporting as well. 

Do share with as many people as possible and feel free to keep following the webcomic here. I’ll also continue to update the Kickstarter as the days go by.

 

Love Goes With Trust

January 28, 2016

 

I was working in a cubicle at a major bank doing home loan underwriting. While there, I met an older gentlemen, whose name I won’t mention here.

Fast forward a few years later and he’s now my best friend and mentor. He’s like a Father to me.

Well, a few hours ago, just before writing this blog post, he shared something with me via the phone that was so important and so key to relationship building. It is something I know I’ll be keeping in mind for the rest of my life…and that…is the issue of real love.

In his own words, as I listened to him over the phone, he told me this:

Some people never get to experience real love. In order to truly love the way you’re supposed to love — where you give all of your love instead of holding back out of fear — is to be filled with God — because God is Love.

Some people will never know this kind of love — the love that says that the other person with you is free.

Even now, Kendall, you only know of a certain level of love. But there is a type of love greater than where you are, Kendall, that you know nothing about

Wow and double wow.

And he was right. Being single (at the time of writing this blog post of course) and writing this article, it is true. I do not know what it is like to love a spouse. But, I should know what it is like and what it means to love a person.

1 Corinthians 13 is the scripture that often reminds me what love is and is not and my friend continued to explain what He had learned and large amounts of it were very Biblical.

If you truly love someone you will trust them. Some people have zero trust, and therefore, can’t love that person fully. Because they can’t learn that person fully, it is evident that they do not have real, true and genuine love. At least, not enough love that person, regardless of how they may have treated you or regardless of what you may think is in there heart.

Imagine what could happen if we actually opened up, loved more and genuinely cared and trusted one another.

We just need to get over our fear.

Starting A Kickstarter

January 28, 2016
Dylan Randolmill and Walter Ayo sitting in front of a computer from the webcomic "By and By"

Dylan Randolmill and Walter Ayo sitting in front of a computer from the webcomic “By and By”

 

As an update to all of you, I just started a Kickstarter campaign that should hopefully be approved in the next few days. I’ll let everyone, including you, know that the campaign is live.

The Kickstarter campaign is for my webcomic, “By and By,” which follows the story of 11-year-old Walter Ayo and his socially awkward existence.

I created the Kickstarter campaign and sent it off for review on Tuesday in an effort to earn the money needed to get equipment that will improve my webcomic exponentially.

I’ll continue to update you here as I go on this Kickstarter journey. It is my first time using Kickstarter for something so important and I’m looking forward to see how things unfold.