The first day of February 2011 will mark the official end of our Fifth year of operations and the beginning of our Sixth. Yep, it was February 1, 2006 when we flipped the switch on Ka-Blam.com and announced that we were open for business and accepting orders.
We had actually formed Ka-Blam and began our research and mechanical testing about six or seven months previously and prior to that I had spent several months convincing my then-pregnant wife that it was a good idea to gamble our house and put about $100,000 in startup costs on credit cards just as our second child was about to be born. Having accomplished that, convincing Thomas to rewire his house and give up his spare bedroom for an “operations center” was nothing.
At the time I really believed in what we were doing and knew in my heart that it would “work” … but I greatly, greatly underestimated the response we would receive from all of you! Five years later I can see that we helped kick off a real revolution in the independent comic press. Today, there are more — and more variety in the styles, storytelling approaches, and artwork of — PRINTED independent comics than at any time EVER! Go to any comic convention of any size and you’ll see what I’m talking about. The artist alleys and independent press areas are filled with more comics by more eager and excited creators than at any time in the history of independent comics! I’m not trying to take credit for that (that’s what YOU’VE done) … but I think we certainly helped.
And now it’s time to kick off the next phase of the revolution! In the coming months we’ll be making regular announcements here on new features, new products, new promotions, and new opportunities. Some announcements might seem small … while some will be HUGE! You won’t believe some of the things we have planned! There’s NEVER been a better time to be an independent comics creator! Onward and Upward!