It’s been a few years since we launched Kaboing TV with the help of generous kickstarter backers, (and other individuals) and I have come to a point where I must face the obvious. As our friend on that cartoon web site preemptively announced: Kaboing is Kaput.
From the start, the quest to interest backers and media companies with the steadfast rule that the cartoon creators hold on to their ownership while we operate the cartoon channel, proved to be a monstrous hurdle. It was always the deal breaker. The economic realities on monetizing changed from the moment I conceived the idea, to the time it launched. Yet I have still, up to this point, wished to continuing trying.
It was my hopes that producing a couple of new episodes of Frog in a Suit would show the potential traffic of such a site, but that too fell short of its’ goal. We needed a huge influx of marketing muscle and more original product. It was never about “Frog”, it was about an animation, cartoon community channel.
I am forever grateful for the kickstarter backers for their support. For the record, I matched (and over) the amount the kickstarter backers contributed from my personal savings and all of the kickstarter money went directly to thank you gifts, and the outside (American) studio we hired to do part of the animation. (And they did a great job!) None of the kickstarter money went to me for my services (as it should be.)
My sincere thanks and appreciation go to Kevin Johnson, for his financial and unwavering support of the site. And to Suzanne Kasch and Wade Goyens for their hard work.
It was worth the attempt, and hopefully it has been a learning tool for other similar ventures. There are always stairs of defeats that often help others to climb to victories. I still believe in the concept behind Kaboing. I will hold on to the name, and perhaps seeing changes in the internet highway, find ways in the future to try it again.
I must retreat back to my personal projects now.
A sincere thanks and deepest apologies to you all.