This is XO Jessica wanting to clear some things up before people go imagining stories.
Some people have expressed concern about our money management skills and feel we are trying to con people out of their hard earned money.
Let me clarify one very important thing. We did not spend all our money “at” Comic Con. To my knowledge, the only thing we bought at Comic-Con was a “Mass Effect: Redemption” comic book ($15), and we ended up getting some free ones from Dark Horse Comics later anyway, oops! Our money was spent making these costumes that everyone has enjoyed so much… and when we were making them, we had no idea our group would become popular. Holly sent in the PAX panel information long before that happened just as a “let’s see if they’ll accept this!”
The costumes you see in the youtube videos cost thousands of dollars. Hell, the reporter dress alone cost several hundred. We all dipped into our savings, and still are (my Miranda costume for PAX has to come from somewhere!).
The way we see that little “donation” box on the left hand corner is this: Holly could be selling ad space on her blog and youtube. Many people do that and no one thinks that is begging. The way we are approaching it is more like that crazy person in the subway who is seriously playing his guitar with passion. If you feel so inclined, throw a dollar into his guitar case. If not, walk away and enjoy the music. We also have tangible things for sale on Etsy and will add more as we can.
We really appreciate the emails, comments, and awesomeness that has come from the people we have met online and out in public. But we’re a bunch of 20somethings that decided to do something really big and if we want to keep sharing our passion, someone either needs to give us a Business 101 lesson, get us better jobs, or put a dollar into our proverbial guitar case.
For those of you who have donated or bought Tali Bands…. I am giving you guys a look of disbelief and thinking this would make a really good Christmas special if it was at all relevant. We will not forget you, and I will make sure we thank you some way!