MY ONGOING BUSINESS TESTIMONY
If you've already checked the "Burny Timeline", you'll know that Burny, the cartoon character, has existed since the beginning of 1988. Towards the end of 2018, I - Sean Gaskin - decided to look into the posibilities of manufacturing Burny as product with the intention of selling online, to then hopefully raise enough money to produce my already written and publisher approved story as a graphic novel, titled "Burny's Journey", an epic fable that is not only exciting to read as is, but can also be used as a guide in councelling to improve on one's life wellbeing if and where needed. This is where "a picture speaks a thousand words" will really come into it's own!
It is a fable, primarily for the youth wellbeing of today.
So for anyone who is remotely interested in this mammoth task, I shall be writing blogs on the progress of my dream.
BALLYHOO BURNY PLUSH TOY
6 March 2019
On the 17th October 2018, I decided that I was going to look into an idea I'd been mulling over for a year or two and that was to produce my Ballyhoo Burny cartoon character as a plush toy.....
TRADEMARKING "BALLYHOO BURNY" (& how I kind of stuffed up)
17 March 2019
On the 21st November 2018, I went online to the INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY OFFICE OF NEW ZEALAND and through their MINISTRY OF BUSINESS, INNOVATION & EMPLOYMENT Department, I started the complicated process of applying to register a trademark for "BALLYHOO BURNY".....
BALLYHOO BURNY COMIC STRIP
(Unlike any other comic strip ever produced)
20 March 2019
As I work towards having my cartoon character "Ballyhoo Burny" manufactured as a plush toy, I felt it necessary to provide a comic strip as a platform from which to introduce my cute little imp to the masses who have never had the pleasure of meeting him before.....
24 March 2019
Two days ago I received the signed and sealed Confidentiality Agreement
I had sent to the Chinese manufacturing company I have chosen to work with in producing my cartoon character, "Ballyhoo Burny", as a plush toy. Will the agreement be honoured? We shall see......
PLAGIARISM IN CARTOONING (Part 1)
1 APRIL 2019
I received a personal message from a friend just yesterday asking,
"Is plagiarism okay in cartooning?"
They were asking because they'd seen similar dialogue to my last "Ballyhoo Burny" cartoon strip in a meme.
PLAGIARISM IN CARTOONING (Part 2)
3 APRIL 2019
In Part 1 of my blog on "Plagiarism in Cartooning", I discussed using familiar text as to whether it was considered plagiarism or not. Here in Part 2 I'll discuss what visual plagiarism might be in cartooning.
BALLYHOO BURNY PLUSH TOY PRODUCTION (Part 1)
27 April 2019
On the 17th October 2018, I decided that I was going to look into the idea of producing my Ballyhoo Burny cartoon character as a plush toy. Now, 6 months later, having learned so much, I will share with you where I have got to so far.
BALLYHOO BURNY PLUSH TOY PRODUCTION (Part 2)
1 May 2019
As I finished off in Part 1 of this Blog, after feeling really positive about finding a Florida company to produce my Ballyhoo Burny plush toy, it had been a real blow to learn that they too had the plush toys manufactured in China....
BALLYHOO BURNY PLUSH TOY SHIPPING & IMPORT TAX & DUTIES
2nd May 2019
As I wait for for my chosen company to produce the sample of my Burny plush toy, I've asked them for the shipping costs for 100 plush toys from their factory, via Hong Kong, to my door and got quite a shock as to how much it would cost....
BALLYHOO BURNY IS NOW AN OFFICIALLY REGISTERED TRADEMARK
22 May 2019
For those of you who read by second Blog on the 17th March, you will know that I didn't quite trademark my "Ballyhoo Burny" brand the way I had hoped and with no thanks to the pontification of the 'New Zealand Intellectual Property Office' (IPONZ), I wasn't able to correct this .....