Following Kickstarter’s announcement that they would be moving to a blockchain-based platform, both creators and supporters have been threatening to leave the platform. I’ve already had a few anecdotal conversations with former Kickstarter comics folks who say they are moving to Indiegogo or other platforms if this takes place. Thus far, Kickstarter itself has been doubling down in emailed responses to concerned KS users. with no signs of turning back.
Crowdfunding startup Zoop has issued a statement that indicates it is taking steps to open up to more creators who may be looking for a home. Zoop launched earlier this year as a sort of boutique platform for crowdfunding, and recently had a huge success with the Wintermen campaign which raised $193,000.
The statement follows:
Hello Comics Community,
There has certainly been an uproar in the past 24 hours regarding crowdfunding, and some changes that appear to be on the horizon. We’re seeing the conversations and understand your concerns, and, most importantly, your need for an alternative.
Here’s some information we can provide about Zoop, and our next steps:
In its current form, Zoop is a curated crowdfunding platform, plus a suite of services. What that means is we are a full service crowdfunding solution that hosts campaigns, but also handles campaign management, printing, fulfillment and other services. To date, we’ve focused on established creators and publishers that don’t have the bandwidth to handle those things on their own.
Zoop always planned to open up the platform and let anyone use it who wanted to, just like other platforms. It just takes time and resources to get to that point. So, how do we do it quickly so we can better service the comic community when there is a dire need?
We’re finalizing those details and are discussing internally how to best assist as many creators as our bandwidth can handle. This will look a bit different than our current model and different than what creators may be used to on other platforms. But, it works, and it works NOW.
If you are a creator interested in working with us, learning more, or asking us about our platform and services, please reach out to us at email@example.com. Please understand it may take a little time to get back to you if there is an influx of requests. But, rest assured, we are OPEN and looking forward to working with as many of you as we can!
Also, if you are comics press, a podcast, news outlet, etc, we can certainly use your help spreading the word. While this is not a press release, feel free to share our message to help reach as many people as we can.
Certainly if Kickstarter does move to a crypto platform, alternative crowdfunding services are definitely going to be in demand.