There’s a new comics crowdfunding platform on the scene: Zoop, which bill itself as “the first end-to-end full service crowdfunding platform created exclusively for the fandom community.” The platform launched on Monday with Slow City Blues — which has already reached half its funding.
Zoop founders include Jordan Plosky (founder of ComicBlitz,(acquired by Cinedigm) and Eric Moss (former head of Business Development at IDW Publishing and Project Manager of BRZRKR, which is, reportedly the #1 comics crowdfunding campaign of all time). Former Kickstarter comics outreach lead Camilla Zhang is an adviser, as are (I’m told) several other well known comics figures. Users seem to be a fairly solid bunch, including former IDW EIC Chris Ryall.
There more in the PR below, but basically, Zoop seems to be billing itself as more of a direct ordering platform, with supporters being able to order specific rewards in the numbers they wish. And it also offers fulfillment as part of its services baked into the campaign, which could be useful for some creators.
Zoop’s first project at launch is the much anticipated Slow City Blues (Samuel Haine, Shawn Moll, John Livesay, and David Baron), followed by Scarlett Couture (Des Taylor), Resolution (Ron Marz , Andy Lanning and Rick Leonardi), and Heads Will Roll (Bart Sears) (more information on each can be found below), with a long list of other projects set to roll out soon after with top talent and publishers like Chris Ryall (partner, Syzygy Publishing and former CCO of IDW Publishing), who is using the platform as a component of his new publishing venture, award-winning writer and author Paul Cornell (I Walk With Monsters, The Modern Frankenstein, Doctor Who) and popular Chicano comic book artist and writer J. Gonzo (Image Comics’ LA MANO del DESTINO).
FOR PUBLISHERS AND CREATORS, Zoop is an all-in-one crowdfunding solution that connects them directly to their fans and helps them validate the market for projects without having to risk resources up front.
FOR FANS, this is the easiest way to have direct access to what you love. Want to support a campaign by getting more than one item? Get ‘em all! Need multiple of a single item? Let’s do it! Tired of having to buy something during a campaign, and have to wait for the “after-campaign” campaign to buy something else you wanted? No more of that! Let’s make it easier on everyone!
For more information on Zoop, visit https://zoop.gg/
And here’s a short interview with Plosky.
Does the world need another crowdfunding platform just for comics? We suspect we’ll be hearing more about this in the weeks to come, and we’ll soon find out!