Monkeys Fighting Robots: What sets Zoop apart from competitors like Kickstarter or Indiegogo?
Plosky: For supporters, we make it easier and more intuitive to support your favorite creators. Unlike other platforms, we allow a supporter to select as many different tiers as they want, and as many of each as well, more of a traditional e-commerce cart system. Plus, right now we are starting with comics, but we’re going to be focused on the larger fandom community going forward.
For creators, we are more than just a platform. We also offer all the services needed for a crowdfunding campaign, such as campaign management, marketing, printing and fulfillment, etc. We take months of work off creator’s plates so they have more time to focus on what they do well: create!
MFR: Recently, there’ve been some controversies surrounding who should use crowdfunding websites for projects. What are your thoughts regarding big name publishers and creators using crowdfunding?
Plosky: I think crowdfunding is growing more and more across industries as a viable model for anyone to use. I don’t think gatekeeping helps anyone. If a company needs to de-risk a product in order to get it to market for people who really want it, I don’t see the problem with that. A rising tide floats all boats. I don’t believe it negatively impacts an individual creator’s efforts, as most of their backing comes from their own personal network typically.
MFR: I noticed on Zoop’s website that you have some impressive talent. What was the process of getting them on board?
My co-founder Eric Moss and I have both been in the comics industry for a bit and have developed some relationships over the years. It doesn’t hurt that Eric was the project manager on Boom! Studios’ BRZRKR
campaign, among others, and really knows his stuff!
But, when you’re solving MULTIPLE pain points, and providing a service that creators want and need, it makes it that much easier to start a working relationship with them.
MFR: Why did you decide to have Slow City Blues be Zoop’s launch title? For that matter, what makes it the best representative for Zoop’s goals?