The new website hopes to provide would-be creators with crowdfunding.
Source: Comics Accelerator
Kickstarter is all the rage in the comic book industry right now, with some speculating that the website is the third largest publisher in the industry, "producing" as much content as Marvel or DC. While that's almost certainly a definition, crowdfunding has become the new way to build a grassroots campaign for a new comic.
There are certain unique benefits to using crowdfunding to jump start a project. There's a potential for greater visibility, a chance for more/better publicity and an idea of a comic's potential audience. A Kickstarter campaign that goes viral can gain far more press and followers than a traditional small press comic, if only because Kickstarter relies so much on word of mouth and social media connection.
However, there are flaws to Kickstarter as well. Many creators have complained that the website doesn't do enough to support and promote comic book campaigns. Others have commented that the site doesn't give creators the ability to sell or distribute their comics once they've been funded.
ComicsAccelerator hopes to change this. A crowdfunding site exclusively for comics, the site is an extension of iVerse, a digital comics platform. Using iVerse, the site allows creators to distribute digital copies of their book after funding has completed. iVerse has also stated that the site will have curators which will help promote what they believe to be worthy causes.
While ComicsAccelerator doesn't have any campaigns live, it's not surprising to see the next step of crowdfunding in comic books. With successful Kickstarter campaigns showing that crowdfunding is a viable way to finance and promote a new comic book project, it's no surprise to see a site try to cater exclusively to the comic book crowd. The site is currently accepting submissions, so if you have a project on the cusp of being started, be sure to give the site a look!
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