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Hello there! I'm Steve Roop, creator, developer and designer of Zap-Kapow, an iOS app currently in the Apple App Store that gives comic book fans and collectors a mobile price guide and reference resource in their pocket.
Zap-Kapow has been in Apple's App Store for four years helping users at their local comic shop, comic con, flea market, wherever, find the value of comics they love without hauling around a bulky, out-of-date-as-soon-as-it's-printed paper price guide. They can also create and share lists of comics they have or want.
Here are some pretty pictures of the current version of Zap-Kapow.
Our goal with this Kickstarter campaign is to develop an Android version of Zap-Kapow, and a full desktop collection management system by April 2014. Additionally, we will rebuild the iOS app, from the ground up, to incorporate several new features that will be included in the Android version and will allow us to sync the new desktop version with all mobile ones.
The desktop version will allow for more robust comic book collection management including printable lists, statistics, easier editing, larger cover views and more. Even better, it will sync with your mobile app so whatever you're looking up or adding at your comic shop of comic con will be there when you get back home.
We also want to add POINT AND IDENTIFY TECHNOLOGY to both mobile versions of Zap-Kapow, letting users take a photo of a comic to look it up automatically, then sync their whole app experience back to their desktop collection.
And, we have our sights set on a REAL-TIME PRICE UPDATE feature that keeps track of online auctions 24/7. The very first of its kind for comic book collectors and fans. Both of these features will be included in the new Android and desktop apps at launch, as well as in the relaunched iOS version.
If you're not familiar with the iOS app already out there, take a look at our website and then head back over here. Go ahead, we'll wait.
Back? Good! Hopefully you get an idea of what we've done to this point, and understand what we are capable of doing now on Android and desktop.
Zap-Kapow has been a great project, a labor of real love for us, but our ambitions are bigger than we've been able to invest in on our own.
Development costs to create an Android version with the photo lookup feature and real-time pricing, as well as rebuild the iOS app and develop the full collection management system for desktop (as well as sync them all together) are what we need your help with.
Besides our undying love and eternal friendship? Take a look to the right at our backer rewards. We think there's some pretty sweet stuff in there, not the least of which is a chance to get yourself put into Zap-Kapow's database as an Easter Egg, and an exclusive (limited to 500!) VARIANT COVER to an upcoming comic from a MAJOR PUBLISHER! BAM!
Thanks in advance for your support, for telling your friends, and for backing Zap-Kapow!
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We've already done this once in the App Store, so any risk of expanding to Android and desktop is really pretty small. We have a proven app and are anxious to expand its abilities and universe.
That said, there is always the possibility that one of the new features we want to add won't pan out. We've done our homework and don't believe this to be the case, but you never know.
If anything, we might be able to add a few features we haven't listed here should we surpass our funding goal, but overall we're very confident in this project and our ability to deliver it.
You're right. It IS a lot of money to ask for. But broken down, you might see it differently ...
We're (ambitiously) trying to fund a pile of items our users and fans have been asking for for years:
1) An Android port (more on this below*) (around $20,000)
2) A desktop version (around $10,000) that will sync with the mobile apps and allow for full collection management (and yes, we're aware of Comic Collectorz, it sucks)
3) New features for all platforms including photo recognition look-up (not as cheap as you probably think), and real-time pricing (around $15,000). The rest of the ask is to cover rewards, KS fees, etc.
*Android in particular has been a real issue. It's pretty well established that even though Android may have more users than iOS, those users just don't like to pay for stuff. They like free (so do I!), but that makes it unlikely they would buy enough of Zap-Kapow apps to make the upfront development costs and investments worth it.
Via this campaign, Android users can basically "pre-order" Zap-Kapow. No risk to either of us. If it gets funded, they get it, if not, I haven't wasted thousands of dollars on them.
Development = time, time = money. E=Mc2.
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GOOD CONDITION - Free access to the apps and your name added to a special "Thank You" page in Zap-Kapow ... And we really mean it, THANK YOU!Estimated delivery:
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VERY GOOD CONDITION - Everything listed above, plus a FREE YEAR of monthly price guide updates.Estimated delivery:
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FINE CONDITION - Everything listed above, plus a limited edition Zap-Kapow wristband.Estimated delivery:Ships within the US only
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VERY FINE CONDITION - Everything listed above, plus a LIMITED EDITION Zap-Kapow Geek Chic t-shirt, and early access to be an EXCLUSIVE KICKSTARTER-ONLY BETA tester for Zap-Kapow.Estimated delivery:Ships within the US only
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NEAR MINT CONDITION - Everything listed above, FIVE years of monthly price guide updates to Zap-Kapow, plus a special digital EASTER EGG listed in Zap-Kapow featuring YOUR likeness and/or name as a comic book! Holy Awesome Sauce Batman!Estimated delivery:Ships within the US only
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MINT CONDITION - This is it. The big one. At this level of backing you get everything listed above, plus an EXCLUSIVE Zap-Kapow Kickstarter VARIANT COVER to an upcoming title from a MAJOR PUBLISHER. Collectible? Hells yes!Estimated delivery:Ships within the US only
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