An emporium where fans can sell and purchase fan crafted goods.
An emporium where fans can sell and purchase fan crafted goods. Read more
About this project
The Fan Art Struggle
Pop culture and “fandoms” have grown into large hubs for entertainment, spawning dedicated fans who invest in their favorite series, whether it is going to the fan conventions, visiting fansites, making fan art, or buying merchandise. However, some fans cannot find the merchandise they want; maybe because the character or series they like is too “niche” or too “old” to be considered mainstream. They instead turn to fan artists who make and sell the merchandise that they want! However there are several problems.
For one, the current system to sell art is difficult as it relies too much on disjointed social media websites or art sites to show their work. For example, many artists use sites like Tumblr and DeviantArt to show their art. But if they do not have a large following, it’s difficult to sell artwork to consumers since fans may not know much about their work to buy it.
For fans, it can be difficult to find which artists might be able to sell the art they like. Fans might need to search through multiple sites and pages in order to find the character or series art that they would want to purchase.
Transactions between artist and fan can be difficult due to messy communication channels and the usage of unsecured financial transactions if they do not use an official platform like Etsy.
This leads to a problem: how can artists publicize themselves and sell art in a more structured way, and how can fans find these artists to make the unique work that they want?
Introducing: Poporium to save the day!
We decided to make a platform that will connect fan artists and fans together. Introducing Poporium, a platform dedicated to helping artists to sell their fan crafted merchandise and for consumers to buy them.
Explore Our Platform!
Our goal is to make Poporium the best web-based platform for your fan merchandise buying or selling needs. We want to make the artist alley of your favorite convention easily accessible through the internet so that you can buy and sell art anytime, anywhere.
Check out the awesome stuff you can do on Poporium: starting with our commissions feature! We set up a more formal way for artists to hold commissions so that the transactions can all be done on-site.
Using the commission feature, the user can submit a request about what kind of merchandise or artwork they would like. The artist can then accept the request, in which the user is notified immediately afterwards. The customer can put a deposit for the work, and the artist can utilize our messaging feature to communicate with the customer. This structure allows all commissions to be done through Poporium to ensure the artist and fan can do the transaction securely and easily.
As an added feature, we will offer a service where we can help artists make Grab Bags of their work! Grab Bags are subscription based bundles where customers can pay a fee and subscribe to an artist and receive a bundle of artwork and merchandise every month! We can also make special themed grab bags, (such as “Pokemon only”) where artists can compile a grab bag together pertaining just that series!
Our team is a group of UC San Diego students who are fans just like you! We love making and producing fan-made art, so we want to create a legitimate, trustworthy, and fun platform that allows for business transactions between artists and fans. We have backgrounds in Cognitive Science, Design, and Human-Computer Interaction and we will use our knowledge to make the best fan emporium for you!
Isaac: He is an undergraduate student at UCSD studying Human/Computer interaction, and most importantly, he’s a nerd. He is a huge fan of video games and TV shows (most notably Kingdom Hearts, Persona, and Community) and wants to make a platform where he can bring together his favorite fanartists!
Inkan: She is also a UCSD undergraduate studying Cognitive Science with a specialization in Human/Computer Interaction.She is a huge fan of video games, especially JRPGs and Nintendo games and wants to become a video game designer in the future. She also likes to collect merchandise, wear cosplay, and watch anime. She loves to draw as well, making her want to support fanartists and bring fans together.
Amber: She is also an undergraduate studying Human Computer Interaction at UCSD. When she’s not on the verge of death from her studies, she enjoys drowning her sorrows by binging on anime and cartoons coupled with sweet, sweet ice cream. Her favorite directors/animators of all time, hands down, are Hayao Miyazaki and Tim Burton and she will go to great lengths to support them, including building a platform to support their fan base and aspiring artists.
Andrew: He is a troll on the internet that somehow found his way onto this project. Locked in his room most of the time, this nerd can usually be found playing everything from The World Ends With You to GTA 5. He also has a habit of hoarding collectibles, and hopes to bring the experience to a universal hub.
Want to learn more?
We would love to get all the support we can get! Here are some examples of what merchandise our backers can get as rewards for donating to the development of our platform.
Risks and challenges
Our team are passionate and creative; we have the heart to invest into the projects as well as the skills needed for technical development and communications. We should be able to overcome challenges by working with people with the same passion as us who can develop the platform as well as outreach artists and potential consumers who would like to use our platform. However, one risk we foresee is that we aren't professional programmers so there may be delays to get funding for hiring a legitimate team of programmers.
We can ensure you if this were to happen, we will communicate with all of our backers every step of the way and use all of our resources to ensure we get back on schedule.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter