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Read & follow Webcomics from your iPhone, while supporting the Cartoonists who made them. A Webcomic reader done RIGHT.

Webcomics are kind of like the Newspaper Comics of the digital age. While most parts of your daily newspaper have made their way into the digital era, and even the mobile space, the 'comics page' has been forgotten! Although these humorous gems of awesomeness already flourish online they have yet to get a mobile platform just for them (I know, right?). 

Our mission is to make viewing and publishing webcomics easy and convenient, and do so in a way that supports cartoonists directly! (p.s. we just added some new details about compensation for authors in the text below)

So check out our swag, read more of the details, and know that if you pledge to our campaign your automatically qualified as a remarkable and perceptive individual :) 

Inkd will create a Viewer, Content Management System, and Marketplace for Webcomics! Yes, really!

Authors will: Easily publish work through a Web Platform, make it available through a Mobile App, market their merchandise to larger numbers, and connect with their followers better! 

Readers will: Have ways of discovering hilarious new Webcomics, be able to view them through a rich Mobile App, organize them into a beautiful shelf, and be the first to claim credit when sharing them through social networks!

We hope the combination of these things will open up Webcomics to a much broader audience and give them the visibility they deserve!

But what will you do with this massive chunk of money that we're all giving you? 

GREAT question! We hit the big time, and scored an awesome group of developers (who are skilled, are local to us, and smell nice). What they will be able to create for us is a product worth closer to $100K, but will be taking some equity in our project and giving us a BIG discount! So, the money will go towards solely funding the development costs.

How will Authors compensation be addressed?

"What do you think is fair?" "I don't know, what do you think is fair?" "I'll give you two peanuts and a screw, and I want that piece of bubble gum and shoelace." Just kiddng... 

We want to be really transparent and even democratic about deciding how monetization works, so please offer us some input should you have any! Here are some numbers we've come up with, that although not final or guaranteed, seem very achievable:

Sales of Archives (back-issues):

Apple - 30% of Gross

Author - 80% of Net

Inkd - 20% of Net

Sale of Merchandise:

Apple - 30% of Gross

Author - 80% of Net

Inkd - 20% of Net

Advertising:

Ad Network - 40%

Author - 40% - 45%

Inkd - 15% - 20%

We've been toiling over hot keyboards, crawling on digital hands and knees through virtual broken glass just to make this happen! We want a system that works for you, and keeps us in the game to be there for others, too.

What exactly will we be getting in this gorgeous, fun-filled new experience that Inkd will surely be?

This campaign will afford us a mobile app (for iOS) and a web app (for the publishing side). We definitely have plans to create an Android version down the road. One of our founders is such an avid follower, he occasionally refers to himself as Sir Droidness. But at this point it was just a question of which one would come first. Our current timeline is to have a working version for the public by July/August 2013!

Initial Feature Set:

Web Portal Functions:

  • Uploading of Images
  • Defining of Panels to be Viewed
  • Management of Art
  • Queing of Webcomics for Publishing
  • Account Management Tools

Mobile App Function:

  • Find an Artist
  • Subscribe to a Series
  • Select New Comic or Issue
  • See & Select a Featured Artist
  • Comic Viewer
  • Share via Social Media
  • Unified Artist/Issue Viewer
  • Account Management Tools

Web App Functions:

  • View Comics in Single Page View

Take a look at our FAQ, and if your question isn't addressed then feel free to drop us a message! A Special Thanks to all those who've helped us out with this campaign, including Kevin Weaver & Blueline Media Productions for their video making skills!

The Team:

Justin Salsburey is a Designer with many skills. He prides himself on clean, minimal aesthetics and is continually inspired to solve problems in cool ways. Check out more of his work on his Website, and learn more about him on Twitter @JustinSalsburey!  

Benedict Jones has a background in Interaction Design (IxD) and Business Development. He is driven to help others develop their projects across a variety of fronts in order to achieve success. More about his approach can be seen at nov.as, and find out more about him on Twitter @BennyNova!  

The Developers

WhimMill captures the energy of fun, and delivers it where it’s needed! Good story and context draws people together, and makes gaming and entertainment truly social again. Their team has many years of product development experience including travel apps, location-based games, augmented reality apps, and much more. WhimMill has been extremely helpful in the process of developing our approach for the Inkd iOS and Web App, and are a dedicated group with just the kind of values we love. Being located in our hometown of Bloomington, Indiana makes the fit even more perfect. Drop by WhimMill.com to learn more!  

Shout-Outs & Thank You's:

Partnered Creators:

  • Joe Deagnon & Kirby Stasyna - Chicken Outfit
  • Josh Bauman - Caffeinated Toothpaste
  • Ray Frenden
  • Pj Perez - The Utopian: Foundation
  • Ryan Klassen - City Folk
  • Laura Tryon - Static Skies
  • Marcus Kwame & Leonard Faierman - Snow Daze
  • Denny Riccelli - Cousin Harold
  • Nich Angell - Cat & Meringue
  • Michael Damboldt - Gem of Atlantis
  • Wes Molebash - Insert IMG
  • Thomas Gorence - Time Samplers
  • Kevin Coulston - Stale Bacon
  • Darrel Troxel - That Comic Thing

The People of Awesomeville:

  • Danielle Corsetto - Girls with Slingshots
  • The Obscure Gentlemen
  • Battlecroc
  • Wicked Off Kiltah
  • Briar Hollows
  • Dreamstruck
  • Unimportant Conversations
  • Feral Boy & Gilgamesh
  • This Is Not Fiction

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

We've started out by defining the base set of features we feel capable of achieving in the apps first inception, along with a timeline for delivery of those functions (July/August 2013). In flushing out the development model, some questions have come up about the requirement & process of: 1. Uploading new Webcomics 2. Defining the 'panels' of each strip as they should be displayed 3. Achieving a seamless delivery of those images to the user (within the iOS app). While this represents the biggest challenge of the initial feature-set, we feel very comfortable with approach we've laid out, and are confident in being able to overcome hurdles as they arise!

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    #1 [SUPPORTER] Be granted access to a special Donors Forum, with exclusive offers, pre-releases of works, and other great things! Along with feeling an outrageous sense of generosity, you will also have our never-ending gratitude AND receive a virtual high-five, hug, or other celebratory action via Twitter!

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