Madeline Ricchiuto writes,
JazWings, an offshoot of manufacturing and toy company JazWares, launched their crowd-funding, crowd-sourcing, manufacturing combination site this Monday to coincide with New York Comic Con. JazWings is a platform for creators to gather support and funding for their ideas which follows them through the creative process, into the funding page, off into manufacturing, packaging, and PR stages.
Often times crowd-sourced and crowd-funded projects that succeed just don’t know where to go from there. JazWings intends to help creators get their projects off the ground and create a community for artists to get together and support one another. However, JazWings will have quite a bit of competition as sites like Kickstarter and GoFundMe are already household names and JazWings does not plan to partner exclusively with any other companies.
JazWares has connections that would be ideally helpful for those looking to make a toy, game, comic, book, animation, live action show, films, or “something else.” A lot of people have ideas, get funding, but don’t know how to make enough of something or how to get it to retailers, but JazWings does.
Ideas gain approval by the community members, then go before a JazWings review panel to gain approval for the next phase of production. If they meet approval, the ideas move into a crowd-funding campaign, and are then made. Creators earn money as they move through the JazWings product stages, as well as a percentage of the profits on their ideas for life.
JazWings also offers helpful tips for their creators to help make their projects reach their goals. With “how to” videos and helpful hints while you start creating your campaign page.
JazWings is located at Booth #556, in The Block. Attendees who decide to become JazWings community members get entered into a raffle to win a JazWings “Start Creating” kit which includes a dice game designed to help you come up with an idea, a bottle of water, JazWings stickers, a keychain, USB drive, and a lunchbox to hold it all in.
Their website is live and currently in beta. There are already a few projects up on the site, some have done well, and one has just entered its second phase of development. It remains to be seen whether JazWings have managed to really create a place “Where big ideas take flight.” It’s certainly one way to get your creator-owned comic book launched, but I imagine you’ll still have to deal with Diamond either way.