It’s simple concept: build community with a truck, comics and some foldable furniture. The Kickstarter campaign for A Comic Spot aims to do just that.
In the campaign video, 18 year old Antonio, talks about how he’s been going to a comic shop for 8 years, but doesn’t feel a sense of community. The campaign goal is to raise start-up funding for this mother-son first-time business venture to allow them to put a down payment on a cargo van and obtain some inventory and furniture.
Reminiscent of the days of the Bookmobile, except in a retail model, it takes a comic book shop on the road to places people normally gather, like food trucks, or to places where people don’t have access to a local comic book shop, all the while focusing on community.
Although the idea is intriguing, the Kickstarter is not a polished one. The campaign video is grainy and appears to have been shot by Antonio’s friends. The backer rewards mainly center around items carrying the A Comic Spot logo – buttons, reusable bags, water bottles.
Ultimately, this is an idea kind of Kickstarter. One where backers support the concept even if the end result is uncertain. If you’re a backer who’s normally in the game to get some cool, one-of-a-kind schwag, this might not be for you. If you’re used to backing a sure thing, this might not be for you either. But if you like the concept, that there should be more comic shops that build community and a fresh ideas on how to make that happen, this might be the project for you.