PopCultivator, a new comic book studio launched a public offering today through equity crowdfunding platform, WeFunder, where investors can buy in from $100 up. And the executive team have some familiar names.
- Josh Blaylock, Chief Creative & Executive Officer, and owner/publisher of Devil's Due Comics.
- Mark Powers, Consulting Editor and former Senior Editor X-Men editor.
- Shawn DePasquale, Director of Entertainment Development / Story Editor, writer/editor at Image Comics, Arcana Studios, Oni Press, Devil's Due Comics.
- Alma Silva, Director of Events, Investor Community Management, former PA to Josh Blaylock, Floor Manager at Fantasia Comic Con, Convention Coordinator at Devil's Due Publishing
- Debbie Davis, VP of Accounting / Controller, former Senior Manager, Finance & Operations at Archaia
- Jose Garibaldi, Director of All Ages Content – colourist for Dav Pilkey's Captain Underpants & Dog Man, character designer on TMNT Nickelodeon, visual development artist on Lego Movie 2 and Captain Underpants, concept artist ton Ben 10.
- Kit Caoagas, Director Talent Management / Contributing Editor – Assistant publisher at Devil's Due, marketing associate at Ahoy Comics.
- Michael Horn, Chief Business Development Officer.
- Stuart Bernstein, Chief Operating Officer
They state that they have a "mission to create a library of diverse comic content whereby the fans can share in the rewards by owning a piece of the company, and thereby part of the intellectual property it controls. PopCultivator is working with several publishers, licensees and manufacturers as it develops new comics."
"The company will use a combination of original work-for-hire development, for comics it owns outright, as well as collaborations with talent for creator-owned content. Deciding the best publishing solution and partner for each property on a case-by-case basis."
Mark Powers and Josh Blaylock most recently crowdfunded a comic book series, The Encoded on Kickstarter, due to start shipping out in January. They have currently raised $33,167 of a minimum $50,000 goal.