Milestone

by Vito Delsante, Ariel Medel, Jagdish Kumar, Omi Remalante & Full Court Press

Cole Morgan may not want to be the most powerful man in the universe, but he doesn’t have a choice. What he does next will be the Milestone that saves, or destroys, the entire world.

For fans of: Ron Marz and Ron Lim’s run on Silver Surfer, John Byrne’s run on Superman, and/or individuals looking for fresh, superhero content. If you like capes or comics or heroic adventures, this book is for you!

Milestone created by Charlie McElvy, designed by Drew Moss

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A digital collection of indie comicbooks from all over the indie community! You may find something new that you love!

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Milestone #1 Digital Edition (PDF)

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The first issue of MILESTONE is here! Spinning out of the pages of Spider-Squirrel, comes the latest hero in the Xion Universe.

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Milestone #1 Print Edition (Cover A - Medel)

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Milestone #1 with cover art by series artist Ariel Medel. Includes the Digital Edition.

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Milestone #1 Print Edition (Cover B - Williams)

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Milestone #1 with cover art by fan-favorite Marcus Williams. Includes the Digital Edition.

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Milestone #1 Print Edition (Cover C - Aries)

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Milestone #1 with cover art by Mega Verse founding artist Aries. Includes the Digital Edition.

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Milestone #1 Print Copy (Cover D - POW!)

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Milestone #1 with cover art by artist Pow Rodrix. Includes the Digital Edition.

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Milestone #1 Print Copy (Cover E - Smith)

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Milestone #1 with cover art by long-time comics artist Andy Smith. Includes the Digital Edition.

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Milestone #1 Zoop EXCLUSIVE Print Edition (Cover Z - Diaz)

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Milestone #1 with cover art by G.I.Joe and Marvel artist Netho Diaz. This cover variant will only be available on Zoop -- with some overprints available at convention appearances while supplies last. Includes the Digital Edition.

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Milestone mini-figure + Milestone #1 Print Edition

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Milestone mini-fig is made-to-order only and very limited! Get this lil guy AND the comic book together for this inaugural launch!

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Milestone #1 Covercopia!!

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Get ALL of the print covers A-E for this inaugural issue! This includes the Netho Diaz Zoop EXCLUSIVE cover! Includes the Digital Edition.

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Milestone #1 Holofoil Print Edition (Cover A - Medel)

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Milestone #1 with cover art by series artist Ariel Medel. Includes the Digital Edition.

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Milestone #1 Holofoil Print Edition (Cover B - Williams)

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Milestone #1 with cover art by fan-favorite Marcus Williams. Includes the Digital Edition.

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Milestone #1 Holofoil Print Edition (Cover C - Aries)

Milestone #1 with cover art by Mega Verse founding artist Aries. Includes the Digital Edition.

Milestone Cover D holofoil mockup copy

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Milestone #1 Holofoil Print Edition (Cover D - POW!)

Milestone #1 with cover art by artist Pow Rodrix. Includes the Digital Edition.

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Milestone #1 Holofoil Print Edition (Cover E - Smith)

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Milestone #1 with cover art by long-time comics artist Andy Smith. Includes the Digital Edition.

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Milestone #1 Zoop EXCLUSIVE Holofoil Print Edition (Cover Z - Diaz)

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Milestone #1 with cover art by G.I.Joe and Marvel artist Netho Diaz. This cover variant will only be available on Zoop -- with some overprints available at convention appearances while supplies last. Includes the Digital Edition.

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Milestone #1 Holofoil Covercopia!!

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Signed Zoop Exclusive Milestone #1

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This will be a signed copy of the Zoop cover with art by Netho Diaz. The book will be double-signed by Milestone creator Charlie McElvy and writer & co-creator Vito Delsante.

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Milestone #1 Zoop Exclusive ULTIMATE Autographed Edition

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Get the Zoop Exclusive Edition Cover signed by ceators Charlie McElvy, Vito Delsante, Ariel Medel! We can add Netho Diaz's signature to your copy via add-on below.

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Juan Castro Original Inks (Zoop Exclusive Cover Art)

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Get Juan Castro's original inks over printed blueline on comics artboard! One-of-a-kind offer! (Netho's original pencils are NOT included; if you have questions, please message us)

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Milestone #1 Retailer Pack!

5 copies of the Main Cover per pack order at wholesale pricing. Order 5 or more packs to get a randomly-selected HOLOFOIL cover (1:25) at NO ADDITIONAL CHARGE.

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ADD-ONS

Add ons are only available once you have selected at least one Primary Reward listed above.

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Milestone mini-figure

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Made-to-order only and very limited! No additional shipping will be added to your order

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Zoom IndieComics Consultation

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1hr. personalized review of your comic or comic book script (or pitch!) by indiecomics creator & publisher Charlie McElvy of Xion Studios. Charlie has run multiple successful crowdfunding campaigns to produce books such as The WatchGuard, Spider-Squirrel, and now Milestone, and is also publishing the works of Scott Fogg (Nightcare) and Ariel Medel (Adelita 3017). This Reward includes a thorough read & review, the 1hr. Zoom session to discuss, and Charlie’s detailed notes from his review (digitally). Charlie will also provide crowdfunding tips & lessons learned, in order to help you be successful!

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Netho Diaz Autograph Add-on

Have cover artist Netho Diaz autograph your comic! Price is to cover shipping to/from Brazil. Limit 2 signatures.

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Metal Bookmark - Marcus Williams Cover Art

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Keep your place in Milestone or any other great book with this super-cool METAL bookmark featuring cover art by Marcus Williams.

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Metal Bookmark - Netho Diaz Cover Art

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Keep your place in Milestone or any other great book with this super-cool METAL bookmark featuring cover art from the Zoop Exclusive cover by Netho Diaz, Juan Castro, and Ross Hughes.

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Metal Bookmark - Ariel Medel Art

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Keep your place in Milestone or any other great book with this super-cool METAL bookmark featuring interior art by series artist Ariel Medel, inker Jagdish Kumar, and colorist Omi Remalante.

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Metal Trading Card - Marcus Williams Art

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METAL trading card (one-sided) featuring the incredible variant cover art by Marcus Williams.

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METAL trading card (one-sided) featuring the incredible main cover art by series artists Ariel Medel.

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METAL trading card (one-sided) featuring the incredible variant cover art by Aries from Mega Verse.

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METAL trading card (one-sided) featuring the incredible variant cover art by Pow Rodrix.

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METAL trading card (one-sided) featuring the incredible variant cover art by Andy Smith.

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METAL trading card (one-sided) featuring the incredible variant cover art by Netho Diaz.

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5x7 Metal Print - Librarian

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Limited edition 5x7 metal print on white aluminum. Full color. Signed & numbered. Limited to 100 units worldwide. All prints to be autographed by character creator Charlie McElvy and the model for The Librarian, Suzanne.

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Metal Trading Card - Librarian

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METAL trading card (one-sided) autographed by creator Charlie McElvy and model Suzanne.

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Spider-Squirrel #1 (Main Cover)

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It all started here! Get your copy of this zany & fun buddy-cop superhero coedy adventure that leads right up to the first issue of Milestone!

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Spider-Squirrel #2 (Main Cover)

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Milestone's first appearance (shadowed cameo)!

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Spider-Squirrel #3 (Main Cover)

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Milestone's first FULL appearance! See Milestone in full action for the first time in his publication history right here!

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Spider-Squirrel Complete Volume One (Main Covers)

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Get the ENTIRE first volume of Spider-Squirrel in floppies format right here and see how this all started! Featuring the first appearances of Spider-Squirrel, Trash Panda, Milestone, Ultra-Urbanite, Hourglass, Wonderman, and several others whom you'll meet throughout the Milestone mini-series.

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The WatchGuard #0 - Cover A

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The world's most powerful heroes

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The world's most powerful heroes

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The world's most powerful heroes. Limited Edition of issue #0

Story

Spinning directly out of Spider-Squirrel Volume One comes MILESTONE! Imagine someone with the power of the Silver Surfer and the loneliness & guilt of Daredevil, with the universe hanging in the balance of his decisions!
 
Cole Morgan single-handedly ended World War 2 and personally brought Hitler to justice.
 
But his story didn't end there. In fact, this is where it started. Abducted by a mad scientist and used for his abilities to manipulate the four fundamental forces of the universe, Cole was released from his prison by Spider-Squirrel*, only to find out that he is a new breed of god on Earth. Cole Morgan may not want to be the most powerful man in the universe…
 
…but, he doesn’t have a choice. What he does next will be the Milestone that saves or destroys the entire world.
 
*more on this in an upcoming back-up story in Spider-Squirrel Vol.2!
 

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Bios

 

Vito Delsante is a comic book writer/graphic novelist. He’s written for DC Comics, Marvel Comics, Image Comics, AdHouse Books, and Simon & Schuster, among others and his stories have been reprinted in other countries. He lives in Pittsburgh with his wife, Michelle, their daughter, Sadie, son, James, and their pit bull, Kirby. Find him if you can and say, “Hello.”

 

Ariel Medel is a comic professional since 2012 entering the American industry in 2013 working for Zenescope in titles such as Quest, Masumi, Wonderland and Grimm Fairy Tales. He has worked drawing John Carter: Warlord of Mars, written by Ron Marz, Agent 47: Birth Of The Hitman, and Xena: The Warrior Princess for Dynamite Entertainment. He also drew The Unbeatables, written by Fabian Nicieza, for Marvel. He's worked on several independent titles like ACD, Astral Genesis, Skater Girls, and Spider-Squirrel. Ariel recently finished a 5-issue stint on Evil Ernie, written by Scott Lobdell, for Dynamite Entertainment. Currently, he's working on P.O.M. and Astral Vengeance, the fourth installment of the Astral Genesis saga, as well as the Milestone mini-series from Xion Studios.

 

Jagdish Kumar is living the Great Indian Comic Book Fan’s dream life. A die-hard comic book fan, he ran a lending library as a youngster and started his career as an inker very early in life. Jagdish’s minute study of various inking styles has made him one of the most sought-after inkers in India. 

 

Omi Remalante began his comic book career on July 2008 with Capestone Connection, TX where he was the colorist of Borderwall. He made several independent books before landing the job of colorist for Majestic XII by Justin Leach. Past works include OZ / Wonderland Chronicles, Grimm Fairy Tales # 80, Robyn Hood # 4, Liberator ending credits artworks to name a few. Omi is no stranger to Xion Studios, having colored covers and pinups for the team’s various productions.

 

Charlie McElvy is the head writer and creator of all the characters within the Xion Universe, although this Universe does not exist without his collaborators. Charlie wrote and published the Ogre Award-winning and Ennie Award-nominated RPG supplement The WatchGuard Sourcebook, as well as the follow-on comic book, The WatchGuard #0. He’s the husband of one amazing woman and the father of seven incredible children (yes, really…). He is an athlete that has appeared in Premier Protein commercials, featured in Men’s Health magazine online, and has competed on the TV show American Ninja Warrior. Spider-Squirrel is Charlie, and Charlie is him. Which is very unfortunate for Spider-Squirrel…

Xion Studios

Xion Studios is spear-heading a comicbook renaissance within our own virtual walls. We stand in an Indiecomics Silver Age, riding on the coattails of such Indie Golden Age greats as Bill Willingham, Kevin Eastman & Peter Laird, Howard Chaykin, Mike Grell, Mike Baron, and of course Jack “The King” Kirby, as well as the Image Comics founders that came a couple of decades later.

 

We want to provide content that readers will enjoy and find fresh, new, fun, and sometimes funny (depending on content). The only thing that matters is providing entertainment for readers of all sorts! If we haven’t made a book for you, yet, we’ll get there.

 

Praise

On Spider-Squirrel Volume One:

 

“The book is crazy fun…reminds me of the good old days, when comics were imaginative and fun adventure entertainment.”

Scott McDaniel (artist on Nightwing, Batman, Daredevil, Spider-man, Static Shock, etc.)

 

“Great art and story, awesome character and world being built! If you haven’t checked out Spider-Squirrel yet, you’re kind of a d*ck.”

– Keith Champagne (artist on Daybreak, Aztek, WWE Heroes, Adolescent Radioactive Black Belt Hamsters, Ghostbusters, etc.)

 

“Lots of fun world-building, and it’s great to see a super-hero universe embrace a wide range of [art] styles right from that start.”

– Fred Van Lente (writer on Action Philosophers, The Amazing Spider-man, Captain America, Marvel Zombies, Cowboys & Aliens, and Archer & Armstrong)

 

Stretch Goals

$7,000 – Premium Digital Indie Comics Bundle + Spider-Squirrel Vol.1 #1 Digital

 

$7,500 – PDF of Vito Delsante’s Script + Drew Moss’s original Milestone design sheet

 

$8,000 – Digital Cover Wallpaper Collection (all covers without trade dress in PNG format) + Spider-Squirrel Vol.1 #2 Digital

 

$8,500 – Physical Cover Print Collection (all covers printed in 5x7 cardstock for backers at physical rewards levels only)

 

$9,000 – Sticker bonus 3-pack (only available with this Stretch Goal incentive)

 

$10,000 – WatchGuard #0 (Ray-Anthony Height cover) and Spider-Squirrel #3 digital editions for all backers + bonus Metal Trading Card for Physical Rewards Backers (limited to 500 pieces worldwide forever)

Budget

Timeline

Milestone #1 is already completed, including all variant cover art. This campaign is to provide funding to go to press and print the books, plus help offset costs of the subsequent issue(s). We are committed to producing this 6-issue mini-series for you, but we need your support to make it real. The only “risk” is delays in printing & delivery due to continued COVID & supply chain delays. We’re ready to deliver to you!
 
Here is our projected Project Timeline for Issue 1:
 

updates

2022-09-28 19:06:35

NEW MINI-FIGURE INTRODUCED!

Charlie

With just THREE DAYS LEFT we finally got our prototype Milestone mini-fig in and we’re so glad it came! Check this out and add it onto your preorder! These are made-to-order only and very limited, as such. If you're new to the campaign, you can get this lil guy AND the comicbook together with the 'Milestone mini-figure + Milestone #1 Print Edition' for $25 in the REWARDS section. And if you've already supported the campaign, you can log back in to your Zoop account, pick the Tip Jar Reward for $1 and add the 'Milestone mini-figure' for $15 in the ADD-ONS section, with no additional shipping being added (the Tip Jar amount would cover that).
 
Jump in and let’s go!

2022-09-19 04:27:12

Final Week!

Charlie

We only have 5 days left!!!! LET’S GOOOOOO!!!!
 
We are, as of this writing, just $1250 away from goal, so share with your friends & family! Tweet, re-post, email, chain mail, whatever works! Haha!
We’re hard at work on Issue 3 (yup, we’re working ahead of schedule to keep books in YOUR hands!), as well as several other Xion Studios projects for 2023. But, we need your help to push this over the top and close out strong. Every backer will get an elite BIPOC creator IndieComics Bundle featuring comic from creators such as Chris Tomasma, Chris Moses, Kyrun Silva, Ra’Chaun Rogers, and more!
 
 
Also, we just added TWO NEW add-ons: a Librarian metal trading card and a Librarian 5x7 metal print. Both will come autographed by creator Charlie McElvy and model Suzanne.
 
**DESIGN NOT FINAL**
 
 
Reminder that you can read a 9-pg FREE public preview of Milestone #1 on GlobalComix today! (LINK)
See you on the other side of this successful campaign!!
 
~Charlie~

2022-09-09 04:17:00

WEEKEND & HALFWAY POINT UPDATE!

Charlie

Hey, hey! We are halfway! In just about EVERY way! Haha!
 
Two quick notes for you to enjoy:
  1. We are offering you a 9pg lettered preview of this first issue to get you jazzed up maybe a little bit more! You can grab your copy here: 🔗 MILESTONE #1 PREVIEW PAGES 🔗
  2. Spider-Squirrel Volume One TPB is coming soon! This will include TEN ADDITIONAL PAGES of epilogue from Spider-Squirrel original artist D.C. Stuelpner (and me, Charlie the writer guy)! Here’s a quick peek at the early art for this epilogue, below. INTRODUCING: THE LIBRARIAN!!
 
Happy Weekend!
For those who backed the Spider-Squirrel #3 campaign, your physical rewards should be in-transit and arriving soon!!
 

2022-08-31 03:42:55

ZOOP UPDATE #2

Charlie McElvy

First Week is OVER!
Wow, what a great first week thanks to each and every one of you!! As of this writing, we are a third of the way to being fully-funded. I’m really pleased with how well my first Zoop campaign is going, but that’s a credit to fans, readers, followers, and the awesome Zoop crew. Still some work to be done to get funded, but we’re well on our way with more than three weeks to go! Let’s do this!!
 
NEW REWARDS!
In my haste & excitement to get this campaign launched, I forgot to include a couple of options for Rewards selection: a double-signed copy of the Zoop Exclusive cover and a Zoom Indiecomics Consulting session for creators or potential creators!
 
Both of these Rewards will be added shortly (if not already added) and you can just add them to your cart and "check-out”! Reminder that Zoop campaigns do not charge you until it closes and is successfully funded.
 
One Reward Clarification
The Milestone #1 Zoop Exclusive ULTIMATE Autographed Edition reward is priced at $100 to cover shipping to multiple countries. This is a truly limited product because of the incredibly high cost of postage to Brazil and Croatia (and even NYC, but that’s Vito’s problem, haha).
 
Sneak Peek at Milestone #2 Art!
I love to tease, so I’ll drop another piece of art from Issue #2 on ya. BUT, we gotta get #1 funded before we can think about publishing #2! Let’s keep pressing forward together! WOO!
 
Enjoy the reveal:
 
 
As to what’s going on? Well, you’ll just have to wait & see...

2022-08-25 00:56:56

Welcome message from Charlie McElvy

Charlie

Wow! What a terrific start! Thank you!
More than anything, I’m looking forward to closing out this campaign and sending you the rewards you’ve pre-ordered! With almost 25% of the funding goal closed in the first 24hrs, we’re well on our way to that goal!
 
Now, some of you were pre-launch signups as well as our earliest backers and if that is you here’s a peek of what you’ll be getting as an EXCLUSIVE item only available for the first 50 signups who also back the book:
 
 
This is a two-page splash from Milestone #2! This will be printed on a METAL trading card, and signed & numbered by Milestone creator Charlie McElvy. This collectible will ONLY be available to these pre-launch backers (50) and then at Charlie’s personal appearances (cons and book signings) at a strictly limited qty of 100!
 
For everyone else who backed in the first 24hrs at a physical reward level, the Milestone team will slide in a little “something extra” as a thank you for jumping in early on our first-ever Zoop campaign!
 
If you pre-ordered the Indiecomics Bundle, here’s a peek at the great batch of goodies you’re getting for a mere $5 USD:
 
 
Wow! That’s over $50 worth of digital comics for a tenth of the retail price! Enjoy!
 
Again, thank you for being an early Backer to this campaign! Please consider spreading the word via your social media using this graphic and URL and let’s bring this book (and more) to LIFE:
 
 
 
Best to you all,
Charlie

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Does Zoop save my credit card info?

Zoop does not store or keep your credit card info. Stripe simply holds the credit card info until the end of a successful campaign and then charges it. It is strictly for this one time use and won't charge it ever again.

What does Zoop use for checkout and when would my credit card be charged?

We use Stripe for checkout because it is VERY secure. They exceed industry security standards and are trusted by thousands of companies, including Amazon, Lyft, Slack, Shopify, and Airbnb, who use Stripe's software tools to accept payments. Their interface is pre-made by them and we don't have the ability to augment it in any way. Once there, you have 15 minutes to complete the transaction by hitting the 'SAVE CARD' button. Stripe then holds the credit card info until the end of the campaign. You won’t actually be charged unless the campaign reaches the funding goal. The pre-order amount will show as 'pending' on your credit card statement until that date.

 

If the campaign doesn't fund, your pre-order will be canceled, and the pending charge will disappear. You'll get an email confirmation with a summary of rewards and charges both after the initial pledge and after the actual charging of the card (try looking in your spam folder if you don't happen to see it in your inbox). 

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You can either access the transaction through your account and click the cancel button, or contact us at hello@wearezoop.com and we'll cancel it for you and send back a confirmation email.

 
Cancellations of rewards or add-ons of $500 or more must be made before there are 72 hours left in the campaign. The reason for this is it can have a negative effect on the tally of the campaign. If it is a limited reward or add-on, there may not be sufficient time for someone else to purchase it, leaving the campaign possibly not funded. We ask for your courtesy of the people running the campaign when making these decisions.

Any other questions/ comments?

Please e-mail us at hello@wearezoop.com and we'll get right back to you!

If I got a reward that requires some feedback from me, how do I let you know my request?

You could e-mail us at hello@wearezoop.com with that info during the campaign if you'd like to get it out of the way. Otherwise, we'll be reaching out to all supporters of rewards that require feedback shortly after the campaign is over.

Do you ship to my country?

Our campaigns are for a worldwide audience unless stated otherwise in the campaign. All international orders are sold with the terms DAP (Delivered At Place). You are responsible for any duties and taxes required for the shipment's entry into your country. Our carriers may require you to pay taxes and fees related to importation and customs brokerage of your shipment -- but if your item is really low in value, it may fall under the customs de minimis of most countries. For more information, please contact USPS

Where can I find your shipping rates?

Since we have an a la carte rewards system, shipping rates will vary from supporter to supporter. We use a weight-based calculation system in your checkout cart, though, so, after you enter your country, you'll be able to see it calculated in real time with each item you add.

If I purchase rewards and then want to make changes to that purchase later on in the campaign, what is the process?

If you want to make changes, you should first cancel your original order and then start over with a new one. If you don't do that and simply process an additional order, the way our system is currently set up you may end up being overcharged for shipping -- which we could remedy for you, but it just takes that extra step of catching it and crediting you back the extra shipping, so please try the prior way first.

Will there be a post-campaign period where you can make changes and get add-ons through a 'pledge manager'?

No - this is it! We're essentially your in-campaign pledge manager. If you are interested in supporting these creators, this is the time to do it!  And it's the exact reason we allow you to purchase as many rewards as you want during the campaign!

What's the idea behind the Rewards and Add-Ons? Can I get both?

Rewards are the priority items that the creators have chosen for the campaign. Add-Ons are meant to be secondary items that are 'unlocked' after you buy something from the Reward level. There are no restrictions on buying Rewards, but you can only buy Add-Ons if you've bought a Reward. Zoop sets this up under the direction of the creators. Some may choose to only have Rewards, some may choose an even balance of Rewards and Add-Ons, and others may choose to only have one or two Rewards with the rest of the items being Add-Ons.

Can I get more than 1 item?

Yes! We encourage you to get more than 1 item! That could be multiple copies of the same reward, or you can mix and match rewards! There is no limit, unless otherwise stated in the reward description.