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Zestworld Launches Comic Industry’s First Digital Commission Tool

Zestworld, the creator-first digital comics publisher, launched their newest feature: a digital commission tool. Seven Seven Six Founder and Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian conferred with award-winning comic artist Amanda Conner to create an NFT of American professional tennis superstar and wife, Serena Williams, and daughter, Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr, as superheroes. The Zestworld commission tool replicates one of the most beloved aspects of the Con/Expo fan experience, meeting artists and purchasing unique and exclusive creations. All commissions will be delivered as a print quality digital file with verified authenticity via minting on the environmentally-friendly Polygon blockchain, enabling artist royalties on secondary sales across all platforms where Polygon NFTs are sold.

“Commissions are a vitally important part of the comic artist’s business, and to collectors, they represent the holy grail fan experience,” said Zestworld co-founder Chris Giliberti. “Between the pandemic and broken supply chains, artists and fans need an improved solution. Our commissions tool not only streamlines ordering and fulfillment, it allows fans to support artists not just when they buy art, but also when they sell it.  Programmed royalties ensure your favorite artist profits as their work appreciates in secondary markets.”

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“As a lifelong comics fan and avid collector, I was so personally excited about Zestworld Commissions, I wanted to put in an order right away,” said Alexis Ohanian. “The opportunity to receive a personalized piece of art from one of the industry’s foremost creators did not disappoint.”

With Zestworld’s commission tool, fans are able to directly contact their favorite artist and commission a piece that will then convert into a one-of-a-kind NFT. The tool also enables creators the opportunity to globally connect with their fanbase year-round instead of relying on Cons and Expos. Zestworld artists currently taking commissions include Jim Mahfood, Joëlle Jones, Phil Jimenez, Tania del Rio, Amanda Conner, Eric Canete, and Josh Adams.

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In addition to announcing its NFT commission tool, Zestworld is expanding its roster of top-tier talent, with newly added creators including:

  • Jim Mahfood – Known for his his creator-owned comic book series Grrl Scouts and his comic strip Stupid Comics, he’s also done work for Marvel Comics on various Spider-Man titles, including Ultimate Marvel Team-Up and Spectacular Spider-Man.
  • Joëlle Jones – Eisner-nominated artist known for Lady Killer and her recent work on Batman. Jones has also sketched for fashion designer Prada, and illustrated for Marvel, Boom, Vertigo, Oni Press and The New York Times
  • Josh Adams – Winner of the 2022 Pulitzer Prize in Illustrated Reporting and Commentary for his work on “I Escaped a Chinese Internment Camp,” Adams is an acclaimed, Ringo-nominated comic book artist who has drawn for Marvel Entertainment, DC Comics, Syfy, Random House, and more.
  • Tania del Rio –  Known for her work with Archie Comics, Dark Horse, and Marvel, del Rio is best known for her work writing and drawing the 42-issue manga-inspired run of Sabrina the Teenage Witch: The Magic Within.

This new wave of creators joins a host of superstar talent already publishing on Zestworld including: Peter J. Tomasi, Alex Segura, Eric Canete, and Amanda Conner & Jimmy Palmiotti. Fan-favorite writer/artist Phil Jimenez’s OTHERWORLDS series will debut exclusively on Zestworld in July.

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