Eric July’s “Isom” Issue 1 Launches the “Rippaverse” into Orbit (Updated)

Update: The Isom campaign has indeed crossed the $1 million threshold as of 12 July. Congratulations to Eric July, Cliff Richards, Gabe Eltaeb, Eric Weathers, and everyone else on the Rippaverse team.

Original story follows:

On Monday, YouTube personality and aspiring comic book creator Eric July launched a crowdfunding campaign for Isom issue 1, an all new, 96-page superhero book.

July is going the fully independent route with the project, eschewing crowdfunding platforms like Indiegogo and Kickstarter in favor of his own web store. So far, the gamble looks to have paid off; Isom issue 1 is already a massive success, having raised nearly $900 thousand at the time of this writing, and very well could hit the $1 million mark in the first 24 hours.

Written by July and featuring illustrations by Cliff Richards, colors by Gabe Eltaeb, and lettering by the prolific Eric Weathers, Isom is intended as the first book in a shared superhero universe known as the “Rippaverse” (named after July’s YouTube moniker: YoungRippa59).

Here’s the official pitch taken from the Isom crowdfunding campaign page:

The Rippaverse is FINALLY here and Isom #1 is the perfect comic book to launch it. Written by the founder of Rippaverse Publishing, Eric July, this book not only serves as the beginnings of a new character, but also as a launching pad for what will inevitably be an ever-expanding comic book universe. With pencil and ink work from industry veteran Cliff Richards and color-work from Gabe Eltaeb, this book could only be an intriguing, explosive experience. Letterer Eric Weathers applied his undeniable touch to help bring this 96-page book to life. So, what is it all about?


Avery Silman was once an entry-level hero known as Isom in the city of Florespark, Texas shortly after gaining his special abilities. A certain event had him hang up his suit, and now he stays on the outskirts of the city, living as a rancher.

Avery’s sister, Altona, gives him a call and wants him to visit an old friend by the name of Darren Fontaino. Another family friend that was interning with Altonta has gone missing and she last heard that she was dealing with Darren. But Darren has much changed since he was hanging out with Avery when they were young. He’s a cold-blooded shot-caller and one of the most feared men in the city.

This visit turns into one of the longest days in Avery’s life. Around these parts, people call ‘special beings’ Excepts. And unfortunately for Avery, he has the luxury of running into some of them. The Alphacore and Yaira have their own set of conflicts. A man built like a tank by the name of Santwan reappears and he’s had previous confrontation with Avery.

So what happens with Avery and Darren’s meeting? Who and where is the family friend? Just grab Isom #1: Ill-Advised Pt. 1 and find out for yourself!

While many tiers are already sold out, backers can still get a copy of “Cover C” for $35. If you have more money to spend, you can also receive the following:

  • Multiple copies of the book
  • Signed copies
  • T-shirts
  • Trading cards
  • Posters
  • The chance to have your likeness drawn into the final book

It is also worth noting that there is an additional shipping charge starting at approximately $9 for those in the United States, and sales tax is added at the point of sale, where applicable.

Interested? You can check out some sample artwork below or visit the full Isom #1 crowdfunding campaign page here.

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