I signed up for Patreon so I could support Grimdark magazine. Patreon is a website that let’s you back artists and creators on a regular and recurring basis. It’s a bit like Kickstarter, but you make an ongoing commitment via credit card or Paypal to back the artist or project you are supporting.
The model is a crowdsourced Internet version of what the Medici and all of the other pre-industrial tycoons did to support the arts. It seems strange now, but there was a time when this was pretty much the only form of support for the arts available. Well, that and government pensions. Of course, this is the sort of thing that always came with strings attached. You were expected to slip in a bit of judicious flattery about your patron or support the government’s line in return for the dosh.
Patreon improves on this. The artist is under no obligations to toe the party line because there is no party line. It’s a group of people getting together to support some artist or project they like. Obviously, said artist would probably feel pressure to deliver what the patrons signed up for. At least I hope so since I signed up to support Grimdark magazine and will be very disappointed if the team decides to produce SparkleUnicorn Fantasy Quarterly instead.
It’s an interesting way to support the arts. I am happy to cough up just over the quid a month, or so it costs. Grimdark Magazine is, as you probably guessed, an ezine about grimdark fiction. I first heard about it in a Facebook group I am part of and thought that sounds cool, so I decided to put my money where my mouth is. The issue I downloaded features an interesting article on world-building by Jesse Bullington, some good reviews of books I am interested in reading and a short story by Anthony Ryan along with interviews with Deborah A. Wolf and John Gwynne. Well worth what I paid. If you’re interested in supporting the magazine here’s the link to the Patreon Page again.
More Demon Lord
And on to more grimdark-tastic stuff. Later today, Robert Schwalb, the creator Shadow of the Demon Lord is launching a new Kickstarter to bring Freeport, City of Adventure to the world of the Demon Lord. The book is written and read to go, and Bob is just asking for the money to help pay for the editing and art. I’ll be supporting this, and I think you should too if you have any interest in pen and paper gaming in a grim world of perilous adventure. You can find out more here.
This weekend I am going to be at the Intel Extreme Gaming event in Katowice, Poland, signing copies of Illidan. If you happen to be in the area and feel like a chat, do come along. I’ll be at the Blizzard shop at 2:30 pm and 4:30 pm on Saturday 4th of March. Chances are I’ll be lounging around there for most of the afternoon if you feel like dropping by.
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