Tonights Topic, Patreon.
I fuggin hate this concept! It gives financially poor content creators or under appreciated content creators a paywall for their content. Cosplayers, Artist, Illustrators, all of them! some high-end Cosplayers, for example, use patreon to get their fanbase to pay for excess content. As if paying for 8x11's on the storenvy site wasn't enough. Some higher-end cosplayers (to my understanding) are paid to attend certain booths at con to bring business to the employer. Sure, Cosplaying is NOT a well paying job. BUT, cosplayers who use patreon do whatever other Patreon users do. Slowly skews all their previously free content (ex Fan Mail Videos, Behind the Scenes Photo Shoots, and general interaction videos) and slaps them behind a paywall that is Patreon.
Artist seem to be dominantly worse at this. Because every budding artist wants fame and fortune like Marvel and DC writers get. So to pay the bills they place their artwork (which was previously free via DeviantArt, Tumblr, Fur Affinity, etc.) And say, "Hey you like my work? Then pay for it!" What's worse is that already LAZY artist who rarely post content either way, gets this mentality that Patreon is the way to go. Now all the sudden they make EVERY PIECE of WORK they do Patreon exclusive!! We're talking sketches!!! WHO THE FUCK PAYS A MONTHLY FEE FOR SKETCHES!?!
This is why I will NEVER do Patreon for my Cosplays and Artwork!! If you wanna Tip me, go for it. If you want to commission me, I don't suggest it. But I will NEVER ever do what I see these lazy artist do and SELLOUT for a Patreon PAYWALL!!!
"But DrKrazy, not all Artist are like that... Some have a paying job that restricts them from drawing what THEY wanna draw."
Y'know what... You're absolutely right! Some respectable Artist or Noteworthy Cosplayers are doing Patreon and they are doing it right! Sadly I cannot pay for their Time exclusive Bonus content because I myself am still below poverty. This venting is for the Lower tier folks whom already had inconsistent content schedules and then decide, they like to be a sellout!! I know of one Artist who has a monthly publication, and gets paid dat $$$. But deep down they wanna draw that smut... All of the smut. So they opened a Patreon for their SMUT only. BUT, it didn't effect their monthly publication what-so-ever!! It hasn't altered their posting schedules. And (here's the best part) they post the SMUTTY content 1 ~ 2 months later in a semi-consistent manor. THAT aritst is doing it right!! Patreon should be for Timed-Exclusive Content for people who have the money. NOT, a paywall!!
Okay I am done... Gonna grab me some fuggin Chipotle!!