Comics and popular culture get more respect today than ever before. Yet they still lack a culture of smart criticism, and few are taking them seriously as legitimate forms of art.
Sequart Organization has been fighting this battle for almost two decades. And we’re winning.
Through a website with daily content, over 20 books in print, and several documentary films, Sequart Organization wants everything it does to educate, stir thought, and be accessible to a general audience. Yes, we’re scholars, but we’re not snooty about it. We want you to be able to show us to your friends and say, “See? This is why comics and popular culture matter. They can be every bit as deep as Shakespeare or anything else.”
Running a website and a book line and a movie line takes a huge amount of time and money. Google ads don’t pay the bills, and 2000-word articles on comics (that take hours or even days to write) can’t compete for impressions with 200-word reports of movie gossip or celebrity wardrobe malfunctions.
We need to pay editors if we’re going to grow, and we want to pay more writers too. Your contribution will help keep us independent. It will help free us to focus on growing Sequart. It will allow us to expand our offerings online. And it will also help compensate our regular website writers.
Those of you who have followed Sequart know how much we’ve grown over the years. We want to keep growing. We have tons of cool ideas, but we’re limited by time and money. We all still have day jobs. Book and movie production involves irregular expenses, and it can be scary when the bills happen to clump together. Somehow, we’ve managed. What we’re trying to do with this Patreon campaign is just to make things a little easier. We also want to take care of our writers and editors a little better. Having a monthly income through Patreon could really help smooth things out, lower our stress, and let us focus on making the website better and producing more books and movies.
We’ve come up with some cool rewards for our patrons, including a Sequart book and movie club, where you can get a book or movie each month and then join an optional Google Hangout where we discuss it together.
Thank you in advance, whatever you can contribute!