The Atheneumon September 14, 2011 at 1:09 am
When I was a young and impressionable teenage girl I had a small seed of a dream. I wanted to make webcomics like the ones that I enjoyed reading during the lazy hours of IT class while trying to avoid the mind numbingly boring information on network architecture. I would read Megatokyo and be amazed that people would come back to the site a few times a week to read the pages as they updated. Then, as I have been prone to do, I told myself it was perfectly possible for me to do that too and even be successful at it.
Thus began my long and sometimes difficult journey into the world of comics that has led me here. I love Even in Arcadia. I love drawing, writing, sketching, promoting, doing all the boring bureaucratic paperwork for this comic. To be honest, I want to do more of it, more often.
I have created The Atheneum to help me realise this dream. It’s a subscription based site dedicated to giving donators more content, and it’s now up and running. I’m really excited because I’m looking forward to making wallpapers, illustrations, tutorials, blog posts and all sort of other fun stuff to fill it with. Every month there will be a new wallpaper available for download as well as a limited edition Artist Trading Card for anyone who donates more that $7 USD. The ATCs are my particular favourite because I get to send stuff to my readers in the mail, which is such a satisfying gesture. Perhaps I’m just a weird creep, but mail makes me happy.
I would not be surprised if you’re saying to yourself, “This sounds all well and good Anise, but how does it work?” Good question, small voice in my head. If you donate (using the big, red donate
button), you will be brought to a page upon completion of your payment. This page will have a password on it. You may use this password to access all the content over at The Atheneum for the calendar month. Any donation is good, be it $1 or $1,000 (if you, for some crazy reason, donate $1k to me, I will feel so guilty that I will send you multiple things in the mail until my guilt is sated).
If you donate late in the month, within 7 days of the end of the month to be precise, I will also email you the password for the next month. It’s only fair that people get as much access as they can for their donation, of course. Currently, the Atheneum is a little sparse, mostly because I still have a ton of content to upload. Not to worry, if you donate in September, you will get access until December 31, 2011, 3 whole months of goodies (including all the fun holiday stuff to come).
If the donations go well, I may even be able to add another update day to the schedule. Mostly because I’ll be able to drop a teaching day (which I’m dying to do).
Now that everything is up and running, I want to hear a little more from you guys! If you were to donate, what kind of content would you like to see? I have ideas for wallpapers, icons, avatars, tutorials, videos, sketches, blog posts, reviews, and all sorts of stuff, but I’d really like to know what everyone else is interested in too!
I know I must say this a lot (it feels like I say it a lot), but thank you very much for reading. I honestly count every new reader as a little piece of success that keeps me going. You guys are amazing to come back week after week to see my little comic. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
If you are interested in donating, you can do so here: