AP Marvel is creating a platform for MCU fans who are otherwise unheard from.
22

patrons

$65
per month
What We Do
AP Marvel is an intersectional and inclusive platform for progressive minds and perspectives from marginalized communities, media criticism spheres, and academic fields. It is this platform's aim to allow fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe to express their thoughts and feelings on the franchise, the issues it touches on, and the fandom itself. Starting as a weekly podcast show hosted by Chris CompendioIzzy Sio, and Anthony Paone, this evolving platform is aspiring to bring in guest contributors to submit pitches for articles, essays, videos, and any form of media, with the aim being to pay these contributors through Patreon funds.

What We Bring
Too many comic book movie websites and YouTube channels today are focused on news, speculation, and the same, tired surface-level discussions. The creation of AP Marvel was meant to create a new space that few other websites and platforms occupy, one with a deeper level of criticism, discourse, and discussion. And with the expansion from a weekly podcast show to a full-fledged Medium publication, AP Marvel is seeking voices amongst marginalized communities, pop culture critics, and academic experts to share their unique experiences and takes on the MCU.

How We Started
The podcast has its origins in Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh—in 2015, screenwriting student and MCU enthusiast Chris Compendio started a student-taught class through CMU's "StuCo" program. Titled "Marvel Film & Media Studies," this weekly class detailed the cinematic influences, creative decisions, and long-running character arcs of the MCU films and shows. In Chris's second and final semester teaching the course before graduating, they brought in Anthony Paone, with other students such as Izzy Sio inheriting the class through the years. The StuCo is still ongoing. Chris, Izzy, and Anthony brought the StuCo's philosophy of higher-level discussion in creating the AP Marvel podcast for Marvel News Desk, which itself was built by former members of MCU Exchange.

What We're Doing Now
Inspired by a multitude of independent video game criticism publications giving voices to people from marginalized communities, AP Marvel is aspiring to do the same for MCU fans. There are diverse and eclectic parts of the fanbase that are generally only seen on social media, with their unique thoughts and ideas rarely reaching the mainstream internet discourse. AP Marvel wants to promote those ideas and display the best of the fanbase in a day and age where the very notions of diversity, progressivism, tolerance, and overall decency are under attack. In the meantime, the weekly podcast will continue, and we'll add a Patron-exclusive podcast about non-MCU media, with topics including other films, television shows, books, articles, and hey, maybe even food. AP Marvel also has a Discord server to host our community! Patrons will have roles to access exclusive channels.

What We're Looking For
Once we're in a financial position to pay contributors, we want to hear pitches. Articles, personal essays, and even video essays, artwork, and comics, if that's how you want to express your MCU thoughts and experiences. We want to see challenging, new, and thought-provoking ideas, pieces that can only come from your own personal, emotional, or educational experiences. We want to see funny and entertaining profiles on fandom phenomenons and subcultures outside the mainstream. We want to see new perspectives on the MCU from people of different studies and fields. Our podcast has painted broad strokes regarding issues such as ethnic representation, queer identity, science, philosophy, ethics, religion, and so many more political and social issues, not to mention issues within the fandom itself—we want your pitches to be even more honed and specific in those areas. How many pitches we accept will depend on how much money this Patreon campaign makes.

The Crew
Chris Compendio (Editor-in-Chief/Podcast Producer): Since graduating from CMU, studying creative writing and information systems, Chris was an editorial intern for Paste Magazine, a staff writer for MCU Exchange, and is currently on staff at Flixist and DualShockers. Additionally, Chris has pieces in VideodameZEAL, and CapsuleCrit, all which were featured on Critical Distance. Chris is currently based in the Philadelphia Main Line.

Izzy Sio (Co-Editor/Podcast Producer) is a junior at CMU studying Statistics and Professional Writing and overall a huge nerd. She has vast editorial experience, having written various reviews and features on the entertainment industry for CMU’s The Tartan, and contributed to Marvel News Desk. She has an undying love for pop culture and the entertainment industry and hopes to pursue a master’s degree in entertainment industry management post-undergrad.

Anthony Paone (Podcast Producer) graduated Carnegie Mellon University in May of 2018 with degrees in Civil & Environmental Engineering and Engineering & Public Policy. Currently working as a civil engineer on highway and bridge engineering, Anthony is always talking about how bad movies can be, which Marvel characters are class conscious (not many), and why there’s never been a good Lovecraft adaptation.

Thomas Rasmussen (Video/Podcast Producer) is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University with degrees in Decision Science and Psychology. By day he works as an IT consultant and by night a movie fanatic, with a special passion for Marvel and superheroes in general. Thomas lives and works in Richmond Virginia.

Sabrina Clarke (Co-Editor) is a bonafide Screenwriter-Director-Linguist thanks in part to her education at CMU. She has written numerous screenplays when she’s not helping edit AP Marvel content or trying to learn a new accent. She also participates as a guest contributor to the AP Marvel podcast, providing an interesting angle on the various topics from what she’s learned through her film experiences.

Additionally, expect continuing regular appearances of fellow StuCo teachers and current CMU students Erin Beasley and Leila Jordan in AP Marvel content!

How You Can Help
We at AP Marvel love the MCU, and we want to raise the bar for criticism about not just Marvel, but popular media in general. Any support you can provide would be greatly appreciated—even just a small monthly contribution would help, or at the very least, follows on Twitter (retweets too) and Medium, likes for our Facebook page, and subscriptions for our YouTube channel. We are also certainly not experts in every single issue, so direct feedback and comments on our content is welcomed.

Thank you so much, and we hope you enjoy our work!

Tiers
(Scott) Buck
$1 or more per month 12 patrons

Even the smallest contribution helps to keep AP Marvel's mission going. You'll get early access to video essays and exclusive access to our "Marvel Musings" letters to Patrons and a variety of Premium podcasts like "Tony's Film Corner." Thank you!

Includes Discord rewards
Agent of A.P.M.A.R.V.E.L.
$5 or more per month 8 patrons

You can now listen to the Patreon-exclusive "AP Marvel Off-Topic" podcast! Listen to a semi-regular show where the AP Marvel crew engages with non-Marvel movies, television shows, books, articles, restaurants, and who-knows-what-else.

Includes Discord rewards
OG Avenger
$10 or more per month 2 patrons

Love the show that much? Listen to us record live through Discord! Witness how messy the process is before we somehow edit into something discernible.

Includes Discord rewards
Elder(-ish) of the Universe
$20 or more per month 0 patrons
Consider yourself a friend of AP Marvel at this point. We'll thank you at the end of every podcast episode and have your name in the "About" page of the Medium publication!
Includes Discord rewards
K-Feige
$50 or more per month 0 patrons
You're essentially an executive producer of AP Marvel now. Along with the above perks, you have the chance to guest star on AP Marvel! If you're microphone-shy and would rather not, you can instead send us your episode topic idea and we'll cover it!
Includes Discord rewards
Goals
$65 of $100 per month
Along with domain hosting and paying podcast guests, we'll be able to properly compensate our graphic designer Charles V. and our music composer Steve M.!
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What We Do
AP Marvel is an intersectional and inclusive platform for progressive minds and perspectives from marginalized communities, media criticism spheres, and academic fields. It is this platform's aim to allow fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe to express their thoughts and feelings on the franchise, the issues it touches on, and the fandom itself. Starting as a weekly podcast show hosted by Chris CompendioIzzy Sio, and Anthony Paone, this evolving platform is aspiring to bring in guest contributors to submit pitches for articles, essays, videos, and any form of media, with the aim being to pay these contributors through Patreon funds.

What We Bring
Too many comic book movie websites and YouTube channels today are focused on news, speculation, and the same, tired surface-level discussions. The creation of AP Marvel was meant to create a new space that few other websites and platforms occupy, one with a deeper level of criticism, discourse, and discussion. And with the expansion from a weekly podcast show to a full-fledged Medium publication, AP Marvel is seeking voices amongst marginalized communities, pop culture critics, and academic experts to share their unique experiences and takes on the MCU.

How We Started
The podcast has its origins in Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh—in 2015, screenwriting student and MCU enthusiast Chris Compendio started a student-taught class through CMU's "StuCo" program. Titled "Marvel Film & Media Studies," this weekly class detailed the cinematic influences, creative decisions, and long-running character arcs of the MCU films and shows. In Chris's second and final semester teaching the course before graduating, they brought in Anthony Paone, with other students such as Izzy Sio inheriting the class through the years. The StuCo is still ongoing. Chris, Izzy, and Anthony brought the StuCo's philosophy of higher-level discussion in creating the AP Marvel podcast for Marvel News Desk, which itself was built by former members of MCU Exchange.

What We're Doing Now
Inspired by a multitude of independent video game criticism publications giving voices to people from marginalized communities, AP Marvel is aspiring to do the same for MCU fans. There are diverse and eclectic parts of the fanbase that are generally only seen on social media, with their unique thoughts and ideas rarely reaching the mainstream internet discourse. AP Marvel wants to promote those ideas and display the best of the fanbase in a day and age where the very notions of diversity, progressivism, tolerance, and overall decency are under attack. In the meantime, the weekly podcast will continue, and we'll add a Patron-exclusive podcast about non-MCU media, with topics including other films, television shows, books, articles, and hey, maybe even food. AP Marvel also has a Discord server to host our community! Patrons will have roles to access exclusive channels.

What We're Looking For
Once we're in a financial position to pay contributors, we want to hear pitches. Articles, personal essays, and even video essays, artwork, and comics, if that's how you want to express your MCU thoughts and experiences. We want to see challenging, new, and thought-provoking ideas, pieces that can only come from your own personal, emotional, or educational experiences. We want to see funny and entertaining profiles on fandom phenomenons and subcultures outside the mainstream. We want to see new perspectives on the MCU from people of different studies and fields. Our podcast has painted broad strokes regarding issues such as ethnic representation, queer identity, science, philosophy, ethics, religion, and so many more political and social issues, not to mention issues within the fandom itself—we want your pitches to be even more honed and specific in those areas. How many pitches we accept will depend on how much money this Patreon campaign makes.

The Crew
Chris Compendio (Editor-in-Chief/Podcast Producer): Since graduating from CMU, studying creative writing and information systems, Chris was an editorial intern for Paste Magazine, a staff writer for MCU Exchange, and is currently on staff at Flixist and DualShockers. Additionally, Chris has pieces in VideodameZEAL, and CapsuleCrit, all which were featured on Critical Distance. Chris is currently based in the Philadelphia Main Line.

Izzy Sio (Co-Editor/Podcast Producer) is a junior at CMU studying Statistics and Professional Writing and overall a huge nerd. She has vast editorial experience, having written various reviews and features on the entertainment industry for CMU’s The Tartan, and contributed to Marvel News Desk. She has an undying love for pop culture and the entertainment industry and hopes to pursue a master’s degree in entertainment industry management post-undergrad.

Anthony Paone (Podcast Producer) graduated Carnegie Mellon University in May of 2018 with degrees in Civil & Environmental Engineering and Engineering & Public Policy. Currently working as a civil engineer on highway and bridge engineering, Anthony is always talking about how bad movies can be, which Marvel characters are class conscious (not many), and why there’s never been a good Lovecraft adaptation.

Thomas Rasmussen (Video/Podcast Producer) is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University with degrees in Decision Science and Psychology. By day he works as an IT consultant and by night a movie fanatic, with a special passion for Marvel and superheroes in general. Thomas lives and works in Richmond Virginia.

Sabrina Clarke (Co-Editor) is a bonafide Screenwriter-Director-Linguist thanks in part to her education at CMU. She has written numerous screenplays when she’s not helping edit AP Marvel content or trying to learn a new accent. She also participates as a guest contributor to the AP Marvel podcast, providing an interesting angle on the various topics from what she’s learned through her film experiences.

Additionally, expect continuing regular appearances of fellow StuCo teachers and current CMU students Erin Beasley and Leila Jordan in AP Marvel content!

How You Can Help
We at AP Marvel love the MCU, and we want to raise the bar for criticism about not just Marvel, but popular media in general. Any support you can provide would be greatly appreciated—even just a small monthly contribution would help, or at the very least, follows on Twitter (retweets too) and Medium, likes for our Facebook page, and subscriptions for our YouTube channel. We are also certainly not experts in every single issue, so direct feedback and comments on our content is welcomed.

Thank you so much, and we hope you enjoy our work!

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Tiers
(Scott) Buck
$1 or more per month 12 patrons

Even the smallest contribution helps to keep AP Marvel's mission going. You'll get early access to video essays and exclusive access to our "Marvel Musings" letters to Patrons and a variety of Premium podcasts like "Tony's Film Corner." Thank you!

Includes Discord rewards
Agent of A.P.M.A.R.V.E.L.
$5 or more per month 8 patrons

You can now listen to the Patreon-exclusive "AP Marvel Off-Topic" podcast! Listen to a semi-regular show where the AP Marvel crew engages with non-Marvel movies, television shows, books, articles, restaurants, and who-knows-what-else.

Includes Discord rewards
OG Avenger
$10 or more per month 2 patrons

Love the show that much? Listen to us record live through Discord! Witness how messy the process is before we somehow edit into something discernible.

Includes Discord rewards
Elder(-ish) of the Universe
$20 or more per month 0 patrons
Consider yourself a friend of AP Marvel at this point. We'll thank you at the end of every podcast episode and have your name in the "About" page of the Medium publication!
Includes Discord rewards
K-Feige
$50 or more per month 0 patrons
You're essentially an executive producer of AP Marvel now. Along with the above perks, you have the chance to guest star on AP Marvel! If you're microphone-shy and would rather not, you can instead send us your episode topic idea and we'll cover it!
Includes Discord rewards