“There will be no end to the troubles of states, or indeed, my dear Glaucon, of humanity itself, till philosophers become rulers in this world, or till those we now call kings and rulers really and truly become philosophers, and political power and philosophy thus come into the same hands.” ~ Plato’s RepublicWelcome, ladies and gentlemen, to my Patreon page! I am The Philosopher King, creator of the most exemplary art and literature analysis videos on the internet. Join me on my quest for a deeper understanding of storytelling by way of philosophy and critical theory.
Art is vital if civilisation is to flourish. Human beings are narrative thinkers, and storytelling is the most effective means by which to explore themes of philosophy, history, science, and psychology. Through the power of analytical videos, I am to unlock the hidden depths of artworks old and new, creating a deeper appreciation for their themes and how we can learn from them.
I hold myself to uncompromising standards, and will not settle for anything less than superb. For this reason, videos may not arrive on a weekly basis, but you can be sure that they are always worth the wait. All of my content is in-depth, exploring the themes of a work as well as its broader context (never will my videos be a haphazard ramble of half-formed opinions or, God forbid, plot recaps).
I have devoted my life to the art of analysis. As an Honours student in film and English literature, I spend my every waking moment learning and thinking about art and philosophy - thus, my knowledge and skill set are constantly evolving, ever expanding the scope of my writing. In the end, I aim to become a professor of film and literature, teaching and conducting research all over the world, adding to the great expanse of human thought and knowledge. Your support will help to make this a reality.
Overview of Content
Judgement DayMy signature programme, comprising the majority of my content. In-depth reviews and critical analysis of film, television, novels, video games, and more, all delivered with exemplary production values.
I focus particularly on the field of animation, but will cover just about anything that sparks my curiosity or starts a worthwhile discussion.
Afternoon TeaUpdate videos featuring the latest channel news and plans, as well as answering questions from the community and responding to comments.
Patrons receive a special focus here, and questions posted here on Patreon will be first in line for consideration.
Cards & BrandyMy “after dark” channel, so to speak, home to vlogs, controversial topics, and anything not quite fit for the main channel. This may include shorter discussion videos on topics of interest (particularly current events).
Gaming & TeaA channel home to non-analytical gameplay videos (primarily Overwatch at the moment), delivered with my magnificent commentary.
Why should you pledge?Content creation involves a substantial investment, not only of time, but of financial resources. I recently purchased a magnificent editing PC (the previous unit having started to show its limits), which will improve video quality immensely (albeit at some expense). Other items, such as microphones and editing software, add to the list. Day-to-day operations involve paying for artwork, films, books, music, and so on.
Supporting my content on Patreon allows me to continue investing in production equipment and resources, and may allow me to reduce other work commitments to focus squarely on YouTube. The campaign runs on a monthly basis, so you can plan out your contribution exactly.
As little as $1 per month makes an incredible difference - after all, if every one of my subscribers made that pledge, the net result would be quite remarkable.
As an added bonus, you can even factor your Patreon into your diet. Once per month, select an unnecessary article (chocolates, sweets, fizzy drinks, a cup of coffee, etc) and forego that purchase, thereby adding to your pool of funds to donate! Who would have thought that supporting creators could be good for your health?
RewardsAll of my videos are available to everyone (as I am rather reluctant to hide worthwhile content behind a paywall). However, for those who go above the call of duty to support the channel, Patreon rewards provide a special bonus.
All patrons have access to exclusive behind-the-scenes updates (posted right here on Patreon), keeping you up to date with where the channel is going. $2 patrons can even vote on upcoming videos! Higher-tier rewards include:
- A question of your choice answered (in detail) in an Afternoon Tea video.
- Your name in the credits for major videos.
- A promotional mention in a major video.
- An analysis video on a topic of your choice, written by yours truly.