Sam Keeper and Storming the Ivory Tower are creating Experimental Pop Culture Essays
76

patrons

$338
per blog post
Pop Culture and critical theory belong together.

That's the thesis I've been pushing at Storming the Ivory Tower. By digging into pop, fandom, and marginal culture using tools normally reserved for High Art and Literature, I give everyone access to ideas otherwise reserved for academics. With articles on topics like the intelligence of Pacific Rimthe important place of Homestuck in comics history, or the critical potential of fan games spreading far and wide on the web, and with a stable of ebookspodcasts, and esoteric review projects, StIT has become a site of experimental criticism with a wide scope of subjects but a simple goal: to storm and sack academic "Haute Couture" with the armies of Gutter Culture.

But writing a 3000+ word essay takes a lot of time and effort, and now I'm asking for your support so that I can keep bringing you the complex, incisive criticism and theory you've come to expect from StIT. This Patreon campaign, set up to allow for payments as low as 50 cents an article, is designed to help me defray the cost of teaching people on the Internet about media theory instead of getting a real job slicing meat and cheese products for The Man! I'm almost halfway to my goal of doing this as a full time job, and I need your help to keep StIT running.

At all levels, you'll get access to early and exclusive content: exclusive reviews, draft articles, the Storming the Ivory Tower podcast, plans for future articles, and even raw image files used to create the blog's illustrations. At higher tiers, paying just $5 per article will help me continue to release ebook collections, and will give you in return access to my whole existing ebook library.

With your help, I can keep storming ivory towers and bringing media analysis to the masses.

Still not convinced? Get introduced to StIT though the Reader's Guide.

Tiers
Pledge $0.50 or more per blog post
2 patrons
Suggestion Pack!

Early access to the ideas I have for articles and collections, and the ability to give feedback on what you'd most like to see.
Pledge $1 or more per blog post
27 patrons
Early Access Pack!

With this tier you get access to several rewards:I periodically collect some of the Reviews into compilation articles, but much of the writing at this tier is exclusively accessible to my Patrons.
Pledge $2 or more per blog post
7 patrons
Feast for the Eyes Pack!

Access higher resolution, creative commons licensed versions of the artwork produced for StIT, including original raw files produced in the free and open source program Krita! Great for anyone interested in my artistic process for article illustrations.
Pledge $3 or more per blog post
15 patrons
Podcast Tier!

I write my articles by speaking them first, and then I edit the audio files into podcast versions of my articles. This tier gives access to:
  • The Storming the Ivory Tower Podcast, a looser, more stream of consciousness take on my articles, often including material not in the final pieces
  • Patron-exclusive installments of my periodic Let's Read Theory recordings, where I translate Theory texts into more accessible terms and explain their value
  • Video posts, such as Let's Play footage
Pledge $5 or more per blog post
21 patrons
Big Fat Essay Collection Pack!

I periodically gather together my articles into revised and updated ebooks, paired with new, exclusive material. At this tier you underwrite the production of these books, and get access to my full Ebook library. This includes:
Pledge $10 or more per blog post
4 patrons (sold out!)
Bonded Servitude Pack!

Want me to write about a specific thing that I haven't written about yet? Well this is the tier for you! For your patronage, I will, once per year, watch, read, listen to, or play* something of your choice and share my thoughts on what's interesting, what works, and what doesn't. 

*Within reason--buying an entire new game system is probably out of my budget, for example, unless like... a LOT of people sign up for this.
Pledge $8,000 or more per blog post
0 of 1 patrons
Meme Pack!

For 8000 a month I will stop
Goals
$338 of $350 per blog post
I can officially afford to do this full time. This will be my day job.
10 of 10
Pop Culture and critical theory belong together.

That's the thesis I've been pushing at Storming the Ivory Tower. By digging into pop, fandom, and marginal culture using tools normally reserved for High Art and Literature, I give everyone access to ideas otherwise reserved for academics. With articles on topics like the intelligence of Pacific Rimthe important place of Homestuck in comics history, or the critical potential of fan games spreading far and wide on the web, and with a stable of ebookspodcasts, and esoteric review projects, StIT has become a site of experimental criticism with a wide scope of subjects but a simple goal: to storm and sack academic "Haute Couture" with the armies of Gutter Culture.

But writing a 3000+ word essay takes a lot of time and effort, and now I'm asking for your support so that I can keep bringing you the complex, incisive criticism and theory you've come to expect from StIT. This Patreon campaign, set up to allow for payments as low as 50 cents an article, is designed to help me defray the cost of teaching people on the Internet about media theory instead of getting a real job slicing meat and cheese products for The Man! I'm almost halfway to my goal of doing this as a full time job, and I need your help to keep StIT running.

At all levels, you'll get access to early and exclusive content: exclusive reviews, draft articles, the Storming the Ivory Tower podcast, plans for future articles, and even raw image files used to create the blog's illustrations. At higher tiers, paying just $5 per article will help me continue to release ebook collections, and will give you in return access to my whole existing ebook library.

With your help, I can keep storming ivory towers and bringing media analysis to the masses.

Still not convinced? Get introduced to StIT though the Reader's Guide.

Recent posts by Sam Keeper and Storming the Ivory Tower

Tiers
Pledge $0.50 or more per blog post
2 patrons
Suggestion Pack!

Early access to the ideas I have for articles and collections, and the ability to give feedback on what you'd most like to see.
Pledge $1 or more per blog post
27 patrons
Early Access Pack!

With this tier you get access to several rewards:I periodically collect some of the Reviews into compilation articles, but much of the writing at this tier is exclusively accessible to my Patrons.
Pledge $2 or more per blog post
7 patrons
Feast for the Eyes Pack!

Access higher resolution, creative commons licensed versions of the artwork produced for StIT, including original raw files produced in the free and open source program Krita! Great for anyone interested in my artistic process for article illustrations.
Pledge $3 or more per blog post
15 patrons
Podcast Tier!

I write my articles by speaking them first, and then I edit the audio files into podcast versions of my articles. This tier gives access to:
  • The Storming the Ivory Tower Podcast, a looser, more stream of consciousness take on my articles, often including material not in the final pieces
  • Patron-exclusive installments of my periodic Let's Read Theory recordings, where I translate Theory texts into more accessible terms and explain their value
  • Video posts, such as Let's Play footage
Pledge $5 or more per blog post
21 patrons
Big Fat Essay Collection Pack!

I periodically gather together my articles into revised and updated ebooks, paired with new, exclusive material. At this tier you underwrite the production of these books, and get access to my full Ebook library. This includes:
Pledge $10 or more per blog post
4 patrons (sold out!)
Bonded Servitude Pack!

Want me to write about a specific thing that I haven't written about yet? Well this is the tier for you! For your patronage, I will, once per year, watch, read, listen to, or play* something of your choice and share my thoughts on what's interesting, what works, and what doesn't. 

*Within reason--buying an entire new game system is probably out of my budget, for example, unless like... a LOT of people sign up for this.
Pledge $8,000 or more per blog post
0 of 1 patrons
Meme Pack!

For 8000 a month I will stop