Critical Kate is creating video essays about comics and video games
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patrons

$12
per month

I Quit My Job To Pursue A Dream

For years I've been researching various topics with the intention of turning them into video essays. But my day job kept me too busy to cross that final hurdle of assembling any of it into a finished piece. Was this goal even possible, or just a pipe dream? The only way to find out was to make a serious go of it.

So I quit my job to launch my Youtube channel: A Critical Hit!

And I Need Your Help

Research-heavy articles and videos aren't quick to make. They take just as long to read or watch as any review or an opinion piece, but they take much longer to write because good research consumes a lot of time.

With your help, I can make deep-dives into comic book and video game history, with the goal of turning them into entertaining narratives. But you're not just funding the writing and the video editing. You're funding the research time that makes presenting these topics possible.

My hope is that there are enough people willing to support research-heavy essays for me to do this full time, because it really is a full time job.

About

About Critical Kate: My name is Kate Willaert (pronounced "will art"). 

I've written freelance for Heidi MacDonald's The Beat and Frank Cifaldi's Video Game History Foundation. Previously I was a UI/UX designer. I majored in graphic design, and I occasionally draw comics

I've also written and illustrated a number of comic and video game infographics, which you may have seen on AV ClubKotakuMental FlossTIME.com, etc.

About A Critical Hit!: A Critical Hit! began in 2011 as an attempt at a typical video game site, with reviews and listicles. The site fell by the wayside when I got busy at my day job, and became a place to host occasional articles and essays. Now I'm reviving it with a focus on geek culture history and analysis.

About Patreon: Are you brand new to Patreon? It's a crowdfunding site for ongoing projects. You can support projects that interest you by donating a set amount per month, so that creators can eat, pay rent, and maybe one day work their way up to more elaborate creations.

Please support research-heavy essays!
Tiers
Power Loot Acquired
$1 or more per month
 • Read Patron-only blog posts!

 • View sneak peeks! 

 • Vote on the next topic when I'm feeling indecisive!

Varia Loot Acquired
$5 or more per month
Previous tier rewards, plus:

 • Watch videos 24 hours early! 

 • See your name immortalized in the end credits!

Gravity Loot Acquired
$10 or more per month
Previous tier bonuses, plus:

 • Access an exclusive Discord!

 • Your name will appear larger in the end credits!

Includes Discord rewards
Justin Bailey
$25 or more per month
Previous tier bonuses, plus: 

 • Max gratitude, because wow!

 • I'll read your name out loud in the end credits of 3 videos!

Includes Discord rewards
Goals
$12 of $1,000 per month
Halfway to possible! But working full time making part time money won't be sustainable long term. Please help spread the word!
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I Quit My Job To Pursue A Dream

For years I've been researching various topics with the intention of turning them into video essays. But my day job kept me too busy to cross that final hurdle of assembling any of it into a finished piece. Was this goal even possible, or just a pipe dream? The only way to find out was to make a serious go of it.

So I quit my job to launch my Youtube channel: A Critical Hit!

And I Need Your Help

Research-heavy articles and videos aren't quick to make. They take just as long to read or watch as any review or an opinion piece, but they take much longer to write because good research consumes a lot of time.

With your help, I can make deep-dives into comic book and video game history, with the goal of turning them into entertaining narratives. But you're not just funding the writing and the video editing. You're funding the research time that makes presenting these topics possible.

My hope is that there are enough people willing to support research-heavy essays for me to do this full time, because it really is a full time job.

About

About Critical Kate: My name is Kate Willaert (pronounced "will art"). 

I've written freelance for Heidi MacDonald's The Beat and Frank Cifaldi's Video Game History Foundation. Previously I was a UI/UX designer. I majored in graphic design, and I occasionally draw comics

I've also written and illustrated a number of comic and video game infographics, which you may have seen on AV ClubKotakuMental FlossTIME.com, etc.

About A Critical Hit!: A Critical Hit! began in 2011 as an attempt at a typical video game site, with reviews and listicles. The site fell by the wayside when I got busy at my day job, and became a place to host occasional articles and essays. Now I'm reviving it with a focus on geek culture history and analysis.

About Patreon: Are you brand new to Patreon? It's a crowdfunding site for ongoing projects. You can support projects that interest you by donating a set amount per month, so that creators can eat, pay rent, and maybe one day work their way up to more elaborate creations.

Please support research-heavy essays!

Recent posts by Critical Kate

Tiers
Power Loot Acquired
$1 or more per month
 • Read Patron-only blog posts!

 • View sneak peeks! 

 • Vote on the next topic when I'm feeling indecisive!

Varia Loot Acquired
$5 or more per month
Previous tier rewards, plus:

 • Watch videos 24 hours early! 

 • See your name immortalized in the end credits!

Gravity Loot Acquired
$10 or more per month
Previous tier bonuses, plus:

 • Access an exclusive Discord!

 • Your name will appear larger in the end credits!

Includes Discord rewards
Justin Bailey
$25 or more per month
Previous tier bonuses, plus: 

 • Max gratitude, because wow!

 • I'll read your name out loud in the end credits of 3 videos!

Includes Discord rewards