Adam Rowe

is creating and curating.

20

patrons

$46

per month
Hi! I'm Adam Rowe. Thanks for checking out this page.

Who are you?

You probably know me from the 70s Sci-Fi Art Tumblr, Twitter, or Facebook page. I post 7+ times a day, so people tend to assume the art blog is run by a team of people, but it really is just me. It’s doing well — over 400K followers across all social media and 7M impressions a month on Twitter — but since I don’t earn a dime on it, it’s tough to make time for.

My day job is freelance writing. For Barnes and Noble, I’ve written on how one misunderstanding in the 1870s created an entire sci-fi subgenre and I’ve interviewed an internet mash-up artist who got legal permission from Bill Watterson’s lawyers to pair Calvin and Hobbes with Dune. For Popular Mechanics, I once wrote a feature on legendary sci-fi artist Chris Foss. It’s not all sci-fi; I’ve written on tech topics like why bionic exoskeletons haven't replaced wheelchairs and how The Walking Dead could be the Pokemon Go of VR games. Wait, those are both kinda sci-fi. I guess I have a niche.

What you might not know me from is my newsletter Maddd Science. I recently launched it, and I’m hoping it will curate articles on genre fiction and culture just as well as my art blog curates sci-fi art. Check out the archives here to see if you like it.

And while I'm listing things I do, I'm also a Forbes contributor on the business of storytelling. 


Why start a Patreon?

Same reason most people do. All the responsibilities of life make it hard for me to put in the research I need to keep an art blog running or to write on the topics I’d prefer to cover. Any contribution isn’t an expectation: I don’t assume you’ll do anything more than glance at my Twitter feed once in a while.

Patreon might have its issues, but there’s a reason people call it the “economic engine of the internet”: It helps support all the weird online niches like me. If you really enjoy anything I do — writing, art blog, or newsletter — you can support me here.

More specifically, I’ll use the contributions to put a little more energy into 70s Sci-Fi Art and my writing career both. I’ll be able to pay my instagram account the attention it deserves, and I’ll have the time to put together interesting posts like this comparison of skull planets or this look at how much Jack Kirby hates drawing ears or that time I identified the artist behind some wall art on Three’s Company. I'll also be able to research and talk a little bit more about the history of the artists I usually just post images from. 

Just sign up to automatically give me a buck or five once a month. As any freelancer will tell you, having a steady but small income is way less stressful than having a huge but erratic one.

Hey, curation is just reposting other people’s stuff. Why do you deserve my money?

Well, I don’t, exactly. If I deserved it, I would have charged you upfront. I just want to keep doing it, and could use the support. Not sure if I’m worthy? Try this trick: Ask yourself if anything I do over the span of an average month ever gives you the same amount of satisfaction as a cup of coffee. If not, don’t bother giving me anything and go buy coffee instead.

And hey, donating any amount will get you access to my Patreon stream, where I’ll share notes, history tidbits and inside baseball facts. For instance, do you know there’s a hidden message in my Twitter profile pic?

Wait, what other benefits can I get here?

I like to keep it simple, so I only have two tiers: You can donate just two bucks and get access to that Patreon stream, or you can donate five dollars a month and a monthly email update from me with news about what I’m up to, downloadable short stories I’ve created, and raffles for 70s sci-fi art collections or graphic novels. I’d only recommend the five-dollar tier if you’re interested in getting to know me and the kinds of things I create, like the comic book I wrote one time or a full-cast 30-episode fiction podcast I made once.

Yes, there’s a third tier listed on here, but it’s only for those who feel like giving me twelve bucks a month out of the kindness of their heart, which is frankly a little ridiculous, so unless you dress like the Planters peanut mascot, feel free to ignore it.

What if I don’t wanna get a Patreon account?

No worries. I also have a PayPal page that allows general or ongoing donations.

Who’s the Maddd Science newsletter for?

People who love genre fiction. People who want to get better at writing their own stories, or who want to try out a new medium. People who trawl Rotten Tomatoes every week to see if the latest review embargo is up yet. People who just want to explore culture through pop culture. Anyone who loves the art, nature, and history of storytelling, whether it’s in books, video games, paintings, comics, indie films or the latest Netflix show.

Why does it have such a dumb name?

Because I felt like it.
Tiers
Thanks!
$2 or more per month
You get access to my Patreon feed, where I regularly post extra background on 70s sci-fi art history. 
Aw Yeah
$5 or more per month
You get access to my Patreon feed and you'll get on a Patreons-only email list where I'll update you on my creative work and send out various digital goodies.
Niiiice.
$12 or more per month
You get all the perks above, as well as the warming feeling of having contributed to making the world a more 70s Sci-Fi Art place. Also, if I ever publish a coffee table book, I'll send everyone who's in this tier a free copy.
Goals
$46 of $300 per month
I'll write bi-weekly mini blog posts on (or tangential to) retro sci-fi art. All patrons will get them first, but I'll post them to all my followers after a few days. Hopefully, it'll be just like 70s Sci-Fi Art now, but with a little more background on the art.
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Hi! I'm Adam Rowe. Thanks for checking out this page.

Who are you?

You probably know me from the 70s Sci-Fi Art Tumblr, Twitter, or Facebook page. I post 7+ times a day, so people tend to assume the art blog is run by a team of people, but it really is just me. It’s doing well — over 400K followers across all social media and 7M impressions a month on Twitter — but since I don’t earn a dime on it, it’s tough to make time for.

My day job is freelance writing. For Barnes and Noble, I’ve written on how one misunderstanding in the 1870s created an entire sci-fi subgenre and I’ve interviewed an internet mash-up artist who got legal permission from Bill Watterson’s lawyers to pair Calvin and Hobbes with Dune. For Popular Mechanics, I once wrote a feature on legendary sci-fi artist Chris Foss. It’s not all sci-fi; I’ve written on tech topics like why bionic exoskeletons haven't replaced wheelchairs and how The Walking Dead could be the Pokemon Go of VR games. Wait, those are both kinda sci-fi. I guess I have a niche.

What you might not know me from is my newsletter Maddd Science. I recently launched it, and I’m hoping it will curate articles on genre fiction and culture just as well as my art blog curates sci-fi art. Check out the archives here to see if you like it.

And while I'm listing things I do, I'm also a Forbes contributor on the business of storytelling. 


Why start a Patreon?

Same reason most people do. All the responsibilities of life make it hard for me to put in the research I need to keep an art blog running or to write on the topics I’d prefer to cover. Any contribution isn’t an expectation: I don’t assume you’ll do anything more than glance at my Twitter feed once in a while.

Patreon might have its issues, but there’s a reason people call it the “economic engine of the internet”: It helps support all the weird online niches like me. If you really enjoy anything I do — writing, art blog, or newsletter — you can support me here.

More specifically, I’ll use the contributions to put a little more energy into 70s Sci-Fi Art and my writing career both. I’ll be able to pay my instagram account the attention it deserves, and I’ll have the time to put together interesting posts like this comparison of skull planets or this look at how much Jack Kirby hates drawing ears or that time I identified the artist behind some wall art on Three’s Company. I'll also be able to research and talk a little bit more about the history of the artists I usually just post images from. 

Just sign up to automatically give me a buck or five once a month. As any freelancer will tell you, having a steady but small income is way less stressful than having a huge but erratic one.

Hey, curation is just reposting other people’s stuff. Why do you deserve my money?

Well, I don’t, exactly. If I deserved it, I would have charged you upfront. I just want to keep doing it, and could use the support. Not sure if I’m worthy? Try this trick: Ask yourself if anything I do over the span of an average month ever gives you the same amount of satisfaction as a cup of coffee. If not, don’t bother giving me anything and go buy coffee instead.

And hey, donating any amount will get you access to my Patreon stream, where I’ll share notes, history tidbits and inside baseball facts. For instance, do you know there’s a hidden message in my Twitter profile pic?

Wait, what other benefits can I get here?

I like to keep it simple, so I only have two tiers: You can donate just two bucks and get access to that Patreon stream, or you can donate five dollars a month and a monthly email update from me with news about what I’m up to, downloadable short stories I’ve created, and raffles for 70s sci-fi art collections or graphic novels. I’d only recommend the five-dollar tier if you’re interested in getting to know me and the kinds of things I create, like the comic book I wrote one time or a full-cast 30-episode fiction podcast I made once.

Yes, there’s a third tier listed on here, but it’s only for those who feel like giving me twelve bucks a month out of the kindness of their heart, which is frankly a little ridiculous, so unless you dress like the Planters peanut mascot, feel free to ignore it.

What if I don’t wanna get a Patreon account?

No worries. I also have a PayPal page that allows general or ongoing donations.

Who’s the Maddd Science newsletter for?

People who love genre fiction. People who want to get better at writing their own stories, or who want to try out a new medium. People who trawl Rotten Tomatoes every week to see if the latest review embargo is up yet. People who just want to explore culture through pop culture. Anyone who loves the art, nature, and history of storytelling, whether it’s in books, video games, paintings, comics, indie films or the latest Netflix show.

Why does it have such a dumb name?

Because I felt like it.

Recent posts by Adam Rowe

Tiers
Thanks!
$2 or more per month
You get access to my Patreon feed, where I regularly post extra background on 70s sci-fi art history. 
Aw Yeah
$5 or more per month
You get access to my Patreon feed and you'll get on a Patreons-only email list where I'll update you on my creative work and send out various digital goodies.
Niiiice.
$12 or more per month
You get all the perks above, as well as the warming feeling of having contributed to making the world a more 70s Sci-Fi Art place. Also, if I ever publish a coffee table book, I'll send everyone who's in this tier a free copy.