Emily Alden Foster is creating videos and zines!
4

patrons

$77
per project
Hi, 

I'm Emily and I make a lot of awesome stuff. 

You may have seen some of my videos or read one of my zines, or maybe you avidly consume everything I make. I love making this stuff and sharing it with people. In the past two years my videos have been featured in 8 shows, festivals, and tours all over the world. I've traveled to zinefests in five cities, and done readings of my work at two of them. All of that might sound impressive, but unfortunately it hasn't made me any money. Photocopies, table fees, and entry fees add up to more than I make off of my zines and videos, and that doesn't even account for the idea of paying myself for the time I spend working on these things. I'm lucky that I'm able to make art at all, but I would love to make it a more financially sustainable part of my life.

So this is where Patreon comes in! You can pledge to make a small (or large!) financial contribution for each video or zine project I complete. This will help me cover the costs of making things and distributing them throughout the world, and maybe even pay me a little bit for the hundreds of hours I spend making stop-motion animations or crossword puzzles. Hundreds of hours is actually an understatement. Not all of my projects are as labor intensive, but one crossword puzzle zine took me 1,000 hours to compile. A stop-motion video usually takes even more time. Sometimes I'm working on things for a really extended time period (Gold Diggers of 1829 took 3 years) and sometimes I finish things really fast (Busmograph took a week once all the drawings were compiled). So I don't do a TON of projects, but I do usually complete something new every month or so. Patreon is cool because you can set a limit on how much you donate per month - so if you pledge $10/project but you can't afford more than $20/month, you can set a $20/month limit for yourself. That way if I finish 8 projects in a month you'll only donate for the first two.  

I'm going to keep making videos and zines, regardless of the finances. The videos I make will continue to be available to watch for free online. The zines I make will continue to be sold for slightly more than they cost to copy. So if you like my work but don't want to make a financial contribution, that's okay. I also accept kind words and good vibes. However, any monetary donation you could make would be greatly appreciated. And there are cool rewards for donating! Hooray!

Thank you! You are the best!
Rewards
Pledge $1 or more per project
1 patron
  • I'll email you a photo of my cats with a special Thank You sign.
Pledge $5 or more per project
0 patrons
  • I'll email you a PDF of each new zine I release. 
  • You'll get early access to my videos before they're posted to the public.
  • Your name will appear in the credits of every project you back. 
  • I'll email you a photo of my cats with a special Thank You sign.
Pledge $15 or more per project
0 patrons
  • I'll mail you a physical copy of each new zine I release.
  •  I'll email you a PDF of each new zine I release. 
  •  You'll get early access to my videos before they're posted to the public.
  •  Your name will appear in the credits of every project you back. 
  •  I'll email you a photo of my cats with a special Thank You sign.
Pledge $30 or more per project
1 patron
  • I'll send you a patreon-supporters-only "behind the zines" series about the making of each project. 
  •  I'll mail you a physical copy of each new zine I release.
  •  I'll email you a PDF of each new zine I release. 
  •  You'll get early access to my videos before they're posted to the public.
  •  Your name will appear in the credits of every project you back. 
  •  I'll email you a photo of my cats with a special Thank You sign.
Pledge $50 or more per project
1 patron
  • I'll make you a personalized crossword puzzle on the topic of your choice
  •  I'll send you a patreon-supporters-only "behind the zines" series about the making of each project.
  •  I'll mail you a physical copy of each new zine I release.
  •  I'll email you a PDF of each new zine I release. 
  •  You'll get early access to my videos before they're posted to the public.
  •  Your name will appear in the credits of every project you back. 
  •  I'll email you a photo of my cats with a special Thank You sign.
Pledge $75 or more per project
0 patrons
  • I'll make you a hand-drawn animated gif on the topic of your choice. 
  •  I'll make you a personalized crossword puzzle on the topic of your choice
  •  I'll send you a patreon-supporters-only "behind the zines" series about the making of each project.
  •  I'll mail you a physical copy of each new zine I release.
  •  I'll email you a PDF of each new zine I release. 
  •  You'll get early access to my videos before they're posted to the public.
  •  Your name will appear in the credits of every project you back. 
  •  I'll email you a photo of my cats with a special Thank You sign.
Goals
$77 of $300 per project
This amount will allow me to travel to one out-of-town zinefest or video festival without worrying about the expense of attending.
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Hi, 

I'm Emily and I make a lot of awesome stuff. 

You may have seen some of my videos or read one of my zines, or maybe you avidly consume everything I make. I love making this stuff and sharing it with people. In the past two years my videos have been featured in 8 shows, festivals, and tours all over the world. I've traveled to zinefests in five cities, and done readings of my work at two of them. All of that might sound impressive, but unfortunately it hasn't made me any money. Photocopies, table fees, and entry fees add up to more than I make off of my zines and videos, and that doesn't even account for the idea of paying myself for the time I spend working on these things. I'm lucky that I'm able to make art at all, but I would love to make it a more financially sustainable part of my life.

So this is where Patreon comes in! You can pledge to make a small (or large!) financial contribution for each video or zine project I complete. This will help me cover the costs of making things and distributing them throughout the world, and maybe even pay me a little bit for the hundreds of hours I spend making stop-motion animations or crossword puzzles. Hundreds of hours is actually an understatement. Not all of my projects are as labor intensive, but one crossword puzzle zine took me 1,000 hours to compile. A stop-motion video usually takes even more time. Sometimes I'm working on things for a really extended time period (Gold Diggers of 1829 took 3 years) and sometimes I finish things really fast (Busmograph took a week once all the drawings were compiled). So I don't do a TON of projects, but I do usually complete something new every month or so. Patreon is cool because you can set a limit on how much you donate per month - so if you pledge $10/project but you can't afford more than $20/month, you can set a $20/month limit for yourself. That way if I finish 8 projects in a month you'll only donate for the first two.  

I'm going to keep making videos and zines, regardless of the finances. The videos I make will continue to be available to watch for free online. The zines I make will continue to be sold for slightly more than they cost to copy. So if you like my work but don't want to make a financial contribution, that's okay. I also accept kind words and good vibes. However, any monetary donation you could make would be greatly appreciated. And there are cool rewards for donating! Hooray!

Thank you! You are the best!

Recent posts by Emily Alden Foster

Rewards
Pledge $1 or more per project
1 patron
  • I'll email you a photo of my cats with a special Thank You sign.
Pledge $5 or more per project
0 patrons
  • I'll email you a PDF of each new zine I release. 
  • You'll get early access to my videos before they're posted to the public.
  • Your name will appear in the credits of every project you back. 
  • I'll email you a photo of my cats with a special Thank You sign.
Pledge $15 or more per project
0 patrons
  • I'll mail you a physical copy of each new zine I release.
  •  I'll email you a PDF of each new zine I release. 
  •  You'll get early access to my videos before they're posted to the public.
  •  Your name will appear in the credits of every project you back. 
  •  I'll email you a photo of my cats with a special Thank You sign.
Pledge $30 or more per project
1 patron
  • I'll send you a patreon-supporters-only "behind the zines" series about the making of each project. 
  •  I'll mail you a physical copy of each new zine I release.
  •  I'll email you a PDF of each new zine I release. 
  •  You'll get early access to my videos before they're posted to the public.
  •  Your name will appear in the credits of every project you back. 
  •  I'll email you a photo of my cats with a special Thank You sign.
Pledge $50 or more per project
1 patron
  • I'll make you a personalized crossword puzzle on the topic of your choice
  •  I'll send you a patreon-supporters-only "behind the zines" series about the making of each project.
  •  I'll mail you a physical copy of each new zine I release.
  •  I'll email you a PDF of each new zine I release. 
  •  You'll get early access to my videos before they're posted to the public.
  •  Your name will appear in the credits of every project you back. 
  •  I'll email you a photo of my cats with a special Thank You sign.
Pledge $75 or more per project
0 patrons
  • I'll make you a hand-drawn animated gif on the topic of your choice. 
  •  I'll make you a personalized crossword puzzle on the topic of your choice
  •  I'll send you a patreon-supporters-only "behind the zines" series about the making of each project.
  •  I'll mail you a physical copy of each new zine I release.
  •  I'll email you a PDF of each new zine I release. 
  •  You'll get early access to my videos before they're posted to the public.
  •  Your name will appear in the credits of every project you back. 
  •  I'll email you a photo of my cats with a special Thank You sign.