Kaleidotrope Podcast is creating an original queer romantic comedy
60

patrons

$257
per creation
M/M, Fluff, College AU. No archive warnings apply.

Kaleidotrope Podcast is a queer romantic comedy podcast set on a slightly magical college campus and playing around with romance tropes, particularly fanfiction tropes.

The plot centers around Drew and Harrison, two reluctant college radio co-hosts-turned-accidental-advice-givers who find themselves in the middle of the campus’s oldest mystery: Do happy endings really happen at Sidlesmith? Can you really find your trope?

And if the magic isn’t real, what does that mean for two polar opposites who find themselves falling for each other twice a week for half an hour on a suddenly popular radio show?

Kaleidotrope will premiere on June 15, and new episodes will be posted on the 15th and 30th of every month until we're done! The series consists of nine thirty-minute episodes, and is a self-contained story. No cliffhanger ahoy!

Who are all of you magnificent tropers?

Kaleidotrope is co-created, co-written, co-produced, and co-directed by Aja and EarlGreyTea68. That's a lot of co-s but so far they still like each other. Aja and EGT are long-time fangirls who are active participants on fandoms of all sorts (their overlap is Inception, but they've got fic in Harry Potter, Doctor Who, Sherlock, and various anime and RPF fandoms; check out Aja's fic and EGT's fic). 

Kaleidotrope is an homage to the tropes that make Aja and EGT love fic so much. Aja made sure it has a plot, and EGT made sure it has a happy ending, and they both agreed that it had to have a lot of banter, fluff, and unbearably sweet romance. 

The two main characters, Drew and Harrison, are portrayed by James Evans and Matthew Menendez. They're the best and every day Aja and EGT exchange at least one message about how they're the luckiest writers in the universe that they got these two amazing actors to say their words. 

Our gorgeous header art is by Joy Yang.

Why Patreon?

We want Kaleidotrope to remain part of the fannish ecosystem out of which it was created, which means we will never have ads, or join a podcasting network, or market it to an audience that might not understand it. That means that if you love Kaleidotrope, we are relying on you to both get the word out around fandom and tell people that it exists, and to pick up this universe and run with it, make it your own and expand the world by telling all the Sidlesmith stories we don't have room/time for.

All that said, we could still use a bit of money. 

What will you use the money for?

Our actors! We think our actors are incredible and we hope you do, too, so right now every single penny pledged on this Patreon is split evenly between James and Matthew. We've paid them a standard industry rate for an audio drama, but we don't think that rate equals the love, joy, and generosity in their performances. That would be impossible to quantify but we're inviting you to help us try! If you love our actors as much as we love our actors, we'd love for you to show it by subscribing. In addition to supporting two fabulous actors, we'll give you some presents (see below)!

Did you say presents?

We did!

If you've never pledged a Patreon before, here's how it works: You sign up to support us for however much you want to. Our structure on the Patreon is an amount per episode. You can go as big or as small as you like, and depending on how much you give, you qualify for different rewards. We have rewards like bonus fics and commentaries but also we will be using the subscription total (among other factors) to gauge demand for bonus episodes and a second season. If an ongoing subscription isn't the right model for you but you'd still like to buy our actors some Samoas, you can make a one-time donation at our Ko-Fi

Thank you for listening to Kaleidotrope!

We really hope you enjoy our show and we hope it inspires you to tell your own stories and find your trope! 
Tiers
Friends to Lovers
$1 or more per creation 7 patrons
Are they your BFF or the love of your life? Ah, the classic conundrum!


For every episode you support at this level, we'll give you a shout-out in the appropriate place on the Episodes page of our website!


Includes

  • Patron-only content feed
  • Credit on our website in the name of your choice (within reason) (including Anonymous, if you so desire!)
Soulmates
$2 or more per creation 30 patrons
Is everyone born with a watch counting down to the moment of the fateful meeting? Is there a tattoo of the first words they'll say to you inscribed on your arm? Do you dream about each other at night? It would be so great if the world gave you actual hints about who your soulmate really is...or would it?


For every episode you support at this level, we'll give you early access to the episodes, plus the rewards of the Friends to Lovers tier. 


Includes

  • Patron-only content feed
  • Credit on our website in the name of your choice (within reason) (including Anonymous, if you so desire!)
  • Early access to the episodes
Woke Up Married
$5 or more per creation 5 patrons
When you've found yourselves in the one predicament no one ever expected, the only thing you have to rely on is each other. What will it be — instant divorce, or endless honeymoon?


If Drew had his way, Kaleidotrope would be a music show. For every episode you support at this level, we'll give you a glimpse into what Drew's music show would be like, with a song recommendation and an explanation of why Drew thinks it's perfect, plus the rewards of the Friends to Lovers and Soulmates tiers. 


Includes

  • Patron-only content feed
  • Credit on our website in the name of your choice (within reason) (including Anonymous, if you so desire!)
  • Early access to the episodes
  • Song recommendations from Drew
Forced to Share a Bed
$7 or more per creation 4 patrons
Are you stranded in the Arctic and need to huddle together for warmth? Is there only one hotel room left, and that room has only one bed, and no one wants to sleep on the floor? Whatever the circumstances, everyone knows a shared bed equals morning cuddles (at least)!


For every episode you support at this level, you'll get access to an annotated script of the episode, explaining our references, jokes, and co-writerly battles, plus the rewards of the Friends to Lovers, Soulmates, and Woke Up Married tiers. 


Includes

  • Patron-only content feed
  • Credit on our website in the name of your choice (within reason) (including Anonymous, if you so desire!)
  • Early access to the episodes
  • Song recommendations from Drew
  • Annotated scripts
Fake Dating
$10 or more per creation 9 patrons
There are all sorts of reasons you might need a fake significant other. Be careful who you choose to play the role, because odds are the fake smittenness will become real smittenness in the blink of a kiss.


For every episode you support at this level, you'll get access to commentary featuring Aja, EGT, and/or James and Matthew, plus the rewards of the Friends to Lovers, Soulmates, Woke Up Married, and Forced to Share a Bed tiers. 


Includes

  • Patron-only content feed
  • Credit on our website in the name of your choice (within reason) (including Anonymous, if you so desire!)
  • Early access to the episodes
  • Song recommendations from Drew
  • Annotated scripts
  • Episode commentaries
Shop Around the Corner
$12 or more per creation 1 patron
We're naming this great underrated trope after the movie that made it a classic. Don't recognize it? You will!


For every episode you support at this level, you'll get access to a 30-minute live group chat featuring Aja, EGT, and/or James and Matthew, at which you get to ask us questions, plus the rewards of the Friends to Lovers, Soulmates, Woke Up Married, Forced to Share a Bed, and Fake Dating tiers. (The live chat will be scheduled to the convenience of the majority of participants. If you can't attend, send us your questions and we'll be sure to answer them! And we'll send a transcript of the chat your way when it's done!)


Includes

  • Patron-only content feed
  • Credit on our website in the name of your choice (within reason) (including Anonymous, if you so desire!)
  • Early access to the episodes
  • Song recommendations from Drew
  • Annotated scripts
  • Episode commentaries
  • Live chats
Includes Discord rewards
Enemies to Lovers
$15 or more per creation 4 patrons
Do you hate them because they're your mortal enemy, or because you haven't been able to resolve the UST yet? So difficult to know!


For every episode you support at this level, you'll get access to a bonus fic of at least 500 words in length, plus the rewards of the Friends to Lovers, Soulmates, Woke Up Married, Forced to Share a Bed, Fake Dating, and Shop Around the Corner tiers. 


Includes

  • Patron-only content feed
  • Credit on our website in the name of your choice (within reason) (including Anonymous, if you so desire!)
  • Early access to the episodes
  • Song recommendations from Drew
  • Annotated scripts
  • Episode commentaries
  • Live chats
  • Bonus fics
Coffee Shop AU
$50 or more per creation 0 of 6 patrons
It's a trope as comforting as that first warm sip of steamed milk in the morning, as addictive as that first jolt of caffeine, and as familiar as the password for the free wifi. Because latte art can sometimes be a love letter.


For every episode you support at this level, James and Matthew will personally thank you by recording themselves reading, just for you, the words of your choice (within reason, up to five minutes in length), plus the rewards of the Friends to Lovers, Soulmates, Woke Up Married, Forced to Share a Bed, Fake Dating, Shop Around the Corner, and Enemies to Lovers tiers. 


Includes

  • Patron-only content feed
  • Credit on our website in the name of your choice (within reason) (including Anonymous, if you so desire!)
  • Early access to the episodes
  • Song recommendations from Drew
  • Annotated scripts
  • Episode commentaries
  • Live chats
  • Bonus fics
  • James and Matthew personal recording
Goals
60 of 75 patrons
We will release Bonus Episode 10 to Patrons only!
2 of 5
M/M, Fluff, College AU. No archive warnings apply.

Kaleidotrope Podcast is a queer romantic comedy podcast set on a slightly magical college campus and playing around with romance tropes, particularly fanfiction tropes.

The plot centers around Drew and Harrison, two reluctant college radio co-hosts-turned-accidental-advice-givers who find themselves in the middle of the campus’s oldest mystery: Do happy endings really happen at Sidlesmith? Can you really find your trope?

And if the magic isn’t real, what does that mean for two polar opposites who find themselves falling for each other twice a week for half an hour on a suddenly popular radio show?

Kaleidotrope will premiere on June 15, and new episodes will be posted on the 15th and 30th of every month until we're done! The series consists of nine thirty-minute episodes, and is a self-contained story. No cliffhanger ahoy!

Who are all of you magnificent tropers?

Kaleidotrope is co-created, co-written, co-produced, and co-directed by Aja and EarlGreyTea68. That's a lot of co-s but so far they still like each other. Aja and EGT are long-time fangirls who are active participants on fandoms of all sorts (their overlap is Inception, but they've got fic in Harry Potter, Doctor Who, Sherlock, and various anime and RPF fandoms; check out Aja's fic and EGT's fic). 

Kaleidotrope is an homage to the tropes that make Aja and EGT love fic so much. Aja made sure it has a plot, and EGT made sure it has a happy ending, and they both agreed that it had to have a lot of banter, fluff, and unbearably sweet romance. 

The two main characters, Drew and Harrison, are portrayed by James Evans and Matthew Menendez. They're the best and every day Aja and EGT exchange at least one message about how they're the luckiest writers in the universe that they got these two amazing actors to say their words. 

Our gorgeous header art is by Joy Yang.

Why Patreon?

We want Kaleidotrope to remain part of the fannish ecosystem out of which it was created, which means we will never have ads, or join a podcasting network, or market it to an audience that might not understand it. That means that if you love Kaleidotrope, we are relying on you to both get the word out around fandom and tell people that it exists, and to pick up this universe and run with it, make it your own and expand the world by telling all the Sidlesmith stories we don't have room/time for.

All that said, we could still use a bit of money. 

What will you use the money for?

Our actors! We think our actors are incredible and we hope you do, too, so right now every single penny pledged on this Patreon is split evenly between James and Matthew. We've paid them a standard industry rate for an audio drama, but we don't think that rate equals the love, joy, and generosity in their performances. That would be impossible to quantify but we're inviting you to help us try! If you love our actors as much as we love our actors, we'd love for you to show it by subscribing. In addition to supporting two fabulous actors, we'll give you some presents (see below)!

Did you say presents?

We did!

If you've never pledged a Patreon before, here's how it works: You sign up to support us for however much you want to. Our structure on the Patreon is an amount per episode. You can go as big or as small as you like, and depending on how much you give, you qualify for different rewards. We have rewards like bonus fics and commentaries but also we will be using the subscription total (among other factors) to gauge demand for bonus episodes and a second season. If an ongoing subscription isn't the right model for you but you'd still like to buy our actors some Samoas, you can make a one-time donation at our Ko-Fi

Thank you for listening to Kaleidotrope!

We really hope you enjoy our show and we hope it inspires you to tell your own stories and find your trope! 

Recent posts by Kaleidotrope Podcast

Tiers
Friends to Lovers
$1 or more per creation 7 patrons
Are they your BFF or the love of your life? Ah, the classic conundrum!


For every episode you support at this level, we'll give you a shout-out in the appropriate place on the Episodes page of our website!


Includes

  • Patron-only content feed
  • Credit on our website in the name of your choice (within reason) (including Anonymous, if you so desire!)
Soulmates
$2 or more per creation 30 patrons
Is everyone born with a watch counting down to the moment of the fateful meeting? Is there a tattoo of the first words they'll say to you inscribed on your arm? Do you dream about each other at night? It would be so great if the world gave you actual hints about who your soulmate really is...or would it?


For every episode you support at this level, we'll give you early access to the episodes, plus the rewards of the Friends to Lovers tier. 


Includes

  • Patron-only content feed
  • Credit on our website in the name of your choice (within reason) (including Anonymous, if you so desire!)
  • Early access to the episodes
Woke Up Married
$5 or more per creation 5 patrons
When you've found yourselves in the one predicament no one ever expected, the only thing you have to rely on is each other. What will it be — instant divorce, or endless honeymoon?


If Drew had his way, Kaleidotrope would be a music show. For every episode you support at this level, we'll give you a glimpse into what Drew's music show would be like, with a song recommendation and an explanation of why Drew thinks it's perfect, plus the rewards of the Friends to Lovers and Soulmates tiers. 


Includes

  • Patron-only content feed
  • Credit on our website in the name of your choice (within reason) (including Anonymous, if you so desire!)
  • Early access to the episodes
  • Song recommendations from Drew
Forced to Share a Bed
$7 or more per creation 4 patrons
Are you stranded in the Arctic and need to huddle together for warmth? Is there only one hotel room left, and that room has only one bed, and no one wants to sleep on the floor? Whatever the circumstances, everyone knows a shared bed equals morning cuddles (at least)!


For every episode you support at this level, you'll get access to an annotated script of the episode, explaining our references, jokes, and co-writerly battles, plus the rewards of the Friends to Lovers, Soulmates, and Woke Up Married tiers. 


Includes

  • Patron-only content feed
  • Credit on our website in the name of your choice (within reason) (including Anonymous, if you so desire!)
  • Early access to the episodes
  • Song recommendations from Drew
  • Annotated scripts
Fake Dating
$10 or more per creation 9 patrons
There are all sorts of reasons you might need a fake significant other. Be careful who you choose to play the role, because odds are the fake smittenness will become real smittenness in the blink of a kiss.


For every episode you support at this level, you'll get access to commentary featuring Aja, EGT, and/or James and Matthew, plus the rewards of the Friends to Lovers, Soulmates, Woke Up Married, and Forced to Share a Bed tiers. 


Includes

  • Patron-only content feed
  • Credit on our website in the name of your choice (within reason) (including Anonymous, if you so desire!)
  • Early access to the episodes
  • Song recommendations from Drew
  • Annotated scripts
  • Episode commentaries
Shop Around the Corner
$12 or more per creation 1 patron
We're naming this great underrated trope after the movie that made it a classic. Don't recognize it? You will!


For every episode you support at this level, you'll get access to a 30-minute live group chat featuring Aja, EGT, and/or James and Matthew, at which you get to ask us questions, plus the rewards of the Friends to Lovers, Soulmates, Woke Up Married, Forced to Share a Bed, and Fake Dating tiers. (The live chat will be scheduled to the convenience of the majority of participants. If you can't attend, send us your questions and we'll be sure to answer them! And we'll send a transcript of the chat your way when it's done!)


Includes

  • Patron-only content feed
  • Credit on our website in the name of your choice (within reason) (including Anonymous, if you so desire!)
  • Early access to the episodes
  • Song recommendations from Drew
  • Annotated scripts
  • Episode commentaries
  • Live chats
Includes Discord rewards
Enemies to Lovers
$15 or more per creation 4 patrons
Do you hate them because they're your mortal enemy, or because you haven't been able to resolve the UST yet? So difficult to know!


For every episode you support at this level, you'll get access to a bonus fic of at least 500 words in length, plus the rewards of the Friends to Lovers, Soulmates, Woke Up Married, Forced to Share a Bed, Fake Dating, and Shop Around the Corner tiers. 


Includes

  • Patron-only content feed
  • Credit on our website in the name of your choice (within reason) (including Anonymous, if you so desire!)
  • Early access to the episodes
  • Song recommendations from Drew
  • Annotated scripts
  • Episode commentaries
  • Live chats
  • Bonus fics
Coffee Shop AU
$50 or more per creation 0 of 6 patrons
It's a trope as comforting as that first warm sip of steamed milk in the morning, as addictive as that first jolt of caffeine, and as familiar as the password for the free wifi. Because latte art can sometimes be a love letter.


For every episode you support at this level, James and Matthew will personally thank you by recording themselves reading, just for you, the words of your choice (within reason, up to five minutes in length), plus the rewards of the Friends to Lovers, Soulmates, Woke Up Married, Forced to Share a Bed, Fake Dating, Shop Around the Corner, and Enemies to Lovers tiers. 


Includes

  • Patron-only content feed
  • Credit on our website in the name of your choice (within reason) (including Anonymous, if you so desire!)
  • Early access to the episodes
  • Song recommendations from Drew
  • Annotated scripts
  • Episode commentaries
  • Live chats
  • Bonus fics
  • James and Matthew personal recording