Maxeem is creating uplifting ad-free collaborations to inspire change
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I have not created a Patreon-specific video yet but the above video is a good example of what I do: I bring people together on projects to demonstrate that humanity is more than capable of epic uplifting storytelling while reducing domination by enormous institutions. Please go here to see Lor'Avvu Prelude in context and with the full credits. This is the first video that entices people to the world of Lor'Avvu It's the result of a big passionate collaboration between two dozen friends creating an intro to my web comic for the joy of creating and sharing.

Our world needs to see change to fix gross imbalances of privilege and power. Together, as our numbers grow in resistance to corporate and imperial oligarchy the new stories that need to get told will finally get told. I see art as a collaboration with and celebration of my beautiful Earth community, not a tool for mere personal gain. I believe cartoons have enormous potential for inspiration, hope and healing with humor and magic. I aim to break even from doing what I think is important, and inviting you on the journey. But I have to pay for hosting to keep the work ad-free, which is important.


Writing/Directing/Illustrating/Animating/Composing for Lor'Avvu (www.loravvu.com)
Ongoing collaborative web comic for everyone! (2012 - present)
DIGITAL VERSION: 1 music video and 160+ pages of comic art
AUDIO VERSION (for sight impaired) : 20 min.+ descriptive audio (more coming soon)
PRINT VERSION (for hearing impaired) : seeking publishing options for the first volume

500+ work hours per year (avg.)

This is my love sonnet to the beautiful diversity of life that enriches our souls and my anthem for striving in the face of oppression. I am still in awe that it's happening with so much magical help. When I plunged into the process of making this story, I didn't ask myself, "What fantasy world can I invent that people will buy, favorite, like, tweet, repost and friend?" I asked myself, "How can I express the sacredness of life and tell the real story of life's great purpose of love that moves through us all? Instead of working in an elitist insular corporate team, can I inspire strangers to work together in this flow to raise the level of humanity's creativity, bolster decolonization, and inspire the elimination of war and environmental abuse while actually trying to be this ideal and not merely describing it?" and as people appeared to do just that, I've found myself adding, "Where do all these amazing collaborators come from?" The result of this dream is a faerie tale for mature readers that taps into spiritual roots to address sexual differences, trauma and war in a world with its own history, artifacts and mystical properties. Before it's done, I would like to see the heroi (the middle-gendered heroine/hero Avvu) uplift their world and ours. It has been a great pleasure to write, draw, give voice to and animate planet Kaian, and if you are inspired by this vision, please be a part of Team Lor'Avvu in any capacity!

Every 2 years I need to finish:
  • 100 comic pages (each of 20 chapters is about 100 pages)
  • Intro music video for the chapter
  • Descriptive audio of the comic and videos (for blind and sight impaired readers)
By supporting my Patreon:

You Support Multimedia Storytelling for Everyone
In the interest of accessibility, there are three separate parallel versions of Lor'Avvu being told at the same time:
1. Digital versions at www.loravvu.com and Web Toons
2. Print version for hearing impaired readers (the music videos are turned into comics)
3. Audio version for sight impaired readers (I write descriptive audio and audiobooks to tell the story)
The biggest expense is printed volumes.

You Support Musicians
I integrate a music video featuring different local musicians to introduce and embellish each chapter. We work together on an original song or modifying an existing song that fits the story. Musicians get a free music video when the animation is done and I promote the band and album on the comic site. Acts involved so far include Dalmatian Toadflax (who did the first song) and members of Fygar, Koi, Compost Sleeping Bag, The Social Service and Type 2 B Only.

You Support Independent Animation
Animation is largely dominated by a few commercial interests with enormous influence, particularly in the USA. I am interested in making a very eclectic series of animations for the music videos. If you are interested in contributing animated sequences or even art co-direction to a music video, let me know! It just has to be a celebration of life and of the story of Lor'Avvu. 2-D traditional or digital is the default but very novel 3-D might integrate well too.

You Support Voice Talent
Voice acting is a fine career, and difficult to break into. My videos allow friends to not only act but also to innovate in a very insular industry and hopefully give the art form new ideas. Language plays a big role in the story, which is why I documented four faerie languages. Two of the four dictionaries (with over 2000 words in each language) have been voiced.

You Support Independent Writing & Editing
I want to keep the writing on Lor'Avvu new, fresh and exciting. If you think a scenario that fits the characters should occur or you notice something weird about the comic story that goes beyond a small inconsistency, it's great to know about. Offer suggestions and let's tell the story together!

You Support Open Source Free Cultural Works
Except for the ownership of the songs, which remain with the music artists, Lor'Avvu is released under a creative commons license so that anyone is free to share, expand on, modify or even profit from the work as long as it keeps the credits and story intact.

___________________________________________________________________________



Illustrating and co-writing The Civil Four (www.civil4.us)
  • MAIN STORY: Ongoing Comic Series (2008 - present)
  • SIDE FUN: Playing Cards for New and Traditional Games
Completion: 8 (24-page) issues and 1 (12-page) mini and 1 full-color trade of the first four issues
100+ work hours per year (avg.) | goal: one 24-page issue per year

When we're making fun of ourselves, it's good to do it with style. My friend Casey Van Heel wrote American Civil War characters into Silver Age superheroes. But peer through the ridiculousness and you'll see Casey's cathartic humor plunge deep into America's dark history (and present). I make sure to research the settings and characters in depth to make all the cartoony illustrations and nuanced dialogue balloons. Since this comic is a for-profit venture, each month I will transfer $2 of each higher tier patronage directly to Casey, who writes the scripts and also digitally colored the first trade (and is a really truly amazing person of merit who I'm lucky to know).


Learn famous U.S. Civil War generals while having fun defeating villainous slavery profiteers with mystic weapons and steampunk characters from the comics. The deck was designed to be easily played as an ordinary deck of cards or with special rules for variations of card games like Cribbage, Rummy and Hearts.

___________________________________________________________________________

Creating I Like People (maxeem.com/ilikepeople or search iTunes for the name)
Ongoing iTunes Podcast (2018 - present)
Completion: 7 episodes
3+ work hours per month (avg.) | goal: ten episodes per year

Co-ops, communes and agrarian communities have enriched my life beyond words. And the lifeblood of community (besides the best food available) has got to be the soulful people and the enjoyment of excellent music. So I make a podcast interviewing people about music and community with "Seven questions to save humanity"; the conceit is that since artificial intelligence is learning from us, we may as well spice the Internet with some happy vibes and not just hopelessness and distress. Have an idea for "questions to save humanity"? I am interested in interviewing you!

___________________________________________________________________________

Creating Other Projects
[Unknown] work hours per year (avg.)
I am always finding more collaborators, doing more art that attempts to push the boundaries of uplifting work and unique artwork and I will keep you in the loop.

___________________________________________________________________________

I know that is all quite a lot to read, but I hope you feel that I'm really very passionate about my art!
Tiers
Tip with Extra Meaning
$1 or more per month 2 patrons

+EXCLUSIVE NON-CORPORATE HUMOR


Turn elitism on its head and receive a monthly digital comic received by everyone at this tier level or higher.


You can expect some pretty weird humor in this. My comics professor once said my diary character was the "happiest cynic" she'd ever met! (Am I an optimist realist?)


The comic should also feature in some way the occasional percentage off your entire shopping cart at my shop maxeem.com/wares

Tip with Passionate Meaning
$1.25 or more per month 1 patrons (sold out!)

All the above benefits

+EXTRA NOSES


Tip the tip and I will make sure every character features a visible nose — no matter whether it makes sense or not — and I will add even more noses to the comic and send a monthly full color digital illustration of a nose just for you.


Thank you for helping me practice drawing noses!


Enough Noses — B Civil 4 Justice!
$4 or more per month 2 of 44 patrons

Congratulations. If you support me at this level, you have successfully exited the nose zone layer and proven genuine interest in my particular artwork. You receive:


+ THE MONTHLY COMIC

+ A PERSONALIZED DRAWING

+ FEED THE WRITER!


For this level of support, I will send you a one time hand drawn digital sketch of a Civil War or Civil Rights character (not necessarily tied to the American timeline). All you have to do is tell me who it is & why you chose them*. I get to learn about history and you get an original one-of-a-kind digital drawing at 8.5" x 11" print resolution! In addition, I will send Casey (writer of THE CIVIL FOUR) two of every four of your dollars at this tier, for being an amazing partner on this series.


*If I can't research the character's actual appearance to my satisfaction I may take artistic liberties with the rendering. Note that some characters may include noses.


ALLERGEN NOTE: This item is not recommended for those sensitive to cross-hatch.

Keep it Real!
$7 or more per month 0 of 15 patrons

Thank you so very much!


Enough donations at this level of support could significantly unlock more time for my artwork. As a token of appreciation, you will receive:


+ THE MONTHLY COMIC

+ PERSONALIZED DRAWING 


and:


+ A PHYSICAL SIGNED DRAWING

+ BEHIND THE SCENES ACCESS

to THE CIVIL FOUR

+ 4 DIGITAL PDFs of the ORIGIN STORY

of THE CIVIL FOUR (The first four issues!)

+ 75% OFF COVER PRICE of NEWEST ISSUE of C4 

+ FEED THE WRITER! ($2 to Casey)


I will hand draw and ink a physical postcard of anything you desire (no violence or hate) via snail mail, signed, and with a personal warm greeting and message of thank you on the reverse. <3


In addition, this is the first donation level that gives you monthly behind-the-scenes access to a special blog revealing updates, sketches and artwork in connection with The Civil Four, before it becomes public. The coupon for 75% off is valid in my shop at maxeem.com/wares (and it's a one time offer and not valid with other discounts/promos). I will donate $2 of your donation per month directly to Casey who writes the scripts, and — who knows? — he and I may even report on some other fun projects you'll want to keep an eye on ...

Jeenare Faerie Field Researcher
$10 or more per month 0 of 27 patrons

You have my undying gratitude. At this tier you will be credited (even if anonymous) as part of Team Lor'Avvu on the cast page.

And you will receive:

+ THE MONTHLY COMIC
+ PERSONALIZED DRAWING
+ PHYSICAL SIGNED DRAWING
+ BEHIND THE SCENES ACCESS

to THE CIVIL FOUR

+ 4 DIGITAL PDFs of THE CIVIL FOUR

origin arc (the first four issues!)

+ FEED THE WRITER of THE CIVIL FOUR!

$2 of this tier goes to Casey


and


+ BEHIND THE SCENES

of TEAM LOR'AVVU 


+ YOUR CHARACTER APPEARS

in the LOR'AVVU COMIC


While everyone is invited to help the faerie tale unfold for free your Lor'Avvu blog access will be like getting a peak at my extensive world notes — whether it's insight into a character, animation, faerie language, faerie political situation or a supernatural being, you will be the first to see new aspects of the canonical planet Kaian — being a part of the "reveal" process and even a part of the story. Your chosen character or avatar will be fitted to the setting & style, given a line of dialogue and make a cameo in the comic (only characters you have permission to give rights to so I don't get sued).


You will also be the first pool for voice casting of the audio dictionaries for faerie languages "Old Lore" and "New Ancient Lore" (though have a tall glass of water handy; there are a lot of words!). 


In addition, everyone at this tier will get:


+ DIGITAL PDF of ISSUE ONE of Lor'Avvu

(Introduction to Act I, 18 pages)

+ DIGITAL PDF of "Lor'Avvu Prelude" script

(Munich, Germany festival premiere pamphlet)

+ EXCLUSIVE DIGITAL PDF PRINT-READY MINI POSTER

(I only make this available on Patreon)

Matreon
$15 or more per month 0 of 5 patrons

You truly adore my work and want to help me thrive as an artist. And at this level of support, you will. In addition to all the above benefits you will receive:

+ PERSONAL Q&A WITH ME EACH MONTH

via Google Hangouts or Zoom.us, so I can thank you in person and answer any and all questions you may have about the work or my inspirations or anything else you can think of — as my podcast suggests, I generally genuinely like people.


+ SURPRISE GIFT PACKAGE OF NEAT ART 

Spoilers but you are likely to receive a signed version of my first graphic novel, a pack of the Civil Four card game, and something cool and hand made that references what you volunteer about your interests (so tell me your interests!). NOTE: Due to the expense of prepping this item, it can only be awarded after a few months of support at this level (though previous support at lower levels is gonna be considered!)

I have not created a Patreon-specific video yet but the above video is a good example of what I do: I bring people together on projects to demonstrate that humanity is more than capable of epic uplifting storytelling while reducing domination by enormous institutions. Please go here to see Lor'Avvu Prelude in context and with the full credits. This is the first video that entices people to the world of Lor'Avvu It's the result of a big passionate collaboration between two dozen friends creating an intro to my web comic for the joy of creating and sharing.

Our world needs to see change to fix gross imbalances of privilege and power. Together, as our numbers grow in resistance to corporate and imperial oligarchy the new stories that need to get told will finally get told. I see art as a collaboration with and celebration of my beautiful Earth community, not a tool for mere personal gain. I believe cartoons have enormous potential for inspiration, hope and healing with humor and magic. I aim to break even from doing what I think is important, and inviting you on the journey. But I have to pay for hosting to keep the work ad-free, which is important.


Writing/Directing/Illustrating/Animating/Composing for Lor'Avvu (www.loravvu.com)
Ongoing collaborative web comic for everyone! (2012 - present)
DIGITAL VERSION: 1 music video and 160+ pages of comic art
AUDIO VERSION (for sight impaired) : 20 min.+ descriptive audio (more coming soon)
PRINT VERSION (for hearing impaired) : seeking publishing options for the first volume

500+ work hours per year (avg.)

This is my love sonnet to the beautiful diversity of life that enriches our souls and my anthem for striving in the face of oppression. I am still in awe that it's happening with so much magical help. When I plunged into the process of making this story, I didn't ask myself, "What fantasy world can I invent that people will buy, favorite, like, tweet, repost and friend?" I asked myself, "How can I express the sacredness of life and tell the real story of life's great purpose of love that moves through us all? Instead of working in an elitist insular corporate team, can I inspire strangers to work together in this flow to raise the level of humanity's creativity, bolster decolonization, and inspire the elimination of war and environmental abuse while actually trying to be this ideal and not merely describing it?" and as people appeared to do just that, I've found myself adding, "Where do all these amazing collaborators come from?" The result of this dream is a faerie tale for mature readers that taps into spiritual roots to address sexual differences, trauma and war in a world with its own history, artifacts and mystical properties. Before it's done, I would like to see the heroi (the middle-gendered heroine/hero Avvu) uplift their world and ours. It has been a great pleasure to write, draw, give voice to and animate planet Kaian, and if you are inspired by this vision, please be a part of Team Lor'Avvu in any capacity!

Every 2 years I need to finish:
  • 100 comic pages (each of 20 chapters is about 100 pages)
  • Intro music video for the chapter
  • Descriptive audio of the comic and videos (for blind and sight impaired readers)
By supporting my Patreon:

You Support Multimedia Storytelling for Everyone
In the interest of accessibility, there are three separate parallel versions of Lor'Avvu being told at the same time:
1. Digital versions at www.loravvu.com and Web Toons
2. Print version for hearing impaired readers (the music videos are turned into comics)
3. Audio version for sight impaired readers (I write descriptive audio and audiobooks to tell the story)
The biggest expense is printed volumes.

You Support Musicians
I integrate a music video featuring different local musicians to introduce and embellish each chapter. We work together on an original song or modifying an existing song that fits the story. Musicians get a free music video when the animation is done and I promote the band and album on the comic site. Acts involved so far include Dalmatian Toadflax (who did the first song) and members of Fygar, Koi, Compost Sleeping Bag, The Social Service and Type 2 B Only.

You Support Independent Animation
Animation is largely dominated by a few commercial interests with enormous influence, particularly in the USA. I am interested in making a very eclectic series of animations for the music videos. If you are interested in contributing animated sequences or even art co-direction to a music video, let me know! It just has to be a celebration of life and of the story of Lor'Avvu. 2-D traditional or digital is the default but very novel 3-D might integrate well too.

You Support Voice Talent
Voice acting is a fine career, and difficult to break into. My videos allow friends to not only act but also to innovate in a very insular industry and hopefully give the art form new ideas. Language plays a big role in the story, which is why I documented four faerie languages. Two of the four dictionaries (with over 2000 words in each language) have been voiced.

You Support Independent Writing & Editing
I want to keep the writing on Lor'Avvu new, fresh and exciting. If you think a scenario that fits the characters should occur or you notice something weird about the comic story that goes beyond a small inconsistency, it's great to know about. Offer suggestions and let's tell the story together!

You Support Open Source Free Cultural Works
Except for the ownership of the songs, which remain with the music artists, Lor'Avvu is released under a creative commons license so that anyone is free to share, expand on, modify or even profit from the work as long as it keeps the credits and story intact.

___________________________________________________________________________



Illustrating and co-writing The Civil Four (www.civil4.us)
  • MAIN STORY: Ongoing Comic Series (2008 - present)
  • SIDE FUN: Playing Cards for New and Traditional Games
Completion: 8 (24-page) issues and 1 (12-page) mini and 1 full-color trade of the first four issues
100+ work hours per year (avg.) | goal: one 24-page issue per year

When we're making fun of ourselves, it's good to do it with style. My friend Casey Van Heel wrote American Civil War characters into Silver Age superheroes. But peer through the ridiculousness and you'll see Casey's cathartic humor plunge deep into America's dark history (and present). I make sure to research the settings and characters in depth to make all the cartoony illustrations and nuanced dialogue balloons. Since this comic is a for-profit venture, each month I will transfer $2 of each higher tier patronage directly to Casey, who writes the scripts and also digitally colored the first trade (and is a really truly amazing person of merit who I'm lucky to know).


Learn famous U.S. Civil War generals while having fun defeating villainous slavery profiteers with mystic weapons and steampunk characters from the comics. The deck was designed to be easily played as an ordinary deck of cards or with special rules for variations of card games like Cribbage, Rummy and Hearts.

___________________________________________________________________________

Creating I Like People (maxeem.com/ilikepeople or search iTunes for the name)
Ongoing iTunes Podcast (2018 - present)
Completion: 7 episodes
3+ work hours per month (avg.) | goal: ten episodes per year

Co-ops, communes and agrarian communities have enriched my life beyond words. And the lifeblood of community (besides the best food available) has got to be the soulful people and the enjoyment of excellent music. So I make a podcast interviewing people about music and community with "Seven questions to save humanity"; the conceit is that since artificial intelligence is learning from us, we may as well spice the Internet with some happy vibes and not just hopelessness and distress. Have an idea for "questions to save humanity"? I am interested in interviewing you!

___________________________________________________________________________

Creating Other Projects
[Unknown] work hours per year (avg.)
I am always finding more collaborators, doing more art that attempts to push the boundaries of uplifting work and unique artwork and I will keep you in the loop.

___________________________________________________________________________

I know that is all quite a lot to read, but I hope you feel that I'm really very passionate about my art!

Recent posts by Maxeem

Tiers
Tip with Extra Meaning
$1 or more per month 2 patrons

+EXCLUSIVE NON-CORPORATE HUMOR


Turn elitism on its head and receive a monthly digital comic received by everyone at this tier level or higher.


You can expect some pretty weird humor in this. My comics professor once said my diary character was the "happiest cynic" she'd ever met! (Am I an optimist realist?)


The comic should also feature in some way the occasional percentage off your entire shopping cart at my shop maxeem.com/wares

Tip with Passionate Meaning
$1.25 or more per month 1 patrons (sold out!)

All the above benefits

+EXTRA NOSES


Tip the tip and I will make sure every character features a visible nose — no matter whether it makes sense or not — and I will add even more noses to the comic and send a monthly full color digital illustration of a nose just for you.


Thank you for helping me practice drawing noses!


Enough Noses — B Civil 4 Justice!
$4 or more per month 2 of 44 patrons

Congratulations. If you support me at this level, you have successfully exited the nose zone layer and proven genuine interest in my particular artwork. You receive:


+ THE MONTHLY COMIC

+ A PERSONALIZED DRAWING

+ FEED THE WRITER!


For this level of support, I will send you a one time hand drawn digital sketch of a Civil War or Civil Rights character (not necessarily tied to the American timeline). All you have to do is tell me who it is & why you chose them*. I get to learn about history and you get an original one-of-a-kind digital drawing at 8.5" x 11" print resolution! In addition, I will send Casey (writer of THE CIVIL FOUR) two of every four of your dollars at this tier, for being an amazing partner on this series.


*If I can't research the character's actual appearance to my satisfaction I may take artistic liberties with the rendering. Note that some characters may include noses.


ALLERGEN NOTE: This item is not recommended for those sensitive to cross-hatch.

Keep it Real!
$7 or more per month 0 of 15 patrons

Thank you so very much!


Enough donations at this level of support could significantly unlock more time for my artwork. As a token of appreciation, you will receive:


+ THE MONTHLY COMIC

+ PERSONALIZED DRAWING 


and:


+ A PHYSICAL SIGNED DRAWING

+ BEHIND THE SCENES ACCESS

to THE CIVIL FOUR

+ 4 DIGITAL PDFs of the ORIGIN STORY

of THE CIVIL FOUR (The first four issues!)

+ 75% OFF COVER PRICE of NEWEST ISSUE of C4 

+ FEED THE WRITER! ($2 to Casey)


I will hand draw and ink a physical postcard of anything you desire (no violence or hate) via snail mail, signed, and with a personal warm greeting and message of thank you on the reverse. <3


In addition, this is the first donation level that gives you monthly behind-the-scenes access to a special blog revealing updates, sketches and artwork in connection with The Civil Four, before it becomes public. The coupon for 75% off is valid in my shop at maxeem.com/wares (and it's a one time offer and not valid with other discounts/promos). I will donate $2 of your donation per month directly to Casey who writes the scripts, and — who knows? — he and I may even report on some other fun projects you'll want to keep an eye on ...

Jeenare Faerie Field Researcher
$10 or more per month 0 of 27 patrons

You have my undying gratitude. At this tier you will be credited (even if anonymous) as part of Team Lor'Avvu on the cast page.

And you will receive:

+ THE MONTHLY COMIC
+ PERSONALIZED DRAWING
+ PHYSICAL SIGNED DRAWING
+ BEHIND THE SCENES ACCESS

to THE CIVIL FOUR

+ 4 DIGITAL PDFs of THE CIVIL FOUR

origin arc (the first four issues!)

+ FEED THE WRITER of THE CIVIL FOUR!

$2 of this tier goes to Casey


and


+ BEHIND THE SCENES

of TEAM LOR'AVVU 


+ YOUR CHARACTER APPEARS

in the LOR'AVVU COMIC


While everyone is invited to help the faerie tale unfold for free your Lor'Avvu blog access will be like getting a peak at my extensive world notes — whether it's insight into a character, animation, faerie language, faerie political situation or a supernatural being, you will be the first to see new aspects of the canonical planet Kaian — being a part of the "reveal" process and even a part of the story. Your chosen character or avatar will be fitted to the setting & style, given a line of dialogue and make a cameo in the comic (only characters you have permission to give rights to so I don't get sued).


You will also be the first pool for voice casting of the audio dictionaries for faerie languages "Old Lore" and "New Ancient Lore" (though have a tall glass of water handy; there are a lot of words!). 


In addition, everyone at this tier will get:


+ DIGITAL PDF of ISSUE ONE of Lor'Avvu

(Introduction to Act I, 18 pages)

+ DIGITAL PDF of "Lor'Avvu Prelude" script

(Munich, Germany festival premiere pamphlet)

+ EXCLUSIVE DIGITAL PDF PRINT-READY MINI POSTER

(I only make this available on Patreon)

Matreon
$15 or more per month 0 of 5 patrons

You truly adore my work and want to help me thrive as an artist. And at this level of support, you will. In addition to all the above benefits you will receive:

+ PERSONAL Q&A WITH ME EACH MONTH

via Google Hangouts or Zoom.us, so I can thank you in person and answer any and all questions you may have about the work or my inspirations or anything else you can think of — as my podcast suggests, I generally genuinely like people.


+ SURPRISE GIFT PACKAGE OF NEAT ART 

Spoilers but you are likely to receive a signed version of my first graphic novel, a pack of the Civil Four card game, and something cool and hand made that references what you volunteer about your interests (so tell me your interests!). NOTE: Due to the expense of prepping this item, it can only be awarded after a few months of support at this level (though previous support at lower levels is gonna be considered!)