Matthew Meyer is creating yokai
87

patrons

$547
per month
If you're a fan of Japanese folklore, you may know me as the yokai guy: author and illustrator of The Night Parade of One Hundred Demons and The Hour of Meeting Evil Spirits. And you may know me from yokai.com or A-Yokai-A-Day in which I post a new yokai every day during the month of October. Or, if you've never heard of me before that's okay too!

I have used crowdfunding in the past to launch a couple of large book projects (on Kickstarter in 2011 and 2013). They were pretty successful and a lot of fun. My favorite thing about these projects was the constant communication with backers, sharing new yokai with them and giving weekly updates on my newest creations.

I am launching this Patreon because I would like to continue working on yokai, but at a more steady pace. Instead of releasing 100 yokai all at once in a large book, I would like to create a steady stream of new yokai illustrations and add them to yokai.com as they are created. I aim to create between 1-4 new yokai per month, and of course continue the tradition of A-Yokai-A-Day during October!

If you enjoy learning about Japanese folklore, then please consider backing me. Your patronage supports me both financially, allowing me to devote more time to my art, and creatively, by connecting me with an active audience. Sharing my work with you is the most fulfilling part of being an artist.

Like with other Patreon projects, all of the yokai I create will be freely available on the internet. And whether this project gets 0 backers or 100, I will still be creating yokai anyway. You can cancel your pledge at any time, so there is no pressure to continue if you decide you don't want to support me any more. But your support means a lot to me, and will make it possible to do much more than I would be able to do without it!
Rewards
Yokai Supporter
$1 or more per month 39 patrons
Thanks for your support! All patrons will have insider access to my Patreon stream, where I will post the yokai images before they go live on yokai.com. I'll also share extra background information about the yokai and their creation process.
Hi-res Images
$5 or more per month 28 patrons
You will get high-resolution images of each yokai illustrations in color and line-art, which will not be available elsewhere. I will also send you a one-time thank you postcard with a quick doodle of a yokai on it.
Monthly Postcard
$10 or more per month 12 patrons
At this level and above, all patrons will have a say in which yokai I create next. Have a favorite yokai you've always wanted to see? Do you enjoy the cuter ones over the scarier ones? Let me know and I will give it top priority! In addition to everything from the $5 level, I will send you one doodled yokai postcard every month.
Art Collector
$30 or more per month 9 patrons
In addition to the rewards listed above, I will send you fine art prints of your favorite yokai. Shipments go out quarterly (at the end of March, June, September, and December). You'll get one print per month, so most backers will get 3 prints each quarter.
Goals
$547 of $800 per month
Clickable Map of Japan Wouldn't it be cool to click on a map of your prefecture and see the yokai that are found there? Building this will take a lot of work, not just in making the map itself, but in going through and updating all of the existing yokai to make sure that they are properly linked up with each prefecture. Think of it as a visual version of the Yokai Finder.
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If you're a fan of Japanese folklore, you may know me as the yokai guy: author and illustrator of The Night Parade of One Hundred Demons and The Hour of Meeting Evil Spirits. And you may know me from yokai.com or A-Yokai-A-Day in which I post a new yokai every day during the month of October. Or, if you've never heard of me before that's okay too!

I have used crowdfunding in the past to launch a couple of large book projects (on Kickstarter in 2011 and 2013). They were pretty successful and a lot of fun. My favorite thing about these projects was the constant communication with backers, sharing new yokai with them and giving weekly updates on my newest creations.

I am launching this Patreon because I would like to continue working on yokai, but at a more steady pace. Instead of releasing 100 yokai all at once in a large book, I would like to create a steady stream of new yokai illustrations and add them to yokai.com as they are created. I aim to create between 1-4 new yokai per month, and of course continue the tradition of A-Yokai-A-Day during October!

If you enjoy learning about Japanese folklore, then please consider backing me. Your patronage supports me both financially, allowing me to devote more time to my art, and creatively, by connecting me with an active audience. Sharing my work with you is the most fulfilling part of being an artist.

Like with other Patreon projects, all of the yokai I create will be freely available on the internet. And whether this project gets 0 backers or 100, I will still be creating yokai anyway. You can cancel your pledge at any time, so there is no pressure to continue if you decide you don't want to support me any more. But your support means a lot to me, and will make it possible to do much more than I would be able to do without it!

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Rewards
Yokai Supporter
$1 or more per month 39 patrons
Thanks for your support! All patrons will have insider access to my Patreon stream, where I will post the yokai images before they go live on yokai.com. I'll also share extra background information about the yokai and their creation process.
Hi-res Images
$5 or more per month 28 patrons
You will get high-resolution images of each yokai illustrations in color and line-art, which will not be available elsewhere. I will also send you a one-time thank you postcard with a quick doodle of a yokai on it.
Monthly Postcard
$10 or more per month 12 patrons
At this level and above, all patrons will have a say in which yokai I create next. Have a favorite yokai you've always wanted to see? Do you enjoy the cuter ones over the scarier ones? Let me know and I will give it top priority! In addition to everything from the $5 level, I will send you one doodled yokai postcard every month.
Art Collector
$30 or more per month 9 patrons
In addition to the rewards listed above, I will send you fine art prints of your favorite yokai. Shipments go out quarterly (at the end of March, June, September, and December). You'll get one print per month, so most backers will get 3 prints each quarter.