Shad and Jenya Engkilterra are creating stories, photos, stuffed penguins and more.
5

patrons

$37
per month
I am a freelance write and author. Unfortunately, I don't get to write as much as I want about creativity and making the world a better place through deep thinking and analysis because my day job, which waxes and wanes so that it's not quite a reliable source of income, requires me to write about subjects like plumbing, roofing materials and storage containers.

Jenya is a doctor in Russia. They don't make the same salary as doctors in the U.S. Plus, her identity as a doctor of pharmacology is only a part of who she is. She is also an awesome penguin maker. Seriously, check out these stuffed penguins. They are soft, cuddly and unique. Everyone of the penguins has his or her own name and personality. The problem is that even if she weren't working 2 jobs(!), she wouldn't be able to create and sell enough penguins in a month to make ends meet. At a penguin a day, it just isn't mathematically feasible for us to rely on stuffed penguins alone for income, no matter how much she loves to make them.

That's where you come in. As a patron, you will be allowing me to write things other than SEO articles about roofs, and you will be allowing my wife to expand her penguin making empire. Both of us will be able to work together to develop and implement new ideas, and you will be at the forefront of the frontier. Our ability to make games, animations and books while exploring other creative endeavors will dramatically increase, and you will be the cause of that increase. We have joined forces to create better books and great gifts, we hope you'll join with us.

More About Our Penguins
When Jenya and I met for our second date, she handed me a penguin.

“That’s amazing!” I said as I examined it. “But why’s it white?”

“Because that’s what you have on your website.”

I looked it up, and indeed, my logo penguin is white. I asked her where she found the penguin, and she said she had it made for me. Then I asked if the person could make more and how much they would cost.

Jenya went back to the person who made the first penguin, and that person said that she wasn’t interested, then she moved to another country. (I’m pretty sure it wasn’t to avoid making penguins.) So, Jenya decided to put the sewing skills, which her grandma had insisted on teaching her, to work. She made our first penguin, Piotr, and our second penguin, Perpetua.

By the third penguin, Petunia adopted to Muraviovska Park, she was ready to move forward with a plan to make and sell penguins. And they are glorious! She’s made Maltese knights, pirates inspired by the PotC attraction, penguins cosplaying as Power Rangers, our traveling penguin Penny in her Raincoat and a total of more than 50 penguins.

Jenya makes penguins from different kinds of soft, white fabric. While the bodies are typically made from faux furs, the beaks and feet are made from fleece and with a healthy dose of enthusiasm and positivity. They are stuffed with hypoallergenic, flame-retardant holofiber and love. The wings are articulated at the shoulder, using an old-fashioned technique avoiding hard pieces that could be a choking hazard. The eyes are hand-embroidered, so every penguin has its own expression, and these expressions change depending on the POV of the person looking at him or her. Our penguins without costumes contain no hard pieces, which makes them safer for young children.

Each penguin and his or her outfit is handmade from materials appropriate to the costume.  They are soft, cuddly and make us laugh a lot, especially when Penny Penguin is trying to fly. We love our penguins, and we want to spread the joy to others that they bring to us. (Order your penguin today.)

What Do You Get?
Warm Fuzzies! You get to say you're a patron of the arts! But seriously, it depends on what you pledge. For $1, you get to join a community of people who are interested in becoming more creative, and despite everything else written here, the idea behind this Patreon is to help everyone become more creative. There will be tips for you to get more creative.

Every month, patrons will get access to the penguinate newsletter that shows all of the things we have published over the last month. When we hit our goals, you will get to vote on the category of exclusive content you want to see. Then, of course, it depends on your chosen funding level. Check out the side panel to see what you get at your desired option.

You are in control of your patronage. Patreon charges you at the beginning of each month, and you choose how long you would like to continue supporting us.

THANK YOU!
Thank you for taking the time to consider our Patreon campaign. We hope you read something you like. 

We know that we aren't the only artists out there who would be more effective at creating if it weren't for the realities of money. When you become a patron of any artist, you support work that could be on the level of Michelangelo, Donatello, Leonardo or Raphael (not the Ninja Turtles). If we aren't the right style of artists for you to support or if you aren't in a position to contribute, please consider following @shadexaminer on Twitter and subscribing to my YouTube page. That will help tremendously, especially if you watch the videos and read what I have written thus far at penguinate.com or penguin8.com. Then check out the other artists here who could use some help. Your funding can make a huge difference in making the world a better, more creative place.
Tiers
Eggcellent
$1 or more per month

Thanks for being eggcellent! Your vote of confidence & dollar make our creations better. We hope you like what you see here!

  • Access to patron-only content
  • Great big "Thanks!"
  • Your name in the Acknowledgements section of the next book I write.
  • Your name on 3 thank you pages at penguinate.compenguin8.com and DisneylandIsCreativity.com
  • Thanks at the end of YouTube videos
  • $1 off for every $10 you spend at our booth at Lilac City Comicon 2019 on June 1 and 2, at City Cakes and Cafe Author signing in Salt Lake City on June 5, the Ogden UnCon June 7 to 9 and Amazing Las Vegas Comic Con from June 14 to 16.
Incubator
$5 or more per month
An egg needs to be incubated in order to hatch. Thanks for helping us hatch our ideas!
  • Get one question answered per year! Pick a topic, any topic, and I will do my best to find out the answer.
  • Plus all previous rewards
No small feat
$10 or more per month
Baby penguins huddle by the feet of their parents to stay warm. The parents take turns providing the baby with shelter.
  • One drawing per year of a penguin extending the wing of gratitude. Digitally delivered. Every year the drawing will be different.
  • Plus all previous rewards
Group Hugger Penguinator
$25 or more per month
Did you know penguin chicks snuggle together to keep warm when they get older? Thanks for helping us keep warm.
  • A postcard from wherever we happen to be, or maybe one from our penguin collection. Every month! Great for stamp collectors! Or postcard collectors!
  • Get our book Disneyland Is Creativity!
  • Your name with thanks in the footer at penguinate.com and penguin8.com
  • Plus all previous rewards
Fine feathered friend Penguinator
$50 or more per month
Baby penguins lose their baby feathers and become adults.
  • One digital hi-res image from Jenya's photo collection
  • A book a month: either my new release or one from an indie author I've enjoyed.
  • Plus all previous rewards
On the Ice Flow Penguinator
$100 or more per month
Rookery Royalty Penguinator
$200 or more per month only 20 left
  • One stuffed penguin per year sent to your door!
  • Plus all previous rewards
Sea Sultan Penguinator
$500 or more per month only 20 left
  • Get a creativity box sent to you every month. (Like Lootcrate but stuffed with items and activities to help you become more creative.)
  • Plus all previous rewards
Goals
$37 of $200 per month
When we reach this goal, I will write one blog post a month just for my patrons. There will be a vote on the topic: creativity, entertainment, Disney, comic con, book review... You might even suggest a topic!

These blog posts may be at penguinate.com, but only patrons will get to read them.
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I am a freelance write and author. Unfortunately, I don't get to write as much as I want about creativity and making the world a better place through deep thinking and analysis because my day job, which waxes and wanes so that it's not quite a reliable source of income, requires me to write about subjects like plumbing, roofing materials and storage containers.

Jenya is a doctor in Russia. They don't make the same salary as doctors in the U.S. Plus, her identity as a doctor of pharmacology is only a part of who she is. She is also an awesome penguin maker. Seriously, check out these stuffed penguins. They are soft, cuddly and unique. Everyone of the penguins has his or her own name and personality. The problem is that even if she weren't working 2 jobs(!), she wouldn't be able to create and sell enough penguins in a month to make ends meet. At a penguin a day, it just isn't mathematically feasible for us to rely on stuffed penguins alone for income, no matter how much she loves to make them.

That's where you come in. As a patron, you will be allowing me to write things other than SEO articles about roofs, and you will be allowing my wife to expand her penguin making empire. Both of us will be able to work together to develop and implement new ideas, and you will be at the forefront of the frontier. Our ability to make games, animations and books while exploring other creative endeavors will dramatically increase, and you will be the cause of that increase. We have joined forces to create better books and great gifts, we hope you'll join with us.

More About Our Penguins
When Jenya and I met for our second date, she handed me a penguin.

“That’s amazing!” I said as I examined it. “But why’s it white?”

“Because that’s what you have on your website.”

I looked it up, and indeed, my logo penguin is white. I asked her where she found the penguin, and she said she had it made for me. Then I asked if the person could make more and how much they would cost.

Jenya went back to the person who made the first penguin, and that person said that she wasn’t interested, then she moved to another country. (I’m pretty sure it wasn’t to avoid making penguins.) So, Jenya decided to put the sewing skills, which her grandma had insisted on teaching her, to work. She made our first penguin, Piotr, and our second penguin, Perpetua.

By the third penguin, Petunia adopted to Muraviovska Park, she was ready to move forward with a plan to make and sell penguins. And they are glorious! She’s made Maltese knights, pirates inspired by the PotC attraction, penguins cosplaying as Power Rangers, our traveling penguin Penny in her Raincoat and a total of more than 50 penguins.

Jenya makes penguins from different kinds of soft, white fabric. While the bodies are typically made from faux furs, the beaks and feet are made from fleece and with a healthy dose of enthusiasm and positivity. They are stuffed with hypoallergenic, flame-retardant holofiber and love. The wings are articulated at the shoulder, using an old-fashioned technique avoiding hard pieces that could be a choking hazard. The eyes are hand-embroidered, so every penguin has its own expression, and these expressions change depending on the POV of the person looking at him or her. Our penguins without costumes contain no hard pieces, which makes them safer for young children.

Each penguin and his or her outfit is handmade from materials appropriate to the costume.  They are soft, cuddly and make us laugh a lot, especially when Penny Penguin is trying to fly. We love our penguins, and we want to spread the joy to others that they bring to us. (Order your penguin today.)

What Do You Get?
Warm Fuzzies! You get to say you're a patron of the arts! But seriously, it depends on what you pledge. For $1, you get to join a community of people who are interested in becoming more creative, and despite everything else written here, the idea behind this Patreon is to help everyone become more creative. There will be tips for you to get more creative.

Every month, patrons will get access to the penguinate newsletter that shows all of the things we have published over the last month. When we hit our goals, you will get to vote on the category of exclusive content you want to see. Then, of course, it depends on your chosen funding level. Check out the side panel to see what you get at your desired option.

You are in control of your patronage. Patreon charges you at the beginning of each month, and you choose how long you would like to continue supporting us.

THANK YOU!
Thank you for taking the time to consider our Patreon campaign. We hope you read something you like. 

We know that we aren't the only artists out there who would be more effective at creating if it weren't for the realities of money. When you become a patron of any artist, you support work that could be on the level of Michelangelo, Donatello, Leonardo or Raphael (not the Ninja Turtles). If we aren't the right style of artists for you to support or if you aren't in a position to contribute, please consider following @shadexaminer on Twitter and subscribing to my YouTube page. That will help tremendously, especially if you watch the videos and read what I have written thus far at penguinate.com or penguin8.com. Then check out the other artists here who could use some help. Your funding can make a huge difference in making the world a better, more creative place.

Recent posts by Shad and Jenya Engkilterra

Tiers
Eggcellent
$1 or more per month

Thanks for being eggcellent! Your vote of confidence & dollar make our creations better. We hope you like what you see here!

  • Access to patron-only content
  • Great big "Thanks!"
  • Your name in the Acknowledgements section of the next book I write.
  • Your name on 3 thank you pages at penguinate.compenguin8.com and DisneylandIsCreativity.com
  • Thanks at the end of YouTube videos
  • $1 off for every $10 you spend at our booth at Lilac City Comicon 2019 on June 1 and 2, at City Cakes and Cafe Author signing in Salt Lake City on June 5, the Ogden UnCon June 7 to 9 and Amazing Las Vegas Comic Con from June 14 to 16.
Incubator
$5 or more per month
An egg needs to be incubated in order to hatch. Thanks for helping us hatch our ideas!
  • Get one question answered per year! Pick a topic, any topic, and I will do my best to find out the answer.
  • Plus all previous rewards
No small feat
$10 or more per month
Baby penguins huddle by the feet of their parents to stay warm. The parents take turns providing the baby with shelter.
  • One drawing per year of a penguin extending the wing of gratitude. Digitally delivered. Every year the drawing will be different.
  • Plus all previous rewards
Group Hugger Penguinator
$25 or more per month
Did you know penguin chicks snuggle together to keep warm when they get older? Thanks for helping us keep warm.
  • A postcard from wherever we happen to be, or maybe one from our penguin collection. Every month! Great for stamp collectors! Or postcard collectors!
  • Get our book Disneyland Is Creativity!
  • Your name with thanks in the footer at penguinate.com and penguin8.com
  • Plus all previous rewards
Fine feathered friend Penguinator
$50 or more per month
Baby penguins lose their baby feathers and become adults.
  • One digital hi-res image from Jenya's photo collection
  • A book a month: either my new release or one from an indie author I've enjoyed.
  • Plus all previous rewards
On the Ice Flow Penguinator
$100 or more per month
Rookery Royalty Penguinator
$200 or more per month only 20 left
  • One stuffed penguin per year sent to your door!
  • Plus all previous rewards
Sea Sultan Penguinator
$500 or more per month only 20 left
  • Get a creativity box sent to you every month. (Like Lootcrate but stuffed with items and activities to help you become more creative.)
  • Plus all previous rewards