The Middle Spacesis creating analysis and criticism of comics and other popular media.
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Contributing at $5 a month or more for 12 consecutive months and receive a random comic accompanied by brief writing about it. Receive an additional comic book and writing every consecutive year of support after that. (Not available for patrons outside the U.S. & Canada.)
If you're here you are probably already familiar with The Middle Spaces, but in case you aren't or need a reminder, The Middle Spaces is an award-winning blog dedicated to the interrogation of popular culture - most often comic books and music, but films, TV shows, podcasts, and traditional literature, especially where they intersect with comics and music, are all fair game.
In particular, The Middle Spaces explores these media and genres through the lens of race and gender, but economics, sexuality, disability, and their intersections are all avenues for considering the cultural significance and meaningful subtexts in these works.
The Middle Spaces strives to be the place for ad-free and easily accessible longform criticism on popular culture on the web. It will always remain free, but this also limits what it can offer. Even a small monthly contribution can make a huge difference in how much and how often the site can offer scholarly insight on subjects like comic books and hip hop but without the inaccessibility of scholarly journals and university libraries, presented in language that eschews impenetrable theoretical jargon whenever it can and without condescending to its audience.
Until now, The Middle Spaces has been primarily written and maintained by Osvaldo Oyola, a scholar of contemporary transnational American literature and a lifelong fan and collector of comic books, and erstwhile DJ. It publishes work every other week (whenever possible), with more or less frequent posts as scheduling and his day-job allow.
Now, we're looking for a modicum of support from readers to expand what The Middle Spaces can offer and to make it a site for diverse voices on popular culture through longform criticism. The Middle Spaces is not the place where you'll find Buzzfeed style lists, funny quizzes, or press releases disguised as journalism, but scholarly work from academics and from fan-scholars continuing the traditions of such present in various forms of fan and DIY culture (from comic books to hip-hop to Star Trek to punk rock).
Monthly contributions allow for more frequent posts, a wider variety of guest writers, the possibility for more regular writers, multimedia projects, and a dedicated and customized site built for online publishing needs.
We want to pay our writers!
Above all, we want to compensate guest writers and other contributors for their labor. We all know you don't start a project like this for the money, but sometimes even a small amount of money can make a big difference. As little as $25 or $50 can allow a writer to dedicate the time to contributing something that they'd otherwise be unable to do because of economic reality. In our lives we all perform some form of uncompensated labor, but at The Middle Spaces we believe in minimizing that to whatever degree possible.
All our supporters will get acknowledgement on our donors page after one year of consecutive support. For those unable to commit to a monthly donation, you can still make a one-time donation over on our Ko-Fi page.
If we can get to $90 a month we can afford a custom site on a dedicated server that will include special features for comics reviews and hovering footnotes for references and citation!