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The Outhouse: A Comic Book News Website for the Fans

Providing readers with laughs and unfiltered opinions about the comic industry.

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Milestone Goals
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Relaunch the Outhouse's Official Podcast
$400 per month
At $400/month, we'll relaunch the Outhouse's podcast, starring Jude and whatever other staffers we can sucker into showing up.  We'll aim to make it a bi-monthly podcast with segments, interviews and plenty of snark and satire.
Print Has DC Done Something Stupid Today T-Shirts
$500 per month
We've received numerous requests for "Has DC Done Something Stupid Today" t-shirts.  At $500/month, we'll be able to print t-shirts to give to our Patreon backers/sell.  All proceeds from the shirts will go back into the site, either to pay site costs or to pay our writing staff.
Send Jude to a major comic book convention
$600 per month
If we hit the $600/month goal, we'll send Jude to a major comic book convention (C2E2, SDCC of NYCC) with a video camera and see how many times he gets punched in the face by various comic book professionals by saying he works for the Outhouse.  Any funds used to send Jude to a convention will be paid for out of pocket, and won't come out of funds raised by the Patreon campaign.
Send Jude to the DC Burbank Office
$2,000 per month
At the totally unfeasible goal level of $2,000, we'll send Jude to Burbank and attempt to set him up with a face to face meeting with either Dan Didio or Bob Harras, which will probably result in one or all of them being arrested.  Jude specifically wanted to give fans a goal level that would result in his arrest, so that there is something for both people who like him and people who don't.  Any money used to bail Jude out of jail and pay for his legal costs will come out of our own pocket and not from money raised by the Patreon campaign.
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About

The Outhouse is a semi-satirical comic book website that aims to mock and lampoon everything wrong with the comic book industry and comic book journalism, sometimes by engaging in the very same practices. It's a fine line.

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Columbus, OH, USA

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The Outhouse is a comic book website dedicated to being a fan-driven voice in the comics industry.  Unlike other sites, we consider ourselves to be a voice for consumers, not giant entertainment corporations.  Our writers are all fans of comics, and strive to provide news and commentary from a perspective that other fans can understand and relate to.  

On average, the Outhouse publishes between 7 to 10 articles a day, and covers a variety of topics, including comics, television, movies, books and more.  Our article mix includes news, reviews, interviews, satire, podcasts and op/eds.  We also periodically feature webcomics on our site.  The site averages about 20,000 pageviews per day, and has had over 1.2 million visitors in 2014. 

In 2012, we changed the focus of our front page to make our articles include more snark and satire, in an attempt to change the things we felt were dragging the industry down.  We believe in taking a stance against racism and sexism in the comic industry, advocating and supporting creators, creator-owned comics, and the readers that make it possible, and providing news and commentary about the comic and entertainment industry that doesn't take itself too seriously.  

In 2014, the Outhouse recommitted itself to focusing on small press comics and strives to feature these comics prominently amongst our less positive mainstream comics coverage.  We've also started to focus more on Kickstarter projects, recognizing that crowdfunded comics will continue to be a force in the comic industry.  We're hoping to be a more comprehensive comic site that fans of mainstream, alternative and local comics can all enjoy. 

Our site's costs are currently limited to a $130/mo. server fee.  Our ability to advertise has been limited by Google Adsense banning the site in 2011 over a forum post, as well as our generally derisive (but honest) coverage of the comic industry's big players, which are also its biggest advertisers. While we do have advertisers some months, we believe our revenue is far below that of comparably popular sites because we do not play the payola game. If you believe this is important, we appreciate your support in our campaign. Any profits above our costs made from advertising revenue are shared in their entirety with all of our contributors and staff members.

Beginning September, 2015, we are changing up the rewards and goals on our Patreon campaign. Our former Editor in Chief, Christian Hoffer, departed the site earlier this year to pursue other interests, and we want to provide rewards that our current staff (who all work for a share of the profits, which is nowhere near approaching a full time wage) is more suited to fulfill. Our goal is to allow our fans to support independent (and funny) comics journalism, and also to allow small press and independent publisher a lower cost way to advertise on a popular comic book site than we would offer to corporate-backed publishers.

Let's be clear: no matter what the outcome of this Patreon, the Outhouse will continue to be the Outhouse that you love (or love to hate).  We don't want anyone to feel like we're squeezing them, or that The Outhouse will go behind any kind of paywall, or anything like that. If we receive $0/month, our 200,000+ monthly readers can still enjoy our hackneyed mockery and self-referential in-jokes for free. You should contribute only because you want to, and because you want to help us grow to be an even bigger thorn in the side to idiocy in the comics industry than we are now.

We also want to make it clear that support of our Patreon is not the only way to get your small press or creator owned comic featured on our site. We try to support as many of these as we can, for free, and you are welcome to contact us at press (at) theouthousers (dot) com about that. Contributing to our campaign will guarantee you a feature within a specific time frame, and at some reward levels, give you more control over the content of that article, but we're also happy to support your project for free within the constraints of our time and abilities.

Thank you so much for your time and support. We hope to continue to be a voice in the comic industry for years to come. 
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