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“If we can arm future generations with the mindset that the planet is a valuable and singular thing, and that we need to be proactive about stewarding our relationship with it, we can prepare ourselves by raising generations that are defenders of this earth.” About the Creators Casson Trenor (the writer) and Caia Koopman (the illustrator) are creating a children’s book about ocean conservation, and they are sharing each step of the way on Patreon. Located in different cities with entirely different backgrounds, Caia and Casson are joining forces to accomplish one mission: to make this world a better place. Their story is called Umijoo. It’s the tale of a girl who lives on an island and feels disconnected from…

  Patreon is like that dreamy cottage in the middle of the woods. If you're an artist, you know exactly what I mean: We all want to be there, surrounded by trees (or the sea), with lots of tea and coffee, endless snacks, mountains of art supplies (or maybe instruments), music and blankets, and just be able to work without worries on personal projects for as long as we need.—Fran Meneses, Illustrator and Vlogger But life wasn’t always a beach for the UK-based artist. In 2015, self-taught illustrator Fran Meneses (aka Frannerd) was an unemployed, struggling artist in London with no savings, no commissions, and no plans. So she rolled up her sleeves and embarked on Inktober, a yearly challenge…

A typical lunch at Patreon stars the daily New York Times Crossword. Every day at 12:30, you’ll find teammates crowding around the word puzzle with a “driver” (why yes, it is I) who reads the clues aloud and 8-10 guessers who chime in, mouths full, with the answers they’re proud to know. Thursday’s crossword had a name we all knew well. Taryn: “48 Across, 3 letters: Issa of Comedy…!” A chorus of voices, all at once: “RAE!!!!” If you’re unfamiliar with Issa Rae, shame on you. Just kidding, but really... you should get to know her. With her NYT bestselling book, The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl, award-winning web-series by the same name, and as the creator, writer and star…

Meet Meg and Isa, a writer and an illustrator who joined forces to create the fairy tale adventure comic, Namesake. Members: Isabelle Melancon (Quebec, Canada) and Megan Lavey-Heaton (Harrisburg, Pennsylvania) Patreon Page: www.patreon.com/namesake   Q+A with NameSake   Describe, in your own words, what it is that you create: Isa: Together, me and Megan make comics, often in the fantasy genre, and often inspired by fairy tale and literature. Our lead series is the fairy tale adventure comic Namesake.   How did you get your start as a creator? Isa: I’ve been interested in doing comics since I was a kid, my parents had a lot of French comics for me and my brothers to read. During college and University, I had a minimal…

Meet Cyrille Aimee, a professional jazz vocalist who, in addition to singing in 3 languages and releasing over 7 records, is making time to create online music videos. Location: Brooklyn, New York Patreon Page: www.patreon.com/cyrilleaimee   Q+A with Cyrille Aimee   Patreon: Describe, in your own words, what it is that you create. Cyrille Aimee: My main focus of creation is music, and videos to go along with it.   How did you get your start as a creator? CA: I discovered I wanted to make music when I met some gypsies in my village in France at the age of 13. One of them started to teach me the guitar and in exchange I would teach him to read.   What did it take to end…

Meet The Ginger Runner, a dream team of content creators who produce a popular blog, YouTube channel, and podcast all about their life’s passion: running. Members: Ethan Newberry & Kimberley Teshima Newberry (Yes, they're married!) Location: Los Angeles, CA Patreon Page: www.patreon.com/TheGingerRunner   Q+A with Ethan Newberry   Patreon: Describe, in your own words, what it is that you create. Ethan Newberry: This has been a pretty awesome journey to say the least! What started as a side-project youtube channel where I could spout off my opinions about various pairs of running shoes and running gear has blossomed into a full-on creative outlet for all of my passions. In addition to the unbiased and entertaining reviews of gear, I document and share some of…

Meet Monica Bryne, an American playwright and science fiction author who turned her passion into a career. Location: Durham, NC Patreon Page: www.Patreon.com/MonicaByrne   Q+A with Monica Byrne   Patreon: Describe, in your own words, what it is that you create: Monica Bryne: I make novels, stories, theatre, essays, protest, and visual art. But if I find myself alone with the right sort of person, I say I’m a servant of the other world.   How did you get your start as a creator? MB: Until age 24, I wanted to be an astronaut, and did all the “right” things--worked for NASA, got a pilot’s license, and went to MIT for graduate school. But I was really unhappy. I might have loved the work once,…

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