[Link] Land of the Lustrous, singular “they,” and the politics of subtitles

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I am incredibly proud of this piece–perhaps one of the best I’ve ever written. If it leads to new awareness in the industry, I’ll be happy. 

Land of the Lustrous has proven to be a sleeper hit of the Fall 2017 season, with its beautiful melding of CG and traditional art, creative direction, likable characters, and penchant for cliffhangers. It also made minor waves by deciding to refer to almost the entire cast with neutral “they/them” pronouns. In an industry that has historically elected to choose binary pronouns for characters who aren’t gendered or are gendered ambiguously in the original text, this marks a small but important—and most crucially, conscious—shift.

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So, About the Patreon Thing

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At this point I’m sure you’ve all heard what’s going on with Patreon. If not, here’s the shortest of short rundowns: the change in operating procedure means that patrons now pay an additional processing fee when donating, meaning a $1 donation is really going to be more like $1.38.

That begins to level out for larger donations, but for small sites like me–who don’t have gated content and really just use the modest, kind donations of readers to keep the internet paid–it means losing a good chunk of income as people quite understandably have to pare down and think of their own finances.

Patreon was always something of a wonky fit. It meant that folks could donate a dollar a month in an easy set-it-and-forget-it model, but it was never quite right for the commissions (you request the subject, I write about it!) that have always been the actual payment model for the site.

With that in mind, I wanted to seek your opinion on a few options I’m considering going forward. Whatever decision happens, I want to stress that there will be no gated content. Explanations for the poll choices are under the cut. Thanks, y’all!

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