Patreon in the Cosplay Industry


Having been in the cosplay industry for the last eight years, I have observed many changes and advancements. Whether it is overcoming the limitation of crafting impossible costumes, or pushing the boundary in getting more stylistic photos and videos, cosplayers and other creatives have been contributing nonstop to the industry’s progression. Many argue that cosplaying should not be more than a hobby but I disagree. I strongly believe that cosplay is an art; it involves costume making, props crafting, modeling, and collaborating with other artists. All of that isn’t to say it cannot be a hobby, but it can definitely be more than that, especially since it has transcended into a performing art.

Fear of the P’s Words

Recently, cosplayers have been hesitant to start a Patreon page, since many fear they are creating a false expectation or a negative image. For years, cosplayers have had the same fear for other new ventures like creating a Facebook Page, and selling Prints. But why are they so afraid of expanding into page, prints, and Patreon? It is because there are new commitments as soon as expansion is done. When a cosplayer expand into a new endeavor, they are catering to a new audience.

For those of you who are not familiar with Patreon, it is a crowdfunding platform that allows many content creators and artists to get funding from supporting on a recurring basis, either periodically or by project.

I don’t think each of these venture should be separated, in fact, I believe they are all part of a progression: Page>>>Print>>>Patreon. Each stage of the progression is supported by assurance from the previous stage. A Facebook page demonstrates the support from a group of people, and these are people who