Jon Spencer Reviews now on Patreon

I Need Your Help!

Real talk guys. As some of you may know, I finished University at the start of the summer and have been looking for work. I used to have a pretty great job, but they couldn’t keep me once I was no longer a student. Long story short, I haven’t had much luck in finding a job. Please take a moment to read this and spread the word as much as possible.

Jon Spencer Reviews started out as a passion project in 2015. I wanted a platform to discuss, share, and critique the various things that I enjoy. We started off with just me. I primarily did anime and board game reviews. Since then, there have been over 300 articles written by myself and contributors and growing! It all started off with an article series I did for the anime Last Exile (which you can view here).

There have been some truly fantastic people who have worked with me, for absolutely free, on the site. Some of you may know Jacob, and more recently Frank, as they are currently active contributors. We’ve had other writers who have since moved on such as Dana and Origamillama. No matter how large or small the contribution, these wonderful people who have (and ever will) given to Jon Spencer Reviews their time, work, and dedication I thank you.

The site has also undergone some major improvements since we’ve started. I have a custom banner, added more advanced and useful features to the site, and much more! I hope to be able to continue bettering the site as we move forward. Truly, this has been one heck of a ride so far.

This brings us to today; I am in need of your help. I sincerely cannot find a job that will work for me at this current juncture in my life. This may seem a bit sappy, but I was born with something called Cerebral Palsy and as a result some aspects of day-to-day life can be difficult for me. One of these things is driving; I just can’t safely do that. Unfortunately, the transit system where I live is not very accommodating and there are a variety of other factors related to my Cerebral Palsy that have prevented me from considering moving very far a viable option.

I’m taking a risk by asking that you help support me. One of my close friends, Mrs. K (for those who may recall her), said that I should try turning to this site to earn a living. I understand that this may be a big ask, and it’s a huge step for me to take, but I’ll never know if I don’t try. Writing is an ideal job for me, so maybe this dream really could happen.

Don’t think that I’m just asking for your money because I’m not. In exchange I will work my hardest to produce quality content that will be available to everybody, regardless of if they support me or not. A percentage of the money will be distributed to my contributors as well, regardless of how much, or how little that is, because without them I would not have seen nearly as much support as I do now. Money that I don’t need in order to exist will be used to help the site. This may mean something as big as making a YouTube channel at some point, but right now I just don’t know yet.

Here’s how you can help me out. Follow this link (just click this sentence) to get to my Patreon. There you will see varying options of suggested donation levels. Different options allow for different rewards. For example, at $1 you can have your name, and if provided, link to your own site/YouTube listed on a Patreon supporter tab that will be added to the front page of the site. At higher rewards you may suggest a topic for me to discuss, a show to review, etc…

Being a Patreon of mine means that you will pay me the amount of money that you pledge each month. You can change the amount or cancel at any time though. I don’t want anybody breaking the bank on my behalf here. Along with the reward tier chosen, Patreons will have a greater say regarding the direction of Jon Spencer Reviews, access to special content (that will eventually be made free to everyone), and more. I’m new to Patreon, so some stuff may change as we go but I think this is a good start.

For the first 30 days, so from 8/17/17 to 9/16/17 anybody who supports me on Patreon will also be helping out fellow blogger Karandi at 100 Word Anime. As part of Patreon’s referral program, by supporting me, Patreon will also give some money to her as well. Karandi has been a HUGE supporter of mine and I wanted a way to give back, so this is my way of doing so. It doesn’t cost you anything extra, won’t negatively impact what is donated to me (in fact I get a bonus!), and is a great way to help somebody else out at the same time. We need 30 people minimum to pledge their support for me in order to receive the benefit, but I know we can do it!

Even if you can’t donate, or don’t want to, please share this article to as many people as you can. Twitter, Facebook, email, etc… anywhere you can think of. It would be extremely helpful and I’ll be forever in your debt. There’s a chance that my dream to make writing work for me will fail, but I know with your continued support that we can make it happen!

If you have any questions, concerns, or just want to wish me luck on my endeavor here, feel free to leave a comment below. Alternatively, you can email me here:  jonspencerreviews@gmail.com

Thanks a million,

-Jon Spencer

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The Madoka Magica “Gravy Party” Experience

Overview

I recently hosted a party where we all got together with a ton of food and watched Madoka Magica and Rebellion. It was a pretty fantastic time, so I thought I’d share how I set up the event, ran it, and how I think it turned out. Thought it would be interesting to share if nothing else, and it might even be useful for those of you looking to do something similar. Continue reading “The Madoka Magica “Gravy Party” Experience”

Happy Singles Awareness Day!!!!!!

Hey All! It’s that time of the year again! Time to strut down the street blasting “Single Ladies” from your pocket speaker to let everyone know you’re happy being single! Or conversely, if you’ve been dying to ask that special someone to be your significant other then it’s the perfect time! On behalf of the single community, you’ve got our support (unless the person you’re pining over is a jerk, in which case Honey, you deserve better 😉 ). And for all you romantically involved peeps out there, I hope today’s special in some way or another, and best of luck with reservations!

Finally, to everyone, single or not, whether you’re going out or staying in, it’s a holiday! Take advantage of it to de-stress a little :). And as always, stay safe All.

Have a Lovely Valentines Day,

-Dana Scarr

My Top 10 Western Animation Shows

This Top 10 is part of The  ❄️ 12 Days of Christmas ❄️

Hello all! It’s Dana again, coming at ya with my first official article!

Now, I love anime as much as the next nerd (affection intended), but with more high quality shows being produced for western audiences all the time I think we should take some time to show some appreciation. During this Christmas season, I’d like to look back at all the shows that have given me so much joy over the years, whether they be recent or from my childhood. I don’t claim to have seen all there is to see of course, and there are definitely some hidden (or not so hidden) gems that I’ll have overlooked. But these are the series that I most enjoyed watching and that still hold up now in some cases. These are very much my opinions only and I reserve the right to use the argument “because it’s fun/awesome/”I was feeling it” as a reason for any of my placements. Continue reading “My Top 10 Western Animation Shows”

Introducing Meeeeeeeeeeeee!

Hello Everybody!

Meeeeeeeeeeeee, is Dana Scarr, the newest member of Jon’s review crew! Similarly to Jon, I’ll primarily be reviewing anime, games, western animation, and whatever else tickles my fancy. I have a love of crafts of all kinds and I’d love to share whatever I’m up to with you all. I also love animals of all sorts, which may or may not come up in some of my reviews, and I am currently a student working towards a bachelors degree in Zoology. If anyone’s got any questions for me, leave it in a comment below or send it through Jon (for now), and if it’s not too invasive I’ll do my best to answer. In the meantime, I’ll hopefully be able to share some differing, interesting, and maybe thought provoking opinions on my favorite (or least favorite if the case arises) media and more!

Dana Scarr signing off!