Artists to support with money

We need art to keep us sane in this crazy world.  Donating to worthy causes is all very good, but if you want to consume some media, here are some suggestions.


Do you wish you could read more widely with low effort?  Great news!  I found out that if you subscribe to Open Letter publications, they’ll just send you their books in the mail.  The price is really surprisingly low, and all the books are translated from around the world.  They didn’t pay me to say this.

Patreon finds:  I need diverse games; award-winning author and podcaster Mur Lafferty; sure-to-be-award-winning writer Rivers Solomon; necessary words from The Bookavid; I’ve also read K. Tempest Bradford; I have enjoyed writing by Liz Bourke.  Amazing writer Nisi Shawl will also send you tea blends!  McMansion Hell makes us laugh.

I think LaGuardia Cross’s videos are hilarious and occasionally poignant.  Subscribe to his channel so he can keep getting endorsement contracts and stuff.  (Ok, this one isn’t spending money.)

I like podcasts from the family of pods.  Some suggestions:

I recommend (again) buying things by Sarah Gailey.  If you aren’t convinced, try reading this story; that oughta do it.  And if you want to cry, you can read the sequel.

Get a t-shirt from the Call Your Girlfriend podcast.

Buy comics from Lions Forge (diversity and all-ages).

The Worldbuilders shop is a place to buy cool bookish things (like this rad bookmark). You can buy lots of foreign-language translations of fantasy novels (Hungarian!  Catalan!  Canadian French!  Polish!  Brazilian Portuguese!), jewelry, stickers, a sword, mugs, etc. Proceeds are given to charities such as Heifer International and First Book.


What kinds of art should people toss their dollars at, Grumpeteers? 

6 Responses to “Artists to support with money”

  1. gasstationwithoutpumps Says:

    I support local theater—in addition to attending about all the performances I can, I donate to both Santa Cruz Shakepeare (a summer festival) and to WEST Performing Arts (an educational program for teaching theater to children and teens).

    • nicoleandmaggie Says:

      One really weird thing about where we live in the South is that there is no Shakespeare anywhere nearby. I am not used to this! No Uni productions, no local productions, no summer productions, no Shakespeare company, nothing.

      They also don’t teach it in K-12 until grade 11(!)

  2. Debbie M Says:

    This year I have bought art from a friend and finally replaced that one poster from grad school. Also, I got painted coasters!

    Mostly I just make sure to actually buy books, movies, music, and games that I really like, even if I originally got them on loan from a library or friend. Also, I’ve been told that online reviews really help them.

  3. Revanche @ A Gai Shan Life Says:

    I have several but the longest running artist I appreciate is Randy Milholland from Big fan of Nidhi Chanani’s art: (and also her policy of giving back monthly as well).

  4. nicoleandmaggie Says:

    I’m going to canvass with my sister this weekend. Because I don’t know what else I can do!

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