Planet Dolan

is creating comics, animations, storytelling & countdowns

179

patrons
Over 5 years ago Danger Dolan started a little gaming YouTube channel known as TheDDGuides from his tiny Aussie bedroom. Things quickly ballooned, and today, Planet Dolan is a network of writers, editors, voice actors, artists and animators spanning members across the globe from the U.S, to New Zealand, and even Macedonia.

We have two channels:
Planet Dolan - where we frequently post countdowns & illustrated true stories featuring art from the PD team.
Super Planet Dolan - our premium content for animations & storytelling.

Why we're on Patreon:

Since early days, YouTube has been extremely shaky for economic reliability. In 2012, there was a silent algorithm change prioritizing watch time over clicks that killed animation and high quality/slow production content overnight. In 2013 there was the copyright apocalypse which mass flagged video footage and crippled the revenue of all channels overnight without warning and not a peep nor help from YouTube. In 2017 we experienced the YouTube adpocalypse in which a ton of companies boycotted Google and their adsense program because their ads were being displayed over questionable content. It was all over the news, and YouTube said nothing, so we had about a week to prepare before revenue was reduced by 30-40%, and that's if you were lucky. Revenue has slightly improved since then but CPM will randomly spiral out of control based on the contents of the video. Creepy videos, sexual-related topics & anything YT deems "non-advertiser friendly" all earn basically nothing for the work you put in, which killed a lot of channels. And now, for a new nail in the coffin, videos will be stealthily hidden if they're not "appropriate" (which can literally mean anything) and will not longer be recommended/monetised with all comments & likes disabled.

Throughout all of this we've clung on, mainly from the support of our fans continuing to check out our content through all these years. We started an animation channel despite the 2012 algorithm changes and we're extremely proud of the content we've produced since then. However, we've finally reached the point where things are no longer sustainable with all these topic & advertisement restrictions in place, and we can't rely on crazy CPM levels to pay our animators/voice actors/editors/writers fairly anymore.
However, with your support, we will - and we'll be able to do more.

What we will do with your money:

50% of all pledges will go towards maintaining our current series (countdownsDTSSPD), while the other 50% will be used to create new formats.

- At 1000 patrons we'll be putting together a dedicated Planet Dolan comic team, we hosted a competition in which we had over 50+ incredible entries and brought the top contenders to life in a fully voiced video. The end goal of Planet Dolan is storytelling, be that in comics & animation. With this much support, we'll finally have enough stability to guarantee paid work for the ridiculously talented artists who'll be involved.

- Additionally, it'll finally give us the stability to work on the elusive PD storytelling series which has been in production since Super Planet Dolan launched. This will be a mix between digital comic & animation featuring the entire cast of PD with storyboards, background art, VFX, sound design & quality writing exploring the origins/adventures of the characters in a canon episodic saga; our ultimate dream passion project.

Thank you so much for any support you can provide, it's literally saving our channels from the brink right now - beyond appreciated!
Tiers
Wallpaper + Livestream Q&A
$2 or more per month
Love the channel's art? Every month one of our artists will be releasing wallpaper for your computer, phone and tablet - pledge this amount to get access!

Additionally, we'll be regularly posting Dolan Kart skin previews exclusive to this and all higher tiers!
Early Access (animations & comics)
$5 or more per month
See the newest animation go live before anyone else - an exclusive link for anyone pledging this amount!
+ New wallpaper/DK previews as per the previous tier
Become a part of Planet Dolan!
$10 or more per month
Every month we'll be giving everyone pledging this amount priority over YouTube comments in pitching questions for Super Planet Dolan, with your name & question read out by the characters and answered for the whole world to see!
Only the best questions will be picked, so ask us a good one, and remember that you can keep trying every month with a high chance of success since you're only competing against other people in this tier!
+ Early access to new animations before anyone else
+ New wallpaper every month

+ Q&A questions

Goals
179 of 1000 patrons
This would fund a dedicated Planet Dolan comic team for us to produce comedy/storytelling scripts every month!
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Over 5 years ago Danger Dolan started a little gaming YouTube channel known as TheDDGuides from his tiny Aussie bedroom. Things quickly ballooned, and today, Planet Dolan is a network of writers, editors, voice actors, artists and animators spanning members across the globe from the U.S, to New Zealand, and even Macedonia.

We have two channels:
Planet Dolan - where we frequently post countdowns & illustrated true stories featuring art from the PD team.
Super Planet Dolan - our premium content for animations & storytelling.

Why we're on Patreon:

Since early days, YouTube has been extremely shaky for economic reliability. In 2012, there was a silent algorithm change prioritizing watch time over clicks that killed animation and high quality/slow production content overnight. In 2013 there was the copyright apocalypse which mass flagged video footage and crippled the revenue of all channels overnight without warning and not a peep nor help from YouTube. In 2017 we experienced the YouTube adpocalypse in which a ton of companies boycotted Google and their adsense program because their ads were being displayed over questionable content. It was all over the news, and YouTube said nothing, so we had about a week to prepare before revenue was reduced by 30-40%, and that's if you were lucky. Revenue has slightly improved since then but CPM will randomly spiral out of control based on the contents of the video. Creepy videos, sexual-related topics & anything YT deems "non-advertiser friendly" all earn basically nothing for the work you put in, which killed a lot of channels. And now, for a new nail in the coffin, videos will be stealthily hidden if they're not "appropriate" (which can literally mean anything) and will not longer be recommended/monetised with all comments & likes disabled.

Throughout all of this we've clung on, mainly from the support of our fans continuing to check out our content through all these years. We started an animation channel despite the 2012 algorithm changes and we're extremely proud of the content we've produced since then. However, we've finally reached the point where things are no longer sustainable with all these topic & advertisement restrictions in place, and we can't rely on crazy CPM levels to pay our animators/voice actors/editors/writers fairly anymore.
However, with your support, we will - and we'll be able to do more.

What we will do with your money:

50% of all pledges will go towards maintaining our current series (countdownsDTSSPD), while the other 50% will be used to create new formats.

- At 1000 patrons we'll be putting together a dedicated Planet Dolan comic team, we hosted a competition in which we had over 50+ incredible entries and brought the top contenders to life in a fully voiced video. The end goal of Planet Dolan is storytelling, be that in comics & animation. With this much support, we'll finally have enough stability to guarantee paid work for the ridiculously talented artists who'll be involved.

- Additionally, it'll finally give us the stability to work on the elusive PD storytelling series which has been in production since Super Planet Dolan launched. This will be a mix between digital comic & animation featuring the entire cast of PD with storyboards, background art, VFX, sound design & quality writing exploring the origins/adventures of the characters in a canon episodic saga; our ultimate dream passion project.

Thank you so much for any support you can provide, it's literally saving our channels from the brink right now - beyond appreciated!

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Tiers
Wallpaper + Livestream Q&A
$2 or more per month
Love the channel's art? Every month one of our artists will be releasing wallpaper for your computer, phone and tablet - pledge this amount to get access!

Additionally, we'll be regularly posting Dolan Kart skin previews exclusive to this and all higher tiers!
Early Access (animations & comics)
$5 or more per month
See the newest animation go live before anyone else - an exclusive link for anyone pledging this amount!
+ New wallpaper/DK previews as per the previous tier
Become a part of Planet Dolan!
$10 or more per month
Every month we'll be giving everyone pledging this amount priority over YouTube comments in pitching questions for Super Planet Dolan, with your name & question read out by the characters and answered for the whole world to see!
Only the best questions will be picked, so ask us a good one, and remember that you can keep trying every month with a high chance of success since you're only competing against other people in this tier!
+ Early access to new animations before anyone else
+ New wallpaper every month

+ Q&A questions