Eisner-nominated independent publishing company Magnetic Press launched a new program today designed to foster and reward the support of their growing grassroots fanbase with a monthly subscription-based blind-box initiative called THE AMBASSADORS CLUB. Powered by the crowdfunding platform Patreon, this club will offer fans several different membership tiers, each offering a different assortment of exclusive items every month.
The program launched today, with the release of the announcement video linked below:
Every month, depending on the membership level selected, each member will receive an Ambassador Club Cargo Package containing an assortment of unique, exclusive content, not the least of which will be the newest graphic novel or art book hitting shelves that month. Other items include designer foil-stamped bookmarks, custom two-sided posters, new fashionable T-shirts, frameable artboard prints, signed book plates, and bonus mystery surprises, all the way up to original sketches and artwork from one of the Magnetic Press family of artists, and even an opportunity to go behind the scenes and get credited in the printed masthead inside titles going to print that month.
“When we launched Magnetic Press in 2014, we had one goal in mind: to bring some of the coolest books and amazing artists in the world to print in the US. We emptied our pockets and chased that dream with the spirit and energy required to launch an independent publishing label from scratch — no six-figure investors, no golden trust funds, no corporate sponsors — just a couple of guys with some gumption and a love of dynamic visual storytelling. And in the first year, that gumption paid off in the form of an amazingly supportive and ever-growing fanbase who really seem to appreciate our artists and ambition. (And earning two Eisner Award nominations in the first year wasn’t too bad, either.)
Now, as we roll forward, we have no intention of slowing down. And we want to bring you, the discerning reader, into the fold and along for the ride, and to reward you for your ongoing support. Being as small and independent as we are, we rely on your helpful word-of-mouth and the grass-root level buzz to spread the word — We need you to be our Ambassadors in the world. And we’ve built a VIP club just for you!”
Members who joins at the base shipping tier ($7 tier or above) will receive a translucent plastic Ambassadors Club card with a uniquely assigned member ID. This ID number will not only identify (literal) card-carrying Ambassador, but will allow members to start accruing Ambassador Points for additional tiered bonuses based on their growing rank: free shipping, exclusive merchandise, permanent web-store discounts, and a special Birthday Bonus sent each year.