Before I go any further, I would like you to read this forum post.
Now, considering I had no more than two buyers for Project Chaplaincy's Taster EP, I know precisely what it's like when artists suffer. And I'm sure there are among you who are going through the same situation.
Bear in mind that these people, having done all they could, are now turning to the community for support. What will they think when Newgrounds doesn't support them? They'll definitely feel the community they were a large part of.... they'll feel that we've failed them. And if we don't do something quickly, we REALLY WILL HAVE FAILED THEM.
It's about Eiomaru, and not me. I may be using Project Chaplaincy's EP as a comparison, but it's probably the worst comparison I can make. Still, because it's something I can relate to on a personal level, I'll use that comparison.
I'm a student. I'm looking for a job. I don't claim to have much money to my name; just a monthly allowance of £140 which gets depleted pretty quickly. I could go out on the streets begging with a cup in hand for money to buy a new, improved microphone. That is how desperate I can get. And still, I pledged something to Eiomaru. With what happened to Project Chaplaincy's Taster EP, I made a promise.... I made a promise to support struggling artists in my situation. And I'd do even more so if I have more funds.
Come on, what's a pound? A fiver? A tenner even? What's two minutes of your time writing about this, telling others to support this project because we're all going to be in for something good?
I tell you, with the amount of flak this project has received in Tom Fulp's newspost, I'll say: Eiomaru is not the only one who can be ashamed of his own community. If things go at the rate they're going now, I would. I'm not going to be the artist who expects everyone to support me, and yet, I sit at the sidelines not doing anything. That's not going to get me, or anyone for that matter, anywhere. A little bit of altruism would go a long way in making a Man.
EDIT 16 June: Now I've had people misunderstand the content in my post when I first wrote this. Let me make this clear: I am here to lambast people who say "I'm broke, I'm broke" but can't contribute even a single pound or dollar to the project. It's a nominal contribution, but far better than nothing. I find it awful at best, but I bear in mind that I can't force anyone. Still, someone as talented as Eiomaru deserves more than what he's getting now.