Porn is a dying industry, we've even seen it compared to journalism. And it makes sense: like free articles you can find all kinds of free porn on the Internet (we're told). But if you look at the most successful projects on Offbeatr, the crowd-sourced fundraising site that's like an adult version of Kickstarter, there are people willing to shell out lots of money for porn and those projects seem to have two things in common: comic books and video games.
Offbeatr (har har) is around a year old, and built in the mold of Kickstarter by putting the funding adult-themed projects in the hands of the people. It's gotten more attention lately in part because of a rash of copycat sites, most recently Fan Fund XXX and the ever-growing fascination with Kickstarter (thank you Veronica Mars) and the idea that people want to pay for things. But Offbeatr is still the kind of crowd-sourced porn ventures. The only slight difference between Kickstarter and Offbeatr is that Offbeatr requires a preliminary vote before it goes to the funding process, but that's not really what you're here for, is it.
We wanted to know, for journalism's sake of course, what people are willing to put money into. As The Atlantic's Jordan Weissman pointed out in June of 2012, the industry is wheezing and looking for new life. "Big production companies have seen their profits shrink by as much as half since 2007, as audiences have fled to aggregators such as XTube and YouPorn that offer up a never-ending stream of free naked bodies," Weissman wrote, referring to the democratization of the porn industry.