After a very long time away, I’m happy to announce that my Hate By Numbers video series might be returning. It’s been a long road for Hate By Numbers and the show might not be known to all of you. Some of you know me from my novel, some from Twitter, and some only as a Cracked columnist. I’ll give a brief summary:
In 2008, Hate By Numbers premiered on Cracked which was just a tiny baby of a website compared to what it’s become today. There it grew in popularity becoming the site’s first hit series (before Cracked start routinely turning in hit video series like Michael Swaim’s Cracked TV/Does Not Compute, Agents of Cracked, After Hours and others). The Hate By Numbers episode on The Black Eyed Pea’s I Gotta Feelin’ has over 1.4 million views and is still one of the biggest hits on the site. And the episode about a cell phone that could see dead people was another favorite.
After 50 episodes, I took the show to AOL’s Asylum and did 21 more episodes where it became that sites most successful series. There were episodes about Willow Smith and about The Fleshlight.
Then Asylum folded and I put HBN away for awhile.
Then in 2011, being completely screwed by the recession, I brought the series back on my YouTube channel, sponsored by fans. You wonderful people funded 20 additional episodes, the last of which will air this month. Favorites include episodes on Taylor Swift and an awful South African disco. I had trouble meeting production demands, however, because suddenly I was like a totally legit novelist. Notes from the Internet Apocalypse came out March 4, 2014, and if you haven’t bought it, maybe do that, but only if you want me to love you forever. There are two more books coming, and I’m finishing the second one up now. The point is, there was just no time for HBN in 2013.
But hey, I got divorced this year so at least I have more free time because I don’t have to do all those things married people do like, I dunno, go the counseling. Anyway, the divorce has only exacerbated the financial problems. I need additional income and I need it fast, because even a basement apartment in New York, close enough to see my kids a lot, is not cheap. But it’s also a good time to bring HBN back because I wont be starting Book Three of the Internet Apocalypse Trilogy for a few months. It’s also a good time because my kids really like making HBN and its a fun free thing we can do together. My oldest son (“my neighbor’s kid Johnny” wrote one of the best HBN jokes ever and it will be in July’s episode).
So for the first time in a long time, I’m asking for your support. The rates are the same. Every time I raise $2,000, I will produce four new episodes of Hate By Numbers. I do have to buy some new equipment, but that money is for my time and effort. I’m making it a job. If there is a demand for the show I’m willing to work for it. As before, any contribution is appreciated, but donations of $10 get your name in the credits. Donations of $100 get your name read up front at the start of the show, and donations of $500 means you’ve sponsored the whole episode and you’re mentioned up front and the your name is in the title card. For example, I’ll call the show, “Steve Dunlop’s Hate By Numbers” (If your name is Steve Dunlop).
I’m definitely in dire straits, but I’m not asking for charity. If you like Hate By Numbers and would like to see its return, then I’m willing to spend my time working for it and earning your support.
As always, the donations on can be made here via PayPal.
Thank you for your support, and that’s all… for now.