So the response to the “would y’all like some t-shirts” question has been answered rather enthusiastically.
I was thinking if we got about 150 people expressing an interest it would be worth doing. Since we got over three times that many responses in less than a day, I’m thinking we’re good to go.
Here’s the plan. I’m eventually going to make t-shirts for three different things.
- The Adventures of the Princess and Mr. Whiffle.
- The Name of the Wind/Patrick Rothfuss.
We’re going to start with the last of these as Worldbuilders won’t be starting up again for months, and Adventures won’t be published for another month or so. (I’m so excited…)
Here’s the problem with the plan: I really don’t have a good idea for a t-shirt design.
Part of the problem is that I work in a non-visual medium. I’m texty. And while I’m good at what I do, raw text doesn’t usually make the most compelling t-shirt design.
There are exceptions, of course….
Shirts like this are fun for a lot of reasons. First, you get to let your freak flag fly. This one not only expresses my undying love for Joss Whedon, but it’s a bit of a star-wars riff, AND the shirt itself is from one of my favorite webcomics. It’s a nerdy hat-trick.
Shirts like this are like wearing geek gang colors. If I’m at a convention and someone says they like my shirt, then I know we have something in common. We’ll have something to chat about if we’re standing together in line.
But, generally speaking, a t-shirt with a bit of a picture is way more interesting.
For those of you that can’t see it that clearly, the t-shirt says: “Pose as a team, ’cause shit just got real.” Yes I love the comic that spawned it, but the real reason I own that particular shirt is because it cracks me up.
Sometimes shirts express a universal truth.
Others provide social commentary.
There are also shirts that I consider stealth geek shirts. For example:
Obviously I’m not stealthing very well right here. But the point is, if I leave the convention and take off my badge, the Fruit Oaty Bar t-shirt looks perfectly normal. It doesn’t scream GEEK! at everyone who looks at me. But at the same time, real Firefly can identify me as a true believer.
Also, it’s a really good color on me. I’m an autumn.
I’m hoping to tap into that well of enthusiastic creativity again.
So here’s the deal. For two weeks we’ll be accepting submissions for t-shirt designs. (Until June 23rd) Then we’ll winnow through them and put up the cream of the crop here on the blog for people to discuss and vote on.
- What sort of design should I submit?
Something cool. The particular flavor of cool I leave entirely to you. Rock my world.
- What format should I use?
The best option, of course, is that you e-mail us a file with the lovingly crafted design. Even shirts that are just pure text need some graphic design to them.
However, if you’re like me, you have no graphic talent. If that’s the case, you might want to consider teaming up with a friend to design something.
Failing that, you could just send us your description of what you think the shirt should look like. If it seems like a cool idea, I’ll talk to one of my artist friends and see if they can whip something up.
- Where do you send it?
e-mail it to: paperback.contest [squiggly atsign thinger] gmail.com.
- What do I get out of it if you pick my design?
First, the envy of your peers. Bragging rights. Adulation and fawning praise.
Second, we’ll come to some sort of arrangement for compensation. If you like, I could just buy the design off you in the same way I’d pay a graphic designer.
Or, if you’d prefer, I could give you something else. I’ve got a handful of first-edition books around here that I could sign for you. And some ARC’s too, if you’re into collectibles. I’ve got posters and a bunch of other stuff. We’ll be able to work something out.
Also, you can probably make a play for some free shirts when they’re done.
Thanks for playing everyone. Remember, the deadline is June 23rd.