So about a year ago when we were voting on which t-shirt designs were going to get printed, I cast my vote just like everyone else.
Imagine my surprise when one of the shirts I loved went straight to the bottom of the pack and stayed there.
It made me glad that I’d decided to put things to a vote. But still, I was sad that I wouldn’t get a chance to see that shirt made.
Fast forward to a couple months back when I got a flurry of messages from people asking if we would ever print kid’s shirts. Or baby onesies.
We decided to turn my favorite design into some onesies you could buy to support Worldbuilders.
If you want to see a closeup of the design, here it is:
In fact, the more I thought about it, the more I realized that this shirt would be way easier for kids to appreciate because they could identify the pictures themselves.
So as soon as the onesies came in from the printer, I showed one to Oot.
I point at the lower-leftmost speech bubble. “What’s this?” I ask, thinking, this one should be pretty easy. He knows what a heart is….
“Crab,” he said without any hesitation.
“Oh,” I say. “Okay.” I point at the book. “What’s this?”
“And this?” I ask, pointing at the cloud.
“Skis,” he says immediately. The word is completely clear. When did he learn what skis are?
“And this?” I point at the musical notes.
“Shopping cart.” Again, he’s absolutely sure of himself.
“Who’s this in the middle?” I ask, pointing at Kvothe himself.
“Issa boy,” he tells me. “Shouting.”
If you’re one of those “pics or it didn’t happen” people, here’s a video where Valerie quizzes Oot about what’s on his shirt.
His answers are a little different there, as he’s obviously gained a clearer understanding of the shirt after re-reading it a couple times.
So there you go. If you’d like to buy a onesie with a boy shouting about crabs, chocolate, skis, and a shopping cart, today is your lucky day.
Because we have them available now in the Tinker’s Packs.
We’ve priced the same as our t-shirts at 20 dollars. I wish I could sell them for less, but the onsies are actually way more expensive to buy than the t-shirts. The printing is more expensive, too, because it uses so many colors.
Rest assured that all the money from the sale of the shirts goes directly to Worldbuilders. It’s not like I’m spending it on hookers and PEZ.
And just for one last piece of cute, here’s a picture of Oot wearing it.
This picture cracks me up a big because Oot looks like such a smooth player in it.
“Hey sweetie,” he says. “What? This shirt? Just some old thing I threw on. You know, this scene is played out. What say you and I go back by the couch and I show you how high I can stack some blocks….”
One more time, just in case you need it: the link to the Tinker’s Packs.
Lastly, a final heads-up for those of you in Northern Michigan and the UP. I’m doing two signings in those parts this weekend, and I probably won’t be back in the area for a while.
Catch me while you can….