Does Anybody Out There Give a Shirt?

Question: Who would be interested if I made some t-shirts?

It’s an idea I’ve been toying with for a while. Last year I was thinking of making some for Worldbuilders. But things were too hectic.

Over the years I’ve even seen a handful of  homemade NOTW t-shirts at conventions and signings.

Then, just a couple days ago, I was showing some people an ARC of “The Adventures of the Princess and Mr. Whiffle” and a guy said he’d like a Mr. Whiffle shirt. Two or three other people instantly chimed in that they wanted one too.

Some people have even sent me links to shirts that they had made online at Zazzle and Cafepress. While I’m fond of the ones that say, “Fanatical Minion” and “I (heart) Bast,” this one probably has to be my favorite:

(I remember there was a story that went along with someone wanting this shirt, but I can’t for the life of me remember what it was. You’d think that would be the sort of story a person would remember….)

All this seems to indicate an interest in t-shirts. But I’m not sure *how much* interest…

So I ask again: Who would be interested if I made some t-shirts?

By interested I mean interested-enough-to-maybe-actually-buy-one, NOT interested-enough-to-look-at-a-picture-of-the-shirts-when-I-post-them-on-the-blog.

I know a lot will depend on the design and price and all that. (They’ll probably be about 20 bucks, so I can print them on nice-shirts instead of flimsy crap. Proceeds will probably go to fund Worldbuilders.)

I ask because getting them done will take some doing. I’ll need to figure out designs, set up a store, have them printed. My lovely assistant Valerie will be handling most of the work… But still, it will be an investment of time and money on my part, and I don’t want to go through the work unless I know people are really interested…

Originally, I was going to post up a poll asking this question. Then I realized getting people to leave comments below would be better. It’s easy to click a button, but if someone actually cares enough to leave a comment, that shows they’re really interested.

A third and final time: Who would be interested if I made some t-shirts?

pat

Edit: Mentioning your size wouldn’t hurt either. (And if you want girl-shaped shirts). That will give me a rough idea of our proportions for the order.

Later Edit: Just to be clear, I’m not planning to have the shirts say, “I slept with Pat Rothfuss.” The shirt design has yet to be determined. (We’ll probably vote on it here in the blog.) I just posted up that picture because I thought it was funny.

Unless people *want* a shirt that says that, of course. It certainly wouldn’t hurt my reputation. And I’m guessing most of you have been in bed with my book at some point, so it wouldn’t even be a complete lie…

This entry was posted in fan coolness, Worldbuilders 2009By Pat498 Responses

165 Comments

  1. RandomChill
    Posted June 7, 2010 at 12:31 AM | Permalink

    in for a 2x

    • Posted June 7, 2010 at 12:34 AM | Permalink

      That’s really good for me to know. I think about my readers a lot, but I’ve never considered their size…

      • nicolajane
        Posted June 7, 2010 at 2:42 PM | Permalink

        well im a curvy girl so i guess im a medium but id want a large or perhaps extra large for my other half and a age 7 and 11 for our girls ! black is better than white but wouldnt green be more suited ? having said that im sure your judgement will be much better than mine !

    • Kay
      Posted June 7, 2010 at 5:54 AM | Permalink

      I neeeeeed the shirt!!! Problem is I’m from Northern Ireland/UK and our sizes are different. Please dont forget about your lovely fans over-sea’s! Im loving the ‘I slept with’ t-shirt as I’ve spent many a night in bed reading the name of the wind. You could do pj tops! You would def need a womans type top at mens shirts look awful on us and i want to show off the top once I get it. Keep up amazing work!

    • MissingJohn
      Posted June 7, 2010 at 6:15 AM | Permalink

      Yes, I would absolutely buy a t-shirt. Womens style PLEASE! The other kind look horrible on me. I’m 7 months pregnant right now, so I might have to buy a large and a medium depending on how much baby weight I lose.

    • madamerodgers
      Posted June 7, 2010 at 9:03 AM | Permalink

      Love the t-shirt idea, please make the girl and guy styles then my husband and I can both wear one.

      • makeesta45
        Posted June 8, 2010 at 11:53 AM | Permalink

        I agree! My husband and I would both probly be a medium size. Girls medium, guys medium. I would LOVE a shirt!!!

    • taconista
      Posted June 7, 2010 at 7:44 PM | Permalink

      I would get one! And I’d get one for my dad, too. I’m a large in girlie shirts and medium in manly shirts. My dad is 4x; he wears manly shirts. Color doesn’t matter, as I usually dye shirts with great designs and wretched colors (like white or pink). Great idea!

    • smiley0314
      Posted June 7, 2010 at 8:41 PM | Permalink

      In for a 4x

    • Haven
      Posted June 8, 2010 at 2:31 PM | Permalink

      I signed up just for this, see how much you’re loved??

      YES! i want a shirt! med girl sized!
      I really liked the “I slept with” shirt but i honestly would enjoy a shirt with a quote or play on the charicters more… like Denna! I want a Denna shirt! mostly cuz she is just like me… but meaner… haha :)

      love you pat!! This was a great idea!

      • Skoivan
        Posted June 11, 2010 at 8:41 PM | Permalink

        Me too! I signed up just so you’d know I need this shirt! :) And I even chose a username based on one of your characters. <3

    • Posted June 12, 2010 at 8:45 AM | Permalink

      Size large here.

  2. flyleaffan
    Posted June 7, 2010 at 12:33 AM | Permalink

    I want one! I really want the featured one more than anything else!

  3. delphicraven
    Posted June 7, 2010 at 12:34 AM | Permalink

    I’d be interested in a shirt.

  4. Captain Joe
    Posted June 7, 2010 at 12:34 AM | Permalink

    Pat, this has to happen.

    Not only does the world need to know ‘I Slept With Patrick Rothfuss’, it needs to know it blazing across my man-chest in clear Helvetica font. I would buy eleven of those shirts without hesitation, one for every day of the week, and four as gifts to the deserving.

    I heartily endorse any such t-shirt endeavors.

  5. TPishek
    Posted June 7, 2010 at 12:37 AM | Permalink

    Yes yes yes yes yes please– I was interested enough to REGISTER so I could comment (even though in retrospect I could have just commented on Facebook, whoops), make the crazy fangirl happy now? :D

  6. Posted June 7, 2010 at 12:38 AM | Permalink

    I’d definitely be interested in a shirt. Are you looking at doing some women’s tees, or just the generic men’s/unisex tees (which, incidentally, don’t fit women of… ah… substance very well, if you know what I mean)?

    • ausra
      Posted June 7, 2010 at 8:19 AM | Permalink

      Agreed! I think the most flattering would be a v-neck and cap sleeves (in large or xtra large. It depends on whether or not the shirts run small).
      Thanks for (once again) remembering your fans, Pat!

  7. krakmunky69
    Posted June 7, 2010 at 12:38 AM | Permalink

    i would love one but the problem is no one ever makes cool shirts in fat kid sizes. so as much as i would love to give you money it probably won’t happen :(

    • krakmunky69
      Posted June 7, 2010 at 12:40 AM | Permalink

      just saw the edit, it would have to be a size 6x because not only am i a fat kid but also a giant, i am used to paying double price for clothes in my size.

      • Posted June 7, 2010 at 12:45 AM | Permalink

        We could probably work something out. The expensive thing is getting the screen made, and after that is done, it can go on any size shirt. If we end up doing this, drop me an e-mail and we’ll make sure to include a shirt your size if you really want one.

        • Posted June 7, 2010 at 8:16 AM | Permalink

          As another big guy (6′ 6″, 400-lbs, 6X), I can attest to the difficulty in finding clothes of any kind in my size, but especially cool ones like pretty much any NOTW shirt would be.

          • Posted June 7, 2010 at 9:14 AM | Permalink

            Pat, think how charming this will be, lots of giant people walking around advertising your work. This is going to be cool. :)

            *fan of giant people*

        • zombiesaysno
          Posted June 7, 2010 at 2:05 PM | Permalink

          I would love to buy a shirt or two, but as I am a big guy as well and would need a 6x too.

          P.S. I also registered to tell you I would buy a shirt.

          Thank you Pat

  8. Kothe
    Posted June 7, 2010 at 12:40 AM | Permalink

    Not only would I want one. I actually signed up to wordpress just so that I could make a comment to say I want one.

    On the other hand I know nothing about American sizes, I normally take a women’s medium in Oz. Who knows how that translates to US sizes though…

    p.s. my name is not a typo

  9. Steve
    Posted June 7, 2010 at 12:40 AM | Permalink

    Pat,

    Love the idea of shirts, although the “I slept with” shirts are hilarious, I would be more apt to buy a more book (ish) themed shirt. Also I’m a Medium.

    Steve

    • JoeLlama
      Posted June 7, 2010 at 11:01 AM | Permalink

      “Also I’m a Medium”. At first, I thought you were casually dropping the fact that you can communicate with the spirit world. *going for coffee now*

      • Steve
        Posted June 7, 2010 at 1:03 PM | Permalink

        Well seeing as I CAN communicate with the spirit world and a DO take a Medium sized shirt, it seems that you have inferred correctly.

        Steve

  10. Vinny K
    Posted June 7, 2010 at 12:42 AM | Permalink

    I would absolutely love to buy a t-shirt. I mean, who the hell wouldn’t buy a t-shirt from their favourite author? Hell, this would give me something else for you to sign the next time I attend a reading. The idea is epic Pat. May fortune smile upon you.

    ~Vinny~

    P.S. – I’ll buy a larg. Thanks.

    • Vinny K
      Posted June 7, 2010 at 1:48 AM | Permalink

      By the way, I’d probably enjoy a more book-ish shirt, although a funny one (such as the one you featured) would also be great.

  11. saintburns
    Posted June 7, 2010 at 12:42 AM | Permalink

    I found out the one person I dislike the most is a fan of The Name of the Wind. If you sold t shirts I would buy a matching one for for him too. Then go out in public with him while we’re wearing the shirts.

    • Posted June 7, 2010 at 12:46 AM | Permalink

      Wow. That’s a commitment.

      • saintburns
        Posted June 7, 2010 at 1:12 AM | Permalink

        I’d like to say that I’d take pictures of the two of us while we’re in the matching t shirts, but I can’t promise there won’t be graphic violence

        • SavvyP
          Posted June 7, 2010 at 3:25 AM | Permalink

          I’ll just come along with you saintburns -in a matching T-shirt of course- to act as mediator. Although if you dislike him that much, then I probably will too. Eh, they say true friends will end up in jail with you, so what’ve we got to lose?

          • SavvyP
            Posted June 7, 2010 at 3:25 AM | Permalink

            Do I already know this guy?

          • saintburns
            Posted June 13, 2010 at 1:34 AM | Permalink

            haha no Savvy you don’t know him, he lives here in South Dakota….and pray you never run into him e.e

  12. Samm9109
    Posted June 7, 2010 at 12:43 AM | Permalink

    I would buy one, especially if it wasn’t a white shirt. White shirts are boring, and stain easily. :/
    I’d either be a small or medium…hard to say.

  13. Posted June 7, 2010 at 12:44 AM | Permalink

    You’re right, it *is* funny. One for my husband, please (L or XL)

  14. mattleighthejerk
    Posted June 7, 2010 at 12:44 AM | Permalink

    I would love a shirt. XL or double X and I would appreciate an Elodin themed shirt. Possibly featuring a reference to pinecones being of a certain size without any of the bits broken off.

  15. katelyn
    Posted June 7, 2010 at 12:45 AM | Permalink

    YES. I registered just to say that. Qualifier: as long as you make some in girl sizes. You know, girls with boobs and a waist. If I’m going to be a nerd and proclaim my love to the world, I better still look hot while doing it. (Vain, I know, but at least I’m honest.) I’d say a girl size M would be fabulous. Thanks! (Love the book and the blog!)

    • Posted June 7, 2010 at 12:48 AM | Permalink

      That’s good to know too.

    • makeesta45
      Posted June 8, 2010 at 11:59 AM | Permalink

      haha I’m totally there with you 100% :)

    • mselj854
      Posted June 10, 2010 at 4:45 PM | Permalink

      I would buy a shirt despite my impoverished state and pending wedding. I would like a woman’s medium. And when I say woman I mean a human woman. Because I have bought shirts before (and they do tend to have geeky things on them) that claim to be Large or Medium but are more like an arm warmer.

      However, you don’t seem to be the kind of guy who assumes everyone is 5’2″ and 85 lbs so this probably wouldn’t be a problem with any shirt you sold.

  16. Posted June 7, 2010 at 12:46 AM | Permalink

    I agree with Steve above: I’m more likely to buy a bookish shirt.

    Sizewise, I’m a women’s S, unisex XS.

    And before this gets out of hand for your poor assistant (who will tally all these responses): you could ask people to fill out a survey (Shirt: Yes/No; Size: XS/S/M/L/XL/XXL) that includes a mandatory Relevant/Witty Comment field. You’d weed out impulsive button clickers, but have easily usable data at the end. Just sayin’.

    • Posted June 7, 2010 at 12:55 AM | Permalink

      That’s a good idea. I’ll probably do that once I’ve determined if enough people are really interested…

  17. Requiem
    Posted June 7, 2010 at 12:47 AM | Permalink

    I’ve never personally understood the draw of themed t-shirts. Funny ones are OK (on other people) but I cant say I’ve ever seen a shirt who’s design/text was a major factor in my decision to buy it – usually I just want a particular color.

    Maybe something more unique? I’m trying to think of something I’d actually buy besides a book and failing, this may be because I am a terribly boring person however. (Though the thought of a grinning Elodin bobble head made me chuckle)

    You can definitely put me down as a “No” for a shirt though… :(

  18. Andres J.
    Posted June 7, 2010 at 12:50 AM | Permalink

    I would definitely go for some of the Worldbuilders… mostly to help the cause and give free advertising to a good initiative. The size is relative, I’m XXL in Japan, but M in the US.

  19. wolfs_sagitta88
    Posted June 7, 2010 at 12:50 AM | Permalink

    Shirt: Yes Size: S/M

    I’m usually a small or medium, girl size :) I also just now registered to let you know :) Also note I don’t like white either. I’d prefer black.

  20. drgnlvr
    Posted June 7, 2010 at 12:50 AM | Permalink

    Gotta say that (for me) it always depends on the quality of the shirt. If it not only says something I’d love to advertise – like you, Pat, and Kvothe and whatnot – but also looks awesome doing it, then HELL YES! And I’ll pay ridiculous sums for it. If it’s cheesy and cheap, but still costs $30… not so much.

  21. mattleighthejerk
    Posted June 7, 2010 at 12:53 AM | Permalink

    Exactly how many do different ones would you make? I feel the need to purchase everything NOTW related and I would have to get every one of them.

  22. Rachel
    Posted June 7, 2010 at 12:54 AM | Permalink

    I would love a shirt!

  23. Socks in Sandals
    Posted June 7, 2010 at 12:55 AM | Permalink

    I would definitely be interested in buying a shirt. Teeny problem though, I don’t live in USA, more exactly I live in China. (No I am not Chinese, I’m an expat from Sweden if you care). Would there be a possibility for your foreign readers to buy a shirt too?

    Also I’m a Large… I think.

    • RegistrationIsStupid
      Posted June 7, 2010 at 4:02 AM | Permalink

      I wanted top ask the same question, except I’m from Germany.

      Same size, I think.

    • rain
      Posted June 7, 2010 at 6:09 PM | Permalink

      Yay for foreigners! =)
      I’m guessing it would be possible to ship shirts all over the world if it was with books and posters. It’s just a matter of cost. :P
      But beeing an incredibly poor student I probably won’t be able to afford a shirt plus international shipping, even if would be terrific.

      @above: that’s funny. I’m in Germany and am Chinese. XD

  24. SkylerH
    Posted June 7, 2010 at 12:57 AM | Permalink

    How about turning it into an extravaganza and not only vote on professionally made shirt designs, but also user entries? It could save money on the whole thing, and more money to Worldbuilders is always a good thing.

  25. Lucas2544
    Posted June 7, 2010 at 12:58 AM | Permalink

    Put me down for at least 1 shirt. Size medium.

  26. jeremywendelin
    Posted June 7, 2010 at 12:59 AM | Permalink

    For sure I would buy one! Put me down as a yes

  27. jmgrogg
    Posted June 7, 2010 at 12:59 AM | Permalink

    Both my wife and I would totally be down for some NotW shirts (both smalls)!

  28. mn11428
    Posted June 7, 2010 at 1:01 AM | Permalink

    I registered just to post. I will totally buy a shirt size XXL, and black would be more preferred than white but white is cool too.

  29. drgnlvr
    Posted June 7, 2010 at 1:02 AM | Permalink

    Hey, I’ve just got to add this…

    Pat, in my book, you’ve reached Whedon status. I recommend NOTW at least as often as I do Firefly… I wish to god you did book signings in Alaska. I’d have you out to the house for dinner.

  30. Paul
    Posted June 7, 2010 at 1:03 AM | Permalink

    I’d be interested in a shirt. I’m a men’s medium. And I agree, perhaps have differing colors to choose from, and in general white sucks.

  31. cameronwho
    Posted June 7, 2010 at 1:03 AM | Permalink

    Mark me down for a large- If you’re taking recommendations at this time, I’d really like a “Patrick Rothfuss is my master now” shirt in black.

    • Vinny K
      Posted June 7, 2010 at 1:05 AM | Permalink

      I second that.

    • Rob
      Posted June 8, 2010 at 10:03 PM | Permalink

      I was going to say that myself, if somebody hadn’t already. Or maybe for the girls, have the front say, “Pat Rothfuss is my master now” and have the back say, “…and I’ve slept with him.”

      Personally, I couldn’t wear a shirt saying I’d slept with Pat. And it would depend on the design of the shirt to determine if I were going to buy one or not.

  32. phloggy
    Posted June 7, 2010 at 1:05 AM | Permalink

    I’d be interested as long as it’s not going to cost three times the price of a shirt to get it mailed to Australia.

    I know you probably don’t have much control over things like that, but the prices for getting t-shirts shipped from the US to this part of the world is ridiculous.

    • Captain Joe
      Posted June 7, 2010 at 1:11 AM | Permalink

      Buy in bulk, my friend.

      threadless.com has some awesome designs and cheap postage.

  33. condietwo
    Posted June 7, 2010 at 1:05 AM | Permalink

    Yes, please! Though I agree, something other than white would be nice. And size depends on the shirt supplier, really – american apparel, who get used for this kind of thing fairly frequently, means I’d want a 2 XL. Hanes, XL. Specially trained silk worms who also weave the shirt and do the design, who knows?

  34. Posted June 7, 2010 at 1:07 AM | Permalink

    Aw, yay, thanks for the edit about girl-shaped shirts! As a nursing mum, “unisex” shirts just REALLY don’t cut it (or do the ladies justice, for that matter). So since there’s now an actual possibility of girl-shaped shirts, I’d be an XL (sometimes even a 2X depending on the shirt – that’s more of a length issue than anything; being 5’10” sucks sometimes) in the girl-shirts and will most assuredly be buying one! Hooray!

  35. Pockets
    Posted June 7, 2010 at 1:08 AM | Permalink

    I’d definitely take a Large, assuming the design is groovy.

    My girlfriend would probably appreciate a babydoll size (or women’s size, i don’t know the difference, ask her).

  36. mocky_moo
    Posted June 7, 2010 at 1:09 AM | Permalink

    I would be interested in buying a girl-shaped tshirt, but it would have to have a scooped neck and not just be a smaller version of a man’s tshirt (seriously, no girl looks good in a high-necked tee). Also I rarely wear white…

    Maybe look into doing an iron on transfer or a sew on patch. Might be cheaper?

    P.S Are you going to worldcon/Aussiecon 4 next year?

  37. Tyler
    Posted June 7, 2010 at 1:09 AM | Permalink

    Would absolutely love to get my hands on a NotW shirt or the like. I’m a large. Erm in mens sizes, if that wasn’t obvious from the name.

    (…Also registered to write this. Bet you’re going to see a lot of that on this post.)

  38. AMKoenig
    Posted June 7, 2010 at 1:09 AM | Permalink

    I would buy a t-shirt! XL or XXL for comfort if you please!

    … I’m still regretting giving up my turn as Pat’s Personal Driver while you were in England… ::hugs::… Best night spent in London ever.

    April

  39. elizabeth.harbaugh
    Posted June 7, 2010 at 1:10 AM | Permalink

    Dear Pat,
    I also registered to comment. Answer: yes. Obviously. Second, I give your book title to everyone I know and have given three copies as gifts. Lastly, I really want to get “If I seem to wander, if I seem to stray, remember that true stories seldom take the straightest way.” tattooed on my ankle, but the artist and I are in a vicious size negotiation. It may be on my hip, instead. Thanks for writing an unbelievable book. You can read my review of it here if you are so inclined – it is incredibly unsophisticated and mostly just gushes: http://ladyfeelings.blogspot.com/2010/02/fantasies.html

    Can’t wait for more of Kvothe.

    Liz

  40. Pockets
    Posted June 7, 2010 at 1:10 AM | Permalink

    Also, and I know this is a long shot, is there a Kvothe action figure?

    =)

  41. Bug
    Posted June 7, 2010 at 1:11 AM | Permalink

    I’m down for at least one small/medium shirt. Preferably book-related. :D

  42. Liam
    Posted June 7, 2010 at 1:11 AM | Permalink

    +1 in mens medium if you can ship it to Canada.

    Hoping for a design that’s more than just a plain rectangular graphic. Those shirts typically fail to interest. Getting shirts shipped is quite a pain, not to mention more expensive than buying off the rack. It’s therefore necessary for the shirt to be extra awesome to make it worth it (even if that means paying a bit extra).

  43. cooperel
    Posted June 7, 2010 at 1:12 AM | Permalink

    Ya, I’d buy one, if I liked the design. Final purchase decision pending preview. <3

    • cooperel
      Posted June 7, 2010 at 1:12 AM | Permalink

      Oh, and, funny is better than not funny. But serious is better than failed-funny.

  44. malendras
    Posted June 7, 2010 at 1:18 AM | Permalink

    Count me in for a Men’s 2x. I’m a big fan of plain designs, really.

  45. Dana K.
    Posted June 7, 2010 at 1:19 AM | Permalink

    Put me down for 3, please: 1 girl-shaped medium and 2 man-shaped mediums.

  46. hasseth
    Posted June 7, 2010 at 1:19 AM | Permalink

    I can’t think of any other book I’d buy a shirt for, but if the design was good, I would definitely get a shirt. It’s too bad there’s no way to make a giant rectangle printed on a black tshirt look good, or I’d just recommend using the awesome hooded man/broken tree book cover.

    Anyways… If you can come up with a better design idea than mine, I would purchase it. Most likely in mens large.

    • hasseth
      Posted June 7, 2010 at 1:47 AM | Permalink

      Someone on your facebook made a comment about Jackass. That could make a cool shirt. The Jackass lyrics printed in some old timey font on the back of a black shirt. It could work with or without a background. Maybe a scroll or something.

  47. Rashonda
    Posted June 7, 2010 at 1:21 AM | Permalink

    I have been reading your blog for over a year and just now made a profile so I could answer…..YES!!! This girl would buy a t-shirt…..if you made kid-sized ones I would buy them for my kids…..if you made onesies I would buy one for my baby!

    Please, make the shirts!

  48. Bonfiglio
    Posted June 7, 2010 at 1:21 AM | Permalink

    Yes! I have actually looked around on the internet on several occasions in hopes of finding a NOTW shirt. So yes! Marvelous idea. I would go for a girl shirt in XS or S!

  49. Tetsuo
    Posted June 7, 2010 at 1:21 AM | Permalink

    I also registered for WordPress just to comment on this.

    Shirts would be amazing, only if, naturally, they are amazingly made. Although even I, a heterosexual male, would love to sport the shirt you have posted for all of my friends to see because you and your creations are just so fucking awesome, I would like it to be in something a bit more… elegant, I guess. I’m not sure of the capabilities you have for making these shirts, but perhaps something more than just text on a white shirt would sell more and look better; maybe include some floral designs like the ones on your website, or some fan art of Kvothe and the others, or have one with the Draccus from Phil McDarby’s poster.

    And I’m a medium. I don’t wear V-necks, but I’d just like to point out that some people may prefer V-necks over crew-cuts. And athletic fit over plain shirts.

    I’m counting down to March 1! 3, 2, 1, let’s jam!

    • whoowah
      Posted June 7, 2010 at 5:20 AM | Permalink

      The Draccus Print from Phil McDarby is definitely nice.

    • Little My
      Posted June 7, 2010 at 7:56 PM | Permalink

      V-necks and crew-cuts are not mutually exclusive, I think.

  50. Zack
    Posted June 7, 2010 at 1:22 AM | Permalink

    I’d definitely go in for a shirt, especially so if it’s for Worldbuilders. I’m a S or M depending on the shirt.

    Also not sure if it’s something you’d be interested in or if they would be interested in it for that matter, but instead of doing the screen and printing yourself the people at Threadless might be into the idea of a charity shirt. They do a lot of cool stuff and I immediately thought of them when I read this. It’d probably make Valerie’s life easier if it worked out as well.

  51. Tisamon
    Posted June 7, 2010 at 1:26 AM | Permalink

    I would want one but I’m on the fence about buying one as I’d need to factor shipping (uk) into it too and then I’m looking at closer to £20 which is a bit much for a shirt. That said, if it’s a really cool/amusing design I’ll be like “I HAVE to have that” and will buy it anyway. I don’t know what design that’d be although I’m in favour of an Elodin related one.

    I’d be looking for a S too.

  52. Posted June 7, 2010 at 1:32 AM | Permalink

    Why not do a zazzle or cafepress shop? Then you don’t have to worry about ‘investing’ or sizes. You upload the design and people buy as few or as many as they want, they ship off the shirts (no fooling with S&H on your end) and you get a check to pass onto your cause.

    • Posted June 7, 2010 at 1:42 AM | Permalink

      Unfortunately, those shops tend to be really expensive. I’d feel bad having someone else gouging my readers for 30-35 dollars a shirt.

      What’s more, I don’t know about the quality of their shirts, and the amount of money we’d raise for the charity is just a small fraction of what we’ll get if we do it ourselves…

      • Vinny K
        Posted June 7, 2010 at 1:53 AM | Permalink

        Yes, I agree with you there, Pat. Those shops would completely rape wallets. And the quality isn’t all that great. One of my teachers at my old high school went that route and the shirts, while not quite uncomfortable, weren’t of the greatest make.

      • Posted June 7, 2010 at 8:48 AM | Permalink

        I’ve bought several shirts from Zazzle (they have those size 6Xs available in a couple of colors) and, while they are a little pricey, I have absolutely zero complaints about the quality of their shirts. Just to give you a heads up.

        For what it’s worth, I have also been reading your blog for well over a year, and I just registered so I could comment on this thread.

  53. gangler52
    Posted June 7, 2010 at 1:35 AM | Permalink

    I would be willing to pay up to 15 dollars for a notw shirt if it was visually appealing and also something I thought I could wear in public. In other words, greens, browns, other neutral colours are good. Pinks and purples are a no go. Odd lines that should be humorous but aren’t, like maybe something turning the magical means of linking items within notw into a sexual euphamism are also a no go. I’m pretty sure I’m a large but I’d be at home in an xl as well. It would have to be a pretty good shirt for me to go up to $20, (though such is not impossible, I’m just having a hard time envisioning what this would look like.). If there were a detailed visual depiction (eg kvothe in his hood, or a portrait of him, or him playing the lute with sixstring worked into the image somewhere) then that would bring it up to a $25 dollar value for me.

  54. orangearrow
    Posted June 7, 2010 at 1:39 AM | Permalink

    Yes! I love quirky t-shirts. Especially if it’s printed on nice t-shirt vs. cheap t-shirt. :) Size Medium – (girly – v-neck) please.

    As a homeschooling mom, I’m not sure I could pull off the “I slept with…” version without having to answer a lot of awkward questions, though. :) heh

  55. Fig
    Posted June 7, 2010 at 1:39 AM | Permalink

    For something cool and not-white, I’d definitely consider it as a gift for my husband, XL. I’m XS in girl-shaped and the child is 18m… complementary (although maybe not matchy matchy) shirts would be awesome.

    We’re kind of picky about shirts though. He doesn’t like anything too too artsy, and I am finicky about words. O:

  56. kbse9002
    Posted June 7, 2010 at 1:40 AM | Permalink

    Yes please. I am a large, and since I don’t normaly read blogs with th exception of this one I figure I may as well jump in with both feet.

  57. ti_ane
    Posted June 7, 2010 at 1:41 AM | Permalink

    Awesome idea, I would be very interested in a t-shirt. Given the amount of TV show based t-shirt I own
    Two provisos
    1. Female fitted option
    2. A version that does not include the picture of a person. (unless cartoon style) I have a small aversion to wearing other people :)

  58. Posted June 7, 2010 at 1:41 AM | Permalink

    I would likely buy a girly shaped small size shirt. Or, more likely, I would have my husband buy one for me. It would be a wondrous gift.

  59. Jeffrey Reuther
    Posted June 7, 2010 at 1:42 AM | Permalink

    I’ll buy a shirt (or two or three, if they support multiple flavors of bad-ass or cute or funny or Donna). On that note, the shirts should have hints (yet not spoilers) for the rest of the series. Anything with Elodin works, too, because he’s interesting and not distinctively static. Nerdy male medium with a fun color like gamboge, perhaps?

  60. Posted June 7, 2010 at 1:42 AM | Permalink

    YES!

    I would LOVE to have a Pat Rothfuss Fanatical Minion T-shirt!

    Also, I bet if you talked to an online custom T-shirt company you could set up a charity deal where they handle the ordering, making, and shipping then donate the proceeds. That way you wouldn’t have to run your assistant into the ground trying to keep track of all this. You never know, they might just keep it u and donate over a long term.

  61. Geekgirl
    Posted June 7, 2010 at 1:49 AM | Permalink

    Would I get a shirt?
    Well first, let me say that if I were to get a shirt I would prefer a womens cut with either a scoop or a v-neck in an XL.

    But would I get one? That would depend entirely on what it said. With all respect, I *am* a fangirl – I thing NotW was absolutely brilliant and I’m on my fifth read- through… But I’m not so much of a fangirl that I would buy a shirt *just* because you made it. It would have to be clever and speak to my inner geek.

    I’m fairly confident that this will not offend you as for some reason when you ask for the truth, I really feel that’s exactly what you want.

    I, also, like pumpkin as a color. But it’s odd and not for everyone. But if we are stating preferences, may as well shoot for the moon.

    Keep on being brilliant, Mr. Rothfuss. And blow a raspberry on Oots belly for me. It will make him giggle and baby giggles are the best.

    • Frupert
      Posted June 7, 2010 at 4:38 PM | Permalink

      “And blow a raspberry on Oots belly for me.” – My Canadian friend has kindly expanded my vocabulary for this exact action; I think you might expand your lexicon as well. She calls this a Zerbert… Winner.

      • fairytail3982
        Posted June 7, 2010 at 11:53 PM | Permalink

        I think Bill Cosby came up with that term. Or, even if he didn’t, he used it more than 20 years ago on The Cosby Show.

  62. Darmys
    Posted June 7, 2010 at 1:52 AM | Permalink

    I’d buy one, actually I’d buy two. But they’d need to be different designs. I like buying my husband and myself matching t-shirts, but they need to be same same but different. For instance when we got Joss t-shirts mine says “Whedonist” while his has “What would Jayne do? besides bring grenades”. So I’d really like there to be more than one design. I wear a womans L or XL in a fitted (The L fits, but I like a little room) and I buy my husband a XL. Black would be the preferred colour, however any dark colours are good. It might be nice to have something that isn’t black for a change.

  63. Posted June 7, 2010 at 1:54 AM | Permalink

    I will buy a shirt! I will buy many if you make different designs. I am a girl-shaped medium and would prefer a dark grey/black type shirt.
    Can you sign it for me when you come to Phoenix Comicon next year? Don’t say you aren’t coming. All you have to do is ask Scalzi how much fun he had and you’ll be convinced!

  64. Britt
    Posted June 7, 2010 at 1:58 AM | Permalink

    I’d buy shirts for my whole family. Women’s medium, man’s XXL, and kids medium. Any color but white.

  65. Posted June 7, 2010 at 2:00 AM | Permalink

    To reiterate what I said on FB: I fuckin’ want one!! I’ll take anything you come up with, but would really love something spooky and dangerous looking like the NOTW cover….

    In fact, if you have more than one design, I’d probably buy two. ;-D

    And no, I don’t fawn all over other authors I like, too; just you, Pat.

    I don’t read a book more than twice (for pleasure–too many books, too little time), but I read NOTW, twice. And I’ll probably read it again just before book II comes out in March.

    I like that you are still the same guy you were before fame and whatever else came along with it. Just down-to-earth, keepin’ it real, Pat. Your kid is a lucky boy.

    Thanks Pat.

    Jules

  66. Posted June 7, 2010 at 2:02 AM | Permalink

    And could you have some girl-shaped shirts for us fat girls? Size XXXL or larger….. I’m tired of buying big men’s shirts….I’m not a man, I don’t want to dress like one, but I am a large woman with large, uh, …. hands, that’s it, hands. Big hands.

    ;-)

    • Posted June 7, 2010 at 2:20 AM | Permalink

      I totally second this! I also am a woman with huge, uhm.. talents! Large girl size would be great! 2xl would be good, any color that isn’t white in a good quality – would totally buy at least one – more if I like more than one design.

      I’d love witty quotes (the “I slept with..” would be great), Since you mention a screen I assume this will be a one color screen print thing, so a kvothe sketch would be great! T-shirts for kids would be nice

      Thank you for your awesome work – hugs from Vienna, Austria
      Vee

      • ccliving
        Posted June 7, 2010 at 2:40 AM | Permalink

        I’m on board with the “large tracts of land” contingent. I’d love a “Princess and Mr. Wiffle” shirt but would love just about anything.
        Any color but white in a xxl or xxxl women’s shirt…yes, please.

      • jafmaw
        Posted June 7, 2010 at 6:00 AM | Permalink

        Yes! Woman-Shaped but NOT baby-doll (HATE those dumb-ass little bitty cap sleeve things) in 2xl long (very long torso here, but will settle for reg length if that is all there is.)

        Any color except white, orange, brown (unless very very dark.)

        Also, a 3XL or 4XL Man-Shaped for my very tall son – who, due to my pushy motherly insistence, finally read NotW and is totally addicted and whines every couple weeks (basically after each re-reading) about having to wait for WMF. A cool t-shirt may mollify him somewhat :)

        • jafmaw
          Posted June 7, 2010 at 8:19 AM | Permalink

          Also: coolness is way more important than price – I will want my 2 shirts even if they are on the high end.

          Also: what about offering for sale big posters of, say, the various book jackets?
          I would totally buy that, just for the geek cred I’d get for hanging it up at work.

  67. Posted June 7, 2010 at 2:04 AM | Permalink

    Shirt?

    *raises hand*

    I’d be into a girl-shaped shirt, in M or L, depending on the measurements of whatever brand shirt you end up using.

  68. Renny
    Posted June 7, 2010 at 2:07 AM | Permalink

    I would almost certainly buy tee shirts, give the inherent awesome of NOTW and the proceeds going to charity. The only concern I would have would be postage, which would be helped by multiple designs. I am a small/medium. Also, a slim-fit would be VERY much appreciated! Cheers

  69. Valon
    Posted June 7, 2010 at 2:13 AM | Permalink

    I’d be down to buy one. I’m a large.

  70. Rowanhood
    Posted June 7, 2010 at 2:14 AM | Permalink

    I would buy your next book well before I’d buy one of those t-shirts…

    Actually, I would buy one of those t-shirts if it meant I would get your next book faster…

  71. Scott
    Posted June 7, 2010 at 2:16 AM | Permalink

    Yes. Do it. Preferably something from the book. I’d be up for something with some text, if there’s any consensus there, but I’d be happy with just about anything.

    Dark colours, or black, for preference, and men’s XL.

    Actually… have you considered doing a line of department-specific shirts for the University? One for Sygaldry, one for Naming, and so on? That might be cool. Or a pub sign shirt for the Waystone or Eolian (a la “The Dude and Catastrophe” http://www.achewoodshop.com/1037.html).

  72. heathwitch
    Posted June 7, 2010 at 2:24 AM | Permalink

    Oooh, this sounds like a great idea :-) I would prefer a women’s fitted in L or XL… Darker colours for the win… Though I, like others here, am in the UK so I’ll need to factor in shipping too.

    Speaking of the UK, I was in Glastonbury this weekend and mentioned to my friend (whose B&B we were staying at) about your book. I’m just reading NOTW and loving it :-) And to my surprise she said you’d stayed with them! Small world, huh? I love that B&B, it’s the best in town. I would love to know what you thought of Glastonbury; we’re four hours drive away (near Manchester) but we make the trip there many, many multiple times a year…

    Perhaps next time you’re in the UK I could get to see you read or something (because last time, as I found out when browsing back through your blog archive, I was on honeymoon on Maui — hence why I didn’t make it to a signing).

    But yes… T-shirts definitely. And more writing, please! Thank you! :-)

  73. kuragari389
    Posted June 7, 2010 at 2:26 AM | Permalink

    I’ve just come out of hiding to say that I think this is an awesome idea! I’d be totally interested in buying a shirt should they be made into reality, and especially knowing that the money would go to a good cause helps too.

    Dark colors are always good, and I’d go for either just a regular t-shirt, but a “girlie” one would be much appreciated. I’d be either a small or a medium. It differs by brand usually.

  74. Charis
    Posted June 7, 2010 at 2:30 AM | Permalink

    Female, size small/medium. I would love to see a shirt about women who are too lovely for common roses.

  75. rangerunseen
    Posted June 7, 2010 at 2:30 AM | Permalink

    Hey,
    I’d be interested in a shirt (depending on how it turns out, of course). I’m a guy, and my shirt size is medium. Also, as many people have brought up, darker colors (especially blue/black) tend to turn out better.

  76. cjmurphy
    Posted June 7, 2010 at 2:32 AM | Permalink

    I don’t know how much weight my comment has, being the 94th, but I too, would purchase and wear a shirt. Preferably medium sized.

  77. Talidorian
    Posted June 7, 2010 at 2:33 AM | Permalink

    I would love to buy a NOTW shirt 2 XL would be great, although i’m not sure if there is a difference in Australian and American sizing. i don’t think id care too much what was on it, just so long as it was a NOTW shirt >.>

  78. Panda Girl
    Posted June 7, 2010 at 2:33 AM | Permalink

    Heya ^^
    I would so buy one!
    A medium(normal t shirt I’m a girl but I hate wearing fitted stuff) in a dark colour and I would most defiantly buy one saying that I had slept with you, it would make my day every time i wore it :) If you had some amazing awsome quote from the book I might even buy that to.

  79. DieselCharger70
    Posted June 7, 2010 at 2:36 AM | Permalink

    Pat,
    I think this is a great idea! My idea for a design (would need to be a black or charcoal grey shirt): have Folly on his/her mounting board on the front and have Kvothe on the back in a full cloak (but you still see his face) with a lute neck poking up from behind his shoulder and some leaves swirling around his ankles and have “The Name of the Wind” in big red(or orange) scrolling script above or below him. (maybe have the Draccus looming behind him w/ it’s smoldering eyes looming in the background ominously or even Haliax looming in the background) Thought it would look cool, and possibly draw in more readers/followers. =] (P.S. I wear an XL).
    -Please consider this,
    Travis

    • whoowah
      Posted June 7, 2010 at 5:24 AM | Permalink

      I definietly agree with the comment from Diesel Charger70. Something like that would be cool.

  80. Sandy Diersing
    Posted June 7, 2010 at 2:37 AM | Permalink

    First time here. Yeah, I’d buy a shirt. Unless I don’t like what you decide to put on it. (I’m not a “slept with” or “minion” kinda girl, er, woman.)

    I’m kind of leaning towards the simple phrase, “I know The Name of the Wind,” but would probably find any NOTW reference acceptable.

    XL, mens’ style is fine, in any color but yellow.

    • Mr. Boone
      Posted June 7, 2010 at 9:41 AM | Permalink

      Absolutely as to saying “I know the name of the wind.” I have to admit that I once put that as my facebook status and was quite proud of myself.
      I would be interested in a medium size shirt for a female, though it would depend what the design of the shirt was.
      (Although it says “Mr. Boone,” that’s my cat’s name; yes I am a girl.)

  81. Terminal Lance 0351
    Posted June 7, 2010 at 2:41 AM | Permalink

    I’d like to see a shirt about the wrath of a gentle man. Maybe Lorren like fourteen feet tall and towering over a frightened Kvothe. Yeah. That’d be great…a pissed off Lorren and “The Wise Man’s Fear” underneath it. Maybe something about Caesura.

    Size small, please.

  82. fearsome
    Posted June 7, 2010 at 2:47 AM | Permalink

    And what about buying one from France ? (or anywhere else than U.S. ^^)

    Even paying a bit more for it to come here, i’ll do it :)

    Thanks!

  83. ladyvader401
    Posted June 7, 2010 at 2:55 AM | Permalink

    Hells yes to the T-shirt idea. And I know 7 or 8 other people that would each buy a shirt or two or twelve, but they don’t read the blog.

    I would definitely like to request girl-shaped sizes, though, since I’m so girl-shaped that regular t-shirts usually look funny on me. But, either way, I’d probably take a large. If you don’t end up making girl-shaped ones, I can always sleep in it! :-D

  84. panda
    Posted June 7, 2010 at 3:02 AM | Permalink

    Yes please. I would love a shirt – lady shaped would be nice and a medium I expect. Although I am hoping you might ship to the UK otherwise this comment is pointless! I almost made one on Zazzle that said ‘Kvothe is my Hero’ in a nice strong red to match his hair! Just an idea…

  85. Josh
    Posted June 7, 2010 at 3:16 AM | Permalink

    Yes. Shirts would be really cool. Sizes should go up to 3x at least I think. I definitely would get one!

  86. kinggruffalothe3rd
    Posted June 7, 2010 at 3:16 AM | Permalink

    Yes, Yes, Yes. I’d definately have one of those choice plums.L/XL man size please. Would it be too much to send one over the pond to the UK? I’d probably never take it off and would therefore be a constant source of advertisment for you as well as being quite smelly. Bear that in mind.

    Cheers

    Gruff

  87. Arcy
    Posted June 7, 2010 at 3:19 AM | Permalink

    Yes, yes, yes. XL Baby Doll or XXL Baby Doll depending on who makes it.

  88. Posted June 7, 2010 at 3:27 AM | Permalink

    I also would buy one :D (one for me, one for my boyfriend, one for… xD)

    But if you decide to make them, please give *also* the measures… Each brand has its own size. And be careful with girl shirts. They’re usually tiny (I’m not fat, but I have boobs…) Good luck! :D

    PS. Ah, I like what Sandy Diersing has said: “I know The Name of the Wind”. I’m not native English speaker, so… is it intentionally ambiguous? I know the book (I have read it) / I know its Name (I can call the wind) ^^

    • Chocolate Fanatic
      Posted June 7, 2010 at 5:32 PM | Permalink

      you know i just noticed but so far you’re then only girl who said boobs. the others were decidedly ambiguous. or they were faking the modesty… (uhm can’t think of a word that would flow well).

  89. rustedhalo68
    Posted June 7, 2010 at 3:28 AM | Permalink

    I had to register to comment, but I would love a shirt. Not a t-shirt, though. While I like the idea of t-shirts, I never wear them. How about sweatshirts or hoodies or something like that? Wow, I’m making this more complicated than it needs to be, aren’t I? Sorry, women’s perogative, I guess :)

  90. ribkicker4
    Posted June 7, 2010 at 3:36 AM | Permalink

    XXL mens for myself. I’d also prefer if the shirt wasn’t too flashy with what it was about. If I wear nerd shirts I prefer them to be more subtle.

    Oh, and it’d be cool if you could get the setup pronto. Maybe you can start a shirt design contest (sorry if someone already mentioned this, I don’t have the time to read all of the above posts)?

  91. Posted June 7, 2010 at 3:36 AM | Permalink

    YES YES YES! I don’t buy that many mass produced t-shirts, but well dang if I could get some NotW loving every day by wearing t-shirts I would :)

  92. Polirushchilapino
    Posted June 7, 2010 at 3:37 AM | Permalink

    I say “heck yes!” to some Rothfuss inspired T-shirts, go for it Pat :)

    Mark

    p.s Yay for Valerie!

    • Polirushchilapino
      Posted June 7, 2010 at 4:37 AM | Permalink

      Oh forgot to add, i’d like mine medium and man shaped ;)

  93. TheBiggerFish
    Posted June 7, 2010 at 3:41 AM | Permalink

    I would be very interested. Hopefully international shipping would be an option? If not, I’ll find a way to proxy it out, I’m sure. :)

    2x mens/5x ladies for me (I often find that t shirt producers concepts of a large woman and a large man are WILDLY different)

  94. Neha
    Posted June 7, 2010 at 3:49 AM | Permalink

    I just made an account so i could answer. :) Yes i would be interested in buying a shirt but will you be selling them to international readers (eg. UK)? If so YES YES YES!! I would like a book themed shirt so something along the lines of the draccus or whatever really. And i would like a woman sized shirt. I am a large in the woman’s size. Here is a link to convert sizes: http://www.usatourist.com/english/tips/womens-sizes.html Thanks. :)

  95. Nalyd
    Posted June 7, 2010 at 3:50 AM | Permalink

    I just registered so that i could say i would totally wear one of your shirts. 3XL tall in black would be excelent. I would especially love eithe one that is book themed or one that is an inside joke only your fans would get.

  96. Zedaintdead
    Posted June 7, 2010 at 3:52 AM | Permalink

    I would love a shirt. Black NOT white. Women’s Med.
    My vote’s for bookish quote.

    “It was the patient, cut-flower sound of a man who is waiting to die.”

    That one would be a ripper.

  97. cmkruger
    Posted June 7, 2010 at 4:01 AM | Permalink

    I am another person that created an account just to comment on this. I would love a NotW shirt, with just one caveat; it has to be cool. Now, I know that this seems like an obvious concern (not many people go, “My word, what a humdrum piece of apparel, I must possess it!”), but I don’t mean a picture of Fabio or a quote in white on a black shirt that, while making me break out in goosebumps from literary arousal, means next to nothing to the guy sitting on the bus across from me. However, a shirt with a modern design, something that I could wear under an unbuttoned shirt or even under a suit coat if I were so inclined, would be preordered immediately. Since I am not an artist I will keep all my half-baked designs to myself, but I hope that I have made myself clear, and, if this thing turns out half as cool as I think it will, you can count on one men’s medium being shipped all the way to the little town of Stevens Point from whatever mystical, ethereal realm your publisher has whisked you off to.

    • Cara
      Posted June 7, 2010 at 1:45 PM | Permalink

      I would like this style of t-shirt too! In ladies small! This is very exciting :)

    • redcrest
      Posted June 7, 2010 at 4:43 PM | Permalink

      I agree–try to go for one of those cool swirly-vines or something designs that you see on some fashionable men’s shirts (except this could be “swirly wind” or something magical like that :D). Plus maybe a cool, stylized cut that includes Kvothe’s eyes/intense gaze or something.

      I think I’d be down for a M size, but honestly, it depends on the price (please try to go a few bucks below $20 if possible… what with shipping costs and all… ^^;;; )

  98. Dream Art
    Posted June 7, 2010 at 4:03 AM | Permalink

    You have awesome one liners, so I think the tee idear is a smashingly good one..if u headed out to those drag-cons or whathaveyou…just have some demos made..and see how the crowd reacts mebbe? I’m guessing it will be a good one!:) BTW..I noticed many giving their sizes, so I’m assuming you are sending us all free tees! <3 U!!! BTW- I'll take a large in women's size. Black tee with white lettering. tyvm ^.^

  99. Anna
    Posted June 7, 2010 at 4:05 AM | Permalink

    I would love to wear a T-shirt made my you, but it would have to ship to Europe. Woman-shaped, M or L, I’d say, depending on the brand. :-)

  100. Bars
    Posted June 7, 2010 at 4:07 AM | Permalink

    I would definitely be interested in a shirt, provided that:
    – it’s in a dark hue and the design is OK
    – it can be shipped to Bulgaria and the shipping costs are less than 20$

    I can also talk about it to a couple of friends who love your book. They might be interested too.

    My size: L (USA standards)

    • fairytail3982
      Posted June 8, 2010 at 12:11 AM | Permalink

      Wow! Pat has fans in Bulgaria! Awesome! On a totally unrelated note, one of my two favorite restaurants is Bulgarian. :)

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