High and low upon these Nets of Inter virtue have I scoured looking for things to buy with the money I don’t have, but sadly my list of items is limited to wearable wisecracks in the form of T-shirts. Now, let it be known I am no stranger to these items of cloth and color nor am I philistine enough to denounce their good qualities, but I am still left a bit miffed in their abundant presence.
They are the mass product of choice in online stores of every comic of every nature. They come in all sizes, styles, colors, and designs and their supply never does seem to run low (much unlike my patience).
Of course, I know what you’re thinking, oh diligent creator… You have a comic online and you’re looking for a creative way to get some extra scratch on the side to keep it going. I understand. We’ve all been there, but for heaven’s sake, T-shirts are not the only answer. For instance: Do I not have boorish looking items in need of jazzing up with tiny entertaining pictures (possibly equipped with an adhesive backing)? Are my walls not barren and sad in their lack of posterific pizzazz? Are not my keys lacking a suitable chain? Do I not lack pose able toys with which to play? When I place a cold beverage on my coffee table does not the condensation leave a wet ring of destruction?
Indeed, I say to you uncreative creators, these are all needs your product’s likenesses can fill for a profitable fee! Wardrobes become filled. Fashions are subject to change. Shirts can become funky and faded. Let not all your eggs reside in a single woven receptacle. Your public can not survive upon T-shirts alone!
Many of you have been blessed with the strength, longevity, and fortitude to sponsor book(s) of your own strip in order to be sold in the infinite internet market. To each and every one of you I tip my cap and salute, but these in conjunction with the insipid T-shirts are still not enough.
“But, mighty Pookey, T-shirts are all I know. What else can my characters’ likenesses be printed on?”
Dear creator, my list of basic needs is above. If you can not fill those or would prefer to be even more different from the rest, be creative. Think of new things that you can forge and sell to your readers. Speaking as a reader/consumer, we appreciate creative products, and if we have any money at all we will buy ANYTHING (that is clever).
Be creative! Don’t forget about T-shirts altogether, but let not the shirts be your store’s master!