Okay, so i went ahead and spent fifty thousand hours setting everything up and so now there are t-shirts, there are t-shirts. Did you ever want a shirt with a belligerent mythical creature on it? Well, now’s your chance, kids and cadets. You can even choose the color of the shirt (except in Europe, but more on that later). You can even not buy any because i realize that you’re here for comix and not clothing, but more on that later as well. At any rate, what i do know is that i worked hard at some designs and then i worked hard at fixing up the website (have a look around, it’s, well, vaguely different in spots. New home page and logo and such), so one may judge for one’s self the results. As for me, i’m kind of…
I mean, i realize that selling merchandise is the new business model of online comix, and i realize that i’ve been spending the last four years drawing and drawing and literally not making a dime, but i’m still not used to the whole t-shirts thing. It’s just kind of weird and surreal. I’m not a seller of things, i’m a, uh, comics guy. I’ll get used to it though, don’t worry about me. Gotta make comix to make money to buy time to make more comix. Support your non-local comicker! Plus the Sphynx shirt comes with a guarantee that you will not be eaten by a Sphynx while wearing it. Can’t beat that. Fuckin’ can’t. Anyway…
My goal had always been to use a shirt manufacturer/shipper with distribution centers in both North America and Europe, thus removing the need for people to pay ridiculous shipping fees to import t-shirts from other hemispheres. The North American side of things is good to go, but the European side is limited to white t-shirts only for the time being (yes i am serious). This is due to stupid, boring technological issues, both mine and the manufacturer’s, and i shall not waste your time with further descriptions and vague promises. European/Asian customers may peruse the full line of Virus Comix t-shirts at the North American store, but they will have to (sigh) pay increased shipping charges if they buy anything. My apologies for this, and as soon as the situation is remedied i will post an announcement.
The Gist of it
Have a comic. Got some readers. Made some shirts for ’em. They are nice (the shirts and the readers). Thanks for reading, and now i’m gonna go mentally clear my head of the last four days of capitalistic distractions and get back to comicking. Up next: strip #99. Stay tuned, and thanks for reading!
PS: To anyone who’s sent me a friend request on Facebook, i haven’t answered only because i’m never on Facebook, plus i only have as Facebook friends the half-dozen or so people that are closest to me. So don’t be offended or anything when you don’t hear back from me. I appreciate the requests though! Friends? Friends.
PPS: The t-shirts are print-on-demand, so i unfortunately don’t have the power to send anyone free thank-you merch (you know who you are). This displeases me, but it’s for the greater good. I’m using an online service, you see, so i don’t have to spend thousands of hours i don’t have mailing off shirts and renting cars to ferry around boxes of merch and buying crowbars to fend off vicious nazi shirt thieves and whatever the hell else is involved in running a business. Poison spiders, maybe? Probably. Fuck that.