Hey guys, there've been a few concerns about the new store I wanted to address:
1) The shirts are roughly the same price as any other custom made shirts. It just seems large because the cost of shipping is already factored into the price. So, the shirt is 18.50 + $4 for shipping.
2) I'll set it up so Australians can order this weekend.
3) A few people have concerns that their favorite comic wasn't put on the site. In the future, I would like to have several more designs, but I can only do that if enough people are willing to purchase this set.
4) The copyright notice on the comics will be smaller than it appears in the image on the store. It looks that way because of the way photoshop shrunk it down. On the final version, it'll be around size 9 font or less.
I hope you guys are enjoying the new possibilities. I haven't gotten an overwhelming number of orders yet, but there's a slow and steady trickle. I've never sold merch online before, so I hope you guys can bear with me through the birthing pains.
No, this is not an April fools joke.
We have three different designs based on some favorite SMBC strips. I'm gonna try for 100 purchases of each design before buying. If this goes well, I'll introduce more designs every month or two.
And, on a more personal note, I want to thank all you guys for making this happen. A few of the more diehard among you may remember the last time I sold merch, in Summer 2001. I had maybe 1,000 regular readers back then (compared to more than 50,000 now), and I managed to sell about 3 shirts. Since then, I've been wary of coming out with merch. SMBC is most likely the largest comic never to have a real store.
The last year has been very fruitful for me as an artist. I've made enough money off this site to live my dream of being a full-time cartoonist, and to buy the luxury of a trip back to college for further education. None of this would be possible without each one of you reading, sharing, and laughing along with me for the past few years.
With the launch of the new store, I'm hoping to take things to the next level, and really establish SMBC as a brand name. That way, five years from now, all of you can say you liked it BEFORE it was cool.
Keep your eyes and wallets peeled for the forthcoming store launch.