I Went to Demon Island and All I Got Was . . .

As some of you may remember, there’s a bar in the book called Hell Bar. Because I am not creative. No, because the guy who owns the bar is not creative. He lives on Demon Island, Demon Island gets a lot of tourists, he designed a t-shirt thirty years ago and made sure the only place you could buy them was his bar. They were pretty awful, plus his bar is in the bad part of the bad part of town, so he doesn’t get many tourists. All of which means that anybody who has a Hell Bar t-shirt has been to Hell Bar. A CLUE. Especially because it keeps turning up on bodies, demons, etc.

So last night, I designed a Bad T-shirt:

Black Tee

And now I want one.

39 thoughts on “I Went to Demon Island and All I Got Was . . .

  1. Zazzle.com My kid has ordered stuff from there with our company logo. Good quality stuff. I’m going to get her to order me a couple of shirts for work.

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  2. I’ve heard good things about Zazzle from someone I used to print t-shirts for. When I stopped screenprinting, he offered his shirts through there, and he’s been pleased with the quality, at least the last I knew, which was a few years ago.

    There’s also a place that UF author Seanan McGuire (love the Toby Daye series!) works with, who uses (I believe, at least that’s what I remember from the last time I looked at it) more environmentally-friendly water-based ink instead of the yukky plastisol that most places use (that sits on top of the shirt like a plastic blob and has environmental issues as well). This company does pre-sales and limited runs, unlike Zazzle’s POD, but I think it’s an interesting option. You can read about the pre-sales here (and it gets you to their website too): http://www.unicornempire.com/presale

    And here’s Seanan McGuire’s post about working with this printer: http://seanan-mcguire.livejournal.com/673606.html

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  3. It would have been more “womp womp” (and so, read “bad”) if it said “You’ll have a Hell of a good time.” Cause the bar’s name is Hell. See what I did there? Bad. πŸ˜€

    I kind of want one of the above, too, though. Finish the book and give the t-shirt if you pre-order. You only get a t-shirt if you get the book.

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    1. That would be two “Hell”s. But you’re right, that would have been better “bad.”

      But there’s a scene in the bar much, much later in the book when Nita comes in, and somebody says, “Who’s that?”, and Nick says, “That’s the Devil of a Good Time.” I’m pretty sure I’m keeping that scene.

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      1. I look forward to reading that scene! And I like that the shirt then has a joke that you wouldn’t get unless you’ve read the book/”been to the club”

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  4. I’d wear it, but it’s freak out the Olds. Oh and I need to save money for medical stuff. (Nothin’ too serious mind you, so I can defer it for a while. πŸ˜‰ No worries here.)

    But make the shirt. Argh Nation includes lurkers with buying power. πŸ˜€

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  5. Oh! I found the Writewell Academy mug on Zazzle. Yay.
    (I think my previous post is in spam because I added a link.)

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  6. Your publisher is going to love the merchandising/PR opportunity that goes with this shirt.

    “That’s the Devil of a Good Time.” And is she by then?

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    1. The right would belong to me since I designed it (with free stuff from the web that would have to be double-checked).
      I’m looking into it now. Patience, grasshoppers, the image needs cleaned up, and then I’d want to see it printed before I led any of you down the garden path. The t-shirt path. Whatever.

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      1. I have no idea what book contracts look like, but worth perusing to see if there are any clauses regarding merchandising, etc. This is not my area, but always a good idea to review contracts.

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        1. My contracts state nothing about merchandising (I read them carefully, as do my daughter and two agents). We’ve done merchandise for Dogs and Goddesses and Agnes and the Hitman with complete support from SMP. They’re great.

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          1. Um, I will now be scouring the internet for that stuff, unless you have handy a link to that merchandising, please! Or is it too late to buy? πŸ™ Agnes is probably my fave. I relate to the cranky, and the house, and the cooking, and just everything.

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          2. I will add that the hardcover of Agnes with the white black and red, the checks (as I recall) is one of my favorite ever book covers.

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  7. Help, my usual email is consigned to the spam folder, probably because I tried posting with a link to the Cafe Press page showing tote bags that read, “I can’t keep calm – I’m a Crusie.”

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  8. Oh! I thought I remembered something on Cafe Press (-:.

    I think merch with a book is a wonderful idea. I haven’t been following “Welcome to Nightvale” this year, but they’ve got a lot of merchandise, plus some of the fan art really blows my socks right off (and into the Dog Park).

    I think it’d be hilarious to have coffee tumblers with the same image . . . because it seems like the last thing a bar patron would want was a bracing mug of coffee. I can’t decide if it’s more evil to have an 6 oz. mug, or a 64 oz. mug. But I have a weird sense of humor, and only a vague, theoretical knowledge of bars. I think the bars in my hometown are actually civic centers of a sort, and some of them have the best food in town, according to my sources. They may even have the best coffee . . . .

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  9. I want the shirt and I haven’t read any of the books. I just came across this blog post by accident lol. I used to be a huge Jenny Crusie fan, well I still am, just haven’t read any of your books in a while. At one time about 10 years ago I had read every book you had out, then started reading other authors, got interested in other genres and so I got away from reading your books. It sounds like from reading this blog that they are just as good, just as funny, just as riveting as they used to be. Guess I better get back to reading your books lol πŸ˜‰

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  10. Love merchandising,

    how about a special Jennifer Crusie Charm with your stylized initials for a charm bracelet or keyring.

    flamingo pens or postcards of Matilda Goodnights artwork,

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  11. Cute! I’d buy stuff from a Jenny Crusie Zazzle or CafePress store. I know Gail Carriger has a Zazzle store with stuff that is either series specific or just the type of humor that her fans tend to share. I bet Cherries would flock to your virtual shop.

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