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And the Winners Are…

Posted in Conventions, Merchandise with tags , , , , , , , , on March 10, 2011 by Paul Swartz

The poll is closed and the results are in! The following four charms/keychains are going to be printed and sold at MoCCA and online. In descending order of popularity, they are:

Unfortunately, I just wasn’t able to get second place finisher Humanzee to work. He was printing way too dark, with his fur and smoking jacket (which is to say, most of him) blending into the black background too much. I’ll work on recoloring him with a view to printing a charm for Heroes Con or something. For now, though, I’ve bumped the fifth place design (the Lounge Lizard) into the winners’ circle.

Thanks for voting, everyone. And my apologies to all ape enthusiasts. I hope you can forgive the Putin-style chicanery.

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Space Balls-the T-shirt, Space Balls the Coloring Book…

Posted in Conventions, Merchandise with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 5, 2011 by Paul Swartz

I’ve always thought that I could design some great toys. I think my characters would translate really well into plastic and the world of three dimensions. Someday I’ll have to learn to make toys, but, until then, I’ll take what I can get as far as merchandising opportunities go. Recently, I was clued in to a pretty good one.  I’m very excited to tell you that I’m going to be making up a batch of plastic keychains depicting my characters! Thanks to the folks at Printsess, I’ll be able to sell two inch acrylic keychains/charms at MoCCA this year.

I’m not sure which characters make for the best, most salable keychains, but I bet you are! Below are 11 designs. Check them out and then vote for your favorite in the poll at the bottom of the page. I’ll probably end up printing the top four vote-getters, barring a a blowout. If you have the time and the inclination, leave a comment ranking the designs (at least your top four) and telling me if you would be interested in buying some keychains yourself. Whatever stock I have left over after MoCCA I’ll sell here on the website, off a yet-unlaunched store page, perhaps. If I see a great demand, though, I’ll take orders and print keychains specifically for sale here. If you’re interested, they’ll probably run about $5 each. I’m thinking of starting off with a 50 piece order for the con, but that could change.

So vote, and vote now! I’ve got to get this order in soon, so I’ll probably only let the poll run through Tuesday or so. And if your going to do my poll, why not do Lena’s too? She’s doing the same thing over at her blog and would appreciate some input.

Anyway, without further ado, here they are: Your lovely contestants:

1) Alien

2) Axolotl

3) Bat4) Dragon

5) El Diablo

6) Golem

7) Humanzee

8) Lounge Lizard9) Nessie

10) Quetzalcoatl11) Slot Bot