The T-shirt poll

Are webcomic creators the same thing as T-shirt salesmen? The debate rages on, but The Webcomic Overlook would like to as you: have you ever bought a webcomic T-shirt?

Previous polls can be found here.


About El Santo

Somehow ended up reading and reviewing almost 300 different webcomics. Life is funny, huh? Despite owning two masks, is not actually a luchador.

Posted on April 5, 2010, in The Webcomic Overlook, WCO Poll, webcomics. Bookmark the permalink. 9 Comments.

  1. Just so you know, I have one: the dancing Ben Franklin and zombie presidents from “The Adventures of Dr. McNinja.” The only person to recognize where the shirt came from: my brother.

  2. I bought a Penny Arcade hoodie but the quality was absolutely abysmal. Fabric more thin than Trent Lott’s morals and just started falling apart after moderate use.

    I bought it for Geek coolness but ended up looking like a chav more than anything else after a month.

  3. Eh, I voted the first option, but that’s not all there is to it. I just like awesome shirts. I own a couple of Dr. McNinja shirts (I got the gorilla high fiving a shark one and then figured I’d get something more directly related). I’ve got an I Was Kidnapped By Lesbian Pirates From Outer Space!!! because the logo is awesome and that’s just a great phrase. It does seem to get a lot of positive comments, too. Axe Cop is next. Because Axe Cop. Yep.

  4. I have yet to see a webcomic shirt that I liked well enough to justify the expense. I have, however, bought a number of books.

  5. The problem with webcomic t-shirts is that they have become a cliché, and what’s more, they remain completely accessory to the webcomic itself. If you like the webcomic, how about buying a paper copy of it (if it’s available)? Or how about coming up with merchandising that actually fits the nature of the comic? The only way a t-shirt with the webcomic’s name on it would match this would be if your webcomic is set in a t-shirt factory. Hmm, maybe there’s something there…

  6. What about the “I just buy shirts that I think are cool” option? 🙂

  7. If memory serves me correctly, I own *two* webcomic T-shirts. A PvP “JOSS WHEDON IS MY MASTER NOW” shirt, and … this one. Plus way-too-many-copies of the t-shirts I’ve printed for my own webcomic portal, of course, but that’s just embarassing, so let’s not count them.

    But I buy T-shirts because I like T-shirts. And occasionally webcomic artists come up with awesome T-shirt motives. If I just want to support the comic financially, chances are big that I’ll rather just pick up a book. To buy a t-shirt, I have to really want it.

  8. Eh, I’d have to really like the teeshirt. And so far I haven’t encountered a teeshirt I really like enough to justify the general 15-21 dollar expense of a webcomic teeshirt. I will only buy a teeshirt if I LIKE the teeshirt.

    It’s like band shirts. I like band shirts. I buy them to help support the band. But only if I like the teeshirt.

    I want to wear the teeshirts I get. So I have to like them. And so far I haven’t found a webcomic shirt I really LIKE.

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