Posts Tagged ‘Outdoor Galore Store’
Wish me “Happy Birthday”! I’m Fifty Nine.
Not really. But I’m certainly not one of those people who try to say, “I’m Twenty Nine.” and think it’s funny. It’s not. Mostly ’cause I look like Hell on a Hot Day for ‘Twenty Nine’.
So I add a few years.
I look GOOD for Fifty Nine, lemme tell ya.
“Yes, That’s correct.”
That’s the answer to so many comments that come our way. “You’ll never believe me when I tell you this…” and “I don’t understand…” and “What’re you, some kinda smart aleck?”
On the other hand, so many times that people start with “You’ll never guess…” they’re right only because they don’t give us the chance. If they’d shut up talking, we might take a stab at a few guesses. Say what you mean, people. You want us to guess or not? Know what you want before you lay it out in front of us.
Okay, so there’s a little icon on the left hand side of the site that says ‘Outdoor Galore Store’. I usually don’t make much of it here because there are about a dozen designs I’d like to load up , and I always think I’ll take a day to prepare them and then send everyone scurrying over there to take a look.
But I usually get bogged down elsewhere.
Until I got off my butt long enough to ask a buddy of mine to work his magic on a Big Stanky Creek Outdoorfest shirt design. He does stuff for The Boy Scouts, and Drake Waterfowl, and Dagger kayaks, and you get the idea- he does amazing work. Big hand, everyone, for Mr. Mike Womack! (click HERE and see more of his work. Need a fine logo or T-shirt design, anyone?)
So now, if you want to tell everyone that you were a competitor at the Outdoorfest, I’ll back you up. You just need the shirt, and you need to tell a good story about how you wrecked a wagon in the ReadyFlyer Downhill, and crashed into a big fat guy and nearly broke a… whatever bone you like. Your choice.
The back of the shirt is filled with sponsors’ logos- inside gags for those who read the strip, really.
So there you go. Shirts in the store!
I’ll try to have the rest of the new designs soon. I promise. Really.
I bought one of the skate decks that I put in the Outdoor Galore Store zazzle site (click on the OGS logo over on the left if you want to know about that) and I was going to keep it all nice and neat for display at conventions and stuff next year.
But I couldn’t stand it. So I took off the plain silver trucks with the plain, clean white wheels.
And I went to Midtown Skate Shop and asked them for the most garish good gear I could afford on there.
And now I have a new toy. Here’s some photos before I learn enough tricks to tear it up. I can only roll in, do some fairly pretty kick turns, and whatever combinations you can make from that. When I can drop in, and do some grinds or something, I imagine the board will look the worse for wear. At the moment, aside from the very ends of the tails and some chipping here and there from wipeouts, it still looks sharp. Good job, zazzle.
Cartooning- specifically comic strips- has taken an odd turn over the past couple of decades. The decline of the newspapers as the #1 source of information for most Americans has a lot to do with it. Way back (not THAT far back) when every major city in America had at least two newspapers, the value of any single comic strip or writer’s column could be measured in dollars gained or lost when a newspaper quit publishing it or started publishing it. If one paper quit publishing Doonesbury, for instance, and it’s sales and subscriptions declined while the other local paper picked up Doonesbury and its sales increased, then you could say that Doonesbury had a particular instantly provable value to a newspaper.
These days, not so much.
A writer I work with is also an auditor of newspaper circulation. Circulation (sales of newspapers, eyes available to advertisers in that newspaper) is how the newspapers set their advertising rates. Subscriptions and sales don’t generate a newspaper’s main income stream- it sets the scale for the newspaper to generate it’s main income stream… advertising. The newspapers are really good at inflating their circulation numbers in lots of ways, so they can charge more for the ads they run and therefore stay in business.
But I mentioned the decline of the papers, right? There’s that whole supply-and-demand thing. If advertisers are now running off to other venues, then the newspapers have to either drop their ad rates no matter what their circulation numbers are, or create a new value to advertising within their pages.
I hear from a lot of people (editorial cartoonists, newspaper illustrators, random newspaper employees, and circulation auditors) that the average newspaper’s decision makers are unwilling to make their jobs any more complicated by doing things that might attract readers. In other words, they’ve already given up. Sometimes, it’s even a matter of not backing up to a pre-automated method of doing things that’s the hang-up. Specifically, the idea that newspapers might draw in just the sort of interested reader they want to/need to by using webcomics on their comics page- hip, attention-grabbing, high-traffic comics used cheaply because it’s just another revenue stream to THOSE cartoonists- not the be-all, end-all of their income like for syndicated cartoons. The editor of the comics page of the paper I’m talking about said that it wouldn’t work because they now use a computer program that automatically drops in the daily comic strips and no one has to do any work. If the newspaper used webcomics, then the page would have to be worked on by someone every day, and then they couldn’t continue to leave at 2:00.
Of course, the other side of this is that it used to be that the only way to make a comic strip earn you a living was to be syndicated. You could draw a comic strip for your local paper, but one paper doesn’t make a wage out of one comic strip. The new thing is webcomics, where you have to be your own syndicate and sell anything and everything you can- T-shirts, hats, books, comics, sketches, originals, and of course, advertising- in order to make a fraction of what the syndicates used to be able to do for you. Stinky, for most would-be cartoonists, but it is an option. It’s a whole new business to be in.
There you have it. If you’re an old-guard syndicated cartoonist, it’s the beginning of the end. If you’re a young cartoonist who has time and energy to float a webcomic and work it like a business, it’s the beginning of the beginning.
And that brings me, in a hugely roundabout fashion, to my point:
Hubris has another ad on the site. There are some Google ads which pay a tiny bit every so often, and a Foxy Bingo ad which will stay up for at least a year per agreement, and now I have a Project Wonderful ad. It’s over there on the right hand side just below the Hubris Book Ad. Right now, the bidding is young and tiny, but if you see anything keen on there you’d like to read, by all means, click that thang and check it out. The more click-throughs there are from Hubris, the better reputation I get for being a good adspace to run in, and the revenue goes up by tiny bits.
And there you go. The business of Hubris.
Also, I’m about to add stuff onto the Outdoor Galore Store Zazzle page, just in time for your Christmas shoppin’.
Ugh. I’m a money-grubbin’ hack now. Gotta go skate.