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I am now accepting orders for the holiday run of Infini-Tees. The price is unchanged from before, $15 for the artwork and $20ish or more for the shirt, depending on your preferences.

As before, you will receive the artwork and then be able to decide if you want to buy the shirt.

Also as before, I'll need a photo of the person you want pictured on the shirt facing the camera in the pose you want on the shirt (you should be wearing a t-shirt in the photo, and the photo should include your entire torso). The photo must be at least 1000 pixels wide. If you cannot get said photo without ruining the surprise, you can send me a good headshot of them, but be warned that I will have to graft their head onto someone else's torso, and the result will not be as good as if I had a full-torso photo of them.

Ordering will be kept open for at least one month, maybe more depending on the rate of orders. I just don't want to take more orders than I can fulfill before Christmas.

On a vaguely related note (in that it has to do with monetizing my comic) I have fielded a few complaints about my review of the Azor. Rest assured, I have no intention of turning my blog into some kind of biased version of Consumer Reports. That said, I have no qualms whatsoever about my review for the following reasons.

1. It came about organically. I posted a comic about my difficulty selecting a razor. I then blogged about the inspiration for the strip, and that blog post got a ton of comments. The traffic got the attention of two razor manufacturers, and they both ended up sending me a razor to evaluate. The review of the second razor will turn up next week. I'll mark it promenently as a review so you can easily skip it if you wish.

2. I gave the Azor a positive review because I was genuinely impressed with it.

3. I have never made a secret of the fact that someday I hope to make a living off of Basic Instructions. Unless you want PBS-style pledge breaks and begging, that means advertising, and if you look at the ads that run on my site (and almost all other webcomics) you'll see that they are almost all ads for videogames or other webcomics. Cartoonists need for the makers of other products to realize that our sites are a good way to put their ads in front of people's eyeballs. I have reputable companies interested in giving my site a tentative try, and I'm going to do whatever I can (without being dishonest) to encourage them.

Reader Comments (46)

Hahahahahahhahaa!!! People, seriously, who cares! The guy shaves, has found a new product that I and certainly others haven't heard of that he likes, so he writes about it. IT'S HIS WEBSITE!!!! How DARE he write about whatever he wants...

October 12, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAdam H.

My most profound apologies to everyone.

I didn't see the instructions that said that all comments must always be 100% positive. I was under the mistaken impression that an honest opinion (phrased in neutral terms and without personal attack) from someone who appreciates Scott's work and wants to see him succeed was a legitimate comment.

I'll remember for the future.

(Note to self: This is the Internet, Cled, the Internet! Where do you get off thinking reasoned discourse has a place here?)

October 13, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCled

I support and enjoyed the shaving content. No complaints here, just explain how you came by the stuff and you can do this with a clean conscientious as far as I care. I love the site. You also own the distinction of being one of just two websites (currently) on which my adblock plus is disabled so as to avoid cutting into your revenue stream.

October 13, 2009 | Unregistered Commentersynapticmisfires

Cled, you're shooting yourself in the foot, there. There actually was constructive, rational discussion (see Tim's reply). Don't let any pot shots take you out of the rationality game.

On with rationality: He made no secret that it was a solicited review. If you failed to realize it, okay, but he said it multiple times. It was so not a secret that I (a died-in-the-wool beard-wearer) was looking forward to it, because it would be, I expected and found it to be, his honest opinion about something. Now, if all Scott did was blab on about products, that would be annoying and invasive. This most assuredly wasn't that, in my opinion.

October 13, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDN

I for one would be intrested to hear Scotts views on the following.

Suntan cream
Sporks
The French
Bum roll
The 5th 'Hitchikers Guide to the Galaxy' book
The 'It's a small world' ride
Car insurance
Genital grooming products

October 13, 2009 | Unregistered Commentergoosemonster

Cled,

When you used the word "disingenuous" in regards to Scott's actions is where I had a problem with your perception (and by "problem" I mean I did not see it that way). Maybe I cut Scott too much slack but I did not get the impression he was "reviewing" these products. If he starts to use products that he normally would not have due to the popularity of his blog, then in my mind he needs to be more formal in what he is presenting.

Yes, I know you could argue that the companies sent him the stuff in response to what he was sharing with us about his search on how to best shave his head. However, the context started off with him sharing, not trying to push a product.

It takes work to communicate effectively in written form. The internet has exposed much of the populace's unwillingness to take the time to learn this skill. I am old enough to remember the thrill of communicating with people from around the word using a BBS. I have witnessed and been involved in some "flame" wars that today boggle my mind on how it swirled down the gutter.

You made some valid points and based on Scott's reply, he takes constructive criticism to heart.

Your last post communicated sarcasm very nicely. However it cuts both ways, to those who knee jerk react to your critique and to those who attempt to argue points with some civility.

October 13, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAC

To all you folks arguing over opinions, "Get A Life!"
Don't yall have something better to do?
I'm just waiting for the next episode of Rocket Hat/MoonMen Chronicles! Maybe the Phantom Moonman Menace, or The Moonman Strikes Back. Or The Return of The Rocket Hat.

October 13, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJames Yeamans

Scott, when people say something mean, just imagine them being eaten by a giant monster, or dying in a horrible painful way, then laugh scornfully at their demise. Some people don't understand the sophisticated humor you exhibit on the BI site. Those people are stupid poopy heads.

And I too, would like to see views on:
The Umbrella Academy
Americans (as a whole)
high school
people
the apocalypse
And anything other random stuff one may come up with

October 13, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterIzzy

I don't expect this comment to make it through, but hopefully it will amuse the moderator. That said: Cled's a bitch.

October 13, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTelanis

What ads? I must be doing something wrong. Maybe my Firefox is broken; I don't see no frikkin' ads...

October 13, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterFrankleeMiDeer

@FrankleeMiDeer, this may help you: tools menu, addblock, unselect all ... reload page ...

October 14, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterFrancesc

@Telanis: I take offense with your comment. I think Cled's a BASTARD... 'cuz I'M a bitch! :P

October 14, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBI Fan

I'm thinking about buying a shirt, but the shirt color showing through the white areas of the images are a little bit of a turn-off.

Also, it's nice to know I can get them for as low as $12.71 if I buy at least 251 of them...

October 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNicholus

OT: What's with Azor's website? I sat waiting for the front page image to finish loading, wondering why my connection was so slow, before I realized the blurry words were intentional.

Sorry, I don't have much respect for a company who tries to give their customers migraines...

October 16, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterken

If cool content means the occasional (hopefully vaguely related) ad, then I am okay with that. Also, it was an informative piece.

I think your best line ever is "Shaving is something men everywhere do, and we're all pretty sure we're doing it wrong." I've been thinking about that a lot. I have decided that we think we're doing it wrong because we don't have women *telling* us we're doing it wrong.

October 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterScott

I don't want you to have ads. But I'm not prepared to pay you not to.

October 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJames Hutchings

Well, even if the review was disingenious and totally bought out, its kinda hard to blame the guy. Its not like Scott professes to be a saint or even a man of integrity. To be honest, if someone gives me something, I'll be biased toward them. That is because I am poor. Subsequently, I can be bought. For next to nothing. That cheap.

October 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDavid

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March 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDeliaTorres

Artists should be poor. Especially artists "with a message". Sadly, what you conjure up artistically (though very good) is not likely to become a money-machine until your demise. And that's as it should be, after all, it's the generations after you pass on that will "find" you and make you a real artist so they can say "I found him".

Preferably dying a horrible, yet relate-able death, drugs, car crash severing a head, shot with a prostitute, y'know, something we all secretly wish we'd die of other than alone and in bed. With sores. And old. Pooping on ourselves.

So, get out there and knock 'em dead!

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