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Calling all artists

Many of you out there are endowed with artistic talents, and for you I have a business proposition of sorts.

Having looked into CafeShops.com, the place that prints up T-shirts and mugs and things with your own personal designs, I've decided that it's worth a shot to make some TTT-parody merchandise to sell. I should have done this three or four months ago, when people were still reading it, rather than now, but never mind that. Setting up the shop is free, and I've already done that. If anything sells, they give you a teeny profit, and that's the whole deal; so there's absolutely nothing to lose except a little time and possibly a bit of dignity; and I, for one, hardly have any of that to speak of anyway.

Trouble is, I'm not very artistically inclined, especially when it comes to cute cartoon-styles as would befit a parody, so that's where you artists come in. If you can draw me some pictures, inspired by the parody, that would look good on a T-shirt, I'm more than willing to split profits 50/50 with you. If all goes well, I'm thinking you and I could each make two whole dollars on this! (I hear the other students out there perking up: "Two dollars? Seriously? I'm in!") (Technically, though, we don't get anything until profits exceed $25. See CafeShops' member agreement.)

So, if you're interested, and would like to see your LOTR artwork on a coffee mug which you can then force your friends to buy, please read the following details and rules...

First of all: since we do not own these characters (alas!), it is very important that we avoid copyright infringement. This means :
a) no photo manipulations of images from the movies or other cast photos;
b) no use of the characters' actual names; e.g., we can't put "Frodo" or "Gollum" or "Eomer" or suchlike in the captions (I'm not entirely sure about that, actually, but I want to stay on the safe side);
c) though the characters in the drawings should be recognizable, they should not look too much like the actors. Caricature-level should be fine.

Also, it has to be your own work (duh), and shouldn't currently be in use on any other merchandise.

CassieClaire's Secret Diaries have a CafeShop with merchandise for sale, and as far as I can tell, they're following the above rules. I imagine if we follow their example, we'll be fine, since her shop undoubtedly gets more traffic than anything I will ever do.

What I want from you:
Any line from the parody that inspires you would be fine, but here are some scenes and captions that I think would work especially well:
Aragorn w/ Arwen lying on top of him: "You're not even supposed to be IN this book."
Aragorn to Legolas: "How about I squeeze your shoulder in a very special way?"
Elrond (& Galadriel?): "Hang on; I’m getting another telepathy call."
Eowyn to Aragorn: "My only fear is dying a virgin. Hint, hint."
Frodo & Sam in black eyeliner (w/ Gollum?): "Yes, preciousss, very angsssty." (I would prefer "angsssty hobbitses," but I have a feeling we shouldn't use the word "hobbit," either.)
Gandalf: "White is supposed to be the new black this year..."
Gimli: "I'm funny because I'm short!"
Helm's Deep; Legolas & Aragorn: "Hundreds of people will die." "Thank you, Captain Obvious."
Legolas to Aragorn: "You are NOT wearing THAT to the battle tonight, are you?"
Legolas: "You're just jealous because I'm pretty."
Legolas: "I almost had a facial expression from the joy of it!"
Treebeard w/ Merry & Pippin: "Hoom! Furry lawn ornaments!"

I don't need all of those, but that should give you a few ideas. There are others I like, but they involve the use of first names and thus I dare not go there. (e.g., "They're going to tell stories about you: Frodo the Incredibly Cute.")

Format issues:
CafeShops requires a minimum image size of 200 x 200 pixels. No maximum is specified. Must be in RGB colors rather than any other color option. You can put the caption on if you like, but I have some cool Tolkien-ish fonts and would be happy to stick them on the image myself. If you do it, remember to omit proper names of characters—though at least the words "elf" and " dwarf" and "wizard" are all public domain, should you wish to use them.

YES, there can be multiple "winners." Maybe one of you will have a great Legolas picture, another will have a great Treebeard, and so on. That would be fine. There could even be more than one version of the same caption/scene. In fact, various style options might interest people more. So, if/when you have an image to submit, either post a link to it in the comments here, or email me the link or the image itself (my email address is on my userinfo page), and I'll let you know if I want to use it. Don't worry if you're not Michelangelo: chances are you're much, much better at drawing than I am, and that's the whole point. Besides, as I said, there's nothing to lose, so I'm inclined to be accepting. However, I think CafeShops puts the limit at 50 items, so we cannot go absolutely overboard and will have to curb our passions to some degree.

Even if no one actually wants the stuff, we will have had fun, and I will have gotten you to draw things for me. It's a win-win situation. :)

Other questions/issues? Go ahead and ask in the comments. Thanks!



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Apr. 19th, 2003 06:32 pm (UTC)
I would be willing to draw a few things...

And two dollars! Woohoo! ...Though my insane PMS-dad would probably have a fit if he knew I had a LiveJournal at all, so I don't know how you would send money to me if I win and there are profits. *grins*
Apr. 20th, 2003 12:17 am (UTC)
Ooh! Your art is awesome - I'd love to have you draw something! Take your pick; go nuts.

Hehe, as to sending profits...well, I think if people have PayPal accounts, I can transfer money to them that way. Otherwise, yeah, I guess it would be the old-fashioned check-by-snail-mail route, to whatever address you specified. (Or cash, just to make it as much like a drug deal as possible.) But, as mentioned, unless profits exceed $25, we get nothing anyway and this is all a moot point. :)
Apr. 20th, 2003 01:53 am (UTC)
Hey! I'd be happy to contribute something. ^_^

Another nifty idea:
Sam's loooong monologue "There are good things in the world. And that's what we're protecting. And up there, it's their time, but down here, it's OUR time..."...etc. ^_^; with various scenes that it goes over, on a cup. I have it semi-sketched out in my head! Really! ^_^; It looks major cool! ^_^;

And another idea:
MST-esque shot of any of the "People who have/haven't read the book" lines.

If I get anything actually drawn (*muttergrumble*), I'll contact you, alright? -=^_^=-
Apr. 20th, 2003 10:22 am (UTC)
Cool! Go to.

For the monologue scenes, keep in mind that they only let you put one image on a mug, and one per side on a T-shirt. So it would all have to fit into one picture, ideally. As long as you can do that, sounds fun. :) (Hmm, that "down here it's our time" line is technically from 'Goonies,' but I imagine we can still use it...)

Heheh...MST shot... You mean like a silhouette of audience members at the bottom of the screen? ("Elves! Wow, I didn't expect that." "Neither did I...") I was wondering how that type of line could be incorporated into one image - that's a good idea for it.

Anyway, by all means, let me know if you come up with something you like. Thanks!
Apr. 20th, 2003 03:17 am (UTC)
I'm in as well!

But I think you really need the

"What do you fear my lady?"

bit as well.

We've started yelling that in the theatre and it's spreading liek wildfire. Got a mention on the torn site even....

You so famous.

Apr. 20th, 2003 10:24 am (UTC)
Hate to admit it, but the "clowns" line is from some other parody, not mine. I wish I'd thought of it. It makes me giggle. :) But, I guess that probably puts it off limits. Anything else, go for it! Looking forward to what you come up with.

*laughs at the "orgy" icon*
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Apr. 21st, 2003 09:36 am (UTC)
Put me first on the list to buy the "You're not even in this book" shirt. I would love that.
Apr. 21st, 2003 08:13 pm (UTC)
Cool! Consumers already in line. That ought to inspire the artists.

I'll probably have to restrain myself from buying one of everything. (The price for "store owners" is not, alas, all that low.)
Apr. 22nd, 2003 07:45 am (UTC)
Have you posted this in lotrart? I'm sure there are lots of people interested there! ;) And everyone there (except probably me) are great artists! Well, if you want I could post a link to this entry for you ;) I'd love to join but I don't have the time...

Good luck!
Apr. 22nd, 2003 04:18 pm (UTC)
I'm not in that community, so, no, haven't posted there. Sounds like a good idea - if you're a member, please do go ahead and post a link for me. Thank you much!
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Apr. 23rd, 2003 05:38 am (UTC)
**throws up arms**
Dibs on this on 'Legolas: "You're just jealous because I'm pretty."'
Apr. 23rd, 2003 10:48 am (UTC)
Excellent! I think that one will be popular.

I followed the link to your art pages - your stuff is great! Feel free to draw more than one scene. ;)
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Apr. 23rd, 2003 09:06 am (UTC)
Hey I'd love to do something!!! I'm sure I could come up with a few things... I'll just show you my style of drawing...
Last question though... when do you want all the pics by?
Apr. 23rd, 2003 10:51 am (UTC)
Re: waaahoooo!
Hah, very cute. Looks good - get drawing!

As to when I want the pics...well, the sooner the better, naturally, but I won't be setting a deadline. We can always add more to the lineup (until reaching that 50-item limit, anyway).

Any preference on which things you want to draw?
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Apr. 23rd, 2003 09:46 am (UTC)
Oh lord, it's such a pity you can't use names.. I just read your FotR slash thing, and the comments, and seriously.. You so badly need 'Frodo Strips' things. With a little picture of Bilbo, tucking a note into the Ring.. On one of the cafeshops g-strings XD Ah, me.

Sorry this isn't in the least bit helpful - I'm not really a drawer, but I have been sketching and scribbling quite often of late. So I will try to think of your parodies next time I'm bored in class!
Apr. 29th, 2003 07:21 pm (UTC)
Hey! Someone led me to this thread, so I decided to try my hand at a bit of art! Hope you like it!

I tried to make him look like he had eye-liner... heh.

By the way, I'm adding you as a friend because I think you're cool. :P
Apr. 30th, 2003 02:52 pm (UTC)
Sure, I can use that. Hee hee. Thanks!

I'll upload the image so it's available on the stuff. Also, let me know what name you want to use, under the credits for "Artwork" (which I'm putting on the back of the shirts).
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