Okay, today’s title speaks for itself. On with the interview.
Another aspect about your blog is the graphic element. Talk to us about that angry sugar bowl and other graphics you post. You have a Cafe Press store, too, with plenty of items available for your fans. Had any takers? I would think the stickers would be popular. (For me, the journal is sitting in my shopping cart waiting for me to finish buying.)
It’s been over a year since I first doodled the Angry Sugar Bowl, and I’m still not sure I can look at him without giggling. The whole graphic element on Youngest of One genuinely started: a) because I’d just joined TypePad and I wanted to find use for the picture capabilities, and b) as a joke concerning my poor skills as an artist. However, like my writing, my drawing has certainly evolved since I first started. Recently the Angry Sugar Bowl starred in his own short-lived bi-weekly web-comic, which I hope to pursue again, and I’d post a lot more doodles if only I could create links to the pictures within the post as I once did (which unfortunately seems impossible with the new mandatory TypePad style). And, also like my writing and drawing, my capabilities using Microsoft paint have too expanded. Yes, everything you see on The Yoo Shop, the Youngest of One Café Press store, (with the exception of the Angry Sugar Bowl) has been created using Microsoft Paint. I’m both proud of my abilities, and ashamed of my lack of better software. I have raised some money off of my products, but unfortunately not enough to actually receive a check. However, I don’t want to be unfair in my prices, so I’m just going to wait for more orders and continue to design better products. The stickers have not sold, unfortunately. My most popular product was probably one of my “T-Shirts of the Month” from a few months back, which simply displayed a frowning face and the word “yuck.” The design had been pulled right out of a drawing that I’d done of myself. My cousin’s friend (who has become quite a fan of YOO) ordered one for himself, and soon told me how popular it had become among his circle of friends. I’m considering re-introducing it for the sole purpose of ordering one myself.
Perhaps Will will comment on his new T-shirt of the month and how he came up with the design? Read further into the comments for his answer.
Return tomorrow for more with Will and his recent foray into the world of anthologies.