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November 24, 2009

Help from the Masses

Hello everyone - Robbi here. We are currently in the process of revamping our Idiots'Books website (spoiler alert! - theBarnstorming will soon be subsumed under the new Idiots'Blog. No worries, though - it will still include pictures of babies, pancakes, ice cream, jumping, etc). One of the exciting new things we plan to offer other than books (and pictures of babies, pancakes, ice cream, jumping, etc.) will be t-shirts. But since we don't really know what we are doing, we thought we'd post some of our ideas here and see what you think of them.

I am even turning on comments so you can have your say. Here's hoping V!agara2339 and Russ!an_Lady don't keep coming back and posting lewd (but compelling) comments. Matthew just can't help but click those links.

Here they are, in no particular order:













Oh, and I forgot - we might also carry these, though we're still trying to decide whether I should draw the binkie instead of having the vector art. And whether anyone would possibly buy them:


I mean, we know we would, but you all know in what low regard we hold our child.


Any suggestions, likes, dislikes, requests, etc are welcome. You are also welcome to include comments about our fantastic hot models (compliments of American Apparel). Apparently, according to Alden, the gent with the fair hair looks like Mama. Maybe it's the skeptical sidelong glance that is fooling her.

But basically, do you like these shirts and would you buy any of them?

Posted by ribbu at November 24, 2009 09:47 AM


HEY! Do your work, people! Comments are ON!

Posted by: ribbu at November 24, 2009 10:50 AM

It did not escape my notice that the "writer" shirt comes after the two shirts about "art." This is sadly indicative of my general status around here.

Posted by: Matthew Swanson at November 24, 2009 10:57 AM

Hey - at least I put your shirt before the baby's. Suck it up, sucka!

Posted by: ribbu at November 24, 2009 10:58 AM

I like the "brilliant and lowbrow" one. I also love the grey color of the second one. And I love it when you eat your kids.

Posted by: mj at November 24, 2009 11:14 AM

I like the first two the most. I'd wear either or both, especially the first one. The gun one I like as art but don't care to wear a gun on a piece of clothing of mine. As for the baby clothes--I think they are hilarious, and generally right up my alley, but you'd have a love/hate relationship with those I suspect. Hurrah! Merchandise!

Posted by: Veronica at November 24, 2009 12:14 PM

T-shirts are an absolute good.
They provide coverage for our less than perfectly toned bods and advertisement of our likes/dislikes.
I am all for it.

Posted by: Ming at November 24, 2009 12:30 PM

yes, please!

Posted by: Burger Queen at November 24, 2009 12:37 PM

"Brilliant and Lowbrow" takes the cake!

Posted by: Ming at November 24, 2009 12:47 PM

I like the "I'm a lover not a writer" and "brilliant and lowbrow" t-shirts. My student worker says that she'd wear the "I suck" t-shirt. I told her it was for babies, but she said she'd still wear it.

Posted by: Kate at November 24, 2009 01:17 PM


I know random comments from the internet are sometimes strange, but I am a Williams alum and have been following your blog for a bit now. I will be sad to see the Barnstorming go, but the t-shirts are great. I just wanted to say keep up the great work, and that I have a friend (also Williams '06) whose name is Alden, great choice! And go Ephs!

Lucy '06

Posted by: Lucy at November 24, 2009 01:33 PM

I love the "I suck" wardrobe for babies. I also like "brilliant and lowbrow." Actually, I like them all.

Hey, I noticed that the pancake looks kind of like a backwards New Jersey.

Posted by: jenifer at November 24, 2009 01:43 PM

If I had the option of changing the date to 1974 on the "Brilliant and Lowbrow" shirt, I would buy one in a heartbeat.

And I don't have a baby yet but I would buy it an "I Suck" onesie if I did.

Posted by: Sarah Loring de Garcia at November 24, 2009 03:25 PM

I'd definitely wear the hot American Apparel models.

Posted by: Maria at November 24, 2009 03:31 PM

I like everything you do! I am especially fond of Brilliant and Lowbrow, and I'm a lover not a writer.
Not crazy about the one with the gun. The onsies are cute. You could package them together with "The baby is disappointing."

Posted by: Mom at November 24, 2009 03:50 PM

I like the "I'm a lover not a writer" one the best! Then "This is where I draw the line." I'd definitely buy them :)

Posted by: Anon at November 24, 2009 04:13 PM

I'm all for brilliant and lowbrow.

Posted by: Maggie at November 24, 2009 08:35 PM

The onesies are fab, but I think I would like them better if Robbi drew the binky. My favorite tees are "This is where I draw the line" and "lover not a writer". I think "brilliant but lowbrow" would be better in matrix form, but I guess that would be a copyright issue.

Posted by: Kris at November 24, 2009 09:06 PM

Love em. Brilliant & Lowbrow and Lover not a Writer are my favorites. But most of all, I love that the comments are back on!
What's on the back of the shirts?

Posted by: Peter at November 24, 2009 09:45 PM

I like all the T-shirts, but the "I Suck" onesies are especially wonderful. But then, I too, find babies to be delish (though I usually start with the toes).

Posted by: Clare at November 25, 2009 04:16 AM

Brilliant and Lowbrow, all the way. Plus it has your logo on it, which I think is a necessity. There should be some plug for Idiots'Books in there somewhere.

Posted by: Don at November 25, 2009 08:37 AM

Brilliant and Lowbrow, definitely. Also really like This is Where I Draw the Line.

Posted by: Sarah at November 25, 2009 09:27 AM

Where are all the men? So far Peter and Don are the only people with a Y chromosome to voice an opinion. Get to it, gents! Make your vote count!

Posted by: Matthew Swanson at November 25, 2009 01:54 PM

Brilliant and Lowbrow takes the cake with my people. Brooks is going to need an XXL...and he wants it immediately. Yay for shirts! Make more I'll buy them all probably - my family has a t-shirt addiction.

Posted by: Bren at November 25, 2009 03:41 PM

penis enhancement!
pornographic images!
Nigerian credit cards!

Phew. I've been wanting to say that for so long.

Posted by: Marigold at November 25, 2009 09:15 PM

Marigold -
thanks for not including links in your comment. Like I said, Matthew just can't seem to resist.

Posted by: ribbu at November 25, 2009 09:59 PM

Thanks, Marigold! Links please!

Posted by: Matthew Swanson at November 26, 2009 12:55 AM

I do not see any T-shirts. But I see some very nice-looking models. I was all set to move to Chestertown to meet whichever friends you'd hoodwinked into modeling those babies. Then I realized they were fakey internet people. That made it a sad Thanksgiving.

The baby ones are a home run. Funny and universal.

I like the gun. Its message is aggressive in its exhortation of creativity. I think that is an amusing paradox.

I love Brilliant and Lowbrow, too. It's possible that "Since 2006" makes it Idiots Books specific in a way that could deter the general buyer who happens upon your site. But I (and I'm sure the rest of your toothless, nattering fan base) love it.


Posted by: Davey at November 27, 2009 02:47 PM

i like the draw one the best. no, actually, i like the fact you FINALLY ARE MAKING SHIRTS the best, but i would defs buy the draw one.

Posted by: stella at November 29, 2009 11:12 AM

I'd say they're all equally awesome, but the gun is more equal than the others. should there be 'idiotsbooks' written somewhere on the shirts? I want to be a walking billboard for the cause!

Posted by: bryan at November 30, 2009 05:54 PM

Thanks for all the comments, everyone.FYI, the back of each shirt will feature the Idiots'Books wordmark and logo (basically our name and frying pan) just below the neck. Subtle and such, but big enough to let you flaunt your Idiots' pride.

Posted by: Matthew Swanson at November 30, 2009 11:16 PM

1. Thanks for turning commenting on again.

2. Draw is my favorite. I would wear it. I would even wear it in public!

Posted by: Nick at December 3, 2009 11:05 AM