Since people keep STEALING MY MATERIAL and putting it on t-shirts, I'm going to put some stuff up on Cafe Press, I think. ("Fever of 100 and Werewolf" water bottles ended up on Cafe Press ads. I was Not Happy. Neither was foresthouse, who represents me in all legal matters, because apparently bloggers need lawyers these days.) I don't know. I feel mercenary, but I have to earn something somehow, and I'm sure as hell not letting someone else make money off my ideas. But before I ask for suggestions, let me explain some of the copyright issues, so you'll see what my parameters are:
There are some fonts that are free to use for anything, including for profit. There are not a whole lot of these. There are some really cute design things you can do with awesome fonts, but it seems entirely hypocritical to run off with someone else's work if I'm complaining that other people are doing that to me. Same with artwork, photographs, movie stills, etc. So I've gotten an artist to do a couple of starter designs for me. I'm either going to try to work with simple typographical designs, very old public domain images, or original artwork. If/when I can afford it, I may look into licensing some fonts.
I have a fairly good understanding of the fair use defense
Anyway. I'm going with Twilight designs first, namely the original phrases people tend to STEAL FROM ME AND PROFIT FROM. However: I would like this to be more than just the Twilight Lolfan Store, but I'm not sure what people would be interested in. (The "cousins" bit still seems to be popular. And we have to have a new version of the "The Romans wouldn't let us have sleeves" tank top.) I will definitely have the various designs in buttons, stickers, magnets, as many products as we can fit them on, etc., so designs can be collected, rather than hit people up for twenty different t-shirts. Ideas?