Welcome To A Brand New Geek Shirts HQ T Shirt Brand Undressed Interview
….Where we bring you the gossip behind the t shirt brands you know and love.
This week we have a weekly t shirt site with a difference, I know that has been said before, especially by me!But due to the number of daily/weekly t shirt sites, having a unique identity to set yourself apart from the crowd is becoming increasingly importantThis is where Comic Strip Tees really delivers as they have been set up as a way of promoting the work of talented cartoonists.Obviously as well as the t-shirt designs being featured, the work of the cartoonists is also featured on the site.
Geek Shirts HQ welcomes Comic Strip Tees
The Latest Brand To Get Undressed.
Can you start by giving some background about yourself?
I have been a cartoonist for the past seven years. Most recently, I finished a graphic novel called The Revolution Will Be Televised, which was published on Activatecomix.com. The book is a first-hand account of the Egyptian revolution.
by Andy Hirsch
Where you are from?
I grew up outside of Boston in a town called Sharon. I currently reside in New York City though.
Why did you start a weekly tee site instead of a ‘regular’ t-shirt brand?
I felt for a start-up company that a weekly shirt that was printed on demand would be more manageable. At some point I would like to transition to a "regular" t shirt brand.
Where did you get the name Comic Strip Tees?
I was messing around with different puns with my friend Jana when we stumbled upon this one. I believe it's a triple pun. One of the rarest kinds.
by Ant Picone
Can you tell me more about the brand Comic Strip Tees?
Comic Strip Tees was started in order to promote the work of talented cartoonists and to bring some money back to the comic community.
What makes Comic Strip Tees different from other similar daily/weekly tee shirt sites? What is your USP?
I not only feature shirt designs, but also the comic book work of the artists and encourage viewers to read their stuff.
How does a designer get to feature their design on your site?
We have an open submission process. I also seek out cartoonists I admire and ask them to submit designs.
Who are your favourite designers that you hope to feature on your site?
I've been lucky to have already featured many of my favourite cartoonists on Comic Strip Tees (Roger Langridge, Mike Allred, Evan Dorkin).
Although it's exciting to have a well-known cartoonist on the site, I get more joy from featuring the work of an aspiring cartoonist whose work is deserving of more attention.
by Jonathan Edwards
As a brand how much importance do you put on marketing on social media sites such as Twitter or Facebook?
The site has both a Facebook and Twitter account and we promote on both whenever a new design is posted. We also encourage viewers to share designs they like on the web. Social media has become a very important aspect in marketing for all brands.
What’s coming next for Comic Strip Tees?
I'm toying with the idea of expanding beyond t-shirts and also selling prints or other merchandise with the design printed on it.
For now though, just more of the same.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years both for yourselves and your business?
Ten years is a long time, man. Right now I'm living day to day.
by Dylan Horrocks
Now that you have launched, is there anything you would have done differently if you launched a similar venture?
The site went through a number of changes in the first few months. With a start-up, you never know which features will work and which won't. You have to test things out for a while and listen to people's opinions. Hindsight is always 20-20, but I'm very happy with how the site has evolved and where it is now.
When getting your apparel printed what is the process that you prefer?
Our shirts are printed digitally, which offers designers an unlimited pallet (where as screen printed is usually limited to about 6 colours) and also allows us to print small runs.
The quality of digital printing has come a long way. You can't even tell the difference anymore between digital and screen printing.
What brands of apparel do you prefer to print on?
I like to offer my designers as many colour options as I can. Right now our shirts are printed on Gildan, which offers the most colours.
by Dov Torbin
What would a customer expect when ordering a product from you?
A high quality, original shirt by some of the best cartoonists in the country.
What happens after a customer places an order? When will they receive their tee?
All our tees are printed on demand, which means there's an estimated delivery date of 3-4 weeks.
Anyone you want to give a shout out to?
Cory Pickrodt, our latest contributor to Comic Strip Tees, whose shirt looks great.