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Editorial Cartoon Caption Contest

Posted in BearToons with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 18, 2009 by bearmancartoons

12 16 09 Bearman Cartoon Happy PC Holidays

Personally I dont know which group irritates me more during the holidays.  The first group are those that force their employees to say Happy Holidays instead of leaving it up to the individual to say Happy Holidays, Merry Chistmas, or even Good Solstice.  The second group are those who call for boycotting retailers who decide to use Happy Holidays in their advertising instead of Merry Christmas.

Surprisingly the PC police haven’t caught onto the fact that the word Holiday stems from Holy Day.   I had many different things running through my head as to what to put on the sign the guy on the right is holding.  Then I figured I have some talented readers so I thought I would do a…



  • In the comments section indicate the word(s) you think should go on the sign
  • If you have a website make sure to include it in your signature or in the comment itself
  • Next week I will post my favorites and have my readers vote on the best one.
  • If I get 10 people to comment  in the next week who have not commented on the site in the last 30 days, I will give the winner their choice of a Tote Bag/t-shirt from or a signed copy of the finished artwork  (and yes, I’ll pay shipping to you Aussies)

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Win a WackSack T-shirt or Tote

Posted in Cool Stuff with tags , , , , , on October 21, 2009 by bearmancartoons

Want to help Midwest Mom promote the redesign of Hmm-Sweet-Splendid Wisdom?  Go to her site and follow the instructions.  In cooperation with the board of directors of we are donating a free t-shirt or tote bag for the cause that she is giving away.  So get on over there.

Halloween Candy Bags

Posted in Cool Stuff with tags , , , , , , , , on October 6, 2009 by bearmancartoons

So of course my favorite pagan Holiday is almost upon us.  Thought I would highlight a couple different Halloween designs this month available at  So if you want your kid to have a candy bag that isn’t one of those fancy store bought kind, take a look at our crap. (Also available on tshirts of course)

What ever happened to the days when we were growing up that you just used a pillow case?

Oktoberfest T-shirt

Posted in Cool Stuff with tags , , , , , , , , on September 17, 2009 by bearmancartoons

Cincinnati is known to have the largest Oktoberfest celebration outside of Germany.  Now while Germany’s lasts over several weeks and actually runs into October, for whatever reason Cincinnati’s is over a weekend and always in September.  So that is why I highlight them now.

The very first t-shirt we put on was this Oktoberfest shirt that shows a guy in lederhosen carrying a large sausage.  The back say’s “Grab your Sausage and Have Fun”.  It has consistently been one of the top sellers.

Oktoberfest Shirt FRONT


Octoberfest Shirt


Later we added these a few more designs which have done pretty well in their own right. Click on them to go to their respective product page.







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Is it Time to Divorce Cafepress?

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , on August 17, 2009 by bearmancartoons
Let’s play the game “Spot the Differences”  Can you spot the differences between these two shirts?
Got Hole 
Well if you said nothing except the seller and the price, you would be correct.  No this isn’t a case of someone stealing another’s design, but rather an issue that my partners and I will have to decide whether or not to continue hosting our designs from on Cafepress.
First, an aside for those wondering what this shirt is all about.  It is designed to promote the game cornhole.  Cornhole is a popular game in Southwest Ohio that is essentially horseshoes with bean bags and a box with a hole in it.   Considering the proximity to Kentucky, you would think horseshoes would not be in short supply.   Anyway to get all the info you ever wanted on the game go here.
Back to my story.  Cafepress is one of the largest Print on Demand companies for t-shirts on the web.  It is a great service that for $6.95 a month, we can post as many different designs on as many products as we want.  Typical screen printing companies make you order a minimum quantity but Print on Demand doesn’t fufill an order until someone actually buys something.  Now the downside is that instead of my costs being a couple dollars and being able to mark up the price considerably, I must take a much smaller commission.
For example, the base price that Cafepress charges me on the above pictured ladies long sleeve is $19.99.  I can then set the retail price based off that and earn the commission on the difference.  My typical up-charge on t-shirts is $4, thus the $23.99 retail price that you can get on  However, you can also find the same shirt on Cafepress’ Marketplace simply by doing a search on  They had the same product at the same retail price we set and we got a $4 commission whether it was sold on our site or in the marketplace.
Everything was great and we made a small profit in 2008 and started out well in 2009.  That was up until June when Cafepress decided to change how they ran and upcharged the marketplace. 
  • Beginning June 1st:We’ll start setting prices in the Marketplace, and Shopkeepers will receive a 10% commission off the final retail prices from all Marketplace sales. This change provides our shoppers with consistent pricing that’s competitive with other online retail stores. It also allows us to better invest in a quality retail experience and continued growth…
  • With the Marketplace, we spend a great deal of resources to drive quality traffic through marketing and search engine marketing.
  • So now they set the retail price of our designs in their marketplace and we only get 10% of the commission.  So as you can see from the above example, they are charging $28 for the same shirt I charge $23.99.  Now instead of a $4 commission I am only getting $2.80 and they are getting a $5.20 profit on top of their base $19.99.  What’s more, they can undercut our retail price as well encouraging people to buy from the marketplace versus from us, thus causing a loss in commissions as well.   In the beginning we figured it would be ok because we would make up the difference in volume as they were updating the search algorithm thus driving more sales.  In fact the opposite happened.  Sales since June have dropped off considerably in the marketplace.

    We spend money on Google Ad Words to drive traffic directly to but being on a limited budget it’s not much and we certainly can’t compete with what a company the size of Cafepress can do.  Besides their shear size means they will take up most if not all of the first page of search results.  Even when I do a specific search on Google of “cornhole ‘got hole’ tshirt”, you have to go through four pages of mostly Cafepress links to get to one that has WackSack in it.   The best analogy of the situation would be renting kiosk space from Walmart but they put you in the back of the store while promoting and selling your products in the front.  It’s too hard to compete.

    So now we have to make a decision.  The first obvious response is to remove the ability of CP to sell our designs in their marketplace.   This may move us up in the search rankings.  The few sales the marketplace has been making won’t be missed, but we keep holding out hope that the algorithm will finally kick in.

    The bigger and more drastic decision is whether or not to drop using Cafepress all together and go with a competitor like Spreadshirt or Zazzle.  This is like a divorce because the decision will invariably mean a lot of time, effort and angst.  Between work and trying to post a few times a week, my time is limited as it is.  The thought of redoing all those countless hours to remake our site somewhere else is not something we are looking forward to.

    I know there are webcomic writers that host their own stores.  Do you use a Print on Demand service?  Which one?  Good and Bad?

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