Closing shop at Cafepress
Cafepress has, for the last few years, made it harder and harder to make money through them, and while I took it for a while because despite that it was still the most popular shop I had, so I made less per item but I made more due to volume, I have finally hit my breaking point. They requested I fill out a form for taxes, and they were holding money in my account hostage until I did. They told me that I could have that money refunded once the form was submitted, I specifically asked them and they told me “Once it is filed I can send a request to have the withholding amount refunded (this would likely happen at the accounting cycle at the end of the month)" So I submitted it BEFORE the deadline, well before the end of the month, and they never refunded it. I emailed them complaining about this, and they are going to waive shop fees for my account over the next year, but that never amounts to as much as is being withheld, all because THEY fucked up and didn’t refund that money before the deadline even though the form was sent in and they told me it had been received and filed. Also, unless I submit a new design, I only make 5% commission on anything I sell, and if I do, I will make a whopping 10%. While at Zazzle or RedBubble can set it however high I want (though Zazzle will not promote your designs on the front page if it’s above 15%) RedBubble is 20% by default.
Right now, I make more from deviantART prints than Cafepress, and I don’t even have a premium account to allow me to set the prices. I don’t sell as many individual items, but every once in a while someone buys one of the big fancy prints, so it evens out. I used to make… well, not great money, but not bad with Cafepress, but now I’m making like a dollar per shirt.
The catch is, my Zazzle shop does not sell nearly the same volume as my Cafepress shop, my RedBubble shop was only created today, so I dunno how well it will do… and it is not as customizable, I prefer to sort by design rather than item, so RB has Zazzle beat there, but still, the storefront customization will be missed, I can not deny that. But on the other hand, every shirt I sell at Zazzle or RedBubble makes me the same amount of money as 3 or 4 at Cafepress, so if i change all my links to point to Zazzle or RedBubble, things may even out in the end, and I made most of my sales through the marketplace anyway, so I dunno how many people actually saw my custom CP layout. The CP shop has been tailing off the past couple years anyway. I am hoping that by opening a RedBubble shop as well, and actually submit all my designs (I sorta petered out at Zazzle, seeing it wasn’t selling much so i never finished uploading all the designs) things will balance out, and my dA account is selling more as time goes by.
Anyway, stay away from Cafepress. I thought they were fine in the past, but as time goes on they just get worse and worse.
The new X-Factor
Been reading the new X-Factor, at first I was a little skeptical, cus I like the OLD X-Factor…. but yeah. I’m liking this. And again, he’s made me care about a character I wasn’t expecting. In the old X-Factor, that was Shatterstar, of all characters. Peter David managed to take the posterboy of the worst aspects of the 90’s and make him enjoyable and interesting. With this, I went in all about Quicksilver, cus Quicksilver is awesome, came out of the first arc where they assembled the team all about Gambit, which surprised me. There was nothing wrong with Gambit, mind you, he was nowhere near the level of Shatterstar, but he wasn’t one of my favorites. He was just kinda there, and i didn’t really care about him one way or another. Quicksilver is great too, though, and actually is part of what makes me enjoy Gambit in this book, their endless snarking at one another is hilarious. I want a book with just them, and endless snark. Just a few issues in Gambit is coming across as more well rounded than he has been in years.
But the assembled cast has potential too. Not as a well functioning team, mind you, it’s pretty much guaranteed to be a giant clusterfuck. But there is entertainment potential there. The whole thing is run by a corporation who CLEARLY has some kind of ulterior motive for founding the team, and intends on using them for shady purposes (you know what it reminds me of? Angel when they were running Wolfram and Hart. That was my favorite season) Then you have Polaris who is leading, and is eager to prove herself, but is mentally unstable and doesn’t seem to see Serval has some shady ulterior motive. Gambit is suspicious of the company, and rightly so, but mostly because he thinks EVERYONE has ulterior motives. I think he’s sticking around at least in part to see exactly what is going on, and make sure his friends don’t get hurt. Quicksilver is just there to spy on his half-sister Polaris for her ex boyfriend Havok, who is worried about her, (though Gambit thinks he’s spying for the whole Avengers, again, everyone has an ulterior motive in his mind, and to be fair he is at least on the right track) Throw in Danger who is, well, Danger. She is blunt to the point of absurdity because she does not understand the finer details of human interaction, being a robot and all, which has already gotten the team into trouble. Then you have another robot (…sorta) who is more personable, Warlock, who totally loves Danger even though he’s only been around for like, one issue so far, but Danger seems to have… something… for Gambit, who is thoroughly weirded out by that. And where you have Warlock you surely have Doug Ramsey, who is harboring suicidal thoughts due to disturbing dreams. (probably something spinning out of his recent appearances before this, but I didn’t read that) It’s certainly an interesting lineup.
At the end of it, after everyone is assembled, while Polaris is the leader, she’s not really fit for it, though she desperately wants to prove she is. The one who IS fit to lead? Gambit. Let that sink in for a minute. We have a team assembled here where the best choice for leader is GAMBIT. Quicksilver would be the next choice, except he has nothing invested in the team, he’s only there to spy on Polaris and doesn’t give a flying fuck about the team itself. I also suspect he would be a very impatient leader. And so we are left with Gambit who will probably will end up in charge eventually, if Polaris screws up big enough. They are fucked. And it will be glorious, as it descends into chaos.
So yeah, if you’re not reading this, it’s still early, and you should check it out.
Exclusive Devin Townsend instrumental “Willy Wanka” EMG 57/66 on EMGtv (by EMGpickupsTV)
found this the other day when I was showing my dad and my sister who Devin Townsend was, and that he is an awesome guitar player. Luckily this had been uploaded just last month, and is awesome. Love Devin Townsend.
Amazing X-men #6 - family reunion
Such a lovely family reunion, brings a tear to your eye, really.
When Futures End… the Blood Moon shall rise!
Promotional Art by Mikel Janin, via Newsarama.
I just…don’t know. Still, I sort of enjoy the cast of characters here, and…is that Baron Winters in the far right bottom corner?The possibility of a Baron Winters revival both intrigues and terrifies me, the latter only because of DC’s track record in “reimagining” certain concepts.
I have been trying to ID that guy since i saw this image, and I think you may have gotten it. from his Comic Vine page: “His mansion is somehow connected to a time stream which allows the Baron or his NIght Force to move from one century to the next with apparent ease” that would totally fit with a story involving time travel.