Need some feedback on Shirt Design

UPDATE (4/10/08 @ 1:45pm):

I’ve been reading all the suggestions and messing around with new design concepts. I normally would just design the shirt and put it in the store, but this one is special. It’s the “I’m A Fancy Bastard” shirt. This brands you as an HE reader because NO ONE ELSE could ever understand it. Taking the best bits from all the suggestions and mixing them with my own ideas I’ve come up with these:



Ignore the background color. I just used a neutral gray to sketch over. I think Joel and Eli would be in gray tones kind of in shadow.


UPDATE (4/10/08 @ 2:56am):

Ok, so it seems the consensus is “Why is he an astronaut? That isn’t very fancy.” Oh well, I tried. Check the comments to see the next direction I went in: SUPER FANCY JOSH IN FLASHDANCE GEAR. I finished it and hated it.

I’m not going to cling to the first design with a death grip if no one likes it but what about something like this?


Can I fancify the space suit?


Here’s the first design I’ve worked up for the GYFB shirt.


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I’ve gotten a couple of positive comments and a couple of “why is there a guy in a spacesuit?” type comments.

The idea that hit me the first time I said that phrase outloud was that it might be a take off of “Godspeed, John Glenn,” so I’ve always had a 1960’s astronaut in mind. I also think it came out looking pretty cool. But then, the shirt isn’t for me. It’s for you. So what do you think? Would you rather it just have the slogan and no graphic, or do you dig astro-josh and his reverent stare?

This is actually the design formatted for a black shirt. I am also planning a charcoal, and a light blue for the ladies.

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  1. Certainly the first of the two in the second update puts the bump on the pickle! However, on a more sober note–his rocket blast seems awfully flaccid. It's less a question of where Josh is going, as where he's going to land. Then Apache Chief and Wonder Woman would grow gigantic and retard/monstrous and stomp around the desert.

  2. Ooooooh… and can you do a lenticular effect on the jazz hands? So you can see them being jazzy? Oh! Oh-oh-oh! And the glitter laser-beam eyes! Oh! And maybe make the blast be glow-in-the-dark?

  3. FUCK YES.

    The one where he's riding the rocket; that makes it a voluntary trip, which carries off the same feel as the strip that's inspired this whole exercise. Plus, I mean, he IS homosexual. The symbology of a gay dude riding a rocket is so juvenile-perfect.

  4. Two things bother me slightly about the designs with the Mercury capsule:
    1. the capsule is way out of scale WRT Josh.
    2. where's the booster rocket?

    That aside, the Strangelove/Flashdance riding the rocket to oblivion pose is good.

  5. I think this is the way to go. You're the foremost person in the line, doing a regular salute. Eli is next in line, also saluting, but you need to give him a schtick of some sort, probably mildly offensive like put a sombrero on his head or something. But nothing too big, he should me mostly normal. And then last in line is the fancy bastard himself, being fancy. Either the jazz hands or a salute with one hand and an "I'm a little teapot" with the other hand, or just the whole teapot pose. Then dress them accordingly.

  6. Hmmm, ok, late to the game and didn't read all the way down, I assumed the pod pics were the first test versions. So, Josh on the pod, but way back in the flashdance end-of-dance getting dumped on pose being showered by stardust (which my ex and I always pronounced in the gayest way possible when talking about the movie Stardust).

  7. Wadmaasi Said:
    He needs to be in a hammed-up WWI flying ace outfit; goggles pushed up on forehead, cute little leather helmet, flamboyant scarf…

    An astronaut's spacesuit just doesn't look FANCY enough.


    What I I were to fancy up the astronaut. Like with a tophat and a monocle?

  8. I like the whole spacesuit angle… but it's not fancy enough… maybe if you put him in one of those old Star Trek TOS spacesuits? Those were fancy…


    No wait, come to think of it they were just funky…

    A monocle would be pretty impractical/hilarious, especially if it were to fall off… no way of getting it back in place in the suit. 😛

    Anyways, what I'm trying to say is: Me likey. Me likey very much.

  9. Yeah, the shirt's pretty kickass, but it'd be kickass-er if you went with the WWI pilot idea.

    And pose him like Captain Morgan.

    Yeah, that'd be totally fancy.

  10. Ok, what about Josh, in the flashdance suit but ALSO wearing the flight goggles and a scarf and maybe a leather pilot helmet?

    Feedback is appreciated since I dont want to spend 6 hours doing this if its going to suck.

  11. How's about flashdance Josh (I feel like a middle-aged Barbie collector) riding a rocketship, a'la Dr. Strangelove, bare-back, as it were, with the slogan blasting out the rocket bell? And maybe laser-beams blasting out of his eyes, in totally rocking glitter? Can you print glitter? And maybe shred the ends of the sleeves and the shirt, in that spaghetti type stuff. Maybe watch the last part of Xanadu (a netflix WatchNow title) and just got to 1:24, to get some ideas.

  12. Personally, I like the originals concept for facial expression. It just seems like he shuold be straight faced for this tee shirt. Maybe a pose like (but reversed to face right), only he's earing the top hat and monocle? You could even put the cane in the other hand. The suit on that action figure is bland enough to allow for tons of 'fancifications' . I only really linked it to show the pose.. and well.. because that's amazing that there is a toy looking like that out there. (fyi, did a google image search for 'fancy astronaut' and got that.)

  13. must have jazz hands. the pink suit makes him look too much like hello kitty darth vader…I like the wording straight as opposed to curved,how about josh in flashdance garb saluting, that makes sense.

  14. Way late to the party, but here is my eleventy cents. I like the pink spacesuit but DRAW IT SO IT MATCHES JOSH mr. photoshop cutout filter. It doesn't hang together so hot right now– especially the lighting.

  15. I'm not (frankly) excited about either design.

    I like that "fancy" was about being in a NERDY MUSICAL (I can't believe how happy I am that such a thing will exist). We're all geeks and while we're not all gay, I think we're all gay for Joss… is there any way to maintain a geek factor AND a gay/fancy/musical factor? Can you use Fillion (as Tightpants or otherwise) or NPH without getting sued out of existence? Because like… Josh in his flashdance getup inbetween these two with their arms interlocked in a sort of "Chorus Line" is really working for me. Something that places "fancy" in the context of being geeky, too.

    could be just me >.>

  16. Not feeling this one at all. I agree that the power lies in the statement itself, but for some reason now I can't shake the idea that an illustration involving Josh and a monacle is key to pulling this off.

  17. My vision for the GYFB shirt would be the three of ya in an angled line saluting in some sort of costume Godspeed above, and you fancy bastard below (I hope that makes a lick of sense)

  18. A quick idea, it took me about 45 seconds to make (googled salute, and found me a starsky and hutch font.. because when I think of fancy bastards in this light, I think of them) obviously it would be you 3 saluting, not military people. But that was the idea I saw in my head. (ALL 3 would be in flashdance clothing)

  19. I like that a lot better. I like the one where he's inside the pod. Although it does kinda of look like he's being sent away against his will. But having a fabulous time.

  20. I do like the Mercury capsule idea because it fits with the "Godspeed, John Glenn" reference, but I would make it a bit bigger and put it on top of an Atlas booster (just the top part; most of it would be off-frame).

  21. I am a contractor at NASA, and I agree: it's not very fancy. Cool but not fancy.

    Josh should be riding a deorbited space station burning up in the atmosphere. More work, but at least more factual.

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