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Eric: SELLING OUT #2: Bella Babydoll "I Aggro Drama" tee shirts now available!

EDIT: This shirt is no longer available! Stay tuned for more Websnarkery choices, all too soon!

Thanks to amazingly cool people at Brunetto, we can now officially offer Babydoll shirts as part of our Limited Edition run. What's more, we can even offer two different styles of Babydoll shirts. Now any way you look at it, that's cool.

The Babydoll shirts are Bella brand, which is darn nice. They're all cotton, with a bunch of other numbers which don't mean anything to me, but might to you except I'm not going to repeat them. They come down to "these are darn nice shirts." Of course, that means they're slightly more expensive -- but not a lot. The shirts are coming in at $17 per shirt, plus $3 shipping and handling to the United States and Canada, or $6 shipping and handling to the rest of the world.

Bella Babydoll ColorsBella Babydoll ShirtThe first of the shirts is a traditional crew-neck Babydoll. It's quite nice, as you can see from the picture of the anorexic model off to the side. The implication, I suppose, is that if you put this babydoll on, you'll look like she does. This seems moderately unlikely to me, unless you look like her to begin with. On the other hand, according to theory you're focusing on the shirt if you want to buy one, and this is a pretty good representation of what it looks like. Only in a darker color. And with the "I Aggro Drama" balloon on the front of it.

As for the colors themselves -- they're slightly different for this shirt than the last. It is available in Black, Cardinal, Chocolate, and Navy (a pretty nice Navy, too). There's no forest green option, I'm afraid. All four colors are available in sizes S through 2XL (there's a dollar extra charge for 2XL). Black is also available in 3XL, 4XL and 5XL -- though there's another three dollar charge for the higher plus sizes. To make it clear, it's $17 for S-XL, $18 for 2XL, and $21 for 3XL-4XL, Black only.

No, I'm no damn good at writing sales copy. Can you tell?

Bella V-Neck Babydoll ShirtThe other option is a V-necked Bella babydoll, which is also represented by a model which almost certainly you don't look like. However, the shirt is shown to good advantage -- up to and including said V-neck. If this looks like it might appeal to you, then it's fortunate that we have it available, isn't it? This particular shirt also comes in S through XL for $17, 2XL for $18, and 3XL-5XL in Black only for $21. So there's options.

Bella V-Neck Babydoll ColorsYou'll notice, however, that the color choices are different yet again. In this shirt, besides black, we have a Red (slightly more... reddish than the Cardinal, which itself is more reddish than the Maroon had been), that same rather nice Navy, and a "Heather Grey" which I think is darn nice.

If you have already ordered a regular tee shirt and want to swap to one of the babydolls, send me an additional dollar via the tip jar and indicate what Babydoll and color you want instead. (Send me an additional three dollars for 3XL-5XL). I'll make the appropriate note of it.

Behind the cut, you'll have a chance to order one of these babydolls. So, please enjoy, and thank you for helping me... well, sell out. You guys are the best.

Posted by Eric Burns-White at July 10, 2005 5:28 PM


Comment from: Doc posted at July 10, 2005 8:47 PM

I have nothing to say except that the phrase 'Deep Heather' sounds really cool, like I'm fox hunting or something in england and am trying to explain why my mobile phone has bad reception. "Sorry I can't talk now, I'm in Deep Heather."

That or a nickname which may not have very complimentary origins.

Comment from: Aerin posted at July 10, 2005 9:05 PM

Hmm, the lack of forest green is somewhat disappointing, as it would be nice to expand the green available in my wardrobe. The color choices on the V-necks are the same as the crew necks, though.

Also, are you gonna snark the WCCAs? It was certainly an interesting year...

Comment from: IvoryTiger posted at July 10, 2005 9:12 PM

Eric, I just did as you instructed and dropped a $1 into the tip jar, but I didn't get a 'send comment' so I followed up with an e-mail to the address on the previous paypal payment. Hope this doesn't get too confusing for you :)

Comment from: poinko posted at July 10, 2005 9:58 PM

Dude, one of the shirts is CHOCOLATE. I can barely contain the excitement of having a chocolate shirt, even though I don't wear babydoll shirts(my god, that would look horrible) or know anyone who would wear one.

Are the shirts hollow or solid?

Comment from: Kate Sith posted at July 10, 2005 10:00 PM

Done and done.

Had to get the white-on-black. It so reminds me of all my cast shirts from high school drama days.

Stage-drama and life-drama, that is.

ah, memories.

Comment from: Kate Sith posted at July 10, 2005 10:13 PM

Also EVERYONE WHO GETS A SHIRT NEEDS TO WEAR THEM AT CONS so we can pick out the cool people.


Comment from: Eric Burns posted at July 10, 2005 10:51 PM

Aerin -- the only green available in either babydoll is that rather pastel one you see above (they call it lime) in the picture. If this were a black ink run, then maybe. But as it is... no.

Comment from: Eric Burns posted at July 10, 2005 10:52 PM

Kate -- you got it, at least on my part. ;)

Comment from: Aerin posted at July 10, 2005 10:59 PM

Eh, it's cool, not your fault. I haven't ordered mine yet because the V-neck color choices are still the same as the crew ones, and I don't want my order to get confused, since red isn't an option in the crew.

Comment from: Phil Kahn posted at July 10, 2005 11:01 PM

Hey Eric, you should totally model off these babydolls for everyone.

Comment from: Eric Burns posted at July 10, 2005 11:18 PM

Aerin -- it should be fixed now.

Phil -- that would be a no. ;)

Comment from: Aerin posted at July 10, 2005 11:38 PM

Yay, so ordered!

Also, I love the name "The Websnarkery."

Comment from: Liz posted at July 10, 2005 11:41 PM

Shall I be the brave soul who asks the stupid question? I suppose so, since it seems no one else has.

I don't entirely get the use of the word "aggro." I am fairly certain that I'd never heard the word before, though its meaning is perfectly clear in the context in which it first appeared. When the t-shirt design emerged, though, I felt compelled to go ahead and look it up. Where you lost me is that it seems that the word is a noun. A British slang noun. Is this simply an example of verbing, or is the word already in common usage as a verb in British circles from which I, and the online dictionaries I have consulted, am far removed? It seems that the inflection would be somewhat different for the noun and verb: for the noun, AG-GRO, for the verb, more like A-grow.

Am I thinking entirely too much about this??

And, perhaps more importantly, is there a joke on some other level here that I am missing?

Comment from: Eric Burns posted at July 10, 2005 11:50 PM


"Aggro" is a slang term used in Massively Multiplayer Role Playing Games. It's a derivation of 'aggravate,' and what it means is you have attracted the attention of NPC enemys/villains/monsters, who are going to run over and try to eat your head. An important skill in these types of games is managing the aggro you accumulate -- getting just enough of those enemies coming over to eat your head while not getting too many head-eaters coming at you at once.

The tee shirt implies that I attract the attention of drama randomly, and it runs over and comes to try and eat my head.

Comment from: Liz posted at July 11, 2005 12:23 AM

Damn. I really like the shirt (and my thesis and life in general presently certainly call for it!), but my roommate would mercilessly tease me for accumulating more geek points. Perhaps we could continue to pretend that it's just British slang like the dictionary said, because, you know, we use a lot of British slang here in Texas......

Comment from: poinko posted at July 11, 2005 12:58 AM

I blame PBS and its hilarious lineup of british comedy for aggro-ing the use of british slang here in Texas.

Comment from: Alexis Christoforides posted at July 11, 2005 1:49 AM

You know you've sold out when there's hot chicks at the side of your writing.

Actually, now that I think about it, that's a damned excellent way of breaking up long streams of text. I think this should be made into a standard feature for all snarks! You know, like a reading pit stop for the eyes.

Comment from: miyaa posted at July 11, 2005 2:12 AM

Suggestion #1: Get webcomic artists to have some of their characters modeling the I Aggro Drama shirts.

Suggestion #2: Heather Gray sounds like the person behind the color (Heather) is about as exciting as your local mall's music selection. Pity poor Heather. (And as a tangent: What's the deal with Umber?)

Comment from: Doug posted at July 11, 2005 4:55 AM


1. Secretly promulgate outbreak of internecine flamefesting within

webcomics community on your blog and Bring The Drama.

2. Sell T-Shirts.

3. Profit!

Comment from: Spatchcock posted at July 11, 2005 8:03 AM

Ugh. Congratulations, Eric. You've officially jumped the snark. See you in the funny papers.

Comment from: Bequita posted at July 11, 2005 8:11 AM

You know, Eric, women's sizes can mean Anything (and therefore mean nothing.) Do you have any sizing charts for the babydolls, so we can order the right size?

Comment from: Reave posted at July 11, 2005 9:27 AM

Ok, so, I'm a guy and all. So I have to say this...

Chocolate = teh brown

Cardinal = teh dark red

Deep Heather = teh grey with some teh blue

Next you'll be offering an off-white, eggshell, and creme colored variation.

Comment from: Bequita posted at July 11, 2005 9:50 AM

You left out "Ecru".

Comment from: gwalla posted at July 11, 2005 1:09 PM

And here I thought it was short for "aggregate". I thought it was some sort of RSS/blogger jargon.

Comment from: Pyrtas posted at July 11, 2005 1:37 PM

I always thought that the use of "aggro" in mmos came from muds, where aggro (aggressive) mobs are mobs that will attack you on sight. Then again, I also took the how-much-they-hate-me meaning to be the more fundamental meaning, with the verb (used here) a derivative. And of course, it's entirely possible that I thought that it derived from muds just because that's where I first encountered the term.

Comment from: Paul Gadzikowski posted at July 11, 2005 1:54 PM

Get webcomic artists to have some of their characters modeling the I Aggro Drama shirts.

Arthur will be wearing one at San Diego. Unsolicited by Eric, if that matters to anyone.

Comment from: quiller posted at July 11, 2005 2:55 PM

MMORPGs are just MUDs with pretty pictures.

Comment from: Kate Sith posted at July 11, 2005 3:26 PM

Suggestion #1: Get webcomic artists to have some of their characters modeling the I Aggro Drama shirts.

Ask and ye shall receive! (I'm sure you may have meant 'webcomic artists most people have actually heard of', but we'll let that slide.)

Behold, modelling the Bella V-neck.. Bella Solita!

eh? eh?



(Bella's story isn't online yet. I suppose I'll try again with a character from my other work.)

Comment from: Eric Burns posted at July 11, 2005 3:29 PM

That right there? That's hysterical, Kate.

Comment from: miyaa posted at July 11, 2005 3:34 PM

My sister was bitten by a Llama once...no really!

(*Prepares to be sacked.*)

Comment from: Kate Sith posted at July 11, 2005 4:28 PM

Thank you. I try. ^_^

Comment from: Kate Sith posted at July 11, 2005 4:32 PM

And now, modelling the regular shirt, we have our own Corri from the mildly popular Business as Unusual.

Here she is!

..we'll, uhm... call this the "Mike" version.

Comment from: Wednesday posted at July 11, 2005 5:33 PM

You know you've sold out when there's hot chicks at the side of your writing.

I'll have you know I was at his side while he was writing just under two weeks before he sold out --

-- oh, wait.

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