Thursday, November 03, 2005

The buttonman

I'm working on some new buttons for the Brighton Comic Expo later this month. I have my own button maker, it's a German machine that fills me with innocent joy as I operate its levers and pulleys. The only way it could be improved is if it had a steam whistle on top.



I won't be selling the buttons on the site (too much effort for too litte reward), but if you meet me in person at a show, I usually have all manner of these tiny weapons with which to impale your enemies.

17 comments:

Tom Meade said...

Living in the Antipodes is not always as cool as it might seem. Walking upside down and wrestling platypi does not shiny buttons equal.

marianne said...

I hear you, Master Meade. I, too, must battle the echidnas and look longingly to the north-west, and sigh, 'there be Engelande', and buttons.

On the up side, it's nearly summer - with all the bush fires, and the searing heat, and the flies, and the skin cancer, and the flies. ummm, yeah. we have beer...?

Tom A said...

[sigh]
Aye, a sorrowful lack of buttons. 'Tis the cross we bear for living in the promised land, where 90% of the local wildlife is both venomous and awesome.

Zach! said...

whoa. Bob Crowley is hott. How can I be attracted to a demond? Someone stop me!

David Streever said...

You may not be selling said buttons, but why not, send me one of each after I send you 25 dollars via paypal?

That is how much I would like to have your buttons, Mr. John Allison. That is how much.

Ray said...

I remember when "buttons" were called badges and they were the size of wagon wheels.

John A said...

In the Secret Seven (by Enid Blyton), they were sometimes called "buttons". That was confusing when I was young but I got over it. A badge is a bigger thing, it is a badge! It says "I am 7" or "world's best taxidemist"! I feel your pain (shame).

Rachel said...

I'm getting the impression that some of the folks around here are after more than just your buttons. Maybe.

Laura said...

YAY You're coming!! I hoped you would..

rob said...

Buttons should be added to t-shirt orders. As gifts. So when a shirt is ordered the consumer will be the proud owner of buttons, -and- t-shirts.

Ray said...

Rob Mason has a good idea there. I got a free "button" with my last order of t-shirts from Orneryboy.

I never wear it but I keep it on my shelf where I can look at it . In between R2D2 and the Librarian(Oook).

Jenna said...

I have to um, third, the "shipping buttons with tshirts" idea. But, I suggest, charge an extra pound or so on top of what you already charge for tshirts (since we would want to reward you for the effort).

John A said...

The shirts and buttons are thousands of miles apart.

Walter said...

You can either throw them in with t-shirt orders or offer them only in addition to other orders. But it may be too much work, for too lazy a person, for too little a reward..

Christmas order gifts? I dunno...

John A said...

The buttons aren't for everyone!

David Streever said...

WE WANT YOUR BUTTONS!!!!!

Roman said...

I absolutely understand the therapeutic pleasure of operating a button press. I used one at the end of last summer at a "fun" work event. It was more enjoyable than it really should have been.