Over the course of our creative collaboration, Geoff and I always try to make a quick buck by selling merchandise. It never works.
For our first show, we minted commemorative teaspoons featuring my face and that of Helen Clark. We sold more than a dozen before they had to be recalled. One furious buyer tried to use hers to eat a boiled egg, and the metal was tarnished by the yolk. She insisted on a full refund, so we had to buy her a new egg.
For our second show, Richard Meros Salutes the Southern Man, we minted a new round of spoons. These failed to sell very well at all. We gave them away as Christmas presents to each and every member of our respective families. I still have a box full of them at home.
Geoff feels the Southern Man teaspoon failed because no one wants to look at my face while they’re stirring their cuppa. I feel it failed because the Southern Man would have no reason to use a teaspoon (he takes his tea black and bitter). And once again, quality control was an issue. My aunt was furious when she tried to put my spoon through a hot rinse. My face slid off and clogged her dishwasher.
If there’s one thing Geoff and I do badly it’s learn from our mistakes. So this time, we’ve published. The third (spellchecked) edition of The Young Lover Activity Guide will be available for sale exclusively at Circa during our season. It’s chock a block full of exhaustive research and lovingly interspersed with fun activities like a tricky word-find, a multi-choice quiz and a love maze that leads from Meros to Hillary. It also has a DIY acrostic for Hillary D.R. Clinton. Here’s our one.
Now you try! The Young Lover Activity Guide is your one stop shop for landing the commander in chief of your dreams.
Young Lover Activity Guides are available exclusively at the show.
$15 signed, $20 unsigned.
Yip. That’s right.