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NEW: We Have Totes and Tees!

I forget when we first released this t-shirt. I guess it was in 2003 maybe? Or was it 2004?

Whenever it was the T-shirt design was created by Nikki O'Shea of Dragonpress Graphics. We met Nikki several years ago at I-Con, a Sci Fi Convention on Long Island. We loved her work and asked if she would be interested in making a Brobdingnagian Bards Comic. She agreed.

Nikki began the comic using lyrics from Randy Farran's song "Do Virgins Taste Better". And if you're wondering why there's a unicorn in this story, you'll have to read the comic.

Nevertheless, it went over so well that she decided to design a T-shirt. The t-shirt sold out shortly after printing it. We made a second printing. THAT one sold out. Then she designed a 2006 shirt for us. And while "Dreams Are Made of Music" went over great, everyone kept asking for This Shirt.

At long last, *whew*, we reprinted the shirt. This time, we added in baby doll shirts for the ladies. The shirts were printed by Lunatic Fridge and they look fantastic!

Oh! And we also printed some Tote Bags too, which is Awesome, because my old Tote Bags are really worn out.

Ready to get your Brobdingnagian Bards Comics, T-Shirts and Tote Bags? Click here.


--posted by Marc Gunn of the Brobdingnagian Bards, Celtic Folk Music
  Tuesday, August 14, 2007
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Adventures of the Brobdingnagian Bards Comic

Did you know we have our own comic book?

About four years ago, Andrew and I were performing at I-Con, a Sci Convention in Stony Brook, NY. Andrew had left the table about thirty minutes earlier. He came back with an excited look on his face.

He told me about one of the artists he had found. Her name was Nikki O'Shea of DragonPress Graphics. We found someone to watch the table, and he dragged me back to her booth. I loved her style. It was bold and contemporary.

The three of us talked for a while. I think it was a little too long, and we were almost late for show. But we renewed our conversations. Before we left the convention, we talked about creating a comic strip featuring the Brobdingnagian Bards. That comic came to fruition a few short months later. It's been a hit since. As has our very own graphic novel telling the story of the song "Do Virgins Taste Better".

Adventures of the Brobdingnagian Bards Comic, Book 1 - Do Virgins Taste Better Than Those Who Are Not?Book | $10.00 + S&H
Adventures of the Brobdingnagian Bards Comic Book After three years of putting out the comic strip - three slow years - the bards comic strip is approaching it's third year anniversary with a complete storyline plus extras!

As an anniversary occasion, Nikki O'Shea at Dragon Press in conjunction with the Bards are proud to announce the publishing of the very first Bards Comic Strip Book!

The book is magazine sized, 38 pages with a color cover and black and white interiors. It has everything that was published online as well as a 3-page bonus story.


--posted by Marc Gunn of the Brobdingnagian Bards, Celtic Folk Music
  Wednesday, September 27, 2006
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Bard 2006 T-Shirts - "Dreams Are Made of Music"

T-Shirt | $17.00 + S&H

Bard 2006 T-ShirtsAdventures of the Brobdingnagian Bards comic presents a new t-shirt for Nagians. Nikki O'Shea started publishing our web comic over four years ago, and it's still going strong.

Now you can own a part of the Brobdingnagian Bards and the comic with this limited 2006 T-Shirt featuring our comic caricatures and the poetic lines "Dreams Are Made of Music". Only 45 copies of this shirt were made. So order now to get your hands on this stunning shirt.

Sorry, we're sold out of this shirt.


--posted by Marc Gunn of the Brobdingnagian Bards, Celtic Folk Music
  Thursday, August 17, 2006
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Do Virgins Taste Better (Exclusive Magazine) - You Can Help Answer the Age-Old Question

So I have this silly idea (what's new) that I want to do for DragonCon. I don't really have time to do it alone, so I thought I'd ask for creative writing Nagians to help out. Here tis.

Andrew and I were talking once again about the Dragon/Virgin taste test and cookbook. What I'd like to do for fun is put together a sorta Star Magazine (that's the stupid magazine with outrageous headlines like "Big Foot Taste Tests Virgin Queen Elizebeth Declares 'She's No Virgin'".

So I want to take silly ideas like that and put together a simple magazine that people can read at DragonCon. Silly stories relating to the song "Do Virgins Taste Better Medley)". You can make them as simple or as perverse as you like. It'd also be nice to have a couple sorta "Journal of Natural Science" study on the same topic with a cultural study on the phenomena.

So if you like to write and want to write just some amazingly silly things, let me know. Email me.

You can post articles and read past posts on our message board.


--posted by Marc Gunn of the Brobdingnagian Bards, Celtic Folk Music
  Sunday, July 16, 2006
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Bard Night Shirts - Bard Tested. Unicorn Approved.

There are still some more Bard Comic T-Shirts available for sale. Not just that but we have some 2XL-4XL shirts that also make great Night Shirts.

If you haven't picked up your copy, click the link above to order yours today.

Virgins: Bard Tested. Unicorn Approved.


--posted by Marc Gunn of the Brobdingnagian Bards, Celtic Folk Music
  Wednesday, June 15, 2005
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New T-Shirts with Sizes up to 4XL

Yesterday, we got the new "Adventures of the Brobdingnagian Bards" t-shirts in the mail. There's just a limited number of these shirts. But they are now on sale.

And because we had a lot of Nagians ask for larger sizes, you can own this shirt in sizes up to 4XL.

The shirt looks fantastic. It was designed by Nikki O'Shea of Dragon Press Graphics who's been so kind as to run a comic strip for us for the past couple o'years telling the story of "Virgins."

Check it out!


--posted by Marc Gunn of the Brobdingnagian Bards, Celtic Folk Music
  Sunday, December 05, 2004
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New Bard T-Shirts at Great Low Prices

Six years ago, Andrew and I were naming our first CD. We decided to name it using the actual definition of brobdingnagian. It means "marked by great size." Of course, we couldn't help but come up with lots o'jokes on that one. "Size Does Matter" was the first slogan we ever started using.

People loved it! Nagians asked about t-shirts, but we were too poor and trying to put out a new CD as it was. We couldn't put out t-shirts.

Fast forward a few years and along game Cafepress. They allow us to sell a variety of t-shirts with no upfront cost of our own. Sure, we don't make a profit on the shirts, but at least you get to show your support. And it'll cost you as low as $9.99!

I designed four different shirts based on different CDs from Memories of Middle Earth, Songs of Ireland and Marked By Great Size. Yeah, there are still a few more CDs that need some designs. For now, these are looking nice.

Go take a look. If you have any comments or feedback, I'd love to hear it.


--posted by Marc Gunn of the Brobdingnagian Bards, Celtic Folk Music
  Tuesday, October 12, 2004
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The Year of the Kilt

I love free stuff. I've given away MP3s, CDs, stickers, t-shirts, you name it. But it's the free stickers that have become one of my favorite freebies of recent.

I don't even remember where we got that slogan. I think it was thrown around on our Nagians discussion group. But last year, we started giving away free stickers that read "Real Men Wear Kilts".

We just wanted something to promote the Brobdingnagian Bards. These days, we pretty much only wear kilts at gigs. It seemed like a natural slogan, especially as much as I dance on stage, kilt swaying, women trying to look for a blue ribbon.

Any case, our first run was just a thousand stickers. We gave the free stickers away from our website with a Self-Addressed Stamped Envelope. I was pretty surpised at how quickly they disappeared. I think the first batch was gone in three months.

So I decided to get serious. I hired fantasy art guru, Jen Clower-Brown to create a new design. I ordered another thousand stickers. This one disappeared in two months!

I was blown away! This was pretty much a vanity project. I don't think we make a dime on these stickers. In fact, I had to really talk Andrew into agreeing to print two thousand more since we were losing money. But it's promotion. So he finally agreed.

It helped that one day, I had a brainstorm. We were already planning on making our next CD an album of Scottish folk music. The tentative title, Songs of Scotland, would match our Irish folk song CD, Songs of Ireland. But the more I think about it, the more happy I am we scrapped that first CD title.

It kinda hit me like a baseball in the head. "Duh, Marc! Real Men Wear Kilts."

I mean, we've been doing all this promotion for this Scottish CD using that slogan. Why not just name the CD "Real Men Wear Kilts." And that's what we're doing.

We're now into our fourth printing of stickers. That means, over four thousand stickers are already decorating the cars, books, computers, and instrument cases of America. And there seems to be no end in sight. Which is grand!

So 2005, we're declaring "The Year of the Kilt". So hit your local kilt retailer, don your plaid, and show your Kiltic colours. And to start it off, don't forget to pick up your copy of our free stickers, "Real Men Wear Kilts. OH! And now you can order a hundred stickers at a time for just thirty bucks!

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--posted by Marc Gunn of the Brobdingnagian Bards, Celtic Folk Music
  Thursday, July 08, 2004
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Bard T-Shirts get a Make-Over

I've been wanting to do update our Cafepress t-shirt designs for a while. Well this weekend, I finally did it and put together some cool looking shirts.

Bards Rule!
Short, simple, and to the point. These shirts may seem simple on the front, but the back, prepare to be educated on the definition of the "Brobdingnagian". Yes, it's in the dictionary folks. Look it up!

You Owe It to Your Elf!
This has become our most popular t-shirt. I guess the Elven Nagians love the slogan we use to promote our latest CD, Memories of Middle Earth. Can't blame 'em. I had to get my own copy of this shirt. It's very cool.

Size Does Matter
"Brobdingnagian" means "marked by great size". So that's what we named our first album. So we just HAD to put together a t-shirt to promote the album with this catch phrase. Turn around and on the back you'll find our Chalice Well logo that has the Arthurian folks asking for more.

You'll find t-shirts and a variety of other times like stickers and baby items for our lilliputian Nagians. They are all available now and I believe there's a few sales currently available as well. So head over there and order today!


--posted by Marc Gunn of the Brobdingnagian Bards, Celtic Folk Music
  Wednesday, September 17, 2003
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Thanks for all your help at keeping Tolkien (The Hobbit & Lord of the Rings) at the top of the charts. I just saw a couple days ago that we were the 7th most listened to band in November. That is just awesome! Meanwhile, the Lord of the Rings movie is rapidly approaching. If you're interested in more news about the movie, check out the Lord of the Rings Fanatics site. We were reviewed on it not to long ago. If you're looking for more Tolkien resources, click here.

When our first CD, Marked By Great Size came out. We thought up a wonderful variety of promotional t-shirts and stuff, but due to the cost, we never followed through. Finally, along came Cafepress and inspired, I redesigned the t-shirt. Now you can order a "Size Does Matter" T-Shirt exclusively through CafePress. Cafepress lets you upload graphics and they handle all the printing and shipping. If this works out, I may just see about designing some other shirts too. Meantime, drop me a line and tell me what you think of the shirts and other bard merchandise.

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--posted by Marc Gunn of the Brobdingnagian Bards, Celtic Folk Music
  Tuesday, December 11, 2001
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