Joseph Myers

Joseph Myers

Joseph Myers is Associate Content Editor for Promo Marketing and Print+Promo. Reach him at jmyers@napco.com.

Slogan from ‘Frozen 2’ Lands Disney in Copyright Squabble

For the last three weeks, “Frozen 2” has warmed the hearts of global film fans, fetching more than $929 million at the box office. The owners of Trust Your Journey, a company that sells consumer goods with inspiring messages for women, however, are feeling left out in the cold, as they have presented a lawsuit that…

Sales of Bullied Fourth-Grader’s Homemade Tennessee T-shirt Raised Almost $1M for Charity

Two of our favorite stories this year came in September, when a boy bullied over his homemade Tennessee T-shirt had his design picked up by the Volunteers’ football program and subsequently received a full scholarship from the university. Now, we're happy to report that the nonprofit STOMP Out Bullying received nearly $1 million through sales of the shirt...

Walmart Pulls 'Let It Snow' Christmas Sweater From Canadian Website for Depiction of Santa With a Pile of Cocaine

Walmart recently removed a holiday sweater from its Canadian website, denying shoppers a chance to buy the item emblazoned with a Santa-like figure, the text “Let It Snow” and a whole lot of cocaine. Posted by a third-party seller, the listing also included a description that removed whatever ambiguity was left as to what kind of snow the sweater was referencing...

New Jersey Considers Nation’s Strictest Ban on Single-Use Plastics, Other Materials

Through a bill in the very early stages of consideration, New Jersey would enact the nation’s strictest ban on single-use plastics. Sources on the proposal note that plastic bags, along with paper bags and Styrofoam, would mostly become relics of commerce in the state, and would align New Jersey with eight other states that hold bans on plastic bags...

Artists Commit Intentional Copyright Infringement to Draw Attention to T-shirt Websites Selling Stolen Designs

Twitter user Nirbion dashed off a Mickey Mouse drawing that had the character stating that he smells “like rotten eggs” and divulging a plea for someone to add it to a shirt or mug. Hoping to ensnare an offending website in a situation that could yield a lawsuit, he indeed found a taker when bots picked up the design and automatically published it to a custom shirt site...

Sony Lands Beatles Merch Rights as It Looks to Ramp Up Its Merchandising Division

Though we would never say that their breakup in 1970 means we have to “settle” for their massively impressive catalog, we do wish The Beatles could still give us some new tunes. We don't have to carry the weight of disappointment in all respects, though, as Sony Music Entertainment will serve as the exclusive North American provider of the band’s memorabilia...

Blockbuster Video to Live On (at Least for 10 Days) Through New York Pop-Up Merch Store

We'll always hold a special place in our hearts for Blockbuster Video. Having experienced a rapid lack of support as the 21st century commenced—due to a host of factors, including video-on-demand services—the all-but-defunct video rental store is going to be receiving a sequel, so to speak, through a Soho-situated pop-up store set to open tomorrow...

Jawnaments Is Making Perfectly Philly Christmas Ornaments Out of Beloved Local Brands, Icons

Living in Philadelphia will never result in a flawless existence, but we must say that Promo Marketing’s home city is a pretty impressive place to call home. One enthusiastic resident is banking on that history and a treasured Philly slang term to give us Jawnaments, and we now have no doubt that Philadelphians’ Christmas trees are going to be the best in the world this year. You have a problem with that?...

The Campbell’s Chunky Soup Merch Collection Is Small But Clever

The Campbell Soup Company has been benevolent to bowls for 150 years, and many appetites have found satisfaction in the Chunky Soup offerings that “eat like a meal.” Those options within the company's product line inspired a tiny, but nonetheless impressive, branded merch collection for the holidays. Yes, there are sporks involved...

Five Days of Denny’s Promotion Includes Pancake Socks and Bacon Scarves

If you had the fortune of being able to stuff yourself on Thanksgiving, you might not want to consider looking at a large plate of food again until next November. Along with showing goodwill and giving gifts, this is the season, however, for taking in considerable quantities of calories, and Denny’s wants not only to…

Grateful Dead Release Paint-Your-Own Dancing Bear Bobbleheads

In promoting the catalog and legacy of the Grateful Dead, dancing bear bobbleheads have become a frequent resource, with the items relying on one of the band’s most treasured brand identifiers to delight fans new and old. Those objects, however, have been the work of others, denying aficionados the opportunity to test their own hands…

One of the World’s First Printed Christmas Cards Is Now on Display

Thanks to a San Francisco book dealer, the Charles Dickens Museum in London is displaying what two notable entities have dubbed the world’s oldest printed Christmas card, a move that will undoubtedly draw attention to the allure of printed products, as well as their legacy as forms of communication...

NYC Parks Partners With Nike for Branded Apparel Collection

Nike will soon release an NYC Parks branded apparel collection to put residents in a New York state of mind with respect to their attire. Come December 5, the limited-edition NYC Parks collection will hit the masses as AF1, with the ALL FOR 1 identity behind that title helping Nike promote...