As you'll soon learn from the book version of Deadly Kingdom, the elephant knows more ways to kill a human than any other animal. A bunch of us were sitting around discussing this fact over coffee the other night (yes, I do throw the best parties) when we realized we needed coffee mugs celebrating elephant violence.
My own drawing stinks, so I bribed my eldest son, Parker. He sprang into action and invented Elgar, the Irritable Elephant. His first cartoon has Elgar threatening to squish one's head. That's a fairly uncommon, yet well-attested, method.
Not to be outdone, my younger sons seized Sharpies and went to work. Eleven-year-old Beckett invented Samuel W. Shark, your classic great white "with manga touches." Eight-year-old Griffin asked me if locusts are dangerous. I told him swarms can kill people by eating all the food or even by polluting the air. He came up with the superheroic Locust Lad.
My mother pointed out that T-shirts are better advertising for my book than mugs. After all, you might use a coffee mug in your own home, but once you put on the shirt and leave the house, you're a billboard.
That made sense, but I leave the choice to you. Mugs. Shirts. Other stuff. Just don't spend all your money before you've picked up a copy of the book.