June 22nd, 2004
The three launch titles for the new imprint are:
Dating Tips For Time Travelers: A Handbook of Courtship From the Fertile Crescent to the Summer of Love by Victoria Clox
Jefferson the Cannibal President: The Shocking True Story of How Our Third President Dined Exclusively on Human Flesh (And Devoured Everyone Who Knew About It) by Gertrude N.T. Fordham, P.I.
Shakespeare for Infants: Much Ado About Colors! And Other Lessons (Pre-Verbal Learning System for Ages 0-4 Months)
They are super rad books that anybody would be proud to own, peruse, and display in one’s place of occupancy, OBVIOUSLY.
They are also, in fact, all BLANK INSIDE. They’re sketchbooks!
Take notes in a meeting! Peruse on public transit! Great for chem lab or legal depositions. STEALTH SKETCHBOOKS.
It’s so very satisfying when a project can survive the entire process from “kinda dumb idea” through “halfway done for a while now” all the very long way to “Hey here it is, it’s complete and you can have it!” This one has been a long time coming, longer than most.
Kris and I originally conceptualized a set of book jackets, starting with the “Disguise Mode” that we came up with for our collaborative book collection, Hey World Here Are Some Suggestions. (Conceal what you’re reading, by making a regular book look like a different, weirder book.) This was during the heyday of our comedy podcast, Tweet Me Harder!
IN FACT, we have JUST POSTED a new Tweet Me Harder episode, featuring a behind-the-scenes listen to the day we brainstormed these very items! It’s about an hour long and you can listen to it here on the TMH site (or, if you’ve never heard the show, the whole catalog is still available for free on iTunes).
The sketchbooks (notebooks, dream journals, catalog of regets) are available individually or in a 3-pack, and there are a bunch more pictures here too.
SPEAKING OF TWEET ME HARDER
I’m really proud of what we did with TMH for those few years, and personality-wise I’m not very good at concluding things. I always want to keep all projects going forever in dribs and drabs, hoping for some final master stroke that never comes, afraid that everything that’s been labored over for so long will just be scattered and forgotten if it’s not somehow kept alive until the sun falls into the ocean.
So it’s with all that in mind that I present: The Tweet Me Harder Complete Thumb Drive. It’s got 80 hours of audio (remastered from the podcast versions for better listening quality), plus all the videos, promos, songs, and graphics that we made over the run of the show, including a PDF of the aforementioned book!
There’s even another bonus episode (never before released online) available only on this drive. It’s a master copy of all of TMH in one handy, complete volume! In the way that a comic strip might end with a lovely hardbound omnibus collection that can sit proudly upon a shelf, this is the omnibus TMH, preserved for posterity and ready to be enjoyed at any time, or even discovered anew. Until USB as a format is deprecated, anyway, but that probably won’t be for another couple hundred years.
If you’ve ever listened to TMH and enjoyed it, this is our way of giving you a little artifact, a chipped-off shard of it to keep, a definitive “thanks for all the fish” from Kris and me to all the listeners who meant so much to us over those years.
Also it’s a funny show if you’ve never heard it! I think so, anyway, and I’m a professional humorist or whatever!
Here are a few of the many Roll-a-Sketch drawings I did for folks in Seattle a couple weeks ago!!
Roll-a-Sketch drawings, of course, have their elements generated from lists of attributes by the rolling of dice! Like this CROCODILE + WHALE + POLICE + VICTORIAN:
Or this ELEPHANT + CACTUS + ROBOT + VICTORIAN:
Or his buddy/long-lost twin (we decided), ELEPHANT + CACTUS + HELICOPTER + BATMAN:
Finally, that old chestnut, the BEAR + ANGEL + SPORTS + CLOWN:
Would you like to get your very own Roll-a-Sketch? I will be at WonderCon tomorrow, in Anaheim!
IMPORTANT: I will not be there the whole weekend, and I will not have a table! I’ll be around on Friday the 18th only, to check out the show and visit friends.
BUT: A few times during the day I’ll set up shop for Roll-a-Sketches!
If you will be at WonderCon tomorrow, and you would like me to text you when I’m doing sketches, here is a form:
I’ll only text you tomorrow, up to three times maybe, to let you know where I’ll be — then I’ll delete your number when I leave. Is it weird? I dunno!! GO FOR IT
Just look for this!!
Will I have a banner fluttering from a flagpole like a royal herald?
I DON’T SEE WHY NOT
Just 2 things, Ryan…
1. You don’t have to say “fiction novel.” The fiction part is implied by the word “novel”.
2. Why is this book in the Port Authority bathroom
UPDATE: I have learned that it is in every Port Authority bathroom, so I suppose that answers #2, while also raising new questions
I keep finding terrible book after terrible book that Ryan North wrote! And he, incensed, keeps making up completely untrue Photoshopped lies about me!!