March 23rd, 2007
Wondermark turned SEVENTEEN years old this past April, and the date passed without me noticing.
I’ve been extremely busy during this lockdown, juggling both full-time work and sharing childcare duties, so the days tend to blur together.
But I wanted to do SOMETHING a bit special to mark the occasion.
I’ve worked out a special deal with the warehouse in China that is storing copies of my latest book, FRIENDS YOU CAN RIDE ON.
They are moving to a new warehouse soon, and they want me to clear my inventory off their shelves as quickly as possible.
So, before they palletize my remaining books and ship them to the US, we have worked out a limited-time deal for economy shipping to the following countries:
UK • Ireland • Australia • New Zealand • Austria • Belgium • China / Taiwan / HK • Croatia • Cyprus • Czech Republic • Denmark • Estonia • Finland • France • Germany • Greece • Hungary • Indonesia • Latvia • Lithuania • Luxembourg • Malta • Malaysia • Netherlands • Poland • Portugal • Slovakia • Slovenia • Sweden • Thailand
Orders to these places, of just this book alone (or multiple copies of it), will ship FOR FREE through May 27 only.
$30 USD gets you the book sent to anyplace listed above, via some kind of intercontinental train or something.
(USA and Canada orders will ship from me personally, but for the same limited time, I’ll honor the free shipping deal for those shipments too.)
The book also ships to other countries besides those listed above, but I can only offer free shipping to these places. Regular shipping prices apply elsewhere.
A small operation like mine offering free shipping to Europe or Australia – or even to Canada – is basically unheard of, and will not be repeated anytime soon, so please take advantage of this deal while you can!
After May 27, the warehouse packs up the remaining books in their possession, and they’re headed onto a boat.
(Note that the VERY BEST DEAL OF ALL on this book was had by the original Kickstarter backers. The book is more expensive now than it was in the Kickstarter, because it got much, much bigger in the making. This is basically the NEXT-BEST deal ever offered on this title.)
For worthwhile and obvious reasons, Emerald City Comic Con was cancelled this past week. (It’s been tentatively rescheduled for August.)
So, like many folks for whom that convention is a tentpole of their business year, I did all the usual prep for the show, but didn’t go to the show itself! No one did!
It was to be the first in-person opportunity for folks to get a copy of my latest book, the 300-page monstrosity Friends You Can Ride On:
Which I’m pleased to say is now complete, in stock, and taking up quite an impressive number of shelves in my studio. Each copy is safely nestled in plastic, waiting to be sent to its new home.
This book collects over 500 Wondermark comics (it’s three times as thick as my previous books), plus as per usual I’ve included dozens of pages of bonus and previously unpublished material.
As long as the post office is running, I’m still shipping. So please feel free to claim your own copy now!
For those who don’t want anything to come in the mail, I’ve also now made available:
For just a few bucks each (or more if you’re feeling generous), you can download all the Wondermark comic collections to date, to read on the digital device of your choice.
Or print out, I guess! Once you have the file, I can’t stop you! (Probably cheaper just to buy the printed editions, though.)
I’m also still shipping all these handsome pins.
• Washington Post has a great visualization of why staying home and away from people is vitally important right now.
• Twitter thread about why the time to do it is right now, even if you don’t feel sick.
• And now we check out the latest update from the world of sports:
Update: Not all sports are cancelled pic.twitter.com/VHmxFinflV
— Marty O (@martoo14) March 14, 2020
Although there is no 2020 Wondermark calendar per se, observant Marksman Gary T. let me know that dedicated calendar fans can make a 2020 calendar at home with the aid of:
• January–February: The 2014 Wondermark calendar
• March–December: Either the 2009 or 2015 Wondermark calendar
It’s Leap Day this year that throws things off.
SO, although I do not have 29 calendar pages for you, I DID manage to scrounge up ONE page – the sole remaining fragment of the otherwise-lost 2020 calendar:
It’s a patch for the end of February. Hopefully it makes sense out of context.
Here’s the link to download the patch page.
Of course, some of the holidays will be wrong if you do this, so calendronaut beware.
Each year I also make a progressive (gapless) calendar for folks to download!
And I have done so this year as well!
I found this blog post interesting – written by someone who likes the gapless calendar, but who didn’t like the weekends being grouped together at the end.
The weekends at the end can be useful for someone like me, whose schedule is sometimes built around all-weekend events.
But I do agree that if you’re used to reading Sunday-first calendars, it can be a bit disorienting.
So this year I’ve made two versions:
The blog post in question also contains a few other criticisms: the author didn’t like the shading, and thought the numbers took up too much room.
All of that is perfectly valid critique, but I’d already finished this one. Maybe next year!