November 18th, 2011
“This podcast series explores the evolution of a career in engineering, the overlap of art & engineering, and also promotes engineering outreach and STEM / STEAM in schools.”
Recently, I was pleased to chat with Chad Harden for his podcast “The Art of Engineering.” We had a lovely talk about my background, how I got into this weird job that I have, whether I am actually an engineer (no) and many other things!
The 2017 Wondermark Calendar is on Kickstarter this year, and the campaign closes next week, Tuesday, December 6! (I have to cut it off kinda early so I can get all the shipping and everything sorted in time.)
I’d really like to hit 250 backers (which is as many calendars as I’ve produced the last few years), and we’re about on pace for that, with a few days left to go! If you are interested in getting a copy of this year’s calendar, you have until Tuesday to back on Kickstarter.
Some of you have been around a very long time and remember the first Wondermark calendar (above), offered lo these many years ago!
Others of you have picked up a calendar in one or more of the intervening years; or perhaps never at all!
Well, for ALL OF YOU, here is a photo-filled history of the Wondermark calendar, featuring thrills, spills, and some BEHIND THE SCENES on how the process has evolved over the years.
The notion of a loose-leaf desk calendar, in which a stack of individual cards rest in an easel, is one I’m surprised we don’t see more often. I stole the concept from a calendar a co-worker had on her desk, back when I worked at an advertising agency…
Each calendar page required three different prints from the Gocco (black ink on left side, black on right side, and gold title).
Making a calendar in a limited edition makes it special, but also in a practical sense it saves you from having unsold inventory that grows progressively more useless as the year marches on. I made 100 copies of this first calendar and managed to sell them all, thanks in part surely to the slick, persuasive video I linked above.
I continued in this manner the following year, careful to seek out and use artwork I hadn’t already used in Wondermark, and composing dark little stories in verse for each month.
Read the whole thing right over here!
This is it! The big list of things that are all VERY COOL and that you can order from me RIGHT NOW! This post will cover:
1. The 2017 Wondermark Calendar!
2. Downloadable & printable holiday cards!
3. Two brand-new Wondermark holiday cards!
4. Some experimental products — magnets and wrapping paper!
LET’S GET RIGHT TO IT.
You can pre-order the calendar RIGHT NOW!
Since it’s the big Year Ten edition, I decided to do it on Kickstarter this year! Just to see if it could attract some additional attention. Also it meant I got to make a fun video!
As usual, you can get the whole package including calendar cards and wooden stand, or just the cards themselves if all you need is a refill.
But there’s a third option too! I designed a very elaborate and cool Year X Deluxe Collector’s Edition Stand.
That’s an optional upgrade if you like! I will be producing and hand-assembling them here at the ol’ workshop.
The theme of the calendar this year is the Absurd Sports League:
The Absurd Sports League was founded by mistake some decades ago, when the members of a minor league softball team arrived for their opening day away game at an altogether wrong address, and mistook the vendors of a debris-strewn flea market for the opposing team…
…I have tried with this calendar to present an accurate overview of the history and scope of Fleaball as it has been played since its inception. But as no two games are ever the same, no three players can wear the same uniform, and no four consecutive games may be played on odd-numbered dates unless all seven endfielders agree to rotate shoes every half-quintile, I can take no responsibility for any inaccuracies the calendar may contain.
More on the League, and on the enigma that is Fleaball, in the coming days.
Like last year, the calendar will come with a brand-new Wondermark Cast Card, and, if it’s your fifth calendar or more, you can also get a new Calendar Ace card!
However, to save time and avoid waste for people who don’t care about them, I won’t be including Cast Cards with EVERY SINGLE package by default — in order to request one, all you have to do is add one penny to your pledge. It’s explained in exhaustive detail over on the Kickstarter page.
### A SIDEBAR TO NOTE: Patreon folks already got an early crack at special pricing for the calendar! And there’s still time to get on the Cast Card Patreon subscription train for November, which features the lovely Jeredith in her Halloween costume:
Thank you to all Patreonauts who’ve already given us a jump-start in calendar orders!
### BACK TO SCENE
The calendar’s Kickstarter campaign is very short — only 10 days in all — because it has to end early enough for me to get everyone’s shipping information. This is the big downside to using an external service like Kickstarter. So if you’re interested, please, don’t delay!
Pre-order The Absurd Sports League All-Stars!
This way, you can print out the cards at home with no shipping from me required. The download comes with both US letter paper and A4 sized versions.
(My universal set of general-occasion Multi-Purpose Cards are also available for download.)
I’ve designed two new paper cards for this holiday season!
The first one is a snowman staying cool under pressure. The second one is a classic Wondermark Christmas comic.
These, and/or any of my dozens of other card designs, can be ordered right now at the Wondermark store!
This is the other reason I decided to break off the calendar into its own thing: so greeting card and other orders can ship quickly, without having to wait for the calendar to be completed.
(These two new cards are still at the printer, and will start shipping in a couple days — but all other designs are in stock and can ship immediately).
SPEAKING OF THE STORE…
I’ve got some new stuff for sale this season!
First: this is not technically wrapping paper, but I wound up with some posters printed on lightweight enough stock that they might work well for the purpose (or other purposes that big sheets of paper are good for, such as…placemats? Book jackets? Lampshades?).
Since they’re posters, they come as individual 16×20″ sheets, but I give you a bunch of them to use (and one sheet is enough to wrap a smallish package).
This is more of a clearance thing than an actual let’s-make-wrapping-paper thing (I looked into getting actual rolls made once, and man, it’s expensive), but I thought you might find them useful!
The full color “Atoms” magnet is a test product with limited quantities in stock. But the engraved wooden ones, we produce in-house here at the studio! I’ve been taking these to conventions all year and they’re really cool. You can get them individually, or mix & match to make a set.
For these items, and/or holiday cards, and/or stickers and other cool stuff, place an order today from the Wondermark store!
I ship the orders myself, and promise to, when I put your goods in a package, include a shake from that empty “Love” canister your aunt keeps on her spice rack.
And there’s still a lot of great stuff over in my TopatoCo store, too!
I look forward to being the source of weird gifts your friends and/or loved ones will think you are very cool for having found.