''Mr President, there's 200 billion dollars suddenly available for subsidized healthcare but only 75 bucks for overthrowing dictators in Latin America and North Africa. Perhaps we should have split the invasions into two separate line items?''
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THIS FRIDAY: First-ever “Magazine Time Machine” stream

THIS FRIDAY: First-ever “Magazine Time Machine” stream

Earlier this week, I streamed the making of a Wondermark comic on Twitch!

It was a little experiment to make sure I had all the technical stuff figured out for streaming—the infrastructure for it has come a long way since the last time I streamed regularly, let me tell you.

One of the things I’m interested in starting (perhaps as a bonus for subscribers on Patreon) is regular livestreams, and one of those regular streams will be called Magazine Time Machine.

On every different computer I use, I’ve got about ten open tabs of old books and magazines that I would LOVE to browse through and read and share, but just haven’t been able to dedicate any otherwise-unallocated time to.

This Friday, January 18th, changes that!

At 12 noon Pacific time / 3pm Eastern time / 8pm GMT, I’ll be live on Twitch reading you VICTORIAN CHILDREN’S BOOKS. 

We’ll start with 1899’s An ABC For Baby Patriots (pictured above) and see where that leads!

For maybe an hour or so? We’ll see how it goes! Hope to see you there!



Download: A Free Progressive Calendar for 2019!

Download: A Free Progressive Calendar for 2019!

I made a simple, printable wall calendar for my office! You can have it too — here’s a PDF file you can print yourself.

As you well know, I make high-end desk calendars (there are twelve copies left), but I also like having a calendar I can write on.

Those of you who’ve picked up copies of the Wondermark Calendar in any of the last seven years know about my interest in progressive calendars.

By that, I mean a calendar that doesn’t have any breaks between months. I think I invented the term? By that, I mean “nobody else has ever used this term.”

Back in 2012 I wrote all about it. The special Wondermark branded calendars, of course, address the matter with their modular card design.

But this year, I also wanted a big work calendar I could mount on the wall and write on. I like being able to see the coming weeks and months at a glance.

So I made the calendar you see here!

It’s an entire 2019 calendar (through most of February 2020, actually) that fits on six sheets of regular typing paper:

Download: A Free Progressive Calendar for 2019!

I’ve trimmed the pages so I could make columns of 3 pages each; you could arrange it a different way, if you prefer.


Download: A Free Progressive Calendar for 2019!

I tried to make it very simple and very clear, with no wasted space or ornament – so holidays and other observances are not marked.

I figure the relevant holidays will vary depending on where you live (and maybe what you do for work), so if you want to take a pass through at the outset and mark all the relevant ones to you, that will help you internalize them.

Since I also do a lot of weekend travel, I decided to group the weekend days together on the right, and start each week with Monday on the left.

Download: A Free Progressive Calendar for 2019!

I thought this might be useful to you as well, so here you go! Please feel free to print out your own! 

If it proves valuable for you, feel free to kick over a buck or two via PayPal, but no obligation as far as that goes — I hope you find it useful, and would rather you have it for free than insist on any payment!

Longtime readers know I did this once before, in 2015, and I’ve missed having one every year since.

And there will actually be one FURTHER calendar-related offering coming soon… So if the premium Wondermark desk calendar is too rich for your blood, and this is too simple and too plain, I will have a nice compromise for you, coming very shortly.


A SECRET about the last dozen comics



A SECRET about the last dozen comics

The last dozen comics have had a secret.

As the sick elephant saga was winding down, I thought to myself, “Surely I can’t just drop back into gag-comics-as-usual. It would feel too abrupt!”

So I decided I would write another series, one that wouldn’t feel like a series but that could still work on multiple levels.

All the comics since the elephant saga have ended have been part of this series, starting back with #1437 in November and continuing through today’s #1448.

I wasn’t sure if anyone would notice, or let me know if they did. So I mentioned on Twitter that the recent comics were all linked in some way, and asked if anyone had figured out how.

Anna had:

If you want to see what Anna’s talking about, start with comic #001 in one tab and comic #1437 in another — then read forward in both timelines, and check out where the journey leads you.


A SECRET about the last dozen comics