March 4th, 2020
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three times as thick as my previous books), plus as per usual I’ve included dozens of pages of bonus and previously unpublished material.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!
This year, I am not making a printed 2020 calendar.
What I have done, though, is re-issued four of my previous calendars (from 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2017) and updated their dates for 2020.
So if you’re a calendar fan, but missed any of those prior calendars – or, just want to revisit them again! – you can download the PDF file and print them out, no shipping required.
All enamel pins are presently in stock as well, and shipping immediately:
I’m also running a clearance sale on some leftover convention shirts. They start at $15 apiece; then quantity discounts kick in immediately.
In addition to Wondermark shirts, there are designs by some of my esteemed cartooning colleagues as well. We put ’em all in one place to maximize savings for you.
Sizes and quantities vary, but you can check them all out here!
The reason I didn’t do a calendar this year is that all of my time recently has been spent finishing up this:
Wondermark: Friends You Can Ride On ended up clocking in at a whopping 304 pages of comics.
You can read a bit more about the coming-together of this book here.
Kickstarter backers have already had their address surveys emailed to them, and those copies will start shipping out this very week. If you backed the project last year, and haven’t seen the survey, check your email!
If you missed the Kickstarter, you can still order a copy now – just be aware you that you will not receive it until January.
I’ll have much, much more to say about this book in the coming days! I’m just so glad it’s finally done, and will be getting into backers’ hands very soon.
I am extremely proud of it. Not just because it is a cool THREE TIMES AS THICK as any of my previous collections… But that sure helps!
I’ll be shipping store orders every day this week, and then closing up shop for the year after Friday, December 20. Thanks, friends!