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Check out: The Abandoned Boat of Bouvet Island

Fascinating story!

Bouvet Island lies in the furthest reaches of the storm-wracked Southern Ocean, far south even of the Roaring Forties. It is a speck of ice in the middle of a freezing fastness: a few square miles of uninhabited volcanic basalt groaning under several hundred feet of glacier, scraped raw by gales, shrouded by drifts of sea-fog, and utterly devoid of trees, shelter, or landing places.

Around Bouvet Island, it is possible to draw a circle of one thousand miles radius (having an area of 3,146,000 square miles, or very nearly that of Europe) which contains no other land whatever. No other point of land on the earth’s surface has this peculiarity.

An unidentified whaler or ship’s lifeboat found abandoned on Bouvet Island on 2 April 1964…bore no identifying marks. There were signs that survivors might have made it to shore, but no trace of them has ever been found…

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Full article: “An Abandoned Lifeboat at World’s End”

Video: Boom! And a Spoken Word Remix Comes Out

A little while ago, I wrote and produced a song that can only be described as THE PARTY HIT OF THE SUMMER.

But I’m older now, and a little wiser, and my beard is a little saltier. I still honor and respect my previous work, but I feel like the time is right to revisit it a bit more…seriously.

The message, however, remains unchanged. Boom, you see – a bear, indeed, comes out.

Boom! And A Bear Comes Out (Spoken Word Remix)

TCAF in Toronto! May 10-11

Next weekend I’ll be in Toronto for TCAF, the Toronto Comic Arts Festival held at the Downtown Reference Library!

for better. surely, for better.

I super-love coming to TCAF, it’s always such a fun time. This year there’s also some satellite gaming programming happening at the Bit Bazaar Spring Fair, held at Bento Miso in Queen West.

They’ll have the Machine of Death game there, and I hope to be there too on Saturday evening for a bit. Details on this are slowly resolving.

Also: Friday night, the TCAF kickoff event features Kate Beaton and Lynn Johnston in conversation! Ms. Johnston, of course, is the creator of For Better or For Worse, and one of the great Canadian cartoonists of the twentieth century. This should be a fun event.

Toronto’s great! TCAF is great! YOU are great! I hope to combine all these things next weekend!!!

I Made An Infomercial And You Can Watch It Right Now

I made a video with Kris Straub!

Kris makes videos of his own too (with Mikey Neumann), they are very funny. This one is with ME though.

This is of course in support of all the nonsense I talked about last week, which you can get here!

Now Available: STEALTH SKETCHBOOKS

hey kids, books

The newest items in my TopatoCo store are these Stealth Sketchbooks! They were created by me and Kris Straub.

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 (80 pages)

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. (112 pages)

Shakespeare for Infants: Much Ado About Colors! And Other Lessons (Pre-Verbal Learning System for Ages 0-4 Months) (112 pages)

They are self-evidently great books that anybody would be proud to own, peruse, and/or display in one’s place of occupancy — OBVIOUSLY.

They are also, in fact, all BLANK INSIDE. They’re sketchbooks!

sketch it up

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! You can listen to it now on the TMH site (or, if you’ve never heard the show, the whole catalog is still available for free on iTunes).

The sketchbooks (slash notebooks slash dream journals slash catalogs of regets) are available individually or in a 3-pack, and there are a bunch more pictures here too. GUYS THERE ARE JOKES ON THE BACK COVERS

delightful

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.

Today marks ELEVEN YEARS of doing Wondermark, and my trophy case of ideas, projects, accomplishments, failures, and cluttery, strange curios still continues to grow more populated every day. TMH is one of those curios, a teal-colored, joyful thing that I’m happy to have done, look back on fondly, and hope is remembered by others as well.

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!

shout. shout. let it all out.