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Bonus Holiday Comic from the Funny Pages Zine

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Those of you who subscribed to Cards Against Humanity’s special Ten Days Or Whatever Of Kwanzaa promotion this year will be receiving a special Funny Pages Zine — a newspaper comics section with a bunch of holiday-themed comic strips in it!

This year I was honored to be asked to participate as well. Here’s a preview of the comic I made:

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You can read the whole thing here!

All of this year’s (and last year’s) comics are on the Funny Pages Zine tumblr.

Some Images From the 2015 Calendar

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The 2015 calendar is off to print! I’m really proud of it!! (Click these images for a closer look) UPDATE: It’s sold out!

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I drew 29 pictures of weird orchestra members, and my regular collaborator Max Shepard has painted them. They look pretty sweet. And of course there is a story too — the terrible, forgotten legend of the Concert of Conscience.

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If you’re not familiar, the annual calendar is a tradition around here. It started way back in December 2007 when I decided I wanted to make a calendar, and because calendars are only really useful for a short time, I figured I’d make it limited-edition (and thus SUPER FANCY).

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The 2008-2012 calendars were hand-screenprinted; then, for the 2013 edition, I changed over to the hook-based, two-cards-up “progressive” design, and a watercolor aesthetic.

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As of this writing, only 82 calendars remain (of the limited run of 250). All calendars are individually signed & numbered. We expect to start shipping them within 7 days. Get yours now!

Over at my TopatoCo store I’ve got a bunch of rad stuff too, including this new mug:

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Based, of course, on this classic comic about drug addiction.

TopatoCo has a million packages a minute moving through their hands, so they have set up a series of very precise shipping deadlines worth taking a look at!

Over at my in-house store (where we sell the greeting cards and calendars and stuff), we’ll be accepting orders through December 19 before shutting down for the holidays.

I can’t personally 100% guarantee anything will arrive before Christmas because the post office is bananas, but we are definitely shipping as fast as we can and hoping for the best!

I hope we got some stuff you want

The 2015 Wondermark Calendar.

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It is well-known that on a certain evening in Hamburg, a summer night in 18__, a concert was held which permanently afflicted all in attendance gravely and irreversibly. No one knows—or will tell—how such a collection of instruments were made to play in harmony; no one knows—or will tell—how such dumb constructs of wood, brass, and bone came to possess such power.

Within, for the first and only time, is what was heard on that evening, a night black, without stars…

Now pre-ordering. Only 250 will be made. We sell out every year. Update: They are sold out.

UNRELATED BUT ALSO GOOD: The Machine of Death Artbook.

…Over 100 interviews in which the writers and illustrators explain what went into the creation of their work — thoughts on technique, developing story ideas, early sketches, the creative process, and lots of other neat behind-the-scenes stuff! If you like the MOD series, there’s a lot of really cool insight here from the folks whose work made the books so great.

Available now in print or PDF.

also good.

This weekend: Webcomics Rampage in Austin!

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This coming Saturday and Sunday, I’ll be in Austin for the Webcomics Rampage event at Dragon’s Lair!

A bunch of other cool people will be there too:

Danielle Corsetto / Joel Watson / Randy Milholland / E.K. Weaver / David Willis / Alex Woolfson / Dusty Jack and JD Saxon / Dax Tran-Caffee / C. Spike Trotman / Noelle Stevenson / David McGuire / Melanie Gillman

Dragon’s Lair Comics and Fantasy
2438 West Anderson Lane
Austin, TX, 78757
1pm-7pm both days

I will have books and games and I will be doing sketches! If you come, I will see you there!!

Check out: An Indian Wondermark?

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Indian artist Aarthi Parthasarathy has a new comic called “Royal Existentials”. It’s made of images from vintage Indian Mughal miniature paintings, an art form that dates back to at least the sixteenth century.

I heard about it from this article, where she mentions where she got the idea:

A web-comic fan herself, Parthasarathy was inspired by Wondermark, a comic strip series created by California artist David Malki that has Victorian-era drawings with funny dialogues added in. So, she set out to create something similarly humorous but utterly Indian.

For the series, Parthasarathy picks existing images of Indian miniature paintings and writes contemporary dialogues to them focusing on the joke and the punchline. The social commentary is incidental. “It started out as a way to just have fun with images,” she said. “After the first three, I suddenly realised that this is becoming very social, very feminist.”

I think that’s super turbo cool. Keep at it, Aarthi!! My one note is that I wish the comics were bigger on the site so they’re easier to read!

BONUS RELATED LINK: I’ve mentioned this before — and it’s as old as Wondermark, if not older — but I still love it: the Bayeaux Tapestry Generator, with which you can make something akin to comics, or memes, or just 100% accurate representations of history.

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