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Readership Survey results + 4 NEW downloadable items!

In this post, I’ve got some VERY COOL NEW THINGS to tell you about! Like this handsome fella:

Readership Survey results + 4 NEW downloadable items!

But first thank you to everyone who participated in the recent Readership Survey. I got over 1600 responses, and they were all very interesting to read through, except for, like, five. You know who you are.

I’ll also be drawing three random email addresses to give Roll-a-Sketches to, as promised — if you’re a winner, I’ll contact you this week via the email address you provided!

In this post are several new Wondermark things that I hope will specifically respond to some of the survey feedback:

• A lot of you live outside the US, which means shipping costs for merch can get expensive. In this post, I’ll share a free worldwide shipping offer on enamel pins — a first step towards solving that problem.

• In addition, I’m introducing a new downloadable print-at-home product: Reissues of the Wondermark Calendars from previous years — with dates updated for 2019, reformatted as PDFs and ready for you to download and print at home.

• Based on survey responses regarding Patreon, I’m launching a membership drive for the next two weeks, and as a thank-you gift, the aforementioned calendars will be given free to new and existing patrons!

• Finally, if Patreon or any recurring voluntary-support model isn’t for you, I’m also introducing the Friend of Wondermark Certificate, awarded as a thank-you gift to any person who makes a one-time “tip jar” donation.

Read on!


In the survey, I asked a lot of different types of questions, and got a huge variety of responses to consider. Below are some highlights from the data (click each image for a closer look).

Readership Survey results + 4 NEW downloadable items!
Readership Survey results + 4 NEW downloadable items!
Readership Survey results + 4 NEW downloadable items!

I confirmed what I suspected: that I’ve got a great audience — a seasoned audience, like a cast iron pan. I’ve got many readers who’ve been around a while. We are all growing old together.

Of course, the survey respondents are a self-selecting data set; but you are the people I care about, so that’s fine.

In addition, I was heartened to learn that, even in this age of social media, quite a few of you still visit the website directly (either manually, or by clicking a link in a feed).

This makes sense, if a lot of you have been reading since before everyone got buried up to the neck in algorithmically-derived content feeds!

That data point gives me some actionable intelligence: I’ve been meaning to work on revamping this website for a long time, to include mobile responsiveness, and comic searching, and storyline tagging, and other features of that nature — and now I know I should make that a priority.

I was also chuffed to see how many of you I recognized, not by name or email, but because you told me that you were the person who won this contest or that, or participated in this project or that. Many of those instances were a decade or more ago, and I’m so thrilled that you’re still here, still watching me do this dumb thing.

In fact, if you are a longtime reader (or any reader at all), feel free to come hang out in our low-key forum — the Wondermark server on Discord. (If you’re also a Patreon backer, you even get a special icon color!)

Feel free to come say hello — I hang out there myself when I have the time, and you can give me more feedback there directly, if you like.

Or talk behind my back when I’m not there! How would I ever find out??


The revamped website I just mentioned is something that increased Patreon support can help accelerate!

This chart below is the ostensible purpose for the survey — it shows the responses to my question about what kinds of premium content would be most interesting for patrons.

As you can see, the biggest response was “just make more comics, dummy.”

While more content is always cool, I think (the vast majority of) my comics should always stay free. I have already done the occasional bonus comic for patrons, though.

It was interesting to see the breakdown of opinions on all the different suggestions! (Click the image for a closer look at the chart.)

Readership Survey results + 4 NEW downloadable items!


As I mentioned above, I learned that a lot of you live outside the US, which makes shipping costs a big factor when it comes to merch.

Here’s one thing I can do to make things a bit easier on you:

For a limited time, I will ship you enamel pins anywhere in the world for free.

I’ve even already paid the VAT, for orders shipping to the EU.

Here are the six designs presently available:

Readership Survey results + 4 NEW downloadable items!


In the survey I asked a bunch of questions about Patreon, of course — for instance, I asked how many of you would be interested in becoming a voluntary supporter of Wondermark for a couple bucks a month.

Some of you weren’t into the idea. That’s fine. I’m gonna talk about it anyway.

This is a growth year for Wondermark. I’ve got some cool ideas that I’m really excited to work on this year!

But traffic is a little down, since a lot of people do confine their entertainment browsing to social media.

And I decided that I hate subjecting us all to ad trackers and everything that goes with them, so I removed all third-party advertising from this site.

Advertising was never a great revenue stream for me, but it was somewhat of one.

Now, though, I’ve manually upgraded all of you to an ad-free website experience — not just those of you who (like me) use adblockers.

With respect to replacing that revenue, well, I’ve got the new book collection coming out in the spring, and my usual convention appearances in spring and summer…but income bursts like that are sporadic, and it’s much easier to do long-term planning when you have something approaching a month-to-month predictable income.

That’s why I’m focusing my attention on Patreon this year. It works just as well for folks who want to see premium content as it does for folks who don’t care about that and would rather “set it and forget it” and go about their merry way with a warm feeling inside.

Many of you have already supported me in a different way — by buying merch, for example. That’s amazing and I’m very grateful! Making all kinds of things for people to enjoy is part of the job, after all.

But the following two charts show (a) how current patrons are feeling about their subscriptions, and (b) how many non-patrons seemed like you’d be open to hearing more about it:

Readership Survey results + 4 NEW downloadable items!
Readership Survey results + 4 NEW downloadable items!

Again, I begrudge no one for feeling like pledging on Patreon isn’t something they can or would care to do! The regular comic strip will always be free, as I mentioned above, and I hope I can keep entertaining you for free forever.

But I was interested to learn that a fair number of people were willing to consider the idea of Patreon.

If you count yourself in that category — if you’d be open to chipping in a few dollars a month, either because you want to tip me for the content you enjoy, or because you want to access the various bits of premium content that I post to Patreon — there’s no better time than the present.

In fact, here’s a special Valentine to show how much I love you:

Anyone at the $5-per-month pledge level or above on February 15th will get a FREE download of THREE DIFFERENT Wondermark desk calendars to print at home.

This includes current and new patrons both, of course! The download links will be sent on the 15th to anyone in the $5 tier or above, whether it’s a new pledge or an existing pledge.

Plus, of course, as soon as you pledge, you’ll get instant access to all the premium content that I’ve already posted to Patreon. (A full description of which is on my Patreon homepage.)


But wait — desk calendars?

Aren’t we done with the Wondermark Calendar this year?

Readership Survey results + 4 NEW downloadable items!

Each year, as you know, we do a special Wondermark calendar on a specific theme. Two hundred forty-nine of you have this year’s edition already!

But I’ve got years of calendars in the can over here that not more than that many people have ever seen.

So I’m reissuing the 2013, 2015, and 2017 calendars, updated with 2019 dates.

I’m hoping this might be of interest to folks who don’t have the budget for the premium printed calendar, or who live in expensive-to-ship-to places, but who’d still like to see the content that was released in prior years, which I’ve never reprinted anywhere since.

Or just folks who missed them the first time around!

Readership Survey results + 4 NEW downloadable items!

You can download the PDF, print it out at home, and have a Wondermark calendar!

Or if you don’t need a calendar, then you can have a weird book with 30 pages of art and jokes and some numbers on the side you can ignore! That’s pretty cool too, I guess!

Readership Survey results + 4 NEW downloadable items!

I’ve reformatted each calendar from the original editions so each individual page now shows four full weeks rather than two (replacing the multiple-narrow-pages model).

This means the dates on each page overlap with the previous page, so you still cycle through pages every two weeks to keep bobbing today’s date to the top, and therefore can still always see at least two weeks ahead. It makes sense when you see it, I think.

I’ve even included instructions for making your own desk easel out of cardboard.

Readership Survey results + 4 NEW downloadable items!

Or you can use an old Wondermark calendar stand, if you have one; or any ol’ book stand or easel; or even just a nail in the wall (if you don’t mind wielding a hole punch — I’ve also included a template for getting it properly centered).

So, if on February 15 you’re pledging on Patreon at the $5-per-month level or higher, you’ll get a download link for any (or all) of the three reissued calendars: The Gaxian Almanac; The Concert of Conscience; and the Absurd Sports League All-Stars.

Readership Survey results + 4 NEW downloadable items!

The Gaxian Almanac (originally released in 2013) – Whether you’re a visitor to planet Gax or an expatriate longing for home, this collection of useful bits of Gaxian history, etiquette, and culture is an invaluable companion. Learn why Gaxians habitually devour their own mothers, and marvel at the first Gaxian to bicycle down a volcano! Enjoy this beautifully watercolored tribute to one of the galaxy’s smelliest species.

The Concert of Conscience (originally released in 2015) – Many years ago, in a hall long since demolished, there was a concert which affected all in attendance in profound and maddening ways. The pages of this calendar are the only known account of what occurred, and even its veracity is suspect. From A to Z, each player and each instrument are profiled in these pages, and the uncanny effect of their playing is described. Be one of the few to know what really happened on that cold night long ago—a night dark, without any stars.

Absurd Sports League All-Stars (originally released in 2017) – How much do you know about Pox-Whip, the Many-Named Game, also known variously as Flea-Ball or Loud Checkers? It takes an entire year to explain all its rules, regulations, and customs, many of which contradict each other—but luckily, some of Pox-Whip’s most popular athletes are here to demonstrate the finer points of professional play. Even if you don’t yet know a sally from a stove, this All-Star collection will show you exactly why Pox-Whip is on its way to becoming the world’s most popular sport among weirdos.

No shipping required, just a little trimming once they’re printed out. The pages are sized to work on either US letter paper or A4 paper.

Or, if you don’t want to pledge, you can also buy any of the PDFs directly, right now.

Check out more pictures of the new calendars here.


Finally, I heard from lots of you that you don’t want to use Patreon.

You don’t want merchandise.

You don’t want to sign up for anything.

Yet you’d be willing to support me and the work I do, if only it were simple.

Some of you asked for a direct PayPal donation link. Here you go.

But PayPal’s not for everyone, either. Besides, if you’re kind enough to want to support Wondermark voluntarily, I’d like to give you something in return.

So I’d like to make you a Friend of Wondermark.

Readership Survey results + 4 NEW downloadable items!

I’ve set up a tip jar on my online store. You can tip any amount you like, and I’ll send you this downloadable Friend of Wondermark certificate that you can print out, and display proudly among your many other credentials and honors.

It legally awards you mineral rights to the kindness in your own heart.


IN SUMMARY:

• Want enamel pins? I’ll ship them anywhere worldwide for free (if you get 2 or more).

• Willing to become a sustaining member and pledge $5 to Wondermark monthly? Join or upgrade by February 15th, and on that date I’ll send every patron all three downloadable Wondermark calendars.

• Just want one of the downloadable calendars now? Buy the PDF directly.

• Just want to throw in a tip? I’ve got PayPal, or, contribute any one-time amount and become a certified Friend of Wondermark.


This sure was a long post! But I hope you’ll forgive me: I was so excited to get all your great comments and feedback, and maybe I went a little bananas with new ideas.

I’ll be yammering about this until-February-15th thing a few more times between now and then — you understand.

If you’ve already pledged, or have already decided that it’s not for you, then just assume we’re good and tune me out.

Again, to my pals on a budget: I’m right there with ya. There is no obligation to contribute anything; the comics will always be free. To my pals who’ve bought merch: you’re my heroes too.

But so many of you wrote and said “I’d be happy to help out if I only knew the simplest way,” or “I don’t need a million bells and whistles, I’d just like to contribute a little bit somehow.”

So if you do want to contribute something anew, and help subsidize the comic for everyone else to enjoy for free, I hope there’s something in this post that interests you, no matter the particulars of your preferences.

I never would have expected it, but voluntary contributions are on their way to becoming a more reliable income stream than merch, and frankly, that’s fine by me. It means more of the money can go directly toward
projects and content, instead of paying vendors and buying materials and postage.

And if you do contribute, thank you so much! You’re not just a Friend of Wondermark — you’re my friend, and that can’t be bought. Except with any sort of financial contribution, as described at length in this post.

More pictures of the Wondermark Calendar!

I’m back in the office after the Christmas break, and have resumed shipping out Wondermark Calendar (and Sick Elephant book collection) orders!

We’re making the associated Cast Cards at a rate of about 50 a day, so it’ll take another couple days to catch up to all the orders backlogged from December  — thank you very much to those of you who indicated you’d be OK with receiving your order in January.

Your orders are next on the docket! And now that we’re back on the assembly line, we’re moving through the backlog briskly.

I’m aware that last month, a feed error meant that a lot of readers missed some of the updates about the calendar. So I’m pleased to say that we do indeed have copies still available, if you’d meant to check it out but hadn’t yet!

More pictures of the Wondermark Calendar!

This year’s calendar, Examining Ill Pachyderms: A Veteronorfian Field Manual, is narrated by celebrated veteronorfian Sir Kel F. Finnt, who writes in the introduction:

An Up-To-Date Handbook For Progticioners of Modern Veteronorfory

Since my grobduation from mordical school, I have traveled the world exormining and diagmosing every manner of wild creature. I have specialized in pachyderms; particularly, the noble noodlenoser. I present here, in this useful guide, a description of conditions I have encountered in the field, as well as troitments I have administered to the afflicted animals. I also include reports from fellow progticioners in cases where I can personally vouch for their accuracy and efficacy.

The included illustrations were either drawn from the actual patient, or from memory or a third-hand description up to fifteen years later.

As a noodlenoser veteronorfian, you will encounter many animals suffering from the most peculiar of conditions. It is my hope that this guide will aid you in your diagmoses and troitments. Remember that you are not “veterinarians” — you are something different and thus, I must assume, better.

— Sir Kel F. Finnt

Sir Finnt also takes pains to remind any of us who may wish to attempt the “troitments” included in his field guide that “diagmoses” are legally distinguishable from actual medical diagnoses.

More pictures of the Wondermark Calendar!

Each calendar also comes in a FREE ENVELOPE.

More pictures of the Wondermark Calendar!

You can re-use a stand from any previous year if you already have one; or, you can pick up one with this year’s unique design!

The legs fit into the holes, so it can be shipped more compactly! It’s a MIRACLE OF EFFICIENCY.
More pictures of the Wondermark Calendar!

You can, of course, also pair your calendar order with a copy of The Elephant of Surprise — or, just get the book instead of the calendar.

I already have a second printing of the book on its way!

More pictures of the Wondermark Calendar!

My wife, once again, got conned into helping out. Maybe she’ll pack your order!

The Wondermark Calendar 2019 and/or Sick Elephant Book ]

More pictures of the 2019 Wondermark Calendar

Hey we actually have some printed calendars now!

They look like this!

More pictures of the 2019 Wondermark Calendar

Each card features a particular pachyderm with a problem — and the solution to their ill.

More pictures of the 2019 Wondermark Calendar

There’s no “Elle sycophants” or other such nonsense in this calendar. It’s just good, useful information about how to cure diseases that may afflict noodlenosers.

More pictures of the 2019 Wondermark Calendar

Also, you can get the veteronorfian himself on (one of our final few) Cast Cards — Sir Kel F. Finnt himself!

The Calendar Ace card (for past patrons who have participated to the tune of five calendars or more) features the vaguely elephantine lava creature from the “Un-Named Beasts of the Forgotten Wilds” calendar from 2016.

Both Cast Cards are optional, but free if you want them (the latter only if you qualify, of course)! There’s a menu on the order page for you to indicate yes or no.

More pictures of the 2019 Wondermark Calendar

There’s also an option to let you select how urgently you need the calendar! I am shipping them out this week for those who request haste (as many as we can manage, anyway). UPDATE: I’ve shipped all I can before Christmas; everything else will ship in the first run of January!

The true, formal print run of the calendar will not be complete until after Christmas.

But for the folks who indicated they would really love to get their copy as soon as possible, I have done a SPECIAL BESPOKE PRINT RUN.

It turned out I could get a limited number made in time as long as I was willing to do all the finishing work myself.

More pictures of the 2019 Wondermark Calendar

That means all the cutting, trimming and drilling.

So that’s what I’ve been doing the last few days, and it’s turning out pretty good, I think!

More pictures of the 2019 Wondermark Calendar

If you get one of these, you will probably get some charming hand-made irregularities included at no extra cost. Probably!

More pictures of the 2019 Wondermark Calendar

I will only be shipping the advance orders through Wednesday of this week (the 19th), or until supplies of the advance batch last, whichever happens first — then I’ll take a break to have Christmas with my family.

I’ll be returning to the studio the week after Christmas, picking up the “real” print run then, and commencing to ship the remainder of all orders!

Oh yeah, and I got the sick elephant books in too:

You can get the book by itself if you like, or bundle it with the calendar! It’s 132 pages long, somehow!!


Since we were a bit late getting the calendar going this year (WHAT ELSE IS NEW), there are still plenty of copies available, and I expect it will remain on sale at least through the first week of January.

Or they might sell out before then! But there are at least several dozen copies remaining as I write this.

Now I’m gonna go out to the garage and drill some more calendars to ship tomorrow! Maybe one of them will be…YOURS????

[ The Wondermark Calendar 2019 and/or Sick Elephant Book ]

First look at the 2019 Calendar + sick elephant book! New greeting cards too.

Here are some pictures of the (presently in-production) 2019 Wondermark Calendar, Examining Ill Pachyderms: A Veteronorfian Field Guide.

First look at the 2019 Calendar + sick elephant book! New greeting cards too.

If you have a wooden stand from any previous year, it will work with this year’s calendar as well — but this year we are also offering a 2019-exclusive wooden stand design, each of which will be signed and dated by me!

First look at the 2019 Calendar + sick elephant book! New greeting cards too.

Those holes allow the legs to ship flat INSIDE THE STAND ITSELF, which satisfies my perpetual desire for MAXIMUM EFFICIENCY.

And, optionally with the calendar or just by itself, also available is the sick elephant book collection, The Elephant of Surprise:

First look at the 2019 Calendar + sick elephant book! New greeting cards too.

I only printed a limited run of these for this season, so if they end up selling out, I’ll reprint them in January.

You can get any or all of the above right here!

And of course there will be an exclusive Cast Card — one of the final ones produced — available with the calendar or book as well.

As is true every year, the production and shipping schedule for the calendar is very, very tight. I cannot promise every order will arrive by Christmas — but there is a menu, when you order, that lets you select whether you do or don’t care about that in particular. UPDATE: I’ve shipped all I can before Christmas; everything else will ship in the first run of January!

I will prioritize shipping the orders for folks who say it’s important to get it by Christmas. And if you personally don’t care, I appreciate you letting me know that as well! I never really know how many of these things are purchased as gifts vs. purchased for oneself. Anyway, we will just try our best!


Turns out I will indeed have some new greeting card designs too:

First look at the 2019 Calendar + sick elephant book! New greeting cards too.

First look at the 2019 Calendar + sick elephant book! New greeting cards too.

These are available singly or in quantity, along with all of my other greeting card designs.

Greeting card orders are shipping without delay, since I know you have to receive them with enough time to send them back out!

More pictures of the calendar as I have them! About half of our limited run have already sold, so don’t delay!

New stickers & 2019 Wondermark Calendar pre-orders are open

I’ve just added a few more new stickers to the store:

New stickers & 2019 Wondermark Calendar pre-orders are open

I also have the usual complement of holiday cards! I was hoping to release at least one new card this year, but I’m still waiting on the order to arrive from the printer. So we’ll see when those actually show up.

I’ve changed the way the store handles greeting cards so that now each card design is an individual product, meaning you can order as little as one card!

And you can still get quantity discounts starting at 3 or more cards (the product page shows you a coupon code that you can enter at checkout).

The Multi-Purpose Cards in particular are also now available in this store as PDFs you can download & print out yourself.

New stickers & 2019 Wondermark Calendar pre-orders are open

The 2019 Wondermark Calendar is up for pre-order!

Patreon backers learned about it several days ago, so the first 60 or so have already been claimed.

There’s not much to show, so far — I’ll share pictures once there’s something to take pictures of — but if you already know you want it, you can claim your copy now!

New stickers & 2019 Wondermark Calendar pre-orders are open

This year, available optionally with or without the calendar is a new mini-book called The Elephant of Surprise.

It collects all the comics from the entire sick elephant saga, and somehow this makes it 132 pages long.

This is because for this book, I’ve broken strips into individual panels and spread them over multiple pages so they can be printed decadently oversized. I’ve also added a few panels here and there for pacing, or enlarged existing panels to show more detail.

This book also contains all of the classic Wondermark elephant comics that are referenced in the story! There are nine classic strips from 2003-2012 that get called back to in the saga proper.

Pictures of this book are forthcoming too! The first thing is to get it finished!

There’s also a couple of sick-elephant-related T-shirts — but you probably shouldn’t buy them, because you’ll look like a big dork, and we wouldn’t want that!!