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New cards + the 2014 Wondermark Calendar.

I have some new holiday cards for you! The line of Wondermark greeting cards — Monocle Poppers™ — are always popular around this time of year, and I’m pleased to share these 2014 DEBUT DESIGNS:

“Mad Night”


The design above is by the wonderfully talented Emily Partridge! Emily gave me this design last year and told me I could do what I wanted with it, and what I want to do is pay her a royalty on these cards. Because they’re super great and I like ’em!

These and dozens of other card designs are available for you to order right now, if you like!

The 2014 Wondermark Calendar

Is available now for pre-order! UPDATE: It is sold out. Its title is:

Roll-A-Sketch Yearbook: 2014 Graduating Class

A Record; A Reminiscence; A Catalog; A Chronicle; An Indictment; A Regret; A Cautionary Tale For All Time of The Grand Experiment & Mistake.

LIKE EVERY YEAR SINCE 2008 — it is available in strictly limited edition only, each piece individually signed and numbered.

LIKE EVERY YEAR SINCE 2009 — you can get the calendar with display apparatus included, or just the cards themselves, if you want to reuse the stand from last year.

LIKE LAST YEAR — this is a biweekly progressive calendar, meaning rather than being broken into months, it’s broken into 14-day chunks, and no matter what day of the month it is, you can always see at least two weeks ahead. (More on the unique design in these posts from last year: Part 1 / Part 2 / Part 3)

LIKE LAST YEAR — The art is created by me, and beautifully watercolored by my friend Max Loren Shepard!

New For This Year

The art on the calendar is Roll-a-Sketch drawings, with added biographical information about each strange creature! The art is all mine, and the color is by Max.

Last year, we ordered wooden backboards cut to size and then had to spend a bunch of time sanding and drilling holes in every single board. This year, however, I’ve made the acquaintance of a man with a laser cutter! (Seen here working on the deluxe editions of the Machine of Death game.)

The backboards available this year are custom laser-cut wood, with integrated easel legs, manufactured to order by my new best friend, Jason Lioi of Dapper Devil. The separate metal easel is no longer required; this backboard comes in three pieces and can stand on its own once assembled (which takes all of two seconds).

Of course, the cards themselves are fully backwards compatible with last year’s stands.

In addition, I am offering — as an exclusive bonus with the calendars — a brand new book, called Horrid Little Stories:

Horrid Little Stories collects all the calendar content (art and text both — not the grids, though, because who cares) from the 2008-2012 Wondermark calendars. Sixty grim little tales in all! (Max painted the cover to this one too.)

The book is available as an option with the calendar, if you like! All copies of the book that ship with the calendar will be signed by me. For the moment, this particular book is only available here, now, with the calendar.


I still have all of last year’s original paintings from the Gaxian Almanac. They look like this:

They’re super wonderful pieces of art — my halfway-okay pencil drawings were really enlivened by Max’s beautiful paintings!

So this year, I’m offering the ultra-limited ART COLLECTOR BUNDLE, which gets you the new 2014 calendar, the Horrid Little Stories book, and one of these pieces of original art, matted with that card’s text from last year’s calendar, and signed by me and Max.

The overall matted pieces are 8×10″. Only 29 Art Collector Bundles are available! And only 250 calendars overall are available!

This is a PRE-ORDER. The calendars, books, and original art will ship by December 18.

(If you order greeting cards and a calendar both, unless you specify otherwise I will ship you the cards right away, then follow up with the calendar later in a separate shipment.)


Enliven your life in 2014 with 27 fortnights of Wondermark and Roll-a-Sketch!!

Valentine Cards & Discounted T-Shirts

It’s almost Valentine’s Day! If you’d like to order some Wondermark valentines, such as the above or any of the below, well that can be done right here. Maybe I should have mentioned this weeks ago! But wasn’t it just Christmas???

Also, I’ve just put a big stack of misprinted T-shirts on clearance! Not just my own designs, but also a few from my fine friends Kris Straub and Ryan North (who will get paid for these sales, of course).

If you’re more interested in VALUE and SAVINGS than SHIRTS WITHOUT INK SMEARS ON THEM, OR HOLES IN WEIRD PLACES then perhaps this is the deal for you!

Kris and Ryan and I are working on something else big, too — a Machine of Death card game! More info to come about that in the next couple of weeks.

[Wondermark Valentine cards • Misprinted T-shirts]

P.S. I just remembered that TopatoCo has a few of my shirts on clearance as well! Where is my Elephant and Everything is Fine are both priced to move right now. I really like both of those shirts and will miss them when they disappear!

Celebrating Beardsgiving with new shirts, aprons & cards!

As we know from our canonical List of New 2012 Holidays, November 30 is Beardsgiving: the holiday where you surprise your loved ones with luxurious new beards as they sleep. I hope it’s going well for you! Everybody loves awakening to a bushy new beard — and if they don’t, perhaps reconsider why you consider this person a loved one.

Here is something new for the beard-lover (or beard aspirant) in your life. The Beard Measuring Shirt:

Like all the best metrics, it is a threshold basis. Either your beard is long enough, or it’s not. If not, you know what to do. GET TO WORK.

Hey look, a hoodie! I BELIEVE IN PIRANHAMOOSE:

I’ve wanted to do a hoodie for a long time, but couldn’t land on a design I liked. But I love this one! On the front breast it says “i believe” in tiny letters. And the ink GLOWS




So if you’re ever lost in the woods, you’ll make an easily-spotted meal be able to signal rescuers!

Now for what’s possibly the most amazing thing ever. The Cooking Wizard Kit:

Based, of course, on this comic. You can get the apron alone, or the full kit which includes a WIZARD HAT and the “Magic Wand of Gastrostir” (which grants +5 Deliciousness).

Come on. WIZARD HAT.

Finally, I’ve been told there are a final two sets of Wondermark Artist Edition 5-Packs left — I drew these extras just in case any of the prior orders got lost in transit, but it looks like the Postal Service’s lack of failure has become YOUR GAIN. UPDATE: These are gone!

These and many other fine things are available this very instant at my TopatoCo store.

IMPORTANT NOTE! TopatoCo has posted their list of Christmas shipping deadlines. It takes them time to pack and fill orders, so please carefully study this chart to see when you should place your order (and what speed of shipping you need to use) to guarantee a pre-Christmas delivery.

New Wondermark Holiday Cards

I’m also pleased to announce that my in-house store is all stocked up and ready to ship holiday cards! Here are two BRAND NEW designs for this year (click the images for a closer look):


And “Negotiator” (based on this comic):

All of my cards can be purchased in mix-n-match packs, with quantity discounts available. Here is the full list of cards! Order soon, so you receive them in time to send them back out. We’ll be packing and shipping here as quickly as we can. Thanks so much for all your support!

The new books are in! So I made a contest!

I’ve got so much to say that I’ll just start listing stuff! ITEM NUMBER ONE:


You can buy it right now from TopatoCo. (Click the image below for bigger)

This book is my longest yet — about 15% longer than the previous hardcover volumes. It’s full of comics, of course, but also elaborate digressions, the long-form “The Gax of Life” short story, a Piranhamoose children’s book, and tons of other fun stuff. It was so much fun to make and I’m so glad it’s here! It came out gorgeous.

For a limited time I’ll also draw in your books! I’m taking the Roll-a-Sketch idea and adapting it — you can choose up to three strange elements from a list (ideally at random), and I’ll create a drawing that combines them. This option is available on the book’s purchase page. UPDATE: This is over now, thanks everyone!

If you’ve never picked up any of my books, here’s a special treat for you! My first couple hardcovers are out of print, but we’ve saved a few just so we could offer a 5-pack of books once the new one arrived. To begin with, we’re only offering the 5-pack as sketched-in Artist Editions: UPDATE: These are also gone!

But if you’ve only got a few bucks, no sweat! Also new is this little guy, my first themed Wondermark collection and an homage to the old Fawcett comic-strip paperbacks I loved as a kid:

And I’ve lowered the prices on some of the other books too: The Annotated Wondermark is now only $8. Dispatches from Wondermark Manor, the Tweet Me Harder book, and Machine of Death are all now only $15.

September Prize Sweepstakes

If you pick up any of the Wondermark books — the new ones or any of the older ones — between now and the end of the month, you can enter a giveaway for prizes! You could get a copy of one of my personal favorite humor books, or I could make you a Zimbabwean trillionaire. Or you could win a bunch of my personal working notes for the new book, Emperor of the Food Chain. UPDATE: This is also over.

Check out the sweepstakes entry page for more details! (And if you already bought books from me at SPX last weekend, you can enter the sweepstakes too!)

A New Shirt As Well

Of course I would be remiss if I didn’t mention my new T-shirt that handily defines the notion of futurism:

Based, of course, on the stunning poster by Carly Monardo that we’ve offered for some time.

Oh Yeah and Machine of Death Too

We’re gonna have some big Machine of Death news this week. REALLY BIG. Like, hard-intel-about-the-sequel big. But for the time being let me just drop these on you…

The MOD Disposable Edition is now the cheapest way to get MOD in print, and it’s even available in bulk rates for book clubs, classes, and gift-giving bonanza time.

Only read ebooks? We’ve put the MOD ebook on a thumb drive. And we’ve thrown in the complete audiobook as a free bonus, read in many cases by the authors of the stories themselves, and in other cases by our charismatic friends from the world of webcomics. (You can also bundle the thumb drive with a print edition for a steep discount.)

Finally, we’ve added two new sets to the MOD Death Prediction Card tins. Above are some sample cards from the new “Plague & Pestilence” set of death cards, representing premodern deaths, from the caveman era to the Victorian era. There’s also a new “Deck C” expansion pack, full of more general-purpose deaths for your various prediction needs.

The Capsule Summary

• Buy the new book today, and have me sketch in it for you.
• Enter the contest to win prizes.
• Grab a T-shirt, thumb drive, or Disposable MOD while you’re shopping.

Thanks so much for your support! These new books and products are all done without the benefit of a major publisher. They’re not in bookstores or retail outlets, and we have no budget at all for promotions or publicity. You guys are the front lines and I appreciate every kind word and compliment! I have a ton of fun putting this stuff together and I can’t wait for you to see it all in person.

Sneak peek of a new Wondermark book!

I just got an advance copy of my newest book in the mail today!! (Click any of these pictures for bigger)

It’s called Emperor of the Food Chain, and it’ll feature:

  • Over 100 comics, including all the Piranhamoose comics to date
  • “The Gax of Life” short story originally published in the Dark Horse Presents anthology
  • Several pages of “Ask Gax” advice columns
  • A handy “Zoological Times Table” for your reference
  • Several pages of rejected strips and guest comics
  • Lots of “advertisements”, ancillary material, and new jokes written just for the book
  • All this PLUS an introduction written by my very own mom!

Although it shares a form factor with the Dark Horse books, Emperor is published by my good friends at TopatoCo! And since it’s been a little while since the last volume (Dapper Caps & Pedal-Copters came out in 2010), Emperor is around 15% longer than the previous volumes.

I’ll be launching the book at SPX in Bethesda, MD next month, and then it’ll go on sale online! Artist Editions (containing original sketches) will be available for a limited time as well. I’ll talk more about that once I’ve got the dates all firmed up, but they’ll probably be available starting September 17.

I spent most of the spring working very hard on this book and I can’t wait for you to see it!!