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Final week for the store!

As the year’s end approaches, I should let you know that my in-house store, offering greeting cards and calendars, will close for the season after this Friday, the 18th! All orders made up through Friday will ship this week. After that, it’s January, baby. UPDATE: We have now closed for the season!

(Note that I cannot control the speed of the post office, so at this point in the month, I can make no guarantees about Christmas delivery. I think it may be likely, depending on when you order and where you live, but all we can do is our very best.)

My books, apparel, &c. at TopatoCo are also shipping now! TopatoCo has their own set of holiday deadlines which are a bit more restrictive. I recommend taking a look over there, as there are lots of fun things!


Just, you know, as an example.

TopatoCo also has a pop-up shop this year, at their Easthampton, Massachusetts headquarters! I believe they are offering local pickup of online orders there, so that is cool and new.

Here is more about our calendar, as well! I’ve talked about its name and the stuff you can get with it. Here is more about the thing, itself!

very colorful

Every year since December 2007 I’ve made a limited-edition Wondermark calendar. For the past five years, it’s been a progressive calendar, which means there are no gaps between months! This is an objectively more useful way to experience a calendar, as it is the way we experience real life.

In order to ensure that you can always see dates at least two weeks ahead (no matter where you are in the month), each calendar card is fortnightly rather than monthly. In other words, each card shows two weeks.

This also means that, rather than twelve pieces of art or photos or whatever like a monthly calendar might have, our calendar includes thirty new pieces of Wondermark art. WHAT VALUE!

Each year’s calendar is themed! This year, it relates the famous tale of Dr. Priscilla Dustbin, with each page displaying another of the strange creatures she encountered on her storied voyage around the world.

Here is a bit of background on Dr. Priscilla Dustbin, from the calendar’s introductory page:

the text is very important which is why it is so small

Little is known about Priscilla Dustbin before the launch of her famous odyssey. Born in Spanner-upon-Dredge to a carpentrix and a lorry pranger, she earned her doctorate by post while working in a dog factory, where she discovered and named six new types of dog, most of which had been concealed under some old blankets.

Soon, her heart broken by a fellow dogworker and her taste exhausted for things familiar, she set off on an expedition to the world’s wildlands, where she keenly observed, and sketched from life or memory, many curious creatures unknown at that time to Science.

Sadly, the day of her return, her valise was lost in a canal with all her letters inside. From that day till her death six decades later, she insisted it would be ‘a right bother’ to re-transcribe any of her recollections…

This year, a partial manuscript was found by chance in the Bodleian library, mislabeled as a Hungarian dictionary. Historians can now marvel at this chronicle of the wilds as they once were, long ago.

Here, in print for the first time, is what remains of the diaries she kept, the drawings she made, and the names she gave to the wonders she discovered on that journey.

It’s quite a rousing tale, and it takes a full year to unfold. It will be your constant, stalwart companion in the weeks and months to come.

I only print a limited number of these calendars every year; each copy is signed and numbered by me. I will show you more of the creatures inside over the next few days.

For now, I will advise that, as of this writing, only 62 copies remain unspoken-for. If it interests you, please don’t delay: claim one right now! It is now sold out!


Another look at the 2016 Wondermark calendar!


Here’s another little peek at the 2016 Wondermark calendar! Just a li’l update to say, over half the calendars have already been sold.  (Update: They are now all gone!) This is great for me! Maybe good for you too, if you got one? But maybe bad, if you haven’t yet!


I’ll be accepting orders in the ol’ store (for holiday cards, etc.) through December 18, after which we’ll close down for the holidays. Of course, over at TopatoCo they’re shipping tons of stuff all day long too! And T-Shirt Diplomacy, too. SO MANY CHOICES, SO MANY GOOD THINGS that people you love will think you are very cool for getting them!

First Look: Wondermark 2016 Calendar

The 2016 Wondermark Calendar is now available for pre-order! UPDATE: It is now sold out!

We expect them to start shipping in mid-December. Here’s a first look at the (not final) cover…

looking good there buddy

Un-Named Beasts of the Forgotten Wilds; And, The Names I Gave Them

From the Personal Diaries of Dr Priscilla Dustbin, duly recorded on her many travels to the Shadowy Corners of the Globe;

Subsequently mislabeled in the Bodleian Library, and only recently rediscovered by Quite Surprised Researchers seeking Quite Different Things;

Presented here Whole and Entire, unexpurgated, unabridged, without redaction in Any Instance;

Even when it might have been wise to Do So, for the Safety and Well-being of the Reading Public;

All entries assumed True, or, at least, Honest Observations by the Doctor of what she Thought she Saw;

Further judgment Reserved.

As in previous years, the calendar rides through the year on a special backboard, which you may re-use from previous editions if you already have one.

New for this year, every order will ship with a miniature commemorative plaque. This ‘Cast Card’ will feature a portrait of one of the calendar’s characters, along with a full list of their vital statistics. It’s sort of like a baseball card, except not about baseball, and made of wood.

This Cast Card is unique in design to the calendar offering, and one will be included free with all orders. (For those keeping track, it is Cast Card release #2. We have also done one for the Multi-Purpose Cards Kickstarter, which is shipping to backers now!)

And another thing! The very first Wondermark calendar was released December 2007. If this will be your fifth calendar (or more), we consider you a Calendar Ace! If this describes you, then you qualify for a second unique Cast Card, celebrating your achievement. It is a free gift from us, to say thank you!

looking sharp!!!

I’m big on commemorative plaques this season, friends.

More details on the calendar soon… Until then, you may feel free to reserve your copy now! As always, these are strictly limited, and they sell out every year. UPDATE: THEY HAVE

New holiday card! Bear with a barrel!

Here’s a brand-new holiday card! I have titled it “Barrel”:

Over at the ol’ Wondermark greeting card shop, you can choose from forty-six different designs. Holy moly! Forty-six! I hadn’t counted in a while!

Kickstarter orders for the cool boxed sets will start going out very shortly. In the meantime, if you’re not waiting on that, feel free to browse our full selection of cards, and pick up any that suit you! You can order as few as three cards (or as many as a million, I guess?).

I’ve got a fair number of the holiday-specific cards in stock, but not a ton… I won’t be ordering a restock, I don’t think (too much to do this month, between the Kickstarter and the calendar!), so once we’re out of stock for a given design, that’ll be it for the season.

So if you’re interested in grabbing some cards this year, my advice is not to delay!

Four New Good Things I’m Making

Here are FOUR different things I’m making this month!

••• FIRST •••

A short Kickstarter campaign for a new printing of my Multi-Purpose Greeting Cards!

The thing that’s different about this edition of the cards is that we’re packaging them in these super cool foil-stamped stationery boxes:

yes they are really that shiny

These boxes have no labels or branding…so, once you use up the cards, keep the boxes and use ’em for something cool!!

We’ve already past 45,000% of our funding goal so I am very excited. I even doubled the goal from the last project!!

Multi-Purpose, All-Occasion Greeting Cards on Kickstarter

••• SECOND •••

By popular request, and just in time for Thanksgiving: a new Turctopus T-shirt!

mmm, rubbery

“Sailors have long known the legend of the mysterious turctopus. Many a mug of grog has overheard tales of the ‘waddle in the waves’.

“The beast was swift – feathery – enough to feed a family of eight – and best of all: it came pre-brined.”

Turctopus: Everybody Gets a Drumstick on Teespring

••• THIRD •••

If you don’t want a NEW shirt but would rather revisit some of my OLD ones, I’m pleased to announce another wave of reprints & reissues at T-shirt Diplomacy!

pretty good stuff pretty good stuff

Some of these were only different things, before — stickers, or sweatshirts, or aprons, or stickers, or stickers. Others started their lives in different styles or colors.

For the past span of time they’ve been in the Disney Vault, or whatever. Now, a new generation of shirts emerges from the gloom and takes their place in the sun.

This reissue series includes, by popular request, “Everything is Fine”:

everything is just great

Reissued Wondermark shirts on T-shirt Diplomacy

••• FOURTH •••

I sure do like making “stuff,” but I know not everybody needs, or wants, more “stuff.” So, I have a Patreon, too.

I haven’t quite figured out what to do with it yet — suggestions are welcome! — but one thing I did do, today, was post a special bargain deal on greeting cards exclusively for Patreon supporters (“patreonauts”).

The stuff I do on this website will always be free — that’s my promise.

But if you are so inclined, by using Patreon, I’m able to set my hat gently out on the sidewalk in front of me. Patreon enables folks like you to chip in a tiny amount — just a buck or two a month, from multiple folks, goes a long way.

I’m very grateful to the people who’ve tossed a few coins into the Patreon bucket and become WONDERMARK WINNER’S CIRCLE MEMBERS! That is a term (and a status) I just made up, but it is absolutely how I feel about all of you.

Support Fun Things for Nice People on Patreon

Look at that! Some great stuff. It’s amazing, when you look at it all! Just put your hands on your hips and take it all in.

FINAL, OBLIGATORY REMINDER: I’m in Austin this weekend!