28 -- Thanksgiving weekend for you crazy Americans...
Dammit, dammit, I really didn't wanna have to rush this update, but here it is, Friday morning, and I'm rushing it, trying to get this done before dashing off to the Students' Union Building at the University of Alberta to sell books for sweet, sweet bank.
Oh well. Here's the strip.
BUY MY BOOK
Further to that subject, dear Internet reader, please allow me to recommend that you buy my book. It is good. When I have more time I'll throw up some more delicious testimonials but for now you'll simply have to take my word for it.
Apostrophe posters back in stock
And, uh, that's it.
Nov 21 -- Whew!
I'm a little slow with the update today; there's been a lot of late-night partying around these parts. So, to work. First the cartoon:
Seriously, folks. It rules.
Links n' such
Nov 14 -- Back From Toronto!
Ah, yes, the Toronto Comicon. But first, a couple of preliminary matters. First, this week's strip:
Books books books
And this week marks the big local Edmonton launch of the UBOPE. This is old news to all you fine internet orderers out there, but the actual official launch of this book is next week, Tuesday, Nov 18, 7pm, at Greenwood's Bookshoppe. Then, like magic, the next day is the Super-Majestic UBOPE Launch Party, Wednesday, Nov 19, 9ish, at the Black Dog (Underdog). I urge all interested parties to attend the party; there will be free books, cheap books, fried chicken and rice roll long donut.
Still, as always, it was cool to get the chance to meet the half-dozen or so fans who showed up, folks with names like Dennis and Denise and Sadi, and I'm terribly, terribly grateful that you guys were able to make it.
Toronto the city is a blast, which is why I wasn't in a foul, foul mood over the weekend. Got to hang out with some Toronto friends and even got to attend the wicked housewarming party of Toronto slice-o-life three-panel cartoonist M@B. I also managed to drop some more books at two great Toronto comic stores, The Beguiling (yay the Beguiling! Woo!) and Silver Snail, so if yer in Toronto and you want some hot tasty UBOPEs, those are the places to go.
So where's the conundrum? Well, I still have a couple of shards of justification for the vertical thing. One is that I did it to test myself, shake things up a bit, learn to write for a new format. That still holds, though I'm still at the stage where I'm flailing around to use the format rather than knowing instinctively how to structure and pace a vertical cartoon. But, you know, you gotta push yourself. The bigger problem is that if I were to switch back to the old format I'd end up in a position where book 5 has both vertical and horizontal strips so one set or the other would have to be rotated or squashed or fiddled-with to make it work.
How will I deal with this? How will Bob continue to evolve and change in the vacuum of meaning that must of needs follow the publication of a book with a title like The Ultimate Book of Perfect Energy!!!? Stay tuned to find out! But a word of quick advice: if you find you're scrolling to read the strips, you might do well to thin up your browser taskbar at the top. Do you really need huge icons for the back, stop and refresh buttons? Fool around with it a bit, not just for Bob, but because you'll end up with a nicer, fuller browser window.
*mini-update later on Friday*
"Pick your favorite measure of presidential success: Peace, prosperity, economic health, honesty, world wide respect, job security, environment, human rights, Wall Street, size and intrusiveness of government, deficit spending, education, health care, whatever. There is literally not a single aspect of our lives that hasn't worsened under the leadership of George W. Bush."
I like that remark not only because it's true, but because it provides
a nice little summary, a list of all the areas damaged, and you can go
to any word on that list and start building a separate argument against
the Bush government. "Peace"? Well, a pre-emptive war of agression kinda
kills that one. "Honesty"? Well, then you just start going into the webs
of deceit and addiction to secrecy that characterize the Bushies. "Human
rights"? Summary deportments, illegal detainment at Guantanamo. See? It's
like the battle plans for the Death Star, a list of all the weaknesses
of Dreadnought Bush. And wouldn't you know it, Dreadnought Bush is crawling
with weaknesses! It's covered with them! Pick a place and start blasting!
Nov 5 -- Off to Toronto!
Or "T.O.", as we call it in some places. Yep, it's another early Wednesday update, courtesy of the fact that I'm heading to the Toronto Comicon this weekend.
I switched formats not long ago, and while some folks like the new vertical format, others have expressed displeasure at the change. I can only respond by saying
Gratifying orders continue to come in, and I continue to fill them, pumping package after package out into the world. So hot. Let me toss in another couple of testimonials I've received.
"THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU! You're [sic] book is so cool! You
had it shipped here to Sweden in record time! With a sketch and everything
too! Don't ask me why, but I laugh extra hard at your comics when they
are in book format! It's like your genius can only be fully appreciated
in it's [sic] entirety! I laugh when I read them online of course, but
your way of thinking becomes so much clearer (and funnier!) when you can
read a whole bunch of them at once."
Aw, thanks Rene. And then there's this one...
"GOOD JESUS LORD ALMIGHTY, I COULDN'T STOP HUMPING THE BOOK
WHEN I GOT IT, I LOOOOVE IT! BOB THE ANGRY FLOWER FOREVER!!"
Simple and maybe squishier than some might prefer, but he effectively conveys his enthusiasm, I think. And then here's a long one:
"It was hastily scrawled, true; probably one of five or six hundred
done in rapid succession... nevertheless, the signature and ballpoint pen
drawing of Bob inside the cover of my new book made my week. This
new book is, despite all of the ham-fisted America bashing (which, I'm
sure, is a selling point to most), my favorite so far. All the color
you jammed into this book came as a surprise to me, and you managed to
turn nearly every one of my favorite strips over the last year or two into
a veritable rainbow. And I wasn't sure about Lovebot at first...
the tone is so strange, I expected more humor, and if this is cynicism
it's the darkest, driest cynicism I've seen in a while... but I stuck with
it and was rewarded with some terrific art and a great ending that gave
me a warm fuzzy. All in all, very well done and thank you very very
Good, good. Keep ordering, folks! I have to announce a small tweak to the 4-pack deal, which is that I can't throw in any more apostrophe posters cuz I'm pretty close to running out. But it's still a hell of a deal!
Nov 1 -- Howdy folks... give me a second
I'm drunk, and I'm just trying to get a friend of mine, Edmonton Sun "auteur" Fish Griwkowsky, to set up a web site, so I'm showing him how easy it is by letting his add some stuff and uploading it. Perhaps this may lead to great things. At any rate, here is is. Pardon me for the indulgence. And, uh, buy some books...
How I met Garnet,
Short but sweet, the ringmaster said. Is how I would describe your date tonight.
I looked around the room, and sa
October 31 -- OMIGOD IT'S HALLOWE'EN!!
Well, here's my "Hallowe'en" cartoon, a scary little number called
Now that the big pre-order hump is over, UBOPE sales continue to dribble in at a rate that is pleasing but not pleasing enough. Christmas is coming, folks! Order order order! Already people are receiving their UBOPEs; let's hear from a couple!
"It is a surprising beautiful book, and I read it cover-to-cover
last night with relish (and with the requisite sense of unease which Bob
induces -- all part of the package). Ordering and receiving the UBOPE was
painless (it's my first book-of-web-comic purchase)."
Pretty good, huh? I particularly like the "ordering and receiving was painless" part. Here's another:
"Thanks kindly for the sticker and the poster and of course the fantastic
new book. Rushed straight to Lovebot to learn his story. Mighty
fine work there. Really, the whole damn book kicks a large quantity
Toronto Comic-Con next week!
October 24 -- BtAF: The UBOPE
** mini update Oct 2 afternoon**
Ahhhhhhhh.... finally, finally, FINALLY!. I got 3 copies of the book last Friday and then on Wednesday I took main delivery. I've already shipped half the pre-orders, with the other half to go out pretty much as soon as I'm done this update. So much into-envelope-putting! So much stickering! So very much form-out-filling! And yet the satisfaction of knowing so may fine people out there want this book, people from places as varied as Japan, Australia, Belgium, France, Germany, The Netherlands, Norway and Switzerland. Awesome! Keep buying those books, kids! Don't forget Christmas is coming! And these go out by regular post, so y'gotta allow 4-6 weeks for delivery, though it usually takes between 2-3.
The book looks rather awesome if I do say so myself, pretty much exactly as I'd envisioned it. I'm itching for you folks to get your copies so you can write me e-mails telling me how cool it is. But in order to get your copy it is necessary that you buy my book if you haven't already. And don't forget, I'm still offering my hot 4-pack deal, in which you get all 4 Bob books signed, as well as an Apostrophe poster, all for a mere $45! So good!
Various links n' stuff
And that's it for now!
October 17, 2003 -- So very close...
Okay, first, here's the new cartoon:
BUY MY BOOK!
Well well well... the book is just about, almost, not quite done, though I've been told by the printer that I may be able to pop over today and grab one, with full delivery on Monday. And once those books are in that means mailout, 250 sweet orders from you fine people as of this morning. Let's pump that up a bit, cats! Don't forget the mega-fantastic 4-pack deal, wherein you buy all four books for a mere $44 and you get them signed, sketched in and personalized, as well as stickers and an Apostrophe poster. And maybe you're thinking, "Well, I already ordered a book"; to that I can only say, have you no friends or loved ones? Don't you know somebody who needs these fine products? Of course you do. And isn't Christmas on the way with its gift-buying obligations?
Goofy links and such
October 11 mini-update
Just wanted to let you folks know I've posted a review of Intolerable Cruelty in the reviews section. Oh, and uh, buy the UBOPE!!!
October 10, 2003 -- UBOPE Mega-Madness
Well, I'm most gratified to all you loyal readers who dashed to your computers and whipped out your credit cards to buy my fine product, which I hope will be shipping within two weeks. But first, a quick cartoon:
Okay, the UBOPE!!!
After some wee confusion as to whether I was gonna start taking orders last Wednesday or next Wednesday, I started taking orders last Wednesday. As of this writing, I've got 125 orders, which give me feelings of happiness.
Some folks have written to ask whether they were in the first 50 or not, and thus eligible for all the extra stuff.. The way I'm gonna do it is I'll count the "first 50" as all the orders I received earlier than or on October 8. So, if you ordered either a UBOPE or a 4-pack in that time frame, then you get the whole fat package: books signed and personalized, stickers, reduced price and an Apostrophe poster.
How does it work from now on? Basically, I'm gonna shift the package over to the 4-pack. So if you order the 4-pack, you'll get them signed and personalized, you'll get the sketch, you'll get the reduced price, and you'll get the Apostrophe poster. If you're just pre-ordering the UBOPE by itself, it'll still be signed, it'll still have a sketch, and it'll still have the reduced price; it just won't have the poster or the personalization. Sound fair? Then order away, my pretties!
Now I'm going to bed.