The 2013 Fantasy Pin-up Calendar: Announcing our Authors

Last year, as some of you might remember, I accidentally published a calendar.

We did it as a fundraiser for Worldbuilders, and it fit in with our book-centered geekery pretty well because each month featured a pin-up based on a classic literary figure.

Like Mark Twain:

Lewis Carrol:

Or Nathanial Hawthorne:

At some point while working with the artist, Lee Moyer, we ended up discussing how it would be cool to do a similar sort of calendar, but with more modern authors.

Maybe even doing it with some of the more popular authors that write in the genres we love.

Maybe we could even do it with, say, some big-name fantasy authors.

So I made some phone calls. Lee did some sketches. And almost before we knew it, a bunch of amazingly generous fantasy authors had agreed to help us raise money for Worldbuilders.

Up until now we’ve kept a pretty tight lid on this project. But now it’s time to show off the cover and announce the authors that are involved.

Take a look:

You really need to click on that to see the bigger version. If only to read the names more clearly.

Seriously. Look at that. Gaiman AND Pratchett AND Harris AND Martin.

And Ray Bradbury. The man himself. He agreed to be a part of this not long before he passed away.

Really, there’s no names in there that aren’t big names. I’m solidly geeked about everyone involved.

This is all we’re showing off for now. Just a bit of a teaser. You’ll see some of the finished pin-ups in the weeks to come, and we won’t be shipping them out until November. But I wanted to let everyone know what was coming for a couple reasons….

  • A heads-up to retailers.

Do you run a bookstore or some other geek-friendly business? Do you love things that are awesome? Would you like to sell copies of the calendar and help make the world a better place?

If so, drop us an e-mail at:

questions [squiggly at sign] worldbuilders.org

We’ll make it happen.

  • A chance to pre-order.

You can pre-order your copy of the 2013 calendar right now if you like.

We’re even offering a special pre-order deal. If you order 2 or more calendars, you’ll get a $6.00 discount if you use coupon code PINMEUP.

Also, we’re shipping calendars out in the order they come in, so ordering early means you’ll get your calendar sooner.

But you need to remember that this is a pre-order.

Amanda’s Edit: Good news, everyone!  We’ve extended the pre-order to last through November 3rd, so you’ve got more time to get in your order!

Calendars won’t start shipping until early November.

Still, if you’re interested: you can head over right now and order copies from our online store: The Tinker’s Packs.

Later Space Cowboys,

pat

This entry was posted in being awesome, cool news, cool things, Worldbuilders 2012. By Pat49 Responses

49 Comments

  1. Rebecca
    Posted September 10, 2012 at 3:44 AM | Permalink

    bam! one ordered :) can’t wait!

  2. Posted September 10, 2012 at 3:52 AM | Permalink

    As soon as I’m paid on Friday, you shall have my monies!

    I wonder though, will the crème de la crème in December be yourself in the classic Constanza pose, with a tastefully placed novel or two? =-P

  3. Posted September 10, 2012 at 3:56 AM | Permalink

    I second RayC’s suggestion for December :D

    More generally, pleeeease have chaps in there too – maybe the pin up is opposite sex to the author? Men can do a lovely job too!

  4. Athanor
    Posted September 10, 2012 at 5:40 AM | Permalink

    http://media.tumblr.com/tumblr_ma19pbnyCX1qa0x8s.jpg

    although the shipping fees to France are a bit expensive, i’ll see if i can find some people to mutualize the order =)

    • Posted September 10, 2012 at 1:34 PM | Permalink

      That’s definitely the winning strategy for international orders.

    • luneart
      Posted September 11, 2012 at 3:29 AM | Permalink

      @Athanor: I’m from france too and interested as well. how about we share those 10.5$ fees?

  5. alucard210
    Posted September 10, 2012 at 5:45 AM | Permalink

    Will order as soon as possible, wait a second, did I just read a Cowboy Bebop reference?! Now ordering two.

  6. Marcus Cox
    Posted September 10, 2012 at 6:19 AM | Permalink

    I clicked the picture to read the names then spent several minutes looking at the books on the shelf. I find myself doing this whenever there are pictures that contain a bookshelf.

    • maine character
      Posted September 10, 2012 at 9:28 PM | Permalink

      Same here, like if it’s a photo of an author in front of their bookshelf.

      With this one I was amazed at every book cover done out in such detail, and with the pattern of her shadow across many as well.

    • missalena
      Posted September 12, 2012 at 9:41 PM | Permalink

      Books?

      Oh, there they are! Wow, that really is amazing detail. Can’t wait to pre-order mine!!!!!

  7. jayh
    Posted September 10, 2012 at 6:44 AM | Permalink

    Okay, I was looking into ordering one or two. So, for the signed copy, how much of the 100 goes to Worldbuilders and how much to the much deserving artist?

  8. Posted September 10, 2012 at 7:50 AM | Permalink

    Another vote for men as well as women pin-ups. Please!

  9. Ippswich
    Posted September 10, 2012 at 8:05 AM | Permalink

    Done and done! I’m pretty sure I’ll forget about it by November, so it’s going to be an awesome surprise in the mail!

  10. Eudaimoniac
    Posted September 10, 2012 at 8:42 AM | Permalink

    While i like the idea, to me – there is something wrong with the proportions on the shelf. It might be the composition or the ligting, but it looks askew to me…

  11. Jormungandr
    Posted September 10, 2012 at 8:43 AM | Permalink

    So this is maybe an odd request, but any chance of there being an electronic version of this? I don’t really hang a calendar anywhere at home, and so I really wouldn’t use the paper version, but if the images are anything like last years’, they’d make great desktop wallpapers. I could wait until the images escape into the wild and grab them piecemeal at whatever resolution people scan them in as, but I’d rather pay for them all legitimate-like, and get a good quality image.

    I understand there might be licensing issues, so this might not be a possibility, but I figured I’d toss the idea out there.

  12. drgnlvr
    Posted September 10, 2012 at 8:50 AM | Permalink

    I, uh… have those shoes… LOL! Now I must have the calendar, of course.

  13. Yandrak
    Posted September 10, 2012 at 9:34 AM | Permalink

    ordered mine! cant wait for november!

  14. priscellie
    Posted September 10, 2012 at 9:42 AM | Permalink

    I can’t wait to see the finished product! This has to be one of the coolest projects I’ve ever been involved with.

    Priscilla
    “Miss April”/”Miss Butcher”

  15. DMage
    Posted September 10, 2012 at 9:56 AM | Permalink

    Wait… no Brandon Sanderson? no Orson Scott Card? got to ask… why not?

  16. AloneMordakai
    Posted September 10, 2012 at 11:12 AM | Permalink

    Am I the only one that was hoping the pictures would be of the authors dressed as pinups?

  17. Posted September 10, 2012 at 3:58 PM | Permalink

    I LOVE love my 2012 pinup calendar, and I have not peeked once at any of the coming months.

    I’d like to add that my husband has also quite enjoyed the pinup calendar, although not for the same reasons as myself. :-P

    I’ll be getting the 2013 as soon as I get paid! (Freelancers don’t have set pay dates! Boo!)

    Me want. Me want bad. Heh.

    Go Worldbuilders!!!!

    sparkly jules

  18. Posted September 10, 2012 at 4:34 PM | Permalink

    Looks awesome… pre-ordered!

  19. elmobob14
    Posted September 10, 2012 at 5:21 PM | Permalink

    For avoidance of doubt, is this the news that you referenced in your earlier blog post?

    I’m slow on the uptake when in comes to what constitutes news and want to know if I should still anxiously await or nod my head approvingly.

  20. Posted September 10, 2012 at 7:16 PM | Permalink

    Great idea. Nicely done as well.

  21. evandy
    Posted September 10, 2012 at 7:31 PM | Permalink

    Pat,

    The connection on this comment is tenuous… but it exists like this:

    Calendars = Art. Art -> Pictures. Pictures -> Covers. Covers -> Question:

    Which leads up to my question…. which cover (of YOUR books) do you like best? Name of the wind must have more covers that just about anything, plus all the foreign editions….

    Oh, and calendar ordered. The Librarian picture is something else.

  22. AJM
    Posted September 10, 2012 at 10:06 PM | Permalink

    I would love a copy of this calendar but it just sold out on the website! Is there any way that I can still get a copy? I’m getting 3 of next years calendar for myself and some friends, but the images from this year were so amazing, I want them too! Help!

  23. justajenjen
    Posted September 11, 2012 at 7:42 AM | Permalink

    Ooh! Me! I just moved to France!

  24. Warhound Ulrik Ezickial
    Posted September 11, 2012 at 9:30 AM | Permalink

    I got mine!
    ‘North Australia “look out” 2013 Author Style’
    Can’t wait till Novemberish =) !!!!!!!!!!!

  25. pawnshopblues
    Posted September 11, 2012 at 12:23 PM | Permalink

    do we get a sexy male pin-up Kvothe?

  26. GrayCloak
    Posted September 11, 2012 at 10:28 PM | Permalink

    Any chance of seeing some of Lee’s sketches?

  27. Rahl
    Posted September 12, 2012 at 9:48 AM | Permalink

    Pat, for those of us in international waters is there any chance of getting a digital version (PDF maybe?) or even a digital version of last years to keep for posterity??

    Thanks 8 )

  28. Silaqui
    Posted September 13, 2012 at 7:14 AM | Permalink

    Any plans, however tentative, to reprint last year’s for 2013 for those of us who missed out last year?? That would be awesome!!

  29. Ealaiontoir
    Posted September 16, 2012 at 7:55 PM | Permalink

    I’d love to see a similar calendar done with sexy men– they seem to be a neglected subject in popular art, which makes me a sad panda ;.;
    Any chance of that happening?

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