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Okay folks, we’re in Non-Denominational-Holiday crunch-time here. So I’m going to pass along a few vital pieces of news about the fundraiser, then get straight to today’s donations.
1. I’m well aware that I owe y’all some payoff after hitting our first two stretch goals. And our 150K goal of an interview and open to the public Q&A with Amber Benson is looming on the horizon.
Rest assured, I’m getting those blogs ready. But right now isn’t the best time to post them because….
2. It’s almost Christmas. So if you’re thinking of ordering gifts like some t-shirts, signed books, or the 2013 fantasy calendar, through The Tinker’s Packs, you might want to order sooner rather than later so we can get stuff in the mail to you….
2b. There’s new stuff in The Tinker’s Packs today. Stuff I haven’t talked mentioned or described on the blog yet.
2c. Why haven’t I mentioned it on the blog yet? Because today we’re showing off stuff awesome webcomic creators have donated. Not only do we have unique art and doodle books. But some of these fabulous webcomic creators are auctioning off cameo appearances in their comics, much like our authors did a couple days ago…
3. Also because we’re perilously close to Christmas, we’ve launched some auctions early. That way you can bid now and (hopefully) get things in time for your non-denominational holiday of choice.
For a peek at all the Worldbuilders Auctions, click here. There’s all manner of unique geek swag up for grabs. Seriously.
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Remember that while a few of the items below are being auctioned off, most of them are going into the Worldbuilders lottery. That means for every 10 bucks you donate to Heifer International over on the Worldbuilders Team page, you get a chance to win these cool books as well as thousands of others.
Plus, you get to make the world a better place, too.
Let’s not forget about that.
- Auction: A poster drawn by webcomic celebrities Jeph Jaques, Joel Watson, David Willis, Zach Weinersmith, Rob DenBleyker, Lar DeSouza, EK Weaver, Danielle Corsetto, and Randy Milholland.
(Click to Embiggen. It’s worth it.)
If you’re an avid reader of webcomics, you may have heard about Webcomics Rampage down in Austin. Some of the coolest webcomic artists around attend it, and this year, everyone who went made a poster just for our fundraiser. It’s 22″ x 28″ of unadulterated awesome.
Well… I won’t lie to you. Some parts of it might be slightly adulterated, especially the part with Pintsize from Questionable Content.
It’s a way cool artifact of webcomic fandom. If you’re interested, you should bid on its auction over here.
- A set of Volumes 1 – 4 of Shortpacked! by David Willis. Signed and doodled by the artist.
“Dave Willis has the unique ability to deliver the most deceptively evil punchlines with the most charmingly innocent illustrations.” – Brad Guigar
- A copy of Volume 1 of Dumbing of Age by David Willis. Signed and doodled by the artist.
“If you enjoy Willis’ other webcomics, or if the only reason you don’t enjoy them is because you can’t catch up with all of them, “Dumbing of Age” provides a fresh start with worn characters.” – Comics Alliance
- A set of Volumes 1 & 2 of Wasted Talent by Angela Melick. Signed and doodled by the artist.
“Angela Melick’s a mechanical engineer as well as an amateur cartoonist, and many of the entries in her Wasted Talent webcomic focus on the small joys of efficiency and rooms filled with geeky coworkers…. It’s by no means an in-depth look into the life an engineer, but it’s a delight to see Melick so delighted with her career” – Lauren Davis
- A copy of the choose-you-own-adventure book Trial of the Clone. Signed by the author: Zach Weinersmith of SMBC.
Okay. This is a really cool thing that Zach Weinersmith of SMBC dreamed up. It’s not just a choose-your own adventure story (though that would be cool enough. It’s a gamebook too.
Here’s a quote from their online store:
Trial of the Clone is a choosable pathway gamebook that allows the reader to make choices, interact with the world, and otherwise navigate through over 500 scenes and thousands of potential pathways. Readers can choose to simply read through the story or interact more fully with the book’s game by keeping track of statistics, items, and battles.
So yeah. This is cool. Between you and me? I just went and ordered 15 of them to give away as Christmas gifts to my geek friends.
- A set of Volumes 3 & 4 of Girls with Slingshots by Danielle Corsetto. Signed by the artist.
“GWS is the comic for that that enjoy a good dildo joke and farty cat humor sandwiched between excellent character development and compelling storytelling.” – Erika Moen.
- A set of Volumes 1 – 3 of Questionable Content. Signed and doodled by the creator Jeph Jaques.
I’ve been a fan of Questionable Content for years. Years and years.
Honestly, I’ve been a fan of a lot of these comics for years, but Questionable Content holds a special place in my heart because…
Honestly. I don’t know why. I just really love it. I’m considering going over to the team page and donating some money just so I’ll have a chance to win these doodled books myself.
What the hell. I think I will….
- Auction: A set of Volumes 1 – 8 of Penny Arcade. Signed by Tycho and Gabriel (AKA Jerry and Mike). Includes a sheet of Penny Arcade stickers
Penny Arcade is one of the best nerd comics out there, and they’ve got a charity of their own, so it’s nice that they could spread the love and give us some books to auction off.
- A copy of Volume 1 of Pantheon: Welcome to the Machine by Bill Willingham, Mike Leeke, and Bill Williams. Signed by Bill Williams.
“If Pantheon is just another superhero book, Tiger Woods is just another golfer.” Wizard Magazine
- Auction: A copy of Depressing Comic Book and a plushie from Cyanide and Happiness. Signed by Rob DenBleyker.
This book isn’t for the faint of heart. Half the reason we put it into an auction is so a poor, unsuspecting grandma doesn’t open it up and have a heart attack. Gram-Gram might not be able to handle this comic.
Which is why so many of us love it.
You know you want the book and the butt-signed plushy too. So bid on it over here.
- Auction: A set of Volumes 1 -4 of Super Stupor by R.K. Milholland. Signed by the artist.
“If I were to try to sum up Randy Milholland’s comics in just a couple of words, I think the words ‘delightfully twisted’ would work nicely.” – Tangents Reviews
These are seriously awesome comics. Bid on them, and they could be yours!
- 9 sets of Omnibus Volumes 1 & 2 of Gutters. Signed by Ryan Sohmer.
- Auction: A set of Omnibus Volumes 1 & 2 of Gutters. Signed by Ryan Sohmer.
These books are cool enough that we’re going to throw a signed pair up in an auction so you can win them for yourself.
- Auction: A guest appearance in the webcomic HijiNKS ENSUE.
The winning bidder will appear in a future HijiNKS ENSUE comic. You will also get to suggest topics for the final comic (tv shows, movies, geekisms, etc) that you are interested in.
The winning bidder will also receive an 11X17″ print of their comic signed by the artist.
HijiNKS ENSUE is an online comic that delves into the deepest recesses of geek pop culture searching for funny. Casual geeks and obsessed fanboys alike can appreciate HijiNKS ENSUE’s unique perspective on TV, movies, sci-fi, technology and the internet. Ed Brubaker once said HijiNKS ENSUE “is like Doonesbury for nerds.” This was probably more of a compliment than an insult… probably.
To bid on this guest appearance head over here.
- A set of Volumes 1 & 2 of Hijinks Ensue by Joel Watson. Signed by the artist.
I could get gushy about Joel’s comic, but why listen to me when you can listen to Wil Wheaton instead?
“Every time I read HijiNKS ENSUE, it’s like Joel shoved his hand into my brain, yanked out one of the geeky things that floats around in there, and turned it into a comic that I wish I’d written myself. And it’s hilarious every. Single. Time. HEY JOE GET OUT OF MY FUCKING HEAD.” – Wil Wheaton
- Auction: Joel Watson Print – Signed by the artist.
I feel like I should mention that Joel has been a great help to Worldbuilders this year. Not only has he sent us books and cool art (see above.) but he helped coordinate donations from a lot of the webcomic creators you see here in this blog.
Plus, he was cool enough to donate a signed copy of his Game of Thrones inspired art, too. You can bid on it here.
- Auction: Joel Watson Wil Wheaton prints – Signed by the artist.
The staff here at Worldbuilders guesses Wil Wheaton might want to buy one of these just to keep them out of the wrong hands. Any hands, really.
You, however, should bid on them over here so you can add them to the Wil Wheaton shrine you’ve built in your closet.
- Auction: A Cameo appearance in the webcomic The Wizard of Quippley by Adam Casalino.
Adam Casalino will Tuckerize you! (Which isn’t really as dirty as it sounds.) That means he will incorporate your name into one of his up-coming comics in his webseries: ‘The Wizard of Quippley.’ Become a mighty dwarf of legend, or perhaps a dastardly wizard, or even a strange, far-off land. Be forewarned, your name may be subject to Adam’s typical absurd comedy (let’s face it, it definitely will be).
To bid on this awesome tuckerization from this handsome man, go here.
- Auction: A Guest Appearance in the comic Looking for Group.
A cameo in the fabulous comic Looking for Group. The winner will get “Fwooshed” by the undead sorcerer Richard.
Looking For Group is a fantasy-based webcomic that updates twice a week. Written by Ryan Sohmer and illustrated by Lar deSouza, it has been ongoing since 2006.
You know you want a piece of this action. Go bid over here.
- Auction: A set of Volumes 1 – 11 of Girl Genius. Signed by Phil & Kaja Foglio.
If you don’t know Girl Genius, your life is a sad, sad thing, and you pretty much have to bid on these so you can remedy it.
So. Do yourself a favor. Go bid on this over here.
- Auction: Your name included in Girl Genius.
The winner will see her or his name (or the name of a designated driver, fiancee, creditor, beloved pet, etc.) appear within the Girl Genius comic story sometime within the next calendar year. The details are nebulous. Perhaps you will become the proprietor of a shop in Mechanicsburg. Perhaps you will be a walk-on character with lines. Perhaps you will die a heroes death, or go into that sweet good night sniveling like a punk. Perhaps you will become a reoccurring villain, or a last minute love interest (tricky, if we’re talking about your pet here). The possibilities are endless, mostly because we’re making this stuff up as we go along.
I’m not saying it was the high point of my life or anything. But it was probably up there in the top ten. Along with having sex and that one time I ate an entire cake.
So… yeah. So you should definitely go bid on this over here.
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You have to admit that there’s enough coolness in this blog to cook your brain like a toad thrown into a volcano.
Remember that you can view *ALL* the current Worldbuilders auctions here on e-bay.
Or, if you’d like a chance to win these books and thousands of others, you can donate on the Worldbuilders Team Page, over at Heifer international. For every $10 you pitch in, you get another chance to win something cool.
If you want to see the other items that have been donated to Worldbuilders, or learn more about the fundraiser itself, you can head over to the main page.