Comics and Cameos

So during the madness of the book tour, some cool things happened online. Things I would have liked to geek out about in a proper fashion here on the blog if only I’d had the time.

Unfortunately, for the vast majority of that month, I was too busy to get a full night’s sleep, let alone write any sort of cohesive blog.

So, somewhat belatedly, here’s a few of the things I wish I could have mentioned then:

Real Life:

The lovely Greg Dean over at Real Life gave the book a week-long mention in the comic, where he had some fairly cogent (if geeky) musings on the similarity (heh) between sympathy and string theory, among other things.

Here’s the beginning of that cameo.


Back in the long-ago. Back in the beforetimes. One of my favorite webcomics helped me spread the word about the paperback release of The Name of the Wind.

When The Wise Man’s Fear came out, we collaborated on another comic where I got to make a few good old-fashioned D&D jokes.

Girl Genius:

I’ve been fairly open and honest about the amount of love I feel for Girl Genius. I wrote a rather effusively gushy blog about how much I loved Phil and Kaja’s stuff not too long ago.

So it’s not entirely surprising that when I stumbled onto a charity auction on ebay that contained some Girl Genius Swag, I was delighted. I hovered on ebay, and crushed all who dared oppose me in the bidding.

As a result, I was the proud recipient of:

1. Signed copies of all the Girl Genius books.

2. A personalized sketch that I’ve been looking for an excuse to show off for months now….

(Guess which piece of art was the first thing I’ve ever had professionally framed…)

3. The promise that my name would appear in a girl Genius comic at a time and a place of Phil’s choosing.

I was expecting that my name might appear on a street sign, as he’s done occasionally in the past. Or perhaps he might name a disease after me, or something.

Much to my delight, I actually appeared in a brief cameo….

If you aren’t reading these comics, you might want to consider giving them a lookie-loo, as they’re some of my personal favorites.

Later all,


This entry was posted in comics, cool things, geeking outBy Pat32 Responses


  1. HikaShin
    Posted May 16, 2011 at 11:34 PM | Permalink

    :( link to Real Life has no link…

    • Posted May 16, 2011 at 11:42 PM | Permalink


    • priscellie
      Posted May 17, 2011 at 8:45 AM | Permalink

      You totally missed a golden opportunity to tell Pat his blog has no link to Real Life. :D

      (We love you, Pat!)

  2. theotherjason
    Posted May 16, 2011 at 11:44 PM | Permalink

    I am not the first. I am so not the first I feel it my duty to slink away and die of shame. But before that fateful moment I will require a serving of tapioca pudding. Or cheesecake. Yummy yummy cheesecake with some manner of fruit goodness on top. Fruity Oaty Bars are good too.

    • Little My
      Posted May 17, 2011 at 12:26 PM | Permalink

      I wouldn’t rule out delicious candy, if I were you.

      • theotherjason
        Posted May 19, 2011 at 12:25 AM | Permalink

        I want your case of Wonka Bars.

  3. Posted May 16, 2011 at 11:51 PM | Permalink

    That’s awesome!!
    I love finding more webcomics to read.

  4. Dianadomino
    Posted May 17, 2011 at 12:02 AM | Permalink

    I was reading those webcomics the first day the book came out and I was trying to squeeze reading time into my day! And I was filled with delight! :)

    Also, it made me really realize how awesome you are, Pat.


  5. Posted May 17, 2011 at 12:12 AM | Permalink

    Congratulations – these are awesome comics. You clearly deserve it!

  6. Jam
    Posted May 17, 2011 at 2:20 AM | Permalink

    Wow the art in Girl Genius is really quite exceptional! I had no idea webcomics were of this class

  7. katelyn
    Posted May 17, 2011 at 2:41 AM | Permalink

    AWESOME. And I can’t wait to see the photos picked for the contest.

  8. Marcus Cox
    Posted May 17, 2011 at 5:08 AM | Permalink

    The last panel of Real Life really should have been “Kvothe kills a king.”

  9. Widow Of Sirius
    Posted May 17, 2011 at 6:23 AM | Permalink

    “EVERYBODY dies.”
    I can see you saying that to someone who asks :)

    • Sokol
      Posted May 17, 2011 at 7:17 AM | Permalink

      … and then they all rise as zombies. Not just zombies, but Zombies with Sympathy.

      Wow, does that make them Sympathetic Zombies? thus leading to the straight line “How do you make a sympathetic zombie?”

      • priscellie
        Posted May 17, 2011 at 8:43 AM | Permalink

        It worked for Joan Frances Turner in “Dust.”

  10. James Walker
    Posted May 17, 2011 at 7:18 AM | Permalink

    Hah I remember the Goblins comic – it’s that one that actually got me to start reading your books in the first place!

  11. huoxingren
    Posted May 17, 2011 at 10:09 AM | Permalink

    I have a Master Elodin in my university. This is my first year, and I guess I’ve never seen him walking barefoot because it’s cold, but now that summer’s coming I’m pretty sure he will do it. Could Master Elodin have a baby and teach her things about bees by the way? That would be such a coincidence xD

  12. phayes
    Posted May 17, 2011 at 10:13 AM | Permalink

    points for “lookie-loo”!

    Who granted me the power to unload points on unexpected blogsmen?

  13. Erzberger
    Posted May 17, 2011 at 10:38 AM | Permalink

    I guess everyone knows about the Penny Arcade comic about WMF. But if anyone is interested in seeing a video how they created that comic:

    Thought this would fit in today´s blog´s topic.

    • Posted May 17, 2011 at 1:03 PM | Permalink

      Yeah. I was going to include it, but I already mentioned that in a previous blog…

  14. Posted May 17, 2011 at 12:26 PM | Permalink

    This is completely off topic, but I just saw that Joss Whedon wrote the script for and is directing The Avengers. I thought you may like to know that.

    • mrdmdoza
      Posted May 17, 2011 at 12:48 PM | Permalink

      Yes! Coming out May 2012.. will be epic

  15. AR
    Posted May 17, 2011 at 1:23 PM | Permalink

    I don’t know if you were setting a trap for pedantic physicists, but the comic in Real Life talked about entanglement, not string theory. Quantum entanglement is in normal vanilla quantum mechanics.

  16. deltaflip
    Posted May 17, 2011 at 7:26 PM | Permalink

    I have one single question to ask: Are you thinking with Portals?

  17. jpohlmeier
    Posted May 18, 2011 at 9:42 PM | Permalink

    I think the best part of the Real Life comic might be that you are wearing a Blue Sun shirt at the end.

  18. Mickey
    Posted May 19, 2011 at 5:31 AM | Permalink

    Pat Rothfuss, riding high on the ever rolling cavalcade of coolness ! Now to get a guest villain spot in the Dark Knights’ gallery of rogues, yes ? Lets face it, who wants to be a good guy ALL the time….

    Congrats Pat, you rock the biggest one !!!

  19. Naberius13
    Posted May 19, 2011 at 11:44 AM | Permalink

    Ok .. this is totally unrelated, but I just had to comment.

    I just opened up the June issue of Romantic Times … and you’re on page 15. Apparently, you are one of the “Eight Awesome Authors to Watch.” And, a reviewer says this about your books: “…And they’re just so poetic in places – the opening and closing chapters of each book are just gorgeous…”.

    I was surprised to see you in Romantic Times (which I only look at because I’m a librarian, and they have reviews for SF/F books, which I select for our library) …. but it was pretty cool to see you mentioned (with a photo, too!). I’ll have to point this out to one of our patrons who is a rabid Rothfuss fan (he was at your signing in Oakbrook, IL …. and I’m sure you would remember him). :)

  20. Posted May 19, 2011 at 10:25 PM | Permalink

    Did you hope we would forget about your previous appearance on Real Life Comics if you didn’t mention it? Never!

  21. Lochcelious
    Posted May 19, 2011 at 10:41 PM | Permalink

    The Lockless box with no apparent openings…perhaps made from the wood of the Cthaeh… Congrats on the comic appearances!

  22. Beej
    Posted May 23, 2011 at 3:09 PM | Permalink

    Are Phil and Kaja the same artists who did a strip for “Dragon” magazine (an old D&D mag) years ago? The artwork seems very similar.

    If so, they had one piece I love to this day in which they talked about how hard the D&D world would be in real life, toting around hundreds of gold pieces, wearing armor, walking miles and miles, etc.

  23. tlvierra
    Posted June 1, 2011 at 6:08 PM | Permalink

    Totally OT, but in the interest of Oot, must share a review of the coolest little book for tots, Press Here by Herve Tullet. Goes like this: I spotted this book on Sunday, bought it, gave it to my nephew Harry (age 22 months) on Memorial Day. His review:
    “Ooooh.” [giggle] “squeal! squeal!” [blows on it, giggle] “Squeal! squeal!” [giggle, shakes all over] “Squeal!” [claps hands] “Squeal! Ooooh, oooooh! Squeal!” [giggle] “Again, yaah!”

    His mom and I were asked to read it with him approximately 20 times in under 24 hours. The Book Auntie scored a home run. :D

  24. chat
    Posted February 25, 2012 at 2:07 PM | Permalink

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