The New Coolness or How I Accidentally Published a Calendar

So a couple months ago, I went to Worldcon in Reno. While I was there, I had dinner with some friends of friends. One of those people was artist and illustrator Lee Moyer.

I like graphic artists. I like them because they do something I can’t, which effectively makes them magicians.

They’re also fun to have dinner with. You can get them all worked up about the weirdest shit. They’ll get all frothy talking about color. They’ll doodle on napkins. They’ll criticize the layout of the menu.

Best of all, if they have an ipad with them, you can look at their stuff while you’re waiting for your food to show up. This is not something you can do if you are, say, an author who writes 400,000 word fantasy novels.

At that particular dinner in Reno, Lee did have his ipad on him. He showed me some of his work: book covers, posters, commissions….

“Hold on,” I said, pointing at a tiny thumbnail. “What’s that?”

“Oh,” he said, “That’s a project I’m working on. They’re pin-ups based on literary figures.”

He brought it up on the screen:

“That’s really cool,” I said.

He smiled and pulled up another one:

I had to look at this one for a while. The Twain reference was obvious, but this…

“Oh god,” I said. “That’s Hawthorne, isn’t it? It’s Hester Prynne from the Scarlet Letter. She’s got an A tattooed on her chest!”

He brought up another one:

“That’s got to be Dickens, right?”

Lee nodded.

“What are these for?” I asked.

“A calendar,” he explained. “Literary pin-ups.”

“That’s something I’d hang on my wall,” I said. “Sexy but not smutty. Clever. Bookish. Where can I buy one?”

“I’m having trouble finding someone to print it,” he admitted. “I think people would love it, but the big calendar companies don’t seem interested.”

“You have twelve of these?” I asked.

“Yeah. It’s pretty much all ready to go.”

I looked at the sexy chimney sweep. She smiled at me.

“Hell,” I said. “I’ll print it.”

Lee looked at me oddly. This is not a thing authors normally say to illustrators.

“You see,” I said, “I run a charity called Worldbuilders….”

*     *     *

Fast forward to today.

The calendars are back from the printer and they’re gorgeous. We pulled out all the stops with satin finish and nice heavy paper. They really turned out nice.

I was going to wait until we officially started Worldbuilders to put them up in the store. But the truth is, I’m too excited to wait….

So instead, I’ve decided to give y’all a chance to order the calendar before the fundraiser officially starts up this year. Not only can you get some of your holiday shopping done a little early, but if you order now, we’ll be able to ship them out to you right away, before Worldbuilders starts making things crazy busy around here.

If you’re curious what some of the other months look like, here’s a peek at the back cover:

(Click to Embiggen)

A few additional notes:

1. As always, all the money you spend in The Tinker’s Packs goes directly to Worldbuilders.

2. If you order three calendars, you can get free shipping anywhere in the US. (Or 8 bucks off international shipping.) Just enter the code: LITERACY when you’re checking out.

3. You might want to order sooner rather than later. We’re probably not going to do a second print run of these, so when they’re gone, they’re gone….

4. [Edit 7:30 AM] Please be aware that there are two *different* calendar listings in the store. One of them is for art collectors. It’s signed by the artist, and it doesn’t have any holes punched in it. We’re only doing 50 of those, and we’re selling them for 75 dollars. The regular calendar is much more reasonably priced….

And one last time, just in case you missed the link to the store.

Share and enjoy, folks.


P.S. If you don’t know what Worldbuilders is, you can take a peek at last year’s fundraiser over here.

This entry was posted in cool things, sexy, side projects, The Tinker's Packs, Things I Like, Worldbuilders 2011By Pat47 Responses


  1. Widow Of Sirius
    Posted November 2, 2011 at 5:38 AM | Permalink

    Pat, why are you so cool?
    I have a secret passion for 50s style pin ups. I also have a less-secret passion for classic literature (though my career choice of English teacher makes that one rather obvious).

    I kind of need this.

  2. j3lps
    Posted November 2, 2011 at 5:38 AM | Permalink

    Hi Pat,
    The calendars look amazing! Thank you so much for having them printed.

    (Just a quick typo note: On this blog you’ve given the code for three calendars as LITERARY; on the Tinker’s Pack it’s given as LITERACY.)

    • Posted November 2, 2011 at 5:52 AM | Permalink

      Shit. That’s a big one. Thanks.

  3. Knightrous
    Posted November 2, 2011 at 6:13 AM | Permalink

    Yikes! Almost had a heart-attack when I opened up the Tinker’s Packs! First thing I saw was the same back cover for the calendar and a price-tag of $75, didn’t notice the front cover version off to the side until after I’d looked at the description of what made it so expensive. Bears considering the old saying, look before you leap.

    • Posted November 2, 2011 at 6:47 AM | Permalink

      Yeah. That’s the signed, numbered version we’re doing for collectors.

  4. Posted November 2, 2011 at 6:25 AM | Permalink

    Just ordered my copy, looks amazeballs!

  5. lykashii
    Posted November 2, 2011 at 7:08 AM | Permalink

    I love it! I’m going to order one when I get
    home. Even as a female I love it :)

  6. justajenjen
    Posted November 2, 2011 at 7:42 AM | Permalink

    Awesome! I need one. Why am I broke?

  7. QWOPtain Crunch
    Posted November 2, 2011 at 7:47 AM | Permalink

    This… This is amazing. Pinups are a classic item, but literary pinups?

  8. cjkoger
    Posted November 2, 2011 at 7:48 AM | Permalink

    Awesome. These are going to make a couple of great gifts, besides the one I get for myself. I love to see you using your powers for good and for awesome once again.

  9. emerson42
    Posted November 2, 2011 at 9:06 AM | Permalink

    I’m excited about Worldbuilders. My son is 3 1/2 years old now and is starting to understand it all. We’ve been taking the brochure they sent us and talking about it with him. Its been great to see him understanding it all.

  10. ktsmom
    Posted November 2, 2011 at 9:06 AM | Permalink

    Oh PLEASE get him to do a guy version!!!! I really don’t want sexy women on my calender. Or maybe cats? CATS would be even better. It could even be birds for gawds sake, but not women. sheesh!


    • Little My
      Posted November 2, 2011 at 9:15 AM | Permalink

      Yeah, me neither, but hey, it leaves us with a little more $$ for the OTHER cool stuff that’s going to come up at Worldbuilders. Something for everyone, and all that. . .

  11. SporkTastic
    Posted November 2, 2011 at 9:29 AM | Permalink

    Not “Or How I Learned to Love the Bombshells”? ;-P

    Definitely some budget-checking going on here.

    • Posted November 2, 2011 at 3:44 PM | Permalink

      Damn. That would have been a *way* better title….

  12. Stevo
    Posted November 2, 2011 at 9:37 AM | Permalink

    Jesus that calendar is beautiful! Seriously I love it, Alice totally rules the entire thing though :D
    Just WHY is shipping to Europe still so damn expanisve :/

  13. dancer7887
    Posted November 2, 2011 at 9:40 AM | Permalink

    So awesome! I already bought one! Too bad my boyfriend checks the blog too so it probably will be hard to keep it a surprise until Christmas. Oh well.

  14. PHXDale
    Posted November 2, 2011 at 10:08 AM | Permalink

    Had to buy it. Now practicing my mantra of “Honest, babe – it’s for a good cause.”

    The man-cave shall be glorious!

    Perhaps a version depicting your top 12 photo contest picks is in the works? Anything to bolster WorldBuilder’s coffers, right? :0)

  15. silenther0
    Posted November 2, 2011 at 10:27 AM | Permalink

    This is simply freaking sweet! Ordered myself a copy and just as PHXDale said I’ll have to try and convince the lady its all for a good cause lol. Although she does know I have a love for pin ups and books so I think it’ll go over ok… I think…

    Pat, it’s great you helped make this happen! Hope to see you guys coordinate on some other stuff possibly?

  16. drgnlvr
    Posted November 2, 2011 at 10:40 AM | Permalink

    No convincing going on, here! I AM the lady, and I bought FOUR. LOL… collector’s for the husband, calendars for me, my father, and a friend. Christmas might be a little early…

    The best part is knowing the money goes to a good cause. Pat, you rock!

  17. jonsimulacrum
    Posted November 2, 2011 at 10:42 AM | Permalink

    Sweet, I ordered three. I’m sure these will come in handy as gifts.

  18. Marcus Cox
    Posted November 2, 2011 at 11:08 AM | Permalink

    Pat, this right here is exactly why you are so awesome. I can only imagine a small percentage of the population would risk part of their money on something like this and you do it without a second thought. I am not an artist but I can only imagine how good it would feel to have someone be so generous. And to top it off you give the profits to charity. You are one of those rare individuals that make me feel better about humanity.

  19. slimjim247
    Posted November 2, 2011 at 11:42 AM | Permalink

    welcome back… we’ve missed you.

  20. Posted November 2, 2011 at 12:31 PM | Permalink

    I saw these going around at World Fantasy and thought they were amazing. I was going to hit you up for one, but decided to wait and get it from the actual fundraiser. It’s awesome that I don’t have to wait! Thanks!

  21. Posted November 2, 2011 at 2:24 PM | Permalink

    Step One: My appreciation so I don’t seem like a total ass (under review).
    Step Two: As an artist, you know we are capable of critically pointing out how the world is doing it wrong. So… It would be nice to see “Ipad” replaced with “tablet”.

  22. Emily Pierce
    Posted November 2, 2011 at 5:52 PM | Permalink

    I think I’m in love…..

    Love makes you do crazy things, like spend money before checking your bank account! Oh well, totally worth it! <3

    Thanks, Mr. Rothfuss, for being really fucking awesome.

  23. chaelek
    Posted November 2, 2011 at 5:53 PM | Permalink

    Is something this awesome even legal? I feel like it’s against the Geneva convention.

  24. priscellie
    Posted November 2, 2011 at 6:30 PM | Permalink

    Oh, man. I’m trying to get rid of things so I can move cross-country, but I might need to add one more items to my shipping boxes…

  25. Green Man
    Posted November 2, 2011 at 7:56 PM | Permalink

    In a world gone mad, this is awesome. Thanks!

  26. SeekingPlumb
    Posted November 2, 2011 at 8:27 PM | Permalink

    This is totally AWESOME!!! Thanks for taking this on!

  27. brian199
    Posted November 2, 2011 at 11:31 PM | Permalink

    Just saw this and had to get a few. Also went and shared the link on facebook Pat and have others sharing my post as well. Hopefully this will get a lot of attention for worldbuilders :)

  28. JadeZ
    Posted November 3, 2011 at 5:41 AM | Permalink

    Pretty slick!

  29. jonathanj
    Posted November 3, 2011 at 6:01 AM | Permalink

    What a fantastic idea!

    It would be even more fantastic if these were also available for purchase as a digital desktop wallpaper pack (one background for each month) since I: a) seldom use a desk calendar; and b) frequently wish I had more interesting desktop wallpapers.

  30. Posted November 3, 2011 at 7:44 AM | Permalink

    I’ve always read writers who died long ago, I can’t believe that I have the opportunity of writing my opninion, I’ve enjoyed so much you book, you’re really cool

  31. top
    Posted November 3, 2011 at 8:47 AM | Permalink

    Awesome calender totally got one

  32. geeky_girl
    Posted November 3, 2011 at 10:25 AM | Permalink

    Yeah yeah women are pretty. I’d get one if it was men looking hot.


  33. Ben Williams
    Posted November 3, 2011 at 2:29 PM | Permalink

    So I sort of blew a gasket in discovering I just missed your tour through San Diego.. Bummer. Great work on getting this guys art published. Look, real quick, about your books.. They’re amazing. And not like dinner was amazing or that line from a song is amazing. I want that word to carry the weight it used to when I’m talking about your work. It’s not just a great story, it’s beautifully written and the weave of it all is amazing. I can’t tell you how rare and refreshing that is. Wish you all the best in your endeavors. Also wishing you don’t find out about skyrim coming out next week and loose valuable writing time to that game. Don’t worry.. I’ll play enough for the both of us, I’ve got to do something to get over the depression of not having something you’ve written to read.
    Thanks for kicking so much ass.

  34. Jobi
    Posted November 3, 2011 at 2:59 PM | Permalink

    I may have to pickup a calendar or two because they are seriously awesome, but this was my first time visiting the Tinker’s Packs and I have to say I was impressed.

    I forwarded both of the signed copies of your books that are available to my wife, reminding her that Christmas was quickly approaching. I could really use a new copy of Name of the Wind, because the one I have I won in the 10 best sci-fi fantasy books of the previous decade contest over at TOR, and there were about 100 pages in the middle of the book when Kvothe is in Tarbean that were bound Backwards!

    I have never read a book from right to left and it was an interesting experience to say the least.

  35. ajalbinak
    Posted November 3, 2011 at 9:02 PM | Permalink

    Holy bezeezus. I can’t believe I just went through that whole registration thing, but I just had to be able to say, WOOT! As a female fan of the pin-up girl, not to mention someone who will eventually be found flattened like a pancake beneath the collapsed weight of the 3,000 books in my place, I of course needed to purchase this calendar immediately. I thought about asking for it as a Christmas present, but I just can’t wait that long. Besides, what if someone forgot to get it for me? It’s. Awesome. Thank you for making it happen!

  36. ObbiQuiet
    Posted November 4, 2011 at 1:01 AM | Permalink

    Hey Pat,

    Since I saw this yesterday, I’ve noticed it’s also made the rounds at IMGUR.

    At the time of writing, that single image had some 400,000 views. Great success. You officially started something.

    Man, it’s awesome to see you give the bump to another person. Classy.

    I also have a pin-up calendar I’m trying to get off the ground. It’s furniture-themed, in that there are no girls, merely furniture stacked provocatively on top of each other.

  37. bremon
    Posted November 4, 2011 at 1:07 AM | Permalink

    My god, this is brilliant. And, bought one. It will hang in my dorm room with pride.

    And…is there one for next year in the works?

  38. Posted November 6, 2011 at 3:50 AM | Permalink

    So awesome! I bought 3 the moment I saw this post, but then it took me a couple days to figure out how to log in and comment. They just arrived and they look STUNNING.

    Most people will be confused, but my fellow English majors will love them to death. I want one of these every year for sure, because I’ve always felt like hot girls need to be combined with more genres.

    Thanks, Pat!

    On a side note, you’re a serious inspiration. One of my friends stole my copy of The Name of the Wind without me realizing and got it signed. Best present ever, and there’s just one word in there: “write,” and by Hercules, I’m giving it a shot!

  39. Tattered Lucidity
    Posted November 10, 2011 at 11:38 AM | Permalink

    Just got my calendar yesterday — it is incredible! You have my vote to lock Lee in a small room and churn these out every year :)

  40. Jesse
    Posted November 14, 2011 at 5:00 PM | Permalink

    THAT is the coolest fucking calendar ever!

  41. vorsaga
    Posted November 21, 2011 at 8:21 PM | Permalink

    Have you ever participated in a Live Action Role Playing game or a Tabletop Roleplaying Game in order to test-run a character concept?

  42. Deborah Wolf
    Posted December 5, 2011 at 1:32 PM | Permalink

    I’d like to like this. I’d love to like this. But what I’d really like is a hunkafied version of this same calendar…show us a little beard, Rothfuss.

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