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Graphic Novels and Beautiful Books

So while I was off in Seattle for a quick trip, we hit our 500,000 dollar stretch goal.

Which means this is happening:

Yeah. The delightful Brothers Chaps over at Homestar Runner are going to put together a full-length video of Strong Bad (re)writing and reading that beloved children’s classic, The Ocelot and The Porridge Maiden. I think Hans Christian Anderson wrote the original version of that one late in his life when he was addicted to cough syrup. 

Needless to say, this is pretty cool for me. As I’ve been a fan of Homestar for nigh unto a decade.

If you don’t understand why this is cool, you should probably head over here and browse around.

Those of you who do understand why it’s cool: Spread the word.

And now, today’s books

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  • Copies of In Real Life by Cory Doctorow and Jen Wang. Signed and inscribed to Worldbuilders by Cory Doctorow.

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Everything about the description of this book made Amanda want it. MMORPGs? Yes. Cover blurb by Felicia Day? Awesome. An honest and beautiful take on poverty, culture clash, and adolescence? Abso-freaking-lutely.

“A lovely graphic novel for gamer girls of all ages.” – Felicia Day

“The combination of girls-only gaming; gorgeous, stylized artwork; and a meaningful, sophisticated message about online gaming makes this a surefire hit for readers everywhere, especially girls.” – Booklist, starred review

Normally we don’t put two blurbs up for books, but this one seems to warrant it.

We have several copies of this, most are going into the lottery, but we’re also putting one up for auction, so you can bid on that over here.

  • Copies of Through the Woods. Signed and doodled by Emily Carroll.

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I read this book a couple nights ago, and honestly? It kinda freaked me out.

And I mean that in the best possible way. These stories were unsettling. Unnerving. I read it before going to bed, and after I finished it, it had given me too much of a wiggins, and I had to read something else before I could turn off the light and get some sleep. Seriously. I’m 40 years old, and this book *got* to me.

Simply said, I *loved* this book. It’s probably one of the best things I’ve read all year.

Before you think to yourself, “I don’t want to read anything that causes a great brimful font man-toughness like Rothfuss to flip his shit.” Let me share with you what one of the worldbuilders team had to say about this book:

“I’ve loved Em Carroll for years, ever since I read ‘His Face All Red’ – that particular story still sticks with me and gives me the shivers in the best way possible. Her haunting stories could scare the pants off the most hardened hearts (which I definitely am not), and the beautiful artwork just makes the words all the more chilling. Even if you don’t like scary things, go buy this. I scare easier than a cute kitten and I still loved Through The Woods.”

The copies we have are signed and doodled in them by the author/illustrator. Most are going into the lottery, but we’re putting one up for auction, so if you want to see some of the art, or bid on it, you can head over here.

This year, faboo publisher First Second Books sent us some graphic novels as well…

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I’ve enjoyed a lot of Box Brown’s work over the years, so I was excited to see this book included in First Second’s donations. Plus, who doesn’t want to know more about Andre the Giant?

“Larger-than-average André the Giant had a larger-than-life personality to match, and award-winning cartoonist Brown manages to capture the legendary wrestler’s career in charming, heartfelt black-and-white panels.” – Booklist

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“Expect readers to clamor for the next installments of this.” – Kirkus Reviews

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“A sort of Games of Thrones for the younger set, this epic adventure is filled with battles, swords, and ancestors showing up as ghosts and zombies … Giallongo’s artwork is gorgeous, filled with rich colors that capture the wildness of the mountain. He gives even the faces of passing animals complex emotions.” – Publishers Weekly

  • Copies of Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant by Tony Cliff.

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It’s great to see a series with a strong and adventurous heroine, and from the looks of this book we’ll get that and more.

“… destined to join the ranks of such classic duos as Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. A scrumptious Turkish delight.” – School Library Journal

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I read this comic last year, and was pleasantly surprised to discover that it was the first project of a new publisher: Improper Books.

Simply said, I dug it. And after they read my gushy review about it online, the folks in charge sent some along to the fundraiser. They’re cool like that.

“Porcelain is a gorgeous, gothic fever dream, beautiful and terrifying and funny and sad all at once. It is also that precious rarity, a perfect comic.” – Lev Grossman

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These come from my very own collection. As I’ve mentioned before in the blog, I love Girl Genius and I love all of you, so it seemed only fitting to bring those things together.

As it says above, these are signed, so we’re auctioning them off over here.

  • Sets of 5 Very Good Reasons to Punch a Dolphin in the Mouth and How to Tell if your Cat is Plotting to Kill You. Punch a Dolphin is signed and doodled by The Oatmeal.

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I did a signing with Matt Inman (also known as The Oatmeal) a while back, and it was a blast. He let me touch his Tesla (which isn’t a euphemism) and I was delighted to discover that he’s as delightful in person as his writing might suggest.

He was kind enough to send us some copies of his books, so we put one set into the lottery for all of y’all to enjoy. And another set up for auction, where you can bid with gleeful abandon.

Books from Dreamhaven.

Last but not least, we’ve got some lovely stuff from Dreamhaven Books. Dreamhaven is a bookstore (and publisher) located in the Twin Cities, and they’ve been supporting Worldbuidlers for ages. They also are Neil Gaiman’s go-to bookstore since he has a house so close to there, and because of that they carry a lot of exclusive and otherwise cool Gaiman items, some of which are included down below…

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Greg is the owner of Dreamhaven, and he’s put together a collection of stories about bookstores. Something that’s close to our hearts. This is the original hardcover printing with more than 5 bookstore-centered stories, and an introduction by Neil Gaiman.

  • Hardcover, first edition copies of The Night We Buried Road Dog by Jack Cady.

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This is a collection of short stories by the Nebula and World Fantasy Award winning author Jack Cady, who passed away back in 2004.

Greg discovered a box full of first edition copies, and sent them all along to us. They’re hard to come by, many of you will have the chance to win them in the lottery if you donate to Heifer International on our the team page.

  • Auction: A hardcover copy of The Best American Comics 2010. Edited and signed by Neil Gaiman.

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The Best American Comics series invites a guest editor every year to choose the best comics from graphic novels, pamphlet comics, newspapers, magazines, mini-comics, and the Internet. Back in 2010, Neil was asked, and it created an awesome collection.

“It’s hard to flip through this book without finding a lot worth reading (and rereading).” – The Onion, A.V. Club

If you want to add this to your collection, or just want to read what Neil thought were the best comics of the year 2010, bid over here.

  •  Don’t Panic: The Official Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Companion by Neil Gaiman.

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Published in 1988, this is one of Gaiman’s earlier works. It’s a great examination of the Hitchhiker’s Guide universe and all that surrounds it.

“Definitely a devotee’s book, Don’t Panic operates on several levels at once. The book pokes hilarious fun at the tell-all books by cult heroes as well as at the industry that inevitably grows up around phenomenal successes like Douglas Adams’s bizarre, witty radio series and ensuing novels.” – Publishers Weekly

  • 50 copies of Now We are Sick: An Anthology of Nasty Verse edited by Neil Gaiman and Stephen Jones.

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“Slick, gross, humorous, wry, slanted, poignant, moving, vomit-inducing and great, great fun . . . If you have the same warped sense of black humor as I do, then this is a definite must.” – Starburst

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Neil Gaiman worked on the reboot of this series and made it entirely his own. There’s also beautiful art within the series by John Romita Jr, who’s done a lot of other great work for Marvel. This includes a gallery of all the original comic covers, Romita’s character sketches, and Neil’s original pitch to Marvel for the project.

“Gaiman’s storytelling savvy combined with Romita’s distinct and compelling artwork makes this omnibus collection of all seven Eternal comic books an absolute must-have for all those who call themselves comic book fans.” – B&N Review

There are also two copies (one of each cover) up for auction, so you can bid on the green cover over here, and the comic cover over here.

  • 20 copies each of Telling Tales and Speaking in Tongues CDs, both by Neil Gaiman.

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These are a bit more rare. They were published Dreamhaven Books, which makes them extra cool, and also means that’s really the only place you can get them easily.

Or, you could donate some money to the Team Page and have a chance to win them while making the world suck less.

  • Rare, limited edition, slipcased copies of Anansi Boys. Signed by Neil Gaiman.

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Everybody here in the office is coveting this book.

This is a super-rare and beautiful edition of Anansi Boys, featuring some great artwork. Aside from the book itself being full of awesome, there’s a companion notebook containing all sorts of goodies: an interview with Neil, his original outline, deleted scenes, manuscript pages…

We’ve got one going into the lottery, and another up for auction, over here.

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We’ve unlocked some great stretch goals in the last week or so, so be sure to swing by the Worldbuilders website to check them out.

One of the ones we passed recently is a livestream of a day in the office here at Worldbuilders HQ. It’s going to be tomorrow, Tuesday, December 9 and we’ll probably start it around 12pm CST so that folks can tune in during the day or in the evening when they get home. We’ll definitely be here late that day, so be prepared to see us in all of our frantic glory as we get everything ready for the final days of the fundraiser. We can’t promise to be as cute as something like a Panda Cam, but the team does tend to flail around almost as much as baby pandas, so there’s that.

I’ll be in the office helping out (or at least trying to), and in the evening I’ll be having an AMA on Reddit, so we’ll be hanging out and answering questions while that goes on as well.

We’ve got 8 days left, folks. Help us spread the word so we can end things with a bang….

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More Guest Appearances and Delicious Comics

 

This is a Worldbuilders Blog.

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.

(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.

Each copy of these books has a doodle in itcheck them out.

“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.

I’m particularly fond of these doodles, as well.

“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.

“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.

There are so many doodles...

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.

“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.

I think I’ve been reading Randy’s comics longer than anyone else’s on this blog. While I’ll always be a fan of Something Positive, I am rather fond of his new venture: Super Stupor, to0.

“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.

These are gorgeous, Mammoth books. And our lovely sponsors over at Blind Ferret have given us a bunch of them for our lottery.
The Gutters is truly a unique webcomic beast… At the end of the day, the combination of a rotating art cast with Sohmer’s wit and criticism of the comic industry equals a damn funny webcomic that had the Unshaven Comics crew doing spit takes while we roamed through the archives. ” – ComicMix
  • 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.

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.

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.

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.

You know how much I love Girl Genius.  I even appeared as a Doctor in it once.

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.

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Webcomics Galore!

This is Worldbuilders blog.

Today we have a great delicious slurry of donated cool from the webcomic community.

Most of these goodies are going into the general lottery, but we’ve got a good number of auctions, too. We’ve got guest appearances in various comics, some signed art, a few cool collections, and a frikkin Dr. Who scarf that will be going to the highest bidder.

First we’ve got some stuff from Blind Ferret Entertainment

There is a place, set in a reality and time unlike our own, where the eating of small children is not necessarily frowned upon; where beings of extraordinary power can destroy entire villages with only “because I could” as an excuse; where families are comically torn apart and sold into slavery in exchange for powerful weapons or a really nice hat; where prophecy, magic, and adventure is as common place as setting fire to and then re-animating a chipmunk into a skeletal minion (it happens more than you’d think); and where an epic journey can begin by an accident of fate. This is the world of Looking For Group.

The winner of this auction will work with webcomic writer Ryan Sohmer, on making a guest appearance in Looking for Group. The guest appearance will happen sometime in February. It will be a one-time event with the possibility of a few pages. The winner of the auction will be put in touch with Ryan.

You can bid on this auction over here.

Least I Could Do is what comics should be. It makes you laugh, sometimes it makes you a little sad, but more often than not it makes you think, about who you are, and where you are going. Perhaps if everyone had just a little tiny spark of Rayne in them (and I do mean tiny. Dear God, too much Rayne would make for a terrifying world), perhaps our world would be a better, more honest place… If you aren’t reading Least I Could Do yet, then click your browser over there and get started. Believe me, you’ll be glad you did.” – Geek-life.com

  • AUCTION: Signed Hardcover of The Absolute Ultimate Gutters Omnibus Volume 1 by Ryan Sohmer

Pat’s Note: I didn’t know about this project by Ryan Sohmer until the book showed up for the fundraiser. I like to think that I’m pretty on top of the good comics that are out there, but the fact that I didn’t know about Gutters proves that I’m desperately out of touch. It’s really clever stuff.

The Absolute Ultimate Gutters Omnibus Volume 1 is the first printed collection of the wildly popular Gutters comic. Written by Ryan Sohmer (Least I Could Do, Looking For Group), Gutters is a series of standalone pages that parody the comic book industry and the heroes and characters that dwell within. Each page is penciled, inked and colored by a different artist, varying from the industry veteran to the newcomer.

Volume 1 is an over-sized full color (and glossy) printed book. With a cover by Darick Robertson (The Boys, Transmetropolitan) and a forward by Daniel Way (Deadpool, Wolverine), you won’t want to miss this.

You can bid on this giant book over here.

Pat’s Note: Okay. Fine. This isn’t a webcomic. But the lovely Jim Zub donated these books after we’d posted up the list of graphic novel donations. Rather than save these for next year, we decided to tuck them in here…

Two nameless mercenaries are mashing monsters and making a name for themselves. Image’s new hit fantasy action-comedy series has gone through multiple printings of each issue released so far and is getting rave reviews from readers and critics alike. Pick up the first collection and find out what all the excitement is about. Collects Skullkickers #1-5 and the short stories from Popgun Volumes 2 & 3.

Pat’s Note: XKCD is one of my favorite comics. Smart, funny, plus extra smart and extra funny.

Randall Munroe describes xkcd as a webcomic of romance, sarcasm, math, and language. While it’s practically required reading in the geek community, xkcd fans are as varied as the comic’s subject matter. This book creates laughs from science jokes on one page to relationship humor on another.

Pat’s note: I can’t remember when I first stumbled onto Biff, but these comics are like little zen stories. They’re little haiku of bizarre misery. Fun stuff.

“R. K. Milholland has created one of the most entertaining web comics online right now. He has done this through excellent character development, precise comedic timing, a cynical attitude and a craftsman’s attention to detail in his art. The strip is not for everyone. It can be offensive, cynical, and textually graphic. Language is not filtered at all, and so the strip is not suitable for children. If you enjoy cynicism, dislike stupidity or self-righteousness, or if you simply wish you could express yourself with a baseball bat rather than a snarky letter to the editor, you’ll enjoy this.” – A.G. Hopkins at The Webcomics Examiner

  • One set of Hijinks Ensue Volume 1 and 2: Godspeed, You Fancy Bastard and My Heart Is A Hate-filled Pineapple by Joel Watson. Signed by Joel Watson.

“Watson’s account on the origins of his webcomic is a fascinating read on how he came to the decision to quit his job and do HijiNKS Ensue full time. It’s a nice testimonial on the values of following your dreams and leaving a legacy. Watson doesn’t hide the fears he has of failure. I appreciate the sometimes uncomfortable honesty of a man who’s willing to risk it all on a crazy dream.” – TheWebcomicOverlook.com

“When Willis flexes his crazy, nerdy sense of humor, he can squeeze out classics. And while the content is catered toward basement dwellers, Willis does possess a sense of comedic timing that makes the strip funny for everyone, even if you have no idea what a KISS Player Transformer is. (Philistine.)” -TheWebcomicOverlook.com

The winner of this auction will collaborate with webcomic artist Greg Dean, on making a guest appearance in a Real Life comic. While only one comic is guaranteed, the guest appearance may span more than one strip if the character becomes entangled in a longer storyline. And while the nature of the strip will be collaborative, the final call on content does belong to Greg. The winner of the auction will be put in touch with Greg.

You can bid to be in the Real Life world here.

  • Auction: Fourth Docter Who Scarf donated by Greg Dean.

Proving just how cool and talented he is, Greg Dean of Real Life Comics fame, has donated this amazing reproduction of the Fourth Doctor’s famous scarf. What makes this total win? Greg Dean spent around 70 hours knitting this beauty on his own. A month of toil led to the creation of 13 feet of woolen Doctor Who splendor. Just to make sure it was up to snuff, Greg wore the scarf a bit this winter before sending it to Worldbuilders. He also wore it in Real Life as well. So not only are you getting this neat Doctor Who inspired swag, but the creator of Real Life Comics made and briefly wore it.

You can bid here for this delicious scarf.

“Questionable Content is kind of like if the guy from Office Space turned into a disaffected twenty-something year old with a pet robot who spent his off work hours hanging out with baristas and discussing indie-rock, poop, relationships, and ladies’ bottoms.” – Examiner.com

Gaming fans will appreciate this awesome imagined scene that Jeph Jacques has created featuring the cool characters from his quirky webcomic Questionable Content.

This print measures 11 inches by 17 inches and is signed by the man himself.

You can view and bid on the auction here.

  • AUCTION: Signed & Numbered The Complete Collection of Girly by Josh Lesnick.

The super sexy Complete Collection of Girly by Josh Lesnick. Pat is donating this signed and numbered collection, 270 of 500. Josh Lesnick’s cool comic was published at girlyyy.com from 2003 to 2010 and now this auction winner can get one of the few copies of the Complete Collection of Girly.

This auction also comes with a signed illustration from Josh Lesnick.

To view and bid on this auction, click here.

“For more than 20 years, various cartoonists have jostled for the title of spiritual heir to Gary Larson, the famously weird creator of the groundbreaking strip The Far Side. Web cartoonist Gurewitch is a solid contender for the title. His preferred subject matter certainly tracks Larson: murderous mimes, vengeful T. Rexes and adulterous rolls of coins all make appearances… Subtle, sly and deeply, deeply weird, The Perry Bible Fellowship is one of the best comics out there.” – Publishers Weekly

AUCTION: A full set of the signed Girl Genius softcover collections AND your name will appear in Girl Genius in 2012.

That’s right, a full set of the Girl Genius softcover collections (That’s 10 books, each with a cover price of $22.95) mailed to you or to that special friend who once saved your life. They will all be signed by Kaja and Phil, AND- The high bidder will see their name appear within Girl Genius sometime in the next calendar year. Maybe you will just run a shop in Mechanicsburg. Maybe you will be a walk–on character with lines. Maybe you will become a recurring major villain with your own mini-series and sexy minions and an action figure and underoos and everything (this is extremely unlikely, but in an infinite universe, anything can happen).

You may recall a certain Doctor Rothfuss who made his own appearance in the Girl Genius world…

We love Kaja and Phil. They are awesome clever folks. Check them out on their webpage.

And check out this tempting auction here.

  • One copy of The Splendid Magic of Penny Arcade: The 11 1/2 Anniversary Edition by Jerry Holkins and Mike Krahulik. Signed by Gabe and Tyco.

Pat’s Note: If you’re interested, last year I did a fun interview with Jerry.

“If you’ve been living under a rock for the last ten years or so, you might not have heard of the web comic Penny Arcade. Produced by Mike Krahulik and Jerry Holkins, the comic, featuring two cameo characters called Tycho and Gabe, covers not only the ins and outs of the latest news and releases from the video game industry, but geekdom in general. Well-known SFF figures such as John Scalzi and Wil Wheaton are staunch fans of the comic and well acquainted with the authors in real life; the foreword of this book is written lovingly by Scalzi himself… The book is an easy, often hilarious read, and an absolute must-have for fans of the comic and newcomers alike.” – SFSite.com

  • Three copies of Penny Arcade Volume 7: Be Good, Little Puppy by Jerry Holkins and Mike Krahulik. Signed by Gabe and Tyco. Introduction by Pat Rothfuss.

Pat’s Note: I got to write the intro to this book. Which makes me feel like a big man…

“Do not be deceived by this cutesy cover of Tycho and Gabe having fun with a puppy and butterflies, for within these pages lies tales of damnation and lust; whatever you do, don’t let a child get ahold of this book… and for those who are already familiar with the unforgettable and endlessly entertaining comic know as Penny Arcade, then this cover works as an excellent camouflage for the sordid-laughter-inducing artwork within its pages…” – Bookbanter

  • One set of Penny Arcade Volumes 1-7 by Jerry Holkins and Mike Krahulik. Signed by Gabe and Tyco.

“Forget your warm and fuzzy newspaper strips. Penny Arcade is a scathing send-up of geek culture with jokes sharp enough to injure an eye… To say that Tycho and Gabe, its, uh, heroes, are video-game enthusiasts would be like saying that Anakin Skywalker has issues.” – Booklist

  • AUCTION: Penny Arcade Signed Print of When Larry Met Mary.

Pat’s Note: Can I be honest here? Having Kvothe make a cameo appearance in a PA comic might be the biggest geek-out moment of my life. Seriously. I love Mike and Jerry with the nerdy passion of a thousand white-hot suns.

This signed print comes right from the fine folks at Penny Arcade. Pat’s mentioned this particular treat in his blog last spring. Starting as a Penny Arcade strip, this clever 12” x 18” print is signed by Gabe and Tycho.

Shouldn’t you have a visual of Kvothe and his prowess hanging from your bedroom wall?

Place your bids for this beautiful print here.

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Remember, for every 10 dollars you donate on our Team Page, you get a chance to win these books and thousands of others. 

For a list of all the auctions Worldbuilders is currently running, you can head over here.

If you want to see all the other items that have been donated to Worldbuilders, or just learn more about the fundraiser itself, you head over to the main page.

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Books from Various Publishers

This is a Worldbuilders blog.

Today we have more books for the lottery. All of these were donated by their respective publishers, proving they are delightful, thoughtful folks, who will be spared when the revolution comes….

First some books from Del Rey and Bantam.

  • One hardcover set of A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin: A Game of Thrones, A Storm of Swords, A Clash of Kings, and A Dance with Dragons. A Storm of Swords is signed by the author.

C’mon. It’s George Martin. I really don’t need to tell you why these books are cool, do I?

  • One first edition hardcover copy of In His Majesty’s Service by Naomi Novik . Signed by the author.

Pat’s note: This is actually collection of three different Temeraire novels. It’s like a hat trick of good bookness.

Temeraire is a terrifically entertaining fantasy novel. Is it hard to imagine a cross between Susanna Clarke, of Norrell and Strange fame, and the late Patrick O’Brian? Not if you’ve read this wonderful, arresting novel.” – Stephen King

  • Three hardcover copies of Star Wars: Heir to the Empire by Timothy Zahn.

“This collectible hardcover contains numerous new features, including an introduction and annotations by author Zahn; exclusive commentary from LucasFilm and Del Rey books; and, not least, a new novella featuring Grand Admiral Thrawn himself. One of the most exciting Star Wars epics of all.” – Barnes and Noble

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We have some cool BBC audio productions from AudioGO:

  • Three BBC Box sets: Doctor Who: The BBC Radio Episodes, Classic Radio Sci-F:i The John Wyndham Collection and Classic Radio Sci-Fi: 5 Full Cast Radio Dramatizations.

Pat’s Note: Over the last few years, as I keep getting busier, I listen to more and more audiobooks. Unfortunately, here in the US, radio drama is a largely lost art. But the BBC has a fine tradition of turning out brilliant productions.

Needless to say, I covet these to a ridiculous degree. I was tempted not to put them in the fundraiser at all and just keep them for myself.

Doctor Who: A special slipcase edition containing full-cast BBC radio adventures: “The Paradise of Death,” “The Ghosts of N-Space,” “Exploration Earth – The Time Machine,” and “Slipback.” Also included is the 1975 made-for-LP audio adventure “Doctor Who and the Pescatons” and the 1994 spoof “Whatever Happened To…Susan?”

The John Wyndham Collection includes the acclaimed BBC Radio dramatizations of seven different Wyndham novels. With detailed sleeve notes written by Andrew Pixley recounting the making of the radio adaptations, and Radio Times billings for the original radio broadcasts, this box set is guaranteed to appeal to all fans of radio drama.

The collection of classic dramatizations includes five seminal science fiction classics brought vividly to life with casts including Robert Glenister, William Gaunt, Carleton Hobbs and Gerald Harper. The stories include: Frankenstein, The Time Machine, The Lost World, R.U.R., and Solaris.

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Some lovely books from Tachyon Publications:

  • Five copies of The Bible Repairman by Tim Powers.

Pat’s Note: Tim Powers is one of my favorite authors. He’s a brilliant writer and a hell of a nice guy. Not to mention that he really helped me out when I was a helpless newbie author. He taught me a lot about how the publishing world works, and saved me from making a bunch of terrible mistakes.

If you haven’t read his stuff yet, you’re really missing out.

“One of the most original and innovative writers… the quality of Powers prose never falters… His writing defies characterization and he never repeats himself.” – Washington Post Book World

  • One copy of The Secret History of Fantasy edited by Peter S. Beagle. Signed by Peter S. Beagle and Gregory Maguire.

Pat’s Note: I wasn’t aware of this anthology until it showed up for the fundraiser. Now I’m going to have to go buy a copy. If you embiggen the above photo, you can see the all-star cast of authors in this book.

“…set[s] out to rewrite our concept of fantasy, and with the help of some of the world’s best writers, succeeds admirably.” – The Agony Column

“This entrancing book perfectly captures the subconscious logic of fairy tales—you’ll find yourself believing it all, and wishing you could go to these places yourself, with all their wonders and perils.” – Tim Powers

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Some from Consortium Books

  • Three copies of Taming Fire by Aaron Pogue. Signed by the author.

“Daven Carrickson grew up as a beggar in the filthy alleys beneath the shadows of the palace. He’s the son of a known thief, disgraced and despised. His only real talent is his ability with a sword. Then Daven receives a new future when Master Claighan invites him to study magic at the Academy, offering to make him into a new kind of soldier….”

  • One set of Gods Tomorrow, Expectation and Restraint by Aaron Pogue. Signed by the author.

“We abandoned privacy and turned databases into something like gods. They listened to our prayers. They met our needs and blessed us with new riches. They watched over us, protected us, and punished the wicked among us. We almost made a paradise. But there were those who tried to hide from the databases’ all-seeing eye….” – From back cover

  • One set of Colors of Deception and Shadows After Midnight by Courtney Cantrell. Signed by the author.

Blood in the shower. Worms in the food. And friends who keep too many secrets.” – From back cover

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And last but not least, some novels from Night Shade Books:

  • Five hardcover copies of Agatha H and the Airship City: A Girl Genius Novel by Phil and Kaja Foglio. Signed by the authors.

I’ve talked about my love for Girl Genuis on the blog before. So if you want to see my full gush about the authors, head over there.

Here, let me simply say that this novelization of the comic continues the Foglio’s fine tradition of mad science. Plus there are hunky guys with their shirts off, and zombies, and ladies running about in the scantiest of Victorian underwear (which, admittedly, is more than your average college student wears to class these days.)  Plus there’s more more mad science, and cleverness, and funny, and awesome, and a talking cat.

Seriously. Read Girl Genius.

“A tense adventure fantasy, with magic, intrigue, and engaging characters in a desperate race to cross a deadly mountain range… an exciting original read.” – Martha Wells, Author of The Cloud Roads

“Paolo Bacigalupi is clearly the fifth rider of the Apocalypse-you know, the one who writes science fiction in his spare time.” – Kelly Link, author of Magic for Beginners and Pretty Monsters

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Remember, for every 10 dollars you donate on our Team Page, you get a chance to win these books and over a thousand others.

Even better, if you chip in before January 31st of 2012, Worldbuilders will match 50% of your donation. So you’re making the world a better place by half again as much.

To see the other books we’re giving away, as well as our current auctions, and the items we’re selling in the store, you can head over to our main page HERE.

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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.

Goblins:

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,

pat

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Wise Man’s Fear: The Tour

Okay folks. The dates for my upcoming tour are finally set.

Here they are in chronological order.

Week One: The West Coast

SEATTLE, WA
March 1 at 7 PM
University Bookstore
4326 University Way NE
Seattle, WA

PORTLAND, OR
March 2 at 7 PM
Powell’s Books at Cedar Hills Crossing
3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd.
Beaverton, OR

SAN FRANCISCO, CA
March 3 at 7 PM
SF in SF Reading Series
The Variety Theater
582 Market St.
San Francisco, CA

LOS ANGELES, CA
March 4 at 7 PM
Barnes & Noble
7881 Edinger Ave.
Huntington Beach, CA

SAN DIEGO, CA
March 5 at 2 PM
Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore
7051 Clairemont Mesa Blvd.
San Diego, CA

HOUSTON, TX
March 6 at 2 PM
Murder by the Book
2342 Bissonnet St.
Houston, TX

Week Two: Middle America


MADISON, WI
March 8 at 7 PM
Barnes & Noble
7433 Mineral Point Rd.
Madison, WI

CHICAGO, IL
March 9 at 7 PM
Borders Books & Music
1500 16th St.
Oak Brook, IL

DAYTON, OH
March 10 at 7 PM
Books & Company
4453 Walnut St.
The Greene, Dayton, OH

LEXINGTON, KY
March 11 at 7 PM
Joseph-Beth Booksellers
161 Lexington Green Circle
Lexington, KY

SAINT LOUIS, MO
March 12 at 7 PM
Left Banks Books
399 n. Euclid Ave.
St. Louis, MO

Week Three: The East Coast

WASHINGTON, DC AREA
March 14 at 12 PM
What If Reading Series
Library of Congress
101 Independence Ave. SE
Washington, DC

WASHINGTON, DC AREA
March 14 at 7:30 PM
Borders Books & Music
5871 Crossroads Center Way
Bailey’s Crossroads, VA

NEW YORK, NY
March 15 at 7 PM
Barnes & Noble
267 7th Ave.
Park Slope
Brooklyn, NY

BOSTON, MA
March 16 at 6 PM
Northeastern University Bookstore
Snell Library
360 Huntington Ave.
4 Ell Hall, Boston, MA

So now you know. And knowing is half the battle.

A few notes closing:

  • These dates are solid, and won’t be changing unless something strange and/or catastrophic happens. If that happens, I’ll mention it on the blog and update the tour schedule.
  • Did you see the first event in week three? Yeah. That’s right. I’m doing a reading at the Library of Congress. How cool is that?
  • Yes. I am doing fifteen signings in sixteen days. I expect somewhere around Lexington I’m going to have a manic episode, so those guys at Joseph-Beth are in for one one hell of a show.
  • I am considering buying a tuxedo. Or rather, I’m considering buying a new tuxedo especially for one of these events. I like wearing a tux.
  • I will be doing most of these events solo. But at some of them I might have Sarah and Oot with me. If this is the case, I will display Oot to you, and you will be required to gaze adoringly at his cuteness.

(Saying “awww” will also be encouraged.)

  • I’ve done the math, and with 15 signings, it’s a statistical near-certainty that at some point in the tour I will sing.
  • I’ll be posting up information about how you can get a signed copy of The Wise Man’s Fear even if you can’t make one of these events. Expect that blog on Friday.

In other news, for all you Girl Genius fans out there, Phil and Kaja’s new book just came out recently. It’s a novel set in the Girl Genius world.

I have to admit that I haven’t read it yet, but I’m excited to. I ordered my copy just 5 minutes ago because it’s Kaja’s birthday today….

Lastly but not leastly, could we avoid having a bunch of comments on the blog where people say, “Wah Wah! Why don’t you ever come to Hobgen?” (Or whatever town you live in…)

I know that those comments come from a place of love. Or at least from a place of vaguely love-scented narcissism. But honestly, they’re a little disheartening to read every time I post up an event.

Keep in mind that I’ll be traveling 3 solid weeks in March just to meet fans, hang out, and sign books. Unless my mutant power manifests in February and I’m suddenly able to bi-locate or teleport, it is physically impossible for me to do more events.

Rest assured that once my mutant powers develop, I will make every effort to come to Wagon Mound, New Mexico. Until then, you’ll have to drive a bit to see me, or wait until I come to a convention in your area. And yes, when choosing which conventions and signings I attend, I make a point of trying to pick ones in parts of the country (and world) that I haven’t visited yet.

More soon. I’m back in the groove now, so expect a new blog on Friday.

Later space cowboys,

pat

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Girl Genius

If you would have asked me yesterday, I would have sworn I’d already written a blog recommending Phil Foglio’s work. I would have gone so far as to bet money on it. A lot of money.

And, apparently, I would have lost that money. Because today when I went looking for it, I discovered I’d written no such blog.

So, in an attempt to set things right, I’d like to talk to you about Girl Genius.

*Ahem.*

I’m guessing a lot of you already know about Phil and Kaja Foglio.  They attend a lot of the big conventions. And, if you’re an experienced gamer like me (and by ‘experienced’ I mean ‘old’) you probably remember Foglio’s comic from Dragon Magazine: What’s New with Phil and Dixie.

Oh, and they’ve won the Hugo Award for Best Graphic Story the last two years. In 2009 they beat out Joss Whedon’s Serenity comic. And this year they beat out Neil Gaiman’s Batman story.

Yeah. That’s right. Their graphic novel Girl Genius not only beat out Whedon and Gaiman, it beat Firefly and Batman, too.

If that doesn’t convince you of how awesome their series is, I don’t know what I can say to convince you. How about we just look at the cover for a moment while I think of something sufficiently gushy:

Simply said, Girl Genius has everything I look for in a story. The worldbuilding is clever and internally consistent. The characters are interesting and multi-faceted. The story is complex while still being clear, and surprising while still being satisfying. (Which is really fucking hard, let me tell you.)

Did I mention it’s funny? It is. Consistently, honestly funny. I don’t need to tell you how rare that is.

It has a strong female lead character who’s good with science, which is nice to see. And it’s perfectly appropriate for just about any age group. In fact, I probably should have mentioned it when was putting together my list of YA recommendations a couple weeks ago.

If none of that convinces you, let me say one more thing. Every time a new volume of Girl Genius comes out, I buy it, then I read all the other volumes leading up to the new one before I let myself read the new one. I haven’t done that with a series since I read Dragonriders back in the 6th grade.

Okay. Enough gushing.

Because Phil and Kaja are really cool, you can read their comic for free over on their website. However, I have to say that the story really deserves to be read in book form, rather than sitting hunched over a computer monitor. I’ve read it both ways and it’s so much more satisfying to read it as a book.

In fact, I like this series so much, I’m going to put my money where my mouth is.

Here’s my offer. If you buy a copy of the first volume of Girl Genius, and you don’t like it, you can mail it to me and I’ll buy it off you for whatever you paid for it.

I’m that sure you’ll like it.

Here are the conditions:

  • If you mail me Volume 1, it has to arrive more or less intact. It can’t be missing pages, crumpled up, or covered in jam.
  • You need to include the receipt showing me how much you paid for it.
  • You need to include a SASE.

As I type this, part of me worries that this might be one of my ideas that seems brilliant when I’m typing it, but later, when I’m not full of coffee and love, I end up kicking myself.

But you know what? I’m fine with that. What’s the fun of being a published author if I can’t occasionally do something lovely and foolish? In my experience being clever and careful is highly overrated.

Here’s the link to the Girl Genius website. Go on. Order the book. I dare you.

pat

Edit: Rest assured that all nine volumes are in print. I know this because I ordered them myself just a couple weeks ago. If you’re having trouble finding them on the girl genius website, you just need to follow this link.

Posted in comics, cool things, Firefly, graphic novels, Joss Whedon, Neil Gaiman, recommendations | By Pat58 Responses
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