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new book almost done [Apr. 11th, 2006|08:45 am]
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My new book is almost done, and you can pre-order it by clicking on the photograph below!



The book is called "The Best of Dinosaur Comics: 2003-2005 AD" and has all my favourite comics from that time period. The "AD" is because, you know, dinosaurs. The subtitle is "Your Whole Family is Made out of Meat" and there's some meat on the cover, but you can still order it if you're a vegetarian.

The brilliant cover is by Steve Samuels at Quack Media! He is a really good graphic designer.
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[User Picture]From: ladykutenay
2006-04-11 05:47 am (UTC)

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I AM SO EXCITED
[User Picture]From: leighblack
2006-04-11 06:08 am (UTC)

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Gotta wait 'til payday, but I'm definitely pre-ordering a copy. Yay!
From: kinejoshua
2006-04-11 06:10 am (UTC)

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that's so beautiful :-)
[User Picture]From: killer_krill
2006-04-11 06:15 am (UTC)

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I'm sure at first glance I'm not the only one who thought you had found or found some way to market "T-Rex Brand" meat and thought to themselves "Ryan is taking this meat thing a little too far."
[User Picture]From: thermoplyae
2006-04-11 10:27 am (UTC)

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I totally did, then my brain was like 'This meat is projected onto a bookcover. What's going on?'
[User Picture]From: magnus_opiate
2006-04-12 06:39 pm (UTC)

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yeah, I was excited to go down to my local food stuffs store and perchase some.
From: brokenbuzz
2006-04-11 06:32 am (UTC)

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GawDANG that cover is amazing. It really is.
[User Picture]From: i_novander
2006-04-11 06:37 am (UTC)

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Gah! I can't really afford it, but I still buy a t-shirt from you. A few days later you bring out a new, totally awesome adventure game t-shirt and a few days after that you announce this book!

Are you trying to bankrupt me? Is that your secret plan?

I'm on to you, North.
[User Picture]From: silentkimbly
2006-04-11 06:47 am (UTC)

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Wow!! that looks SO fantastic!!! Congrats.. very exciting.. I love the meat on the cover.. it really stand out!! this is going to be so great!!! Will you have them at MoccA?

Congrats again,,, it looks great!!

R
[User Picture]From: sockmonkey_c
2006-04-11 06:48 am (UTC)

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BRILLIANT!
From: prodactor
2006-04-11 07:46 am (UTC)

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They dont have Australia in the country field - am I able to get this (please)?
[User Picture]From: qwantz
2006-04-11 08:12 am (UTC)

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Whoops! I checked with the publisher (Al is his name!) and he said:

International Shipping isn't up yet (really).

We'll have world-wide in a few days. We just got a fancy new FedEx
account and as soon as we get our computers to play well with theirs
(right now they're sheepishly standing on opposite sides of the Jr.
High Gymnasium ... but we just have to get the DJ to spin C+C Music
Factory and they'll make sweet, sweet, dancing at a comfortable
distance)

then, WE SHIP TO THE WORLDS!
[User Picture]From: qwantz
2006-04-11 08:12 am (UTC)

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So - soon!
From: prodactor
2006-04-11 08:43 am (UTC)

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woohoo, thanks :)
[User Picture]From: talktooloose
2006-04-11 07:48 am (UTC)

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Wow. The cover design is really great. Not only a great concept but wonderful execution. Way better than Harvey Pekar's latest. Congrats.
[User Picture]From: say_it_with_pie
2006-04-11 08:30 am (UTC)

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Why not CE rather than AD?
[User Picture]From: doctorfedora
2006-04-11 08:35 am (UTC)

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Particularly given that style rules demand angrily that A.D. goes before the year, rather than after it. Also, best Livejournal username ever.
[User Picture]From: say_it_with_pie
2006-04-11 08:36 am (UTC)

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Really? I was not aware of that style rule! Good to know!

Also, yay.
[User Picture]From: tiffleigh
2006-04-11 10:46 am (UTC)

Hope it's fine that-

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I just added you (I think he's eating the baby).
From: thinkaboutme83
2006-04-11 08:34 am (UTC)

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Ha ha, awesome. This book is already super classy, and I haven't even opened it yet!
[User Picture]From: forsythferret
2006-04-11 09:30 am (UTC)

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That's pretty awesome. When I first saw the pic, I thought it was fanart somebody had made with actual meat.
[User Picture]From: music_slut
2006-04-11 09:46 am (UTC)

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Holy crap, I love this cover. T-Rex's green really pops against that red.
From: robotswana
2006-04-11 09:52 am (UTC)

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Mmm... bloody!
[User Picture]From: tylermartin
2006-04-11 09:50 am (UTC)

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Aha, that cover is great. It's going to be a tendency to want to keep it in the refrigerator.

I picture the graphics for the comic being printed on the inside-back cover. And all the pages clear with just the text from the comics on them. :)
[User Picture]From: eronanke
2006-04-11 10:34 am (UTC)

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Totally teh awesome11101!
[User Picture]From: kissesxorlies
2006-04-11 11:42 am (UTC)

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I've been a vegetarian for
four and a half years,
and you brought out my
carnivourous side.
Freakin beautiful.
[User Picture]From: carnilia
2006-04-11 12:00 pm (UTC)

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You've said that this will be available in "real life bookstores." Does that include big chain bookstores like Borders Stores in the U.S.? Please?

If the answer is yes (which I hope it is), do you have an approximate in-store date yet?
[User Picture]From: qwantz
2006-04-11 12:09 pm (UTC)

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Sweet, then I have good news! Borders is actually one of the stores that's going to be picking it up. I don't know when the in-store date is but I will announce it when I do!
[User Picture]From: carnilia
2006-04-11 01:08 pm (UTC)

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*joygasm*
[User Picture]From: stokerbramwell
2006-04-11 12:14 pm (UTC)

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Wow, that package TOTALLY faked me out! o.o

I look forward to purchasing this meaty book once I have money again. Oh, sweet money, how I miss you.
[User Picture]From: hirovox
2006-04-11 12:46 pm (UTC)

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Dude! That cover is awesome! :D
[User Picture]From: v1agra
2006-04-11 01:50 pm (UTC)

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god damn it, that better not draw all the attention away from joey's books or we're getting our own f'in table.
[User Picture]From: nyahnyahnyah
2006-04-11 03:19 pm (UTC)

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Aieee, fantastic! I shall hook myself up soon.
[User Picture]From: blackxmage
2006-04-11 04:20 pm (UTC)

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come to the penny arcade expo please. :)
[User Picture]From: tobycraig
2006-04-11 04:21 pm (UTC)

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wow dude
[User Picture]From: yossarian37
2006-04-13 11:34 pm (UTC)

comic books/graphic novels?

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hey so this term in college I'm taking a class on graphic novels, and I'd really like to find some more, but they're really expensive and it's kind of hard to tell if i'd like it or not without reading it.

I like most of your "comics that you would totally marry" especially a lesson is learned and pbf, so I was wondering: do you have any graphic novel suggestions?



just fyi the comics we're reading in the class are:
King by Ho Che Anderson
Epileptic by David B
Birth of a Nation by Kyle Baker, Reginald Hudlin, and Aaron McGruder
100 Demons by Lynda Barry
Ice Haven by Daniel Clowes
A Child's Life and Other Stories by Phoebe GLoeckner
Blood of Palomar by Gilber Hernandez
Understanding Comics by Scott McCloud (which freaking everyone who's interested in comics should read)
Watchmen by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons
Persepolis I by Marjane Satrapi
and The Golem's Mighty Swing by James Sturm
[User Picture]From: qwantz
2006-04-14 06:24 am (UTC)

Re: comic books/graphic novels?

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I'd recommend Maus by Spiegelman and any of the Alec comics by Eddie Campbell. How to be an Artist is good too, as is From Hell.

But those are all good selections!
[User Picture]From: yossarian37
2006-04-14 11:10 am (UTC)

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alright awesome!
I remember I read maus way back when, but this eddie campbell stuff looks pretty good too.
From: (Anonymous)
2006-04-16 12:43 pm (UTC)

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Does the book incorporate the 'floaty hover text' and 'comment subject line' lines? Some comics (http://www.qwantz.com/index.pl?comic=713) left me a little flat until I read the Alt-Text - then audibly snorted. I really think they add a lot but I can't figure out how you can include them.
[User Picture]From: qwantz
2006-04-17 01:15 pm (UTC)

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It does indeed incorporate the hover text!
From: (Anonymous)
2006-04-20 11:53 am (UTC)

Great cover!

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Which Toronto stores besides Borders will have copies?
[User Picture]From: qwantz
2006-04-20 12:01 pm (UTC)

Re: Great cover!

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Thanks! It'll also be available at The Beguiling in Toronto.
From: (Anonymous)
2006-05-12 03:44 pm (UTC)

Free 2nd-book advice! Which is what you were looking for, right?

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As I was enjoying your excellent book, I had a brilliant idea for your next one. You know those encyclopedias with the section on the human body, with translucent pages displaying the organs in layers? Here's the plan: one beautiful color printing of the images goes on the inside of the back cover, all the rest of the pages are clear and contain the dialogue. You'd read it back to front, turning a clear dialogue page onto the colored background. Maybe ring binding would make easier.

So: All comics in color, and crazy unique physical attributes for a book. And maybe crazy expensive with all of the space age polymers and what not. And hard to use! But still awesome, yes?