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Three years...
Today marks my third anniversary of cartooning full-time. In September of 2004 I resigned my generously-salaried position at Novell to pursue a dream. With the help of thousands of readers around the world, I caught up with the dream, and have been living it now for three years.

Fitting, then, that I celebrate by opening pre-orders on Schlock Mercenary: The Tub of Happiness.
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gurgi From: gurgi Date: September 20th, 2007 02:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
Congrats, Howard. I'm very much looking forward to this one. Been looking forward to it since the very start.

Just one copy today, sadly... Money crunched more than I expected, but I should be ordering a couple more for some friends later before you end pre-orders...

Three years? It's flown by for us fans.

Thanks for doing what you do...
thefile From: thefile Date: September 20th, 2007 02:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
Congratulations!

If you're numbering the pre-orders in sequence, you're doing a bang-up business. It's 10 minutes past the hour, and I'm order #3134!
howardtayler From: howardtayler Date: September 20th, 2007 02:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
Order number 3097 was the first in this sequence. Bang-up, yes, but not uber-bang-up. (I WISH I could sell 3000 books in ten minutes.)
jerith From: jerith Date: September 20th, 2007 02:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
Aww, I was 5th.

I blame having to try a couple of different passwords to log into the store. I also blame Howard for not having enough merchandise that I visit often and remember my password. :-P
gurgi From: gurgi Date: September 20th, 2007 03:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
Again I have failed to be the first...

I am shamed, any my future decendants shall carry my shame...
deyo From: deyo Date: September 20th, 2007 04:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
Got you by two. ;) I would have made a store login the night before, but it was already shut down in preparation. That extra time clearly cost me a place or two. :)
celedoine From: celedoine Date: September 20th, 2007 02:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
Congratulations Howard! I'm so happy and excited for all your yummy success!
jenil From: jenil Date: September 20th, 2007 02:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
Congratulations!

And I have ordered! I think my number is 3150... not quite sure what that means at this point in time, but I'm darn excited.
jenbooks From: jenbooks Date: September 20th, 2007 07:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
Heh - mine's number 3141!

Love the icon!
jerith From: jerith Date: September 20th, 2007 02:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
My order's 3111.

I'd have ordered two to offset shipping, but the only other South African Schlock fan I know lives in another city and has almost certainly ordered his already.
mephron From: mephron Date: September 20th, 2007 02:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
My contribution to the 'Help Howard Tayler Conquer All Media' Fund has been sent.
mephron From: mephron Date: September 20th, 2007 04:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ooh, and I just got my confirmation email.

I'm 3191.

Inside the top 100 is good.
dwer From: dwer Date: September 20th, 2007 02:29 pm (UTC) (Link)

what does it mean

Individually sketched? That there will be a little hand-drawn pic in it somewheres?
docjeed From: docjeed Date: September 20th, 2007 02:30 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: what does it mean

More like a big hand-drawn pic in there.
dwer From: dwer Date: September 20th, 2007 02:31 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: what does it mean

well, ok then! That's whut I'ma get!
howardtayler From: howardtayler Date: September 20th, 2007 03:04 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: what does it mean

Sketch editions have a back page that looks something like this:



Note that there is a hand-drawn sketch AND a number in the lower right-hand corner.
dwer From: dwer Date: September 20th, 2007 02:36 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: what does it mean

order number is 3249
docjeed From: docjeed Date: September 20th, 2007 02:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
3227 qty 4
gurgi From: gurgi Date: September 20th, 2007 03:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
This raises an interesting point...

While order numbers are some indication, what is the book total (broken into Sketch/nonsketch)?

Maybe a twitter feed or something on the Schlock page showing us the count?
howardtayler From: howardtayler Date: September 20th, 2007 04:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'll post a count at some point. Right now there have been less than 300 sales, and 90% of them are for sketch editions.

--Howard
halloranelder From: halloranelder Date: September 20th, 2007 02:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
It seems forgetting to go to bed on time has paid off.

One sketched copy ordered at about half past midnight local time. Yay!

Thanks for this Howard. Your fans love you very much.
howardtayler From: howardtayler Date: September 20th, 2007 03:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
And my family and I love them right back. :-)
wulfbyu From: wulfbyu Date: September 20th, 2007 03:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
I haven't ordered mine yet, but I'll be by the Keep to remedy that sometime today!
agilebrit From: agilebrit Date: September 20th, 2007 03:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'll be ordering one from you at MountainCon. :) Congrats on your three-year anniversary!
howardtayler From: howardtayler Date: September 20th, 2007 04:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thank you, m'lady. :-)
From: mrdodgy Date: September 20th, 2007 04:04 pm (UTC) (Link)

3369

Darnit, I was driving to my client when ordering opened. But that'ss be my third sketch edition. Another fan going for the complete set.
waterdragon From: waterdragon Date: September 20th, 2007 04:39 pm (UTC) (Link)

What about Elft?

So, I'm planning on ordering a sketch edition, but I don't see Elf as a choice! What oh what can I do?
thefile From: thefile Date: September 20th, 2007 04:50 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: What about Elft?

I too looked for Elf, and I ended up selecting "Author's Choice".
pollopeligroso From: pollopeligroso Date: September 20th, 2007 05:03 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: What about Elft?

Elf was indeed one of those I had in mind, however being not present I decided authors choice would work.

There should be an option for people we *don't* want. Athough i'll take just about anyone really.
sandratayler From: sandratayler Date: September 20th, 2007 05:42 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: What about Elft?

Select "author's choice" and then email your request to the customer support email at the store.

We didn't put Elf as one of the selections because she only appears in the last 15 pages or so, of this book. For future sketch editions she'll be a prominent choice.
mrmeval From: mrmeval Date: September 20th, 2007 05:02 pm (UTC) (Link)

Just ordered a sketch edition

I have the first book you did.

I think I ordered it direct from you at Penguicon. It's #300 and has Sgt Schlock. :)



lkw7 From: lkw7 Date: September 20th, 2007 06:36 pm (UTC) (Link)

Book orders

I ordered three, one with Kevin for my husband, one with Schlock for me, and a non-sketched one that we can actually read. I have a sketch in The Blackness Between, and I'm upset now that I missed the sketch edition for Under New Management; I'll have to catch you sometime and get you to sketch something in it.

The random sketch in The Blackness Between was still definitely appreciated, but I love being able to pick the characters. I'd put a strong vote in for keeping that option.

Also, I just bought them and I'm 3513.
lkw7 From: lkw7 Date: September 20th, 2007 06:38 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Book orders

I forgot to say that the first day you said what the date would be, I actually put a reminder in Outlook so I didn't forget to place the orders today!
zenkitty_714 From: zenkitty_714 Date: September 20th, 2007 11:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
Happy cartooning anniversary! Whoo-hoo!

I can't order the book until I get paid and get home from work tomorrow, so I may miss pre-orders. Alas. But I will order it.
sandratayler From: sandratayler Date: September 21st, 2007 06:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
We extended the time window on Sketch editions. You should be able to get one with no trouble.
dewhitton From: dewhitton Date: September 21st, 2007 03:44 am (UTC) (Link)

No. 3818

I can wait! Well, no I can't but I have to. I'd pay for the fastest postage, but...


guh. UPS envelope for me, I'm afraid. I just have to hope it doesn't get too folded. My mailman can fold a titanium plate to make it fit in a letterbox.
howardtayler From: howardtayler Date: September 21st, 2007 05:36 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: No. 3818

"You're just trying to take advantage of people who are in a hurry."

Man, that FedEx price is INSANE.

Then again, to get the files to Hong Kong we spent about that much FedEx-ing DVDs. They saw us coming, alrighty.

--Howard
dewhitton From: dewhitton Date: September 21st, 2007 08:10 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: No. 3818

That price for DVDs? Were they platinum?

On the other hand, at that price the book would never end up in a second hand bookshop.
gurgi From: gurgi Date: September 21st, 2007 03:22 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: No. 3818

I swear by DHL...
mrmeval From: mrmeval Date: September 22nd, 2007 02:37 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: No. 3818

You know that would be a service to offer. "Unobtainium Packaging Corp" "We guaranteed it cannot be bent by anything less than high explosives. TM"

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