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April 28, 2005

Immortalized in Comic Form


This is moderately cool: Old Man's War featured in a comic strip. Here's the whole thing. You can tell where my brain is because my first thought after "hey, that's my name in a cartoon strip" was "I certainly hope that man was able to complete his sale before he was dragged off." Yeah, what can I say. I'm a sales whore.

(Update: "Unshelved" co-creator Bill Barnes tells me that the strip takes place in a library, so there's no purchase to conclude. Yes, but if the library has six copies, that's still six copies sold, because, you know, they don't give copies of the book to libraries for free. I still win! (Actually, I gave my local library a free copy. I'm a softy when it comes to libraries. And some of my favorite people are librarians. You know who you are, dahlinks.))

And as long as we're on the subject: A nice write-up of the book over on Electric Minds.

Posted by john at April 28, 2005 08:39 AM

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Sue | April 28, 2005 08:48 AM

Hooray! That's very cool, John.

Mark J Musante [TypeKey Profile Page] | April 28, 2005 10:03 AM

> Helped make my hospital stay more bearable

Man, I just don't know how to react to that. I mean, regular bedpan changes also make it more bearable. Still, as you said, nice write-up.

Jon Hansen | April 28, 2005 10:36 AM

Libraries love you too, John. There are copies of OMW in 366 libraries in the U.S. and one in the British Library. Not too bad.

Laura | April 28, 2005 10:43 AM

Gee, and here I was, popping over to your site to *tell* you about the cartoon. . . ah, well -- glad you found out. :-)

John Scalzi | April 28, 2005 10:54 AM

Indeed, Laura, my mad ego-surfing skillz are the envy of writers everywhere. But of course, I do appreciate that you made the effort.

Brian Greenberg | April 28, 2005 01:51 PM

I don't get it. Why would someone want to take six copies of the same book out of the library?

Erbo [TypeKey Profile Page] | April 28, 2005 08:13 PM

Well! Thanks for the pointer. EMinds may not be what it once was, but we still have interesting people talking about interesting stuff...and I did want to share the book with the community.

(I've been home from the hospital for nearly a week now. It looks like I'll be OK.)

Soni | April 29, 2005 01:18 AM

I don't get it. Why would someone want to take six copies of the same book out of the library?

That would be literary hyperbole, Sir Brian. Of course no one would take 6 copies out of a library. That's why you use hyperbole - for humorous overemphasis. Hyperbole - it's a damn fine literary device, and damn fun to say...hyperbole...hyperbole...hyperbole...see, it just makes you wanna giggle...hyperbole...hyperbole...

John H | April 29, 2005 09:34 AM

I started repeating hyperbole as fast as I could, but I ended up hyperventilating...

John H | April 29, 2005 09:35 AM

Is the hyperbole bigger than the superbole?

John Scalzi | April 29, 2005 09:57 AM

I like megabole, myself.

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