I'll be placing the order next week, so I'll still take preorders over the weekend.
Thanks to everybody who made this happen!
In other news... Kern posted the following in the forums:
Just a thought, but...*if* this is going to be a limited edition run, and there's going to only be 35 made... What are your thoughts on maybe signing the shirt for us forum members that have ordered one? Or perhaps a lil' 'certificate of authentisity' numbered in the order of ordering?
Well, I can't say that this will be a limited-edition run. If funds allow, I may try to sell these at conventions next year. However, if you want me to sign your T-shirt, just drop me an e-mail or post here using Blogger. Please don't use the Shoutbox for this, because I'll never be able to keep track of it that way.
And, I will definitely print a numbered Certificate of Authenticity in the order the preorders were received.
There's no new cartoon this week, but there's a really great question from a reader.
Hi, I have a pretty big problem and I was wondering if any of you could help me out a bit. See, I'm a guy, pretty handsome, 19 years old (turning 20 in october) but never had a girlfriend. Actually, it's worse than that, I've never even kissed anyone yet, and sometimes it feels like it's gonna stay that way forever.
I've tried asking out women from my daily routine (college), but that always somehow ends up in friendship and nothing else. To be honest, "always" is probably not the right word, because I've only really got over enough of my shyness to actually ask women out in the last year, but in the three cases so far, that's what happened, friendship.
Going to a bar/party/concert and trying to pick up a random woman doesn't seem like it would work, first because of my shyness and also because I wouldn't even know what to do or what to say. The whole thing just seems forced and unnatural... Plus, it seems to me that these kinds of places are just for people looking for a one-time thing. While I wouldn't mind making out with a hot stranger and never seeing her again, what I actually wanted was to have a relationship, you know?
So, what should I do? Are there any good places for a somewhat shy guy to meet single women? Is there any way to do so outside the whole bar/party context, maybe in an environment where there's less pressure?
Also, you must have noticed by my post that I'm pretty desperate at the moment, but letting people know you're desperate doesn't make you much attractive, so I often cover it up, but then people get the impression I'm aloof, distant, even snobbish. What can I do to stay away from both extremes?
I'd appreciate if you could help me out with these questions, it's really bothering me. I know it's a lot of stuff and most of it is common sense for most people, but it unfortunately isn't common sense to me. Like the username says, I have No Idea what to do right now.
[Editor & Publisher] Will Opus the penguin be starring in a movie?
Alan Gardner reported on his DailyCartoonist.com blog that the ComingSoon.net site listed a film, called "Opus: The Last Christmas," that's tentatively slated for theatrical release on Dec. 19, 2008.
ComingSoon.net said the animated movie would be written and directed by Berkeley Breathed, who does the "Opus" comic strip for the Washington Post Writers Group.
The Opus character first appeared in the 1980s in Breathed's Pulitzer Prize-winning "Bloom County" comic.Read more.
I stand second to no one -- no one. in my esteem for Berke Breathed's Bloom County.
Bloom County. Not Outland. Not Opus.
The news of an Opus movie is somewhat a disappointment. See, Bloom County was a beautiful perfection that I got to see played out day after day after day in the eighties. My subscription to the Detroit Free Press in college was bought solely for that six-inch-by-two-inch plot of the comics page. It was my ritual and my obsession.
When a reader compares my comic to Bloom County, it's like the feeling marathon runners feel as the finish line ribbon snaps across their chest.
Without the dry heaves.
Which is why I don't want to see this movie made.
Every attempt by Breathed to recapture that magic has only served to tarnish and diminish those happy memories of tearing through the Freep to find my daily dose. Outland was pale and lifeless. Opus makes Outland look masterful.
An Opus movie?
I just don't think my memories can sustain such a blow.