Regular readers will have realised that I’m a fan of that excellent webcomic xkcd, as I may have mentioned it once or twice in my various posts. Randall Munroe has a nicely enlightened attitude to his work, and allows free use of his comics by anyone under a Creative Commons non-commercial licence, but he manages to make a living from the sale of prints, t-shirts and the like, and good for him too. I’d thought about ordering some signed prints a few times, partly because they’d be nice things to have, and partly to help support something that I value greatly. In the usual way, I didn’t locate a tuit, so the prints went unordered.
That was until a few months ago, when THE BOOK was launched. Let’s see now….
- A collection of popular xkcd comics printed at a nice size with assorted annotations
- It’s called Volume 0
- Profits going to a good cause
- An ideal excuse to order stuff from xkcd
So I did. My original order apparently fell into a black hole, but when I chased it up, I was told a replacement would be sent as soon as possible. Well, that was a while ago, and I was just beginning to wonder if I should ask again. But today, a package arrived at the office. It had a return address in Northern Ireland, which threw me – I was expecting something direct from the US, but I guess using an intermediary avoids messiness with customs. But yes, it was my xkcd stuff in all its glory:
As well as the book, I’ve got the t-shirt showing the technical support flow chart and tasty signed prints of Exploits of a Mom (“Little Bobby Tables”), Duty Calls (“Someone is wrong on the Internet!”) and A Bunch of Rocks (“So I’m stuck in this desert for eternity…”). I’ll be sorting out frames for the prints quite soon.
All lovely stuff, and well worth the wait.
 Or unicorns
 Hi Sam
 If I could make a living selling the non-existent Losing it t-shirts, I’d consider quitting the day job too…
 The (in)famous xkcd alt-text being added as normal print alongside each comic
 I’m working on the theory that if I say xkcd enough times, this post will rise in the search engine rankings. This theory may well be a load of dingo’s kidneys, of course.