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Bookshelf giveaway: comics (English & French), comedy nonfiction

One of my bookshelves started, uh, literally bowing down in the middle because of all the weight on it. So I figured I should take a stab at clearing it off.

All of these are free, but please PayPal me the shipping cost if you can. (Probably $3-$5 within the US, unless you want a really heavy stack of books.)

All in good-to-great physical condition unless otherwise noted. First come, first serve!

books

Comics

Little Orphan Annie, volume 1: Massive hardcover, the complete first 2 years’ worth of daily strips

Garfield: 20 Years & Still Kicking: Slightly less massive hardcover, slightly scuffed, anniversary compilation (now itself 20 years out of date), lots of favorite strips, making-of details, behind-the-scenes sketches, etc

Serenity Rose, book 1: Paperback, the spooky webcomic about a gay socially-anxious witch (I’m only giving this away because I got the 3-book massive hardcover compilation)

Angelarium: Little paperback, mostly-wordless sketchbook of super-weird angel designs

Miles Between Us, #1: Little saddle-stitched issue, odd little self-published fantasy, artist-drawn doodle on the inside front cover

Masquerade, #1-4 (not shown, but it’s this series): Four saddle-stitched issues, the revival edition of 1940’s “no powers, just wits and a snazzy coat” hero Miss Masque

Digger, volumes 1-3: Three paperbacks, the Hugo-winning webcomic about a lost wombat (another series where I’ve supplanted these with the all-in-one compilation)

The Hasty Pastry #1: Paperback, brightly-colored webcomic about retail comedy

The Thrilling Adventure Hour: Hardcover, comic supplement to the podcast, might contradict your appearance headcanons but otherwise charming

Sailor Moon, Volume 1 (first Kodansha translation): Manga, very obscure series about some teenage girl who fights monsters or whatever

more books

Comics & books in French

Bilbo Le Hobbit, volume 1: Hardcover graphic-novel adaptation of The Hobbit, through the arrival at Beorn’s place

Bone, volumes 1-2: Two paperbacks, adventures of the lost Fone Bone and family, through the Great Cow Race

McKay, volumes 1-3 (not shown, but it’s from this title): Tall hardcovers, weird historical RPF about Winsor McKay discovering the fourth dimension, Little Nemo features on the cover but makes very few appearances inside

Les 52 Mercredis de L’A2: Hardcover, lightly scuffed, apparently one French company got ahold of a bunch of disconnected international IPs — including Tom Sawyer, Casper the Friendly Ghost, Candy Candy, and Spectreman — and decided they should all go in the same compilation

Le Petit Prince: Paperback, another totally unknown title but I promise it’s pretty good

Comedy nonfiction

Me of Little Faith: Hardcover, Lewis Black writes funny things

More Information Than You Require: Hardcover, John Hodgman writes funny things

The Kid: Paperback, Dan Savage writes about his experience adopting a kid as a gay couple

Naked Pictures of Famous People: Paperback, lightly scuffed, Jon Stewart’s first attempt at writing funny things

The Daily Show’s 5 Questions: Paperback, lightly scuffed, super-vintage Daily Show questions for late-’90s celebrities

So it turns out in the eighth Temeraire book, the hero gets amnesia

and of course he remembers his life right up to the start of the first book, but nothing from afterward, and it’s the greatest thing ever.

The rest of the characters have been cautioned not to tell him about anything that might give him a “shock.” Let’s see how well that goes.

Temeraire: Back away from this human, he’s my captain!

Laurence: what

Temeraire: And also, an adopted Prince of China!

Laurence: whAT

Temeraire: Laurence, I’m really sorry that I didn’t precipitate a major international conflict to rescue you sooner, please don’t be mad

Laurence: um???

Granby: Oh dear, now you have to re-learn that we have women serving as officers, including this teenage girl in your crew

Laurence: whomst

Granby: Also, these two African kids, whom you took on after…uhhhh…let’s not talk about the thing in Africa. Or the thing with the Inca Empire. Or your current rank and status with the military.

Laurence: uh

Admiral Roland (in a letter): you’re doing great, sweetie <3

Laurence: UHHH

Temeraire: No, of course you aren’t married, and that teenage girl is not your secret daughter!

Laurence: oh thank god

Temeraire: After all, you’ve only been getting it on with her mom for five years, and when you did propose, you got turned down

Laurence: WHAT

Temeraire: It’s fine, she probably wouldn’t want to move to Australia anyway

Laurence: wha

Temeraire: you know, the place we got exiled to? after the whole treason thing?

Laurence: W T ACTUAL F

Granby’s secret boyfriend: …yes…I’ve been awkward around you because of the…treason…definitely not any other sensitive personal info you might remember learning about at any moment

Laurence: ffffffff–

Temeraire: oh no, now you hate me, and you don’t even know the worst of it, which is that…because of me…you lost ten thousand pounds

Laurence: …and?

Temeraire: Uh. Apparently you forgot this too?? Ten thousand pounds is a lot of money

 

Book giveaway? Book giveaway!

Same deal as the previous post — comment if you want anything, cover the cost of shipping, and it’s yours!

Everything is paperback, and in nice condition, unless otherwise noted. If you have questions or want a photo of something specific, just ask. I’m not planning to leave this open for long (no later than March 31) before passing on everything that hasn’t been asked about, so make it fast.

And please share this post around for other people who might be interested!

Neil Gaiman

Mirrormask (w/Dave McKean) (hardcover)
Black Orchid, volumes 1-3 (w/Dave McKean)
Sandman: The Dream Hunters (w/Yoshitaka Amano)
Creatures of the Night (w/Michael Zulli) (hardcover)
Stardust

Kendra L. Saunders

The Unlove Spell
Dating an Alien Popstar
Inanimate Objects

How to Draw Manga

From the (translated) Japanese series, don’t worry. Lots of good tips and reference poses.

Getting Started
Illustrating Battles
Colorful Costumes
Bishoujo Around The World
Couples
Dressing Your Characters in Casual Wear

Misc. Fiction

Misery – Stephen King (well-loved)
An Abundance of Katherines – John Green (ditto)
The Skies of Pern – Anne McCaffrey

Misc. Nonfiction

Wishful Drinking – Carrie Fisher
The Psychology Book: Big Ideas Simply Explained – DK (hardcover)
Alex & Eliza: A Love Story – Melissa de la Cruz (hardcover)

Misc. Comics

Steven Universe – Volume 1
Steven Universe – Too Cool For School
Lenore (Roman Dirge) – issues 1-4
Lenore (Roman Dirge) – issues 5-8
Fables: 1001 Nights of Snowfall

 

Old stuff: math teachings from 1917, scandalous pop songs from 1909, cat video from 1903

In reverse chronological order!

Books are Weapons in the War on Ideas: the librarians who worked with the army in WWI and WWII.

“…contractors removing old chalkboards at Emerson High School in Oklahoma City made a startling discovery: Underneath them rested another set of chalkboards, untouched since 1917.” Historical penmanship and out-of-date multiplication methods ahoy!

“It may seem like a Halloween hoax fit for the eerie October holiday. But officials from the MBTA say the discovery of two tattered rags affixed to strange masks at Government Center Station is all too real.

How a sexed-up viral hit from the summer of ’09—1909—changed American pop music forever.” (Excerpts: “It was used in advertisements for everything from Broadway musicals to pretzels. It was translated by newspapers into Esperanto (“Ho! Vi kaprido!”). It was bellowed by a lovelorn Philadelphian as he leaped from a bridge into the Schuylkill River, attempting suicide. It brought scandal to a church in Geneva, Ill., when a prankster altered the hymnal, adding the line “but, oh, you kid!” to the lyrics of the devotional “I Love My God.””)

Millennial in China taking an excited photo with a bowl of rice. And by “millennial” I mean “circa 1900-1904.” Next time you hear someone complaining about Kids These Days sharing photos of their lunches on Instagram, you can bring up this hard evidence that the generation from a hundred years ago would have done the exact same thing.

The first close-up shot in recorded film was from 1903’s “The Sick Kitten”. In other words, humans have been making cat videos literally for as long as it as been possible to do so.

Check out these 19th-century warnings about that most morally-degrading of modern habits. It leads to crime, mental anguish, weakening intelligence, and corruption among the children! Clearly, respectable people should have nothing to do with…novel-reading.

Science & technology: the cool, the useful, and the awesome

A brief history of the Digital Public Library of America project, including its growth out of the fears and flaws involved in Google Books.

Falsehoods programmers believe about time, which can screw up your programs in new and exciting ways.

What motivates humans to do more, better work? Money? Only up to a point. Once you’re making enough to live on, earning more can actually drag your performance down. Feeling that you’re mastering new skills and doing meaningful work is much more important.

Case in point: “What happens if you give a thousand Motorola Zoom tablet PCs to Ethiopian kids who have never even seen a printed word? Within five months, they’ll start teaching themselves English while circumventing the security on your OS to customize settings and activate disabled hardware.

Straightforward study on gender bias among scientists: “On a scale of 1 to 7, with 7 being highest, professors gave John an average score of 4 for competence and Jennifer 3.3. John was also seen more favorably as someone they might hire for their laboratories or would be willing to mentor. The average starting salary offered to Jennifer was $26,508. To John it was $30,328.” On the plus side, the Onion sheds light on a foolproof way for women to achieve equal pay

Cecelia Payne: the astronomer who figured out that the Sun is mostly hydrogen (as opposed to the conventional wisdom of her time, “made up of basically the same stuff as Earth”), after discovering the whole process of reading stars’ compositions from studying their spectral lines. Born in 1900. Did all this work as part of her Ph.D., earned in 1925. Served at Harvard in the functional capacity of a professor, even though she wasn’t formally recognized as such until 1956.

Look at your planet. Now back to me. This planet is now diamonds. (55 Cancri e is about twice the diameter (?) of Earth, eight times the mass, with 18-hour years and a composition of approximately 1/3 pure diamond.)