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Shaenon K. Garrity
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Strip Sale for Terry Pratchett 
21st-Mar-2008 10:07 am
As many of you nerds out there know, Terry Pratchett has been diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's. Recently, Pratchett donated half a million pounds (the website now says it's a million) to Alzheimer's research. His fans, led by writers Pat Cadigan and Corey Doctorow, are working together to match that donation.

My college boyfriend turned me on to Pratchett, although I didn't really get hooked until I read Hogfather on the long flight to Ireland in my junior year abroad. At the time, Pratchett's books weren't widely available in the U.S., but they were in all the Dublin bookstores, and I became an addict; most of what little spending money I had went into those Corgi paperbacks with lumpy Josh Kirby characters crawling all over the covers. (I also drooled over the Discworld miniatures at Forbidden Planet, but never dared indulge.) I was especially affected by Small Gods and Witches Abroad, which I read over and over. And of course Good Omens, combining the mighty goth powers of Neil Gaiman with Pratchett's warm, wicked humor, gave me infinite little nerdgasms. I've read every Discworld book, I've got signed copies (and my tattered Good Omens bears the "Burn this book!" inscription from Pratchett and "Apply match here" from Gaiman), I saw "Mort" performed live at Dublin Castle, etc., etc. I'm fairly hardcore.

But if you read my comics, you probably know this, because you can see the Pratchett influence. Or, to put it a little less kindly, you can see me ripping off all his jokes and good ideas for my crudely-drawn webcomics. Now it's payback time. Through the month of April, I will be selling original daily strips from my comics Narbonic and Skin Horse for the low low price of $25. All proceeds from the sale will go to The Alzheimer's Research Trust.

A few quick guidelines:
-- Please contact me before sending money to find out if the strip you want is available. I've sold or given away many Narbonic strips over the years, although I've still got well over a thousand.
-- Each strip is drawn with archival ink on bristol and is about eleven inches long by four inches high.
-- I will not sell the first Narbonic strip, the last one, the one with Helen and Dave's first kiss, or the one where Artie falls. I will not sell the first Skin Horse strip. I'm also not including Sunday strips and artwork in this sale. Everything else is up for grabs.
-- Shipping and handling are included with the $25 price.
-- You can purchase as many strips as you like.

Interested? Email narbonic at sbcglobal dot net.

21st-Mar-2008 05:45 pm (UTC)
Oooo, this may actually get me off my ass to buy strips. I'll email you this afternoon.
21st-Mar-2008 05:48 pm (UTC)
Is shipping and handling also included for international orders?
21st-Mar-2008 05:58 pm (UTC)

21st-Mar-2008 07:03 pm (UTC)
I'll go ahead and mention that the strips are being sold for charity, and a very worthy one at that, so please give above and beyond the $25 if you can. The less money that Shaenon has to take from the sale price to put toward shipping, the more she can give to Alzhheimer's research.
21st-Mar-2008 06:11 pm (UTC)
I was going to ask you to hold back on selling SH #1, so I'm glad to see you feel the same way. I'm so friggin' proud of that one and wanted to keep it in the family, so to speak. If you ever visit Madison, I'll take you to visit the tiny-ass rooftop sculpture garden where it was written.
21st-Mar-2008 06:26 pm (UTC)

Oh, yeah...let me know if there's any other SH strips you want. I'll pull any you want to keep.
21st-Mar-2008 07:41 pm (UTC)
I'd be more 'n happy to see any of the rest of them go, considering the cause. I love Pratchett and hate Alzheimer's, and dude, if the two of them are going head-to-head, I want a piece of that action.
9th-Oct-2008 03:08 pm (UTC)
I'm going to ask you once more, not to belabor the point, but specifically who presided over the crash of 29 and which network did they appear on.
21st-Mar-2008 10:02 pm (UTC)
As much as I love Narbonic and Skin Horse, I have so little wall space in my apartment that I don't know what I'd do with another strip, so I just donated directly to the fund. But I wouldn't have done that if you hadn't have brought the campaign to my attention, so thanks!
22nd-Mar-2008 06:21 am (UTC)
You're wonderful. His books are a huge part of my life as well. I'll be spending the rest of the weekend picking my strip.
22nd-Mar-2008 04:38 pm (UTC)
"At the time, Pratchett's books weren't widely available in the U.S."

I am baffled and confused by this comment, as my mother was giving me Discworld novels as a child (when there were only three or four in the series.) I'm only a little older than you, so I'm wondering why you had trouble finding them since we didn't at all.
17th-Oct-2008 05:23 am (UTC)
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22nd-Mar-2008 09:04 pm (UTC)
Pratchett donated half a million pounds (the website now says it's a million) to Alzheimer's research

It's a million dollars, half a million pounds.
22nd-Mar-2008 09:04 pm (UTC)
Pratchett donated half a million pounds (the website now says it's a million) to Alzheimer's research

It's a million dollars, half a million pounds.
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