House Update: The Deck

Lately Andrew and I been working on the back yard, which is why it looks like this:

The plan is to kill off the crabgrass lawn and replace it with less thirsty groundcover.  Meanwhile, I'm expanding the vegetable garden all the way to the fence.

Someday this garage will be a detached office.  But not today!  For today we have chosen to focus on...THE DECK!
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PR: Skin Horse 3 Meets Funding Goal in 12 Hours


For immediate release:  April 1, 2012

Contact: Shaenon K. Garrity,

Skin Horse Volume 3 Meets Funding Goal in 12 Hours

Berkeley, CA:  Shaenon K. Garrity and Jeffrey C. Wells are pleased to announce the impending publication of the third collected edition of their critically acclaimed webcomic, Skin Horse.  To raise the $4,000 necessary to publish this collection, an announcement was placed on at midnight on April 1.  The project met its funding goal less than 12 hours later.

Additional funding is still being sought, and donors will receive exclusive premiums ranging from formal acknowledgment in the printed edition of the book to original Skin Horse artwork, a slipcover designed by printmaker Liz Conley and the opportunity to be drawn into an upcoming strip.  Garrity and Wells plan to add additional incentives over the next two months.

 “We knew our readers wouldn’t let us down,” says Garrity, “but this response is astounding.  We’re just happy to be able to keep publishing.”

This is Garrity’s third successful Kickstarter drive.  She previously used Kickstarter to fund Skin Horse Volume 2 in 2010 and Narbonic: The Perfect Collection in 2011.

For more information, please visit the Skin Horse Volume 3 Kickstarter page: 


PR: Skin Horse 3 Kickstarter Campaign Launched

Skin Horse Volume 3 Kickstarter Campaign Launched

Berkeley, CA:  Shaenon K. Garrity and Jeffrey Wells are pleased to announce the launch of a Kickstarter campaign to fund the third volume of their critically acclaimed webcomic Skin Horse.  In 2010, their Kickstarter campaign to fund Skin Horse Volume 2 reached its funding goal in less than 24 hours.

Skin Horse Volume 3 will be Garrity’s third Kickstarter campaign.  In addition to Skin Horse Volume 2, she funded Narbonic: The Perfect Collection in 2011, another drive which reached its goal within 24 hours.  Garrity is one of the few cartoonists to have successfully completed multiple funding drives on Kickstarter.

For more information about the Skin Horse Kickstarter project, please visit the campaign online:

About this project

"Skin Horse is laugh-out-loud funny, in the way that the Marx Brothers were funny: It starts with something that is just barely plausible and then piles up incongruities into a massive, complicated structure built entirely of crazy."

--Brigid Alverson, Comic Book Resources

When you work for Black Ops Social Services, there's never a slow day at the office.  Maybe today's the day the clockwork receptionist's evil gears kick in.  Maybe the office supplies will vote to go on strike.  Maybe a mad scientist will escape the facility and go on a high-fashion funkadelic rampage.  But with a lot of hard work and a little bit of topless mud-wrestling, the staff of Project Skin Horse will get the job done.

Civil service style.

"You can jump in at any point and be up to speed in no time, but once you're hooked, there's nothing to be done but to go back to the beginning and read it through again."

--Paul Haggerty, SFRevu

Shaenon K. Garrity here.  My co-creator, Jeffrey C. Wells, and I have been writing and drawing Skin Horse as a daily webcomic since 2008. In 2010, we published Skin Horse Volume 2 with the generous help of Kickstarter backers.  Now we're back and ready to publish Volume 3, covering the storylines from "Brave Little Toasters" through "Come Swing From My Branches."  See Moustachio the Thinkonium's old-timey rampage, Tip's mud-wrestling match (for the ladies), the field team's epic mission to New Orleans, and the first appearance of mad scientist Tigerlily Jones.

Is there more?  Of course there is.  Volume 3 will also include a bonus story, "The Funk Gazes Also," written by Jeff, drawn by me, and inked by Andrew Farago.  And an introduction by Campbell Award-winning, Hugo Award-nominated novelist Seanan McGuire, who knows from mad science.  And full-color bonus art by amazing artists, and holy crud you need this book, like, yesterday.

"Yes, there's a goofy fun that runs through Skin Horse...but Garrity and Wells know their genre well, and they do a neat job of twisting classic tropes to fit a world where monsters and bioweapons join the civil service and fight for equal rights and respect."

--Lauren Davis,

For this Kickstarter drive, we've assembled some truly amazing bonuses to thank everyone who participates.  If you check out the pledge tiers, you'll see books, sketches, original art, and exclusive prose stories that will appear nowhere else.  If you back at the Project Director or Supreme Puppetmaster levels, Volume 3 will reach you packaged with the first two volumes in a limited-edition slipcover designed by printmaker Liz Conley.  To get an idea of what the slipcovers will look like, check out the slipcovers she designed last year for my Narbonic omnibus edition.

And if you go for the Mad Genius or Supreme Puppetmaster levels, we will write and draw you into an upcoming strip.  For real.  These tiers are only open to a limited number of backers, because I can only draw so many people.

"One of the highlights of my day, because what can possibly be wrong about a webcomic that deals primarily with paranormal-managing government bureaucrats who subtly recall the less-well-known Oz books and gets regularly cranked up to about 14 on the Insane-o-Meter?"

--Gary Tyrell,


Couscous Store Specials

That's right: we're doing the Cyber Monday thing. For this week only at The Couscous Store, get the following deals:

-- Narbonic and Skin Horse books signed and sketched by me
-- The Looney Tunes Treasury signed and sketched by Andrew Farago
-- Prints and books by Liz Conley on sale
-- Free Skin Horse print set with any order
-- Free Iceheart minicomic with any order

Congratulations!  Your holiday shopping is now done!