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Gauging Interest, Fully Illustrated Christmas Noun Books for Christmas Presents

Random thought. I made the mistake of revealing that I like to doodle cartoons back during the challenge coin kickstarter. Ever since then I’ve had fans asking me for doodles of various things (despite the fact that I can’t actually draw). Then during Sad Puppies I did another cartoon, which you guys seemed to enjoy, and once Jack colored those they actually looked pretty decent.

You know what I’ve got that would lend itself to my remarkable artistic skills? THE CHRISTMAS NOUN! 

So Jack and I got to talking about it. How many of you would be interested in a fully illustrated Christmas Noun book to give as a Christmas present? 

It would be like a demented children’s book, not meant for children. And I get to draw Wendell driving a monster truck having a car chase against a sleigh pulled by velociraptors. I’d do a full color picture for each year’s episode, and then black and white smaller pics for in the story.  

Knowing how much it costs to print stuff here, size wise and with the color pictures and good paper, they’d probably be $20 to $25 each. 

Interested? Or is this idea just too silly to live? 

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winterspite
Guest

YES. And I’d even read it to my son (he’s 3 months, too little to know any better).

Calvin Gordon Dodge
Guest

Yes, I’m interested.

Julie Frost (@JulieCFrost)
Guest

Shut up and take my money.

Calvin Gordon Dodge
Guest

Perhaps this is a good Kickstarter item? I think that would give you the most accurate indication of real interest.

Kevin P.
Guest

Hell, I’d buy 2. Because Christmas. And nouns.

Kevin P.
Guest

At some point (maybe for next year) you should do a Kickstarter of Christmas Noun challenge coins. I’ll buy 2 sets of those suckers, too.

Brad R. Torgersen
Guest

A-yup.

Patrick Mathews
Guest

Why isn’t the screen taking the money I’m throwing at it?

Karl Sandwell-Weiss
Guest

I’m in.

CombatMissionary
Guest

Where do I enter my credit card info? I have liberal family members who need to get this.

Karl Sandwell-Weiss
Guest

And I’d pay for an illustrated Tom Stranger book as well.

hygate
Guest

I would buy at least one for myself

Wes S.
Guest

Sounds like a lot of fun. I’m in.

Simon Strauss
Guest

In the words of many a Meme, Shut up and take my money!

T.L. Knighton
Guest

My sentiments exactly.

AndrewV
Guest

Without hesitation.

Kristophr
Guest

See if you can get Phil Foglio interested in doing the illistrations …

And yes, shut up and take my money.

Dave H
Guest

Much as I love Phil’s work, I want to see more of Larry’s doodling.

Count me in Larry. And if Owen Pitt happens to make a cameo appearance in one, you can count me twice.

By the way, this is the Internet Age. NO idea is too silly to live.

Daddy Warpig
Guest

“By the way, this is the Internet Age. NO idea is too silly to live.”

Ain’t that the goddamn truth.

Shadowdancer Duskstar / Cutelildrow
Guest

A … collaboration with Phil Foglio and Larry.

Jaeger and MHI go a-hunting.

Ohhhh yes please.

Also, notably, no idea is too silly to live. And yes, I’d buy one with Larry doodles. Larry doodles are adorably cute and funny.

Nick Gardner
Guest

Shut up and take my money

Keith Glass
Guest

Shut up and take my money!!!

Kristophr
Guest

And Disqus’s refusal to allow spell checks inside their dialogs is starting to irritate me.

I would probably buy it with your illustrations as well … sight unseen

Stuart Brown
Guest

Who could say no to Christmas stories from the International Lord of Hate!

Kencyr
Guest

That so needs to be on the cover

Shadowdancer Duskstar / Cutelildrow
Guest

….Yeah. There’ll be international shipping, right? ;_;

Shadowdancer Duskstar / Cutelildrow
Guest

… I’m not sure how that happened and this is the wrong part of the comments. WordPress delanda est.

jabrwok
Guest

Well he *is* the “International” Lord of Hate, so international shipping’s kind of a given I’d think. Maybe you can request that he include Twinkies;-).

ratseal
Guest

If you kickstarter it, people who cough up dough could go after escalating levels of artistic direction on one panel, or one page, or one chapter of the Christmas Noun.

brodder
Guest

I found our HUGO nomination for next year RIGHT HERE!

brodder
Guest

Sell it with crayons w/non-approved by SJW colors for the B&W pictures. then you can add “COLORING BOOK” to the title tags and increase your sales even more!

Synova
Guest

Anyone ever wonder what the white crayons were for? As a kid I never did figure that one out.

emily61
Guest

white crayons are for snow.

wyrdbard
Guest

Very useful on anything off white (which were most of the sketch pads and coloring books I had as a kid.)

Dave H
Guest

They were for drawing rude pictures and writing curse words on your big brother’s black 3-ring binder. My little brother taught me that. I taught him a lesson too.

dave
Guest

That would be awesome

George
Guest

*Sigh* Just take my money.

Austin
Guest

Short answer: Yes.

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Do you want the full answer?

NR Pax
Guest

Oh look, I have money that isn’t getting spent.

criticaluniverse
Guest

Larry I’m going to buy anything you write. But ESPECIALLY this. Also if Tom Stranger could maybe make a return…

Peter
Guest

Actually, I’d probably buy one.

Susan
Guest

….yeah. I’d find the money somewhere.

Ori Pomerantz
Guest

Short on cash with my four very dear children, and I like carrying my literature with me when I travel for work. Can I get an e-book for less than that?

Dayna
Guest

Please!

jnials
Guest

I could probably find the $$$$. Maybe buy 4-6 depending on the quality and entertainment value. I can’t promise anything till I see a sample page.

I’m from Texas. We take our handshakes and promises seriously. Like a contract.

Oh, and we take our guns very seriously. 🙂

CombatMissionary
Guest

I don’t know how seriously Texans can claim to take their preparations for combat. I never saw any manatee brigades when I was last down there. 😉

NR Pax
Guest

Ninja manatees. You’ll never see them.

Bruce
Guest

Ninja Manatees. That would definitely explain it…I’m convinced. 🙂

Austin
Guest

I’m one of the Manatees in Manatee Team 6 based out of Texas. I have 257 confirmed kills and once shot a terrorist through the eye from 8 miles away.

CombatMissionary
Guest

Larry, is there ANY possible way to include the Cookie Monster comment thread? As an extra Christmas bonus? Are there any Marines in here to tell Larry to do it for Chesty?

Jen
Guest

The CM needs to be included, or he no gonna be happy. And we all know what happens when the CM isn’t happy…

I will also speak on behalf of two Marines – DEFINITELY do it for Chesty. One of the few men the CM ever respected.

Mussorgsky112
Guest

To quote the meme, “shut up and take my money!!!”

Ygolonac
Guest

INSERT MONEY

RECEIVE NOUN

MisshaMoon
Guest

I love it!! Heck I would buy several for Christmas presents.

45er
Guest

I’m in pho sho. One, maybe two if they’re signed too.

Bruce
Guest

*sigh* Should’ve had Larry sign my wallet instead of my tablet in Omaha…Yes, help yourself to my bank account. Again.

Garland Noel
Guest

Yes!

Puffinstuffer
Guest

I would buy at least a couple.

Ratus
Guest

“…I get to draw Wendell driving a monster truck having a car chase against a sleigh pulled by velociraptors.”

Wait, you haven’t already done that?

Calvin Gordon Dodge
Guest

Now you’ve gone and spoiled the surprise, Ratus. Larry was going to write the ultimate conservative/liberal crossover short story: “If You Were a Dinosaur, My Lead Reindeer”.

MisshaMoon
Guest

Ewww.

Rob Maxson
Guest

YES! Take my money. Maybe a Kickstarter

Alan S.
Guest

I bet you could have a lot of fun with a ‘preposition’ book too.

When you go by parts of speech, you can get to “half of English” fairly easily. (conjunctions, articles, prepositions, pronouns).

Then it’s “Larry’s Complete English Primer, Volume I of II.”

Shadowdancer Duskstar / Cutelildrow
Guest

+1 for this idea!!!!!!!!!!

Daddy Warpig
Guest

So, here’s another silly idea:

For Sad Puppies 3 (assuming there is one, and let’s face it, there has to be) someone should rewrite the lyrics to Ogden Edsel’s “Dead Puppies Aren’t Much Fun”.

“Sad Puppies at Worldcon” would tell the tale of the SMoF brigade and their nefarious drive to sadden puppies everywhere. Then, the Evil League of Evil swoops in to save the day, bringing happiness to puppies all across the land.

Get a respectable filker to sing it, and it’d make a great theme song.

Paul Raasch
Guest

I’d buy this in a freaking heartbeat! I’d suggest doing it as a Kickstarter and you’ll make a fortune on it.

Gerald Beecham
Guest

Interest is caught yes.

RES
Guest

Sure — sounds fun.

trev006
Guest

I would buy this- how about gauging interest by offering the e-book scans for a small price? (say, about $5. or maybe throw them in as a preorder bonus for an MHI book) Then offer the print buyers a $5 discount if they bought the ebook version?

Brian Marshall
Guest

I believe I would. But would like a kick starter version so we could buy signed copies 🙂

Blond_Engineer
Guest

I know at least three people I would need to buy this for, not including me…

Bubbasrelm
Guest

Every time Larry doesn’t do an awesome book idea, a baby Cthulhu gets it’s tentacles.

Dan Lane
Guest

I could probably cough up a twenty-spot in some reasonable time frame for that. What the hell, make the durn thing and we’ll see what’s what.

David MacKinnon
Guest

Hmmmm…. I smell another Hugo award nomination.

Sandi
Guest

International shipping please. 🙂

Shawna
Guest

Yeah, I’d probably buy one. Your doodles are cute. Wish I hadn’t forgotten to ask you for one at your book signing.

Don B.
Guest

yes of course.

Synova
Guest

Is it possible to be too silly to live?

Shadowdancer Duskstar / Cutelildrow
Guest

NEVAAAAAAAAAAAR!

Synova
Guest

Oh, and I have money *this week*… so the sooner the better. 🙂

Shadowdancer Duskstar / Cutelildrow
Guest

Permanent shop offering? ;_; My money’s all budgeted up for September.

Alex Wakal
Guest

Hell yes, I would like two copies…

Joel Merrill
Guest

Yes, oh so very much!

Fail Burton
Guest

Snowflakes that stay on my ass until my writing career is shot,
Grinches that steal gendered pronouns
Dinosaurs that eat white privilege
My chestnuts roasting in a feminist fire
White male cis-het power fantasies
The Patriarchy Christmas turkey
Brown paper packages with trigger warnings
Warm woolen mittens knitted with man-guts
White comfort food like macaroni and cheese
These are a few of my favorite things

Shadowdancer Duskstar / Cutelildrow
Guest

Okay, a laughed like a madwoman at ‘brown paper packages with trigger warnings.’

christianlindke
Guest

I would easily buy the Christmas Noun. Whether or not you support my Christmas related Kickstarter. Which I am dying to spam the list with, but managing to resist.

caerrig
Guest

Take my money.

Thore
Guest

It’s weird how I didn’t realize my life was a hollow mockery due to a lack of illustrated Noun until just a minute ago…

saintonge235
Guest

        The Christmas Noun, ILLUSTRATED EDITION is like a microwave, a garage door opener, a pocket calculator or a tv remote.

        Before you have one, you don’t see any need for it.  After you have it, you can’t imagine living without it.

Stephanie Z
Guest

My dad is the one who turned me on to your writing; he’s also nearly impossible to shop for. This would be an awesome Christmas present! Please save me from having to pound my head against the wall that is trying to come up with gift ideas for him.

Dave O.
Guest

Shut up and take my money III.

RKW
Guest

I am rather indifferent, myself, but a co-worker said that he would have to start setting aside money to buy some extra copies for his in-laws.

Eric
Guest

Heck yeah I’m interested!

Rose
Guest

I’m all in!!

Ed
Guest

Yes.

Darryl in Salinas
Guest

Yes! I would buy one! And I might buy a few for gifts as well!

Wayne
Guest

Heck yeah, My wife and I will buy 1 each! 😉

Nate the Blynd
Guest

THIS MUST HAPPEN!!!

The internet demands it!

Also, while you’re considering Christmas Noun merchandise, I’ve been looking for a Wendel the Manatee, CFO of Correiatech, Christmas Tree Topper.

Brent Newman
Guest

Oh

Heck

Yes

The goat farmer
Guest

Yes! Another way for larry to seperate me from my money. Besides there are a few people I will enjoy watching when they see the book just lying “innocently” out in the open.

Steven Knapp
Guest

Absolutely Interested…

WEKM
Guest

I sense another insanely over funded Kickstarter project!
And, YES, I too would like some!

Albert
Guest

I have a friend that this would be perfect for. (Might horrify his wife, though.)

saintonge235
Guest

I think I’d buy at least one. Maybe more than one, I’ve got a friend who’d probably enjoy a copy.

Brian
Guest

Take the food from the mouths of my family. I cannot afford to buy this wonderful entertainment but I will, and the children will be hungry for a few days. Hey wait…. Kids are grown and have kids of their own. Just me and the wife and she buys her own damn food so hells yeah. I will.

Alexander Carra
Guest

I would definitely buy that

David Myers
Guest

Shut up and take my money!

Lococo
Guest

I’m in

Daniel Neely
Guest

Shut up and take my money!

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