Category Archives: Announcements

Hey, there’s something coming up that I want to tell you about!

June 6th: “Five Billion Years, Four Panels”

I posted the inks for the June 6th, 2018 Schlock Mercenary installment over at the Schlock Mercenary Patreon a few weeks ago.

Last week I posted the colors, sans dialog, as a work-in-progress treat for patrons.

One such patron (who in this case happens to also be a long-time friend) asked for a wallpaper. The image didn’t really lend itself to that, and about two minutes after I posted that it couldn’t really be done I figured out a nice way to do it.

Line-art by Howard Tayler, colors by Travis Walton. This is a crop of the June 6, 2018 installment of Schlock Mercenary, found a

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Yet Another GDPR Post You’ll Probably Ignore

Your mailbox is probably full of messages talking about updates to privacy policies. Today, May 25th, is the deadline for websites to comply with GDPR legislation, and I think GDPR stands for Go Do Privacy Right or something like that.

Anyway, this is yet another announcement regarding an update to a privacy policy. In this case, it’s ours. You can read it here. Here’s the summary: we don’t sell information about you, but we do have information about you, especially if you’ve shopped with us. If you want us to delete your information from our systems, we’ll do that.

We do use cookies, and yes, our turnkey advertisers track those like crazy, but you can turn that off in your browser.

Full details can be found in our privacy policy.

“How to Write Funny,” this Saturday

This Saturday, May 26th, I’ll be teaching an online workshop called “How to Write Funny.” The focus of the class will be how to refine and improve your written humor using some very intuitive techniques.

Being “born funny” is absolutely not required. It helps a little, but understanding these techniques will make your written humor better. You’ll also be better equipped to troubleshoot jokes that aren’t working, whether they don’t fit the tone of the rest of the piece, or because for some reason they’re just not coming across funny.

We’ll explore these techniques by looking at examples, both good and bad, and by applying the tools to some of these examples to see how things can be improved.

The class is $99, and it’s a class, not a comedy routine. Funny things will certainly be said, but only so we can take them apart and re-assemble them to be funnier than before.

NOTE: we are only recording this workshop for the use of the students at the streamed session, and seating is limited.


T-Shirt Kickstarter Ends Tuesday!

We’re in the final days of the Schlock Mercenary t-shirt project. As of this writing we’re 5% shy of being 300% funded, but more importantly we’re only fifty shirt sales away from a free shirt.

It’s a volume discount thing, and it will let us include a fourth shirt for free in the three-shirt bundle. It’s not “the manufacturer likes us, so they sent Howard a free shirt.” That would only be cool for Howard. This stretch goal is cool for everybody¹.

¹ “Everybody” here being defined as “everybody who orders the three-shirt bundle, and who thinks getting a fourth shirt would be cool.”