Pre-orders for Schlock Mercenary: Massively Parallel, the eleventh in the current series, will open on Wednesday, October 15th, at around 8:00 AM Mountain time.
This is the largest Schlock Mercenary book we’ve ever done. 255 full-color pages, lots of new margin art and footnotes, and a 13 page bonus story that features my writing atop art from me, Brenda Hickey, Keliana Tayler, and Travis Walton.
We’re also going to be opening pre-orders for the 2015 calendar at the same time. This will save you money on shipping, but wait, there’s more. (Because there’s always but-wait-there’s-more.)
The slipcase for books 6 through 11 is part of this same print run. Yes, the slipcase, Massively Parallel, and the calendar will all fit inside a single flat-rate postage box. And if you haven’t yet grabbed Book 10, Longshoreman of the Apocalypse, that’ll fit too!
Do you not yet have a slipcase for the first five books? Well, we reprinted those, so they’ll be back in stock. Yes, we’ll have boxed-set bundles available for the first five books as well as for books 6 through 11, and you’ll also be able to buy empty slipcases. (Of course, the bundle prices miiiight tempt you into buying full slipcases, and then giving the extra books to a friend.)
Page proofs and slipcase blanks arrived this morning. Hey, look what I can build!
Book 11 (Massively Parallel) and the 6-11 slipcase (Munitions Canister 2) are go for printing along with a re-print of the 1-5 slipcase (Munitions Canister 1.) This means we’re about to spend five digits of dollars on printing, and that digit in the 10,000’s place is not a one, and might not get to be a two.
On a related note, pre-orders for Book 11, both slipcases, and the 2015 calendar will all open on October 15th (Patreon supporters will be able to pre-order starting on October 13th.)
Alan Bahr and I are designing and developing the Schlock Mercenary Role-Playing Game. I’ve mentioned this project before. It’s something we’ve had in the works since late fall of 2013, and it’s coming along nicely.
If it’s something you’re interested in, you can learn more over at schlocktroops.com, and you can follow our progress via the Schlocktroops RSS feed. We hope to Kickstart the game during the first half of 2015, and ship it in time for Christmas of that year, but our production plan may change in the next six months as we put the last of the pieces in place.
Struggled to get anything done this morning. Made a little progress banging on two possible scripts for Sunday, August 24th. Not working.
Went shopping with my 11yo to clear my head. Got home and decided to take a white pill (20mg, 4-hour methylphenidate — it’s basically a short-term ritalin). Aaaand BANG. I’m able to script again. Wrote an all-new August 24th strip, then the next three days of the week. Then I brain-dumped into the outline and it all flowed gloriously.
I love the white pill, but I hate needing it.