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? 

110 Responses

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

  2. Yes, I’m interested.

  3. Shut up and take my money.

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

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

    • 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.

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

  7. I’m in.

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

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

  10. I would buy at least one for myself

  11. Sounds like a lot of fun. I’m in.

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

  13. Without hesitation.

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

    And yes, shut up and take my money.

    • 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.

    • 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.

  15. Shut up and take my money

  16. Shut up and take my money!!!

  17. 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

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

  19. 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.

  20. I found our HUGO nomination for next year RIGHT HERE!

  21. 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!

  22. That would be awesome

  23. *Sigh* Just take my money.

  24. Short answer: Yes.

    Long answer: YesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes

    Do you want the full answer?

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

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

  27. Actually, I’d probably buy one.

  28. ….yeah. I’d find the money somewhere.

  29. 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?

  30. Please!

  31. 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. 🙂

    • 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. 😉

      • Ninja manatees. You’ll never see them.

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

      • 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.

  32. 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?

    • 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.

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

  34. INSERT MONEY

    RECEIVE NOUN

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

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

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

  38. Yes!

  39. I would buy at least a couple.

  40. “…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?

  41. YES! Take my money. Maybe a Kickstarter

  42. 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.”

  43. 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.

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

  45. Interest is caught yes.

  46. Sure — sounds fun.

  47. 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?

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

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

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

  51. 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.

  52. Hmmmm…. I smell another Hugo award nomination.

  53. International shipping please. 🙂

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

  55. yes of course.

  56. Is it possible to be too silly to live?

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

  58. Hell yes, I would like two copies…

  59. Yes, oh so very much!

  60. 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

  61. 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.

  62. Take my money.

  63. 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…

    •         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.

  64. 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.

  65. Shut up and take my money III.

  66. 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.

  67. Heck yeah I’m interested!

  68. I’m all in!!

  69. Yes.

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

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

  72. 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.

  73. 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.

  74. Absolutely Interested…

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

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

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

  78. 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.

  79. I would definitely buy that

  80. Shut up and take my money!

  81. I’m in

  82. Shut up and take my money!

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