Many news things, some overdue

The forums weren’t really a great place to post news, so davean helped me set up a blag here. I’ve got a bunch of news/info on a bunch of topics, and will answer questions in the comments, so here we go:

Job:

My about page mentions that I work for NASA — I’m technically a contractor working repeated contracts for them. However, they recently ran out of money to rehire me for another contract, so I’m done there for now. This isn’t really bad, because it came right as the t-shirt orders were becoming so strong that I really needed the time off to handle them. Combine that with answering the huge amount of email I get through the site, drawing the actual comics, and assorted other things, and I really don’t have the time to work a full-time job at the same time that I do this comic/store. So, for the moment I’m now a full-time webcomic artist/t-shirt designer. I don’t know how to thank you enough for all the support.

Shirts:

I shipped out the domestic preorders last week, and the international orders were held up by the post office and didn’t get through until this week. This was a bit later than I planned, and I’m sorry. For the week of the main shipping I was literally working every waking hour, 16 hours a day, on getting the t-shirts out, along with a lot of help from friends. For those who ordered shirts, if there was any kind of a mistake in your order, let me know and I’ll send you the right shirt(s) immediately.

T-shirts have been taking over the apartment, and the supplier is still working very hard to try to meet the demand. As mentioned on the t-shirt page, a few orders might be delayed right now as I try to catch up and keep stocked, and I appreciate your patience. Sizes marked with “backorder” will be shipping probably around the 20th.

The Date Project:

A lot of you have been asking what happened with the project I did a while ago to come up with a neat date. I know I have been quiet about that, but it’s mainly because the girl in the project had been relatively out-of-touch, and I couldn’t easily talk about what was up since I hadn’t talked to her and wanted to give her some privacy. She basically started to feel uncertain about the whole thing, and I didn’t want to push her, so I called it off. The winning suggestions are here, and I will be hanging on to the full list for a while and maybe doing something interesting with it.

Press:

xkcd comics have been featured in a lot of neat places, and I will try to mention them here as that continues. The one I have in front of me is the Toike Oike, the University of Toronto’s long-running high-quality humor newspaper.

Nobel Prize:

Two of the guys who did the COBE experiment — the one shown on the back of my t-shirt — won the Nobel Prize for their work. I’ve sent them both free t-shirts. Maybe they’ll wear them to the prize ceremony.

70 thoughts on “Many news things, some overdue

  1. I was playing around with the audio feature.

    And instead of saying “I am” it says “I A-M”.

    It made me giggle.

  2. Hiii. I wanted to show these to you but I didn’t know how to email you because neither the order and the press email seemed appropriate. I baked cupcakes…xkcd cupcakes. They were for a friend’s birthday and both of us love the comics. I hope you like the cupcakes as much as he did :

  3. I was playing around with the audio feature.

    And instead of saying “I am” it says “I A-M”.

    It made me giggle.

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  5. I put this here b/c I couldn’t find an email other than one for orders, press, or webmaster. I just wanted to say that my thoughts are with your fiance. My mother is a 20 year survivor and she is still rocking hard so I know that your girl will be just fine. She’s young and you said that she has a wonderful support team. She will be ok and have a normal life. And trust me when I say cancer does not make a person mellow out, at all. The first year is hard, yes. The chemo sucks, yes. But afterwards, it gets easier and everything is new again. Life just seems more important and vibrant and the little things seem more enjoyable. It’s hard to explain. But my and my mother’s thoughts are with her. She can do this! :)

    (Also, in the waiting suck game for today’s cartoon, is knowing you have the genes for cancer and just waiting for it to show up…)

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