BOOK ONE: WE ARE THE ENGINEERS

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Oh WHAT'S THIS?

So people have been asking me for a long time to make a book collection of Wasted Talent. But guys, it is not that simple!

The foundation of my comic are the University Years. So many of my readers got to know me during that time, and STILL to this day I get emails from students saying that my university comics have helped them cope with the stress, or truly echo their own experiences. For that reason, I knew that if I was going to take Wasted Talent to print, I had to do it right by starting at "the beginning."

So I bit the bullet and did what most artists consider to be a crazy exercise: I redrew old strips.

I redrew about 80 comics (some multi-page), plus a schwack of bonus art and supporting material. From zero to book.

The stories and gags in those older comics were worth all the effort, and I'm so proud to be able to share this book with you now.


SO HERE IT IS!
Black and White and RED.

WHAT'S INSIDE!?

As I mentioned, all of the strips are redrawn, so technically it is ALL "never before seen" material, although if you've read the whole archives there are of course the stories that you know and love. I chose what I consider to be the "best of" the archives. You can pick up and read this book instead of slogging through the whole archives, and not miss out on any inside jokes or history. This book has the complete picture.

There are also TRUE never before seen strips, that I drew from scratch! Most of these are from my final year of engineering, when I was so engrossed in studying that I drew the comics and never scanned them. So NEW stories you've never read!

There's a ton of cool bonus stuff in this book too: artist commentary about the strips, the best of Red's blog, photos of the real people behind the cartoons  (and our real shenanigans!), information on the history and traditions of the UBC Engineers... tons of great stuff!

"ANGELA SHUT UP AND TELL ME WHERE AND WHEN I CAN GET THE BOOK ALREADY"

Okay okay! Here is the low down:

ANIME EVOLUTION IS NEXT WEEKEND: AUGUST 13-15th

I have a limited number of books that I got express shipped to me here in Vancouver. The rest are slowly making their way down to our distributor in the US. So if you live in Vancouver and you're coming to Anime Evolution, you are one of the lucky few people on the PLANET with the opportunity to get a signed copy from me, DIRECT!

PRE-ORDERS for ARTIST EDITIONS WILL OPEN AT THE SAME TIME: ONLINE AUGUST 13th!

Due to the extremely limited amount of spare time that I have in my possession, I am only offering 200 artist edition books, in two different packages.

ARTIST EDITION - A nice drawing on the inside cover and customized note! Numbered 50-200

EXTREME UNDERWATER BASKET WEAVING EDITION - same nice drawing on the inside cover, numbered 1-50
+ PATCH
+ Limited edition 8x10 print of the cover
+ A PERSONALIZED DEGREE CERTIFICATE in extreme underwater basket weaving for you to hang in your cubicle (or wherever!)

SOLD OUT

I am so bad at Photoshop - forgive me! The degree will be on nice paper and I am trying to figure out how I can get an embossed seal, and the patch will look way cooler than my lame mockup.

I am unable to make any estimates or guarantees about when I will be able to get your artist edition book out the door, but I promise I will work as hard as I can without permanently injuring myself or inducing psychosis. FIRST COME, FIRST DRAWED. **ARTIST EDITIONS SHIP FROM CANADA**

HOWEVER- when you place your order, I'll reply with a FREE pdf ebook copy of the book for your reading pleasure!  This way you still get to read the comics FIRST even though you'll have to wait for your dead-tree edition to fly to you by carrier pidgeon. (I've removed the bonus material from the ebook, so you can still be 'surprised' by something when you get the book :) )

When the artist editions are gone, they are GONE! You'll have to wait for:

WASTED TALENT: WE ARE THE ENGINEERS LAUNCH PARTY
SEPTEMBER 18th at the BOULEVARD CAFE!

I am throwing a redonkulous shindig at my favourite cafe on UBC campus: the Boulevard Coffee Co. This cafe is run by alumni, has a remarkable green ethic to their business, GREAT coffee (and hot chocolate! And tea!) AND they are huge supporters of local artists.

VANCOUVER, MARK YOUR CALENDARS: THIS WILL NOT BE ONE TO MISS!
COFFEE! SIGNING! BOOK FOR SALE! SPEECHES! SHENANIGANS!

I'm still coming up with awesome surprises for you at this party but I PROMISE a good time.

On this same date - September 18th - the regular editions will go on sale online.  These copies are NOT signed or sketched in, but they ship from the US and will get to you much faster (especially if you live in the US).

SO ANYWAY: to summarize:

  • MOTHERFLIPPIN BOOK
  • PREORDERS AUGUST 13th
  • PREVIEW COPIES AT ANIME EVOLUTION
  • LAUNCH EVENT SEPTEMBER 18th
  • FOR SALE ONLINE SEPTEMBER 18th, 2010!!

BOOK! BOOK BOOK BOOK
 

[update] Aug 12 9pm PST: I know I said it would be up by now, my shop cache is being cranky... I *think* I have everything set from my end, it's so impossible to tell.... :( :( Sorry if you set your alarm and woke up for this!!

[update] Aug 12 9:21PST: OKAY: ORDERS ARE OPEN!!! http://www.wastedtalent.ca/shop

[update] Aug 13:643AM PST: EXTREME UNDERWATER BASKET WEAVING EDITION IS SOLD OUT! The site is still caching for anonymous users, so you may still see the option in the shop, but it should not let you add it to cart. It will disappear soon, I hope!!

[update] Aug 19t 10:36AM PST: ARTIST EDITIONS ARE SOLD OUT! A mere week! I am amazed and overwhelmed everyone, thank you so much for ordering! I'm almost through processing all the orders then it's time to draw draw draw draw draw :D Your next opportunity to get your mitts on the book is September 18th at the LAUNCH!

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Carlos's picture
Carlos
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Hi Jam!

The book is great!

I loved it, brings some good memories :)

\o/

davefp's picture
davefp
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Wow, you've really put a lot of effort into this. I will definitely be getting a copy asap :)

Cassandra's picture
Cassandra
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OOOOOH, SHINY! Love the patch design and certificate!

KaseyDoodle's picture
KaseyDoodle
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I want the basket weaving edition! do we pre order from this site, and what time on the 13th? i don't want somebody with a quicker trigger finger to get my copy =P

Jam's picture
Jam
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Yes, pre-orders will be through the shop!

Proooobably midnight August 13th (just after 11:59pm August 12th PST) would be best. I'm not sure how it will work, something will probably go horribly wrong. I'll update here and on twitter and everywhere I can when it goes up :)

greg's picture
greg
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Love this.  Only wish I could come to the launch party, but sadly, teleporters have not yet been invented.

So...get on that.  ;)

sakuraruby's picture
sakuraruby
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I only live in the opposite side of the continent...even when I lived in Canada I was STILL on the opposite side of the continent.  Dangit ):

I plan on buying one sometimes when I get money! :D

Jam's picture
Jam
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I'm working on the teleporter, but I'm hoping to do more conventions!

sakuraruby's picture
sakuraruby
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Sweet! :D

Jay's picture
Jay
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I hope you can hold onto a copy for me xD

Though I'll probably be over there pretty quick, unless I oversleep.

FunkyTuba's picture
FunkyTuba
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*** WANT ***

chinquary's picture
chinquary
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Quick question... how much is it?

Jam's picture
Jam
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The book itself is $14.95

KaseyDoodle's picture
KaseyDoodle
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And the extreme underwater basket weaving edition?

Jam's picture
Jam
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All will become clear in a matter of hours

Sabe's picture
Sabe
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Will you have books for sale at the book signing? D:

Jam's picture
Jam
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Yes yes yes!!

FunkyTuba's picture
FunkyTuba
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*** *** *** WANT WANT WANT *** *** ***

stoopid shop cache :P

Jam's picture
Jam
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Which one are you after? I think I can link you directly but it might be messed up a little

FunkyTuba's picture
FunkyTuba
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Order placed!

<^.^>

Looking forward to it... but don't kill yourself getting it out.

Mortosdersoulstealer's picture
Mortosdersoulstealer
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WANT!!!!!!!

cryxia's picture
cryxia
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I placed order :D looking forward to see what you can come up with ^_^

(BTW Jam, the uber edition shop page doesn't have a box to enter in personalisation stuff like the artists edition. Just a FYI)

Jam's picture
Jam
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Huh!

elgefe's picture
elgefe
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DO WANT! I need to get my brother's address in Edmonton so I can get the Artist Edition... I wonder if he is up yet...

Aerinha's picture
Aerinha
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I missed the Underwater basket weaving edition by like 2 minutes. You should sell the degree seperately! Because I totally want one. Got my Artist's edition though, you are the coolest.

Jam's picture
Jam
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Haha, maybe!

Dax's picture
Dax
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Similarly, I very much want the patch that was sold with the Underwater Basket weaving edition, but it is not, as yet sold in the "Shop". It's super cute! Could the patch be added to the shop list sometime in the future...? :) 

Jam's picture
Jam
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Hmmmmm.....

canadaka's picture
canadaka
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I created a Google merchant product feed for the Wasted Talent products, with the main purpose being able to search for the new books ISBN on google.

So you can use one of those fancy barcode scanner apps on smartphones and it will bring up this page when you scan it, http://www.google.com/products?q=9780986659102

Yes I am a major geek!

I'm also working on adding it to Google Books.

Jam's picture
Jam
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Youso craaazy

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