Saturday, July 14, 2007
Something cool...

Look what showed up in the mail today...

Please note that this is the sort of art that you're NOT supposed to bend. Vehemently not.

It makes me wonder if what sort of person would need to have the not underlined to get the point across. I shudder at the thought of a postal carrier that gets one of these and just skims, reading for the gist of it. "Art... please.... bend...." Then shrugs and does as he's told.

Anyway, on to the cool part....

It's the original artwork for the map in the UK version of the book. The artist was cool enough to give it to me. I'm tingly with geeky joy.

Now that I've posted this up, I wonder if it's okay for me to show this before the book comes out.

Hmmmm... I think I'll just assume it's cool and leave it here until someone asks me to take it down....


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Blogger Matt H. said...

(... in an attempt to keep Pat out of hot water...)

I've shown this blog to 387 of my closest UK friends, and now they're ALL eager to buy the book! Seeing the map convinced them, and now they're gonna tell all of THEIR friends, too. Showing that map was a great publicity move, Pat!

(is it a bit much? Do you think the UK publishing authorities will believe it? Oh well, I tried...)

I'm glad you didn't bend the artwork, though... I'm sure the temptation was nearly unbearable.

July 14, 2007 7:33 AM  
Blogger Hob Gammidge said...

I don't think it's illegal, it's yours, and it's not like it was pirated or anything.

That's really very groovy though. You should frame it and put it somewhere people can ask about it, office perhaps? Then you can brag about how it's from your internationally acclaimed book. Teehee.

July 14, 2007 9:38 AM  
Blogger Mary J. said...

It's lovely. I hope that you can keep it posted. Is that a tinker in the corner? Interesting touch...
Do you get any input into how the covers and stuff are designed? I got the impression that you didn't. I think you might have saved us from the Fabio cover if so. :-)>

July 14, 2007 9:38 AM  
Blogger Rachel said...

I'm voting with the showing = publicity crowd.

And I've had far too many things bent, folded, and mutilated (occasionally spindled) to be stuffed into our mailbox to have much faith in some people's ability to read directions.

July 14, 2007 10:41 AM  
Blogger Althalus said...

That is 4 different kinds of awesome.

Can you call the artist and ask for another for me? heh

July 14, 2007 12:20 PM  
Anonymous Josie said...

I envy you Pat. I could never come up with a whole world on my own, and certainly couldn't map it out. Unless I just grabbed a pen, blindfolded myself, and scribbled. Then I could make borders, and pretend the whole thing was well thought out and planned from the beginning. But I'm sure someone would call my bluff. The map looks awesome.

July 14, 2007 4:54 PM  
Blogger Wendy said...

Odd to think that somewhere that looks so absolutely 'real' can only be visited in our minds.
It's beautiful.

July 14, 2007 5:33 PM  
Anonymous Sienged said...

An artist a day will keep the writers block away - Through the minds of others your imagination seems to be flourishing. I hope You take advantage of your fans and release a special edition of your next book. For I too would like to hang a map of civilization up.

July 14, 2007 9:36 PM  
Blogger Lincoln Rose said...


I think it's pretty cool. An entire world is a whole lot of work, so enjoy the geekiness of your beloved map! You've earned it!

July 14, 2007 11:29 PM  
Blogger TK42ONE said...

Cool. Very cool. Can you get a street map of the University included in the next book?

July 16, 2007 6:50 AM  
Blogger Jillian said...

Pat. Dude. *You* came up with the whole world, right? The only reason anyone was able to draw it was because you told them what to draw. Without your groovy brain coming up with the whole thing, no map. Only the most twisted of legally trained minds could really give a care.

Although it is a pretty sweet map...

July 17, 2007 8:17 AM  

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