Who knew that Santa was a BSG fan?
I was first introduced to the concept of “Typos of Doom” by Miranda Horner, a terrific editor whom I’ve had the pleasure of knowing and working with for nearly 20 years. (Holy cats!) She kept a running list of Typos of Doom on the wall in her office, and enthusiastically shared them with anyone who came to visit.
Several years later, Julia Martin (another amazing editor I’ve been lucky enough to work with on many occasions) was looking for some April Fool’s Day content for the D&D website, and asked me if I’d be willing to illustrate some of the entries from Miranda’s List. I did, and it was popular enough that I was asked to do so again two more times. There were collections of Typos of Doom comics featured in 2004, 2005, and 2006.
Now, there’s more to a Typo of Doom than just a slip of the typing finger. In order to qualify, the typo:
• Must create a new, unintended meaning in the sentence. It’s not just enough to accidentally type one word incorrectly . . . you have to accidentally type a different word correctly! (No doubt, auto-correct helps greatly in this achievement.)
• Must have been caught before publication. The writer can catch it him- or herself, or an editor or proofreader can catch it at any point in the editorial/layout/pre-production process. But the typo cannot have made it out into the world at large. These are examples of the editorial process working well, not pokes at human error.
• Must be funny. Yeah, this is pretty subjective, but in order to make it onto the list, the mistake has to be humorous enough to inspire a related picture (and, in most cases, a follow-up gag).
Unfortunately, I was never been asked to do any more of these cartoons for Wizards (or any other publisher—though I did do a trio of “Ptypos of Doom” for Malhavoc Press, based on typos caught in the production of their magnum opus, Ptolus, those pages are no longer archived online). Still, I kept the list, just in case. What’s more, over the years I’ve added to it—sometimes with typos from my own work, or that of my partners in Super Genius Games . . . sometimes with typos other editors send me (because they enjoyed the original comics so much).
After all this time, I’ve decided that since no one else is going to ask me to make these comics, I’m going to make them for myself. So now “Typos of Doom” is officially a sub-category of the 10′x10′ Toon! I won’t let them dominate the strip, but you’ll see them fairly regularly. I’ve build up quite a war chest of them!
This week has been full of challenges ranging from the minor (head & chest cold that has increased the challenge of EVERY project) to the frustrating (updating OS on 4 devices simultaneously) to the maddening (dealing with the fact that my scanner no longer worked after that OS update).
Suffice it to say, I only just finished this weeks comic earlier today. But I’ve made an executive decision to bump the comic so that I can get ahead on next week and relieve the current pressure that’s built up in my schedule.
So, yes … there will be no comic this week. But next week’s is already done, so it will DEFINITELY go live on Wednesday. And by sticking with my original production schedule, I may be able to STAY one week ahead … at least for the first few weeks of October.
I just didn’t want everyone to have to WONDER what happened this week. Now you know.
Holy cats! Gen Con kicks off tomorrow! By the time you read this I will (hopefully) be done setting up my little table in Authors Avenue . . . or maybe I’ll still be working on it. It’s hard to say. In any case, come tomorrow, I’ll be AT that table and ready to smile, shake your hand, and try to convince you to spend some of your hard-earned cash on my merch.
Seriously, though, stop on by. I’m basically running the table myself, and I’ll be in need of friendly faces to brighten my day.
You can find me at AUTHORS AVENUE — Table S (this is basically at the very far end of the 1100 aisle in the Exhibitor Hall).
I’ll have copies of the brand new Attack of the LOLth Cats—A 10′x10′ Toon Calendar for 2014 for sale, along with The Littlest Shoggoth (book and lapel pin), my two fantasy coloring books (What Color Is Your Dragon? and Paint Your Face With Runes), a selection of the novels and short story anthologies I’ve gotten my words into, two short children’s books I self-published, and a handful of art prints. Lots to see and marvel over.
I will be taking a little bit of time away from hawking my wares to speak at a handful of seminars. If you simply want to anonymously enjoy my proclamations and worldly advice, you can join the crowds at these events (check the registration book for locations).
THU. @Noon — Launching a $100 PDF Publishing Empire
THU. @3:00 — Freelancing for Super Genius Games
FRI. @6:00 — The ENnie Awards (where I’ll be performing “Sweet Transvestite” as part of the pre-show “entertainment” … NOT in make-up or fishnets)
SAT. @Noon — Kickstarters: Preparation & Communication
SAT. @3:00 — Time Management for Creatives
SUN. @11:00 — Running a Successful RPG Kickstarer
SUN. @Noon — Beginner Boxes, Quickplays, and Rules-Lite RPGs
If you’re here in Indy, I hope to see you along the line SOMEWHERE this weekend. If not . . . well . . . we miss you and wish you were here . . . but we don’t have time to slow down, there’s too much to do! Next year, c’mon out to Gen Con!!!