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Shipping From the Factory: May 20th


Sorry for the radio silence, folks. Very shortly after that last update I got sick, and then got sicker, and then got medicated and that made me REALLY sick. Sparing you the details, I'll just say that I'm finally off the drugs, back on my feet, and eating people-food.

During these last four weeks it's been a struggle just to keep up with the comic, and I also needed to finish the marginalia for Book 9, Schlock Mercenary: The Body Politic, which went off to the printer today. Fortunately, the only thing that needed to be done on the challenge coin front recently was being done by the manufacturer. It's nice to know that the people you've hired to do a job are doing it right even though you're not watching.

I spoke with our manufacturing rep yesterday, and he said that the minting is well under way, and coming in on schedule. Thirty thousand coins will be shipping from the plant on May 20th, and should arrive here at Chez Tayler on the 22nd or the 23rd of May.

This means there's a small chance of me having coins with me at Phoenix Comic-Con (I fly late on the 22nd or early on the 23rd) but as soon as I get back on the 27th they'll be waiting for me me to dive in and help Sandra with the shipping. 

And by "help" I mean "feed my kids." My job is to keep the household in order while Sandra turns a portion of our home into a facility for shipping 3500 packages. Now that I'm healthy (and have lab results to prove it) I'm allowed to cook for the family again. 

The Unofficial Anecdotal History of Challenge Coins project is on hold until we ship your merchandise. We've collected lots of great first-hand accounts of the tradition in action, but the compilation, the editing, and the back-and-forth with contributors won't begin until June. Meanwhile, I've allowed some of those accounts to inform a couple of upcoming strips (May 26th and 27th.) My goal, as stated before, is to increase awareness and understanding of the tradition, and I think you'll be pleased to see how neatly that goal meshes with the machinations and mysteries going on in the comic. I've run the story past a few active-duty friends, and they love how it works. 

Realistically, I think May 29th is the earliest that we'll be sending full sets out in the mail. If your shipping address is going to change between now and early June, please email Let's straighten things out BEFORE we start handing packages to nice people with trucks, uniforms, and global infrastructure. 

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    1. Howard Tayler 5-time creator on May 15, 2013

      Oh, don't worry. I'm getting better. I'm just not eating quite right or making it to the gym yet. The rest of my stuff is getting done. Including sleep! So nice to be able to do THAT properly again...

    2. Hans Peter Bak
      on May 10, 2013

      Listen, the coins can wait and so can the comic. What all of us need is you getting better! (so you can finish the comic) ;-)

      That being said, you need to take care of yourself. You need yourself the rest of your life. I know you're wife probably agrees with me.

    3. Dani Bingham on May 10, 2013

      I think I may hate you. You're going to the Phoenix Comic Con the YEAR AFTER I MOVE TO FLORIDA!?!?!?

    4. Joseph Warby on May 10, 2013

      @ Rob Cox - Soylent Red!

    5. Sean Long on May 9, 2013

      @ Geoffery Kidd - that bit from Ringo's book is awesome. I love how he works references to actual popular webculture into his stuff. :) Bun-bun the SHIVA tank was too much fun to read about ...

    6. Sean Long on May 9, 2013

      First, good to hear your health is improving.

      Second, good to hear the coins will actually manage to ship by early June. Okay, okay, they'll still be "late" compared to the end-of-April birthday present I kind of _hoped_ for (unrealistically, I know - but then, that's hope for you). Nonetheless, they will be little metal bits of Awesome Incarnate, and most importantly they wil be _MY_ little metal bits of Awesome Incarnate.

    7. Rob Cox on May 9, 2013

      Glad your health is improving. Not certain about you eating "people-food" that a cannibal thing?

    8. Andrew Edelstein on May 9, 2013

      Crashonhead - Given the number of times Chez Taylor has been turned into a shipping facility for Schlock books, they have a little experience moving heavy boxes (and pallets of boxes) around. :)

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      crashonhead on May 9, 2013

      Do you have a pallet jack at your house? I was just wondering how much 30K coins weighs.

    10. Jacob Pawson
      on May 9, 2013

      Looking forward to the coins and to you being at Phoenix Comicon (so I can shove more money in your direction for sketches and, possibly, additional coins if you have them with you)! This year's author list for the Phoenix is awesomely insane, especially with you and Brandon attending.

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      Geoffrey Kidd on May 9, 2013

      Thank you, Howard. [gives long sigh of relief]

      You may be amused by an exchange in John Ringo's upcoming novel, "Under a Graveyard Sky."

      >“There is no overkill,” Randall intoned. “There is only open fire and reload.”
      >“Schlock fan, huh?” Faith said. “I knew the world was coming to an end when Schlock didn’t >update.”

      I'm very glad you're feeling better and that the world isn't coming to an end.