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Obviously I was super excited beyond all reason when Mike Barklage and I put together the first Narbonic print book. It was almost like being a real cartoonist! I'm no good at book design stuff, and the adorable pink-and-purple-and-black covers Mike came up with over the years are way better than anything I could have come up with on my own. If it were up to me, it'd just be the title in twelve-point Times New Roman.

Speaking of which, here's the cover for the sixth and final Narbonic collection, which we're assembling right now and it will totally be out soon, I swear. The design is based on a stained-glass gerbilfly made my the amazing Tiff Hudson. Thanks very much to Mike and to Tiff for a lovely final cover.

This volume will include a bonus story written by me and drawn by Andrew Farago, plus an introduction by superstar comic-book scripter Gail Simone.


Brian Rogers (billionsix) says: Final? You are not making a print version of the Channing fan-fic with extra artwork and stuff? 'cause I'd buy that. :)
Adam Underfoot (unnatural20) says: Well. That could all be in book six, I s'pose.
So It Begins (soitbegins) says: Flowers for Artie-non?
Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

(TUNE: "On The Good Ship Lollipop")

See the pretty gerbilfly!
Helen made it (couldn't tell you why)
By the salt sea strand
On the island where destruction is planned!

On the cover, gerbilfly
Will persuade you to go out and buy!
You could at least
Help your fa-vor-ite comic artiste!

Tiff Hudson (tiff_hudson) says:

Awwwwww!! That's great, Shaenon. I'm glad you liked it.

Are the other images on the cover a cipher? It looks like a substitution cipher made from dingbats, but it's kinda hard to tell.

You can see a little more about the stained-glass gerbilfly at

neal birch (nealbirch) says:

I want a complete works!

Pretty please with pink gerbils?

Chris Reed (animeraider) says: Yay!
Jeffrey Channing Wells (channing) says: Tiff: Dunno, but it's the same font that Dave speaks in briefly after he [SPOILER REDACTED].
Tiff Hudson (tiff_hudson) says: So it is! I'd forgotten that. Well, well, well...
Shaenon Garrity (shaenongarrity) says:

According to Mike, the dingbat text spells out a certain passage from Alice in Wonderland.
Daniel Barkalow (iabervon) says:

Tiff: Yes, it quotes the same part of [SPOILER REDACTED], except without any punctuation. (You mean, you can't just read it?) Now I want to know if what Dave says actually makes any sense, given enough text to decode with.

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