Yesterday - maybe the day before - I received a small, deceptively heavy box. The box was in fact filled with books - eight in all, being the complete collection (so far) of Bruno books. I've read the first three so far, and am greatly enjoying my excursion into the comic's past. It's an extremely contemplative, somewhat wandering comic, and has long been among my favorites.
A few days before that, I received an envelope containing the other book order I'd placed recently - a "best of" collection from PartiallyClips. I've had the pleasure of sitting on a couple panels with Rob Balder over the past year - one at Genericon, and another at Penguicon when Rob noticed there wasn't a webcomics panel, and by that afternoon we'd put together an impromptu panel with the two of us, Howard Tayler of Schlock Mercenary, and a surprise appearance by Mark Stanley of Freefall. Anyway, opening the envelope I was surprised to find not one but two books, one with an extremely kind inscription. I was, honestly, touched. The other book, naturally, will be finding its way into the hands of one of my friends... probably one who hasn't read the comic before, and who will thus be compelled to seek out further humor at his website. Clever marketing, Mr. Balder.
Showing up earlier that week was a couple pieces of art from Randal Milholland (of Something Positive as well as Midnight Macabre and New Gold Dreams). I'd purchased a random piece of art in a grab-bag sale (which seem to be becoming a popular way for webcartoonists to sell their originals - or at least those artists who don't draw an entire comic on a single page (and by "popular", I mean I've seen Aeire do it too)). Anyway, apparently Randy was having some delays getting the artwork mailed out after people had bought it. Now, most people will just go "eh, they can wait a bit longer". Randy, on the other hand, was apologetic for the delay, and sent people extra artwork to make up for it. I have to say, I was quite impressed by this gesture - not so much the fact that I got free artwork (yay!), but the genuine concern he had for making sure his customers were happy. Woo.
Finally, at some point I'll be receiving an original Ozy and Millie strip from D.C. Simpson. He's in the process of moving back to this part of the country, so it's probably not in the mail quite yet, but I don't really have a problem with waiting. (Hopefully, I'll be able to see him perform again soon, too. That was always fun... he's an excellent songwriter.)
Anyway, yay stuff! (On a related note, an appearance of some of filker Tom Smith's lyrics in a recent Something Positive and its subsequent mention in Tom's livejournal led me to revisit his website and find that one CD that had been out of print last time I visited was now for sale again, containing all of the songs of his that I've heard or heard of but have yet to own. So... yay! (Also, I'm considering taking a trip down to OryCon in Portland in November, where he'll be the filking guest of honor, so I can see him play again. We'll see. But he's from Ann Arbor, so I don't know how often he'll get out to this coast...))
(Also, Scatterplot's running a day behind. Should be back on schedule next week.)