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A WINNER HAS BEEN SELECTED!! A fittingly literary comic, as this is your last chance to win a signed copy of my book “Curse of the Masking-Tape Mummy.”  

All you have to do is leave a comment on Monday's comic (How to Disagree Like Civilized Gentlemen). The winner will be selected at random on Thursday morning (Feb 23rd).  Again, I will ask a question that you can, but are not obligated to, answer.

The question: How much would you pay for a digital, DRM-free version of one of my books?

Good luck, and thanks for helping to make this contest the success it has been!

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Reader Comments (48)

I don't buy too many books, actually. I AM THE 99% (of the cheap bastards).

February 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKozz

...the work [of?] my old nemesis

February 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterM. Möhling

Wrong comic Kozz, he said Monday's.
On a different note: great comic! and do you mind if I steal Rick's idea?

February 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterStacheMan

In the bookstore where I work, we have Michael Crichton off in his own little space next to the Science Fiction. Occasionally, I will inform the more savvy customers that the name of that space is the "Anti-Science Fiction section."

February 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJeremy Shannon

Hunter S Thompson would definitely make the better Vampire. I'm pretty sure Douglas Adams is already a Unicorn or something...

February 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAngel H

I think Hunter S Thompson would make a great vampire. But Douglas Adams would make a funnier vampire.

I would totally read either book. But then I'm looking forward to Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.

February 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSheherazahde

I would pay around $10, maybe up to $15 if it was chock full o' extras. Always seems to be a greedy money grab to me when the e-book version is the same price as the print (hardcover!).

February 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterChumley67

Hunter S. Thompson.

February 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterReb

Clearly Hunter S.

February 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJustin

Is there supposed to be a typo in Rick's book ("work OF my nemesis")? Because that's just [sic].

February 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDylan

Actually, Crichton did write at least one mystery. "A Case of Need" in 1968.

February 22, 2012 | Unregistered Commentersublight

two questions:
1. do you still sell infini tees
2. how much would cost?

February 22, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterkyle


*Cocks eyebrow, raises pinky to mouth*

February 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterA. K. P.

Sorry, scott.
I'd pay premium for the real book but i'm really not into digital copies of books/comics.

February 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDrDustCell

I'd say between pi and e dollars.

February 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRhench

Vampire HST? Talk about "bat country"...

February 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBuckybone

Hunter S. Thompson

February 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterChristian

I didn't realise that the "Oscar Wilde Mysteries" by Giles Brandreth had made it across the Atlantic.
Or is this idea more prevalent than first feared?

To be fair though, even before his 4 Oscar Wilde books, Mr Brandreth was already pretty famous and famously erudite.

February 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSimon

Hunter S. Thompson would be the scariest vampire who ever lived.

On a related note, Lovecraft actually wrote a story about Harry Houdini that he claimed was a true tale he 'ghost wrote' for Houdini after his death.

February 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMythicFox

Hunter S. Thompson would make the better vampire. Mostly because as we all know, Douglas Adams makes the better Norse god.

February 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMikey

I think i'd pay about $5.00, more than that and I'd want to be able to flick through the book.

I've also gotta say that Hunter S Thompson would be the better Vampire, Douglas Adams I could see more as a Mummy.

February 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBaconMcChops

I'm liking the ebook idea. Epub please. How does $4.99 strike you? $11.99 for the 3 book set as an enticement? Free roll of toilet paper (bumb tissue?) to the first 20 orders?

February 22, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterdouglasj


February 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterIntrigued

I still prefer paper over e-book. Which is why I already have a well-thumbed, oddly-stained copy of "The Curse of the Masking-Tape Mummy" on my bedstead.

Kidding about the stains.

Oh, BTW, "William Shakespeare and Jane Austen in... Love's Heaving Bosom!"

February 22, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterjohn walters

There was at least one real-world musical example of Rick's idea: the EP 'U2', by Negativeland.

Negativeland seem to have claimed that it was some kind of avant-garde art statement.

February 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJames Hutchings

Maybe Michael Crichton could investigate the mystery of why anyone buys his books?

(just kidding. I actually like some of Michael Crichton's books)

February 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJames Hutchings

Vampire Douglas Adams! Vampire Douglas Adams! Drinkin' the blood of alchoholics. Leadin' a Kiss of 42. And starring in the only vampire novel more ridiculous than all those cruddy romance ones.

February 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterZ2

...dude, that is BRILLIANT. As soon as I think of a good dead author I'm turning them into some sort of Sherlock-esque --- Ooooo! I will just use Sherlock Holmes! "The Previously Undiscovered Sherlock Holmes" and then it will be a story totally unrelated to the original books. Brilliant. I must away to my writing laboratory.

February 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSaith

HST. Douglas Adams didn't believe in vampires, so he'd just end up rationalizing himself out of existence. Or barring that, into a mad case of porphyria.

February 22, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterrip

Hunter Thompson WASN'T a vampire? Oh dear. Another delusion shattered.

February 22, 2012 | Unregistered Commentergobbler

Anywhere from 3-5 dollars seems fair to me.

February 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRigorousSchism

Douglas Adams is the patron saint of the English language. Everyone knows saints can't be vampires. But he would probably be the hoopiest zombie ever.

February 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterHannah

Literary references: a rich vein to be mined.

February 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSoul of Wit

So, related thought:
Change your legal name to William Fatfree.
Open a pizza shop.
Sell Fatfree Pizza.

February 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBenC

Gonna go with the general consensus and say that, while I enjoy and respect both their works, Hunter S. Thompson would make a better vampire than Douglas Adams. And neither of them would sparkle in the daylight.

February 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMugician13

Hunter Thompson would be way scarier. He was scary even when he was alive.

But if he was a vampire he would only want to bite drug users....

-Cougar :{)

February 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCougar Allen

Fear and Impaling in Transylvania or So Long, and Thanks for all the Stakes?

February 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMikeV


Gonzo Vamprie for the win!

February 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterInner

I'd like to think that if we brought back Douglas Adams from the dead to solve mysteries, he'd have just enough of a mental break to become Dirk Gently.

February 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLummox JR

anything for a chance at a freebie

February 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSimon
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