How to Visit the Mirror Universe


A while back I was contacted by a reader in the UK who was working with a new website that sells soccer (or football) related t-shirts. They wanted to know if I’d like to design a shirt for them. I replied that I know next to nothing about American football, and even less about FIFA. Indeed, I had only one idea for a shirt, which I told them (thinking it would demonstrate that I’m not the guy for this job). Instead they wrote back that they liked the idea. I was as surprised as anyone.

The shirt’s available for purchase now. I think this one's UK only (turnabout is fair play). If you have any ideas for a soccer related shirt, they’re all ears.





I promised a book contest, and here it is. I will ask a question. You will post an answer to said question in the comments section of this comic ("How to Visit the Mirror Universe"). The answer need not be correct. Heck, you don’t NEED to answer the question at all! Please do leave an e-mail address though. A commenter will be chosen at random to win a signed copy of my third book, “The Curse of the Masking Tape Mummy” (which is available for sale now).

There have been several questions about the books on my bookshelf, so here’s a clear shot of them.

Now the question. Which four books on this shelf exist because of John Hodgman?

DISCUSS!! The winning comment will be chosen at random on the morning of Thursday, February 9th.

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Reader Comments (210)

Mirror universes confuse me, because I have a badass goatee(or really Van Dyke) in this one. So does mirror-me not have a goatee, meaning I am evil? Or am I not nearly evil enough, so mirror-me has even better facial hair?

February 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDTS

I want to agree with anyone who believes Hodgman is more of a collective than a man. Also, I think we could argue that the books themselves can be lumped into collections:
1) those to which Hodgman is openly connected (including Chins),
2) those which were written by Douglas Adams,
3) those by Hunter S. Thompson, and finally
4) those with comic connections (including Soon).
Clearly, by placing things in these collective existences, we can attribute the four to "Hodgman" and live happily in the knowledge that Scott has excellent taste in reading material. Or at least, knows how to convince his fans that he does.

February 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSimon

I won't suggest that All, More, and Areas exist "because of" Hodgman. I believe they would exist in our timeline regardless of his involvement. No, The Long, Dark Tea-Time of the Soul, Watchmen, The Dark Knight Returns, and Soon I Will Be Invincible are all direct products of his causation.


February 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRamsey

I choose to answer with non-violence. All your questions pour over me like water over a rock. I am not moved, but I hope to win.

February 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMark

Based off the previous posts... my answer is

If all the areas of my expertise could kill more chins.

Not only a great answer, but a good wish for Santa as well.

February 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAndrew M

Woof! Wham!

Kudos on 'Tea-Time', man!

March 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBrian McInnis

I knew it. we are the stupid universe!

May 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterE.Nigma.

batman. I applaud you

June 19, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterE.nigma

'Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul' is above all the others, right where it should be.

December 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBrian McInnis

Sadly the site which was selling the shirt you mention no longer exists, and didn't capture any pictures of it. :( If there's an alternative place, or if you can post the picture yourself it would prevent what I am sure is an amusing piece of artwork from being lost forever to the mists of time.

October 17, 2014 | Unregistered Commentertlhonmey
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