How to live with a Disturbing Memory (rerun)

Sorry for the rerun. I'll try to make up for it with some book news. Here’s the cover of the second edition of Off to Be the Wizard, which was made by the design firm InkD. 

The second edition will be available on March 18th, and will cost pretty much the same as the current edition, which is available now. The second edition has been improved in a few ways. Some of the technical details have been fixed, some of the Esperanto has been re-translated, and I've added over 4,000 words worth of material to the narrative.

Anyway, I’m ridiculously proud of the book, regardless of which edition you read. Thanks for your support.

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Reader Comments (35)

I'm pretty excited about the series moving forward. "Off to be the Wizard" is seriously one of the best books I've ever read. Is the original going to be updated? I don't know how it works, but several times I've gone to "manage my kindle" on and there are updates for books I've already bought.

Note from Scott: I'm delighted that you're excited. That rhymed more than I expected it to. Anyway, to answer your question, if I were still publishing independently then yes, the Kindle Book you purchased would get updated. The second edition of Off to Be the Wizard is being published by 47North though, so while your Kindle copy of the first edition will still work, it will not be updated with any of the new material. If you want that, I'm afraid it'll be another $3.99. Sorry about that.

September 24, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBrian

Aaaaaand... cue the Anthony Weiner jokes.

September 24, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNeedToTakeAShowerNow

That's not a self-pic...

September 24, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMatthew

I am going to try to ignore the photos as much as possible, even with my understanding that Scott uses real photos as the basis for his illustrations.

Let's change the subject, I see the copyright is 2009 (as with any sensible BI reader, it's the first thing I look at on every cartoon), and I'm guessing the phone is a Blackberry Pearl? Am I right?

September 24, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTimP

I can't stop laughing at panel 4. I think it's the look on Missy's face that gets me.

September 24, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLummox JR

Not being a cat person, I need help with the first panel. What does that mean?

September 24, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMick from Vic

That's not a self-pic...

I want to believe that he set up a camera on a tripod with a timer. The alternatives are too horrifying to contemplate.

September 24, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDean

Why does that picture exist? AIEE!

(In the first panel, 'we' should be capitalized.)

September 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterG01denW01f11

Never mind who took the photo in Mullet-Boss land. I want to know who took the reference photo for Scott to trace.

And whether they needed a toy submarine later on.

September 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRebekah

Hi Scott, great re-run as always. If you are looking for ideas for your next re-run, I have only one thing to say: "Bag-wag-sing".

Anyway, apologies to Brian if I am wrong, but I think he has understood "next edition" as the next installment, but as I understand it this is the second edition of the first installment, not a sequel. So the story won't be moving forward any. Wouldn't want any misunderstandings...

I have the first edition on kindle, but I will probably buy the second edition before the next book comes out and read them in one go.

September 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRinkums





(you now have that song stuck in your head)

September 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMatt

I don't remember seeing this cartoon. I must have dealt with the disturbing memory successfully, by repressing it.

Technically, we've also seen Scott holding a naked cat, since I don't think that its fur counts as clothing. Ours doesn't.

September 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRobert Carnegie

I think we all need a toy submarine after that one...

September 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterK7

I laughed so hard at that picture. Thank you Scott!

September 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKitty

Ok, now I've got an eff'n earworm. Thanks a lot Meyer...

September 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterR. Dan

Oh, it's a rerun, that explains the oldschool phone.

September 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterResuna

I'm sad the OtbtW 2nd edition will miss Christmas, but it'll be right in time for my burfday. (Will 3rd edition simplify a lot of the rules and make it overall more fun to play? Sorry, bad joke.)

September 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMKE Dave

Scott, I thought your sleeves had to have certain dimensions, yet the illustration is merely a t-shirt... (BTW, I have both a hard copy and an iPad version, so I'm probably going to get this new one as well...)

Note from Scott: Artistic license. Or, he hasn't put on the robe yet.

September 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterXuuths

Phone? That's an Ipod is it not?

Note from Scott: That is a T-Mobile Shadow, by far the worst smart phone I ever owned.

September 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterThomas

Oh, and xkcd clearly has read your book, because if you check out today's comic's last panel, he perpetuates your burrito meme.

September 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterXuuths

"I'm delighted that you're excited."

Is this a quote from Dr. Seuss' brief foray into porn?

September 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKimo

I did a literal spit take on the second panel. If they had a tub here at work I'd be in it, even without a toy submarine.

September 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTom

Mick, the joke in the first panel is that female isn't a breed. If it were, then Mullet Boss having one purebred would mean it descended from generations of only females. That would indeed be pretty rare.

September 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLummox JR

(after paroxysm of laughter subsided)...big fan of cats. Not a big fan of people who get cats without knowing anything about cats, their care and feeding, and training cats (yes, you can, and there are books and videos)
One more hilarious story about an ignoramos and a cat.

September 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDee

That first panel made me laugh so hard it hurt

September 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAdam

4,000 words worth of material - does that mean 4 pictures?

Or should I go get the second edition to go with the first?

September 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMikey

You can have my word that I will purchase any impending sequels and such, but I do want to know, honestly, having read the first one and loved it, would it be worth it to buy the new edition?

Note from Scott: I can't really answer that question because I don't know what would make the book worth it for you. What I can tell you is that anyone who read the first edition of Off to Be the Wizard will be able to pick right up with the second book. None of the added material is necessary to understand what's going on. It fleshes out a character and shores up a part of the book that some people felt lagged a bit. If you're a completist, or you're curious about the changes, I say go for it. I like to think it'd be worth the investment. If there's any doubt in your mind, you're probably okay just waiting for book 2.

September 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSteve

There MUST be a sequel to OTBTW. So many unanswered questions and possibilities remain.

Note from Scott: There will be at least two. I'm in the process of writing one of them now.

September 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterEJohn

I'll get the toy submarine.


September 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJono4

The boss isn't taking a selfie with the phone.
The phone is a T-Mobile Shadow.
It's the worst phone that Scott's ever owned.

September 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRyan

I was eating breakfast dammit!

September 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJoshua

I'm sure this isn't intentional, but does anyone else think the guy on the cover art of Scott's book looks an awful lot like the Marten Reed character in the webcomic Questionable Content?

Scott doesn't read QC, though I do. Marten has a sharper chin. :) ~Missy

September 27, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSteve

I like that the boss's phone is an old T-Mobile Shadow.

October 1, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJon

Plot Twist: That's no toy submarine...

October 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMNightShyamalon

Jim Gaffigan made a real version of this. I want to feel clean.

October 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLemon Abe
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