Friday, March 13, 2009

Vaya Con Dios, WHTTWOT

Ten minutes ago, I signed off on the final revisions to the cover of Whatever Happened to the World of Tomorrow? and put it to bed. I couldn't add, subtract, or change another jot if I wanted to. Now it passes entirely out of my hands and into those of the printer, distributors, and booksellers who'll usher it out into the world.

Weird.

My goal was to write a book that I, myself, could not put down if I saw it in a bookstore, and I know I accomplished at least that. Hope y'all like it.
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10 comments:

Sherwood Harrington said...

Congrats and loud, sustained applause, Brian!

So, are you starting another one right now, or are you just sitting around wasting your time? We'll need another one, you know.

ronnie said...

So exciting!!! I can't WAIT to get my hot little hands on a copy!

Brian Fies said...

I'm always working on something, Sherwood! Not sure if it'll be a book, though--or amount to anything. And thanks.

You and me both, Ronnie. Thanks to you, too.

Mike said...

We need to have a virtual launch party for the virtual book tour. Or are you planning a 3-dimensional tour?

Mike Lynch said...

Love that drawing, Brian. Wishing all the success in this world ... and beyond!

Editor Charlie said...

As one of only a handful of people on the planet who have actually read the book, I have to say that Whatever Happened to the World of Tomorrow? is an amazing graphic novel—a real achievement in storytelling, and a breakthrough book not just for Brian but the medium.

I am honored to have been able to work with Brian on it, and shepherd it to publication, annoying him along the way, pushing and prodding and mostly questioning, so he could figure out how to solve a particular issue in a way I could only hope for him to achieve.

Readers will be able to get their hands on their own copy by summer, and I know, like me, they will blog and tell their loved ones and friends. It's rare that someone undertakes a project so ambitious, and exceeds at the bar they set for themselves.

Congratulations, Brain, on a rare achievement. You have created a work of genius when most settle for mediocrity.

Enjoy the time between now and publication (and think sweet dreams about giant robots). Perhaps... Maybe... Possibly...

Namowal said...

I'll be looking for this when it hits bookstores. And looking forward to it in the meantime.

sligo said...

it's really a pleasure to know you and know that you've produced something wonderful during a time when we need as much wonderful as possible.

congratulations.

Brian Fies said...

Mike P., I think we'll need to stick with "virtual"--an idea I like. We might actually be able to do something fun with that. I imagine I'll do a few appearances and signings, but few authors get the full-blown book tour treatment these days, and I'm not expecting to be one of them.

Mike L., thanks, buddy.

Charlie, although (as I replied privately) your gracious note made me misty-eyed, I wouldn't mind if you set the bar just a wee bit lower... But thanks. I know it's from the heart.

Namowal, much appreciated. I hope you like it.

Sligo Mike, you touched on something Editor Charlie and I have discussed: the idea that these are times that could use a little good-natured (but not simple-minded) optimism. I'd like to think readers might find a small, welcome shot of that in WHTTWOT. That would be nice.

TimHarries said...

Congratulations Brian.
The publication date can't come soon enough! Looking forward to reading it...