PostScript’s Two-Day Christmas Sale!
We live to give. So we’re pleased to announce a two-day sale where we give you a deal. If you purchase books, cards or prints from our shop today or Tuesday, we’ll take 10% of the purchase price. The discount code is below.
Oh, and remember that if you you want to send Christmas cards, but don’t want to have to, you know, send them, we may or may not have a sincere offer to send them for you. Graham will even forge your signature. Check out our earlier post for details.
Your discount code for that 10% off is: CYBERSAVINGS
Beowulf vs. Dante
Once upon a time, Neil Gaiman gave an interview talking about imagination. Okay, he gave several, but we’re only talking about the one here, so focus. In this interview, Gaiman paraphrased something that Neal Stephenson¹ said about Beowulf writers versus Dante writers.
I, Neal, will quote Neil, paraphrasing Neal:
The Dantes are people who need patrons. A lot of time these days a patron is a University that pays you to teach and looks after you. Whereas some writers are Beowulfs. We go from town to town telling our story. They give us coins and food. They give us sex, they give us love. They give us somewhere to sleep. And that’s why we do it.
The Internet gives us many different campfires and villages to visit. Each community wants a slightly different story. In the old days, there were mostly Dante cartoonists who worked at a newspaper and drew on the side. As the profession morphed, these Dante cartoonists gathered in syndicates that distributed there comics to newspapers. The door, nowadays, has been kicked open for a flood of Beowulf cartoonists like us who publish their work in a myriad of ways (online or otherwise) and, in some cases, even make a living.
I will leave you with this final thought from Stephenson that applies to comics:
It has happened many times in history that new systems will come along and, instead of obliterating the old, will surround and encapsulate them and work in symbiosis with them but otherwise pretty much leave them alone (think mitochondria) and sometimes I get the feeling that something similar is happening with these two literary worlds.
¹ Neil Gaiman on Neal Stephenson, “spells his name wrong, but … still a lovely man.”
Christmas Cards? We’ve Got You Covered (We’ll even send them for you)
Ah, yes, Christmas. A time when some eagerly rush to stores for bargains, while others run away from it all. As for ourselves, we sit comfortably in the middle with a cup of hot chocolate, loving the smell of pine bows, a wood fire, and good food. I am known for a single tactical shopping trip that reliably takes between two and four hours. One of my tricks: planning. If you want to plan ahead, along with supporting a couple of cartoonists, you couldn’t go wrong with checking out the PostScript store.
One of the other rituals we enjoy is sending out Christmas cards, and each year we make our own. The best part is we print extras so that you too can spread the irreverent PostScript cheer to your friends and family. We have eight designs, including three from our “Twelve Days of Christmas” series.
The other night, we were talking about these same cards when, and maybe it was the late hour and maybe it was poor judgment, we joked that we could offer to send Christmas cards for people. You give us a list of addresses, some messages, a letter to include, and we could do the rest. I’d even forge your signature. I got passably good at forging my parents’ signatures in grade school.
For the rest of you, visit our store and order your cards to send or books to give. So, are we serious about sending your cards, or is this a bluff? Click the contact button at the top of the page, and send us an email inquiry to find out.