Some years ago, Brian and John wrote a comic strip called “Playground” as part of a game pitch that went nowhere. We think those strips are pretty funny, and since they shouldn’t sit on the bottom of a filing cabinet forever, we’ve decided to dust them off and run them while we struggle through the busiest times in our lives.
Playground is a little hooligan with a bunch of crazy friends: Dino (an ancient dinosaur); Flutter (the token flying character); Robo (whom you might remember from a brief cameo in Brian and John last year); Old Man (the old guy on the front porch); and a few others. This stuff is pretty surreal but we think it’s great.
Brian and John will return to their regular schedule sometime this Spring. Unless, of course, our fans decide they like Playground enough to ask for more. If that happens, you will notice the difference when they stop looking like they were scanned.
With baby Michael in the house and lots of new projects in both lives,
Brian and John have found it harder and harder to create this comic on
a regular schedule (as you’ve probably noticed). We’re going to
officially drop into “experimental mode” in January 2012, posting our
comics on an irregular schedule, whenever we get the chance.
Creating Brian and John is a lot of fun and it has become an
important part of our lives. We would hate the idea of letting it go
completely, so we won’t. We do hope to bring you a second book this
year, a collection of the comics that came after the first book, and
we also hope we can find the time to make plenty of new comics. But
it’s pretty clear that we can’t hold ourselves to a three-a-week
schedule right now, so we’re not going to promise it.
We wish you the best 2012 possible, and we welcome your thoughts.
-Brian and John, January 1 2012
If you like the Brian and John Book, and you want to buy some more
copies as a gift this holiday season, you’re in luck. Or maybe you
still haven’t bought one for yourself, and you’re waiting for someone
else to buy it for you. Thanks to this sale, they probably will!
Lulu press, our book maker, is offering a 25% discount from now until
December 14th. This means all Lulu books (including ours) are on sale,
using the coupon code BUYMYBOOK305.
The maximum discount with this offer is $50, so you can buy as many as
14 copies (and most of the 15th) before you hit the wall. Just think
of it. 14.875 friends that you could make happy this Christmas, while
saving money at the same time! Not counting world peace and stability
in the bond market, what more could you ask for?
Book 2 is coming next year, we promise. Your enthusiastic support of
Book 1 will help make that a reality.
Cheapass Games has just posted a Brian and John card game, absolutely
free, at www.cheapass.com. The game is called The Big Cheese, and it’s
been around for quite a while. But this is a brand new version,
featuring the characters from Brian and John.
The Big Cheese is a simple bidding game about managers bidding on
projects with their employees’ time. The more people you put on a
project, the longer it takes to complete. Just like in real life! The
Brian and John edition of The Big Cheese has an added twist: you don’t
need dice any more, because the dice rolls are printed right on the
Cheapass Games makes some awesome little games, and like this card
game, many of them are available as free PDFs. Download, print, and
play the game, and if you like it, send them a donation! Their spirits
are buoyed by your good nature.
Christmas is coming, and if you’d like to give the gift of Brian and
John, there is a sale at Lulu right now. You can buy the Brian and
John book for 20% off the cover price by entering the code BURIED305.
And if you want to get a whole bunch of books, you can save 25% on
orders over $400 with the code MUMMIFIED305. At $14.95, that means you
only need 27 Brian-and-Johnless friends to save an additional 5% off
every copy! These deals are only good until 10-28, so click the “buy
the book” link and get started now!