Extra! Extra!

June 24th, 2008 | Uncategorized

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Hot off th’ press! Here’s the edition of the Daily Distress that my publisher printed up to promote The Essential Dykes To Watch Out For to booksellers. Thank you again a zillion times to everyone who contributed to it. UPS just delivered the copies today. I’m sorry, but Katie and I have had a hard time coordinating our schedules and she’s still working on contacting everyone who submitted an article or an ad. The folks whose work made it into the final version will be receiving a copy shortly, along with the original cartoon artwork of their choice. And everyone else who submitted something that didn’t make it into the issue, we’ll be contacting you soon to get your snail mail address so we can send you a copy.

I’ll have some copies left over, so if anyone wants one, mail a self-addressed, stamped envelope to me at PO Box 215, Jonesville, VT, 05466. If you don’t want it all folded into origami, send a big 9 x 12 one. Dunno how much postage that’ll take. Two stamps? Three?

39 Responses to “Extra! Extra!”

  1. Ellen O. says:

    Whoo-hoo! Excited to see that it is out. Though there’s something weirdly circular about a cartoon newspaper coming to life, being read by its creator in the three-dimension world.

  2. ready2agitate says:

    Woot! Woot! (I learned to say that on this blog.) How completely fun.

  3. Fabian Alvarez says:

    Yep, I’m sure a lot of people (most of them weirdos) would find the image of you reading the newspaper from your own comic strip quite inspiring. Metatextual, and postmodern, and blah blah blah…


  4. What does Woot! mean?

    Oh. And very belated thanks to NLC for explaining the derivation of the term “jumping the shark”in the comments on the Sex and the City post. I never knew that.

  5. Ian says:

    I would happily pay 20 dollars plus postage to Britain for a copy. Could I get a copy that way?

    Gawd, I must be suffering strip withdrawal syndrome …

  6. ksbel6 says:

    I’m pumped…our local paper is “The Kirksville Daily Express”…which we all lovingly call The Daily Distress 🙂

  7. Aunt Soozie says:

    OOOooooohhh! Yippee!! Can’t wait to see it!
    I think woot! woot! means “bravo, kudos, you go girl
    I’m lovin it, I’m with you”
    but, I don’t know for sure.

  8. Randee says:

    yeay *jumps up and down*.. I want one.

  9. Dr. Empirical says:

    “W00T!” is a general celebratory exclaimation. It’s derived from instant messaging among the online gaming community (World of Warcraft and such). You have to type fast in that situation, or something awful could happen to your character while you’re not paying attention.

    The proper spelling is “W00T!” with two zeroes.

  10. Lea says:

    Hi Alison, The Daily Distress looks great.
    But one question concerning the book.
    Why essential and not complete?
    Will there be the strips from no1 to now without all the other things you drew (like calendars and stuff you can find in Indeliable Alison Bechdel)? Or less?
    Blue Skies!

  11. Susan D says:

    I am so happy for you Alison! Any time a fellow artist gets recognition or any type of work I jump with joy. I did submit an ad for the paper but never saw it on the blog.
    It was an ad for Clarice Attorney at Law. I am sending asae
    to you for a copy of the paper anyways. I bought the EW yesterday and am in the same boat as you regarding reading.
    My partner is a librarian so she brings home books for the both of us. No, not one for both to share but different ones!
    I feel so guilty. I have two stacks, ones I want to read and one that she wants me to read. Thats about 12 books so far!! Ha! I’m still on The Cultural Cold War that I bought in 2002. Other books look more interesting so I shelve the cold war and pull it out from time to time.

    Lots of luck my dear.

  12. Daniel A says:


    Soooo here’s a question: the Daily Distress is a promotional piece, so you want it in as many hands as possible. Any chance you could publish it as a PDF?

    I will happily make a paypal donation in advance, I’d have no hesitation pay most of the cost of a book to get the Daily Distress…

    But I have two big reasons for preferring a PDF:

    1) I’m in the process of trying to de-clutter ephemera (yay unclutterer.com) and when I get a copy I would hope to scan it and share the original with somebody else;

    2) shipping costs to Canada are slightly frustrating.

    All of this aside, I don’t know if the Daily Distress will make it into my hands if I don’t get one sent directly; I will ask friends in Toronto to be on the lookout; but I figure if I ask about a PDF it might help other folks out as well! 🙂

    Thanks, and tons of luck with the new book!

  13. Yeah, I could post it as a PDF. If someone wants to tell me how!

    But it’s kind of all about the newsprint, y’know?

  14. Olivier says:

    Let me second the request for a PDF for those of us abroad. Easiest way is to scan the paper on a scanner that can output PDF but odds are that won’t look great. Since all print workflows are fully digitized nowadays you might also ask your contact(s) at the publisher to release the electronic version: it must exist; if they consent to it that would be even simpler than scanning and you will probably need their approval before posting an electronic version on your web site anyhow, so it doesn’t hurt to fire them an email.

    As to it being kind of all about the newsprint, yes of course it is (and the printed copies will become collectibles, I bet) but just like you are glad to see a photograph of a painting when you can’t go and experience the original (and I’ve had many experiences when I was floored by how different the real thing felt) the PDF would still have some residual value to those of us who can’t get the hardcopy version.

  15. Ian says:

    If your publishers could supply or don’t mind supplying a .pdf or electronic format version for you that would make it so much easier than sending a load of letters overseas.

    As I said above, I’d happily pay a donation to see it as I’d be very unlikely to see it otherwise.

  16. Jana C.H. says:

    Woot the Wanderer is the name of a character in one of L. Frank Baum’s Oz books. It is highly unlikely that is the source of the exclamation, but that’s what I always think of when I see it.

    Jana C.H.
    Saith Floss Forbes: If you don’t know the tune, sing tenor.

  17. Dr. Empirical says:

    I’ve been told that the derivation of w00t is “Wow! Loot!” because after you kill the monster (w00t!) you take its treasure.

  18. NLC says:

    So wait a minute….

    Concerning the PDF files:
    Alison, do you have access to any graphics files for “The Daily Distress” (I was inferring from your note that all you had were the newsprint-copies)?

    If you don’t have the files, then to make the PDF files, they’d first have to be scanned (into, say, JPGs) and then converted into PDF format. In short, they’re not being turned into “real” PDF files; they’re just image-files “embedded” in a PDF file. There’s no advantage to converting them. You’re just “making photocopies of photocopies”. You might as well, y’know, just leave them .JPG files and make those available…

    (On the other hand, if you did want to go this route, one of your graphics programs can probably do this. Most Adobe programs have an “Export as PDF Format” command.)

    On the third hand, it’s quite possible that somebody at Houghton Mifflin have (something like) a “real” PDF file from when they were preparing tDD. If you wanted to pursue this it might be worth checking with them.

    But, setting all that aside: Aren’t you supposed to be working on a book or something?

    (Who just put his SASE in the mail 15min ago.)

  19. Sarah says:

    I thought “woot!” was just a variant of “whoo-hoo!” and that the popularizing source was the rap song “Whoot, There It Is” (1993) by the group 95 South. You may remember the dueling songs–one was called “Whoomp, There It Is” by the group Tag Team and the other one was 95 South’s “Whoot, There It Is.” They battled for the top of the Billboard Hot 100 in 1993. “Whoot” is pronounced “Woot,” of course.

  20. Dr. Empirical says:

    Sarah, I can’t say you’re wrong, but the term w00t was originated by a bunch of greasy fat guys who live in the room above their parents’ garage. I doubt they’re culturally savvy enough to know 95 South from Tag Team.

    I certainly don’t!

  21. Chris (in Massachusetts) says:

    Put one aside for me! The big envelope will be en route tomorrow!

  22. Chris (in Massachusetts) says:

    (Foo! Messed up the HTML. Please use this one! Thanks!)

    By the way, I was in Brooklyn over the weekend.

    Look who I ran into!

    (referencing this photo.)

    Now, to see if I can embed links in HTML.

  23. julissa says:

    oooo yay. thank you! i am mailing you an envelope tomorrow, first thing. any chance you could autograph it? lol. i mean, just sayin…

  24. C. says:

    I was the one who sent that union ad and I was wondering… since I already sent you my physical address, do you have already have it?

  25. ready2agitate says:

    Aw geez’ums, I just thought woot meant: whup! whup! as in: yippee! yahoo! yeehaw! hoot! hoot! etc. (as per Lady Mz. Aunt Sooz who said it so).

    As for gaming (@ Dr. E.), I was once impaneled for a jury (that never went to trial) for a nervous looking little old white guy who was accused of gaming in a local suburb of my city. I thought to myself, wow, there’s animal-hunting in the burbs? What do they shoot? (Only after he settled out-of-court during the break and I went home did I learn that gaming is a term for gambling/illegal gambling… Oy – the ignorance!)

  26. Anonymous says:

    I remember “whoot there it is”!
    However, I do think the term originated on the gaming scene but everyone is right in that it does express excitement.

  27. Anna says:

    I would love to get a copy of Daily Distress to Finland also. I thought about asking my independent book store if they could get their hands into it but they closed last week.sigh

    PDF sounds like a good idea for us living overseas.

  28. Maggie Jochild says:

    And here I thought “Woot” referred to the website where game and electronics junkies hover after midnight each day to be the first to snap up incredible bargains. In case you’re not yet addicted: http://www.woot.com/

  29. Kassie says:

    So excited tDD is ready to go! I too think the dead-tree version is the most authentic, but the world has moved on, apparently…who are we to try spinning it back the other way? Thanks, too for posting “Compulsory Reading,” for all those who couldn’t find a hard copy. I’ve got an EW version, which is going into my (actual, physical) fave cartoons file. So great to have some AB ‘toons to feed the addiction… life can be good. Thanks!

  30. Liv says:

    “Woot” is a contraction of “woo” and “loot”, when you win money or “loot” when gambling.

  31. Liv says:

    Or should that be a portmanteau of “woo” and “loot”? Hmm… Not sure. “Woo” is more of a noise than a word.

  32. Chris (in Massachusetts) says:

    Got the 9″ X 11″ envelope with 4 first class stamps on it in the mail yesterday.

    I loved all the submissions I saw online. Can’t wait to see the “winners” on paper.

  33. postal nerd says:

    FYI…the postage for a “big” envelope is .83 for the first ounce, .17 for each additional ounce. We don’t want the Daily Distress to get lost in postal hell!

  34. NLC says:

    I just did the whole bundle at the post office and let them figure it out. I had the clerk tell me the postage of one envelope (plus six sheets of paper as a guesstimate). We put that postage on, I stuck it in the outer envelope and then she weighed that one.

    (Actually, I bought the two “legal sized” mailers at the PO and addressed them there.)

    Like postal nerd wrote, I didn’t want to risk it going astray for want of the wrong-sized stamp.

  35. danyell says:

    Um…how many copies will you have? I feel like you’ll get a hundred SASE!

  36. Ian says:

    I just got my email from Katie. I’m very thrilled and can’t wait to see it.

    I know I ‘entered’ an article and an ad but didn’t make the final cut, so I didn’t really expect to receive anything. However, I’m really delighted to be included in the “serious contributors” category!

    As I said though, as I live overseas, I’m happy to donate towards postage costs.

  37. Cara says:

    Ah! I’m a few days late in posting. Are there any left?

  38. kat says:

    Maggie, the website took the name because “w00t” had already entered the internet nerd lexicon. You’re getting loot, you see, so woot!
    Yes, that website is so addictive that several times I’ve had to stage a woot-ervention with the bf.

  39. mfahy says:

    Uhm… wooot ?!?
    Anyhoo, what I wanted to say was that the “Simonizers” circle of hell sent me straight for the dictionaire!
    So gimme a break, it’s “Simonists”, but still, really the dictionary.
    I had no idea, not having been brought up biblically or…
    uhm Shakespearean-ish?
    But what I wanna ask is –
    Where’d ya get ‘Simonists’?