:D

Guess what?

...


I'm writing a book. With pages!


And there will be pictures on the pages. And words. And maybe the pages will be really aerodynamic or something. I haven't really decided what all of the hi-tech features are going to be yet. It's tough to choose.


Anyway, I've been wanting to tell you guys about this for a very, very long time, and now I finally can!

Touchstone (a division of Simon & Schuster) will tentatively release my book in Fall 2012, which sounds like it's a long time away, but really, it's only the gestation period of two slightly premature babies. And if you're a time-traveler, then it can be as soon as you want it to be. It can be now!

If you're not a time traveler, here are some helpful time-frame comparisons to make the book's publication date seem not as far away:


So really, it isn't actually that far away.  And I'll keep updating here in the meantime.  

The book will contain roughly 50% new material.  The other 50% will be posts I've published on this site already, but some of the posts that did not previously contain illustrations will be illustrated.  It will be basically just like my blog in book-form (illustrated short stories, guides, etc.), but it will have at least an attempt at an organizational structure, probably.  

There isn't really an appropriately climactic way to end this announcement, so here's a picture of some shapes:

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Inconsequential Man said...

EPIC

Christini said...

Holy YESSSSSSS!!!!!!

andros said...

capital :D

internationallyspicy said...

HURRAY! I has an excite.

Lost.in.Idaho said...

I'm going to start my meat digestion RIGHT NOW, to help speed up the process!

Yay!!!

H P said...

YAY BOOK!

Mardou1 said...

Congratulations!

Anonymous said...

You should put a can of peaches on the shelf, and open it when it comes out. For Science!

Grimnir said...

DUUUUUUUUUUUUUUDE. Sweet. <3

Ellen said...

yay!!!!!!

Mike said...

And where might I be able to buy all of the copies?

Katie said...

Yay!!!! I'm excited for the book!

Thanks for keeping us updated =)

Mary @ stylefyles said...

awesome!!! love it!!!!

Vincent Kahrune said...

I'm going to buy two copies! One for me and one for the coffee table to show it off to everyone!

Nicki said...

Congrats and YAY!

Tova said...

consider mine pre ordered!

Sara said...

HOORAY!

Emma said...

SO EXCITED. Also, thought I'd be the first commenter, but apparently several people commented between my loading the page and my clicking "comment." Sadface.

13 months in 6 minutes said...

yay!

Karyn said...

Rock on! I knew you'd get a book deal at some point. Congratulations!

curegirl0421 said...

That's fantastic! Good for you!

Jodi said...

Heck yes!!! I can't wait! There are not enough exclamation points to properly express my excitement!

Sturmcrow said...

Congratulations, that is awesome!

Megan said...

Maybe I should commit arson or burglary and wait for the book in there. It might pass the time faster.

Anonymous said...

We're gonna need more Simple Dog material!

sara aniano said...

yayayayayyyyy i'm so buying it !!!!!! i plan site your work for my research papers. it will be my best source.

Alex@LateEnough said...

Holy crap! Congrats. I cannot WAIT!

MOV said...

yay! book! author! I love your writing and illustrations. if you were a mom like me, you and I would so be twins! I would be eternally grateful (like, forever) if you have time to check out my humble mommie blog of daily angst:
http://mothersofbrothersblog.blogspot.com
congrats on your book! you rock!
MOV

cat song said...

can't wait! congrats!!!

LLandL said...

super duper awesomesauce. congratulations!

Marjorie said...

Woooo! Looking forward to it. (also, you should petsaude someone to start growing a 14cm, and post progress reports, so we can all keep track. I'd volunteer, but I'm not beard-compatible)

Jay said...

*opens can of peaches* Margaret!! The peaches, they've gone bad! IT IS TIME O_O

Russell said...

Huzzah! I look forward to it :)

Jen said...

Can we buy this in the UK? Does this work for British potatoes?

Karen said...

cool, i'm already doing the potato experiment as you read this!

That Teri Girl said...

Cans of peaches have that short a shelf life? I thought those things would last longer...

...also: AWESOME!

auraldissonance said...

zomg Confabulations! Glorious! A++++ FOUR pluses! Can't wait!

Abbe said...

Incredibly excited about this.

That is all.

Gavin McJannet said...

Yay and please make sure we can get copies in South Africa

Josin L. McQuein said...

Congrats! 2012 is nothing. Most books being sold right now are lucky to get that for a publication date - they're well into 2013 already.

jemima said...

Congratulations, Allie!!

Anonymous said...

THAT SOUNDS AWESOME AND I CAN'T WAIT FOR IT TO COME OUT!

EG said...

Congrats! (BTW, I'm choosing the Price discography method of biding my time.)

I am The Karen said...

I AM GOING TO BUY THIS BOOK. :D

TB said...

Congratulations! Just in time for Christmas 2012! I was WONDERING what to get people for that!

Jess said...

Time travel commences now!

The Diatribest said...

I'm so happy, I may wet myself as I jump for joy! (you know, bladder issues) :)

Rachel Safier said...

YAY You! So glad to hear it.

Lizmundo said...

Is the book gonna contain new stuff or all your old blog posts. PS I'm super duper excited either way :D

StS said...

The time frame references will be very helpful when I'm trying to remember when it's coming out.
Ex:
Could I have almost cooked two whole babies in my uterus? No. Then its clearly not Fall 2012.

I'm so excited!!!


shockinglythesame.blogspot.com

RolyPolyChase said...

YAYAYAY. ALLIE I CANNOT WAIT FOR THIS. I NEED IT NOW. WHERE'S THE TARDIS WHEN I NEED IT?! (Tardis is a time machine, if you didn't know. xD)

Monica said...

Super Cool!! I can not wait...well I have to but I am excited!

km100880 said...

I cant wait 1/43 of my life... That's entirely too long!

sarah said...

Woooo-hooooo! congrats!!! Cant' wait to read it!!!

Jane said...

Out in the UK at the same time?!?!?!?

Anonymous said...

Full of win.

Anonymous said...

YAY!HAPPY HAPPY! YAY!

Anonymous said...

I hope the book includes shapes, too. Those were nice.

Christine said...

I thought your news was going to say you're pregnant or something...and a little Allie running around is kind of a scary thought.

Can't wait for the book though! I might actually buy this one!

PURPOSE! said...

This was the best possible news for me to get with a day before giant paper is due. I now have a reason to live.

Sarandipity said...

I will pre-order!

MSD said...

sooo..either i should get pregnant & then get a potato...OR i should get a can of peaches...oh, decisions, decisions....i'm not even gonna ask the husband what he wants b/c i can already see more diapers & mashed potatoes in my future.

marta said...

me wants it in Polish bookstores. plz.

Abby said...

I've never purchased a coffee table book, but this will be my first. I'll have to go buy a coffee table first...

Dan F B said...

Those shapes at the end really made this a good post. Without them, it was maybe a C-. But now... C+.

Also, awesome.

Maxie said...

I'm assuming this will be dedicated to me/our long lost love.

Please spell my name right.

xo

Lahwin said...

Holy waffles from above! :o

springiris said...

CAN NOT WAIT!

But I will have too... wait that is....

Hi, this is me waiting!

TexasBlueEyes said...

WOOO! Congrats, I'm so jealous!

Rena said...

YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY!!!!!!!!

Sarah said...

Hooray! I'm going to start the potatoes now! In fact, I already have some that are sprouting, so maybe it will take four instead?

Lynanne said...

Yayz! Zomg, I'm so excited! You can tell by my incorrect additives of the letter "z."

Erica said...

Greatest news ever! Yeah, EVER!

Jon said...

Please tell me there will be pop-up pictures in it...

janet anne said...

So I'm a time traveler, I bought it, and IT'S AWESOME

JJC said...

ultimate success. congratulations. you win, we win, we all win. it's a win cubed. unless you count the we all win as the sum of the first two wins, in which case I guess it would be a win squared but only if win equals 2. it's a win win.

Ashley said...

SOOOO EXCITED!!!! Commence the potato growing!! Question: will there be spaghatta nadle in the book?

samantha said...

YAY! I'm so excited!!

LynnCee Faulk said...

This is very exciting. I look forward to purchasing and possibly even reading your book. ;)

jeaniebabb said...

What wonderful news! I'm proud to be a reader!

Rachael said...

Yay!!! Doing the happy dance =)

Eressa said...

CONGRATULATIONS! I mean it! I hope it will be widely successful, even if you become famous or something and Cesar Millan calls in to educate your dogs.

Ashley said...

Yay! Imma buy the crap out of your book!!!

Anonymous said...

Awesome!!! I hope it makes its way to Mexico. I know it would be a great birthday gift for some of my friends... and myself :P

Anonymous said...

IMMA PUT YOU ON MAH COFFEE TABLE!

Heather said...

Brilliant!

I am going to measure the time in potatoes

Anonymous said...

Excellent news! Congrats and I will be adding my name to the list of purchasers!

Caraloopy said...

Congratulations!!!!!! That is awesome!!

Raven said...

YES! Awesome! Congrats!

UK Yankee said...

AWESOME!!! I'm moving into Barnes & Noble tomorrow to get in line.

Empire said...

YES!

Matt said...

Sweeeeeeeeeet!

Sarika said...

Amazing news! Congrats!

Jessica said...

So happy for you and myself!! This is totally on my 30th and a half birthday gift wish list.

Sarah said...

Getting my Tae Bo on STAT.

Carol said...

Awesome! No wonder you haven't been posting as often as you used to! Go Allie!!!! Very proud of you, even though I don't *actually* know you...I'm sure you can overlook that small detail, right?

Anyhow.....CONGRATS!!!!

AJ said...

Sweet diggity-dog! Most epic book EVAR.

Sarah said...

I'M GONNA BUY IT IMMEDIATELY.

I knew there was a reason you weren't posting!

TS said...

AWESOME

I've been wondering why the sudden drop in new posts. Now I know why!

Julie K said...

Best news ever! Or at least this afternoon! Way to go!

litigatrix said...

I hope you make tons of money on this -- you deserve it!

Nourhan @ Miss Anthropist's Kitchen said...

That is SO great! Congrats, you deserve it :)

Jordan Knol said...

I totally called this. There's no other explination for the sudden infrequency of posts... unless perhaps Allie had lost an arm or something... But naaaaaaaah - we would have heard semething about that.

CONGRATS ALLIE!

epona said...

WEEEEEEEEE!!!!!

can i say it again?

WEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!

justine said...

HOLY BALLS this is my first post (i've been too lazy to post the other 900 times i've read your blog :P) but a real book. I now have a reason to work an make money :P
love your work

LAJen said...

Super excited! Congratulations!!!

shadow45 said...

WAHOOOOOOO!!!!

Jessie said...

AWESOME!!! Happiness!

Anonymous said...

next stop... animated series!

Carolynn said...

YAY!! Ok, I was having a terrible, awful day with dinosaurs-eating-my-head type of headaches, but this fixes everything. In fact, I think it means that my life is now full of sunshine and rainbows. And possibly Alot of happiness.

<3

Marlyn said...

YES. YES. YES. BEST COLLEGE GRADUATION GIFT EVER. Well, except my parents might take me to Disneyland. BUT I will read it on the plane ride there.

EmmKay said...

Most exciting news of the week! ;-)

KC McAuley said...

Totally and completely Awesome! I'm putting my potato on the shelf today!

Meli said...

That sounds awesome! Can't wait for the book to come out...I will definitely be picking it up!

Anonymous said...

About time.

Charlotte Holloway said...

Congratulations, Allie, that's great news for you. I'm excited already :)

Anonymous said...

WHOOOOOO!

Laura said...

AWESOME! Congratulations, Allie! Now I can add your book to my wish list for Christmas of 2012!

Anonymous said...

That's awesome news! I won't gauge the time by the length of my beard though, as I am a girl, and find it notoriously difficult to grow a beard. xx

Honkmofo said...

Cool!

jillsmo said...

I will TOTALLY buy this.

Camille said...

Awesome! Congratulations!!!

Helene said...

I'm so SO excited about this!

I can't wait to get my hands on your book!
Especially considering how much I love your blog.

Your illustrations are amazing! They're a great inspiration to me (wanting to become an illustrator) both because they're so funny and because of the way you capture expressions and movement. Also, your timing!

I don't think I'll be able to explain how much joy I get from reading your blog (and my mom, we read it together)... so here's a heart for you: <3

Allie said...

Maxie - Won't you be surprised when it actually happens.


:)

ToysRGood said...

WHERE DO I SEND THE CHECK!!! HOORAY!!!

Emily said...

awesome!! congrats!!

Anonymous said...

Gahhhhh!!!!!!!!!!! Soooo excited!!! <33333

House of Thuan said...

I've just been to the future, and now am back. SPOILER ALERT!!: The book is great. The new stuff is hilarious, of course. And I love the new illustrations. Your drawing style has matured so much. I got it autographed!

One more thing: If at your book signing, a strange guy comes up to you babbling about time-travel, DO NOT punch him in the gut or knee him in the groin. Serious!

Insanitykim said...

*Starting my Billy Blanks DVD now while pulling on my leotards* Congrats!

Wait...I hate working out.

*Sitting on couch in my pajamas, waiting for your book.*

Jinx said...

YAY. CANT WAIT!!!!

Heather said...

best news EVER! :)

Stacey said...

Awesome. And please, don't forget the little people when you become all big and famous-like.

PATSOIR said...

literally cannot wait! :D

Renny said...

You forgot one time frame reference.

The amount of time it takes one Renny to graduate from law school, study for and take the bar, get my results back, and start working at a "real job."

I think that is the perfect amount of time because then I will be ready to read your awesome book.

Nicole Zoltack said...

Awesome!

Natalie said...

The come in books now? I'm getting one.

Petranef said...

The shapes at the end of your post make my brain work like simple dog's brain (doesn't). But there is also happiness for the book! Huzzah!

Mariana said...

oumaigod, yes!!!!! Congrats a bunch! *tail-wagging eager retinas*

octagonal said...

YAY!! How exciting!

brb, going to buy potatoes.

Jess said...

Yay!

I vote that your book have special features, like a "making of" section, deleted scenes, or commentary. ;)

Geoffrey said...

Let us know when we can preorder!

Nacnudrium said...

I will buy that book.

Laura said...

Allie,

This news is totally awesome, and the only thing that might make it better is if each book came with a tape of Kenny Loggins songs...

Just sayin'....

MKB said...

OH GOD YES

Kandyce said...

/happydance

Valenare said...

Someone actually just asked me if there was a book... totally psyched! Love this site so much!

Melissa said...

YES!!! YAY!!! BRILLIANT! FANTASTIC!
CONGRATULATIONS!
But I have to wait 4.4% of my life for this book to come out. I'll put out the potatoes now.

sarah said...

HOO-FREAKING-RAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! excite.excite.excite.excite.excite.

Gina Penn said...

Congrats! As one published author to (tentatively) another, it's an exciting journey! Good luck with your book.

FloatingAway said...

How exciting for you! Congratulations! I guess it proves that procrastination really does pay off in the end. =] Looking forward to reading it.

Bradley Nemitz said...

Sweet!! I am definitely buying one. And maybe using potatoes to count down to the day I can.(My roommates might not like a strange looking potato sitting out.)

Jodi said...

Yay for you! Can't wait!

Anonymous said...

WINNING!

Mel150 said...

I could just possibly be more excited, but I don't know how! Same amount of time it takes my brother to read a book, coincidentally.

Kirsti said...

That's so far away! But I'll be holding my breath! (I wonder how many times a person can die of asphyxiation until the book is published...)

Jenny said...

Woohoo! When can we pre-order?????

Rosy said...

Whoa. I just got back from the future... this book totally blew my mind! You guys are going to love it! I would have brought it back but wasn't able. It is a long story involving a rocket pack and some dinosaurs... you'll see. (Oh, also, helpful tip: if you do decide to go to the future bring yuan)

Ashley Evelyn said...

I JUST GOT A POTATO!!!!!! I CAN'T WAIT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


I can read your book just before the end of the world!

Taylor said...

Hooray!!!

kazzie said...

Whoohooo :D

Anonymous said...

Brilliant! Can't wait.

StillDrew said...

I already bought this book in my mind for myself and 50 of my closest friends. This will give me enough time to save up real-life dollars to buy 51 books. Yay!

Anonymous said...

This is the _best_ exercise in procrastination I've seen yet in all my years. Keep doing it =)

Danielle said...

SQUEEE!!! :D

Chris said...

I've been waiting for this since the first link I followed to your blog. This is so well deserved. You are simply the funniest living comic writer and best cartoonist I know of.

You're like the secret lovechild of PG Wodehouse and Bill Watterson. I can't wait for your book, and would be waiting in line for it even if it were simply a bound copy of your extant blog posts. 50% new stuff? Let's just say I know what I'm getting everyone for Christmas in 2012.

Heather said...

Oddly, my first thought upon seeing the "good news!" note on fb was, "I bet someone was smart enough to finally give that girl a book deal." Since I'm a book reviewer, I look forward to reviewing it!

Lisa said...

OH GOD. THIS IS FANTASTIC. I NEED TO BUY THIS BOOK WHEN IT'S PUBLISHED *__*

I NEED TO BUY A COPY FOR MY FRIENDS.
MY MUM. (She doesn't know english, but who cares!)
MY DOG!!!

THIS IS TOO AWESOME.

Stacy said...

Are you including the time it takes to rewind the Tae Bo VHS tape? Because that VHS shit is not for the impatient.

Congratulations, Allie! Can't wait for the book!

MasterRolfe said...

Yay! I'll buy it! Promise!

Anonymous said...

FUCKYEA!!!!! :DDDDD

Namowal said...

Awesome! Looking forward to it.

lifeofadoctorswife said...

Congratulations! That's super exciting!!

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Anonymous said...

Congrats!! This is so exciting! When can we start pre-ordering!

Erin C-B said...

ALLIE THIS IS TOTALLY AWESOME!

I'm super happy for you and I can't wait to see your bookbaby. I have already put my potato on the shelf.

LeeAnne said...

This was about as inevitable as a potato sprouting weird white protrusions after being left on your counter for several months. Or as getting REALLY BAD indigestion if you attempt to digest 400 lbs of meat over the next 18 months. In other words - DUH - of COURSE Allie was going to publish a book, and of COURSE some big-name publisher would pick it up, and of COURSE it's going to be an enormous success and bring Allie enough riches to pay for all the medical bills of the bazillions of people who are going to eat nothing but meat for the next year and a half.

And of COURSE I will buy it - and give copies of it as Xmas presents to everyone I know.

Cptn S.A. Ho said...

Awesome!! Is it going to be available in digital (legally downloadable) media for e-readers?

Kathleen said...

Congratulations! I'm thrilled to read about your news. Will there be Spaghatta Nadle? Oh, please tell me there will be Nadle.

Diana said...

I will stalk Amazon.com until I am able to pre-order

LizMcC said...

This is exciting! The time could also be marked as how long it will take my brother (who introduced me to this awesome blog) to brew approximately 5 batches of delicious beer! Also, is Simple Dog part hound of any sort? I have a dog who behaves similarly and is a hound, I'm pretty sure he thinks his name is Jack-you-retard!

Caleb said...

O.M.G.

If it has a cover too, then I'm pooping myself.

leslie (crookedstamper) said...

YAY! And how civilized of you to do a PAPER book!

Kirstie said...

Oh my god, that's amazing!!! Congratulations!!!
I can't wait and if it didn't sound so patronising, I'd tell you how proud I am of you... Except that I kinda just did so I guess that makes me a big old patroniser :s

Please update on where we can buy/preorder from :D

CONGRATULATIONS!!!

Augusta said...

Winning, this is what winning feels like!?

Mats Vederhus said...

If I could, I would start walking now, and I would probably be in Idaho around the time the book was released and you could give it to me in person! :o

... but unfortunately I live in Europe, so I'd have to swim. :(

idrawyourface said...

Congrats, and Woot to the Hoot!

meaghan camille said...

Allie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I CANNOT WAIT TO BUY THIS BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
:):):):)
You're awesome.

The Swagtrician said...

This news makes me happy in daaaa pants :)

Justin said...

Congrats! Can't wait to read it!

I'm going to read it Alot.

Phoenix Rising said...

Sweet! Is that a rhombus?

Amaranthine said...

Yay! Just one question: will the book be appropriate for all ages?

Kristin H. said...

Definitely predicted this circa Winter 2009, so really I'm *already* on my 3rd potato :) Still exciting for you nonetheless.. Congrats!

Soma Pradhan said...

NO WAY!!!!! OMG!!! I'm so excited {hence the !!!} But I'm going to have to develop some hobbies to take up the time til it's out!

CONGRATS!!!!!!!!

Ducky said...

This is probably the best news ever.

Simone Says... said...

well done. well deserved. well all around. congrats! i hope the world is still in existence when your book is published.

djchallis said...

Awesome! I hope we can get this in the UK! =D

maria said...

Nice shoutout to Albuquerque, NM! You've got fans down here, Allie, keep up the great work. You always make my day brighter. :D

Michael said...

I love this book announcement, Alot!

Derrick said...

I'm so going the beard method. That's it. Not shaving again till your book releases. When my wife asks, I'll say it's your fault.

At 14cm, I wants my book.

Anonymous said...

Yay!

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