February 8th, 2013

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Adventures in Oz Roleplaying Game

Originally published at Con or Bust by F. Douglas Wall. Please comment there ( comment(s)).

cover imageItem Name & Description: Adventures in Oz: Fantasy Roleplaying Beyond the Yellow Brick Road rulebook, autographed by the author (me!)

Starting Bid: $15

Notes: I will gladly send a personalized signed copy of Adventures in Oz: Fantasy Roleplaying Beyond the Yellow Brick Road to the winning bidder at my own expense. 

Bidding opens on Saturday, February 9, 2013 at 12:01 a.m. Eastern Time and closes Sunday, February 24, 2013 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time. More Information.

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Custom printed cards, leaflets, or invitations

Originally published at Con or Bust by Saira Ali. Please comment there ( comment(s)).

Item Name & Description: I will pull up to 500 impressions of a design of the winner’s choice on a nineteenth century Chandler and Price hand-fed hand-set moveable type letterpress. I will pay for paper, ink, shop use fees, and shipping to anywhere the US Postal Service can deliver to, and am donating my time, skill, and training to print.

Starting Bid: $15

Notes:

Have some FAQs:

What does hand-fed mean? What it says on the tin. My hand gently reaches in between two moving blocks of cast iron, which generate 40 tons of force on impact, to snatch away a printed sheet of paper and place the next sheet to be printed. Yes, it’s dangerous, no I have never had an accident in twelve years of operating the press, and yes I have insurance :)

What does hand-set mean? I select the type, letter by letter, from a giant tray containing thousands of pieces of type, to compose the text of your design.

What does moveable type mean? The words on the paper are produced by applying ink to individual blocks of lead, and then applying the inky type to the paper. In practical terms, this means you are limited to the fonts, sizes, and styles we have in the shop. We have at least a dozen fonts, including Typo Script, Wedding Text, Garamond, Caslon, News Gothic, Century Schoolbook, and Cloister, in a variety of sizes from 6pt to 24pt.

How big a card am I willing to make? That depends entirely on how high bidding goes.

Less than $25 — I will print one side of a standard business card, in one color.

$25-$50 — Two sides of a business card, or one side in two colors, or something A7 sized.

$50-75 — Three colors on a business card or one color/one side on a 5-baronial enclosure (roughly A6 size)

$75-125 — Four colors on a business card, two colors or two sides on a 5-baronial enclosure, or one color on a Lee or A5 or similar size.

Should bidding go above $125 the size and number of setups/colors I’m willing to do will increase. The largest size paper that will fit in the press is US letter size.

When will the job be finished? That depends in part on the size of the job. I’ve reserved the printing shop for Mar 2. If you have your design ready by then and it’s small enough to be printed in one day, I can mail it on Mar 4. If the job is big it might take several sessions to print; if you want a color of ink we don’t have in stock we’ll have to wait for it to arrive, etc etc. I pledge to stay in communication with the winner, give clear estimates of the schedule with reasons for any delays, and deliver the job within at worst six months of getting the final layout from the winner.

Wayaminnit. Why are you asking for a bigger donation for more colors? Because only one color can be printed at a time. (Yes, for the pedants in the room, there are exceptions to that, but that’s generally not what people mean when they ask for more than one color). For each color I need to set type, lock up type, ink the press, hand-feed 500 sheets of paper, and clean the press. That process takes anywhere from 2-12 hours, depending on how many letters need to be set, how sticky the ink is (varies by color), how cantankerous the font is (varies mostly by amount of wear on the font), and a zillion other variables.

What about pictures? You can have blocks of metal machined to produce the image you want. However, this is a time and money consuming process. I’m happy to refer you to a print shop that will machine your image (called a “cut” in print making parlance) for a fee, and wait to start your job until after I’ve received the cut from the machinist.

I do have a selection of wingdings you may choose from for your design.

Does my design have to all be in the same font? Nope! You can choose as many fonts, styles, and sizes as you like (within, of course, the limit of what I have available to work with).

These cards will NOT be embossed Some professional artisanal printing shops offer embossing — where the surface of the paper is crushed by the weight of the type. The shops that offer it are generally working with wood or copper type, or use custom engraved male and female dies to produce it. My shop uses lead type.

What are the properties of lead? Aside from causing brain damage and being a poor conductor of electricity, lead is also very very soft. Recall I said the press can generate up to 40 pounds of force? That much force can and will ruin the surface of the lead type, destroying it forever, if applied incorrectly.

More importantly, in the era before laser printing, embossed printing was seen as sloppy, lazy, or inexperienced pressmanship. Some people have the notion that embossed prints are more authentic or more classy than non-embossed prints. Those people are wrong: it’s not more authentic and it’s only classier if you are going for contemporary affectations.

Bidding opens on Saturday, February 9, 2013 at 12:01 a.m. Eastern Time and closes Sunday, February 24, 2013 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time. More Information.

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Two vintage fountain pens

Originally published at Con or Bust by Yoon Ha Lee. Please comment there ( comment(s)).

Item Name & Description: Two fountain pens: (1) A mother-of-pearl-colored (NOT actual mother of pearl) Senator piston filler (model unknown) with a clear ink window. Trim exhibits substantial brassing/wear (particularly the cap band, so if you are a stickler for appearances this one may not be for you), but the rest of the pen is in good condition. Flexy 14kt gold nib, but with limited line variation; it’ll give your writing some flair, used judiciously, but is not suitable for copperplate-type hands. Approximately 13 cm capped, 11.6 cm without cap, 15 cm posted, 1.2 cm diameter at the widest point.

(2) A grey striated Webster lever filler with a clear ink window. Pen is in very good condition, including trim. Flexy 14kt gold nib, although the snapback is quite slow; also probably not suitable for copperplate-type hands. For the heck of it, I will also include the box for a completely unrelated (twist filler) Webster. Approximately 13.8 cm capped, 12.8 cm without cap, 16.1 cm posted, 1.1 cm diameter at the widest point.

Both pens will post–the Senator posts more securely than the Webster in my experience.

CAUTION: If you have never used a fountain pen before (or do not have experience with dip pens or similar), I do NOT recommend these as starter pens. The flex nibs are delicate and require a light hand. I take no responsibility for damage to the pens after they’re in your hands.

I apologize for the lack of writing samples; I don’t have a working scanner right now and if there’s a way to make my camera cough up decent close-ups, it’s news to me.

Photos: top one is the Senator, lower one is the Webster, ignore the blue Clipper (X’d out in red) that shows up in one photo because I can’t do right angles.

Starting Bid: $50 for both together.

Notes: USA only. I will ship by priority mail and include some assorted ink samples to get you started.

Bidding opens on Saturday, February 9, 2013 at 12:01 a.m. Eastern Time and closes Sunday, February 24, 2013 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time. More Information.

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Knitted Teddy Bear

Originally published at Con or Bust by Deborah J. Ross. Please comment there ( comment(s)).

teddy bears Custom Teddy Bear by author and obsessive knitter Deborah J. Ross: Acrylic yarn, polyester stuffing: machine washable/dryable, hypoallergenic (although I have cats, so I cannot guarantee there will be no cat hairs). Your choice of colors, or let me design one for you.

Starting Bid: $10

Notes: Allow 2 weeks for US addresses, 4 weeks for international.

Bidding opens on Saturday, February 9, 2013 at 12:01 a.m. Eastern Time and closes Sunday, February 24, 2013 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time. More Information.

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Blog Post

Originally published at Con or Bust by oursin. Please comment there ( comment(s)).

Item Name & Description: Blog Post

Starting Bid: $10

Notes: Offering a blog post either in my own DW/LJ blog (http://oursin.dreamwidth.org/: see there for the kinds of things I write about and the general style) on a topic of your choosing or as a guest post.

Bidding opens on Saturday, February 9, 2013 at 12:01 a.m. Eastern Time and closes Sunday, February 24, 2013 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time. More Information.

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Dream High soundtrack (Korean)

Originally published at Con or Bust by Yoon Ha Lee. Please comment there ( comment(s)).

Item Name & Description: Dream High original soundtrack in case. The case has light scuffing, but the interior attached booklet is fine, and the CD has only been played once. The lyrics are in Korean except the occasional English phrase (e.g. “happy birthday”) and the booklet gives no translations, but the music from the sounds of it is happy feel-good K-pop. (I regret that I can’t tell you more than that; I can’t even understand lyrics in English, which I’m actually fluent in, so Korean’s right out.) If you need happy feel-good K-pop in your life, now’s your chance!

Starting Bid: $5.00

Notes: This one I’ll ship anywhere, although for international post I will probably go with whatever option is cheapest.

Bidding opens on Saturday, February 9, 2013 at 12:01 a.m. Eastern Time and closes Sunday, February 24, 2013 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time. More Information.

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The Battle of Blood and Ink by Jared Axelrod and Steve Walker

Originally published at Con or Bust by Kate Nepveu. Please comment there ( comment(s)).

book cover Item Name & Description: The Battle of Blood and Ink by Jared Axelrod and Steve Walker (hardcover).

This steampunk graphic novel is set in a flying city (with PoC characters!); Booklist says, “With a spunky, headstrong female lead and an abundance of steampunk touches—airships, ray guns, and printing presses—this original graphic novel hits all the right buttons…or should we say levers?” Learn more at the creators’ website or read an excerpt.

Starting Bid: $10.

Notes: Donated by the publisher, Tor Books.

Bidding opens on Saturday, February 9, 2013 at 12:01 a.m. Eastern Time and closes Sunday, February 24, 2013 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time. More Information.

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Johnny Hiro: Half Asian, All Hero by Fred Chao

Originally published at Con or Bust by Kate Nepveu. Please comment there ( comment(s)).

book cover Item Name & Description: Johnny Hiro: Half Asian, All Hero by Fred Chao (trade paperback).

This graphic novel has been nominated for multiple Eisner Awards and appeared in Best American Comics 2010. Description:

Johnny Hiro, a hardworking busboy, lives in Brooklyn with his flighty but lovable girlfriend Mayumi. Every day, he struggles to make ends meet while fighting giant monsters, running over rooftops from crazed waiters, fending off businessmen-turned-samurai, or having the occasional conversation with Judge Judy, Coolio, or Alton Brown. With Fred Chao’s signature style and laugh-out-loud humor, Johnny Hiro presents the quirky trials and misadventures of a modern-day hero trying to find his slice of the good life.

Read an excerpt at Tor.com.

Starting Bid: $10.

Notes: Donated by the publisher, Tor Books.

Bidding opens on Saturday, February 9, 2013 at 12:01 a.m. Eastern Time and closes Sunday, February 24, 2013 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time. More Information.

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ARC of Queen Victoria’s Book of Spells, edited by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling

Originally published at Con or Bust by Kate Nepveu. Please comment there ( comment(s)).

book cover Item Name & Description: ARC of Queen Victoria’s Book of Spells: An Anthology of Gaslamp Fantasy, edited by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling (forthcoming March 19, 2013).

Publishers Weekly says that “Fans of steampunk and Austen-inspired fantasies of manners will be completely enraptured by these stories.”

Table of Contents:

  • “The Fairy Enterprise” by Jeffrey Ford
  • “From the Catalogue of the Pavilion of the Uncanny and Marvelous, Scheduled for Premiere at the Great Exhibition (Before the Fire)” by Genevieve Valentine
  • “The Memory Book” by Maureen McHugh
  • “Queen Victoria’s Book of Spells” by Delia Sherman
  • “La Reine D’Enfer” by Kathe Koja
  • “Briar Rose” by Elizabeth Wein
  • “The Governess” by Elizabeth Bear
  • “Smithfield” by James P. Blaylock
  • “The Unwanted Women of Surrey” by Kaaron Warren
  • “Charged” by Leanna Renee Hieber
  • “Mr. Splitfoot” by Dale Bailey
  • “Phosperous” by Veronica Schanoes
  • “We Without Us Were Shadows” by Catherynne M. Valente
  • “The Vital Importance of the Superficial” by Ellen Kushner and Caroline Stevermer
  • “The Jewel in the Toad Queen’s Crown” by Jane Yolen
  • “A Few Twigs He Left Behind” by Gregory Maguire
  • “Their Monstrous Minds” by Tanith Lee
  • “Estella Saves the Village” by Theodora Goss

Starting Bid: $10.

Notes: Donated by the publisher, Tor Books.

Bidding opens on Saturday, February 9, 2013 at 12:01 a.m. Eastern Time and closes Sunday, February 24, 2013 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time. More Information.

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Pirate Cinema and Homeland by Cory Doctorow

Originally published at Con or Bust by Kate Nepveu. Please comment there ( comment(s)).

Item Name & Description: Pirate Cinema and Homeland by Cory Doctorow (hardcovers).

Pirate Cinema (excerpt) and Homeland (excerpt) are Doctorow’s most recent novels, both YA. School Library Journal called Pirate Cinema “funny, thought-provoking, and glorious”; Kirkus said Homeland is “Outstanding for its target audience, and even those outside Doctorow’s traditional reach may find themselves moved by its call to action.”

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Starting Bid: $10 for both hardcovers.

Notes: Donated by the publisher, Tor Books.

Bidding opens on Saturday, February 9, 2013 at 12:01 a.m. Eastern Time and closes Sunday, February 24, 2013 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time. More Information.

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Heat of Fusion and Other Stories by John M. Ford

Originally published at Con or Bust by Kate Nepveu. Please comment there ( comment(s)).

book cover Item Name & Description: Heat of Fusion and Other Stories by John M. Ford (hardcover).

This collection is now out of print, difficult to find, and very unlikely to come back into print. Contains 23 stories and poems; Publishers Weekly said they “reaffirm Ford’s position as one of SF’s most versatile craftsmen” and called it “an excellent collection.” Among its contents are the poem “110 Stories”; “Winter Solstice, Camelot Station,” the only poem to win a World Fantasy Award for best short fiction (because then, so the story goes, they changed the rules so that couldn’t happen again); and the short story “Erase/Record/Play,” a favorite of your humble mod.

Starting Bid: $10.

Notes: Donated by the publisher, Tor Books.

Bidding opens on Saturday, February 9, 2013 at 12:01 a.m. Eastern Time and closes Sunday, February 24, 2013 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time. More Information.

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Short Story Critique

Originally published at Con or Bust by E. Lily Yu. Please comment there ( comment(s)).

Item Name & Description: Short Story Critique

I will read and critique a short story of up to 7,000 words. My fiction has appeared in the Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year, and I was a reader for Fantasy Magazine (now Lightspeed) for two years. I write literary speculative fiction and am willing to read in almost any genre.

Starting Bid: $50

Notes: Would prefer not to read horror and explicit rape/torture scenes. I will deliver the critique within 30 days of receiving the story, which may be sent any time before August 2013.

Bidding opens on Saturday, February 9, 2013 at 12:01 a.m. Eastern Time and closes Sunday, February 24, 2013 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time. More Information.