This announcement is probably more exciting to me than to anyone else in the whole universe, but I think it's cool: I wrote the foreword to the next Penny Arcade collection.
This one is insanely cool for me, because way back when they put together their first book, Gabe and Tycho asked me to write a foreword for it. I was way too busy at the time, so they got Bill Amend (creator of Foxtrot, which sits on a shelf with The Far Side and Calvin and Hobbes in my Library of Awesome) instead. I think they traded up. Way, way up.
Years went by, and they kept putting out books that I kept reading. We crossed paths at Comic-Con, but I never really got to actually know them at all, until I gave the keynote at PAX last year. (You know, I almost chickened out of that, for reasons I've gone into excruciating detail about before, and I'm really glad that I didn't, because I believe it will end up being one of the most significant moments in my life. I can't quantify those reasons now, but I have a feeling that I'll hopefully be able to explain one day, Charles Foster Kane style.)
After PAX was over, Robert Khoo asked me if I'd be willing to write the foreword. It went something like this:
Robert: Hey, would you like to write th--
Me: YES! YES! A THOUSAND TIMES, YES!
So I'm pretty excited about it, and I think that what I wrote totally doesn't suck, which is always a bonus.
I hope I can do more things with Mike and Jerry in the future, because even though I'm the pinky toe on the Voltron we make when we come together, it's still a pretty bad ass robot.