Monday, December 19, 2011

The Missing Link

Well, folks. Here it is. The big day has arrived at last...



Sadly, no. But it's a close third. Today is the official release of our first collaborative novel, The Missing Link. It's classy, refined, and dazzlingly philosophical. As if you were expecting any less from the two of us...or from a literary cast whose majority is made up of homeless protagonists.

Buy it here for 99 cents! -----> The Missing Link

About the book:

When the Internet collapses, society responds almost immediately…by having a meltdown.
While civilization is steadily destroying itself, IT cubicle-jockey and cyberspace junkie Brent Porter enlists the help of his grumpy office building security guard, Mickey, to find his missing computer gamer girlfriend, Molly. The trouble is, Molly’s fallen down her laundry basket and into a lewd and confusing world of nonsense, in a retelling of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland with a twist: the heroine is dumped into the deepest, darkest bowels of the Internet.
So while Brent and Mickey are searching for Molly in a city that’s gone to complete chaos, and Molly’s fighting off porn freaks, viruses, and scammers, who’s going to save humanity from the Internet (and itself)? Well, that would be the Downriver Boys, a group of homeless people who’ve never had to rely on technology to survive. These vigilant vagabonds, led by a war veteran and a half-brilliant, half-insane madwoman, will have to rely on everything they know about survival so that Brent, Mickey, and Molly will even have something to come back to.


As a special teaser, we've included a full sized picture of the cover, which I (Brandon) have to say is one of Bryan's coolest MSPaint creations ever. It's an homage to the old 8-bit days of budding video game glory and a perfect representation of the story's humor and quirkiness. Awesome, right?


So now that you know our full names... hi, Internets, this is Brandon Meyers and Bryan Pedas (sounds like 'lettuce', not like 'peeeedus'. Pettus).

You can find our book here:


For those without Kindles, fret not, because you can still read this book on your computer. On the right hand side of the page we linked above, click the link that says 'Available on your PC,' right below where you Buy.


From here, you'll be directed to a page where you can download the Kindle program for your computer. Just download, install, and register (it's free), and from there, if you buy our book, Amazon will send it to your computer, rather than to a Kindle.

The Official Beer for the Shower Contest Of Epic Awesomeness

There's also a little contest that goes with the release of this book. If you've followed this blog long enough, you know that we don't shamelessly promote ourselves, nor do we ask anything of anyone. Well, with that said, we need some help getting this book out there, and if you're willing to help us, you can win the super cool awesome prize of being featured in one of our comics.

So, how do you become preserved in MSPaint for eternity?

1.  Between now and the New Year (January 1st, 2012), put up a post about our book with a link to where you can buy it.
2. E-mail us and direct us to your post (please--otherwise we might not catch it).
3. The most funny/clever/creative post, as judged by us, will win a personalized comic of themselves and will be featured in a complete story line on our blog, along with a link back to your own page/blog. And a puppy.*

*Our legal team has just informed us we can't ship you a puppy, even if we poke a lot of air holes, because it's "dangerous" and "illegal." SO NO PUPPY. But you WILL get a super cool cartoon, which is BETTER than a puppy, because a puppy will piss on your floors and eat your shoes, and we (most likely) won't do that to you.

Also, if you should read the book, we would appreciate it so much if you could write us a review on Amazon.com. Believe it or not, reviews DO matter, and the more reviews we have, the more we can get this book out there. Unless you want to give us 1 star. Then please keep your bad taste to yourself, okay?

Lastly, if you get a chance, check out our friend Sebastian Marshall's new book Ikigai, available here at Amazon. He's a badass. You can also visit his regularly updated website at www.sebastianmarshall.com .

More funny comics will resume on Thursday. Till then, here's a goat with an orthopedic shoe telling you how much he appreciates you supporting us.



Cheers and stay classy, friends!

-B&B

Beer: Fat Tire
Music: Queen (We Are The Champions)

75 comments:

  1. I read Bryan Pedas as Bryan Pedo. I need my coffee stat!

    But in all seriousness, I'm very proud of the two of you! I wish you lots of success with this book, and whatever other projects you have in the future. You are both so deserving of whatever comes your way.

    I'll be buying that book as a Christmas present for myself. Yahoo!!!

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  2. Congrats on releasing the book! It sounds great - really unique. And also, terrifying. Because the internet is my crack.

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  3. Just bought my copy :) I wish you the best of luck and I know this is only the beginning.

    Tammy

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  4. I Tweeted a link to your page here... can that count for something? See my feed: Ciararjohnson for proof.

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  5. A competition? You've changed man... men...

    Going to Amazon right now.

    Christmas holidays = sorted.

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  6. £1.47!!!!!!!, I bought it anyway but the kids can cancel Christmas.....if I had kids......maybe I can claim it as a charity donation....need to speak to an accountant!

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  7. Bought it! :) I'm off work/school for the next week and a half. I guess I know what I'm doing! In all seriousness, you guys rock. I'm sure this book will be the shit. If not, at least I have the ability to have an MS Paint version of myself out there. Now to start thinking of ideas for my blog post.

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  8. Ah yes! Congrats my friends! As soon as I get paid I am downloading this book. I dont have a kindle but I'm pretty sure I can still read it on my iPhone. :D

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  9. Congrats guys. I think I may order the book now and have it preloaded on my wifes kindle that I bought for her for Christmas. She won't mind.

    And now that I know your real names I will be stalking you as a travel to your cities.

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  10. Congrats. I am already sold with the cover. Just bought it and will write a review soon. Looks you are giving it for to prime members?
    We are proud of you. There are sp many books in kindle with same title. Congrats again.

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  11. Hahah, sounds like Alice in Wonderland meets the Matrix. I'm totally downloading this when I get home.

    8-bit graphics are the best! I may have to bust out my original NES while this downloads.

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  12. Er...the cover looks like the vintage video game Rampage. I kind of what to choose to be King Kong and punch the building.

    Bought the book - can't wait to read it.

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  13. Just bought it guys and I'll start reading it as soon as I get to Starbucks an hi-jack their wi-fi. Congrats on your release!

    God I love that goat. Does it have a name yet?

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  14. That cover is incredible. I'm buying it as soon as I'm off work. Releasing it at all is a massive achievement. Congratulations. Speaking of promotion, there's a writer in your similar self publishing world who, to promote his book started a podcast where he would read a chapter each week. It seems like he was giving it away but his fan base that he created bought the book in high volumes. Just a thought. Good luck gentlemen.

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  15. That is a kick ass cover - well done!! I'm thankful that you posted the info for the Kindle-challenged; it saved me from having to look into it myself. Will certainly be entering your contest, even though you can't ship me a puppy. Congrats, B&B!

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  16. Bad. ASS!

    I'm diggin this. Congrats on finally finishing!

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  17. K guys so here's the thing. I wanted to, I was going to buy it. But I have no credit card right now for reasons that would usually only benefit me, and there's no paypal option. What I'm going to do, and I will, is call in my amazon store card that I've earned and buy it then, so I'll bookmark this page and get back to it.

    Amazon doesn't use effing paypal wtf man..

    But the cover is AMAZING if it was actually done on paint. If it wasn't, well, it's still badass. And I read the first two chapters right there on amazon which is what sold me. You had me wanting more, and I almost made the purchase. Almost. EFFING AMAZON DOESN'T TAKE PAYPAL!? =|

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  18. When I seen the word 'contest' and what the prize will be, I knew right away that I would be entering this contest because I link back to guys all the time in hopes that you would return the favor...but mainly because your comic is awesome and everyone needs to see it!

    I hope I can make the deadline! And I will be purchasing your book as soon as I get home from work!

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  19. Oh Boy! This is huge! Congratulations :) Am I allowed to google the two of you ;)

    By the way, I totally agree that the reviews matter. A good review can certainly influence the rest who research before buying a good read.

    Wishing you more luck.

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  20. right in time for xmas. does amazon accept paypal? or should i just grab a amazon gift card from some other site.

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  21. Congrats on the book! I really like the cover, I have a soft spot for 8-bit sorts of things. :P

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  22. The cover looks great! I hope you guys can get it out there and show it to the world! Its times like these I wish I had a credit card!

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  23. Congratulations, fellas! Can't wait to read your book. Meanwhile, I'll rack my brain to see if I can come up with anything to win that awesome prize.

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  24. Congrats! Looking forward to it, hopefully this purchase helps fund the dream of seeing-eye bears in the future! Thanks for making it super affordable.

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  25. No puppy? Crap!
    How can you go wrong with an Alice in Wonderland/porn connection?

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  26. I'm reading through it now. Funny stuff as always. Congrats on the release and good luck with it!

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  27. Very cool! And the cover is really awesome!

    Jay

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  28. Congrats!!! The cover is truly great. And I promise to take a double shot of penicillin and probably rubbing alcohol and read your book ... I really do... and when I get around to it I will review it!

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  29. "On the righthand side of the page we linked above, click the link that says 'Available on your PC,' right below where you Buy."

    What if I have a Mac? OH, SWEET BABY JESUS!! WHY?!?!?!?

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  30. I'm glad you guys finally got this out. I really hope it goes well.

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  31. I'll buy my copy too! The cover looks too good to be true!

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  32. YAY, the book is out! Congratulations! I only have a 15min break right now, so I'll get on checking it out when I'm home from work later tonight. ;)

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  33. Do you have it in Nook format...or plan to release it in Nook format? I don't have the Kindle and love you guys but would rather not stare at my computer screen longer than absolutely necessary. :) Let me know. jewelsturning 30 @ yahoo . com

    Congrats on the release...I'll be tweeting and promoting the shit outta this. I'm sure it's amazing and I can't wait to read it.

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  34. Congratulations guys! I am busily thinking up a blog post as I type this. I would love nothing more than to be featured in one of your rockin comics. But if I win you had better give me Pamela Anderson proportions.

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  35. Congratulations to my great blog friends! I couldn't be happier for you. It's awesome that you did this. I'm 5 blog books behind on reading so it will be a bit before I get to this. Who knew so many of my blog buddies would write and publish books in 2011. But you're on my list!

    Much success. Hugs and Heineken. And Queen rocks the freakin' planet!

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  36. Congrats on the release of your novel! Wooot! Wishing you all success.

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  37. Goddammit, again with the retarded goats!

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  38. I'm definitely buying this later! The cover looks amazing and I like the Alice in Wonderland with a twist :)

    Congratulations!

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  39. Okay, off to buy your book. I would be surprised if you don't top my total sales on my book on your first day of yours. :/

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  40. I don't know how clever I am, but I will totally buy a copy.

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  41. Sorry I'm late boys, but I got busy. But I just bought your book, will read it, review it and participate in the competition. I'll let you know when I'm going to do my promo post. It will be after Christmas. Congratulations!!!

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  42. I have it and can I still enter your comp even though you have already immortalised me once before? Pretty please.
    Pimping will be happening and would without the temptation of a puppy because I love you guys long time :)

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  43. You're $2 dollars richer, happy holidays! Well at least you're richer by something after Amazon's cut of the bounty.

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  44. Congratulations guys! I will be clicking the "available on your pc" button. But, I'm going to hold out until after Sunday, because there is always a chance Santa might bring me a Kindle instead of underwear. Hum... Magic 8 ball says "Not Likely". Darn.

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  45. So, how do you become preserved in MSPaint for eternity?
    I was so going to sell the shit out of this book but then I realised I don’t even like photos of me.....

    Plus I’m worried that once I spend my $1.99 and your book takes over the internet it will turn out to be, not a book of fiction but a, Nostril-armless (a low budget version of Nostradamus but with more comic affect) style book of prediction, the internet will crash leaving me a whole $1.99 out of pocket. I’m waiting for the internet soft back version ....

    Kidding , get your MDSPaint box primed boys I’m going to put all my talent (The talent that saw me come 499th out of 500* in the most talented under 6 writers*** competition last year) into promoting your book.

    * By the end of the competition I practically owned that deaf, dumb and blind kid who finished 500th**

    ** Just as well he had that unfortunate accident with my foot and the edge of the train platform..... if only the trains had kept better time and the parents were not so over protective of their offspring I might well have managed a top 10 finish....

    *** OK technically I was not eligible but as I pointed out to the judges, when the competition was launched, they didn’t specify under 6 was for age so I managed to get in as an under 6ft entry.....

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  46. Book = bought.
    Will be reading it shortly and posting up reviews for you soon!

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  47. seeing eye bears...

    now thats an idea i could invest in :D

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  48. OMG this sounds so brilliant. I am running over to Amazon to buy this. Merry Christmas love and keep drinking the beers in the shower
    www.twitter.com/naptimecocktail

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  49. The character Brent should have been called Case.

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  50. That book that I'm reading, I bought it.

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  51. Bought your book and I'm liking what I see here!

    I noticed that I got all excited at the opportunity to be featured on your comic in my previous comment and I forgot to congratulate you!

    My bad! So congratulations! I wish you guys much success with your book. I'm enjoying it so far!

    No if you don't mind, I have a contest to win! Much work to do, promoting your book!

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  52. I also have bought your book, both cos I want to read it, but I really want to support you guys, you give me a giggle a couple of times a week, I will have to attempt to read it and see how it goes!!! I've read the first few pages, realised I was wasting time, and stopped, but what I have read sounds pretty good!!!

    Merry Xmas, and I hope you guys have an amazing time celebrating it!!!

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  53. Congratulations on launching your collaborative novel!

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  54. brb, getting the book and reading it.

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  55. Book buying check

    Blog post ... almost check. I'll let you cats know. More than likely tonight/tomorrow.

    Cheers!

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  56. I'm definitely getting myself a copy. Hopefully some day I'll get to do the same and you guys will be famous enough to promote it. Even if it means wiping your asses with it and sticking it up on trees in the park. Lets be Honest if Lady Gaga did that, it'll be a thing!

    Congratulations!

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  57. Congrats! Look forward to the read, only problem is my main computer is at work. Don't think they'd approve of me installing kindle.

    Will be buying the book and posting some time in January. Just have to get my personal computer fixed.

    In the meantime, Happy Holidays!

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  58. Congratulations on the release of your new funny book! That is exciting stuff. I will be thinking of ways to creatively promote your book so I can win my very own comic, but mostly promote your book. I'll be thinking over here. And thinking.

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  59. LOL most entertaining small print I've ever read. Seriously! And at $1, you've got me sold. I just bought a copy because you've given me so many smiles you guys deserve it. Plus the plot sounds amazing just like that pure epic artwork that screams win. You guys know how much I love that 8-bit style whether it's music or artwork.

    Congrats guys! Easily one of my favorite blogs on the internet.

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  60. Congratulations on the book guys! I will be buying it this afternoon. I can't exactly download anything at work which is where I usually read your blogs from.

    You are masters of dark humor and for that I applaud you!

    I hope I can think of something worthy enough to submit for the contest.

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  61. Phalic references in the first few pages? I would expect nothing less from you two! I've just started reading it, but so far, I'm loving it! Hope this leads to something great for you guys!

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  62. Once Kindle for PC has finished downloading, this will be my first purchase. This will easily be the best 86p I'll ever spend.

    Congrats gentlemen.

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  63. OMG OMG <3 all the best! I am getting a copy as fast as I can xD and yhis must be the happiest I felt for having a kindle :P will do a post on you guys ASAP!

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  64. The retarded goat is the greatest gift that can ever be given. While I am super psyched for the both of you, I'm not participating because I don't want to loose. Then again If I don't participate and find out the winner was just the bet of the worst, I will FIND a a goat and make it go retarded.

    good luck to the contestants!

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  65. hi guys... i have not forgotten about your book... the missing link... my daughter currently is in possession of my ipad, which is where i want to download - i can, right? or do i need to do it on the mac desktop?.... anyway, i am so looking forward to reading your antics..... cheers! (as you say.....)

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  67. Congrats! :D

    I will buy when I have money... which might be along wait, but I'm sure it'll be worth it

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