Wednesday, June 8, 2016

#10 - Cheesy 80's Ending Nod

(New post coming tomorrow instead of today. Got too backed up with book stuff which is awesome because hey books)




P.S., to those who bought our awesome new book last week, you helped us get to #8 on the Amazon best seller list for Humor/Satire, so thank you, truly. Sitting up there with Vonnegut and surpassing Catch-22 is a damn fine honor for both of us. And to those who asked, paperback is now officially available (click this).


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  1. Took me a while to think of an example, but I guess you mean the generic knowing "it's all good now" nod. I don't watch many TV shows though, so best I can remember it from is cheesy 90's movies about the 80's. Heh.
    And them, that's a pretty nice spot to have your work displayed. Congratulations! (Still waiting on the shenanigans that will summon a signed copy all the way to Europe. I already have a blood sacrifice at the ready!)

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    1. Yep, it's that cheesy, generic "everything is cool and we've totally bonded and understand each other" nod exchanged between two people who used to have conflict between them.

      I tried to find a relevant GIF but I guess not everyone is as on the ball as we are. Closest I've got is this.

      [im]https://media.giphy.com/media/xKy2w6LehxxHa/giphy.gif[/im]

      Not relevant, but still amusing.

      And we're still waiting for that big ass box of books. After that? Shenanigans-ho!

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    2. Imagine if they just did such nods every time the answer to a question was "yes" or similar.

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    3. I would watch the hell out of that show. I'm assuming the nodder always has a rockin' mountain man beard.

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  2. Yeah, see, THAT'S how "Captain America: Civil War" SHOULD have ended, except as a three-way between Tony, Steve and Bucky.

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    1. The Mexican standoff of nods? I love it! Someone contact Stan Lee. I hear he still accepts telegrams.

      [im]https://66.media.tumblr.com/d4b026e51dccbe8cb00fab58600e6969/tumblr_mys193Abp31sofbwmo1_400.gif[/im]

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    2. Oooh! I just love 'THE GOOD, THE BAD, THE UGLY, AND THE INNOCENT'. One of Alfredo Fettuccine's best Spaghetti Westerns!

      ~ D-FensDogG
      'Loyal American Underground'

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    3. You know, for the longest time, I always thought the little kid was 'The Ugly', but I guess that's just my preconceived notion of children being awful. Which is unfair of me, because she was fantastic in A Fistful of Dollies.

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    4. Yes, she was. And although she had a much smaller role in it, she was also very good in 'FOR A FEW DOLLIES MORE'.

      ~ D-FensDogG

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  3. I wish life was a cheesy 80's show. I need everything wrapped up nice and neat in 30 minutes, so I can spend the rest of my time napping or watching cat videos. I probably wouldn't like the theme music unless I could pick it myself.

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    1. Just make sure you don't have too many family members or you could end up with opening credits like this.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QrGrOK8oZG8

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    2. I dislike all my family except my sister so no worries on that.

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  4. Congrats on getting so high indeed.

    Game of Thrones does it all the damn time. 90% of the show is spent nodding, glaring or talking. Then throw in some nudity and 2 minutes worth of action most episodes and viola.

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    1. I thought the majority of Game of Thrones was spent either in a brothel with random naked prostitutes prancing around and kissing for no reason or a lush garden where two people are walking around, secretly plotting an act of deception (which will then be carried out in a brothel).

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    1. Thanks! We did not celebrate with a knowing nod.

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  6. I am not nearly as observant as you guys are. I have been oblivious to the closing nod. I am relatively sure I would notice the alternate ending that your cartoon depicted...but seriously...I don't have time for TV right now. I am reading a hilarious e-book written by two really funny guys. (a review is coming)

    Congrats on your impending fame.

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    1. Once you notice it, you can't stop noticing it, so... sorry for ruining your TV watching life.

      But hey, to know that our book is more valuable than brainless primetime TV means the world to us. We look forward to that fame... and to said e-book one day becoming a brainless primetime TV show.

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  7. That's awesome!! Your fans responded. Looking forward to reading it. Susan said it was really funny.
    And don't you wish they'd just back to the head nod and end it there?

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    1. I'm just impressed that we have fans. And happy that people who aren't us consider us funny.

      And yes, once they've nodded, they just need to immediately stop. Anything after that immediately screams "I want to jump your bones."

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  8. Speaking of old shows form the Eighties, have you considered adding a laugh track to your page?

    I feel much more comfortable knowing I'm laughing at the right parts.

    If you can make your little characters nod, surely you can add something that triggers a laugh track when I come to the appropriate points in the comic.

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    1. Oh, we have the technology.

      Store clerk: "So wait a minute, you're telling me you want to return this child's storage bin because you tried to put an actual child in it?"
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OmPvsFVIoMs

      Bryan: "No, we're returning it because the child suffocated. This thing doesn't even have any air holes."
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1H4fxawka-0

      Brandon: "But all kidding aside, her family is probably going to be devastated."
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KQj7q5Z8_mM

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  9. Just ordered the new book on Kindle. And the sensationally absurd life and times of slim Dyson. Turns out I'd missed out on that one too. Can't wait to get started! :)

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    1. Damn, that's awesome! Thank you and thank you! We hope you love both. Or at least love one and have mild infatuation with the other.

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  10. Is it just me, or does tossing out the TV add to my mental prowess? Anyone have any experience with making that TV disappear?

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    1. Well, I would never throw out my TV (seems like a bit of a waste) but I haven't subscribed to TV service in about 3 years now and I've never been more efficient. You don't know how much time you waste watching mindless TV for no reason at all until you no longer have it.

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  11. We tried watching The Ranch purely for Sam Elliott, but it had an 80's laugh track. Seriously????? Not even Sam the Man could save us from turning it off after a horrid 5 minutes.

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    1. I can't think of a single modern* comedy show I watch that has a laugh track. If you need to be told when to laugh... then you're not smart enough for the comedy being presented.

      *older shows can get away with that because that's just what they all did

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  12. B&B:
    First off, congrats on making the top ten on Amazon.
    Sparring with the literary likes of Heller & Vonnegut ain't easy.
    Kudos.
    As to the 80s cheese...yeah, too many shows pull that stunt, and I still don't like it.
    Only thing missing is that damn final FREEZE-FRAME as they roll a credit or two.
    Also, love your comment that used the scene from The Good, The Bad and the Ugly...LOL.
    (nicely done, especially with the toddler)

    Good post.

    You two stay safe out there, and continued success w/ your book.

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    1. Thanks! And I just loved how Police Squad always made fun of those cheesy freeze frames.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lkNVgrOJfl0

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  13. LOL. I often wonder with the bonding during danger thing works out when it's all peaceful again. They probably go back to hating each other. Congrats on the ranking.

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    1. Yeah, after all is said and done I don't suddenly see the jock taking interest in chemical engineering or the nerd wanting to hit the weight room. Who ever knew that TV lied to us?

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  14. Big congrats on the ranking of the book.

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    1. Thanks! Now we just need to hit #1 and secure a movie deal that never goes through and land a TV show that's horribly reimagined and gets universally panned (just being realistic, here).

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  15. I was nearly alone in the woods from "84 to '94 or thereabout. I missed a lot of pop culture, but I don't think I missed anything important. Except that they say "impordant" now.

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    1. Then you missed the entire wave of family-oriented sitcoms with awful laugh tracks and cheesy resolutions at the end of every single episode, ending in much of these nods and possibly hugs. What we're saying is that we're envious of that. Ignorance truly is bliss.

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    2. Thanks! I was hoping there was something redeeming about my ignorance. I feel better now.

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  16. Congratulations! Well, you either get the head nod or the really bad joke where everyone stands around laughing for a little too long.

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    1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lyyXxQ48XJY

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  17. Imagine me nodding, as if to say, "Thanks for letting me know- the paperback is ordered. The TV will be heading to the trash soo... hey, wait a minute! I didn't see it on MY TV...


    And I better never...

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    1. And just imagine us nodding back like this, not knowing what we're nodding at, but just nodding suggestively for the sake of nodding.

      [im]https://66.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_mbgja6amUA1qb9nyp.gif[/im]

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  18. I am trying to remember all the nodding in the 80's TV shows. I know magnum nodded and mugged for the camera when he was in the Farrari. Charles Ingalls nodded on occasion at the end of Little Outhouse on the Prairie but can't remember much more. I do remember the laugh tracks of the early shows but they were in front of a live studio audience. By the way, if you have ever watched I Love Lucy and you hear that loud laugh which sounds like Desi...it is and the "oh,oh" followed by laughter is Lucille Ball's mother. The execs used this even in Mary Tyler Moore. What I do remember from the 80's was the harsh cheek splash going from the cheek all the way into the woman's hair line.

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    1. It was usually cheesy action shows where the lead characters nodded at each other at the end as a sign of a job well done. Some TV executive asked, "How can we wrap up a show without saying a single word?" And thus the mutual nod was born.

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  19. Your book has been added to my reading list. I could use some good laughs. And you're still at #49 on Amazon!! That's a helluva lot better than any of my books have ever done. I don't think they've ever left a spot in the six digits....

    Date update has been posted, but I warn you, it's not very exciting.

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    1. Hey, thanks! We're just happy we don't have to be those lonely weirdos selling photocopied, stapled "novels" to their friends and family and pretty much no one else.

      I'm going to predict before I go over there: "He asked if I wanted to check out his equipment, because it was gigantic. I was excited until we spent 2 hours looking at all the features of a John Deere tractor."

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  20. I know exactly what you mean. And I just HATED how every episode of 'ALL IN THE FAMILY' ended with Archie and Meathead giving each other that "understanding nod".

    Oh, wait. That was the '70s. So... maybe it didn't happen too much (ever) on 'AITF'. I must be thinking of some other show where I hated that.

    ~ D-FensDogG
    'Loyal American Underground'

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    1. You're thinking of Archie Bunker's place. Great show. I always loved when Archie hopped into his talking Trans Am with Mr. T and complained to him about how ALF ate his cat, all while dropping his famous catchphrases like "I'LL have what SHE'S having!" and "Well excuuuuUUUUuuuuse me!"

      Ah, the 80s. A golden era of television.

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    2. Oh, yes, and how just before he'd open the bar, Archie always said to the scantily-clad waitresses, "LET'S BE CAREFUL OUT THERE!", and then he'd give that stupid little nod.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jmg86CRBBtw

      The '80s: Where brain cells went to die.
      (Most of mine died by drowning.)

      ~ D-FensDogG
      'Loyal American Underground'

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    3. Hey, you joke, but that show had some of the most fearsome, bloodthirsty Irish street thugs I've ever seen.

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  21. Must be because of the nodding head critters some people have in the back of their car windows. Makes people want to do the same thing. OR was it the beginning of Bro-love? Male bonding, etc. Men felt so left out after all the fuss about women breaking a few barriers. That nod is one of those - I'm ok, you're ok thing.

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    1. Other B and I never nod at each other like this, so what you're saying is that we need to take our bro-love to the next level. I'm going to need to order a LOT of bobbleheads.

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  22. Congratulations on the big belly flop splash your new book is making on Amazon. Impressive, dudes! Keep it up. (Um, that "it" wasn't meant to be suggestive... just so you know, I'm now nodding my head at you guys...)

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    1. Thanks! And we're just both over here like
      [im]https://media4.giphy.com/media/26CalmkpfFU3io3yU/200.gif[/im]

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  23. I've never noticed the cheesy nod. I'll try to watch for it. Congratulations on whipping Catch 22's butt.

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. Next we're coming for Dave Barry. That unfunny socks-with-sandals-wearing senior citizen has no idea what's coming for him.

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  24. That doesn't make sense at all.


    That TV would only last 5 seconds before someone scooped it out of the trash.

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    1. We try to keep things light around here. That's the same reason we cropped out the two homeless guys fucking in the dumpster beside it.

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  25. I'm working my way through your book. Pretty funny stuff.

    *nods*

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    1. Glad to hear it!

      [im]http://gifsec.com/wp-content/uploads/GIF/2014/03/yes-nod-Rainn-Wilson-Dwight-Schrute-The-Office-GIF.gif?gs=a[/im]

      (I wonder if we're ever going to run out of awkward nodding gifs? ...Probably not)

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  26. Oh, my, this is so funny. I'm selfishly thinking of all the things you could do with my face - my book cover, that is.

    You soared past Catch 22 also? That gives me happy goosebumps. That book is such a classic. The #1 spot is clearly within reach and view.

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    1. Oh yes, we've mastered idiotically simple moves like nodding and smiling and eye closing. You're going to be beyond not impressed when you see all of that eye movement.

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  27. Don't recall much American tv in the 80s but I was a child and back then children spent daylight hours outside.

    We'll done with the book, my copy is in a holding pattern waiting for me to finish my current book.

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    1. As children we spent our days outside but our nights indoors, and that's when bad 80s primetime TV always chose to strike. There was no avoiding ALF. You just couldn't.

      We hope you enjoy the book. We can guarantee that it's way better than a talking alien muppet that eats cats.

      [im]https://i.ytimg.com/vi/6yuTq4Ql4y8/hqdefault.jpg[/im]

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  28. You broke the top ten on Amazon? That's fucking awesome! As for the comic...I'm just saying I've done the cheesy nod. If it still happens in real life I don't mind it still happening in movies and on TV.

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    1. Thanks! We were pretty shocked and/or impressed with ourselves! And maybe we just don't have enough people worth nodding at in our everyday lives, and this is our way of lashing out. Or not.

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  29. Guess I never noticed, but then I don't watch a lot of TV shows anyway. Nobody does it much on Jeopardy, at least, not as an ending.

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    1. That would be a fantastic ending, though.

      *FINAL JEOPARDY*
      Contestant, for all of the money: "What is the war of 1812?"
      Alex: knowing nod
      Contestant: knowing nod
      Fade to black

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    2. Think you are thinking more of Want to be a Millionaire. Actually, I think Alex does do the knowing nod now and again.

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  30. LMAO about this comic...I never thought about that nod before. Maybe I haven't watched enough 80s TV? Which is funny, because that's the only decade where I watched any at all.

    Congrats on the book! Can't wait to read it!

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    1. "I haven't watched enough 80s TV" is something that I don't think I've ever heard someone say, and actually mean it.

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    1. Captain America doesn't need a damn boyfriend either as a shitty gimmick! There, we said it!

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  32. WOO HOO on stomping Vonnegut's butt! (Even though he's dead, it still counts.) Now we'll all be able to cling to your wildly successful adventure as if we had some part in its creation, saying we knew you before you were incredibly famous. I'm seriously impressed and really happy for you both.

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    1. Thanks! We almost felt bad about beating up a dead guy, but he can't feel it, so I'm sure he's fine. Also, realistically, we have a LOOOOONG way to go before we beat him on total sales across all books, so... One step at a time.

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  33. I love the 80's nod! Now that I think about it, maybe I should've ended all of our family talks like that instead of with hugs and "I love you's"...our family would've been so cool! Like the Tanner's and the Huxtable's and oh wait, never mind...

    Congrats on making it to #8. I need to leave you a review. Your book was awesome! I'm a slacker. I'll do better!!

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    1. You end your family talks with hugs and I love yous? We end ours with bodyslams and high fives. We are quite dysfunctional.

      And remember, you're talking to the two slacker kings. You've got nothing on us!

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  34. Yep. Totally cheesy!

    Congrats on your book. I bought it, but haven't yet read it. It's in the Kindle "pile."

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    1. Oh yes, the infamous pile. We look forward to your thoughts on the book in 7 months when you finally reach it!

      (We both have piles like that. And thank you, of course! You rock!)

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  35. Congrats!! Hope it continues to rise.
    Can't wait to get your suggested book!
    And your comics are priceless.

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    1. Thanks, thanks, and thanks again! We have nothing witty to say to your highly flattering comment, so here's a picture of a kid sliding down a giant cheese grater.

      [im]https://www.fugly.com/media/IMAGES/Random/cheese_grater_slide.jpg[/im]

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  36. Those young kids today can turn anything into foreplay! In the words of Barney Fife , "A wink is as good as a nod to a blind mule." Hysterical cartoon! Congrats on soaring to the top ten with such impressive company!

    Julie

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    1. "What's the matter? Haven't you ever seen a man nod at another man before, Andy?" - Barney Fife, probably

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  37. Congrats on the amazon sales!!

    (And nice work on the cartoon gifing!)

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    1. Thanks and thanks again! Next thing you know we're going to be making videos. Or GIFs that are slightly less shitty.

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  38. Your book seems to be rated higher than Catch-2 as well. It's official: Bryan and Brandon are better writers than Joseph Heller.

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    1. Well, I don't know about that, but being in the same conversation with Heller is much more flattering than, say, being in the same conversation with the Kardashian kids.

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  39. Woot woot! I totally missed the book release last week. (Sorry.) Life, eh? HUGE congrats and climbing the charts. I hope sales stay super strong.

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    1. Hey, it's alright, we were so busy we practically missed it ourselves. Thanks!

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