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Posted 2006-12-19 by Tony Walsh
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Users of the virtual world Second Life may now order the He Is Just a Rat comic book series, written and drawn by Tony Walsh (that's me, you fool), exclusively through SLBoutique. Buyers receive not only a virtual T-shirt for their avatar, but 5 real-life comic books delivered to their door--and I'll optionally sign the comics in each package for the first 50 orders. Ordering details here.

Although I plan to test out virtual-item sales in 2007, this effort is mostly about clearing out my house of boxes of real comic books. Even though I sold thousands of the comics back in the mid-1990s, there are still a few hundred left of the various issues. I'm charging L$2000 for the comic orders, which covers postage, the envelope, and my time preparing each package. The He Is Just a Rat bundle is one of the few real-life items offered by, a service I've found to be very well designed and implemented.
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Comment posted by Kristian Ming
December 19, 2006 @ 3:13 pm
And this is where SLB falls flat on it's face. I want to buy this, right? I'm at work. I don't normally carry a balance in SLB. SLX I can either purchase Lindens through or they'll let me pay in cold, hard cash via paypal and pay you the lindens. :-/
Comment posted by Tony Walsh
December 19, 2006 @ 3:20 pm
Great feedback, thanks Kristian. I have mucked around with SLX, but not much. It is unfortunate you can't pay via PayPal on SLB (something I'll take into account long-term), but you can buy the books through PayPal directly if you like.
Comment posted by Kristian Ming
December 19, 2006 @ 3:27 pm
Excellent to know!
Comment posted by csven
December 19, 2006 @ 3:52 pm
Why not release virtual versions as a means to advertise inside SL and drive sales of the dead tree versions?
Comment posted by Tony Walsh
December 19, 2006 @ 4:04 pm
csven, it's something I had considered but chose not to do because it's too much work. Each comic book is about 40 pages long. That's about 200 pages I'd have to figure out what to do with. I don't think it's worth spending a day or two preparing an item like this. The problem this effort is meant to solve is "I want to get rid of boxes of mint-condition comic books at minimal personal cost and without resorting to incinerating them."

What I might do, if SL supported it, is publish a special edition comic in SL that uses HTML on a prim to display a series of my existing web strips. That would be minimal effort for a decent payoff.

The more effort I put into the virtual item, the greater the personal cost, and the more the item should cost in SL. I think L$2000 is pretty good for 5 40-page comic books via mail-order. Throw in complete virtual versions, and that price becomes way too low.

If you've got any suggestions, though, I'm happy to hear em.
Comment posted by csven
December 19, 2006 @ 4:29 pm
Sampler. Just like Lulu and others send out. Take a couple pages from each, upload the scans and "box" them. Drop the freebie off in a LL sandbox or pass it out without restrictions so that people can pass it on. Maybe a page or two will wind up as a picture on someone's virtual wall... with a URL of course. URL code can self-destruct after a set period of time.
Comment posted by Tony Walsh
December 19, 2006 @ 5:10 pm
Good idea -- I'll look into something like this in the new year. Holidays looming. Need booze.
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