You really need to go see the Web site for ArmadilloCon 30, at which I am the Guest of Honor. You’ll understand why when you get there.

I am deeply amused.

26 Comments on “Ha!”

  1. I’m with Steve on the bubbles.

    I don’t know how it is with armadillos in y’alls neck of the woods, but these should have their feet in the air if their Texan.

    Lastly, a Con this far south! To see the book tours of my favorite authors and the prominent con locations I assumed you guys thought we couldn’t read down here.

  2. Very clever takeoff. I second Steve’s confusion — do couch potatoes dream fart electric armadillos?

  3. Douglas,

    Why did the chicken cross the road? To prove to the armadillo it could be done. If they’re Texan, that is.

  4. That’s AWESOME.

    As for where the “thought bubbles” are emanating from…didn’t someone in that book cause an interstellar incident with farts?

  5. 1. Extremely cool with Haldeman there.

    2. It appears that you are becoming (have become?) a con slut John. Offer a GoH position and you’ll go anywhere and appear with anyone

    3. I hereby announce SADCON to be held in Tacoma in February where the sufferers of Seasonal Affective Disorder, brought to their knees by the lack of daylight and the surfeit of precipitation desperately attempt to break free of this suffocating gloom by telling sheep jokes, fart jokes, and celebrating the intellectual, literary, and emotional freedom inherent in SF. I also hereby invite you to be the GoH for the honorarium of a bus ticket from Dayton and all the food you can eat from the nearest In ‘n Out Burger which, unfortunately, is in Redding CA.

    Old Jarhead

  6. You and Joe H could co-write a book – Old Man’s War goes on Forever (or perhaps not).

    Wonder how I can convince my wife I need to be in Austin next August (a bit tricky, since I live in Yorkshire).

  7. Well played, ArmadilloCon, well played. I LMAO at this for a good long while.

  8. Now that was LOL funny!
    Isn’t it said that “parody is the most sincere form of flattery”?
    They must think quite highly of our Esteemed Overlord, teh Scalzi, yes?

  9. Okay… color me confused. What’s the joke? I see a cartoon of a yellow couch potato on a yellow stuffed chair with green thought bubbles leading to four white armadillo silhouettes of different sizes on a shaded turquoise “sky” background.

    The couch potato is slouched in the chair, holding a (closed) book, in front of an unused footstool and floor lamp.

    And the text says

    “Armadillocon 30
    August 15-17, 2008 | Austin, TX

    Guest of Honor: John Scalzi
    Artist Guest of Honor: Dean Morrissey
    Fan Guest of Holor: Kelly Persons
    Toastmaster: Bill Crider
    Special Guests: Joe & Gay Haldeman

    ArmadilloCon is a literary science-fiction convention held annually in Austin, with several hundred attendees. The primary focus of ArmadilloCon is literary science fiction, but that’s not all we do — we also pay attention to art, animation, science, media, and gaming. Every year, dozens of professional writers, artists and editors attend the convention. Sometimes they come to make deals, but more often they come to have fun!

    3-Day memberships are $30 each until April 25, 2008.
    Make checks payable to ArmadilloCon 30 | PO Box 26442, Austin, TX 78755.

    Download the flyer
    Buy your membership online

    Copyrights and trademarks for any films are held by their respective owners and their use is allowed under the fair use clause of the Copyright Law.
    Copyright © 2007-2011. Sponsored by F.A.C.T. Web design by Kimm Antell”

    Exactly what part of that is funny? Should I recognize that couch potato picture from somewhere?