Hopefully none of you will be surprised by my announcement that less than 24 hours remain of the pre-order period for Schlock Mercenary: The Blackness Between. Still, I expect to get email sometime tomorrow from SOMEBODY who missed out on my repeated haranguing, and it will fall on me to pass the sad story along to Sandra, pleading, and she will say "LEAVE ME ALONE I'M BUSY PRINTING LABELS." Still sitting on the fence? This book is 20% longer than the first one, with a much more action-packed story AND bonus story. The colors are rich and vibrant, the pages are glossy and beautiful, and we've managed to turn down the volume on the "new book smell" so it's not quite so overpowering this time around. If you don't have the first book, well... now would be a great time to buy BOTH books, and spread the shipping cost between the two. Every book we ship (both Under New Management and The Blankness Between) will be signed, and the pair make for a great gift -- especially for Schlockers who don't know they're Schlockers yet. Like your crazy uncle who won't read comics on the web, or that sister of yours who is always complaining about dial-up speeds. But if you're planning to pre-order, do it today. Scratch that. Do it NOW. Today is almost over.