Acknowledgments — Unabridged

When I wrote Penguins with People Problems, I knew I wanted to write an acknowledgments section at the back of the book, but I felt a little self-conscious about it. Because, come on — this is 112 pages of bird-comics. Wouldn’t it be kind of pretentious to go on and on and ON about how it came into the world? Wouldn’t it sound sort of … “I’d like to thank the Academy?”

So I kept it brief in the book. But here, where I can run on as long as I damn well please, is the longer version. We shall now wallow in gratitude! I would like to say the biggest THANK YOU to:

Everyone at Perigee Books, especially John, who is brilliant and… can I say my publisher is adorable? Because I think he is. Brilliant and adorable. And also Brianna, who is such a powerhouse; and Amanda, whom I’ve applied to adopt — sorry Amanda’s mom, she’s mine now. And Jillian and the Beaks & Geeks badasses and… everyone, really. All the folks at Penguin Random House who work in other imprints and who came up to me last week in New York and hugged me as if I were their own author. And Meg, who found me. MEG!

Penguins taking a meeting in their publisher's office.
Penguins taking a meeting in their publisher’s office.
At BookExpo America and BookCon in New York, the penguins and I got to visit with folks at the Penguin Random House book truck. The original plan was for me to sign books and draw penguins for an hour one day and an hour the next day. The lines grew so long that I ended up drawing and signing for 2.5 hours one day and 2 hours the next. My thumb is kind of sore, but I don't know if I've ever met so many nice people. Thank you to everyone who came!
At BookExpo America and BookCon in New York, the penguins and I got to visit with folks at the Penguin Random House book truck. The original plan was for me to sign books and draw penguins for an hour one day and an hour the next day. The lines grew so long that I ended up drawing and signing for 2.5 hours one day and 2 hours the next. My thumb is kind of sore, but I don’t know if I’ve ever met so many nice people. Thank you to everyone who came!

Kristyn, who is not just my agent but also my very funny friend. (Also, my agent is cuter than everyone else’s agent.)

Oleg, who is a magician.

Rachel F., who is a mythical wizardess made of dynamite and sugar.

Tumblr, which has one helluva new lobby. Now I want to install a cold coffee tap in my kitchen.

In New York last week, Tumblr held a brunch in honor of 10 authors. They threw us the most wonderful party ever and invited a bunch of really fun booknerds, and it was amazing.
In New York last week, Tumblr held a brunch in honor of 10 authors. They threw us the most wonderful party ever and invited a bunch of really fun booknerds, and it was amazing.
One of the most fun things about last week was getting to hang out in person with people I usually interact with by phone and email, like the deliciously wonderful team at Perigee Books.
One of the most fun things about last week was getting to hang out in person with people I usually interact with by phone and email, like the deliciously wonderful team at Perigee Books.

KJ Dell’Antonia, who has allowed me so much space in the fabulous Motherlode column of The New York Times over the last year and a half and who dreamed up the “Penguins with Parent Problems” mini-series. She’s a dream herself.

WordPress.com for being so insanely supportive of this site, where my every weird idea starts out.

Every single person at Parnassus Books in Nashville. Especially Sissy who got me there and Niki who fueled my plans with chips and cheese, and Karen and Ann who actually hired me. And Steph and Grace and Nathan and Bill and Miriam and Sarah and Ginger and Cat and Ashton who took care of my house while I was in New York and whom I’m also adopting even though she’s leaving and Tristan who saved my dog and Kathy and Mary Grey and Margy and Pete and Mythili and Lindsay and Yash. Andy’s OK too, I guess. Thank you for letting me work a schedule flexible enough to allow for penguin promotion. Please never fire me.

There's nowhere else I'd want to launch this baby than at Parnassus Books.
There’s nowhere else I’d want to launch this baby than at Parnassus Books.
This is a friend who showed up at Parnassus in full penguin costume. ARE YOU EVEN KIDDING ME RIGHT NOW.
This is a friend who showed up at Parnassus in full penguin costume. ARE YOU EVEN KIDDING ME RIGHT NOW.

Heidi, who made my cool graphics for book tour.

The most wonderful assortment of friends who are probably super-tired of hearing about penguins but who listen anyway: LJ; Brittany; my beloved Davidson girls; JD, my brotha from anotha motha; the incomparable Loose Women Book Club (special shout to Emmely for being spontaneously thrown into the role of photographer at the launch party); all my awesome buds back in Atlanta; the fellow writers I hang out with virtually and in real life; and those friends whom I’ve connected with online one way or another, all of whom count as real friends even if we’ve never met.

Every person who hit “like” or “share” or “reblog” when they saw a penguin they thought was funny. And every person who emailed me through my site to say the penguin of the day surely HAD to be them or their sister or their friend and how did I KNOW??

#FlatLiam and Fluffy Liam are making sure to get plenty of rest everywhere we go. (I like to leave them tucked in like this to entertain the folks from housekeeping.)
#FlatLiam and Fluffy Liam are making sure to get plenty of rest everywhere we go. (I like to leave them tucked in like this to entertain the folks from housekeeping.)

Mom and Dad!

JP and MG and WC — because although the book is dedicated to Matt Damon, my life is dedicated to you. 

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penguins_square_1 (1)PENGUINS WITH PEOPLE PROBLEMS is officially available wherever you buy books TODAY!

PS: There are some photos from the New York and Nashville launch festivities on Tumblr and Facebook and Twitter and Instagram and all that jazz.

PPS: BREAKING NEWS — HOLD THE PHONE, JOAN — GET A GRIP, SKIP — STOP THE PRESS, JESS: #PenguinsWithPeopleProblems are on BUZZFEED TODAY! 

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