“Please Draw Godzilla on the Box”

I guess I have a weird sense of humor but about a year ago I was delighted to hear of someone filling in the “Special Notes” sections of online order forms with off-the-wall requests for drawings on the box. The one that made me chuckle the most was “Please draw Godzilla on the box.” Making that kind of peculiar request to everything from pizza places to Etsy stores was just the kind of unusual habit I like to pick up. Over the past year or so I’ve been filling the comment box with precisely this request. I was curious to see which of my suppliers would indulge such inanity.  Turns out seminary bookstores don’t. Nor does Amazon.com. Neither do conservation suppliers, clothing stores, or office supply stores. I had just about given up hope until the other day my box of conservation assessment carbonless forms arrived. When I picked up the box, I puzzled for a moment. “What is that?”, my wife asked. And then it dawned on me. “Godzilla! They did it! They actually drew Godzilla for me!”

And what a Godzilla it is! I would have been content with a 1 minute reptile doodle but no, look at the detail! The details are all terrifyingly terrific: the scales, the flame-like spine, the menacing look in his eye – it’s all there! I don’t know much about Mark, the artist, but his art degree is apparently being put to good use at Carbonless on Demand. Godzilla is now cut out and resting right above our shop door watching over us as we work.

So here’s to customer service!

We at M&T will probably not going to be able to draw Godzilla for you but we are planning again to bend over backwards to wax seal and wrap all orders through our store like last time. The new cards and sealing wax have arrived so Tanya is rolling up her sleeves. She tells me she’s stoked to tackle it all herself this time around. (I’m hoping she’s just as enthusiastic after the first few thousand!)

As she’s working on the seals, I am finalizing details for the packing party on Jan 6th and 7th. There are so many details about food, etc that need to be nailed down finally. Mike and I have been completely shocked and delighted to see how many people are planning on coming. We’ve been getting emails from tons of unbelievably generous people simply excited to be a part of this. I mean, we were even discussing flight schedules with folks. People are flying out to help with this! The generosity of people like this makes crazy things like this wrapping sustainable.

If you are interested in joining in the festivities, please email us asap at info@mortiseandtenonmag.com. In the next few days, I’ll need more concrete numbers for food, etc. You can find the details of the event here.


Issue Two is so close I can almost feel it in my hands! If you haven’t yet ordered, you’ve got until Saturday to get free shipping!



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