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Support Sheldon!

Monday, August 31, 2015 - 01:03 PM

I'm trying something new with Sheldon, and I'd like to ask your support.

As you know, Sheldon has been ABSOLUTELY FREE to read, online, for 17 years. And that'll never change. But, I'd like to ask readers like you to consider supporting the strip financially, at a teeny amount...perhaps 25 cents a the style of NPR or PBS.

Here's why:
I hate web ads, just like you. They're the worst. But if I get rid of them on the site, I need an income stream to take their place. So I'm starting a Patreon campaign for Sheldon. And I'll hope you'll consider supporting.

Patreon is kind of like Kickstarter: But where Kickstarter exists for one-time projects (like a book), Patreon works for ongoing projects (like a comic strip). It lets readers directly support the art they love, with tiny little amounts. The goal is not for you to give a lot: The goal is actually to have lots of folks give a little. Because that all adds up.

So please consider becoming a patron of the arts, and support the strip HERE!

Here's the video to explain Patreon:

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Dyson Airblade

Monday, August 31, 2015 - 12:26 PM

I actually think the Airblade is a genius invention, but hooo nelly is there a major gap in its implementation. With paper towels, water's soaked up. With traditional air dryers, it's evaporated. With the Airblade: BAM, squeegeed right onto your shoes by a blade of air.

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New Process

Thursday, July 16, 2015 - 11:15 AM

For those of you who like it when I talk shop, I thought I'd show you the new way I'm trying out to create SHELDON.

Traditionally, I'd take a 6"x14" piece of paper, pencil the strip, ink over those pencils, erase, scan and color.

NOW....I'm replacing the pencils with a digital process, before I ink the strip the usual way. Here's how it works:

1.) I "pencil" out the strip on the computer, which allows for greater flexibility, manipulation, and experimentation.
2.) Then, when everything feels right, I print out that "pencilled" strip, and bring it to my drawing desk.
3.) Using a lightbox, I now hand-letter and ink the strip with archival inks on acid-free, Bristol vellum stock. This is exactly the same as how I've always done it...just that there's no pencil underneath my ink.
- When I've inked the "original art", I then scan and color the strip in Photoshop.

I've pasted a visual guide, below. And here's a much larger version, if you'd like to look in more detail [CLICK HERE].

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