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Nov 14, 2006
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Volunteers Needed!

Tuesday, November 14, 2006 - 09:15 PM

First, from today's strip: Rex Chestington rides again! If there's one thing that I enjoy drawing, it's a duck in a cowboy hat. These are some of my favorite storylines, so I'll hope you'll indulge me as Rex, Li'l Britches, and Flaco head out on the dusty trail for a while.

But the thing I particularly wanted to talk about today was volunteers. The strip transcriptions are going really well...so much so that I'm realizing I have now become the bottleneck. See, the system allows anyone to transcribe a strip, but right now only I can edit and approve them before they go "live". And the truth of it is, I can't keep up with all you folks transcribing!

So here's what I'm thinking: if you've been transcribing strips, and really enjoying it, you should consider becoming one of three select Sheldon Editors. These three primo Sheldon readers would have the power to edit and approve all transcriptions. It's like having the power of the sun! And to help sweeten the pot even more, these three folks will also get a personalized package of goodies:

- An original, "finished" character sketch of their choosing, drawn on Bristol vellum paper, using archival india inks (perfect for framing)

- Personally inscribed copies of "The Good, The Bad & The Pugly" and "Pure Ducky Goodness"

- A high-five any time I walk by

If you're interested, and have strong enough editorial chops to pass muster, e-mail me with the subject heading "Sheldon Editor", and I'll tell you the next steps on Thursday.

Thanks!
Dave

PS: If you hadn't yet seen it, here's the cover for the second Sheldon book, "The Good, The Bad & The Pugly". Special pre-orders will start on Sunday night...but only for newsletter subscribers! So make sure you sign up!

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Kindness Returned

Tuesday, November 14, 2006 - 06:07 AM

I woke up this morning to a message from my friend Scott Kurtz, telling me I should check out the old Sheldon page at Comics.com. It seems they are kindly linking readers to the new site, and letting them know the end-date.

A kindness like that should be returned. But rather than link just to Get Fuzzy or Pearls Before Swine -- arguably the two best strips to come along in the last decade -- I'll recommend to you one of the best new strips on Comics.com: LITTLE DEE. There is something -- and I know I'm going to sound silly when I say this -- magical about that strip. It has an almost other-worldly sweetness that few, few strips achieve. And the art style, particularly that of Vachel the vulture, is almost Watterson-esque in it's simple, expressive line. It is original, it is amazingly creative, and it is funny. If this strip doesn't make it into papers, then there really is no hope for the future of syndication.

Please check out Little Dee at Comics.com.

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