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Sep 26, 2007
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On Being Spotted in Public

Wednesday, September 26, 2007 - 07:15 PM

Cartoonists are *never* spotted in public, so this story is a rare and wonderful tale to tell.

On Tuesday, for the first time, I was recognized in public by Sheldon readers.

It's one of the quirks of being a cartoonist: you can be Gary Trudeau or Jim Davis or Bill Amend -- and have millions and millions of readers -- and no one knows who the heck you are. (Point-of-fact: tons of folks think Brooke McEldowney, the cartoonist behind "9 Chickweed Lane", is a woman.)

Anyway, my wife and I were in Las Vegas these past few days on business for her work, and one afternoon I ducked away from the noisier parts of town looking for a quiet place to draw. (She and I aren't particularly huge "Vegas" fans. I find it to be a pretty depressing place -- which I'm sure is not the intended goal!) Anyway, I ducked out and found a big, quiet Barnes & Noble, ordered a giganto coffee, and got to work cartoonin'.

About 45 minutes in, I heard that very surreal phrase, "Excuse me, are you Dave Kellett?" ...and looked up to find two very kind Sheldon readers staring down at me. Once I got over the initial shock of A.) being spotted, B.) being spotted in a Barnes & Noble, and C.) being spotted in a Barnes & Noble in Las Vegas...I invited them both to sit down and chat.

Turns out they're brother and sister, are both Sheldon readers, and Gerhard is a cartoonist himself! He creates the wonderfully-drawn adventure The Far Reaches. So we ended up not only talking about Sheldon, but about comics in general, which was great fun.

So the moral of the story is this: if you want meaningful vacation moments in Vegas, you've got to leave The Strip, drive about 8 miles to the single bookstore in the city, and meet new people over a nice cuppa joe.

"Vegas: Come for the Endless Shrimp Cocktail, Stay for the Good Conversations."

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Glornak!

Wednesday, September 26, 2007 - 04:53 AM

All Hail Glornak the Ridiculous!

Wow! I have to say: I am VERY impressed to see how many folks responded to the Glornak decal idea.

At current count, I have 317 e-mails from folks saying they share my dorkiness, and want one for their car. Which is rad.

Lots of folks asked me if I could do a Glornak-only decal, or a decal customized with *their* family names...but alas, I'm not set up for that level of customization. And the templated family is half the fun, for me. But! Simple solution! Using the magic of scissors, I'm thinking you should be able to just slice off the templated family, and add Glornak to your existing decals. Huzzah for simple solutions!

I'll take the next few days to research ways to do a white-printed, clear-vinyl decal, and hopefully we'll have Glornak decals before I head out to Maryland's SPX ("Small Press Expo") on Oct. 12-13!

And for everyone who asked: I'll consider doing a Glornak t-shirt. Like you, my wife thought that would be a great idea.

...thanks again to everyone who e-mailed!

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