3000! Congrats Dave! Here's to many more.
I can't thank you guys enough for reading the strip, these past eleven years. Thank you for the e-mails and the kind words; the high-fives and hugs at conventions; and all the support you've shown through the Sheldon Store. It's never lost on me what a blessing my job is -- that I get to make people laugh for a living. So thank you! Thank you for making this strip possible!
AAAAAND IT'S CONTEST TIME!
Want to win a free piece of Sheldon Original Art from the archives? Be the first one to *correctly name or identify* all the characters in the 3,000th strip, and you'll get your pick of any strip in the archive! Here's what you do:
1.) Download the entry form, either as a Word document
or as a
Rich Text Format file.
2.) Type out the correct name of each character next to the appropriate number (as seen in the outlined comic image, below). If you're entry form lists "33" characters, just disregard that, with apologies. It should be "32". (I'm on the road in SD, and can't fix it.)
3.) Get super stumped at the random characters that appeared in only one strip, and curse my name a little bit.
4.) E-mail me the completed entry form. Make sure your e-mail has the subject heading "3000th Strip Contest!".
5.) Be the first e-mail submitted with all the characters correctly named/identified....and WIN!
EDITED TO NOTE: We have a winner! Congrats to Aaron Smith, who nailed it in record time of 1:45 after the strip posted.
So I s'pose I can just list the names, now:
1.) Ed McMammoth
2.) Master Control Program
3.) Mr. T
4.) Tom Bombadil
5.) Baby Admiral Ackbar
6.) The Duck
7.) Dilly Duck (a la Krazy Kat)
8.) Comic Sans
9.) Adam the A-Bomb (from the Crotchley Labs strips)
10.) Larry the Idiot Bird)
12.) Coco the Mime, member of the crime-fighting team, Academie Francaise
14.) Torvak: Vulcan Party Planner
15.) Alfred Lord Tennyson
16.) George Lucas
18.) Jeannie the Girl Scout
19.) Mr. Flahco (a la Krazy Kat)
20.) Arthur, from the future, with hair plants
21.) Li'l Baby Duck
22.) The Troubler
23.) Chuck Norris
25.) JRR Tolkien (drunk)
27.) The Living Embodiment of Wikipedia
28.) Dave Kellett
30.) The Laughing Buddha
31.) The "Hush" lady from "Goodnight Moon"
ORIGINAL ART FOR THE 3,000th STRIP
If you're interested, the original art for the 3,000th strip is up for grabs.
The artwork for this comic was, to put it mildly a tad more labor intensive than the usual. It was a maaaaaarathon, drawing this puppy. It ended up being the biggest inked piece I've ever done, coming in at 13"x10". Most amazingly, there is not a single blemish or mistake on the entire piece...despite there being a ga-jillion different characters on it.
So! Rather than let it go to the Sheldonista who got to the site first at 12:05 in the morning...I thought I'd put the original art up on eBay. You can check it out HERE.
I'm starting the bidding at $0.01, because I'd rather leave it up to you guys to decide what it's worth.
My truest and sincerest Congrats Dave! I can't start my day without your strip anymore! Cubs is right though, unless I'm missing it, there's only 32 awesome-sauce characters up there...unless the "texas fist" counts as two...haha.
WHOOHOO! And I almost went to bed when I couldn't figure out who number 27 was.
PS. I only knew who 28 was because Dave posted on Twitter that he was drawing himself into the strip. #stalkingcartoonistshasfinallypaidoff
I still ended up going through about 5 years of archives to find the ones I didn't know by sight.
Wow, bidding is going high fast! Too rich for my blood, but awesome on you, Dave. The bit about you being #28 was tricky, since you've actually appeared in your strip once before, and you looked different that time. Still, context counts for that one. Well done for the guy who guessed it so fast.
And hey, well done on 3000 strips over 11 years. That's accomplishment! Your webcomic is now officially older than Sheldon himself!