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Thanks, Emerald City Comic-Con!

I just wanted to extend a huge thanks on behalf of myself and the Blank Label Comics crew to Jim Demonakos and the folks at ECCC. The convention was top-notch — and I thoroughly enjoyed myself. Whenever they’d like to invite me again, I’ll be there in a heartbeat.

Even bigger thanks to all the Sheldon readers who came out to say “Hi”. In addition to all the Seattlites (Satellites? Seattlerons? sp?), we had folks from Oregon, Canada, and even three separate Aussies! You guys made my day.

Also: I forgot to bring my camera…so if you’re a Sheldon reader who took some photos (and many of you did), forward them along, as I’d love to see them. And if you don’t mind them being shared, I’ll post them up for everyone to see. Thanks!

The Great Coffee Cup Lid Challenge

And so it begins! Today is day one in trying to find six days of funny out of a thin, circular piece of plastic!

If you remember, the lads behind Unshelved threw down the gauntlet a few weeks back, challenging me to a one-week duel of comics…where the topic is the mundane, unfunny, thoroughly boring coffee cup lid. And today the battle royale starts!

And you! You will be able to tell your grandchildren you were there, at “The Great Coffee Cup Lid Challenge”! You were among the throngs that watched as two comic strips tried desperately (emphasis on desperately) to find something funny to say about plastic coffee cup lids! You were among those who paraded the victor through the streets, like the ancient Roman Triumphs of old! And you were there as the mob proceeded to sack the home of the losing cartoonist, taking all of their moderately-priced furniture for their own!

So make sure you add Unshelved to your daily reading list…then sit back and enjoy the show.

(Sidenote: I highly suspect that, by day six, we’ll both be dipping into old Vaudeville jokes about seltzer water, desperately looking for anything funny to say about coffee cup lids).


As one sci-fi lover to another, allow me to lean in close to relay this in serious tones:

Firefly is some of the best sci-fi to ever originate from TV. If you haven’t yet seen it, do yourself a favor and get the DVDs.

My wife and I missed the show when it originally aired (as did most people, in all honesty). But when we popped the DVDs in, we were totally enthralled. And a little heartbroken when we got to the last one. It was one of those brilliant shows that was killed long before its time — and for all the wrong reasons.

So if you haven’t seem ’em, rent ’em! Well worth the watch.

Also: my my buddy Kris Straub has a pretty brilliant take on the Future/Cowboy/Mandarin language structure of the show. After you’ve watched the DVD, check out his character Zillionfor a laugh.

Also! Tomorrow! The Star Wars storyline has to go on hold for the big six-day contest between myself and the Unshelved guys! Who can make the most funny out of coffee cup lids? Man, I hope it’s me! If not, don’t hate me!