Coming out of Comic-Con, there are lots of upcoming appearances to share with you. Let’s review:
LOS ANGELES, AUG 9th: This is the big book launch party for “Living Dangerously (With Saturated Fats)”. Here’s the earlier announcement with directions, times, etc.
BALTIMORE, OCT 10-11th: I’ll be back for a second year in Baltimore …but this time as a Harvey Award nominee!
LOS ANGELES, NOV 15th: I’ll be lecturing about comics at the prestigious Hammer Museum of Art. More info as we get closer!
CALGARY, APR 24-25, 2010: Big news, Canada: It’s my first show north of the border! Do you remember when I asked Sheldonistas which international show I should attend in 2010? Well, as a result of Sheldon readers contacting the show, I’m now invited as a special guest of the Calgary Comic Expo in 2010! WARM UP THE HUGS, CANADA. And for all you folks in Toronto saying I should come to *that* show: Know that it’s up to you! E-mail the organizers of the Toronto Comicon and suggest they have me as a guest: If they invite me, I’ll be up there in a heartbeat.
First things first: THANK YOU to everyone who came out to San Diego Comic-Con. It was a fantastic five days of laughter and sketches and high-fives and good times. To be able to get out there and meet you all at conventions means a lot to me. I will admit it: The kind words you share about the strip at conventions…? I carry those with me all through the year. So thank you for that!
Thanks also to the three or four English Sheldonistas who brought me Hobnobs cookies from the UK. I and my expanding waistline thank you…they were amazing.
We gave out all the free Dilly Duck prints by Thursday morning and sold out of all the “Pugs” and “Living Dangerously” books we brought (and almost all of the “Nerds on Parade” books as well). Surprisingly, to mostly new readers. Thank you to everyone who dragged their friends/cousins/office mates over to the booth to introduce them to the strip. That means a lot.
This year, I was in a corner booth in a fantastic location, and it seems like everyone found us pretty easily. I shared the booth with my co-authors and friends Kris Straub and Brad Guigar. I laugh all weekend with these two, and miss them greatly when the convention ends. They are two of the most naturally funny guys you could ever want to meet. If you’re not familiar with their work, do yourself a favor and check them out.
On another note: If you took any photos at SDCC of your Sheldon sketch, your high-five, etc., please e-mail ’em to me! Cap’n Forgetful forgot to take pics, and I’d love to show folks how the show went. Thanks!
Oh, and one last thing: The new Sheldon book will be going on sale after the Book Launch party on August 9th. More news on both of those later in the week!
A quick heads-up for Sheldonistas coming to San Diego Comic-Con: All Sheldon Original Art is $25-off at the show. Your favorite strip involving Lord of the Rings? Bam. 25 smackers off. How about the one onBluetooth headsets or Aquaman? Bam. $25 off.
All I ask is that you e-mail meto tell me which strips you’re interested in. Here’s why! Every year, people get to the show, and say “I’d like to get the strip about XYZ, please,” not realizing that there are 3,000 strips, and I couldn’t possibly bring them all. So please drop me a note. TRUST ME: You-from-four-days-from-now will be thanking the you-from-today. And me-from-today will be high-fivin’ a happy you-from-four-days-from-now.*
*Note: Both you-from-seven-days-from-now and me-from-seven-days-from-now will be sad, though, because SDCC will be over, and we’ll be back to our normal routine.
If I can take a personal moment, I want to publicly congratulate my parents on something pretty fantastic:
Today, my folks celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary! Which is pretty darn impressive, no matter how you slice it. 50! They renewed their vows with all their kids and grandkids gathered ’round, and we all had a pretty spectacular day. Congrats, Mom & Dad!
Glornak, as you’ll recall, first made his Sheldon appearance in this strip… and then went on to star in this bumper sticker.
Sheldonista Christine B. has brought ol’ Glornak to life, though, using the awesome power of knitting.
Here’s a scale shot of Christine’s hand-made Glornak next to a water bottle:
But then, as Christine tells me, “I realized that what the picture really needed was terrified little people running from Glornak. Then, I realized that no, that wasn’t right. Glornak needed to be facing down a whole bunch of little green army men.” Et, voila! Notice that Glornak has trapped one of them under his (assumedly) slimy appendages.
Even better, Christine started to lose her daylight while taking the shots, requiring her to move to flash photography. The results were suitably dramatic:
My favorite shot is this one, though. It feels like 1950’s B-Movie. “Attack of the 400-Foot Potato” or something.
Christine wanted everyone to know that “… in the end the green army men were victorious, though they suffered heavy losses. After an extensive rehabilitation period and continuing anger management therapy, Glornak has found a new home with Tim, Susan, Jimmy, Becky and Spot. He is extremely proud of his place in their “Our family” sticker and says that whenever he feels the urge to go on a rampage, he remembers that, how it symbolizes just how far he’s come, and it calms him back down.”
Cartoonist Daryl Cagle, I believe, coined a phrase in editorial cartooning for the real-life scenario when five separate editorial cartoonists end up doing the exact same joke on the topic-of-the-day: “The Yahtzee”.
As I’m finding out from readers this morning, the setup of today’s strip was already tackled — and tackled funnier — by the strip xkcd.
As a cartoonist, when you accidentally go to the same concept like that, my gut tells me the only intellectually honest thing to do is acknowledge the first cartoon as soon as you find out about it. It’s bound to happen after 3,000 Sheldon strips, but it’s an embarrassing bummer nonetheless.
My apologies to Randall Munroe, the creator of xkcd. You got there first, and you tackled the topic way funnier.
I’ve started crack-a-lackin’ on drawing all 300 Artist Edition copies of “Living Dangerously (With Saturated Fats). They’ll all be going on sale in the second week of August. But! In the meantime, check out the artistic flourish that I ended up giving to the #1 book!
(…and here’s another little Arthur on the facing page…)
It came out so awesome that I want to separate it out from the rest of the bunch (where it would go out completely randomly to whoever hit the Paypal button the fastest). So! For the true Uber-Sheldonista out there who wants the best of the Artist Editions, here’s your chance to have it on your bookshelf! Shipping for this book is FREE in the U.S., and we’ll start the ball rolling at 1 penny for it….’cause I’d rather let you guys decide what it’s worth.
1.) There’s a new Sheldon shirt just for folks pug-lovers: “Anatomy of a Pug”! Check it out…
2.) “Lucky Duck” shirts are now available for dudes! That’s right, fellas, we heard you: Now there are women’s AND men’s sizes!
3.) By popular request, “Mind of a Ninja, Body of a Manatee” shirts now go as large as 4XL! Which, as you’ve told us repeatedly, is only appropriate!
4.) Also, I’m excited to say we have a new and super-stylin’ place for Sheldon shirts! You guys already know that Sheldon books, original art and more can be found at the Sheldon Store — and that’ll still be true — but now the folks at Topatoco will be handling all our shirts! This means we’ll have more new shirts, larger size selections, and faster restocking than ever before. “Anatomy of a Pug” is just the first of many shirts we’ll be adding to classics like Coffee: It’s What’s For Dinner.
We have entered the long-prophesized Golden Age of T-shirts, my friends. 🙂