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A 2009 Thank You

Today, I had the fun opportunity to teach comics at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles: I mention it only because it was my last appearance for 2009.

Counting them up, I made eleven appearances around the U.S. in 2009. And in flipping through photos of each, I’m struck by how thankful I am to everyone who came out with high-fives and hugs and kind words at each event.

I’m mindful, every day, of how blessed I am to have a job like this. It’s a rare and wonderful thing. But one of the best parts of the job is getting to meet you in places like Miami, Seattle, San Diego, Virginia, Massachusetts, and Baltimore. You make one little cartoonist feel friendship and camaraderie in far-flung cities across the map. I can’t tell you how much that means to me. Thank you.

It’s Photo Time!

I’m catching up on a backlog of great reader e-mails, and wanted to share three great ones that stood out:


Do you guys remember when Arthur needed to rescue Flaco…and he rode across the Atlantic on the back of a larger “Sooty Shearwater” bird? Well, Sheldonista Kailee B. sent in the MOST AWESOME PHOTO EVER. Check this out…remind you of any ducks you know?


Sheldon reader (and awesome software-maker) Chris T. sent in some fantastic Dante/Stickboy fanart. I love the look of this — thanks, Chris!


In what might qualify for the “coolest kid on the block” award, Sheldonista Shannon P. sent in this pic of her nephew dressing up as a Dalek for Halloween. And yes, for those asking, that’s virtually the same cardboard that BBC Wales uses to build the real Daleks. 🙂

(…and before I get more e-mails assuming I don’t like Doctor Who, let me make it clear: We love Doctor Who in my house. Love it. Now, whether we’re gonna like the new Doctor, we’ll see….)

Drive Archive

Here’s the link to past strips of our Saturday sci-fi feature, “Drive”.

And since it’s been a few months since we’ve seen them, here’s a reminder of who them there fellers might be in the last panel.

Flaco ‘n Arthur

It’s always very humbling when another artist draws your characters, and does so in a way that makes *you* envious. The very talented Dylan Meconis surprised me with a beautiful, wonderfully goofy watercolor of Arthur & Flaco, yesterday, and I had to share it with you. Hopefully she won’t mind me posting it here:

(If you get a chance, drop Dylan a line and tell her how <a href="mailto:Dylan Meconis ?subject=Arthur/Flaco Artwork”>awesome it is.)


Sheldonista Michelle sent in the most amazingly cute photo from Halloween, and I had to share it with you. As she says

“Our son Corwin [went] as a duck for his first Halloween. Unlike
Arthur, he can’t talk yet, but if he could, he would say, “awesome

Seriously, I look at that photo and I just keep going “ohmygoodnessohmygoodnessohmygoodness”.

Oso’s Rejected Spider Costume

Playing off of Oso’s rejected Halloween costume in this strip, Sheldonista Judy K. writes in to say: “So, what’s wrong with the spider costume? I present Exhibit A…two cute spider pugs. We were on our way to the Seattle Pug-O-Ween and had a very fun day watching pugs in all sorts of great costumes.”

This pic is awesome, Judy, thank you! I particularly love how one of ’em is nonsensically wearing camouflage as well!

What’s Jabba Saying?

If you’re wondering what menacing thing Jabba is saying in Sunday’s strip, here’s the actual Huttese translation:

“Another hot towel, please! They seemed nice to me. And may I have a receipt? Incredible!”

…What a surprisingly friendly guy!

Drive Archives

Quick reminder: Here’s the link to past strips of “Drive”. These’ll have to do until we get a new site up ‘n runnin’ in the new year.

Pumpkin Arthur!

Catching up on Halloween photos that folks having been sending in…let’s start off with this one from Sheldonista Melissa A.

She surprised me with some particularly cool Halloween awesomeness: She carved a pumpkin Arthur! Check it out:

Nice work, Melissa — and thanks for the pics!

My Goodness, How I Love L’Academie Francaise

Do you guys remember this Sheldon strip about the guardians of the French lang-a-wage, “L’Academie Française”? It’s one of my favorites.

A.) Because I think the academy is a ridiculous national conceit, and B.) Because I’m particularly proud of the “bakery-fresh baguette” non-sequitor in that strip.

ANYWAY, keen-eyed Sheldonista Lauren T. sent me this WSJ article about the academy, and I had to shre it with you. For all the problems that the English Language has, it makes me incredibly happy that this is not one of them. If “kindergarten” or “sushi” is the best word for the job, I’m so thankful that the English language just collectively goes, “Yeah, sure, great, let’s just use that.”

…and then English goes back to playing Xbox and eating nachos.