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Happy New Year!

Happy 2010, everyone!

Here are my two wishes for us all:

1.) May the days ahead be a little kinder than recent years

2.) May it only take us three or four weeks to stop writing “2009” on our checks.

Reader Pics

Sheldon-reader Michael D. sent in this fantastic shot of his two lads opening their Sheldon books on Christmas morning. There’s nothing about this photo that doesn’t make me happy. It’s a rare and wonderful thing thing, as a cartoonist, to see the reactions folks have to your cartoons…and these two guys just about made my year with their expressions.

Next up, Sheldonista Laurie S. sent in pics of her husband John opening his Sheldon books and Flaco “Squee” shirt. She also mentioned that “… he has a follow-up appointment with his shoulder surgeon today and he informed me last night that he was going to wear his SQUEE shirt to the appointment which cracked me up.” Provided he doesn’t strike Flaco’s pose from the shirt, John’s shoulder should be OK.

And last but not least, Victor K. sends in this photo of his (wonderfully) framed Sheldon original. It’s one of my favorites…from when Arthur was so hot, he talks like a Bulgarian.

Dr. Seuss

Over my 19th serving of Christmas red-velvet cake, my nephew reminded me about these Sheldon strips on Dr. Seuss, and I thought I’d share ’em with you again: 1,

Darn Tootin’ “It’s A Wonderful Life”

If you’re like me, “It’s a Wonderful Life” is an awesome annual ritual. But even a great movie like that has its implausible, questionable moments. Let’s dip into the Sheldon archives, shall we, to remember some of those moments:

1, 2, 3, 4, 5.

The Strips of Christmas Past

It’s always fun to dip into the ol’ archives….so here are a few of my favorite past Sheldon strips around Christmas:

1.) Random greeting cards from strangers.

2.) Three approaches to Christmas wrapping.

3.) Christmas card photos.

4.) The thoughtfulness of giving gift cards.

5.) The nastiness that is eggnog.

6.) And finally: One of my favorite storylines in the strip. Start here, and read forward to the 25th.

Also! I should note that any Sheldon Store orders made after Dec. 21st will be shipped out Dec. 28th.


I think I figured out that THIS is the strangest Christmas song ever written.

(I couldn’t find a good audio link anywhere to share with you….so I’ll embed this YouTube thingy):

Old Memos In Old Drawers



Feb 27th, 2384

FROM: Pedro Benitez, Senior VP for Luxury Craft

TO: IndústriaGlobo Shipyard Management; Guangdong, China

RE: The Starwind 9000 Personal Yacht

Ladies & Gentlemen,
I have just been informed that the Empire will be militarizing our entire line of Starwind 9000 luxury personal yachts, beginning next week. This will result in zero job losses or diminishment of work-hours, but will mean an intensive 4-week period of re-tooling and re-training for your factory staff.

As you’re no doubt aware from the news, recent events with this race called the “Continuum of Makers” has prompted an increased level of military readiness. The Empire has requested, and IndústriaGlobo has agreed, to the weaponization of our luxury yacht line into small scout ships for the Armada. As you can see from the attached specs, this re-purposing will most notably mean the retrofitting and addition of a Class 4 Cruz-drive ring to the ship, along with new hull plating, ship-to-ship weapons, and forward scanner arrays.

The Empire’s Advanced Weapons department has already modified three Starwinds, now re-christened as the Rio Claro, the Machito, and the Caballito, and will be flying them to Guangdong tomorrow for your review. In addition, 7 engineers from La Familia will be joining your staff to coordinate the Drive’s implementation.

I know this is not news you wanted to hear. It is certainly not news I wanted to hear. But I have been personally assured by the Emperor’s majordomo that this is a temporary measure, and will last only for the duration of these skirmishes with the Continuum.


Pedro Benitez

Last Call!

Hey-o, last call! Friday the 18th is the last day to order from the Sheldon Store for Christmas delivery within the USA.

So get your order in now — this is it, my friends!

And a huge thank you to everyone who’s bought a gift at the Sheldon Store. I feel really lucky to be a part of people’s gift-giving like that. In a way it’s like being invited into peoples’ houses. And on that note: Don’t forget to send me pics of them opening their Sheldon gifts! I live for those! The PJs, the tussled hair, and the big smile are always awesome to see. This shot that Tiffany sent in last Christmas was probably among the best: The whole gang in “Mind of a Ninja” t-shirts. So go for creative shots! Have fun with it! 🙂


If you’re outside the U.S., *today* is the last recommended day to order from Ye Olde Sheldonne Store (using International Priority).

And Americanos! Your deadline for orders is this Friday.

We’ll still be shipping after those dates, of course, but we recommend you get ’em in by then.