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Sheldon is a Webcomic following the day-to-day life of Sheldon, a billionaire Child Prodigy and Young Entrepreneur who started his own immensely successful software company. He's raised by his Grandpa, who isn't always sure how to deal with Sheldon's riches or nerdiness. They own various pets: Arthur the Wonder Duck, a Civilized Animal; Flaco, a Intellectual Animal lizard; and Oso, an unintelligent but enthusiastic dog. Sheldon's friend Dante is another recurring character.


Dave Kellett, the author, also writes a scifi webcomic called Drive.

This series provides examples of:

  • Mad Scientist: Sheldon created a talking duck while still in the 4th grade.
  • Mall Santa: Gramp gets a job as one in Christmas 2008, while keeping it a secret from the rest of the family. Hilarity Ensues when Arthur & Flaco go to see Santa.
  • Memetic Mutation:
  • Millennium Bug: Gramp once bought 72 packs of disposable razors due to Y2K panic.note 
  • Must Have Caffeine: Gramp is a complete and utter coffee addict.
  • My Skull Runneth Over: Shortly after discovering the Arthur is fluent in several dozen languages Sheldon realizes that his brain is 97% full and is forced to delete most of the data.
  • Nearly Normal Animal: While Oso is mostly focused on pugly pursuits, he occasionally worries about things like the balance of power in North Koreanote ... and is highly critical of Brechtian theater.
  • Noodle Incident: In the time travel arc it turns out that somehow Flaco becomes a Admiral in the Bulgarian Navy. It does get it explained but since Flaco only talks in squeaks we never hear the story.
  • Overly Long Gag:
  • Painting the Medium: Arthur uses a speech bubble as an umbrella in one strip after noticing that his speech balloons block the rain as long as he's talking. He decides to just keep talking to stay dry, but in the next strip he's gone one step further and somehow nailed three speech balloons in place as a makeshift canopy.
  • Parental Abandonment: The Christmas 2005 story arc confirms that Sheldon's parents are dead.
  • Raised by Grandparents: As Sheldon's parents are deceased, he is raised by his grandfather.
  • Running Gag:
    • Arthur hates eggnog, which he at one point describes as tasting "like hate". This comes up just about every year. So does a crack at Peeps most Easters, and he takes a shot at plot holes in It's a Wonderful Life some Christmases.
    • There's also the recurring series, "Punctuation Marks that Never Caught On", showing extremely — often overly — specific alternatives to question and exclamation marks for conveying comically specialized moods and tones.
    • How amazingly dumb and unnatural pugs are often comes up in conjunction with Oso's mishaps.
    • The various pets sitting on Gramp's head.
  • Scrabble Babble: Subverted in one strip, where a random word Arthur put out — "waesucks" — turned out to be real when Sheldon looks it up in the dictionary, to Arthur's intense relief.note 
  • Self-Deprecation: While most artists are their own worst critics, Dante raises it to a new art form.
  • Starving Artist: Played with in that Dante is only ten, but the fact that he is a artist is a source of jokes of this nature.
    Dante: I want to say something that no other artist has done before.
    Arthur: I can make rent?
  • Static Character: As one webcomic critic pointed out, this is not a bad thing, as they're well-rounded, interesting, and funny, which is pretty much all a simple gag-a-day strip of this sort needs.
  • Stealth Insult: Leveled against Arthur by Gramp here, where the latter calls the former "a piece of work" after Arthur goes on for a while about how it can integrated as a compliment.
  • Take That!:
  • The Unintelligible: Flaco, who used to be The Speechless in his first appearances before developing into this, speaks in a constant stream of squeaking noises. His adopted poppa, Arthur, still understands him just fine, but no one else can. Except when it's funny.
  • Timmy in a Well: Played with in one strip: Oso runs up to Sheldon, barking like crazy, and Sheldon jokingly ask whether Arthur fell down a well before dismissing the idea as a joke on the trope. The last panel shows that Arthur is indeed stuck in a dry well with a bucket pinning him down and wondering what's taking Oso so long to get help.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Arthur will do just about anything for fishy goodness... or pancakes.
  • Typical Cartoon Animal Colors: Although it's hard to see in the black-and-white weekly strips, the colored Sunday strips show that Arthur is a standard cartoon yellow duck.


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