Be Polite! It's Cellphone Courtesy Month

Cellphones changed everything.

 

How we communicate with our friends, family and strangers is now drastically different than it was five, 10 or 15 years ago. The constant innovation of cell phones keeps us learning and relearning how to keep in touch with one another.

 

But what if we are too “in touch” with one another?

 

In light of Cellphone Courtesy Month, let’s take a look at our own lives to consider when it’s appropriate to catch up with our Instagram followers, and when it’s best to keep the phone tucked away:

 

The movie theater? Not a great place for a conversation.

 

Drabble by Kevin Fagan
Drabble by Kevin Fagan

 

Never, we repeat, never talk on the phone while checking out at any kind of store. Cellphones seem to make us blindly disrespectful. If you love coffee, don’t make your barista dislike you. We promise: Getting a good cup of coffee from a happy barista is more important than whatever your bestie is blabbering about.

 

Pearls Before Swine by Stephan Pastis
Pearls Before Swine by Stephan Pastis

 

If your “Baby Got Back” Sir-Mix-A-Lot ringtone goes off in a religious service — don’t say we didn’t warn you!

 

Baldo by Hector D. Cantu and Carlos Castellanos
Baldo by Hector D. Cantu and Carlos Castellanos

 

Have you ever noticed everyone around you staring blankly at their phone screens? A little sad, isn’t it? Break your gaze and read a book or strike up a conversation with someone who looks like they need it. Let’s act a little more like humans and less like robots!

 

Sticky Comics by Christiann MacAuley
Sticky Comics by Christiann MacAuley

 

Finally: LOOK UP. There’s a beautiful world around us. Don’t miss it because you think you need to see what people on the other side of the country are doing.

 

Jeff Stahler by Jeff Stahler
Jeff Stahler by Jeff Stahler

 

 

Know when to put your phone in your bag and forget about it for a few hours. Being connected is great, but actually living your life is better.


Happy Cellphone Courtesy Month!





Goodbye, RT

What gifts you've left us.

 

The Art of Richard Thompson from GVI on Vimeo.

https://vimeo.com/gvidc/the-art-of-richard-thompson

 

 

Relive the charm of Thompson’s beloved Cul de Sacread it from the beginning here.





Thank you, SDCC!

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Another year, another amazing week at Comic-Con International in beautiful San Diego! Thank you to all of the fans who stopped by to say hello, meet our creators, buy books, enter our giveaways and pick up some free comics swag!

 

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Throughout the weekend, fans had a chance to meet some of our creators and score a free autograph at our booth.

 

FoxTrot creator Bill Amend
FoxTrot creator Bill Amend

 

 

Breaking Cat News creator Georgia Dunn
Breaking Cat News creator Georgia Dunn

 

 

Kid Beowulf creator Alexis Fajardo
Kid Beowulf creator Alexis Fajardo

 

 

The Oatmeal creator Matthew Inman
The Oatmeal creator Matthew Inman

 

 

The Awkward Yeti creator Nick Seluk
The Awkward Yeti creator Nick Seluk

 

 

Phoebe and Her Unicorn creator Dana Simpson with Georgia Dunn
Phoebe and Her Unicorn creator Dana Simpson with Georgia Dunn

 

We also let fans (and creators!) sneak a peek at the new GoComics website — coming this fall!

 

The new GoComics.com
The new GoComics.com

 

The overall response was extremely positive! From the sounds of it, they’re as excited as we are!

 

Thanks again to everyone who helped make this year’s SDCC experience absolutely unforgettable.


We hope to see you all next year!





GIVEAWAY: San Diego Comic-Con SIGNED Prints

The GoComics team may be back in Kansas City, but our hearts are still in San Diego. To celebrate having another amazing, successful and memorable comic con on the books, we’re giving away a San Diego Comic-Con Prints Prize Pack!

 

One lucky winner will receive a prize pack containing five SIGNED prints from previous years at SDCC! The prize pack includes prints from:

 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

 

This contest will end on Aug. 2, 2016, at 12 a.m. CT. We will randomly select one winner and notify the winner via email on Aug. 2, 2016.

 

Good luck, comics fans!





#AskGarfield: Twitter Q&A with Garfield on National Lasagna Day!

It’s time to join the Twitterverse.

 

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We’re hosting a Twitter Q&A with our favorite sardonic tabby this Friday, July 29 at 11:30 a.m. CDT. Ask him ANYTHING — his favorite food (bad question), his plans for the future, his latest problem with Jon — it’s all up for discussion.

 

Follow @GoComics and have your questions ready. Chime in using #AskGarfield - dig through the Garfield archives if you need ideas!


See you on Twitter!  





COMICS SHERPA: EDITOR'S PICKS

 

This recurring LAUGH TRACKS feature highlights individual Sherpa strips and panels that for one reason or another caught the fancy of the aide de sherpa. It could be anything; the drawing, the writing, the humor, the coloring, that they tried something interesting, or that it's a new step for that particular creator.


We hope this quirky sampler will alert you to features you might not yet have noticed amid Sherpa's abundant, ever-changing, and eclectic mix, and that it gives Sherpa creators a modicum of helpful feedback.

 

 

 

7-22-16

 

 

 

 

Dysconnected  7-22-16

 

 

 

 

 

7-22-16

 

 

 

Sports by Voort  7-22-16

 

 

 

 

7-22-16

 

 

 

 

 

The Wages of Sindy  7-22-16

 

 

 

 

Underdone  7-22-16

 

 

7-23-16

 

 

Whiteouts  7-23-16

 

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Zombie Heights  7-23-16

 

 

 

A complete list of all the Sherpa features can be found here.

 

 





IN CASE YOU MISSED THE SDCC

Hi, folks, it's been a while since I've blogged and let me just say that the reader reaction has been overwhelmingly in favor of that. So, thank you.


You may be interested to know that I haven't been to the SDCC in a long time, but each year we do send a really talented crew out there to sell some books, shake some hands and show off some new projects.


One new project that's really been buzzing around here is the new GoComics site (or is that my tinnitus from too many Michael Buble concerts? LOL, no). The new redesign is great-looking, emotionally available and also looks design-appropriate on those mobile phone devices.


I know a lot of people are going to be nervous, because they love the ol' GoComics and all it's come to mean to them. But it is a pretty old site in a lot of ways and a good refreshment can make even an ugly friend look a little better.


I admit that even I was nervous until the GoComics team walked me through the designs and then a fly flew in mouth because my jaw had dropped and I swallowed that fly and I didn't even care because the new site was worth it and flies are basically very clean animals anyway. 


Best JG


@johnnyglynn

 

 





Jim Davis receives 2016 Inkpot Award at SDCC!

Jim Davis

 

We're ecstatic to report that Garfield creator Jim Davis was chosen to receive the prestigious Comic-Con International Inkpot Award at San Diego this year! According to the Comic-Con International website, the award is given to individuals "for their contributions to the worlds of comics, science fiction/fantasy, film, television, animation, and fandom services."

 

Considering Garfield is celebrating 38 years of syndication this year, we'd say the accolade is well-deserved. Congratulations, Jim!

 

For a complete list of past Inkpot Award winners, click here.

 

Click here to read Garfield on GoComics!





NEW COMIC ALERT! The Other End by Neil Kohney

The Other End by Neil Kohney
The Other End by Neil Kohney

 

With new comics posted daily, The Other End will never leave you hanging. It’s a look into the slightly surreal, always bizarre lives of five young friends, who may try to kill each other once in awhile, but always do it with the best of intentions.

 

Read The Other End here!





Happy Parents Day to the People with the Toughest Job on Earth

 Fowl Language by Brian Gordon
Fowl Language by Brian Gordon

 

Being a parent seems like a pretty thankless job sometimes. You bring a child into the world and are rewarded with sleepless nights, near-constant messes, back-sass and the perpetual, nagging feeling that you’re doing something wrong.

 

So here’s to all the people out there raising children.

 

We know it isn’t easy.

 

Lunarbaboon by Christopher Grady
Lunarbaboon by Christopher Grady

  

You’re just trying to raise your kid to be a good person and an upstanding citizen.

 

Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson
Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson

 

Even though you’re doing your best, sometimes you have to adjust your expectations.

 

Dadding Badly by John Kovaleski
Dadding Badly by John Kovaleski

 

Someday (you hope) your kids will grow into responsible adults with good jobs and stable, healthy relationships.

 

Connie to the Wonnie by Connie Sun
Connie to the Wonnie by Connie Sun

  

But you know no matter how old they get, they’ll never stop needing you.

 

The Duplex by Glenn McCoy
The Duplex by Glenn McCoy

 

Happy Parents Day!





The Four Worst Things About Wedding Season

 

F Minus by Tony Carrillo
F Minus by Tony Carrillo

 

Wedding season is here and love is in the air — for some people, at least. While weddings are ostensibly happy affairs, sometimes being a guest at one is a pain, particularly if the wedding is for someone you don’t know very well.

 

With that in mind, we’ve put together a list of the four worst things about wedding season.


1. Etiquette prevents you from making your true feelings known.

 

Drabble by Kevin Fagan
Drabble by Kevin Fagan

 

 

2. Destination wedding = waste of vacation days.

 

Pearls Before Swine by Stephan Pastis
Pearls Before Swine by Stephan Pastis

 

 

3. Nothing lasts longer than a wedding ceremony.

 

Brevity by Dan Thompson
Brevity by Dan Thompson

 

 

4. Wedding gifts have become completely impersonal.

 

Cathy by Cathy Guisewite
Cathy by Cathy Guisewite

 

 

At the end of the day, you may have just spent four hours watching two complete strangers tie the knot. But there’s always the reception to look forward to!

 

Peanuts by Charles Schulz
Peanuts by Charles Schulz

 

 

Good luck out there, wedding-goers!





COMICS SHERPA: EDITOR'S PICKS

 

This recurring LAUGH TRACKS feature highlights individual Sherpa strips and panels that for one reason or another caught the fancy of the aide de sherpa. It could be anything; the drawing, the writing, the humor, the coloring, that they tried something interesting, or that it's a new step for that particular creator.


We hope this quirky sampler will alert you to features you might not yet have noticed amid Sherpa's abundant, ever-changing, and eclectic mix, and that it gives Sherpa creators a modicum of helpful feedback.

 

 

 7-17-16

 

 

 

 

7-17-16

 

 

 

 

 

Frank & Steinway  7-18-16

 

 

 

 

 

7-18-16

 

 

 

 

Oscar and Annie  7-18-16

 

 

 

 

Padded Cell  7-19-16

 

 

 

 

 

Bolts & Nuts  7-20-16

 

 

 

 

A complete list of all the Sherpa features can be found here.

 

 





SDCC 2016: Come See Us At Booth 1505!

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It’s Day 2 of San Diego Comic-Con, which means there’s still plenty of time to take advantage of all the amazing opportunities available this weekend, including free signings and giveaways at the GoComics booth (1505)!

 

Today we’re hosting free signings with Matthew Inman (The Oatmeal), Bill Amend (FoxTrot) and Georgia Dunn (Breaking Cat News) AND giving away a copy of The Complete Far Side!

 

Swing by Booth 1505 to say hello, and while you’re there, don’t forget to pick up your GoComics SDCC Passport! Collect stamps by completing activities on the passport. The more stamps you collect, the better your chances of winning our ULTIMATE comics grand prize!

 

Follow @GoComics on Twitter and Instagram to stay up-to-date with the latest SDCC happenings.

 

We hope to see you around!


For more information on this weekend’s activities and giveaways, click here.





Dazzle Your Coworkers With Tips and Tricks from The Cooper Review!

 

 

100 Tricks to Appear Smart in Meetings: How to Get By Without Even Trying by Sarah Cooper
100 Tricks to Appear Smart in Meetings: How to Get By Without Even Trying by Sarah Cooper

 

 

Everyone wants to look smart at work, but most people don’t want to expend a lot of effort doing it. Luckily, Sarah Cooper of The Cooper Review is here to help.

 

 

100 Tricks to Appear Smart in Meetings: How to Get By Without Even Trying by Sarah Cooper
100 Tricks to Appear Smart in Meetings: How to Get By Without Even Trying by Sarah Cooper

 

 

Cooper’s new book, “100 Tricks to Appear Smart in Meetings: How to Get By Without Even Trying,” is bursting with fully illustrated tips, examples and scenarios for how to look smart in every type of meeting, from one-on-one meetings to last-minute meetings you just couldn’t get out of.

 

 

100 Tricks to Appear Smart in Meetings: How to Get By Without Even Trying by Sarah Cooper
100 Tricks to Appear Smart in Meetings: How to Get By Without Even Trying by Sarah Cooper

 

 

“100 Tricks to Appear Smart in Meetings” hits shelves October 4, but you can preorder your copy right here!





GIVEAWAY: San Diego Comic-Con Prize Pack

If you’re going to San Diego Comic-Con, you’re likely sleepless with excitement for the weekend’s festivities to begin. If you aren’t going to SDCC, you’re probably really, really tired of being reminded about what you’re missing out on.

 

We understand. So we want to bring a little SDCC cheer to the comics fans who can’t be there in person. We’re giving away an SDCC Author Prize Pack featuring SIX awesome comics collections — one from each of our creators who will be signing at our booth during comic-con.

 

One lucky winner will receive:

 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

 

This contest will end on July 26, 2016, at 12 a.m. CT. We will randomly select one winner and notify the winner via email on July 26, 2016.

 

Best of luck!





Tips to Stay Cool this summer!

Happy feels-like-earth-is-tumbling-toward-the-sun season!

 

There are a few other names we’d like to call summer, but we’ll refrain. The point is: it’s HOT — hot enough to spell it out with a Z snap. Fall bodes to come, yet not quick enough. In the meantime, follow these tips to stay cool.

 

1. Visit the pool

Stone Soup by Jan Eliot
Stone Soup by Jan Eliot


Stretch your imagination while you’re at it.

 

 

2. Indulge in ice cream

 

The Awkward Yeti by Nick Seluk
The Awkward Yeti by Nick Seluk

 

There’s never a bad time for ice cream … unless you’re lactose intolerant — then it’s always a bad time (sorry, at least you have Rice Dream!).

 

 

3. Drink plenty of water

 

FoxTrot by Bill Amend
FoxTrot by Bill Amend


You are not a cactus, you are a human. Stay hydrated each day.

 


4. Stay inside

 

Adam@Home by Rob Harrell
Adam@Home by Rob Harrell

 

Sometimes summer is best enjoyed indoors. Host a movie night with friends or family on the extra hot days.

 


5. Turn on the air conditioning

 

Garfield by Jim Davis
Garfield by Jim Davis

 

Listen. Saving money is a wonderful idea — but your family is probably quite unhappy. There is a certain temperature at which fans just don’t do the job. Beat the heat — crank up the air conditioning!



Our summertime comics collection awaits!

 





COMICS SHERPA: EDITOR'S PICKS

 

This recurring LAUGH TRACKS feature highlights individual Sherpa strips and panels that for one reason or another caught the fancy of the aide de sherpa. It could be anything; the drawing, the writing, the humor, the coloring, that they tried something interesting, or that it's a new step for that particular creator.


We hope this quirky sampler will alert you to features you might not yet have noticed amid Sherpa's abundant, ever-changing, and eclectic mix, and that it gives Sherpa creators a modicum of helpful feedback.

 

 

 

Batch Rejection  7-15-16

 

 

 

 

Father of the Brood  7-15-16

 

 

 

 

Green Pieces  7-15-16

 

 

 

 

Onion & Pea  7-15-16

 

 

 

 

 

7-15-16

 

 

 

7-15-16

 

 

 

 

7-16-16

 

 

 

 

A complete list of all the Sherpa features can be found here.

 

 

 





NEW COMIC ALERT! AJ and Magnus by Bryan and Simon Steel

 

 

AJ and Magnus by Bryan and Simon Steel
AJ and Magnus by Bryan and Simon Steel

 

Family means something different to everyone because no two families are alike. With that in mind, meet the Parkers! There's AJ; a rambunctious boy with an overactive imagination, his best friend, Magnus; a gigantic English Mastiff, his high-strung, sarcastic Dad, and his kid-at-heart Pop. Life may be unpredictable, but a loving family and crazy friends will always make the ride more fun!

 

Read AJ and Magnus here!





Make Election Season Bearable with Editorial Cartoons

 

Mike Lester
Mike Lester

 

It’s the height of the American presidential campaign, which means people everywhere are pledging allegiance to their candidate of choice with bumper stickers, T-shirts, baseball caps and yard signs.

 

For politically minded comics fans, what better way to declare independence than with comic art prints of editorial cartoons? Unique, poignant and memorable, editorial cartoons offer sharp, insightful commentary on current events, straight from the minds of syndicated and Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonists.

 

Stuart Carlson
Stuart Carlson

 

As we approach the Republican and Democratic national conventions, we’ve put together two collections featuring cartoons from some of our most popular left- and right-leaning editorial cartoonists. We’ve also assembled a collection of Doonesbury comics from the recently released “Yuge!: 30 Years of Doonesbury on Trump” by G.B. Trudeau.

 

 

Doonesbury by Garry Trudeau
Doonesbury by Garry Trudeau

 

Make a bold political statement with a collectible comic art print of your favorite editorial cartoon!

 

Check out the Conservative Editorial Cartoon collection here.

 

Click here for the Liberal Editorial Cartoon collection.


Doonesbury fan? Browse the “Yuge!” collection here.





Let’s get together … in 10 years!

Family reunions are odd. All of your family, consisting mostly of those you haven’t seen or spoken to since you were 5, is invited to one location to “catch up” — which is code for “argue about world events and politics.”

 

WuMo by Wulff & Morgenthaler
WuMo by Wulff & Morgenthaler

 

Some family members REALLY don’t want to come. They’re the ones no one has heard from since that one family incident on vacation.

 

Cornered by Mike Baldwin
Cornered by Mike Baldwin

 

Family reunions probably pain your spouse more than anyone else. YOU don’t even know some of these people — and your partner keeps getting asked, “Now, whose son are you?!” You can’t blame them for trying to get out of it …

 

F Minus by Tony Carrillo
F Minus by Tony Carrillo

 

Family reunions can also get loud. We all have those uncles and cousins who laugh and “discuss” louder than you thought possible. And if a fight breaks out … good luck.

 

Brevity by Dan Thompson
Brevity by Dan Thompson

 

The schedule for the five-year, 10-year, 15-year and so on is always the same: Arrive, eat, talk, eat, sweat, eat, look at phone, eat, try to leave, eat, actually leave.

 

Cathy by Cathy Guisewite
Cathy by Cathy Guisewite

 

Everyone has varying feelings about family. Some families are really close, others couldn’t be more disconnected. If you don’t have a great family — consider your friends. Appreciate the friends that are like family. They don’t have to be your friend. They want to be.

 

And if you’re heading to a family reunion this summer — good luck, and enjoy it. At the very least, you’ll have great stories.





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