Happy Star Wars Day!

Eek! by Scott Nickel
Eek! by Scott Nickel

 

Beginning with the premiere of the first film in 1977, the Star Wars franchise has become a pop culture juggernaut, inspiring tie-in novels, videogames, toys and, of course, more movies, including the most recent installment last December.

 

Some might say that such an established and celebrated phenomenon deserves a day of recognition. Thankfully, the perfect day for such festivities is built right into the calendar! Today, May 4th, is Star Wars Day — as in, “May the Fourth be with you.”


Cartoonists tend to walk on the nerdier side of life, so it’s no surprise that they’ve embraced, referenced and parodied Star Wars in their comics.

 

Super-Fun-Pak Comix by Ruben Bolling
Super-Fun-Pak Comix by Ruben Bolling

  

We’ve rounded up our favorite Star Wars comics for you to enjoy: This is the collection you’re looking for.


Happy Star Wars Day! May the Fourth be with you!





GIVEAWAY: “Breaking Cat News” Book

Ace cat reporters Lupin, Elvis and Puck make their print debut on May 10 in the very first collection of Breaking Cat News comics!

 

We’re giving our readers the chance to win a copy of “Breaking Cat News: Cats Reporting On the News That Matters to Cats,” hot off the press!

 

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This contest will end on May 10, 2016, at 12 a.m. CT. We will randomly select one winner and notify the winner via email on May 10, 2016.

 

Don’t want to wait? Pre-order your copy of “Breaking Cat News” here!

 

In the meantime, click here to read Breaking Cat News on GoComics!

 

The next giveaway will be announced on May 11, 2016 at 6 a.m. CT.





Ciao, Italia! Lines of Fans Greet Sarah Andersen During Italian Book Tour

Adulthood Is a Myth” author Sarah Andersen recently completed a 10-day tour of Italy to promote the Italian edition of her book, including stops in Bologna, Padova, Milan and Napoli Comicon!

  Sarah Andersen

 

Sarah Andersen

 

Sarah Andersen

 

 

Andersen’s appearances drew large crowds of fans, proving that when it comes to comics about “growing up,” there is no such thing as a language barrier.

 

 

Adulthood Is a Myth: A "Sarah's Scribbles" Collection by Sarah Andersen
Adulthood Is a Myth: A "Sarah's Scribbles" Collection by Sarah Andersen

 

Buy your copy of “Adulthood Is a Myth” here!


And click here to read Sarah’s Scribbles on GoComics!





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.

 

 

 

 Misc Soup  4-30-16

 

 

 

 

 

Whiteouts  4-30-16

 

 

 

 

5-1-16

 

 

 

 

5-1-16

 

 

 

 

5-1-16

 

My Son is a Dog

 

 

 

 

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The Magic Forest  5-1-16

 

 

 

 

5-1-16

 

 

 

 

 

 Soccer Earth  5-2-16

 

 

 

 

Spectickles  5-2-16

 

Spectickles

 

 

 

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

 

 

 





New Comic Alert! Edge City by Terry LaBan and Patricia Rich

Edge City by Terry LaBan and Patricia Rich
Edge City by Terry LaBan and Patricia Rich

 

Meet the Ardins! They're the stars of Edge City, a nationally syndicated, groundbreaking comic strip about a hip, Jewish-American family juggling relationships, careers and tradition at the fast pace of modern life. Fueled by caffeine and gasoline, Len and Abby and their kids, Colin and Carly, power their way through self-employment, after-school activities, pursuing their dreams and lining up for carpool. It's life on the edge every day in Edge City!

 

Read Edge City here!





New-York Historical Society Debuts Mo Willems Exhibit

Photo by Marty Umans
Photo by Marty Umans

 

 

Mo Willems, an accomplished, award-winning children’s author, GoComics creator and authentic New Yorker, is the subject of a new career retrospective exhibit at the New-York Historical Society!

 

The Art and Whimsy of Mo Willems presents Willems’ original art, sketches and inspirational drawings spanning his decade-plus-long career.

 

Ruben Bolling, creator of Tom the Dancing Bug, wrote about the exhibit for New York Family, describing it as “a bright, funny, appealing look at the work of this rock star of the preschool universe.” The wonderful article also includes a brief yet illuminating interview with Willems. Read it here!

 

The exhibit runs through September 25. For more information on the exhibit, visit the New-York Historical Society's website here!


Click here to read Mo Willems’ GoComics feature, From the Mo Willems Sketchbook!





Let's Be Honest

Truth Facts by Wulff and Morgenthaler
Truth Facts by Wulff and Morgenthaler

  

Honesty Day began in the 1990s as a campaign against political lies, inspired by events like Watergate and the Dreyfus Affair. These days, it’s celebrated more as an excuse to give and receive radically honest answers, for better or for worse.

 

Truth Facts by Wulff and Morgenthaler
Truth Facts by Wulff and Morgenthaler

 

Wulff and Morgenthaler’s Truth Facts is a comic dedicated to telling the truth every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Truth Facts uses graphs and charts to humorously reveal the truth behind the lies (both major and minor) we tell ourselves and each other.

 

Truth Facts by Wulff and Morgenthaler
Truth Facts by Wulff and Morgenthaler

  

Enjoy Truth Facts for a little inspiration, then go forth and tell the world and your loved ones the honest truth!

 

Click here to read Truth Facts!

 

Happy Honesty Day!





Meet Your Creator: Christopher Grady (Lunarbaboon)

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The GoComics “Meet Your Creator” series brings you firsthand insight into the lives and careers of your favorite cartoonists. Each week, we hand over the keys to one of our talented creators, who share their inspirations, achievements, creative processes, studios and more! Read on to hear from this week’s featured cartoonist: Christopher Grady of Lunarbaboon

 

 

Lunarbaboon by Christopher Grady

 

 

How did you begin your career as a cartoonist? When did you start cartooning?

 

I never had any dreams of becoming a cartoonist. Making comics fell into my lap during a very desperate time in my life. That's not to say I didn't like drawing as a kid. I did enjoy it, but it wasn't part of some master plan. I drew as a way to focus in class or impress friends and teachers, but I don't think I ever entertained the notion that someday I would have a career as a cartoonist.

 

 

Lunarbaboon by Christopher Grady

 

 

That's the way it went for about 25 years. I mostly drew for fun, with the occasional side job thrown in. I met a girl, got married, bought a house, had a kid, and then suddenly in 2012, I fell into a dark spiral of depression and anxiety. Life is funny that way (pause for laughter ... still waiting ... waiting ... you know what, never mind).

 

 

Lunarbaboon by Christopher Grady

 

 

I hit a point where I needed something to change, or rather, I needed something to replace the negativity that was swirling in my head. So I started drawing little comics in a notebook. The goal was not to replace those terribly depressing thoughts, but to find the humor, truth or beauty in them, and, hopefully, learn from them.

 

 

Lunarbaboon by Christopher Grady

 

 

No one, with the exception of friends and family, would have ever read my comics had it not been for the Internet. At some point, I started putting my comics online as a way to house them and protect them. Since they were all in a little notebook, a simple spill would have wiped them all out. The site I was using to host my comics had some “share” features on the bottom, so I decided to share to a few places, such as Reddit, Facebook and Twitter. For the first few months, no one read the comic, or if they did, they didn't like it. Then one day, a comic hit on Reddit and my site saw some traffic, then a week later, another comic struck a chord, and then another.

 

That was the beginning of my cartooning career.

 

 

What inspires you?

 

 

Lunarbaboon Family

 

I live in Toronto, which is a pretty big city, so I am constantly surrounded by some pretty inspirational people and experiences. I often pull ideas from my time traveling on public transit or wandering the streets. That being said, most of my inspiration comes from being with my family. Just being who they are gives me tons of excellent ideas for comics.

 


What are some of your biggest achievements or accomplishments?

 

I am pretty proud of the two Lunarbaboon Volumes that were successfully Kickstarted with the help of so many wonderful comic readers.

 

 

What were your favorite childhood comics? What comics do you read today?

 

Calvin and Hobbes is without a doubt my favorite. I can't imagine anyone having a different answer. To this day, that strip is perfect in its humor, creativity and insight. I also am quite fond of Batman and Spiderman comics.

 

 

Do you have any upcoming projects or appearances?

 

This year I will be at ConBravo in Hamilton, Ontario, and at the Boston Comic Con.

 

 

Tell us about your workspace.

 

LunarbaboonOffice


My workspace is my table ... much to the chagrin of my wife.

 

Can't get enough Lunarbaboon?

 

• Browse the archive here.

• Like the comic on Facebook.

• Follow along on Twitter.





Nick Galifianakis Presents “The Art of Richard Thompson” at GoComics HQ

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Nick Galifianakis, creator of Nick and Zuzu and longtime illustrator of the Carolyn Hax advice column in The Washington Post, stopped by the GoComics offices yesterday!

 

Galifianakis presented “The Art of Richard Thompson,” a multimedia retrospective on the life and art of Cul de Sac and Richard’s Poor Almanac creator Richard Thompson. In 2014, Galifianakis joined forces with David Apatoff, Chris Sparks and Calvin and Hobbes creator Bill Watterson to put together a book of the same name, highlighting the impressive breadth and scope of Thompson’s work throughout his career.

 

Galifianakis also contributed to “Team Cul de Sac: Cartoonists Draw the Line at Parkinson’s,” a collection of art donated by dozens of cartoonists and edited by Chris Sparks. A portion of the profits from “Team Cul de Sac” benefit Parkinson’s research. Richard Thompson was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2009.

 

Galifianakis’s presentation offered unique insight into the life, oeuvre and creative development of Richard Thompson. Through moving anecdotes, Galifianakis shared how Thompson has been both a source of inspiration throughout their long friendship and a visionary in the field of illustration. Thompson’s genius, long recognized by his peers, is now receiving even greater attention thanks to Galifianakis and "The Art of Richard Thompson."

 

Thanks for an awesome presentation, Nick!





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.

 

 

 

4-26-16

 

 

The Magic Forest 4-26-16

 

 

 

 

Candace 'n' Company  4-27-16

 

 

 

 

Courageous Man Adventures  4-27-16

 

 

 

 

Famous and Not-So-Famous Quotes  4-27-16

 

 

 

 

4-28-16

 

 

 

4-28-16

 

 

 

 

Whiteouts  4-28-16

 

 

 

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

 





Happy Cubicle Day, Office Drones!

Right now, millions of office employees are hunched over their keyboards, bathed in fluorescent light, counting down the hours until they can go home.

 

Today, Cubicle Day, is a celebration of those hardworking, overly air-conditioned employees. We want to show our appreciation with a giveaway featuring everyone’s favorite cubicle-dweller: Dilbert!

 

One lucky winner will receive a collectible, archive-quality Dilbert print of their choosing! To enter, select your favorite strip from the Dilbert archives and share in the comments section of the giveaway post by 10 a.m. CT on Friday, April 29.



Click here to browse the Dilbert archive!


Happy Cubicle Day, and good luck!





Celebrate Mother’s Day With Collectible Comic Prints!

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With Mother’s Day quickly approaching, you’re probably searching for that perfect gift to let her know how much she means to you.


This year, get her something she’ll treasure forever: an archive-quality, collectible print of her favorite comic strip!

 

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Choose from thousands of comics ranging from classics such as Peanuts to popular newcomers such as Phoebe and Her Unicorn and hit webcomics like The Awkward Yeti and Breaking Cat News!

 

The comic you choose will be printed on high-quality 11”x17” paper. Unframed collectible prints are available for $39.95. Framed collectible prints start at  $229.95. Browse available comic prints here.


If you’re feeling lucky, we’re also giving away a collectible Cathy print and a copy of the brand-new collection “The Mother-Daughter Dance” by Cathy Guisewite! Enter our Mother’s Day giveaway here!





GIVEAWAY: Mother’s Day Prize Pack

Mother’s Day falls on May 8 this year, which means you have a little more than two weeks to find that perfect gift. Don’t stress — we’ve got you covered!

 

We’re giving away a prize pack featuring one of our favorite mother-daughter duos: Cathy and her mother, Anne! One lucky winner will receive a collectible, archive-quality Cathy print and a copy of "The Mother-Daughter Dance" by Cathy Guisewite.

 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

 

This contest will end on May 3, 2016, at 12 a.m. CT. We will randomly select one winner and notify the winner via email on May 3, 2016.

 

Can't wait to see if you win? Click here to buy "The Mother-Daughter Dance."

 

For more of Cathy and her mom's adventures, click here!

 

The next giveaway will be announced on May 4, 2016 at 6 a.m. CT.





Happy National Inventors Month!

From the wheel to sliced bread, human ingenuity at times seems limitless. Inventors and other daring dreamers are responsible for society’s advancement, so it makes sense we honor them during National Inventors Month!

 

They say necessity is the mother of invention. Below, we’ve assembled a list of five reasons to invent something, brought to you by your our resident inventors:


1.To achieve fame and fortune

Big Nate by Lincoln Peirce
Big Nate by Lincoln Peirce



2. To make dirty jobs more tolerable

 

Real Life Adventures by Gary Wise and Lance Aldrich
Real Life Adventures by Gary Wise and Lance Aldrich



3. To retire rich

 

Soup to Nutz by Rick Stromoski
Soup to Nutz by Rick Stromoski



4. To solve a very specific problem

 

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



5. To avoid something unpleasant

 

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



Whatever your reason, channel your inner inventor and find something in your life that needs fixing!


Happy National Inventors Month!

 





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.

 

 

 

Amanda the Great  4-23-16

 

 

 

 

Dysconnected 4-23-16

 

 

 

 

Inkwell Forest  4-23-16

 

 

 

 

Soccer Earth  4-25-16

 

 

 

The Boobiehatch  4-25-16

 

 

 

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

 





New Comic Alert! Magnificatz by Steve Ogden

Magnificatz by Steve Ogden
Magnificatz by Steve Ogden

 

Sam and Nina are two cats as different as the right and left sides of your brain. Where Sam is creative, enthusiastic and optimistic, Nina is logical, critical and cynical. They live, laugh and argue in a fever-dream land of imagination.

In addition to general silliness, Sam and Nina debate the creative process, the role of art and science, and just who ate that last can of tuna. Together, these two cats are… Magnificatz!

 

Read Magnificatz here!





Sunday Punday!

Pearls Before Swine by Stephan Pastis

 

Whether you’re new to the funnies or a seasoned comics reader, you’ve almost certainly noticed that many comics have one thing in common: puns!


The comic art form lends itself easily to the pithy wordplay of puns. We’ve gathered a few truly punny examples for you to enjoy:

 

Dark Side of the Horse by Samson
Dark Side of the Horse by Samson

 

 

Four Eyes by Gemma Correll
Four Eyes by Gemma Correll

 

 

Looks Good on Paper by Dan Collins
Looks Good on Paper by Dan Collins

 

 

Half Full by Maria Scrivan
Half Full by Maria Scrivan

 

 

The Flying McCoys by Glenn McCoy and Gary McCoy
The Flying McCoys by Glenn McCoy and Gary McCoy

 

 

Wrong Hands by John Atkinson
Wrong Hands by John Atkinson

 

 

Play on, words!





Meet Your Creator: Corey Pandolph (Barkeater Lake, The Elderberries, TOBY)

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The GoComics “Meet Your Creator” series brings you firsthand insight into the lives and careers of your favorite cartoonists. Each week, we hand over the keys to one of our talented creators, who share their inspirations, achievements, creative processes, studios and more! Read on to hear from this week’s featured cartoonist: Corey Pandolph of Barkeater Lake, The Elderberries and TOBY.

 

 

Toby by Corey Pandolph
Toby by Corey Pandolph

 

 

How did you begin your career as a cartoonist? When did you start cartooning?

 

All I cared about as a kid was cartoons. I read comic books, watched cartoons on TV and read the Sunday funnies cover to cover. As I grew up, my career aspirations swayed some, but always came back to drawing comics and cartoons.

 

As an adult, I would bartend and wait tables at night so I could concentrate on comic ideas during the day. I spent years sending away submissions to the major syndicates and even tried to break into comic books at one point. In 2000, I hooked a development deal with United Media and have been full time at cartooning and illustration in one form or another since.

 

 

What inspires you?

 

 

 

The New Yorker

 

 

People watching, mostly. And the jumbled architecture of New York City. There's so much going on at one point or another here that an hour of drawing people and buildings in the park can inspire a file cabinet of ideas. The brick, concrete, water towers, twisted wires peppered with trees and people going to work, riding bikes, falling down, being gross, being mean, being nice -- it's a giant reference photo. After overloading on the sights and (ugh) smells, I bring it all back to my desk and try and twist my brain into a fresh perspective. That's where the jokes come from -- making the things most people take for granted into an original (hopefully funny) thought. And the voices. Lots of jokes come from the voices. But we'll pretend I didn't say that.

 

 

The Elderberries by Corey Pandolph
The Elderberries by Corey Pandolph, Phil Frank and Joe Troise

 

 

Another great inspiration tool is working in unfamiliar styles or media just for fun. I like to use watercolor, oils and sometimes spray paint to see what I can accomplish. I also play a decent blues guitar, which keeps me creative, but separates me enough from my actual job, to be helpful.

 

 

What are some of your biggest achievements or accomplishments?

 

 

Cul de Sac
Cul de Sac

 

 

Besides being syndicated in newspapers with The Elderberries, I'd say my two greatest achievements are getting to write and draw Richard Thompson's Cul de Sac for a week and being a regular in The New Yorker magazine. Oh, and MAD. I got to draw their take on what the final Cathy strips would be. That was fun. And hard. I also once built shelves for the actor Michael O'Keefe. In Brooklyn.

 

My life is weird.

 

 

What were your favorite childhood comics? What comics do you read today?

 

I read all the Peanuts I could. Read Garfield when I was young. Held onto Calvin and Hobbes books like they were the bible and got into Krazy Kat and the art of Peter Arno later on. I'm into a lot of comic books and superhero stuff these days. I still feel like I'm learning how to draw, so I take the occasional life drawing course when I can.

 

 

Do you have any upcoming projects or appearances?

 

Corey Pandolph

I'm currently trying to write my first crime novel and diving into some graphic novel ideas. It's a mess at the moment, but it's a beautiful mess. I like to write and always feel like I don't do enough of it. I do some appearances that are part of being a New Yorker cartoonist, but I tend to steer clear of a lot public appearances that don't occur with my friends at a pub.

 

 

Tell us about your studio or workspace.

 

 

Corey Pandolph Studio

 

 

We live in a studio apartment in Manhattan, so I really just have a desk in the corner. It's cozy and my commute is 10 feet, so life could be worse.

 

• Find TOBY here.

• Read Barkeater Lake here.

• Check out The Elderberries here.





Celebrate Earth Day with Green Humour!

Every year on April 22, we celebrate Earth Day — a day when the world comes together to address global environmental issues such as climate change and deforestation.

 

Green Humour by Rohan Chakravarty
Green Humour by Rohan Chakravarty

 

 

For Rohan Chakravarty, creator of Green Humour, every day is Earth Day! Chakravarty uses his bi-weekly comic to educate readers through informational yet humorous strips.

 

Green Humour by Rohan Chakravarty
Green Humour by Rohan Chakravarty

 

 

If you like laughing and are interested in learning more about the environment, endangered species and a host of other topics, enjoy more Green Humour on GoComics!


Want more Earth Day-themed comics? Check out our collection here!





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.

 

 

 

4-19-16

 

 

 

 

No Ordinary Life  4-19-16

 

 

 

 

Stale Crackers 4-19-16

 

People of Earth  4-20-16

 

 

 

 

Spectickles  4-20-16

 

 

Dysconnected  4-21-16

 

 

 

 

Green Pieces  4-21-16

 

 

 

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

 





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