Meet Your Creator: Zach Weinersmith (Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal)

My name is Zach Weinersmith, and I draw the comic strip Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal (SMBC).

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Those of you who read it know that it’s an incredibly nerdy comic. I pride myself on not actively trying to be dorky, but rather, letting the dorkitude flow forth of its own accord.

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Although comics are my bread and butter, doing nerdy comics has led me on a lot of strange trips. The one I want to talk to you about now is something we started in 2013 called The Festival of Bad Ad hoc Hypotheses. BAHFest for short.

 

It all started with this comic:

 

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After that comic ran, I half-seriously posted to Facebook asking whether anyone would come if we put on such an event. We got a huuuge response! I got in touch with Christina Xu of breadpig (my publisher), and she was gung-ho on it. So, we decided to design a real show.

 

Here’s the idea: Have you ever had a theory of evolution that was totally wrong, but yet explained a surprising amount of data? I had just such an idea last year when I came up with what I call Weinersmith’s Infantapulting Hypothesis. The theory is that, if you assume early humans catapulted babies into distant villages to spread their genes, a lot of baby morphology (smooth skin, mid-body center of mass, airfoil-like body shape) and baby behavior (closing mouth when feeling wind, not being very smart) make perfect sense.

 

We decided to see if other geeks could come up with similar theories by putting out an open call for terrible, but well-argued, ideas about evolution. To our delight, we got a huge amount of submissions. We were able to cull these submissions down to exactly six proposals that stood out.

 

I figured we could sell about 50 or 100 tickets for this dorktastic idea. Then, Christina got us a venue for 1,000. This was mildly terrifying, but we started promoting as hard as we could. To my utter astonishment, we managed to sell out on the night of the show.

 

Here’s my extended talk, explaining Infantapulting:

 

 

 

Here is the winner, Tomer Ullman, giving his brilliant theory of crying:

 

 

 

We were so pleased with the audience response that we decided to hold two events this year -- one in San Francisco, and one back at MIT. Instead of having my stupid face up there at the beginning of the show, we decided to institute an opening “keynote speech.” Since the most famous people I know are cartoonists, the keynote speech on the West Coast was by Matt Inman, creator of The Oatmeal, and the keynote speech on the East Coast was by Rob DenBleyker, co-creator of Cyanide and Happiness.

 

The craziest part is that it all started with a comic, where I proposed the baby-catapulting idea.

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Twitter Q&A with Scott Nickel of Eek!

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Many thanks to Scott Nickel of Eek! comics for joining us on Twitter today! If you missed the Q&A, catch up on the chat below. 

 

 

 

 

ABOUT: Do you like penguins, unicorns, puppies and rainbows? Then don't read EEK! EEK! has nothing to do with that junk. But if you like cadavers, mutants, chainsaws, zombies, cockroaches, telemarketers and other vermin, you've come to the right place.

Caution: EEK! is highly flammable. Keep away from heat, sparks, or open flame. Use only with adequate ventilation. Prolonged exposure may produce bulging eyes, decreased night vision, dizziness, confusion, atypical facial pain, personality changes, itching without a rash, splotchy complexion, excessive thirst, insomnia, and bloating. EEK! is known to cause insanity in laboratory rats.

 

 

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Join us next Friday, November 7, for a chance to chat with Biff & Riley's Jeff Payden: #AskJeffPayden





DON MARTIN

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Browsing my favorite bookstore this morning I was happy to come across a big new beautiful collection of Don Martin dentistDon Martin's work. Martin was a key part of the mystique and delight of Mad Magazine for me as a kid, and he is the only cartoonist who I actually tried to imitate, though briefly. It didn't bring me the glory my friend Melvin Jung got for drawing perfect Snoopys for anybody who asked, but I enjoyed penciling hairs sticking out of long scrawny Martiny legs.

 

 

He was billed as Mad's Maddest Artist, and reading through this new full-color book made me realize how many times I must have read my Don Martin mass market paperbacks, as so many of his drawings are deeply and precisely burned into my memory -- like this dentist drill image. Characters like Fester Bestertester and Karbunkle and Fonebone were familiar friends.

 

I see that his widow Norma Martin has a good website going here, and there's a terrific shot of Martin's studio -- accompanying a Martin-interviews-Martin piece -- here. It alludes to his struggles with Mad publisher William Gaines over copyright issues.

 

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While looking around for biographical information and images I was delighted to find out that shortly before his work first appeared in Mad in 1956, Martin did album covers for the Prestige label, for such artists as Art Farmer, Sonny Stitt, Bud Powell, J.J. Johnson, Stan Getz -- and Miles Davis. He did the cover of Miles Davis and Horns.

 

Which makes Martin even cooler than I already thought he was...

 

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Happy Halloween!

‘Tis the season for spiderwebs, goblins, skeletons and ghosts! To make sure you get your fill this Halloween, we’ve compiled a list of our creepiest, crawliest, spookiest comics!

 

Lio by Mark Tatulli

 

It’s Halloween year-round for our buddy Lio. With an imagination coming to life in the form of slimy experiments, chilling costumes and wacky inventions, you never know what you’ll find in this bizarre, yet fun, comic strip.

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Eek! by Scott Nickel

 

Do you like penguins, unicorns, puppies and rainbows? Then don't read EEK! This colorful comic is home to cadavers, mutants, chain saws, zombies and cockroaches.

 

Eek! by Scott Nickel

 

Scary Gary by Mark Buford

 

While Gary the Vampire has put his blood-sucking days behind him, his assistant, Leopold, still finds ways to terrorize the neighborhood. You’ll find fangs, ghosts and floating faces in Scary Gary.

 

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Deep Dark Fears by Fran Krause

 

If you’re looking for shiver-inducing scenes this Halloween, forget scary movies. We’ve got you covered with Deep Dark Fears, where readers’ dark thoughts and ghost stories are illustrated into tales of terror.

 

Deep Dark Fears by Fran Krause

 

Broom Hilda by Russell Myers

 

Nothing screams “Halloween” like broomsticks, witches’ brew and enchanted forests – all of which you will find in Broom Hilda.

 

Broom Hilda by Russell Myers

 

For more Halloween-themed comics, view our collection here!





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We don't exactly have giddy grins on our faces this morning in Kansas City (far from it, in fact), but we can all agree that this MLB postseason was an exciting one. Now, if I could only stop replaying the last inning in my head...

 

Read more Win, Lose or Drew toons right here 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.

 

 

Bushy Tales  10-28-14

 

 

 

 

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Jack Radio Comics  10-29-14

 

 

 

 

 

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Peanizles  10-29-14

 

 

 

 

Regular Creatures  10-29-14

 

 

 

 

Abbott's "Specticles"  10-30-14

 

 

The Boobiehatch  10-30-14

 

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

 





GoComics Adds New Comics in October

We launched FOUR new features in October! Here's a recap:

 

Kid Shay Comics by Josh Shalek

Kid Shay Comics by Josh Shalek

Kid Shay Comics features Kate Crane, who agrees to assist her mad scientist uncle in Egypt for her summer vacation, unaware that he has raised zombies.

 

Sitting in math class in the fourth grade, creator Josh Shalek realized he could draw comics. He hasn’t looked back since. "Falling Rock National Park" is his ongoing comic book series, and he occasionally makes time for longer works such as "Tomb of the Zombies." Josh lives in Portland, Oregon, with his wife and cat.

 

Read Kid Shay Comics here.

 

Breaking Cat News by Georgia Dunn

Breaking Cat News by Georgia Dunn

Breaking Cat News delivers the latest headlines on cat happenings around the household. Join our crack team of feline reporters as they bring you the news that matters — cat news! Cynical Elvis, sensitive Puck and adventurous anchorman Lupin ask the hard-hitting questions about empty food bowls, house plants, box forts, vacuum cleaners, birds, bacon and more!

 

Georgia Dunn was born and raised in Charlestown, Rhode Island, earning a bachelor's degree in fine art from the University of Rhode Island in 2004. After a few years of day jobs, life took Georgia west to Seattle, where she began selling her illustrations online and in small independent shops. In March 2014, she began the webcomic Breaking Cat News based on her cats, just as life took her and her family back east. These days she lives in New England with her husband, son and their three very inquisitive cats. When she is not accidentally walking onto the set of their news broadcast, she can be found caring for her son by day and painting in watercolors while watching British mystery shows by night.

 

Read Breaking Cat News here.

 

Jim Benton Cartoons by Jim Benton

The Jim Benton Show by Jim Benton

Jim Benton, the author and artist behind "It's Happy Bunny," "Dear Dumb Diary," "Franny K. Stein," "So Totally True" and more, is proud to have his cartoons shared on GoComics. Benton loves to experiment, and his cartoons shift direction from day to day.

People magazine called him "One of the most visible cartoonists in America," and The Wall Street Journal said, "Mr. Benton's intellectual properties ... have made him stand out in an industry dominated by big entertainment companies." Publishers Weekly remarked simply: "Who could resist [Jim Benton]?"

           

Jim is the author and artist of "Dear Dumb Diary," a New York Times bestselling series published by Scholastic, which has sold more than 10 million books and is printed in 18 languages. He also co-wrote a produced a made-for-TV musical based on the series.

 

He’s the creator of many licensed properties, including "It’s Happy Bunny," the licensing hit that has generated more than three-quarter billion dollars at retail. The "It’s Happy Bunny" books have been chosen three times by the American Librarians Association as their top picks for teen readers, and "It’s Happy Bunny" programs have taken top awards from the Licensing Industry Merchandising Association five times. Jim’s anti-drug program for middle school kids for The Partnership for a Drug-Free America has won three Addy Awards and a Governor’s Award. 

 

Jim’s series "Franny K. Stein," published by Simon & Schuster, has sold more than a million books, and is in more than 15 languages and Braille.

 

The National cartoonist Society (NCS) awarded Jim with a Reuben award in the greeting card division. 

 

"The End (Almost)," Benton’s first picture book, was recently awarded a National Parenting Publications Award gold award.

 

Jim’s newest book (a collection of web cartoons) "Dog Butts and Love. And Stuff Like That. And Cats." published by NBM is receiving critical praise.

 

Read Jim Benton Cartoons here.

 

Little Nemo by Winsor McCay

 

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Little Nemo in Slumberland was the greatest comic strip of its day, perhaps the greatest of all time, acclaimed the world over for its artistic majesty, unbounded imagination and groundbreaking techniques that helped define a new art form.   

 

Available only on GoComics, Sunday Press presents Winsor McCay’s masterpiece in all its glory, on the web for the first time ever, in sequence, starting with the very first page. Over 100 years later, these Sunday comic strips, which influenced generations of artists, are as fresh and glorious as ever! 

 

Zenas Winsor McCay was born sometime between 1867 and 1870, most likely in Canada, though his earliest years are not well documented. He quickly gained fame as his natural talent as an artist and draftsman saw him rise quickly from dime museum sign painter to prolific newspaper artist and cartoonist, to pioneer animator, even a vaudeville quick-draw entertainer. He started his serious illustration work in Cincinnati, where he created his first Sunday feature, Tales of the Jungle Imps (1903), while also drawing illustrations for the original Life magazine.  He moved on to the New York Herald, where he created a number of small cartoon features, and then Little Sammy Sneeze, Dream of the Rarebit Fiend, and his masterpiece, Little Nemo in Slumberland

 

Little Nemo drew character inspiration from McCay’s son Robert, architecture and design from the 1893 World’s Columbia Exposition in Chicago and fantastical features from those found at the Coney Island amusement park near his home in Brooklyn.  But the brilliance of it all came from McCay himself, with his unsurpassed draftsmanship and boundless imagination that created a new language of comics, even anticipating aspects of modern cinema decades before appearing on the screen. There were three incarnations of Little Nemo, first at the Herald from 1905 to 1911, then at Hearst’s American from 1911 to 1914, and once again at the Herald from 1924 to 1927. 

 

Winsor McCay died in 1934, ending his career drawing marvelously detailed editorial cartoons. Looking at the images presented in this online feature, it is no surprise that he once stated, I have never been so happy as when I was drawing Little Nemo in Slumberland.”

 

Read Little Nemo here.

 





Calvin at the Bat, Week 5

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Well, here we are: the end of baseball in 2014. It's been a fun trip, heading this deeply into the postseason hinterlands with our beloved Royals, and no matter what happens tonight, it's been fun for everyone.

 

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Having utterly expended all the sporting-, baseball-, football- and Calvinball-related Calvin & Hobbes strips over the last month, today we'll enjoy some of his more literal heroic exploits, which seems a fitting close to our amazing season.

 

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Go Royals.

 

Woo,

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November 2014 Twitter Q&A Schedule

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Join us Fridays at 1:30pm CT on Twitter for Q&A sessions with our talented GoComics creators!

 

During these one-hour live-tweet sessions, we invite a cartoonist(s) to answer a set of core questions, then field queries from the public. We encourage our fans to take part in these Q&As. To participate, tweet questions or simply follow along, using the designated event hashtag.

 

Now, mark your calendars!

 

THE LINE-UP: 
 
• 11/7: Jeff Payden of Biff & Riley
 
• 11/14: Mike Shiell of The Wandering Melon
 
• 11/21: Alexis E. Fajardo of Kid Beowulf
 
• 11/28: No live-tweet Q&A — Turkey Hangover
 
  




GoComics Staff Pick: Poorly Drawn Lines by Reza Farazmand

I’m not sure what it is about this comic, but it makes me laugh like no other. I feel weird sitting at my desk giggling -- actually it’s more of a snicker, but nonetheless, it’s weird. It might be the hilarious facial expressions or the timing of the jokes, but I can’t get enough of this comic. Reza Farazmand has a quirky sense of humor, but it is hilarious. You might not get all of the jokes, but the ones you do get, you will love. I look forward to reading more of this strip.

 

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This strip is just for me because I’m studying Spanish and I love rice. Perfecto!

 

 

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Everyone knows someone who is grumpy and complains for no reason.

 

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I could look at this years from now and still laugh. The facial expression is just hilarious. The dog is just like a young version of me. I never got in trouble because I was sneaky.

 

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Here’s some of that quirky humor in action.

 

—Lauren, Marketing Intern

 

 

Add Poorly Drawn Lines to your GoComics homepage!





Halloween: Then and Now

With Halloween coming up, I wanted to share some of my Halloween experiences with you. Though we didn’t normally celebrate Halloween growing up, my mom let us celebrate one year for some strange reason. I remember dressing up as a flying fairy doll and I was so excited to get all dolled-up and wear makeup. This was an extremely rare occurrence -- the only other times I had on makeup was when my friends and I did makeovers at a sleepover. My brother and his friend went as Men in Black characters because that movie was a blockbuster that year. They wore black suits with white shirts and black sunglasses. We went door-to-door collecting as much candy as possible.

 

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If I’d known better, I would have prepared a map, too.

The few Halloween memories from my childhood involve me being scared. It doesn’t help that I have an older brother who goes through elaborate schemes to scare me. My mom knew I wouldn’t like trick-or-treating, but I guess our combined begging wore her down. I have nightmares to this day, so I guess my mom was protecting me all along. I don’t like scary movies or haunted houses, but my love for candy helped me contain my fears for just one night. 

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If I’m ever tricked into watching a scary movie, I remind myself that’s it just a movie. None of this could happen in real life … or could it?

Most of my fond Halloween memories are from recent years. My roommates in college loved Halloween and helped me get in the spirit. They took me to the pumpkin patch last year and we picked the perfect pumpkin for carving, which we took with us to a pumpkin-carving party at a teammates’ house. I loved roasting the pumpkin seeds and eating them.  

 

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The pumpkin-scented candles smell nothing like real pumpkins.

When Halloween comes around, I know I’m not the only one who struggles with finding the perfect costume. I ask myself, “Do I want to have a clever costume, a classic costume or a group costume?” I’ve always wanted to be the Spice Girls with my friends, but it hasn’t happened yet. Themed costume parties can help narrow down my costume ideas, but sometimes I end up making my go-to Tinker Bell costume fit the theme of whatever party I attend. I usually like to have a few options -- a few different costumes for the parties before Halloween because I like to save the special costume for actual Halloween night.

 

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I’m like the little girl in the princess fairy queen costume. I can always depend on my trusty Tinker Bell costume.

What are you wearing this year? Don’t worry -- if you haven’t figured it out yet you still have a few days!

-- Lauren





Giveaway: Halloween Prize Pack

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In the spirit of Halloween, we’re giving away a creepy-crawly prize pack to one lucky fan!

 

The prize pack includes:

-       A SIGNED, glow-in-the-dark copy of “Desmond Pucket Makes Monster Magic” by Mark

        Tatulli 

-       A copy of “Monster on the Hill” by Rob Harrell

-       Spooky hot chocolate mix to warm you up on this chill-inducing holiday!

 

To enter, leave a comment on this blog post and include your FIRST and LAST names. This contest will end on Tues., Nov., 4 at 10 a.m. CT. The winner will be announced that day on this blog. Sorry, worldwide comics fans -- this contest is open to U.S. and Canada residents only.

 

Do you love Halloween as much as we do? Check out our collection of Halloween-themed comics here!





Giveaway: Special Edition, Signed NYCC 2014 Prints – Winners Announced!

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Thank you to all who entered to win the NYCC 2014 signed prints!

 

We have randomly selected three winners! Congratulations to Ken Carpenter, Andrew Askren and Jamie Schofield. Please email us at rewards@gocomics.com with your shipping address and phone number. Please note: You must contact us by 11/3/14 or your prize will be forfeited.





AN ABUNDANCE OF TOONS

An Abundance of ToonsHere at GoComics we've been working hard for years to help create the online future for comics. And yet cartoons on pieces of paper remain one of life's great pleasure for me -- not only in the daily newspaper, in books, and in The New Yorker, but in the monthly comics and humor newspaper Funny Times. For almost 30 years, a small team of people have spent their time surveying the riches of the cartoon universe and plucking what they like in order to fill out this monthly toon-trove, which is actually printed on newsprint and arrives in the mailbox for a modest fee.

 

Once indoors, an issue of Funny Times can migrate around the house for weeks, folded to a different page every time you see it, and increasingly stained by coffee-cup rings. An issue arrived in my mailbox today, and by my count has about 100 comics and cartoons (some by well-known people, others not) and about a dozen humorous essays (same deal -- Dave Barry, Andy Borowitz, and people whose names I don't recognize). Regular text features include News of the Weird, Curmudgeon quotes, and the always-amazing Harper's Index. The cartoons are from all over the place -- lots of GoComics creators are in there, as are Sherpa creators, alt-indy-undergrounders, New Yorker folk, and there are people you'll see here first and get to know elsewhere later.

 

When I saw the new issue and felt the anticipation of enjoyment, I realized I should pass along word for any toonfolk who may not have heard of it yet. Check out the site 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.

 

 

Alison Ward  10-24-14

 

 

 

 

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Kim The Grim Elf  10-25-14

 

 

 

The Boobiehatch 10-25-14

 

 

 

 

 

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Frank & Steinway  10-27-14

 

 

 

Magic Coffee Hair  10-27-14

 

 

 

Mort's Island 10-27-14

 

 

 

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

 





Weekend Faves (October 26)

WuMo by Wulff & Morgenthaler
WuMo by Wulff & Morgenthaler

I have a feeling you can't hide this from the doctor anymore.
--Lauren

 

Pickles by Brian Crane
Pickles by Brian Crane

Getting old is rough in ways I never imagined.

--Julie

 

Non Sequitur by Wiley Miller
Non Sequitur by Wiley Miller

It's about time the list of fall cliches got a makeover.

--Lucas

 

Grand-ave-topper-lo Grand Avenue by Steve Breen and Mike Thompson
Grand Avenue by Steve Breen and Mike Thompson

Life can be so confusing.

--Julie

 

Big Nate by Lincoln Peirce
Big Nate by Lincoln Peirce

Poor Percy!
--Lucas

 





New Comic Alert! Jim Benton Cartoons by Jim Benton

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Jim Benton, the author and artist behind "It's Happy Bunny," "Dear Dumb Diary," "Franny K. Stein," "So Totally True" and more, is proud to have his cartoons shared on GoComics. Benton loves to experiment, and his cartoons shift direction from day to day.

 

People magazine called him "One of the most visible cartoonists in America," and The Wall Street Journal said, "Mr. Benton's intellectual properties ... have made him stand out in an industry dominated by big entertainment companies." Publishers Weekly remarked simply: "Who could resist [Jim Benton]?"

 

Jim is the author and artist of "Dear Dumb Diary," a New York Times bestselling series published by Scholastic, which has sold more than 10 million books and is printed in 18 languages. He also co-wrote a produced a made-for-TV musical based on the series.

 

He’s the creator of many licensed properties, including "It’s Happy Bunny," the licensing hit that has generated more than three-quarter billion dollars at retail. The "It’s Happy Bunny" books have been chosen three times by the American Librarians Association as their top picks for teen readers, and "It’s Happy Bunny" programs have taken top awards from the Licensing Industry Merchandising Association five times. Jim’s anti-drug program for middle school kids for The Partnership for a Drug-Free America has won three Addy Awards and a Governor’s Award. 

 

Jim’s series "Franny K. Stein," published by Simon & Schuster, has sold more than a million books, and is in more than 15 languages and Braille.

 

The National cartoonist Society (NCS) awarded Jim with a Reuben award in the greeting card division. 

 

"The End (Almost)," Benton’s first picture book, was recently awarded a National Parenting Publications Award gold award.

 

Jim’s newest book (a collection of web cartoons) "Dog Butts and Love. And Stuff Like That. And Cats." published by NBM is receiving critical praise.

 

Read Jim Benton Cartoons here.





Meet Your Creator: Mark Buford (Scary Gary)

Today, we hear from Scary Gary creator Mark Buford!

 

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How did you begin your career as a cartoonist/When did you start cartooning?
I began drawing and doodling at a very young age. Most of my family members are artistically inclined, so I found that I had sort of a natural talent (such as it is) for drawing. Like most cartoonists in my age group, it all started with Peanuts. I fell in love with the strip and its characters immediately, and then set about the task of drawing them as much as I could. It would be years, of course, before I found my own voice and style, but Peanuts was sort of the Genesis.

 

The beginning of actually drawing comics for me came without the inspiration of daily strips, but rather a combination of underground comics and stand-up comedy. In 1988 I was living in Seattle. There, I started to read underground/alternative comics. Some of my favorite artists and titles were:

 

  1. Robert Crumb (Zapped, Self-Loathing, Weirdo)
  2. Daniel Clowes (Eightball, Ghost World)
  3. Adrian Tomine (Optic Nerve)
  4. Seth (Palookaville, It’s a Good Life, if You Don’t Weaken)
  5. Chester Brown (The Playboy, Louis Riel)
  6. Joe Matt (The Poor Bastard, Fair Weather)
  7. Harvey Pekar (American Splendor)

 

I became completely engrossed with these types of comics. The way in which the artists were able to tell stories with gentle, dramatic arcs and conversational dialog was a real eye-opener for me. Those are the types of comics I was drawing (or attempting to draw) when I began putting pen to Bristol board.

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At about the same time, I started to develop an interest in stand-up-comedy. I was an “open-miker” around Atlanta in the late 1980s and early 1990s, battling stage fright and struggling through my eternal five minutes on stage every Wednesday night. It should be noted that at that time, comedians like Jerry Seinfeld, Jay Leno and Garry Shandling were still nightclub comics on the regular tour circuit. They would all perform at the clubs in Atlanta periodically and were all happy to mingle and mentor us lowly supplicants. Seinfeld was always particularly approachable and gracious.

 

At any rate, as my chronic stage fright failed to abate, I started thinking of a way in which I could integrate my love of writing jokes with my love of comics. This merger of interests launched my career in daily comic strips.

 

What inspires you?
Good comedy writing. I recently read a book called “And Here’s the Kicker” by Mike Sacks. A terrific read for anyone interested in comedy writing. It compiles conversations with 21 top humor writers on their craft. I get really excited when I’m exposed to comedy writing (movies, TV or comics) that doesn’t resort to puns, play-on-word jokes or expositional dialog. I desperately try to stay away from all the aforementioned traps in my comic strip. I don’t always succeed, but it’s always on my mind. Whenever I write a joke, I always think to myself, “Would I be embarrassed to show this to a great comedy writer like Bob Odenkirk, or George Meyer, or Paul Feig?” If the answer is yes, I start over.

 

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Achievements/Accomplishments
Last year, the actor Jack Black and his production company (Electric Dynamite), along with Warner Bros. Entertainment, expressed an interest in turning Scary Gary into an animated television series. We put together a five-year option deal that will allow them to pitch a pilot episode to all the major networks. There has been no movement with anything since (option deals have a tendency to languish), but it was very exciting to have some objective recognition for my work.

 

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I have also had a book compilation published. “A Good Severed Head is Hard to Find” was published by Moonbase Press and compiles the entire first year of the strip.

 

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Your favorite childhood comics/Comics you read today
Growing up, my favorite comics included Peanuts, The Wizard of Id, B.C., Tumbleweeds, Andy Capp, Calvin and Hobbes and The Far Side.

 

My favorite daily strips today are Cul-de-Sac and Pooch Café. I also enjoy non-mainstream strips like The City, Red Meat and The Perry Bible Fellowship.

 

Your studio/Workspace
I live and work in a loft space in downtown Atlanta that began life in 1920 as a cotton warehouse. It’s a wonderful place to work. Many of my neighbors are creative types (artists, photographers, filmmakers, etc.), so a little camaraderie and inspiration are never too far away.

 

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Twitter Q&A with Nate Fakes of Break of Day

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Did you miss our Q&A with Break of Day creator Nate Fakes? Catch up on the chat below!  

 

 

 

 

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ABOUT: Break of Day is an off-the-wall situational comedy that breaks through the realm of a typical comic by offering a new perspective on this world (or beyond). Sometimes edgy, sometimes cute and everything in-between – it delivers it all. Nate Fakes offers you something a little different that will give you a humor break to your day.

 

 

Join us next Friday (Halloween!) for a chance to chat live with Eek creator Scott Nickel! 





Costume Confusion

Halloween can be a stressful time for kids and adults alike, and it’s not because of the ghosts, goblins and witches dancing through town. The real stress comes from planning the perfect costume.

 

Heart of the City by Mark Tatulli
Heart of the City by Mark Tatulli
Heart of the City by Mark Tatulli
Heart of the City by Mark Tatulli

There’s so much pressure to be original.

 

WuMo by Wulff & Morgenthaler
WuMo by Wulff & Morgenthaler

While you don’t want to go over the top, you definitely want to show your fun side.

 

Cathy by Cathy Guisewite
Cathy by Cathy Guisewite

Which means it can get expensive.

 

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

But the finished product is SO worth it.

 

Frazz by Jef Mallett
Frazz by Jef Mallett

As a word of advice this Halloween -- whatever you do, don’t dress up as a piñata.

 

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

We love Halloween at GoComics, so we’ve compiled a collection of spooky funnies! See it here.

 

--Julie






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