GoComics A to Z, Vol 3: Pot-Shots

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Feature: Pot-Shots
Creator: Ashleigh Brilliant
Format: single panel, no more than 17 words
Frequency: daily
Recommended if you like: epigrams, eCards, clip art, riddles, wordplay, brevity, brilliance


Although the punchy phrases, ironic, made-for-T-shirt humor and symbiosis of sarcasm and clip art look and feel very similar to the modern meme, these "Pot-Shots" date back to the 1960s and '70s, when Ashleigh Brilliant was giving daily public lectures in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park, teaching history on a "Floating University" cruise ship, and publishing his clever epigrams by the dozen. According to Brilliant's own description for what constitutes a proper Pot-Shot: 

 

"...What is said must be really worth saying, but, as far as possible, never actually have been said before. There can be humor, profundity, poignancy, whimsy or a combination of all these. Another criterion is that the material should have lasting value and be capable of being appreciated in other times and other cultures. Because of this stricture, there can be no rhyme, no rhythm, no puns, no idioms – in fact, none of the conventional wordplay that makes writing short expressions fun and easy."

 

In a way, Brilliant's epigrams — no longer than 17 words in all but a few cases — are a forerunner to the modern use of Twitter for comedy and wit. They're lots of fun to read, look at and think about, and a perfect combination of a sharp British wit steeped in popular American humor. Think Oscar Wilde meets Mark Twain with a dash of sixties San Francisco whimsy, and that will put you somewhere close to the mark.

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Read more Pot-Shots right here on GoComics.com!





Giveaway: Archive-Quality “The Duplex” Prints

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Our buddies Eno and Fang would never miss a good party. To kick off the 4th of July festivities, we’re giving away THREE archive-quality The Duplex prints featuring firework fun! 

 

To enter, leave a comment on this post and include your first and last name. Limit one entry per person. This contest will end on Tues., July 7 at 10 a.m. CT. The winners will be announced that day on this blog.

 

Amped for Independence Day? We have a whole collection of comics dedicated to the holiday! Or, read The Duplex here.





GoComics: Your No. 1 Destination on International Joke Day

July 1 is International Joke Day, but at GoComics, we celebrate jokes every day of the year! No matter what type of humor makes you laugh the most, there’s something funny for everyone across our 300+ comic strips!

 

Perhaps you’re someone who appreciates the classics? There’s nothing more classic than a knock-knock joke!

 

Drabble by Kevin Fagan
Drabble by Kevin Fagan



Except, maybe, the ol’ “screw in the light bulb” joke.

 

Garfield by Jim Davis
Garfield by Jim Davis

 

Or the ever-popular blonde joke:

 

Luann by Greg Evans
Luann by Greg Evans

 

Then there are those cheesy, punny jokes; ones that are usually followed by the words “GET IT?”

 

Lola by Todd Clark
Lola by Todd Clark

 

You've got the jokes at others' expense ...

 

The Grizzwells by Bill Schorr
The Grizzwells by Bill Schorr

 

You know, those “inappropriate” jokes that usually got you sent to the principal’s office? Big Nate knows them well.

 

Big Nate by Lincoln Peirce
Big Nate by Lincoln Peirce

 

We also have failed joke attempts, which sometimes bring even more laughter than successful ones; those of the long-winded, just-give-us-the-punch-line-already variety. 

 

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

 

And the equally failing over-done gags.

 

Frazz by Jef Mallett
Frazz by Jef Mallett

 

Finally, there’s the always frustrating (unless you’re in on it) inside joke; honestly, what is the point of telling an inside joke to someone on the outside?

 

Get Fuzzy by Darby Conley
Get Fuzzy by Darby Conley

 

There are plenty more jokes, puns and gags where those came from. Browse all of our comics and find something to make you laugh today!





Comic Cooks That Will Make You Feel like a Grill Master

Humans have been attempting to master the art of grilling since fire was invented, but barbecuing up a well-seasoned, perfectly charred piece of meat isn’t an easy feat to accomplish. Summer after summer, no matter how many burgers we burn, the challenge of grilling keeps us putting on our “Kiss the Cook” aprons and heading out to the backyard, in hopes that this is the year we can finally take the fire department off of speed-dial.

 

To all of you aspiring grillers out there, we’d like to offer our encouragement, in the form of this list of comic cooks whose barbecuing blunders could make anyone feel like a grill master.

 

Many of us have attempted to elevate our grilling status by splurging on a state-of-the-art grill, but there’s a fine line between expensive and excessive.

 

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

 

Others believe in the classics when it comes to our equipment. Although, I’m not sure this is “the way Dad used to do it.”

 

Lola by Todd Clark
Lola by Todd Clark

 

You thought it took you a while to get the coals started?

 

Cleats by Bill Hinds
Cleats by Bill Hinds



You have no idea …

 

Garfield by Jim Davis
Garfield by Jim Davis


 

However, some people have no problem getting their fire going – and going, and going…

 

The Born Loser by Art and Chip Sansom
The Born Loser by Art and Chip Sansom

 

Which leads to burnt burgers … and burnt brows.

 

F Minus by Tony Carrillo
F Minus by Tony Carrillo

 

 

The families and friends of these catastrophic cooks have stopped trying to stop them, instead putting their energy into practicing their safety drills.

 

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

 

They learn what signs to look for …

 

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

 

And, chances are, they’ve gotten this phone call once or twice:

 

Close to Home by John McPherson
Close to Home by John McPherson

 

Hang in there, grill masters! Grilling is not for the faint-hearted or the highly flammable, but, as Arlo likes to say:

 

Arlo and Janis by Jimmy Johnson
Arlo and Janis by Jimmy Johnson




Giveaway: WuMo: Something is Wrong – Winner Announced

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Thank you to all who entered to win a copy of the brand-new "WuMo: Something is Wrong"! We've randomly selected one winner!

 

Congratulations to Jovan Bone! Please contact us at rewards@gocomics.com with your shipping address and phone number. Please note: You must contact us by 7/7/15 or your prize will be forfeited.

 

Didn't win? Get your daily dose of WuMo here or purchase your own copy of "WuMo: Something is Wrong" here.





GoComics Adds Five New Comics in June

We added five new features this month! Catch up on the comics and cartoonists below.

 

Tough Town by Bob Shannon

 

Tough Town by Bob Shannon

Tough Town chronicles the misadventures of Rudolph, a divorced reindeer working unhappily as a fourth-grade teacher. His hobbies include gambling, smoking, drinking and serving as a terrible role model for his son. When heʼs not driving his principal crazy or neglecting his underperforming students, heʼs hanging out with a bizarre group of aliens down at the local bar.

 

Bob Shannon is the creator of the comic strip Tough Town. Shannon confesses he was born with absolutely no artistic talent, and opts to create his comics using animation software on the Pixton website. Shannon hopes that with advances in artificial intelligence, computers will one day be able to write his comic strips as well as draw them. Until that glorious day arrives, he will continue to crank out episodes of Tough Town on his broken-down iMac. Shannon’s hobbies include begging people for technical assistance while attempting to upload his comic strips to various websites.

 

Read Tough Town here.

 

Drive by Dave Kellett

 

Drive by Dave Kellett

 

Drive tells the story of a second Spanish empire, a galactic empire, and its looming war with a race called "The Continuum of Makers." Humanity has built its empire using technology stolen from the Makers – and these creatures want it back with an almost religious fervor.

 

In the brewing war, it's clear that humanity will lose, and lose badly, unless it can find some advantage in battle. That hope arrives in the form of a tiny, mysterious creature who can drive a starship like no one's ever seen. Now all humanity needs to do ... is find 10,000 more pilots just like him. But no one knows where he's from.

 

Dave Kellett is the Los Angeles-based cartoonist behind the comic strips Drive and Sheldon – the latter of which has been nominated twice for cartooning’s highest honor, the Eisner Award. Dave also co-directed Stripped, the feature documentary on comic strips and cartoonists. Stripped brings together more than 70 cartoonists, including the notoriously private Calvin and Hobbes creator Bill Watterson, to discuss the art of cartooning and the state of the newspaper industry. A huge success, Stripped reached the No. 1 spot on iTunes on the day of its release and won “Best Documentary” at San Diego Comic-Con in 2014.

 

Read Drive here.

 

Bent Objects by Terry Border

 

Bent Objects by Terry Border

Cartoonist Terry Border has been working on Bent Objects since 2006. Border uses ordinary, everyday objects, and presents them as if they have come to life, giving them wire arms and legs. 

 

Border was born in South Carolina in October of 1965. He grew up in Indiana, the home of his family for well over 200 years. As a boy, Border would read the morning and afternoon newspapers, with special attention on the comic pages, in which Calvin and Hobbes and The Far Side were of special interest.

 

Border’s mother gave him a camera for his high-school graduation, and it led him in first a photojournalistic direction, and then a commercial photography career. Finally, in late 2006, he started using the art degree he gained from Ball State University back in 1988 by creating pieces to photograph and share on the Web, which he named Bent Objects. 

 

This project has taken him to giving presentations to the Gel Conference in New York City, and workshops in San Paulo, Brazil. Border’s work has been published on countless blogs and websites, was the No. 1 linked culture article in the London Telegraph, and has been included in Russian, Chinese, Italian, French, English, Mexican and German magazines. A German TV crew has recorded him in his studio, and he’s been featured on a New Zealand children’s program.

 

Border has had two collections of his Bent Objects images published in book form. He now keeps busy working on children’s books, for which he writes and creates the photo-illustrations.

 

Border lives with his wife, daughter and two cats in Greenwood, Indiana.

 

Read Bent Objects here.

 

Ask a Cat by Charles Brubaker

 

Ask a Cat by Charles Brubaker

 

Ask a Cat is a comic strip in which people can finally ask questions to a cat. Ever wondered why a cat does this? Or what cats think of humans? Or what they think of a movie? Wonder no more, as Cat answers real letters that people send to him. If you want to ask Cat something, send an email to goaskthecat@gmail.com.

 

Ask a Cat creator Charles Brubaker was born and raised in Japan. While a student at University of Tennessee at Martin, he began drawing cartoons for both the student paper and the local paper, drawing comics and editorial cartoons. After graduating, Brubaker’s comics were published in comic books, newspapers, and anthologies, and he self-published "Smallbug Comics" zines. Brubaker also writes about animation history at the Cartoon Research website. Brubaker currently lives in Martin, Tennessee, with his own three cats inspiring him.

 

Read Ask a Cat here.

 

Wallace the Brave by Will Henry

 

Wallace the Brave by Will Henry

 

Welcome to Snug Harbor! Will Henry's Wallace the Brave is a whimsical comic strip that centers around a bold and curious little boy named Wallace, his best friend, Spud, and Amelia, the new girl in town. Wallace lives in the quaint and funky town of Snug Harbor with his fisherman father, plant-loving mother and feral little brother, Sterling.

 

Will Henry is a happy-go-lucky cartoonist who has been drawing comic strips for many, many years. He lives in the tiny but triumphant state of Rhode Island with his wife, Isis, and his mistress, the sea.

 

Read Wallace the Brave here.





10 Reasons We Love (and Hate) Social Media

When I – an avid social media user – learned today was Social Media Day, I jumped on the opportunity to blog about it!

 

Since its invention, social media has taken society by storm, providing us with many new conveniences and forms of entertainment, becoming a more prominent part of our culture with every passing day. As is true with any technology, though, it is not universally “liked.” The social media debate extends into the GoComics universe quite often, and, through comic strips and readers’ comments, I get to see both sides of it.

 

Inspired by what I’ve seen, and in honor of Social Media Day, I’ve compiled a list of reasons to love (and hate) social media:

 

1. Social media lets you connect with family members (and sometimes allows your family to excessively stalk you).

 

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

 

2. It can also put distance between you and your family members (great for normally uncomfortable holiday situations, but have you ever tried to hug an iPad? It’s no good.)

 

Half Full by Maria Scrivan
Half Full by Maria Scrivan

 

3. It gives the average person a platform to talk about their passions, whatever they may be (anyone can talk about anything, anytime they want, as much as they want, regardless of who cares).

 

Sarah's Scribbles by Sarah Andersen
Sarah's Scribbles by Sarah Andersen

 

4. It allows you to catch up with old classmates (some people’s worst nightmare).

 

In the Sticks by Nathan Cooper
In the Sticks by Nathan Cooper

 

5. It acts as a forum for debate (this one is self-explanatory).

 

Truth Facts by Wulff & Morgenthaler
Truth Facts by Wulff & Morgenthaler

 

6. Sites like Pinterest give you the confidence to bring out the DIY side of yourself that you’ve never explored before (perhaps for good reason?).

 

Dogs of C-Kennel by Mick & Mason Mastroianni
Dogs of C-Kennel by Mick & Mason Mastroianni

 

 Half Full by Maria Scrivan
Half Full by Maria Scrivan

 

7. Twitter allows you to keep your followers updated on your every move because, as the common saying goes, if you didn’t tweet about it, did it really happen? (hint: YES, it still happened.)

 

Reality Check by Dave Whamond
Reality Check by Dave Whamond

 

8. Social media also provides you with ways to gain feedback from others (which can be very rewarding and very addicting).

 

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

 

9. It allows you to joke around with friends, with the ability to type things like “LOL” without ever actually having to laugh, which is great (so long as you realize that).

 

The Duplex by Glenn McCoy
The Duplex by Glenn McCoy

 

10. Phone apps allow you to have access to your favorite social media sites everywhere you go, and that’s so convenient (as long as you don’t let your battery die … whoops).

 

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

 

What are your thoughts on social media? Do you love it, hate it, or a little bit of both?

 

– Amanda





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.

 

 

 

Cleo and Company  6-26-15

 

 

 

 

No Ordinary Life  6-26-15

 

 

 

 

The Gray Zone  6-26-15

 

 

 

 

 

Which Witch  6-26-15

 

 

 

 

Rosy  6-27-15

 

 

 

 

 

Fool's Paradise  6-28-15

 

 

 

 

6-28-15

 

 

 

 

 

6-28-15

 

 

 

 

 

Courageous Man Adventures  6-29-15

 

 


 

 

Peanizles  6-29-15

 

 

 

 

 6-29-15

 

 

 

 

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

 

 





David L. Hoyt’s Giant Word Winder Makes Learning Fun Again

In today’s world, with its many new video games and TV shows, it’s no secret that the minds and bodies of our children don’t get enough exercise. 

 

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

 

In a time with so many technologies and advances, most of the learning devices used in classrooms are still purely visual or verbal, unable to hold the attention span of students.

 

The Buckets by Greg Cravens
The Buckets by Greg Cravens

 

However, David Hoyt, “the man who puzzles America” as the creator of many popular syndicated puzzles like Word Roundup, Pocket Posh Puzzle Books, and various Jumble games, to name a few, understands that the best way to engage the minds of students is by allowing them to have fun while they learn, which is why he invented his GIANT Word Winder puzzle!

 

By allowing students to physically move around the lettered game board, this interactive puzzle helps develop their word recognition skills, while also encouraging teamwork and peer-to-peer learning, and – most importantly to students – it’s a blast! “The competition of winding the words makes people want to try harder,” says Audrey Jacobs, an eighth-grade student who plays Giant Word Winder in her classroom. According to Audrey, “It doesn’t feel like learning, which is nice.”

 

To hear more of what teachers, librarians and students have to say about Giant Word Winder, check out this video:

 





“Inside Out” Director Inspired by Richard Thompson

Cul de Sac by Richard Thompson
Cul de Sac by Richard Thompson

 

Breaking box-office records, Walt Disney’s "Inside Out" debuted earlier this month with rave reviews from adults and children alike.

 

In a New York Times interview, "Inside Out" director and co-writer Pete Docter praises the work of Richard Thompson:

 

“I just bought a pile of crow-quill pen nibs. You know, the kind you dip in ink before you draw. Richard Thompson, the author of one of my all-time favorite comic strips called Cul de Sac, is a big pen-nib fan, and I bought them under the belief that once I owned these nibs I would be able to draw as well as Thompson. I’m thinking it might also help if I slept with them under my pillow.” – via The New York Times

 

Read the full article here. Or, read the beautiful Cul de Sac here.





Weekend Faves (June 28)

The Argyle Sweater by Scott Hilburn
The Argyle Sweater by Scott Hilburn

So you're saying … his name is a Riddle?

--Amanda

 

 

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

Good news, Calvin. They'll laugh about this someday. Bad news – It won't be for many, many years.

--Julie

 

 

Lay Lines by Carol Lay
Lay Lines by Carol Lay

Really enjoying Carol Lay's work on GoComics. No doubt, this next series will be just as captivating as the last. Follow the first Murderville story "The One That Got Away" here. 

--Lindsay

 

Arlo and Janis by Jimmy Johnson
Arlo and Janis by Jimmy Johnson

Great illustration of the agony and ecstasy of trying to make an omelet. I can't tell if Arlo is laughing or crying in the last panel.
--Lucas

 

 

Drabble by Kevin Fagan
Drabble by Kevin Fagan

There you have it, comic-loving couples: the non-answer to marriage success, courtesy of Ralph Drabble.
--Amanda

 

 

Non Sequitur by Wiley Miller
Non Sequitur by Wiley Miller


I wish more of my Facebook friends would have trouble coming up with statuses. I don't care what you ate for breakfast, girl I haven't talked to since third grade.

--Elizabeth

 

 

Diamond Lil by Brett Koth
Diamond Lil by Brett Koth

Ducks don't duck. Good to know.

--Julie

 

 

Reality Check by Dave Whamond
Reality Check by Dave Whamond

You can't get your 'Money for Nothing', Kenny.

--Amanda





GoComics and Andrews McMeel Publishing Head to San Diego Comic-Con

 

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The most wonderful week of the year is just around the corner: San Diego Comic-Con!

 

We’re teaming up with our sister company, Andrews McMeel Publishing (AMP), to bring SDCC attendees an awesome, comic-filled experience! We’ll be in Booth 1503 with giveaways galore, creator signings, comic book collections and archive-quality comic strip prints for sale, plus a whole lot more!

 

Excited? So are we! Here’s a deeper look into what we’re offering at SDCC:

 

 

 

 

  • In honor of the 30th anniversary of Calvin and Hobbes, archive-quality prints of the iconic first and last Calvin and Hobbes comic strips will be available for purchase. To celebrate the 65th anniversary of Peanuts, an archive-quality print of the first-ever comic strip (available in color or black and white) will also be available. 

 

  • GoComics will host daily Twitter giveaways (Thursday through Sunday) featuring the "Dear Mr. Watterson" and "Stripped" documentaries in celebration of the 30th anniversary of Calvin and Hobbes (while supplies last).

 

  • In partnership with Peanuts Worldwide, SDCC attendees are encouraged to visit the Peanuts booth (#1637) and ask for a “GoComics Ticket.” Attendees who present this ticket at the Andrews McMeel Publishing/GoComics booth (#1503) will receive exclusive commemorative Peanuts prizes, including a collectible 65th anniversary poster, Snoopy buttons, bookmarks, tattoos and a coloring sheet for kids (while supplies last).

 

  • GoComics T-shirts featuring the slogan “Read Comics Every Day” will be available for purchase for $20.

 

GoComics/AMP Signing Schedule:


All creator signings will occur at the Andrews McMeel Publishing/GoComics Booth (#1503). Exclusive SDCC 2015 prints or posters will be provided for free at all creator signings.

 

Thursday, July 9

12:30 – 1:30 p.m.: Jason Chatfield (Ginger Meggs)

2:00 – 3:00 p.m.: Jim Benton (Jim Benton Cartoons)

3:30 – 4:30 p.m.: Lalo Alcaraz (editorial cartoonist; La Cucaracha)

 

Friday, July 10

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.: Greg Evans (Luann)

12:30 – 1:30 p.m.: Brooke McEldowney (9 Chickweed Lane, Pibgorn)

2:00 – 3:00 p.m.: Dana Simpson (Phoebe and Her Unicorn)

3:30 – 4:30 p.m.: Paul Trap  (Thatababy)

 

Saturday, July 11

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.: Steve McGarry (Badlands, Biographic, KidTown, TrivQuiz)

12:30 – 1:30 p.m.: Stephan Pastis (Pearls Before Swine)

2:00 – 3:00 p.m.: Nick Seluk (The Awkward Yeti)

3:30 – 4:30 p.m.: Paige Braddock (creative director at Peanuts, Stinky Cecil, Jane’s World, The Martian Confederacy)

 

We love meeting our fans! Stop by, say hello and grab some awesome comics swag! Don’t forget to follow GoComics (@GoComics) and Andrews McMeel Publishing (@AndrewsMcMeel) on Twitter using #GoComics and #AndrewsMcMeel for real-time updates about giveaways, signings and the location of street teams distributing comic-related items.

 

Can’t make it to SDCC? We’ll be sharing photos from the convention floor! Follow along on Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook and Instagram.





New Comic Alert! Wallace the Brave by Will Henry

Wallace the Brave by Will Henry

 

Welcome to Snug Harbor! Will Henry's Wallace the Brave is a whimsical comic strip that centers around a bold and curious little boy named Wallace, his best friend, Spud, and Amelia, the new girl in town. Wallace lives in the quaint and funky town of Snug Harbor with his fisherman father, plant-loving mother and feral little brother, Sterling.

 

Read Wallace the Brave here.





Meet Your Creator: Jim Benton (Jim Benton Cartoons)

Today, we share a Q&A with Jim Benton!

 

Jim Benton Here You Go Dear

 

How did you begin your career as a cartoonist?

 

JB: Like most cartoonists, I started drawing before I started reading. But my first regular paycheck as an artist began when I started working in a T-shirt shop.

 

What inspires you?

 

JB: I did a collection of cartoons a million years ago with Simon & Schuster called DEALING WITH THE IDIOTS IN YOUR LIFE. My editor said my cartoons were about "The absurdity of existence." I'm not sure if that's what inspires me, but it makes me sound smart, so I'm going with it.

 

What are your biggest achievements and accomplishments?

 

JB: I'm nominated for an Eisner Award to be presented at Comic-Con. (DOG BUTTS AND LOVE. AND STUFF LIKE THAT. AND CATS.)

 

I'm a New York Times bestselling author and illustrator of the kids’ book series DEAR DUMB DIARY with more than 10 million books sold, and in 15 languages. I also co-wrote and produced a film based on the series, with Jerry Zucker, which is now on Netflix.

 

I'm the author of the award-winning book series from Simon & Schuster called FRANNY K. STEIN.

 

I won a NCS Divisional Reuben Award.

 

My picture book, THE END (ALMOST), won a NAPPA Award.

 

I created an animated series that ran on FoxKids for a couple seasons, called THE SECRET FILES OF THE SPYDOGS.

 

I created IT'S HAPPY BUNNY, a licensing success that has sold more 3/4 of a billion dollars at retail, and won the top industry award five times. Campaigns I created from the brand have won three Addy awards, and the books were top picks from the American Librarians Association.

 

Here's a quick bio from my site: http://jimbenton.com/page31/page22/page22.html

 

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

 

I still read a lot of them. I even read the ones I don't like, just to see if I still don't like them.

 

Do you have any upcoming projects or appearances?

 

I'll be at the San Diego Comic-Con Eisner Awards being beaten by Sergio Aragones. I'll also be signing there someplace. Watch my Twitter if you're interested — twitter.com/JimBenton

 

What is your studio/workspace like?

 

My studio is in my house. Sometimes it's a wreck and sometimes it's an absolute wreck.

 

Are there any comics you’d like to share with us today?

 

Here are a few that have been really popular online:

Jim Benton 3 Wishes

 

 

 

 Jim Benton Im Home

 

 

 

Jim Benton Madness

 

Jim Benton My Teachers

 

 

Jim Benton The Expedition

 

Read Jim Benton Cartoons here.





Laugh Tracks Look Back (June 20-26)

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We know life can get busy! At the end of each week, we compile the most pressing GoComics blog posts from the week to ensure you didn’t miss a thing! 

 

 

Drabble creator Kevin Fagan filled us in on his career as a cartoonist.

 

“I wrote a letter to Charles M. Schulz while in college and asked him for advice on getting my work syndicated. I was thrilled to get a response in the mail on Snoopy stationery! He declined to comment specifically on my work, saying it was not him who I had to impress, but an editor somewhere.”

 

 

In honor of Father’s Day, we examined the superpowers of our everyday superheroes (DADS!). 

 

“Their super fearlessness, never afraid to make mistakes in order to teach us important life lessons (because that’s why they do it, obviously).”

 

 

Ask a Cat made its debut on GoComics!

 

Ask a Cat by Charles Brubaker

 

 

We celebrated the first day of summer.

 

“It's officially summer! To help spread the word, we’ve turned to the characters of GoComics, our resident experts on all things summer.”

 

 

... And then celebrated some more.

  

“We’ve come up with a gratifying checklist of events that signal summer’s actual arrival, bringing more of the summer spirit along as you cross each one off.”

 

 

Frazz creator Jef Mallett is swimming Michigan’s Straits of Mackinac to benefit Habitat for Humanity; readers can help and score custom swag.

 

"It’s up to me to train and prepare properly for the 5-mile swim, but I’d like to give my readers a chance to help me thank the waters and my good fortune. And I think you’ll come out with the better deal."

 

 

Four lucky winners won archive-quality Over the Hedge prints, and we’re currently giving away a copy of “WuMo: Something is Wrong.”

 

 

This week's comic spotlight features Lay Lines by Carol Lay.

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Yay, 1985! Several comics are turning the big 3-0 this year.


 

 

We took a look at the short, shareable comics on GoComics.

 

“With more than 300 comics on GoComics and a job allowing me to read through many of them every day, I’m constantly finding situations and scenarios that remind me of my family and friends. I can’t help but share them through an email or text, often accompanied by a message saying, 'Seems like something you would say!' or 'Who does this remind you of?'”

 

 

Book one of Kid Beowulf just ended, making it the perfect time to binge-read the story from the beginning. 

 

 

We hosted a Q&A session with Breaking Cat News creator Georgia Dunn.

 

 

You have the chance to go cruisin' with your favorite cartoonists!

 

The National Cartoonist Society has put together “The Celebrity Cartoonists Caribbean Cruise”! Sailing the seas from Jan. 17 to 24, 2016, guests embarking on this once-in-a-lifetime trip will enjoy an incredible week filled with seminars featuring guest speakers, passenger Q&As, exclusive parties and dining and plenty of opportunities to meet and interact with these talented cartoonists!

 

 

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That’s a wrap! What was your favorite GoComics blog post this week?

 

 





ICYMI: Twitter Q&A with Georgia Dunn of Breaking Cat News

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Huge thanks to Georgia Dunn for joining us on Twitter this week for a live Q&A! If you missed the chat, catch up here!

 

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A Classic Swim and a Classy Cause

Frazz creator Jef Mallett is swimming Michigan’s Straits of Mackinac to benefit Habitat for Humanity; readers can help and score custom swag.

 

Here’s my mission statement: Grow up happy, healthy, smart and slowly.

 

And here’s my latest attempt at fulfilling it: I’m swimming across the Straits of Mackinac this Labor Day. The Straits are challenging, fun, a little scary and too beautiful for words. You have to immerse yourself — literally. 

 

I’m a native Michigander, so the Straits are even more special to me. For Native Americans from Michigan, they’re beyond special. They’re sacred. 

 

All this adds up to a swim you don’t take lightly. You want to do it right, and you want to show your appreciation by giving back. It’s up to me to train and prepare properly for the 5-mile swim, but I’d like to give my readers a chance to help me thank the waters and my good fortune. And I think you’ll come out with the better deal. Follow along if you’re game:

 

This swim benefits the Lakeshore chapter of Habitat for Humanity. I’m required to raise $2,800 for them between now and the swim; with your help, I’d love to raise a cool $10,000. And I’ll make it worth your while. Donate here under my name, and I’ll send you some customized Frazz stuff, what I like to call Scribbled-On Swag (SOS). I have everything from autographed swim caps and Frazz prints to race shirts that I’ve drawn on to original art to give you in return for your generosity. I’ll even deface and advance-auction the wetsuit I wear for the swim.

 

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Follow along on the Frazz Facebook page for current SOS offerings, updates on my preparation for the swim and just for your daily dose of Frazz fun and commentary. Here’s how to donate and what you can get for your donation:

 

 

HOW TO DONATE:

 

• Follow this link: www.mightymacdonate.com/default

• Navigate to the "Swimmer" drop down menu and select Jef Mallett, then click DONATE.

• Enter your donation amount. You can pay via credit card or PayPal. 

• Complete your payment by clicking “continue” in the lower left portion of the page.

• Habitat for Humanity will let us know you donated, and we’ll ship your swag to the address you list on the donation.

 

 

WHAT YOU'LL GET:

 

$20-40: Hawk Island Triathlon Swim caps

When I lived in Lansing, Michigan, I co-sponsored the Hawk I Tri there for four years by providing the racers’ swim caps. They have Frazz cartoons printed on them (a different design each year — collect the set!), and I’ve autographed the swag versions.

 

$41-50: Basic event swim caps or number bibs

Caps or numbers I’ve worn in races, each autographed and defaced with original Frazz art.

 

$51-60: Premium event swim caps or number bibs

Same as above, but from higher-profile or more memorable events. I love all my races equally, but to borrow from George Orwell’s classic “Animal Triathlon,” some are more equal than others.

 

$51-60 Water bottles

Signed and scribbled on.

 

$61-75: Signed Prints on Archival Paper

Frameable color art of Frazz strips, autographed.

 

$61-75: T-shirts from races or other events

Some — OK, most — have been worn, but they’re all in good shape. Most of the shirts are medium or large. All are defaced with original art and signed.

 

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$99: Official entrant jacket from 2014 USATriathlon nationals

Illustrated and autographed. Pull-over shell. Size medium. One of a kind, so first $99 donation gets it.

 

$150-200: Signed Original Frazz strips, Monday through Saturday

Original pen-and-ink line art. Image area is 10 inches wide. Due to my limited time and unlimited lack of organization, I can’t take requests for specific strips. Though I suppose every man has his price.

 

$350+ : Signed Original Frazz art, Sunday

Original pen-and-ink line art (image is 18.5 inches wide) plus a frameable color print. Same unfortunate caveat about specific strips.

 

Thanks so much for your support. This is going to be fun!

 

—Jef





Cruising with Cartoonists

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Picture this: A week-long Caribbean cruise spent lounging by the pool, enjoying delicious meals and cocktails and exploring tropical destinations.

 

Now, add in guest appearances and meet-and-greets with world-famous celebrity cartoonists.

 

Sounds too good to be true, right?

 

Well, folks, it’s not a fantasy – it’s a reality!

 

The National Cartoonist Society has put together “The Celebrity Cartoonists Caribbean Cruise”! Sailing the seas from Jan. 17 to 24, 2016, guests embarking on this once-in-a-lifetime trip will enjoy an incredible week filled with seminars featuring guest speakers, passenger Q&As, exclusive parties and dining and plenty of opportunities to meet and interact with these talented cartoonists!

 

You bet some fun-loving GoComics cartoonists will be on board! Confirmed guests include:

 

 

Adding even more joy to this excursion, proceeds benefit the National Cartoonists Society Foundation, meaning you can enjoy the cruise while supporting the art form you love.

 

We know you’re itching to get your ticket. Visit ncscruise.com and select "GOCOMICS" from the "How did you hear about us?" drop down menu when booking your cabin. Have a blast! 





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.

 

 

 

H.I.P.  6-23-15

 

 

 

The Old Man & His Dog  6-23-15

 

 

 

 

Buns  6-24-15

 

 

 

 

 

Bushy Tales  6-24-15

 

 

 

 

6-24-15

 

 

 

 

Magnificatz  6-24-15

 

 

 

6-24-15

 

 

 

 

Spectickles  6-24-15

 

 

 

 

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

 

 





Yay, 1985!

Oh, jeeze. It happened. I turned 30. I can barely remember it; it just kind of snuck up on me.

 

Luckily, I'm in good company. This year, four GoComics features have turned or will turn 30: Luann, Arlo and Janis, In the Bleachers and Calvin and Hobbes.

 

Looking through the archives, I realized that these strips could teach me a lot about getting older (and hopefully wiser).

 

Unfortunately, the mirror might eventually become enemy No. 1.

 

Aj031124
Arlo and Janis 11/24/2003
Lu980629
Luann 6/29/1998

And I might find new ways to fill my time (though I think I'd like to putter, too, even though I'm a girl.)

 

Ch940121
Calvin and Hobbes 1/21/1994
Aj990924
Arlo and Janis 9/24/1999

I need to keep an eye out for injury.

 

Bl980210
In the Bleachers 2/10/1998

Using "when you're older" is a great way to get things done.

 

Ch950506
Calvin and Hobbes 5/6/95

But there's no need to grow up too fast.

 

Lu141004
Luann 10/4/14

Happy anniversary to these great comics! Remember: 30 is the new 20. (Though who'd want to be 20 again?)

 

-- EPK






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