Meet Your Creator: Sarah Andersen (Sarah’s Scribbles)

I always thought I stumbled into the cartooning world by chance, but the more I reflect on it, the more I realize that I have been cartooning my entire life. I recently sorted through some high school stuff, only to see that my notebooks were literally filled with comics. I also had an entire closet full of manga and other comic books. Like many cartoonists, Calvin and Hobbes and The Far Side defined my childhood.

 

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I always loved art, and recently graduated from the Maryland Institute College of Art with a BFA in Illustration. When I was a sophomore in school, I posted a few comics on Tumblr for kicks, and when a few went somewhat viral, I decided that I could make my webcomic a serious project. During my senior year, one of my comics got accepted into the first-ever Comic and Cartooning Annual by the Society of Illustrators. Now, having been graduated for a few months, I make my career as a full-time cartoonist and illustrator.

 

I like making fun of myself and the world around me. My character, who is emotional, awkward, lazy and somewhat unstable, is a reflection of myself. I believe there are many universal qualities that most people have but don’t necessarily talk about, and that’s what I love to write about. My character is the complete opposite of cool, and drawing her is a relief because I can let my guard down and talk about what really makes up my inner world.

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I have a strong aversion to anything that comes off as pretentious. Maybe four years at an art school finally did it, but I don’t have patience for anything (people, art, music) that tries to elevate itself above other people. That’s why I love comics – I love the honesty of humor and the gritty simplicity of comic artwork.

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My character hangs out with a talking pet rabbit. This guy comes from a little buddy I had in high school, who was the calmest, most stoic rabbit you could ever meet.

 

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When I was creating the comic, I realized that in order to prevent the main character from being too internal, she needed someone to bounce her thoughts off of. Partially inspired from my pet and partially from Hobbes, the rabbit serves as a quieter, more reflective counterpart to the loud craziness of “Sarah.”

 

Like my life, I feel like my webcomic is still in its earlier stages, despite having been around for a few years. I’ve just recently achieved syndication on GoComics, started writing comics for College Humor and have been designing an online class for Skillshare. I’m still experimenting with techniques, and have just picked illustration back up again to work on a zine with some friends from school. I’m a recent college grad in my early twenties, so my studio is a desk in my room with warped floors, and I’m still trying to learn how to balance my time. 

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That being said, I’m moving soon (yay for floors that aren’t warped!) and have a lot of projects that I’m happy to be working on. Everything seems to be moving forward and I’m getting the hang of being a working artist. I’m more than excited to keep making work.

 

Read Sarah’s Scribbles here. Or, follow Sarah on Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr.





Have a Little Fun

Ever heard the saying, “Act your age, not your shoe size?” In general, it’s pretty solid advice. But, as the Jan. 25 Thatababy reminded me, it’s OK to have a little fun in life.

 

Thatababy by Paul Trap
Thatababy by Paul Trap

 

The Thatababy family isn’t the only one creating mischief.

 

Law enforcement officer by day, enforcer of fun by night, JumpStart’s Joe Cobb never fails to embrace his inner child.

 

JumpStart by Robb Armstrong
JumpStart by Robb Armstrong

 

Then, we have Lola. She may be a senior citizen, but she’s enjoying life to the fullest.

 

Lola by Todd Clark
Lola by Todd Clark

 

We’ve got some pranking going on over in CowTown.

 

CowTown by Charlie Podrebarac
CowTown by Charlie Podrebarac

 

 Yep, maturity is overrated. Just ask Frazz’s Mr. Spaetzle.

 

Frazz by Jef Mallett
Frazz by Jef Mallett

 

Never mind the naysayers. Dance to the music of life! 

 

Broom Hilda by Russell Myers
Broom Hilda by Russell Myers

 

As we head into the weekend, consider this a PSA to do something just a little bit silly. Then, tell us about it in the comments!

 

--Julie





Funnies for Your Hunnies

When it comes to gift-giving this Valentine’s Day, think outside the box (of chocolates)! GoComics offers archive-quality framed and unframed prints of many of our most popular comics!   

 

Perfect for couples just getting to know each other or those in serious relationships, the comic you choose will be printed beautifully on high-quality 11” x 17” paper.

 

Unframed collectible prints featuring customized art of the buyer's choice are available for $39.95. Another option, framed collectible prints, range in price from $229.95 to $239.95, depending on frame style. To ensure delivery by Valentine’s Day (and to keep you out of the doghouse), orders for framed and unframed prints must be placed by Feb. 2 and Feb. 8, respectively.

 

HOW TO BUY:

 

Once you’ve found the perfect comic strip, select “Buy a Print of this Comic” from the drop-down menu.

 

 

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Or, click “Get this Collectible Archive Quality Print” in the sidebar.

 

 

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Start browsing available features for purchase here!





My Sherpa Adventure

Hello again, GoComics friends. Last week, after my first blog post, a commenter advised me to check out the Comics Sherpa section of our website. I had explored a little bit before, but this week I decided to do some deep Sherpa searching and, let me tell you, I did not come up empty-handed!

 

Comics Sherpa holds some serious hidden gems. I started with Charmy’s Army and, lo and behold, after only about a minute of reading, I had already discovered the key to wealth and fame!

 

Charmys Army
http://www.gocomics.com/charmys-army/2014/06/16




As I treaded on through the Sherpa world, I came across Mister & Me, which offered a valuable piece of sage wisdom.

 

Mister and Me
http://www.gocomics.com/mister-and-me/2014/03/28

    

 

Moving on, I came across A Bit Sketch, where I found the answer to an age-old question that’d been haunting me for a while … the true location of Waldo.

 

A Bit Sketch
http://www.gocomics.com/a-bit-sketch/2014/10/15

 

Finally, I stumbled upon Apple Creek Comics, a strip that’s not afraid to ask the tough questions. 

 

Apple Creek Comics
http://www.gocomics.com/apple-creek/2011/05/16

 

Like I told you, hidden GEMS. There are so many more great comics, too, and they’re all just one click away:

 

http://www.gocomics.com/explore/sherpa

 

If you have suggestions for other Sherpa comics that I should dive into, just post them in the comments and I definitely will! Otherwise, good luck exploring!

 

Until my next post,

Amanda





GoComics Adds Four New Features in January

2015 is off to a great start for GoComics! We added FOUR new features in January!

 

Peanuts Begins by Charles Schulz

 

Peanuts Begins by Charles Schulz

 

In celebration of the 65th anniversary of Peanuts, GoComics has restarted the iconic comic strip from the very beginning. Follow along as we stroll down memory lane with Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus and the whole gang as they retrace the adventures that began on newspaper funny pages in 1950. Those were the days!

 

Read Peanuts Begins here. 

 

Big Nate: First Class by Lincoln Peirce

 

Big Nate- First Class by Lincoln Peirce

 

Take a seat and enjoy Big Nate from the beginning! Restarted here from the very first strip, Big Nate: First Class chronicles the humor and misadventures of 11-year-old Nate Wright — sixth-grade renaissance man, self-described genius, and the all-time record holder for most detentions in school history. Nate's inventive schemes and delusions of grandeur might make his classmates, teachers and family members roll their eyes, but they're a blast to read for fans of all ages.

 

Lincoln Peirce is a cartoonist and writer. His comic strip Big Nate currently appears in more than 400 newspapers, including the Washington Post, the Boston Globe and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. In January of 2016, the strip will celebrate 25 years in print. Since 2010, he has written a best-selling series of “Big Nate” chapter books for young readers. Like Nate, Lincoln likes dogs, ice hockey and Cheez Doodles (and dislikes cats, figure skating and egg salad). He and his wife, Jessica, live in the great little city of Portland, Maine, and have two children.

 

Read Big Nate: First Class here.

 

The Daily Drawing by Lorie Ransom

 

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The Daily Drawing is a series of random scenarios with a fleeting cast of quirky (and often inanimate) characters. Sometimes there’s a dialog, but sometimes not.

 

“Life is weird,” says author Lorie Ransom. “I try to find a bit of ridiculous in the mundane things that most everyone can relate to.” Ransom likes to keep the subject matter light and whimsical, but will occasionally veer into the realm of saucy, just to keep you on your toes.

 

Ransom is a longtime graphic designer and itinerant artist who, in 2013, committed to completing a drawing every day for one year. This effort led her down a dubious path into cartooning, which culminated in The Daily Drawing panel comic.

 

In addition to The Daily Drawing comic series, Ransom has continued her quest to draw every day. Ever the glutton for punishment, she casts her wildly random results to the winds of social media with the mantra “it’s still ‘today’ somewhere in the world."

 

Read The Daily Drawing here.

 

Lay Lines by Carol Lay

 

Lay Lines by Carol Lay

 

Just as “ley lines” connect geographical anomalies and places of historical interest, Lay Lines connects ideas with drawings to create whole new worlds.

 

Lay Lines explores love, loss, quirky murder, alternate worlds, outer and inner space, magic, silliness and human folly. Features include freshly colored classic “Story Minute” strips and brand-new comics and stories.

 

Carol Lay’s weekly strip “Story Minute” ran for more than eighteen years in papers inclduing the LA Weekly and NY Press, Salon.com and The Funny Times. Lay has also had work published in Simpsons Comics, MAD, The Wall Street Journal and The New Yorker. Books include MYTHOS (Pocket Books); four strip collections; GOODNIGHT, IRENE (Last Gasp); and THE BIG SKINNY (Villard). Lay currently lives in Joshua Tree, Calif., with two cats and a bevy of quail.

 

Read Lay Lines here.

 





GoComics Staff Pick: Molly and the Bear by Bob Scott

When I was asked to pick a comic for my staff pick, I’ll admit I was lost at first. We represent over 300 comics. All my original favorites had been written about, and I really wanted to recommend one that I really enjoyed and thought a lot of others would, too.

 

Then I received a comment on one of my previous blog posts telling me to check out Molly and the Bear and, I’m telling you, it was meant to be! I have now discovered a new comic to add to my “favorites” list that I know I will continue to thoroughly enjoy once it returns on February 3rd with all new strips!

 

Molly and the Bear by Bob Scott tells the heartwarming story of a girl and her bear. Besides the fact that her bear, named Bear, is a real, life-sized bear, he reminds me of my childhood teddy bear in every way. He’s a cuddly best friend who follows her everywhere.

 

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He’s loyal to a fault.

 

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He is the picture of childlike innocence.

 

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No matter what you’re scared of, he’ll make you feel better. I mean, his irrational fears make being scared of heights seem like nothing.

 

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Yet, he’d brave anything for you.

 

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Finally, Bear reminds me a lot of myself, the self-proclaimed queen of corny jokes.

 

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As a kid, I would’ve loved nothing more than to have my beloved teddy bear come to life, and I think that’s why I enjoy Molly and the Bear so much. When reading it, I can escape adulthood and go back to being a kid for a little bit, going on adventures with my bear.

 

—Amanda, Marketing Intern 

 

 

Add Molly and the Bear to your GoComics homeapge!

 

 

ABOUT: It can be tough on a family when someone new has moved in, especially if it's a 900-pound scaredy-bear so terrified of wilderness life that he's fled to the burbs. Fortunately Bear was found by Molly, a fearlessly optimistic 11-year-old can-doer who has taken him firmly in hand, devoted to seeing her hirsute BFF cope with modern life. Molly's Mom is happy with the new sibling - Bear's an excellent conversationalist and loves her homemade cookies. But Dad is having a harder time, his role as center of the universe now shared with an ursine behemoth who, unfortunately, adores him.

 





A Salty Salute

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We here in the war room of GoComics HQ were struck by this cartoon, but couldn't say exactly why. Sure, there's the strange concept of the U.S. Navy accepting a sentient pretzel-person into its ranks, and the serendipity of this strip running just as the Northeast is buried in a metric butt-load of snow. And don't get us started about using one's own self-produced sodium as a method of de-icing. No, it was none of those run-of-the-mill, prosaic things. Just as we'd resigned ourselves to living forever in mystery and got ready to bed down for our mid-workday nap, we hit upon the reason: the scene's resemblance to several shots of John Wayne in John Ford's classic-smelling western "The Searchers." Here's one example:

 

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Framing Mr. Salty through a doorway, just as Ford did Wayne's tortured antihero, brings out the tragic undercurrent that was always lurking in wait. Though Salty's wife (or mistress?) beckons him inside, we know he'll always remain out in the cold, a crunchy snack without a ship, dusting off parts of himself to temporarily melt the hoarfrost of a harsh and unfeeling world.

 

Read more Brevity by Dan Thompson at GoComics.





Giveaway: Signed Tank McNamara Print

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It’s that time again! Nominations are open for the annual Tank McNamara “Sports Jerk of the Year” Award.

 

In honor of this fun contest, we’re giving away an archive-quality Tank McNamara print signed by co-creator Bill Hinds!

 

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., Feb. 3 at 10 a.m. CT. The winner will be announced that day on this blog. This contest is open to all readers worldwide.

 

Make your voice heard! Find voting instructions for the “Sports Jerk of the Year” Award here.





Giveaway: Signed SDCC 2014 Jim Benton Cartoons Print – Winners Announced

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Thank you to all who entered to win a SDCC 2014 special-edition print signed by Jim Benton!

 

We have randomly selected THREE winners! Congratulations to Zak Eden, Jim Benson and Aadil Ahmed! Please email us at rewards@gocomics.com with your shipping address and phone number. Please note: You must contact us by 2/3/15 or your prize will be forfeited.





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.

 

 

Just Posted  1-23-15

 

 

 

Kartoons By Kline  1-23-15

 

 

 

Smith  1-23-15

 

 

 

Sports by Voort  1-23-15

 

 

 

 

The Boobiehatch  1-23-15

 

 

 

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Frank Blunt  1-25-15

 

 

 

Candace 'n' Company  1-26-15

 

 

 

Witt of Will  1-26-15

 

 

 

 

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

 

 





Comics and kids

Those of us who work at GoComics feel pretty comfortable with the idea of being grown-ups who read, edit and promote comic strips for a living. I always wanted to work in the humor/art/entertainment industry on some level, so it's a natural fit. But lately I've felt an extra level of appreciation for the craft, having watched my 2.5-year-old daughter encounter some of the GoComics characters and features for the first time.

 

It started, as it often does, with Snoopy. We found some animated shorts on Netflix (produced by Peanuts and with editorial input from folks like Stephan Pastis) and introduced her to the Charlie Brown Halloween and Christmas specials last year, which she loved (who wouldn't?). She likes to point to the characters, say their name out loud and laugh, occasionally looking over to us for affirmation. It's a fun way to watch TV. 

 

Next, I brought home a coloring book I found at the office which includes characters like Ziggy, Heart of the City, Fox Trot and others. She did an especially amazing job coloring Baldo, even if the purple skin and green hair she gave him didn't quite match our official color guide. I sent Mark Tatulli a picture of her coloring of Heart of the City and told him that if he ever needed a back-up colorist, I knew someone who would work for cheap.

 

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At the Joslyn art museum in Omaha (a pretty fantastic place if you're in that part of the world) we saw a graphic novel exhibit in the children's wing that prominently features Big Nate creator Lincoln Peirce. 

 

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The framed, original Big Nate artwork looked right at home on the wall of the fine arts museum, and seeing it on display reminded me how detailed, expressive and balanced his artwork is, especially in the graphic novels.

 

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Not that our daughter was paying much attention, since she was busy drawing pictures in the kids' craft area. It was a different story the following week when we got her her first ever McDonald's Happy Meal, which made us feel like generous and also terribly irresponsible parents at the same time. The Happy Meal toy was a cool little Big Nate book that came with stickers. I pointed out Nate, Teddy, Francis, Gina, Jenny and Artur to her, but I didn't see Chad. If you ask me, that's a pretty big missed opportunity. Chad would be an excellent spokesperson for just about any kid-friendly eating establishment.

 

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Then again, I can see why he might not be an ideal fit for a company trying to promote healthy eating options in spite of themselves.

 

Either way, kids love Chad, Big Nate, Heart, Charlie Brown and so many other GoComics characters I haven't mentioned here. As adults, it's easy to understand and explain what about the artwork and writing makes a certain feature successful. But kids appreciate this stuff on an intuitive level, experiencing a genuine delight when they see these characters. It also makes me feel proud to work where I do. In the words of UU president John Glynn, our cartoonists bring joy to people's lives. It's a pleasure and a privilege to be a part of that process, especially when you see it first hand.

 





Weekend Faves (January 25)

 

Red and Rover by Brian Basset
Red and Rover by Brian Basset

If this doesn't melt your heart, please check your pulse.

--Lindsay

 

Tiny Confessions by Christopher Rozzi
Tiny Confessions by Christopher Rozzi

My poor Dexy-kins (Dexter) can relate…
--Amanda

 

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

It's happened… I actually related better to the parents in a comics strip than to the kids.
-- Elizabeth

 

Herb and Jamaal by Stephen Bentley
Herb and Jamaal by Stephen Bentley

Be careful, Herb. From my experiences, moms boast the power of supersonic hearing.

--Julie

 

 

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

It's always fun to see your boss lampooned in the funny pages. Read more about this strip here.

--Lucas

Jim Benton Cartoons by Jim Benton
Jim Benton Cartoons by Jim Benton

And the award for "Best Snowman Joke" goes to my hero, Jim Benton!

--Lindsay

 

The Duplex by Glenn McCoy
The Duplex by Glenn McCoy

Beer = hops = plants = healthy.
--Amanda





New Comic Alert! Lay Lines by Carol Lay

Lay Lines by Carol Lay

 

Just as “ley lines” connect geographical anomalies and places of historical interest, Lay Lines connects ideas with drawings to create whole new worlds.

 

Lay Lines explores love, loss, quirky murder, alternate worlds, outer and inner space, magic, silliness and human folly. Features include freshly colored classic “Story Minute” strips and brand-new comics and stories.

 

Read Lay Lines here.





Meet Your Creator: Jason Chatfield (Ginger Meggs)

How did you begin your career as a cartoonist?

 

I grew up in a tiny country town called Karratha in the remote northwest of Western Australia. There was never much to do, so all I did my entire childhood was draw. I didn’t play sports or music – I was a weird, quiet kid who carried a clipboard full of paper with me everywhere I went and drew everything I saw.

 

Making strangers laugh became a lifelong addiction that began when my History teacher asked me to draw a caricature of the school gardener for a retirement present. He paid me $20.

 

He created a monster.

 

I started freelancing as a caricaturist straight out of high school, while working a hefty slew of dreadful jobs. Eventually, I got a job working 20-hour shifts for a newspaper doing everything from proofreading, subbing, laying out ads, writing stories, editing photos, to creating maps and graphics – oh, and the daily editorial cartoon (if I was still awake). I used to go to sleep at 7 a.m. with newsprint burned into my retinas. I did learn a lot about the newspaper industry, though.

 

I was a big Ginger Meggs fan growing up ­– he was always hugely popular in Australia – and at 19, I met one of my idols and my subsequent cartooning mentor, James Kemsley. He was president of the Australian Cartoonists Association, so we worked together on the club magazine, Inkspot, for many years and always caught up each year in person at the Stanley Awards (our Australian Reubens). Over the years, we became friends and he taught me a lot about being a cartoonist.

 

Three days before Kemsley died of Motor neurone disease, he asked me to take over from him as the writer and artist for Ginger Meggs.

 

Ginger Meggs had three other artists before Kemsley, including the creator, Jimmy Bancks. He created the strip in 1921 and made it an Australian icon. The prime minister of Australia called Ginger “Australia’s Peter Pan.” He said, “Most of us can recognize in him our own youth, but unlike him, we had to grow up.”

 

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In World War II, Australian pilots would draw Ginger Meggs on the side of their planes and anyone with red hair was nicknamed ‘Ginge’ or ‘Meggsie.

 

 

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Ginger went on to get his own Australian dollar coin, postage stamps and various other honors. Plants are named after him. There are Australian parks created in his name – he even got his own feature film in 1982.

 

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After Bancks died in 1952, Ron Vivian took over writing and drawing the strip until he died in 1973. Lloyd Piper then continued the strip from ’73 until his sudden death in 1983, whereupon James Kemsley took the mantle for 23 years.

 

 

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It’s a huge honor to continue the legacy of an Australian icon into the next generation.

 

What do you consider to be your biggest achievements or accomplishments?

 

Well, I put on pants this morning. That’s something.

 

If I were to nail it down, the thing I’m most proud of, being elected president of the Australian Cartoonists Association when I was 26 was a great honour. It was a great chance to work hard at furthering cartooning as a diverse, evolving industry. The ACA has been running since 1924, making it the oldest cartooning organization in the world. I’ve served on the board for 10 years and still serve as the deputy president. I’m excited to join the board of the National Cartoonists Society this year.

 

I think the most important thing cartoonists can do these days is help each other out and give each other a leg up wherever they can. I was very lucky to have had Kemsley send the elevator back down when I was starting out, and I’ve always lived by that same ethos. Wherever I can, I love introducing audiences to new comics – especially by young Australian creators. The front page of gingermeggs.com always features new and fun Australian web cartoonists who I think fans will enjoy. 

 

There are lots of new international readers discovering Ginger Meggs every day, and I’m always pleased to hear from them. I was happy to hear the Comic Strip Critic enjoys the strip!  

 

I was asked to host the 2013 Reuben Awards in Pittsburgh, which was another huge achievement for a doofus like me. I had some big shoes to fill following Tom Gammill (he has a strip called The Doozies here on GoComics. I don’t know if you’d have heard of it; he NEVER promotes it anywhere …)

 

Tell us about your studio/workspace.

 

I now live and work from New York with my wife, Sophie. My workspace is a shared studio in an old building on Madison Ave. (Settle down, it’s not as fancy as it sounds.) I had worked from home for 10 years previously, which took a lot of discipline (but not a lot of pants). It’s good to have an “office” to go to for work, because I can close the door at the end of the day and stop work. I think that’s important for a freelancer, otherwise I’d just work all day and night and never see my wife. Or sunlight.

 

I liked to change my work routine up a lot when I worked from home. The only two things I didn’t change were working at a standing desk and doing Transcendental Meditation twice a day. Everything else was flexible. I’m back to a sitting desk now, and meditating in an open-plan office looks a bit creepy, so now I have to adapt those two things, too.

 

What inspires you?

 

One of the things that inspires me most is seeing other artists working in person. I attend the Reubens every year (and had attended the Australian version, the “Stanleys,” every year since I was 19). Nothing re-energizes your inspiration and enthusiasm for cartooning like being around other cartoonists – seeing them work and joke around with each other.

 

What was your favorite childhood comic? What comics do you read today?

 

My influences growing up were Bob Camp/Jon Kricfalusi (Ren & Stimpy), Bill Watterson, and Todd MacFarlane’s drawings of Spider-Man. I was a big fan of Ginger Meggs, which I read every day in my local newspaper, and in all the collections.

 

I was completely enamored of MAD. Mort Drucker, Jack Davis and Sergio Aragonés are in my pantheon of cartooning gods. I’ve had the great honor of meeting all three, who seemed to be completely immune to the old saying “never meet your heroes; they always disappoint.”

 

At the moment, I really love reading WuMoZen Pencils and the work of Edward Steed in The New Yorker.

 

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Do you have any upcoming projects or appearances?

 

2015 is a big year for Ginger Meggs. After 94 years and four generations, he takes another leap forward in trying to capture the next generation of readers.

 

I’ve been agonizing over how best to capture the attention of the iGeneration for the last seven years. Ginger Meggs has a Facebook page and profile, Twitter, Weibo, Tumblr and Pinterest accounts, an ebook, a blog, and of course a wonderful loyal readership here at GoComics – but something was still bugging me about watching my 18-month-old nephew and wondering how on earth he’d be discovering and reading comics in his lifetime.

 

I noticed one day he was playing with his mum’s iPhone and he knew intuitively to scroll down on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter to see pictures and videos. Something clicked in my brain and I thought, “What if the Ginger Meggs comic strips scrolled down, panel by panel, like Instagram?”

 

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I studied the GoComics app and experimented with a few different formats. I figured the best way for as many people to access it is if they don’t need to download anything new to view it, and something that worked on all mobile operating systems. For that reason, I made it a mobile-designed website, accessible from any browser, just for the iGeneration, and predictably named it iMeggsie.com (golf clap).

 

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That’s not to say that it hasn’t been done before – the Internet is a big place full of clever folks. It probably has already been done. Let me know if you’ve seen it anywhere else! I’d love to see how they did it.

 

The great thing is it only runs old archived strips that already ran a while back, so it doesn’t compete with my newspaper clients or GoComics, who always run the latest strips. The purpose of iMeggsie is to attract new fans, and direct them to where the new strips are, so there’s a link up at the top of iMeggsie redirecting them straight to Ginger Meggs on GoComics.

 

I only launched it on January 1, so it’s too early to get any idea of whether it’s a good idea yet, but I figured it was worth trying something rather than sitting around doing the same old thing.

 

Upcoming appearances? Well, anyone who’s planning on coming to the 2015 Reuben Awards in Washington DC (and I hope you all are) will get to see me hosting the awards night again. But don’t let that put you off – it should be a great weekend. I promise.

 

Read Ginger Meggs here, follow along on Facebook or Twitter, or visit the comic’s website.





Twitter Q&A with Andrew Hart of Winston

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Winston creator Andrew Hart joined us on Twitter this afternoon for a cartoonist Q&A. If you missed our live chat, catch up below!

 

 

 

 

Read Winston comics here!

 

 

Next Friday, Jan. 30, we'll be chatting with Aunty Acid creator Ged Backland! Join us on Twitter starting at 1:30pm CT using the hashtag: #AskGedBackland!





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.

 

 

 

Don't Pick the Flowers  1-21-15

 

 

 

 

Frank & Steinway  1-21-15

 

 

 

 

1-21-15

 

Mustard and Boloney  1-21-15

 

 

Picpak Dog  1-21-15

 

 

 

 

Promises Promises  1-21-15

 

 

 

 

Snow Sez... 1-21-15

 

 

 

 

0-60  1-22-15

 

 

 

 

 Rackafracka  1-22-15

 

 

 

 

1-22-15

 

 

 

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

 

 





Nick Galifianakis Presentation

RichardThompsonEvent

 

Heads up, Burbank, Calif. residents! Add this event to your "To-Do" list this weekend!

 

Cartoonist and author Nick Galifianakis will give a presentation on "The Art of Richard Thompson" this Saturday at Center Stage Gallery.

 

BONUS: Attendees who purchase a copy of the book will receive a complimentary 16" x 19" special edition print by Richard Thompson.

 

Click here for event details and ticketing information.

 

“Very few cartoonists do so much, so well. Richard is a wonderful writer and one of the rare ones who can write truly unique, hilarious characters. He’s drawn incisive caricatures, lavish illustrations, and one of the most beautiful comic strips I’ve ever seen. And just when you think it couldn’t be better, sometimes he paints the stuff. Richard has the extra-deluxe, jumbo-size skill set. It’s an inspiring body of work.” —Bill Watterson





The Prophet Motive

Looking for some new reading material? Pibgorn has you covered.

 

Pibgorn by Brooke McEldowney

 

Catch up on the storyline here.   





New Kid on the Block

Hey, fellow comic lovers! My name is Amanda and I’m the newest intern here at Universal Uclick. Out of the many super fun, I-can’t-believe-I-get-paid-for-these duties that my new job entails, the one I’m most excited about is writing for this blog. After reading through the past interns’ posts, I realize that I have some big shoes to fill, but I’m up for the challenge!

 

 To start, I thought I’d give you a little idea of what I’m about and what you can expect if you stay tuned:

 

I like to keep things interesting. Funny, weird, different … I’d rather be any of those things than be boring, so I’ll try to bring that same philosophy to my blog posts. Basically, I promise never to bore you with stories about what I ate for lunch that day.

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

 

No one likes an “e-hole,” so I’ll do my best to avoid sloppiness, tooting my own horn, etc.

 

Jen Sorensen by Jen Sorensen
Jen Sorensen by Jen Sorensen

 

I’m a firm believer in laughing as much as possible, so you can definitely expect my posts to be filled with goofiness, sarcasm and hilarious comic strips that I find too funny not to share. 

 

Dark Side of the Horse
Dark Side of the Horse

 

Speaking of comics that I find too funny not to share … If, like me, you are an animal lover, then do yourself a favor and add “Breaking Cat News” to your favorites. I can’t get enough of these cats.

 

Breaking Cat News by Georgia Dunn
Breaking Cat News by Georgia Dunn

 

With all that being said, I think I’ll cut it off for today. I’ll be spending the next week reading comics (loving my internship) and thinking of my next post, which will be up next Thursday. If you have any suggestions of things you would or wouldn’t like to see from me, feel free to comment and share them! I’d really appreciate the feedback.

 

Amanda





GoComics Staff Pick: Cornered by Mike Baldwin

From the office conference room to the gates of heaven, Cornered offers a twisted perspective on life’s ups and downs. Mike Baldwin has quite a talent for taking relatable situations and turning them on their heads. The result is a giggle and a snort. 

 

Take this one where a woman is shopping for a coffin. Now this is not everyday comic material, but Baldwin has taken this morbid task and spun it in an unexpected direction.

 

Cornered by Mike Baldwin

 

But the ones that always make me laugh out loud are set in the office. Oh man. Baldwin has it covered in every department. Here are a some favorites:

 

 

The Troubleshooter

 

Cornered by Mike Baldwin

 

 

Human Resources

 

Cornered by Mike Baldwin

 

 

The Vice President

 

Cornered by Mike Baldwin

 

 

The CEO

 

Cornered by Mike Baldwin

 

When life has me Cornered, I check out this comic, and I always walk away with a smile on my face. 

 

Cornered by Mike Baldwin

 

—Sarah Peiper, Manager of PageCaptain Pagination  

 

 

Add Cornered to your GoComics homepage!

 

About Cornered: How do you react when you're cornered? Talk your way out, prepare for battle or insist you're just fine and dandy? Mike Baldwin's "Cornered" characters reflect the full spectrum of these reactions - all the while doing their very best to be taken seriously. From dark to light to blindingly brilliant, the results delight, amuse or even confuse - but it's well worth the risk. No one's ever lost an eye reading "Cornered" (aside from one reader who got WAAAY too close - you know who you are). In the end it's discovering the inconvenient truth of being "Cornered" that sets you free. 






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