GoComics Adds Four New Comics in July

We added FOUR new comics to our roster in July! Catch up on the new comics and cartoonists below.

 

Snowflakes by James Ashby, Chris Jones and Zach Weinersmith

 

Snowflakes by Zach Weinersmith, Chris Jones and James Ashby

Snowflakes takes place in the worlds of imagination shared by a group of young orphans, somewhere high in the snow­capped Andes. Snowflakes is the story of that imagination running amok, growing into strange adventures, political intrigue and a battle between the factions within and without. Along the way, the children grow friendships, learn to live together and make peace with their strange histories.

 

James Ashby is an award-winning playwright and screenwriter who works from Los Angeles as an independent film producer and crowdfunding consultant. 

 

Chris Jones is a Canadian-based children’s illustrator. He enjoys telling stories visually, and his colorful style focuses on humor and expressiveness. Chris, a graduate of the Ontario College of Art & Design (OCAD), has worked as both a graphic designer and an illustrator. His illustrations appear in books, graphic novels, magazines and educational materials. Chris is a member and volunteer with the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.

 

Zach Weinersmith is best known as the artist behind the popular webcomic Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal (SMBC). He is also the creator of the hit science comedy show, BAHFest. Recently, he created Augie and the Green Knight, the best­funded children's book ever on Kickstarter. His work has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, The Economist, Slashdot, BoingBoing, PRI's Science Friday and on geeky blogs around the web.

 

Read Snowflakes here.

 

 

Pie Comic by John McNamee

 

Pie Comic by John McNamee

Pie Comic is a collection of meditations on life, science, death, food, childhood, depression, naps, wizards, robots, dinosaurs, robot-wizard-dinosaurs and whatever other foolish notion gets into the creator's head on any given day. Most of all, Pie Comic is fun.

 

John McNamee is a comedy writer/cartoonist living in Los Angeles. His work has appeared on The Onion, Clickhole and McSweeny's. John studied Improv at the Upright Citizens Brigade, and teaches online classes on Improvising Comics at Skillshare. John's mutant powers, as of this date, have not manifested.

 

Read Pie Comic here.

 

 

G–Man Webcomics by Chris Giarrusso

 

G-Man Webcomics by Chris Giarrusso

G-Man (aka Mikey G) has finally become the superhero he has always wanted to be! But with so many other superheroes out there hogging the spotlight, it's up to G-Man himself to chronicle his own superhero adventures! Part struggling superhero, part struggling cartoonist, G-Man writes and draws this autobiographical comic strip!

 

Chris Giarrusso grew up on a steady diet of cereal, cartoons and comic books. He began his cartooning education at a young age by whiting-out comic strip word balloons in the daily newspaper and filling in his own dialogue. Soon, he was whiting-out the drawings and replacing them with his own artwork. Eventually, he realized he’d save a lot of time by starting out with blank paper.

 

Employing this new strategy, Chris launched his career in 2004 with the G-MAN superhero graphic novel series (Image Comics) for young readers, merging his love of superhero adventure with his love of comic strip humor. It wasn't long before the G-Man character began writing and drawing as well, resulting in THE G-MAN SUPER JOURNAL series (Andrews McMeel), and the weekly G-MAN WEBCOMICS comic strip. More information about G-Man and Chris Giarrusso is available at chrisgcomics.com.

 

Read G-Man Webcomics here.

 

 

Bushy Tales by Ian Jones

 

Bushy Tales by Ian Jones

Welcome to the weird, wacky, wonderful world of the wombat. Bushy Tales is primarily set at the Bluff in the Australian bush – home of iconic species beloved the world over, and, specifically, Doug the Wombat – and fuses the personalities of its witty characters with that of the bush itself. The strip’s beautiful and beguiling artwork complements the warmth and whimsy of its lovable, if argumentative, denizens. Everyone should have a wombat like Doug in their lives, so come on Down Under, join in the fun and feel on top of the world. 

 

Ian Jones was born in 1955 in Brisbane, the capital city of the state of Queensland in Australia.

 

Training as a teacher, he spent 12 years teaching in country schools. He used his artistic gift to great effect in his teaching and to the enjoyment of his students. It was during his time teaching that he developed his first comic strip. Nothing happened with this early effort, but it did get Ian started down the path toward being published as a professional cartoonist a couple of years later. In 1980, Ian’s next comic strip was first published in newspapers and he was then published every day for the following 20 years. His greatest success during this time was with his strip, Pearly Gates, which appeared in papers throughout Australia and a few overseas markets.

 

After this 20-year publishing run, Ian took a break from the world of cartooning. It ended up being a longer break than he anticipated, but when he picked up the pens again, it was with a fresh motivation and a refreshing comic strip concept, resulting in Bushy Tales.

 

Ian believes that Bushy Tales is the best work he has ever done, and is thrilled with its continued development and the response of readers to it. He loves bringing the iconic characters and the beauty of the Aussie bush to readers around the world.


In addition to teaching, Ian has been a pastor, and the national director of a Christian humanitarian mission organization. He is also an award-winning photographer and an avid independent traveler, having spent time in 45 different countries around the world. Ian has been married to Robyn for 38 years and they have seven (grown) children and, at last count, nine grandchildren.

 

Read Bushy Tales here.





Giveaway: Archive-Quality Overboard Comic Strips – Winners Announced

Thank you to all who helped us celebrate Overboard's 25th anniversary! We've randomly selected FIVE winners to receive an archive-quality print of their chosen comic strip!

 

1. Andy Shuping – June 21, 2014 

 

Overboard by Chip Dunham

 

 

2. Ian Jones – Aug. 20, 1990

 

Overboard_topper Overboard by Chip Dunham

 

3. Jim Benson – Dec. 20, 2008

 

Overboard by Chip Dunham

 

 

4. Jon Berger – Sept. 16, 1990

 

Overboard by Chip Dunham

 

 

 

5. Tina Rhea – July 16, 2002

 

Overboard by Chip Dunham

 

If your name is listed above, please contact us at rewards@gocomics.com with your shipping address and phone number. Please note: You must contact us by 8/5/15 or your prize will be forfeited.

 





The Martian Confederacy: An Update

The Martian Confederacy by Paige Braddock and Jason McNamara

 

It has been a BUSY summer for The Martian Confederacy creators Paige Braddock and Jason McNamara!

 

With Paige hard at work on the brilliant “Peanuts Movie” and Jason making the move to Oregon, the two are taking a hiatus from The Martian Confederacy.

 

We’re all eagerly awaiting the return of The Martian Confederacy! In the meantime, take a look back and enjoy the story from the beginning starting here. 





The Perks of Being a Pro

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It’s important to show appreciation for the special people in your life, and there’s no one we value more at GoComics than our dedicated comic fans! It is your commitment to comics and overall awesomeness that inspire us to offer our weekly giveaways through our GoComics blog, Facebook and Twitter accounts. We love sharing comics swag with you!

 

In addition to our weekly blog giveaways, open to all of our fans, we also have the Surprise and Delight Program, which is open exclusively to our PRO account holders. Every week, we randomly select a few PRO members and, after making contact via email, we send them a surprise gift as a token of our appreciation! Past "Surprise and Delight" winners have received prizes including autographed, collectible prints of their favorite comic strips, comic books signed by their favorite cartoonists and special-edition, signed prints from Comic-con conventions, just to name a few!

 

Why do we feel the need to show all this extra love to our PRO members? It’s our way of expressing our appreciation for their support and loyalty.

 

Our PRO membership costs $11.88 per year (less than a dollar each month!), and gets you tons of exclusive benefits! Not only are you qualified for our Surprise and Delight program, you get to surf GoComics free of outside advertising, create and customize your very own PRO homepage, receive your favorite comics through a daily email and much, much more! Learn more about our PRO member benefits, here.

 

Not a PRO but want to be? Become a PRO member today!





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.

 

 

 

Limbo Road  7-24-15

 

 

 

 

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View from the Couch  7-24-15

 

 

 

Jillpoke Bohemia 7-25-15

 

 

 

 

 

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Spectickles  7-26-15

 

 

 

 

Don't Pick the Flowers  7-27-15

 

 

 

 

Smith  7-27-15

 

 

 

 

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

 





Congratulations to the newlyweds!

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Stone Soup 7/25/2015

 

They did it! After several months of challenges -- from Phil's motorcycle accident to a missing contractor to Val's second thoughts -- Val and Phil got married on Saturday!

 

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Stone Soup 7/26/2015

 

And now that the wedding is over, it's time to relax and enjoy the honeymoon! While the newlyweds are gone, readers have a chance to look back on their relationship for the next two weeks, as Jan Eliot inserts flashbacks into the strip.

 

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Stone Soup 7/27/2015

So let's raise a glass to the Stone-Jackson family -- we can't wait to see what's going to happen next!

 

-- EPK





Weekend Faves (July 26)

Bully by Andrew Paavola
Bully by Andrew Paavola

 

They say a picture is worth 1,000 words. Andrew Paavola certainly proves that to be true in this wild Sunday.

--Julie

 

 

Frank & Ernest by Thaves
Frank & Ernest by Thaves

 

So would the paintbrush be the original selfie stick?

--Elizabeth

 

 

Non Sequitur by Wiley Miller
Non Sequitur by Wiley Miller

 

As a child, these thoughts were not far from my own. Another solid Sunday from Mr. Miller.

--Lindsay

 

 

Garfield by Jim Davis
Garfield by Jim Davis

 

Ah, the beauty of summertime.

--Julie

 

 

FoxTrot by Bill Amend
FoxTrot by Bill Amend

 

If you don't look like a fool in these photos, you're doing it wrong.

--Lindsay

 

 

Biographic by Steve McGarry
Biographic by Steve McGarry

 

Calling all Bradley Cooper fans! Don't miss this Biographic installment.

--Julie





Giveaway: Special Edition Signed San Diego Comic-Con Swag – Winners Announced

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Thank you to all who entered to win a HUGE collection of San Diego Comic-Con swag!

 

We've randomly selected TWO winners for this giveaway! Congratulations to Caroline Taylor and Christopher Bays! Please contact us at rewards@gocomics.com with your shipping information and phone number. Please note: You must contact us by 8/3/15 or your prize will be forfeited.

 

Caroline and Christopher have each won an SDCC loot bag, an SDCC 2015 Events Guide or Souvenir Book AND a print or poster signed by each of the following:

 

• Lalo Alcaraz (La Cucaracha, editorial cartoonist)
• Paige Braddock (The Martian Confederacy, Jane’s World)
• Jason Chatfield (Ginger Meggs)
• Greg Evans (Luann)
• Steve McGarry (Badlands, Biographic, KidTown, TrivQuiz)
• Stephan Pastis (Pearls Before Swine)
• Nick Seluk (The Awkward Yeti)
• Paul Trap (Thatababy)

 

PLUS swag from previous SDCC experiences, including prints signed by:

 

• Lalo Alcaraz (La Cucaracha, editorial cartoonist)

• Bill Amend (FoxTrot)

• Jim Benton (Jim Benton Cartoons)

• Paige Braddock (The Martian Confederacy, Jane’s World)

• Berkeley Breathed (The Academia Waltz, Bloom County)

• Todd Clark (Lola)

• Brian Crane (Pickles)

• Greg Evans (Luann)

• Shaenon K. Garrity (Skin Horse)

• Rob Harrell (Adam@Home)

• Keith Knight (The K Chronicles, The Knight Life, (th)ink)

• Lela Lee (Angry Little Girls)

• John Lustig (Last Kiss)

• Brooke McEldowney (9 Chickweed Lane, Pibgorn)

• Steve McGarry (Badlands, Biographic, KidTown, TrivQuiz)

• Scott Meyer (Basic Instructions)

• Doug Savage (Savage Chickens)

• Bob Scott (Molly and the Bear)

• Josh Shalek (Kid Shay Comics)

• Justin Thompson (MythTickle)

• Lucas Turnbloom (Imagine This)

• Shannon Wheeler (Too Much Coffee Man)





New Comic Alert! Bushy Tales by Ian Jones

Bushy Tales by Ian Jones

 

Welcome to the weird, wacky, wonderful world of the wombat. Bushy Tales is primarily set at the Bluff in the Australian bush – home of iconic species beloved the world over, and, specifically, Doug the Wombat – and fuses the personalities of its witty characters with that of the bush itself. The strip’s beautiful and beguiling artwork complements the warmth and whimsy of its lovable, if argumentative, denizens. Everyone should have a wombat like Doug in their lives, so come on Down Under, join in the fun and feel on top of the world. 

 

Read Bushy Tales here.





Comic Books for Kids: Broaden Their Minds and Brighten Their Days

Happy National Children’s Day to all of you proud parents out there! On a day that celebrates children and their futures, we couldn’t think of a more perfect opportunity to showcase our favorite ways to brighten, not only your child’s days, but their future, as well!

 

Finding ways to both entertain and educate your kids is not always an easy feat to accomplish. In a previous blog post, we showed you how to “Beat the Summertime Boredom” with some of our kid-friendly interactive comic features: 

 

KidSpot by Dan Thompson
KidSpot by Dan Thompson

 

Now, we’re expanding beyond the digital world of GoComics to tell you about some awesome comic books. Published by our sister company Andrews McMeel Publishing, all are sure to keep your child learning and laughing for days to come, because – let’s be honest – Reading with Pictures is just more fun!

 

Reading With Pictures Comics That Make Kids Smarter by Josh Elder
Reading With Pictures Comics That Make Kids Smarter by Josh Elder

 

The beauty of adventure books like Alien Invasion in My Backyard and The G-Man Super Journal is their ability to make your kids want to keep reading. 

 

Alien Invasion in My Backyard by Ruben Bolling
Alien Invasion in My Backyard by Ruben Bolling

 

A constantly held game-system controller will be replaced with a new favorite book that they can’t put down.

 

The G-Man Super Journal: Awesome Origins by Chris Giarrusso
The G-Man Super Journal: Awesome Origins by Chris Giarrusso

 

With series like The Complete Big Nate, kids won’t have to stop reading! They can follow one of their favorite comic characters through his many book adventures!

 

The Complete Big Nate #1 by Lincoln Peirce
The Complete Big Nate #1 by Lincoln Peirce

 

Speak to your child’s imagination with the magic of Phoebe and Her Unicorn.

 

Phoebe and Her Unicorn by Dana Simpson
Phoebe and Her Unicorn by Dana Simpson

 

Introduce them to the comics that brightened your own childhood. The Peanuts gang is still just as lovable as you remember, and their books are equally as timeless. 

 

Charlie Brown and Friends A Peanuts Collection by Charles M. Schulz
Charlie Brown and Friends: A Peanuts Collection by Charles M. Schulz

 

Celebrate National Children’s Day with a gift that truly keeps on giving, because a book is never just a book – it’s a key, unlocking a world of wonder and adventure.

 

Looking for more entertainingly educational books? Check out our “Comics For Kids” Pinterest board.





Waltzing Through GoComics

One evening, my family gathered in the kitchen, preparing for Thanksgiving dinner (and the visitors that come with it). With my dad on “cleaning duty,” my mom scrambling to perfect her green bean casserole, and my brother and I trying to find the balance between being helpful and staying out of the way, the afternoon had been a bit tense.

 

Then, Peter Gabriel’s “Solsbury Hill” began playing through the speakers. Without warning, my parents began grooving to the beat, laughing as they swayed.

 

Just like that, the tense mood was lifted, and I enjoyed an evening with the people I love the most – all thanks to a spontaneous dance party. It’s one of my favorite memories, and makes me smile whenever I think about it.

 

It’s fun to witness the many styles of dance that flutter across GoComics. Young and old, short and tall, sophisticated and silly, GoComics characters certainly have an appreciation for dancing.

 

Like Rose, who will never pass up the opportunity to pirouette.

 

Rose is Rose by Don Wimmer and Pat Brady
Rose is Rose by Don Wimmer and Pat Brady

 

 

Peanuts is home to the brilliant “Happy Dance.”

 

 

Peanuts by Charles Schulz
Peanuts by Charles Schulz

 

Peanuts by Charles Schulz
Peanuts by Charles Schulz

 

 

There’s certainly no shortage of joyful jives.

 

 

 

Grand Avenue by Steve Breen and Mike Thompson
Grand Avenue by Steve Breen and Mike Thompson

 

 

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

 

 

To some, dancing is just for fun.

 

 

 

Phoebe and Her Unicorn by Dana Simpson
Phoebe and Her Unicorn by Dana Simpson

 

 

Others are training for a serious competition.

 

 

Brevity by Dan Thompson
Brevity by Dan Thompson

 

 

While some characters have two left feet …

 

 

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

 

 

You can’t deny the beauty and grace in 9 Chickweed Lane.

 

 

9 Chickweed Lane by Brooke McEldowney
9 Chickweed Lane by Brooke McEldowney

 

 

No matter your style, get out there and dance! It’s good for you!

 

 

Frazz by Jef Mallett
Frazz by Jef Mallett

 

 

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

 

– Julie





Meet Your Creator: Cuyler Black (Inherit the Mirth)

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People often approach me and ask how I come up with ideas for Inherit the Mirth cartoons. I’ve been known to respond with questions of my own: “You need to ask me this at three in the morning? Who are you? How did you get in to my house? And who said you could just pull up a chair next to my bed?”

 

You’d be surprised how often that happens.

 

Anyway, all I know is that I’ve been creating cartoons since I was a little kid growing up in Ottawa, Ontario. When I was 10, my comic strip Ollie the Alligator was published weekly in a local newspaper. Check out this pic of me.

 

 

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“Genius at work.” If I was such a genius, I would have figured out how to get a better haircut.

 

So, I did that cartoon for a while, and then when I was 17, I launched a brand-new comic strip all about high school life in the big daily Ottawa Citizen. It was called Furtree High and it ran every day for the next six and a half years, sandwiched on the comics page between Cathy and Garfield. In those years, I really honed my skills as a cartoonist. Not coincidentally, because I was also going to school full-time, my commitment to a daily comic strip meant I had absolutely no time to hone dating skills. My girlfriend was an imaginary swimsuit model I named “Cathy Garfield.”

 

 

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I ended the strip after university so I could backpack around Europe and figure out what I really wanted to do with my life. I decided I wanted to be a superhero. Still working on that.

In the mid-’90s, the cartooning bug bit again (while I was still hoping to be bitten by a radioactive spider instead), and this time I got syndicated with a comic strip about a gym. It was called The Swan Factory and appeared in a dozen papers for a couple of years. Approximately three people remember it.

 

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Eventually, my love of cartooning fused with my Christian faith, and I created a cartoon that many fans have called “The Far Side meets the Bible.” And by “many fans,” I mean me.

 

 

Inherit the Mirth by Cuyler Black

 

 

The vision statement, if you will, for Inherit the Mirth is inspired by Genesis 21:6: “God has brought me laughter.” And I really believe it’s true — that God brings laughter. There’s a common misconception of God being an always angry, vengeful, humorless deity, but the truth is that God is supremely a God of joy. That’s the God that Jesus portrays. And if you look for it from first page to last in the Bible, you’ll find all kinds of evidence for the Almighty’s sense of humor. And if a Christian isn’t channeling that humor, at least from time to time, then he or she just isn’t living the way they were made to.

 

OK, so anyway, I’m having a great time with Inherit the Mirth, and I hope you are too.

 

 

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And in case you’re wondering, I eventually honed enough dating skills to convince a beautiful woman named Lisa to marry me. Along with our son, Xander, we live in New Jersey, where I am currently also a pastor at Liquid Church. You can Google it. It’s not a cult, but with that name, I know that’s what you’re thinking.

 

Now, if you’ll excuse me, it’s 2 a.m. and I have to deal with a guy who just came through an open window at my house to ask me where I get my ideas for Inherit the Mirth.

 

I think it’s time for a home security system.

 

Read Inherit the Mirth here or follow along on Facebook.





Laugh Tracks Look Back (July 18 – 24)

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!

 

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Dave Coverly provided a glimpse into his cartooning career.

 

“In high school, my journalism teacher took my cartooning aspirations seriously, and began bringing in The New Yorker magazine so I could read the cartoons. And by 'read,' I mean 'study.' I didn’t understand many of the gags, but I loved that they made me think so hard. It was rewarding every time I 'got' one. Those were the years when I realized what exactly I wanted to do.”

 

 

We celebrated Overboard’s 25th anniversary this week with three very special blog posts!

 

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Creator Chip Dunham showcased his top 25 favorite comics.

Overboard editor Sue Roush shared history and humor behind the comic. 

 

 

G-Man Webcomics joined the GoComics lineup.

 

G-Man Webcomics by Chris Giarrusso

 

 

 

In honor of Space Exploration Day, we took a trip to outer space with Red and Rover.

 

 

Red and Rover by Brian Basset

 

 

 

GoComics Spotlight: Reply All by Donna A. Lewis

 

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Pearls Before Swine creator Stephan Pastis may be coming to your city!

 

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July is National Ice Cream month! GoComics goes crazy for cones. 

 

“They are the people who attempt to sample as many flavors as socially acceptable at Baskin Robbins, making it through all 31 on a slow day; who know the ice cream truck’s jingle by heart and live for the thrill of chasing it down; who get giddy at the thought of sprinkles and, no matter how full they are, know that there is always room left for ice cream.”

 

 

Are whales smarter than humans? We investigate. 

 

 

We’re giving away two HUGE collections of San Diego Comic-Con swag!

 

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We hosted a Q&A session with John "Scully" Scully, creator of The Comic Strip That Has a Finale Every Day.

 

 

Flashback Friday: Time Traveling through Comics History

 

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 “Join us aboard the GoComics time machine as we travel as far back as 1895, retracing the steps of comic history and highlighting a few of our vintage features that helped shape the world of cartooning as we know it.”

 

 

Reunited and it Feels so Good (Or at least OK). Read family reunion funnies filled with bear hugs, cheek pinching and adult beverages.

 

 

Scenes from San Diego Comic-Con: Brooke McEldowney's Sketch Diary

 

 

Pibgorn by Brooke McEldowney

 

 

Cheers to another great week on the GoComics blog!





Ginger Meggs: Australia’s Favourite Boy

Ginger Meggs cartoonist Jason Chatfield shares details about a one-of-a-kind exhibition!

 

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Today marks the opening of the biggest comic strip exhibition in Australian history. “Ginger Meggs: Australia’s Favourite Boy” is a 94-year retrospective, curated by Anna Cossu and the team at the Museum of Sydney to celebrate Australia’s longest-running and beloved comic strip.

 

Since his first appearance in the Us Fellers comic strip in Sydney’s Sunday Sun newspaper in 1921, Ginger Meggs and his loyal gang, girlfriend Minnie Peters and enemy Tiger Kelly have kept us company for more than 90 years.

 

A new exhibition at Museum of Sydney, “Ginger Meggs: Australia’s Favourite Boy,” explores the story of this much-loved comic character, from his creation in 1921 by Sydney artist James “Jimmy” Bancks to his latest incarnation by current artist Jason Chatfield, and along the way, how the lovable larrikin became an Australian icon.

 

 

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In 1935, Eric Baume, then editor of the Sunday Sun, claimed Ginger Meggs was "the most human character created by any cartoonist in the second and third decades of the century. Not because Ginger is loved by the 280,000 readers of the Sunday Sun is this assertion made, but because the sheer Australian characteristics of the lad have endeared him to readers of newspapers in every part of this country and of New Zealand."

 

The then Prime Minister of Australia, John Curtin, understood what was happening and said, "Ginger Meggs is Australia's Peter Pan. Most of us can recognize in him our own youth, but unlike him, we had to grow up."

GM1425-90th-PrintThe exhibition features original strips by Ginger’s fathers, Bancks, and his successors Ron Vivian, Lloyd Piper, James Kemsley and Jason Chatfield, along with a wonderful collection of Ginger Meggs memorabilia.

 

“Born in Sydney to local artist Jimmy Bancks, Ginger Meggs has been enormously popular with generations of Australians and is still published in over 120 newspapers across Australia and around the world,” said Sydney Living Museums curator Anna Cossu.

 

“With his vivid red hair, larrikin boy charms and never-ending ability to get himself into and out of trouble, Ginger Meggs is a mischievous character whose everyday escapades echo the experiences of millions of Australian children.”

 

While “Ginge,” as he is affectionately known, and his loyal gang never grow a day older, the world around them has changed dramatically, and the exhibition explores how the comic strip has adapted to new eras under the pen of each artist.

 

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Throughout his lifetime, readers have seen Ginger Meggs evolve from the 1930s world of billycarts, wireless radios and cricket games played in the street to the computer-drawn strips of today, in which Ginger laments the loss of Internet connection. During World War II, Ginger was drawn on sides of Australian airplanes and appeared in Army News; he was used in road safety campaigns in the 1950s and, controversially, entered the Space Age in the 1960s.

 

The world of Ginger Meggs continued off the page, too, with an array of commercial products and merchandise, from his own spinoff Little Golden Book stories to dolls and clothing, songs and tableware. In the 1970s, Ginger emerged in the works of celebrated Australian pop artist Martin Sharp, and a feature film released in 1982, along with a change in fathers, from Piper to Kemsley, saw a resurgence in the resilient character’s popularity.

 

Ginger has crossed over into the online space now with his own iMeggsie.com, designed specifically for mobile devices, along with an active community on Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr, and of course, every day on GoComics.

 

 

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The exhibition will take visitors behind the scenes, exploring how Bancks and his successors created their comic strips, and also enable visitors to try their hand at drawing Ginger Meggs. Plus, a display of original and reproduction Ginger Meggs comic strips by all of the artists will appeal to visitors of all ages. The Exhibition runs from July 25 to Nov. 8.

 

Learn more about the exhibition here. Or, read Ginger Meggs here.

 

– Jason Chatfield, Ginger Meggs cartoonist





Twitter Q&A with John "Scully" Scully of The Comic Strip That Has A Finale Every Day

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All the thanks in the world to John "Scully" Scully for taking time out of his busy schedule for a Twitter Q&A! We had a ton of fun. Catch up on the chat here, or use the widget below: 

 

 

Subscribe to The Comic Strip That Has A Finale Every Day here 

 

NEXT UP (Friday, July 31): Join us next Friday for a chance to chat live with Wrong Hands creator John Atkinson! Follow along and tweet in using: #AskJohnAtkinson. 





Scenes from San Diego Comic-Con: Brooke McEldowney's Sketch Diary

With 130,000 enthusiastic comics and pop-culture fans in attendance at San Diego Comic-Con earlier this month, there was no shortage of superhero sightings and astonishing cosplay on the show floor.

 

Embarking on a journey from Maine to San Diego to attend SDCC, Brooke McEldowney shared several scenes from his experience at the ’con though his comic Pibgorn.

 

Pibgorn by Brooke McEldowney

 

 

Pibgorn by Brooke McEldowney

 

 

Pibgorn by Brooke McEldowney

 

 

Pibgorn by Brooke McEldowney

 

Flip through McEldowney’s “Comic-Con Sketch Diary” from the beginning here.





Flashback Friday: Time Traveling through Comics History

With today (July 24) being Tell an Old Joke Day, we’re bringing you a Flashback Friday of epic proportions! Join us aboard the GoComics time machine as we travel as far back as 1895, retracing the steps of comic history and highlighting a few of our vintage features that helped shape the world of cartooning as we know it.

 

Our journey begins where funnies first started: Origins of the Sunday ComicsSpanning 1895 to 1915, Origins of the Sunday Comics offers a look at some of the very first comics ever created. Whether you’re a history buff, a comic fanatic, or both, it’s impossible not to be wowed by how far the Sunday funnies have come.

 

Origins of the Sunday Comics by Peter Maresca
Origins of the Sunday Comics by Peter Maresca

 

The definition of “timeless,” Winsor McCay’s Little Nemo first appeared in 1905, and still delights readers to this day. A beautiful strip, McCay’s endless imagination splashes onto each page in glorious color, taking you on whimsical adventures to places you’ve only dreamed of.

 

Little Nemo by Winsor McCay
Little Nemo by Winsor McCay

 

As we continue our transition into the 20th century, we stop in 1921: the year that “Australia’s Favourite Boy” first came onto the scene. Since debuting in Sydney’s Sunday Sun newspaper, Ginger Meggs has transcended generations as one of the longest-running cartoons in comic history. Ninety years later, under the pens of multiple cartoonists, Ginger Meggs may have a new look, but his boyish charm is still very much present, and as delightful as ever.

 

Meet Your Creator: Jason Chatfield
Meet Your Creator: Jason Chatfield



With another year comes the debut of another classic comic strip, Fritzi Ritz. In 1933, Ernie Bushmiller, who took over the strip three years after its debut, introduced a new character: a precocious 8-year old girl. By 1938, Fritzi Ritz was renamed Nancy, after its new little star, and the rest, as they say, is history.

 

Nancy Classics transports us back to 1955: a time of poodle skirts and bobby socks, during the peak of Nancy’s fame. Between the simplicity of the time period and Nancy’s enduring, childlike innocence, it’s hard not to smile when reading this strip.

 

Nancy Classics by Ernie Bushmiller
Nancy Classics by Ernie Bushmiller

 

The journey continues!  Let’s travel to 1923, when, to the joy of readers and critics alike, Percy Crosby’s legendary Skippy first appeared in newspapers. Serving as inspiration behind many popular comics – such as Peanuts and Calvin and Hobbes –to name a few, Skippy is undoubtedly one of the most beloved characters of all time. 

 

Skippy by Percy Crosby
Skippy by Percy Crosby

 

Our final destination is 1950, as Peanuts Begins takes us through the classic adventures of the Peanuts gang, from their very first appearance in newspapers. Charlie Brown and all your favorites are here to accompany you on your trip down memory lane, and, together, you can retrace the steps leading to what is now regarded as one of history’s most iconic comic strips.

 

Peanuts Begins by Charles Schulz
Peanuts Begins by Charles Schulz

 

We hope you’ve enjoyed this cruise through comic history as much as we have! Our trip may be over, but you can celebrate Tell an Old Joke Day any day, with all of our timeless classics 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.

 

 

Girth  7-21-15

 

 

 

 

Limbo Road  7-22-15

 

 

 

 

Bushy Tales  7-22-15

 

BUSHY TALES

 

 


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

 





Whale Fails

There are many scientific studies out there aiming to prove that whales are smarter than humans. After conducting a little research of my own (comic research, that is), I’ve come to the conclusion that, in the world of comics, at least, the two species are neck-and-neck in terms of intelligence.

 

Whale fails are a common sight on GoComics, and there have been many theories behind their causes. For example, like people, whales are sometimes guilty of “not needing” directions.

 

WuMo by Wulff & Morgenthaler
WuMo by Wulff & Morgenthaler

 

They also fall victim to the latest and not-always-greatest beauty trends. 

 

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

 

A real plot twist is the theory that whales are actually beaching themselves on purpose.

 

Brevity by Dan Thompson
Brevity by Dan Thompson

 

As I’ve mentioned, whales aren’t the only GoComics mammals guilty of goofing up. The humans have some pretty epic failures themselves. 

 

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

 

Drabble by Kevin Fagan
Drabble by Kevin Fagan

 

The Duplex by Glenn McCoy
The Duplex by Glenn McCoy

 

As one Charlie Brown would say ... "good grief."

 

– Amanda





GoComics A to Z, Vol 6: Reply All

In this weekly series, editor Lucas Wetzel spotlights new and unusual comic features from the GoComics A-Z listing.

 

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Feature: Reply All
Creator: Donna A. Lewis
Format: four panels
Frequency: daily
Recommended if you like: Cathy, Dilbert, humor related to office politics, self-appearance and family members who don't know how to use email properly

 

Each week we get submissions detailing people's childhood dreams of creating a syndicated comic strip. Many of them write that it's the only job they could ever imagine having. But it's often those who have labored in other professions who wind up finding the most joy and consistency in the cartooning profession. In other words, when you work hard for something and know what the alternative looks like, it's hard to take that success for granted. At least that's the vibe I get from Donna A. Lewis, whose daily comic "Reply All" chronicles the day-to-day neuroses and social interactions of Lizzie, a highly self-aware single woman in the public relations industry. Like Stephan Pastis, Lewis has a background in law, and she still works as an attorney for the Department of Homeland Security even while producing "Reply All," which has been syndicated by the Washington Post Writers Group since 2011. Lewis' art isn't terribly sophisticated, but when it comes to the writing, the characters' clever exchanges, modern concerns and streamlined dialogue give "Reply All" a subversive, socially conscious flair. For example, take the two-day sequence on mansplaining below.

 

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The issue is handled in a way that a white male reader like me (presumably the most offending category of "mansplainers") feels in on the joke. The feminine perspective will appeal to readers of Cathy (a character Lewis has said she does not personally identify with), and the office humor is similar at times to Dilbert, but "Reply All" feels more of-the-moment than those two classics, like a comic your witty colleague doodled during a meeting and made everyone in the office giggle. Which, in fact, is exactly how "Reply All" came into being. Here's a couple more recent strips: 

 

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Read more "Reply All" every day right here on GoComics.com!






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