Twitter Q&A with Greg Cravens (The Buckets and Hubris!)

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This week, we had the pleasure of chatting with syndicated cartoonist Greg Cravens! Miss it? Catch up on the Q&A below.

 

 

 

 

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Join us on Twitter next week or a chance to chat with artist Graham Nolan of The Sunshine State!



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 anythng; 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.

 

 

 

Batch Rejection  7-30-14

 

 

 

 

 

7-30-14

 

 

 

 

Frank & Steinway  7-30-14

 

 

 

 

7-30-14

 

 

 

Milton 5.0  7-30-14

 

 

 

Onion & Pea  7-30-14

 

 

 

 

Smith  7-30-14

 

 

 

 

 

7-30-14

 

 

 

 

 

Blackboard Daze  7-31-14

 

 

 

 

Girth  7-31-14

 

 

 

 Regular Creatures  7-31-14

 

 

 

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

 



Quotable Quotes

Every now and then, a character in a comic strip says something that I find myself hoping I can use in my own life.  I’ve compiled a list of some of my favorites.  I hope you find these as entertaining as I do and find ways to incorporate these characters' dialogue into your own conversation. 

 

“Relationships are like ice cream.  They should not be shared.” - Lila

 

 

The Meaning of Lila by John Forgetta and L.A. Rose
The Meaning of Lila by John Forgetta and L.A. Rose

 

 

 

I couldn’t have said it better myself! I might find myself debating which I would be willing to share first. 

 

“It must be depressing to go through life with no purpose.” - Calvin

 

 

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

 

 

I like this one because it just makes you think.  When I read this, I had to stop and think: What IS my purpose? I thought about it for a while and discovered there are a lot of purposes to my life.  Thanks, Calvin!

 

On a side note, I feel like I could use this in a very sarcastic way anytime someone disagrees with me. I have a friend who hates SpaghettiOs. Next time I’m eating a bowl in front of him and he makes a comment about how disgusting they are, I now have a perfect comeback. 

 

“Sorry. Did I just back right over your reverse psychology?” - Lola

 

 

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Lola by Todd Clark

 

 

Lola is the perfect example of sarcasm at it’s best! My mom tries to use reverse psychology on me all the time -- especially when I ask if I can take food back to my apartment. Next time she says, “sure” while giving me that Are-you-really-taking-my-last-loaf-of-zucchini-bread look, I will know exactly what to say. (I know deep down she secretly loves giving me food, though!)

 

“Don’t just sit there! Help me barricade the door!” - Thatababy

 

 

 

Thatababy by Paul Trap

 

Thatababy by Paul Trap

 

 

I was sitting on my couch with my two roommates last time my landlord showed up. Her knock was so terrifying, it left us speechless. It would have been the perfect time to shout this quote! (Although I’m not so sure my landlord would have seen the same humor in it.)

 

“Then why do you exist?” - Garfield

 

 

 

Garfield by Jim Davis

 

Garfield by Jim Davis

 

 

 

I can see myself using this quote a lot.  Sometimes I ask my roommate to hand me the remote … she throws it at my face.  “Why do you exist?”

 

Sometimes my brother picks me up and throws me outside when it’s pouring rain.  “Why do you exist?”

 

Next time a cop writes me a ticket.  “Why do you exist?”

 

 

There you have it. Just a few witty quotes I’ve found throughout my internship.  Each caught my attention, and I’m waiting for the opportune moments to use them! 

 

Have a favorite quote? Share in the comments below!

 

-- Jess



GoComics Adds New Comics in July

We added FOUR new comics in July! Here's a recap of our recent launches:

 

Kid Beowulf by Alexis E. Fajardo

Kid Beowulf by Alexis Fajardo

Inspired by the epic poem "Beowulf," Kid Beowulf is an action-adventure story that follows 12-year-old twin brothers Beowulf and Grendel as they travel across distant lands and meet fellow epic heroes therein. The strip begins with the twins' origin story, "Kid Beowulf and the Blood-Bound Oath," a tale that goes back several generations to Beowulf and Grendel's grandfather, Hrothgar. Hrothgar is a hotheaded prince of Daneland on a quest for power – one that leads him to a fiery dragon, an enchanted sword and an oath sworn in blood. When Hrothgar breaks his oath, he breaks his kingdom, and the only thing that will save it is a family he's forgotten and heroes not yet born!

 

Alexis E. Fajardo is a student of the classics – whether Daffy Duck or Damocles – and has created a unique blend of the two in Kid Beowulf. Fajardo has taught cartooning throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and currently resides in Santa Rosa, California, where he works for PEANUTS at the Charles M. Schulz Studio. Fajardo oversees a number of publishing projects at the Schulz Studio, including working as editor and sometimes writer on the new PEANUTS monthly comic books published through BOOM! Studios. Fajardo has been working on Kid Beowulf for several years and is excited to bring the first book to GoComics in full-color, serialized form.

 

Read Kid Beowulf here.

 

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal by Zach Weiner

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal by Zach WeinerSaturday Morning Breakfast Cereal (SMBC) is a daily gag comic about science, love, sex, religion, philosophy and economics. A popular webcomic, SMBC is a two-time winner of the Web Cartoonists’ Choice Awards.  

 

Zach Weiner is a new father, who possesses a BA in literature and three-eighths of a BS in physics. He spends most of his time shaking his fist at the computer screen.

 

Read Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal here.

 

Clear Blue Water by Karen Montague-Reyes

Clear Blue Water by Karen Montague-Reyes

Clear Blue Water centers around a large, loving family, stress, sarcasm and the ability to cope. It’s a strip about loathing everyone you live with and not being able to move away from them because they will follow you. It’s about joy, silliness and marriage. The storyline is filled with minutiae, arguments, happiness, worry and too many kids, or maybe not enough kids, depending on the day. It’s about autism, really weird superheroes and religion and friendship and race. And it has politics for days. Eve and Manny Torres and their five children are the caramel nougat in the center of this sweet and sour strip.

 

Clear Blue Water was syndicated from 2004 though 2008 and was published as a webcomic until 2011. Creator Karen Montague-Reyes is excited to have her comic strip available again through GoComics, although some people believe she should stop resting on her laurels and find another project. Montague-Reyes does not consider those people to be friends of hers. Currently residing in the Florida Keys, Montague-Reyes is married with five children.

 

Read Clear Blue Water here.

 

Randy Glasbergen Cartoons by Randy Glasbergen

Randy Glasbergen CartoonsRandy Glasbergen is one of America’s most widely and frequently published cartoonists with more than 30,000 cartoons published since he began cartooning professionally in high school. His smart, topical cartoons appear in magazines, newspapers, greeting cards, social media, advertising and more across the world. Randy’s freelance client list includes the Economic Times of India, China Daily, La Nacion Costa Rica, Harvard Business Review, Hallmark Cards, American Greetings, Cornell University, The Wall St Journal, Funny Times, Toastmasters International, McGraw-Hill, Classmates.com and an endless list of others.

 

Glasbergen lives with his wife and three basset hounds in an old boarding house located in a very small town in Central New York. He works at home surrounded by cats who smear the ink when they sit on his drawings and lick their feet. 

                      

Read Randy Glasbergen Cartoons here.  

 



Bless Your Art

Stahler - Seurat Cellphone ParodyJeff Stahler

 

Who likes comics? Wha-- everyone? That's good. Here are a bunch of comics I've had knocking around my hard drive for a while for want of a reason to post. August's sticky stubbornness saps me of my need to adhere to a theme, so open wide and drink from the fire hose.

 

Off the Mark - M&Ms Peanut Bar

 

 

Off the Mark - Easier Drawing

Off the Mark

 

 

Nc_c080923 - iron manNancy

 

Sn030531 - feel like a romanThe Buckets

 

 

Tom the Dancing Bug - Bagel Bites StripTom the Dancing Bug

 

 

Its_c111107 - Mermons

In the Sticks

 

Pe810531 - Rain VS Baseball

 

 

Pe811229 - ClosetLight

 

 

Pe950127 - DogTerribleWriter

Peanuts

 

Up090825 - czar wash

Unstrange Phenomena

 

Next week: substance, probably! Stay frosty!

 

--Dave



August 2014 Twitter Q&A Schedule

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

 

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

 

Now, mark your calendars!

 

THE LINE-UP: 
 
• 8/1: Greg Cravens of The Buckets and Hubris!
 
• 8/8: Graham Nolan of Sunshine State
• 8/15: Ryan Pagelow of Buni
 
• 8/22: Bob Weber Jr. & Jay Stephens of Oh, Brother! 
 
• 8/29: Labor Day holiday weekend. No Q&A.
 
 
 
 


GoComics Staff Pick: Truth Facts by Wulff & Morgenthaler

Thanks to Madison (our Sales Intern) for this week's Staff Pick!

 

This nontraditional comic has been a favorite of mine from the first day I stumbled across it. I love being able to find humor in the ironies of everyday life, and it would seem that the creators of Truth Facts feel the same.

 

 

Truth Facts by Wulff & Morgenthaler
Truth Facts by Wulff & Morgenthaler | gocomics.com/truth-facts

 

Luckily, they have a knack for cleverly identifying these ironies and portraying them with hilarious accuracy. 

 

 

Truth Facts by Wulff & Morgenthaler

 

 

And isn’t there something great in knowing that we all share these often humorous struggles?

 

 

Truth Facts by Wulff & Morgenthaler

 

 

I really think so.  These colorful, simple strips manage to get me laughing out loud every time. Mainly because — like the name says — they are just so true!

 

 

➜ Add Truth Facts to your GoComics homepage. Subscribe here!

 

 

ABOUT: Seeking the truth through graphs and pie charts. Almost 99% accurate. 100% satisfaction guaranteed.



We’re back from SDCC!

The GoComics team spent the past week in San Diego exhibiting at San Diego Comic-Con.

 

We partnered with our sister company, Andrews McMeel Publishing, to host signings and meet-and-greets with our talented creators and give away awesome swag. It was a whirlwind of meeting fans, checking out amazing cosplay and soaking up comics. We loved every minute of it and want to share some of our favorite moments with you!

 

 

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Pickles creator Brian Crane signing at the GoComics booth!

 

 

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GoComics Creative Director poses with Crap Taxidermy

 

 

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Doodles from GoComics/Andrews McMeel Publishing creators
 
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Greg "Luann" Evans at the GoComics booth!

 

 

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Hey there, Edward Scissorhands!

 

 

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Incredible cosplay!
 
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Zen Pencils creator Gavin Aung Than

 

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Who will be the lucky winner?

 

Want even more SDCC fun? Check out our Pinterest board for the full gallery!



GIVEAWAY: SIGNED BREWSTER ROCKIT PRINTS

Brewster Rokit by Tim Rickard
Brewster Rokit by Tim Rickard

 

We’re celebrating a big birthday this month! Brewster Rockit is turning 10!

 

We’re giving away five signed Brewster Rockit prints. Making these archive-quality prints even more special, these particular comics are hand-selected favorites of Tim Rickard! 

 

To enter, comment on this blog post and include your FIRST and LAST names. Limit one entry per person. This contest will end on Tuesday, Aug. 5 at 10 a.m. CT. The winner will be announced that day on this blog. This contest is open to all readers worldwide.



GIVEAWAY: LIMITED EDITION SDCC SIGNED PRINTS – WINNER ANNOUNCED

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Thank you to all who entered to win the SDCC 2013 signed prints!

 

We have randomly selected a winner!

 

Congratulations to Ivelisse Woods! Please email us at rewards@gocomics.com with your shipping information and phone number. Please note: You must contact us by Tues., August 5 or your prize will be forfeited.




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