Doonesbury is 46



Mercy. Forty-six years ago (October 26, 1970) Doonesbury debuted in 29 newspapers. 


Andrews McMeel Universal co-founder John McMeel often tells the story of being in the office of The Baltimore Sun pitching Doonesbury to the editor. The editor read through the first six weeks, dropped the sales kit to his desk and paused for a moment to look down his glasses at John.


After another moment, the editor asked, "What's a good Catholic boy like you doing selling crap like this?"


One Pulitzer Prize, 1,400 newspapers, a Broadway play, an NBC TV special, A Reuben award, dozens of controversies and pulled strips later, Doonesbury has lived to tell one of the longest narratives in the history of humankind. 


Garry Trudeau is "one hell of a cartoonist, but he is also one hell of a guy" (John McMeel's words). When more established and deeper-pocketed syndicates came calling, Garry stayed loyal to Universal.


And Garry's latest Doonesbury book Yuge! is still lighting up the best seller lists. Yuge is a spot-on chronicle of Donald Trump that covers more than two decades and will blow you away with its dead-on accuracy of this remarkable presidential candidate. 




We could not be prouder that Doonesbury was the first comic launched by Universal Press Syndicate. It established the company as a syndicate that did things decidedly different than the other syndicates at the time (and mostly attached to large media corporations). 


So today we say thank you and happy birthday to the strip and the man that helped make us who we are today. HBD, GBT!


Viva La Doonesbury! Viva La Trudeau!

Heart and Brain are Back!

Good news, "The Awkward Yeti" fans! Nick Seluk’s new book, Heart and Brain: Gut Instincts, is here!


Junk food or salad? Dreams or reality? Work or play?


Heart and Brain are back for their hilarious second collection, following the wildly popular Heart and Brain: An Awkward Yeti Collection. The duo can never seem to agree when it comes to what the “right” decision is, making for uproarious dialogue between the characters. Especially when logical Brain doesn’t approve of Heart’s spontaneous and unhealthy decisions, like pizza.



Filled with the same favorites from the first collection, Heart and Brain: Gut Instincts adds some new organs to the mix with insatiable Tongue...



irritable Bowels...



and abused Stomach...


Grab a copy of Nick’s new book here and make sure to follow "The Awkward Yeti" on GoComics!




Pop on your porkpies! It's time for another installment of "Mayonnaise Monday!"


Today we're highlighting a young upstart on the scene by the name of Stephan T. Pastis (aka STP). In his LOL-take above, Stephan takes mayonnaise and weaponizes it ... which is something I've dreamt about since the 7th grade.


Let's flashback to 1980, yes?


Setting: JG's room. He's alone and wearing a cape. It's too small for him but he doesn't seem to mind. 


JG: How 'bout I blast you with my mayonnaise magma canon? How does the steel-eggy goodness of my Mayo Saber taste! Perhaps a 'Naissy Bomb dropped on your town square? Look on my works, ye Mayo and despair!


... and Scene!


Now back to 2016.


Stephan's patented brand of painfully hysterical puns and pushing the "good taste envelope"** have lead him to awards nominations out the ying-yang and a client list of more than 800 newspapers. He's also one of the most popular features on GoComics and in quiet times will often reflect he thinks that wearing black clothes helps accentuate his facial hair.  


Stephan is also releasing another wonderful collection later this fall. It's called "Stephan's Web of Lies" and it's chock full of Pearls humor and the cover is just a sensational parody of Charlotte's Web. Donna Oatney over at Andrews McMeel Publishing was instrumental in getting it to pop off the page and into our hearts. Thanks, Donna! Thanks STP! 


Pearls web cover


* PS: (c) 2016 J.Glynndustries 

** PPS: Look for my new character "The Good Taste Envelope" coming soon! 

Cartoonist Gifts Massive Original Art Collage to Cleveland Hospital

Nobody wants to go to the hospital, but thanks to the curation skills of Pajama Diaries creator Terri Libenson, plus the work of 34 of her professional cartoonist peers, a visit to one Cleveland facility is now a much easier pill to swallow.


University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center now has a massive collage containing 36 black and white 5″ x 5″ character sketches by Libenson, Jim Allen (The Beauforts), Mark Anderson (Andertoons), Sunny Artanis, Tom Batiuk, Jim Borgman, Charles Brubaker (Ask a Cat), Jenny Campbell (Flo and Friends), Dave Coverly (Speed Bump), Brian Crane (Pickles), Rich Diesslin, Scott Ebisch, Hy Eisman, Graham Harrop (Ten Cats), Bill Holbrook, Scott Jensen, Polly Keener, Rick Kirkman, Jeff Knurek, Mike Lynch, Jef Mallett (Frazz), Mark Parisi (Off the Mark), Jeff Parker, Stephan Pastis (Pearls Before Swine), Lincoln Peirce (Big Nate), Hilary Price, John Rose, Pat Sandy (Next Door Neighbors), George Schill, Maria Scrivan (Half Full), John Steventon, Mark Tatulli (Heart of the City), Bill Watterson (Calvin and Hobbes) and Wayno (WaynoVision). Jan Elliot (Stone Soup) created two pieces.


The collage was inspired by Libenson's daughter, who worked with friends to create and gift original paintings and new stuffed animals to patients at Cleveland’s Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital last October as part of her Bat Mitzvah. The project was such a success, Libenson's husband Mike Davis suggested that they could work on a project for the adjoining University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center featuring donated art from her cartoonist peers.


"I put a call out for b/w 5" x 5" character sketches, and over the next few months we received a steady stream of contributions. The artwork included a variety of media, from Sharpie drawings, to pencil sketches, to ink washes, to a full-on painting," Libenson explained on her Pajama Diaries blog.


Libenson explained that she tried to get as many local cartoonists to contribute as she could, particularly those who appear in the Cleveland Plain Dealer newspaper, since the artist's characters would be the easiest for local families to recognize.


The sketches were collected over the course of several months and assembled within one approximately 41-by-58 inch frame. Hospital visitors of all ages can view the collage in the Humphrey Way area. had Libenson recount her curation process here:





For more information -- and many more collage images -- head over to and Libenson's Pajama Diaries site.

HOT NEWS! The New Jim Benton Book is a Mouthful of Belly Laughs

Jb cursive


    Fresh and hot off the presses like a delicious huckleberry pie, cartoonist and author extraordinaire Jim Benton has a new book out from our pals at Andrews McMeel Publishing. It's called "I Hate Cursive" and it made me laugh like no one was watching. And we all know that's not true as I can feel the eyes of demons lemons on me at all times. So thank you, Jim, for that brief respite. 


    Jim's an incredibly prolific New York Times best-selling writer and artist and you know him already from his Happy Bunny, Franny K. Stein and/or Dear Dumb Diary book series. Jim is also one of the most upvoted users on all of reddit. And they hate everything!


    Of course, that's nowhere near the limit of JB's resume. In fact several sources close to the situation have told me that he may or may not be a very big fan of Tony Danza. 


Jbs death snickers

Jbs jass band



25 Comics for 25 Years: Lincoln Peirce Shares His Favorite Strips

Celebrating 25 years of Big Nate! Creator Lincoln Peirce shares his long journey with our favorite sixth-grade Renaissance Man, along with his favorite 25 Big Nate strips from the past 25 years. 




Back when I started Big Nate, I remember reading that most comic strips lasted only two or three years.  And early on, it looked like Big Nate was going to be one of those that didn’t make it.  I’m grateful it stuck around — not only because I can’t think of another way I’d rather make a living, but because two or three years just isn’t enough time for a strip to hit its stride.  Big Nate first appeared in 1991, and when I look at the strips I did in the early and mid-nineties, I can see that I was learning on the job.  I was figuring out how to write good gags, how to draw consistently, and how to construct interesting storylines day after day.  Berke Breathed of Bloom County once said that comic strips have a shelf life of about ten years before they start declining, but I respectfully disagree:  after doing Big Nate for ten years, I felt like I was just scratching the surface.  I believed that my best days were ahead of me.  I still feel that way.  


Looking back on a quarter century’s worth of Big Nate is a reminder that events often unfold in ways you might not have predicted.  I started the strip thinking I’d focus on Nate’s family and home life; instead, the strip is largely concerned with Nate’s school adventures.  I used to feature Nate’s own comics — simple cartoon drawings on lined notebook paper — several times per month; now I don’t feature them at all.  Once-prominent  characters like Ellen and Jenny have faded into the background, making room for the likes of Gina, Chad, School Picture Guy, and a host of others.  But the more things change, the more they remain the same:  Nate is still an energetic and exasperating sixth grade boy, just as he was in 1991.  And even though I’m now in my early 50’s, I still feel closely connected to the experiences of middle school.  Once, while giving a talk at a local library, I was asked, “How do you stay inside the mind of an 11 year-old boy?”  And my answer was:  “I never left.”


When my friends at GoComics asked me to pick my Top 25 Big Nate strips, I decided to select one from each year.  In this election season, making sure that every year from 1991 to 2015 was represented seemed like the democratic thing to do.  This isn’t meant to be a list of the “best” 25 strips I’ve ever done.  Some strips are here because they’re personal favorites, others because they mark some sort of milestone.  Some are included simply because they crack me up.  That’s a comic strip’s ultimate bottom line, after all:  it’s got to be funny.  So here they are, from 25 all the way to number 1, with comments included for the Top Ten:


10.  September 24, 2010  



Chad has become one of my favorite characters in recent years.  He’s got this endearingly sunny disposition, and he’s totally guileless — a complete innocent.  Contrast that with Coach John’s psycho drill sergeant persona, and this is the result. 



9.   April 4, 1999   



What can I say?  I like writing poems. 



8.   April 20, 2011   



This strip is a favorite for several reasons.  First, you’ve got the good-natured teasing that is so frequent among middle school boys.  Second, you have the gag in the third panel.  And finally, there's the vision of Nate and Francis laughing uproariously in panel #4.  Laughter is contagious. 



7.   October 17, 2012  



This sounds obvious, but a really important part of cartooning is drawing funny pictures.  My drawing skills are average at best, so when I make a drawing I’m 100% happy with, that’s news.  I love the expression on Nate’s face in panel #4.  I don’ think I can draw him any funnier than that.



6.   November 27, 1992   



Doctor Cesspool isn’t just a character in Nate’s notebook; he’s a character I invented when I was in sixth grade, and he was a big part of Big Nate during the first few years.  Featuring Nate’s comics as part of the strip allowed me to write different kinds of gags.  It was like doing two strips instead of one. 



5.   May 27, 2000  



Charles Schulz, the creator of Peanuts and my boyhood hero, died in February of 2000.  Later that spring, the National Cartoonists Society invited its members to include a tribute to Peanuts in our own strips.  This was my effort.  Charlie Brown is probably the most iconic character in the history of comic strips, so drawing him in Big Nate was a thrill and an honor.



4.   November 1, 2008  



One of the longest storylines I ever did involved Nate and his P.S. 38 classmates being temporarily relocated to Jefferson — their rival school.  The climax is an epic soccer match in which Nate, the goalkeeper, makes a great save to win the game.  Big Nate is a strip that relies heavily on dialogue, and having the chance to do a wordless strip was a real treat.  And this storyline generated a lot of reaction from readers, who were happy to see Nate be the hero.



3.   June 28, 2015   



I'm very fond of slapstick humor and the types of pratfalls that might be possible in real life but are highly unlikely to actually occur.  You could try to describe a gag like this in words; you could try to film it using actors or even animate it.  But there are certain gags that just seem to work best in the comic strip format. 



2.   February 22, 1997   



I think this strip succeeds because it takes something we’re all familiar with — the way teachers use emojis to rate academic performance — and then doubles down by including an image that’s one of the most memorable emojis in the history of art.  Even if readers have never seen Edvard Munch’s painting The Scream, they understand the gag.  



1. September 15, 2007   



There’s nothing especially significant about this strip, but it's one of my favorite gags ever, and I think it really sums up Big Nate.  Nate receives some information; he processes that information differently than anyone else would; he expresses his feelings in a way that is uniquely his own; and he gets in trouble as a result.  That’s pretty much what the strip is all about.



When I was twelve years old, I bought a 25th anniversary treasury of my favorite comic strip called Peanuts Jubilee.  I read it over and over, astonished by the fact that Charles Schulz had been creating strips about Charlie Brown & friends for so long.  But now that I’ve logged the same amount of time with my own comic strip, I realize that 25 years isn’t very long at all.  It’s gone by in the blink of an eye.  And I’ve decided that there’s nothing particularly noteworthy about sitting at my drawing table and producing a comic strip each day.  It’s my job, and it’s also what I love to do.  The amazing part is that there are so many people out there who apparently care about Big Nate almost as much as I do.  Thank you, Big Nate readers!  Your devotion to the strip is what has enabled me to continue writing and drawing it for as long as I have, and it’s been my pleasure.  Time will tell if I have another quarter century in me, but I look forward to keeping you entertained for many years to come.


See all 25 of Lincoln's favorite Big Nate comic strips here!





PREORDER EPIC BIG NATE - Hundreds of cartoons, selected by Peirce and presented with his witty and informative commentary, trace the evolution of the Big Nate comic strip and its colorful cast of characters. Also included is an exclusive Q&A featuring Peirce and Diary of a Wimpy Kid author Jeff Kinney, detailing the friendship and mutual admiration that contributed to each cartoonist’s success.

It's Yuge! and It's Breathtaking!


I rather enjoyed (and thought I would share) this wonderful piece of promotional art the Doonesbury team worked up with us to help promote Garry Trudeau's New York Times' best seller Yuge!

Mayonnaise Monday: An epic Big Nate episode



"Hee Haw!" is what you'll shout when you realize that Lincoln Peirce's Big Nate has been around for 25 years.


You: 25? Really? What year is this? 


I know, right? Doesn't it seem like such a young, fresh strip? But I'd suggest we cast off our velvet cloak of surprise and drink heartily from the Grand Chalice of Big Nate Celebrating its Silver Anniversary.


I would like to note that there is no truth to the rumor that Lincoln based Coach John's (pictured above with Nate) look and feel on yours truly. We didn't even know each other when he introduced Coach John in the strip. But maybe Lincoln could feel me in his heart? Maybe he felt that a man of my carriage and bombast was to play an integral part in his future? Too wild to consider? Perhaps. Per-haps. 


Meanwhile, our pals over at Andrews McMeel Publishing thought it would be a great opportunity to release a collection celebrating those 25 years and I agreed with them by drinking from the Grand Chalice of Agreement. 


Check it out ... Epic Big Nate. It's out October 25th and it features Lincoln's work from 1991 to 2015 and will make you smile in your mouth and your heart like you were drinking from the Grand Chalice of Happiness.   



Epic big nate cover



Kidnapped Marmaduke Story Blows Up



So true about the old cliche that the camera adds three chins and thins/greys your hair.


Recap: New York Comic Con

Read Comics Every Day


We had such a great time at New York Comic Con! To all of our amazing GoComics fans and to our fabulous comic creators (Bill Amend, Sarah Andersen, Stephan Pastis, Lincoln Peirce, Nick Seluk) who attended, thank you! We had an absolute blast and hope you did too!



From creator signings to sneak peeking the new … to Big Nate’s 25th birthday party, NYCC truly was one for the books.


In case you couldn’t make it to New York (we missed you!), enjoy this photo recap from our crazy-fun weekend:



Bill Amend (FoxTrot) and Stephan Pastis (Pearls Before Swine) had a joint signing! And, yes, a lot of fun was made (at each other).


We celebrated Big Nate’s birthday in style. For the comic’s 25th anniversary, we threw Big Nate a birthday bash! Here’s creator Lincoln Peirce being interviewed by an adorable fan.




The Awkward Yeti (left) and Sarah’s Scribbles (right) fans came in droves to meet creators Nick Seluk and Sarah Andersen. We’re surprised their hands didn’t fall off after all of those signings!



And we had daily giveaways, including this sweet Awkward Yeti prize pack. We also gave away copies of Epic Big Nate, The Complete Calvin and Hobbes, and The Complete Far Side! Congrats to the four lucky winners!

We can’t wait to see you next year! GoComics is already dreaming up ways to make NYCC 2017 even better.


Baseball's Perpetual Underdog Might Actually Win It All

Dear Baseball Fans,


It’s happening. The sport’s perpetual underdog could actually take it all: The Chicago Cubs are in the running to compete to win the World Series. And with 103 wins in the regular season, they’re one of the frontrunners for the title. 

To anyone who doesn’t quite understand why this is surprising, let me remind you: This is the CUBS we’re talking about. This team has been the laughingstock of baseball since long before most of us were even born. As someone born and raised in Chicago, you can believe me when I say that this truly is a Cinderella story 100 years in the making.



Pearls Before Swine by Stephan Pastis


The last time the Cubs won a World Series was in 1908. In case you’re unaware, that’s before World War I. It’s the year Ford’s Model T debuted. For crying out loud, MARK TWAIN was still alive.

They didn’t compete in another World Series until 1945, where they were cursed by a fan who was kicked out of Wrigley Field because he brought along his smelly pet goat. (I’m still curious as to why he thought this was a good idea.) Thus, the Curse of the Billy Goat was born, forbidding the Cubs from winning a World Series ever again.



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


It has plagued the Cubs (and their fans) for more than half a century. It turned the team into a national joke, and Chicago came to expect their beloved Cubbies to lose.


image from
In the Bleachers by Steve Moore


While the Cubs have been the punchline of jokes for years (ahem, see above), this year they might just prove everyone wrong. The eternal underdog of baseball must break the Curse of the Billy Goat to win the 2016 World Series. Will the Cubs rise to the challenge and fly the ultimate ‘W’? Only time will tell. Now, that sounds like a comic strip I want to read.


— A Lifelong Chicago Cubs Fan


Happy Belated Birthday to the Richard Thompson

Our pal Richard Thompson would have been 59 last Saturday. But typical of him, he's the one who keeps giving us the gifts. I'll just leave this one here. 


You should check out all the Richard's Poor Almanacs and Cul De Sacs because they'll brighten up even your darkest night. 




MAYONNAISE MONDAY: Doonesbury edition

It's Monday, so we all know what that means! Mayonnaise Monday. Just to be frank, I feel like Mayo Monday may be getting a bit stale. And we all know that stale mayonnaise is not only bad tasting but dangerous to your health. 


But you people are NOT releasing your grip on Mayonnaise Monday. Your strong, irrational and loving arms won't let it go. It's like your arms were made from some strong, irrational and loving oak tree. So (for you) I will press on!


And I can already hear the relieved reader responses: 




"Are those pants velvet?"


And I'd like to respond to those very fair inquiries, but the light is fading and this post is already too long. So let's move on ... 


Today's Mayonnaise Monday is by the original UUC! UUC = "Universal Uclick Comic" ... Doonesbury. Garry Trudeau's Pulitzer Prize-winning 46-year-storytelling masterpiece may yet challenge Charles Schulz's 50-year run as the longest story ever told by a single voice (no laryngitis jokes here, please).


So no more holding the mayo! Here's Doonesbury from May 27, 1986.




Are you as tickled as I am to see that any comic would start with the dialogue, "So, how'd the mayonnaise get on my Monet, Curtis?"


You should also know that Garry's latest Donald Trump-themed book Yuge! has been burning up the bookstore checkout aisles. Digital sales too, I saw it as high as #3 overall on Amazon over the summer. I was (and you'll be) astonished how accurately Garry captured Donald even all the way back in the '80s. It's spot on. You should check it out. 



Warmly, JG 

NEW COMIC ALERT! Spirit of the Staircase by Matthew Foltz-Gray

Spirit of the Staircase by Matthew Foltz-Gray
Spirit of the Staircase by Matthew Foltz-Gray


Matt, an introverted human befriends Mumford, a peculiar critter, along with a community of misfits, swimming through the issues of everyday living in the semi-magical realm of Knoxville, TN. Deeply mired in Magical Realism and Southern Gothic, Spirit of the Staircase is a strip that caricatures the small adventures and experiences every human and creature alike goes through on a daily basis. 


Follow Spirit of the Staircase on GoComics!

Talking 'bout Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes Or: Some explanation on recent updates to GoComics

Hey there, everybody!


We've heard your comments and frustration around our recent commenting policy change, and it's high time to explain that. But first give me a sec to introduce myself, and I'll explain why it happened like it did.


Hi, my name is Aaron Weber, and I'm the product manager for GoComics. For those of you who are blissfully unaware of the intricacies of tech-speak, that means my job is to not only think about GoComics 24/7, but to oversee its technical operations, and act as the director per-se (and general cat-herder) for the upcoming relaunch.  Everything from the look to the function runs by my desk. I've been reading comics (both strips and comic books) for over 40 years, and my love for this art form has as much to do with why I'm here as my background in web development.  To whit - this is just a small sample of my bookcase.


Library Splash


While I'm a relatively new hire by Andrews McMeel Universal (the parent company of GoComics) standards, I've been in this role for just over a year now.  That year has been spent thinking about how to preserve the things we love about GoComics while embracing modern web standards and technologies, how to offer our fantastic creators more tools to communicate with you, our fellow comic fans, as well as just generally prettying up the place. 


To steal a line from Tyrone Davis, Let me tell y'all: That's a lot to think about. 


You might remember the survey we asked folks to fill out last November. That was me trying to get a feel for what you, the folks who make up the GoComics community, were looking to us to improve. We heard you loud and clear. Those answers informed so many of our choices for the relaunch, and (speaking as a comics fan), I think you're going dig what we've done with this glorious love-letter to comic art and storytelling we call GoComics. So thank you so very much for sharing your passion and opinions with us. I truly cannot thank you enough.


But let's get to this thing about the comments, yeah?


First up - Here's where we goofed. We didn't communicate the change to our commenting rules ahead of time, and you know what? That's on me. We had to make the call to implement the change quickly for a variety of reasons, and the site as it exists today lacks some tools that would allow us to convey urgent messages as they happen.  So this is me saying very plainly: I'm sorry we couldn't communicate it ahead of time, and I'm sorry it's been seen as disruptive to your GoComics experience. Those of you directly affected by the new guidelines have legitimate reasons for being upset about how it went down, and were I in your shoes I'd feel the same way.  I remember when the 7-11 I relied on for my daily dose of Pina Colada Slurpee swapped out my beloved flavor for some Mountain Dew monstrosity with no warning, and while no one ever found out what caused that unfortunate fire that leveled the building, I can't say I was sad it happened. But anyway - What I'm going to ask of you now is to let me explain why. 


Reason #1 - Letting commentators use HTML to alter formatting and image links into comments represents a not-insubstantial risk, as it opens GoComics up to bad actors who would use that freedom to exploit and disrupt everyone's experience on the site.  Our server team spends no small amount of effort protecting the site from malicious attacks on a regular basis. The fact that you see so little disruption to your experience is a testament to the skill and care our team generously gives the site. We've had a particularly bad round of that exact scenario of late, and locking off commenting was simply a case of self-preservation. 


Reason #2 - Because our (frankly pretty awesome) commenting community is linking images rather than uploading them in some very real ways we're potentially hurting other websites. Having a site as big as GoComics using up your bandwidth can put a real technical and financial pressure on whomever is actually hosting that image.  I can even give you a very recent example - The wonderful community of fans who wanted to partake in the current Luann wedding contest were frustrated on the first day of voting because we sent so much traffic to the wedding site that it simply could not handle the load and was unavailable for a good portion of the day.  That's just not great for the fans, it's not great for the Luann team, and it's not great for GoComics. We don't want to be the site that hugs other sites to death or imposes financial burdens simply because of how much traffic we send them. 


Reason #3 - The new version of GoComics that we'll be sharing with you very shortly is built to look absolutely lovely on your desktop, laptop, tablet, or phone, and allowing images of any size, height, or width quite frankly can break that that experience. We would never, ever place our design and build above your enjoyment of GoComics, or the great feeling of community that can be found there, but at the same time we have to balance both some real limitations on how those images look on all the aforementioned devices, as well as the feedback from so many of you who told us that the current commenting system was obtrusive, distracting, and was taking away from your enjoyment of the comics. 


So there you have it. I'll say right now that I can appreciate that those of you who utilized the image and link options in the comments might find these reasons cold comfort indeed. We altered an experience you had come to consider part of your daily life, and while we did so with the best of intentions, it doesn't diminish the disappointment. 


So let's make a deal, one comic fan to another (or in this case, many others) - Our upcoming beta is exactly that, a beta. We're going to show you some new and exciting changes that we're thinking, (hoping, wishing, and a'praying) you're going to love, but the explicit promise in launching a beta is that we give you a chance to kick the tires as well as voice your feedback, which I can promise you we'll consider and explore with great care before we commit to a new way of doing things.


In the meantime, We'll continue to evaluate and explore our new commenting system (which looks great, by the way), and we'll listen to your feedback on what you want to see from it.  So while we've had to restrict some commenting options right now, that doesn't mean we're going to restrict them forever. 


Got questions? Fire 'em off in the comments below, and I'll address what I can. 


Again, It's frankly pretty great to finally make everyone's acquaintance, and I'm looking forward not only to helping everyone understand the nuts and bolts of what we're doing with GoComics, but to being a part of what is inarguably an absolutely wonderful community of fans who love the same art form I've loved my entire life.


Cheers and don't forget to


- Aaron



I am seething! Our dog has been stolen and I won't sleep until the perpetrators are punished and Marmaduke is back home and safe and resting in his most oversized way. If you have any information as to the whereabouts of Marmaduke, for the love of Pete, call today. Call now. If you've seen anyone suspicious around our building (Joel Friday doesn't count), please, please, please let us know. 


Marmaduke is gone

Crime scene photo. The criminals sliced off two of Marmaduke's fingers and left at the scene as a warning. 



Updated on 10/12/2016


HUGE improvements are coming to We've heard your feedback and have been hard at work rebuilding the site from the digital ground up. Here's just a taste of what's coming your way in early 2017:


    1) Perfected reading experience

    2) Improved search

    3) Personalized comic recommendations

    4) New store


The comics look fantastic:




We're celebrating comics and the people who make them. The new GoComics makes your favorite comic strips, political cartoons and other content easier to read with an art-focused, gallery design. Everything is bigger and looks its best across your mobile and desktop devices.


Using the site is easy:


We've simplified search to deliver effortless discovery. You'll never have to manually pore over massive lists again. Our new search targets keywords like a champ, and you can filter results by genre, date and other crucial criteria.






We've added comic recommendations based on what you already like and follow. We're striving to help you discover even more content you'll love.


We're adding content. Get ready to explore the worlds of your favorite funnies through pages dedicated to learning more about comics, characters and their creators.


We're opening a store! Soon you can order your favorite books, calendars, prints, and more directly from GoComics.


But we didn’t stop there!


While you can continue to sign in with your current email address, you'll also be able to log in with your Facebook, Google+ or Twitter accounts. *Cue applause*


Pro to Premium— GoComics PRO is now called GoComics Premium and is available for $1.99 per month, or $19.99 per year. If you’re already a PRO member, you are now a GoComics Insider. You’ll keep your current membership price until your next renewal period, where you’ll be given a discounted yearly rate. Thank you for supporting the art of comics!


We’re pumped to introduce you to the much-improved GoComics experience, launching later this year!




We Like to Rock the House


(above: GoComics HQs in better times)

Now comics are a laughing matter, but this is not. Late last night, some debris came crumbling off of the side of our GoComics HQs building. We were lucky it was so late and no one got hurt. The person who first called 911 actually said the building was "collapsing." But he was overreacting like how when I read a funny comic and slap my knee and say softly to myself, "now that was a humdinger."


Hidden in plain sight: If you look closely in the windows in the photo above, you can see me practicing some marshall arts.



Mayonnaise Monday: The Wiley Edition



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    It's Monday so we all know what that means! Another delicious installment of "Mayonnaise Monday!" One question I always like to ask is "why do people say mayonnaise is bad for you?"

It's really just a few simple ingredients. 


1) Eggs. A wonderful source of protein and choline. Probably best not to think about the implications if a super race of sentient chickens ever takes over the world and they realize what we've been doing all these years with their progeny.


2)  Oil. Literally fuel for the engine we call the body. End of discussion.


3) Vinegar. Talk about versatile! Reader's Digest gives you 95 darn reasons it's so amazing. 


    So let's all agree to stop bad-mouthing mayo and start spoon-mouthing it! LOL! And at 90 calories a teaspoon, you'll have plenty of energy to fight off those super chickens.




    Today's mayonnaise comic is courtesy of 2013 Reuben award winner Wiley Miller. Wiley's been doing Non Sequitur since 1992 and has also won the National Cartoonists Society best comic strip of the year in 1992 and best comic panel in 1995, 1996 and 1998.  


    Non Sequitur runs in more than 700 newspapers and is one of the most popular comics on GoComics. Sometimes in the dark hours of the morning, I like to pretend that Wiley and I are best friends. 

The Adult Bully: World Day of Bullying Prevention

Unless we’re talking about a character in one of the GoComics funnies, nobody likes a bully. It’s bad enough we had to deal with them back in school as kids, but (gasp!) some of them grew up to become the worst type of human: the Adult Bully.


Adam@Home by Rob Harrel


The woman whose glare intimidated you into letting her cut in line? Adult Bully. Your coworker spreading nasty rumors at the office? Adult Bully. Your spouse nagging you to do the dishes? Adult Bull‒ ... wait a minute, that one’s just your spouse.


We’re pretty sure they’re the cause behind global warming, 2016’s election nominees and the fact that we work the Monday after the Super Bowl. But, alas! This deplorable group of grown-ups can be stopped with these simple tips:


  • Can’t beat ’em? Ignore ’em: The Adult Bully is self-centered and feeds off reactions. Unlike your golden retriever at the dinner table, the Adult Bully will go away if you ignore it.


  • Call them out, politely: “Ma’am, I’m sure you didn’t mean to cut in line, but it actually starts right behind me.” Don’t forget to smile!


  • Play dumb: The vicious Adult Bully is the reason sarcasm gets a bad rep (*sigh*). If the Adult Bully chooses to abuse this comedic art form by putting you down with sarcastic gibes, don’t let on that you’re aware (Think: “Oh thanks, Jim! I actually took three Excel courses back in college!”).


  • Kill them with kindness: Call us crazy, but we think it’s kinda hard to be mean to nice people. Ask the Adult Bully how its day is going ... heck, give it a genuine compliment while you’re at it. You’ll confuse it so much, it won’t know what to do.


  • If all else fails, call HR: If the Adult Bully remains invincible to your bullying-prevention pursuits and you must endure its presence for 40 hours each week, we suggest contacting human resources.


Who knows? Maybe you’ll turn the Adult Bully back into its alter ego, the Mature Adult.



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