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.

 

 

 

People of Earth  5-27-16

 

 

 

 

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Prideland  5-27-16

 

 

 

 

The Gray Zone  5-27-16

 

 

 

 

Dysconnected  5-28-16

 

 

 

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A Taste of Times  5-29-16

 

 

 

 

Candace 'n' Company 5-29-16

 

 

 

 

 

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Soccer Earth 5-30-16

 

 

 

 

Today's Trump  5-30-16

 

 

 

 

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

 

 





New Comic Alert! Claw by Cathy Law

Claw by Cathy Law
Claw by Cathy Law

 

 

Claw is the result of creator Cathy Law wanting to draw things she finds odd or funny and then throw color on them. Maybe you'll laugh with her or maybe you'll laugh at her, but either way, as long as you laugh a little, she's fine with it. A small chuckle would be OK, too. And, fair warning: This creator has not been declawed.

 

Read Claw here!





The GoComics Guide to Memorial Day Weekend

For a lot of people, Memorial Day marks the unofficial start to summer. The days are long, the weather is gorgeous, and a three-day weekend is the perfect time to take a much-needed break from the grind of daily life.

 

But it’s important to remember that Memorial Day is more than a nice day to break out the grill. Memorial Day is a day to remember and celebrate the lives and sacrifices of our brave men and women in the armed forces.

 

That being said, we’ve put together a quick guide so you can have an easy, breezy, beautiful Memorial Day weekend.

 

Step 1: When it comes to travel, prepare for the worst.

The Flying McCoys by Glenn McCoy and Gary McCoy
The Flying McCoys by Glenn McCoy and Gary McCoy

 

A three-day weekend means millions of people will be piling into planes, trains and automobiles for some much-needed vacation time. Be prepared for long waits in TSA lines and heavy road traffic — or do yourself a favor and have a staycation instead.

 


Step 2: At noon on Memorial Day, remember to raise your American flag to full-staff.

Just Say Uncle by Dan Pavelich
Just Say Uncle by Dan Pavelich

 

According to usmemorialday.org, “The half-staff position remembers the more than one million men and women who gave their lives in service of their country. At noon, their memory is raised by the living, who resolve not to let their sacrifice be in vain, but to rise up in their stead and continue the fight for liberty and justice for all.”

 


Step 3: Have a backup plan when it comes to food.

 

Drabble by Kevin Fagan
Drabble by Kevin Fagan

 

After a cold winter and a wet, rainy spring, many people are excited to fire up their grills for the first official cookout of the summer. But don’t be surprised if you (or your grill!) are rusty! Maybe buy a few frozen pizzas, just in case.

 

 

Step 4: Don’t forget to say thanks to veterans.

 

Flo and Friends by Jenny Campbell
Flo and Friends by Jenny Campbell

 

If you have a veteran in your life, be sure to thank them for their service — especially this weekend.

 


Step 5: Take advantage of the nice weather.

 

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

 

Take it from Calvin and Hobbes — a long summer day is a great chance to go exploring. Climb a tree, go for a swim, catch a firefly … get outside and soak up the sun.

 

 

Step 6: Pause for a moment to reflect.

 

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

 

For many people, Memorial Day weekend is a much-needed break — but for many others, it’s a bittersweet reminder of loved ones who made the ultimate sacrifice. Take a moment to remember them.

 

For more Memorial Day comics, browse our collection here.


We hope everyone has a safe and enjoyable Memorial Day weekend!





"Meet Your Creator" Series on Hiatus

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Friends, comics-lovers, countrymen: Lend us your ears.

 

Our “Meet Your Creator” series will be going on hiatus indefinitely while GoComics undergoes some exciting changes. (If you attended Planet Comicon last weekend, you may have heard—shhh!)

 

This is more than a fresh coat of paint. This is the product of many hours of focus groups, research, development, and love. This is what you’ve been waiting for.

 

Now, just wait a little longer.


In the meantime, read past “Meet Your Creator” installments here.





Best of Luck to our NCS Reuben and Divisional Award Nominees!

National Cartoonists Society
National Cartoonists Society

 

 

As you may have heard, the GoComics family has some serious representation at this year’s National Cartoonists Society’s annual Reuben Awards weekend. ELEVEN of our beloved creators are nominated for divisional awards in SEVEN different categories!

 

That list includes Pearls Before Swine creator Stephan Pastis, Lio creator Mark Tatulli and editorial cartoonist Michael Ramirez, who are ALSO nominated for the Reuben Award for Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year — one of the highest honors in cartooning.

 

We couldn’t be more proud of our creators, and we’re glad they’re receiving recognition for the amazing work they do.

 

To ALL of our nominees: Have fun, and good luck!

 

Editorial Cartoons

Mike Luckovich

Michael Ramirez

 

Greeting Cards

Scott Nickel (Eek)

Jim Benton (Jim Benton Cartoons)

 

Magazine Feature

Rich Powell (Wide Open)

 

Newspaper Panel

Dave Whamond (Reality Check)

Scott Hilburn (Argyle Sweater)

Glenn McCoy (The Flying McCoys)

 

Newspaper Strip

Mark Tatulli (Lio)

Stephan Pastis (Pearls Before Swine)

 

Online Comics — Long 

Dave Kellett (Drive)

 

Online Comics — Short

Dave Kellett (Sheldon)

 

Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year

Lynda Barry

Stephan Pastis (Pearls Before Swine)

Hilary Price

Michael Ramirez

Mark Tatulli (Lio)

 


Want to win a prize pack featuring archive-quality, collectible art prints from the three Reuben Award nominees? Enter here!





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.

 

 

 

Buns  5-24-16

 

 

 

 

5-24-16

 

 

 

 

 

No Ordinary Life  5-24-16

 

 

 

 

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Sports by Voort  5-24-16

 

 

 

 

Aaron Guile  5-25-16

 

 

 

 

Courageous Man Adventures  5-25-16

 

 

 

 

5-26-16

 

 

 

Inkwell Forest  5-26-16

 

 

 

 

Underdone  5-26-16

 

 

 

 

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

 

 





Bringing Attention to Mental Health with Comics

Lunarbaboon by Christopher Grady
Lunarbaboon by Christopher Grady

 

 

One of the most beautiful things about comics is their ability to unite people. By relying on universal themes and emotions, comics remind us that many human experiences are shared by hundreds of thousands of people all across the world.

 

One of those themes is mental illness. Comics such as Lunarbaboon, Sarah’s Scribbles and The Awkward Yeti frequently tackle the subject of mental health, approaching depression and anxiety with a slightly humorous touch that keeps the comic lighthearted while revealing deep truths about life with a mental illness.

 

Our very own Gemma Correll, creator of Four Eyes, has teamed up with Mental Health America to create a series of images that reflect some common feelings and experiences associated with mental illness.

 

 

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and this year's theme is “Life With a Mental Illness.” Anyone can participate by sharing their experiences in pictures, words or videos on social media and using the hashtag #mentalillnessfeelslike.

 

If you connect with any of our comics, we encourage you to share them to help educate and spread the word about Mental Health Awareness Month.

 

We’ve assembled the best mental health-related comics in a collection in honor of Mental Health Awareness Month, definitely worth checking out.

 

If you or someone you know is struggling with suicidal thoughts, immediate help is available by calling the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK or by calling 1-800-662-HELP.





GIVEAWAY: Reuben Award Nominee Prize Pack

ICYMI: Not one, not two, but THREE of our creators have been nominated for Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year by the National Cartoonist Society!

 

This award, also known as the “Reuben Award,” is one of cartooning’s highest honors, and we are delighted that Stephan Pastis (creator of Pearls Before Swine), Mark Tatulli (creator of Lio) and Michael Ramirez (editorial cartoonist) are receiving this well-deserved recognition.

 

To celebrate, we’re giving away a Reuben Award Nominee Prize Pack containing one print from each nominee!

 

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Want to see what all the fuss is about? Check out the archives below to familiarize yourself with our nominees.

 

Lio by Mark Tatulli
Pearls Before Swine by Stephan Pastis
Michael Ramirez editorial cartoons

 

This contest will end on May 31, 2016, at 12 a.m. CT. We will randomly select one winner and notify the winner via email on May 31, 2016.

 

The next giveaway will be announced on June 1, 2016 at 6 a.m. CT.





Cartoonists Unite for St. Jude Kids

 

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On Thursday, May 26, dozens of cartoonists will meet in Memphis for the 70th annual National Cartoonists Society Reuben Awards. Before the awards ceremony that weekend, their first stop will be at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

 

“We have invited the artists who are attending the NCS conference to sit down with patient families and draw works for them to take home, with the hopes that the experience brings them some joy despite their very difficult circumstances,” said Steve McGarry, leader of the National Cartoonists Society Foundation.

 

That night, guests will get the chance to mingle with the cartoonists for dinner, a silent auction and entertainment. The fundraising event is open to the public. Cartoonists attending include:

 

Jeff Keane – Family Circus

Patrick McDonnell – Mutts

Lynn JohnstonFor Better Or For Worse

Jerry Scott – Zits, Baby Blues

Rick Kirkman – Baby Blues

Mike Peters – Mother Goose & Grimm

Stephan PastisPearls Before Swine

Bill Morrison – The Simpsons and Disney artist

Steve McGarry – Minions, Badlands, Biographic, TrivQuiz, Kidtown

Tom Richmond – Mad Magazine

Robb ArmstrongJumpStart

Hilary Price – Rhymes with Orange

Greg Walker – Beetle Bailey

Greg EvansLuann

Mike LuckovichPulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist

Rick StromoskiSoup to Nutz

Maria ScrivanHalf Full

Luke McGarry – Sad Chewie

Lincoln PeirceBig Nate

Greg CravensThe Buckets

Michael RamirezPulitzer Prize winning editorial cartoonist

Jason ChatfieldGinger Meggs

Ed Steckley – humorous illustrator

 

To attend, purchase tickets here.

 

Visit the NCS website or click here for more information about the event.

 





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.


 

Smith  5-20-16

 

 

 

Inkwell Forest  5-22-16

 

 

 

5-22-16

 

 

 

5-22-16

 

 

 

 

My Son Is A Dog  5-23-16

 

 

 

 

5-23-16

 

 

 

 

Soccer Earth  5-23-16

 

 

 

The Beauforts  5-23-16

 

 

 

 

5-23-16

 

Acorn Park

 

 

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

 

 





New Comic Alert! The Gnome Syndicate by David Reddick and Kevin Vassey

New Comic Alert! The Gnome Syndicate by David Reddick and Kevin Vassey
New Comic Alert! The Gnome Syndicate by David Reddick and Kevin Vassey

 

The Gnome Syndicate documents the adventures of Agent 13, an average gnome, and his partner Agent Shirley, a tough and loyal fairy. Although the two groups don’t always see eye to eye, the gnomes of the Gnome Syndicate work together with the Fairies to balance good and evil in a world filled with barbarians, princesses, dragons, elves, and other fantastical creatures.

 

Read The Gnome Syndicate here!





CNN’s Jake Tapper Guest Illustrates Dilbert

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Who could have guessed that a conversation about Donald Trump would lead to a charity comics auction to raise money for disabled veterans?

 

Let’s rewind. It began when Jake Tapper, CNN’s chief Washington correspondent and host of The Lead, invited Dilbert creator Scott Adams to appear on his show. Tapper was intrigued by Adams’ extensive analysis of Trump’s presidential campaign, which Adams wrote about on his blog.

 

While chatting before the interview, Tapper mentioned that he was a “failed cartoonist,” and Adams invited him to try his hand at drawing Dilbert for a week. Tapper agreed, and suggested auctioning off the one-of-a-kind strips (featuring Tapper’s art and Adams’ writing) to benefit Homes for Our Troops, a charity that Tapper has worked with in the past.

 

“[Homes for Our Troops] builds mortgage-free, specially designed homes for the most disabled
 veterans from Afghanistan and Iraq,” Tapper said. “Hopefully, Scott and I can raise some
 money for the organization by auctioning off the original comic strips
 for anyone out there who appreciates the uniqueness of this venture and
 the worthiness of the cause.
”

 

Although Tapper considers himself a failed cartoonist (“I wanted to be the next Garry Trudeau,” he said), Adams praised his work on Dilbert.

 

“I think readers will enjoy seeing his take on the art, which came out great,” Adams said. “He's way better than I expected!”

 

The Tapper-illustrated Dilbert strips debut today (May 23) and run through May 28. The auction for each strip begins at 12:15 a.m. CT the day of the strip's debut.

 

Read the Q&A between Tapper and Adams about the collaboration here.





Happy Get Caught Reading Month!

We’ve all been caught reading, whether we’re devouring a novel during math class (guilty) or scrolling through Facebook at work (also guilty).

 

May is Get Caught Reading Month, part of a campaign to remind people of the joys of reading. Whether you enjoy novels, newspapers, blogs or comics (our personal favorite), consider this your reminder to devote some time every day to reading.


To start you off, why not read these comics about reading?

 

Garfield by Jim Davis

 

Garfield by Jim Davis
Garfield by Jim Davis

 

 

Sarah’s Scribbles by Sarah Andersen

 

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

 

 

Frazz by Jef Mallett

 

Frazz by Jef Mallett
Frazz by Jef Mallett

 

 

Big Nate by Lincoln Peirce

 

Big Nate by Lincoln Peirce
Big Nate by Lincoln Peirce

 

 

The Awkward Yeti by Nick Seluk

 

 

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

 

 

Peanuts by Charles Schulz

 

Peanuts by Charles Schulz
Peanuts by Charles Schulz

 

 


Read on, comics lovers!





Meet Your Creator: Ed Allison (Unstrange Phenomena)

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The GoComics “Meet Your Creator” series brings you firsthand insight into the lives and careers of your favorite cartoonists. Each week, we hand over the keys to one of our talented creators, who share their inspirations, achievements, creative processes, studios and more! Read on to hear from this week’s featured cartoonist: Ed Allison of Unstrange Phenomena

 

 

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This is True . . .

Peanut Butter,

I have eaten more of it than anyone alive.

Breakfast food,

Tons.

Kix with the Lone Ranger.

Pep flakes with Superman.

Taped a quarter to a Wheaties boxtop and sent off for a Jack Armstrong Cat’s Eye Ring that glowed in the dark. For 15 cents and the inner seal from a jar of Peter Pan, I got a Sky King Spy Scope that really worked!

 

 

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The comics section of the Log Cabin Democrat carried three strips: Blondie, Alley Oop (beautifully drawn) and Red Ryder (the guy could draw horses – he had a brush stroke that made horses move). That’s about all you needed.

 

My mother read every word in every New Yorker ever published. I absorbed the cartoons. Like a sponge. Charles Addams was totally visual and drew back a curtain that revealed a world that was the result of an evolutionary process, ever so slightly different from the one we knew.

 

Others: Abbot and Costello – perfect timing; Bowery BoysSlip and Satch – each one started a brand of humor; Looney Tunes, Bugs and Daffy (I had an enlightening conversation with Burne Hogarth about the comedic elements in Road Runner); Bob and Ray (thanks Dad – in 1949 he had me sit down with him and listen); Scrooge McDuck – 1st rate adventure stores; Rocky and Bullwinkle – I rearranged one month of doctor’s appointments so I could watch every day; Woody Allen; George Carlin; Monty Python.

 

Mark Twain; Charles “Buddy” Portis, Immanuel Velikofsky; Richard Brautigan.

 

Universal horror; Republic serials; ‘50s sci-fi flicks. Seconds before I die, I hope a Max Fleischer Superman cartoon flashes before my eyes.

 

 

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My youth was spent exploring the woods of central Arkansas. My maturity was misspent mapping the streets of New York City.

 

The Unstrange Phenomena pieces began as random locusts in a large swarm of cartoons, unsuccessfully marketed under such titles as (1) This is True; (2) American Wit and Humor, Pictorial; and (3) Advice, How-To and Miscellaneous.

 

 

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These cartoons contained NO recurring characters or stories, NO talking animals, NO dysfunctional families with children expounding like they had advanced degrees in philosophy, NO topical references to pop culture. The baseline of their humor was seeing everything that everybody else saw, just from a slightly different angle. They were presented as normal explanations of absurd situations, or absurd explanations of normal situations (occasionally, absurd explanations of absurd situations).

 

Left to themselves these Unstrange locusts gathered and found a focus in dingbat speculation, crackpot conspiracy theories and hardcore woo. When a syndicate offered me a contract to produce a webcomic, I replied, “Uh . . . What’s a webcomic?” I was vaguely aware of their existence. Like Yetis, I had sort of heard of them, but never seen one. With some excellent editorial help from the syndicate, this resulted in a daily web feature.

 

 

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Three years ago, health issues forced me to cut production to one strip a week.

 

All my work is produced using the latest in 12th-century technology . . . pen and ink on paper. My “work space” is the dining room table. Behind me, a bookcase holds tools, notebooks and sketch pads. Two large cardboard boxes serve as file cabinets. The box on the right is for works in progress. The box on the left is for finished pieces. Under the table is a paper bag wastebasket – my most valuable tool.

 

Through the magic of electronics, the finished pieces are scanned and colored. I am twice fortunate to be able to work with the Best Colorist in the business.

 

What’s ahead for Unstrange Phenomena? Maybe a big-time mega book deal. Maybe a TV series. Maybe franchising the museum, complete with gift shop and cafeteria. Maybe next week’s strip.

 

 

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As promised, here is my advice for aspiring cartoonists:

 

1. Put a frame around everything you draw. Make compositions, not sketches.

2. When you are about halfway through with a piece . . . STOP!

3. Dialogue comes from the nose, not the mouth.

4. Draw three cards if you’re holding a pair.

5. Keep the curtain inside the tub.

 

I would like to thank my family and friends for putting up with me through all this. Thanks to the staff at GoComics for making this happen. And, to all my readers, THANK YOU. If you’re in the neighborhood, drop by.

 

I must leave your planet now. Remain where you are until I am gone.

 

 

Unstrange

 

 

Read Unstrange Phenomena here.





Phone a Friend: It's Pizza Party Day!

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

 

If there’s one thing we can all agree on in this tumultuous world, it’s this: Pizza is the pinnacle of human culinary achievement. One slice of pizza contains ingredients from every section of the food pyramid, which is what you should tell people when they question your new all-pizza diet.

 

Comics being what they are — a snapshot of the cultural zeitgeist, often exaggerated or tongue-in-cheek — pizza is a frequent guest-star in the funny pages.

 

Since today is National Pizza Party Day, we’ve put together a list of six things every pizza lover knows to be true.

 

Why not phone a few friends, order a pizza (or throw one in the oven — no judgment) and read through it while you wait for everyone to arrive? We guarantee you’ll be hungry by the end!

 

1. Pizza is an incredible motivational tool.

 

F Minus by Tony Carrillo
F Minus by Tony Carrillo

 

If you want people to show up to your event, we have two words for you: “Free. Pizza.”

 

 

2. There is a kind of pizza for every occasion.

 

Cleats by Bill Hinds
Cleats by Bill Hinds

 

Breakfast pizza, dessert pizza, white pizza, veggie pizza, pizza with entire entrees stuffed inside of the crust — even vegan pizza, if that’s what you’re into.

 

 

3. Cold pizza = still delicious.

 

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

 

And there’s no risk of burning your mouth on molten cheese!

 

 

4. Stumped for dinner ideas? Pizza has your back.

 

Garfield by Jim Davis
Garfield by Jim Davis

 

No cooking required and leftovers for days.

 

 

5. There’s always room for more.

 

Peanuts by Charles Schulz
Peanuts by Charles Schulz

 

“I’ll just have one slice,” is the second-biggest lie in the world, behind “Of COURSE I remembered our anniversary!”

 

 

6. Nothing comes between you and the last slice.

 

Big Top by Rob Harrell
Big Top by Rob Harrell

 

Friendships have been ended for less.

 

 

Happy National Pizza Party Day! (And don’t forget to tip!)





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  5-18-16

 

 

 

 

Lili and Derek  5-18-16

 

 

 

 

People of Earth  5-18-16

 

 

 

 

Picpak Dog  5-18-16

 

 

 

 

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Father of the Brood  5-19-16

 

 

 

 

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Underdone  5-19-16

 

 

 

 

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

 

 





Graduation: You Did It!

You graduated. Be it from high school, college or baby food, you’ve worked hard to get to the next phase in your life.

 

But post-grad life may not be all sunshine and rainbows. With your cap and gown, celebration and gifts come a few harsh realities ...

 

Reality 1: College is over. Real life begins.

 

Yeah, yeah  — DUH — we know. But when you come home from work only to spend the night getting insurance quotes instead of doing homework, you realize life is different.

 

 

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



Reality 2: Your parents are over it.

 

Parents may say they’ll miss you and cry when you leave them, but they are definitely throwing a secret party. Yes, we know you’ve been a perfect houseguest for the past 22 years, but they’re ready for you to get out and only come back when you give them grandkids.

 

The Flying McCoys by Glenn McCoy and Gary McCoy
The Flying McCoys by Glenn McCoy and Gary McCoy


 

Reality 3: You’ve got student loan payments. Lots of them.

 

Major kudos to you if you graduated with zero student debt. But for most of us, graduating means that we are lucky enough to start paying back loans at the most financially unstable time of our lives …

 

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

 

 

Reality 4: The job search is not simply “application, interview, accept.”

 

More like: application, application, interview, application, phone interview, application, application, application, silence, interview, rejection, moooore silence and moooore applications.

 

Moderately Confused by Jeff Stahler
Moderately Confused by Jeff Stahler

 

Reality 5: You are not alone.

 

It’s easy to get discouraged. But don’t! Most college graduates don’t have their lives figured out immediately following the ceremony. You can struggle together and encourage one another. It’s a tough world out there.

 

With that, we definitely recommend reading Adulthood Is a Myth: A Sarah's Scribbles Collection by Sarah Andersen. Her comics will keep you laughing and thinking, “Me too,” over and over again. She gets the struggle of young adulthood and perfectly illustrates it in this book. Buy it here!

 

From the bottom of our GoComics hearts, we wish new graduates the best of luck.

 

You did it!



For more graduation-themed comics, click here.

 

Off the Mark by Mark Parisi
Off the Mark by Mark Parisi

 





GIVEAWAY: TWO MazeToons Prize Packs

Here’s a puzzle for you: Which GoComics feature combines cartoons with short, interactive mazes?

 

The answer: MazeToons by Joe Wos! With varying themes and difficulty levels, MazeToons provides a fun puzzle every day. Wos’ whimsical illustrations entertain your eyes while your brain works to solve the maze.

 

We’re giving TWO lucky readers the chance to win a MazeToons prize pack! Each prize pack includes TWO T-shirts, TWO posters and TWO MazeToons activity booklets.

 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

 

Click here to read MazeToons on GoComics!

 

This contest will end on May 24, 2016, at 12 a.m. CT. We will randomly select one winner and notify the winner via email on May 24, 2016.

 

The next giveaway will be announced on May 25, 2016 at 6 a.m. CT.





Come See Us At Planet Comicon!

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Planning to attend Planet Comicon in Kansas City this weekend? Be sure to swing by our booth (#1123) to say hello and learn how you can snag a collectible Calvin and Hobbes print!

 

But, wait! There’s more: Fowl Language creator Brian Gordon will be available to sign copies of his new book, “Fowl Language: Welcome to Parenting,” on Saturday from 1 to 2 p.m. “How much does the signing cost,” you ask? $0.00

 

We’re also selling copies of the latest and greatest FoxTrot collection, which you can purchase at our booth, then have it signed for FREE at creator Bill Amend’s booth (#3046).

 

 

You can also catch Brian Gordon, Bill Amend and KC’s own urban artist Scribe, along with Shena Wolf (Universal Uclick acquisitions editor) and Shelly Barkes (senior brand manager at Andrews McMeel Publishing) at their panel, “Expanding the Scope of Comics and Art” on Friday from 3 to 4 p.m.


We’ll see you there!





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.

 

 

 

 Amanda the Great  5-14-16

 

 

 

 

Dungeon Hordes  5-14-16

 

 

 

 

Something About Celeste  5-14-16

 

 

 

 

Spectickles 5-14-16

 

 

 

 

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