May 1st is Free Comic Book Day in comic book stores nationwide, and there are going to be some very cool books available - Shrek, Superman, Iron Man, Toy Story, Owly, Arche, G.I. Joe and the Simpsons are among the fan favorites you can grab for free at your local comic shop!
And we're getting in on the act as well, offering all of the first issues of our iPhone comic book apps for free! The Argyle Sweater, Basic Instructions, Pibgorn and Bone are just a few of the titles you'll find for free when you search "UCLICK" in the App Store.
Click here to check out our comic book app selections (clicking the link launches iTunes).
Another Pab's Blue Ribbon reference in two days! Yes!
Isn't that old beer ad C-R-E-E-P-Y?
See this and many more even creepier curiosities in the new book "Creepiosity" from our friends at Andrews McMeel Publishing.
Speaking of creepy, I had my car club meeting last night and this guy we call "Rhubarb" brought in a scale model of a 1957 Chevy made out of cheddar cheese. I thought he was going to cry when I ate the windshield. I couldn't help it! I love cheese.
The creators of "Baldo," Hector Cantu and Carlos Castellanos, are having a live web call-in tomorrow (Thurs. April 29th, 8 PM EST) to celebrate 10 years of syndication! Go here to sign up to participate in the call.
As one of the top 250 syndicate editors in the world, I'm often queried about what makes for good writing. My short answer? Make it funny and humorous and also meaningful and funny and relatable and identifiable and use words or icons and don't get bogged down on subplots and allegory or trying to appeal to people.
On the other hand, one thing that can reflect poorly on good writing is bad grammar. Why? you ask. Good question. Let's dive in.
If I'm reading a comic submission and the author uses the word BACKWARDS instead of the correct BACKWARD I know that I'm probably not dealing with a person who went to an Ivy League school. And I, frankly, want no part of that.
So in closing,
BACKWARDS = NO
BACKWARD = YES
FORWARDS = NO
FORWARD = YES
SELAWARD = Attractive brunette actress from NBC’s "Sisters" (1991-1996)
Dig this faux 1980s TV commercial for one of the new toys in "Toy Story 3" ... I'm not falling for it this time, Pixar. Inspired by "Up," I spent a fortune on balloons to try and lift my house to avoid paying property taxes and all I got for my troubles was a collapsed lung from having to inflate them all.
As a fan of synthetic fibers, I was hesitant to try this new book collection from Scott "The Argyle Sweater" Hilburn -- as the cover promised 100% natural fabrics. But my gamble paid off, and soon I was awash in more hilarity than should be legal to experience (laws do vary so do check with your local constable).
Scott's been delivering comic-panel greatness since 2008 and may be the single biggest success story of our Comics Sherpa site. Today, as well as in hundreds of newspapers, you can find his work on best-selling calendars, greeting cards, t-shirts, mugs and (coming soon to your local grocer) a line of organic soups.*
What I like to do is buy a box of Argyle Sweater books and keep them in my trunk. Then when I go to a party or my car club, instead of bringing a casserole or some boring old wine, I bring laughter! And for a moment or two, everyone seems to appreciate that I'm there.
* Not really on the soup thing, but Argyle Sweater Soup does sound delicious.
GoComics' own David Reddick is responsible for the delightful guest strip over at PVP.
Check it out!
(where have I been, you ask? Just caught up in the power and majesty of the ICP video for "Miracles." No, I will not post it nor will I link to it here because I promised JG I wouldn't. It's a deceptively hilarious universe, folks. Some things, once seen, cannot be unseen.)