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By now you have probably modified your Comics page to incorporate even more of the comics you love. With over 300 comics and political cartoons it can be daunting, but as a Pro member you can view all of the comics you want to follow on one page and in one email. Over the next several months we have even more enhancements planned and look forward to working with you on thoughts and suggestions to improve the site.
So what next? Nothing, we will take care of everything, you just do what you do best and continue to read comics and comment on your favorites.
While reading today's Nancy, in which Sluggo leans reflectively against the fourth wall without ever really breaking it, I decided to explore the characters' looks over the years. The characters themselves have remained remarkably similar over the decades, but Nancy herself did get an electrifying pop-art makeover in the sixties and seventies at the hands of Andy Warhol and Joe Brainard. Check it out:
Above is Andy Warhol's "Nancy," from 1961
This is Brainard's "If Nancy was a painting by de Kooning," from 1975.
Above is Brainard's "Nancy diptych," 1974.
This last selection from Brainard is titled "If Nancy was a da Vinci sketch." There are a couple more by Joe entitled "If Nancy was a boy" and "If Nancy was an ashtray," but those are decidedly NAFTGCB (Not appropriate for the GoComics Blog), so you won't find them here.
The last artist I should credit here is Guy Gilchrist, who has been writing and illustrating Nancy since 1995. The whimsy, humor and charm Guy brings to the strip keep it lively after nearly a century. Not many people could pull that off AND hold down a career as a country singer, but Guy does it with gusto. Check out some of his tunes here.
This is an incomplete list. I was not there for all the signings, but I hear they went well. Here are some photos of your favorite cartoonists signing some things!
Patrick McDonnell signing "Mutts" books!
Greg Evans signing "Luann" prints! (it was so busy, we ran out of prints! Luckily, this happened only 3 minutes before the signing was scheduled to end)
Technically this isn't a signing. This is Hector Cantu being hassled by Lalo Alcaraz (who did a "La Cucaracha" signing later, but I wasn't there so I don't have photos. Booo!) before the "Baldo" signing. It is one of my favorite photos from the convention...
(Hector is the *writer* of Baldo)
Lucas Turnbloom sketching before his "Imagine This" signing!
Chino XL and Lalo Alcaraz after the "La Cucaracha" signing!
Brooke McEldowney talking to fans at the "Pibgorn"/"9 Chickweed Lane" signing.
Mark Tatulli doing a sketch for a fan at the "Lio"/"Heart of the City" signing. It's hard to tell because we had to wind it around the corner, but the lines for his signings were ridiculous. He signed for more than an hour on Saturday and Sunday, and no one left without a book!
Keep in mind, these were NOT all the signings! We also had Shannon Wheeler, Keith Knight, Glenn and Gary McCoy sign at the GoComics booth. Thanks to the cartoonists for doing this, and thanks to the fans for coming to support us!
It was amazing. Our booth was gorgeous, our signings were busy, and everyone loved the Get Into Comics (click the link to try it at home!) display. I'll have photos later (so many! it takes so long to sort them!) but for now, I share with you my absolute favorite thing from the convention. I present to you: Harley Dog!
Gather 'round, pardners, it's time for another installment of "Mac Cactus' Authentic Frontier Gibberish," in which we translate the colorful lingo of Rip Haywire's beloved cowboy and mustache-in-chief.
Today's word, found in the third panel, is "absquatulate." Our trusty Old-West dictionary defines this as:
"A calisthenic exercise, popular with pioneers and crusty frontier folk, that combined an ab crunch with a squat thrust. Invented by legendary lawman and noted fitness fanatic Bat Masterson in 1882. Noted for causing serious leg injuries, especially if performed while wearing chaps."
(above, W.T. Duck's last Sunday strip to run in newspapers, 7/24/11)
After 5 years of laughs, camera flashes and ridiculously demanding clients, 'W.T. Duck' has called it a day — at least for daily comics, that is. Though he's not a photographer by trade, W.T. Duck creator Aaron Johnson's strip has been consistently hilarious in its depiction of the trials and laughs faced by photographers and other creative professionals.
The enduringly popular and sharp-witted fowl has been entertaining readers on the web for half a decade, inspiring a print syndication run, a line of plush toys, and hundreds of tribute photos and artwork from fans around the globe.
Personally, I'll miss getting a daily dose of Aaron's trademark wit, hilarious characters (especially the voodoo duck) and sharp, economical writing. But, I'm excited to see what he'll do next. Fortunately the strip will continue on the web even if it won't be available any longer in print. As Aaron announced on Twitter last week: "I look forward to this next phase and I'm excited about being able to do things with the strip that I just simply didn't have time for...As always, I must thank everyone for the support over the last five years. It's been a wild ride. Long live WTD!"
To keep up on the duck's adventures, waddle on over to whattheduck.net, and to browse through the archives, visit the duck on GoComics. Vive el Ducky.
If you skip the comics on Sunday, you're starting your week behind the curve. Fortunately we stay on top of our stuff here at GoComics, so starting today I'm planning to reinstate the "Sundays you may have snoozed on" update to review some of the weekend highlights. Here goes...
Grace's frustration in scoring clearly parallels the U.S. Women's narrow defeat in penalty kicks last week in the World Cup Final. That game bummed me out so much that it's still painful to address the subject even a week later. Fortunately this slow-mo highlight of the game has kept me smiling.
Speaking of sports, The Born Loser yesterday shocked the world by demonstrating that he can still recall his own nuptials. Baseball fans, I dare you to watch this recap of Barker's performance that night and not tear up.
Poncho really got in poor Patches' head yesterday.
Finally, a humorous tribute to the late Amy Winehouse yesterday in The New Adventures of Queen Victoria. Went back and listened to "Back to Black" yesterday. Even after all the tragedy, live performance disasters and scandal, her music still sounds fantastic.
I've often suspected that Andy Capp employs ludicrous British slang to smuggle verbal filth past the clueless American censors. This second-panel obscenity, however, represents a whole new level of moral turpitude, and is nothing less than a brazen attack on the decency of our fine and upstanding republic. We fought the Revolutionary War for this?
You know that line in MGMT's "Time to Pretend" when he sings "get jobs in offices and wake up for the morning commute"? Great tune, but it can be pretty depressing to listen to when you're stuck in traffic for 45 minutes on the way to work (thankfully, I live close to the office and drive a Segway to work, so that never happens to me). Speaking of commutes, some great advice here from Tiny Sepuku on creative ways to overcome the daily commuting blues. Read more of this fantastic advice strip on GoComics or at TinySepuku.com.