I had to sell my banjo the other day to help make ends meet (and to pay for the newer, prettier banjo I just bought). I was depressed about it. But then I found these old Peanuts strips and they made me a lot happier.
This week's staff pick is from our Special Project Manager, Mindy Wiliford: The Argyle Sweater is one of the most consistently funny panels since the Far Side (though it sounds cliché to reference the Far Side when you talk about panels, it is true).
I love the play on words (see July 2, 2012), the digs on pop culture (see July 21, 2012) and it’s clever. It has provided the only original joke about ‘musical fruit’ that I’ve ever heard (July 18, 2012). Plus, being a gag a day, it’s perfect for those of us with short attention spans. Enjoy!
Actually the best we could do is recorded, in video. But Luann fans won't want to miss this footage of creator Greg Evans' presentation at Comic Con.
In his talk, Evans presents his early efforts at cartooning, points out mistakes missed by his "high-paid editors" (his words, not mine), and discusses his thoughts about how the strip and characters might evolve in the future. For a Luann fan, this talk offers some pretty fascinating insight into the inspiration and execution of one of the most popular strips in newspapers.
Even those who aren't die-hard Luann fans will find Greg's talk interesting for his discussion of the creative process, how fan feedback affects (and does not affect) the writing process, and how to keep your strip fresh after 27 years.
I used to do the same thing as Elder Doozy, until neighbors said that my frequent shouts of "Spice!" were lowering property values. It also explains the incessant cries of "Lifetime!" from JG's office.
Today we welcome aboard Ollie and Quentin, a web comic from Piers Baker.
Here's some info on these guys:
Ollie and Quentin is a buddy comic about the unlikely friendship between a seagull and an adventurous lugworm. They treat us to their bird’s eye and worm’s eye views of the bizarre human world in which we live. Ollie and Quentin are best friends despite the obvious food chain disparity that suggests Ollie should be more interested in Quentin as a snack rather than as a friend. They both live in the pretty coastal town of Bigley Bay with Nobby, an affable single guy who serves as both foil and witness to their silly, mischievous high jinks.
Help us welcome this unlikey duo to GoComics, click here.
Sometimes a comic just knocks it out of the park. Thank you, Wiley, for not taking the easy jokes by making fun of my weight, my gray and thinning hair, my fear of aardvarks, my prosthetic nose, my collection of Charlotte Rae photographs, my awful toenails, my unfortunate habit of whistling loudly in airplanes, my love of the band Night Ranger, my subscription to "American Llama Enthusiast" magazine, my compiling of endless lists, my customary phone greeting of "speak to me," my insistence on wearing tight slacks, my refusal to let the vest and no shirt trend die, my lifelong advocacy of equal rights for fictional characters ( Papa Smurf Now!"), my rabid cologne use, my habit of saying "yummy" when someone at work has a good idea, etc.
From the mind and pen of John Zakour and Scott Roberts (respectively) comes Maria's Day! Of course, you may recognize John and Scott from their bylines on GoComics feature "Working Daze."
Here's a little more on Maria:
Maria is a kid who sees things her own way -- and expects the world to see it her own way too! Her friend Joey is more practical. He helps keep her grounded, though that’s as easy as handling a Thanksgiving balloon in a hurricane. Sue is special and she knows it- better than anyone. She’s writing her autobiography now, but she’ll live it later. Bob takes things slower. Ms. Payne is their teacher- she enjoys her job, she truly does. She’d enjoy it even more without the students.