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.
I thought you might enjoy this snapshot from SDCC. Milliseconds before this shot, photographer Ruben "Tom the Dancing Bug" Bolling quipped, "everybody say 'May the Force Be With You'," now those are fighting words to a Klingon impersonator. And this Klingon was particularly riled up as I had seen him drink multiple tankards of what appeared to be unicorn blood.
Also in picture Shannon "Too Much Coffee Man" Wheeler. Shannon's cranium took the brunt of the Klingon's wrath, but luckily he was wearing a Kevlar cap and was uninjured.
This recommendation comes from our Permissions Director, Mary Suggett: My all-time favorite cartoon is Calvin and Hobbes. I started with the company just as Calvin and Hobbes was starting to take off. I was a customer service rep. for the publishing division, Andrews McMeel at the time. We’d just come out with the first collection of Calvin and Hobbes cartoons in a book. And were at the beginning of creating Calvin and Hobbes calendars.
Needless to say, we were working our delicate heinies off just trying to keep up with the demand. And, this was prior to desk top computers and email.
I don’t think there has been as complete a comic strip that’s both artistically visual and maintains such a wonderful story line as Calvin and Hobbes. There are many that come close. And those that do have their own special genre. But nothing knocks my rocket ship underpants off quite like Calvin.
A big GoComics 10-armed hug to Mr. Gigi and the Squid. From the minds of the people that bring you "Lola" and "Over the Hedge" (one-half) comes a comic that will tickle your funny bone exactly like you like it to be tickled. That's Todd Clark and T Lewis for those of you who didn't know.
You: But what's it about, JG?
JG: Good question. Read the following and we'll circle back after:
When a self-serving, completely inept street-hustling mutt crosses the Peaches, a deranged Daisy Scout, his only refuge is to submit to the disturbingly obsessive ownership of 10-year-old tornado, Candi Cankerson. In her hyper-active clutches he goes from rough ‘n’ rowdy to pink ‘n’ poofy in a heartbeat.
The catch?... The newly crowned “Mr. Gigi” all- too-quickly becomes addicted to basic cable, generic cheese doodles and mildly stained sofa cushions. He can’t go back to the streets now, unless he scores big-time.
Still a schemer, Mr. Gigi kidnaps Waldorf the Squid from Donny’s Disco-Quarium to supply the brawn his spectacularly lame plans will demand. What he hasn’t counted on is that this sheltered - but not completely clueless - gentle giant also provides the conscience Gigi’s worked his whole life to avoid.
I am now the proud owner of this Paul Madonna illustrated story, "Adams Morgan." Lovely, lovely stuff. Incredible use of shadow and so many different variations of gray. It's almost like he painted my hair.
We are happy to announce our SDCC "Repin to Win" prize winners! The users listed below will each receive FIVE autographed lithograph prints from GoComics creators who signed at our SDCC booth! Congratulations to the following lucky ducks:
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• Gordon Cartee
• Kathy T
• Garrett Fitzgerald
If your name is listed above, please send your shipping address to firstname.lastname@example.org and include "SDCC Repin Winner" in the subject line. Winners have one week to submit their mailing info before new winners are selected.
We'd like to send a big "thank you" everyone who repinned to win. More awesome giveaways to come, as always, stay tuned!
(left to right, Amy Worley of Andrews McMeel Publishing, Mr. Amend, Gene Willis, Universal's Marketing Director and Joel Friday Universal's Creative Director.) Photo credit: John Glynn Photography & Dance Studios
A big congratulations to Bill Amend who received the San Diego Comic Con's InkPot award over the weekend.
Pretty great company. Look at that list! Well-earned and well-deserved and smart move by SDCC to acknowledge such a great talent.
This was certainly a delightful treat. Matt "The Simpsons/Life in Hell" Groening stops by our SDCC booth and does a little signing during the Lalo Alcaraz signing time. Matt's exchange with Lalo went a little something like this.
Lalo: Hey, Matt, would you draw something in my sketchbook?
Matt: Wait a second, you want ME to sign in your sketchbook during YOUR booth signing time?
And that is how it happened.
Also interesting to note that Matt was also very supportive of GoComics and was even heard to call us "the best." He did mumble something under his breath immediately after which could have been "the best bunch of bozos I've ever seen," but no one could confirm.