Thank you to all who entered to win the NYCC Prize Packs featuring signed prints from Brooke McEldowney (9 Chickweed Lane, Pibgorn) and Ruben Bolling (Tom the Dancing Bug)! We have randomly selected FOUR winners!
Congratulations to Wilma Cohen, Kay Clopton, Boyd Allen and Janet Davis! Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your shipping address and phone number. Please note: You must email us by 10/21/14 or your prize will be forfeited.
We have visions of comics and cosplay dancing through our heads here at the GoComics headquarters! Why? We’re gearing up for our trip to the Big Apple from October 9 to 12 to exhibit at New York Comicon!
We want to give you a sneak peek of what to expect at the GoComics booth! Pairing up with our sister company, Andrews McMeel Publishing, our booth (#2219) offers tons of fun, including:
Scheduled one-hour free signings by creators including Adam Cornish ("Much Ado About Stuffing: The Best and Worst of @CrapTaxidermy"), Josh Elder ("Reading With Pictures: Comics That Make Kids Smarter"), Ruben Bolling (Tom the Dancing Bug, Super-Fun-Pax Comix) and Mark Tatulli (Lio, Heart of the City).
Daily giveaways including free GoComics PRO memberships, major comic book collections and other comic-related promotional items.
Archive-quality prints of the iconic first and last Calvin and Hobbes comic strips, as well as the recent Stephan Pastis/Bill Watterson Pearls Before Swine collaboration, will be available for purchase.
Awesome GoComics T-Shirts featuring the slogan “Read Comics Every Day” will be available for purchase for $20.
Andrews McMeel Publishing/GoComics Signing Schedule: All creator signings will occur at the Andrews McMeel Publishing/GoComics Booth (#2219). Exclusive NYCC 2014 prints will be provided for free at all creator signings.
Thursday, October 9
3:00 – 4:00 p.m.: Adam Cornish ("Much Ado About Stuffing: The Best and Worst of @CrapTaxidermy")
Saturday, October 11
2:00 – 3:00 p.m.: Josh Elder ("Reading with Pictures: Comics That Make Kids Smarter")
We had a blast at San Diego Comic-Con meeting fans, hosting creator interactions and being surrounded by comics madness! We want to share some SDCC souvenirs with you! We’re giving away TWO SDCC prize packs!
To enter, comment on this blog post and include your FIRST and LAST names. Limit one entry per person. This contest will end on Tues., August 19 at 10 a.m. CT. The winner will be announced that day on this blog. This contest is open to all readers worldwide.
We partnered with our sister company, Andrews McMeel Publishing, to host signings and meet-and-greets with our talented creators and give away awesome swag. It was a whirlwind of meeting fans, checking out amazing cosplay and soaking up comics. We loved every minute of it and want to share some of our favorite moments with you!
Pickles creator Brian Crane signing at the GoComics booth!
It's time for Comic-Con International, when the east coast rises a full thirty feet above sea level as enthusiasts worldwide weigh down San Diego. Comic-Con is where every single one of the things that are too cool for your tiny brain to even imagine happen all at once. Merchandise and creator meet-and-greets aside, the cosplay scene has grown so vibrant that there are people there dressed as "sexy" variants on Star Wars bounty hunter/ space mummy Dengar. At least four. Even if you don't think that's cool, it's better than most of the parties you go to. Everyone wins at Comic-Con!
Another cool thing that is happening right now is that if you click on any of the images, they'll open in another tab in high-resolution. It's totally wizard.
Comic-Con is the future our forefathers fought to protect. It's the best. Everyone agrees.
To those in attendance, we salute you, and remind you to drop by our booth, number 1503. You can get a free GoComics Pro account, so you can spend your time in various lines reading sweet comics on your cool computer-phone, instead of trying to make small talk with the guy in front of you dressed like a zombie version of Frasier Crane. There will also be a ton of awesome signings from people like Bloom County and Outland creator Berkeley Breathed (who, I can say from experience, is a real peach) They might have stickers there, too. I don't know, it's not my department. I know the people who will be there, though, and they're terrific. Make them talk to you! They basically have to!
For those unable to attend, I suggest coordinating your own fan summit via your local Craigslist for opportunities to meet up with like-minded people in your area who enjoy comics and/ or dressing up like steampunk versions of historical characters. That's how my parents met, though they were dressed as steampunk versions of Mork and Mindy. It was a simpler time.
You know what's shockingly easy to find in our archives? Comic strips about comics. Turns out, there's some overlap in those interests. Now revel in your literacy, True Believers!
You enjoyed that, right? Hey, so did we. We have lots more comics that, even when they aren't about other comics, are still comics themselves, so you can't go wrong, assuming comics are what you're after. But you don't have to take my word for it-- you can check out Calvin & Hobbes, FoxTrot, Big Nate and a seemingly infinite cast of others every dang day on our site. I think we also have an app. Yeah, we also have an app. Gosh, we're pretty great.
NCSF prez Steve McGarry just announced the launch of The National Cartoonist:
"Published by the National Cartoonists Society Foundation, it is a free magazine celebrating the best in cartooning, past and present, with extensive interviews, in-depth features and behind-the-scenes glimpses into the world of cartooning and comics, as well as beautiful reproductions of rare and, in many cases, previously unseen original art from some of our greatest luminaries! We hope it is a publication that will be enjoyed by all cartooning fans, from the casual reader to the seasoned professional."
McGarry goes on to say free copies will be given out at the San Diego Comic-Con, at the NCS booth -- #1307. And you can read the 64-page magazine online here and subscribe. It's free!
As you may know, the GoComics headquarters is located in downtown Kansas City, Mo., and we’re thrilled to exhibit at our hometown Planet Comicon (PCC), taking place at Kansas City’s Bartle Hall from March 14-16!
Pairing up with our sister company and partner-in-crime, Andrews McMeel Publishing, we’re bringing PCC attendees daily giveaways, creator interactions, comic book collections, "Star Trek" calendars and more!
Located at the Andrews McMeel Publishing/GoComics Booth (#1325), we’re giving away some awesome swag, including first and last Calvin and Hobbes archive-quality comic prints and special Dilbert 25th anniversary memorabilia, as well as hosting scheduled one-hour signing sessions from talented creators such as Bill Amend (FoxTrot) and Charlie Podrebarac (CowTown, FatCats)!
We’re also excited to announce that our Universal Uclick/GoComics associates and creators will be participating in two thought-provoking panel discussions during PCC! Panel times are as follows:
The Last Ride of Lee Salem, Editor of Calvin and Hobbes: Moderated by Universal Uclick/GoComics Director of Marketing Gene Willis and featuring Universal Uclick President Emeritus Lee Salem, this 50-minute panel will function as a conversation and Q&A session with the syndicate executive who signed Calvin and Hobbes, For Better or For Worse, The Far Side, Cathy, FoxTrot, The Boondocks and dozens of others. An industry icon, Salem has a wealth of experience and stories that any comics enthusiast will find enlightening. Joining Salem and Willis are Universal Uclick/GoComics editor Lucas Wetzel and FoxTrot cartoonist Bill Amend.
How to Market Comic Strips Today: In previous decades, comic strips were the delicious and funny center of a reader’s daily dose of communication, placed in the middle of their newspapers and hearts. While newspapers are no longer the main veins for mass communication, comic strips/panels and their new-generation siblings webcomics have enjoyed a strong renaissance in pop culture. This panel will share the wide experiences of print, syndicated and web cartoonists alike. From viral marketing, presences at events such as San Diego Comic-Con, social media outreach, tours and more, we’ll hear from some of the engaging storytellers who are creating today, including Universal Uclick/GoComics associates and creators, such as Kansas City’s own Charlie Podrebarac (CowTown, FatCats).
Breaking into Comics: How do you become a professional comic book or comic strip creator? Join a panel of editors who specialize in spotting new talent, including Universal Uclick Acquisitions Editor Shena Wolf.
Andrews McMeel Publishing/GoComics Signing and Panel Schedule
All creator signings will occur at the Andrews McMeel Publishing/GoComics Booth (#1325). Exclusive PCC 2014 prints will be provided for free at all creator signings. Seating for panel discussions is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Panel locations are listed below.
There are an awful lot of links over there in the right margin of this page, so I'd like to take a moment to commend to you one which appears about halfway down; RANTS 'N RAVES, by R.C. Harvey. In this three-times-a-week blog he goes wide and deep -- covering not only comic strips, but also comic books, animation, publishing, magazine cartoons, editorial cartoons, the NCS, illustration, comic-cons, awards, comics history, and the lives and biographies of creators. To save you one click and get you hooked I'm going to show you his current post, about Reben-Award-winning cartoonist Greg Evans' strip Luann, 'cause it's a good 'un:
THE REAL LUANN NOW WRITES WITH HER DAD
Twenty-eight years after inspiring the title character in Greg Evans' long-running comic strip Luann, the cartoonist's daughter, Karen, is working by her father's side as the strip's co-author.
The comic strip started when Evans saw his five-year-old daughter dressed up in her mother’s clothing and jewelry. Until then, his career as a cartoonist had been somewhat irregular.
Evans told Pam Kragen at San Diego’s Union-Tribune that he always dreamed of being a cartoonist, but couldn't sell his hand-drawn strips when in his 20s and early 30s, so he bounced around in a series of jobs — high school art teacher in El Centro, television news camera operator in Colorado Springs and talking-robot operator at the San Diego Zoo and Seaport Village. Then one day in 1984, beheld Karen, waltzing around their home, imitating her mother.
"I saw her and I got the idea for a strip about a little girl, and for once it struck a chord because it wasn't a contrived subject. It was drawn from real life," said Evans, who decided to name the character "Luann" and aged her to 13, because teen angst would provide more fodder for storylines. On March 17, 1985, Luann launched and now appears in 450 newspapers and websites (gocomics.com), and it is read by more than 600,000 online visitors each week, reported Kragen.
In 2003, Evans won the industry's highest accolade, the National Cartoonist Society's Reuben Award for Cartoonist of the Year. And in 2006, Evans premiered a musical based on the strip, "Luann: Scenes in a Teen's Life."
Evans told Kragen that in the early years of Luann, he drew plot ideas from teen magazines and, later, Karen's own experiences getting her ears pierced, wearing braces and entering high school. Evans’ wife Betty served as a constant sounding board for plot and character ideas. But Evans was careful to give his cartoon family lives of their own, separate from the lives of the cartoonist’s family.
For several years, Evans said he had wondered what would happen to Luann when he eventually retires. He has no immediate plans to do so, but he still wonders. Mort Walker’s sons are likely to inherit Beetle Bailey when their father decides to retire (although he protests that he never will), but none of Evans’ kids have inherited their father’s drawing talent.
Then one day in June 2012, father and daughter hit on the idea of separating the writing and drawing of Luann and a partnership was born. Karen, who holds a degree in writing and literature, agreed to take an active hand in helping her father create the plots and character arcs in the story and he would carry on drawing the strip. On Sunday afternoons, they meet for story sessions, and, with Betty, they critique the drawn panels that Evans produces after each session.
Evans said he has found his wife and daughter's input invaluable to both long-term planning and character development. "Before it was always just me and now it's three of us and two of them are women," he said. "They bring a whole other layer of detail, subtlety and nuance to the project. Luann has a lot more meat on her bones and complexity than she did before."
But fans who worry about change or the loss of Evans' signature jokes and style can rest at ease for now. The artist said he's not going anywhere for a while.
"I still enjoy it and I look forward to it every day," he said. "Until that changes, I'll keep at it."
We will randomly select two
winners for this exciting giveaway.
To enter, leave a comment on this blog entry with your FIRST
and LAST name. Limit one entry per person. This contest will end on Wed., Oct. 16
at 10 a.m. CDT. The winners will be announced that afternoon on this blog. Sorry, worldwide comic
fans — this contest is open to U.S. and CA residents only.
NYCC is your chance to interact
with the creators and cartoonists signing at our booth (#2219), even if you’re
not attending! Tweet to @GoComics using #GoComicsNYCC during their signings
(schedule here) to get your questions answered.
Don’t forget to add GoComics on
the Road to your My Comics Page and follow our social media channels to get keep
up with the latest and greatest happenings at NYCC!
This month marked our 10th anniversary at San Diego Comic-Con, the
largest pop culture event in the world. Over five days, more than 130,000
people ventured to the San Diego Convention Center and the surrounding Gaslamp
District to proudly wave their geek flags. Our lean-but-mighty team of five
from GoComics and our sister company Andrews McMeel Publishing (AMP) were there
to participate in the whirlwind of events, cosplay, celebrities and breaking
news. Here are a few bullets on what we did and how we did it:
Lots O' Planning: I have a very fun
job; I get to work with talented cartoonists and writers for a living, along
with many innovative digital partners in the comics, entertainment and
publishing industries. I am the envy of my attorney and accountant friends
every summer when I head to Comic-Con. However, for every hour that we're on
the ground, we've spent at least three to five hours with planning and
paperwork to make sure that we're representing our comics, creators and brands
well ... along with giving you something fun and funny to follow. (That's alliteration.)
Get Out On The
This year, GoComics and AMP had a double-wide booth on the convention floor and
a schedule of 15 cartoonists offering free hour-long signing sessions. Between
our space and our line-up, it made for a noticeable experience for passers-by.
The longest lines came to see The Oatmeal, Berkeley Breathed (Bloom County; The
Academia Waltz), Bill Amend (FoxTrot), Lincoln Peirce (Big Nate) and Lela Lee
(Angry Little Girls).
The Streets Are
Thousands of people venture to San Diego for SDCC without a convention badge to
be a part of the culture for five days. With so much happening downtown, we
wanted to go to where the people were. Every day, our GoComics team held a
giveaway in the Gaslamp District at a surprise intersection, announced via our
Twitter and Instagram accounts. T-shirts, 2014 calendars and Comic-Con-exclusive
buttons were among the premium items given away to nearly 1,000 fans.
Partnerships: Comic-Con is more
fun with good company to celebrate the experience. We had a great partner in the
Unofficial San Diego Comic-Con Blog for their "Enchantment Under the
SDCC" party. GoComics was a provider for several premium autographed
prints and bound comics collections. Hundreds of comics fans had a ball; so did
Something that grows from our SDCC experience each year is the number of new
relationships from our diverse set of cartoonists. We bring more than two dozen
creators together for a celebratory dinner in San Diego each year, where we
talk shop, introduce new ideas, listen (a lot) and connect. The old mix with
the new, print mixes with webcomics and all enjoy a good meal. I sometimes
forget that cartoonists are also fans of one another's work, and many of them
get excited to meet their idols. It's a beautiful thing.
After four years of Comic-Con, here are my tips for future goers:
hydrate some more.
shoes. You'll be walking a lot, with heavy stop-and-go pedestrian
If you're waiting in line for a panel, bring something to read or do. The SDCC guide is great, along with the free GoComics mobile app (shameless plug).
If you choose to
dress up and have a great costume, expect to be admired and to have to stop
every 20 yards.
If you don't dress
up, don't walk behind people with great costumes if you expect to get
Plan your experience
using a map and the official SDCC mobile app. It'll make your experience SO
Leave enough time in
your plan for cool things to happen. You never know when you'll meet someone
unexpected who is the highlight of your trip. I was stuck in a crowd near a
large exhibit, then comes Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt, standing 20 feet away
from me for an interview.
The nightlife is
great in San Diego, but don't feel the need to party or entertain every night.
It's a marathon.
Charge your phone
whenever you can. It may help to invest in a supplemental charger. Taking
pictures – and you'll want to – will drain your battery.
Always check the
back patio of the convention center for food options. Much better selection
than on the floor -- shorter lines and fresh air.
We're back in Kansas City after an amazing week at San Diego Comic-Con. It was our TENTH YEAR attending this Con. Wow. Special thanks to all who stopped by our GoComics/Andrews McMeel Publishing booth. Follow us closely on social media this week for special post-SDCC giveaways.
If you're one of the lucky ones attending Heroes Con this year, stop by the Team Cul de Sac booth (AA-630), and don't miss these fun events:
SATURDAY, 6/8 @ 11am
Room 206: TEAM CUL DE SAC
Eisner-nominated Chris Sparks started Team Cul de Sac in 2010 to raise money for Parkinson’s research. In honor of Richard Thompson, the Reuben award-winning cartoonist of the daily strip, Cul de Sac, Sparks assembled the book, Team Cul de Sac: Cartoonists Draw the Line at Parkinson’s. The team continues to fundraise through book sales, auction items from cartoonists and the annual HeroesCon Drink and Draw event. The panel features Chris Sparks talking with TCDS contributors Steve Conley, SL Gallant, Dave McDonald,Craig Fischer and more! See it, then stop by their table and see some of the items they’re auctioning off this weekend, including the rare Bill Watterson signed copy of The Complete Calvin and Hobbes, and an Art Spiegelman signed and sketched edition of Maus!
SATURDAY, 6/8 @ 3pm
Room 209/210: MEGA MUSIC PANEL: “And Brainiac on Xylophone”: On the Intersection(s) of Comics and Music
Comics and music share a lot of affinities—both depend heavily on rhythm and intervals, and many cartoonists are also musicians—and cartoonist Ben Towleand blogger Craig Fischer have organized a diverse smorgasbord of a panel to explore these affinities. Ben will discuss the many ways cartoonists represent music visually, and will chair a wide-ranging panel on comics and music with Peter Bagge (Hate,Yeah!), Ed Piskor (Hip-Hop Family Tree), Andrew Robinson and Vivek J. Tiwary (The Fifth Beatle). Craig will talk about the work of Marc Weidenbaum, an editor, teacher and musician who’s been combining comics and music in his creative projects for over two decades. And Charlotte avant-duo Ghost Trees (Brent Bagwell on saxophone, Seth Nanaa on drums) will participate in two live comics/music performances, including a soundtrack for Joe Lambert’s “Turtle, Keep It Steady,” a rock-n-roll retelling of the Tortoise-Hare fable!
Holy moly! That was likely the most fun and exhausting business trip I've ever had! Ha! It was my first business trip and it was awesome. I can only hope to be selected to go on more fun working trips like this in the future. I met so many comic and pop-culture fanatics, and I had a blast introducing people to GoComics. The reactions I received were great! People were ecstatic to learn they could read their favorite funnies online, for free. Some didn't even believe me, until I promised, NO STRINGS ATTACHED! Then, they were ALL over it. I really loved hearing from people who already knew about GoComics and were existing members. They were all so appreciative. Let's take a quick trip down memory lane, shall we?
Oooof! That was an early morning!
NYCCers loved us!
Calvin and Hobbes waited in a long line to get a FoxTrot book signed by Bill Amend at our booth
It was quite hard to speak seriously to these two. Love it.
Impressive: Made completely from LEGOS.
For tons more NYCC photos from our trip, click here! Now, it's time to relax and welcome our new NYCC GoComics members!
This Missouri gal is headed to the Big Apple! It will be my first time traveling for business. My feelings: anxious. But the good kind of anxious. I've never been to New York City before. I'll be there with three other GoComics colleagues and some pretty cool people from our sister company, Andrews McMeel Publishing. I'm grateful that I get to work for a company that does rad things, like, have booths on the floor of massive events like NYCC and SDCC (San Diego Comic-Con). Roughly 105,000 people attended NYCC last year and 126,000 people attended SDCC back in July; that's a lot of peeps. I can't wait to meet all 105k+ when you stop by the GoComics/Andrews McMeel booth (#821). (Wink!)
GoComics / Andrews McMeel Publishing Event/Signing Schedule: Andrews McMeel Universal (AMU) brands, GoComics and Andrews McMeel Publishing, return to New York Comic Con 2012 to share entertaining and thought-provoking comic strips, book collections and creator interactions with the New York Comic Con guests.
All creator signings will occur at the GoComics/Andrews McMeel Publishing Booth #821. We'll have comic books available for purchase, as well as free autographs and comics! If you're attending, be sure to stop by our booth.