The Gentleman's Armchair is a comic — that you read! Ranging from corporate parodies to galactic adventures, TGA has something for everyone. So sit back, relax, and celebrate the absurdity of existence!
Cul de Saccreator Richard Thompson is having quite the summer! In addition to the world premiere of his Cul de Sac play, which runs June 3-12 in Arlington, Va., Picture This Press has just announced that it will publish a new series of collections called the Richard Thompson Library, which will highlight the wide variety of Thompson’s work.
The first volume, “The Incompleat Art of ‘Why Things Are,’” is set to release this summer and will feature hundreds of Thompson’s illustrations that originally accompanied Joel Achenbach’s Washington Post column, “Why Things Are,” in the early ‘90s.
The second volume in the series will be an expanded reprint of “Compleating Cul de Sac,” with new art and interviews with Thompson. All profits from “Compleating Cul de Sac” will benefit the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research. (Thompson announced that he had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease shortly before his retirement from cartooning in 2012.)
A third planned volume in the Richard Thompson Library will focus on Thompson’s caricatures. Several additional volumes are in the early stages of development.
We hope your Memorial Day weekend was full of rest, remembrance and no road rage.
Yes, road rage. We wouldn’t wish it upon our worst enemy. Considering the amount of travel Memorial Day weekend brings, we shouldn’t have been surprised that millions would experience it over the long weekend.
Last week, "CBS This Morning" aired an informative segment on the issue warning against road rage during the holiday weekend. GoComics creators Mike Baldwin (Cornered)and Mike Shiell (The Wandering Melon) were featured during the piece.
View the segment in its entirety here, or watch the clip below!
Full of deeply personal stories and original illustrations, “Fearless” is both a moving reminiscence on overcoming adversity and a guidebook encouraging readers to pursue their dreams and get more out of life.
To celebrate this exciting new chapter in Armstrong’s life, we’re giving away a copy of “Fearless: A Cartoonist’s Guide to Life” to one lucky winner!
In the midst of the barbecues and Memorial Day festivities, the GoComics team had its own very special reason to celebrate: THREE of our talented creators took home awards from the National Cartoonists Society’s 70th annual Reuben Awards ceremony!
Garfield— a literal and metaphorical cartoon heavyweight — is no stranger to the limelight. Since the comic strip’s debut in 1978, Garfield has appeared in animated TV series, primetime specials, hundreds of books, and two live-action movies, in addition to more than 2,100 daily newspapers.
On May 23, a few weeks before the comic strip’s 38th birthday, Alcon Entertainment announced that it has secured the rights to produce a fully animated Garfield movie, which the company hopes will be the first in a franchise.
Garfield creator Jim Davis has signed on as executive producer. Also joining the team is John Cohen, producer of the successful franchise Despicable Me and the Angry Birds film.
“I’ve been so impressed with the quality of animation and storytelling coming out of Hollywood of late,” Davis said. “I can’t wait to get into production with the terrific team Alcon has assembled.”
Alcon Entertainment has had a hand in financing and producing several notable films in recent years, including P.S. I Love You (2007), The Blind Side (2009), The Book of Eli (2010), and Prisoners (2013).
Claw is the result of creator Cathy Law wanting to draw things she finds odd or funny and then throw color on them. Maybe you'll laugh with her or maybe you'll laugh at her, but either way, as long as you laugh a little, she's fine with it. A small chuckle would be OK, too. And, fair warning: This creator has not been declawed.
For a lot of people, Memorial Day marks the unofficial start to summer. The days are long, the weather is gorgeous, and a three-day weekend is the perfect time to take a much-needed break from the grind of daily life.
But it’s important to remember that Memorial Day is more than a nice day to break out the grill. Memorial Day is a day to remember and celebrate the lives and sacrifices of our brave men and women in the armed forces.
That being said, we’ve put together a quick guide so you can have an easy, breezy, beautiful Memorial Day weekend.
Step 1: When it comes to travel, prepare for the worst.
The Flying McCoys by Glenn McCoy and Gary McCoy
A three-day weekend means millions of people will be piling into planes, trains and automobiles for some much-needed vacation time. Be prepared for long waits in TSA lines and heavy road traffic — or do yourself a favor and have a staycation instead.
Step 2: At noon on Memorial Day, remember to raise your American flag to full-staff.
Just Say Uncle by Dan Pavelich
According to usmemorialday.org, “The half-staff position remembers the more than one million men and women who gave their lives in service of their country. At noon, their memory is raised by the living, who resolve not to let their sacrifice be in vain, but to rise up in their stead and continue the fight for liberty and justice for all.”
Step 3: Have a backup plan when it comes to food.
Drabble by Kevin Fagan
After a cold winter and a wet, rainy spring, many people are excited to fire up their grills for the first official cookout of the summer. But don’t be surprised if you (or your grill!) are rusty! Maybe buy a few frozen pizzas, just in case.
Step 4: Don’t forget to say thanks to veterans.
Flo and Friends by Jenny Campbell
If you have a veteran in your life, be sure to thank them for their service — especially this weekend.
Step 5: Take advantage of the nice weather.
Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson
Take it from Calvin and Hobbes — a long summer day is a great chance to go exploring. Climb a tree, go for a swim, catch a firefly … get outside and soak up the sun.
Step 6: Pause for a moment to reflect.
Pearls Before Swine by Stephan Pastis
For many people, Memorial Day weekend is a much-needed break — but for many others, it’s a bittersweet reminder of loved ones who made the ultimate sacrifice. Take a moment to remember them.
As you may have heard, the GoComics family has some serious representation at this year’s National Cartoonists Society’s annual Reuben Awards weekend. ELEVEN of our beloved creators are nominated for divisional awards in SEVEN different categories!
That list includes Pearls Before Swinecreator Stephan Pastis, Liocreator Mark Tatulli and editorial cartoonist Michael Ramirez, who are ALSO nominated for the Reuben Award for Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year — one of the highest honors in cartooning.
We couldn’t be more proud of our creators, and we’re glad they’re receiving recognition for the amazing work they do.
One of the most beautiful things about comics is their ability to unite people. By relying on universal themes and emotions, comics remind us that many human experiences are shared by hundreds of thousands of people all across the world.
One of those themes is mental illness. Comics such as Lunarbaboon, Sarah’s Scribblesand The Awkward Yetifrequently tackle the subject of mental health, approaching depression and anxiety with a slightly humorous touch that keeps the comic lighthearted while revealing deep truths about life with a mental illness.
Our very own Gemma Correll, creator of Four Eyes, has teamed up with Mental Health America to create a series of images that reflect some common feelings and experiences associated with mental illness.
May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and this year's theme is “Life With a Mental Illness.” Anyone can participate by sharing their experiences in pictures, words or videos on social media and using the hashtag #mentalillnessfeelslike.
If you connect with any of our comics, we encourage you to share them to help educate and spread the word about Mental Health Awareness Month.
This award, also known as the “Reuben Award,” is one of cartooning’s highest honors, and we are delighted that Stephan Pastis (creator of Pearls Before Swine), Mark Tatulli (creator of Lio) and Michael Ramirez (editorial cartoonist) are receiving this well-deserved recognition.
To celebrate, we’re giving away a Reuben Award Nominee Prize Pack containing one print from each nominee!
On Thursday, May 26, dozens of cartoonists will meet in Memphis for the 70th annual National Cartoonists Society Reuben Awards. Before the awards ceremony that weekend, their first stop will be at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
“We have invited the artists who are attending the NCS conference to sit down with patient families and draw works for them to take home, with the hopes that the experience brings them some joy despite their very difficult circumstances,” said Steve McGarry, leader of the National Cartoonists Society Foundation.
That night, guests will get the chance to mingle with the cartoonists for dinner, a silent auction and entertainment. The fundraising event is open to the public. Cartoonists attending include:
New Comic Alert! The Gnome Syndicate by David Reddick and Kevin Vassey
The Gnome Syndicate documents the adventures of Agent 13, an average gnome, and his partner Agent Shirley, a tough and loyal fairy. Although the two groups don’t always see eye to eye, the gnomes of the Gnome Syndicate work together with the Fairies to balance good and evil in a world filled with barbarians, princesses, dragons, elves, and other fantastical creatures.
Who could have guessed that a conversation about Donald Trump would lead to a charity comics auction to raise money for disabled veterans?
Let’s rewind. It began when Jake Tapper, CNN’s chief Washington correspondent and host of The Lead, invited Dilbert creator Scott Adams to appear on his show. Tapper was intrigued by Adams’ extensive analysis of Trump’s presidential campaign, which Adams wrote about on his blog.
While chatting before the interview, Tapper mentioned that he was a “failed cartoonist,” and Adams invited him to try his hand at drawing Dilbert for a week. Tapper agreed, and suggested auctioning off the one-of-a-kind strips (featuring Tapper’s art and Adams’ writing) to benefit Homes for Our Troops, a charity that Tapper has worked with in the past.
“[Homes for Our Troops] builds mortgage-free, specially designed homes for the most disabled veterans from Afghanistan and Iraq,” Tapper said. “Hopefully, Scott and I can raise some money for the organization by auctioning off the original comic strips for anyone out there who appreciates the uniqueness of this venture and the worthiness of the cause. ”
Although Tapper considers himself a failed cartoonist (“I wanted to be the next Garry Trudeau,” he said), Adams praised his work on Dilbert.
“I think readers will enjoy seeing his take on the art, which came out great,” Adams said. “He's way better than I expected!”
The Tapper-illustrated Dilbert strips debut today (May 23) and run through May 28. The auction for each strip begins at 12:15 a.m. CT the day of the strip's debut.
We’ve all been caught reading, whether we’re devouring a novel during math class (guilty) or scrolling through Facebook at work (also guilty).
May is Get Caught Reading Month, part of a campaign to remind people of the joys of reading. Whether you enjoy novels, newspapers, blogs or comics (our personal favorite), consider this your reminder to devote some time every day to reading.
To start you off, why not read these comics about reading?
The GoComics “Meet Your Creator” series brings you firsthand insight into the lives and careers of your favorite cartoonists. Each week, we hand over the keys to one of our talented creators, who share their inspirations, achievements, creative processes, studios and more! Read on to hear from this week’s featured cartoonist: Ed Allison of Unstrange Phenomena
This is True . . .
I have eaten more of it than anyone alive.
Kix with the Lone Ranger.
Pep flakes with Superman.
Taped a quarter to a Wheaties boxtop and sent off for a Jack Armstrong Cat’s Eye Ring that glowed in the dark. For 15 cents and the inner seal from a jar of Peter Pan, I got a Sky King Spy Scope that really worked!
The comics section of the Log Cabin Democrat carried three strips: Blondie, Alley Oop (beautifully drawn) and Red Ryder (the guy could draw horses – he had a brush stroke that made horses move). That’s about all you needed.
My mother read every word in every New Yorker ever published. I absorbed the cartoons. Like a sponge. Charles Addams was totally visual and drew back a curtain that revealed a world that was the result of an evolutionary process, ever so slightly different from the one we knew.
Others: Abbot and Costello – perfect timing; Bowery Boys – Slip and Satch – each one started a brand of humor; Looney Tunes, Bugs and Daffy (I had an enlightening conversation with Burne Hogarth about the comedic elements in Road Runner); Bob and Ray (thanks Dad – in 1949 he had me sit down with him and listen); Scrooge McDuck – 1st rate adventure stores; Rocky and Bullwinkle – I rearranged one month of doctor’s appointments so I could watch every day; Woody Allen; George Carlin; Monty Python.
Mark Twain; Charles “Buddy” Portis, Immanuel Velikofsky; Richard Brautigan.
Universal horror; Republic serials; ‘50s sci-fi flicks. Seconds before I die, I hope a Max Fleischer Superman cartoon flashes before my eyes.
My youth was spent exploring the woods of central Arkansas. My maturity was misspent mapping the streets of New York City.
TheUnstrange Phenomenapieces began as random locusts in a large swarm of cartoons, unsuccessfully marketed under such titles as (1) This is True; (2) American Wit and Humor, Pictorial; and (3) Advice, How-To and Miscellaneous.
These cartoons contained NO recurring characters or stories, NO talking animals, NO dysfunctional families with children expounding like they had advanced degrees in philosophy, NO topical references to pop culture. The baseline of their humor was seeing everything that everybody else saw, just from a slightly different angle. They were presented as normal explanations of absurd situations, or absurd explanations of normal situations (occasionally, absurd explanations of absurd situations).
Left to themselves these Unstrange locusts gathered and found a focus in dingbat speculation, crackpot conspiracy theories and hardcore woo. When a syndicate offered me a contract to produce a webcomic, I replied, “Uh . . . What’s a webcomic?” I was vaguely aware of their existence. Like Yetis, I had sort of heard of them, but never seen one. With some excellent editorial help from the syndicate, this resulted in a daily web feature.
Three years ago, health issues forced me to cut production to one strip a week.
All my work is produced using the latest in 12th-century technology . . . pen and ink on paper. My “work space” is the dining room table. Behind me, a bookcase holds tools, notebooks and sketch pads. Two large cardboard boxes serve as file cabinets. The box on the right is for works in progress. The box on the left is for finished pieces. Under the table is a paper bag wastebasket – my most valuable tool.
Through the magic of electronics, the finished pieces are scanned and colored. I am twice fortunate to be able to work with the Best Colorist in the business.
What’s ahead for Unstrange Phenomena? Maybe a big-time mega book deal. Maybe a TV series. Maybe franchising the museum, complete with gift shop and cafeteria. Maybe next week’s strip.
As promised, here is my advice for aspiring cartoonists:
1. Put a frame around everything you draw. Make compositions, not sketches.
2. When you are about halfway through with a piece . . . STOP!
3. Dialogue comes from the nose, not the mouth.
4. Draw three cards if you’re holding a pair.
5. Keep the curtain inside the tub.
I would like to thank my family and friends for putting up with me through all this. Thanks to the staff at GoComics for making this happen. And, to all my readers, THANK YOU. If you’re in the neighborhood, drop by.
I must leave your planet now. Remain where you are until I am gone.
If there’s one thing we can all agree on in this tumultuous world, it’s this: Pizza is the pinnacle of human culinary achievement. One slice of pizza contains ingredients from every section of the food pyramid, which is what you should tell people when they question your new all-pizza diet.
Comics being what they are — a snapshot of the cultural zeitgeist, often exaggerated or tongue-in-cheek — pizza is a frequent guest-star in the funny pages.
Since today is National Pizza Party Day, we’ve put together a list of six things every pizza lover knows to be true.
Why not phone a few friends, order a pizza (or throw one in the oven — no judgment) and read through it while you wait for everyone to arrive? We guarantee you’ll be hungry by the end!
1. Pizza is an incredible motivational tool.
F Minus by Tony Carrillo
If you want people to show up to your event, we have two words for you: “Free. Pizza.”
2. There is a kind of pizza for every occasion.
Cleats by Bill Hinds
Breakfast pizza, dessert pizza, white pizza, veggie pizza, pizza with entire entrees stuffed inside of the crust — even vegan pizza, if that’s what you’re into.
3. Cold pizza = still delicious.
Adam@Home by Rob Harrell
And there’s no risk of burning your mouth on molten cheese!
4. Stumped for dinner ideas? Pizza has your back.
Garfield by Jim Davis
No cooking required and leftovers for days.
5. There’s always room for more.
Peanuts by Charles Schulz
“I’ll just have one slice,” is the second-biggest lie in the world, behind “Of COURSE I remembered our anniversary!”
6. Nothing comes between you and the last slice.
Big Top by Rob Harrell
Friendships have been ended for less.
Happy National Pizza Party Day! (And don’t forget to tip!)