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August 18, 2014

COMICS SHERPA: EDITOR'S PICKS

This recurring LAUGH TRACKS feature highlights individual Sherpa strips and panels that for one reason or another caught the fancy of the aide de sherpa. It could be anythng; the drawing, the writing, the humor, the coloring, that they tried something interesting, or that it's a new step for that particular creator.

 

We hope this quirky sampler will alert you to features you might not yet have noticed amid Sherpa's abundant, ever-changing, and eclectic mix, and that it gives Sherpa creators a modicum of helpful feedback.

 

 

 

Winding Roads  8-15-14

 

 

 

 

8-16-14

 

 

 

 

 

County Line 8-16-14

 

 

 

8-17-14

 

 

 

 

Frank Blunt 8-17-14

 

 

 

 

Good With Coffee 8-17-14

 

 

Green Pieces 8-17-14

 

 

 

 

Batch Rejection 8-18-14

 

 

 

 

Magic Coffee Hair 8-18-14

 

 

 

Onion & Pea 8-18-14

 


A complete list of all the Sherpa features can be found here.

 

August 12, 2014

COMICS SHERPA: EDITOR'S VACATION

Editor's Picks will resume on Tuesday, August 19th.

July 31, 2014

COMICS SHERPA: EDITOR'S PICKS

This recurring LAUGH TRACKS feature highlights individual Sherpa strips and panels that for one reason or another caught the fancy of the aide de sherpa. It could be anythng; the drawing, the writing, the humor, the coloring, that they tried something interesting, or that it's a new step for that particular creator.

 

We hope this quirky sampler will alert you to features you might not yet have noticed amid Sherpa's abundant, ever-changing, and eclectic mix, and that it gives Sherpa creators a modicum of helpful feedback.

 

 

 

Batch Rejection  7-30-14

 

 

 

 

 

7-30-14

 

 

 

 

Frank & Steinway  7-30-14

 

 

 

 

7-30-14

 

 

 

Milton 5.0  7-30-14

 

 

 

Onion & Pea  7-30-14

 

 

 

 

Smith  7-30-14

 

 

 

 

 

7-30-14

 

 

 

 

 

Blackboard Daze  7-31-14

 

 

 

 

Girth  7-31-14

 

 

 

 Regular Creatures  7-31-14

 

 

 

A complete list of all the Sherpa features can be found here.

 

July 28, 2014

COMICS SHERPA: EDITOR'S PICKS

This recurring LAUGH TRACKS feature highlights individual Sherpa strips and panels that for one reason or another caught the fancy of the aide de sherpa. It could be anythng; the drawing, the writing, the humor, the coloring, that they tried something interesting, or that it's a new step for that particular creator.

 

We hope this quirky sampler will alert you to features you might not yet have noticed amid Sherpa's abundant, ever-changing, and eclectic mix, and that it gives Sherpa creators a modicum of helpful feedback.

 

 


7-25-14

 

 

Bushy Tales  7-25-14

 

 

 

 

Leadbellies 7-25-14

 

 

The Insolent Lemon  7-25-14

 

 

 

 

7-26-14

 

 

 

 

 Millennialville  7-26-14

 

 

 

 

Apple Creek Comics  7-27-14

 

 

 

 

Buns  7-27-14

 

 

 

 

Magic Coffee Hair  7-28-14

 

 

 

Suburban Wilderness 7-28-14

 

 

 

A complete list of all the Sherpa features can be found here.

 

July 24, 2014

COMICS SHERPA: EDITOR'S PICKS

This recurring LAUGH TRACKS feature highlights individual Sherpa strips and panels that for one reason or another caught the fancy of the aide de sherpa. It could be anythng; the drawing, the writing, the humor, the coloring, that they tried something interesting, or that it's a new step for that particular creator.

 

We hope this quirky sampler will alert you to features you might not yet have noticed amid Sherpa's abundant, ever-changing, and eclectic mix, and that it gives Sherpa creators a modicum of helpful feedback.

 

 

 

7-22-14

 

 

 

 

Peanizles  7-22-14

 

 

 

 

A Bit Sketch  7-23-14

 

 

 

Buns 7-23-14

 

 

 

 

7-23-14

 

 

 

Milton  5.0

 

 

 

Vernscartoons  7-23-14

 

 

 

 

 Frank & Steinway  7-24-14

 

 

 

Green Pieces  7-24-14

 

 

 

 

Ron Warren  7-24-14

 

 

 

 

A complete list of all the Sherpa features can be found here.

 

LUM AND ABNER AND ANNIE AND DICK TRACY

Okay, I'm a few days behind on some cool crossover news about Donnie Pitchford's Sherpa strip LUM AND ABNER, which is based on the radio show of the same name, which was huge in the U.S. from the 30s to the 50s.

 

Lum and Abner, the originals

The original Lum and Abner -- Chester Lauck and Norris Goff.

 

Last Sunday Joe Staton and Mike Curtis' DICK TRACY, which since June 1st has been following a storyline involving the disappearance of Little Orphan Annie, featured this cameo appearance by Lum and Abner:

 

DICK TRACY 7-20-14

 

LUM AND ABNER appears in Sunday format, which is supplemented by an audio version, so you can follow the strip even if you are blind -- or read the strip while hearing it acted out. For example, to listen to the strip below, click here:

 

7-20-14 LUM AND ABNER Sunday


From radio show to comic strip to audio comic strip. Nice. There's a whole world of backstory to this project, and a hearkening back in admiration to the days of Old Time Radio. You can read more about the strip here.

 

Donnie Pitchford with original

Cartoonist Donnie Pitchford with one of his originals.

 

Lum and Abner Jot 'Em Down Store and Museum


The Lum and Abner Jot 'em Down Store and Museum, in Pine Ridge, Arkansas. Their website, with more Lum and Abner history, is
here

 

Lum and Abner ad

 

LUM AND ABNER 2014 Festival ad



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

July 22, 2014

THE NATIONAL CARTOONIST

National Cartoonist coverNCSF 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!

 

 

National Cartoonist spread

July 21, 2014

COMICS SHERPA: EDITOR'S PICKS

This recurring LAUGH TRACKS feature highlights individual Sherpa strips and panels that for one reason or another caught the fancy of the aide de sherpa. It could be anythng; the drawing, the writing, the humor, the coloring, that they tried something interesting, or that it's a new step for that particular creator.

 

We hope this quirky sampler will alert you to features you might not yet have noticed amid Sherpa's abundant, ever-changing, and eclectic mix, and that it gives Sherpa creators a modicum of helpful feedback.

 

 

Cleo and Company  7-18-14

 

 

7-18-14

 

 

Mort's Island  7-18-14

 

 

 

 

 

Pirate Mike  7-18-14

 

 

 

Boogerbrain  7-19-14

 

 

 

 

The Old Man & His Dog  7-19-14

 

 

 

Winding Roads  7-19-14

 

 

 

 

7-20-14

 

 

 

 

Kartoons By Kline  7-20-14

 

 

 

 

7-20-14

 

 

 

 

 7-20-14

 

 

 

 

 Padded Cell 7-20-14

 

Padded Cell

 

 

 

 

 

 

A complete list of all the Sherpa features can be found here.

 

July 18, 2014

LYNDA BARRY: WHAT IS AN IMAGE?

 

I'm a fan of Lynda Barry, and was glad to recently come upon this short talk:

 

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Here are a few of her rich collage pages:

 

 

What Are Thoughts?

 

Time and Place 2

 

TO FOLLOW A WANDERING MIND

 

 

Those are from her Eisner-winning 2008 book What It Is, and make me think of the work of the late great Kenneth Patchen.

 

This is her long-running alt-syndicated comic strip ERNIE POOK'S COMEEK:

 

50 Teeth and 13 Nipples

 

Things I Can See From Here

 

And here's an interview with Susan Kirtley, author of Lynda Barry: Girlhood Through the Looking Glass, who notes that Barry calls what she does "image wrangling."

 

July 17, 2014

COMICS SHERPA: EDITOR'S PICKS

This recurring LAUGH TRACKS feature highlights individual Sherpa strips and panels that for one reason or another caught the fancy of the aide de sherpa. It could be anythng; the drawing, the writing, the humor, the coloring, that they tried something interesting, or that it's a new step for that particular creator.

 

We hope this quirky sampler will alert you to features you might not yet have noticed amid Sherpa's abundant, ever-changing, and eclectic mix, and that it gives Sherpa creators a modicum of helpful feedback.

 

 

And now...  7-15-14

 

 

 

 

7-15-14

 

 

7-15-14

 

 

 

Buns  7-16-14

 

 

 

Girth 7-16-14

 

 

 

 7-16-14

 

Onion & Pea  7-16-14

 

 

 

7-16-14

 

 

 

 

Winding Roads  7-16-14

 

 

Suburban Wilderness  7-17-14

 

 

 

A complete list of all the Sherpa features can be found here.

 

July 14, 2014

COMICS SHERPA: EDITOR'S PICKS

This recurring LAUGH TRACKS feature highlights individual Sherpa strips and panels that for one reason or another caught the fancy of the aide de sherpa. It could be anythng; the drawing, the writing, the humor, the coloring, that they tried something interesting, or that it's a new step for that particular creator.

 

We hope this quirky sampler will alert you to features you might not yet have noticed amid Sherpa's abundant, ever-changing, and eclectic mix, and that it gives Sherpa creators a modicum of helpful feedback.

 

 

7-11-14

 

 

 

 

Winding Roads  7-11-14

 

 

 

Lighter Side  7-12-14

 

 

 

 

 

Batch Rejection  7-13-14

 

 

 

 

7-13-14

 

 

 

Bushy Tales  7-13-14

 

 

 

7-13-14

 

 

 

 

Buns  7-14-14

 

 

 

 

Leadbellies  7-14-14

 

 

 

Soccer Earth  7-14-14

 

 

A complete list of all the Sherpa features can be found here.

 

July 11, 2014

COMICS SHERPA: EDITOR'S PICKS

This recurring LAUGH TRACKS feature highlights individual Sherpa strips and panels that for one reason or another caught the fancy of the aide de sherpa. It could be anythng; the drawing, the writing, the humor, the coloring, that they tried something interesting, or that it's a new step for that particular creator.

 

We hope this quirky sampler will alert you to features you might not yet have noticed amid Sherpa's abundant, ever-changing, and eclectic mix, and that it gives Sherpa creators a modicum of helpful feedback.

 

 

7-8-14

 

 

 

Bushy Tales  7-8-14

 

 

 

 A Bit Sketch  7-9-14

 

 

 

 And now... 7-9-14

 

 

 

Elf and Motorbelly  7-9-14

 

 

 

Girth  7-9-14

 

 

 

 

7-10-14

 


 

 

 

Ron Warren 7-10-14

 

 

 

The Beauforts  7-10-14

 

 

 

 

The Boobiehatch  7-10-14

 

 

 

A complete list of all the Sherpa features can be found here.

 

July 07, 2014

COMICS SHERPA: EDITOR'S PICKS

This recurring LAUGH TRACKS feature highlights individual Sherpa strips and panels that for one reason or another caught the fancy of the aide de sherpa. It could be anythng; the drawing, the writing, the humor, the coloring, that they tried something interesting, or that it's a new step for that particular creator.

 

We hope this quirky sampler will alert you to features you might not yet have noticed amid Sherpa's abundant, ever-changing, and eclectic mix, and that it gives Sherpa creators a modicum of helpful feedback.

 

 

Pirate Mike  7-4-14

 

 

 

Smith  7-4-14

 

 

 

Sports by Voort  7-4-14

 

 

 

 

Winding Roads  7-4-14

 

 

 

Charmy's Army  7-5-14

 

 

 

Plenty of Penguins  7-5-14

 

 

 

Suburban Wilderness  7-6-14

 

 

 

Courageous Man Adventures  7-7-14

 

 

 

7-7-14

 

 
 

A complete list of all the Sherpa features can be found here.

MICK STEVENS

People give a damn about interviews. Here's one, from the Comics Alternative, with New Yorker cartoonist Mick Stevens.

 

Mick Stevens minnows

July 03, 2014

COMICS SHERPA: EDITOR'S PICKS

This recurring LAUGH TRACKS feature highlights individual Sherpa strips and panels that for one reason or another caught the fancy of the aide de sherpa. It could be anythng; the drawing, the writing, the humor, the coloring, that they tried something interesting, or that it's a new step for that particular creator.

 

We hope this quirky sampler will alert you to features you might not yet have noticed amid Sherpa's abundant, ever-changing, and eclectic mix, and that it gives Sherpa creators a modicum of helpful feedback.

 

 

A Boots & Pup Comic  7-1-14

 

 

 

Cortoons  7-1-14

 

 

 

Elmo  7-1-14

 


 

Leadbellies  7-1-14

 

 

My Guardian Grandpa  7-1-14

 

 

 

 

Winding Roads  7-1-14

 

 

 

Spaceslugs!  7-2-14

 

 

 

The Old Man & His Dog  7-2-14

 

 

 

 

7-3-14

 

 

 

The Beauforts  7-3-14

 

 

A complete list of all the Sherpa features can be found here.

MARIA SCRIVAN

Here's a neat little interview with longtime Connecticut cartoonist Maria Scrivan, whose daily panel HALF FULL launched on GoComics last September, and whose website and other work you can check out here:

 

June 30, 2014

COMICS SHERPA: EDITOR'S PICKS

This recurring LAUGH TRACKS feature highlights individual Sherpa strips and panels that for one reason or another caught the fancy of the aide de sherpa. It could be anythng; the drawing, the writing, the humor, the coloring, that they tried something interesting, or that it's a new step for that particular creator.

 

We hope this quirky sampler will alert you to features you might not yet have noticed amid Sherpa's abundant, ever-changing, and eclectic mix, and that it gives Sherpa creators a modicum of helpful feedback.

 

 

 

6-27-14

 

 

 

 

Two Bits  6-27-14

 

 

 

 

Rogue Symmetry  6-28-14

 

 

 

 

 Sign Garden  6-28-14

 

 

 

 

 

6-29-14

 

 

 

Of Mice and Mud  6-29-14

 

 

 

 

6-30-14

 

 

 

 

County Line  6-30-14

 

 

 

 

The Old Man & His Dog  6-30-14

 

 

 

 

Wendle's Life  6-30-14

 

 

 

A complete list of all the Sherpa features can be found here.

ONION & PEA GOES INDIEGOGO

 

Here's the latest from Jose Villena and David Tomaselli, creators of the Sherpa feature ONION & PEA. This video, which launches their Indiegogo effort, is rich in cameos by a bevy of toonfolk:

 

 

June 26, 2014

COMICS SHERPA: EDITOR'S PICKS

This recurring LAUGH TRACKS feature highlights individual Sherpa strips and panels that for one reason or another caught the fancy of the aide de sherpa. It could be anythng; the drawing, the writing, the humor, the coloring, that they tried something interesting, or that it's a new step for that particular creator.

 

We hope this quirky sampler will alert you to features you might not yet have noticed amid Sherpa's abundant, ever-changing, and eclectic mix, and that it gives Sherpa creators a modicum of helpful feedback.

 

 

 

6-24-14

 

 

 

 

Courageous Man Adventures  6-24-14

 

 

 

 

Far Out!  6-24-14

 

 

 

 

Millennialville  6-24-14

 

 

 

 

Winding Roads  6-24-14

 

 

 

 

Zootopia  6-24-14

 

 

 

 

6-25-14

 

 

 

Snow Sez...  6-25-14

 

 

 

Two Bits  6-25-14

 

 

 

6-26-14

 

A complete list of all the Sherpa features can be found here.

 

ARE WE HAVING WHITE-HOT CROSSOVER ACTION YET?

Until last night I had somehow missed both the remarkable four-day ZIPPY THE PINHEAD series that Bill Griffith and Bil Keane did together, and Zippy's appearance in FAMILY CIRCUS.  I hasten to pass along word of these marvels, which Bill Griffith explained in the Appreciation he wrote shortly after Bil Keane's passing, here.

 

Zippy in Family Circus 3-7-95

 


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