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October 20, 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 anything; 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.

 

 

 

10-17-14

 

 

 

 

 

S.O.D.  10-17-14

 

 

 

 

Buns  10-18-14

 

 

 

 

10-19-14

 

 

 

 

Green Pieces  10-19-14

 

 
 

 

 

10-19-14

 

 

 

Alison Ward  10-20-14

 

 

 

 

And now...  10-20-14

 

 

 

 

Batch Rejection  10-20-14

 

 

 

 

Frank & Steinway  10-20-14

 

 

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

October 16, 2014

CHRIS WARE INTERVIEW

 

There's a nice long Chris Ware profile/interview from The Guardian here, in which Ware talks about his new book, Building Stories. It is about one unnamed woman, and consists of 14 stories which can be read in any order.

 

 

Chris Ware spread

 

From the article:

 

"On stage he described the cartoon as a 'working-class art form' and an 'art of the people.' He expanded on this afterwards; beginning with a short-hand history of early comics from Rodolphe Töpffer to Richard Felton Outcault, he warmed to his theme. 'In America, it really exploded in the 1920s, in Chicago specifically, with the artists on the Chicago Tribune doing what were essentially serial stories that predated what would happen with radio and TV. And they were all about regular people. Take Gasoline Alley –- that strip suddenly became about real life, it had a continuing narrative and a warmth. They knew the readers of the newspaper were regular people who didn't want to be talked down to. That's appealing to me: it seems like the best possible America, the point at which the ideals coalesce into a popular art form that could actually be great."

 

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 anything; 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.

 

 

Candace 'n' Company  10-14-14

 

 

10-14-14

 

 

 

 

Elmo  10-14-14

 

 

10-14-14

 

 

 

10-14-14

 

 

 

 

 

10-14-14

 

 

 

 

Cleo and Company  10-15-14

 

 

 

 

Girth 10-15-14

 

 

 

 

Smith  10-15-14 

 

 

 

Snow Sez...  10-15-14

 

 


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

October 13, 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 anything; 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  10-10-14

 

 

 

 

County Line  10-10-14

 

 

 

 

10-10-14

 

 

 

 

 

Regular Creatures  10-10-14

 

 

 

 

 

Snow Sez... 10-10-14

 

 

 

 

10-10-14

 

 

 

 

10-10-14

 

 

 

 

10-12-14

 

 

 

 

A Boots & Pup Comic  10-13-14

 

 

 

 

Onion & Pea  10-13-14

 

 


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

October 09, 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 anything; 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.

 

 

 

10-7-14

 

 

 

 

Girth  10-7-14

 

 

 

 

Regular Creatures  10-7-14

 

 

 

 

A Bit Sketch  10-8-14

 

 

A Boots and Pup Comic  10-8-14

 

 

 

 

 Diligent City  10-8-14

 

 

 

 

Frank & Steinway  10-8-14

 

 

 

10-8-14

 

 

10-9-14

 

 

 

 

Elmo  10-9-14

 

 


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

October 06, 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 anything; 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.

 

 

Onion & Pea  10-3-14

 

 

 

 

Peanizles  10-3-14

 

 

 

 

 

County Line  10-4-14

 

 

10-5-14

 

 

 

Frank Blunt  10-5-14

 

 

 

 

H.I.P.  10-5-14

 

 

 

 

Mustard and Boloney  10-5-14 

 

Mustard and Boloney

 

 

Diligent City  10-6-14

 

 

 

 

10-6-14

 

 

 

 

 10-6-14

 

 

 

 

 

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

October 02, 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 anything; 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.

 

 

 

 

Candace 'n' Company  9-30-14

 

 

 

9-30-14

 

 

 

 

 

10-1-14

 

 

 

 

Dumb Question / Bad Answer  10-1-14

 

 

 

 

 

Plenty of Penguins  10-1-14

 

 

 

Regular Creatures  10-1-14

 

 

 

 

 Millennialhood  10-2-14

 

 

 

 

Peanizles  10-2-14

 

 

 

 

 

10-2-14

 

 

 

Two Bits  10-2-14

 

 

 

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

September 29, 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 anything; 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.

 

 

 9-26-14

 

 

 

 

Regular Creatures  9-26-14

 

 

 

 

 

Blue Skies Toons  9-27-14

 

 

 

Boogerbrain  9-27-14

 

 

 

 

 

Dust Specks  9-27-14

 

 

 

 

9-27-14

 

 

 

 

 

9-27-14

 

 

 

Batch Rejection  9-29-14

 

 

 

 

Frank & Steinway 9-29-14

 

 

 

Peanizles  9-29-14

 

 

 

 

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

 

September 25, 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 anything; 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.

 

 

Sports by Voort  9-23-14

 

 

 

 

Wrobbert Cartoons  9-23-14

 

 

 

9-24-14

 

 

 

0-60  9-25-14

 

 

 

 

Apple Creek Comics  9-25-14

 

 

 

 

Candace 'n' Company  9-25-14

 

 

 

Green Pieces  9-25-14

 

 

 

H.I.P.  9-25-14

 

Millennialhood  9-25-14

 

 

 

 

9-25-14

 

 

 

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

 

MUSTARD AND BOLONEY

Mustard and Boloney book coverIn case you haven't been reading Jeffrey Caulfield and Alexandre Rouillard's MUSTARD AND BOLONEY on Sherpa, here's an excellent introduction. Specifically, the introduction to their cool new book Mustard and Boloney: Butt Seriously... , an introduction penned by the legendary Dan Piraro, Reuben-winning creator of BIZARRO, who has this to say:

 

"The real art of cartooning is to create a compelling illustration that facilitates a compelling gag. Caulfield and Rouillard are the most shining example of this unique combination I have seen in some time.

 

"The art in this book speaks for itself. It is a perfect balance of realism and exaggeration, humor and pathos...Rouillard has mastered something that takes even the most talented cartoonists years to achieve.

 

"The gags in this book are along the same classic lines, with inventively amusing surprises in every panel. Some read instantly, and others lead the mind on a few seconds of detective work to solve the puzzle and arrive at the laugh..."

M&B koan

 

The trim size of the book is odd and ideal: only 4 1/8 x 4 3/4.

 

The 104 strips are beautifully reproduced in full color.

 

And the book ends with the essay "How We Came to Be Mustard and Boloney, " which is how I found out they are Canadian.

 

I urge you to order the book from their web site, mustardandboloney.com.

 

Oh, and they have six videos on Vimeo: Voila.

 

 

Oh, and a dog named Ziggy is somehow involved...

September 22, 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.

 

 

 Buns  9-19-14

 

 

 

Cleo and Company  9-19-14

 

 

 

 

 

9-19-14

 

 

 

 

9-19-14

 

 

 

 

9-19-14

 

 

 

 

9-21-14

 

 

 

 

Mustard and Boloney  9-21-14

 

 

 

 

A Bit Sketch  9-22-14

 

 

 

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

 

September 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.

 

 

Cartertoons  9-16-14

 

 

 

 

9-16-14

 

 

 

 

9-16-14

 

 

 

And now...  9-17-14

 

 

 

Buns  9-17-14

 

 

 

 

Massive Falls  9-17-14

 

 

 

 

0-60  9-18-14

 

 

 

 

Far Out!  9-18-14

 

 

 

 

Girth  9-18-14

 

 

 

Peanizles  9-18-14

 

 

 

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

 

September 15, 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.

 

 

9-12-14

 

 

 

9-12-14

 

 

 

 

Smith  9-12-14

 

 

 

Suburban Wilderness  9-13-14

 

 

 

 

Ben & Seymour  9-14-14

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9-14-14

 

 

 

Candy Pills  9-15-14

 

 

 

Don't Pick the Flowers  9-15-14

 

 

 

 

Leadbellies  9-15-14

 

Peanizles  9-15-14

 

 

 

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

 

September 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.

 

 

Comet Valley  9-9-14

 

 

 

 

Bushy Tales  9-10-14

 

 

 

 

9-10-14

 

 

 

 

9-10-14

 

 

 

9-10-14

 

 

 

9-10-14

 

 

 

Way Out Comics  9-10-14

 

 

 

 

And now...  9-11-14

 

 

 

9-11-14

 

 

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

 

September 08, 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.

 

 

 

Bushy Tales  9-5-14

 

 

 

 

 9-5-14

 

 

And now...  9-6-14

 

 

 

 

Buns  9-6-14

 

 

 

 

9-6-14

 

 

 

Suburban Wilderness  9-6-14

 

 

 

 

Onion & Pea  9-8-14

 

 

 

 

Questions for Kids  9-8-14

 

 

9-8-14

 

 

 

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

 

RHYMES WITH ORANGE

As a big fan of Hilary Price's RHYMES WITH ORANGE (and of its title) I thoroughly enjoyed the "how I became a cartoonist and how I work" talk she gave at a recent CT NCS chapter meeting. Shortly thereafter she posted "Visiting The Inner Sanctum of Beetle Bailey" on her web site  with some great photos, including these:

 

Hilary Price visiting Mort Walker 2014

 Hilary Price and Mort Walker.

 

Mort Walker notes 2014

Mort's notes: where the pencil meets the paper.

 

Brian Walker's figures 2014

A mere portion of Brian Walker's awesome collection of figures.

 

And an experience I had recently compels me to also post this great summer RHYMES WITH ORANGE toon -- now, before the leaves start turning and such joys and agonies are blown into distant memory:

 

Rhymes with Orange - The Conspiracy Theory

 

September 04, 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.

 

 

 

Jillpoke Bohemia  9-3-14

 

 

 

Smith  9-3-14

 

 

 

The Boobiehatch  9-3-14

 

 

 

9-4-14

 

 

 

 

 

Courageous Man Adventures  9-4-14

 

 

 

 

Far Out!  9-4-14

 

 

 

 

H.I.P.  9-4-14

 

 

 

Millennialhood  9-4-14

 

 

 

 

9-4-14

 

 

 

Regular Creatures  9-4-14

 

 

 

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

 

September 02, 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 Bit Sketch  8-29-14

 

 

 

 

Apple Creek Comics  8-29-14

 

 

 

 

8-29-14

 

 

 

 

8-29-14

 

 

 

 

Magic Coffee Hair  9-1-14

 

 

 

9-1-14

 

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

 

August 28, 2014

BULLYING IS NO LAUGHING MATTER

Bullying coverKudos to Kurt Kolka, award-winning journalist and creator of the Sherpa strip The Cardinal, who recently announced the publication of Bullying Is No Laughing Matter, a book for kids and parents that includes special cartoons from Stone Soup, Beetle Bailey, Luann, Funky Winkerbean, Bushy Tales, Gil Thorp, Blondie, Mary Worth, Dick Tracy, Dennis the Menace and 26 other nationally-distributed features. Many of the strips are accompanied by commentary from the creators on their own experiences with bullying, and advice for kids.

 

The "flip" side of this front-covers-on-both-ends book contains "Wrath of the Warthog" a complete graphic adventure story by Kolka, featuring a youthful version of The Cardinal and his aggressive tormentor. The middle portion of the book contains other material as well.

 

Funky Winkerbean creator Tom Batiuk provides the introduction.

 

Kolka and his wife Diane live in Michigan, and lead anti-bullying programs for adults and kids. They worked together for two years to assemble this collection of comics, with the goal of encouraging kids to help end bullying.

 

Kurt has been posting one featured strip per week on a special website that supports the book (which you can order here). Here's the Broom Hilda strip:

 

Bullying Broom Hilda strip

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  8-27-14

 

 

 

Massive Falls  8-27-14

 

 

 

Oat  8-27-14

 

 

 

Onion & Pea  8-27-14

 

 

 

 

8-28-14

 

 

 

Peanizles  8-28-14

 

 

 

8-28-14

 

 

 

The Old Man & His Dog  8-28-14

 

The Old Man & His Dog

 

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

 


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