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November 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.

 

 

Girth 11-4-14

 

 

 

 

11-4-14

 

 

 

 

Mustard and Boloney  11-5-14

 

 

 

Rogue Symmetry  11-5-14

 

 

 

 

11-6-14

 

 

 

Ron Warren  11-6-14

 

 

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

 

November 03, 2014

Lalo Alcaraz

 

Ah, what a nice double-find -- two great videos about Lalo Alcaraz, a unique cartoonist whose strip LA CUCARACHA appears on GoComics (here -- this one is a Day of the Dead strip), as do his editorial cartoons, which are here.

 

Lalo on his editorial cartoons: "I'm not really trying to convert anybody. I'm not trying to make friends, you know. I'm punching back."

 

 

Searching for an embeddable version of that Times video led me right to this TEDxSoCal talk: "A Cartoonist's Guide to Life," which does indeed include a 13-point list:

 

"#7: Coffee is your best friend. Alcohol does not help you draw any faster. It just makes your work seem funny -- to just you."

 

"#11: Above all work hard. Work hard like a hard-working American. And if you want to work even harder than that, work like an immigrant."

 

 

He's a busy and incredibly productive guy, with a web site that's packed with all kinds of stuff -- including his posters, like this one:

 

Lalo Alcaraz - Show Me Your Papers

 

Viva Alcaraz!

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.

 

 

Alison Ward  10-31-14

 

 

 

 

10-31-14

 

 

 

 

Kartoons by Kline  10-31-14

 

 

 

 

Smith  10-31-14

 

 

 

Snow Sez...  10-31-14

 

 

 

 

Speckticles  11-1-14

 

 

 

Green Pieces  11-1-14

 

 

 

Frank Blunt  11-2-14

 

 

 

 

 Snow Sez...  11-3-14

Snow Sez . . .

 

 

I'm Telling Mom  11-3-14

 

 

  
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October 31, 2014

Don Martin

  Mad's Greatest Artists Don Martin cover
Browsing my favorite bookstore this morning I was happy to come across a big new beautiful collection of Don Martin dentistDon Martin's work. Martin was a key part of the mystique and delight of Mad Magazine for me as a kid, and he is the only cartoonist who I actually tried to imitate, though briefly. It didn't bring me the glory my friend Melvin Jung got for drawing perfect Snoopys for anybody who asked, but I enjoyed penciling hairs sticking out of long scrawny Martiny legs.

 

 

He was billed as Mad's Maddest Artist, and reading through this new full-color book made me realize how many times I must have read my Don Martin mass market paperbacks, as so many of his drawings are deeply and precisely burned into my memory -- like this dentist drill image. Characters like Fester Bestertester and Karbunkle and Fonebone were familiar friends.

 

I see that his widow Norma Martin has a good website going here, and there's a terrific shot of Martin's studio -- accompanying a Martin-interviews-Martin piece -- here. It alludes to his struggles with Mad publisher William Gaines over copyright issues.

 

Miles Davis and Horns Cover 2

 

 

While looking around for biographical information and images I was delighted to find out that shortly before his work first appeared in Mad in 1956, Martin did album covers for the Prestige label, for such artists as Art Farmer, Sonny Stitt, Bud Powell, J.J. Johnson, Stan Getz -- and Miles Davis. He did the cover of Miles Davis and Horns.

 

Which makes Martin even cooler than I already thought he was...

 

Crazy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

October 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 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.

 

 

Bushy Tales  10-28-14

 

 

 

 

10-28-14

 

 

 

 

10-28-14

 

 

 

10-28-14

 

 

 

 

Jack Radio Comics  10-29-14

 

 

 

 

 

10-29-14

 

 

 

Peanizles  10-29-14

 

 

 

 

Regular Creatures  10-29-14

 

 

 

 

Abbott's "Specticles"  10-30-14

 

 

The Boobiehatch  10-30-14

 

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October 27, 2014

AN ABUNDANCE OF TOONS

An Abundance of ToonsHere at GoComics we've been working hard for years to help create the online future for comics. And yet cartoons on pieces of paper remain one of life's great pleasure for me -- not only in the daily newspaper, in books, and in The New Yorker, but in the monthly comics and humor newspaper Funny Times. For almost 30 years, a small team of people have spent their time surveying the riches of the cartoon universe and plucking what they like in order to fill out this monthly toon-trove, which is actually printed on newsprint and arrives in the mailbox for a modest fee.

 

Once indoors, an issue of Funny Times can migrate around the house for weeks, folded to a different page every time you see it, and increasingly stained by coffee-cup rings. An issue arrived in my mailbox today, and by my count has about 100 comics and cartoons (some by well-known people, others not) and about a dozen humorous essays (same deal -- Dave Barry, Andy Borowitz, and people whose names I don't recognize). Regular text features include News of the Weird, Curmudgeon quotes, and the always-amazing Harper's Index. The cartoons are from all over the place -- lots of GoComics creators are in there, as are Sherpa creators, alt-indy-undergrounders, New Yorker folk, and there are people you'll see here first and get to know elsewhere later.

 

When I saw the new issue and felt the anticipation of enjoyment, I realized I should pass along word for any toonfolk who may not have heard of it yet. Check out the site here.

 

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.

 

 

Alison Ward  10-24-14

 

 

 

 

10-24-14

 

 

 

 

Just Posted  10-24-14

 

 

 

 

Kim The Grim Elf  10-25-14

 

 

 

The Boobiehatch 10-25-14

 

 

 

 

 

10-26-14

 

 

 

 

Frank & Steinway  10-27-14

 

 

 

Magic Coffee Hair  10-27-14

 

 

 

Mort's Island 10-27-14

 

 

 

10-27-14

 

 

  
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October 23, 2014

Krazy Kat: "The Birth of Jazz" (1932)

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.

 

 

 

A Boots & Pup Comic  10-21-14

 

 

 

Buns  10-21-14

 

 

 

10-21-14

 

 

 

 

Promises Promises  10-21-14

 

 

 

 

The Beauforts  10-21-14

 

 

 

Alison Ward  10-22-14

 

 

 

 

10-22-14

 

 

 

 

10-22-14

 

 

10-22-14

 

 

 

 

10-22-14

 

 

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

 

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

 

 


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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.

 


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