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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.

 

August 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 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.

 

 

Candace 'n' Company  8-22-14

 

 

 

Onion & Pea  8-22-14

 

 

 

 

Winding Roads  8-22-14

 

 

 

 

 

Misc Soup  8-23-14

 

 

 

 

Batch Rejection  8-24-14

 

 

 

 

Bushy Tales  8-24-14

 

 

 

 

Frank & Steinway  8-24-14

 

 

 

 

Suburban Wilderness  8-24-14

 

 

 

 

No Place Like Holmes  8-25-14

 

 

Small Nerdy Creatures  8-25-14

 

 

 


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

 

BAM! POW! BLING!

Hip-hop detail panelsSpeaking of hip-hop. I mean, speaking of comics. I wasn't aware of the first volume of Ed Piskor's graphic novel The Hip-Hop Family Tree, until I began seeing stories about the second, which was published last week.

 

Check out Daniel Genis' story over at The Daily Beast story: "Bam! Pow! Bling! Hip-Hop's History Gets the Graphic Novel Treatment."  Genis explains that the first two volumes comprise the "prequel," and subsequent volumes will each cover one year.

I thought this comment was particularly interesting: "Ed explained to me that while a sampling a beat is a well-known device in rap music, he samples colors. He would find old fliers and comics with urban themes and when he noticed something that just looked right, he scanned it in and added the hue to his palette. Perhaps that is why the books look so authentic; they could be artifacts from the era."

Family-tree-49-930x809

 

Also this: "Rose Porché, who is 54, lived through the birth of hip-hop intimately, dancing at the very block parties that Piskor had drawn. She was amazed by how well the artist had captured the moment, and so were her friends sipping on beers in paper bags. They were equally amazed to learn that Ed Piskor was white, but not a word was said about cultural exploitation or appropriation. Piskor’s work was taken at face value, not an attempt to cash in on a fad for subculture or the meddling of an outsider. In fact, Rose said, “Reading this, you would think he was there, he was listening, and he was black. The fact that he’s a white boy who is only 32 is impressive.”

 

August 22, 2014

A STRIP TO REMEMBER

On March 3rd the daily Doonesbury launched its Classic series, which started with the first-ever strip and has been marching its way through the seventies at a four-weeks-from-each-year clip (with new Sundays).

 

Today's 1976 strip, which showed Joanie and Rick, after weeks of courtship amid Ginny Slade's congressional compaign, in bed together peacefully happy and naked, is a classic Classic that provoked an earth-moving rumble and stir. Over 30 papers dropped it, including the Boston Globe, which was picketed by M.I.T. students bearing signs reading, "Joanie, we forgive you."

 

You can read an extended revisiting of the whole storyline -- including the memorable three-strip-wordless sequence which culminated with today's strip -- by clicking over to this newly-posted FAQ.

 

8-22-14 Classic Doonesbury, Joanie and Rick

 

August 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.

 

 

 

Bushy Tales  8-19-14

 

 

 

Cartertoons  8-19-14

 

 

 

 

8-19-14

 

 

 

 

 

8-19-14

 

 

 

Regular Creatures  8-19-14

 

 

 

 

8-19-14

 

 

Buns  8-20-14

 

 

 

 

Cleo and Company  8-20-14

 

 

 

Don't Pick the Flowers  8-20-14

 

 

 

 Jim & Sarah  8-21-14

 

 

 

Leadbellies  8-21-14

 

 

Misc Soup  8-21-14

 

 

 


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

 

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.

 


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