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March 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.

 

 

 

My Guardian Grandpa  3-21-14

 

 

 

Bushy Tales  3-22-14

 

 

 

Far Out!  3-22-14

 

 

 

 

Bob the Groanup  3-24-14

 

 

 

 

3-24-14

 

 

Magic Coffee Hair  3-24-14

 

 

 

 

3-24-14

 

 

 

 

Spaceslugs!  3-24-14

 

 

 

 

3-24-14

 

 

 

The Boobiehatch  3-24-14

 

 

 

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

March 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 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.

 

 

 

 

 

3-18-14

 

 

 

Neighborhood Zone  3-18-14

 

 

 

 

The Beauforts  3-18-14

 

 

 

 

 

Anecdote  3-19-14

 

 

 

Ben & Seymour  3-19-14

 

 

 

 

Bushy Tales  3-19-14

 

 

 

Cartertoons  3-19-14

 

 

 

 

Don't Pick the Flowers  3-19-14

 

 

 

 

Lard Wants World Peace!  3-19-14

 

 

 

 Space Nutz  3-20-14

 

 

 

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March 17, 2014

A TRIBUTE TO JAY KENNEDY

Jay Kennedy b&w photo

Jay Kennedy and I became pen-pals during the early 70s when we were both in college and he was building his unparalleled collection of post-1960 self-published comics. We moved to New York around the same time and lived in Brooklyn, and I remember first seeing his beautifully organized shelves of archival grey boxes -- 25,000 comics, as I recall.*  In 1982 he published The Official Underground and Newave Comix Price Guide.

 

After a variety of cool and innovative jobs and projects, Jay spent many productive years as the Editor-in-Chief at King Features Syndicate, and touched many lives and careers. Over at Comics Kingdom they've recently posted a wonderful gathering of memories of Jay, from some of the many cartoonists he worked with -- including Bill Griffith, whose contribution is below.

 

 

Zippy on Jay Kennedy

 

* Fortunately, much of Jay's collection ended up at the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum at Ohio State University. Every year at the Reubens gathering, the National Cartoonists Society announces the winner of the Jay Kennedy Memorial Scholarship, which is awarded in his honor to a college cartoonist.

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.

 

 

 

Buzza Wuzza  3-14-14

 

 

 

 

Peanizles  3-14-14

 

 

 

 

Sports by Voort  3-14-14

 

 

 

 

 

Bluebonnets  3-16-14

 

 

 

 Lard Wants World Peace!  3-16-14

 

 

 

 

3-16-14

 

 

 

 

 

3-17-14

 

 

 

 

 

Green Pieces  3-17-14

 

 

 

Rogue Symmetry  3-17-14

 

 

 

 

 

Snow Sez...  3-17-14

 

 

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March 15, 2014

DIARY OF A SHADOW

Here's an excerpt from something I just came upon, a fascinating webcomic-in-progress called Diary of a Shadow, by New Yorker cartoonist Liana Finck:

 

Diary of a Shadow

 

 

March 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 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.

 

 

 

Courageous Man Adventures  3-11-14

 

 

 

 

 

Green Pieces  3-11-14

 

 

3-11-14

 

 

 

Bushy Tales  3-12-14

 

 

 

 

3-12-14

 

 

 

 

Scairy Tales: The Not So Scary Fairy Tales!  3-12-14

 

 

 

Skooled  3-12-14

 

 

 

 

Spaceslugs!  3-12-14

 

 

 

 

The Old Man & His Dog  3-12-14

 

 

 

 

Bazoobee 3-13-14

 

 

 

 

 

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REMAPPING THE ORIGINS OF COMICS

Origins of Comics coverOver the years the University Press of Mississippi has published a terrific series of interviews in their Conversations With Comic Artists series, with volumes devoted to Charles M. Schulz, Milt Caniff, Mort Walker, Chester Brown, Stan Lee, R. Crumb, Howard Charykin and probably others. I just now came upon a friend's Facebook post about a new book from them, due out in a few days: The Origins of Comics: From William Hogarth to Winsor McCay, by Thierry Smolderen. The promo copy is enough to make me say, "I'm in!" Here's an excerpt:

 

"Thierry Smolderen presents a cultural landscape whose narrative differs in many ways from those presented by other historians of the comic strip. Rather than beginning his inquiry with the popularly accepted 'sequential art' definition of the comic strip, Smolderen instead wishes to engage with the historical dimensions that inform that definition. His goal is to understand the processes that led to the twentieth-century comic strip, the highly recognizable species of picture stories that he sees crystallizing around 1900 in the United States...Across eight chapters, he acutely points out how the effect of the printing press and the mass advent of audiovisual technologies (photography, audio recording, and cinema) at the end of the nineteenth century led to a new twentieth-century visual culture...Remaps the history of this influential art form..."

 

March 10, 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.

 

 

  3-7-14

 

 

 

 

Girth  3-7-14

 

 

 

3-8-14

 

 

 

 

3-9-14

 

 

 

3-9-14

 

 

 

 

3-9-14

 

 

 

 

3-10-14

 

 

 

 

3-10-14

 

 

 

Magic Coffee Hair  3-10-14

 

 

 

 

Pet Food  3-10-14

 

 

 

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

March 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 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.

 

 

Adult Children  3-4-14

 

 

 

 

Berserk Alert!  3-4-14

 

 

 

My Guardian Grandpa  3-4-14

 

 

 

 

Norman  3-4-14

 

 

 

Peanizles  3-4-14

 

 

 

 

3-5-14

 

 

 

 

My Guardian Grandpa  3-5-14

 

 

 

 

3-5-14

 

 

 

 

Tomversation  3-5-14

 

 

 

 

Sports by Voort  3-6-14

 

 

 

 

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

March 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.

 

 

 

Girth  2-28-14

 

 

 

 

Good with Coffee  3-1-14

 

 

 

 3-2-14

 

 

 

 

 

County Line  3-3-14

 

 

Magic Coffee Hair  3-3-14

 

 

 

Milton 5.0  3-3-14

 

 

 

Mr. Morris  3-3-14

 

 

 

3-3-14

 

 

 

3-3-14

 

 

 

 

Onion & Pea  3-4-14

 

 

 

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


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