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August 08, 2014

It's World Cat Day right Meow!

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Happy World Cat Day, GoComics readers!

 

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Here at the GoComics HQ, we're pretty big fans of cats.  Lots of us have them, and everyone loves seeing them in our comics.

 

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Who are your favorite cartoon cats?  How are you celebrating this very important day?  I wish I was celebrating like Andy from "Parks and Recreation":

 

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(Be sure to click here for a bunch of great cat gifs and here for a list of the best cartoon cats ever -- though they're egregiously missing our buddy Garfield.) 

 

-- EAP

July 15, 2014

COW-ABUNGA

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Cow Appreciation Day was last week, but I wanted to celebrate today anyway. Better late than never!

 

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Here in Kansas City, we know a little something about cows.  I mean, we're not called Cowtown for nothing!  You can even buy Cowtown Barbeque Sauce, with a bottle designed by GoComics' own Charlie Podrebarac, the creator of the comic strip Cowtown.

 

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Cow and Boy is another strip that features a bovine, Cow, as a main character, along with Billy (the "Boy" of the title).

 

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Then there's Lucky Cow, a strip about the place where people really appreciate cows: a fast-food restaurant.

 

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How are you going to celebrate Cow Appreciation Day?  My festivities will NOT involve steak.  I promise.

 

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-- EAP

 

May 14, 2014

Don't You Fogarty 'Bout Me

 

 

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Great news for other Luannalyzers like me who may have missed out on some of Luann's earliest strips: This week's strips are all flashbacks of Mr. Fogarty, Luann and Pitt's School's favorite curmudgeonly teacher. 

 

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In honor of his retirement, be sure to check out luanncomic.com every day this week (and next week!) to see Mr. Fogarty reminiscing about his years spent as a teacher.  You can also click on the "Fogarty Flashback" button to get even more grumpy goodness.

 

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And don't forget to check out Luann Againn to see the series from the beginning — including the introduction of Mr. Fogarty!

 

— EAP

 

March 17, 2014

O Frabjous Day!

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It's pretty rare when so many of my favorite things converge in one place, which is why Sunday's FoxTrot made me so happy — it combined FoxTrot, guacamole and "Jabberwocky," my favorite poem.

 

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For readers who don't know the reference, here's Louis Carroll's poem in its entirety:

 

'Twas brillig, and the slithy toves

   Did gyre and gimble in the wabe;

All mimsy were the borogoves,

   And the mome raths outgrabe.

 

"Beware the Jabberwock, my son

   The jaws that bite, the claws that catch!

Beware the Jubjub bird, and shun

   The frumious Bandersnatch!"

 

He took his vorpal sword in hand;

   Long time the manxome foe he sought—

So rested he by the Tumtum tree,

   And stood awhile in thought.

 

And, as in uffish thought he stood,

   The Jabberwock, with eyes of flame,

Came whiffling through the tulgey wood,

   And burbled as it came!

 

One, two! One, two! And through and through

   The vorpal blade went snicker-snack!

He left it dead, and with its head

   He went galumphing back.

 

"And hast thou slain the Jabberwock?

   Come to my arms, my beamish boy!

O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!"

   He chortled in his joy. '

 

Twas brillig, and the slithy toves

   Did gyre and gimble in the wabe;

All mimsy were the borogoves,

   And the mome raths outgrabe. 

 

 

 

Luckily for us, if we run into the Jabberwocky, it looks like we'd have a hero in Lio.

 

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— EAP

 

 

February 03, 2014

Snow day?

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I feel like a 10-year-old.  They're predicting a big ol' storm tonight, and I'm on pins and needles thinking about a potential snow day.  Like Nate, I've already started doing my snow day dance.

 

Snow days are the best.  There's something magical about waiting up and finding out you get a bonus day to be a couch potato.

 

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Of course, the key is that you have to be ready for the day.  The key is to have lots of snacks and movies, and you can't put off your work, or it'll hang over your head all day.

 

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... Or not.

 

I'm just going to try to get all my work done today and keep doing my snow day dance.  Keep warm, everyone, and I hope this doesn't happen to you.

 

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— EAP

January 13, 2014

Gemma Correll, can we be best friends?

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Uh-oh, Gemma Correll, you're on my new obsession list.

 

First she won me over with all the pugs and cats in her strip, Four Eyes.

 

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Then she charmed me through her Twitter Q&A on Friday. (Have you read it yet?)

 

And then I saw today's strip.

 

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Because seriously, JESSICA, the world needs to know these terrible things.

 

— EAP

December 23, 2013

(Un)controversial opinion time

Well, Chirstmas is almost here, and many of the radio stations I listen to have swtiched to all Christmas music, all the time.  It's given me a lot of time to think about it, and I've come to quite the conclusion: The Vince Guaraldi Trio's "Christmas Time Is Here" is the best Christmas song.  

 

OK, maybe I'm a little biased, working with comics and all, but give it a listen again, and tell me I'm wrong.  Seriously -- feel free to tell me I'm wrong!  I'm open to suggestions.  What's your favorite?

 

 

 

-- EAP

December 02, 2013

Shameless

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My morning routine is pretty set at this point: Arrive at work, read GoComics, read Laugh Tracks, read Dog Shaming, snack on a granola bar and start working.  It's a pretty flawless system.

 

There's something hilarious about seeing pets dressed in clothes or wearing signs — they always look so resigned.

 

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Well, I guess what I mean to say is it's hilarious seeing DOGS dressed in clothes or wearing signs, since it's almost impossible to make it happen for cats.

 

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Key word: ALMOST.  Here's my cat wearing her T-shirt of shame, for when she does things like eat a quarter-size hole through 12 tortillas or scratches me while trying to dress her in her T-shirt of shame.

 

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That happened only once, of course.  Notice the hatred in her eyes — I'm never making that mistake again.  Instead, I'll stick to checking out cute dogs that don't look like they are going to kill me (and sometimes cats that look like they do).

 

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— EAP

November 25, 2013

Thanksgiving Eve-Eve-Eve

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Sorry, co-workers — it's the day before the day before the day before Thanksgiving.  Obviously this gives me permission to be just a little preoccupied.

 

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It's too bad that time has starting moving so slowly. 

 

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I guess I can work on my Thanksgiving list now... 

 

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... Though it might look a lot like this one.

 

Just a few more days to go, then it's time for the best holiday!  Anyone have any ideas to make it go a little faster?

 

— EAP

November 11, 2013

Happy Veterans Day!

A hearty THANK YOU to all of our service members, past and present!

 

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-- EAP

October 30, 2013

It's a tough job, but somebody has to do it

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Once a year, one of my tasks is setting the international release dates for Calvin and Hobbes

 

Wow, that sounds boring, you're probably thinking.  Aha!  That's all part of my evil plot to keep this little job all to myself.  Why is that?  Oh, just because to set the dates, I get to read an entire year of Calvin and Hobbes in one afternoon.

 

It.  Is.  AMAZING.

 

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As I was reveling in comics joy yesterday, I remembered that soon, it will be easier than ever to binge-read Calvin and Hobbes, thanks to the Nov. 12 release of e-book editions of the treasuries "The Essential Calvin and Hobbes," "The Authoritative Calvin and Hobbes" and "The Indispensable Calvin and Hobbes." (Click on the links to preorder!)

 

The e-books, which are $12.99 each, will be available in tablet format only. 

 

In the meantime, I guess I'll just get back to "work."

 

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-- EAP

August 09, 2013

Coincidence?

This is today's Lio:

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This is the sight I woke up to this morning:

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I think my cat might have a new hero.

 

-- EAP

July 26, 2013

Baby George

It's no secret around these parts that I love the royals.  (So do a lot of people here, though they mean these guys.)

 

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I keep my tea stashed in a commemorative tin.  I own "Knit Your Own Royal Wedding" (completely disregarding the fact that I don't know how to knit).  I've Googled "Kate Middleton's hair" more times than I'd care to admit.

 

I thought I'd reached maximum royal saturation.

 

And then the baby was born. 

 

I had the hospital live feed playing in a corner of my computer.  I made bets on the name.  (I picked George early -- I'm definitely going to collect from everyone.)  Best of all, I read a whole bunch of editorials about little Georgie.

 

Here are a few of them.  Enjoy!

 

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And, just because it's amazing:

 

 

 

--EAP

 

 



July 19, 2013

Summertime

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Happy July 19th, everyone!

 

We're well into the middle of summer, and I think we all deserve a little time to complain. 

 

After a long, lovely spring here in Kansas City, I wasn't ready for summer to hit so hard.

 

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Alas, it's here now, and it'll be here for a while.  I just need to remember it when I'm doing things like styling my hair...

 

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... doing yard work (yeah, right!) ...  

 

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... or planning my weekends.

 

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Then again, I do currently have my space heater on under my desk, so maybe I don't have the right to complain.  (It's not my fault that the GoComics HQ is so darned cold!)

 

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Stay cool, everyone!

 

P.S. It looks to be about 68 degrees in San Diego right now.  Be sure to follow @GoComics on Twitter and Instagram for lots of fun stuff from Comic-Con!

 

-- EAP

 

 

July 12, 2013

'Ello, Govna!

Oh my goodness, faithful readers, I think I'm going doolally.  What's that?  You don't know what "doolally" means?  That's OK, I didn't either.  Then I started editing Fred Basset, and my vocabulary expanded immediately.

 

(Incidentally, "doolally" means "irrational, deranged or insane."  And I don't actually feel that way, but how else could I start this post?) 

 

Fred Basset is an adorable British comic strip about Fred, a funny little basset hound, who lives in London.  He leads his neighborhood -- or should I say neighbourhood? -- gang of dogs in finding bones, protecting their turf and eating sausages.  And he does it all while teaching me great Britishisms. 

 

Enjoy a few particularly British strips ... I'm off to get a cuppa.

 

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Cheerio!

 

-- EAP

June 19, 2013

What's in a name?

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I've always been a sucker for a nickname.

 

I have an extremely common name, so I've collected nicknames my whole life.

 

The newest one?  Mogwai.  Thanks, Gene!  (What can I say?  I make Gizmo noises when he brings in donuts.  I can't help it!)

 

 

(Did someone bring in treats?)

 

It seems like not everyone in the world of comics is quite as kind in their nicknaming.

 

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Adam@Home 10/4/2011

 

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Baldo 12/8/2001

 

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Dilbert 8/6/2004

 

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Pearls Before Swine 9/3/2011

 

I think I'm happiest that I'm not called Ms. Crappo.

 

Anyone out there have a particularly great nickname?

 

— EAP

 

(Psst!  Don't forget to sign up for our Garfield giveaway!)

June 04, 2013

Becoming a Magician

Every year, my family would start our vacation in Estes Park, Colo. And every year, our first stop in town would have to be the magic shop.

 

My brothers and I would each have $3 to spend, and we would go wild. For some reason, I almost always ended up with the "Magic Stick."

 

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Unfortunately, I was never quite as talented as the magician in the video. And by "not as talented," I mean that I was terrible. Still, I tried every year, to the consternation of my family.

 

I had almost given up on my future as a magician when I came across Magic in a Minute.

 

These quick lessons are simple enough that even the least-talented magician can stump an audience. I plan on amazing my family with a few of these at our next gathering.

 

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12/9/12

 

-- EAP

 

March 05, 2013

Cats and Snow Days

Here's one cat's view of a snow day:

 

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Here's another:

 

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Maeby starts the day by snoozing on a book in bed.

 

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She does quality control on a cereal spoon. 

 

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When it's time to work, she provides moral support. She will also act as a paperweight if you ask politely.

 

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But once quitting time rolls around, she takes a break to stretch in the sun. 

 

I tried to show her what it would be like to play in the snow, but she refused.

 

 

Then again, once I opened my window and saw my patio, I refused to go outside, too.

 

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-- EAP

January 31, 2013

MOM + ;) = <3

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(A few recent texts from my mom -- or KK, as everyone calls her.)

 

I think the greatest day of my mom's life was the day Apple introduced the iPhone. The second best was when she discovered the emoji app.

 

I love getting Mom's texts. They are like the Rebus puzzles in Highlights magazine.

 

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Apparently this is a big thing now. Gizmodo posted a story Tuesday titled, "Emoji Storytelling is Objectively the Best Use of Emoji," and I'm dying for a new post on Narratives in Emoji.

 

Mom's not the only one with an emoji addiction. Junior from Betty is constantly on his phone, and it looks as though he's just as into the silly faces as my mom.

 

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Betty 1/27/13

 

There are also plenty of other comics characters who are into texting:

 

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Ink Pen 10/14/08

 

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Lucky Cow 2/28/07

 

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Pearls Before Swine 6/30/11

 

Ooh!  Just got a new text ... g2g! ttyl! ;) ;)

 

-- EAP

 

 

 

January 08, 2013

Apologies

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Real Life Adventures 3/18/98

 

 

Dear Everyone:

 

I'm so sorry.

 

I didn't mean to get everyone sick. Really, I promise I didn't.

 

It wasn't like I was whooping it up -- I spent two solid weeks sick. It's just that I did the thing that I always complain about: I went to work and out with friends sick. And now basically everyone I know has the cough/cold/flu monster hybrid that incapacitated me.

 

Here's how I eventually cured myself: Drink so much water. Take vitamin D. Take Mucinex (pre-emptive strike). Take Tylenol. Take Emergen-C. Now sleep for an entire day. If you could find some Lifetime movies to have on in the background, that would be best. A cuddly animal will make things way better. Oh, and comics! Read comics!

 

Sincerely,

 

EAP

 

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Cathy 1/11/99

 

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Dt010313Dilbert 3/13/01

 

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