Here's a neat little interview with longtime Connecticut cartoonist Maria Scrivan, whose daily panel HALF FULL launched on GoComics last September, and whose website and other work you can check out here:
Last week, their prayers were answered. In an incredible collaboration with Stephan Pastis, Watterson guest illustrated three Pearls Before Swine strips. You can see them here, here and here.
Pearls Before Swine by Stephan Pastis
Wondering how on earth the notoriously private cartoonist agreed to be a part of this comic strip? You’re not alone.
Though comics enthusiasts across the globe began to speculate about Watterson’s involvement as soon as the first strip was published, the Web went wild when Pastis confirmed the strip’s guest illustrator. More than 3 million people have viewed Pastis’ blog post, which gives fans a behind-the-scenes glimpse into his amazing, clever and humorous experience in working with Watterson.
As if there was any doubt to the widespread elation of this situation, Pastis’ post skyrocketed to the No. 1 blog post worldwide on WordPress.
GoComics, too, was flooded with fans looking to relish in the artwork, receiving more than 6.1 million page views on Saturday.
What’s next for Watterson? Only time will tell. But for now, we’ll be soaking up the incredible, unexpected gem found in Pearls Before Swine.
Join us on Twitter every Friday at 1:30pm CT for live Q&A sessions with our talented GoComics creators! During these one-hour sessions, we invite a cartoonist to answer a set of core questions, then field queries from the public on Twitter and tweet their responses. We encourage our fans to take part in these fun sessions!
To join our Q&As, simply tweet to @GoComics, or use the designated event hashtag, seen below after each comic. And without further ado, guys and gals, it's time to mark your calendars!
Today is National Young Readers Day here in the U.S. I have fond memories of this time in elementary school, where our class would hold a contest for who could read the most books by this day. The four winners would get a pizza party date with our teacher. Between my fervent love of reading and my crush on my second-grade teacher, I was all about winning this prize. And I did! It was a great memory, having stacks of books set aside, knowing that I was familiar with each of them.
Kids now have many options that I didn't have growing up, thanks to technology. Instead of dog-eared pages, many new and classic books are available in digital/e-book formats. Teachers and parents around the globe have shared with us that reading comics is critical to helping children learn to read. Tying these two things together, we have great news for you, comics fans.
Today is the official release for three Calvin and Hobbes e-book collections, courtesy of our sister company Andrews McMeel Publishing! It's the first time ever that Bill Watterson, creator of the iconic strip, has allowed his work to live in e-book format. He had a hand in reviewing the layout of the entire series, so knowthat this was fully blessed by the man himself. If you grew up reading Calvin or discovered the strip in the newspapers as an adult, you'll enjoy laughing and pondering the meaning of things that may have been overlooked. They are also a perfect way to introduce comics to youngsters and to encourage their love for reading.
Plus, if you take them out for pizza afterward, I know that they'd love it. Trust me on this one.
About Human Cull Human cull is a tongue-in-cheek cartoon about an alien making the world a better place by removing the most annoying people. Litter-droppers, telemarketers and other miscreants are all vaporised painlessly by ray gun, leaving a nicer world for the rest of us to enjoy.
Once upon a time, there was a boy who grew up in the idyllic town of Chagrin Falls, Ohio. He loved comics and was really good at telling stories. He grew up and developed a really great one into a comic strip about a young blond boy with a vivid imagination and impressive vocabulary. The boy had a stuffed tiger that would come to life and join him for adventures throughout his neighborhood. Many consider this comic the greatest comic strip of all time. After a decade of wonderful work, the man retired at an early age, leaving the rest of the world wanting for more and still remembering this boy and his beloved tiger.
Most comic lovers know this as the story of Bill Watterson and "Calvin and Hobbes." Of the many questions and comments that we receive about our comics and cartoonists that are a part of the GoComics family, both creators and fans alike always point to "Calvin and Hobbes" as setting an industry standard that stands the test of time.
As the syndicate representing Bill Watterson, we greatly respect his privacy and appreciate that his work continues to grow from generation to generation. We wanted to share news of a film that is releasing next month (November 15) that celebrates his work and includes several Universal Uclick/GoComics cartoonists, along with some of our very own staff members!
Perhaps providing the greatest insight into the relationship and significance of "Calvin and Hobbes" were the segments with Universal Uclick President Emeritus Lee Salem (Bill Watterson's editor), Universal Uclick President John Glynn and Universal Uclick Managing Editor Sue Roush.
Watch the trailer for the film:
The movie will release in select theaters and via video-on-demand on Friday, November 15. Throughout this year, the film has received a great response at several American film festivals, noting its class and respect for both Bill Watterson and his work.
What impact did Calvin and Hobbes have on you? Are you planning on seeing this movie? Let us know what you think. Join the conversation on social media using the hashtag #dearmrwatterson.
We hope you've noticed the new social media/email sharing buttons on our comic pages. We were beyond thrilled to roll out these updates to GoComics.com to make it easier for you to show off your favorite comics. Thanks to our Tech Gods for making this possible!
Previous Sharing on GoComics
Most of you probably remember what sharing used to look like, but for comparison's sake, we've included this image for you. You'll see that our sharing options were buried under a "SHARE" tab. Sorry about that!
Notice we've unburied our sharing options, making it easier than ever to quickly share comics with your friends via social media while still keeping all of the essentials. Our new sharing buttons also scroll with you while you read the comments! See image below.
Let's do a quick breakdown of the new sharing updates ...
Clicking the "Like" button allows you to quickly "LIKE" a comic and post it to your timeline for all your friends to see! (NOTE: You do not have to post the comic to your timeline. If you prefer not to post, then click "close" after clicking the "Like" button.)
Tweet your favorites to your followers! We've pre-filled the tweet copy, but feel free to edit and write your own witty comment!
"+1" to publicly recommend a comic to your circles.
Clicking the "Pin it" button will result in a pop-up window, which allows you to pin a comic to an existing or new board. In the example below, we've created a new board.
Clicking the Reddit icon will open a new tab or browser window for you to submit a comic. Again, we've pre-filled the copy for this; feel free to write your own clever title.
Easily compose and share comics via email by clicking on the envelope icon.
More Sharing Services
Want to share comics on different platform? No problem. Click the "SHARE" button and you'll see a menu listing several more social/sharing services to choose from.
That's it for sharing! Now, we'll go over a few more updates to the comic pages ...
Adding to My Comics Page
Don't worry-- even though it doesn't say it, you can still add cartoons to your My Comics Page by clicking the green "+".
Click the downward arrow to see a list of other options you can do with our comics.
Since we've removed the zoom icon from the options bar under comics, you can now simply hover over the comic with your mouse, then click to zoom-in.
Lastly, we've added a "LIKE" button for our GoComics Facebook page. You can find this at the top right of every page on the site. Click "like" to receive daily comics from us in your news feed! We also share industry news and host weekly giveaways. We're also on Twitter, Pinterest, G+, Instagram and Tumblr!
That's it! We'd love to hear from you. Tell us what you think of these enhancements in the comments!
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This month marked our 10th anniversary at San Diego Comic-Con, the
largest pop culture event in the world. Over five days, more than 130,000
people ventured to the San Diego Convention Center and the surrounding Gaslamp
District to proudly wave their geek flags. Our lean-but-mighty team of five
from GoComics and our sister company Andrews McMeel Publishing (AMP) were there
to participate in the whirlwind of events, cosplay, celebrities and breaking
news. Here are a few bullets on what we did and how we did it:
Lots O' Planning: I have a very fun
job; I get to work with talented cartoonists and writers for a living, along
with many innovative digital partners in the comics, entertainment and
publishing industries. I am the envy of my attorney and accountant friends
every summer when I head to Comic-Con. However, for every hour that we're on
the ground, we've spent at least three to five hours with planning and
paperwork to make sure that we're representing our comics, creators and brands
well ... along with giving you something fun and funny to follow. (That's alliteration.)
Get Out On The
This year, GoComics and AMP had a double-wide booth on the convention floor and
a schedule of 15 cartoonists offering free hour-long signing sessions. Between
our space and our line-up, it made for a noticeable experience for passers-by.
The longest lines came to see The Oatmeal, Berkeley Breathed (Bloom County; The
Academia Waltz), Bill Amend (FoxTrot), Lincoln Peirce (Big Nate) and Lela Lee
(Angry Little Girls).
The Streets Are
Thousands of people venture to San Diego for SDCC without a convention badge to
be a part of the culture for five days. With so much happening downtown, we
wanted to go to where the people were. Every day, our GoComics team held a
giveaway in the Gaslamp District at a surprise intersection, announced via our
Twitter and Instagram accounts. T-shirts, 2014 calendars and Comic-Con-exclusive
buttons were among the premium items given away to nearly 1,000 fans.
Partnerships: Comic-Con is more
fun with good company to celebrate the experience. We had a great partner in the
Unofficial San Diego Comic-Con Blog for their "Enchantment Under the
SDCC" party. GoComics was a provider for several premium autographed
prints and bound comics collections. Hundreds of comics fans had a ball; so did
Something that grows from our SDCC experience each year is the number of new
relationships from our diverse set of cartoonists. We bring more than two dozen
creators together for a celebratory dinner in San Diego each year, where we
talk shop, introduce new ideas, listen (a lot) and connect. The old mix with
the new, print mixes with webcomics and all enjoy a good meal. I sometimes
forget that cartoonists are also fans of one another's work, and many of them
get excited to meet their idols. It's a beautiful thing.
After four years of Comic-Con, here are my tips for future goers:
hydrate some more.
shoes. You'll be walking a lot, with heavy stop-and-go pedestrian
If you're waiting in line for a panel, bring something to read or do. The SDCC guide is great, along with the free GoComics mobile app (shameless plug).
If you choose to
dress up and have a great costume, expect to be admired and to have to stop
every 20 yards.
If you don't dress
up, don't walk behind people with great costumes if you expect to get
Plan your experience
using a map and the official SDCC mobile app. It'll make your experience SO
Leave enough time in
your plan for cool things to happen. You never know when you'll meet someone
unexpected who is the highlight of your trip. I was stuck in a crowd near a
large exhibit, then comes Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt, standing 20 feet away
from me for an interview.
The nightlife is
great in San Diego, but don't feel the need to party or entertain every night.
It's a marathon.
Charge your phone
whenever you can. It may help to invest in a supplemental charger. Taking
pictures – and you'll want to – will drain your battery.
Always check the
back patio of the convention center for food options. Much better selection
than on the floor -- shorter lines and fresh air.