August 31, 2016

Top 10 Things Not to Include in a Submissions Packet

Hello, folks, great to be back blogging regularly again. It feels quite real to the touch. So thank you for all your kind notes and limited booing.


Did you know we have an open submissions policy at GoComics/Universal Uclick? Well let me just say it makes for some interesting mail. Here are 10 friendly suggestions of things NOT to include in your next comic submission. 


10) The best kind of Lasers.


9) Jon Bon Jovi ... in person ... duh!


8) Richie Sambora's wig is really convincing.


7) Singing along to "Living on a Prayer" but instead saying "lemon on a pear" like we did when we were all still friends.


6) A light show that will knock your socks off.


5) $12 domestic mass-market beer? $13.50 jalapeño poppers? WTH! 


4) That stoner from high school who still owes you money. What's his name again? Toby? Todd? 


3) Thinking to yourself, "There is absolutely no question that Lara in accounting would finally go out with me if I were to get a 'Slippery When Wet' tattoo on my neck." 


2) Drum solos that don't go on long enough, Tico


1) Wishing they'd turn up the fog machine so I could convincingly pretend I was Sherlock Holmes. I didn't lug a Meerschaum pipe through all these crowds for nothing!


Good luck!

August 29, 2016

Royalty Statement Snail Mail Poetry Slam

Stone soup poetry slam 2.0


I am a very busy person: meetings, contract negotiations, every morning at the dog track, etc. But every so often while signing royalty statements I'll have a little extra time on my hands and I'll include a little note to the creator.


Sometimes, I'll say something to the effect of "Hello there, You! You're fabulous!" While other times I won't be so formal and I'll just say, "Hey, there, person, who I'm very likely to be delighted to do business with!"


And occasionally, I'll just go a little nuts. Like this poem I wrote to Jan "Stone Soup" Eliot, complete with self-portrait and a humanizing quip.


Now, I imagine most of the recipients of these hysterical outtakes probably laugh themselves silly for an hour or so but then move on with their lives. But no, not Jan! Jan choose to throw down the "Snail Mail Poetry Slam Gauntlet!" Who else could have rhymed "Kansas" and "J. Francis"?


Well, I say "Gauntlet Acknowledged!" 

August 17, 2016

TED RALL ON WAY to $75,000



I've been following this strange and troubling story with interest since it bubbled up last year. Ted is a friend and has been partners with us in syndicating his editorial cartoons for more than 20 years. I don't often see eye-to-eye with him on his worldview, but I do appreciate his work (as a writer and a cartoonist).


Now, if you didn't know, I used to be a police officer, so I have mixed emotions about how the police can be portrayed in the media, but Ted seems to have a strong case here.


I wasn't there and the story sounds really complicated and has tons of details that I'm not privy to, so it sounds like a perfect case to be settled in court. Right? Only the court is insisting that Ted pay $75,000 to have his day in front of a judge. What the?


That is ridiculous!  


So I donated to Ted because it is unbelievable to me that any judicial body in a free society could demand an individual citizen come up with a "court tax" to buy access into the system. 


Here's the link to his GoFundMe page.

August 15, 2016

An Original

I've heard quite a few stories about how generous Richard Thompson was with his original art. Personally, I'm deliriously lucky enough to have a few Cul De Sacs. But, but, but ... the thing I treasure most is what Richard made me for my 40th birthday.


Richard thomposn bday gift


How about it ... right? I will treasure it for all my days. 


Now get that damn finger out of your nose, Dill!


August 12, 2016

Bill Amend's New Side Project (a bit NSFW)



Is there a more harmonious relationship in nature than cartoonists and martinis?


"Yes," is what you'd likely hear me answer.  


Now you may think I'm being too cheeky in my reply, but I think you'll be whistling your tune on a different harpsichord after I tell you what a certain Mr. Bill "Foxtrot" Amend is up to. 


It's called "Bored Napkins" and it's over on the Instagram where folks are loving it with a recklessness that hasn't been seen since Nancy made the ill-advised statement to Sluggo that she was glad his parents were dead. It blends Bill's delicious interest in pop culture, gaming, comics and cursing.


Bill says, "Sometimes I get bored at bars and draw cartoons of questionable value on napkins."


Nothing questionable about it, Bill, these are so great that I don't even take it personally that I'm usually with you when you get "bored at bars." #ivegothurtfeelings



August 10, 2016

'Michelangelo with a sense of humor' -- Pat Oliphant on Richard Thompson

image from
Richard's Poor Almanac by Richard Thompson


If you happened across Richard's Poor Almanac this week (and you should every week), you would have seen the venerable Pat Oliphant's tribute to Richard. I know Pat Oliphant and he is not a man who throws around compliments lightly. Pat's greatest praise for me was "on time, at least." 


This was taken from the introduction of the one and only Richard's Poor Almanac collection "12 Months of Misinformation" by Emmis Books and is now going for $650+ on Amazon for a new copy. 


If you can't afford the book, you can see a good chunk of the contents in the archive at GoComics. It is work that will tickle your sensibilities and shock your disposition with how damn brilliant it all is. "Michelangelo with a sense of humor" indeed. 


July 27, 2016

Goodbye, RT

What gifts you've left us.


The Art of Richard Thompson from GVI on Vimeo.



Relive the charm of Thompson’s beloved Cul de Sacread it from the beginning here.

July 25, 2016


Hi, folks, it's been a while since I've blogged and let me just say that the reader reaction has been overwhelmingly in favor of that. So, thank you.

You may be interested to know that I haven't been to the SDCC in a long time, but each year we do send a really talented crew out there to sell some books, shake some hands and show off some new projects.

One new project that's really been buzzing around here is the new GoComics site (or is that my tinnitus from too many Michael Buble concerts? LOL, no). The new redesign is great-looking, emotionally available and also looks design-appropriate on those mobile phone devices.

I know a lot of people are going to be nervous, because they love the ol' GoComics and all it's come to mean to them. But it is a pretty old site in a lot of ways and a good refreshment can make even an ugly friend look a little better.

I admit that even I was nervous until the GoComics team walked me through the designs and then a fly flew in mouth because my jaw had dropped and I swallowed that fly and I didn't even care because the new site was worth it and flies are basically very clean animals anyway. 

Best JG




March 11, 2013

As a fair-skinned person (Sunday's Non Sequitur)

Nq glynn

I was delighted to see this comic in my Sunday newspaper.

I don't want to alarm you, but I'm so fair-skinned that people will often say to me, "you're so freakin' transparent," "I can see right through you and your stupid agenda," and/or "why are you eating mayonnaise right out of the jar?"

Thanks for providing me with some much-needed sanctuary, Wiley Miller.

October 25, 2012

Proud of the costume I made for my son

You tube halloween

100% stolen from Thanks,!

October 05, 2012

Hands off my tailpipe!


Now, everyone knows I'm a bit of a gear-head and, yes, I am the recording secretary of my Classic Chevette Car Enthusiast Club, but I have to draw the line somewhere. 

So, I will not hesitate to call the authorities if I see these dog/wolf hybrid characters hanging around our parking garage. And don't get me wrong, I like to think I'm an openminded guy, but I think a man's tailpipe should not be tampered with. 

September 24, 2012

Yo! You near Philly on October the 8th?

Lio monster socks

Mark Tatulli will be in the Deptford, N.J. Barnes & Noble on October 8 signing copies of his new Lio collection, "There's a Monster in My Socks." You really should go. Mark can be awfully charming when he wants to be.

September 11, 2012

On her way!

Anna nutshell

My daughter came home with this school worksheet last week, and after I called a spelling tutor, I chuckled. You see, when Anna grows up she wants to be a "croostns" which is her way of saying "cartoonist." Now, the reason I laughed is because she's already spelling like a cartoonist! Right? Who's with me?! Anyone? 

Good times. True story. 




September 06, 2012

Bolling will have you 'bolling' over with laughter ... and quiet contemplation

Ttdb carousel

I've seen Ruben at many a show, perhaps most notably at the Christopher Hewitt memorial fundraiser "Drink Belvedere (Vodka) for Belvedere" ... and where someone from the "Mr. Belvedere" cast drank a little too much and ended up with a torn shirt and a very bad attitude (I promised no names, so to all those guessing Ilene Graff, "no comment") .

Anyway, you really should go see Tom the Dancing Bug's Ruben because he can incite a crowd to do a lot of strange stuff and he'll make you laugh and think and then laugh again. 

August 22, 2012

NPR's Ira Glass on his favorite childhood books

Doonesbury chronicles
From The New York Times Book Review interview of Ira Glass last weekend: 


So all the books I loved as a kid were comic books; “Peanuts Treasury” as a little kid. It defined the emotional climate of my elementary years. I completely identified with the loneliness and melancholy of Charlie Brown. And “Doonesbury Chronicles” was a revelation to me when I was in middle school. I’d never met people like the ones in “Doonesbury,” or a world like that where the people were so smart and talked about politics and the stuff they talked about.

August 20, 2012

White-hot sunday crossover action


August 17, 2012

Vive L' Otterloops!


illustration courtesy Nick Galifianakis


Richard Thompson's accomplished more than most cartoonists ever have, he invented Ernesto Lacuna and a boy with a head shaped like a bucket, and I ask where would we be today if he hadn't.

Thank you, Richard. 

August 16, 2012

Tom the Dancing Bug Classix ... every Thursday

Ttdb classix

If you're like me and you like your humor like you like your Diet Orange Fanta (in large doses and repeatedly), you should be delighted to know that Tom the Dancing Bug's Ruben Bolling has agreed to run a TTDB classic every Thursday. 

Now, I've been a TTDB fan since way back, but I'd always been hamstrung by how to access all his wonderful and brilliant and also wonderful archives. Frankly, I'm far too busy to click the back button or use the calendar function on GoComics, so this could not have come at a better time. 

Thank you for your munificence, Mr. Bolling!


August 15, 2012

Dan Thompson Taps His Editors



Thanks to Brevity's Dan Thompson. He was kind enough to "draft" his editors into today's Brevity. Where? you ask. Good question. Perceptive. Make us prove our pudding. Well, if you look on the taps, you'll see Glynn Ale, Reed Beer and Wetzel Stout (see below). Of course, you already know me from my recent appearances in NonSequitur, Pearls Before Swine and most other comics with any cultural significance. But those in the know might recognize those other names as Reed Jackson and Lucas Wetzel -- syndicate editors and all-around rennaissance men. In that, they both perform at the local RenFest.

I believe Lucas is a one of those stick dancers and Reed walks around engaging fairgoers in banter while eating a large poultry leg. 

I also want to thank Dan for not going for the obvious joke and naming it "Glynn Stout" as some subtle, yet scathing commentary on my weight issues. 


Brevity outtake

August 30, 2011

the hair is a bit too grey, but otherwise? Uncanny 

A lot of people ask me if I pay the cartoonists to get my name in the comics and to those inquisitive folks, I whisper lightly in their ears, "mind your own beeswax." 

Today's comic is from the unreprehensible Dave Blazek (Phila., PA). Dave works at the newspaper in Philadelphia and has an amazing sense of humor and a lovely wife. Dave is not a very good limbo dancer because he constantly sets the bar too high. 

Thanks, Dave. 

And, Dave, two follow-up questions: 

1) Would you prefer a signed 8 x 10  of me rollerblading in an oversized sombrero and velvet pants in color or black and white?  

2) What is your mailing address? 



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