October 20, 2016

HOT NEWS! The New Jim Benton Book is a Mouthful of Belly Laughs

Jb cursive


    Fresh and hot off the presses like a delicious huckleberry pie, cartoonist and author extraordinaire Jim Benton has a new book out from our pals at Andrews McMeel Publishing. It's called "I Hate Cursive" and it made me laugh like no one was watching. And we all know that's not true as I can feel the eyes of demons lemons on me at all times. So thank you, Jim, for that brief respite. 


    Jim's an incredibly prolific New York Times best-selling writer and artist and you know him already from his Happy Bunny, Franny K. Stein and/or Dear Dumb Diary book series. Jim is also one of the most upvoted users on all of reddit. And they hate everything!


    Of course, that's nowhere near the limit of JB's resume. In fact several sources close to the situation have told me that he may or may not be a very big fan of Tony Danza. 


Jbs death snickers

Jbs jass band



October 17, 2016

It's Yuge! and It's Breathtaking!


I rather enjoyed (and thought I would share) this wonderful piece of promotional art the Doonesbury team worked up with us to help promote Garry Trudeau's New York Times' best seller Yuge!

Mayonnaise Monday: An epic Big Nate episode



"Hee Haw!" is what you'll shout when you realize that Lincoln Peirce's Big Nate has been around for 25 years.


You: 25? Really? What year is this? 


I know, right? Doesn't it seem like such a young, fresh strip? But I'd suggest we cast off our velvet cloak of surprise and drink heartily from the Grand Chalice of Big Nate Celebrating its Silver Anniversary.


I would like to note that there is no truth to the rumor that Lincoln based Coach John's (pictured above with Nate) look and feel on yours truly. We didn't even know each other when he introduced Coach John in the strip. But maybe Lincoln could feel me in his heart? Maybe he felt that a man of my carriage and bombast was to play an integral part in his future? Too wild to consider? Perhaps. Per-haps. 


Meanwhile, our pals over at Andrews McMeel Publishing thought it would be a great opportunity to release a collection celebrating those 25 years and I agreed with them by drinking from the Grand Chalice of Agreement. 


Check it out ... Epic Big Nate. It's out October 25th and it features Lincoln's work from 1991 to 2015 and will make you smile in your mouth and your heart like you were drinking from the Grand Chalice of Happiness.   



Epic big nate cover



October 16, 2016

Kidnapped Marmaduke Story Blows Up



So true about the old cliche that the camera adds three chins and thins/greys your hair.


October 11, 2016

Happy Belated Birthday to the Richard Thompson

Our pal Richard Thompson would have been 59 last Saturday. But typical of him, he's the one who keeps giving us the gifts. I'll just leave this one here. 


You should check out all the Richard's Poor Almanacs and Cul De Sacs because they'll brighten up even your darkest night. 




October 10, 2016

MAYONNAISE MONDAY: Doonesbury edition

It's Monday, so we all know what that means! Mayonnaise Monday. Just to be frank, I feel like Mayo Monday may be getting a bit stale. And we all know that stale mayonnaise is not only bad tasting but dangerous to your health. 


But you people are NOT releasing your grip on Mayonnaise Monday. Your strong, irrational and loving arms won't let it go. It's like your arms were made from some strong, irrational and loving oak tree. So (for you) I will press on!


And I can already hear the relieved reader responses: 




"Are those pants velvet?"


And I'd like to respond to those very fair inquiries, but the light is fading and this post is already too long. So let's move on ... 


Today's Mayonnaise Monday is by the original UUC! UUC = "Universal Uclick Comic" ... Doonesbury. Garry Trudeau's Pulitzer Prize-winning 46-year-storytelling masterpiece may yet challenge Charles Schulz's 50-year run as the longest story ever told by a single voice (no laryngitis jokes here, please).


So no more holding the mayo! Here's Doonesbury from May 27, 1986.




Are you as tickled as I am to see that any comic would start with the dialogue, "So, how'd the mayonnaise get on my Monet, Curtis?"


You should also know that Garry's latest Donald Trump-themed book Yuge! has been burning up the bookstore checkout aisles. Digital sales too, I saw it as high as #3 overall on Amazon over the summer. I was (and you'll be) astonished how accurately Garry captured Donald even all the way back in the '80s. It's spot on. You should check it out. 



Warmly, JG 

October 07, 2016



I am seething! Our dog has been stolen and I won't sleep until the perpetrators are punished and Marmaduke is back home and safe and resting in his most oversized way. If you have any information as to the whereabouts of Marmaduke, for the love of Pete, call today. Call now. If you've seen anyone suspicious around our building (Joel Friday doesn't count), please, please, please let us know. 


Marmaduke is gone

Crime scene photo. The criminals sliced off two of Marmaduke's fingers and left at the scene as a warning. 


October 05, 2016

We Like to Rock the House


(above: GoComics HQs in better times)

Now comics are a laughing matter, but this is not. Late last night, some debris came crumbling off of the side of our GoComics HQs building. We were lucky it was so late and no one got hurt. The person who first called 911 actually said the building was "collapsing." But he was overreacting like how when I read a funny comic and slap my knee and say softly to myself, "now that was a humdinger."


Hidden in plain sight: If you look closely in the windows in the photo above, you can see me practicing some marshall arts.



October 03, 2016

Mayonnaise Monday: The Wiley Edition



 Mayo monday 11.2 2


    It's Monday so we all know what that means! Another delicious installment of "Mayonnaise Monday!" One question I always like to ask is "why do people say mayonnaise is bad for you?"

It's really just a few simple ingredients. 


1) Eggs. A wonderful source of protein and choline. Probably best not to think about the implications if a super race of sentient chickens ever takes over the world and they realize what we've been doing all these years with their progeny.


2)  Oil. Literally fuel for the engine we call the body. End of discussion.


3) Vinegar. Talk about versatile! Reader's Digest gives you 95 darn reasons it's so amazing. 


    So let's all agree to stop bad-mouthing mayo and start spoon-mouthing it! LOL! And at 90 calories a teaspoon, you'll have plenty of energy to fight off those super chickens.




    Today's mayonnaise comic is courtesy of 2013 Reuben award winner Wiley Miller. Wiley's been doing Non Sequitur since 1992 and has also won the National Cartoonists Society best comic strip of the year in 1992 and best comic panel in 1995, 1996 and 1998.  


    Non Sequitur runs in more than 700 newspapers and is one of the most popular comics on GoComics. Sometimes in the dark hours of the morning, I like to pretend that Wiley and I are best friends. 

September 30, 2016

Some smashing pumpkin (spice) comics

It's October again and we all know what that means. The pumpkin-spice spigot opens up and the treats and the references will come blasting at us from everywhere.


Just like that time Matt LaFramboise opened the fire hydrant with his dad's big wrench or whatever and you were standing directly in front of it and the great force of water just knocked you back down onto the street and you were stunned and hurt and everyone was laughing but you couldn't have anyone see you cry so you ran home and went in the basement and boy oh boy did the tears fall. 


Then your mom calls down and asks, "Is everything OK down there?"


And you just say, "I am FINE, MOTHER! Leave me alone with my stuffed animals."


Well, I could have used a funny comic or three to cheer me up back then, so what do you say we just throw chum in the ocean and round up some of last year's most-celebrated Pumpkin Spice jokes?


Because if I can cheer up even just two kids who are having a bad day, it will all be worth it. 


Sarah's Scribbles







The Duplex



The Argyle Sweater


Read this pumpkin spice post from comics editor Reed Jackson from a few years ago too!

September 28, 2016

Voting Tips From the Only Source You Can Trust


I lean heavily on comic strips for all my major life decisions: Hyundai or Kia, porkpie or tin foil, Tupac or Two-Ply ... all the classic debates. So when I happened across this Richard's Poor Almanac, I knew my decision was going to be made for me on November 8th.


So there is now no reasonable debate, comics strips have all the answers, you only need to look in the right place. The whole factory is yours Charlie. Now if you'll excuse me it's the time of day I like to simultaneously read some Glenn McCoy editorials and some Doonesburys


September 26, 2016




Today's Mayonnaise Monday (patent pending) is courtesy of Reality Check from Canada's Dave Whamond. Canada's Dave has won a bunch of NCS awards and he's a great children's book author as well.


He's won the Silver Birch, the Blue Spruce and the Red Cedar awards which are either book awards or some type of odd vandalism against trees. LOL! Dave's character Oddrey from his book series is below. Isn't she adorable? Dave is also hopeful that the NHL puts a team back in Edmonton very soon. Zing Zing!


Oddrey 3


Incidentally, did you know the Mayo Clinic was named after frontier and Civil War doctor William Worrall Mayo? Golly! I once put on a mayo clinic when my family was gone for the weekend and I had a large spoon and a jar of the good stuff all to myself. Though whatever sense of accomplishment I might have felt was short-lived. It was hellman. 

September 23, 2016




People who know me well are always asking me to shut the heck up about how much I like to go wedding dress shopping. 


Well, that's not going to happen, but now I can at least talk about it within the context of my job ... so you can stop asking, Shena.


If you're even a casual fan of Greg Evans' "Luann" you know that Brad and Toni are getting married very soon and you're invited/ challenged/ compelled by the spirit of creativity to become an active participant!


That's right you can design the dress that the foxy Toni is going to wear in the strip! What the?!


Yes the! Head on over to and you can get all the details how to submit your design. But wait, there's more!


Even if you don't have the skills, desire or emotional accessibility to design, you can vote for your favorite submitted design! The winning design will be the one Toni wears in real life. OMG! This is going to be great!



September 21, 2016


Vader jump 2.0

One of my favorite quotes/maxims is "thank the heavens we don't say everything we think." Imagine if you told your coworkers/spouse/bookie/llama wrangler what you really thought of them? Oh, mercy! I know I can think some pretty dark thoughts when someone cuts me in line or tells me my "slacks are too tight again."


But here's a curveball! If you're in tune with those things that you're holding back -- those times when you don't say everything you think -- it can help develop good comic characters. 


You: What the heck are you talking about? 

Me: Read the rest of the post.

You: OK. But your slacks are too tight again.

Me: I am as God made me!


Experts agree, writing a comic is not easy: no actors to give emphasis to your words, no laugh track, no musical score and you get maybe 100 words to get your point across ... maybe.


Former UU president and editor Lee Salem would famously (and illegibly) scrawl on comic submissions from even professional comedy writers, "not as easy as it looks." 


But back to your unedited "dark side," Louis CK recently revealed that in his delicious "everything's amazing and nobody's happy"  piece there was not actually a guy sitting next to him on the plane who said, "this is BS." He said those were the dark thoughts HE was having and he invented the guy next to him for the bit. He also said this was the case for most of his comedy. Louis CK is clearly in tune with the jerk inside him.


Isn't that true in comics too? Look at these comics: Peanuts, Pearls Before Swine, Get Fuzzy, Dilbert. All of them quite successful and all have a character or two who could be charitably characterized as a jerk who says whatever comes to mind: Lucy, Rat, Bucky, Pointy-Haired Boss. 


Are these characters just the darker sides of their creators? I can't find the source but I swore I read where Charles Schulz said that each one of his characters was an aspect of his own personality. Stephan Pastis said that very thing in this interview.


Dark/mean characters provide conflict and when you have conflict you can have fertile ground for humor. You can always dial it back if you get too cruel or offensive ... but there is value in that journey ... what will you find? Who will you see? Uncle Al? What are you doing in here?  


So, yes, by looking deep inside and listening to your small, charcoal heart, you could find some amazing material. 

September 19, 2016


The weather here was great this weekend. And anyone who knows me well knows that when the weather is right, I like to fill my days with long bouts of rollerblading, eating taffy and jazz dancing. 


All that action burns a heckuva lot of calories so I have to be sure to keep my nutrition levels in check. I do a modified Paleo diet which keeps me in tip-top shape but doesn't necessarily translate to weight loss or a fit figure. It's the "mayonnaise first/last" regiment made famous by Dr. Mantis Toboggan. 


"What does this have to do with GoComics?" Is probably what you're asking yourself right now. And let me say, I love your curiosity! 


I thought we could do a regular "Mayonnaise Monday" feature here on the blog. Mayonnaise is the world's most favorite egg-oil-lemon based condiment and it's about time somebody gave it its proper recognition!


Let's start this regular feature with the sublime Cul De Sac



Cul de Sac by Richard Thompson
Cul de Sac by Richard Thompson

September 16, 2016

FÜN FACTS! Comics Titles Are Important


Every so often, I like to take a break from my time at the dog track to give all you aspiring cartoonists out there some advice. Nothing will ever say "hello, I'd like to spend some time with you and I'm not saying that in a weird way" to your audience more than your comic's title.


So you should think it over VERY carefully. You don't want to get stuck with something that will seem dated or inappropriate should the comic run for 70-140 years. Here are some original titles that were changed at the last minute (and Phew! almost always for the better). See if you can guess what comics the 11 titles below are today. 


1) Heavenly Nostrils


2) I Hope Someday I'll Have Real Friends


3) Li'l Folks


4) I Can't Stop Thinking About Lynda Carter


5) Ripley's Believe Me or I'll Step on Your Toe


6) Oh, That Consistently Foolish But Also Humorously Giant Dog!


7) The Comic Strip That Would Never Ever Have a Finale Every Day


8) The Gourd Who Sat Too Long in Brine


9) Iphelia Payne: Noisy Widower


10) Fritzi Ritz 


11) Off the Merkin!


September 14, 2016

Hot Qs!

Gocomics letter


We handle a lot of fan mail here at the GoComics HQs and I'm always surprised by some of the requests. Here're a few from lately:  


1) Would Garry Trudeau send me an autograph? 


2) Would Bill Amend write a congratulations letter to my Eagle Scout? 


3) Does Scott Hilburn know what he does to my emotions? 


4) Does Bill Watterson understand that I have no intention of ever learning Chinese? (你是大自然最伟大的奇迹)


5) Matt Davies, I'm writing you to comment on the cartoon I seen in the news paper! Do you even go to church? 


7) Is Wiley Miller as nice in person as he is in my dreams?


8) Would Gary Larson draw a comic based on a joke I wrote for my grandfather's birthday? I need it next week.


8) I am currently incarcerated in Giles W. Dalby Correctional Institute in Texas, would Will Henry be my pen pal?

September 13, 2016

A Great Books Explosion!

I was recently minding my own business at the local book store searching for "Microwave Cooking For One" when I spotted some sensational new books. 


                                  Zarf 3 cover


Life of Zarf: Troll Overboard is Rob Harrell's third installment of the best selling Zarf series. You might remember Rob as the cartoonist behind Big Top and Adam @ Home. Rob's a real crackerjack when it comes to storytelling and his wonderful art just flows out of him like icing onto a birthday cake


                    Mark pett book


I was so excited to see Rob's book that I did a celebratory spin, only I used too much thigh power and I did a 540 which left me face-to-face with Mark Pett's latest. It's called "This is My Book" and it's got a panda and some pop-ups and a painter who looks a little like bit like the author. Great for people who like fun. Mark, of course, is the mistermind behind the Lucky Cow and Mr. Lowe comics that can be seen every day at the GoComics


                                       Dream jumper


And then, last but unleashed, is Lucas "Imagine This" Turnbloom's newest. Lucas co-authored the book with noted Hollywood person Greg Grunberg. Certainly we all remember Greg from "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," "Heroes" and most memorably as Gatman in "Melrose Place." As to the book. I'll let my Amazon review speak for itself: 


I read Dream Jumper with a large smile on my face and a tumbler full of buttermilk on my nightstand. I've been saying for years that Lucas Turnbloom was going to touch the stars and then land his space rocket on a barge in the ocean. Which is harder to do than it sounds.

This book is as beautifully and lovingly done as Turnbloom's hair. It's a good read that says something about life but also about those of us who aren't afraid to be loved and also those of us have adventures with large birds like my dad used to.

I predict a major breakthrough for Turnbloom and all his great cartooning and hair combing. And FWIW, if you ever get to see him performing live on his cor anglais do not miss it. Those are magic fingers!




That's three great new books by three great GoComics cartoonists. What a world we live in!


September 09, 2016

Laser Moose Will Sear Your Soul ... and Your Skin

There is a moose that roams the woods: waiting, waiting, waiting. Lasers from his eyes, ice water in his veins. This is not your father's gun-toting weapons-grade elk. This is LASER MOOSE! Now in handy book form, Laser Moose will take you on the wildest ride. A ride in a convertible PT Cruiser with a modified Ferrari engine! Then you'd have the looks and the power ... just like Laser Moose.

There are great stories in this here book and the characters got the best kind of dialogue that I like. I'm recommending this to my book club and I think it would be a natural TV show on one of the more sophisticated networks where you could show the Laser Moose laser (with his eye lasers) other evil creatures heads off without fear of reprisal from a censor. Take that, censors! We hate you!
I give it FIVE STARS (out of four).
*GOCOMICS BLOG EXCLUSIVE: Read here and now how Doug Savage created the awesome cover. Doug is also the creator of the sublime Savage Chickens that runs on the GoComics

* not really exclusive. Sorry I lied. 

Next Stop Benton-ville!

If you're like me and you love web sites, you may have spent some time over on Reddit is an interesting place and has lots of different subjects to read about and pictures to enjoy and/or be horrified from.  


One section I love to read is If you go there on any random day, the odds are She-Hulk-strong that there will be at least one comic in the Top 10 from noted Michigander Jim Benton


Jim is one of the top posters on the comics' subreddit and last summer he sent more than 550,000 pageviews to GoComics in a single day (see below for the comic that drove all that traffic). That's pretty amazing considering we do between two million and three million pageviews on an average day. Thanks, Jim!

Jb 7.29.15


Jim has a new book that collects all his best gag comics from the last few years and it made me laugh until every last piece of my jewelry fell off (even the oversized medallion). It's called "Man, I Hate Cursive" and it's available for presale now. Even the book cover is a humdinger! And that's one cute lemon! I'm giving it my highest rating = FIVE STARS (out of four).


Jb cover



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