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March 18, 2013

March Madness

It’s my favorite time of the year -- a time when people come together to support and uplift a common goal. A time filled with excitement and energy. A time spent with friends and family gathered together.

 

No, I’m not talking about the holiday season. I’m talking about March Madness!

 

Kansas City has been a buzz the past five days with the Big 12 tournament and now with the NCAA men’s basketball tournament at the Sprint Center.

 

 

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Have you filled out your brackets yet? 

 

I am cheering for Kansas!

 

--Julia

March 11, 2013

Scaring the Locals

In recent years, the zombie theme has exploded. Zombies have popped up in television shows, movies, books, comics and more. There is something entertaining in this macabre fantasy that finds itself ever-more popular. Zombies are comical and provide for an entire storyline of “what if” scenarios. 

 

You expect to see such gruesome creatures as zombies in the more edgy comics, like Lio and Break of Day, but they are also being played out in some of the classics, including Nancy and Marmaduke


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I have fallen prey to the zombie revolution. At this point, The Walking Dead television series on AMC is almost a religion for me. I never miss an episode! I discovered an app called Dead Yourself. It is fantastic! You can snap a picture of yourself and, using Dead Yourself, see what you would look like as a zombie. Aren’t I a beaut!   

 

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Embrace the undead hype, because this trend will never die.

 

--Julia

 


March 04, 2013

Snow Stud

The Midwest has been hit hard in the past couple weeks with snow -- about 24 inches in Kansas City.

 

I have come to realize that children see the snow so differently than adults do. Kids see a snow day filled with snowball fights, snow forts, sledding and no school. 

 

 

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Adults become a bit jaded to the beauty of snow because they experience all the repercussions. They deal with hazardous road conditions, cold cars, shoveling and power outages. There are a few adults, however, who never lose the fun in a snow day and one of those adults is my dad. 


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He loves the snow and his engineered industrial snow blower. His “playing in the snow” consists of plowing every driveway on our block. This snow stud sincerely enjoys every minute of it. Helping others has always made my dad happy, and if he gets to use a cool piece of machinery in the process … all the better.

 

Be more childish and enjoy the snow!

 

--Julia


February 25, 2013

Sherpa Highlight -- Adult Children

Working in the comics industry is the greatest. I get to read the classics every day, like Calvin and Hobbes, Garfield, Dilbert, Doonesbury and Peanuts. Discovering new comics, however, is also another fantastic part of my job! I often browse the Sherpa section of GoComics.com to find new up-and-coming comics that I can follow.

 

My latest find is Adult Children by Stephen Beals.

 

I think I am fond of this one because it may or may not chronicle my life as a newly working adult. The panel layout is often unique and inviting to the reader.

 

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Read more Adult Children here.

 

--Julia 

 

February 19, 2013

Endtown, Volumes One and Two

They are here! "Endtown" volumes one and two, by Aaron Neathery are now available for purchase.

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If you like humor and apocalyptic scenarios, then you will love Endtown. Neathery expertly combines the two to create his comic strip.

 

Endtown comic bio:

 

It's the end of civilization as we know it. A mutagenic plague followed by a global war fought with disintegration weaponry has left much of the Earth a desert of fine powder and what remains of humanity fragmented into humans, animal-like mutants and bloodthirsty monstrosities with lots of teeth. The surface, still teeming with the mutagenic virus, has become the domain of the dreaded Topsiders; well-organized, technologically advanced and heavily armed un-mutated humans sworn to exterminate mutations of any kind in order to clear the way for the eventual resurgence of a new, genetically clean humanity. Faced with annihilation, mutants and "impure" humans have retreated into the depths of the planet to form communities and hope to win, or at least survive, what may prove to be mankind's final war. Endtown is the continuing story of one of those communities.

 

Bill Sherman recently reviewed the comic collection volumes -- check out what he had to say here.

 

Read more Endtown here.

 

Enjoy the comics!

 

--Julia


February 13, 2013

Pope Benedict XVI to Resign

On Monday, Feb. 11, Pope Benedict XVI announced his intent to resign from the papacy because of his advanced age. The Holy Pontiff is 85 years old and feels that he is too weak, physically, to carry out the duties of the position. On Feb. 28 at 8:00 p.m. (Rome time) he will officially step down.

 

The last pope to resign was Pope Gregory XII in 1415 -- nearly 600 years ago.

 

The pope has a tough job. The past few years have been especially stressful for the Roman Catholic Church and the pope. On top of the sex abuse scandals, there is this tension between preserving tradition and fostering progress that the Holy Pontiff must grapple with every day. For someone who is getting up in years, it can be very taxing.

 

According to Canon law, a resignation must be made freely and properly manifested. The resigning pope must also be of sound mind. I have mixed feelings about Pope Benedict’s resignation, but if he feels it is his duty to the Church to step down,  who am I to argue with the pope?

 

This announcement, however, has caused quite the stir in the Catholic community and society abroad. Even our GoComics cartoonists are contributing to the conversation.

 

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A new pope is to be elected and in place by Easter. I am eager to see who fills the position and if he can handle the immense pressures and expectations of the job. 

 

--Julia

February 04, 2013

#Blackout


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Last night the Baltimore Ravens and the San Francisco 49ers were matched to play for the NFL championship in the Super Bowl XLVII. During the game, half of the lights suddenly went out at the Mercedes Dome in New Orleans. For 35 minutes the teams stopped play and waited for the power to be restored, however, social media did not cease.

 

There was much confusion, and for many, social media became an outlet to express their frustration, bewilderment and amusement, so much so that #blackout became a trending topic on Twitter. At my Super Bowl party, I couldn’t help but tune in to the conversation.

 

These are some of my favorite tweets:

 

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The game may have been delayed, but the entertainment was uninterrupted.

 

--Julia

 

January 28, 2013

The Peanuts Gang on TV

Recently, the Peanuts gang has spiced up MetLife’s commercials for term life insurance. Typically an uncomfortable topic, life insurance is made a bit more light and cheery with the help of Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Peppermint Patty, Schroeder and Woodstock. Check out the Peanuts characters on these commercials.

 

 

 

 

 

I have never had an interest in life insurance, but anything with the Peanuts cast must be “cool.”

 

Read the Peanuts comic strip daily here.

 

 

-- Julia   

 

January 21, 2013

Sporting Embarrassment Month

I hereby dub January "Sporting Embarrassment Month."

 

Exhibit A:

World-class cyclist Lance Armstrong confirmed in a multi-part interview with Oprah Winfrey that he did indeed use performance-enhancing drugs during his cycling career. All of his Tour de France wins were aided by doping. 

 

 

Athletes around the globe are shocked and discouraged, as are cartoonists. 

 

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Exhibit B:

Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o was also caught in a lie. His girlfriend who allegedly passed away days before the Michigan State game never existed. 

 

Read the Deadspin article that broke the news. 

 

Fans across America felt for him during his time of “grieving” and offered him support and condolence. They reveled in his triumphant performance during the Michigan State game because they believed he played while facing immense adversity. To find out that it was all a hoax is incredibly disheartening and confusing, to say the least. 

 

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Current and future athletes should take note of these events and be reminded that honesty is always the best policy -- especially in this day and age when, information is a click away. 

 

Happy "Sporting Embarrassment Month"!

 

--Julia

 

 

 

January 07, 2013

BCS Championship Game: Alabama vs. Notre Dame

 

It’s finally here -- the ultimate college football matchup. Tonight is the BCS championship game, in Miami, Fla., with Alabama pitted against Notre Dame.

 

Both teams have weathered the college football season better than most. Alabama is coming into the game with one loss to Texas A&M, while Notre Dame is undefeated.

 

Alabama, lead by coach Nick Saban, is gunning for its third BCS championship win in four years. The Crimson Tide is stocked with a tough lineup, including quarterback A.J. McCarron and running back Eddie Lacy, and is ready to take on Notre Dame with a strong winning football tradition.

 

Notre Dame, coached by Brian Kelly, is looking to upset Alabama and finally turn around its long-standing record of defeat. The Fighting Irish have the No. 1 ranked defense in the nation and are led by Heisman Trophy finalist linebacker Manti Te’o.

 

TANK MCNAMARA is predicting an Alabama win, but I’m not so sure. 

 

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After all is calculated and debated, it boils down to a will to win. I’m looking forward to a good game.

 

--Julia

December 31, 2012

It's Snowy Out There!

This time of year gives me chills -- literally. It’s almost January, and for a lot of the United States, that means it’s prime snow season.  Calvin and Hobbes is the perfect comic to relish this time of year. With Calvin and Hobbes, you can fall into an imaginary world with snow monsters and wacky adventures that only a kid and his best friend can invent. 

 

Here are some the extraordinary snow creations of Calvin and Hobbes.

 

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Check out these real life snow renditions! They are fantastic. 

 

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Enjoy this snowy season with Calvin and Hobbes comics.

 

--Julia

December 24, 2012

Welcome to Twitter, Pope Benedict XVI

The world has truly entered the 21st century -- Pope Benedict XVI has a Twitter account. His holiness’ first tweets appeared on the @Pontifex feed, along with seven coordinated accounts with identical content in Spanish, German, French, Italian, Portuguese, Polish and Arabic. 

 

According to an interview with Claire Diaz-Ortiz, manager of social innovation at Twitter, “They (the Vatican) want to reach believers where they are and they know that believers are online.”

 

On Wednesday, Dec. 12, Pope Benedict XVI cast his first tweet:

 

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I suppose the Vatican was right about believers being online, because in a matter of five days, the Pope now has more than 1.2 million followers.  

 

According to Diaz-Ortiz, “The Vatican wants the Pope to connect with people as much as possible and are encouraging engagement with the Catholic community…”

 

Now you can follow the Pope and receive his words and wisdom in 140 characters or less.

 

As with any public event, our GoComics editorial cartoonists had something to say about the Pope’s recent adoption of social media. 

 

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Check out the Pope’s Twitter account  -- @Pontifex -- for yourself and tell us what you think. Does the Pope’s social media presence take away from the papal persona, or is it an innovative way to reach out to the Roman Catholic community at large?

 

 

--Julia

December 17, 2012

Starbucks Pick of the Week offering for Apps

 

Yesterday I walked into Starbucks to order my favorite winter treat -- a tall salted caramel hot chocolate, no whipped cream. As I was waiting in line for my drink, I noticed the Pick of the Week offering for Apps. To my delight, this week it is A Charlie Brown Christmas

 

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Starbucks wants its millions of customers to make merry with the Peanuts gang!

 

What a coincidence -- so do I!

 

I, of course, swiped a redeemable card and downloaded the app immediately. The interactive app is the narrated story of A Charlie Brown Christmas, complete with Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus and the rest of the Peanuts gang. The digital comic book is adorable and fun for all ages.

 

Hurry to the nearest Starbucks, procure the Pick of the Week and download the free A Charlie Brown Christmas to enjoy this holiday season.

 

Check out the Peanuts gang daily here.

December 10, 2012

Holiday Comics

The holiday season is my favorite time of the year. I love the lights, the tasty treats, the cold weather, the fireplace fires and the time with family. The comics are the icing on the holiday fruitcake, for me.  

 

Close to Home and The Flying McCoys shed light and humor on the season and its stresses. Calvin and HobbesFor Better or For Worse, FoxTrot and Red and Rover lightheartedly bring family life and a sense of nostalgia into their comic storylines. 

 

I can’t seem to get enough of these comics or this time of year. Here are a few of my favorites. 

 

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For all you pinners out there, GoComics recently created a fabulous Holiday Comics Pinterest board, to spread the holiday spirit with comics. Check it out and pin your favorites!  

 

Did you know that you can create comic collections of your own on GoComics? You have the ability to share your favorite comics with all GoComics.com visitors. Take a look at my holiday collection and then create your own.

 

Happy Holidays!

 

--Julia  


November 26, 2012

Holiday Traditions

 

The holidays are a time filled with joy, happiness, laughter and tradition. My family has a tradition of watching four holiday movies every year: "Elf", "Home Alone", "It’s A Wonderful Life" and "White Christmas".


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Thatababy and its "Home Alone" reference got me really excited to start dusting off the DVDs and spend a few evenings with my family.

 

If you haven’t seen these movies, consider spending some quality time with your family this holiday season. 

 

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"Home Alone"

 

 

"It's A Wonderful Life"

 

 

"White Christmas"

 

 

Don't forget the popcorn.

 

--Julia

November 19, 2012

Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Mickey Mouse and Peter Pan Team Up

In October, Disney acquired Lucasfilm Ltd., home of the famed Star Wars franchise, for the price tag of $4 billion. Iconic Star Wars filmmaker George Lucas, chairman and CEO of Lucasfilm Ltd., said in a statement, “For the past 35 years, one of my greatest pleasures has been to see Star Wars passed from one generation to the next. It's now time for me to pass Star Wars on to a new generation of filmmakers."

 

Disney has expressed its desire to grow the Star Wars film series with the addition of three movies. This buyout and promised expansion has caused quite the excitement among fans about the direction the famous series will take.

 

Here’s some commentary from our very own GoComics cartoonists.

 

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Heart of the City, by Mark Tatulli, has incorporated the merger into its storyline since Monday, Nov. 12 and has carried it through to today (11/12 - 11/19). Check it out! 

 

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I am a little apprehensive about the upcoming movies. In my mind, the Star Wars storyline has been resolved. How can Disney produce three more movies? Darth Vader is dead. Yoda is dead. The Emperor is dead. Luke is a Jedi knight. Princess Leia and Han Solo live happily ever after. What’s left? 

 

--Julia

 

November 12, 2012

Thank You Veterans

 

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I would like to recognize and honor all the brave men and women who are currently serving or who have served in the United States military. Without you, we would not have the freedoms or liberties that we, as Americans, enjoy. Thank you for all the sacrifices you have made to protect our great nation. 

 

Here are a few GoComics editorial cartoons that observed Veterans Day. 

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Both of my grandfathers served in World War II. Please leave a comment below naming anyone in your life who is serving or has served in the United States armed forces.

 

--Julia  

November 05, 2012

Election Day

It’s finally here -- Election Day is tomorrow! 2012 Pulitzer Prize winner Matt Wuerker depicted the campaign trail very accurately in his political cartoon today. 

 

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After what feels like eons of political advertisements, campaign fundraising, debates and speeches, we have made it to the last 20+ hours of this 2012 presidential election.

 

The race has been an ugly fight with multiple blunders, missteps and slipups on both candidates’ accounts. A few campaign highlights/lowlights:  

 

  • April 4, 2011 -- Obama formally announces his re-election campaign.
  • June 2, 2011 -- Romney formally announces his candidacy.
  • July 13, 2012 -- Obama delivers his “You didn’t build that” remark, speaking about how successful businesses use both personal ingenuity and public support.
  • Sept. 17, 2012 -- Romney’s “47 percent” comment is released to the public, referencing his estimate of the percentage of people who will vote against him, regardless of his efforts.  
  • Sept. 11, 2012 -- The attack on the U.S. Embassy in Benghazi, Libya, takes place, resulting in the deaths of four Americans.
  • Oct. 3, 2012 -- The first presidential debate occurs with Obama appearing to lack any sharp retorts.  
  • Oct. 16, 2012 -- Romney delivers his “binders full of women” comment during the second presidential debate, referencing his search for qualified female Cabinet candidates during his term as Massachusetts governor.

 

This is one of the closest national political races in recent history. According to the Nov. 5 Gallup Poll, Obama and Romney are essentially tied in campaign ratings. Obama runs with a 58 percent lead and Romney trails close behind with 54 percent. With numbers as close as these, every vote counts.

 

Many Americans are contemplating whether or not they should cast a ballot. I want to offer you a column by Donna Brazile that will help quell any of your reservations.


Click here to read the latest Donna Brazile column.

 

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The great American voting machine is only effective if we all fulfill our civic duty, so I encourage you to get out there and vote. Have a great Election Day.

 

--Julia

November 01, 2012

Sports Hall of Shame -- Lance Armstrong

Lance Armstrong, as many of you have probably heard, has been the recipient of numerous doping allegations -- 11 of which came from his own teammates. As a result of these allegations and subsequent investigations, according to an Ogden, Utah, Standard-Examiner article, Armstrong was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles, lost his Nike sponsorship, must pay millions back in bonuses and winnings from those victories and has lost hundreds of millions in projected future potential earnings.

 

His career and reputation are condemned, all because he went beyond the limits of fair competition. Discovering that he did not earn those wins solely on his own merits has shocked the world, including several of our editorial cartoonists.

 

 

 

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I am saddened by the situation, but this reiterates the fact that we, as a society, value fair competition.

 

Work hard and play by the rules.

 

--Julia

 

 

 

 

October 22, 2012

Stay Laughing, My Friends

The references to pop culture, which occasionally appear in Stephan Pastis’ comic strips, are one reason why I love Pearls Before Swine so much.

 

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This strip had me holding back fits of laughter. The "Most Interesting Man in the World" advertisements by Dos Equis are ridiculous, and that’s precisely why we all love them.

 

We find adoration and humor in Rat because he is a similarly outrageous character. He is always proposing the most ludicrous ideas, he has a huge ego and he is extremely self-centered -- much like the "Most Interesting Man in the World." In this Pearls Before Swine comic strip, Rat dubs himself the "Most Interesting Comic Strip Character in the World." I can’t contest Rat’s statement because he is most definitely one-of-a-kind.

 

Here are a few of my favorite lines from the "Most Interesting Man in the World."

 

“The police often question him, just because they find him interesting.”

 

 

“He is the life of parties he has never attended.”

 

 

“He can speak French, in Russian.”

 

 

“When in Rome, they do as he does."

 

Stay laughing, my friends.

 

--Julia


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