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July 25, 2015

Waltzing Through GoComics

One evening, my family gathered in the kitchen, preparing for Thanksgiving dinner (and the visitors that come with it). With my dad on “cleaning duty,” my mom scrambling to perfect her green bean casserole, and my brother and I trying to find the balance between being helpful and staying out of the way, the afternoon had been a bit tense.

 

Then, Peter Gabriel’s “Solsbury Hill” began playing through the speakers. Without warning, my parents began grooving to the beat, laughing as they swayed.

 

Just like that, the tense mood was lifted, and I enjoyed an evening with the people I love the most – all thanks to a spontaneous dance party. It’s one of my favorite memories, and makes me smile whenever I think about it.

 

It’s fun to witness the many styles of dance that flutter across GoComics. Young and old, short and tall, sophisticated and silly, GoComics characters certainly have an appreciation for dancing.

 

Like Rose, who will never pass up the opportunity to pirouette.

 

Rose is Rose by Don Wimmer and Pat Brady
Rose is Rose by Don Wimmer and Pat Brady

 

 

Peanuts is home to the brilliant “Happy Dance.”

 

 

Peanuts by Charles Schulz
Peanuts by Charles Schulz

 

Peanuts by Charles Schulz
Peanuts by Charles Schulz

 

 

There’s certainly no shortage of joyful jives.

 

 

 

Grand Avenue by Steve Breen and Mike Thompson
Grand Avenue by Steve Breen and Mike Thompson

 

 

Baldo by Hector D. Cantu and Carlos Castellanos
Baldo by Hector D. Cantu and Carlos Castellanos

 

 

To some, dancing is just for fun.

 

 

 

Phoebe and Her Unicorn by Dana Simpson
Phoebe and Her Unicorn by Dana Simpson

 

 

Others are training for a serious competition.

 

 

Brevity by Dan Thompson
Brevity by Dan Thompson

 

 

While some characters have two left feet …

 

 

The Born Loser by Art and Chip Sansom
The Born Loser by Art and Chip Sansom

 

 

You can’t deny the beauty and grace in 9 Chickweed Lane.

 

 

9 Chickweed Lane by Brooke McEldowney
9 Chickweed Lane by Brooke McEldowney

 

 

No matter your style, get out there and dance! It’s good for you!

 

 

Frazz by Jef Mallett
Frazz by Jef Mallett

 

 

Baldo by Hector D. Cantu and Carlos Castellanos
Baldo by Hector D. Cantu and Carlos Castellanos

 

– Julie

June 24, 2015

Sharing is Caring

With more than 300 comics on GoComics and a job allowing me to read through many of them every day, I’m constantly finding situations and scenarios that remind me of my family and friends. I can’t help but share them through an email or text, often accompanied by a message saying, “Seems like something you would say!” or “Who does this remind you of?”

 

I’ve noticed that many of the most shareable comics are often the shortest.

 

Like, the one-line, quick-witted cracks from Aunty Acid.

 

Aunty Acid by Ged Backland
Aunty Acid by Ged Backland

 

Aunty Acid by Ged Backland
Aunty Acid by Ged Backland

 

Or the profound Pot-Shots.

 

Pot-Shots by Ashleigh Brilliant
Pot-Shots by Ashleigh Brilliant
Pot-Shots by Ashleigh Brilliant
Pot-Shots by Ashleigh Brilliant

 

 

The strange scenarios found in Frog Applause that leave you laughing while simultaneously scratching your head.

 

Frog Applause by Teresa Burritt
Frog Applause by Teresa Burritt

 

 

Frog Applause by Teresa Burritt
Frog Applause by Teresa Burritt

 

And, the bits of wisdom found in Lard’s World Peace Tips.

 

Lard's World Peace Tips by Keith Tutt and Daniel Saunders
Lard's World Peace Tips by Keith Tutt and Daniel Saunders

 

Lard's World Peace Tips by Keith Tutt and Daniel Saunders
Lard's World Peace Tips by Keith Tutt and Daniel Saunders

 

Of course Tiny Confessions makes the list, considering I come from a family of animal lovers.

 

Tiny Confessions by Christopher Rozzi
Tiny Confessions by Christopher Rozzi

 

Tiny Confessions by Christopher Rozzi
Tiny Confessions by Christopher Rozzi

 

When it comes to strips with more dialogue, it’s not hard to find quotes within that can stand alone and pack a punch. I’ll leave you with a few gems. After all, sharing is caring, right?

 

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Drabble-Cat

 

What comic(s) do you share the most often?

 

--Julie

May 01, 2015

Happy May Day!

When I was in kindergarten, my entire class delivered May Day baskets to homes around the school. Today, it seems odd to me that a class of 20+ children paraded around the neighborhood, knocking on strangers’ doors. Sometimes I wonder if I’ve mixed up memories or made up this event entirely.

 

Arlo and Janis by Jimmy Johnson

 

False memory or not, May Day always holds a special place in my heart. It’s a signal that spring is truly here and summer is just around the corner. A reminder to get outdoors, enjoy the weather and breathe in the scent of blooming flowers.

 

Frazz by Jef Mallett
Frazz by Jef Mallett

 

Happy May Day! Do you have any special traditions or memories of May Day?

 

FoxTrot Classics by Bill Amend

 

--Julie

April 21, 2015

The Perfect Gift for Mother’s Day

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Several months ago, I found a Reply All comic that perfectly described the relationship between my mom and me. As I often do with comics, I sent it along to my mom, who almost instantly replied, “I want a print of that!” Luckily, I knew just where to get one.

 

Christmas was around the corner, giving me the perfect opportunity to surprise my mom with an archive-quality print of this comic strip. I kid you not, tears came to her eyes when she opened it. Today, the framed print proudly hangs above her desk, nestled between family photos.

 

With Mother’s Day around the corner, YOU have the chance to give your mom the wonderful gift of an archive-quality comic strip print.

 

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The comic you choose will be printed on high-quality 11”x17” paper. Unframed collectible prints featuring art of the buyer’s choice are available for $39.95. Another option, framed collectible prints, range in price from $229.95 to $239.95. To ensure delivery by Mother’s Day, orders for framed and unframed prints must be placed by April 24 and May 1, respectively.

 

Start browsing available features for purchase here!

April 10, 2015

Happy Siblings Day

When I think of the word “siblings,” a few phrases come to mind: “drama,” “laughter,” “bickering,” “memories,” but most important, “unconditional love.”

 

Growing up together, siblings have a unique bond. They understand our quirks, our insecurities and what makes us tick. They’re often our first friends and share our earliest memories.  

 

In honor of Siblings Day, let’s delve in to the relationships of our comic star siblings.

 

Though siblings are notorious for tattling on one another, it’s always good to have someone to share the blame.

 

Stone Soup by Jan Eliot
Stone Soup by Jan Eliot

Like many younger siblings, Bud constantly pushes Lily’s buttons.

 

Oh, Brother! by Bob Weber Jr. and Jay Stephens
Oh, Brother! by Bob Weber Jr. and Jay Stephens

Sometimes, the competition can be brutal.

 

JumpStart by Robb Armstrong
JumpStart by Robb Armstrong

Need to bounce a creative idea off of someone? You can count on your sibling for the candid truth.

 

FoxTrot by Bill Amend
FoxTrot by Bill Amend

It’s always good to have a support system for dealing with your parents’ weirdness.

 

Adam@Home by Rob Harrell
Adam@Home by Rob Harrell

They’ll support you on your roughest, toughest days.

 

Baldo by Hector D. Cantu and Carlos Castellanos
Baldo by Hector D. Cantu and Carlos Castellanos

And, best of all, they’ll always have your back.

 

Family Tree by Signe Wilkinson
Family Tree by Signe Wilkinson

We’re just getting started! See more hair-pulling and heartwarming sibling moments here.

 

--Julie

January 30, 2015

Have a Little Fun

Ever heard the saying, “Act your age, not your shoe size?” In general, it’s pretty solid advice. But, as the Jan. 25 Thatababy reminded me, it’s OK to have a little fun in life.

 

Thatababy by Paul Trap
Thatababy by Paul Trap

 

The Thatababy family isn’t the only one creating mischief.

 

Law enforcement officer by day, enforcer of fun by night, JumpStart’s Joe Cobb never fails to embrace his inner child.

 

JumpStart by Robb Armstrong
JumpStart by Robb Armstrong

 

Then, we have Lola. She may be a senior citizen, but she’s enjoying life to the fullest.

 

Lola by Todd Clark
Lola by Todd Clark

 

We’ve got some pranking going on over in CowTown.

 

CowTown by Charlie Podrebarac
CowTown by Charlie Podrebarac

 

 Yep, maturity is overrated. Just ask Frazz’s Mr. Spaetzle.

 

Frazz by Jef Mallett
Frazz by Jef Mallett

 

Never mind the naysayers. Dance to the music of life! 

 

Broom Hilda by Russell Myers
Broom Hilda by Russell Myers

 

As we head into the weekend, consider this a PSA to do something just a little bit silly. Then, tell us about it in the comments!

 

--Julie

January 16, 2015

A Winter Wonderland of Comics

Baby, it’s cold outside!

 

Though the dark and snowy days of winter are here in full force, our goal at GoComics is to always keep you laughing! We’ve compiled a collection of winter-related comics to brighten the dreary days.

 

Full of skating, sledding, snowmen and even some sunlight, these comics are guaranteed to bring you out of the dreaded winter daze.

 

Frank & Ernest by Thaves
Frank & Ernest by Thaves

 

Grand Avenue by Steve Breen and Mike Thompson
Grand Avenue by Steve Breen and Mike Thompson

 

Heart of the City by Mark Tatulli
Heart of the City by Mark Tatulli

 

Peanuts by Charles Schulz
Peanuts by Charles Schulz

 

See the entire collection of winter-themed comics here.

December 19, 2014

The Best Part of Holiday Baking

What’s better than warm, gooey, freshly baked cookies dipped in milk? Eating the cookie dough raw, of course!

 

Frazz by Jef Mallett
Frazz by Jef Mallett

 

Thatababy by Paul Trap
Thatababy by Paul Trap
 
Adam@Home by Rob Harrell
Adam@Home by Rob Harrell

 

--Julie

November 28, 2014

Turkey Hangover

I. AM. SO. FULL. After seconds (and thirds) of turkey, stuffing, sweet potatoes and green bean casserole, I think I’ve consumed enough calories to last me until New Year's Day.    

 

And I’m pretty sure I’m not alone.

 

FoxTrot by Bill Amend
FoxTrot by Bill Amend
That Monkey Tune by Michael A. Kandalaft
That Monkey Tune by Michael A. Kandalaft

 

Daddy's Home by Tony Rubino and Gary Markstein
Daddy's Home by Tony Rubino and Gary Markstein

 

As cheesy as this sounds, my heart is even more full than my stomach. I’ve spent the last few days catching up with friends and hanging with the family, and for that I am truly thankful!

 

Speechless by Len Borozinski
Speechless by Len Borozinski

--Julie

November 14, 2014

The Art of Richard Thompson

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I’ll be the first to admit that I’m addicted to technology. It’s rare to see me without my phone in my hand or my fingers tapping away on my laptop.

 

Yet there’s still something so enchanting about a beautiful, hardcopy book. It’s magical to flip through glossy pages and get lost in the art and the words. 

 

I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy of “The Art of Richard Thompson.” With contributions from Universal Uclick and GoComics creators Bill Watterson (Calvin and Hobbes) and Nick Galifianakis (Nick and Zuzu), the highly illustrated book presents Cul de Sac creator Richard Thompson’s work.

 

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Richard Thompson and Nick Galifianakis; Source: Nick Galifianakis

In an interview with Michael Cavna of The Washington Post's Comic Riffs, Bill Watterson speaks to the book’s beauty, saying, "About 80 percent of Richard’s career was news to me when we put this together, so I assume the variety and quality of Richard’s caricatures, illustrations and comics will astonish other readers, too. It’s some beautiful stuff, and I hope the book finds its way into the hands of young artists, especially. The book was a real labor of love for all of us.”

 

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Stay up-to-date on book signings and reviews on Facebook or visit Richard’s blog for bonus material. And preorder “The Art of Richard Thompson” here!

October 24, 2014

Costume Confusion

Halloween can be a stressful time for kids and adults alike, and it’s not because of the ghosts, goblins and witches dancing through town. The real stress comes from planning the perfect costume.

 

Heart of the City by Mark Tatulli
Heart of the City by Mark Tatulli
Heart of the City by Mark Tatulli
Heart of the City by Mark Tatulli

There’s so much pressure to be original.

 

WuMo by Wulff & Morgenthaler
WuMo by Wulff & Morgenthaler

While you don’t want to go over the top, you definitely want to show your fun side.

 

Cathy by Cathy Guisewite
Cathy by Cathy Guisewite

Which means it can get expensive.

 

Adam@Home by Rob Harrell
Adam@Home by Rob Harrell

But the finished product is SO worth it.

 

Frazz by Jef Mallett
Frazz by Jef Mallett

As a word of advice this Halloween -- whatever you do, don’t dress up as a piñata.

 

Baldo_topper- Baldo by Hector D. Cantu and Carlos Castellanos
Baldo by Hector D. Cantu and Carlos Castellanos

We love Halloween at GoComics, so we’ve compiled a collection of spooky funnies! See it here.

 

--Julie

October 17, 2014

Let’s Go, Royals!

Spirits are high and excitement levels are soaring in Kansas City as our beloved Royals are heading to the World Series next week!

 

Everywhere you look, you see blue. Known as the City of Fountains, majestic royal blue waterfalls currently flow through the city, Royals flags line the streets of major shopping areas and you can’t walk into any store without seeing the majority of shoppers wearing Royals attire.

 

Here at the GoComics headquarters, Snoopy is proudly rooting for the Royals in the front windows, and his buddy Charlie Brown is sporting a crown while watching over the Marketing department.

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It’s an incredible time to be a Kansas City resident. Whether cheering on the team at Kauffman stadium, at one of the various watch parties around town or at home with family, Royals fans are all smiles.

 

Win, Lose, Drew by Drew Litton
Win, Lose, Drew by Drew Litton

 

While I have a pretty good grasp on baseball, I’ll admit I don’t always understand the strategy behind each and every play. I’ve found it best to just cheer when others cheer and boo when others boo. Bear, on the other hand, still needs to learn that lesson.

 

Molly and the Bear by Bob Scott
Molly and the Bear by Bob Scott

 

Thank goodness it’s Friday. I know I’m not the only one struggling to concentrate this week.   

 

Stuart Carlson by Stuart Carlson
Stuart Carlson

Are you rooting for the Royals?

 

--Julie

October 03, 2014

Happy World Smile Day!

Devoted to acts of kindness and bringing a smile to those around you, today marks World Smile Day.

 

I caught a few of my GoComics pals committing acts of kindness, and I wanted to share them in honor of World Smile Day.

 

This week, Red and Rover have been volunteering at a local nursing home, spreading cheer to the elderly.

 

Red and Rover by Brian Basset
Red and Rover by Brian Basset

Sluggo’s creation will surely spread a smile.

 

Nancy by Guy Gilchrist
Nancy by Guy Gilchrist

 Nancy has the right idea, too.

 

Nancy by Guy Gilchrist
Nancy by Guy Gilchrist

I’m touched by Bub’s thoughtfulness.

 

Betty by Gary Delainey and Gerry Rasmussen
Betty by Gary Delainey and Gerry Rasmussen

 

How are you going to spread the cheer on World Smile Day? It can be as easy as sharing your favorite comic with a loved one, gifting them a gorgeous comic strip print or reading an e-book together.

 

 

--Julie

September 19, 2014

Art Fair Fanatic

CowTown by Charlie Podrebarac

 

Born and raised in Kansas City, I’m a huge fan of our city. We have beautiful fountains, mouth-watering barbeque and (most important) the GoComics headquarters; I’m proud to call Kansas City home.

 

My very favorite part of the Kansas City experience happens only one weekend each year. The Annual Plaza Art Fair! A mixture of incredible artistic talent, live music, great food and tons of people watching, I can’t think of a better way to spend a weekend!

 

Much to my delight, Charlie Podrebarac, Kansas City resident and creator of CowTown and FatCats, has been running a series of cartoons on GoComics this week pertaining to the Plaza Art Fair. Check them out!

 

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If you happen to be in the area this weekend, be sure to stop by booth 402 to meet Charlie and see his paintings!

 

View the series here.

 

--Julie

August 15, 2014

Comics that Bite

In case you hadn’t heard (and let’s face it, how could you not), IT’S SHARK WEEK!

 

While I have to admit I haven’t actually caught (no pun intended) any of the Shark Week specials on TV, I’ve gotten a few laughs out of the Shark Week jokes popping up across my GoComics homepage this week.

 

The Wizard of Id’s storyline has a special sharky twist this week.

 

Wizard of Id by Parker and Hart

 

Lost Sheep made my heart skip a beat.

 

Lost Sheep by Dan Thompson

 

 

I’ve even seen GoComics editorial cartoonists creatively incorporating well-timed Shark Week references while keeping us covered on current events.

 

Marshall Ramsey
Marshall Ramsey

 

Dana Summers
Dana Summers

 

Perhaps if Shark Week invaded some of my favorite guilty-pleasure TV shows, I’d be more likely to tune in.

 

Dogs of C-Kennel by Mick & Mason Mastroianni
Dogs of C-Kennel by Mick & Mason Mastroianni

 

For now, I’ll get my Shark Week fix through my comics.

 

--Julie

August 13, 2014

R.I.P. Robin Williams

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Steve Kelley

 

The world is mourning the loss of the very talented Robin Williams. A beloved actor and comedian, Williams kept us laughing throughout his career. The GoComics community is honoring his memory this week with many touching tributes, and I wanted to share them here.

 

Marshall Ramsey
Marshall Ramsey

 

Gary Varvel
Gary Varvel
 
Nick Anderson
Nick Anderson

 

Henry Payne
Henry Payne

 

Jeff Stahler
Jeff Stahler
 
Phil Hands
Phil Hands
 
Steve Breen
Steve Breen
 
Darrin Bell
Darrin Bell
Jerry Holbert
Jerry Holbert
 
Mike Luckovich
Mike Luckovich
 
Clay Jones
Clay Jones
 
Bob Gorrell
Bob Gorrell
 

July 18, 2014

A Comic in a Different Galaxy

Saturday (7/19) is Space Exploration Day, which, if you ask me, coincides perfectly with the 10th anniversary of Brewster Rockit this month!  

 

Brewster Rockit combines a few of my very favorite things.

 

Space: Since childhood, I’ve been fascinated with outer space. I get lost in the beauty of the moon and the stars, though the unknowns of outer space terrify me. Situated in space, Brewster Rockit is right up my alley.   

 

Brewster Rockit by Tim Rickard

 

 

Pop Culture: There’s no doubt that you’ll catch me reading the timeless Calvin and Hobbes, relating to For Better or For Worse and admiring Peanuts. But, at the same time, I really enjoy comics that keep up with current events and allow timely topics to seep in. While you won’t find current events in every Brewster Rockit strip, there’s certainly no shortage of well-timed jokes.

 

 

Brewster Rockit by Tim Rickard

 

 

Alluring Art: Truth be told, when it comes to comics, I’m in it for the punch line. I look for the laugh first, and then notice the artwork. With Brewster Rockit, it was quite the opposite. I fell in love with the artwork before the storyline. I could spend hours studying the intricate drawings and details in Brewster Rockit.

 

 

Brewster Rockit by Tim Rickard

 

Seriously, just look at those stars and tell me that’s not beautiful. 

 

Happy 10th birthday, Brewster Rockit! Time travel back to the very first strip here.

 

-- Julie

June 27, 2014

GOAL!

Any soccer fans out there feeling like this?

 

Lalo Alcaraz by Lalo Alcaraz
Lalo Alcaraz by Lalo Alcaraz

 

What about like this?

 

Gary Varvel by Gary Varvel
Gary Varvel by Gary Varvel

 

Kansas City has transformed into a giant soccer-loving, red-white-and-blue-wearing, fun-spirited watch party mecca. The best part? The madness is happening just steps away from the GoComics headquarters!

 

While I’m not the biggest soccer fan, the enthusiasm is truly contagious.

 

I’ve mentioned before that I love when cartoonists incorporate current events into their comics, and I’m really getting a kick (no pun intended) out of the soccer-themed content showing up across my GoComics homepage.

 

There are plenty of editorial cartoons referencing the events, such as this one by Jeff Stahler:

Jeff Stahler by Jeff Stahler
Jeff Stahler by Jeff Stahler

And, of course, Win, Lose, Drew is always quick with a sports-related joke. 

 

Win, Lose, Drew by Drew Litton
Win, Lose, Drew by Drew Litton

 

Clearly, I’m not the only one noticing the world’s transformation.

 

Speechless by Len Borozinski
Speechless by Len Borozinski

 

What does the World Cup excitement look like in your city?

 

--Julie

June 12, 2014

Frights for Friday (The Thirteenth)

Is today not going as well as planned? Did you sleep through your alarm? Spill coffee on your new shirt? See a ghost?

 

There’s only one explanation: It’s Friday the 13th.

 

Nearly as eerie as Halloween, Friday the 13th has us on edge. It only seems right to dig into some of our darker comics on this notoriously unlucky day.

 

One of our newer additions, Deep Dark Fears, literally gives me goose bumps. Creator Fran Krause illustrates the irrational fears, dark thoughts and ghost stories submitted by readers around the world. In the spirit of Friday the 13th, I highly recommend you check it out.

 

Deep Dark Fears by Fran Krause
Deep Dark Fears by Fran Krause
 

If you’re searching for a slightly less shiver-inducing comic, look to Scary Gary. Although Gary the vampire has given up his blood-sucking ways, his assistant, Leopold, is always plotting ways to terrorize the neighborhood, leading to some hair-raising situations.

 

Scary Gary by Mark Buford
Scary Gary by Mark Buford
 

Buni finds himself battling mafia teddy bears, garden gnomes and zombies. To me, it seems that Friday the 13th is the only date on Buni’s calendar, though he remains blissfully unaware of the dangers in his world.

 

Buni by Ryan Pagelow
Buni by Ryan Pagelow
 

And then there's Lio. Following the monster-hunting, creature-filled, science-experimenting adventures of a first-grader, this comic strip is almost too cute to be creepy. Almost.

 

Lio by Mark Tatulli
Lio by Mark Tatulli
 

Personally, I’m not overly superstitious when it comes to Friday the 13th. However, Holiday Doodles reminded me that Kitchen Klutzes of America Day falls on Friday the 13th this year, so, just to be safe, I think I’ll go out to dinner tonight.

 

Holiday Doodles by Missy Meyer
Holiday Doodles by Missy Meyer
 

You can never be too careful.

 

--Julie

May 16, 2014

Happy Birthday, Lio!

This week, my favorite first-grader, Lio, celebrated a birthday!

 

Lio by Mark Tatulli
Lio by Mark Tatulli

 

Lio puts a smile on my face each morning as I watch him explore the creepy, crawly and spooky world around him. I think Lio is braver than I’ll ever be, confronting spiders, monsters and aliens like it’s no big deal.

 

Lio by Mark Tatulli
Lio by Mark Tatulli

 

Happy 8th birthday, Lio!

 

--Julie

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