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April 11, 2014

Congratulations, Lincoln Peirce!

It’s not every day that you break a world record, but Big Nate cartoonist Lincoln Peirce just did!

 

This morning, Peirce and HarperCollins Children’s Books broke the Guinness World Records title for the world’s longest cartoon strip by a team! Made up of Big Nate panels created by students, the 3,983-foot comic strip spanned New York City’s Rockefeller Plaza and was verified by Guinness World Records adjudicator Mike Janela.

 

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To add even more excitement, the record was broken live on the "Today" show in New York City!

 

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Wow! Congratulations to Lincoln and the team!

 

Watch a clip of the excitement below: 

 

 

April 05, 2014

Comic Coincidences

A few months ago, I was scrolling through my GoComics homepage. When I noticed this Off the Mark comic and this Reality Check comic right next to each other, I couldn’t believe my eyes.

 

The similarities were uncanny: similar artwork, similar punchline. 

 

Now I’m always on the lookout for the “comic coincidences,” or comics featuring a similar theme or artwork on the same day. I get even more excited when the comics appear in close proximity to each other on my homepage.

 

To my delight, I’ve found a few in the past week or so.

 

Apparently, Garry Trudeau and Scott Metzger both think our children are ready for some new songs and stories.

 

The Bent Pinky by Scott Metzger
The Bent Pinky by Scott Metzger
Doonesbury by Garry Trudeau
Doonesbury by Garry Trudeau

 

And, it looks like we have some Kate Upton fans in the house.

Mike du Jour by Mike Lester
Mike du Jour by Mike Lester
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The Duplex by Glenn McCoy

 

Have you seen any comic coincidences lately? Let me know in the comments!

--Julie

March 21, 2014

Celebrating Women

The month of March is dedicated to celebrating women. International Women’s Day, which fell on March 8 this year, celebrates respect, appreciation and love toward women, as well as their social, economic and political achievements.  

 

March also claims Women’s History Month, highlighting the contributions of women to events in history and contemporary society.

 

Women have made, and continue to make, an impact in the comics industry. GoComics boasts strong, original work by dozens of female cartoonists. Today, I wanted to recognize a few of them.

 

Let’s give these ladies a round of applause!

 

Lynn Johnston

 

For Better or For Worse by Lynn Johnston

 

For Better or For Worse by Lynn Johnston

 

Lynn Johnston’s For Better or For Worse has appeared in more than 1,000 newspapers and digital outlets worldwide. Aside from a cartoonist, Johnston is a world traveler, adventuring to Holland, France, China, Mexico and Thailand, among other destinations. Perhaps most notable is the fact that Johnston was the first woman AND the first Canadian to win the Reuben Award for Cartoonist of the Year, in 1985.

 

Gemma Correll

Gemma Correll’s Four Eyes is home to quirky, sweet and pun-filled cartoons. Self-described as a cartoonist, writer, illustrator and all-round small person, Correll attended art school in Norwich, England, and received a B.A. in Graphic Design with a specialization in Illustration. She was a runner-up for The British Cartoonists’ Association and The Cartoon Museum “Young Cartoonist of the Year” award in 2012.

 

Eleri Mai Harris

Hailing from Hobart, Tasmania, Eleri Mai Harris is an Australian-American journalist and cartoonist based in Vermont. Her work, Eleri Mai Harris Cartoons, features non-fiction comics for political junkies and history nerds.

 

Connie Sun

Connie Sun is an Asian-American cartoonist from southern California. A semi-autobiographical comic strip, Connie to the Wonnie is a single girl’s attempt to make sense of human nature, modern dating and the creative process through the act of drawing out the topics that cross her mind each day.

 

Lela Lee

 

Angry Little Girls by Lela Lee

 

Angry Little Girls by Lela Lee

 

Lela Lee is a cartoonist and actress. Her comic Angry Little Girls is a cute and snarky representation of life as a girl. One girl is really angry, and the others are disenchanted, crazy, fresh and gloomy. It’s not easy being a girl with mean parents, a dumb boyfriend and annoying friends.

 

Cathy Guisewite

The creator of the popular comic strip Cathy, Cathy Guisewite is the recipient of numerous awards, including the prestigious Reuben Award for “Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year” in 1993. Women across the world identify with Cathy’s humor in balancing a career, love life and, of course, chocolate.

 

Leigh Luna

Leigh Luna’s work often reflects the time she spent in New Mexico and Colorado during her childhood. Her interests include yoga, coffee and bookbinding. Luna attends the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and resides in Minneapolis. Leigh Luna Comics represent a series of storylines, the first of which is Clementine Fox.

 

Sarah Andersen

 

Sarah's Scribbles by Sarah Andersen

 

Sarah's Scribbles by Sarah Andersen

 

A 21-year-old cartoonist, Andersen spent her childhood hopping between Connecticut, Germany and Denmark, and is currently studying at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore. Though early in her career, Andersen is already gaining attention in the comics industry. BuzzFeed, a popular news and entertainment website, named Sarah’s Scribbles as a Must-Read Comic of 2013. The Society of Illustrators has also recognized Andersen's illustration work.

 

Jan Eliot

Jan Eliot is the creator of the funny and irreverent Stone Soup, a saga that follows an extended, blended family, starring two working-mom sisters living just across the fence from each other. Outside of cartooning, Eliot enjoys traveling abroad to destinations including Europe, Africa, Thailand, Australia and many others, and aspires to continue exploring the world. Coming in second place behind cartooning, Eliot claims photography as a favorite art form.

 

There’s certainly a lot of talent out there, and that’s just the tip of the iceberg! Who are some of your favorite female cartoonists?

--Julie

March 14, 2014

Happy Pi Day!

In high school, there was always one day every year that I actually enjoyed math class, and that was Pi Day. We would usually have a short lesson, followed by a classroom party complete with pie.

 

With Planet Comicon, March Madness and springtime on my mind, I completely forgot about Pi Day this year.

 

Thanks for the reminder, Frazz!

 

Frazz by Jef Mallett

 

Who's ready for pie?

 

--Julie

February 28, 2014

The Secret to Humor

One of my favorite questions to ask our cartoonists during our Friday live tweet sessions is, “What’s the secret to humor?”

 

The problem is, while I suspect many of them do know the secret, I have yet to get a straight answer.

 

Maybe it’s knowing when to incorporate a trendy cat video joke.

 

Ben by Daniel Shelton
Ben by Daniel Shelton

 

Or being able to look at an everyday object, and see things most people don’t.

 

The Argyle Sweater by Scott Hilburn
The Argyle Sweater by Scott Hilburn

 

Or perhaps, it comes with years of experience.

 

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

 

While I’m still on as quest to discover the secret to humor, I’m glad our creators have found it.

 

--Julie

February 07, 2014

1,000 Words

I’ve noticed lately that some of my favorite comic strips are the ones that tell vibrant, exciting and funny stories without the help of words at all.

 

Take Lio, for example. This imaginative, creepy-crawly loving little boy takes readers along on adventures, often silently.

 

Lio by Mark Tatulli
Lio by Mark Tatulli

Then, we have Buni, whose unlucky situations are easy to follow through the bright, expressive images.

Buni by Ryan Pagelow
Buni by Ryan Pagelow

 

And, I can’t get enough of McArroni. It’s brilliant!

McArroni by Julian Loayza & Carmen Pérez
McArroni by Julian Loayza & Carmen Pérez

 

These comic strips may be wordless, but they’re certainly not lacking in the storytelling department. We all know the old saying “A picture is worth a thousand words,” and I’m finding it to be particularly true when it comes to comic strips.

 

--Julie

January 25, 2014

Comics and Trivia

Did you know more men than women take teddy bears to bed? Or that Monday the 27th is statistically more unlucky than Friday the 13th?

 

I’m learning all kinds of neat trivia thanks to the Learn Something New Every Day calendar that has found a home on my desk. Each morning, I tear off a sheet, even before reading my favorite comics. Then, I have a dilemma. I want to acquire more random knowledge!   

 

So, I move on to Trivquiz, whichcombines two of my favorite things: trivia and comics. It blends fun facts and trivia questions about the worlds of movies, TV and music and is brought to life by amazing illustrations.

 

Trivquiz by Steve McGarry
Trivquiz by Steve McGarry

 

From there, I test my brain with Ricig’s Toon Trivia. It’s like a pop quiz, but a fun one that incorporates pop culture and comics!  

 

Ricig's Toon Trivia by Michael Ricigliano
Ricig's Toon Trivia by Michael Ricigliano

Add these features to your GoComics homepage to get a daily dose of trivia!

 

--Julie

January 19, 2014

Laugh Through 2014

If the harsh wind doesn’t remind me that it’s January, the fullness of the gym does. For the past few weeks, I’ve walked into the gym wondering who these strangers are and what happened to my seemingly private gym.

 

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

As stereotypes suggest, the arrival of a new year has encouraged people to make new habits and break old ones. Beware, however, because Friday was Ditch New Year’s Resolutions Day. It’s the time of the year where people start to forget why they ever wanted to get in shape, eat healthier or quit cussing.

 

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

If you’re already feeling burnt out of your New Year's resolution, I have a proposition for you: Make a new resolution to not take life so seriously. Laugh a little more. It may sound cheesy, but it’s easy with a daily dose of GoComics. With more than 300 features and new comic launches every week, there’s a plethora of laugh-out-loud material. 

 

Lately, I’ve been laughing at That Monkey Tune, Adam@Home and The Bent Pinky, just to name a few. Which comics keep you laughing?

 

--Julie

 

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January 10, 2014

Cackling at Comic Panels

Each morning, I start the day by scrolling through my GoComics page, chuckling at my favorite comics. While there are many comic strips that I enjoy, I find myself laughing the hardest at comic panels.

 

Impatient as I am, I like the quick jokes and the lack of storyline. Without a cast of characters, comic panels allow for fresh jokes and a variety of topics.

 

When I think of comic panels, Sunny Street immediately comes to mind. It solidified a spot in my “must-reads” with just one comic. Don’t ask me why, but out of the thousands of comics I’ve read, this is the one that sticks out in my mind the most: 

 

 

Sunny Street by Max Garcia
Sunny Street by Max Garcia

 

Another favorite of mine is The Flying McCoys. I find myself relating to this one-of-a-kind comic panel probably more than one should. 

 

 

The Flying McCoys by Glenn and Gary McCoy
The Flying McCoys by Glenn and Gary McCoy

 

It’s worth noting that in addition to the various comic calendars I have displayed around my desk, I also keep a The Argyle Sweater day-to-day calendar at home. 

 

 

The Argyle Sweater by Scott Hilburn
The Argyle Sweater by Scott Hilburn

 

What are your favorite comic panels? Tell us in the comments!

 

--Julie

January 03, 2014

NATIONAL SOUP MONTH

January marks National Soup Month. It couldn’t come at a better time for Kansas City, as we’re facing temperatures below zero this weekend. Indeed, it sounds like the perfect weather to surround myself with pillows and blankets and devour some soup.

 

Wait, did you think I was talking about chicken noodle? Nope, here at GoComics, a different type of soup comes to mind.

 

Anybody interested in some Stone Soup? How about Soup to Nutz?

 

Home to one of my most favorite comic strip families, Stone Soup is realistic, relatable and truly makes me smile each and every day.

 

Stone Soup by Jan Eliot
Stone Soup by Jan Eliot

Another soup-y comic full of family drama, Soup to Nutz may not be much different from the family you grew up in.

 

Soup to Nutz by Rick Stromoski
Soup to Nutz by Rick Stromoski

 

Celebrate National Soup Month the GoComics way by reading these soup-filled comics on our mobile app!

 

--Julie  


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