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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

Steve Kelley by Steve Kelley
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

May 02, 2014

FREE COMIC BOOK DAY!

 

Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson
Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson

 

Tomorrow marks every comic lovers’ favorite holiday: Free Comic Book Day!

 

As much as I love getting all of my favorite comics with the click of a mouse (or with a touch of the fingertip on my GoComics app), there’s just something about flipping through an actual comic book that I can’t get enough of.

 

Here at GoComics, we love Free Comic Book Day, and we want to make it extra special for our fans. You’ll have to wait until tomorrow to find out how, but I strongly suggest checking our GoComics Facebook and Twitter pages tomorrow around 9 a.m. CT for a BIG surprise! And we haven’t forgotten about our editorial cartoon enthusiasts. You’ll want to check out our GoComics political accounts: GoComics Liberal Twitter and Facebook and GoComics Conservative Twitter and Facebook.

 

Happy comic book reading, friends! How are you celebrating?

 

-- Julie

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.

 

  BigNate4

 

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

 

BigNate1

 

BigNate22

 BigNate33

 

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
The Duplex by Glenn McCoygif
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

 

P.S. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for daily laughs!

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  

December 27, 2013

Holiday Doodles

I’ve mentioned before that we like strange and wacky holidays here at GoComics.

 

When I think of holidays in December, Christmas comes to mind first, followed by New Year’s Eve. But did you know December also claims National Lemon Cupcake Day and Cat Herders Day?

 

Holiday Doodles by Missy Meyer
Holiday Doodles by Missy Meyer

 

As it turns out, us GoComics folks aren’t the only ones paying attention to the lesser-celebrated holidays.

 

New to GoComics as of this week, Holiday Doodles celebrates the strange, little-known, unique holidays you won’t find on any printed calendar. Each of cartoonist Missy Meyer’s comics combines at least two weird holidays.

 

I dare you to not smile at these cute little doodles. It’s seriously impossible. 

December 20, 2013

Bright-Eyed Buni

While I love the holiday season and the sparkly lights, togetherness and festivities that it brings, it’s no secret that I’m not a fan of winter. The past few weeks of dreary, gray, shiver-inducing days have turned me into a bit of a Scrooge, making it hard to find motivation to even leave the couch.

 

That Monkey Tune by Michael A. Kandalaft
That Monkey Tune by Michael A. Kandalaft

 

Here at GoComics, we love fun and wacky holidays, and I keep a list of them on my desk. So, when I noticed that tomorrow is Look on the Bright Side Day, I took it as a gentle reminder that although it’s bleak outside, my outlook doesn’t have to be.

 

A comic I’ve grown to love is Buni, which features an optimistic bunny with terrible luck. No matter what happens, Buni remains undeterred.

 

Buni by Ryan Pagelow

 

Buni by Ryan Pagelow

 

Buni by Ryan Pagelow

 

Buni would never let a little thing like cold weather get him down, and neither should I. Happy Look on the Bright Side Day, everyone. Let’s all strive to be a bit more like Buni.

 

--Julie

December 13, 2013

That Monkey Tune

It seems that nearly everyone I know has a favorite animal that they’ve clung to since childhood. I have one friend who is over the moon for polar bears, another friend who cherishes horses and one who fancies frogs. As for me, I’ve always latched onto monkeys.

 

So, it’s no surprise that I took an instant liking to That Monkey Tune.

 

Despite the fact that I’m a human, I frequently identify with the main characters.  

 

Like Elliot, the fun-sized monkey who loves TV and cookies.

That Monkey Tune by Michael A. Kandalaft

That Monkey Tune by Michael A. Kandalaft

 

And Beagly, who can often be found with his nose buried in a book.

That Monkey Tune by Michael A. Kandalaft

 

I look forward to reading this comic each day, anticipating what type of mischief the furry duo will get into. 

That Monkey Tune by Michael A. Kandalaft

 

And, seriously, they’re just too cute. What’s not to love?

That Monkey Tune by Michael A. Kandalaft

--Julie


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