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.
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!
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.
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.”
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.
There’s so much pressure to be original.
While you don’t want to go over the top, you definitely want to show your fun side.
Which means it can get expensive.
But the finished product is SO worth it.
As a word of advice this Halloween -- whatever you do, don’t dress up as a piñata.
We love Halloween at GoComics, so we’ve compiled a collection of spooky funnies! See it here.
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.
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.
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.
Thank goodness it’s Friday. I know I’m not the only one struggling to concentrate this week.
Are you rooting for the Royals?
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.
Sluggo’s creation will surely spread a smile.
Nancy has the right idea, too.
I’m touched by Bub’s thoughtfulness.
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!
If you happen to be in the area this weekend, be sure to stop by booth 402 to meet Charlie and see his paintings!
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.
Lost Sheep made my heart skip a beat.
I’ve even seen GoComics editorial cartoonists creatively incorporating well-timed Shark Week references while keeping us covered on current events.
Perhaps if Shark Week invaded some of my favorite guilty-pleasure TV shows, I’d be more likely to tune in.
For now, I’ll get my Shark Week fix through my comics.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Any soccer fans out there feeling like this?
What about like this?
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.
And, of course, Win, Lose, Drew is always quick with a sports-related joke.
Clearly, I’m not the only one noticing the world’s transformation.
What does the World Cup excitement look like in your city?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
You can never be too careful.
This week, my favorite first-grader, Lio, celebrated a birthday!
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.
Happy 8th birthday, Lio!
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?
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.
To add even more excitement, the record was broken live on the "Today" show in New York City!
Wow! Congratulations to Lincoln and the team!
Watch a clip of the excitement below:
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.
And, it looks like we have some Kate Upton fans in the house.
Have you seen any comic coincidences lately? Let me know in the comments!
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’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’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 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 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.
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’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.
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 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?
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!
Who's ready for pie?
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.
Or being able to look at an everyday object, and see things most people don’t.
Or perhaps, it comes with years of experience.
While I’m still on as quest to discover the secret to humor, I’m glad our creators have found it.
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.
Then, we have Buni, whose unlucky situations are easy to follow through the bright, expressive images.
And, I can’t get enough of McArroni. It’s brilliant!
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.