March was an exciting month for GoComics! We added four new features and two returning comics! Check ‘em out below!
Clay Jones Editorial Cartoons
For more than 20 years, Clay Jones’ editorial cartoons have been pointing out the absurdity in the already absurd. From a left to moderate viewpoint, Jones tackles topics relating to politics, society and pop culture and is returning to GoComics after a short hiatus.
Jones began his career as an editorial cartoonist in 1990 by self-syndicating his work to more than 40 newspapers. His work has appeared in The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, USA Today, Time Magazine, Newsweek, CSPAN and The Rachel Maddow Show on MSNBC. Jones is the recipient of editorial and press awards from Hawaii, Mississippi and Virginia, and a collection of his work is archived at Mississippi State University.
Read Clay Jones editorial cartoons here.
Cartoonist Pat Marrin celebrates the election of Jorge Mario Bergoglio as Pope Francis in his comic strip. Francis follows the adventures of an unlikely pope whose humorous and compassionate words and actions offer hope.
A lifelong cartoonist, 20-year veteran of a Catholic religious order and an editor with the National Catholic Reporter, Marrin brings an insider’s view to his comic strip. Marrin graduated from the University of Missouri School of Journalism in 1985 and has experience as a newsroom illustrator at the Topeka Capital-Journal and as chair of the Journalism Department at Benedictine College in Atchison, Kan. Originally a native of Minneapolis, Minn., Marrin currently resides in Kansas City, Mo.
Read Francis here.
The sibling duo Bud and Lily are the stars of Oh, Brother!, a comic strip set in a middle-class, suburban neighborhood. The older and more sensible sibling, Lily takes it upon herself to look after her uninhibited, prank-loving younger brother, Bud. While Lily wins the occasional battle with her cool-headed maturity, Bud is intent on winning the war with his brazen brand of mischief. Despite their obvious differences, Bud and Lily love each other deeply and have a strong sibling bond.
Oh, Brother! co-creator Jay Stephens is known for his comic creations Chick & Dee, Jetcat and Arrowhead, as well as several “How-to-Draw” books for children, which earned him a National Cartoonists Society award nomination in 2007. In addition, he is the creator the animated series “Secret Saturdays” and Emmy Award-winning “Tutenstein.” Stephens resides in Guelph, Ontario, Canada where he teaches cartooning classes and manages an art store.
Stephens’ partner in crime, Bob Weber Jr., is the award-winning creator of Slylock Fox and Comics for Kids, a popular children’s activity comic strip that entertains readers worldwide with puzzles, games and fun facts. Weber frequently visits schools and libraries, teaching and inspiring students to create their own comic strips. His website KidCartoonists.com hosts a gallery of cartoons drawn by children throughout the world.
Read Oh, Brother! here.
Scurvyville is an ongoing series that immerses visitors in the day-to-day lives of the oddball residents of a small, fictional town. Piece by piece, the series walks viewers through a fly-on-the-wall tour of the town’s streets, alleyways and sordid hangouts, revealing the quirky inner lives of Scurvyville’s residents. Complete with backstories and biographies for the ever-growing community of characters, each painting exists as a location on the town’s expansive handmade map, showcasing the broad, evolving scope of Scurvyville and its story.
Scurvyville creator Marc Shank is a Kansas City, Mo., artist whose work consists of large-scale acrylic and ink paintings, as well as small portraits and silk-screen prints. His work has been showcased at various galleries throughout the Midwest, and was recently the focus of a two-month, one-man exhibition at the Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art in St. Joseph, Mo. Shank has been featured in publications/outlets such as MSNBC, The Kansas City Star, The Pitch and INK Magazine.
Read Scurvyville here.
Sweet & Sour Pork
A comic panel home to talking bananas, turtles with tummies and pun-filled panels, Sweet & Sour Pork returned to GoComics in March.
“Sweet & Sour Pork is like a little diner with a chef that likes to try new things,” creator Bob Holt said of his comic. “You never know what he’s going to put on the menu. You might not like every dish, but if you visit enough, you'll find something you like.”
Holt has been drawing since childhood and is grateful that his passion has turned into a career. As an employee of famed greeting card and ornament creator Hallmark for 30 years, Holt is grateful for the experiences and lessons throughout the years, which he looks to when creating his comic. A resident of the Kansas City, Mo. metropolitan area, he is a co-creator of “hoops&yoyo,” a pair of animated characters featured on Hallmark cards. Holt continues to work with the duo, and is the voice behind yoyo.
Read Sweet & Sour Pork here.
The Quixote Syndrome
Cartoonist Peter Mann describes The Quixote Syndrome as “a chronic graphic condition characterized by inflammation of the bookish imagination. Untreated, leads to errant sallies in history, literature, and thought. In late stages, it manifests itself in pathological tendencies toward the sublime and grotesque.”
A graphic artist and historian, Mann creates prints and drawings in addition to his comic strip. A doctor of modern European history, Mann teaches in a freshman humanities program at Stanford University, and resides in San Francisco.
Read The Quixote Syndrome here.