If we could choose just one word that characterizes cartoonist Corey Pandolph, that word would be "super-mega-talented-comics-rockstar-genius."
He's the creator of three GoComics features - The Elderberries, Toby Robot Satan and Barkeater Lake. He blogs for the humor site DrinkAtWork.com as well as Macgasm.net, and his feature Rob, the Evil Backstabbing Robot Temp appears frequently in the pages of Mad Magazine. He also blogs regularly on his own site, FakeRockstar.com. Obviously, Corey is a busy dude. And if you've seen his work (or, let's be honest, if you've ever asked him), you know he's supremely talented.
That's why we're so excited to make several excellent Pandolph-related announcements today!
First: Corey launches a brand-new comic on GoComics today - Greene With Envy! This daily strip follows the adventures of Steve and Nancy Greene, a couple who chose to forgo children and opt instead for a quiet and "free" lifestyle. As the Greenes watch their suburban neighborhood's population explode, however, they soon realize their decision often marks them as the odd couple out, breeding a friendly interest from some and a bright green streak of envy from others. Click here to check it out!
Second: As of today, the ONLY place to find Toby, Barkeater Lake and the just-launched Greene with Envy is GoComics.com! That's right - you no longer need to go chasing Pandolph all over the Internet (though he's extremely flattered when you do). We are the one-stop exclusive home of your daily Pandolph comics fix!
Third: Corey will be a regular contributor to the GoComics blog! His new weekly blog feature will launch this week, and we're 100% certain the stuff you will see from Corey right here on the Laugh Tracks blog will BLOW YOUR MIND. Watch for Corey's first post later this week!
Phew! So there you go - lots of big Pandolph news on this August Monday. Don't forget to celebrate this unofficial "Pandolph Day" by checking out Greene With Envy, and keep dropping in right here this week to see the debut of Corey's new blog feature!
There’s a sexy new comic book heroine set to reveal herself exclusively to iPhone and iPod Touch users, and this scantily clad adventurer, with a popular, familiar name, is bringing her exploits to life in this direct-to-iPhone release.
Legendary comic book creator Stan Lee, has created the sultry super-heroine stars in an original four-volume comic book series.
“Some people think Stripperella is merely a far-out fantasy featuring a torrid, whistle-bait pin-up,” said Lee. “But thoughtful readers look beneath Stripperella’s frivolous façade and recognize a scholarly, psychological analysis of today’s complex male/female relationships with cogent commentary within the sophisticated subtext. Congratulations to Universal Uclick and POW! for Stripperella, the perfect cerebral companion for the thinking man.”
GoComics regulars know Scott Nickel as the mad genius behind the kooky, spooky, daily comic gem EEK! Scott has also been sole creator or co-creator on several other comic features over the years, all while maintaining his day job at Paws, Inc. and creating cartoons for Mad Magazine, greeting cards, and more on the side. He's a busy guy.
Not too long ago, Scott found time to create another fun little strip, called Little Otto:
"So I did this daily comic strip for a California newspaper a few years back, and I have about 15 months' worth of material...I looked at it again recently and I really quite liked it, even though it comes from a completely different place than EEK!...I decided to see if Uclick was interested and they were, so it's running 3 days a week on GoComics."
Fans of Nickel's work already know he's a very versatile cartoonist, having produced top-notch work in a wealth of different styles for all sorts of media. Little Otto is another great example of Nickel's exceptional talent.
We have another great new daily cartoon on GoComics: Chuckle Bros. Here's the description from ChuckleBros.com:
"Humor can be found in just about every nook and cranny - down dark alleys, deep in space, far out to sea and hidden under grates. These are just a few of the myriad settings which serve as a backdrop for our zany cartoon, Chuckle Bros.
From early civilization, through the present, and on into the distant future, the world of Chuckle Bros is actually the same crazy world we all inhabit - it's just missing the normal set of checks and balances that keep each and every one of us just inside the ropes on our path through life.
Add the ignoble guy - the fellow who is constantly faced with innumerable obstacles on the road to imminent disaster - and you've got a sure-fire recipe for laughter.
And the best thing about him is that he is everybody and nobody at the same time - a pirate, a gardener, a locksmith or an astronaut - so he can go anywhere, anytime and do anything, all in the name of a good chuckle.
In a world that's often all too serious, we welcome you to see it through the eyes of Chuckle Bros - a laugh-a-day, every day."
Scary Gary, a new comic strip by Mark Buford, examines an all-too-common problem: vampires in the suburbs. But this vampire isn't out for blood; Gary has turned over a new leaf.
"He's rather burned out on vampirism and is ready to hang up his cape," said Buford, adding that Gary's henchman, Leopold, is somewhat less than enthusiastic about the move: "Leopold keeps the neighborhood thoroughly terrorized."
Buford has been drawing cartoons since childhood and scored his first syndication deal in 1997 with a daily called Meatloaf Night. He said that Scary Gary was inspired in part by classic TV.
"When I was a kid I loved watching 'The Munsters' and 'The Addams Family,'" he said. "One day a few years ago I was thinking about those shows while doodling in my sketchbook, and Gary just appeared on the page."
Buford's late wife suggested the henchman idea, selected a design and even named him Leopold. And with that, Buford said, "Scary Gary was off and running."
Scary Gary has been syndicated by Creators Syndicate since June. It updates every day.
Barnyard buddies Stan the bull and Rory the sheep, unlikely friends and stars of Ralph Hagen's new daily comic strip, The Barn, have a new home on GoComics.
The Barn, which is syndicated by Creators Syndicate, is the first daily strip of Hagen's 30-year career in cartooning. His work has appeared in publications such as Reader's Digest, The Saturday Evening Post and Woman's World, among others. Hagen is looking forward to the expanded audience offered by GoComics:
"From the fan mail I've received, people really enjoy the unique personality traits of Rory and Stan, especially the innocence of Rory. There's a lot of fun to explore in the premise - a barn situated between a butcher shop, a French restaurant and a vet clinic. Stan spends his time evading the butcher and chef to live another day, while Rory seems oblivious to the dangers, and outside of his fear of shearing day, spends his time exploring and asking questions."
Our newest editorial cartoonist, Donna Barstow, is a rarity. It's not just the fact that she's female - though that in and of itself is exceedingly rare in the field of editorial cartooning. But it's her background and her approach to cartooning that really set Barstow apart. Originally from the East Coast, the cartoonist crossed the country and landed in the Golden State, taking up residence in the glitz and glamour of Tinseltown. Barstow credits her familiarity with both coasts as one of the major reasons why her cartoons cover a broad mix of politics and pop culture, often putting a positive spin on things.
“I try to see more of the positive in the news,” says Barstow. “It’s important to have a point of view, but does it have to be fatalistic? I try and bring light to a subject even though I might loathe it.”
Look for new cartoons from Donna Barstow three times per week on GoComics.com.
Every once in a while - and more often than one might reasonably expect - a cartoonist will launch a new strip on Comics Sherpa (our "community of undiscovered comics creators") and begin a steady ascent to the top. We're talking about a strip that has just the right blend - unique premise, deft cartooning, unpredictable humor, consistency. The strip starts out as an unknown commodity, and before long, begins to build a small following. As more and more people try out the strip and spread the good word about it, the strip catches the attention of the decision makers here at Uclick. If the strip maintains a high level of quality over a long enough period, the dream of online syndication becomes a reality as the cartoonist is signed to a contract. Bob the Squirrel did it. The Argyle Sweater did, as well. In fact, more than a dozen strips currently in online and/or print syndication, whether on GoComics.com or a competing site, got their start on Comics Sherpa.
One of the latest to make that jump is Rabbits Against Magic, a strip by Jonathan Lemon. Lemon cites legendary Krazy Kat creator George Herriman, classic children's book author Dr. Seuss and Simpsons mastermind Matt Groening among his influences, and a glance at his cartooning style confirms all three. In short, his stuff is very good.
"Ever wondered what goes on inside a magician's top hat before the wand raps on the brim and the word "abracadabra" is uttered? Well here's a comic strip that delves headlong into that world of wacky weirdness and silly surrealism. A strange world where two mutant rabbits, one in superhero costume, one a cynical cyclops—no doubt warped by appearing in too many magic tricks—speculate about life, death, love, truth, beauty and the futile nature of representative democracy. There are foxes of limited intelligence endlessly and hopelessly pursuing their carnivorous instincts. And then there's a duck."
From somewhere between the famous cartoons of The New Yorker and Gary Larson's The Far Side comes the humor of Kaamran Hafeez, creator of our newest addition, Bozo. From a spontaneous chorus line attempt by the combatants in a Roman gladiator arena to Ebeneezer Scrooge being visited by Bob Marley's ghost, Hafeez is already proving that Bozo is a single panel cartoon where anything can happen - as long as it's funny.
Wow, how long has it been since we first heard that Aaron Johnson's hit webcomic What the Duck would be appearing in print? Feels like ages ago. But the day finally arrived, and yesterday W.T. Duck made its debut in newspapers nationwide and on GoComics.com.
What can we say about The Doozies that hasn't been said countless times in the strip's near-70 years of existence?
Everyone knows the strip follows the antics of Dean Doozie, a lovable boob, who has an understanding wife and an adorable daughter. Is there anyone on earth who isn't aware that the strip was created in 1939 by Flaude Gammill, and that it helped popularize the phrase, "a real doozy?" You would have to look under quite a few rocks to find someone who hadn't heard that The Doozies is now being drawn by Flaude's grandson, TV writer/producer Tom Gammill (The Simpsons, Seinfeld, SNL), who has recently added such innovations as characters playing video games and women wearing pantsuits.
Well, we'll tell you all of that stuff anyway, despite the fact that Tom Gammill made up all of those historical Doozie facts in a shameless attempt to drum up interest in this brand new, completely original and hilarious strip (but he really is a TV writer/producer for all of those shows, and really has a grandfather named Flaude). You can just pretend like you already knew, since you were about to do that anyway.
The Doozies is the latest addition to GoComics.com.
Here's Tom on YouTube, with Lesson One of his video series "Learn to Draw with Tom Gammill":
And for a few more Tom Gammill comics, visit Jack Handey's Deep Thoughts website and click on the "Don't Let This Happen to You" cartoon ad on the lower left. Then buy another copy of all of Handey's books, of course.
Garfield Minus Garfield, the Dan Walsh webcomic that reveals just what a lonely, bizarre human being Jon Arbuckle would be without his fat feline friend, is now on GoComics.com. A few months ago, we told you about the G-G book, which features Walsh's productions along with the Jim Davis originals. We're presenting the strip online just like it's displayed in the book, with the G-G strip on top and the original Garfield strip below it. Go check it out!
We've added three hit single-panel cartoons to GoComics in the last week or so:
Love Is...by Kim Casali, conceived by and drawn by Bill Asprey. A classic, heart-warming cartoon that gives simple daily examples of love showing up in everyday actions. And yes, the characters are naked 99% of the time.
Bliss, by New Yorker cartoonist and best-selling children's book illustrator Harry Bliss. Bliss' cartoons are drawn in such a warm, distinct style, it's easy to get caught up in the art and miss the joke entirely. But don't do that, because the humor is top-notch.
Free Range, by Bill Whitehead. All right, now we're just spoiling you. Consider yourself totally spoiled.
As we announced a couple of weeks ago, Brooke McEldowney is now updating Pibgorn five times per week. Most fans rejoiced over the fact that they were now getting more new installments of their favorite strip, but many fans were dismayed - outraged even - that the Pibgorn sketches, which had been filling the gaps nicely between new strips, would now be going away. Fearing riots in the streets and large groups of strategically-"dappled" protestors, we had no choice but appeasement: Check out Pibgorn Sketches.
Meet Jane Tinker, recently divorced mother of two. Still reeling from the breakup of her marriage and with few options left, Jane has swallowed her pride and done something she never thought she'd have to do: She's become the newest member of the "Boomerang" generation, moving back in with her Baby Boomer parents, daughters in tow. Now these three generations will attempt to live together under the same roof - a "close" family, in every sense of the word.
Follow the exploits of Jane and the whole family in Jack Pullan's new weekly comic strip, Boomerangs, now on GoComics.com.
Cartoonist Steve Sicula doesn't have to look very far to find inspiration for the daily trials of Sam and Sandy Szwyk, the working parents of new GoComics addition Home and Away. Balancing the demanding schedule of a double-income household where conference calls, business trips, soccer practice and parent-teacher conferences often collide is a challenge Sicula faces everyday in his own life.
So how does the cartoonist's family handle their situation? Sicula says, "Just like everything else, we just adapted. Some would call it 'mutated,' but I prefer 'adapted.'"