February may be a short month, but we still managed to add FOUR new comics for your enjoyment! Catch up on our newest comics and creators!
Learn to Speak Cat by Anthony Smith
Having trouble communicating with your feline friends? Then this is the cartoon for you.
Follow the adventures of the cast of colorful cats and learn all about their language and behavior. Just what does ME-OWT mean? Where did they get their fear of water? And what’s with that obsession with boxes? Stay tuned and all will be revealed! Please note: Certain aspects of these cartoons may be offensive to dogs.
Learn to Speak Cat creator Anthony Smith began his career at Marvel UK before going on to work for a host of British humor titles. His cartoon Learn to Speak Cat has run in the national press in Britain for a number of years. In addition to his cartooning, Anthony Smith has also worked for a number of advertising agencies in the UK as a creative, most notably at JWT, where he wrote and art directed many TV and press advertisements for a variety of famous brands.
Yenny Lopez by David Alvarez
Follow the daily life of Yenny Lopez, a Latina teen girl who lives with her mother Yunissa, her sea turtle Buke and a fast-talking iguana called Zacha at a modest wooden house complex in Villa Los Kubos, Puerto Rico.
Yenny dreams of becoming a famous model, but her big, giant feet stand in the way. In the meantime, she studies at the Carizzio Modeling College with high hopes of seeing her dream become a reality.
Yenny Lopez creator Dave Alvarez has been an artist for companies including Warner Bros., DC Comics and IDW Entertainment. His work can be seen in comic books including Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Tom and Jerry, Scooby Doo and the Looney Tunes. As for animation, Alvarez has worked on productions including The Looney Tunes Show, The Flintstones & WWE: Stone Age Smackdown, Wabbit and Be Cool, Scooby-Doo!
Frankie Comics by Rachel Dukes
Frankie Comics features short comics chronicling the ongoing misadventures of Frankie the cat and her human companions, Rachel and Mike.
Frankie Comics creator Rachel Dukes is a MFA graduate from The Center for Cartoon Studies (2013) who self-publishes on her website Mixtape Comics. Her comic Frankie Comics was a winner of the 2013 Art Exchange Program by Marc Calvary. Rachel has drawn comics for BOOM! Studios’ Garfield, Mitch Clem’s As You Were and is a regular contributor to anthologies and fanzines by other indie cartoonists.
Nancy Classics by Ernie Bushmiller
Set the flux capacitor for 1955 as we journey back in time to the Golden Age of Ernie Bushmiller’s Nancy! By this time, Bushmiller had been drawing Nancy for well over 20 years and had honed the strip’s formula for success to a fine edge. Put on your poodle skirt and your bobby socks and join Nancy, Sluggo and Aunt Fritzi on their daily journey through the hilarious (with an occasional side trip to the surreal)!
Ernie Bushmiller (1905-1982) was the creator of the classic comic strip Nancy. Born in South Bronx, New York, he quit school at the age of 14 to work as a copy boy at the New York World. He attended art classes at night and eventually was given the strip Fritzi Ritz in 1925 when that strip’s original cartoonist left for greener pastures.
Bushmiller continued the strip, about the adventures of a flapper as she sought fame and fortune, even as he ventured out to Hollywood to write gags for silent-comedy legend Harold Lloyd. Seeking to inject new life into the strip in 1933, he introduced the orphaned niece of Fritzi Ritz, and a comic legend was born: Nancy. The strip began to evolve from a story-oriented strip to a daily gag strip, and in 1938, Nancy’s friend from the rough side of town, Sluggo, was introduced.
Nancy evolved over the years into the quintessential comic strip. The strip has been beloved by fans around the world for years. Andy Warhol used Nancy as the subject of a painting and the American Heritage Dictionary uses a Nancy strip to define “comic strip.” In 1996, Nancy was one of 20 comic strips chosen by the United States Postal Service to be part of a series of postage stamps honoring American comic strips.
Bushmiller was honored by his fellow cartoonists in 1961 with the National Cartoonists Society Division Award for Newspaper Comic Strip, and in 1976 with the Reuben Award as Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year. Bushmiller passed away in 1982.