7 Ways to Celebrate Great Outdoors Month

Frazz by Jef Mallett
Frazz by Jef Mallett

 

 

The arrival of June marks the official start of summer. Long days and warm nights provide the perfect incentive to get outside — and since June is Great Outdoors Month, we’ve come up with a few tips on how to celebrate!

 

 1. Kick your shoes off.

 

Stone Soup by Jan Eliot
Stone Soup by Jan Eliot

 

No socks, no shoes, no problem.




2. Stand real still.

 

Peanuts by Charles Schulz
Peanuts by Charles Schulz

 

The best things in life are free.

 



3. Go for a swim.

 

Big Top by Rob Harrell
Big Top by Rob Harrell

 

Don’t be like Sleepy Wink.



4. Play in the rain.

 

Heart of the City by Mark Tatulli
Heart of the City by Mark Tatulli

 

A warm summer rain is like a hug from the sky.



5. Seize the day (and throttle it!).

 

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

 

The un-grass-stained life is not worth living.

 

6. Alternatively, do nothing!

 

The Duplex by Glenn McCoy
The Duplex by Glenn McCoy

 

Just be sure to do it outside.



7. Whatever you do, unplug for a little while.

 

Prickly City by Scott Stantis
Prickly City by Scott Stantis

 

The whole point of Great Outdoors Month is to get outside and enjoy yourself, whether it’s a neighborhood park or a national park. So throw open the shutters, turn down the TV screen and go enjoy the great outdoors!


Happy Great Outdoors Month!





GIVEAWAY: “Yuge!: 30 Years of Doonesbury on Trump” By G.B. Trudeau

Whether you love him or loathe him, there’s no denying that Donald Trump has turned the 2016 presidential election on its head. His rise to prominence from a crowded Republican field -- made all the more dramatic by its seeming impossibility -- has catapulted him, his hair and his hands to the forefront of American voters’ minds.

 

Since 1987, Garry Trudeau’s Doonesbury has chronicled the most unsavory parts of the Donald’s career. “Yuge!” brings 30+ years of Trump-centric Doonesbury strips into one cringe-worthy collection.

 

“Yuge!” is available everywhere July 5, but we’re giving one lucky GoComics reader a chance to win an advance copy!

 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

 

This contest will end on June 14, 2016, at 12 a.m. CT. We will randomly select one winner and notify the winner via email on June 14, 2016.

 

Click here to pre-order “Yuge!”

 

And in the meantime, read Doonesbury on GoComics!

 

The next giveaway will be announced on June 15, 2016 at 6 a.m. CT.





#TossbackTuesday: The 5 Struggles of Owning a VCR

Much like flip phones and all-denim ensembles, VCRs have become a relic of the past — a museum piece lurking in the basements, attics and garages of American homes.

 

It’s officially “VCR Day,” and we’d like to take a moment to reminisce on the once-ubiquitous videocassette recorder, and the long-forgotten struggles that accompanied it. So, pause Netflix, minimize Hulu, and scroll through our list of the 5 struggles of owning a VCR.



1. When you tried to hook the thing up and your inner rage-monster emerged.


Big Top by Rob Harrell
Big Top by Rob Harrell

 

IT’S JUST TOO MANY.



2. When each separate technology required its own remote.

 

Stone Soup by Jan Eliot
Stone Soup by Jan Eliot

  

You’ve lost remote-control of your life.



3. When “recording shows” required elaborate planning and a stack of tapes.

 

Luann by Greg Evans
Luann by Greg Evans

 

DVR is the hero we deserve.

 


4. When you had to remember to physically rewind the tapes.

 

Close to Home by John McPherson
Close to Home by John McPherson

 

“Be kind, please rewind” — OR ELSE.

 

 

5. When you realized change is inevitable.

 

Stuart Carlson
Stuart Carlson

 

RIP, VCR.

 


Happy VCR Day!

 





COMICS SHERPA: EDITOR'S PICKS

 

This recurring LAUGH TRACKS feature highlights individual Sherpa strips and panels that for one reason or another caught the fancy of the aide de sherpa. It could be anything; the drawing, the writing, the humor, the coloring, that they tried something interesting, or that it's a new step for that particular creator.


We hope this quirky sampler will alert you to features you might not yet have noticed amid Sherpa's abundant, ever-changing, and eclectic mix, and that it gives Sherpa creators a modicum of helpful feedback.

 

 

 

Batch Rejection  6-3-16

 

 

 

 

 

Dr. Whiskers  6-3-16

 

 

 

 

The Magic Forest  6-3-16

 

 

 

 

 

Apple Creek Comics  6-5-16

 

 

 

 

 

Elmo  6-5-16

 

 

 

 

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Spaceport 51  6-5-16

 

 

 

 

 

Truth Be Known  6-5-16

 

 

 

 

Inkwell Forest  6-6-16

 

 

 

 

People of Earth  6-6-16

 

 

 

 

A complete list of all the Sherpa features can be found here.

 

 

 





NEW COMIC ALERT! The Gentleman’s Armchair by Wes Hotchkiss

The Gentleman’s Armchair by Wes Hotchkiss
The Gentleman’s Armchair by Wes Hotchkiss

 

The Gentleman's Armchair is a comic — that you read! Ranging from corporate parodies to galactic adventures, TGA has something for everyone. So sit back, relax, and celebrate the absurdity of existence!

 

Read The Gentleman’s Armchair here!





It's Hug Your Cat Day! Celebrate Accordingly.

You’re invited …

 

... to hug your cat! What did you think we were going to suggest? Come to an event? Visit our website? Buy our stuff? Never.

 

Hug Your Cat Day is finally here. Although we don’t really need an excuse to give our furry felines some additional loving, we’ll take it.

 

Cats aren’t worshipped quite as fervently now as they were in ancient Egypt, but it’s curious to think about why they were quite literally put on a pedestal. Now we do so in our hearts.

 

Here are a few reasons why cats deserve our love every day, especially today.

 

 

1. They’re consistently a mystery.
 

Snow Sez by T. Shepherd
Snow Sez by T. Shepherd

 

Cats aren’t easy to read. They’re complex. They’re mysterious. We like that about them.

 

 

2. Relaxation is their thing.

 

The Andertoons by Mark Anderson
The Andertoons by Mark Anderson

  

Studies show cats can actually reduce our stress level as well as improve many aspects of human lives and health. We could really learn from their relaxed lifestyle.

 

 

3. Their love stays with us all day long.

 

Sarah's Scribbles by Sarah Andersen
Sarah's Scribbles by Sarah Andersen

 

Their love, shown by the amount of fur on you, floats into your personal bubble for hours after you’ve left the house. It’s a constant reminder of their affection.

 

 

4. You are their favorite place to be.

 

Breaking Cat News by Georgia Dunn
Breaking Cat News by Georgia Dunn

  

While at times they may show differently, cats truly love to be around their humans. Your lap, computer, book or whatever else you may be holding is their preferred spot.

 

 

PSSST! Order “Breaking Cat News: Cats Reporting on the News that Matters to Cats” by Georgia Dunn here. Expect hilarious, relevant news coverage through the eyes of three adorable cats.



Now, shower your cat with love right meow! It’s their day! And remember: No cat belongs on a leash.

 

Four Eyes by Gemma Correll
Four Eyes by Gemma Correll

 


Happy Hug Your Cat Day!

 





Hey, Batter Batter — It’s Baseball Season!

Summer is almost upon us and baseball season is in full swing! (Pun 100% intended.)

 

As you may know, the GoComics HQ is based in Kansas City, making us positively batty for baseball. (Sorry, not sorry.)


As America’s favorite pastime, baseball occupies a special place in the funny pages. Perhaps the best-known example is the recurring joke of Charlie Brown’s perpetually beleaguered backyard team.

 

Peanuts by Charles Schulz
Peanuts by Charles Schulz

 

Baseball is such an integral part of the Peanuts canon that we’ve assembled an entire collection of baseball-related Peanuts comics!

 

The characters of Big Nate also spend a lot of time on the diamond, playing for their Little League team … and occasionally just hanging out.

 

Big Nate by Lincoln Peirce
Big Nate by Lincoln Peirce

 

Read more Big Nate baseball adventures here!

 

If you’re still craving baseball comics, don’t worry! We have ANOTHER collection featuring comic strips from a ton of different comics!

 

Baldo by Hector D. Cantu and Carlos Castellanos
Baldo by Hector D. Cantu and Carlos Castellanos

 

Did we miss some of your favorite baseball-themed comics? Share them in the comments so we can add them to the collection!


Have a happy baseball season, sports fans!





COMICS SHERPA: EDITOR'S PICKS

 

 

This recurring LAUGH TRACKS feature highlights individual Sherpa strips and panels that for one reason or another caught the fancy of the aide de sherpa. It could be anything; the drawing, the writing, the humor, the coloring, that they tried something interesting, or that it's a new step for that particular creator.


We hope this quirky sampler will alert you to features you might not yet have noticed amid Sherpa's abundant, ever-changing, and eclectic mix, and that it gives Sherpa creators a modicum of helpful feedback.

 

 

 

 Bolts and Nuts  5-31-16

 

 

 

 

 

Green Pieces  5-31-16

 

 

 

 

Inkwell Forest  5-31-16

 

 

 

 

Lili and Derek  6-1-16

 

 

 

 

Onion & Pea  6-1-16

 

 

 

 

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A complete list of all the Sherpa features can be found here.

 

 

 

 





More Good News for “Cul de Sac” Fans!

Picture This Press
Picture This Press

 

 

Cul de Sac creator Richard Thompson is having quite the summer! In addition to the world premiere of his Cul de Sac play, which runs June 3-12 in Arlington, Va., Picture This Press has just announced that it will publish a new series of collections called the Richard Thompson Library, which will highlight the wide variety of Thompson’s work.

 

The first volume, “The Incompleat Art of ‘Why Things Are,’” is set to release this summer and will feature hundreds of Thompson’s illustrations that originally accompanied Joel Achenbach’s Washington Post column, “Why Things Are,” in the early ‘90s.

 

The second volume in the series will be an expanded reprint of “Compleating Cul de Sac,” with new art and interviews with Thompson. All profits from “Compleating Cul de Sac” will benefit the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research. (Thompson announced that he had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease shortly before his retirement from cartooning in 2012.)

 

A third planned volume in the Richard Thompson Library will focus on Thompson’s caricatures. Several additional volumes are in the early stages of development.

 

For more information about the Richard Thompson Library, read the newsletter from Picture This Press.

 

Tickets for the Cul de Sac play are still available! Buy them here.


For your daily fix of Richard Thompson’s art, read Cul de Sac and Richard’s Poor Almanac on GoComics!





ROAD RAGE!

We hope your Memorial Day weekend was full of rest, remembrance and no road rage.

 

What?

 

Yes, road rage. We wouldn’t wish it upon our worst enemy. Considering the amount of travel Memorial Day weekend brings, we shouldn’t have been surprised that millions would experience it over the long weekend.

 

Last week, "CBS This Morning" aired an informative segment on the issue warning against road rage during the holiday weekend. GoComics creators Mike Baldwin (Cornered) and Mike Shiell (The Wandering Melon) were featured during the piece.

 

View the segment in its entirety here, or watch the clip below!

 

 

                         



Relax! Fend off road rage and enjoy Cornered and The Wandering Melon comics.

 





GIVEAWAY: Robb Armstrong’s “Fearless: A Cartoonist’s Guide to Life”

Part memoir, part drawing tutorial and entirely inspirational, JumpStart creator Robb Armstrong’s recently released “Fearless: A Cartoonist’s Guide to Life” is the perfect book for any comics fan or aspiring cartoonist.

 

Full of deeply personal stories and original illustrations, “Fearless” is both a moving reminiscence on overcoming adversity and a guidebook encouraging readers to pursue their dreams and get more out of life.

 

To celebrate this exciting new chapter in Armstrong’s life, we’re giving away a copy of “Fearless: A Cartoonist’s Guide to Life” to one lucky winner!

 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

 

This contest will end on June 7, 2016, at 12 a.m. CT. We will randomly select one winner and notify the winner via email on June 7, 2016.

 

Don’t want to wait to see if you win? You can buy your own copy of “Fearless” here.

 

Click here to read JumpStart on GoComics!

 

The next giveaway will be announced on June 8, 2016 at 6 a.m. CT.





Congratulations to Our Reuben and Divisional Award Winners!

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National Cartoonists Society

 

In the midst of the barbecues and Memorial Day festivities, the GoComics team had its own very special reason to celebrate: THREE of our talented creators took home awards from the National Cartoonists Society’s 70th annual Reuben Awards ceremony!

 

Greeting Cards: Jim Benton (Jim Benton Cartoons)

Online Comics — Short: Dave Kellett (Sheldon)

Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year 2015: Michael Ramirez (editorial cartoonist)

 

Congratulations to Jim, Dave and Michael for this hard-earned recognition!


For a complete list of award winners, click here.





“Garfield” Returns, Fully Animated, to the Big Screen

Garfield by Jim Davis
Garfield by Jim Davis

 

Garfield — a literal and metaphorical cartoon heavyweight — is no stranger to the limelight. Since the comic strip’s debut in 1978, Garfield has appeared in animated TV series, primetime specials, hundreds of books, and two live-action movies, in addition to more than 2,100 daily newspapers.

 

On May 23, a few weeks before the comic strip’s 38th birthday, Alcon Entertainment announced that it has secured the rights to produce a fully animated Garfield movie, which the company hopes will be the first in a franchise.

 

Garfield creator Jim Davis has signed on as executive producer. Also joining the team is John Cohen, producer of the successful franchise Despicable Me and the Angry Birds film.

 

“I’ve been so impressed with the quality of animation and storytelling coming out of Hollywood of late,” Davis said. “I can’t wait to get into production with the terrific team Alcon has assembled.”

 

Alcon Entertainment has had a hand in financing and producing several notable films in recent years, including P.S. I Love You (2007), The Blind Side (2009), The Book of Eli (2010), and Prisoners (2013).

 

Click here to read all 38 years of Garfield on GoComics!





COMICS SHERPA: EDITOR'S PICKS

 

This recurring LAUGH TRACKS feature highlights individual Sherpa strips and panels that for one reason or another caught the fancy of the aide de sherpa. It could be anything; the drawing, the writing, the humor, the coloring, that they tried something interesting, or that it's a new step for that particular creator.


We hope this quirky sampler will alert you to features you might not yet have noticed amid Sherpa's abundant, ever-changing, and eclectic mix, and that it gives Sherpa creators a modicum of helpful feedback.

 

 

 

People of Earth  5-27-16

 

 

 

 

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Prideland  5-27-16

 

 

 

 

The Gray Zone  5-27-16

 

 

 

 

Dysconnected  5-28-16

 

 

 

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A Taste of Times  5-29-16

 

 

 

 

Candace 'n' Company 5-29-16

 

 

 

 

 

5-29-16

 

 

 

 

 

Soccer Earth 5-30-16

 

 

 

 

Today's Trump  5-30-16

 

 

 

 

A complete list of all the Sherpa features can be found here.

 

 





New Comic Alert! Claw by Cathy Law

Claw by Cathy Law
Claw by Cathy Law

 

 

Claw is the result of creator Cathy Law wanting to draw things she finds odd or funny and then throw color on them. Maybe you'll laugh with her or maybe you'll laugh at her, but either way, as long as you laugh a little, she's fine with it. A small chuckle would be OK, too. And, fair warning: This creator has not been declawed.

 

Read Claw here!





The GoComics Guide to Memorial Day Weekend

For a lot of people, Memorial Day marks the unofficial start to summer. The days are long, the weather is gorgeous, and a three-day weekend is the perfect time to take a much-needed break from the grind of daily life.

 

But it’s important to remember that Memorial Day is more than a nice day to break out the grill. Memorial Day is a day to remember and celebrate the lives and sacrifices of our brave men and women in the armed forces.

 

That being said, we’ve put together a quick guide so you can have an easy, breezy, beautiful Memorial Day weekend.

 

Step 1: When it comes to travel, prepare for the worst.

The Flying McCoys by Glenn McCoy and Gary McCoy
The Flying McCoys by Glenn McCoy and Gary McCoy

 

A three-day weekend means millions of people will be piling into planes, trains and automobiles for some much-needed vacation time. Be prepared for long waits in TSA lines and heavy road traffic — or do yourself a favor and have a staycation instead.

 


Step 2: At noon on Memorial Day, remember to raise your American flag to full-staff.

Just Say Uncle by Dan Pavelich
Just Say Uncle by Dan Pavelich

 

According to usmemorialday.org, “The half-staff position remembers the more than one million men and women who gave their lives in service of their country. At noon, their memory is raised by the living, who resolve not to let their sacrifice be in vain, but to rise up in their stead and continue the fight for liberty and justice for all.”

 


Step 3: Have a backup plan when it comes to food.

 

Drabble by Kevin Fagan
Drabble by Kevin Fagan

 

After a cold winter and a wet, rainy spring, many people are excited to fire up their grills for the first official cookout of the summer. But don’t be surprised if you (or your grill!) are rusty! Maybe buy a few frozen pizzas, just in case.

 

 

Step 4: Don’t forget to say thanks to veterans.

 

Flo and Friends by Jenny Campbell
Flo and Friends by Jenny Campbell

 

If you have a veteran in your life, be sure to thank them for their service — especially this weekend.

 


Step 5: Take advantage of the nice weather.

 

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

 

Take it from Calvin and Hobbes — a long summer day is a great chance to go exploring. Climb a tree, go for a swim, catch a firefly … get outside and soak up the sun.

 

 

Step 6: Pause for a moment to reflect.

 

Pearls Before Swine by Stephan Pastis
Pearls Before Swine by Stephan Pastis

 

For many people, Memorial Day weekend is a much-needed break — but for many others, it’s a bittersweet reminder of loved ones who made the ultimate sacrifice. Take a moment to remember them.

 

For more Memorial Day comics, browse our collection here.


We hope everyone has a safe and enjoyable Memorial Day weekend!





"Meet Your Creator" Series on Hiatus

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Friends, comics-lovers, countrymen: Lend us your ears.

 

Our “Meet Your Creator” series will be going on hiatus indefinitely while GoComics undergoes some exciting changes. (If you attended Planet Comicon last weekend, you may have heard—shhh!)

 

This is more than a fresh coat of paint. This is the product of many hours of focus groups, research, development, and love. This is what you’ve been waiting for.

 

Now, just wait a little longer.


In the meantime, read past “Meet Your Creator” installments here.





Best of Luck to our NCS Reuben and Divisional Award Nominees!

National Cartoonists Society
National Cartoonists Society

 

 

As you may have heard, the GoComics family has some serious representation at this year’s National Cartoonists Society’s annual Reuben Awards weekend. ELEVEN of our beloved creators are nominated for divisional awards in SEVEN different categories!

 

That list includes Pearls Before Swine creator Stephan Pastis, Lio creator Mark Tatulli and editorial cartoonist Michael Ramirez, who are ALSO nominated for the Reuben Award for Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year — one of the highest honors in cartooning.

 

We couldn’t be more proud of our creators, and we’re glad they’re receiving recognition for the amazing work they do.

 

To ALL of our nominees: Have fun, and good luck!

 

Editorial Cartoons

Mike Luckovich

Michael Ramirez

 

Greeting Cards

Scott Nickel (Eek)

Jim Benton (Jim Benton Cartoons)

 

Magazine Feature

Rich Powell (Wide Open)

 

Newspaper Panel

Dave Whamond (Reality Check)

Scott Hilburn (Argyle Sweater)

Glenn McCoy (The Flying McCoys)

 

Newspaper Strip

Mark Tatulli (Lio)

Stephan Pastis (Pearls Before Swine)

 

Online Comics — Long 

Dave Kellett (Drive)

 

Online Comics — Short

Dave Kellett (Sheldon)

 

Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year

Lynda Barry

Stephan Pastis (Pearls Before Swine)

Hilary Price

Michael Ramirez

Mark Tatulli (Lio)

 


Want to win a prize pack featuring archive-quality, collectible art prints from the three Reuben Award nominees? Enter here!





COMICS SHERPA: EDITOR'S PICKS

This recurring LAUGH TRACKS feature highlights individual Sherpa strips and panels that for one reason or another caught the fancy of the aide de sherpa. It could be anything; the drawing, the writing, the humor, the coloring, that they tried something interesting, or that it's a new step for that particular creator.


We hope this quirky sampler will alert you to features you might not yet have noticed amid Sherpa's abundant, ever-changing, and eclectic mix, and that it gives Sherpa creators a modicum of helpful feedback.

 

 

 

Buns  5-24-16

 

 

 

 

5-24-16

 

 

 

 

 

No Ordinary Life  5-24-16

 

 

 

 

5-24-16

 

 

 

 

 

Sports by Voort  5-24-16

 

 

 

 

Aaron Guile  5-25-16

 

 

 

 

Courageous Man Adventures  5-25-16

 

 

 

 

5-26-16

 

 

 

Inkwell Forest  5-26-16

 

 

 

 

Underdone  5-26-16

 

 

 

 

A complete list of all the Sherpa features can be found here.

 

 





Bringing Attention to Mental Health with Comics

Lunarbaboon by Christopher Grady
Lunarbaboon by Christopher Grady

 

 

One of the most beautiful things about comics is their ability to unite people. By relying on universal themes and emotions, comics remind us that many human experiences are shared by hundreds of thousands of people all across the world.

 

One of those themes is mental illness. Comics such as Lunarbaboon, Sarah’s Scribbles and The Awkward Yeti frequently tackle the subject of mental health, approaching depression and anxiety with a slightly humorous touch that keeps the comic lighthearted while revealing deep truths about life with a mental illness.

 

Our very own Gemma Correll, creator of Four Eyes, has teamed up with Mental Health America to create a series of images that reflect some common feelings and experiences associated with mental illness.

 

 

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and this year's theme is “Life With a Mental Illness.” Anyone can participate by sharing their experiences in pictures, words or videos on social media and using the hashtag #mentalillnessfeelslike.

 

If you connect with any of our comics, we encourage you to share them to help educate and spread the word about Mental Health Awareness Month.

 

We’ve assembled the best mental health-related comics in a collection in honor of Mental Health Awareness Month, definitely worth checking out.

 

If you or someone you know is struggling with suicidal thoughts, immediate help is available by calling the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK or by calling 1-800-662-HELP.





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