Come See Us At Planet Comicon!

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Planning to attend Planet Comicon in Kansas City this weekend? Be sure to swing by our booth (#1123) to say hello and learn how you can snag a collectible Calvin and Hobbes print!

 

But, wait! There’s more: Fowl Language creator Brian Gordon will be available to sign copies of his new book, “Fowl Language: Welcome to Parenting,” on Saturday from 1 to 2 p.m. “How much does the signing cost,” you ask? $0.00

 

We’re also selling copies of the latest and greatest FoxTrot collection, which you can purchase at our booth, then have it signed for FREE at creator Bill Amend’s booth (#3046).

 

 

You can also catch Brian Gordon, Bill Amend and KC’s own urban artist Scribe, along with Shena Wolf (Universal Uclick acquisitions editor) and Shelly Barkes (senior brand manager at Andrews McMeel Publishing) at their panel, “Expanding the Scope of Comics and Art” on Friday from 3 to 4 p.m.


We’ll see you there!





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.

 

 

 

 Amanda the Great  5-14-16

 

 

 

 

Dungeon Hordes  5-14-16

 

 

 

 

Something About Celeste  5-14-16

 

 

 

 

Spectickles 5-14-16

 

 

 

 

5-15-16

 

 

Underdone  5-15-16

 

 

 

 

 

Dysconnected  5-17-16

 

 

 

 

Inkwell Forest  5-17-16

 

 

 

My Son Is A Dog  5-17-16

 

 

 

 

5-17-16

 

 

 

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

 

 





NEW BOOK! “Definitely, Out to Lunch” by Mustard and Boloney

Definitely, Out to Lunch by Mustard and Boloney
Definitely, Out to Lunch by Mustard and Boloney

 

 

Your bookshelf needs this.

 

The newest comics collection of Mustard and Boloney cartoons, “Definitely, Out to Lunch,” is sure to keep you laughing for days with clever, wise humor. Just don’t read it as a bedtime story — you’ll never fall asleep.

 

BONUS: The foreword is written by the hilarious Dave Coverly of Speed Bump.

 

“(…) their work is organic, smart, consistent, and most importantly for readers like you and me, it’s fun. It’s fun to read AND it’s fun to look at. It’s even fun to share.” Dave Coverly, creator of Speed Bump

 

Subscribe to Mustard and Boloney comics here!

 

Order your copy of “Definitely, Out to Lunch” here!

 

Congratulations to Jeffrey Caulfield and Alexandre Rouillard on another book launch!





New Comic Alert! CATTITUDE - DOGGONIT by Anthony Smith

Cattitude - Doggonit by Anthony Smith
Cattitude - Doggonit by Anthony Smith

Cattitude and Doggonit share the same space on GoComics. They take it in turns to compete for the readers’ attention in their respective feline and canine ways. Each single-panel comic captures the true nature and personality of its subject, whether it's the cat's aloofness and mischievousness, or the dog's simplicity and single-mindedness.

 

Read Cattitude - Doggonit here!





Celebrating 10 Years of Liō!

Lio by Mark Tatulli
Lio by Mark Tatulli

 

 

Ten years ago today, Mark Tatulli introduced the world to Liō, an extraordinary first-grader with a twisted imagination whose world is filled with robot inventions, weird science and monsters under the bed.

 

Since then, Liō has appeared in six comic collections and two collections for kids, in addition to being syndicated in newspapers across the globe. Known for its distinctive pen-and-ink style and limited use of dialogue, Liō has been nominated three times for the National Cartoonists Society’s Best Comic Strip award, which it won in 2009.

 

Tatulli, who also draws Heart of the City and authored the Desmond Pucket illustrated novels, is currently nominated for a 2015 NCS Cartoonist of the Year award.

 

Congrats on these awesome achievements, Mark!

 

Read through the Liō archive here!


Want to win a copy of “Zombies Need Love Too: And Still Another Liō Collection” AND a collectible Liō print? Enter our giveaway here!





Meet Your Creator: Izzy Ehnes (The Best Medicine Cartoon)

The GoComics “Meet Your Creator” series brings you firsthand insight into the lives and careers of your favorite cartoonists. Each week, we hand over the keys to one of our talented creators, who share their inspirations, achievements, creative processes, studios and more! Read on to hear from this week’s featured cartoonist: Izzy Ehnes of The Best Medicine Cartoon

 

 

Izzy Ehnes

 

 

When did you start cartooning?

 

I started drawing single-panel cartoons at 9 years old. I always enjoyed making people laugh, so I began drawing whatever funny ideas popped into my head, in an old notebook, and later turned them into actual cartoons using my computer and mouse.

 

I’ve been cartooning for almost half my life (I’m 17 now), and if you look back at my older cartoons and compare them to my more recent ones, you can really tell how both my art style and sense of humor have matured. When I was 10, my cartoons, well, looked like they were made by a 10-year-old. The jokes were more “cute,” and often played on empathy (making the reader feel sad for the character) to get laughs. As I got older, however, my sense of humor matured as I matured, and now relies on other means of getting laughs, such as cynicism or irony.

 

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One of my first cartoons.

 

Any role models or mentors?

 

My dad introduced me to The Far Side by Gary Larson at a young age, and I instantly fell in love. For a Christmas gift one year, my parents got me “The Complete Far Side,” two 10-lb. books, which I read cover to cover more times than I can count. Gary Larson is my cartooning idol, and I credit his genius with starting my interest in cartooning.

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As far as cartooning mentors go, Nick Galifianakis (Nick and Zuzu) and Stephan Pastis (Pearls Before Swine) are two of the best people someone could ask for. I met both of them at a small artists’ convention where I rented a booth, and they were the guest artists. After they visited my booth and we began talking, words could not describe how excited I was. I felt so honored that these two distinguished cartoonists showed an interest in my work, and I can’t thank them enough for all the advice and encouragement they’ve given me. They were the ones told GoComics about me, and I will always be in debt to them for that. These guys are not only excellent cartoonists, but excellent people, too.

 

 

What was your favorite comic as a child? What are your favorite comics today?

 

As I said before, I grew up reading The Far Side by Gary Larson. Also, on Sundays (when we got the newspaper), I would jump right to Bizarro, The Argyle Sweater and Pearls Before Swine. Now, my favorite comics are Perry Bible Fellowship, Nick and Zuzu, Pearls Before Swine, Poorly Drawn Lines and Jay Unplugged, by my good friend James Florence.  

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 What do you do besides cartooning?

 

When I’m not cartooning, I’m usually doing homework or studying. I’m a junior in high school, and this year has been really challenging academically. I’ll be taking college calculus in the fall, so I’ve been studying extra hard in preparation. I love computers and math, so I’ve been looking into the fields of engineering, computer programming and cyber security. No matter which field I go into or what college I attend, cartooning will always be a big part of my life that I won’t turn my back on.

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In my free time, I enjoy going for runs with my black lab/Great Dane mix, Cash. We adopted him from a shelter eight years ago, and he’s been my best friend ever since. He’s such an entertaining guy; it’s hard for me to quantify how many cartoon ideas he’s given me over the years of his goofy antics.

 

 

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My dog, Cash.

 

 

When I’m not cartooning, running, studying or spending time with friends, I absolutely love playing video games. Whenever I have a little bit of free time, there is nothing better than getting comfy on the couch and grabbing the controller. Whether it be Call of Duty with my boyfriend or BioShock by myself, video games always make me happy. I have acquired quite a collection over the years, much to my parents’ dismay. My all-time favorite game franchises would have to be Borderlands, BioShock, Call of Duty, Far Cry, Infamous, Resident Evil and the Last of Us. Quite a collection, huh!

 

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For the past three years, I’ve been volunteering at my local animal shelter. There, I walk, train and socialize the dogs. Sadly, around 75 percent of the shelter population is made up of pit bulls. I’ve always loved and respected the breed, mostly because they are completely misunderstood. Over the years, I’ve worked very closely with countless pitties. Their bodies bear the scars of hardships: missing ears, scars, emaciation. Although these dogs have been abused, neglected and forgotten by humans, nothing stops them from wagging their tails and licking your hands when you walk up to their kennel. Despite all the suffering these poor pit bulls have been through in their short lives, they are some of the sweetest animals you could ever meet. Over the past three years of working closely with the dogs at the shelter, I’ve only been growled or snapped at three times – all by chihuahuas.

 

 

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Myself and one of the shelter dogs, Spencer.

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Where do you do your cartooning?

 

 

 

Workspace

 

I used to draw my cartoons in pencil on a blank piece of paper, scan them into the computer, and then color them in using an art program and a mouse on my family’s downstairs computer. When I was younger, the process of using a mouse and a just-OK art program worked fine. As I got older and began to take cartooning more seriously, it became apparent to both me and my folks that I needed a new workstation. My wonderful parents and I split the cost of a new computer for my room. My dad also got me a more professional art program, which made my process more efficient. The biggest and most important change in the process, however, was the addition of a drawing tablet my parents got me for Christmas two years ago. Using a tablet and stylus to draw on the computer, rather than just a mouse, not only tremendously sped the process up, but also made my cartoons look less digitized and more hand-drawn.

 

Every time I start a new cartoon, I let my bearded dragon lizard, Poncho (aliases include “Jon Pon Chovi,” “The Mysterious P,” “Poncho the Head Honcho,” and “PONCHITO: DESTROYER OF WORLDS”) cavort around on my desk for fun while I’m working. He likes to sit on my lap, look out the window, run around and do other lizardy things. Having him near me makes cartooning that much more fun. He always looks like he’s smiling, and it’s always nice to have a positive presence around when I’m struggling with a cartoon.

 

 

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The steps in my cartooning process today are:

 

1. Think of an idea
2. Sketch it out and scan into the computer to use as a template
3. Make sure Poncho doesn’t try to jump off my desk
4. Outline the sketch in black with the tablet and stylus, add smaller elements
5. Fill in with color
6. Tell Poncho to stop trying to eat the moving cursor on the screen
7. Draw the shading, add details (i.e., eyes, grass, etc.)
8. Give Poncho a victory pet

 

And voila! A new cartoon is born.

 

Izzy Ehnes

Thanks for reading, everyone! I appreciate all of you looking at my silly drawings and reading about my life. Have a good week!

 

Izzy

 

Read The Best Medicine Cartoon here





GoComics Creators Discuss Future of Comics at Toronto Comic Arts Festival

Toronto Comic Arts Festival 2016
Toronto Comic Arts Festival 2016

 

If you’re attending the Toronto Comic Arts Festival this weekend, be sure to stop by the “Newspaper Comics in a Digital World” panel at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday!

 

The six-person panel will feature three of our creators: Paul Gilligan of Pooch Cafe, Dana Simpson of Phoebe and Her Unicorn and Jonathan Mahood of Bleeker: The Rechargeable Dog. They will join fellow syndicated comic artists Sandra Bell-Lundy, Terri Libenson and Rina Piccolo to discuss how comics have evolved from a traditionally print medium in the digital age.

 

Dana Simpson will also speak at 11:45 a.m. Saturday as part of TCAF Kids Day. A book signing will follow her presentation.

 

Admission to the festival is free. For more information on both events, visit the Toronto Comic Arts Festival website.





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.

 

 

 

5-10-16

 

 

 

 

Spaceport 51  5-10-16

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stale Crackers  5-10-16

 

 

 

Weasel Ink  5-10-16

 

 

 

 

 

And now...  5-11-16

 

 

 

 

Don't Pick the Flowers  5-11-16

 

 

 

 

Dust Specks  5-11-16

 

 

 

 

No Ordinary Life  5-11-16

 

 

 

 

Sleepytown Beagles  5-11-16

 

 

 

 

 

Underdone  5-11-16

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 





"Fearless" chronicles the life and career of JumpStart cartoonist Robb Armstrong

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For 27 years, comic strip readers have known Robb Armstrong as the creator of the syndicated comic strip JumpStart. The daily comic is one of the most popular African-American family strips of all time, appearing in 300 papers in the U.S. and abroad.

 

JumpStart stars the Cobb family — police officer Joe, nurse Marcy, and their spunky offspring — and a rotating cast of family and friends. The strip is funny and lighthearted, full of truth and surprise (without those two elements, you'd have no humor, Armstrong explains). But the life story of the strip's creator is one full of challenges and adversity — the kind you would truly need to be fearless to overcome. In his new illustrated memoir, "Fearless," Armstrong is pulling back the curtain to tell the story of his own life and career.

 

And what a story it is.

 

As a child growing up in a rough part of Philadelphia, Armstrong dealt with all kinds of family adversity. His dad left when he was a baby, and his two brothers were both killed in tragic accidents. He became the first in his family to go to college, but shortly after he started, his mother passed away. He forged ahead with his dream of getting his degree and becoming a cartoonist, but the trials didn't end there. Two children born with health problems, a divorce and a struggle to get on track financially followed.

 

In a recent interview with The Hartford Examiner, Armstrong said: "'Fearless' is a reliable account of my own trials, tribulations, and lessons learned. It is not a sermon. Suffering is the only thing we all have in common, but not everyone learns useful lessons from suffering. My book explores the value of hardship, and demonstrates how to use it for personal empowerment."

 

The book chronicles the high points as well — a syndication deal with United Features in his twenties, the chance to meet his hero, Charles Schulz, a happy second marriage, and decades worth of entertaining cartoons, public speeches and volunteer efforts. In addition to making you laugh and cry, "Fearless" will make you a better cartoonist as well. At the start of each chapter are different drawing lessons, from drawing contour lines to drawing a cartoon version of yourself. Each chapter then ends with a short "life lesson."

 

And, of course, there are plenty of comics. For the 234-page book, which was published in April by Reader's Digest, Armstrong and his editor hand-selected 100 of the most popular JumpStart strips from across his 27-year career. (I just got my copy yesterday and have been almost too absorbed reading it to finish this blog post.)

 

To pick up a copy of "Fearless," visit your local bookstore or Amazon.com. And to read JumpStart every day (and dig through Armstrong's extensive JumpStart archives), visit GoComics.com.

 

— Lucas

 





GIVEAWAY: Liō 10th Anniversary Prize Pack

Since May 15, 2006, Mark Tatulli’s Liō has delighted readers with his mostly silent adventures involving weird science, robots, cephalopods and other extraordinary creatures.

 

We’re celebrating 10 years of Liō with a giveaway! One lucky winner will receive a copy of “Zombies Need Love Too: And Still Another Liō Collection” and a collectible, archive-quality Liō print!

 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

 

Click here to browse more Liō collections and other books by Mark Tatulli!

 

Read Liō from the beginning here!

 

This contest will end on May 17, 2016, at 12 a.m. CT. We will randomly select one winner and notify the winner via email on May 17, 2016.

 

The next giveaway will be announced on May 18, 2016 at 6 a.m. CT.





THIS JUST IN: “Breaking Cat News” Hits Shelves TODAY!

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

 

This just in, newshounds (or, more accurately, newscats): The first “Breaking Cat News” collection is now available in bookstores everywhere!

 

“Breaking Cat News: Cats Reporting on the News that Matters to Cats” follows the adventures of reporter cats Elvis and Puck and anchor cat Lupin as they cover breaking news regarding the vacuum, bacon and strange cats in the yard.

 

Based on the real-life pets of author and illustrator Georgia Dunn, “Breaking Cat News” is a must-have for any comics fan or any cat owner who has ever wondered what their cat really thinks of the daily happenings in their home.

 

Order your copy of “Breaking Cat News” here!

 

And click here to read Breaking Cat News 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.

 

 

Cleo and Company  5-6-16

 

 

 

 

Courageous Man Adventures  5-6-16

 

 

 

Don't Pick the Flowers  5-6-16

 

 

 

 

Green Pieces  5-6-16

 

 

 

 

People of Earth  5-6-16

 

 

 

 

5-6-16

 

 

 

 

5-7-16

 

 

 

 

5-7-16

 

 

 

Alison Ward  5-9-16

 

 

 

 

Windsock  5-9-16

 

 

 

 

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

 

 





Beakman & Jax Creator Jok Church Passes Away at 66

Jok Church
Jok Church

 

Jok Church, beloved creator of You Can with Beakman & Jax, passed away on April 29, after a heart attack.

 

Beakman & Jax, which debuted in 1991, utilizes a Q&A format to answer questions from young readers, such as “How do you make pasta?” and “Why does our stomach grumble when we’re hungry?” Most comics also include an experiment readers can perform at home to help illustrate a specific scientific concept.

 

Several bestselling Beakman & Jax books have been published, and the comic was also adapted for television as “Beakman’s World” in the mid-1990s.

 

Church will be missed by his young fans and his friends at GoComics. Rest in peace.

 

Read through past Beakman & Jax installments here.





New Comic Alert! Owlturd by Shen T

Owlturd by Shen T
Owlturd by Shen T

 

Owlturd is a thrice-weekly humor webcomic which features a cute exterior but sometimes dives into dark subject matter. Owlturd follows Shen, a "modern man" who frequently finds himself at odds with student loans, winter and life, among many, many other things.

 

Read Owlturd here!





Happy Mother's Day!

If you think about all the amazing, wonderful things that mothers do, it doesn’t seem fair that we only set aside one day each year to honor them. Of course, if we tried to tell our mothers how much we appreciate them as frequently as they deserve, we probably wouldn’t have time for much else.


This Mother’s Day, we’d like to say "thank you" to all the moms in the world for their patience, understanding and thoughtfulness.

 

 

On A Claire Day by Carla Ventresca and Henry Beckett
On A Claire Day by Carla Ventresca and Henry Beckett

 

 

For their advice, often unappreciated at the time, which always turns out to be accurate.

 

 

Brain Squirts by Frank Cummings
Brain Squirts by Frank Cummings

 

 

For passing along all of their best qualities.

 

 

Red and Rover by Brian Basset
Red and Rover by Brian Basset

 

 

For the many roles they play in our lives.

 

 

Betty by Gary Delainey and Gerry Rasmussen
Betty by Gary Delainey and Gerry Rasmussen

 

 

Basically, for doing the impossible every single day — and somehow making it look easy.

 

 

Luann by Greg Evans
Luann by Greg Evans

 

 

Happy Mother’s Day to all of the amazing moms out there! Thank you for loving us despite everything we put you through.



For more aww-inducing comics, check out our Mother’s Day collection here!





Meet Your Creator: David Cahill (Pictures in Boxes)

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The GoComics “Meet Your Creator” series brings you firsthand insight into the lives and careers of your favorite cartoonists. Each week, we hand over the keys to one of our talented creators, who share their inspirations, achievements, creative processes, studios and more! Read on to hear from this week’s featured cartoonist: David Cahill of Pictures in Boxes

 

 

Davie Cahill

 

How did you begin your career as a cartoonist? When did you start cartooning?

 

Well. I haven’t always been an artist. It wasn’t until my final year of my undergraduate degree that I picked up a pencil and began drawing. I used it as a form of stress relief while writing my thesis and studying for my exams. I felt it was a better alternative to the routine I had gotten myself into anytime I took a break from studying. Before that, I would just throw myself in front of the television and try to zone out for an hour. It kept my brain active and helped relieve a lot of stress. I turned to comics because I had always had a huge interest in them since childhood, beginning with Calvin and Hobbes and continuing up to the present day. I had actually created several different comics in my various notebooks before Pictures in Boxes that, thankfully, have never seen the light of day. They were all geared toward specific original characters, but I never felt they were strong enough to post anywhere. It wasn’t until I began dipping into pop culture references and broadening my sources that things began to take off. I also take a long time to create a strip and I usually have to spread one over the course of several days in order to get it exactly how I want it. I am quite far behind on a lot of deadlines, so I think in the future, I am definitely going to have to take on less work before I start really annoying a lot of people.

 

 

What inspires you?

 

 

Pictures in Boxes by Davie Cahill

 

The main thing that keeps me going is the enjoyment I get from drawing. I mostly do it for myself and the feeling it gives me. It is fantastic that I have received so many nice messages from people telling me they enjoyed my work and that my anxiety comics have helped when they needed it, so there is definitely a lot of reasons that allow me to continue. I also love seeing the incredible reception that my fellow webcomic artists have been receiving in recent times. All their work over the last few months has been absolutely amazing and it has really driven me to improve every aspect of my process in order to produce higher-quality strips.

 

 

What were your favorite childhood comics? What comics do you read today?

 

Oh, there are too many to name. Growing up it was definitely Calvin and Hobbes. I own every single book and still go back and read them all once a year. There is something so incredible and relatable about them that’s difficult to put into words. Nowadays, I read lot of graphic novels during the day and usually webcomics at night when I’m in bed. I recently finished Persepolis by Majane Satrapi. It was absolutely fantastic and completely blew me away. I think I finished the entire book in one sitting. I have also been completely enamored by Nimona by Noelle Stevenson. It was such a beautiful and brilliantly thought-out story and I recently learned that the films rights were acquired by 20th Century Fox Animation. I would truly love to see that story as an animated feature film. In regards to webcomics, if I had to list my favorites, I would be here all day. There are so many that are so incredible and funny that I actually get annoyed with how amazing they are. Heart and Brain by Nick Seluk and Adulthood is a Myth by Sarah Andersen are definitely two recently published books that should be mandatory reading for anyone who is interested in webcomics and any aspiring cartoonist out there.

 

 

Do you have any upcoming projects or appearances?

 

 

Pictures in Boxes by Davie Cahill

 

Later in the year I am hoping to finally publish a collection of my favorite comics. I have been receiving a lot of emails recently asking me if I had any such plans and I’m beginning to think it’s time to set those wheels in motion. It has always been a dream of mine to have a printed version of my work, so with any luck it may be something I can look forward to over the coming months.

 

In relation to appearances, I am hoping to attend Boston Comic-Con this summer. I had originally meant to be tabling at the event with some of my fellow webcomic friends, but unfortunately I had to give up my seat after being involved in a minor car accident that forced me to temporarily move home back to Ireland from North America at the beginning of the year. I am hoping to return within the next several months, so hopefully I will at very least be making an appearance if not tabling.

 

 

Tell us about your studio or workspace.

 

 

Pictures in Boxes by Davie Cahill

 

Well, over the last year while I was travelling, my studio space has consisted of any bench, floor, couch or coffee shop that will have me. I’ve become an expert in cramming into tight spaces and having my drawing pad and laptop piled on top of me while I try desperately to reach my deadlines. Things have definitely calmed down since I returned back home, so I am currently in the process of setting up my brand-new work station. At the moment, it’s just my laptop on a desk, but hopefully, I’ll be able to add a little color to it over the coming weeks.

 

 

What is one piece of advice you wish you had received upon starting Pictures in Boxes that would have helped you as a comic artist?

 

 

Pictures in Boxes by Davie Cahill

 

 

It sounds like such generic advice, but don’t get too stressed about what people think. Do it all for yourself and, most importantly, just have fun. When you start getting stressed and begin tailoring your comic to what you think other people would enjoy – even though it may be counter to your original vision – then that’s when things begin to go wrong. Do what you enjoy doing, and everything else will fall into place.

 

 

Pictures in Boxes by Davie Cahill

 

 

Read Pictures and Boxes here. And, follow along on Facebook and Twitter.





“Cul de Sac” Play to Take the Stage in June

Cul de Sac by Richard Thompson
Cul de Sac by Richard Thompson

 

 

Cul de Sac fans, rejoice! Richard Thompson’s much-beloved comic, which ended its print run in September 2012, has been adapted as a play, and is scheduled to premiere at Thomas Jefferson Community Theatre in Arlington, Va., on June 3!

 

The play, written by Richard Thompson’s wife, Amy, will follow 4-year-old Alice Otterloop and brother Petey as they “learn about friendship and the importance of being yourself,” according to a press release shared on Richard Thompson’s blog.

 

When the Cul de Sac comic strip debuted in 2007, Richard Thompson’s incredible artistic talent quickly drew the attention of comics superstars such as Calvin and Hobbes creator Bill Watterson, who wrote the introduction to the first Cul de Sac collection.

 

"[Cul de Sac] is one of those rare visions that shows how surprising the ordinary world really is. Richard Thompson's wonderfully peculiar Otterloop family is closely observed with deep sympathy and rings absolutely true. I'm a huge fan."

 

Sadly, Thompson retired from cartooning in 2012, just a few years after being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. For fans who thought they had seen the last of the Otterloop family, the Cul de Sac play is a welcome return.

 

For more information on performance dates and ticket prices, head over to the Encore Stage & Studio website!

 

Can’t make it to the live show? Click here to read Cul de Sac on GoComics!


Congratulations to Richard and Amy Thompson on this exciting new adventure!





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.

 

 

Dysconnected  5-3-16

 

 

 

 

The Old Man & His Dog 5-3-16

 

 

 

 

5-4-16

 

 

 

 

5-4-16

 

 

 

 

5-4-16

 

 

 

 

5-4-16

 

 

 

 

Charmy's Army  5-5-16

 

 

 

 

 

No Ambiguity  5-5-16

 

 

 

 

Spectickles  5-5-16

 

 

5-5-16

 

 

 

 

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

 

 





Feliz Cinco de Mayo!

Bust out the guacamole and pass the chips and salsa - it's Cinco de Mayo! While you’re engaging in celebrations of Mexican heritage (in a safe, responsible and non-offensive way), why not take a few minutes to peruse our lineup of comics in Spanish?

 

FoxTrot en Espanol by Bill Amend
FoxTrot en Espanol by Bill Amend

 

Whether you’re learning English or Spanish, reading your favorite comics in both languages is a great way to test your understanding and learn new vocabulary!

 

Dozens of GoComics features are available in Spanish, including Dilbert, Calvin and Hobbes and Big Nate. The list also includes some features that are ONLY available in Spanish, such as Gaturro!


Click here to browse the complete list of comics en Español!

 

Prickly City by Scott Stantis
Prickly City by Scott Stantis

 

Happy Cinco de Mayo, comics fans!





Celebrate Cartoonists Day With a Little History Lesson!

From cave paintings to Egyptian hieroglyphs, humans have a long history of communicating with simple drawings. The modern comic as we know it, however, is a relatively recent development. Today is Cartoonists Day, and we’d like to honor the history of cartooning with a little help from Peter Maresca’s Origins of the Sunday Comics!


The very first color newspaper cartoon appeared in the New York World on May 5, 1895 — 121 years ago today — and featured a character who would later become known as the Yellow Kid. (That’s him in the blue nightshirt in the bottom-right corner of the top cartoon.)

 

Origins of the Sunday Comics by Peter Maresca
Origins of the Sunday Comics by Peter Maresca

 

The Yellow Kid became an instant hit, leading to a merchandising empire and essentially paving the way for full-color Sunday comics to become a routine part of American life.


For more cartooning history, check out Origins of the Sunday Comics!





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