THIBAULT'S LIST

You never know when something useful is going to wash up on your Facebook beach. I am happy to pass along this newly collected item (thanks to Tom Racine) -- Jason Thibault's The Definitive List of Comic Publisher Submission Guidelines, which naturally includes us truly.

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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.

 

 

 

Don't Pick the Flowers  2-20-15

 

 

 

 

Girth  2-20-15

 

 

 

2-20-15

 

 

 

 

Picpak Dog  2-20-15

 

 

 

 

Tough Town  2-20-15

 

 

 

 

Puppets  2-21-15

 

 

 

 

D.B. Cartoons  2-22-15

 

 

 

 

Headcheese  2-22-15

 

 

Mort's Island 2-22-15

 

 

 

Jordan and Bentley  2-23-15

 

 

 

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

 
 




Georgia Dunn Interviewed on Publisher’s Weekly

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

 

Breaking news regarding Breaking Cat News! Creator Georgia Dunn is the subject of a Publisher’s Weekly podcast! The interview provides intriguing insight into this hilarious comic and cartoonist.

 

Listen here.

 

Subscribe to this fan favorite here.





Weekend Faves (February 22)

 

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal by Zach Weinersmith
Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal by Zach Weinersmith

Parenting is hard.

--Julie

 

Lio by Mark Tatulli
Lio by Mark Tatulli

Anyone else have an outstanding urge to go watch That 70's Show right meow?

--Amanda

 

Non Sequitur by Wiley Miller
Non Sequitur by Wiley Miller

GoComics member Bilan said it best: "You don’t want to go to that dinner party. They’re serving cat nip tonight."
--Lindsay

 

Brevity by Dan Thompson
Brevity by Dan Thompson

Nothing like a KOALA-ty pun to make your Monday morning a little more BEAR-able!

--Amanda

 

Phoebe and Her Unicorn by Dana Simpson
Phoebe and Her Unicorn by Dana Simpson

I'd donate to a Kickstarter to make that happen.
--Elizabeth





New Comic Alert! Nancy Classics by Ernie Bushmiller

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)!

 

Read Nancy Classics here.





Meet Your Creator: Keith DuQuette (The LeftyBosco Picture Show)

Art is my family’s vocation. My mom and dad met in art school, and I was extremely fortunate to grow up in a home where drawing and creativity were truly celebrated and fostered. My father is a cartoonist; I have strong, meaningful memories of the smells of magic markers and poster paints, and the sounds of jazz and old-time radio emanating from his studio. The artistic lessons I learned there and throughout the rest of the house were key to my desire to become an artist.

 

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I studied drawing and painting in art school. Upon graduating, I began to show my artwork in galleries, but I soon discovered that this venue was not right for me. Wishing to reach a wider audience and tell stories, I began to illustrate and write children’s books. Over the years, I’ve created a number of fiction and non-fiction titles that have been published by Viking and G.P. Putnam Sons. Most of my books have featured animals – real or imaginary – harkening back to my childhood interest in animals (I used to keep a menagerie in my room – more olfactory memories!). My one non-animal-themed book centers on another long-term interest of mine: architecture.

 

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At the same time the illustration technique for my children’s books was becoming increasingly tighter in style, my colleagues and friends were noting that they liked the freshness of my preparatory sketches. Their observations helped me realize that I needed a break; I’d been moving away from the fun I’d had making art when I was younger. Instead of buying a sports car, my mid-life crisis consisted of learning to loosen up with my drawing and have fun doing it!

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About six years ago, I began sharing my drawings online. I scanned many old and new drawings and posted them on Facebook, sometimes with titles or captions, and sometimes without. My friends made playful responses to this posted work, which I greatly enjoyed.  I was thrilled when, about three and a half years ago, I was given the opportunity to post my drawings as a feature on GoComics.

 

That’s when The LeftyBosco Picture Show was born.

 

Who is LeftyBosco? “Lefty” and “Bosco” were two nicknames my father called me when I was a kid; I like the ring of the names when combined. I added the phrase “Picture Show” to the title, because it accurately describes what I’m doing with my daily drawing feature. “Picture Show” also evokes old cinema, another big inspiration for me.

 

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My feature presents a variety of drawing styles and subjects: from doodles to rendered drawings, from playful to poignant. I occasionally offer glimpses into my older sketchbooks; sometimes I create new work that’s kicking around in my head. I’ve developed various series, as well, such as Rejected by the Patent Office, Pet of the Day and Saturdoodleday. I’m delighted to read the comments and captions that viewers are kind enough to make each day.

 

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I am currently working on a number of art projects. One project features a main character named Wellington Winthrop, whose world has been glimpsed on my Picture Show over the years. I am collaborating with the talented writer Carol Walsh Greer on an illustrated novel featuring Mr. Wellington.

 

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So stay tuned to The LeftyBosco Picture Show, and please leave a comment if you are so inclined. Thank you!

 

Read The LeftyBosco Picture Show here, or visit http://www.petportraitsbykeith.com/

and http://www.keithduquette.com/.





Twitter Q&A with David Cahill of Pictures in Boxes

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Pictures in Boxes creator David Cahill joined us on Twitter this week for a cartoonist Q&A! If you missed the chat, catch up below:

 

 

Subscribe (free!) to Pictures in Boxes here!

 

 

Next week on Twitter, we'll be joined by Mike Lester of Mike du Jour comics! #AskMikeLester





Tank McNamara Sports Jerk of the Year Award: The Winner Is…

Thank you to all who submitted your 2014 “Sports Jerk of the Year” Award nominations!

 

You all certainly had some strong opinions about the fools of the sports world. With offenses ranging from domestic abuse to racist remarks, some of the most-nominated rascals included Ray Rice, Roger Goodell, Alex Rodriguez, Adrian Peterson and Donald Sterling.

 

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With so many deserving figures, who takes the cake? We’ve tallied up all of your votes, and the winner is….

 

ROGER GOODELL

 

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Congratulations, Roger! You’ve earned the 2014 “Sports Jerk of the Year” Award!

 

Can’t get enough sports? Read Tank McNamara 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.

 

 

 

A Bit Sketch  2-17-15

 

 

 

 

Peanziles  2-17-15

 

 

 

 

And now...  2-18-15

 

 

 

 

Cleo and Company  2-18-15

 

 

 

 

The Beauforts  2-18-15

 

 

 

 

Wyatt  2-18-15

 

 

 

Candy Pills  2-19-15

 


 

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

 
 




Hollywood's Big Night

Everyone and their mother knows exactly where to tune in this Sunday to see the year’s biggest stars illuminate the red carpet at Hollywood’s Dolby Theater. Throughout the last 87 years, this heavily marketed, globally televised event has become the Super Bowl of the movie world. Whether you choose to watch or not, you’ll still end up knowing all the events of the night because all that everyone will be talking about on Monday is The 87th annual Academy Awards. 

 

Whether you’re a bona fide movie buff (me!) …

 

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

 

or a fashion fanatic, dying to see what gorgeous, or downright outrageous, things the celebs will wear this year …

 

Prickly City by Scott Stantis
Prickly City by Scott Stantis

 

the Oscars will have something to excite everyone. 

 

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

 

The 87th Academy Awards will surely be one for the books after the cinematic year we’ve had. A year with some serious tear-jerkers …

 

Garfield by Jim Davis
Garfield by Jim Davis

 

controversy over movies that many people believed to have been snubbed …

 

Jeff Stahler by Jeff Stahler
Jeff Stahler by Jeff Stahler

 

and of death threats! We put our lives in danger over movies this year!

 

Rob Rogers by Rob Rogers
Rob Rogers by Rob Rogers

 

So, be sure to get your snacks ready and bladder emptied, because, once the show begins, you won’t want to miss a second of the drama or, even worse, your favorite actor giving a victory speech (fingers crossed for Reese Witherspoon – you go girl)!

 

Biographic by Steve McGarry
Biographic by Steve McGarry




Laissez les bons temps rouler!

Happy Fat Tuesday, everyone!

 

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A pop-up parade during Mardi Gras 2014

Last year, I was lucky enough to be in New Orleans the weekend before Mardi Gras. The city was vibrant and bustling, and collecting beads became a competition.

 

I ate more beignets and king cake than is healthy, and I looked at Lent as a prime detox time.

 

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This year, I'm here in Kansas City, wishing I was in NOLA. I guess I'll have to read Mardi Gras-related comics to satisfy my craving for fun.

 

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Frazz 2/20/07

 

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Big Nate 8/15/96

Phew! I'm feeling better already! Now I'm going to stare at this picture of my cat wearing Mardi Gras beads and eat some king cake. What are you going to do to celebrate Fat Tuesday?

 

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Maeby is not happy with her fashion statement.

-- EAP





Giveaway: The Fusco Brothers Signed Print

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The Fusco Brothers has been entertaining readers for more than 25 years with wacky characters, off-the-wall antics and verbal acrobatics.

 

We’re giving away an archive-quality The Fusco Brothers print signed by J.C. Duffy!

 

To enter, leave a comment on this blog post and include your FIRST and LAST names. This contest will end Tues., Feb. 24 at 10 a.m. CT. The winner will be announced that day on this blog. This contest is open to all readers worldwide.

 

Read The Fusco Brothers here.





Weekend Faves (February 15)

Pickles by Brian Crane
Pickles by Brian Crane

Oh, the difference a few letters can make...

--Julie

 

Frazz by Jef Mallett
Frazz by Jef Mallett


Over the weekend, Cul de Sac creator Richard Thompson shared this Frazz Sunday on Facebook (see screenshot below). True words, friends. If you're not reading Frazz on GoComics, what are you waiting for? Add it to your My Comics Page immediately!

-- Lindsay


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Truth Facts by Wulff & Morgenthaler
Truth Facts by Wulff & Morgenthaler

The "reference to websites FAQ" slice goes up exponentially if you're calling about Internet issues.
--Elizabeth

 

Adam@Home by Rob Harrell
Adam@Home by Rob Harrell

I feel your pain, Katy. But there's an easy solution for this. Next time buy assorted chocolates with the pictographic explanation of which chocolate is which. It's guaranteed to deliver you from countless nougaty abominations.

--Lucas

 

 

Big Nate by Lincoln Peirce
Big Nate by Lincoln Peirce

Oh, how my high school experience would've been different if I could've staged my yearbook photos. Candids, for me, meant mid-sneeze, mid-trip or mid-eating.

--Amanda

 

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

That's what my room looks like without a leaf blower... I think you're doing just fine, Baldo.
--Elizabeth





Giveaway: Valentine’s Day Prize Packs – Winners Announced

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Thank you to all who entered to win a Valentine's Day Prize Pack! We've randomly selected TWO winners!

 

Prize Pack 1:Birgit Jenning

-       Special edition SDCC 2014 Last Kiss signed print

-       Pocket Posh: Sexy Word Search Puzzle Book

-       Random Acts of Nancy greeting cards featuring artwork by Ernie Bushmiller

-       “The Wedding of Cathy and Irving” by Cathy Guisewite

 

Prize Pack 2: Lily Montemayor

-       Special edition SDCC 2014 Last Kiss signed print

-       Pocket Posh: Sudoku Puzzle Book

-       Random Acts of Nancy greeting cards featuring artwork by Ernie Bushmiller

-       “Just a Simple Wedding: A For Better or For Worse Collection” by Lynn Johnston

 

If your name is listed above, please contact us at rewards@gocomics.com with your shipping address and phone number. Please note: You must contact us by 2/24/15 or your prize will be forfeited.

 

Valentine's Day may be over but you can still celebrate! View our collection of Valentine’s Day comics here.





GoComics Book Club: The G-Man Super Journal by Chris Giarrusso

Introducing GoComics Book Club — A new series on our blog to keep you in-the-know about books for all ages, relating to your favorite comics and authors!

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Have you ever wished you had superpowers?

 

Have you wished you could fly, or that you were invulnerable, or even that you were just really good at math?

 

At Andrews McMeel Universal, we’ve always been drawn to the super, the extraordinary, the unique. Which is why we are tremendous fans of Chris Giarrusso’s G-Man, a superhero who, like the rest of us, has to deal with the vagaries of everyday life.

 

In this new book, Michael G (yes, “G” is his whole last name, and that’s why everyone calls him “G-Man”) chronicles, from his own point of view, his quest to gain superpowers while at the same time navigating school assignments and gym class, an infinite detention loop and an older brother who’s too cool to be seen with him. In other words, the kinds of things we can all relate to.

 

When Mikey has to keep a journal in Mrs. Rosario’s class at school, naturally he uses it to chronicle his quest to gain superpowers. Because in Mikey’s world, superpowers are real.

 

In fact, Mikey’s friend Billy just showed up at school the other day with an awesome winged superhero costume and brand new superpowers! Now everyone is calling him “Billy Demon,” and he’s the most popular kid in school.

 

This first book in "The G-Man Super Journal" series tells the story, from Mikey’s own perspective, of how he becomes G-Man, invincible superhero!

 

Creator Chris Giarrusso, who honed his superhero chops at Marvel Comics, says, “Kids, who were once considered the target audience for publishers of superhero comics, have been largely abandoned by mainstream superhero comic book publishers in recent decades. Now, with superheroes dominating popular culture like never before in movies and television, kids around the world are falling in love with the superhero genre for the first time. But the comic books featuring those heroes are still largely aimed at adult readers, inappropriate and uninteresting for younger readers, and lacking in fun. Meanwhile, the illustrated prose diary format is the new dominant force in the book market for young readers.

 

"'The G-Man Super Journal' combines the most dominant pop culture genre (superheroes) with the most dominant book format (illustrated prose novels) for the first time.”

 

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Want to meet Chris Giarrusso? He’s always happy to talk to fans. Check out his schedule of appearances here.

 

Or follow him on Twitter.





POLK FOLK

On Sunday it was announced that Doonesbury creator Garry Trudeau will be the 33rd recipient of the George Polk Career Award -- the first cartoonist to receive it. The awards were established in 1949 and honor CBS correspondent George Polk, who was murdered in 1948 while covering the Greek Civil War. Read Long Island University's announcement here, and Michael Cavna's Comic Riffs story here.

 

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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.

 

 

And now...  2-13-15

 

 

 

 

2-13-15

 

 

 

 

Colonel Kernel  2-13-15

 

 

 

 

2-13-15

 

 

 

 

Jordan and Bentley  2-13-15

 

 

 

 

Mort's Island  2-13-15

 

 

 

 

Smith  2-13-15

 

 

 

 

2-15-15

 

 

 

Green Pieces  2-16-15

 

 

 

 

Promises Promises  2-16-15

 

 

 

 

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

 
 




New Comic Alert! Frankie Comics by Rachel Dukes

 

Frankie Comics by Rachel Dukes

These short comics chronicle the ongoing misadventures of Frankie the cat and her human companions, Rachel and Mike.

 

Read Frankie Comics here.





Meet Your Creator: Don Wimmer (Rose is Rose)

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I was born into this world an involuntary doodler. I just couldn’t help it. If I saw a pencil, I picked it up and quickly surveyed the area for paper. Any available paper. That included phone bills, wedding invitations and any important documents within my reach.

 

This behavior continued throughout my schooling. My notebooks contained more drawings than class notes. Parent-teacher conferences would usually conclude with the phrase: “Donald would do much better if he spent more time paying attention and less time drawing silly cartoons.”

And that is how my parents became aware of the awful truth: Their son was an aspiring cartoonist.

 

At the age of 12, I submitted my first cartoon. The Famous Artists School had a simple entrance exam on a matchbook cover: Draw Spunky the Donkey. I drew Spunky and mailed it in.

 

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After weeks and weeks of waiting, I forgot all about Spunky – until that memorable spring day when the doorbell rang. A representative from the Famous Artists School was here to inform my parents of my potential as an artist.

 

I can still hear the tires screeching as my future in art quickly peeled away into the distance.

 

I never had any formal art instruction as a kid. I took my first drawing class at a community college that I attended after high school. I enjoyed the class and decided to transfer to Kean University and major in Visual Communications. They had a school newspaper with a comics page. I nervously went to the newspaper offices the first day of classes and met with the editor, Ray Lago. I asked him how I could get a comic strip in the paper. He said to bring one in by the end of the week. I went back to the dorm and drew up “Old Man Munsk.” My first comic strip appeared a week later. That was more than 30 years ago, and Ray and I are still great friends.

 

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After college, I freelanced like every other artist I knew. I did cartoons and humorous illustrations for magazines, as well as storyboards and print ad mock-ups for ad agencies.

 

Then, I was hired as the artist for Ripleys’s Believe It or Not!  It was my first experience with syndication. I spent 14 years with Ripley’s, gaining valuable experience that prepared me for my next adventure – Rose Is Rose!

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Writing and drawing a daily comic strip was my dream from early on. Becoming part of Rose Is Rose was so much bigger than any dream I could have imagined. Pat Brady created a cast of characters who are beloved by millions of fans. I will always be grateful to him for trusting me with his creation. Besides being an outstanding cartoonist, he is a great friend and generous mentor. 

 

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There is one thing I know for sure about doing a daily comic strip: Don’t wait for inspiration.  Inspiration is fickle and stingy. There are moments ­­– beautiful moments – when an idea just flows from your mind onto the page – but those are rare. Generally, my ideas start with a doodle. A tiny sketch. It might be in the notebook I carry everywhere, but more often than not, it’s on a receipt or  tiny scrap of paper or even a napkin. I still draw on anything available. I’ve even used the voice memo feature on my phone to record an idea. Ideas will fly away with incredible velocity. 

 

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I enjoy creating little stories. Pacing out a gag can take a lot of little sketches. I learned early on not to do too much thinking, stargazing or daydreaming. It’s better to just draw. Some ideas are stubborn. Those get taped to the wall of my studio until I can take the time to figure them out.  Some months, there are dozens of sketches silently hanging on the sidelines, waiting for their chance to get in the game.

 

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Occasionally, I visit schools and give cartooning workshops. It’s a great way to see how fearless kids can be. Give them paper, a special cartooning pencil and 20 minutes, and they will create a comic strip. They laugh at their own work and proudly share it with their classmates. Grammar school is the perfect time for cartooning workshops. Kids are confident when they’re not being graded. They think they can draw anything – and they can.

 

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Read Rose is Rose here. 





Happy Valentine’s Day!

Happy Valentine’s Day to all of our GoComics readers!

 

We know that searching for that perfect gift and date spot can be stressful, so we wanted to give you some comic relief. We’ve put together a collection of Valentine’s Day-themed comics. Like a box of chocolates, these comics range from sweet to salty to bitter, and even nutty!

 

Frazz by Jef Mallett
Frazz by Jef Mallett

 

Lucky Cow by Mark Pett
Lucky Cow by Mark Pett

 

Luann by Greg Evans
Luann by Greg Evans

 

Arlo and Janis by Jimmy Johnson
Arlo and Janis by Jimmy Johnson

 

View the entire collection here.

 

 

P.S. Don’t miss our Valentine’s Day Giveaway! Enter here.  






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