Meet Your Creator: Will Henry (Ordinary Bill, Wallace the Brave)

 

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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: Will Henry of Ordinary Bill and Wallace the Brave.

 

Hi, I'm Will, and I create the comic Wallace the Brave.

 

 

Wallace the Brave by Will Henry

 

 

It's a simple little comic about a boy named Wallace growing up in Snug Harbor. In my years of cartooning, I've had successes and failures, good ideas and bad, and they've all contributed to the creation of Wallace. Here's a bit of a snapshot of that journey:

 

First off, let's get some things out of the way. Yes, I've wanted to be a cartoonist since grade school. Yes, I grew up reading Peanuts, The Far Side, Garfield and Calvin and Hobbes. And yes, I draw my inspiration from everyday life. Even if I had a magic genie that gave me comic strip ideas, I wouldn't tell you about him.

 

On to the meat and potatoes ...

 

The Past

 

I got my first taste of "professional" cartooning my freshman year of college. The Daily Campus had a neat comics section. I created a comic, Room Mates, which ran three times a week. It was a typical college comic: two dormmates with different personalities and an alcoholic rat that lived in a pizza box. The pay was $15 a week. While not much, it could buy A LOT of Pabst Blue Ribbon. After some basic research, I sent a nice syndication packet to every editor who would agree to take a look at it.

 

I had quite a bit of confidence, and figured by Monday, I'd have a nationally syndicated comic strip, fat stacks of cash, and phone calls from Mick Jagger. Ohhhhh, William ... poor, young, foolish William.

 

After college

 

I launched Ordinary Bill, a comic based on my cat, my girlfriend Isis (now my wife) and me.

 

 

Ordinary Bill by Will Wilson

 

 

It was fun, self-examining and a bit silly, but it taught me loads about deadlines, defining an audience and character development. In retrospect, I spent too many years working on it. When it started, it was very raw, and as time went on, I tried to change its spirit to make it fit the needs of others – syndicates, newspapers and books.

 

This eventually turned it into an entirely different comic, one that sort of lost its most interesting and personal moments. I found I couldn't more fully explore the characters because it had a weak foundation, and since the characters were based on my wife and me, I felt I could never tackle some more defining storylines.

 

I was very proud of my comic Ordinary Bill, and at its peak, the comic was very well received ... probably because I touted it whenever and wherever I could.

 

It's funny, and this is something I believe many creators deal with, but now I'm literally embarrassed to show people the comic. I know I shouldn't be, and it was fun while I was focused on it, but now all I see are the flaws and missteps ... but, man, it taught me a ton.

 

I bought a liquor store in 2013. It's a cool little spot called Grapes and Gourmet in Jamestown, Rhode Island, and that's where I work when I'm not cartooning. I keep my drawing table there, which gets me outta the house and interacting with the outside world. Here's a shot of my drawing table:

 

 

Will Henry Drawing Table

 

 

The neighborhood kids often swing by to see what I'm drawing, and I find their comments refreshingly honest. I can't imagine their parents are too thrilled about their kids lingering in a liquor store. If you’re in the area, stop in and say hi!

 

The Present

 

I try to live in the present, but it's a very finicky time. It's tough to identify and it’s gone before you realize it. After I made the decision to cool down Ordinary Bill, my perception of cartooning changed. I wanted to create better work, and talk of syndication and generating income took a backseat to this. I began doodling a little boy running around barefoot, catching crickets and chasing seagulls. Simple sketches, maybe a little color and text, but mostly little scenarios that made me happy. They also made my wife happy. She loved this little cartoon dude. 

 

Here's a photo of Isis and me; we were married in 2014.

 

 

Will Henry

 

 

She's been dealing with this cartooning habit for the better part of a decade. Isn't she lovely ... WOOOHOO.

 

Anyway, I named the little boy Wallace, and drew about 30 completed comics with a few other added characters. There was Wallace, the curious daredevil; Spud, the neurotic best friend; and Amelia, the new girl ... she was trouble. Ordinary Bill never quite had a solid world in which the characters lived, so with Wallace, I tried extra-hard to give them a backdrop that didn't necessarily seem real, but consistent. I didn't have any plans to continue with Wallace, but my wife asked me to make some more. She took a liking to Wallace and even coaxed/demanded I send the sample to GoComics to see what they thought. I gave the comic the title Wallace the Brave and emailed the acquisitions editor the first 30 comics. From there, I went on my way, no longer waiting for the response I once obsessed over. But, as these things usually go, I got a response months after, and in June 2015, Wallace the Brave debuted on GoComics.  

 

My current cartooning process is not complex. I use classic pencil on Bristol board to sketch out the roughs. Then, I use some Micron pens and nib and ink, maybe some brushes, but that's about it. I scan the inked comic onto the computer and use a very old, very stolen version of Photoshop (what? it's expensive) to color the comics.

 

 

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I’ve also been known to break out the brushes and scratch the itch to do watercolors, another longtime interest.

 

I straight-up love cartooning, and at the moment, it's something that gives me a little bit of a voice. I do not live an extraordinary life. I live in a tiny, one-bedroom cottage and work at a liquor store, but every day, I have a little 14-by-5 inch blank space to be, and see, whatever I want. Spaceships, dragons, irate seagulls, tidal waves – anything! It can all live in my little blank space and I want to take advantage of that. It's mine and I can do whatever I want with it, and no one can tell me otherwise (actually, my editor usually makes me take out "F" bombs).

 

 

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My goal with Wallace is to highlight some of the simpler, stranger aspects of childhood while sprinkling in a bit of my own experiences. I want to create a fictional world where kids still collect bugs and fly kites and eat ice-cream cones upside down and jump from the docks and pick on each other and just do the weird things that kids do. Nothing is more boring than watching a kid use a smartphone, never mind reading a comic about kids using smartphones. I try to avoid that sort of material at all costs.

 

 

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I create Wallace the Brave under the name Will Henry in honor of my grandmother. My full name is William Henry Wilson, but there's a bunch of Will Wilsons in the family, so she calls me Will Henry. Often shouting, "WILL HENRY... bring me scotch." She also turned me on to some of my new favorite comics.  In my "adult" life I started reading more of classic comic strips, and am drawn to the strange things I find in Krazy Kat comics and the colors in vintage Gasoline Alley strips.

 

The Future

 

I'm often asked, "Hey buddy, what’s in your future?” I consider the question through two lenses: one for the future of comics, and another on a personal level. I don't believe comics are going anywhere. Obviously, the medium is changing, but I think it’s just a hiccup before we all get settled.

 

Hieroglyphics, stick figures and kids’ books have proven that people have always preferred their words with pictures. As a creator, but mostly as a consumer, I do think it's a shame what's happening to the comics page of newspapers, especially regarding legacy strips and reruns. If I turned on the television and saw nothing but reruns and shows from half a century ago, I’d probably stop watching TV, too.

 

Personally, I have no plans for Wallace. It's a strip I wholeheartedly enjoy working on. I see my family every time I read it, and I get to share my memories whenever I'm writing it. I truly love the craft. I suppose I keep doing it because tomorrow I can create a better comic than the one I'm working on today.

 

Read Wallace the Brave and Ordinary Bill. Follow Will on Twitter here.





Top 5 Moments in Comics Parenting

It isn’t easy being a parent in the world of comics. Cartoon kids always seem to get into more trouble than kids in the real world, probably because they aren’t bound by the laws of physics.

 

Today, we’d like to take a moment to acknowledge five truly great parenting moments in comics.



1. When Calvin learned a lesson he’ll never forget.

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

 

 

2. When patience, resilience and optimism won out.

 

Dadding Badly by John Kovaleski
Dadding Badly by John Kovaleski

 

 

3. When Martin Wright used Nate’s competitiveness against him.

 

Big Nate by Lincoln Peirce
Big Nate by Lincoln Peirce

 

 

4. When Dicky told his son some hard truths.

 

Fowl Language by Brian Gordon
Fowl Language by Brian Gordon

 

 

5. And finally, when Lunarbaboon’s ingenuity and creativity made him a hero.

 

Lunarbaboon by Christopher Grady
Lunarbaboon by Christopher Grady

 

 


For more parenting comics, check out our Big Nate collection here, and our Calvin and Hobbes collection 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.

 

 

 AJ & Magnus  4-12-16

 

 

 

 

 

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Father of the Brood  4-12-16

 

 

 

 

 

 My Son Is A Dog  4-12-16

 

 

 

npchumor.com  4-12-16

 

 

 

 

 

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Dungeon Hordes 4-13-16

 

 

 

 

 

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The Gray Zone  4-13-16

 

 

 

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

 





Give Your Sweetie a Smooch — It’s Couple Appreciation Month!

February may be the most romantic month, but did you know that April is Couple Appreciation Month? Grab your beloved and remind them why they’re so special to you!

 

In recognition of Couple Appreciation Month, we’re highlighting some of our favorite couples in the world of comics. Proceed with caution — love is in the air!

 

1. Jon and Liz (Garfield by Jim Davis)

Garfield by Jim Davis
Garfield by Jim Davis

  

They say doctors shouldn’t get involved with their patients, but that’s exactly what Liz did (she was Garfield’s veterinarian before dating Jon), and look at how well things turned out!

 

 

2. Charlie Brown and the Little Red-Haired Girl (Peanuts by Charles Schulz)

 

Peanuts by Charles Schulz
Peanuts by Charles Schulz

 

Although Charlie Brown can never quite work up the courage to speak to her, his perennial admiration and loyalty is a testament to the optimism of unrequited love.

 

 

3. Arlo and Janis (Arlo and Janis by Jimmy Johnson)

 

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

 

Everyone’s favorite baby boomer couple continues to delight generations of readers with their easygoing approach to the trials and tribulations of domestic life.

 

 

4. Calvin and Susie (Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson)

 

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

  

Despite spending most of their time pranking each other, Calvin and Susie shared a deep-seated affection that was hinted at several times throughout Calvin and Hobbes’ run.

 

 

We hope these funny page lovebirds have inspired you! However you choose to celebrate, have a happy Couple Appreciation Month.





GIVEAWAY: National Humor Month Prize Pack

April is National Humor Month, and we’re celebrating by giving our readers the chance to win an incredible bundle of recently released comics collections from our publishing division!

 

The list of laugh-out-loud-funny titles includes:

 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

 

This contest will end on April 19, 2016, at 12 a.m. CT. We will randomly select one winner and notify the winner via email on April 19, 2016.

 

The next giveaway will be announced on April 20, 2016 at 6 a.m. CT.





Happy National Library Workers Day!

Who loves comics?

 

Librarians, that’s who. In honor of National Library Workers Day (which is today), let’s talk a little bit about just one of the many, many reasons why the folks that work in our libraries are so awesome. That reason is comics.

 

Librarians have long been staunch comics advocates because they understand that comics can be an important tool to promote literacy. They are largely responsible for getting comics into the hands of the people who want to read them (which is, like, mostly everybody) by putting them front and center in their libraries, at their tradeshows and in the media. (Fun fact: Librarians made award-winning graphic novelist Gene Luen Yang this year’s Honorary Chair of National Library Week. So, yeah, they totally get it.)

 

We here at GoComics and AMP Kids! want to give a shout out to libraries for getting comics collections like Phoebe and Her Unicorn and Big Nate, graphic novels like The Dreadful Fate of Jonathan York and Stinky Cecil, and illustrated novels like Desmond Pucket and G-Man into the hands of kids—and getting them reading.

 

Libraries are often underfunded, understaffed and under-supported. Fortunately for us, there are many passionate and dedicated people—paid and unpaid—that keep them operating. So the next time you’re at your public library or your kid’s school, take a moment to tell a library worker how awesome they truly are.

 

Check out AMP! Kids to find the above mentioned titles, lots of fun stuff for kids, resources for parents and educators, and much more.

 

Click here to read Phoebe and Her Unicorn, Big Nate and G-Man on GoComics!





COMICS SHERPA

 

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.

 

 

 

 Signs of a Frustrated Golfer  4-8-16

 

 

 

 

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Lili and Derek  4-9-16

 

 

 

 

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My Son Is A Dog  4-10-16

 

 

 

 

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Doghouse In Your Soul 4-11-16

 

 

 

 

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Thingsesque  4-11-16

 

 

 

 

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

 





Raising Awareness to End Parkinson’s Disease

 

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

 

 

Today is World Parkinson’s Day, and we want to highlight the efforts to find a cure. Parkinson’s is a chronic and progressive nervous system disease which affects a person’s ability to control movement and coordination. Currently, there is no known cause or cure.

 

Richard Thompson, of Cul de Sac fame, was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2009. In response, his friend Chris Sparks created Team Cul de Sac, a group dedicated to fundraising for Parkinson’s research, often with the help of other cartoonists.

 

Sparks blogged for us last year about the group’s formation and recent accomplishments (click here to read it!). Since then, Team Cul de Sac has published a new book, “Compleating Cul de Sac,” which will be reprinted this summer. You can buy their first book, “Team Cul de Sac,” here.

 

You can catch Team Cul de Sac live at HeroesCon in Charlotte, North Carolina, on June 17, at their annual Drink and Draw fundraising event.

 

For more information on Parkinson’s disease, Parkinson’s Awareness Month and World Parkinson’s Day, visit the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation website.

 

Click here to read Richard Thompson’s Cul de Sac!

 

Team Cul de Sac Resources:

Donate to TCDS/Michael J. Fox Foundation

TCDS Blog

TCDS on Facebook





New Comic Alert! Bad Machinery by John Allison

 

Bad Machinery by John Allison
Bad Machinery by John Allison

 

Bad Machinery tells the stories of three schoolgirl sleuths and three schoolboy investigators attending Griswalds Grammar School in Tackleford, UK. While not exactly enemies, a mixture of pride, mistrust and stubbornness keep them at odds. Tackleford, a medium-sized West Yorkshire city set among rolling hills, has a long history of mystery. Since the industrial revolution, it has been a hotbed of problems, issues, manifestations, bad deeds, schemes and trouble. Griswalds is in the leafy suburb of Keane End. Nothing else is certain.

 

Read Bad Machinery here!





Happy National Sibling Day!

Whether you have one sibling or a dozen, you know the bond between brothers and sisters is unlike any other. You fight with them, compete with them and tattle on them, but they’re your partners in crime, and you know they’ll always be there for you.

 

Today is National Sibling Day, and to celebrate, we’ve rounded up five things everyone with a sibling knows to be true:

 

1. Your siblings keep you humble.

 

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

 


2. They’re always looking for something to use against you.

 

Oh, Brother! by Bob Weber Jr. and Jay Stephens
Oh, Brother! by Bob Weber Jr. and Jay Stephens

 

3. They do everything in their power to keep you on your toes.

 

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

 

 

4. They secretly love whatever perks they get for being older or younger than you.

 

Peanuts by Charles Schulz
Peanuts by Charles Schulz

 

5. Even though they’ll never admit it to anyone, they’re pretty proud to be your sibling.

 

Stone Soup by Jan Eliot
Stone Soup by Jan Eliot

 

 

For more sibling shenanigans, check out our comic collection!





Meet Your Creator: Don Asmussen (Bad Reporter)

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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: Don Asmussen of Bad Reporter.

 

 

BAD REPORTER by Don Asmussen

 

When did you start cartooning?

 

When I was about 5, I had a dream that eventually an extremely wealthy and hubristic real estate tycoon would run for president and destroy the world. I awoke and immediately asked my father to buy me some crayons. By that evening, I had completed my very first editorial cartoon diatribe against Donald Trump (this was around 1973-ish). I couldn't get it published anywhere, being it almost 35 years too early. So, I hung on to this precious cargo. Years and years later, it finally is relevant. But now, I can't find it.

 

So, I try to recreate it every day. The original was funnier. I wish I could find it.

 

 

How did you begin your career as a cartoonist?

 

I was hired at the Lowell (Massachusetts) Sun to create illustrations and charts, plus editorial cartoons. I purposely sucked at charts. Then, I even started sucking at illustrations. All that was left to do was visual political commentary about Donald Trump. Again, they wouldn't publish them since they were around 30 years too early. Now, though, the Lowell Sun sees what I was talking about. They should've realized I was playing the long game.

 

 

Where did you find inspiration?

 

Donald Trump. Did you miss that part of my last two answers?

 

It was Trump.

 

 

BAD REPORTER by Don Asmussen

 

 

What comics did you read as a child?

 

I didn't really like comics. As a kid I read Spider-Man comic books. Newspaper comics weren't my thing – too many cats and neurotic women. I loved Benny Hill when I was very stupid and young, and then moved up to Monty Python as I grew older and didn't just want to watch Benny Hill’s dancers. So British comedy shows were my thing. I like Jack Davis' Mad magazine covers, but I never read the actual mags. I loved Mark Alan Stamaty's "Washingtoon" in the Village Voice when I was in college. That was my first comic love, and I'm still angry at Newsweek for screwing his career up. Stamaty is the king, and that he never got a Pulitzer is a travesty. "Washingtoon" changed everything for me. Congressman Bob Forehead looks sorta like Joe Scarborough.

 

 

BAD REPORTER by Don Asmussen

 

What comics do you read today?

 

I don't really see comics very often. I love Ruben Bolling (Tom the Dancing Bug, Super-Fun-Pak Comix). Roz Chast is amazing. I don't know the dailies.

 

 

What do you call your political comic "Bad Reporter"?

 

 

BAD REPORTER by Don Asmussen

 

It's based on Stephen Glass and Jayson Blair, bad reporters who made up stuff. Spinning the spin, incorrect Wikipedia-esque reporting. I used to love the old newspaper parodies like "Not the New York Times" back in the ’70s, which I'm sure The Onion was birthed from. I love news speak, the way newspapers instantly seem like they are keeping something from you. Headline wording is an art form of leaving out most of the facts or perspective. I love lack of perspective. It makes everybody funny. Donald Trump is the ultimate example of arrogant ignorance, very Python and very Congressman Bob Forehead. I hope Stamaty gets a lifetime achievement award. "Washingtoon" saw it all back in 1978. Plus, my drawing of Trump when I was 5. I was right on it. I've gotta look for that.

 

 

What are your other projects?

 

 

BAD REPORTER by Don Asmussen

 

I'm working on fake documentaries, using animation and audio. Did a bunch back in the ’90s with a company called Mondo Media. I hope to figure out a way to make them cost-effective. I should ask Mark Fiore how he does it. I'd like to do more of that – I enjoyed working on them before, the scripting, drawing and flash animating and the sound recording. It was super fun. But I'm not sure if media companies want to pay for it. I guess I'll find out.

 

Read Bad Reporter here.

  





Everybody’s Working for the Weekend

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

 

It’s been a long week, but the end is in sight.

 

Dilbert by Scott Adams
Dilbert by Scott Adams

 

You’ve endured four days of subarctic office temperatures, soul-sucking fluorescent lighting and meeting after meeting. 

 

Andertoons by Mark Anderson
Andertoons by Mark Anderson

 

You’ve followed up, circled back and double-checked more projects than you thought possible.

 

Joe Vanilla by Mark Litzler
Joe Vanilla by Mark Litzler

 

Even the CEO has had enough!

 

 

9 to 5 by Harley Schwadron
9 to 5 by Harley Schwadron

 

Just focus on getting through today.

 

Moderately Confused by Jeff Stahler
Moderately Confused by Jeff Stahler

 

You can do it!





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.

 

 

Inkwell Forest  4-5-16

 

 

 

 

Lilley's Sillies  4-5-16

 

 

 

 

The Gray Zone  4-5-16

 

 

 

 

Amanda the Great  4-6-16

 

 

 

 

 

Charmy's Army  4-6-16

 

 

 

 

Don't Pick the Flowers  4-6-16

 

 

 

 

4-6-16

 

 

 

Minihahas  4-6-16

 

 

 

My Son Is A Dog  4-6-16

 

 

 

 

Aaron Guile  4-7-16

 

 

 

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

 

 





World Health Day 2016: Stay Super, Beat Diabetes

Every year on World Health Day, the World Health Organization campaigns to increase awareness of a critical global health issue. This year, the focus is on diabetes.

 

Health Capsules by Bron Smith
Health Capsules by Bron Smith

 

What does all this have to do with comics? Glad you asked! As we learned last week, comics can be amazing educational resources. For example, Health Capsules is a single-panel comic featuring a short, health-related Q&A.

 

In honor of World Health Day, we’re teaming up with Health Capsules to bring you a dose of diabetes facts. According to WHO, diabetes caused more than 1.5 million deaths in 2012, and cases continue to increase around the world. In many cases, diabetes can be prevented through lifestyle changes.


Here are some more facts from Health Capsules:

 

Health Capsules by Bron Smith
Health Capsules by Bron Smith

 

 

Health Capsules by Bron Smith
Health Capsules by Bron Smith

 

Health Capsules by Bron Smith
Health Capsules by Bron Smith

  

The World Health Organization agrees that a healthy diet low in added sugar is key to preventing diabetes. Want to reduce your sugar intake? Check out Cut the Sugar, You’re Sweet Enough by Ella Leché, a recently released cookbook from our publishing division.

 

Cut the Sugar, You're Sweet Enough by Ella Leché
Cut the Sugar, You're Sweet Enough by Ella Leché

 

 

Cut the Sugar features low-sugar, no-sugar and naturally sweetened recipes — like Three-Ingredient Chocolate Pudding and Homemade Peanut Butter Cups  — from Leché’s popular food blog, Pure Ella. Don’t worry — you won’t miss the sweet stuff!

 

Buy your copy here!

 

For more information on World Health Day and diabetes, visit the World Health Organization’s website.


Click here for more health-related Q&As from Health Capsules.





GIVEAWAY: Frazz 15th Anniversary Print

On April 2, Jef Mallet’s Frazz turned 15 years old!

 

We’re giving away a collectible print of Saturday’s anniversary strip to celebrate this wonderful milestone.

 

To enter:

 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

 

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

 

In the meantime, click here to read Frazz on GoComics, and click here to read Frazz editor Kendra Phipps' reflections on the past 15 years.

 

The next giveaway will be announced on April 13, 2016 at 6 a.m. CT.





Cheers for Beers!

The Duplex by Glenn McCoy
The Duplex by Glenn McCoy

 

On April 7, 1933, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Cullen-Harrison Act into law, legalizing the sale of beer for the first time since Prohibition began in 1920.

 

Naturally, thirsty Americans responded to the good news with a nationwide kegger, and we’ve been celebrating ever since.

 

Andy Capp by Reg Smythe
Andy Capp by Reg Smythe

 

For those of you keeping score at home, that means April 6 is New Beer’s Eve!

 

How should you celebrate this glorious holiday duo? We have some suggestions, courtesy of our publishing division!

 

Cheese and Beer by Janet Fletcher
Cheese and Beer by Janet Fletcher

 

More approachable than cheese and wine, but more refined than wings and beer, Janet Fletcher’s "Cheese and Beer" provides a comprehensive guide to pairing artisan cheese with craft beer. Follow Fletcher’s advice to build your own cheese platter, or choose one of her themed platters to make entertaining (and celebrating!) a snap.

 

Buy "Cheese and Beer" here!

 

 

Cookies and Beer by Jonathan Bender
Cookies and Beer by Jonathan Bender

 

Perfect for the drinker with a baking problem (or the baker with a beer tooth), "Cookies and Beer" is the first cookbook to bring together two things that never should have been separated in the first place. "Cookies and Beer" features dozens of cookie recipes, each with a specific craft beer pairing, as well as a more general pairing suggestion.

 

Buy your copy here.

 

Speed Bump by Dave Coverly
Speed Bump by Dave Coverly

 

As FDR said, “I think this would be a good time for a beer.” Cheers!





Congratulations to the 2015 divisional nominees for the NCS Reuben Awards!

 

 

National Cartoonist Society
National Cartoonist Society

 

 

The National Cartoonist Society has announced the nominees for the 2015 Divisional Awards, and we’re proud to announce that several GoComics creators have made the list! The Divisional Awards honor excellence in 15 different fields of cartooning, including:

 

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)

 

To add to our excitement, THREE of our creators have been nominated for the highest honor in the cartooning industry: “Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year!”

 

Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year

Lynda Barry

Stephan Pastis (Pearls Before Swine)

Hilary Price

Michael Ramirez

Mark Tatulli (Lio)



For a complete list of categories and nominees, visit http://www.reuben.org/.


Congratulations to all of our creators for this well-deserved recognition! GOOD LUCK!





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.

 

 

 

AJ & Magnus  4-1-16

 

 

 

 

Buns  4-2-16

 

 

 

 

Prideland  4-2-16

 

 

 

 

 

4-3-16

 

 

 

 

The Gray Zone  4-3-16

 

 

 

 

Aaron Guile  4-4-16

 

 

 

Girth  4-4-16

 

 

 

 

Onion & Pea  4-4-16

 

 

 

 

 

Spaceport 51  4-4-16

 

 

 

 

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

 

 





New Comic Alert! Eyebeam by Sam Hurt

 

Eyebeam by Sam Hurt
Eyebeam by Sam Hurt

 

Eyebeam is a long-running strip that embraces the surreal. The title character is a sarcastic, rail-thin attorney prone to spontaneous hallucinations. His girlfriend, Sally, is an assertive, fun-loving artist with hair that often extends infinitely into the past. The strip has been through phases as a character-driven saga with soap opera-like plot twists, as well as stand-alone strips and single-panel gags. Eyebeam is always attempting to explore the absurdity of existence through the uniquely elastic reality of the cartoon medium.

 

Read Eyebeam here!





Celebrate National Humor Month with new releases from Andrews McMeel Publishing!

Everyone knows April Fools' Day is dedicated to jokes, pranks and general tomfoolery, but why should the fun stop there? April is National Humor Month, and we know just how to celebrate: With new comics collections from our publishing division.

 

From old favorites to new stars, there’s enough on this list to keep you laughing all month long.

 

1. Unicorn vs. Goblins: Another Phoebe and Her Unicorn Adventure by Dana Simpson

 

 Unicorn vs. Goblins: Another Phoebe and Her Unicorn Adventure by Dana Simpson
Unicorn vs. Goblins: Another Phoebe and Her Unicorn Adventure by Dana Simpson

 

Phoebe and Marigold take on summer camp, an estranged sister and the goblin queen in this third collection of the critically acclaimed Phoebe and Her Unicorn comic strip from AMP! Comics for Kids. Get it here.

 


2. Big Nate: Thunka, Thunka, Thunka by Lincoln Peirce

 

Big Nate: Thunka, Thunka, Thunka by Lincoln Peirce
Big Nate: Thunka, Thunka, Thunka by Lincoln Peirce

 


It’s a big year for Big Nate — the strip is celebrating its 25th anniversary, and it’s only getting better with age. Big Nate: Thunka, Thunka, Thunka, the latest Big Nate collection, is available now. Order your copy here.

 

 

3. Adulthood Is a Myth: A "Sarah’s Scribbles" Collection by Sarah Andersen

 

Adulthood Is a Myth: A "Sarah's Scribbles" Collection by Sarah Andersen
Adulthood Is a Myth: A "Sarah's Scribbles" Collection by Sarah Andersen

 

The debut collection of the wildly popular (and strikingly relatable) Sarah’s Scribble's webcomic will make you laugh so hard you’ll forget all about those pesky bills and responsibilities. Order it here.

 

 

4. Fowl Language: Welcome to Parenting by Brian Gordon

 

Fowl Language: Welcome to Parenting by Brian Gordon
Fowl Language: Welcome to Parenting by Brian Gordon

 

In Fowl LanguageBrian Gordon offers an unvarnished look at the trials and tribulations of parenting two young children. Both heartwarming and irreverent, Fowl Language: Welcome to Parenting provides humorous takes on everything from navigating kid-centric holidays to dealing with picky eaters. Get your copy here.

 

5. Snoopy: Party Animal by Charles Schulz

Snoopy: Party Animal by Charles Schulz
Snoopy: Party Animal by Charles Schulz


A kid-friendly Peanuts collection, Snoopy: Party Animal follows everyone’s favorite cartoon beagle through various misadventures, including run-ins with Linus and Lucy, a snowman, and... a cat? Good grief! Order yours here.

 

 

6. Some Clever Title: A FoxTrot Collection Blah Blah Blah by Bill Amend

 

Some Clever Title: A FoxTrot Collection Blah Blah Blah by Bill Amend
Some Clever Title: A FoxTrot Collection Blah Blah Blah by Bill Amend

 

 

The Fox family is at it again in the latest FoxTrot collection, which examines pop culture from the perspective of an average family and offers a fresh and witty take on society. A must-have for any seasoned or new FoxTrot fan, Some Clever Title is available right here.





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