GoComics Adds New Comics in January

Catch up on the latest and greatest additions to GoComics!

 

Gil by Norm Feuti

 

 

Gil by Norm Feuti
 

Meet Gil. He’s an 8-year-old kid and a bit of an underdog. He doesn’t have the newest toys or live in a fancy house. His parents are split up – his single mother supports them with her factory job income, and his father isn’t around as often as a father ought to be. But none of these things seem to have an adverse affect on Gil’s relentless optimism and upbeat attitude.

 

Norm Feuti is a syndicated cartoonist, author and freelance artist living in Massachusetts.

 

Read Gil here.

 

 

Bleeker: The Rechargeable Dog by Jonathan Mahood

 

 

Bleeker- The Rechargeable Dog by Jonathan Mahood

 

When Skip Smalls begged his parents for a dog, he should have been more specific. For his 10th birthday, they finally acquiesce and give him Bleeker ― a rechargeable dog equipped with Spock-like sensibilities and his own programmable training manual.  

 

Skip is an average kid with an above-average dog. He struggles to enjoy dog ownership as he adapts to Bleeker’s buggy operating system. While some dogs may chew shoes, Bleeker opens the garage door and turns off the TV when he scratches himself! As a result, Skip has technical support on speed dial. However, there are benefits to having a dog that is computer-literate and runs on batteries. Bleeker helps to keep accident-prone Skip out of harm’s way and even assists him with his homework. Despite some glitches, Skip is learning a lot about his electronic dog ― and himself ― during the training process.

 

Jonathan Mahood grew up in a household surrounded by comic strips. While in high school, he had his first work published — under an assumed name! — in his brother’s university newspaper. The comics took a bit of a backseat for four years, while he studied sculpture at York University in Toronto. The summer after graduating, he discovered a collection of George Herriman’s classic cartoon Krazy Kat and it reignited his love of comic strips. Between carving blocks of stone and wood, he doodled in his sketchbooks and began creating comic strips for local publications. Then, after years of sending cartoon submissions to newspaper syndicates (and receiving the corresponding rejection letters), Mahood decided to launch his first comic online in July 2006. Called Hoover: The Rechargeable Dog, the strip combined his two favorite companions, his dog and his iPod, eventually renaming it Bleeker in 2007, honoring his grandfather’s middle name. Since then, the comic has built a strong daily audience, attracted interest for an animated television series and has been translated weekly for Die Zeit, Germany’s largest national weekly newspaper. King Features Syndicate syndicated Bleeker: The Rechargeable Dog from 2011 to 2015. Mahood lives in a small town north of Toronto with his dog and his iPhone.

 

Read Bleeker: The Rechargeable Dog here.

 

 

The Worried Well by Dana Maier

The Worried Well by Dana Jeri Maier

 

Dana Jeri Maier's comics provide useful advice, philosophical musings and spot-on witticisms. She shows us ourselves, not unkindly, as silly and vain and self-involved. Her cartoons feel very interior, a mind watching the world and muttering to itself. They're what that person standing by themselves at the party, not talking to anyone, pretending to look vaguely interested in nothing in particular, has been secretly thinking the whole time.

 

Dana Jeri Maier is an artist and cartoonist living in Washington, DC. She has exhibited widely throughout the DC Metro area and various street corners, if you know where to look. Maier’s site-specific mural, Inscrutable Comic, is on permanent display at the Flashpoint Gallery in Washington, DC. 

 

Read The Worried Well here.

 

 

Dadding Badly by John Kovaleski

 

Dadding Badly by John Kovaleski

 

Dadding Badly documents one dad’s experience of raising a miniature version of himself who can’t talk, walk, forage for food or have any concept of proper bathroom habits.

 

John Kovaleski is a cartoonist and writer living somewhere above ground. He is the creator of the comic strip Bo Nanas, and a contributor to MAD Magazine. He is also a father of his own small human, who seems to be turning out OK so far. Fingers crossed.

 

Read Dadding Badly here.

 





Giveaway: Coloring Prize Pack

Posh Coloring

 

Have you heard? Coloring isn’t just for kids!

 

Fun, relaxing and therapeutic, adults around the world are catching the coloring bug.

 

Whether you’re already an avid colorer or just getting started, we’re giving you the chance to cozy up this winter with coloring books from our publishing division!

 

Our bright and cheery prize pack includes:

 

• Posh: Coloring 2016 Day-to-Day Calendar
• Posh Adult Coloring Book: Japanese Designs for Fun and Relaxation
• Posh Adult Coloring Book: Soothing Designs for Fun and Relaxation

 

To enter, leave a comment on this blog post. To be counted, you must include your first and last name or handle.

 

This contest will end Tues., Feb. 2 at 10 a.m. CT. One winner will be randomly selected and announced that day on the GoComics blog.

 





Congratulations, Dana Simpson!

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

 

 

“Sometimes a unicorn shows up in your life and makes everything better.” – Dana Simpson, Phoebe and Her Unicorn cartoonist

 

Glitter is falling from the sky around the GoComics headquarters as we celebrate Dana Simpson’s latest and greatest achievement! Dana has been named the winner of a 2016 Pacific Northwest Book Award for “Unicorn on a Roll”!

 

As Dana is honored with this award, she’s shared her journey to success in “Me and My Unicorn: An Essay.” Dana writes:

 

"One day I wrote a strip with a unicorn in it. It was a one-off joke, riffing on a theme that was looming large in my life at the time: knowing what counts as a reasonable expectation. Phoebe was conversing with a voice off camera about whether her ideas about her life were realistic. Final panel: pan out, and look, she’s talking about this to a unicorn. I was on the verge of blowing the opportunity to fulfill a childhood dream; given that, it was a pretty hopeful comic strip.

 

"And then the unicorn wouldn’t leave. Once she was there, she was there. She more or less announced herself as the second main character in the strip.

 

"Being a unicorn, she wanted attention. She needed to shine in front of an admiring audience. This dovetailed nicely with my own goals.”

 

Quickly gaining popularity as a webcomic, Universal Uclick decided to bring the magic of Phoebe and Her Unicorn to newspapers around the country. The magical, sparkling comic strip launched in more than 100 outlets last year.

 

Fans can’t get enough! Andrews McMeel Publishing has published two Phoebe and Her Unicorn collections (here and here), with a third and fourth hitting bookshelves this year!

 

We’re SO proud of your dedication, talent and success, Dana!

 

Read Dana’s full essay here. Find Simpson’s book collections here, here and here. Read Phoebe and Her Unicorn from the beginning here.





Giveaway: "Adulthood is a Myth" by Sarah Andersen – Winner Announced

Adulthood is a Myth by Sarah Andersen
 

Thank you to all who entered to win a copy of Sarah Andersen's "Adulthood is a Myth" by sharing your favorite Sarah’s Scribbles comic with us.

 

We have randomly selected one winner! Congratulations to Claire Nehring! Claire's favorite comic is:

 

 

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

 

Claire, please contact us at rewards@gocomics.com with your shipping address and phone number. Please note: You must contact us by 2/2/16 or your prize will be forfeited.  

 

Not a winner? Pre-order a copy of “Adulthood is a Myth” here.

 

Stay tuned! The next giveaway will be announced on 1/27/16 at 6 a.m. CT.





On the Street: #SportsJerk2015

As nominations pour in for the Tank McNamara "Sports Jerk of the Year" Award, we've hit the streets to learn who has fans' votes.

 

 

 

 

 

No doubt we have some strong contenders this year! Who are you nominating for the Tank McNamara "Sports Jerk of the Year" Award? Find nomination instructions here.

 

Need a reminder of the year's offenses? Take a look back starting 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.

 

 

 

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Signs of a Frustrated Golfer  1-22-16

 

 

 

 

QuickDraw  1-23-16

 

 

 

 

Batch Rejection  1-24-16

 

 

 

 

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Green Pieces  1-24-16

 

 

 

Onion & Pea  1-25-16

 

 

 

 

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Ron Warren  1-25-16

 

 

 

 

 

The Neville You Know  1-25-16

 

 

 

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

 

 





New Comic Alert! Dadding Badly by John Kovaleski

Dadding Badly by John Kovaleski

 

Dadding Badly documents one dad’s experience of raising a miniature version of himself who can’t talk, walk, forage for food or have any concept of proper bathroom habits.

 

Read Dadding Badly here.





Valentine's Day Gift: Funnies for Your Hunnies

Collectible Comic Prints

 

When it comes to gift-giving this Valentine’s Day, think outside the box (of chocolates)! GoComics offers archive-quality prints of many of our most popular comics!   

 

Perfect for couples just getting to know each other or those in serious relationships, the comic you choose will be printed beautifully on high-quality 11” x 17” paper.

 

Unframed collectible prints featuring customized art of the buyer's choice are available for $39.95. To ensure delivery by Valentine’s Day (and to keep you out of the doghouse), orders must be placed by Feb. 9.

 

 

HOW TO BUY:

 

Once you’ve found the perfect comic strip, select “Buy a Print of this Comic” from the drop-down menu.

 

 

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Or, click “Get this Collectible Archive Quality Print” in the sidebar.

 

 

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Start browsing available features for purchase here!

 





10 Comics That Are Just What the Doctor Ordered

Did you know that laughter is scientifically proven to help increase blood flow and boost the immune system? Or that laughter also relieves stress by increasing chemicals that help with relaxation? Basically, a good, hard chuckle is vital to living a happy, healthy life!

 

In honor of today (Jan. 24) being Global Belly Laugh Day, the GoComics Doctors of Laughter have prescribed a double dose of giggles to all of our readers! Assisting us in this humor operation are 10 of this month’s funniest comics:

 

Lunarbaboon by Christopher Grady
Lunarbaboon by Christopher Grady

 

Gil by Norm Feuti
Gil by Norm Feuti

 

Lio by Mark Tatulli
Lio by Mark Tatulli

 

Frazz by Jef Mallett
Frazz by Jef Mallett

 

Wrong Hands by John Atkinson
Wrong Hands by John Atkinson

 

Fowl Language by Brian Gordon
Fowl Language by Brian Gordon

 

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

 

Loose Parts by Dave Blazek
Loose Parts by Dave Blazek

 

Jim Benton Cartoons by Jim Benton
Jim Benton Cartoons by Jim Benton

 

Reality Check by Dave Whamond
Reality Check by Dave Whamond

 

Check out more belly-laugh-inducing comics, here.

 





Guest Post: Wes Molebash of Molebashed

Wes Molebash Event

 

Heads up, GoComics fans! Molebashed creator Wes Molebash has an exciting speaking event coming up on February 2! Read on to hear from Wes himself:

 

Hey, everybody! I'm Wes Molebash, creator of the family comic strip Molebashed, which you can read right here on GoComics!

 

Like a lot of cartoonists, I fell in love with comics and cartoons at a very early age. I read every Calvin and Hobbes collection, I studied the art of film animation and I learned everything I could about Walt Disney. When I was in fourth grade, I learned how to draw my own comic strips, a craft that I've been striving to perfect over the past 26 years. While the art of drawing comics has been fun and challenging, I've found that the business of comics is a much more difficult beast to tame. I'm constantly trying to figure out the best way to distribute and monetize my comic feature in a world where newspapers are becoming less relevant and the Internet is continuously being clogged with junk. I don't have it all figured out, but I do have some strong opinions.

 

On Tuesday, Feb. 2, I'll be speaking to the Chillicothe Art League at The Pump House Art Gallery in Chillicothe, Ohio. The evening begins at 7 p.m. and should conclude around 8:30. I'll be speaking about how I got my start in comics as well as a few of the "strong opinions" I've formed over the past 10 years of being a published cartoonist. There will also be time for a little Q&A. This event is absolutely free and open to the public. If you're in the area, I'd love to see you there!

 

For more information, check out the event page on Facebook!

 

Read Molebashed here.





ICYMI: Twitter Q&A with T. Shepherd (Snow Sez)

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Thank you to T. Shepherd, creator of Snow Sezfor joining fans on Twitter today for a live Q&A! If you missed the chance to chat, catch up on Twitteror use the widget below:

 

 

Subscribe to Snow Sez!

 

Next up (Friday, Jan. 29): We’re talking with the two creators behind hilarious new comic Mustard and Boloney, Jeffrey Caulfield and Alexandre Rouillard.

 





Our Resident Expert Helps You Answer Your Cat’s Questions

Are you celebrating Answer Your Cat’s Questions Day today (Jan. 22)? Though a Q&A with your furry friend may initially seem daunting (cats certainly have a mind of their own), we have a comic that can help you prepare.

 

In Charles Brubaker’s Ask a Cat, humans are finally able to ask questions to a cat. Gain invaluable insight into the inner workings of the feline brain, as Cat answers real letters sent to him by readers like you:

 

Ask a Cat by Charles Brubaker
Ask a Cat by Charles Brubaker

 

Have questions of your own? Email Cat at: goaskthecat@gmail.com!

 

Stay updated on all things catty! Subscribe to Ask a Cat comics, 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.

 

 

 

And now...  1-20-16

 

 

 

Dysconnected  1-20-16

 

 

 

 

Magic Coffee Hair  1-20-16

 

 

 

 

 

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Today's Trump  1-20-16

 

 

 

 

 

Cleo and Company  1-21-16

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 





GoComics A to Z, Vol. 23: Leigh Luna Comics

A weekly feature spotlighting new & unusual features on the GoComics A-Z roster

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Feature: Clementine Fox (Leigh Luna Comics)
Creator: Leigh Luna
Format: large format
Frequency: every Monday
Recommended if you like: Fairy tales & adventures stories, The Chronicles of Narnia, Watership Down, Rupert Bear, A Midsummer Night's Dream

 

Because I have two small children, I spend a lot of time reading illustrated children's books (OK, I admit I owned many of them years before having kids. It's a great genre!). One of our favorite series is "Rupert," the British illustrated children's stories featuring the adventures of a bear and his various animal and fairy tale friends. The stories begin innocently enough, with something unusual happening in the house, backyard or village, but within a few pages you're swept up on some kind of adventure featuring mysterious villains, friendly fairies, and imaginative, unfamiliar environments. Leigh Luna's "Clementine Fox" adventure has all of those elements, and before I had finished reading the very first comic, I knew I'd be looking through the entire adventure, which updates every Monday. Each installment is about the equivalent of the page in a large comic/children's book, but the detail, shading and perspective in Luna's black-and-white illustrations gives them a life and depth that makes them each feel like an illustrated episode that you can spend some time with. (The strip occasionally breaks into color as well, such as the month of December 2014).

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The perspective in these strips is usually focused on the characters, but it occasionally opens up to wide vistas of the forests and hillside, heightening the sense that you're on an epic journey. Clementine Fox, Penelope Rabbit and Nubbins the Squirrel are a fun trio to cheer on, and the characters they meet along the way are entertaining as well. The dialogue isn't especially wordy or complex, (sometimes there are no words at all) but I've found the strip is best enjoyed if you take your time and read through them slowly. Oh yeah, and Nubbin' penchant for turning acorns into a sippable refreshment is pretty cool as well. I'm looking forward to accompanying this crew on future adventures, and to keeping up with the work of this enormously talented cartoonist.

 

Read more Leigh Luna Comics right here on GoComics.

 

 





"Fowl Language: Welcome to Parenting" Available for Preorder

Fowl Language Welcome to Parenting by Brian Gordon

 

 

“Parenting can be joyous and fulfilling, but it’s also often hard and gross.” Sound familiar? You’re not alone, as Brian Gordon’s Fowl Language is here to show.

 

An unvarnished look at the tedium and aggravation of parenting, with the never-fading love for our children, Fowl Language pokes fun at the daily struggles faced by parents, helping us to feel less alone in our continual struggle to stay sane.

 

Our publishing division is releasing “Fowl Language: Welcome to Parenting” in March, and we’re hearing shouts of excitement from our friends at Adweek and Upworthy!

 

 

Fowl Language by Brian Gordon

 

 

Preorder “Fowl Language: Welcome to Parenting” here. Read Fowl Language on GoComics here.





Giveaway: "Adulthood is a Myth" by Sarah Andersen

Adulthood is a Myth by Sarah Andersen

 

We’re thrilled for the March 8 release of Sarah Andersen’s “Adulthood is a Myth!”

 

If you follow Sarah’s Scribbles, you’re already familiar with Andersen’s hilarious, all-too-true comics depicting life as a young adult. “Adulthood is a Myth” is a collection of some of these amazing comics, PLUS many brand-new ones!

 

As we eagerly await the release, we’re giving away one copy of “Adulthood is a Myth” before it hits shelves!

 

To enter, leave a comment on this blog post with a link to the Sarah’s Scribbles cartoon on GoComics that you find the most relatable – browse the archive here. To be counted, you must include your first and last name or handle.

 

This contest will end Tues., Jan. 26 at 10 a.m. CT. One winner will be randomly selected and announced that day on the GoComics blog.

 

Are you as excited as we are? Pre-order a copy of “Adulthood is a Myth” here.





4 Frightening Sights of Winter

Dog Eat Doug by Brian Anderson
Dog Eat Doug by Brian Anderson

 

 

As if the chilly winter air isn’t cold enough to do the trick, these winter sightings will send a shiver down your spine:

 

 

1. Gorgeous-gone-grungy snowmen.

 

 

Buni by Ryan Pagelow
Buni by Ryan Pagelow

 

 

Buni by Ryan Pagelow
Buni by Ryan Pagelow



 

2. Two words: Snow Goons.

 

 

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

 

 

3. Think nosy neighbors are bad? Try snowsy neighbors.

 

 

Garfield by Jim Davis
Garfield by Jim Davis

 

 

4. The most frightening of all – the angry, weathered-by-winter snow shoveler.

 

 

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

 

See more eerie spottings – view our “Mythical Creatures” collection here.





Giveaway: Signed Tank McNamara Print – Winner Announced

Tank McNamara by Bill Hinds

 

Thank you to all who entered to win an archive-quality, SIGNED Tank McNamara print by sharing your favorite Tank McNamara comic from 2015.

 

We've randomly selected one winner who named the September 25 comic strip as his favorite! Congratulations, Mike Herman! Please contact us at rewards@gocomics.com with your shipping address and phone number. Please note: You must contact us by 1/26/16 or your prize will be forfeited.

 

There's still time to submit your nomination for the "Sports Jerk of the Year" Award! Find instructions here.

 

Stay tuned! The next giveaway will be announced on 1/20/16 at 6 a.m. CT.





Unleash Your Creativity With GoComics Fan Art This Month!

Are you riding the wave of inspiration? We hope the answer is “YES!” because we want you to join us in celebrating International Creativity Month! Whether you’re a professional artist or an avid doodler, let’s get those creative juices flowing this January, because …

 

Channel your inner cartoonist and pay homage to ours, by creating a rendition of your favorite characters/scenes from GoComics. Once your masterpiece is complete, share it publicly on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, using the hashtag: #GCFanArt and you could win an archive-quality print of your favorite comic on GoComics. One lucky winner will be announced on the aforementioned social networks on Sunday, Jan 31.

 

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To see more stellar fan art examples, visit gocomics.com/fan-art!





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.

 

 

 

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Minihahas  1-15-16

 

 

 

 

Dysconnected  1-17-16

 

 

 

 

View from the Couch  1-17-16

 

 

 

Batch Rejection  1-18-16

 

 

 

 

 

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Smith  1-18-16

 

 

 

Something about Celeste  1-18-16

 

 

 

 

 

Zombie Heights  1-18-16

 

 

 

 

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

 

 





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