Sun’s Out Bugs Out

They splat on your windshield, buzz around your front porch light, annoy you at outdoor events and light up the night sky.

 

They are the bugs of summer: lightning bugs, June bugs, moths, butterflies, bees, ticks, mosquitoes and so many more.

 

Most people get squeamish at the sight or thought of any kind of bug. Hey! They can be terrifying! Protect yourself at all costs.

 

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

 

 

Bugs are also quite distracting — especially if you’re in the feline family.

 

 

The Adventures of Business Cat by Tom Fonder
The Adventures of Business Cat by Tom Fonder

 

 

Why do they look like that? Who needs 32 beady little eyes, anyway? Hairy feelers? Ew! Or eight legs? NO. We’ll stop there.

 

 

WuMo by Wulff & Morgenthaler
WuMo by Wulff & Morgenthaler

  

Even if you don’t mind their presence, some (e.g., ticks and the like) can carry dreadful diseases. We suggest using plenty of insect repellant.

 

 

Off the Mark by Mark Parisi
Off the Mark by Mark Parisi

 

Only a few more months to endure these little suckers.

 

 

Real Life Adventures by Gary Wise & Lance Aldrich
Real Life Adventures by Gary Wise & Lance Aldrich

 

With that, we say R.I.P. to mosquitoes — the most unwanted creatures of all time.



What bugs are your least favorite? If you’re a bug person, WHY? Leave your thoughts below.





GoComics and Andrews McMeel Publishing Take on San Diego!

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It’s that time of year again — San Diego Comic-Con!

 

This year, we’ve even more surprises and goodies for fans who come to visit us (booth 1505)! In addition to selling awesome comics merchandise, we’re featuring daily giveaways, FREE creator signings and so much more!

 

Details:

 

  • • GoComics SDCC Passport: Swing by and grab our passport! Attendees who complete activities on our GoComics SDCC Passport are entered to win a MEGA comics prize pack, including complete collections (pictured below), plus signed comic prints, 2017 calendars and more!

 

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  • • Sneak peek the NEW GoComics.com: We're getting some major work done this summer to give you an unparalleled online comics experience. Get a peek under the curtain and sign up at our booth as a beta tester — we'll give you a FREE “Read Comics Every Day” lanyard! 

 

 

 

 

All of this and more awaits you at GoComics 1505! Follow along and stay up-to-date by following @GoComics on Twitter and Instagram! We’ll be sharing photos from the convention floor!

 

We hope to see you there!



GoComics/AMP Signing Schedule

 

Thursday, July 21

5 - 6 p.m. — Lex Fajardo (Kid Beowulf)

 

Friday, July 22

2 - 3 p.m. — Matthew Inman (The Oatmeal)

3:30 - 4:30 p.m. — Bill Amend (FoxTrot)

5 - 6 p.m. — Georgia Dunn (Breaking Cat News)

 

Saturday, July 23

3:30 - 4:30 p.m. — Nick Seluk (The Awkward Yeti)

5 - 6 p.m. — Matthew Inman (The Oatmeal)

 

Sunday, July 24

11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. — Dana Simpson (Phoebe and Her Unicorn)





GIVEAWAY: “Phoebe and Her Unicorn” Poster

No comic in recent years has captured hearts and imaginations quite like Dana Simpson’s Phoebe and Her Unicorn. People of all ages enjoy reading about Phoebe and Marigold’s high jinks, whether the duo is attending a unicorn birthday party or just trying to make it through summer camp.

 

Razzle Dazzle Unicorn: Another Phoebe and Her Unicorn Adventure,” the fourth Phoebe collection from AMP! Comics for Kids, hits shelves in September. To celebrate, we’re giving away Phoebe and Her Unicorn posters! Five lucky winners will each receive one full-size poster.

 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

 

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

 

For more unicorn adventures, read Phoebe and Her Unicorn on GoComics!

 

Follow the links below to buy the first three Phoebe and Her Unicorn collections.

 

 

And click here to preorder “Razzle Dazzle Unicorn,” available September 20.





The Wandering Melon and Nimble Collective present: Melon Shorts!

A special message from The Wandering Melon and his friends at Nimble Collective

 

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Nimble Collective is as proud as punch (melon punch, perhaps?) to present Mike Shiell’s “Melon Shorts”. Mike has teamed up with Nimble Collective to breathe life into his eclectic cast of characters with a series of animation shorts based on his The Wandering Melon single panel gag comics. You can check out "Melon Shorts" by visiting Nimble Collective’s website.

 

“This was a collaborative effort, along with Mike’s animator, Everett Newell, that took many hours of emails, video conferencing, and working separately to complete - even for these few seconds of material. But it turned out well. I think it keeps the funny going.” - Todd Waring, actor and writer.

 

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“Nimble Collective is a great place for people to meet, to build teams, and to create and distribute their work. In my case, we were very quickly able to put a team together of very super talented people who got the project, wanted to be a part of it, and came in with their own skill sets and definitely added to the final product. I couldn’t be happier with the results.” – Mike Shiell, creator of The Wandering Melon.

 

Watch The Wandering Melon's shorts here!

 

Learn more about Nimble Collective.





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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All In Good Time  7-8-16

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bolts & Nuts 7-8-16

 

 

 

 

Sports by Voort  7-8-16

 

 

 

 

Amanda the Great  7-9-16

 

 

 

 

 

Cleo and Company  7-9-16

 

 

 

 

Gravy  7-9-16

 

 

 

 

Inkwell Forest  7-9-16

 

 

 

 

 Lili and Derek  7-9-16

 

 

 

 

Signs of a Frustrated Golfer  7-11-16

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 





Jim Davis — A Hamilton Fan!

Last week was rough after the events in Dallas, Minnesota and Louisiana. Our world seems quite dark these days, but many are calling for love and respect, including Hamilton lead and creator Lin-Manuel Miranda.

 

This weekend, following his final show as Hamilton, Lin-Manuel received an unexpected gift.

 

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This personalized Garfield original from creator Jim Davis brought Lin-Manuel to tears as he documented his thoughts on Periscope.

 

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Watch the video.

 

Comics really do provide a brief escape from reality, a refreshing laugh during a difficult time. Thanks to Lin-Manuel for sharing.

 

Follow Garfield on GoComics!








NEW COMIC ALERT! Tavicat by Rikki Simons and Tavisha Wolfgarth-Simons

Tavicat by Rikki Simmons and Tavisha Wolfgarth-Simons
Tavicat by Rikki Simons and Tavisha Wolfgarth-Simons

  

The story of two adorable housecats and the dark gods they worship. Pippi and Fargo live in Los Angeles. And in space. And beyond the terrors of the mind. They are the Tummy Fighters. The Lords of Peekaboo.  Well, okay. They're just a couple of regular house cats. But they can dream, you know. Don't take a way their dreams, man.

 

Read Tavicat here!





GoComics Guide to a Lazy Sunday

Let’s get lazy, shall we?

 

It's Sunday — the laziest day of the week!

 

To help you make the most of your day off, we've put together a handy GoComics Guide to a Lazy Sunday.

 

 

STEP ONE: DON’T GET OUT OF BED

 

Garfield by Jim Davis
Garfield by Jim Davis

 

This is an important step to achieve ultimate laziness status. Your parents, kids or pets will be against you on this. Whatever you do, don’t give in! Stay in that bed.



 

STEP TWO: CLEAR YOUR TO-DO LIST

 

Big Nate by Lincoln Peirce
Big Nate by Lincoln Peirce

 

Toss it. You’ll need a solid ZERO obligations if you want to have a successful lazy day.



 

STEP THREE: COFFEE

 

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

 

Grind beans, brew using preferred method and enjoy a slow start (in bed, of course!).



 

STEP FOUR: IGNORE CHORES 

 

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

 

Let the trash cans fill, the mirrors smudge and the dust settle. Chores will always be ready and waiting (unfortunately …).



 

STEP FIVE: SNACKS, TV, REPEAT

 

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

 

‘Next episode’? YES.



We’d like to end the guide with our best idea for lazing around — READ COMICS EVERY DAY.



Have something to add to the guide? Comment below.





Dig Into Culinary Arts Month With Comics!

We’ve already established that comics can teach you history, help you learn another language, and bring awareness to mental health. But did you know that comics can also help you become a better cook?

 

GoComics is home to two food-centric comics that combine quick and easy recipes with gorgeous illustrations. Cheap Thrills Cuisine by Bill Lombardo and Thach Bui is a weekly comic known as “the first culinary comic strip” and features a wide variety of cheap, simple dishes.

 

Kitchen Capers by David Banks also showcases recipes, but the comic follows two characters: Ken, a chef, and Clover, a cartoonist. The recipes from Kitchen Capers are slightly more complicated, and measurements are given in grams and liters.


Because July is Culinary Arts Month, we’ve put together a “tasting menu” featuring recipes from Kitchen Capers and Cheap Thrills Cuisine. Bon appetit!

 

Kitchen Capers by David Banks
Kitchen Capers by David Banks

  

Cheap Thrills Cuisine by Bill Lombardo & Thach Bui
Cheap Thrills Cuisine by Bill Lombardo & Thach Bui

 

Kitchen Capers by David Banks
Kitchen Capers by David Banks

 

Cheap Thrills Cuisine by Bill Lombardo & Thach Bui
Cheap Thrills Cuisine by Bill Lombardo & Thach Bui

 

Cheap Thrills Cuisine by Bill Lombardo & Thach Bui
Cheap Thrills Cuisine by Bill Lombardo & Thach Bui

 

Kitchen Capers by David Banks
Kitchen Capers by David Banks

 

For more mouthwatering and eye-catching recipes, follow Kitchen Capers and Cheap Thrills Cuisine on GoComics!


Happy Culinary Arts Month!





Just An Udder Day in Paradise

Cow and Boy Classics by Mark Leiknes
Cow and Boy Classics by Mark Leiknes

 

Is there anything more beautiful than the bond between a boy and his … cow? Yes, you read that right!

 

Today (or July 12, depending on who you ask) is Cow Appreciation Day, and we’re taking the opportunity to draw attention to a lesser-known interspecies friendship: Billy and Cow, the stars of Cow and Boy Classics.

 

Cow and Boy Classics by Mark Leiknes
Cow and Boy Classics by Mark Leiknes

 

Eight-year-old Billy and his straight-talking bovine companion, Cow, spend their days pondering life’s big questions. Cow and Boy Classics intercuts fantastical scenarios and surreal humor with down-to-earth farm life to create a whimsical, hilarious and heartfelt comic.

 

Cow and Boy Classics by Mark Leiknes
Cow and Boy Classics by Mark Leiknes

  

Cow and Boy began as a daily webcomic in 2006. The first Cow and Boy comic collection is available here.

 

Follow Cow and Boy Classics on GoComics here!


Happy Cow Appreciation Day!





COMICS SHERPA: EDITOR'S PICKS

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


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

 

 

 

7-5-16

 

 

 

 

 

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7-5-16

 

 

 

 

Charmy's Army 7-6-16

 

 

 

 

 

Girth  7-6-16

 

 

 

 

Inkwell Forest  7-6-16

 

 

 

People of Earth 7-6-16

 

 

 

 

Professor Herbert and GEO  7-6-16

 

 

 

 

7-7-16

 

 

 

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

 

 

 





It’s Your Lucky Day!

Today is July 7th, one of the luckiest days of the year, per the popular belief of “7” as the luckiest number.

 

 

Brevity by Dan Thompson
Brevity by Dan Thompson

 

While today is a lucky day, we must acknowledge that if you can be luckiest person in the world, you can also be the unluckiest.

 

Lucky: #7

Unlucky: #911



 

Ziggy by Tom Wilson & Tom II
Ziggy by Tom Wilson & Tom II



Lucky: Spotting a shooting star

Unlucky: Spotting a shooting star in your car hood

 

 

The Duplex by Glenn McCoy
The Duplex by Glenn McCoy


 

Lucky: Tiny star fairies

Unlucky: Death by canyon

 

 

Garfield by Jim Davis
Garfield by Jim Davis

 

Lucky: July 7th

Unlucky: The 13th

 

 

Real Life Adventures by Gary Wise and Lance Aldrich
Real Life Adventures by Gary Wise and Lance Aldrich

 

Lucky: Day at the spa ...

Unlucky: … with the worst masseuse in the world

 

 

Off the Mark by Mark Parisi
Off the Mark by Mark Parisi


May your July 7 be full of good luck!

 





GIVEAWAY: Boredom Buster Prize Pack

Ahh, summer. Our calendars are packed full of vacations, long weekends and family reunions — which means lots of time spent traveling. Whether it’s a long drive in the car or a cross-country flight, traveling involves lots of downtime, and even the most seasoned traveler can fall prey to boredom.

 

Luckily, July is National Anti-Boredom Month! The GoComics team has joined forces with our sister site, The Puzzle Society, to bring you a Boredom Buster Prize Pack, which includes a MazeToons activity booklet, a book of USA Today crossword puzzles, a Pocket Posh coloring book and a book of Hidato logic puzzles.

 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

 

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

 

For even more summer fun, follow MazeToons on GoComics!

 

And check out The Puzzle Society for access to hundreds of puzzles and games to keep you entertained all year long.

 

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





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.

 

 

 

7-1-16

 

 

 

 

 

7-1-16

 

 

 

 

 

No Ordinary Life  7-1-16

 

 

 

 

Smith  7-1-16

 

 

 

 

Whiteouts 7-2-16

 

 

 

 

 

Amanda the Great  7-4-16

 

 

 

 

 

Lili and Derek  7-4-16

 

 

 

 

7-4-16

 

 

 

 

People of Earth  7-4-16

 

 

 

 

The Neville You Know  7-4-16

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 





Yuge! 30 Years of Doonesbury on Trump

 

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He tried to warn us...

 

Ever since the first Trump-for-President trial balloon popped up in 1987, Doonesbury creator Garry Trudeau has been sounding the alarm, spotlighting the unsavory career of the most unfit candidate ever to covet that famous teardown on Pennsylvania Avenue.

 

 

“People tell me I should be flattered” was Trump’s initial response to appearing in Doonesbury, but the boasting barely lasted a few news cycles. Before long, he’d moved on to confusion (“Most people are like me; they don’t comprehend what Trudeau’s trying to achieve”), followed by prevarication (“Actually, I don’t read his stuff”), wishful thinking (“It seems very few people read what he writes”), whining (“It’s too bad that he’s allowed to write this garbage”), and finally, a torrent of name-calling (“sleazeball," “third-rate talent," “jerk," “total loser”).

 

 

Now assembled for the first time are all the strips that have given the big, orange airhorn such fits over the years. Published just in time for the political conventions, Yuge!: 30 Years of Doonesbury on Trump brings together all of Trudeau’s skillful, laser-focused and wickedly funny strips about all things Trump. ORDER HERE!

 

 

Doonesbury by Garry Trudeau
Doonesbury by Garry Trudeau

 





Celebrate Independence Day with Star-Spangled Comics

F Minus by Tony Carrillo
F Minus by Tony Carrillo

 

It’s been an interesting year for America. The 2016 presidential race has voters’ emotions running high, senators are staging sit-ins in Congress, and the Supreme Court has been playing one man down since February.


But today, none of that matters. It’s Independence Day, which means Americans of all ages, economic backgrounds and political parties are coming together to celebrate truth, justice and the American way.

 

The Duplex by Glenn McCoy
The Duplex by Glenn McCoy

 

 

Independence Day is the one day each year where flagrant displays of patriotism are not only tolerated, but encouraged. Even food gets the red, white and blue treatment.

 

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

 

 

Nothing says “freedom” like beers and brats.

 

The Bent Pinky by Scott Metzger
The Bent Pinky by Scott Metzger

 

 

Of course, Independence Day wouldn’t be the same without the fireworks …

 

Richard's Poor Almanac by Richard Thompson
Richard's Poor Almanac by Richard Thompson

 

 

But even if fireworks are illegal where you live, you can still celebrate.

 

Adult Children by Stephen Beals
Adult Children by Stephen Beals

Be the firework you wish to see in the world.

 

For more comics to ooh and ahh over, check out our Independence Day collection.


Happy 4th, friends! We’re wishing all of you a safe, happy and fun holiday.





Happy third of July!

We’re celebrating today because it’s the day before the Fourth of July, AND it’s a long weekend. Best. Sunday. Ever.

 

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

 

Celebrate, relax, and enjoy our Independence Day comics collection.



Lard's World Peace Tips by Keith Tutt and Daniel Saunders
Lard's World Peace Tips by Keith Tutt and Daniel Saunders








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.

 

 

 

All In Good Time  6-28-16

 

 

 

 

 

6-28-16

 

 

 

 

6-28-16

 

 

 

 

6-28-16

 

 

 

 

 

Moments  6-28-16

 

 

 

 

My Son Is A Dog  6-28-16

 

 

 

 

Weasel Ink  6-28-16

 

 

 

 

 

6-29-16

 

 

 

 

Mary's Nature  6-30-16

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 





The Truth Is Out There — Happy World UFO Day!

The Duplex by Glenn McCoy
The Duplex by Glenn McCoy

  

Theories of alien life have captured people’s imaginations for years. From crop circles to Area 51, stories of close encounters (whether real or just really convincing) abound.

 

Today, on World UFO Day, we’d like to give a shoutout to our fellow alien enthusiasts.


At times, it feels like we’re alone in believing we aren’t alone.

 

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

 

Sometimes our theories might seem a little out of this world.

 

La Cucaracha by Lalo Alcaraz
La Cucaracha by Lalo Alcaraz

 

As a result, people tend to think we’re gullible.

 

Ziggy by Tom Wilson & Tom II
Ziggy by Tom Wilson & Tom II

 

Or that we just have overactive imaginations.

 

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

 

But space is massive, and maybe the aliens just keep missing us — like two (space)ships passing in the night.

 

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

 

Thankfully, we know that someday, we’ll have the last laugh.

 

F Minus by Tony Carrillo
F Minus by Tony Carrillo

 

For more laughs at the speed of light, check out our World UFO Day collection here!


Happy World UFO Day, believers!





Bore No More. It’s #AntiBoredomMonth.


For school-aged children, the onset of summer is usually accompanied by “complete and utter boredom.”

 

Sleeping in, no schedule, sunny days by the pool — whomp whomp ...

 

Strategically so, somehow anti-boredom month arrives in July, the peak of summer vacation and the peak of boredom. We are prepared this time around. We’re anti-boredom all the time around here, so let us share some ideas to make sure you, your children or your children’s children can beat boredom. It’s a generational investment, really.

 

1. IMAGINE

 

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

 

The swingset in your backyard becomes a space launch, a rollercoaster, a rescue mission or an Olympic event.
 


2. INNOVATE

 

Off the Mark by Mark Parisi
Off the Mark by Mark Parisi

 

Man’s best friend becomes man’s best entertainment with a little peanut butter. Try with smaller siblings for even more fun.

 

3. CREATE

 

WuMo by Wulff & Morgenthaler
WuMo by Wulff & Morgenthaler

 

Craft like crazy to keep boredom at bay. Make friendship bracelets, a new recipe, a scrapbook or paint a picture. If art isn’t your thing, that’s OK. Only art teachers can judge you, and THEY’RE NOT AROUND. Just call it “abstract.”


 

4. SHHHHHHH

 

Garfield by Jim Davis
Garfield by Jim Davis

 

Stop complaining. Get creative. Have fun. The end.


Here’s to the most successful anti-boredom month yet! Now, go read comics!





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