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.

 

 

Courageous Man Adventures  1-6-15

 

 

 

 

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Promises Promises  1-6-15

 

 

 

 

1-6-15

 

 

 

 

Onion & Pea  1-7-15

 

 

 

 

Peanizles  1-7-15

 

 

 

 

Sign Garden  1-7-15

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cats@Work  1-8-15

 

 

 

 

CoyoteVille!  1-8-15

 

 

 

 

Don't Pick the Flowers  1-8-15

 

 

 

 

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

 





A Tribute to Charlie Hebdo

Here at GoComics headquarters, we are shocked and saddened by the attack that occurred yesterday at Charlie Hebdo in Paris, France. Our thoughts are with the victims, their families and those affected by this horrific event.

 

Many GoComics cartoonists have expressed their condolences and thoughts regarding the attack, and we wanted to share them here.

 

 

Michael Ramirez by Michael Ramirez
Michael Ramirez

 

 

Rob Rogers by Rob Rogers
Rob Rogers by Rob Rogers

 

 

Chris Britt by Chris Britt
Chris Britt by Chris Britt

 

 

View more tributes here.





What It Means To Be A Cartoonist In France

Wolinski, Charb, Tignous, and Cabu: What It Means To Be A Cartoonist In France, by Bart Beaty, posted on Slate's culture blog Browbeat here .

 

French cartoonist Georges Wolinski, killed in the attack on the offices of Charlie Hebdo:

 

Georges Wolinski, French cartoonist during portrait session held on September 4, 2014 in Paris, France.





GoComics Staff Pick: Francis by Patrick J. Marrin

A papal wave to Francis!

 

1978 was an interesting year for me. I graduated from high school, worked my final summer as a lifeguard, then went off to college. That year was known as The Year of Three Popes. In 1978 the Catholic Church was shepherded by Pope Paul VI, Pope John Paul (for only 33 days!) and then Pope John Paul II. Papal Nikes, an assassination attempt and the Popemobile kept the head of the Catholic Church in constant headlines. Even though I am Catholic, all of it was still pretty mysterious to me, because the pope seemed to be such a distant authority.

 

Francis, who ascended to the papacy in 2013, makes headlines for entirely different reasons. He is truly "of the people," which is a sweep of fresh air to many of the citizens of the world. Francis took his name from St. Francis of Assissi, the patron saint of animals and the environment. And now he is the subject of a brilliant new comic strip by Patrick J. Martin. I've been working with comics for my entire career -- the most popular ones you could name -- and Francis jumped to the top of my "must read" list as soon as it debuted. Sacrilege? Quite the opposite.

 

Francis is funny and thought-provoking, just as a comic should be.

 

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Pope Francis' gentle demeanor and modern thinking is the mark of a true revolutionary. And in the comic strip Francis, he has a sweet dog named -- wait for it -- Dogma.

 

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Like Peanuts and other licensed comics, will a line of Dogma plush toys follow the success of Francis? The pope himself might even go for that, if the proceeds were to go to help the poor.

 

In the strip, Francis and his sidekick, Brother Leo, don't necessarily solve the problems of the world, but they do kiss babies and celebrate the lighter side of life.

 

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Francis by patrick j. marrin

 

Francis is the straight guy in the strip, and he can't help his bemusement at Brother Leo's unusual interpretations of things, such as building a doghouse for Dogma:

 

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This comic is not just for Catholics -- Francis is for everyone who wants to be happy. It may cause you to think about your spiritual self just a bit, but it always returns to humor.

 

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Brother Leo might be the happiest guy in the comics. Look what he does when Francis suggests that they pray a particular psalm before going outside in bad weather:

 

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Brother Leo's childlike charm shows up even when Francis is saying Mass:

 

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Francis and Brother Leo are quite a pair. They remind me of Martin and Lewis, Lucille Ball and Vivian Vance, or Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake:

 

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I could go on and on, but I'd rather you check out Francis for yourself. Read Francis!

 

—Patty, Editorial Services Manager/Content Delivery Webmaster





January 2015: Twitter Q&A Schedule

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Join us Fridays at 1:30pm CT on Twitter for Q&A sessions with our talented GoComics creators!

 

During these one-hour live-tweet sessions, we invite a cartoonist(s) to answer a set of core questions, then field queries from the public. We encourage our fans to take part in these Q&As. To participate, tweet questions or simply follow along, using the designated event hashtag.

 

Now, mark your calendars!

 

THE LINE-UP: 
 
• 1/9: Jim Meddick of Monty
 
• 1/16: Nick Seluk of The Awkward Yeti
 
• 1/23: Andrew Hart of Winston
 
• 1/30: Ged Backland of Aunty Acid
 
  




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.

 

 

Apple Creek Comics  1-3-15

 

 

 

Dust Specks  1-3-15

 

 

 

1-3-15

 

 

 

 

Batch Rejection  1-4-15

 

 

 

 

Bushy Tales  1-4-15

 

 

 

1-4-15

 

 

 

 

1-4-15

 

 

 

 

Onion & Pea  1-5-15

 

 

 

 

Pamo's World  1-5-15

 

 

 

 

Promises Promises  1-5-15

 

 

 

Thingsesque  1-5-15

 

 

 

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

 





Giveaway: Peanuts Prize Packs

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Have you heard the news? Peanuts is turning 65 this year!

 

To kick off the yearlong celebration, we’re giving away THREE Peanuts prize packs, which include:

 

-       “Celebrating Peanuts”

-       Archive-quality print of the first Peanuts comic strip (in color!)

-       Peanuts 2015 wall calendar

-       Peanuts 2015 weekly planner calendar

 

 

To enter, leave a comment on this blog post with a link to your favorite Peanuts strip on GoComics (Click here to browse the archives) and include your FIRST and LAST names. This contest will end on Mon., Jan., 12 at 10 a.m. CT. The winner will be announced that day on this blog. Sorry, worldwide comics fans -- this contest is open to U.S. and Canada residents only.

 

We’ve restarted Peanuts from the very beginning! Follow along here! Or browse the entire Peanuts archive here.  





Weekend Faves (January 4)

Lio by Mark Tatulli
Lio by Mark Tatulli

I have no words, Lio. No words.

--Julie

 

Monty by Jim Meddick
Monty by Jim Meddick

Dentists v. cartoonists— empathy-wise, they couldn't be farther apart.

--Dave

 

 

Chip Bok by Chip Bok
Chip Bok

I would love to see this in a national telecast. That might kick off a national discussion as lively as the one on Chip Bok's GoComics page.

--Lucas

 

 

Bo Nanas by John Kovaleski
Bo Nanas by John Kovaleski

Well, now we know.

--Julie





Giveaway: 2015 Wall Calendars - Winners Announced!

2015-cals

 

Thank you to all who entered to win a 2015 calendar published by our sister company, Andrews McMeel Publishing!

 

We've randomly selected TEN winners!!

 

-       Dilbert 2015 Slimline Calendar Joyce Benzing and Karolinde Wilson

-       Pearls Before Swine Wall Calendar Valerie Hildebrand and Geoff Elsworth

-       Big Nate Wall Calendar Gary Peters and Staffan Tjernstrom

-       The Argyle Sweater Wall Calendar David Adams and Will Bryan

-       WuMo Wall Calendar Aaron Thiede and Kate Vedernikova

 

Congratulations! If your name is listed above, please email us at rewards@gocomics.com with your shipping address and phone number. Please note: You must contact us by 1/12/15 or your prize will be forfeited.

 

Not a winner? Browse more 2015 calendars here.





New Comic Alert! Peanuts Begins by Charles Schulz

  Peanuts Begins by Charles Schulz

In celebration of the 65th anniversary of Peanuts, we’re restarting this iconic comic strip from the very beginning. Follow along as we stroll down memory lane with Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus and the whole gang as they retrace the adventures that began on newspaper funny pages in 1950. Those were the days!

 

Read Peanuts Begins here.





Meet Your Creator: Scott Metzger (The Bent Pinky)

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Like many cartoonists, I’ve been drawing ever since I was a kid. Growing up, Charles Schulz’ work was a huge influence on me. I loved reading Peanuts and copying the characters. I was also influenced by The Far Side, Calvin and Hobbes and Garfield.

 

I started drawing single-panel cartoons right after I graduated from college. After a few months, I put together my 10 favorite cartoons and submitted them to the syndicates, with the hope of landing a development deal for syndication. I didn’t get the development deal, but King Features accepted a few of my cartoons for their syndicated feature, “The New Breed,” which showcased the work of “up and coming" cartoonists. The New Breed happened to run in one of our local papers, The Oakland Tribune, so I was able to see my cartoons in print, which was very cool.

 

 

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A couple of years later, I started submitting cartoons to greeting card companies. After a few rejections, I finally had some success: Oatmeal Studios accepted three of my cartoons for publication. About a year later, I started licensing my work to Marcel Schurman (now Papyrus/Recycled Greetings). Today, I have greeting cards with three companies: Papyrus/Recycled Greetings, NobleWorks and Vash Designs.

 

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I enjoy finding the humor in everyday life. Cartoon ideas are everywhere, even where you wouldn’t expect them. If I have a lousy day or if something bad happens to me, I sometimes stop and think, “Can this be turned into something funny?” Great ideas can come from that.

 

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I jot down cartoon ideas in a sketchbook. It could be a fully formed joke or just a line I think is funny. Sometimes, I write down a joke and the next day I look at it and think, “This is terrible! What was I thinking?” I hate when that happens. If I’m on the fence about an idea, I show it to my wife. She has a good sense of humor and she’s also a good artist. If she laughs, I draw it. If she doesn’t, I scrap it. It’s an easy way to make a decision. I often send my wife texts like this:

 

 

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Someone (I wish I could remember who) once made the observation that a comic strip is like a sitcom, and a single-panel comic is like stand-up comedy. I think that’s a great analogy. Ever since I was a kid, I’ve enjoyed stand-up comedy. For me, watching stand-up specials is a good way to get into a “funny” frame of mind. A few of my favorite comedians are George Carlin, Jim Gaffigan, Chris Rock, Louis CK and Ricky Gervais.  

 

My two kids (6 ½ and 18 months) and my two cats (a smart one and a dim-witted one) also provide a lot of inspiration for comics. One of my cats often gets involved in the creative process by licking the side of the computer monitor while I draw. She’s pretty weird.

 

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Read The Bent Pinky here, like Scott Metzger Cartoons on Facebook or visit Scott's website.





COMICS SHERPA: EDITOR'S PICKS

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

 

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

 

 

 12-29-14

 

 

 

GramDragon  12-29-14

 

 

 

Mort's Island  12-29-14

 

 

 

Onion & Pea  12-29-14

 

 

 

 

12-29-14

 

 

 

12-30-14

Abnormal Truth

 

 

Charmy's Army  12-30-14

 

 

 

 

 

Mustard and Boloney  12-31-14

 

 

 

Specktickles  12-31-14

 

 

The Boobiehatch  12-31-14

 

 

 

The Family Blend  12-31-14

 

 

 

 

 

 1-1-15

 

 

 

1-2-15

 

 

 

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

 

 





Happy New Year!

Speechless by Len Borozinski
Speechless by Len Borozinski

 

Wishing all of our readers a year filled with laughs!

 

Lio by Mark Tatulli
Lio by Mark Tatulli

 

Start the New Year off right by reading comics! Find what tickles your funny bone here.





Resolute resolutions

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I'm a constant resolution-setter. And I mean constant.

 

Every few days, I say, "Starting Monday, I'm going to go to the gym four days a week!" or "Starting tomorrow, I'm going to wake up early and make a lunch to take to work!"

 

Unfortunately, I'm also a pretty constant resolution-breaker. Whoops!

 

So New Year's Eve is a great holiday for me. It's a time when setting -- and breaking -- resolutions is expected and even encouraged.

 

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I'm not the only one who plans on setting some resolutions this year. On GoComics, there are resolutions being set on every page.

 

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What are your New Year's resolutions this year?

 

-- EAP





GoComics Staff Pick: Half Full by Maria Scrivan

Half Full by Maria Scrivan

 

Half Full is one of the most colorful comics. What I like most about it is the use of animals. It’s fun to see what animals she will use in her next comic. So far I’ve seen the snakes, flamingos, sharks, zebras and penguins. I’ve noticed some recurring themes such as yoga, social media and cats. Reading this comic is the perfect start to the day — the vivid colors brighten my day.

 

—Lauren, Marketing Intern

 

 

Add Half Full to your GoComics homepage!





"Who is Bill Watterson?”

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Bill Watterson is many things: A famous cartoonist, an incredible artist and now an answer to a Jeopardy question!

 

In June, news broke that Bill Watterson guest-illustrated a series of Pearls Before Swine strips, sparking a huge reaction from comics and pop culture fans. Read the comic strips here.





Giveaway: 2015 Wall Calendars

2015-cals

 

Want to laugh your way through 2015? We can help! We’re giving away 10 wall calendars published by our sister company, Andrews McMeel Publishing!

 

Prizes include:

 

-       Dilbert 2015 Slimline Calendar

-       Pearls Before Swine Wall Calendar

-       Big Nate Wall Calendar

-       The Argyle Sweater Wall Calendar

-       WuMo Wall Calendar

 

To enter, comment on this blog post and include your FIRST and LAST names. Limit one entry per person. This contest will end Mon., January 5 at 8 a.m. CT. The winner will be announced that day on this blog. This giveaway is open to all readers worldwide.

 

Browse more 2015 calendars here.





Giveaway: Readers’ Choice – Winners Announced!

Thank you to all who participated in our readers’ choice giveaway by sharing a link to your favorite comic from 2014! We loved hearing from our fans!

 

We’ve randomly selected FIVE winners to receive an archive-quality print of their chosen comic strip!

 

1. Sarah BergerThatababy, Nov. 6

 

Thatababy by Paul Trap

 

 

2. Mary PoltePearls Before Swine, Dec. 24

 

Pearls Before Swine by Stephan Pastis

 

 

3. Davy JonesPearls Before Swine, June 5

 

Pearls Before Swine by Stephan Pastis

 

 

4. Curtis HoffmanEndtown, Jan. 7

 

Endtown by Aaron Neathery

 

 

5. Aurora MurrellRabbits Against Magic, Nov. 25

  Rabbits Against Magic by Jonathan Lemon

 

 

Congratulations! If your name is listed above, please email us at rewards@gocomics.com with your shipping address and phone number. Please note: You must contact us by 1/6/14 or your prize will be forfeited.





Matt Davies' 2014 Review




See all of Matt's work here http://www.gocomics.com/mattdavies





Weekend Faves (December 29)

Tiny Confessions by Christopher Rozzi
Tiny Confessions by Christopher Rozzi

I seriously can't get enough of Tiny Confessions. If you're a dog or cat lover, make sure to check it out!

--Julie

 

 

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

 Related: "Stepping Out" via The New Yorker

--Elizabeth

 

Pearls Before Swine by Stephan Pastis
Pearls Before Swine by Stephan Pastis

Ah, a rat after my own heart!
--Elizabeth

 

 

Biographic by Steve McGarry
Biographic by Steve McGarry

Cool list of musical milestones to listen for in 2015
--Lucas

 

Loose Parts by Dave Blazek
Loose Parts by Dave Blazek

Now we know what's contained in the redacted sections of recent CIA reports.

--Lucas






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