Giveaway: Signed Kid Beowulf Book and Print – Winner Announced!

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Thank you to all who entered to win a SIGNED copy of “Kid Beowulf and the Blood Bound Oath” PLUS a print signed by Kid Beowulf cartoonist Lex Fajardo!

 

We have randomly selected one winner! Congratulations to John Taylor! Please contact us at rewards@gocomics.com with your shipping address and phone number. Please note: You must contact us by 7/21/15 or your prize will be forfeited.





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.

 

 

Candace 'n' Company  7-10-15

 

 

 

Cleo and Company  7-10-15

 

 

 

 

Girth  7-10-15

 

 

 

 

Magnificat 7-10-15

 

 

 

The Unemployed  7-10-15

 

 

 

7-11-15

 

A Taste of the Times  7-12-15

 

 

 

 

 

 

It's Just Jim  7-12-15

 

 

 

Alison Ward  7-13-15

 

 

 

 

Amanda the Great  7-13-15

 

 

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

 





The Complete Cul de Sac by Richard Thompson Wins Eisner Award for Best Humor Publication During San Diego Comic-Con!

The Complete Cul de Sac by Richard Thompson
The Complete Cul de Sac by Richard Thompson

 

In an exciting end to an equally exciting week at San Diego Comic-Con, the Eisner Award ceremony this past Friday celebrated the achievements of several widely respected and admired creators. Often referred to as “the Oscars of Comics,” the Eisner Awards are a prestigious honor in the comic world, chosen by a blue-ribbon panel of judges.

 

We are extremely proud to announce that GoComics’ very own Richard Thompson was among these very talented and deserving winners, winning the Eisner Award for Best Humor Publication for The Complete Cul de Sac! Accepting the honor on Thompson’s behalf was Team Cul de Sac leader Chris Sparks:

 

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Congratulations to Richard Thompson and Team Cul de Sac! 

 

Read Richard Thompson's heartwarming comic strip Cul de Sac here.





Berkeley Breathed’s Bloom County Returns after 25 Years!

A delightful surprise to his many fans, Berkeley Breathed recently announced on Facebook that his Pulitzer Prize-winning comic strip, Bloom County, is returning after 25 years of absence! He posted this photo yesterday, saying his long-awaited return “feels like going home”: 

 

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It is safe to say that fans feel the exact same way, after seeing their reactions to the new incarnation of Bloom County, posted on Breathed’s Facebook page today:

 

Bloom County 2015 by Berkeley Breathed
Bloom County 2015 by Berkeley Breathed

 

Many fans commented on this already-viral comic strip, thanking Breathed and posting emotional phrases such as, “Seeing Opus and Milo is like seeing old friends again!”  We couldn’t agree more and are excited to see what Breathed has in store for his fans!

 

Re-live the magic of Bloom County from the beginning here.





Weekend Faves (July 12)

 

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

 

Cow and Boy is one of those comics I wish I had started reading a long time ago. Just look at that artwork!

--Julie

 

Rudy Park by Darrin Bell and Theron Heir
Rudy Park by Darrin Bell and Theron Heir

 

More like a lack of data management skills.

--Lucas

 

Break of Day by Nate Fakes
Break of Day by Nate Fakes

 

This would only be more true if the shell broke and the catfish then curled up on a keyboard.
--Elizabeth

 

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

 

Possibly the truest Truth Facts I've ever seen.
--Amanda

 

Lola by Todd Clark
Lola by Todd Clark

 

Lola gets what Lola wants.

--Julie





Happy Embrace Your Geekness Day!

For many of us, geekness is inevitable. So, why try to hide it? Today is all about letting your nerd light shine!

 

Personally, I’ve always been a huge geek! When I began writing this post, I knew I wouldn’t need to scour GoComics for material or do any extra research. I already had a plethora of geeky comics at my disposal – saved because I found them so hilariously relatable – waiting patiently in my “favorites” folder for today.

 

After accumulating so many in just a few short months, it’s obvious our GoComics characters aren’t afraid to embrace their geekness!

 

They know there’s no shame in celebrating a good grade. 

 

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

 

They appreciate books the way you’d appreciate a fine wine – taking it in with all their senses, as there is no sweeter aroma than that of a favorite library book.

 

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

 

Also among geeky favorites: the power of a good pun. 

 

The Duplex by Glenn McCoy
The Duplex by Glenn McCoy

 

Shunned for being a geek? No problem. The imaginative kids of GoComics are perfectly fine playing “alone.” 

 

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

 

Kids like Phoebe practice long and hard for their school spelling bee, only to wonder when the real challenge is going to start. 

 

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

 

If you share in their geekness, then you probably had the same thought as Jason after reading this:

 

FoxTrot by Bill Amend
FoxTrot by Bill Amend

 

Speaking of comics, chances are you found this pretty funny:

 

The Argyle Sweater by Scott Hilburn
The Argyle Sweater by Scott Hilburn

 

Perhaps, like them, you count down the days until Comic-Con every year? You might’ve even attended San Diego Comic-Con this past weekend.

 

Working Daze by John Zakour and Scott Roberts
Working Daze by John Zakour and Scott Roberts

 

No matter which, or how many, of these categories you fit in to, the fact of the matter is that all of us have a little bit of nerd in us, and it’s perfectly OK (and pretty awesome, if you ask me)!

 

Happy Embrace Your Geekness Day, from all us geeks at GoComics!

 

– Amanda





New Comic Alert! Pie Comic by John McNamee

Pie Comic by John McNamee

Pie Comic is a collection of meditations on life, science, death, food, childhood, depression, naps, wizards, robots, dinosaurs, robot-wizard-dinosaurs and whatever other foolish notion gets into the creator's head on a given day. Most of all, Pie Comic is fun. If you don't like to have fun, you don't have to read it. 

 

Read Pie Comic here.





Simple Steps for a Lazy Sunday

The worries of last week have faded away, and you have an entire day to enjoy before you’re greeted by the hustle and bustle of Monday.

 

That’s right, it’s "Lazy Sunday"!

 

Family Tree by Signe Wilkinson
Family Tree by Signe Wilkinson

 

What’s the best way to spend the day? It takes only a few simple steps to prepare for the perfect lazy Sunday.

 

Step 1: Forgo your responsibilities.

 

Stone Soup by Jan Eliot
Stone Soup by Jan Eliot

 

Step 2: Don’t make plans! Socializing is overrated.

 

Garfield by Jim Davis
Garfield by Jim Davis

 

 

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

 

Step 3: Gather your snacks and settle in.

 

Frank & Ernest by Thaves
Frank & Ernest by Thaves

 

Step 4: Don’t let anyone bring you down! While not everyone will share your enthusiasm for a little time spent on the sofa, it’s your day to be lazy.

 

Drabble by Kevin Fagan
Drabble by Kevin Fagan

 

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

 

Maria's Day by John Zakour and Scott Roberts
Maria's Day by John Zakour and Scott Roberts

 

Enjoy your lazy Sunday!





Meet Your Creator: Charlie Podrebarac (CowTown, FatCats)

My first cartoon that I recall drawing was in the kindergarten class of my teacher, Sister Proxetta. She wore a black-and-white outfit, so I guess my first cartoon was in black-and-white. She was a sweet lady and encouraged drawing and painting, so it’s her fault that I’m an artist. Or that I think that I’m an artist.

 

 

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I can't help myself, I must cartoon all the time! Better than eating ice cream all the time (or something worse), right? If I'm not thinking about wordplay or copy for cartoons, I'm doodling or painting. 

 

I'm inspired by everything around me. Pop culture plays a big part in my cartoons, but when researching for this blog, I noticed that I do a lot of food cartoons ... so my cartooning makes me hungry. Both Cowtown and FatCats feature enough conspicuous consumption to make Falstaff blush.

 

 

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FatCats began in 1998, but I think the concept is timeless. There will always be FatCats, and before my nine lives are up, my dream is to get Leo and James and MomCat and BobCat on the small screen. Check out this 3D demo produced in Kansas City by Trinity Animation for my pitch (maybe to Shark Tank?).

 

 

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Cowtown has been running nonstop since 1984. It was a weekly comic in The Kansas City Star until February of this year. When the magazine ceased publishing (darn newspaper budget cuts), Joe’s Kansas City Barbecue commissioned me to continue the feature for their Facebook, Twitter and website. Might I be the first cartoonist to be syndicated by a restaurant? Cowtown has also been a line of BBQ products since the turn of the century (1999). We are partnered with the aforementioned Joe’s, hence the connection. If you have the time, check out this “marriage of the condiments” video also produced by Trinity Animation.
 

It’s an honor to be a part of GoComics, and I’m not just blowing smoke in Kansas City. Who said a prophet in his own land is without honor? (Oh, yeah, the Bible.) Born and raised in Kansas City, I like to toot the Cowtown horn since we are often referred to as a “flyover” city. Besides all the cool things in our town, we happen to have a hulking load of artists per capita, due in part to the fact that Hallmark is located here. Do GoComics and AMUniversal make it the “Cartoon Capital of the World,” too? Yes! The feedback from around the country and the world is refreshingly awesome, and I have made many new fans on this GoComics platform. Plus, I like the ability to edit both strips on the fly. With print, you don't get that option to be so nimble. 

 

OK, I need to focus. Besides my gig on GoComics, I’ve been syndicated by the Washington Post Writers Group (Smart Alex), had two Cowtown book collections published (St. Martin’s Press, The Kansas City Star Books), three e-books (GoComics, YAY!) and have been featured in magazines such as Business Law Today, Nickelodeon, Playboy, The New York Times Book Review, The University of Kansas alumni magazine and Veterinary Medicine. 

 

In addition, I've produced thousands of greeting cards, calendars and promotions for companies such as Hallmark, American Greetings, Paramount, Current, the Kansas City Chiefs, Black & Veatch, Polsinelli, Boulevard Beer, WireCo WorldGroup, the Kansas City Chamber of Commerce and the City Market. 

 

 

 

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I’ve paid the bills creating advertising art for clients including Sprint, MasterCard, Book of the Month Club, Westar, Kansas City International Airport, the Las Vegas International Airport, MetLife, SkiBikeFun and MaggieMoo’s Ice Cream Treateries.

 

 

 

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In 2013, Charlie (I love referring to myself in the third person) was chosen to produce a mural for the Kansas City Chiefs' Arts Program, which is displayed at Arrowhead Stadium. In 2014, Sporting Kansas City commissioned three mural paintings celebrating Graham Zusi and Matt Besler playing in the World Cup and Sporting Kansas City victory in the MLS Championship. 

 

 

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Here are some action photos of a live drawing I produced during the Chiefs’ draft party. I performed like a trained seal! Or monkey.

 

 

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Sporting Kansas City mural in progress: 4 feet wide by 6 feet tall by 4 inches deep (YIKES!):

 

 

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This past month, Union Station unveiled a grand piano painted by me for the Pianos on Parade program that will take place through the fall in KC.

 

 

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Did I mention that I got a new gig cartooning for the Independent, Kansas City’s Journal of Society? I have business cards!

 

This new feature is called OurTown and, though it is KC-centric, I hope to post them in GoComics in the future.

 

Here is a taste:

 

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I also show my art at fairs. Mostly in KC, but I’ve traveled to St. Louis, Dallas and Vail, Colorado, as well. Here is my tent office:

 

 

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I hate to get on my soapbox, mostly because it’s too small:

 

 

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A snap of my muse and my wife, Alicia, at The Kansas City Jazzoo fundraiser this last month:

 

 

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Alicia appears in Cowtown, often brushing aside my recurring character, Bob.

 

 

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My influences are:

 

Charles Addams

The late, great Charlie Barsotti from Kansas City

Edward Gorey

Gahan Wilson

 

Upcoming projects include a video for a construction union in Kansas City called MCA. They are celebrating their 125 anniversary and I'm producing an animated short that will be shown at their big party. I hope I get an invitation! The rest of the summer will be spent prepping for the Plaza Art Fair, drawing Cowtown, OurTown, Fatcats and fulfilling dog portraits. Yes, dog portraits! Here are a few:

 

 

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My studio is in my house and it's usually a disaster, especially after I've finished a mural or an art fair. This GoComics blog made me clean it out of tremendous shame. I must destroy the studio in order to rebuild it.

 

 

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But enough about me! Thank YOU for reading Cowtown and Fatcats! I truly appreciate your daily visits and comments. Happy trails!

 

Read Cowtown and Fatcats here. Or, check out the line of Cowtown e-books.

 





Laugh Tracks Look Back (July 4 – July 10)

We know life can get busy! At the end of each week, we compile the most pressing GoComics blog posts from the week to ensure you didn’t miss a thing!

 

 

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We celebrated the Fourth of July through a collection of comics filled with freedom and fireworks.

 

Lio by Mark Tatulli

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Snowflakes by Zach Weinersmith, Chris Jones and James Ashby began running on GoComics.

 

Snowflakes by Zach Weinersmith, Chris Jones and James Ashby

 

 

In honor of International Kissing Day, we sent some love to our cute comics couples.

 

Arlo and Janis by Jimmy Johnson

 

 

An emotional, relatable Bob the Squirrel series brought tears to our eyes.

 

“Last month, the Bob the Squirrel staff shared with readers that they were left shocked and heartbroken after the passing of their two cats. The emotional storyline that follows depicts the heart-wrenching, real-life journey of losing a pet. Though it strays from the fun-filled content you typically find on Laugh Tracks, we wanted to share this somber, thought-provoking series, as we know many readers can relate.”

 

 

It’s Shark Week!

 

  Dana Summers by Dana Summers

 

 

Video Games Day gave us an excuse to embrace the inner gamer in all of us.

 

Big Nate by Lincoln Peirce

 

 

We’re giving away one SIGNED copy of “Kid Beowulf and the Blood Bound Oath” PLUS a print signed by cartoonist Lex Fajardo!

 

 

Reminder: There’s No Age Limit on a Summer State of Mind.

 

“When it comes to summertime, it often seems like kids get to have all the fun. With responsibilities to face, the sunny season doesn’t always hold the same promise for the adults of GoComics as it did when they were children, but they don’t let the woes of working stop them from celebrating!”

 

 

GoComics Spotlight: Kid Shay Comics by Josh Shalek

 

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BIG NEWS: Stephan Pastis will be sailing the seas on the Celebrity Cartoonists Caribbean Cruise!

 

 

GoComics is now home to The National Cartoonist! Magazine.

 

“The National Cartoonist! celebrates the best in the world of cartooning. Full of extensive interviews, reproductions of rare and unseen artwork and much more, cartooning fans from the casual reader to the seasoned professional will enjoy the gems found in this publication."

 

 

Amazon Kindle is offering major deals on Calvin and Hobbes and The Oatmeal titles for ONE DAY ONLY!

 

 

Minions’ Mischief Knows No Bounds.

 

“What some of you may not know, is that one of our GoComics cartoonists, Glenn McCoy, served as a storyboard artist for both 'Despicable Me' and 'Despicable Me 2.' The folks behind the 'Despicable Me' franchise loved McCoy’s sense of humor, and it’s not hard to see why after following this storyline from The Duplex.”

 

 

That’s all, folks!

 





Amazon Kindle Celebrates Comic-Con with Gold Box Promotion

In celebration of San Diego Comic-Con, Amazon Kindle is running a timed Gold Box promotion for popular Comic-Con creators, which means that, for ONE DAY ONLY, this upcoming Sunday, July 12, the titles below will be 80% OFF!

 

 

How to Tell if Your Cat is Plotting to Kill You by The Oatmeal
How to Tell if Your Cat is Plotting to Kill You by The Oatmeal

 

How to Tell if Your Cat is Plotting to Kill You by The Oatmeal

 

TheOatmeal.com’s most popular cat jokes, including “How to Pet a Kitty” and “The Bobcats,” plus 15 new and never-before-seen cat-themed comics, are presented in this hilarious collection from New York Times best-selling author Matthew Inman, aka TheOatmeal.com. Includes pull-out poster!

 

 

The Terrible and Wonderful Reasons Why I Run Long Distances by The Oatmeal
The Terrible and Wonderful Reasons Why I Run Long Distances by The Oatmeal

 

The Terrible and Wonderful Reasons Why I Run Long Distances by The Oatmeal

 

From #1 New York Times best-selling author, Matthew Inman, aka The Oatmeal, comes this hilarious, beautiful, poignant collection of comics and stories about running, eating, and one cartoonist's reasons for jogging across mountains until his toenails fall off.

 

 

Attack of the Deranged Mutant Killer Monster Snow Goons- A Calvin and Hobbes Collection by Bill Watterson
Attack of the Deranged Mutant Killer Monster Snow Goons- A Calvin and Hobbes Collection by Bill Watterson

 

Attack of the Deranged Mutant Killer Monster Snow Goons: A Calvin and Hobbes Collection by Bill Watterson

 

 

Homicidal Psycho Jungle Cat: A Calvin and Hobbes Collection (Calvin and Hobbes series Book 9) by Bill Watterson
Homicidal Psycho Jungle Cat: A Calvin and Hobbes Collection (Calvin and Hobbes series Book 9) by Bill Watterson

 

Homicidal Psycho Jungle Cat: A Calvin and Hobbes Collection (Calvin and Hobbes series Book 9) by Bill Watterson

 

Homicidal Psycho Jungle Cat chronicles another segment of the multifarious adventures of this wild child and his faithful, but skeptical, friend.

 

 

The Days Are Just Packed (Calvin and Hobbes series Book 8) by Bill Watterson
The Days Are Just Packed (Calvin and Hobbes series Book 8) by Bill Watterson

 

The Days are Just Packed (Calvin and Hobbes series Book 8) by Bill Watterson

 

 

Exploring Calvin and Hobbes: An Exhibition Catalogue by Bill Watterson
Exploring Calvin and Hobbes: An Exhibition Catalogue by Bill Watterson

Exploring Calvin and Hobbes: An Exhibition Catalogue by Bill Watterson

 

Enjoy this beautiful companion book to the extensive Exploring Calvin and Hobbes exhibition at the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library. Includes an in-depth, original and lengthy interview with Bill Watterson.

 

 

The Essential Calvin and Hobbes: A Calvin and Hobbes Treasury by Bill Watterson
The Essential Calvin and Hobbes: A Calvin and Hobbes Treasury by Bill Watterson

 

The Essential Calvin and Hobbes: A Calvin and Hobbes Treasury by Bill Watterson

 

Beginning with the day Hobbes sprang into Calvin's tuna fish trap, the first two Calvin and Hobbes collections, Calvin and Hobbes and Something Under The Bed Is Drooling, are brought together in this treasury. Including black-and-white dailies and color Sundays, The Essential Calvin and Hobbes also features an original full-color 16-page story.

 

 

Mark your calendars and don’t miss out on this crazy-awesome offer! When else can you get these timeless, classic books for only $1.99 each?





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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7-7-15

 

 

 

 

7-7-15

 

 
Note: You can check out the tune here.

 

 

 

7-8-15

 

 

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7-8-15

 

 

 

 

Courageous Man Adventures  7-9-15

 

 

 

 

Limbo Road  7-9-15

 

 

 

The Boobiehatch  7-9-15

 

The Boobiehatch

 

 

Frank & Steinway 7-10-15

 

 


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

 





There’s No Age Limit on a Summer State of Mind

When it comes to summertime, it often seems like kids get to have all the fun. With responsibilities to face, the sunny season doesn’t always hold the same promise for the adults of GoComics as it did when they were children, but they don’t let the woes of working stop them from celebrating!

 

Chances are, you can relate to feeling nostalgic about the days of summer vacation, before adulthood struck and life got tough.

 

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

 

The weekend never seems quite long enough to relax before Monday hits you like a big smack in the face.

 

Rackafracka by Fritz
Rackafracka by Fritz

 

So, we’re dedicating this post to all of you grown-ups as a reminder to embrace your inner summer-loving child, and that you’re never too old to celebrate the best season of the year.

 

For starters, there’s no age limit on playing hooky on a nice day.

 

Reply All Lite by Donna A. Lewis
Reply All Lite by Donna A. Lewis

 

There’s definitely no age limit on summer-induced procrastination. If you can’t play hooky and the only time you have to soak up summertime is during the weekends, then enjoy those hours to the fullest.

 

The Duplex by Glenn McCoy
The Duplex by Glenn McCoy

 

That email can wait until Monday.

 

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

 

Instead of thinking, “life’s a beach” …

 

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

 

Hit the beach!

 

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

 

Just don’t forget to use your adult wisdom while you’re there. Worrying about sunscreen is part of being an adult.

 

The Argyle Sweater by Scott Hilburn
The Argyle Sweater by Scott Hilburn

 

Summer isn’t just a season, it’s a state of mind, and it’s available to anyone of all ages!





Exclusive First Look! Peanuts Movie’s “The Little Red-Haired Girl”

Via The Washington Post
Via The Washington Post

 

In a recent Washington Post article, Peanuts fans learn the story of Donna Johnson Wold, the now-80-year-old woman who once captured the heart of Charles Schulz, serving as the inspiration behind Peanuts’ mysterious little red-haired girl.

 

From the article:

 

“The Little Red-Haired Girl is that person or concept or fantasy we fixate on, even obsess over, but who resides just beyond our grasp, which is why Schulz forever shielded her face in his strip. Much like the pursued blond woman in George Lucas’s “American Graffiti,” we know this beauty more by her hair color than her full appearance. There is magic in the silhouette. For the reader to glimpse this girl’s smile, to be able to peer into her eyes, would evaporate just a bit of the mystery.”

 

With The Peanuts Movie, hitting theaters this November, the creators have given fans an exclusive look at the little red-haired girl and how she will appear in the upcoming movie.

 

View the full article here. 





Minions' Mischief Knows No Bounds

As some of you may already know, July 9 marks the release of Minions (a computer-animated prequel to the wildly popular Despicable Me movies), which tells the story of how the minions – those crazy, little yellow creatures that the world has come to adore – got their start.

 

What some of you may not know, is that one of our GoComics cartoonists, Glenn McCoy (The Duplex, The Flying McCoys, Glenn McCoy), served as a storyboard artist for both Despicable Me and Despicable Me 2. The folks behind the Despicable Me franchise loved McCoy’s sense of humor, and it’s not hard to see why after following this storyline from The Duplex, where minions are hired to do yard work:

 

The Duplex by Glenn McCoy
The Duplex by Glenn McCoy

 

The Duplex by Glenn McCoy
The Duplex by Glenn McCoy

 

The Duplex by Glenn McCoy
The Duplex by Glenn McCoy

 

To see more, start from the beginning and read the full storyline.

 

Glenn McCoy isn’t the only one utilizing the minions’ mischief in his strips. We see these funny little guys popping up all the time on GoComics, like in Wizard of Id

 

Wizard of Id by Parker and Hart
Wizard of Id by Parker and Hart

 

And check out this hilarious appearance they made in Off the Mark.

 

We’re excited to learn more about the minions in their new movie, but no matter how they came about, all we know is that we’re glad they did! 





Congratulations to the U.S. Women’s Soccer Team: Now Three-Time World Champions

According to The New York Times, last Sunday’s Women’s World Cup final was “the most-watched soccer game in United States history,” with the an audience that  “exceeded those for the recent NBA finals and for last year’s World Series” by more than two million. Even after Team USA ended the first half leading 4-1, a nearly insurmountable lead in soccer that would normally prompt most people to lose interest and tune out, the audience only continued to grow.

 

If you watched the game unfold, you know that it wasn’t just the “USA!” chants …

 

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

 

Or the vuvuzelas getting fans excited …

 

The Born Loser by Art and Chip Sansom
The Born Loser by Art and Chip Sansom

 

It was the action! Three of four points came from Carli Lloyd, who started off the game by scoring the quickest goal ever seen in the finals, before going on to achieve the fastest hat-trick (three goals in a row) in Women’s World Cup history. Because of her efforts, as well as those of her teammates, the ladies of U.S. soccer ended up beating Japan 4-2, breaking yet another record, as the first team ever to win this tournament three times.

 

Jeff Stahler by Jeff Stahler
Jeff Stahler by Jeff Stahler

 

Not only is this epic and exciting for the women of Team USA, most of them having dedicated their whole lives to the sport, dreaming of a day like last Sunday …

 

Cleats by Bill Hinds
Cleats by Bill Hinds

 

This is a victory for all women fighting for equality in the sporting world. Female athletes of all ages, who share the same dreams and drive, are seeing the results of hard work and celebrating the well-deserved success of 23 awesome women. 

 

Win, Lose, Drew by Drew Litton
Win, Lose, Drew by Drew Litton

 

As CNN reporter Amy Bass put it, when teammates “Abby Wambach, who has the most international goals, men or women, in the history of the game, with 183, and [Christie] Rampone lifted that trophy over their heads, the foundation of women's sports in the United States got that much stronger.”

 

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Steve Breen by Steve Breen

 

– Amanda





Now Available on GoComics: The National Cartoonist!

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We’re pleased to announce that GoComics is now home to “The National Cartoonist!” a FREE magazine published by the National Cartoonists Society Foundation!

 

The National Cartoonist!” celebrates the best in the world of cartooning. Full of extensive interviews, reproductions of rare and unseen artwork and much more, cartooning fans from the casual reader to the seasoned professional will enjoy the gems found in this publication.

 

Browse “The National Cartoonist!” here.

 





Cruising with Cartoonists – Stephan Pastis Joins the Lineup

 

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Last month, we shared information about the upcoming Celebrity Cartoonists Caribbean Cruise. Sailing the seas in January 2016, passengers have the chance to interact with world-famous cartoonists while enjoying a tropical vacation.

 

We’re stoked to announce that another fun-loving, talented GoComics creator has jumped on board! Stephan Pastis, creator of Pearls Before Swine, will be joining fellow cartoonists and comics enthusiasts on this trip of a lifetime! 

 

Let that sink in for a minute.

 

Then remember: Other cartoonists embarking on this voyage include Lynn Johnston (For Better or For Worse), Steve McGarry (Badlands, Biographic, KidTown, TrivQuiz), Rick Stromoski (Soup to Nutz), Michael Ramirez (editorial cartoonist) and Michael Luckovich (editorial cartoonist).

 

Talk about a spectacular lineup!

 

Ready to purchase your ticket? Visit ncscruise.com and select "GOCOMICS" from the "How did you hear about us?" drop-down menu when booking your cabin.





GoComics A to Z, Vol 4: Kid Shay Comics

In this weekly series, editor Lucas Wetzel spotlights new and unusual comic features from the GoComics A-Z listing.

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Feature: Kid Shay Comics
Creator: Josh Shalek
Format: large format, multi-panel
Frequency: 2x a week (Mondays and Thursdays)
Recommended if you like: Zombies, Egypt, mad scientists, crazy uncles, friendly werewolves, Anubis


Since it launched in October 2014, Kid Shay Comics has chronicled the Egyptian adventures of Kate Crane and her crazy uncle Brian, who has a fascination with the zombies outside Cairo. Complete with helicopter crashes, haunted temples and a werewolf named Levon, the "Tomb of the Zombies" sequence in Kid Shay Comics is a suspenseful but lighthearted foray into the realms of the undead — all carried out over the course of Kate's summer vacation. Cartoonist Josh Shalek does a lot with black and white here, with figures that look a little similar to Ted Rall's comics or the Big Nate strips that are drawn by Nate. The size and arrangement of panels differs in each strip, with a change of perspective that keeps the eye occupied and draws anticipation for the next installment. I like the artistic touches such as the middle panel of this strip that illustrate the main character's imagination. Now that the "Tomb of the Zombies" has wrapped up this week, I'm excited to see what's next for Kid Shay Comics. In the meantime, stop by table O-6 at the small press pavilion of San Diego Comic Con from July 8 - 12 and say hello to Josh in person. And...

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...read more Kid Shay Comics right here on GoComics.





Giveaway: Signed Kid Beowulf Book and Print

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Calling all Kid Beowulf fans! Book 1 of Kid Beowulf just wrapped up!

 

Because we know you love the story as much as we do, we’re giving away one SIGNED copy of “Kid Beowulf and the Blood Bound Oath” PLUS a print signed by cartoonist Lex Fajardo!

 

To enter, leave a comment on this blog post with a link to your favorite page from Kid Beowulf and include your first and last name. Click here to start browsing. This contest will end on Tues., July 14 at 10 a.m. CT*. The winner will be announced that day on this blog.

 

Catch up on Book 1 of Kid Beowulf here. Then, check out the prequel!

 

*Sorry, worldwide comics fans – this contest is open U.S. and Canada residents only.






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