GoComics Staff Pick: Grand Avenue by Steve Breen and Mike Thompson

Grand Avenue by Steve Breen and Mike Thompson
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I’m not sure why it’s taken me so long to discover Grand Avenue, but now that I have, I’m completely hooked. I can’t get enough of the sports-loving, power-walking Grandma Kate who spends her days caring for siblings Gabby and Michael. Modern, realistic and witty, it’s easy to get lost in the archives, which I do, frequently. 

 

—Julie, Marketing & Publicity Coordinator 

 

 

Grand Avenue by Steve Breen and Mike Thompson

ABOUT: Grand Avenue stars Kate Macfarlane, an avid sports fan who powerwalks to stay in shape. Not your typical cookie-baking granny, Grandma Kate has her hands full with her terrific twosome, who are best buddies even though their personalities clash. Gabby is an ambitious, newspaper-reading little girl who plans to become a billionaire before she's 30. Her brother Michael is a more sensitive soul who prefers riding his skateboard or performing scenes from Shakespeare to just about anything else.

 

 

Add Grand Avenue to your GoComics hompeage!

 





Giveaway: Peanuts Holiday Prize Pack

 

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Want to count down to the holidays with Charlie Brown, Snoopy and the gang? We’re giving you the chance to win a Peanuts Christmas Advent Calendar PLUS an archive-quality Peanuts comic strip print!

 

To enter, leave a comment on this blog post and include your FIRST and LAST names. This contest will end on Tues., Nov. 18 at 10 a.m. CT. The winner will be announced that day on this blog. This contest is open to all readers worldwide.

 

The countdown to the holidays is on! If you’re looking for the perfect gift for family and friends, be sure to check out our gift suggestions!

 

P.S. Did you know Peanuts is celebrating its 65th anniversary next year? Browse the archives here.

 





The Art of Gift-Giving

 

Each year, the holiday season seems to speed by. It doesn’t help that stores are constantly preparing for the next holiday.  I’m surprised someone hasn’t invented decorations that encompass all of the holiday in one. It could save a lot of time and money. Due to the early advertising, Thanksgiving often gets overlooked. We should all spend time enjoying each holiday, so we don’t get caught by the blur of the holiday season. Don’t forget to spend time with your family, friends and loved ones. 

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If you haven’t started already, save some money for gifts. The best gifts are planned and well-thought-out. There’s nothing worse than giving someone a gift they can’t enjoy. For example, I would never give my roommate peanut brittle because she has a peanut allergy. 

 

Peanuts by Charles Schulz

 

I’ve always struggled when it comes to gift-giving. I want to impress and give nice gifts, but at the same time, I want to shop within my means. I’ve found it helpful to set a price range when you’re exchanging, so that one gift does not greatly exceed another. An example of this would be me giving someone an iPad and them giving me a card. You can avoid this awkward situation by establishing an agreed-upon price range.  Practical gifts are great because you know they will be put to use.  Last year, I gave my mom a teakettle and loose-leaf tea. This WuMo comic shows another example of a practical gift. 

 

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Sometimes all I have to do is spend a little time with her to figure out what she wants or needs. You’d be surprised how much someone can reveal without directly asking them what they want. Plus where’s the fun in that? It would ruin the surprise if they knew what you were giving them. For other people, like my brother, I have to snoop around to see if there are any clues on what he might want. 

 

Frazz by Jef Mallett

 

Also, proper re-gifting etiquette suggests you re-gift in a different circle of people, otherwise, you’re bound to hurt someone’s feelings.

 

The Argyle Sweater by Scott Hilburn

 

On your hunt for the perfect gift, remember what’s truly special about this time of year because it’s easy to get wrapped up in the stress and chaos of the holidays. Keep in mind that gift-giving can be a variety of things. Some people give money, while others give time, and some people prefer to make homemade gifts. What type of gift-giver are you?

 

--Lauren





Giveaway: Signed Copies of "Beginning Pearls" – Winners Announced

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Thank you to all who entered to win a SIGNED copy of “Beginning Pearls!

 

We have randomly selected three winners! Congratulations to Sarah Frick, Curtis Hoffmann and Michiele Larrison. Please email us at rewards@gocomics.com with your shipping address and phone number. Please note: You must contact us by 11/18/14 or your prize will be forfeited.

 

Not a winner? Purchase “Beginning Pearls” here!





Happy Veterans Day!

Today, we thank, honor and remember those who have served our country.

 

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Henry Payne
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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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Don't Pick the Flowers  11-7-14

 

 

 

 

Spectickles  11-8-14

 

 

Stanko & Tibor  11-9-14

 

 

 

 

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And now...  11-10-14

 

 

 

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Cleo and Company  11-10-14

 

 

 

 

Green Pieces  11-10-14

 

 

Ron Warren  11-10-14

 

 

 

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

 





Weekend Faves (Novemember 9)

Luann by Greg Evans
Luann by Greg Evans

...but it's so worth it!

--Julie

 

Lio by Mark Tatulli
Lio by Mark Tatulli

But sale candy is the best part of Halloween!
--Elizabeth

 

The Norm Classics by Michael Jantze
The Norm Classics by Michael Jantze

This probably should have come with a "Don't Try This at Home" warning because I am most definitely going to try this at home.

--Julie

 

Nancy by Guy Gilchrist
Nancy by Guy Gilchrist

I totally get it, Nancy — Saturday night my dog jumped through our screened-in porch, just because she wanted to see me so bad! How can I be mad at that? (There may be a change of heart when the bill comes.)
--Elizabeth

 

Dark Side of the Horse by Samson
Dark Side of the Horse by Samson

It's true. Words can hurt you.
--Lauren





New Comic Alert! The Perry Bible Fellowship by Nick Gurewitch

Perry Bible Fellowship by Nicholas Gurewitch

 

The Perry Bible Fellowship (or PBF for short) first started publishing in Syracuse University's The Daily Orange in 2001. In the following years, it ran in a number of alternative weeklies, including The New York Press, The Ottawa Xpress,The Portland Mercury, as well as the G2 section of The Guardian. After 3 years of weekly production, Gurewitch disappointed his fans by switching to an irregular schedule, citing mental and physical strain.

 

Read The Perry Bible Fellowship here.





‘Tis the (Shopping) Season

 

We know how hard it can be to find the perfect gift for everyone on your list, so we’re helping you out with some awesome suggestions featuring products from GoComics’ parent company Universal Uclick!

 

 

GOCOMICS “PRO” ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP (ONLINE/E-MAIL/MOBILE APP)

 

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GoComics offers a PRO membership, allowing subscribers to have a personalized experience and an unlimited number of comics emailed to them daily. With hundreds of features and special PRO giveaways each week, users of all ages and interests are sure to find content that will make them smile. The membership costs $11.88 for an annual subscription, or 99 cents per month. At such an affordable price, this is a fantastic way to give to your friends and family a gift that lasts all year. For more information, click here.

 

 

 

FRAMED AND UNFRAMED COLLECTIBLE PRINTS

 

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An original and thoughtful gift, comic enthusiasts of all ages delight in receiving a framed or unframed collectible print of their favorite GoComics comic strip/panel. Best-selling collectible prints include Calvin and Hobbes, Doonesbury, Peanuts and Pearls Before Swine. Unframed collectible prints featuring customized art of the buyer's choice are available for $39.95. Another option, framed collectible prints, range in price from $229.95 to $239.95. To receive unframed prints by Dec. 25, orders must be placed by Dec. 15. Orders for framed prints must be placed by Dec. 6. Click here for more information and to order. 

 

 

 

COMICS COLLECTIONS AS E-BOOKS FROM UDIG

 

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An ideal gift for comics enthusiasts and smartphone or tablet users, Udig e-books offer short, curated and collectible content from Universal Uclick/GoComics titles such as LuannFrazzMarmaduke, Non Sequitur and more! An added bonus, many Udig e-books contain special content and creator notes only available via these collections. All titles are available for $2.99 on a variety of platforms, including Kindle, Nook, Google and others. For more information, click here.   

 

 

 

 

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With hundreds of titles relating to your favorite GoComics features, you're sure to find a comic collection for every person on your list. Start shopping here!

 

 

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Personalize T-shirts, mugs, tote bags and more with your favorite comics and characters! Start browsing here!

 

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An online community for puzzle and gaming enthusiasts, The Puzzle Society features notable games and puzzles, including Sudoku, Hollywood Word Roundup, Wonderword and USA Today Crossword. The Puzzle Society offers diverse content, providing challenges for all skill levels. For $19.95 per year, or $3.95 per month, users have full access to The Puzzle Society and all of its hundreds of features. The Puzzle Society membership is a gift option for those who enjoy mental challenges. Click here for more information.

 

 

 

 

WONDERWORD PUZZLE BOOKS

 

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The perfect size for stocking stuffers, Wonderword puzzling books are a gift that children and adults alike can enjoy. Delighting and challenging puzzle players for more than 30 years, legendary puzzle creator David Ouellet builds each Wonderword puzzle by hand, creating themed puzzles that entertain readers with pop culture references and current topics. Wonderword books range in price from $6.95 to $11.95. Wonderword books must be ordered by Dec. 16 to guarantee arrival by Dec. 25. More information can be found here.





Twitter Q&A with Jeff Payden of Biff & Riley

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Thank you to Jeff Payden, creator of Biff & Riley comics, for joining us for today's cartoonist Q&A. If you missed the chat, catch up below:

 

 

 

Next Friday (11/14) we chat with The Wandering Melon's Mike Shiell! #AskMikeShiell

 

Add Biff & Riley comics to your GoComics homepage!

 





Keith Knight to Speak to Universities in Germany

The Knight Life by Keith Knight
The Knight Life by Keith Knight

 

Keith Knight, cartoonist of The K Chronicles, The Knight Life and (th)ink, is spending a large portion of his November in Germany for a speaking tour to bring attention to police brutality in the United States.

 

Knight’s work frequently addresses the subject of race in the United States. After discovering that his comics were being used to teach German University students about the African American experience, Knight reached out to Dr. Daniel Stein at the University of Siegen, who invited Knight to speak at the school.

 

“I like to use Keith Knight's comics and cartoons in the classroom because they are both extremely funny and extremely witty, skillfully blending the satirical slant of the political cartoon with the humorous potential of comic strip storytelling,” Stein said. “Keith's work is as topical as it is historically astute in its critical reflections on the continuing presence of race in American culture. As such, it's a treasure trove for teachers and students alike.”

 

Knight will visit five different universities throughout Germany. The tour schedule is as follows:

 

• University of Siegen: Mon., Nov. 17 at 4 p.m.

• University of Bremen: Tues., Nov. 18 at 4:15 p.m.

• University of Osnabrueck: Wed., Nov. 19 at 6 p.m.

• University of Bochum: Thurs., Nov. 20 at 8 p.m.

• Free University of Berlin: Tues., Nov. 25 at 2 p.m.

 

 Read The Knight Life, The K Chronicles or (th)ink, or follow Keith on Twitter.





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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Mustard and Boloney  11-5-14

 

 

 

Rogue Symmetry  11-5-14

 

 

 

 

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Ron Warren  11-6-14

 

 

  
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Garfield, Garfield! Read All About It!

Garfield by Jim Davis

 

Garfield creator Jim Davis has been the subject of several entertaining and informative interviews recently, and we wanted to share them with you!

 

“Jim Davis Explains Why Garfield Loves Lasagna and Hates Mondays and Why People Love Garfield” via Huffington Post: “Garfield's widespread appeal is as a sort of feline everyman who experiences what we do, but says what we do not. The very first products done had lines like I Hate Mondays, I'd Like Mondays Better If It Started Later, and things people did not want to say themselves but they would let Garfield say it for them. It is the attitude that people gravitate to because he is such a great escape for that."

 

“Garfield Television: The Cat Who Saved Primetime Cartoons” via The Daily Beast: ‘For a good half hour, I really like to make people feel like it was worth the time,’ says Garfield creator Jim Davis. ‘So I like to make them laugh, make them cry, make them think.’”

 

“Jim Davis on Garfield’s Influence in the Age of the Internet Cat” via Wired: “It seems it doesn’t matter what kind of meme it is, if there’s play on the feline take-it-or-leave-it approach, then it’s a hit. That would make it easy to assume the Internet has been a surprising PR boon for the brand of humor cats bring to the table. In actuality, though, we should have seen it coming—Jim Davis certainly did. As the father of one of the most Internet-friendly pre-Internet felines of all time—Garfield—he’s been getting LOLs out of cat jokes for more than 35 years.”

 

“Garfield Creator Jim Davis on His Creation and Why Bill Murray Would Do Another Movie” via Indiewire: “I thought, I'll give the cat human thoughts and feelings but not be apologetic for it. That would be very catlike. So I envisioned Garfield, which was my grandfather's name, and he was a large, stubborn man with these human feelings. I let some people I knew influence the character and put them together. From there I created contrasts like Odie and other characters, because they really create the humor.”

 

“Jim Davis Wanted Garfield’s Halloween Adventure to at Least Scare 4-Year-Olds” via The A.V. Club:Twenty-five years ago this October, Jim Davis’ popular comic strip Garfield took an unexpected detour through The Twilight Zone, running a week-long dream sequence in which the orange tabby with an insatiable appetite wakes up alone in a long-abandoned house. Surreal, unsettling, and free of punchlines, the storyline proved divisive among the strip’s audience.”

 

Read Garfield here.





GoComics Staff Pick: Monty by Jim Meddick

Monty by Jim Meddick

 

 

Monty is the comic I would write if I were able to write a daily comic: dense, silly and as animated as you can get with a still image. Besides Monty and the rest of the human cast, recent special guest stars include a chupacabra, a sasquatch and a butler dressed like a turkey Featured players include a small robot, a sassy parrot and a hairless cat named "Fleshy." Recent plot lines include "Monty loses a garden gnome," "E.B. the Robot can't stop slapping people," "Monty works at summer camp," and "Monty goes to the beach." That last one went on for two weeks, and was so great I wish it were a physical thing so I could slap it on the back and say, "Hey, anthropomorphized comic strip, you did a really great job on that beach storyline." Then we'd go ride bikes. 

 

—Dave, Digital Features Specialist 

 

Monty by Jim Meddick
 

 

 

Add Monty to your GoComics homepage!

 

ABOUT: Monty spoofs suburbia, trashes tacky TV shows and offers absurdist commentary on everything from hosing down spider monkeys to the latest conspiracy theory. "I've tried to create the comic strip equivalent of 'Monty Python's Flying Circus,'" says Jim Meddick. "The name 'Monty' is a nod to the influence that show had on my humor. In my cartoon, just about anything can happen - this way, the ideas and characters always stay fresh.

 





Must Love Dogs

I have never been much of a cat person until recently. Growing up, we had a cocker spaniel poodle mix named Chester. I loved him and sometimes I called him my brother, which my actual brother wasn’t too happy about. When most girls were reading J-14 magazine, I was reading Dog Fancy. I remember dragging those magazines around with us every time we moved. I kept each magazine because they had a different breed on the cover and I liked to collect them.  I even wrote short stories about dogs. Needless to say, I was a little obsessed. Watching “All Dogs go to Heaven” and “101 Dalmatians” only added to this obsession. Not surprisingly, I shamelessly cried in class when we read “Where the Read Fern Grows”. Now when I see a rare breed, I instantly geek out. Most people just say “Hey, cool dog,” and go on with their day. Due to my abundance of dog facts, I have to show my appreciation for the dog by possibly spewing out my random bits of knowledge. 

 

I have always thought you were either a dog lover or a cat lover, because it is hard to find someone who likes both pets equally. I used to consider myself someone who loves dogs and hates cats. However, recently I have become fond of cats, not to the point of owning one, but to the point of tolerating them. Actually, some of my favorite comics are about cats, which is strange, since I love dogs so much. I read so many cat comics, I feel like I’m betraying my allegiance to all dog lovers. If you want to get your fix of cat comics, check out Breaking Cat News, Kit ’N’ Carlyle and The Bent Pinky. These comics highlight some of the differences between cat lovers and dog lovers.

 

The Bent Pinky by Scott Metzger
They don’t speak the same language.

 

 

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Cat lovers never have to go through the shame of picking up dog poo.

 

 

 

Half Full by Maria Scrivan
There’s something contagious about cat videos … you have to share them.

-- Lauren





Framed Funnies for Friends and Family

Looking to find the perfect gift for your friends and family? Perhaps you’d like to treat yourself?

 

We can help! GoComics offers archive-quality, framed and unframed prints of many of our most popular features! An original and thoughtful gift, comic enthusiasts of all ages delight in receiving collectible prints of their favorite comic strip or panel.

 

Unframed collectible prints featuring customized art of the buyer's choice are available for $39.95. Another option, framed collectible prints, range in price from $229.95 to $239.95, depending on frame style.

 

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

 

 

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Don’t miss your chance to purchase this one-of-a-kind gift! To receive framed prints in time for the holidays, orders must be placed by Dec. 6. Orders for unframed prints must be placed by Dec. 15.

 

Start browsing available features for purchase here!





Giveaway: Signed Copies of "Beginning Pearls"

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This week, we’re celebrating National Young Readers Day! What better way to get little minds to love reading than through comic books?

 

"Beginning Pearls" features the hilarious Pearls Before Swine cast and offers cartoons specially chosen for young readers! We’re giving away THREE copies signed by Stephan Pastis!

 

To enter, comment on this blog post and include your FIRST and LAST names. Limit one entry per person. This contest will end on Tues., Nov. 11 at 10 a.m. CT. The winners will be announced that day on this blog. This contest is open to all readers worldwide.





Election Day funnies

Here at GoComics, we have a strong social conscience. And today that conscience is telling us to remind everyone to get out and vote. While you're waiting in line to pull the ballot, check out all of these Election Day comics right here in this handy, dandy compendium. Happy voting!

 

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Fritzi and Nancy voted!

 

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A touch of cynicism from Momma

 

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The polls are on fire in Brewster Rockit

 

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The strange afterlife of "Congressguys" discussed on Real Life Adventures

 

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Goober, Block and Tonto: honest fools running for office in today's Baldo

 

Here are some more Election Day offerings from GoComics political cartoonists:

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Stuart Carlson

 

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Bob Gorrell

 

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Jeff Stahler

 

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Jerry Holbert

 

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A good note to end on, from Chris Britt





Giveaway: Halloween Prize Pack – Winner Announced

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Thank you to all who entered to win the Halloween Prize Pack, featuring:

 

-       A SIGNED, glow-in-the-dark copy of “Desmond Pucket Makes Monster Magic” by Mark

        Tatulli 

-       A copy of “Monster on the Hill” by Rob Harrell

-       Spooky hot chocolate mix to warm you up on this chill-inducing holiday!

 

The winner is ... David Adams! Please email us at rewards@gocomics.com with shipping address and phone number. Please note: You must contact us by 11/11/14 or your prize will be forfeited.

 





Lalo Alcaraz

 

Ah, what a nice double-find -- two great videos about Lalo Alcaraz, a unique cartoonist whose strip LA CUCARACHA appears on GoComics (here -- this one is a Day of the Dead strip), as do his editorial cartoons, which are here.

 

Lalo on his editorial cartoons: "I'm not really trying to convert anybody. I'm not trying to make friends, you know. I'm punching back."

 

 

Searching for an embeddable version of that Times video led me right to this TEDxSoCal talk: "A Cartoonist's Guide to Life," which does indeed include a 13-point list:

 

"#7: Coffee is your best friend. Alcohol does not help you draw any faster. It just makes your work seem funny -- to just you."

 

"#11: Above all work hard. Work hard like a hard-working American. And if you want to work even harder than that, work like an immigrant."

 

 

He's a busy and incredibly productive guy, with a web site that's packed with all kinds of stuff -- including his posters, like this one:

 

Lalo Alcaraz - Show Me Your Papers

 

Viva Alcaraz!






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