Weekend Faves (June 21)

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

There's a child in all of us.

--Julie

 

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

What a bizarre sight. Still, it's nice to see Ziggy smile for a change.

--Lucas

 

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

Not only will I be laughing at this all day, I'll also be pocketing it to use on my knitting friends later on.
--Amanda

 

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

When I grow up, I want to be Heart.
--Elizabeth

 

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

The waltz of whacking mosquitoes: The official dance of summer.
--Amanda

 

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

You gotta love Dad jokes. Find more Father's Day comics here.

--Julie





New Comic Alert! Ask a Cat by Charles Brubaker

Ask a Cat by Charles Brubaker

Ask a Cat is a comic strip where people can finally ask questions to a cat. Ever wondered why a cat does this? Or what cats think of humans? Or what they think of a movie? Wonder no more, as Cat answers real letters that people send to him. If you want to ask Cat something, send an email to goaskthecat@gmail.com.

 

Read Ask a Cat here.





Fun(nies) In The Sun

It's officially summer! To help spread the word, we’ve turned to the characters of GoComics, our resident experts on all things summer.

 

Our comic kids appreciate summer more than anyone, for they know that with it comes summer vacation, which means no homework

 

Big Nate by Lincoln Peirce
Big Nate by Lincoln Peirce

 

 A whole three months full of mischief and adventure!

 

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

 

 The unparalleled excitement of chasing the familiar jingle, signaling your local ice cream man!

 

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

 

 Strategizing for your summer lemonade stand success!

 

Red and Rover by Brian Basset
Red and Rover by Brian Basset

  

Breaking out the ol’ “socker” for a day on the baseball diamond with your pals!

 

Peanuts by Charles Schulz
Peanuts by Charles Schulz

 

The joys of summer change with age. Our comic adults have been around the block a few times, and have traded the excitement of lemonade stands for the appreciation of things like the beauty of a private pool.

 

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

 

Still, they know that there’s no age limit on the first cannonball of summer, provided you remember to take the necessary safety precautions.

 

The Duplex by Glenn McCoy
The Duplex by Glenn McCoy

 

By now, they’ve perfected the art of grilling. There’s nothing like the sweet, smoky aroma of a grill in the summertime.

 

Drabble by Kevin Fagan
Drabble by Kevin Fagan

 

The clock is ticking and it’ll be fall before you know it, so follow the lead of your favorite comics and get outside for some fresh air and summer fun! For more summertime comics, check out our summer comics collection. 





Happy Father's Day, Super Dads!

We thought we’d celebrate today with a collection of comics honoring the many magnificent father figures out there who act as our everyday superheroes. They may not have a cape, but they definitely still possess those legendary dad super powers!

 

Like super strength, for example:

 

Gary Varvel by Gary Varvel
Gary Varvel by Gary Varvel

 

Or invincibility, which could also be known as “super tolerance”:

 

The Big Picture by Lennie Peterson
The Big Picture by Lennie Peterson

 

X-ray vision, or in their case, the ability to see through the chaos, to the joy of being a parent:

 

Stone Soup by Jan Eliot
Stone Soup by Jan Eliot

 

Super intelligence/wisdom, which they to pass on to us, sometimes to their dismay:

 

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

 

Then there are the lesser-known powers, like their super worrying ability:

 

Cathy by Cathy Guisewite
Cathy by Cathy Guisewite

 

Their super fearlessness, never afraid to make mistakes in order to teach us important life lessons (because that’s why they do it, obviously):

 

PreTeena by Allison Barrows
PreTeena by Allison Barrows

 

And, finally, their powers of time management; no matter what’s going on in their lives, they’re always there for us.

 

Peanuts by Charles Schulz
Peanuts by Charles Schulz

 

Want to see more Father's Day funnies? Browse our entire collection.

 

 

Happy Father's Day to all the super dads out there!

 

Daddy's Home by Tony Rubino and Gary Markstein
Daddy's Home by Tony Rubino and Gary Markstein




Meet Your Creator: Kevin Fagan (Drabble)

Hello. I’m Kevin Fagan, creator of the Drabble comic strip. Thank you for continuing to read this far.

 

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I have drawn a new installment of Drabble every day for the past 36 years.  How many strips is that? Let’s see, 365 days times 36 years … well, I’ll let you figure it out.

 

I signed my first syndicate contract when I was 21 and still in college. I had drawn cartoons for my college newspapers at Saddleback College in Mission Viejo, California, and then at California State University, Sacramento.  While in Sacramento, the editors of the Sacramento Union saw my work and invited me to draw cartoons for them on a freelance basis. The Union eventually folded, and I still feel partly responsible.

 

I wrote a letter to Charles M. Schulz while in college and asked him for advice on getting my work syndicated. I was thrilled to get a response in the mail on Snoopy stationery! He declined to comment specifically on my work, saying it was not him who I had to impress, but an editor somewhere.  But he did include a list of newspaper syndicates. On that list was United Feature Syndicate (the one that syndicated Peanuts). I sent samples to all on the list, and everyone rejected me except for United, which asked me to change my single-panel cartoon into a strip.

 

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They must have seen something in my work that they liked. An executive from New York City flew out to Sacramento with a contract, and Drabble was born. The thought of creating a new strip every day from then on was a little intimidating, but 13,140 strips later, so far, so good!

 

When Drabble started, I was Norman Drabble, the shy, nerdy college student. At some point, I turned into his dad, Ralph, who kind of took over the strip.

 

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The early years were exciting. Ron Howard invited me to his office to discuss turning Drabble into a live-action sitcom. It went pretty far, but never made it on the air. Peanuts animator Bill Melendez wanted to turn it into an animated feature and did several minutes of animation, but he was always very busy with Peanuts. Zero for two. Those were fun experiences, though. Maybe one day Drabble will make it into a different medium. 

 

Then again, maybe it already has. I’m pretty sure the term “mall cop” was coined in Drabble. I remember seeing a mall security guard for the first time in the early 80s, and I thought it would be the perfect occupation for Ralph Drabble. (Malls had been around for a while, but I had never seen any security officers in uniform.) I didn’t know what to call it, though. “Mall security guard” didn’t have much of a ring to it. “Retail security officer” had too many letters for a comic strip. I remember talking to my brother about it, and we came up with “mall cop” and both laughed. That became Ralph’s occupation for the next 25 years! 

 

I work in a studio in my home. Actually, it used to be my studio. Now it’s my wife’s studio. She does most of the computer work for me. I draw the strips by hand and give them to her. She sends them off to Universal Uclick, the syndicate that now distributes Drabble. I guess my pens make scratchy sounds on the drawing board, so she usually asks me to beat it when she’s working.

 

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I wander around town and try to find places to sit and think of ideas. Most of the locals assume I live on the streets. As I write this, I am sitting in a fast food restaurant. No one ever bothers me here. I guess when a middle-aged man is sitting by himself drawing funny pictures and occasionally giggling, most people are happy to leave him alone.

 

I’m a big sports fan. Several years ago, the Angels redesigned their stadium and tore out all the seats. My wife bought a couple of them and had them installed in my studio. I sit in them all the time when I need to think of ideas, so that’s kind of neat.

 

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My favorite comic strips growing up were Peanuts and Herman. Herman always made me laugh out loud.  Peanuts made me want to be a cartoonist.  I also loved Dennis the Menace, B.C., The Wizard of Id, Tiger, Momma and Family Circus (which, if you have a young family and feel stressed out, is a lot cheaper than going to therapy!).  I also loved Don Martin, Sergio Aragones and the rest of MAD magazine.

 

My wife and I have three kids and we’re very proud of them. We also have a couple of cute grandkids. Oh, and we also have a crazed dachshund that gives me lots of ideas for Wally the wiener dog! The kids and grandkids say a lot of things that end up in the strip, too. I guess it’s kind of a family business!

 

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It’s amazing to me that I’ve been drawing this strip for so long, and it’s still so much fun! Most people say they hate Mondays. I’m just the opposite. I love Mondays! I love looking at that blank paper and wondering what’s going to be on it by the end of the day. You’d think a cartoonist would run out of ideas after a while, but I’ve realized that it is impossible to run out of ideas. 

 

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So that’s a little about me. Thank you for reading Drabble. I’ll keep trying to give you a laugh every day!

 

Read Drabble here, or like the comic on Facebook.





ICYMI: Twitter Q&A with Christopher Rozzi of Tiny Confessions

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Many thanks to Christopher Rozzi for taking time out of his day to chat live with us! If you missed the Q&A, catch up here, or use the widget below:

 

 

Subscribe to Tiny Confessions here!

 

NEXT UP (6/26): We'll be hosting a live Q&A with Breaking Cat News creator Georgia Dunn! Join us on Twitter under the hashtag #AskGeorgiaDunn





Happy Garfield the Cat Day!

Where has the time gone? Another year has snuck past us, and our favorite lasagna-loving tabby turns 37 today! If you’ve been following along with Garfield this week, you know that in anticipation of hitting the big three-seven, he’s been having his annual pre-birthday nightmares, highlighting all of his hilariously irrational aging fears.

 

Have you ever pictured a cat with dentures? It’s a pretty funny mental image.

 

Garfield by Jim Davis
Garfield by Jim Davis

 

It’s hard to believe that Garfield’s reflexes are changing with age … He seems just as slow-moving as ever, and happily so.

 

Garfield by Jim Davis
Garfield by Jim Davis

 

Also on the bright side, no need to fear the middle-aged gut, this tabby is just as tubby as he’s ever been.

 

Garfield by Jim Davis
Garfield by Jim Davis

 

Who needs youthful optimism? Garfield wouldn’t be Garfield without his trademark grumpiness.

 

Garfield by Jim Davis
Garfield by Jim Davis

 

Don’t worry, Garfield – it’s obvious that, like a fine wine, you only improve with age!

 

Happy birthday to one of the funniest felines around, and cheers to the next 37 years! May the Mondays be short and the lasagna plentiful!

 

 

GIVEAWAY ALERT: Enter to win Garfield's 37th birthday prize pack featuring a collectible print SIGNED by creator Jim Davis!





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  6-16-15

 

 

 

 

 

Merbles  6-16-15

 

 

 

Elmo  6-17-15

 

 

 

 

 

Green Pieces  6-17-15

 

 

 

 

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 Candace 'n' Company  6-18-15

 

 

 

 

Girth  6-18-15

 

 

 

 

The Insolent Lemon  6-18-15

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 





Nothing Better than Peanuts at the Ballpark

In my opinion, there is no better way to spend a summer day than a trip to the ballpark. The smell of fresh-cut grass, the warmth of the sunshine beating down on the diamond, the taste of a ballpark hotdog (which, for whatever reason, always tastes better here than anywhere else), the “crack!” of the ball coming off the bat, followed by the silence of bated breath as everyone waits for it to clear the outfield fence …  Baseball is summer in its purest form.

 

That being said, one could not write a post about the beauty of the ballpark without talking about the Peanuts gang. Their baseball team may not be the best in the neighborhood, but it is definitely the funniest.

 

From the first pitch of the season…

 

 

Peanuts by Charles Schulz
Peanuts by Charles Schulz

 

 

To the bottom of the ninth in the championship…

 

 

Peanuts by Charles Schulz
Peanuts by Charles Schulz

 

 

The gang constantly reminds us what the game of baseball is all about. It’s not about how many fans you have…

 

 

Peanuts by Charles Schulz
Peanuts by Charles Schulz

 

Or whether you win or lose; it’s about how you play the game.

 

 

Peanuts by Charles Schulz
Peanuts by Charles Schulz

 

Sometimes you’re going to balk…

 

 

Peanuts by Charles Schulz
Peanuts by Charles Schulz

 

 

But, you have to take it in stride.

 

 

Peanuts by Charles Schulz
Peanuts by Charles Schulz

 

 

… And when all else fails, you can always cheer yourself up with one of those delicious ballpark hotdogs (or two, or 23).

 

 

Peanuts by Charles Schulz
Peanuts by Charles Schulz

 

 

 

– Amanda





Celebrate Fishing with our Comic Catch of the Day

Happy National Go Fishing Day to all of you fishermen and fisherwomen out there! To help you celebrate, we decided to do some fishing of our own – fishing for funnies, that is! We had quite the catch, reeling in eight comics that any fishing enthusiast can appreciate:

 

After all, fishing is one of the most relaxing activities there is (most of the time).

 

Monty by Jim Meddick
Monty by Jim Meddick

 

It requires a great deal of patience… 

 

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

 

Some clever strategizing...

 

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

 

And a little bit of passion; fisherman are an optimistic breed.

 

FoxTrot by Bill Amend
FoxTrot by Bill Amend

 

Even when the fish aren’t biting, fishermen endure.

 

Tank McNamara by Bill Hinds
Tank McNamara by Bill Hinds


 They take the necessary time to find the perfect spot, always trying to keep a leg up on the competition…

 

Peanuts by Charles Schulz
Peanuts by Charles Schulz

 

... And on the fish.

 

Brevity by Dan Thompson
Brevity by Dan Thompson

 

Finally, they understand the importance of both fashion and function; you really just can’t beat those fancy fishing vests!

 

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




Make Your Own Pug Comic!

Good news: It’s Wednesday, which means we’re halfway through the workweek! Are you ready for a break from the mundane? We have just the thing!

 

As readers know, Gemma Correll’s Four Eyes is home to pugs Bella and Mr. Pickles. Now you can create your very own Mr. Pickles comic on BuzzFeed!

 

 

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Head on over to Buzzfeed to get started.





Giveaway: Over the Hedge Collectible Prints

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Have you heard the news? Over the Hedge has officially been entertaining readers for 20 years!

 

To celebrate this milestone, we’re giving away FOUR sets of collectible prints, featuring the very first Over the Hedge comic strip, AND an Over the Hedge print signed by cartoonists Michael Fry and T Lewis!

 

The entire Over the Hedge archive is available on GoComics! For your chance to win a set of collectible prints, browse the archive here. Then leave a comment on this blog post, sharing a link to your favorite Over the Hedge comic strip and include your first and last name. Limit one entry per person. This contest will end on Tues., June 23 at 10 a.m. CT. The winners will be announced that day on this blog.





GoComics A to Z, Vol 1: Foolish Mortals

Remember how when you were a kid you would spin a globe, close your eyes, hold out your finger, and wherever you wound up pointing to was where you were going to live? I've been doing a similar exercise lately with GoComics A to Z listing to figure out what to read next. With so many great features on the site, it can be hard to keep up with them all, so I wanted to start spotlighting a few that I've recently stumbled upon and enjoyed. Since my job mostly involves proofreading features that are syndicated for print, I'm looking forward to digging further into the GoComics A to Z (and everywhere in between). Look for a new blog post in this series each Wednesday morning. The first installment is below. — Lucas

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Feature: Foolish Mortals
Creator: Tom Horacek
Format: single panel
Frequency: 1x a week
Recommended if you like: F Minus, WuMo, Buni

"Foolish Mortals" is an apt summation of the poor, unfortunate souls that populate this weekly single panel strip. "Foolish Mortals" has a simplistic, computer-generated look that gives a playful, wacky flavor to its otherwise dark-edged humor. The fact that the characters look a little like Fisher-Price "Little People" figures makes their often reckless, troubled, bizarre behavior that much easier to laugh at. "Foolish Mortals" only uploads one new strip a week, but the quality level makes it worth the wait. Here are a few recent favorites:

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Read more "Foolish Mortals" here on GoComics.





Today’s #PeanutsTrailerChat with Jean Schulz

@PeanutsMovie on Twitter
@PeanutsMovie on Twitter

 

Jean Schulz, wonderful widow of Peanuts creator Charles “Sparky” Schulz and President of the Board of Directors at the Charles M. Schulz Museum, took to Twitter today with the Schulz Museum and iTunes Trailers for a live chat with fans and an unveiling of this exclusive all-new trailer for the upcoming Peanuts movie! Using the hashtag #PeanutsTrailerChat, she answered questions about her late husband, the new movie, which Peanuts character she most identifies with and many other interesting topics.

 

 When asked how the concept for the new movie came about, Schulz answered, “This was the brain child of Sparky’s son, Craig Schulz, who worked on this idea for 4-5 years.” In response to the question of what fans will like most about the new movie, she said that “Fans will like that the line of the GC animation is true to Sparky’s line in the comic strips – it’s like magic.”

 

To learn more about The Peanuts Movie and why it has fans so curious and excited, read the full #PeanutsTrailerChat and watch the new trailer here

 





Garfield and Grumpy Cat Finally Meet

Mashable.com
Mashable.com

 

It’s true – the world’s crabbiest cats finally had the chance to get acquainted at the Licensing Expo, held in Las Vegas last Tuesday, and, according to a recent Mashable.com article, the result was ... not as miserable as you'd expect!

 

Tardar Sauce, more commonly known as “Grumpy Cat,” has skyrocketed to Internet stardom with her permanently grouchy expression, earning herself a movie deal, her own comic strip and a spot next to Garfield in the feline hall of fame. Though Garfield has been making us laugh with his grumpiness for years, he and Tardar Sauce have been sharing the limelight for some time now, and it has long been speculated what would happen when the two finally met. 

 

Reality Check by Dave Whamond
Reality Check by Dave Whamond

 

As it turns out, the two famous felines bonded over their mutual hatred of Mondays. Garfield creator Jim Davis even ventured over to Grumpy Cat’s Expo booth to meet her personally and received a warm (for Tardar Sauce’s standards) welcome.

 

Read the full Mashable.com article here. 





Giveaway: Summer Reading Prize Packs – Winners Announced

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Thank you to all who entered to win a prize pack! We've randomly selected TWO winners!

 

Prize Pack 1: Erin Ellis

 

Prize Pack 2: Sean Kleefeld

 

If your name is listed above, please contact us at rewards@gocomics.com with your shipping address and phone number. Please note: You must contact us by 6/23/15 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.

 

 

 

Colonel Kernel  6-12-15

 

 

 

6-12-15

 

 

 

 

Green Pieces  6-13-15

 

 

6-14-15

 

 

 

 

Specticles  6-14-15

 

 

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Bazoobee 6-15-15

 

 

 

 

Courageous Man Adventures  6-15-15

 

 

 

 

Don't Pick the Flowers  6-15-15

 

 

 

 

The Gray Zone  6-15-15

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 





“Unicorn on a Roll” Highlighted on BoingBoing

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Phoebe and Her Unicorn creator Dana Simpson continues to dazzle and delight readers with her brilliant work.

 

Released last month by our sister company, Andrews McMeel Publishing, children and adults alike are loving “Unicorn on a Roll”!

 

Cory Doctorow sings his praises for Simpson’s new book in a recent BoingBoing article, even comparing the comic strip to Calvin and Hobbes.

 

“Phoebe is growing as a character (another satisfying departure from the usual kids' comic formula), as is evidenced by the first major plot-arc of the book: her decision to free Marigold Heavenly Nostrils from her duty to be Phoebe's best friend (naturally, Marigold rewards her by sticking around of her own free will). The amazing thing is that this piece of relatively moral philosophy manages to pull off a bunch of extremely funny gags in several modes -- some aimed square at the grownups, some at the kids, and plenty that both can enjoy.” via BoingBoing

 

Read the full article here. Or grab your own copy of “Unicorn on a Roll” here.





Weekend Faves (June 14)

Thatababy by Paul Trap
Thatababy by Paul Trap

I'm going to spend the rest of the day trying to find a word that rhymes with "orange." And, I'm going to fail.

--Julie

 

Pickles by Brian Crane
Pickles by Brian Crane

It's not a purse, it's a satchel. Indiana Jones has one.
--Amanda

 

 

Andertoons by Mark Anderson
Andertoons by Mark Anderson

Dream life.

--Elizabeth

 

La Cucaracha by Lalo Alcaraz
La Cucaracha by Lalo Alcaraz

A sly but pointed La Cucaracha. Welcome to the barrio, alien!
-- Lucas

 

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

If Argyle Sweater had designed the course materials, I would have got much better grades in Sunday School.

--Lucas





New Comic Alert! Bent Objects by Terry Border

Bent Objects by Terry Border

 

Cartoonist Terry Border has been working on Bent Objects since 2006. Border uses ordinary, everyday objects, and presents them as if they have come to life, giving them wire arms and legs. 

 

Read Bent Objects here.






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