Doodle time

I'm a doodler. Always have been. In fact, my family nickname is Doodle Bug. That's why today, Doodle Day, is perfect for me!

 

On any given week, you can look at my task sheet and see all kinds of nonsense drawings, notes and even some simple math.

 

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My doodles are not very pretty. Luckily, there are a couple of much better doodle-based comics on GoComics for everyone to enjoy and relate to.

 

Doodle Town by Melissa Lomax is darling, and her doodles are actual works of art. (Check out my thoughts on Doodle Town here.)

 

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Then there's Holiday Doodles by Missy Meyer. Every day has a new doodle showing all the holidays occurring. Without it, I wouldn't know that besides being Doodle Day, today is also Lame Duck Day, Bubblegum Day and Working Naked Day. (Sorry, co-workers!)

 

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Enjoy your doodles today!

 

-- EAP

 

 





Phoebe and Her Unicorn Review on Boing Boing!

 

Phoene And Her Unicorn

 

Last September, Phoebe and Her Unicorn jumped out of the digital world and onto bookshelves around the country.

 

Just as we have here at GoComics, adults and children alike have fallen in love with the sparkling adventures of Phoebe and Heavenly Nostrils, even comparing the comic to Calvin and Hobbes, as evidenced in a recent Boing Boing article.

 

“I quickly discovered that Dana Simpson was doing something wonderful with Heavenly Nostrils: telling a hilarious, sweet, and unsentimental story about a kid and her imaginary friend, ripped straight from the Bill Watterson/Calvin and Hobbes playbook, but with new, lateral moves that are strictly her own.” – Cory Doctorow, via Boing Boing

 

Read the full article on Boing Boing here.





“How can you not get romantic about baseball?” – Billy Beane in Moneyball

Bottom of the ninth with two outs; Giants with a one-run lead; Alex Gordon on third, Salvador Perez is at the plate … we need a hit here. Gordo’s just NINETY FEET away from making it home and tying up Game 7 of the 2014 World Series. As a die-hard Royals fan, I’m a believer; I’m bordering on cardiac arrest, but I know we’ve got this.

 

As Royals fans and baseball enthusiasts all know, Salvy fouled out and Kansas City did not go on to win.

 

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Although it was a sad ending, it had been an amazing playoff ride after a rollercoaster of a season, and … the best part … it’s about to start all over again! The Super Bowl is over, football season is officially done, and (sorry basketball fans) I’m already in full baseball mode! 

 

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

 

If you’re not pumped already, then just keep reading! If you still don’t get amped up after this post, check your pulse!

 

Even if you’re not a fan of the game itself, you have to respect the history of America’s pastime. February is Black History Month and this is the sport that brought us Babe Ruth and, of course:

 

Cleats by Bill Hinds
Cleats by Bill Hinds

 

There is no sport as nostalgic and special. From early childhood going to the ballpark with your folks …

 

Peanuts by Charles Schulz
Peanuts by Charles Schulz

 

To playing in Little League …

 

Freshly Squeezed by Ed Stein
Freshly Squeezed by Ed Stein

 

Your first ball cap ...

 

The Flying McCoys by Glen and Gary McCoy
The Flying McCoys by Glen and Gary McCoy

 

Talking a little smack when your team was up …

 

Big Nate by Lincoln Peirce
Big Nate by Lincoln Peirce

 

And being too nervous to watch when they weren’t …

 

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

 

Whether you’re a die-hard baseball fan like me, or you just like sitting in the sun on a beautiful summer day eating peanuts and Cracker Jack, you can’t not get excited about the fact that spring training is just around the corner!

 

Let’s go, Royals!

 

–Amanda 

 





GoComics Staff Pick: The Daily Drawing by Lorie Ransom

With a library of more than 300 features and new comics launching nearly every week, it can be hard to keep up with everything GoComics has to offer. However, one of our most recent launches has really caught my eye: The Daily Drawing by Lorie Ransom.

 

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Full of bright pictures, clean lines and clever, quick jokes, The Daily Drawing is a “Must-Read.” I can’t wait to see what funny, vibrant material Ransom has up her sleeve for future comics.

 

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Subscribe to The Daily Drawing here (it's FREE!)

 

 

—Julie, Marketing/Publicity Coordinator

 

 

ABOUT: The Daily Drawing is a series of random scenarios with a fleeting cast of quirky (and often inanimate) characters. Sometimes there’s a dialog, but sometimes not. “Life is weird”, says author Lorie Ransom. “I try to find a bit of ridiculous in the mundane things that most everyone can relate to.” She likes to keep the subject matter light and whimsical, but will occasionally veer into the realm of saucy, just to keep you on your toes. 





Kindle Daily Deal: Last Kiss "Sex Day" eBook

Last Kiss Sex Day

 

Heads up, Last Kiss fans!

 

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, a Kindle Daily Deal has made the “Last Kiss: Sex Day” e-book available for just 99 cents!

 

The deal runs until Feb. 17, so be sure to snag it while you still can!

 





February 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: 
 
• 2/6: Rick Stromoski of Soup to Nutz
  
• 2/13: Mark Anderson of Andertoons
 
• 2/20: David Cahill of Pictures in Boxes
 
• 2/27: Mike Lester of Mike du Jour
 
  




Giveaway: Francis Signed Prints

Francis Signed Print

 

Following the adventures of a reluctant pope who is renewing his church by turning it upside down, many GoComics readers have fallen in love with Francis. We’re giving away an archive-quality Francis print signed by cartoonist Pat Marrin!

 

To enter, leave a comment on this blog post and include your FIRST and LAST names. This contest will end Tues., Feb. 10 at 10 a.m. CT. The winner will be announced that day on this blog.

 

P.S. Francis is now available in e-book form! Learn more here.





Brand New E-Books!

 

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A product of Andrews McMeel Publishing and Universal Uclick/GoComics, Udig offers short, curated, collectible e-books. Making it easy to enjoy your favorite comics and content on-the-go, we’ve just released SEVEN new titles!

 

Inherit the Mirth:

 

Francis:

 

Miss Manners:

 

Inherit the Mirth, Francis and Miss Manners e-books are available for $2.99 wherever e-books are sold, including Amazon Kindle, Apple iBooks and Barnes & Noble Nook.

 

Happy reading! View the full list of Udig titles here.

 

 





Giveaway: Signed Tank McNamara Print – Winner Announced

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Thank you to all who entered to win a Tank McNamara signed print! We have randomly selected one winner!

 

Congratulations to Davy Jones! Please email us at rewards@gocomics.com with your shipping address and phone number. Please note: You must contact us by 2/10/15 or your prize will be forfeited.

 

DON'T FORGET! You only have a few days left to submit your nomination for the "Sports Jerk of the Year" Award. Vote now!





Weekend Faves (February 1)

 

Ripley's Believe It or Not by John Graziano
Ripley's Believe It or Not by John Graziano

Knowledge is power.

--Julie

 

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

I'm with you, Marigold. If you've got it, flaunt it.

--Amanda

 

Luann Againn by Greg Evans
Luann Againn by Greg Evans

Everyone knows that preparing to study is just as important as studying itself!

--Julie

 

FoxTrot by Bill Amend
FoxTrot by Bill Amend

I can totally see Jason and Marcus as European-style football fans. Click here for more Super Bowl-themed comics!
-- Lucas

 

Frank & Ernest by Thaves
Frank & Ernest by Thaves

For counter-programming, Noah's version of the Super Bowl involves everyone appreciating the Ark's Superb Owls.

--Dave

 





New Comic Alert! Learn to Speak Cat by Anthony Smith

Learn to Speak Cat by Anthony Smith

 

Having trouble communicating with your feline friends? Then this is the cartoon for you! Follow the adventures of our cast of colorful cats and learn all about their language and behavior. Just what does ME-OWT mean? Where did they get their fear of water? And what’s with that obsession for boxes? Stay tuned and all will be revealed! Please note: Certain aspects of these cartoons may be offensive to dogs.

 

Read Learn to Speak Cat here.





Super Bowl Faux Pas

Ah, the Super Bowl. Regardless of whether you support either of the teams, it’s a time-honored tradition that encompasses all things America: family, football and food. Not to mention the quality commercials and, what is always a must-see for me, the Puppy Bowl. 

 

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http://www.gocomics.com/theflyingmccoys/2014/02/02

 

With all of the festivities surrounding the Super Bowl, it’s easy to let yourself get caught up in the excitement. However, don’t forget – ­as with any party, there comes a list of party fouls that will leave you sitting alone and on the “do not invite” list next year, if committed.

 

Don’t fret, though! As a party-thrower myself, I have provided a list of Super Bowl faux pas to avoid that will ensure a good time for everyone.

 

1. Not knowing anything about the game. Do you live under a giant rock? Even if you do, this is the technology age! You’re only a quick pre-party Google search away from at least knowing which teams are playing.  

 

Tank McNamara Super Bowl
http://www.gocomics.com/tankmcnamara/2013/02/03

 

2. We all love the commercials, but don’t be that person who cheers louder for the commercials than for the game. Fake it if you have to, but some people do actually want to watch the Super Bowl.

 

Jeff Stahler Super Bowl
http://www.gocomics.com/jeffstahler/2014/02/02
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3. Overeating and hogging the snacks. No one wants to see you throw up and you are not the only one who wants to try the five-layer nachos. Just be courteous. 

 

Arlo and Janis Super Bowl
http://www.gocomics.com/arloandjanis/2012/02/05

 

4. Being a bathroom hog. Twenty people, one bathroom, five minutes of commercial break … you can do the math. Get in, get out and stay friends with everyone in line.

 

Drabble Super Bowl Bathroom
http://www.gocomics.com/drabble/2010/02/07

 

5. Finally, remember that in times of extreme excitement, it’s still best to leave the playing to the players. Trashing your friend’s house is a prime way to get blacklisted from their parties forever.

 

FoxTrot Super Bowl
http://www.gocomics.com/foxtrot/2011/02/06

 

Want more Super Bowl comics to get you pumped up? Click here to view more!

 

Oh, and, for my family in the northwest … Go, Seahawks!

 

–Amanda

 





Meet Your Creator: Sarah Andersen (Sarah’s Scribbles)

I always thought I stumbled into the cartooning world by chance, but the more I reflect on it, the more I realize that I have been cartooning my entire life. I recently sorted through some high school stuff, only to see that my notebooks were literally filled with comics. I also had an entire closet full of manga and other comic books. Like many cartoonists, Calvin and Hobbes and The Far Side defined my childhood.

 

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I always loved art, and recently graduated from the Maryland Institute College of Art with a BFA in Illustration. When I was a sophomore in school, I posted a few comics on Tumblr for kicks, and when a few went somewhat viral, I decided that I could make my webcomic a serious project. During my senior year, one of my comics got accepted into the first-ever Comic and Cartooning Annual by the Society of Illustrators. Now, having been graduated for a few months, I make my career as a full-time cartoonist and illustrator.

 

I like making fun of myself and the world around me. My character, who is emotional, awkward, lazy and somewhat unstable, is a reflection of myself. I believe there are many universal qualities that most people have but don’t necessarily talk about, and that’s what I love to write about. My character is the complete opposite of cool, and drawing her is a relief because I can let my guard down and talk about what really makes up my inner world.

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I have a strong aversion to anything that comes off as pretentious. Maybe four years at an art school finally did it, but I don’t have patience for anything (people, art, music) that tries to elevate itself above other people. That’s why I love comics – I love the honesty of humor and the gritty simplicity of comic artwork.

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My character hangs out with a talking pet rabbit. This guy comes from a little buddy I had in high school, who was the calmest, most stoic rabbit you could ever meet.

 

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When I was creating the comic, I realized that in order to prevent the main character from being too internal, she needed someone to bounce her thoughts off of. Partially inspired from my pet and partially from Hobbes, the rabbit serves as a quieter, more reflective counterpart to the loud craziness of “Sarah.”

 

Like my life, I feel like my webcomic is still in its earlier stages, despite having been around for a few years. I’ve just recently achieved syndication on GoComics, started writing comics for College Humor and have been designing an online class for Skillshare. I’m still experimenting with techniques, and have just picked illustration back up again to work on a zine with some friends from school. I’m a recent college grad in my early twenties, so my studio is a desk in my room with warped floors, and I’m still trying to learn how to balance my time. 

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That being said, I’m moving soon (yay for floors that aren’t warped!) and have a lot of projects that I’m happy to be working on. Everything seems to be moving forward and I’m getting the hang of being a working artist. I’m more than excited to keep making work.

 

Read Sarah’s Scribbles here. Or, follow Sarah on Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr.





Have a Little Fun

Ever heard the saying, “Act your age, not your shoe size?” In general, it’s pretty solid advice. But, as the Jan. 25 Thatababy reminded me, it’s OK to have a little fun in life.

 

Thatababy by Paul Trap
Thatababy by Paul Trap

 

The Thatababy family isn’t the only one creating mischief.

 

Law enforcement officer by day, enforcer of fun by night, JumpStart’s Joe Cobb never fails to embrace his inner child.

 

JumpStart by Robb Armstrong
JumpStart by Robb Armstrong

 

Then, we have Lola. She may be a senior citizen, but she’s enjoying life to the fullest.

 

Lola by Todd Clark
Lola by Todd Clark

 

We’ve got some pranking going on over in CowTown.

 

CowTown by Charlie Podrebarac
CowTown by Charlie Podrebarac

 

 Yep, maturity is overrated. Just ask Frazz’s Mr. Spaetzle.

 

Frazz by Jef Mallett
Frazz by Jef Mallett

 

Never mind the naysayers. Dance to the music of life! 

 

Broom Hilda by Russell Myers
Broom Hilda by Russell Myers

 

As we head into the weekend, consider this a PSA to do something just a little bit silly. Then, tell us about it in the comments!

 

--Julie





Funnies for Your Hunnies

When it comes to gift-giving this Valentine’s Day, think outside the box (of chocolates)! GoComics offers archive-quality framed and unframed prints of many of our most popular comics!   

 

Perfect for couples just getting to know each other or those in serious relationships, the comic you choose will be printed beautifully on high-quality 11” x 17” paper.

 

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. To ensure delivery by Valentine’s Day (and to keep you out of the doghouse), orders for framed and unframed prints must be placed by Feb. 2 and Feb. 8, respectively.

 

HOW TO BUY:

 

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

 

 

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Or, click “Get this Collectible Archive Quality Print” in the sidebar.

 

 

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Start browsing available features for purchase here!





My Sherpa Adventure

Hello again, GoComics friends. Last week, after my first blog post, a commenter advised me to check out the Comics Sherpa section of our website. I had explored a little bit before, but this week I decided to do some deep Sherpa searching and, let me tell you, I did not come up empty-handed!

 

Comics Sherpa holds some serious hidden gems. I started with Charmy’s Army and, lo and behold, after only about a minute of reading, I had already discovered the key to wealth and fame!

 

Charmys Army
http://www.gocomics.com/charmys-army/2014/06/16




As I treaded on through the Sherpa world, I came across Mister & Me, which offered a valuable piece of sage wisdom.

 

Mister and Me
http://www.gocomics.com/mister-and-me/2014/03/28

    

 

Moving on, I came across A Bit Sketch, where I found the answer to an age-old question that’d been haunting me for a while … the true location of Waldo.

 

A Bit Sketch
http://www.gocomics.com/a-bit-sketch/2014/10/15

 

Finally, I stumbled upon Apple Creek Comics, a strip that’s not afraid to ask the tough questions. 

 

Apple Creek Comics
http://www.gocomics.com/apple-creek/2011/05/16

 

Like I told you, hidden GEMS. There are so many more great comics, too, and they’re all just one click away:

 

http://www.gocomics.com/explore/sherpa

 

If you have suggestions for other Sherpa comics that I should dive into, just post them in the comments and I definitely will! Otherwise, good luck exploring!

 

Until my next post,

Amanda





GoComics Adds Four New Features in January

2015 is off to a great start for GoComics! We added FOUR new features in January!

 

Peanuts Begins by Charles Schulz

 

Peanuts Begins by Charles Schulz

 

In celebration of the 65th anniversary of Peanuts, GoComics has restarted the 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. 

 

Big Nate: First Class by Lincoln Peirce

 

Big Nate- First Class by Lincoln Peirce

 

Take a seat and enjoy Big Nate from the beginning! Restarted here from the very first strip, Big Nate: First Class chronicles the humor and misadventures of 11-year-old Nate Wright — sixth-grade renaissance man, self-described genius, and the all-time record holder for most detentions in school history. Nate's inventive schemes and delusions of grandeur might make his classmates, teachers and family members roll their eyes, but they're a blast to read for fans of all ages.

 

Lincoln Peirce is a cartoonist and writer. His comic strip Big Nate currently appears in more than 400 newspapers, including the Washington Post, the Boston Globe and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. In January of 2016, the strip will celebrate 25 years in print. Since 2010, he has written a best-selling series of “Big Nate” chapter books for young readers. Like Nate, Lincoln likes dogs, ice hockey and Cheez Doodles (and dislikes cats, figure skating and egg salad). He and his wife, Jessica, live in the great little city of Portland, Maine, and have two children.

 

Read Big Nate: First Class here.

 

The Daily Drawing by Lorie Ransom

 

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The Daily Drawing is a series of random scenarios with a fleeting cast of quirky (and often inanimate) characters. Sometimes there’s a dialog, but sometimes not.

 

“Life is weird,” says author Lorie Ransom. “I try to find a bit of ridiculous in the mundane things that most everyone can relate to.” Ransom likes to keep the subject matter light and whimsical, but will occasionally veer into the realm of saucy, just to keep you on your toes.

 

Ransom is a longtime graphic designer and itinerant artist who, in 2013, committed to completing a drawing every day for one year. This effort led her down a dubious path into cartooning, which culminated in The Daily Drawing panel comic.

 

In addition to The Daily Drawing comic series, Ransom has continued her quest to draw every day. Ever the glutton for punishment, she casts her wildly random results to the winds of social media with the mantra “it’s still ‘today’ somewhere in the world."

 

Read The Daily Drawing here.

 

Lay Lines by Carol Lay

 

Lay Lines by Carol Lay

 

Just as “ley lines” connect geographical anomalies and places of historical interest, Lay Lines connects ideas with drawings to create whole new worlds.

 

Lay Lines explores love, loss, quirky murder, alternate worlds, outer and inner space, magic, silliness and human folly. Features include freshly colored classic “Story Minute” strips and brand-new comics and stories.

 

Carol Lay’s weekly strip “Story Minute” ran for more than eighteen years in papers inclduing the LA Weekly and NY Press, Salon.com and The Funny Times. Lay has also had work published in Simpsons Comics, MAD, The Wall Street Journal and The New Yorker. Books include MYTHOS (Pocket Books); four strip collections; GOODNIGHT, IRENE (Last Gasp); and THE BIG SKINNY (Villard). Lay currently lives in Joshua Tree, Calif., with two cats and a bevy of quail.

 

Read Lay Lines here.

 





GoComics Staff Pick: Molly and the Bear by Bob Scott

When I was asked to pick a comic for my staff pick, I’ll admit I was lost at first. We represent over 300 comics. All my original favorites had been written about, and I really wanted to recommend one that I really enjoyed and thought a lot of others would, too.

 

Then I received a comment on one of my previous blog posts telling me to check out Molly and the Bear and, I’m telling you, it was meant to be! I have now discovered a new comic to add to my “favorites” list that I know I will continue to thoroughly enjoy once it returns on February 3rd with all new strips!

 

Molly and the Bear by Bob Scott tells the heartwarming story of a girl and her bear. Besides the fact that her bear, named Bear, is a real, life-sized bear, he reminds me of my childhood teddy bear in every way. He’s a cuddly best friend who follows her everywhere.

 

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He’s loyal to a fault.

 

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He is the picture of childlike innocence.

 

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No matter what you’re scared of, he’ll make you feel better. I mean, his irrational fears make being scared of heights seem like nothing.

 

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Yet, he’d brave anything for you.

 

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Finally, Bear reminds me a lot of myself, the self-proclaimed queen of corny jokes.

 

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As a kid, I would’ve loved nothing more than to have my beloved teddy bear come to life, and I think that’s why I enjoy Molly and the Bear so much. When reading it, I can escape adulthood and go back to being a kid for a little bit, going on adventures with my bear.

 

—Amanda, Marketing Intern 

 

 

Add Molly and the Bear to your GoComics homeapge!

 

 

ABOUT: It can be tough on a family when someone new has moved in, especially if it's a 900-pound scaredy-bear so terrified of wilderness life that he's fled to the burbs. Fortunately Bear was found by Molly, a fearlessly optimistic 11-year-old can-doer who has taken him firmly in hand, devoted to seeing her hirsute BFF cope with modern life. Molly's Mom is happy with the new sibling - Bear's an excellent conversationalist and loves her homemade cookies. But Dad is having a harder time, his role as center of the universe now shared with an ursine behemoth who, unfortunately, adores him.

 





A Salty Salute

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We here in the war room of GoComics HQ were struck by this cartoon, but couldn't say exactly why. Sure, there's the strange concept of the U.S. Navy accepting a sentient pretzel-person into its ranks, and the serendipity of this strip running just as the Northeast is buried in a metric butt-load of snow. And don't get us started about using one's own self-produced sodium as a method of de-icing. No, it was none of those run-of-the-mill, prosaic things. Just as we'd resigned ourselves to living forever in mystery and got ready to bed down for our mid-workday nap, we hit upon the reason: the scene's resemblance to several shots of John Wayne in John Ford's classic-smelling western "The Searchers." Here's one example:

 

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Framing Mr. Salty through a doorway, just as Ford did Wayne's tortured antihero, brings out the tragic undercurrent that was always lurking in wait. Though Salty's wife (or mistress?) beckons him inside, we know he'll always remain out in the cold, a crunchy snack without a ship, dusting off parts of himself to temporarily melt the hoarfrost of a harsh and unfeeling world.

 

Read more Brevity by Dan Thompson at GoComics.





Giveaway: Signed Tank McNamara Print

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It’s that time again! Nominations are open for the annual Tank McNamara “Sports Jerk of the Year” Award.

 

In honor of this fun contest, we’re giving away an archive-quality Tank McNamara print signed by co-creator Bill Hinds!

 

To enter, leave a comment on this post and include your first and last name. Limit one entry per person. This contest will end on Tues., Feb. 3 at 10 a.m. CT. The winner will be announced that day on this blog. This contest is open to all readers worldwide.

 

Make your voice heard! Find voting instructions for the “Sports Jerk of the Year” Award here.






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