Pat Oliphant Elected to the Society of Illustrators Hall of Fame

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Major congratulations are in order for Pat Oliphant! The tremendously talented editorial cartoonist has been inducted into the Society of Illustrators Hall of Fame. 

 

This honor recognizes artists for their achievement in the art of illustration. Artists are chosen based on their body of work and the impact it has made on the field of illustration. 

 

Political journalist P.J. O’Rourke writes, “When you look upon the work of Pat Oliphant, you know what art is for.”

 

Gain more insight into the brilliant work of Pat Oliphant here. Or, view Oliphant’s editorial cartoons here.





Giveaway: The Born Loser Signed Prints

The Born Loser Anniversary Giveaway

 

We’re celebrating a HUGE anniversary this month at GoComics!

 

The Born Loser turns 50 on May 10!

 

You heard that right! For FIVE decades and counting, we’ve been entertained by the lovable loser Brutus Thornapple and his family.

 

In honor of this incredible milestone, we’re giving away TWELVE archive-quality SIGNED The Born Loser prints!

 

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 Mon., May 18 at 10 a.m. CT. The winners will be announced that day on this blog.

 

We’ll be celebrating all month long, so be sure to check the GoComics blog often!

 

BONUS! Download an official, customizable The Born Loser certificate, perfect for “The Born Loser” in your life. Or read The Born Loser here. 





Giveaway: Reader’s Choice! Share Your Favorite “MOM”–ent

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In honor of Mother’s Day (May 10), we’re giving you a chance to win an archive-quality comic strip print featuring your favorite “MOM”–ent!

 

What is a “MOM”–ent, you ask?  Any comic strip scene featuring a mom! Angry “MOM”–ents, sentimental “MOM”–ents, awkward “MOM”–ents, guilt-inducing “MOM”–ents and every “MOM”–ent mood in between!

 

To enter, leave a comment on this blog post with a link to a comic strip containing your favorite GoComics “MOM”–ent and include your first and last name. Limit one entry per person. This contest will end on Tues., May 12 at 10 a.m. CT. We will randomly select FIVE winners for this giveaway. The winners will be announced that day on this blog.

 

Need some inspiration? Check out our collection of Mother’s Day comics here.





Happy National Cartoonists Day!

I woke up this morning to find a bunch of confetti, sketch pads and empty champagne bottles littering my front yard. This is not an unusual site for a weekend night, but was a little odd for a Tuesday morning.

"Must be some kind of holiday," I said.

"Cinco de Mayo?" my wife asked.

"I don't think so," I said, scrolling through my social media feeds to find out what was up. Oh yeah! It's National Cartoonists Day. People around here take it pretty seriously.

 

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Like so many others, I grew up wanting to be a cartoonist (or a doctor/NBA player as a backup). I sketched cartoons about a mad scientist named Sotdoly and also drew Simpsons characters on index cards which I would trade for either small change or Triscuits. It was an auspicious start. However, I wound up doing more writing/editing and less writing/cartooning, and after college I landed an internship writing marketing copy for Universal Press Syndicate, which eventually became a full-time editing job here at Universal Uclick. So if I wasn't going to be a cartoonist, I could at least work on their behalf.

Friends and family members will ask me what cartoonists are like, and I tell them it's impossible to make any sweeping generalizations. Every one of them has his/her own style, and that variety of talent and approach is what makes the comics page (and GoComics.com) so interesting.

Some cartoonists work months in advance, and others can hardly bring themselves to write until the deadline is staring them in the face. Some sketch out roughs and send them in for feedback, while others use only tablets and computer screens. Some work early in the morning and others stay up all night. The thing these individuals have in common is that they all followed their dreams and worked incredibly hard to get where they are.

 

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(read the full cartoon above over at Richard's blog)

Cartoonists can be strange individuals, or they can blend in seamlessly with the rest of society, but they're usually hyper-attentive to the world around them, always storing up material and generating ideas that could bring life to their characters and the worlds those characters inhabit. Being a cartoonist is often less a childhood fancy than a lifelong compulsion. Many of them will tell you that they never considered being anything else, even if they did have to work a variety of jobs to get where they are now. As Savage Chickens creator Doug Savage writes:

If you’re a creative person, you need a creative outlet only slightly less than you need food and water. Spend time doing something you love, every day, even if you can only spare a few minutes. You never know where it will lead!

Doug's quote above came from his "Meet Your Creator" blog post, which is an ongoing series we've been running for a couple years now. The series offers a fascinating, first-person glimpse into our cartoonists' studios and working methods. If you have any interest in getting a closer look at what being a cartoonist is like, I highly recommend checking it out.

So today we'd like to raise an extra large glass to cartoonists everywhere, and especially those we work with here at GoComics, whether they are Pulitzer-Prize winning veterans whose strips have been appearing in print for decades, or cartoonists who have other jobs but enjoy sharing their work and finding an audience online. It takes an incredible amount of work and focus to do this every day, and whether you're in 600 newspapers or have 16 followers online, the ability to use your artwork and writing to entertain others is a special, special thing.

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Pass the guacamole!

Happy Cinco de Mayo, LaughTracks readers!

 

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Cinco de Mayo commemorates the 1862 victory of Mexico's army over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War. But in the United States, it's evolved into a celebration of Mexican heritage, and even the comics are getting in on the action.

 

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You can even read La Cucaracha in Spanish here.

 

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Just be sure not to make this mistake:

 

 

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I plan on celebrating tonight by eating delicious tacos and drinking icy margaritas -- what about you?

 

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-- EPK





Giveaway: Signed Sunshine State Prints – Winners Announced

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Thank you to all who entered to win an archive-quality Sunshine State signed print! We have randomly selected FIVE winners!

 

Congratulations to Ryan MccLain, Rick Garcia, Babs Holland, Nicolas Nan and Kathy Tucker! Please contact us at rewards@gocomics.com with your shipping address and phone number. Please note: You must contact us by 5/12/15 or your prize will be forfeited. 





GoComics Supports "Comics Uniting Nations"

 

 

 

"Reading With Pictures," an awesome resource supporting the use of comics in education, published by our sister company Andrews McMeel Publishing, is teaming up with the United Nations Millennium Campaign and the United Nations Post-2015 Development Planning Team!

 

The vision? To use the visual language of comics to communicate a major international initiative called the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

 

The Comics Guide to the Global Goals has the potential to reach more than 100 million people worldwide, making it the most widely distributed comic in history, and a wholly unique opportunity to spread a positive message to the world via comics.

 

GoComics is proud to support this incredible initiative. For more information, please visit comicsunitingnations.org.





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.

 

 

 

Econogirl  5-1-15

 

 

 

Specktickles  5-1-15

 

 

 

 

Spoorts by Voort  5-1-15

 

 

 

 

 

Lum and Abner  5-3-15

 

 

 

 

Mort's Island  5-3-15

 

 

 

 

The Green Monkeys  5-3-15

 

 

 

 

Tough Town  5-3-15

 

 

 

 

 

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Magic Coffee Hair  5-4-15

 

 

 

 

 

Sherpa Aid  5-4-15

 

 

 

 

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

 





Weekend Faves (May 3)

The Duplex by Glenn McCoy
The Duplex by Glenn McCoy

This puts my salad to shame.

--Julie

 

Non Sequitur by Wiley Miller
Non Sequitur by Wiley Miller

Oh, so that's why all my bills look like they're written in hieroglyphics.
--Elizabeth

La Cucaracha by Lalo Alcaraz
La Cucaracha by Lalo Alcaraz

Where can I buy tickets?

--Julie

 

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

This brings me peace.
By the way, guess who's turning 15 this Thursday (May 7)? RED AND ROVER. :)

--Lindsay

 

Looks Good on Paper by Dan Collins
Looks Good on Paper by Dan Collins

Any comic that includes 9 Chickweed Lane crossover is a winner in my book!

--Julie





May the Fourth Be With You

Possibly the greatest pun turned holiday ever, “May the fourth,” which has since become known as “Star Wars Day,” is a day where fans of all ages unite to celebrate one of the greatest sagas our galaxy has ever known. This year’s Star Wars Day, in particular, is sure to be one for the books, as the latest Star Wars installment, The Force Awakens, is being released this December! 

 

FoxTrot by Bill Amend
FoxTrot by Bill Amend

 

It’s hard to say exactly when Star Wars transitioned from a trend to a lifestyle, but since the first film’s original release in May of 1977, that is certainly what it has become. With a continually growing, steadfast and diverse fan base, George Lucas’ Star Wars saga has stood the test of time, transcending generations as a beloved tradition passed down from one Jedi to the next, with no sign of dying out. 

 

Thatababy by Paul Trap
Thatababy by Paul Trap

 

The Star Wars universe and the comics universe are constantly intertwining. For example, The Force has made several Comic-con appearances, including Kansas City Comic-con, which I had the privilege of attending this past March. You can also catch The Force on a regular basis here at GoComics. Several of our cartoonists are obvious fans and often include Star Wars characters, puns and jokes in their strips.

 

Loose Parts by Dave Blazek
Loose Parts by Dave Blazek

 

WuMo by Wulff & Morgenthaler
WuMo by Wulff & Morgenthaler

 

That New Carl Smell by Carl Skanberg
That New Carl Smell by Carl Skanberg

 

Sunny Street by Max Garcia
Sunny Street by Max Garcia

 

Haven’t gotten your full Star Wars fix yet? You know that we’ve always got you covered! There are plenty more Star Wars-themed comic strips HERE in our Star Wars Day collection. Happy celebrating, GoComics friends! May the Fourth be with you today and always!

 

– Amanda





New Comic Alert! Heart, Brain and Soul by Ryan Webb

Heart Brain and Soul by Ryan Webb

 

Heart, Brain and Soul celebrates the small, wonderful and often absurd parts of life.The strip revolves around the adventures and interactions of the three main characters. You guessed it! The main characters are a heart, a brain and a soul. Heart is passionate, enthusiastic and occasionally reckless. Brain is smart, reserved and charmingly naïve. Soul is idealistic, philosophical and a know-it-all. The reality in which these characters live is very, very flexible. Clouds can talk, trees can fist bump, cows sing karaoke and one must always be on the lookout for sharks and zombies. Oh, and cats are behind everything. Although Heart, Brain and Soul can be delightfully weird, the foundation of the strip lies in the love and friendship shared between the three main characters.

 

Read Heart, Brain and Soul here.





Meet Your Creator: Nick Seluk (The Awkward Yeti)

 

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In middle school, I made comics for an audience of two to three friends and my brother, and would eagerly watch them read. I still think about those days a lot, because it had a big impact on my addiction to making people laugh. I’m generally quiet and keep to myself, so cartoons were the perfect outlet for me.

 

I tried some freelance in college, but ended up in graphic design for several years because I saw it as a more reasonable career path. I dabbled in cartoons here and there – I submitted designs to online T-shirt contests, I joined an art collective in Detroit and continued to doodle in my notebooks during pointless meetings. My paintings weren’t very good, but one painting of an awkward yeti stood out and inspired me to make a children’s book. The children’s book was just an experiment, just to see if I could finish a project. But, when I went online to promote it, I discovered the world of webcomics and realized I didn’t have to just dabble – I could create what I wanted to create, and could easily find people to read my work.

 

My webcomics were like me, unfocused but persistent, and I think that’s exactly why they started catching on. I had my ongoing comics with Lars, but I think people were drawn in by the random stuff I’d put out there, like Gallbladder’s Last Day or the Popcorn Kernel.

 

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After about two years of hard work, I was fortunate enough to quit my day job and support my family with cartoons. In part, I have my awesome fans on Facebook to thank for that, who are now half a million strong and have supported me through the whole process.

 

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I find my inspiration comes from personal experiences, as with most writers. I will often draw a concept for my Heart and Brain series from the people around me, including strangers at coffee shops, my kids or interactions with my wife.

 

Growing up, I was an avid newspaper comic reader. I didn’t get in to webcomics until just a couple of years ago, so my inspiration came from Calvin and Hobbes, Garfield, The Far Side, Dilbert, FoxTrot (and many others), combined heavily with The Simpsons. While I’m not easily offended, I do find a worthy challenge in trying to make good comics that happen to be all-ages appropriate. Nowadays, I enjoy reading a plethora of webcomics via social media.

 

My basement office is a combination shipping center, studio and hangout. The shipping studio has turned it into a disaster, so I generally leave the house to write, visiting local coffee shops and eavesdropping on conversations.

 

I will be at Motor City Comic Con in May, San Diego Comic Con in July and New York Comic Con in October.

 

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My series “Medical Tales Retold” takes real stories from fans and retells them in comic form and can be found on Tapastic. For fans of Lars, the story continues on Webtoons.com. And, my most exciting project is the upcoming book of Heart and Brain comics that features more than 75 new comics, published by Andrews McMeel Publishing. It can be preordered now through Amazon at heartandbrain.coffee

 

Read The Awkward Yeti here or follow along on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or Tumblr.

 





Twitter Q&A with Max Garcia of Sunny Street

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Thanks to Sunny Street's Max Garcia for joining us on Twitter this for a live Q&A! If missed the chat, catch up below or click here to view the conversation

 

 

Subscribe to Sunny Street comics here!

 

 

Next up, we'll be chatting with Wayno of WaynoVisionJoin the Q&A on Friday, May 8 at 1:30pm CDT. View May's Twitter Q&A lineup here. 





Happy May Day!

When I was in kindergarten, my entire class delivered May Day baskets to homes around the school. Today, it seems odd to me that a class of 20+ children paraded around the neighborhood, knocking on strangers’ doors. Sometimes I wonder if I’ve mixed up memories or made up this event entirely.

 

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False memory or not, May Day always holds a special place in my heart. It’s a signal that spring is truly here and summer is just around the corner. A reminder to get outdoors, enjoy the weather and breathe in the scent of blooming flowers.

 

Frazz by Jef Mallett
Frazz by Jef Mallett

 

Happy May Day! Do you have any special traditions or memories of May Day?

 

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--Julie





Reminder! Last Day to Order Comic Prints for Mother’s Day

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Heads up! Today (May 1) is the last day to order an archive-quality comic print for delivery by Mother’s Day!

 

Don’t miss your chance to make Mom’s day extra special. Order here.

 

Not your gifting style? Perhaps Mom would like a copy of the brand-new “Exploring Calvin and Hobbes.” Featuring never-before-seen artwork and commentary from Bill Watterson and an original 30+ page interview, this book is a “must-have” for every fan.

 

 

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One more idea! Our Udig series offers short, curated and collectible e-books. Browse titles Mom will love here.

 

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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.

 

 

 

Girth  4-28-15

 

 

 

 

Batch Rejection  4-29-15

 

 

 

 

 

4-29-15

 

 

 

Smith  4-29-15

 

 

 

Snow Sez...  4-29-15

 

 

 

Sooky Rottweiler  4-29-15

 

 

 

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The Old Man & HIs Dog 4-29-15

 

 

 

 

Amanda the Great  4-30-15

 

 

 

 

Dumb Question/Bad Answer  4-30-15

 

 

 

 

Super Siblings  4-30-15

 

 

 

 

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

 





Kansas City: Where Every Month is BBQ Month

Tomorrow (May 1) kicks off National Barbecue Month, and I thought I’d use this opportunity to pay homage to a place where barbecue reigns supreme year-round; a place that’s not only home to me (and the GoComics headquarters!), but also home to some of the best barbecue in the country. Yes, everyone, I’m talking about Kansas City!

 

Kansas City has an excellent culinary scene, but I’ve yet to find anything as finger lickin’ good as a pulled pork sandwich from Arthur Bryant’s. There are many different spots, all with different vibes and specialties, from Gates Bar-B-Q and Rosedale Barbeque to Q39 and Jack Stack, all insanely delicious. Rover knows what I’m talking about:

 

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

 

There are few things in life that I love more than Kansas City, barbecue and comics. It is rare to find all three in one place, so you can imagine my excitement when I discovered CowTown by Charlie Podrebarac! A beautifully hand-drawn strip that highlights everything wonderful about Kansas City, with an extra emphasis on the barbecue, CowTown instantly had me hooked! 

 

CowTown by Charlie Podrebarac
CowTown by Charlie Podrebarac

 

Not only is CowTown an awesome comic, it’s also a store in Kansas City that sells award-winning barbecue sauce! Seriously, two of their sauces have placed first at the American Royal Barbecue Contest, so you know CowTown is a barbecue authority.

 

CowTown by Charlie Podrebarac
CowTown by Charlie Podrebarac

 

Plus, whether you’re a Kansas City enthusiast or not, this strip is just downright funny!

 

CowTown by Charlie Podrebarac
CowTown by Charlie Podrebarac

 

After reading this, if, like me, your mouth is salivating for some incredible barbecue, then what are you waiting for? Hop in the car, throw on some “Kansas City” by The Beatles and hit the road! I’ll meet you at Joe’s Kansas City to celebrate National Barbecue Month with a “Z-Man” sandwich that will change your life!

 

CowTown by Charlie Podrebarac
CowTown by Charlie Podrebarac

 

– Amanda





May 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: 
 
• 5/1: Max Garcia of Sunny Street
↳ #AskMaxGarcia
  
• 5/8: Wayno of WaynoVision
↳ #AskWaynoVision
 
• 5/15: Andrew Paavola of Bully
↳ #AskAndrewPaavola
 
• 5/22: Zach Weinersmith of Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal (SMBC) 
↳ #AskZachWeiner
 
• 5/29: Shannon Wheeler of Too Much Coffee Man  
↳ #AskShannonWheeler
 
 
  




Bill Watterson Supports Team Cul de Sac

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We have some very exciting news for all you Calvin and Hobbes fans out there!

 

Team Cul de Sac founder Chris Sparks announced Bill Watterson has agreed to autograph several items to support Team Cul de Sac! Chris will bring the very special, one-of-a-kind autographed items to HeroesCon (June 19 – 21 in Charlotte, North Carolina) and the Drink and Draw event on June 19.

 

Items include:

 

-       Five copies of the brand-new “Exploring Calvin and Hobbes” book

-       Three festival posters

-       One copy of the “Team Cul de Sac” book

-       One copy of “The Complete Calvin and Hobbes

-       Stripped movie posters

 

Amazing! Learn more about Team Cul de Sac here, or see Chris’ announcement here.





The Wandering Melon Bachelorette Series — Winners Announced!

The Wandering Melon Bachelor Winner!

 

Thank you to all who participated in The Wandering Melon Bachelorette selection

 

We’ve randomly selected 10 lucky participants to take home an autographed prize!

 

Congratulations to:

– Karen Westall

– Laurie P

– Curtis Hoffman

– Cameron M Shiell

– Andi

– Caprice Rezendes

– Jen

– Glenda Stratton

– Sherri

– Bonita

 

If your name is listed above, please email us at rewards@gocomics.com with your shipping address and phone number. Please note: You must contact us by May 7, 2015 or your prize will be forfeited.

 

Did you miss out on The Wandering Melon Bachelorette series? Catch up here! 






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