The Intern’s Last Day

I’ve very much enjoyed my time here at Andrews McMeel Universal. I’m glad I got a chance to experience a “real world” job, but I’m also very glad to be going back to school next week.  I miss class, all the homework, and I really miss the tests and exams.  By that I mean, I miss my friends and the random adventures we take.


When I started my internship here, I was only familiar with a few comics. I knew the classics: Garfield, Calvin and Hobbes and Peanuts.  I knew a few of the other ones as well, but as I’m leaving, I realize just how many different comics and cartoonists are out there.  Here are a few of my favorites:



The Meaning of Lila by John Forgetta and L.A. Rose
The Meaning of Lila by John Forgetta and L.A. Rose


9 Chickweed Lane by Brooke McEldowney
9 Chickweed Lane by Brooke McEldowney


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


Poptropica by Paul Gilligan and Kory Merritt
Poptropica by Paul Gilligan and Kory Merritt



I’m glad I got the chance to discover all these new comics.  I’ve learned a lot about how the company works to promote comics that are not “well-known,” and a lot about how the company works with its creators to maintain positive relationships.



I’m going to miss everyone here -- and I’ll miss keeping our readers up-to-date on giveaways and special events! I can’t believe how fast the summer went by.  It seems like I just got here, but I couldn’t have imagined a better experience I could have had.  



Heavenly Nostrils by Dana Simpson
Heavenly Nostrils by Dana Simpson



-- Jessi



I Know What You Did Frazz Zummer

Jef Mallet is a runner. He's also a swimmer, a bike enthusiast and (probably) expert swordsman. After he towels off, he also draws Frazz, which is likely already one of your favorite comics. Fortunately for all of us, a lot of Jef comes through in his work.


Reading Frazz, I like to think about Jef jogging along a circuit, eyes forward but attention elsewhere, mentally working out the next week of comics. It's pretty efficient. I do most of my thinking just sitting here, trying to come up with blog post topics.




It's probably just coincidence, but a lot of Jef's gags operate on a similar circular track, as demonstrated by the above strip. Because Frazz is such a treat to read, I picture his jokes structured not as a circuit's elongated, yawning O, instead, they loop gracefully around themselves, making a nicely tied bow. Hey, shoelaces on running shoes are tied in bows! Jef enjoys running! The imagery! It's like a hall of mirrors!



For just a moment after reading the above strip, I merely enjoyed it, and then I actually got the joke, and I made a silent vow to myself that I wouldn't pretend that I got it right away when I posted it. I still can't believe how great it is. It's like a fractal!




I've written of my admiration for Jef's work before, but Frazz is so consistently terrific I figured revisiting some of his older daily strips was in order. Fun fact: I would've spelunked into the archives for my own enjoyment. That I also have a forum in which to share some of my favorites is but mere coincidence.


































There are maybe ten strips of which I can think that consistently delight, day after day. Before I read Frazz, my list only had nine entries, and one of those entries was an idea I had for my own comic that I pinned to my Vision Board as an aspirational prompt. My admiration is such that I've spent the last two nights of my own free time writing, then deleting, a few hundred words of incredibly stuffy explorations of Frazz's jokes' structure, detailed theories about how his setups seem like the sorts of musings one might have while out jogging, and paragraph after paragraph specifically listing traits that make Jef and his work so doggone endearing. I consider it a sign of my continuing maturation that I realized the folly of posting such nonsense before it was too late.


What I'm saying here is, you should read more Frazz. It's the best.


This level of sustained sincerity feels strange to me. I need to go appreciate something ironically. Ah, that's better.


GoComics Staff PIck: The Meaning of Lila by John Forgetta and L.A. Rose

This week's Pick comes from our intern, Jessi: The Meaning of Lila stars Lila and her best friends, Boyd and Drew. Drew is hardworking and has a handle on her financial life.  She tries to be the voice of reason to Boyd and Lila, who are a bit more free spirited. They tend to spend their money on clubbing, fast food and venti lattes -- with extra foam. 


The Meaning of Lila by John Forgetta and L.A. Rose 1


The Meaning of Lila by John Forgetta and L.A. Rose 2



The Meaning of Lila by John Forgetta and L.A. Rose 3



I love this comic because I feel like I can relate to Lila in more than a few ways. She is still trying to balance her spending habits with her income, and her social life with her need to work.  


Lila often finds herself deciding whether she should buy that extra pair of shoes, or pay her bills. I quietly admit I find myself in the same internal debate when it comes to buying food or getting my nails done and surviving on oatmeal. My nails usually win -- and they look fabulous!



The Meaning of Lila by John Forgetta and L.A. Rose 4



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We were just minding our own business

Guy on 700 2


Watching the "700 Club" at GoComics HQs like we always do on Wednesday mornings when what to our wondering eyes did appear but Nancy cartoonist Guy Gilchrist in suit and tie and impeccably combed hair! 


See it all here: 



Finny Business

While Danish humorists Anders and Morgenthaler have made a huge splash in papers this past year with WuMo, another Scandinavian comic has been quietly garnering chuckles on GoComics for several years now. Viivi & Wagner, a lovely black and white strip by Finnish cartoonist Jussi "Juba" Tuomola, follows the odd-couple relationship of a human lady (Viivi) and her porcine paramour/roommate (Wagner).




Viivi & Wagner started out as a feature for children in the magazine Kultapossu, with Viivi as a small girl and Wagner a talking piggy bank, but it eventually evolved into the more adult-oriented strip you see today. Wagner is a little bit off-color,  with Viivi offering a sensible, sardonic counter-punch, but it's the pig's utter laziness that I wanted to focus on today.







Lazy-Ass magazine... now that sounds like a publication I'd be qualified to write for. Just ask my colleagues. (Actually, no... don't ask them that. That might not be good.)


One of my favorite things about Viivi & Wagner, in addition to the fantastic line-art and clever, humorous set-ups, is that the comic strip even inspired a brand of beer in Finland.




If I ever make it over to Helsinki, someone better hook me up!

Enjoy more Viivi & Wagner here.




A hilarious strip featuring four bachelors, The Fusco Brothers has been entertaining us for 25 years! To celebrate its 25th anniversary, we’re giving away an archive-quality, signed The Fusco Brothers print!


To enter, comment on this blog post and include your FIRST and LAST names. Limit one entry per person. This contest will end on Tuesday, August 12 at 10 a.m. CT. The winner will be announced that day on this blog. This contest is open to all readers worldwide.





Thank you to all who entered to win the signed Brewster Rockit prints!


We have randomly selected five winners!


Congratulations to John Graziani, Chad Daubenmire, Tony Savoni, David Adams and Zachary Snyder! Please email us at with your shipping information and phone number. Please note: You must contact us by Tuesday, August 12, or your prize will be forfeited. 

Weekend Faves (August 3)

CowTown by Charlie Podrebarac
CowTown by Charlie Podrebarac

I'm glad to see they're making their life experiences work for them!



FoxTrot by Bill Amend
FoxTrot by Bill Amend

Personally, I could go for just a glowing red eye, 'Terminator'-style. That'd help expedite the whole inevitable Google/ Skynet future towards which we're headed.



Overboard by Chip Dunham
Overboard by Chip Dunham

I watched about 10 minutes of "Sharknado 2" last night, so I can say with confidence that the great gray killing machine should really fear Ian Ziering and his chainsaws.
-- Elizabeth


Doonesbury by Garry Trudeau
Doonesbury by Garry Trudeau

Pointed lessons in satire by one of its all-time greats (with a hat tip to Finley Peter Dunne).


Magic in a Minute by Mac and Bill King
Magic in a Minute by Mac and Bill King

Sometimes I wonder what my co-workers think when I am trying out these Magic in a Minute tricks at my desk. My best guess? "AMAZING!"


Dinosaur Comics by Ryan North


Dinosaur Comics is a comic where the pictures never change, but the words do!  IT'S HONESTLY BETTER THAN IT SOUNDS.


T-Rex, Utahraptor, Dromiceiomimus and friends discuss Very Important Things, ranging from the nature of love all the way to whether or not who smelt it is truly the same as whosoever dealt it.  (This hasn't actually happened in the comic, but it's actually not a bad idea).


Read Dinosaur Comics here.

Meet Your Creator: Bill Hinds (Tank McNamara, Cleats)

The sports-focused comic Tank McNamara is turning 40 on August 4! We’re celebrating this milestone with a special blog post from Tank McNamara cartoonist Bill Hinds.


40 years ago there was no ESPN, 24-hour sports talk shows or Jim Rome show. There was no Internet with instant sports news and gazillions of fans commenting on that news.


But beginning in August of 1974, there was Tank McNamara


Jeff Millar was a twice-a-week humor columnist and film critic for the Houston Chronicle. He decided he should share his wit with a national audience. Eliminating the humor columnist route, due to high traffic, he landed on the comics page. There was a new show in town — Doonesbury. That was the type of humor Jeff wanted to write, but the niche he saw to pursue was sports. He was ready to go, except for that whole drawing thing. That's where I stumbled into the story.


Jeff and Bill


I was born in Houston, Texas, in 1950. When I was very young, I had decided on three possible careers: clown, magician or cartoonist. My father, the oral surgeon, wasn't thrilled.


MAD magazine, CARtoons magazine and comic strips won me over to cartooning.


Before my sophomore year at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas, I drove up to offer my cartooning services to the school newspaper, the Pine Log. They wouldn't even look at my work because they already had a cartoonist. It's a long drive to and from Houston for that reaction.


I started doing freelance work for the Houston Post. After a semester or so, the Pine Log figured if my work was good enough for a major city newspaper, it might work for them, so I became their cartoonist and won two Texas Intercollegiate Press Association awards.


I graduated in 1972 and began showing my portfolio around Houston to ad agencies and publications. I worked for a while at a small animation studio that did the cartoons for the scoreboard at the Astrodome. I was advised by people to pursue advertising work, because there was more money. I, however, was interested in newspapers — specifically, syndicated comic strips. The features editor of the Houston Post, who had been using my work on a freelance basis, called me in for a meeting with the managing editor one day. They wanted to hire me as an editorial cartoonist when their present guy, Bill Saylor, retired. I remember the editor who knew me bolstered my case by saying I would draw whichever viewpoint they wanted. It didn't work out (did Saylor ever retire?) but I would have been a terrible editorial cartoonist.


I kept showing my portfolio and waiting for Bill Saylor to go fishing. One of the people I showed it to was the Houston Chronicle cartoonist, Clyde Peterson, pen name C. P. Houston. He introduced me to the features editor, Jack Loftis.


One day Jeff Millar walked into Clyde's office and asked if he would be interested in drawing a comic strip. Clyde wanted to create his own comic strip, not draw someone else's, but he knew this 23-year-old kid who might do it. That's how Jeff and I met.


While we were working to develop a comic strip about sports, Jack Loftis hired me as a staff artist for the Chronicle. I loved the Chronicle job. People would bring me articles, which I would read and draw a cartoon to go along – in any style I chose.



When we were ready to show the comic strip, Jocks, to a syndicate, we had three weeks of samples. Only one strip featured the character who would become Tank McNamara. Jack introduced us to a fellow with a connection to Universal Press Syndicate who submitted the samples for us. I knew there would probably be many rejections by many syndicates. I explained to Jeff that we should be prepared for some disappoint — THE SYNDICATE BOUGHT IT!


OK, I'm 23 years old and we have a contract for a syndicated comic strip. Take that, Pine Log!


As we developed the strip, we were told that the name Jocks would never do. Also, they wanted to build the strip off of one character, the big ex-jock sportscaster. Credit for the name Tank McNamara has been claimed by a number of people. Tank has been running in as many as 350 newspapers for four decades. There is always fresh material supplied by the world of sports, but today Tank is competing with sports commentary that doesn't have a week-plus lag time between creation and publication. So, I am concentrating on themes instead of events. I say I because Jeff Millar passed away in 2012 and I have been writing Tank since. I had 38 years of tutoring by Jeff, so it was a smooth transition.


During the last 40 years, I have created other cartoon features. I illustrated According to Guinness for about 10 years. I produced two oddly-shaped Sunday cartoons for the Philadelphia Inquirer Sunday comics section, Longshots and Clown Alley that ran for several years. I created Buzz Beamer for Sports Illustrated Kids magazine in 1989, and it has been running there ever since. I also animated more than 50 Buzz toons for In 2001, at legendary Lee Salem's suggestion, I created the comic strip Cleats about kids’ sports, which ran for nine years and is in reruns on GoComics.



Jeff and I had collaborated on another strip, Second Chances, in the 1990s. The two main characters in that strip now live on in Tank McNamara as Tank's neighbors, Nick and Kate.


I have created a Tank McNamara Facebook page where I can make a more immediate response to things that happen in the world of sports.


I expect the next 40 years of Tank will be very interesting.


Read Cleats here, catch up with Tank here or like Tank McNamara on Facebook.

Twitter Q&A with Greg Cravens (The Buckets and Hubris!)




This week, we had the pleasure of chatting with syndicated cartoonist Greg Cravens! Miss it? Catch up on the Q&A below.





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Join us on Twitter next week or a chance to chat with artist Graham Nolan of The Sunshine State!


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 anythng; 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.




Batch Rejection  7-30-14











Frank & Steinway  7-30-14









Milton 5.0  7-30-14




Onion & Pea  7-30-14





Smith  7-30-14












Blackboard Daze  7-31-14





Girth  7-31-14




 Regular Creatures  7-31-14




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


Quotable Quotes

Every now and then, a character in a comic strip says something that I find myself hoping I can use in my own life.  I’ve compiled a list of some of my favorites.  I hope you find these as entertaining as I do and find ways to incorporate these characters' dialogue into your own conversation. 


“Relationships are like ice cream.  They should not be shared.” - Lila



The Meaning of Lila by John Forgetta and L.A. Rose
The Meaning of Lila by John Forgetta and L.A. Rose




I couldn’t have said it better myself! I might find myself debating which I would be willing to share first. 


“It must be depressing to go through life with no purpose.” - Calvin



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



I like this one because it just makes you think.  When I read this, I had to stop and think: What IS my purpose? I thought about it for a while and discovered there are a lot of purposes to my life.  Thanks, Calvin!


On a side note, I feel like I could use this in a very sarcastic way anytime someone disagrees with me. I have a friend who hates SpaghettiOs. Next time I’m eating a bowl in front of him and he makes a comment about how disgusting they are, I now have a perfect comeback. 


“Sorry. Did I just back right over your reverse psychology?” - Lola



Lola by Todd Clark
Lola by Todd Clark



Lola is the perfect example of sarcasm at it’s best! My mom tries to use reverse psychology on me all the time -- especially when I ask if I can take food back to my apartment. Next time she says, “sure” while giving me that Are-you-really-taking-my-last-loaf-of-zucchini-bread look, I will know exactly what to say. (I know deep down she secretly loves giving me food, though!)


“Don’t just sit there! Help me barricade the door!” - Thatababy




Thatababy by Paul Trap


Thatababy by Paul Trap



I was sitting on my couch with my two roommates last time my landlord showed up. Her knock was so terrifying, it left us speechless. It would have been the perfect time to shout this quote! (Although I’m not so sure my landlord would have seen the same humor in it.)


“Then why do you exist?” - Garfield




Garfield by Jim Davis


Garfield by Jim Davis




I can see myself using this quote a lot.  Sometimes I ask my roommate to hand me the remote … she throws it at my face.  “Why do you exist?”


Sometimes my brother picks me up and throws me outside when it’s pouring rain.  “Why do you exist?”


Next time a cop writes me a ticket.  “Why do you exist?”



There you have it. Just a few witty quotes I’ve found throughout my internship.  Each caught my attention, and I’m waiting for the opportune moments to use them! 


Have a favorite quote? Share in the comments below!


-- Jess

GoComics Adds New Comics in July

We added FOUR new comics in July! Here's a recap of our recent launches:


Kid Beowulf by Alexis E. Fajardo

Kid Beowulf by Alexis Fajardo

Inspired by the epic poem "Beowulf," Kid Beowulf is an action-adventure story that follows 12-year-old twin brothers Beowulf and Grendel as they travel across distant lands and meet fellow epic heroes therein. The strip begins with the twins' origin story, "Kid Beowulf and the Blood-Bound Oath," a tale that goes back several generations to Beowulf and Grendel's grandfather, Hrothgar. Hrothgar is a hotheaded prince of Daneland on a quest for power – one that leads him to a fiery dragon, an enchanted sword and an oath sworn in blood. When Hrothgar breaks his oath, he breaks his kingdom, and the only thing that will save it is a family he's forgotten and heroes not yet born!


Alexis E. Fajardo is a student of the classics – whether Daffy Duck or Damocles – and has created a unique blend of the two in Kid Beowulf. Fajardo has taught cartooning throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and currently resides in Santa Rosa, California, where he works for PEANUTS at the Charles M. Schulz Studio. Fajardo oversees a number of publishing projects at the Schulz Studio, including working as editor and sometimes writer on the new PEANUTS monthly comic books published through BOOM! Studios. Fajardo has been working on Kid Beowulf for several years and is excited to bring the first book to GoComics in full-color, serialized form.


Read Kid Beowulf here.


Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal by Zach Weiner

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal by Zach WeinerSaturday Morning Breakfast Cereal (SMBC) is a daily gag comic about science, love, sex, religion, philosophy and economics. A popular webcomic, SMBC is a two-time winner of the Web Cartoonists’ Choice Awards.  


Zach Weiner is a new father, who possesses a BA in literature and three-eighths of a BS in physics. He spends most of his time shaking his fist at the computer screen.


Read Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal here.


Clear Blue Water by Karen Montague-Reyes

Clear Blue Water by Karen Montague-Reyes

Clear Blue Water centers around a large, loving family, stress, sarcasm and the ability to cope. It’s a strip about loathing everyone you live with and not being able to move away from them because they will follow you. It’s about joy, silliness and marriage. The storyline is filled with minutiae, arguments, happiness, worry and too many kids, or maybe not enough kids, depending on the day. It’s about autism, really weird superheroes and religion and friendship and race. And it has politics for days. Eve and Manny Torres and their five children are the caramel nougat in the center of this sweet and sour strip.


Clear Blue Water was syndicated from 2004 though 2008 and was published as a webcomic until 2011. Creator Karen Montague-Reyes is excited to have her comic strip available again through GoComics, although some people believe she should stop resting on her laurels and find another project. Montague-Reyes does not consider those people to be friends of hers. Currently residing in the Florida Keys, Montague-Reyes is married with five children.


Read Clear Blue Water here.


Randy Glasbergen Cartoons by Randy Glasbergen

Randy Glasbergen CartoonsRandy Glasbergen is one of America’s most widely and frequently published cartoonists with more than 30,000 cartoons published since he began cartooning professionally in high school. His smart, topical cartoons appear in magazines, newspapers, greeting cards, social media, advertising and more across the world. Randy’s freelance client list includes the Economic Times of India, China Daily, La Nacion Costa Rica, Harvard Business Review, Hallmark Cards, American Greetings, Cornell University, The Wall St Journal, Funny Times, Toastmasters International, McGraw-Hill, and an endless list of others.


Glasbergen lives with his wife and three basset hounds in an old boarding house located in a very small town in Central New York. He works at home surrounded by cats who smear the ink when they sit on his drawings and lick their feet. 


Read Randy Glasbergen Cartoons here.  


Bless Your Art

Stahler - Seurat Cellphone ParodyJeff Stahler


Who likes comics? Wha-- everyone? That's good. Here are a bunch of comics I've had knocking around my hard drive for a while for want of a reason to post. August's sticky stubbornness saps me of my need to adhere to a theme, so open wide and drink from the fire hose.


Off the Mark - M&Ms Peanut Bar



Off the Mark - Easier Drawing

Off the Mark



Nc_c080923 - iron manNancy


Sn030531 - feel like a romanThe Buckets



Tom the Dancing Bug - Bagel Bites StripTom the Dancing Bug



Its_c111107 - Mermons

In the Sticks


Pe810531 - Rain VS Baseball



Pe811229 - ClosetLight



Pe950127 - DogTerribleWriter



Up090825 - czar wash

Unstrange Phenomena


Next week: substance, probably! Stay frosty!



August 2014 Twitter Q&A Schedule




Join 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 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 follow along, using the designated event hashtag, or tweet directly to @GoComics.


Now, mark your calendars!


• 8/1: Greg Cravens of The Buckets and Hubris!
• 8/8: Graham Nolan of Sunshine State
• 8/15: Ryan Pagelow of Buni
• 8/22: Bob Weber Jr. & Jay Stephens of Oh, Brother! 
• 8/29: Labor Day holiday weekend. No Q&A.

GoComics Staff Pick: Truth Facts by Wulff & Morgenthaler

Thanks to Madison (our Sales Intern) for this week's Staff Pick!


This nontraditional comic has been a favorite of mine from the first day I stumbled across it. I love being able to find humor in the ironies of everyday life, and it would seem that the creators of Truth Facts feel the same.



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


Luckily, they have a knack for cleverly identifying these ironies and portraying them with hilarious accuracy. 



Truth Facts by Wulff & Morgenthaler



And isn’t there something great in knowing that we all share these often humorous struggles?



Truth Facts by Wulff & Morgenthaler



I really think so.  These colorful, simple strips manage to get me laughing out loud every time. Mainly because — like the name says — they are just so true!



➜ Add Truth Facts to your GoComics homepage. Subscribe here!



ABOUT: Seeking the truth through graphs and pie charts. Almost 99% accurate. 100% satisfaction guaranteed.

We’re back from SDCC!

The GoComics team spent the past week in San Diego exhibiting at San Diego Comic-Con.


We partnered with our sister company, Andrews McMeel Publishing, to host signings and meet-and-greets with our talented creators and give away awesome swag. It was a whirlwind of meeting fans, checking out amazing cosplay and soaking up comics. We loved every minute of it and want to share some of our favorite moments with you!



Pickles creator Brian Crane signing at the GoComics booth!



GoComics Creative Director poses with Crap Taxidermy



Doodles from GoComics/Andrews McMeel Publishing creators
Greg "Luann" Evans at the GoComics booth!



Hey there, Edward Scissorhands!



Incredible cosplay!
Zen Pencils creator Gavin Aung Than


Who will be the lucky winner?


Want even more SDCC fun? Check out our Pinterest board for the full gallery!


Brewster Rokit by Tim Rickard
Brewster Rokit by Tim Rickard


We’re celebrating a big birthday this month! Brewster Rockit is turning 10!


We’re giving away five signed Brewster Rockit prints. Making these archive-quality prints even more special, these particular comics are hand-selected favorites of Tim Rickard! 


To enter, comment on this blog post and include your FIRST and LAST names. Limit one entry per person. This contest will end on Tuesday, Aug. 5 at 10 a.m. CT. The winner will be announced that day on this blog. This contest is open to all readers worldwide.




Thank you to all who entered to win the SDCC 2013 signed prints!


We have randomly selected a winner!


Congratulations to Ivelisse Woods! Please email us at with your shipping information and phone number. Please note: You must contact us by Tues., August 5 or your prize will be forfeited.



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