Giveaway: "Skip School, Fly to Space" by Stephan Pasits And Archive-Quality Print – Winner Announced

Unknown

 

Thank you to all who entered to win a copy of Skip School, Fly to Space, PLUS an archive-quality Pearls Before Swine print signed by Stephan Pastis by sharing your favorite Pearls Before Swine comic strip featuring Pig!

 

We've randomly selected one winner! Congratulations to Christine Rousselle!

 

 

Pearls Before Swine by Stephan Pastis

 

Pearls Before Swine by Stephan Pastis

 

Christine, please contact us at rewards@gocomics.com with your shipping address and phone number. Please note: You must contact us by 8/18/15 or your prize will be forfeited.

 

Didn't win? Purchase Skip School, Fly to Space here or read Pearls Before Swine here.





Happy Presidential Joke Day!

Frank & Ernest by Thaves
Frank & Ernest by Thaves

 

Contrary to how it sounds, today (Aug. 11) is not dedicated to making jokes about the president, but instead to recognize presidents who have displayed a sense of humor.

 

Disappointed? Don’t be! We can point you in the direction of those who are more than willing to make jabs at the president, as well as at the many, many other political figures out there.

 

GoComics is home to more than 60 editorial cartoonists. With viewpoints skewing left, right and in the middle, and covering the world’s most pressing topics, there’s no shortage of politically charged, but humorous, content.  

 

View the full list of editorial cartoonists here.

 

Or, follow along:

Facebook: GoComics Conservative; GoComics Liberal

Twitter: GoComics Conservative; GoComics Liberal 





COMICS SHERPA: EDITOR'S PICK

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.

 

 

 

All In Good Time  8-7-15

 

 

 

And now... 8-7-15

 

 

 

 

 

Cleo and Company  8-7-15

 

 

 

 

Smith  8-7-15

 

 

 

 

 

It's Just Jim  8-9-15

 

 

 

 

 

 

8-9-15

 

 

 

Candy Pills  8-10-15

 

 

 

Dust Specks  8-10-15

 

 

 

Navy Bean  8-10-15

 

 

 

 

The Unemployed  8-10-15

 

 

 

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

 

 

 





Happy Birthday, Snoopy!

Happy birthday to the only pup you know who can do ‘The Beagle’! 

 

Peanuts by Charles Schulz
Peanuts by Charles Schulz

 

In honor of Snoopy’s big day and love to boogie, we’re giving away two copies of his newest book: Keep Calm and Do the Snoopy Dance, a collection of more than 100 joyful quotes and sayings, highlighted with cartoons of our beloved beagle in all his happy-dancing glory!

 

Keep Calm and Do the Snoopy Dance by Charles M. Schulz
Keep Calm and Do the Snoopy Dance by Charles M. Schulz

 

To enter, dance your way over to our Facebook and Twitter pages.

 




Weekend Faves (Aug. 9)

A few comics from the weekend that tickled our funny bones!

 

For Better or For Worse by Lynn Johnston

 

Nothing like that air-tight sibling logic. —Amanda

 

 

Screen Shot 2015-08-10 at 10.10.45 AM

 

Though this strip ran online this past Saturday, today, Aug. 10, is Snoopy's actual birthday! Couldn't pass it up. Happy Birthday to our favorite brown-eyed Beagle! —Lindsay

 

 

Real Life Adventures by Gary Wise and Lance Aldrich

 

Today is a day when I wish I could have called in tired to work. —Elizabeth

 

 

http://www.gocomics.com/pricklycity/2015/08/09

 

Come on, humans. Take a little responsibility once in a while! —Lucas





Laziness: It Takes Work

Laziness gets a bad rap. For instance, think of all the awesome books, epic movies and glorious naps you would’ve missed out on if not for the occasional lazy day! Imagine what your life would be like if you never took time out for rest and relaxation (we know ours wouldn’t be pretty!).

 

In honor of today (August 10) being National Lazy Day, we’re pressing the pause button on our Monday  to celebrate the necessity of taking a break! Sit back and relax, because we’ve done the legwork on this one, bringing you a collection of couch-potato comics, sure to help you enjoy your lazy day to the fullest:

 

After all, who says laziness isn’t a philosophy?

 

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

 

Calvin and Hobbes love a good adventure, but even they understand that summer vacation isn’t complete without a day (or two … ) of lounging under a shady tree.

 

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

 

If you were a bear, laziness would be a coveted and treasured quality.

 

The Grizzwells by Bill Schorr
The Grizzwells by Bill Schorr

 

The funny thing about laziness is that it actually takes a lot of work.

 

Nancy by Guy Gilchrist
Nancy by Guy Gilchrist

 

There’s definitely strategy behind it.

 

Drabble by Kevin Fagan
Drabble by Kevin Fagan

 

These sloths have definitely gotten it down:

 

Half Full by Maria Scrivan
Half Full by Maria Scrivan

 

Want more lazy laughs? Check out our full couch potato collection.





New Comic Alert! Sheldon by Dave Kellett

Sheldon by Dave Kellett

 

 

Sheldon is a strange strip with geeky characters, all-ages storylines, and pop culture nerdiness. Twice nominated for the Eisner Awards' “Best Humor" category, Sheldon centers around a wonderfully odd little family: A boy, his duck and the grandfather who raises them both. The strip is famous for venturing away from the main cast and into stand-alone comics and storylines.

 

Read Sheldon here.





"A Uniquely Portable Magic"

Happy National Book Lovers Day! Would you consider yourself a regular customer at the local bookstore? Is the picture window in your wallet being used to display a library card, while your driver’s license stays tucked away in a pocket of lesser importance? When picturing your dream home, do you envision a room with wall-to-wall bookshelves, similar to the castle library revealed to Belle in Beauty and the Beast (the real reason Beast got the girl, as every book lover knows)?

 

If you answered “yes” to any of the above, today’s blog post is for YOU!

 

Books are, as Stephen King once described, “a uniquely portable magic.” Like a portal to another world, a book’s enchantment lies in its ability to defy the laws of time and reason, transporting us somewhere we’ve never been, sometimes to places we could never go otherwise.

 

Zen Pencils by Gavin Aung Than
Zen Pencils by Gavin Aung Than

 

With the simple turn of a page, comes a new adventure … 

 

Freshly Squeezed by Ed Stein
Freshly Squeezed by Ed Stein

 

And like that – we are lost, and happy to be so.

 

Freshly Squeezed by Ed Stein
Freshly Squeezed by Ed Stein

 

 

For there is no place more exciting to immerse yourself than in between the pages of a book:

 

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

 

Happy adventuring, book lovers! Check out some amazing offerings from our sister company Andrews McMeel Publishing





A Busy Week for Lola

Picture this: You’re reading one of your favorite comic strips, when suddenly – SURPRISE – a character from another comic strip finds its way in.

 

We call this white-hot crossover action here at GoComics, and we love it!

 

This past week, Lola was blessed with several guest appearances from other sarcastic and witty characters, including those from The Duplex, B.C., Zits and Dilbert.

 

Check ’em out:

 

Lola by Todd Clark

 

 

 

Lola by Todd Clark

 

 

 

image from http://s3.amazonaws.com/hires.aviary.com/k/mr6i2hifk4wxt1dp/15080614/f78aefd2-1ef1-495d-9ed4-3aad0c2b27f7.png

 

 

 

Lola by Todd Clark

 

 

  Lola by Todd Clark

 

 

 

Lola by Todd Clark

 

 

What a busy week for Lola!





Happy Odie Day!

Trivia Time!

 

Did you know Odie made an appearance in Garfield for the very first time 37 years ago today (Aug. 8)?

 

Garfield by Jim Davis
Garfield by Jim Davis

 

It didn’t take long for Garfield to begin tormenting the new member of the household, but Odie was here to stay.

 

 

Garfield by Jim Davis
Garfield by Jim Davis

 

Unlike Garfield, readers around the world can’t imagine the comic strip without Odie! Each year, Odie Day is celebrated on Aug. 8, and we certainly wouldn’t miss the opportunity to give a shout-out to one of our favorite canines!

 

It’s true that Odie isn’t the brightest dog in the world.  

 

 

Garfield by Jim Davis
Garfield by Jim Davis

 

But he makes up for it with his loving, caring ways.

 

 

Garfield by Jim Davis
Garfield by Jim Davis

 

While Odie is often getting bullied by Garfield …

 

 

Garfield by Jim Davis
Garfield by Jim Davis

 

… He can hold his own!

 

 

Garfield by Jim Davis
Garfield by Jim Davis

 

Ah, revenge is sweet!

 

 

Garfield by Jim Davis
Garfield by Jim Davis

 

Happy Odie Day! Do you have a favorite Odie moment? Share it with us in the comments! Or see Odie’s early days here.  





Meet Your Creator: Doug Bratton (Pop Culture Shock Therapy)

Doug and caden pic
Doug Bratton with son, Caden

 

 

How did you begin your career as a cartoonist? When did you start cartooning?

 

I started drawing superhero comics when I was 7 years old with my older brother, Dave. As fate would have it, we lived in the town next to the Kubert School, and I took Saturday morning classes taught by Joe Kubert and Mike Chen. I couldn’t have found better teachers anywhere in the world if I tried!

 

As I got older, I became interested in newspaper comics, thanks to Bloom County, The Far Side and Calvin and Hobbes.  Later, I became a fan of other gag/magazine cartoonists including Leo Cullum, John Callahan, Charles Addams, B. Kliban, Arnold Roth and Al Jaffee. 

 

 

POP CULTURE EDGY - 17 - EEYOREMANIC

 

 

In my early 20s, I started developing different strips and submitted them to the syndicates. I made it to the final cut of the Washington Post Writers' Group's Fine Toon Fellowship program in its last year with Pop Culture Shock Therapy, but that program was discontinued. I received some very kind and positive encouragement for the feature from Suzanne Whelton, who was the Post's comics editor at the time.  College students started responding to Pop Culture Shock Therapy when I put it online at popculturecomics.com

 

 

 

POP CULTURE EDGY - 16 - CALVINDISNEY copy

 

 

I received some requests to print it in college papers, so I began self-syndicating the feature to college papers in response to that feedback. Yay for the Internet!

 

What inspires you?

 

 

POP CULTURE EDGY - 15 - MIXALOTENGLISH

 

I love reading humor books, particularly those made up of short essays. Absurdist humor is my favorite. It really gets my mind working. My favorite humor writers are Steve Martin, Jack Handy, Dmitri Martin, Jim Gaffigan and Simon Rich among many, many others.  I enjoy reading McSweeney’s Internet Tendency. I also enjoy going to comedy clubs in the city (New York, for those who don’t live near me).



 

Can you share some of your achievements/accomplishments?

 

I was accepted as a member of the National Cartoonists Society in 2008, and served as the Manhattan chapter chairman for four years. I was nominated for a Reuben Division Award for Best Newspaper Comic Panel in 2010, definitely a huge honor. Later that year, Andrews McMeel Publishing put out a hybrid humor book/comic collection of my work – The Deranged Stalker’s Journal of Pop Culture Shock Therapy

 

 

Deranged Stalker book cover copy

 

 

Feel free to buy a copy or five on Amazon! I was able to pick up over 50 newspaper clients independently, which was also no small feat. (He writes as he pats himself on the back.)

 

What are your favorite comics that you read today?

 

I read lots of different kinds of comics today. In longer form, I’m a big fan of Brian Fies’ work. My favorite comics, though, are still humor comics. I enjoy Bizarro and Lio, as well as Perry Bible Fellowship, Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal and Poorly Drawn Lines.

 

Can you tell us about any upcoming projects or appearances?

 

 

POP CULTURE - 15 - MICHMANTIRESWING

 

I have a new book coming out in the fall titled “Pop Culture Shock Therapy: Comics Re-Mix” and will be signing at New York Comic Con. I am also contributing some humor writing to an online humor collective Happyfunshow.com, and appearing at my son Caden’s Little League and travel baseball teams' games multiple nights each week in Rockaway, New Jersey. I’m the good-looking guy coaching 3rd base.

 

What is your studio/workspace like? 

 

I share a home office with my wife, Pam, which forces me to keep my workspace way neater than I would prefer (although not nearly neat enough for her).  I basically have a couple of desks for my Macbook Pro and scanner, papers and loads and loads of books – mostly cartoon collections. I do most of my pencil and inking (the old-fashioned way, which does allow me to sell original art) on a lapboard in my bedroom or living room. I have some cool little sketches, notes, and signed books displayed that I’ve picked up from fellow creators over the years. 

 

 

POP CULTURE EDGY -  WOLVERINECRACK

 

The two best things about being a cartoonist: 1. Getting to create on a regular basis and (hopefully) make people laugh, and 2. Meeting and building friendships with really talented people whose work I admire. I am now, and will always be, a fan of comics and cartoonists!

 

 

POP CULTURE EDGY - 19 - TARZANGOLLUM

 

Read Pop Culture Shock Therapy here.





Laugh Tracks Look Back (August 1 – 7)

We know life can get busy! At the end of each week, we compile the most pressing GoComics blog posts from the week to ensure you didn’t miss a thing!

 

LaughTracks_LookBack_Header

 

 

Samson, creator of Dark Side of the Horse, showed us his roots in the latest Meet Your Creator installment. 

 

“In August, my local paper is the first one in Finland to carry Calvin and Hobbes. What's left to say about it that hasn't already been said? To me, it's the Beatles of comic strips, the last comic strip that will completely blow my mind. I read it, I love it and later, I study it. Thanks, Bill.”

 

 

We celebrated International Friendship Day with a look at our favorite comic companions.

 

 

Baldo by Hector D. Cantu and Carlos Castellanos

 

 

 

In honor of National Sisters Day, we provided a list of reasons to thank your sis.  

 

 

While we love to laugh, we examined a more serious side of comics.

 

 

Mom's Cancer by Brian Fies

 

 

“Comics are a powerful medium. With the right words and artwork, cartoonists have the ability to provoke many emotions in readers – happiness, love, nostalgia, grief, anger or fear. While we love humor and laughter here at GoComics, we also appreciate the beauty in comics that stir up deeper emotions.”

 

 

 

GoComics Spotlight: Free Range by Bill Whitehead 

 

 

Screen Shot 2015-08-05 at 11.35.15 AM

 

 

Why it’s time to honor Charles Schulz with a Google Doodle.

 

 

Andy Warhol’s Fifteen Minutes Will Last Forever.

 

“Andrew Warhol was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on Aug. 6, 1928, exactly 87 years ago today. We know him better as Andy Warhol: leader of the 1960s pop art movement, with an incredible talent for creating compelling artwork from life’s most commonplace things. Famous for his ability to blur the line between fine art and mainstream aesthetics, this is the man who picked up a Campbell’s soup can and transformed it into one of the most iconic works of pop art in American history.”

 

 

NEW COMIC: Molebashed by Wes Molebash

 

Molebashed by Wes Molebash

 

 

 

Does your cubicle need a reboot? Archive-quality Dilbert prints are the perfect way to brighten your workspace.

 

Dilbert Prints Here
 

 

To celebrate International Beer Day, we gave cheers to the characters we’d love to grab a beer with.

 

 

The Duplex by Glenn McCoy

 

 

 

Pibgorn and 9 Chickweed Lane creator Brooke McEldowney announces three new books.

 

 

We’re giving away a copy of the brand-new “Skip School, Fly to Space” PLUS an archive-quality, SIGNED Pearls Before Swine print.

 

 

Unknown

 

 

 

We hosted a live Q&A with Up and Out creator Jeremy Kaye.

 

 

#AskJeremyKaye

 

 

It was a busy week on GoComics! Which blog post was your favorite?





ICYMI: Twitter Q&A with Up and Out Creator Jeremy Kaye

UpandOut_3

 

Thanks to cartoonist Jeremy Kaye for joining us on Twitter this week for a live Q&A! If you missed out on the chat, catch up here, or use the widget below: 

 

 

 

Read Up and Out comics here!

 

NEXT UP (Aug. 21): Cartoonist John Lotshaw, co-creator of Random Acts of Nancy! Join us by using the hashtag: #AskJohnLotshaw





Comic Characters We’d Love to Have a Beer With

You can find them at the local pub, adding to their long-running tab, ordering “the usual”; they’re the ones you ask for drink recommendations, who are always coveted partners in a round of drinking games and whose ability to survive without even an ounce of water is legendary. We call them beer enthusiasts, for they have one motto: “Life, liberty and the pursuit of hoppiness.” 

 

With today being International Beer Day (August 7), we’re giving cheers to some of the biggest beer lovers and legends of GoComics, counting down the top 8 comic characters we’d love to have a beer with!

 

Starting, of course, with Rat: debatably the biggest beer nut we know. Sign us up for the next trip to Beer Land.

 

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

 

We’d also like to thank Eno for reminding us of the health benefits of our favorite brew. After all, beer has hops, which are (basically) vegetables, and vegetables are good for you, so it’s like you’re drinking salad (right?). 

 

The Duplex by Glenn McCoy
The Duplex by Glenn McCoy

 

We commend Lil on her ability to handle those awful, alcohol-induced pick-up lines.

 

Diamond Lil by Brett Koth
Diamond Lil by Brett Koth

 

Congratulations to Lola for remembering the importance of drinking responsibly.

 

Lola by Todd Clark
Lola by Todd Clark

 

Even for a comic character, life can be stressful sometimes, and Walt knows it’s best not to keep things bottled up.

 

Aunty Acid by Ged Backland
Aunty Acid by Ged Backland

 

The folks at Dilbert’s office make you wish you had a marketing degree.

 

Dilbert Classics by Scott Adams
Dilbert Classics by Scott Adams

 

Next there’s Adam, who has no shame in being a beer lover. Personally, we think his ringtone is awesome!

 

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

 

Finally, thanks to Calvin’s dad for helping us reminisce on our college days.

 

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

 

Cheers, and happy International Beer Day, comic fans! 





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.

 


 

8-5-15

 

 

 

 

8-5-15

 

 

 

 

 Charmy's Army  8-6-15

 

 

 

 

Courageous Man Adventures  8-6-15

 

 

 

 

Dust Specks  8-6-15

 

 


 

8-6-15

 

 

 

 

8-6-15

 

 

 

 

The Boobiehatch  8-6-15

 

 

 

8-6-15

 

 

 

 

View from the Couch  8-6-15

 

 

 

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

 

 





Draw Snoopy for His Big Day!

That’s right, Peanuts fans – in honor of our beloved beagle’s upcoming birthday on August 10, The Peanuts Movie tweeted this video, featuring glimpses at the new movie and a step-by-step tutorial from director Chris Martino on how to draw your very own rendition of Snoopy for the big day!

 

 

Join in the celebration by trying your hand at a portrait of the famous Peanuts pooch and sharing it with @PeanutsMovie on Twitter, using the hashtag: #DrawSnoopy! Feel free to share them with us on Facebook or Twitter, as we’d love to see what all of you creative people come up with!

 

Happy birthday to our favorite brown-eyed beagle!

 

Peanuts by Charles Schulz
Peanuts by Charles Schulz




Andy Warhol: His Fifteen Minutes Will Last Forever

Andrew Warhol was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on August 6, 1928, exactly 87 years ago today. We know him better as Andy Warhol: leader of the 1960s pop art movement, with an incredible talent for creating compelling artwork from life’s most commonplace things. Famous for his ability to blur the line between fine art and mainstream aesthetics, this is the man who picked up a Campbell’s soup can and transformed it into one of the most iconic works of pop art in American history.

 

Berger & Wyse by Pascal Wyse and Joe Berger
Berger & Wyse by Pascal Wyse and Joe Berger

 

Aside from his well-known artwork, Andy Warhol is also credited with saying, “In the future, everyone will be famous for fifteen minutes,” which inspired the now-popular phrase, “fifteen minutes of fame” (along with several comic spoofs):

 

Arlo and Janis by Jimmy Johnson
Arlo and Janis by Jimmy Johnson

 

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

 

The Buckets by Greg Cravens
The Buckets by Greg Cravens

 

Although he may not have anticipated it at the time, Mr. Warhol’s fame has lasted much longer than fifteen minutes. His life’s work continues to influence creatives to this day, including many of our GoComics cartoonists. 

 

The Duplex by Glenn McCoy
The Duplex by Glenn McCoy

 

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

 

The Argyle Sweater by Scott Hilburn

 

On the flip side, Andy Warhol was also inspired by one of your favorite comic characters (what? Yes!). GoComics’ very own Nancy received a Warhol-style pop art makeover in 1961:

 

Andy Warhol, Nancy, 1961.
Andy Warhol, Nancy, 1961.

 

Read more about it, here.

 

Happy birthday to the late and forever-great Andy Warhol!

 

– Amanda





Giveaway: "Skip School, Fly to Space" by Stephan Pasits And Archive-Quality Print

Unknown

 

 

Our sister company, Andrews McMeel Publishing, JUST RELEASED the third Pearls Before Swine collection geared specifically toward kids!

 

Pastis’ Skip School, Fly to Space brings you into a magical world filled with silly, talking animals and mostly bald humans.

 

We’re giving away one copy of this brand-new, hilarious book, PLUS an archive-quality Pearls Before Swine print signed by Stephan Pastis!

 

To enter, leave a comment on this blog post with a link to your favorite Pearls Before Swine comic starring Pig — browse the Pearls Before Swine archive here. You must include your first and last name to be eligible. Limit one entry per person. This contest will end on Tues., August 11 at 10 a.m. CT. The winner will be announced that day on this blog.

 

Read Pearls Before Swine here.

Purchase your own copy of Skip School, Fly to Space here.





Washington Post: Why It’s Time to Give Peanuts Creator Charles Schulz His Own Google Doodle

Charles Schulz via The Washington Post
Charles Schulz via The Washington Post

 

Many famous artists and cartoonists have been recognized through Google Doodles – Scott Adams, Jim Henson, Dr. Seuss … the list goes on.

 

Screen Shot 2015-08-05 at 9.52.23 AM
via The Washington Post

 

With the 65th anniversary of Peanuts approaching, The Washington Post’s Michael Cavna makes a request to Google in an open letter: Honor the legendary Peanuts creator Charles M. Schulz with a Google Doodle.

 

 

As the article notes, there is no better time than now.

 

“That’s right, this Nov. 26 will mark the 93rd anniversary of the cartoonist’s birth, in Minneapolis (the same month that 'The Peanuts Movie' will open). Before that, Oct. 2 will mark the 65th anniversary of the debut of the Peanuts comic strip — in fewer than 10 newspapers. And Dec. 9 will mark the golden anniversary of the first broadcast of the first Peanuts TV special: the Emmy-winning 'A Charlie Brown Christmas.' Yes, this season, the occasions to celebrate abound.” via The Washington Post 

 

Read the full article here.





GoComics A to Z, Vol 8: Free Range

In this weekly series, editor Lucas Wetzel spotlights new and unusual comic features from the GoComics A-Z listing.

 

412a7da015cb0133f7f4005056a9545d

 

Feature: Free Range
Creator: Bill Whitehead
Format: single-panel
Frequency: daily
Recommended if you like: Reality Check, Off The Mark, Kliban, Close To Home

 

When I explained a job to a friend of mine recently, he told me that I should check out the comics drawn by our friend Thomas's dad. "He posts it every day on Facebook!" my friend told me excitedly. "Oh, great," I thought. For a comics editor/proofreader, hearing that a family friend draws comics is usually prelude to reading dozens of cliched or poorly constructed gags, pretending that you think they are funny, and then receiving a lifetime subscriptions of emails from them "just checking in" to see if you're interested in helping them find their strip a larger audience. But in this case, Thomas's dad turned out to be Bill Whitehead, the author of the daily "Free Range" comic. Not only is "Free Range" a longstanding single-panel strip syndicated by Creators, it appears every day on GoComics! "Free Range" doesn't exactly rewrite the book on single panel comics, but it's also not trying to, and that's a big part of what I like about it. It's very comfortable in its own skin. It inhabits the cliched scenarios of one-panel comics through the decades (psychiatrist's office, homeless guy on the street, guy lost in the desert), but approaches them with a freshness and humor that feels anything but cliche. Many of my favorite gags (a few of which are posted below) get a great joke across without requiring any words. The detailed, colorful artwork is also very impressive for a daily strip. I've enjoyed these on Facebook for a couple of years now, but am happy that it's available to everyone else via GoComics as well. Here's a few more recent faves: 

 

D0f34860104b0133f5dd005056a9545d

 

02617100ffcb0132efeb005056a9545d

 

Fe18a900ffca0132efeb005056a9545d

 

45a2a130054b0133f1e3005056a9545d

 

Read more Free Range comics every day on GoComics!





New Comics on GoComics

Enter this week's GoComics giveaway!

Meet Your GoComics Creator: A behind-the-scenes glimpse into the lives of our talented creators.

Twitter Q&As: Chat live on Twitter with our cartoonists Fridays @ 1:30pm CDT





Instagram



BLOGGERS

Visit R.C. Harvey's Blog

Categories