Twitter Q&A with Fran Krause of Deep Dark Fears




This week we chatted with Deep Dark Fears creator Fran Krause. If you couldn't make the Q&A, catch up using the Twitter widget below! 




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About: Irrational fears, dark thoughts, and ghost stories submitted by readers from around the world. Deep Dark Fears tells stories about the creepy things that pop into people's heads and won't let them be.

A Comic in a Different Galaxy

Saturday (7/19) is Space Exploration Day, which, if you ask me, coincides perfectly with the 10th anniversary of Brewster Rockit this month!  


Brewster Rockit combines a few of my very favorite things.


Space: Since childhood, I’ve been fascinated with outer space. I get lost in the beauty of the moon and the stars, though the unknowns of outer space terrify me. Situated in space, Brewster Rockit is right up my alley.   


Brewster Rockit by Tim Rickard



Pop Culture: There’s no doubt that you’ll catch me reading the timeless Calvin and Hobbes, relating to For Better or For Worse and admiring Peanuts. But, at the same time, I really enjoy comics that keep up with current events and allow timely topics to seep in. While you won’t find current events in every Brewster Rockit strip, there’s certainly no shortage of well-timed jokes.



Brewster Rockit by Tim Rickard



Alluring Art: Truth be told, when it comes to comics, I’m in it for the punch line. I look for the laugh first, and then notice the artwork. With Brewster Rockit, it was quite the opposite. I fell in love with the artwork before the storyline. I could spend hours studying the intricate drawings and details in Brewster Rockit.



Brewster Rockit by Tim Rickard


Seriously, just look at those stars and tell me that’s not beautiful. 


Happy 10th birthday, Brewster Rockit! Time travel back to the very first strip here.


-- Julie



I'm a fan of Lynda Barry, and was glad to recently come upon this short talk:





Here are a few of her rich collage pages:



What Are Thoughts?


Time and Place 2





Those are from her Eisner-winning 2008 book What It Is, and make me think of the work of the late great Kenneth Patchen.


This is her long-running alt-syndicated comic strip ERNIE POOK'S COMEEK:


50 Teeth and 13 Nipples


Things I Can See From Here


And here's an interview with Susan Kirtley, author of Lynda Barry: Girlhood Through the Looking Glass, who notes that Barry calls what she does "image wrangling."



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.



And now...  7-15-14












Buns  7-16-14




Girth 7-16-14






Onion & Pea  7-16-14









Winding Roads  7-16-14



Suburban Wilderness  7-17-14




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



I decided to do something a little different with the blog this week. After reading several other blogs, I got the idea to do a list.  Originally, I was going to start with a list of 10, but I couldn’t come up with 10 if you turn an 8 on its side it makes an infinity sign (which is way cooler than a 10).


Some of my favorite characters are ones that, should I ever encounter in real life, I’d be sure to stay on their good side. I opted to use this as inspiration for my list.  Enjoy!


8. Jason



FoxTrot by Bill Amend
FoxTrot by Bill Amend




Jason is smart. It would be important to stay on his good side for a couple reasons. First off, really difficult homework that’s due at midnight and you haven’t started it yet has a chance of actually being completed if you have a friend like Jason.  Sure, it might cost you a slight headache after listening to a few hours of rambling you don’t understand – but at least your homework will be on time. Second, with as smart as Jason is, if he really hated you, he could probably come up with some really creative way to get his revenge, and you would never see it coming.


7. Melody


Dark Side of the Horse by Samson
Dark Side of the Horse by Samson



If looks could kill, Melody’s would be dangerously deadly. She appears periodically throughout Dark Side of the Horse.  Personally, I think she’s adorable. When she gets annoyed, frustrated, or upset about something, though, she has one of those looks that makes your soul shiver. Poor Horace. 


6. Phoebe 



Heavenly Nostrils by Dana Simpson
Heavenly Nostrils by Dana Simpson



I don’t understand why Phoebe is so picked-on. Her best friend is a unicorn.  If I knew someone who had a unicorn for a best friend – I’d want them to be my best friend! Plus, if you give Phoebe any trouble, she could just ask Marigold to use her powers on you … or head-butt you.


5. Lola 


Lola by Todd Clark
Lola by Todd Clark



Lola is such spunky old woman. I just can’t help but love her – and be slightly intimidated by her. She’s the kind of person that having as a best friend would always be an adventure, but upsetting might result in some crafty payback.


4. The Target Cashier

Just Say Uncle by Dan Pavelich
Just Say Uncle by Dan Pavelich


Just look at panel three. I wouldn’t want to be on her bad side. I can only imagine her yell is absolutely terrifying.


3. Lucy



Peanuts by Charles Schulz
Peanuts by Charles Schulz



I’m relatively positive the Target Cashier from Just Say Uncle took lessons from Lucy. She’s a little girl with a huge temper! It may be easiest to avoid Lucy altogether rather than try to stay on her good side.


2. Rat



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



I feel the image itself should be explanation enough as to why you should never get on Rat’s bad side. But, just in case you don’t see anything wrong with throwing neighbors off a cliff, I will continue to explain. Rat, main character of Pearls Before Swine, has no soul and is proud of it. He loves himself and material things. He’s also hilarious. He’d be a great addition to your friend group, as he always supplies a good laugh.  Just don’t do anything to upset, offend, or slightly annoy him or you might find yourself questioning your chances of survival.


1. Susie 



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



Sweet, little, innocent Susie? Why would you need to worry about upsetting this Calvin and Hobbes sweetheart? Just ask Calvin. She’s a spunky little girl who won’t tolerate anyone giving her a hard time.


There you have it. These 8 characters are best if you keep them on your side. Even though they are slightly intimidating, we can’t help but love them! After all, our favorite comics would be missing something without them.


Comment below to add to the list!


-- Jessi 




Did you know some of your favorite comic strips are available in e-book form? A product of Andrews McMeel Publishing and Universal Uclick/GoComics, Udig offers short, curated, collectible e-books. For $2.99 each, you can enjoy your favorite comics on your tablet or mobile device.


Whether you’re traveling this summer, hanging by the pool or keeping cool on the couch, Udig e-books are the perfect way to enjoy comics.


We’ve recently expanded our offerings and released titles from the popular comic strips In the Bleachers, Luann and Plastic Baby Heads from Outer Space!


Check out our newest additions:


In The Bleachers:






Love is Awkward

Picky Parents, Touchy Teens

Stress + Hormones = High School


Plastic Baby Heads from Outer Space:

Book One – Plastic Babyheads from Outer Space

Book Two – Kzaphtermath!

Book Three – The Cave of Forgotten Comedians


Don’t see what you’re looking for? View the full list of Udig titles here.  

GoComics Staff Pick: The Duplex by Glenn McCoy

This week's pick comes from our Assistant Controller (accounting) Darin: I find the wittiness of The Duplex to be unparalleled.  I don’t recall when I stumbled upon this comic, but I’m glad I did, and I’ve been laughing ever since.  The seemingly subtle humor the comic incorporates into everyday living is hilarious and really resonates with me -- maybe because I often find humor in the mundane of daily life, or perhaps it’s because I see a small glimpse of myself in Eno, living the irresponsible life of a bachelor.  But Eno would be lost without the antagonistic Fang poking fun and playing practical jokes on him.  And while I don’t have a man’s best friend like Fang, I have plenty of friends who enjoy playing the instigator role and giving me a hard time.  The laughs and enjoyment I gain from this comic strip always fall back on how cleverly Glenn McCoy takes what’s simple and makes it funny…



The Duplex by Glenn McCoy
The Duplex by Glenn McCoy |


…and sometimes takes you into introspection.




The Duplex by Glenn McCoy 2


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About: Once upon a time there was a duplex where a young bachelor named Eno and his dog, Fang, shared an ultra-macho haven of beer snacks and male-bonding. Suddenly, their lives turned co-ed when Gina and her poodle, Mitzi, moved into the other half of their building... the question is, who will come out on top in Glenn McCoy's The Duplex?





Cow Appreciation Day was last week, but I wanted to celebrate today anyway. Better late than never!




Here in Kansas City, we know a little something about cows.  I mean, we're not called Cowtown for nothing!  You can even buy Cowtown Barbeque Sauce, with a bottle designed by GoComics' own Charlie Podrebarac, the creator of the comic strip Cowtown.



Cow and Boy is another strip that features a bovine, Cow, as a main character, along with Billy (the "Boy" of the title).




Then there's Lucky Cow, a strip about the place where people really appreciate cows: a fast-food restaurant.




How are you going to celebrate Cow Appreciation Day?  My festivities will NOT involve steak.  I promise.




-- EAP







The famous Calvin and Hobbes duo has been entertaining us for years! We can always count on this six-year-old and his crazy imagination to put a smile on our faces.


This week, we are giving away a Calvin and Hobbes print.


To enter, comment on this blog post and include your FIRST and LAST names – and share with us why you love Calvin and Hobbes. Limit one entry per person. This contest will end on Tuesday, July 22 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 helped us celebrate Prickly City’s 10th birthday by entering to win one of three signed prints!


We have randomly selected three winners!  


Congratulations to Jon Berger, Michael Pohrer and David Sanchez! Please email us at with your shipping information and phone number. Please note: You must contact us by Tues., July 22, or your prize will be forfeited.

Prickly City 10!



Greetings Comics Lovers!


I'm delighted to celebrate with my pal Scott Stantis' on the 10th anniversary of his "Prickly City" comic. Now if you know Scott you know he has very specific political and social positions, but what I've always appreciated about him is that he does NOT toe the party line. If Scott disagrees with a political leader or a GOP position, he has the thoughtfulness and courage to say so! What a novel idea! 


I know on some levels that may not sound like a big deal, but when you're a political cartoonist or a cartoonist who does a daily comic with political commentary (Scott is both) there's an expectation that your worldview will match the polticians and pundits who correspond to the party you've aligned yourself with. 


It's incredibly common for political cartoonists to draw exactly whatever the rest of their party is thinking. It's the courageous who can stand up not only to the other party, but his own as well. 


That's what separates Scott from a lot of cartoonists and what gives Prickly City and his editorial cartoons a nuance and complexity that most other social and political cartoonists can't compete with.






* Slainte Scott Stantis!


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.








Winding Roads  7-11-14




Lighter Side  7-12-14






Batch Rejection  7-13-14









Bushy Tales  7-13-14









Buns  7-14-14





Leadbellies  7-14-14




Soccer Earth  7-14-14



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


Weekend Faves (July 14)

Understanding Chaos by Gustavo Rodriguez
Understanding Chaos by Gustavo Rodriguez

Now what are we going to do?



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

Don't worry, though. People find you really refreshing.



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

Thank goodness Red didn't hop in for a swim, or he could've been gobbled up by an enormous Irishman.



Reality Check by Dave Whamond
Reality Check by Dave Whamond

Godzilla vs. Solange? Now that's a movie I'd be happy to pay for.


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

Spoiler alert: He doesn't get the job.


NEW COMIC ALERT! Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal by Zach Weiner

The weekend may be over but the fun doesn’t have to end! Introducing Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal!


Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal (SMBC) is a daily gag comic about science, love, sex, religion, philosophy, economics and other topics probably best left to people who know what they're talking about.


Read Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal here.

Meet Your Creator: Jason Little (Shutterbug Follies)

Today, we hear from Shutterbug Follies creator Jason Little.


Shutterbug Follies by Jason Little
Shutterbug Follies by Jason Little

Back when I was a kid in the '70s, Tintin comics weren’t nearly as ubiquitous as they are today, particularly in the small town of Binghamton, New York, where I grew up. But my anthropologist dad took frequent trips to Kenya, and would often have a layover in London. Each time he came home he brought me back a Tintin album in English.


This diet of Tintin made a profound impression on me. Practically everything in Shutterbug Follies is directly informed by Tintin: the pacing, the dialogue, the color, the plucky protagonist, the layout … Hergé looms large in my work, and informs it so naturally that I have to work really hard to pile on other influences to make myself more of an artistic melting pot.


Harold Gray


Gasoline Alley by Frank King


One of the influences I strove to incorporate into my work is the aesthetic of daily strips from the '20s and '30s, like Gasoline Alley and Little Orphan Annie. I’ve often fantasized about time travel back to that period. In April 2013, I started a project that forced me to deliberately emulate Frank King and Harold Gray: I had an idea for a daily strip about a homeless man named Borb.


Borb by Jason Little


My plan was to evoke the vagabond tramp archetype from the early strips, but at the same time depict the real and timeless hardships of homelessness. I’m talking about the really grim and brutal stuff: disease, beatings, disfigurement, death, etc. But at the same time, I wanted it to be funny -- a tall order, it turns out. I decided to trust my instincts and follow the formal framework laid down by the masters. The result has been polarizing -- readers either love Borb or hate it. I ran the strip for three months at, and then ended it. I’m delighted to say that Uncivilized Books will publish Borb as a book in April 2015.




Since I finished Borb, much of my time has been spent in the pursuit of stereoscopic 3-D comics. I’ve been putting stereo images in my comics off and on since 1998, when I drew a 3-D backup story (“The Abduction Announcement”) in my first published comic, Jack’s Luck Runs Out. This year, 3-D took over again, beginning with an invitation to contribute a story to an all-3D issue of the Portland alt-comics anthology Study Group Magazine. Wanting to make sure that the project came off without a hitch, I volunteered to manage the thorny task of making sure the 3-D actually worked and was pleasing to look at. I ended up doing many of the 3-D conversions in that issue. The Study Group website will also host a short story of mine in 3-D called “Selbstbildnis Walpurgisnacht Bildungsroman,” which should debut some time in July.


Selbstbildnis Walpurgisnacht Bildungsroman by Jason Little

The Study Groupwork led to an assignment doing a 3-D conversion on a poster for underground cartoonist Denis Kitchen. Denis also contributed to the research I was doing on the history of 3-D comics. This research turned into "3-D Comics Alive," a performance as part of the Comic Book Theater Festival this past June in Brooklyn. For this project, I did restoration work from old copies of selected 3-D comics from the '50s, '60s and '80s. I then turned these stories into slide shows, which I read radio theater-style with actors, music and sound effects interspersed with a visual lecture from me about the history of and personalities behind 3-D comics.



I’ve also been doing a lot of writing, and have treatments for three graphic novels in various stages of development -- including a third volume in the Bee series. There may be a 3-D component to at least one of these books. I’m very much looking forward to getting fresh Bee installments in front of readers’ eyes as soon as possible.


Want to hear more from Jason? Check out his website and blog, or follow him on Facebook and Twitter.

Twitter Q&A with Leigh Luna (Leigh Luna Comics)



This week, we hosted a Q&A on Twitter with cartoonist Leigh Luna (Leigh Luna Comics). If you missed it, catch up on the chat here! 





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ABOUT: Clementine Fox is an ongoing children's comic. It is about three woodland creatures, Clementine Fox, Penelope Rabbit and Nubbins the Squirrel who decide they want to become professional adventurers. Aside from being aimed at a younger audience Clementine also exists to remind us as readers revisit childhood occasionally. 


Join on Twitter next Friday (7/18) for a chance to chat with Deep Dark Fears creator Frank Krause. Follow along and aks questions using the hasthag: #AskFrankKrause 


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.







Bushy Tales  7-8-14




 A Bit Sketch  7-9-14




 And now... 7-9-14




Elf and Motorbelly  7-9-14




Girth  7-9-14










Ron Warren 7-10-14




The Beauforts  7-10-14





The Boobiehatch  7-10-14




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


Favorite Reads

Pearls Before S wine by Stephan Pastis
Pearls Before S wine by Stephan Pastis



I love the puns Stephan Pastis writes for his comic, Pearls Before Swine! On nights when I have nothing to do except sit on my couch with my roommates, we often come up with crazy theories about life, ridiculous “what if” questions, and crack jokes that are nowhere near funny to anyone but us.


I pull up the GoComics app on my phone every day I’m not working so that I don’t miss any of my favorite storylines.  Since I had the day off Monday, I pulled them up to read right after dinner. When I came across this one -- I died laughing. I showed my roommates, but they didn’t find it as amusing I did.


While they weren’t looking, I got a box of raisins out of my pantry and stuck them in my pocket.  During our crazy life theory and “what if” conversation that night, I found every reason possible to say, “Everything happens for a raisin!” and then threw raisins at them.  Eventually, they each got their own box of raisins and we had a raisin war. I’d like to say a quick “thanks” to Stephan for inspiring an evening I’ll surely never forget! 




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



I’ve also really enjoyed reading some of our new comics. Poptropica has been a great story so far, and I find myself looking forward to reading the new strip during the week each day.  If you haven’t checked it out yet, it’s worth a read. Recently, the main characters have made their way off of the island of Frankenstein’s and have made their way to a new island. I’m excited to read what new adventures await!


While this next new comic is not an adventure story, I still look forward to reading Truth Facts in the mornings. I feel most people can usually relate to the simple graphs or imagery. 




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



This is true for my phone. It’s always at full battery when I’m home watching Netflix, but if I’m lost in the middle of nowhere and need to access the GPS, of course it’s almost dead and I drive with my fingers crossed that it won’t die until I get to familiar territory and can find my own way back. 




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



Finally, my newest favorite to read is 9 Chickweed Lane. In my free time, I’ve been reading back through to get some of the backstory to what is currently happening. The story has me hooked and I’m always excited to read more. The feeling you get when you watch your favorite TV show and then have to wait a week to find out what happens next is the same feeling I get when I read Brooke McEldowney’s story each day.  Thank goodness I don’t have to wait a whole week for the updates! 



-- Jessi


Learn From the Pros

Brevity by Dan Thompson
Brevity by Dan Thompson

Have you ever wished for the opportunity to learn about cartooning from the best of the best? Now’s your chance!


Taught By A Pro offers online courses for aspiring animators, comic artists, character designers and illustrators, and we’re excited to report that some of our talented GoComics creators are sharing their expertise through the program!


GoComics cartoonist Dan Thompson (Brevity, KidSpot, Lost Sheep, Rip Haywire) recently added two courses on comics creation to the Taught By A Pro course catalog. In “Awesome Storytelling in Webcomics,” Dan instructs students on the art of creating and writing an engaging comic strip to keep fans wanting more. His second course, “Awesome Coloring in Webcomics,” demonstrates how to color comics so they can be used as webcomics, comic books or print comic strips.


Looking to start a comic strip from scratch? GoComics creator Michael Jantze (The Norm) is here to help. His course “Drawriting a Comic Strip” walks you through the process of comic creation using the process of “drawriting,” starting with the basics.


Interested? Check out Taught By A Pro here.

GoComics Staff Pick: Get Fuzzy by Darby Conley

Get Fuzzy by Darby Conley
Get Fuzzy |


This week's pick comes from Andrews McMeel Publishing's (Calendars Division) Senior Art Director, Jenny: I have a friend who owns a cat and a dog, and she swears that there are times when she knows with absolute certainty that her pets are smarter than she is and that she can see them thinking. Both of which I find hysterically funny, because she’s the smartest person I know, and I don’t think her pets are bright at all. Nice pets, but not bright.


I imagine Get Fuzzy to be like her life. I live vicariously through Get Fuzzy and my friend because I am allergic to animals. But if I could have pets, I’d want a dog as sweetly unassuming and affectionate as Satchel and a cat as cynical and rascally as Bucky. 


The adventures these two get into, dreamt up by diabolical Bucky and unwittingly executed by Satchel, are laugh-out-loud funny. And poor Rob, their owner. He can’t ever win. 


Bucky and Satchel might as well be people, but then the comic wouldn’t be as funny or effective. I mean, don’t we all have an instigator like Bucky, a sweetheart like Satchel and a peacemaker like Rob in our circle of friends and family? I can really get to laughing if I place my friends and myself in place of Rob, Bucky and Satchel. I guess things could be worse than having as much silly fun as a wildly successful comic strip. 


The intelligence behind this comic strip is as appealing as the outrageous antics of Bucky and Satchel. This isn’t a comic strip you can skim and laugh at the last frame, or get the joke in two frames. I’m impressed that Darby Conley created a strip that is like Funky Winkerbean or Pearls Before Swine in that you have to read the words to fully understand the acerbic, sartorial wit of these characters and these stories. It’s a comic for adults and I love the sophistication of that. It’s a bright spot in my day.


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