Giveaway: King of the Comics by Stephan Pastis – Winner Announced

King of the Comics by Stephan Pastis


Thank you to all who entered to win a copy of Pearls Before Swine creator Stephan Pastis’ new book, “King of the Comics”!


We have randomly selected a winner! Congratulations to Kerry Allen! Please contact us at with your shipping address and phone number. Please note: You must contact us by 3/31/15 or your prize will be forfeited.


Not the lucky winner? Get your copy of “King of the Comics” here.


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.




Lili and Derek  3-20-15





Navy Bean 3-20-15































Mustard and Boloney  3-22-15



Amanda the Great  3-23-15





Magnificatz  3-23-15




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


Mad Dogs, Comics and Englishmen



British soul singer extraordinaire Joe Cocker died last December at the age of 70. I've been meaning to do a tribute post ever since he passed, but to borrow a phrase from Legolas, the grief was still too near.


A couple of GoComics cartoonists, however, didn't hesitate to pay homage to Joe. First came the Nancy strip above, lovingly rendered by Guy Gilchrist, a musician himself and an avowed Cocker fan. After that, Joe Cocker's Grammy-winning duet with Jennifer Warnes made a cameo in a pivotal school dance scene in Big Nate.



Let me just interrupt for a moment to say how strongly I agree with the DJ's selection here. This is a powerful song, a Platinum-certified carpe diem / love-conquers-all musical moment. With this song playing, there's no way Nate can lose...




Oh. Well, I guess it's not for everyone. And in retrospect, the Tall Girl's headband suggests she probably would have been more impressed by one of Cocker's famous Woodstock covers. Oh well. Or better yet, the Chipmunks cover of the song. Who knows what tomorrow brings...



Weekend Faves (March 22)

Biographic by Steve McGarry
Biographic by Steve McGarry

We'll miss you on the Daily Show, Jon Stewart.



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

We can put a man on the moon, but we can't invent a quick and easy way to store our earbuds?



Close to Home by John McPherson
Close to Home by John McPherson

Rush hour is the bane of my existence, but I'll be laughing the whole way home today, thinking of this.



The Buckets by Greg Cravens
The Buckets by Greg Cravens

The middle panel in this Buckets Sunday is a brilliant visual summary of the modern American workforce.



Jim Benton Cartoons by Jim Benton
Jim Benton Cartoons by Jim Benton

The Internet: The GREATEST time suck of all!



Pooch Cafe by Paul Gilligan
Pooch Cafe by Paul Gilligan

It may be cruel, but it's effective.


Brevity by Dan Thompson
Brevity by Dan Thompson

I'd pay good money for a Pet Shop Boys animal name book.


New Comic Alert! Rebecca Hendin

Rebecca Hendin


Rebecca Hendin's illustration takes a look at current events with a combination of existential anxiety and sheer amazement at the inexplicable beauty of existence, with a cherry of deadpan jibe on top. Her viewpoint reflects her transatlantic residence between the UK and the United States, giving her a unique perspective on situations on all sides of the seas.


Read Rebecca Hendin comics here.

Meet Your Creator: Ken Cursoe (Tiny Sepuku)

Today's "Meet Your Creator" installment features Tiny Sepuku's Ken Cursoe!







Read Tiny Sepuku here or follow along on Twitter.

Happy International Day of Happiness!



Today marks International Day of Happiness! We can’t think of a better way to celebrate than by reading comics. Hundreds of laughs are just a click away!


Spread the cheer! Share your favorite funnies with your friends and family, or tell us what comics make you smile in the comments!


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.




1Aardvark 3-17-15






Bushy Tales 3-17-15





Candace 'n' Company  3-17-15




Don't Pick the Flowers  3-18-15










Apple Creek Comics 3-19-15





The Boobiehatch  3-19-15




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


GoComics Staff Pick: Lio by Mark Tatulli

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When I think of Mark Tatulli’s delightful Lio, I think of silent movies, for obvious reasons. Like a great Chaplin gag, such as his fork dance, there’s something so simple and yet brilliant about Lio that I am routinely stirred to giggles by what Mark comes up with week after week. And while silent movies, like comics, may seem old-fashioned, the superb ones never become obsolete. Lio is such a comic. It’s all in Mark's art—the way he can take a well-worn concept and turn it into something totally bizarre and fresh. Like this zombie gag from 2008, or this grim reaper gag from that same year. 


Yet it’s easy to forget what warmth there is in the strip. Mark can evince such empathy from Lio’s isolation, that I often want to somehow reach out and hug him. Like here. Without saying a word, we completely understand his loneliness.  


As I was going through past strips, I realized another of the many reasons I love Lio is because no matter how long it’s been since I’ve seen one, it can still make me laugh. Very few comics do that for me—The Far Side is another. And, like the venerable Far Side, Lio’s humor is not really of the present moment, or any moment. It really is timeless.


—Gillian, Editor


Subscribe to Lio here!

Planet Comicon 2015: A Recap

Had you been walking the streets of Kansas City last Saturday, you would’ve spotted a wide variety of different groups. Between Big 12 basketball fans decked-out in their spiritwear, marathon runners in their racing gear, and parades of people wearing green for Snake Saturday, the blocks surrounding the GoComics headquarters were colorful, loud and bursting with excitement. No group, however, stood out quite like the fabulously costumed attendees of Planet Comicon


Thanks to my continuously-getting-more-awesome internship at GoComics, I was able to cross “attend a comics convention” off my bucket list and experience it all firsthand for the first time! I wasn’t sure what to expect when I walked into Bartle Hall on Saturday, but let me assure you, it was an experience unlike any other! 


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The 16th annual Planet Comicon in Kansas City was a giant success! Close to 40,000 people traveled from all over the country to dress up like their favorite comic/Sci-Fi characters during this three-day event, and KC officials estimate that the economic impact of the convention totaled $4 million. WOW. 


After attending Planet Comicon myself, I definitely see what all the hype is about. I mean, where else can you find the entire costumed cast of Star Wars (I’m talking realistic light sabers and a working R2D2, people!), a life-size Incredible Hulk and Mystery, Inc. under one roof? 




Other events included photo-ops with costumed characters from all your favorite comic books and films, panels with celebrity guests, a costume contest (I still have no clue how the judges were able to make a decision on that one), electronic and tabletop gaming and, of course, the chance to meet the GoComics crew and win some free swag at our booth! 




Even though Kansas City’s calendar was packed full of events last weekend, no event paralleled Planet Comicon in uniqueness and fun! KCUR, a popular public radio station in KC, pegged Planet Comicon as the “No. 1 most fun thing to do in Kansas City” last weekend and, boy, were they right!


Thank you for a stellar experience, comic fans!


Giveaway: King of the Comics by Stephan Pastis

King of the Comics by Stephan Pastis


We’re giving away one copy of Pearls Before Swine creator Stephan Pastis’ new book, “King of the Comics”!


Published by our sister company, Andrews McMeel Publishing, and released on March 17, "King of the Comics" expertly illuminates the flaws within human nature — including humanity’s fervent quest for the unattainable. Along the way, readers will find themselves absorbed in Pearls’ wacky world, laughing out loud at the menagerie of over-the-top characters placed in awkward and peculiar situations.


To enter, leave a comment on this blog post and include your FIRST and LAST names. This contest will end on Tues., March 24 at 10 a.m. CT. The winner will be announced that day on this blog. Sorry, worldwide comics fans -- this contest is open U.S. residents only.


Learn more about “King of the Comics” here.

Giveaway: Luann 30th Anniversary Prize Pack

Luann Prize Pack


Thank you to all who entered to win the Luann prize pack, which includes:


-      an archive-quality print of the FIRST Luann Sunday comic strip

-      an archive-quality print of the FIRST Luann daily comic strip

-      a SIGNED copy of the “Luann – 25 Years,” book, packed full of behind-the-scenes history and trivia


We have randomly selected one winner! Congratulations to Debra Salitra. Please contact us at with your name and shipping information. Please note: You must contact us by 3/24/15 or your prize will be forfeited.


REMINDER: We're celebrating Luann's 30th anniversary all month long! Details here.

GoComics Book Club: Big Nate: Say Good-bye to Dork City

GoComics Book Club keeps you in the know about books for all ages, relating to your favorite comics and authors.




Attention Big Nate fans! The latest and greatest Big Nate book, “Say Good-bye to Dork City,” is now available! 


Aspiring cartoonist Nate Wright is the star of Big Nate, the cartoon strip that has become a book publishing phenomenon and a superstar on Poptropica.




This new collection of more than 200 cartoons asks the question: Can Nate Wright get any cooler? Not according to Nate himself. He’s already P.S. 38’s rockin’est drummer, finest poet (check out his haiku about Brazil nuts) and deepest thinker -- in his own mind. But does Nate have what it takes to hang with Marcus, leader of the school’s most notorious posse? Or will he decide that being cool isn’t all it’s cracked up to be? Read "Say Good-bye to Dork City"… and say hello to lots of laughs! 




And, as an added feature, the book includes a color poster!


Buy “Say Good-bye to Dork City” here, view more Big Nate books here or read the daily Big Nate comic strip

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

As a very true Irish saying goes, “If you’re lucky enough to be Irish … you’re lucky enough!”


However, you don’t have to be Irish to love St. Patrick’s Day! Whether you like to head downtown for the big parade or to your local McPub for a Guinness and some great Celtic music, there’s a pot o’ gold for everyone under the St. Patrick’s Day rainbow.   


Never ones to miss out on the fun, your favorite GoComics cartoonists are getting in the St. Patty’s spirit, too: 


Half Full by Maria Scrivan
Half Full by Maria Scrivan
Arlo and Janis by Jimmy Johnson
Arlo and Janis by Jimmy Johnson


FoxTrot by Bill Amend
FoxTrot by Bill Amend


CowTown by Charlie Podrebarac
CowTown by Charlie Podrebarac


Still not pumped up enough for St. Patrick’s Day? There are plenty more St. Patty’s comics where those came from! View the entire collection here. 


Cheers to a happy, safe holiday and, as any Irishman would say, “to a long life and a merry one, to a cold pint and another one!”

Luann at 30: An editor's perspective

"Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life."


I am incredibly lucky. I spend several hours every week reading and editing comics. More importantly, I read and edit my all-time favorite comic every week. How many people get to say that?


I've been editing Luann for a little over two years now. I can vividly remember the moment when the opportunity came up -- it was a bittersweet one: When my dear friend and co-worker Hollie went on maternity leave, she insisted I cover Luann in her absence, even though I hadn't ever worked on it before. A few months later, Hollie decided to stay home with her son, and I told anyone and everyone who asked that all I wanted was for Luann to stay on my roster. Fortunately, that's exactly what happened. Like I said -- lucky.

Meet Greg and Karen, 9/28/14


Working with Greg and Karen is a breeze. They are lovely people, and they send in exceptionally clean strips. I recently had the pleasure of meeting and hanging out with Karen Evans for a few days when she visited GoComics' HQ in Kansas City. She is fun, funny, kind and sassy -- exactly how you'd envision the grown-up version of the real Luann.


First appearance of Sun, Luann 8/21


Second appearance of Sun, Luann 10/6


I've learned so much in the past two years, and never more so than during recent sequence involving Bernice's phantom roommate Dez. After introducing the character Sun, we heard lots of negative feedback concerning her characterization. Many readers thought that the way she was drawn was not racially sensitive. I have to be honest here: I was devastated. I was completely at a loss for how to handle it. Fortunately, Greg is a great person, and he knew exactly what to do: He re-drew upcoming strips with Sun in them, and he issued a statement addressing her characterization. It was a huge learning experience, and I so appreciate Greg and Karen for holding my hand through it.


Working on Luann is a dream come true. As I've documented more than once, my love of the strip runs deep. Getting to know Greg and Karen has made it all the better. I'm so excited to celebrate Luann's 30th anniversary, and I can't wait for the next 30!


Be sure to check out all the amazing bonus materials we're offering to celebrate this huge milestone:

-- What do you think Luann will be like at 43? (I think she'll be a high school drama teacher, married to someone we haven't met before, with one kid.)

-- Get to know Karen Evans

-- Interact with other Luann fans on Facebook

-- Enter our contests


Another week of Luanns just dropped on my desk. I better get back to "work."


-- EAP

Weekend Faves (March 15)

Heart of the City by Mark Tatulli
Heart of the City by Mark Tatulli

Oh, the "Sugar Rush" dance! I know it well.



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

Cue the apocalyptic thunderstorm … now.



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

A European friend of mine recently asked me why Americans are so superficial. I think I might submit this Pearls Sunday to him for clarification.



Cow and Boy Classics by Mark Leiknes
Cow and Boy Classics by Mark Leiknes

Reading this "Cow and Boy" classic reminded me how much I miss seeing this strip in the newspaper. Fortunately it's still online every day at GoComics.


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

Editor secret: I still struggle with "lay" vs. "lie." And "who" vs. "whom." … Now I realize maybe I shouldn't admit this on my company's blog.

New Comic Alert! Up and Out by Jeremy Kaye

Up and Out by Jeremy Kaye

UP and OUT is a gag strip about the world we live in, and let's face it: it's a really, really weird place. Some might view this comic as an investigatory attempt to document the bizzare, but you shouldn't listen to those people, they're weird. Sometimes surreal, always fantastic, this is a one-of-a-kind strip we're dealing with here.


Read Up and Out here.

Happy Pi Day!

Happy International Pi Day! No, sorry, we’re not talking about pie as in cherry, apple or pumpkin, though you can certainly celebrate with any one of those! We are referring to the Greek letter “p”, which represents the ratio of a circle’s circumference! Pi has been calculated to over one trillion digits beyond its decimal point, but is usually rounded to 3.14, which is why we choose March 14 (3/14) to throw a Pi party!


On March 9, 2009, U.S. Congress passed a resolution to support the designation of Pi Day. The goal was to combat low test scores in math by encouraging “schools and educators to observe the day with appropriate activities that teach students about Pi and engage them about the study of mathematics.”


In honor of the holiday, we wanted to share some seriously punny Pi comics:


Heart of the City by Mark Tatulli
Heart of the City by Mark Tatulli


Brevity by Dan Thompson
Brevity by Dan Thompson


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


Non Sequitur by Wiley Miller
Non Sequitur by Wiley Miller


FoxTrot by Bill Amend
FoxTrot by Bill Amend


So, grab your PIE slice of choice, fly that nerd flag high and click here to get your Pi comic fix.

Meet Your Creator: Steve Moore (In the Bleachers)

Celebrating 30 years as a syndicated cartoonist this year, today we hear from In the Bleachers cartoonist Steve Moore!


You might expect me to say that I’ve wanted to be a cartoonist from the moment I popped out of the womb, but I was never an “aspiring cartoonist.” I was an accidental cartoonist.


I showed a warning sign of heading down that path in grade school when I would draw cartoons in the margins of my textbook during math class. But it wasn’t because I wanted to be a cartoonist; I just needed to keep my brain occupied while I flunked math.



I did not set out to be a cartoonist. From the time I popped out of the womb, I wanted to be a veterinarian and tend to the medical needs of reptiles and amphibians. You know, like treating an iguana with hemorrhoids or a frog with flatulence.


I went to Oregon State University and majored in pre-veterinary medicine, but it didn’t work out because I kept my brain occupied with fraternity shenanigans. I didn’t flunk out, but my grades dipped so low that I had to punt the veterinarian dream and change my major to journalism, which did not require organic chemistry and embryology.



In my junior year at OSU, a roommate let me borrow two books: “Whack Your Porcupine” and “Never Eat Anything Bigger Than Your Head.” They were collections of cartoons by B. Kliban. Never heard of him? Then I feel sorry for you, but it’s not too late to catch up. Go here to meet Kliban.


The Kliban cartoons were like nothing I’d ever seen. They were far beyond the madness of even Mad magazine, which I loved mostly because my parents told me not to read it.


Kliban was the spark that got me fooling around with cartoons. Still, I was not “aspiring.” I focused on newspaper journalism. After graduation, I was sports editor at The Maui News when I first caught a glimpse of The Far Side by Gary Larson, who also happened to be a Kliban disciple. Like many others, I was inspired by Larson’s world, so I decided to draw a sports cartoon with a Kliban/Larson spin and – as an afterthought – submit it for syndication.




I sketched about a dozen sample cartoons and mailed them to three newspaper syndicates. A week later, Tribune Media Services offered a contract. One month later, on Sept. 1, 1985, In the Bleachers launched in about 30 newspapers. In 1995, I switched to Universal Uclick.


On Sept. 1, 2015, In the Bleachers will be age 30.




-- I was a news editor at the Los Angeles Times on “breaking news teams” that earned a Pulitzer Prize in 1992 (Rodney King Riots) and in 1994 (Northridge Earthquake.)


-- I resigned as executive news editor at The Times in 1996 and chased a dream of working in animated TV and film. “Open Season” (Sony Pictures Animation); “Alpha & Omega” (Lions Gate Films); “Metalheads” (TV Loonland/BBC); “In the Bleachers” animated shorts (Disney/ESPN).




-- One of my cartoons inspired a new running craze – Instant Gratification Run. Read about it in the New York Times here. 



-- I have Essential Tremor, a nervous system disorder that causes shaking, mostly in my hands. It’s not deadly (unless you make a living disarming explosives) but it’s a pain in the butt if you draw cartoons. ET affects 10 million people in the U.S. and millions more worldwide. There is no cure. To control my shaking, I need to either take a medication called “propranolol” or drink an alcoholic beverage. (See “Slug” illustration.)




Either solution is a double-edged sword. March is Essential Tremor Awareness Month. Check it out here.


Read In the Bleachers here.

Twitter Q&A with Paige Braddock



Thanks to the always fantastic and talented Paige Braddock for joining us for another Twitter Q&A today! If you missed out on the chat, catch up below:  



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Order Paige's latest kids book Stinky Cecil here!



Next week, we'll be celebrating the 30th anniversary of Luann by hosting a special Q&A: #AskLuann. Join us on Friday, March 22 at 1:30pm CST! 



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