Weekend Faves (August 31)

 

Ziggy by Tom Wilson & Tom II
Ziggy by Tom Wilson & Tom II

 

That is one expensive accident. Poor Ziggy!

--Julie

 

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

There is no dread more acute than that felt on the last night of summer vacation. Enduring it year after year does help steel the youth for their eventual demise, I suppose. Also, hey, look how absorbent Rover is! Hardly a drop left in that pool!

--Dave

 

Lio by Mark Tatulli
Lio by Mark Tatulli

Look out, Lio!

--Julie

 

Heavenly Nostrils by Dana Simpson
Heavenly Nostrils by Dana Simpson

EXCITING NEWS! The first Heavenly Nostrils book, "Phoebe and Her Unicorn," was released this morning! Order it here!

--Julie

 

 





New Comic Alert! Lug Nuts by J.C. Duffy

Lug Nuts by JC Duffy

 

What can one say about Lug Nuts that hasn't already been said? Pretty much everything, really. There aren't a lot of people talking about it, including J.C. Duffy. Especially in mixed company. This rambling paragraph will blow the lid off that conspiracy of silence, unless the lid is too heavy, like a manhole cover. That leads to hernias. Better to let sleeping dogs lie, and metaphors mix. Suffice it to say that this is a comic strip with baseless delusions of grandeur, prompting occasional forays into uncharted territory, a dark forest where head-scratching and madness lurk behind every hollow log and a hollow leg. Fasten your spats, and if you're on your bike, wear white. Remember to tip your waitress, and if a horse answers, hang up.

 

Read Lug Nuts here.





Meet Your Creator: Charles Boyce (Compu-toon)

Today, we hear from Compu-toon creator Charles Boyce. Celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, Compu-toon reminds us that technological innovations haven’t necessarily made our lives any easier – maybe just more funny.

 

I started cartooning while serving in the U.S. Navy. I became the staff cartoonist for a naval newspaper, The Cascader, on the USS Cascade AD-16 that was stationed in Newport, Rhode Island. I had an opportunity to write and produce a daily comic strip for the ship deck bulletin board and the newspaper. The strip was called Pudgy & J.B., which was about two sailors adjusting to the Navy life and the ups and downs that came with it. I enjoyed watching the crew’s reactions as they read it every morning. This is when I knew what my future would be about.

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I began my professional career as a cartoonist while working in the production department of the Chicago Tribune shortly after my tour in the Navy. The paper was going through a lot of changes, and the digital age was upon us. An in-house newsletter called Trib News was looking for a humorous concept that would be fitting for its format. I was asked to create something for the publication. This is when Compu-toon was born. 

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My flow of inspiration stems from several things -- from my childhood adventures to watching Saturday morning cartoons in my earlier years, to getting to know talented artists who helped me mature in my craft. Some such personalities were Chester Commodore, Johnny Hart, Morrie Brickman and more. 

 

My immediate family members were strong supporters during my earlier development. Some of the recurrent characters in my comic Compu-toon were inspired by certain siblings. Everyday living is my biggest inspiration.

 

I have been recognized for a few awards and mentionings. I am affiliated with BCAC (Barrington Cultural Arts Center), National Cartoonists Society (NCS), Youth Communication Chicago, The KeyPad Kid Project and others. 

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My favorite childhood comics were Blondie, Beetle Bailey, Hambone, Pogo and The Phantom. Comics I read now are limited. I try not to get involved in other comics too much for fear of possible unintentional plagiarism. I respect the late Morrie Turner’s Wee Pals immensely.

 

I am presently celebrating the 20th anniversary of Compu-toon. I started the panel back in 1994. We have been involved with several events and gatherings during 2014. A collectable book about the strip is in the works. I will hold a cartoon showing at the Barrington Area Library in Barrington, Illinois on September 21, 2014. I am also working on preliminary works for animated shorts about The KeyPad Kid.

 

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Read Compu-toon here.





BULLYING IS NO LAUGHING MATTER

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The "flip" side of this front-covers-on-both-ends book contains "Wrath of the Warthog" a complete graphic adventure story by Kolka, featuring a youthful version of The Cardinal and his aggressive tormentor. The middle portion of the book contains other material as well.

 

Funky Winkerbean creator Tom Batiuk provides the introduction.

 

Kolka and his wife Diane live in Michigan, and lead anti-bullying programs for adults and kids. They worked together for two years to assemble this collection of comics, with the goal of encouraging kids to help end bullying.

 

Kurt has been posting one featured strip per week on a special website that supports the book (which you can order here). Here's the Broom Hilda strip:

 

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COMICS SHERPA: EDITOR'S PICKS

This recurring LAUGH TRACKS feature highlights individual Sherpa strips and panels that for one reason or another caught the fancy of the aide de sherpa. It could be 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.

 

 

 

A Boots & Pup Comic  8-27-14

 

 

 

Massive Falls  8-27-14

 

 

 

Oat  8-27-14

 

 

 

Onion & Pea  8-27-14

 

 

 

 

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Peanizles  8-28-14

 

 

 

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The Old Man & His Dog  8-28-14

 

The Old Man & His Dog

 

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

 





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Ahoy! Welcome back to our second dip into my long-forgotten "Archive Selects" folder. While I'd planned to span another stretch of the alphabet with today's entry, looks like we've hit a bit of a roadblock, resulting in a detour down Grand Avenue. It'd be nice if we could stay on schedule and get the H out of here, but we're going to have to take the long way. This dang monorail construction is never going to end!

 

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Grand Avenue, by Steve Breen and Mike Thompson, is about as wry as a comic can be without being actually, actively mean-spirited. This makes sense-- each of the creators keep their pencils sharp through their respective work as editorial cartoonists, a fact that almost led me to type something about "the whetstone of satire," which, we can agree, would be a terrible thing to say.

 

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Gag-wise, Grand Avenue is consistently snappy and refreshing. I can't tell you how good it is to finally find a legitimate reason to describe something as "snappy." Sure, I've used it in other instances, but the only other time it was an accurate summary was when I served as a character reference for my turtle roommate's job search. I'm not proud of this joke, but going through it together made our bond stronger, Dear Reader.

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Ah, the scenic route. This is a pretty nice street; all that cross-hatching really ups the property value. Next week: more letters, worse jokes! 

 

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--Dave

 





GoComics Staff Pick: Buni by Ryan Pagelow

Thanks to Raegan, our Manager of Permissions, for this week's Staff Pick!

  

Buni by Ryan Pagelow
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I love the cartoon Buni because the character of Buni is so full of happiness and joy. Even while things are going badly around him, he always sees the brighter side of life. While sometimes annoying, his happiness blinds him to the crazy, dark world around him. With a cast of shady characters and his unrequited love for the female Buni, it’s fun to find out who or what is out to get Buni next.

 

 

Buni by Ryan Pagelow

 

 

Add Buni to your GoComics homepage!

 

 

ABOUT: Buni is a dark comic about an optimistic bunny with terrible luck. Always positive, Buni doesn’t understand that the cute world he lives in is really out to get him, whether it’s at the hands of mafia teddy bears, garden gnomes or zombies. However he remains undeterred, even when it comes to the girl he loves who clearly has a boyfriend and is uninterested in Buni. ­­The comic’s simple dialogue-free format is designed for an international audience and was one of the 10 finalists in the Comic Strip Superstar contest.





September 2014 Twitter Q&A Schedule

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Join us Fridays at 1:30pm CT on Twitter for Q&A sessions with our talented GoComics creators!

 

During these one-hour live-tweet sessions, we invite a cartoonist(s) to answer a set of core questions, then field queries from the public. We encourage our fans to take part in these Q&As. To participate, tweet questions, or simply follow along, using the designated event hashtag.

 

Now, mark your calendars!

 

THE LINE-UP: 
 
• 9/5: Donna A. Lewis of Reply All and Reply All Lite
 
• 9/12: Dana Simpson of Heavenly Nostrils Phoebe and Her Unicorn
• 9/19: Piers Baker of Ollie and Quentin  
 
• 9/26: Chip Sansom of The Born Loser
 
  




GIVEAWAY – BIG NATE PRIZE PACK

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Sharp pencils, blank notebooks and young minds ready to learn -- it’s back-to-school time! We’re giving away TWO prize packs featuring our favorite sixth-grader, Big Nate!

 

Prize Pack #1

-       Signed Big Nate print

-       “I Smell a Pop Quiz”

-       Big Nate boxed set, which includes “Big Nate: In a Class by Himself” and “Big Nate: Strikes Again

 

Prize Pack #2

-       Signed Big Nate print

-       “I Smell a Pop Quiz”

-       “Big Nate: Here Goes Nothing

 

We will randomly select one winner for each prize pack. To enter, comment on this blog post and include your FIRST and LAST names. Limit one entry per person. This contest will end on Tues., September 2nd at 10 a.m. CT. The winner will be announced that day on this blog. Sorry worldwide comics fans, this giveaway is open to U.S. and Canada residents only.

 

P.S. You have until Sunday, Aug. 31 to enter the Big Nate Super Fan Sweepstakes for a chance to appear as a drawn character in the next Big Nate novel! Enter here!





GIVEAWAY: LIMITED EDITION PEARLS BEFORE SWINE PRINTS – WINNERS ANNOUNCED

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Thank you to all who entered to win a limited edition Pearls Before Swine print!

 

We’ve randomly selected three winners!

 

Congratulations to Jason Erwin, Gianfranco Goria and Paul Gesting! Please email us at rewards@gocomics.com with your shipping information and phone number. Please note: You must contact us by Tuesday, September 2 or your prize will be forfeited.

 

To those of you who didn’t win, never fear! You can order your very own special edition print by clicking here





Happy National Dog Day!

Roger A. Caras once said, “Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole.” With dozens of comics featuring fuzzy, four-legged friends, the GoComics family certainly agrees!

 

In honor of man’s best friend, we’re celebrating one of our favorite lesser-known holidays: National Dog Day!

 

The relationship between Red and Rover makes us say, “Awww” on a daily basis.

 

Red and Rover by Brian Basset

 

We have a feeling Sophie and Doug’s friendship will only continue to grow as the years go on.

 

Dog Eat Doug by Brian Anderson

 

Have you stopped by Pooch Café lately? It’s the best place to catch up on the neighborhood gossip.

Pooch Cafe by Paul Gilligan

Fred Basset keeps us smiling with antics that every dog owner can relate to.

 

Fred Basset by Alex Graham

 

Dogs of C-Kennel brings us a cast of howl-inducing hounds.

 

Dogs of C-Kennel by Mick & Mason Mastroianni

 

Though he’s loving, Marmaduke finds himself in trouble a bit more often than the average dog.

 

Marmaduke by Brad Anderson

 

And who could forget about Snoopy? (By the way, have you seen our 8-bit Snoopy keeping watch over GoComics headquarters?)

 

Peanuts by Charles Schulz

 

Happy National Dog Day! Be sure to check out our “Dogs in Comics” Pinterest board for a collection of our favorite canine comics!





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 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.

 

 

Candace 'n' Company  8-22-14

 

 

 

Onion & Pea  8-22-14

 

 

 

 

Winding Roads  8-22-14

 

 

 

 

 

Misc Soup  8-23-14

 

 

 

 

Batch Rejection  8-24-14

 

 

 

 

Bushy Tales  8-24-14

 

 

 

 

Frank & Steinway  8-24-14

 

 

 

 

Suburban Wilderness  8-24-14

 

 

 

 

No Place Like Holmes  8-25-14

 

 

Small Nerdy Creatures  8-25-14

 

 

 


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

 





BAM! POW! BLING!

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Check out Daniel Genis' story over at The Daily Beast story: "Bam! Pow! Bling! Hip-Hop's History Gets the Graphic Novel Treatment."  Genis explains that the first two volumes comprise the "prequel," and subsequent volumes will each cover one year.

I thought this comment was particularly interesting: "Ed explained to me that while a sampling a beat is a well-known device in rap music, he samples colors. He would find old fliers and comics with urban themes and when he noticed something that just looked right, he scanned it in and added the hue to his palette. Perhaps that is why the books look so authentic; they could be artifacts from the era."

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Also this: "Rose Porché, who is 54, lived through the birth of hip-hop intimately, dancing at the very block parties that Piskor had drawn. She was amazed by how well the artist had captured the moment, and so were her friends sipping on beers in paper bags. They were equally amazed to learn that Ed Piskor was white, but not a word was said about cultural exploitation or appropriation. Piskor’s work was taken at face value, not an attempt to cash in on a fad for subculture or the meddling of an outsider. In fact, Rose said, “Reading this, you would think he was there, he was listening, and he was black. The fact that he’s a white boy who is only 32 is impressive.”

 





Building Snoopy!

The GoComics team had a blast assembling a larger-than-life, 8-bit Snoopy in our front windows last week!

 

 
 

As our Kansas City friends and Royals fans will notice, Snoopy is proudly rooting for our hometown’s baseball team! If you happen to be in the area, stop by the GoComics headquarters (1130 Walnut St., Kansas City, MO 64106) and snap a photo with Snoopy! Don’t forget to share it with us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.





Weekend Faves (August 24)

 

On A Claire Day by Carla Ventresca and Henry Beckett
On A Claire Day by Carla Ventresca and Henry Beckett

I'm not crying...I just have something in my eye.

--Julie

 

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

Lucky for Horace, according to my spam folder, there are extra-hot local singles waiting for me RIGHT NOW!
--Elizabeth

 

Reality Check by Dave Whamond
Reality Check by Dave Whamond

Math class just got interesting.

--Julie

 

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

Sometimes I'd like to live in Pig's brain.
--Elizabeth

 

Ten Cats by Graham Harrop
Ten Cats by Graham Harrop

There are kiddie pools, and there are kitty pools.
--Lucas





Meet Your Creator: Guy Gilchrist (Nancy, Random Acts of Nancy, Today’s Dogg)

A cartoonist, musician and volunteer, today we hear from Guy Gilchrist!

 

Greetings from my cabin studio in the beautiful, green rolling hills of Tennessee just outside Nashville, Music City! I moved to Nashville from Connecticut about nine years ago. I really love it here. As a writer of comics, books and songs, I can't think of a better place to be.
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Being a cartoonist is a pretty solitary profession. So, it's a lot of fun for me to get out into the music community here in Nashville every once in a while. I've had the chance to appear on the Grand Ole Opry several times. That's certainly been a dream come true. Just like this incredible life that I've had in cartooning.

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I know it's really corny to say something like that. But I'm a corny person. If you read the Nancy comic strip, then you will certainly agree with me on that.

 

I really have been incredibly blessed. Since I was 20 years old, I've made my living writing and drawing. The last 19 years I've had the pleasure to work on Nancy.

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My first big break was when I was about 20 and I got a job with Weekly Reader Books. I wrote and drew a comic book called Superkernel. That publisher also let me create game books and joke books and gave me my first taste of writing for children.

 

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The great Mort Walker saw my work for Weekly Reader and gave my name to Bill Yates, comics editor at King Features, when Bill told Mort they were having trouble finding someone that Jim Henson liked for a proposed comic strip version of his hit show.

 

I submitted samples and worked for free for one year before finally getting that job. Of course, that completely changed my life. I still have absolutely no idea how I was so blessed to be picked for The Muppets.

 

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I worked with Jim for about seven years. He was everything you ever hoped he would be. You know, when you really idolize someone and you hope that if you ever met them that they would be all that you hoped that they would be? Well, Jim Henson was everything I could've ever dreamed of and so, so much more. I was pretty young, about 24, and he really became my creative father. He gave me a lot of leeway and allowed me to make decisions about the characters and about the project that I worked on. He gave me the chance to work on Fraggle Rock, and was in on the creation of the Muppet Babies. After that, I went on to a career of writing and illustrating a bunch of children's books, and handling the creative chores behind many of the world's biggest cartoon licenses.

 

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I don't know how other people who have found success feel, but as for me, whenever I sort of step back and really think about it, I keep thinking that day I'm going to get a knock on the door and it will be the "Art Police" and I'll be under arrest for impersonating someone who knew what they were doing!  

 

These days, my days and nights are a jumbled-up mix of writing and drawing the comic strip, writing and performing music, and traveling all over the United States doing motivational speaking and creative workshops.

 

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When I was a kid, my mom was a single mom and she used to take me to work with her when she worked in a diner. She used to grab some paper placemats and pencils and open the newspaper to the comics section. She would sit me at a table over in the corner where I wouldn't bother anybody and tell me to draw everything that I saw on those comic pages. I did. I could've never dreamed that almost six decades later, all that drawing would turn into such a cool, blessed life. If you ever read anything that I've done over the years, I want to thank you. I owe everything to the folks who have read my cartoons and put up with me all these years. Thanks so much. See you in the Funny Papers!

 

Read Nancy, Random Acts of Nancy and Todays Dogg, or follow Guy on Facebook and Twitter!





Twitter Q&A with Bob Weber Jr. and Jay Stephens

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This week, we were delighted to host a Q&A with Oh, Brother! creators Bob Webber Jr. and Jay Stephens! If you missed out, check the widget below.

 

 

 

 

ADD OH, BROTHER! TO YOUR GOCOMICS HOMEPAGE!

 

ABOUT: Oh, Brother! stars the sibling duo of Bud and Lily, who humorously interact within the leafy confines of their middle-class suburban home and neighborhood. Whether they are playing together in the family room or running amok in the schoolyard, Bud and Lily elevate the act of one-upmanship to Code Red levels. Lily is the quintessential slightly older and far more sensible sister. She takes it upon herself to look after her uninhibited, prank-loving younger brother, Bud. While Lily wins the occasional battle with her cool-headed maturity, Bud is intent on winning the war with his brazen brand of mischief. Despite their obvious differences, Bud and Lily love each other deeply and have a strong sibling bond. 


Pure and simple, Oh, Brother! speaks to the mischievous inner child that exists in all of us." 





A STRIP TO REMEMBER

On March 3rd the daily Doonesbury launched its Classic series, which started with the first-ever strip and has been marching its way through the seventies at a four-weeks-from-each-year clip (with new Sundays).

 

Today's 1976 strip, which showed Joanie and Rick, after weeks of courtship amid Ginny Slade's congressional compaign, in bed together peacefully happy and naked, is a classic Classic that provoked an earth-moving rumble and stir. Over 30 papers dropped it, including the Boston Globe, which was picketed by M.I.T. students bearing signs reading, "Joanie, we forgive you."

 

You can read an extended revisiting of the whole storyline -- including the memorable three-strip-wordless sequence which culminated with today's strip -- by clicking over to this newly-posted FAQ.

 

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He wanted to be Royal

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Great job Lindsay, Chris, Joel and Julie -- aka the GoComics marketing team! For those of you who don't know what's going on here, it's a little dog I like to call Snoopy and he's wearing a hat from a baseball team here in Kansas City called the Kansas City Royals or is it pronounced Ropals? I can never tell with the KC accent. It's quite endearing though.


-JG

 





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 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  8-19-14

 

 

 

Cartertoons  8-19-14

 

 

 

 

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Regular Creatures  8-19-14

 

 

 

 

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Buns  8-20-14

 

 

 

 

Cleo and Company  8-20-14

 

 

 

Don't Pick the Flowers  8-20-14

 

 

 

 Jim & Sarah  8-21-14

 

 

 

Leadbellies  8-21-14

 

 

Misc Soup  8-21-14

 

 

 


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

 






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