Garfield’s Birthday Bash and Musical Theater Debut

Your favorite lasagna-loving tabby cat is another year older, and this year he’s celebrating his birthday in style, hitting the musical theater stage for a summer full of sassiness and sarcasm! Garfield's 37th birthday bash is kicking off on June 19 at Adventure Theatre MTC, with its world premiere production of Garfield: The Musical with Cattitudeand – the best part – the celebration is lasting all summer long, through August 23!


In the musical, Garfield dreams of having the best birthday in the history of birthdays (he deserves it, after all), but feels rejected when it seems that all of his pals – Odie, Jon, Arlene, even Nermal – have forgotten. He ventures out alone in an attempt to salvage his birthday, but soon discovers that “home is where the heart…and the food…is.”


Tickets for Garfield: The Musical with Cattitude are $19.50 each, with group and field trip rates available. They can be purchased online here, or by calling the box office at (301)-634-2270.


You won’t want to miss the chance to join Garfield and the whole gang in a 37th birthday celebration that is sure to be one for the books! 


Garfield by Jim Davis
Garfield by Jim Davis

Calling All Adventurers: The Leigh Luna Comics Summer Giveaway is Underway



Leigh Luna Comics by Leigh Luna
Leigh Luna Comics by Leigh Luna


The beautiful thing about so many of our GoComics features is their ability to capture the adventure and wonder of being a kid, transporting us back to those simpler times. A perfect example of this is Leigh Luna Comics, a comic about three woodland creatures – Clementine Fox, Penelope Rabbit and Nubbins the Squirrel  – who call themselves professional adventurers. This feature may be aimed at a younger audience, but it is enjoyed by all ages, as it reminds us of the importance of revisiting childhood every now and then. 


In honor of summer – the most adventurous time in a child’s life – approaching, Leigh Luna Comics is giving away three Clementine Fox books to kick it off! Even the idea behind this giveaway is fun: Just click here and comment with one adventure that you’d like to go on this summer, and you’re entered to win, simple as that!


Best of luck in this contest and all your upcoming summer adventures!

Giveaway: Summer Reading Prize Packs



School's out for the summer! We’re giving away TWO prize packs to keep young minds entertained and engaged! Published by our sister company, Andrews McMeel Publishing, each of these fun, newly released books are a proven hit with the kiddos (and adults, too!).


Prize Pack 1:


Prize Pack 2:


To enter, leave a comment on this post and include your first and last name. Limit one entry per person. This contest will end on Tues., June 16 at 10 a.m. CT. The winners will be announced that day on this blog. Sorry worldwide comics fans – this contest is open to U.S. and Canada residents only.


View more awesome offerings from Andrews McMeel Publishing here.

Dick Tracy and Friends Take a Stand Against Bullying

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“Bullying is a part of life no one wishes to relive,” says Mike Curtis, the writer behind GoComics’ Dick Tracyin a recent article, saying he and his partner, artist Joe Stanton, “have wanted to take a look at the subject for some time.” With the help of Curtis’ 11-year-old neighbor, Collin Engler, Curtis and Stanton have developed a new sequence for the strip, in which tough-guy Tracy takes a stand against bullying. Engler, who has organized an anti-bullying club at his school, says bullying is “real and it’s happening every day in schools and other places.” 


The sequence centers on Tracy’s tweenage daughter, Honeymoon, and features appearances from a cartoon Engler, as well as a few familiar faces from GoComics. [Little Orphan] Annie and The Cardinal superhero will be on the scene, ready to stand up for their friend, Honeymoon.


We are very proud of the work that Mike Curtis and Joe Stanton are doing in the important fight against bullying, and we’re excited to host this upcoming sequence on GoComics! We encourage you to follow the new storyline here, once it begins on Sunday, June 21.

Giveaway: Bill Watterson/Stephan Pastis Collaboration – Winners Announced

Bill Watterson Stephan Pastis Collab


Thank you to all who entered to win the archive-quality prints featuring the Pastis/Watterson collaboration, SIGNED by Stephan Pastis!


We have randomly selected FOUR winners for this very special prize! Congratulations to James Donley, Alex Gerlach, Shelley Merrill and Ben Hassenger!


If your name is listed above, please contact us at with your shipping address and phone number. Please note: You must contact us by 6/16/15 or your prize will be forfeited. 


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.




 Apple Creek Comics  6-5-15








Magnificatz  6-5-15



















Girth  6-8-15





Magic Coffee Hair  6-8-15





Snow Sez...  6-8-15





Thingesque  6-8-15





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




Thatababy's Rock 'N' Roll Twitter Appearance

For anyone who has ever jammed out to “I Want You to Want Me,” which probably includes a fair number of you, you’ll appreciate this:


Cheap Trick, the American rock band responsible for that song, along with many other classic hits, took to Twitter this past Friday to share a strip from one of the biggest hits of GoComics – ThatababyIn this comic, which appeared on Thursday, Thatababy’s dad passionately seeks an answer to one of rock ‘n’ roll’s most frustrating questions: Why isn’t Cheap Trick in the Rock ‘N’ Roll hall of fame? 


If you agree, keep the movement going by sharing Cheap Trick’s post on Twitter or Facebook!





"Thatababy" is a daily comic strip by Paul Trap:

Posted by Cheap Trick on Friday, June 5, 2015


Weekend Faves (June 7)

Cul de Sac by Richard Thompson
Cul de Sac by Richard Thompson

We've got ourselves a thrill-seeker!



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

First it was staycations, now it's braincations.


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

As always, Calvin and Hobbes teach us one of life's most important lessons: If you can't find any weirdness, make some! Stay weird, everybody.


CowTown by Charlie Podrebarac
CowTown by Charlie Podrebarac

Barbecue: It's an addiction.



Betty by Gary Delainey and Gerry Rasmussen
Betty by Gary Delainey and Gerry Rasmussen

The "mom stare" down works like a charm. TERRIFYING.


Doonesbury by Garry Trudeau
Doonesbury by Garry Trudeau

A timely Doonesbury Sunday for those of us in Kansas, where the state legislature just voted to raise sales taxes to make up for lost revenue tax cuts on businesses. (Sarcastic) Props to Gov. Brownback and his fellow wizards of finance.


Let’s Hear it for Best Buds

Happy Best Friends Day to you and your best pals! With so many great best bud duos on GoComics, we’ve compiled our top ten favorite comic BFFs.


1. Red and Rover; they could make you miss your dog even if you’ve never had one! From cuddly naps to exploring outer space in their cardboard-box spaceship, this dog-and-boy duo never fails to warm our hearts.


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


2. Heart and Dean; I doubt you could find two more polar-opposite – or more hilarious – best friends, yet they always find the most entertaining way to make it work.


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


3. Nancy and Sluggo; they're always there when the other needs anything, even a cookie.


Nancy by Guy Gilchrist
Nancy by Guy Gilchrist


4. Rat and Pig; a seemingly unlikely BFF duo, until you think about the fact that only someone as sweet as Pig could balance someone as salty as Rat.



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


5. Linus and Chuck; Charlie Brown may not think he has many friends, but Linus proves over and over that quality is greater than quantity.



Peanuts by Charles Schulz
Peanuts by Charles Schulz


6. Calvin and Hobbes; they navigate all the thrills and chills of life together, reminding us that you can overcome anything with your best friend by your side, whether it’s space monsters, epic sledding adventures or just plain ol’ fear of the dark.


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


7. Phoebe and Marigold; adding constant sparkle and awesomeness to each other’s lives, the only person Marigold loves as much as her herself is Phoebe.



Phoebe and Her Unicorn by Dana Simpson
Phoebe and Her Unicorn by Dana Simpson


8. Big Nate and Francis; the troublemaker and the smarty pants, Francis always keeps Nate in line, and Nate always keeps things interesting.



Big Nate by Lincoln Peirce
Big Nate by Lincoln Peirce


9. Dog and Doug; what originally started a puppy vs. baby rivalry for attention has blossomed into begrudgingly beautiful friendship.



Dog Eat Doug by Brian Anderson
Dog Eat Doug by Brian Anderson


10. Molly and Bear; forever inseparable.



Molly and the Bear by Bob Scott
Molly and the Bear by Bob Scott


Want more chummy cuteness? We’ve got a whole collection full of friendship-themed comics here.


New Comic Alert! Drive by Dave Kellett


Drive by Dave Kellett


Drive tells the story of a second Spanish empire, a galactic empire and its looming war with a race called the Continuum of Makers. Humanity has built their empire using technology stolen from the Makers – and these creatures want it back with an almost-religious fervor. In the brewing war, it's clear that humanity will lose, and lose badly, unless they can find some advantage in battle. That hope arrives in the form of a tiny, mysterious creature who can drive a starship like no one's ever seen. Now all humanity needs to do is find 10,000 more pilots just like him. But no one knows where he's from.


In addition to Drive, creator Dave Kellett is the cartoonist behind Sheldon, which has been twice nominated for the Eisner Award. Kellett is the co-director of the 2014 feature documentary Stripped. Stripped brings together more than 70 cartoonists, including the notoriously-private Calvin and Hobbes creator Bill Watterson, to discuss the art of cartooning and the state of the newspaper industry. A huge success, Stripped reached the No. 1 spot on iTunes on the day of its release and won “Best Documentary” at San Diego Comic-Con in 2014. Read more about Kellett's work with Stripped here.


"Drive has had the most amazing response of any project I've ever done,” Kellett said. “I created the strip for me, the strip I always wanted to read – not sure if anyone else would want to read it. But the amazing part is, thousands and thousands of people have responded to it with as much passion as I have. I can't wait for the story to begin on GoComics: A whole new horde of folks get to start from the beginning! That's super exciting."


Read Drive here.

Meet Your Creator: Lorie Ransom (The Daily Drawing)


Origin Story


“Whoa, I’m a cartoonist …”


That thought pops into my head nearly every week. It seems like many creators are born knowing they want to do comics. I sort of lucked my way into the field through a personal project I assigned myself two years ago.


Because I do artsy stuff in my day-to-day design job, I sometimes lack the drive to sit down and just make art, especially when there are so many cat videos waiting to be watched on the interwebs. So, in June of 2013, after a long dry spell of no art-making (and inspired by a glass of wine – or two), I challenged myself to create a drawing every day for a year.





As an incentive to stick with the project, I declared it publicly, posting to Facebook and Instagram every day. As silly as it might sound, getting feedback through likes and comments really kept me going. I started spending more time on the execution; the drawings became more detailed, and then I started using ink. The characters and situations became more silly and I started adding dialog. Toward the end of the year, I was basically creating a gag comic every day.


Several people told me I should try to get syndicated, and I thought “why not?” Though I never thought to create comics myself, I grew up reading them nearly every day, with strips like Luann, Rose is Rose, Calvin and Hobbes and The Far Side among my favorites. So, some friends helped me pick out the funniest drawings, which I reworked till they sparkled, then sent them off to three major syndicates.


After a couple months and at least one rejection letter, I felt pretty sure that the syndication route was not going to pan out. But then, to my great delight, Universal Uclick offered me a spot on GoComics! What?? Of course, I said, “YES.”


My Process


Shortly after that, I remember thinking, “Ohmygosh I have to make comics for real now.” I think I’ve settled in to the comic-making gig quite nicely, though I’m still fine-tuning. I love hearing how other cartoonists work, so I’m going to share my process with you!


Each week I have two goals: 1) Add at least three concept sketches to my Idea Book in several brainstorming sessions, and 2) Pick three ideas from that book to ink and color. If I have a hard time picking ideas, I know I need to spend more time with goal No. 1!






My concept sketches are barely legible even to me, so I always start by re-sketching my ideas onto layout bond to fit the panel template size, then trace those onto Bristol board using a lightbox. I’ll ink the drawings with a dip pen or brush, with all three in that week’s batch in rotation so I can keep working while the ink is drying on the others (this is only partially effective – I often smear the ink anyway). Lastly, I scan the drawings for touch-ups and coloring in Photoshop. Each cartoon takes about 1.5 hours from sketch to completion. I’ve tried to whittle that down a bit, but usually just end up with more ink blobs in my haste. Overall, this process is working well, and I’m able to keep a backlog of 24 comics, which keeps me two months out at three comics a week.






But Wait – The Daily Drawing isn’t Daily!


A few folks have asked why my strip is called The Daily Drawing when I only post three comics a week. I’d say it’s either a lack of forethought on my part, or extreme optimism? I’d love to post every day, but life being what it is, I have settled on Monday-Wednesday-Friday installments. BUT, I do still draw every day and post the results to my Daily Drawing website and Instagram. And, in keeping with the cheeky double-entendre I attempted to convey in the name, my daily drawings are a grab bag of whatever I feel like doodling in the moment.


That’s All Folks


This is becoming a really long post for such a nascent comics career, so I’ll sign off by saying thanks to all my readers and anyone who has ever liked or commented on my posts (I’m still sheepishly validated by social media nonsense). I love making people laugh and I look forward to churning out more ridiculous not-so-daily comics!




Read The Daily Drawing here, like the comic on Facebook, follow along on Instagram or check out The Daily Drawing Shop.



ICYMI: Twitter Q&A with Beardo creator Dan Dougherty



Many thanks to Dan "Beardo" Dougherty for joining us for another live Twitter chat! If you missed it, catch up on the Q&A here, or use the widget below.



Add Beardo to your daily GoComics lineup!


NEXT UP (June 12): Lorie Ransom, creator of The Daily Drawing, will join us on Twitter. Tweet in using: #AskLorieRansom


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.




Diligent City  6-2-15







Lili and Derek  6-2-15





Amanda the Great  6-3-15





Don't Pick the Flowers  6-3-15





View from the Couch  6-3-15




Which Witch  6-3-15





Candace 'n' Company  6-4-15





Courageous Man Adventures  6-4-15





Sandshark Beach  6-4-15





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




Happy World Environment Day!

Today (June 5) marks World Environment Day – a day meant to raise awareness and encourage citizens to protect nature and the planet Earth. We wanted to take this opportunity to give a shout out to some of our environmentally friendly comics.


Rohan Chakravarty’s Green Humour focuses on the impact of human actions on nature and presents interesting tidbits from the lives of wild animals to the wildlife enthusiast and layman alike. Covering all things green, prepare to be educated AND entertained with this strip.


Green Humour by Rohan Chakravarty


GoComics editorial cartoonist Tom Toles tackles complex current events with a focus on complicated environmental issues. His clear-eyed precision hits the mark every time.


Tom Toles by Tom Toles


We’re not done celebrating World Environment Day! Our sister site, UExpress, is home to some of the best and brightest minds in advice and political perspectives. Here, you’ll find environmental expert Danny Seo’s Do Just One Thing, a column offering simple, easy and money-saving ideas to live a greener life.


Or, check out Steve Newman’s Earthweek: A Diary of a Planet for a weekly overview of headline events affecting our planets, ranging from earthquakes to oil spills to monkey attacks!

Scott Stantis at the 2015 Printers Row Lit Fest

2015 Printers Row Lit Fest


Calling all comic fans in the Chicago area! This weekend, as some of you may know, is the 31st annual Printers Row Lit Fest and we are excited to announce that Scott Stantis (Prickly City and Scott Stantis editorial cartoons) will be giving TWO presentations! The Midwest’s largest outdoor literary festival, this free, two-day event draws more than 125,000 book-lovers every year. 


Stantis’ first presentation, on Saturday (June 6), will take place in the cafeteria of Jones College Prep High from 12:15-1 pm and he will be discussing his cartoon essay, “The Beatings Never Really Stop,” with Chicago Tonight host, Phil Ponce. Tickets for this presentation are required and can be reserved here.


For his second presentation, on Sunday (June 7), about “cartooning in a post-Charlie Hebdo world,” he will be in the Hotel Blake’s Burnham Room from 1-1:45 pm. Tickets for that presentation can be reserved here.


What a fun way to spend a weekend in Chicago! Best of luck to Scott Stantis!

Beating Adulthood with the Help of GoComics

Today began like any other day for me; going about the usual routine of snoozing my alarm a few times, finally waking up, then starting the process of hair and makeup. As I looked in the mirror this morning, though, I noticed something that I could swear was not there yesterday … a gray hair; front-and-center on my scalp, glaring at me, as if to say, “This is it, pal – you’re officially an adult.”


Of course, as a self-sufficient working girl who no longer celebrates summer vacation or wakes up without coffee, I had already resigned myself to adulthood. I traded in the joys of summer and sleeping in for my own apartment and a job that I love. So don’t get me wrong, I love being a “grown-up,” but with grown-up freedoms come grown-up responsibilities, like bedtimes and bills, and I’m feeling a little sentimental (and, yes, a little dramatic) about saying goodbye to my childhood.


Luckily for me, though, I work at GoComics, and read through tons of comics all the time that make me feel better about my journey into adulthood. One, in particular, that has become of a favorite of mine is Sarah’s Scribbles by Sarah Andersen. Her ability to put a humorous spin on the harsh realities of growing up makes it obvious that she gets it.


Like learning to cook, for example. How has my mother done it so well for so long?! 


Sarah's Scribbles by Sarah Andersen
Sarah's Scribbles by Sarah Andersen


Even harder, was learning to budget and, therefore, saying goodbye to my shoe addiction …


Sarah's Scribbles by Sarah Andersen
Sarah's Scribbles by Sarah Andersen


Or the shock of actually missing finals week, something I once thought to be impossible, until … 


Sarah's Scribbles by Sarah Andersen
Sarah's Scribbles by Sarah Andersen


Then there’s the fact that what was once known as “free time” is now known as “time to clean” and … I … actually … enjoy it?


Sarah's Scribbles by Sarah Andersen
Sarah's Scribbles by Sarah Andersen


Finally and foremost, there’s my alarm clock, or what has become known as the bane of my existence, since I can’t ever seem to get enough sleep before it interrupts.


Sarah's Scribbles by Sarah Andersen
Sarah's Scribbles by Sarah Andersen


Like I’ve said, there are plenty of ups to being a grown-up, but it’s still comforting to know that I’m not the only one who experiences the downs. As always, I’m glad I have my favorite comics to keep me laughing through all the trials and tribulations of life.


– Amanda

Drawn Together: Cartoonists Unite to Benefit Los Angeles School Libraries

Source: Drawn Together

At GoComics, we love any chance to brag on our many awesome cartoonists, not only for their unfailing ability to make us laugh every day, but also for their dedication to giving back to their communities. We’re proud to announce that GoComics’ very own Stephan Pastis (Pearls Before Swine) and Lincoln Peirce (Big Nate), along with Jeff Kinney (Diary of a Wimpy Kid) and Dav Pilkey (Captain Underpants), are participating in the Drawn Together fundraiser, which benefits Los Angeles school libraries!


Taking place in Los Angeles later this month, Drawn Together is an event featuring presentations from these four famed authors/cartoonists. Following each presentation will be a Q&A session and meet-and-greet, where fans have the opportunity to get their event tickets or posters autographed. There will also be pre-signed books for sale, as well as one-of-a-kind posters and T-shirts. Making Drawn Together truly special, ALL proceeds are donated to Access Books, a charitable organization that provides books to inner-city school libraries in the greater Los Angeles community.


Another fun fact about this event: Actress Julie Bowen (Modern Family, Happy Gilmore) will be hosting!


Drawn Together will be held on Saturday, June 20, at 1:00 pm in the Walt Disney Concert Hall, located at 111 S. Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012. Tickets are $42. Purchase here!


We strongly encourage anyone who will be in the area to attend and support our wonderful cartoonists in this very worthy cause!


Learn more about Drawn Together and get your ticket here.

Have you hugged your cat today?

Happy Hug Your Cat Day! To my fellow cat lovers out there, I wish you good luck in celebrating ... my arms are covered in scratches after my attempt.


Frankie Comics 5/8/15



As you've probably noticed, GoComics has added lots of catty strips recently, from Breaking Cat News to The Adventures of Business Cat to Learn to Speak Cat. Click on over to these GoComics cat-themed strips -- it's kind of like giving them an Internet hug.


Tiny Confessions 12/31/14


Learn to Speak Cat 5/26/15
Kliban's Cats 2/27/14


The Adventures of Business Cat 6/1/15
Fat Cats 5/31/15
Garfield 6/15/15
Bcn150511Breaking Cat News 5/11/15

And for those of you who aren't cat people, Intern Amanda feels your pain, so she made you this:


-- EPK

Presents for Your Pops

He gave you countless piggyback rides as a child, kept years’ worth of school pictures in his wallet, got you through every scraped knee, heartache and disappointment in life with his pep talks; but most importantly, he’s your dad. And, he’s very hard to shop for!


With Father’s Day sneaking up on us, it’s time to find a gift that’s as awesome as your dad is. He’ll most likely be of little help, telling you that you don’t have to get him anything, but you’re determined to find something special. You want to surprise him, not just get him another necktie or “#1 Dad” coffee mug, but what do you do?


Free Range by Bill Whitehead
Free Range by Bill Whitehead


Luckily, we have several awesome gift options:


An archive-quality comic print makes a unique and fun Father’s Day gift! Whether you choose your dad’s very favorite comic, or have a comic in mind that reminds you of your old man, this gift will convey all your love and appreciation, while giving dad a laugh, too!



Once you decide on which print fits your dad the best, the ordering process is simple! As outlined here, the comic strip of your choice will be printed on high-quality 11”x17” paper. Unframed collectible prints are available for $39.95 and those in frames range in price from $229.95 to $239.95. To ensure delivery in time for Father’s Day, orders for framed and unframed prints must be placed by June 8 and June 15, respectively. Start shopping!


If you can’t decide on just one comic strip, you could always spring for a whole comic collection! Our sister company, Andrews McMeel Publishing, offers amazing comic book collections.




A particularly notable book, released earlier this year, Exploring Calvin and Hobbes would make an extra-special gift, as it includes an in-depth, original and lengthy interview with Bill Watterson.


Exploring Calvin and Hobbes


For the modern dad, Udig ebooks offer short, curated comics content on a variety of platforms.


Whichever gift you decide on, all of these are sure to put a smile on Dad’s face and keep it there long after Father’s Day is over!

Giveaway: Bill Watterson/Stephan Pastis Collaboration

Bill Watterson Stephan Pastis Collab


Remember the amazing collaboration between Stephan Pastis and Bill Watterson last year? Beginning on June 4, 2014, the notoriously private Bill Watterson guest illustrated a series of Pearls Before Swine comic strips, marking his first return to the comics page since he retired Calvin and Hobbes (which is celebrating its 30th anniversary this November!) in 1995.


One year later, we’re reminiscing about this incredible event in comics history. We’re giving away FOUR archive-quality prints featuring the Pastis/Watterson collaboration. As an added bonus, the prints are SIGNED by Stephan Pastis!


If you could choose any GoComics comic for Watterson to guest-draw, which would you pick? Browse comics here, then post the name of the comic, a link to the specific comic of your choice and include your first and last name for your chance to win. Limit one entry per person. This contest will end on Tues., June 9 at 10 a.m. CT. The winner will be announced that day on this blog.


Read more about the collaboration here. Or, view the special Pearls Before Swine series here



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