November 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: 
 
• 11/7: Jeff Payden of Biff & Riley
 
• 11/14: Mike Shiell of The Wandering Melon
 
• 11/21: Alexis E. Fajardo of Kid Beowulf
 
• 11/28: No live-tweet Q&A — Turkey Hangover
 
  




GoComics Staff Pick: Poorly Drawn Lines by Reza Farazmand

I’m not sure what it is about this comic, but it makes me laugh like no other. I feel weird sitting at my desk giggling -- actually it’s more of a snicker, but nonetheless, it’s weird. It might be the hilarious facial expressions or the timing of the jokes, but I can’t get enough of this comic. Reza Farazmand has a quirky sense of humor, but it is hilarious. You might not get all of the jokes, but the ones you do get, you will love. I look forward to reading more of this strip.

 

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This strip is just for me because I’m studying Spanish and I love rice. Perfecto!

 

 

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Everyone knows someone who is grumpy and complains for no reason.

 

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I could look at this years from now and still laugh. The facial expression is just hilarious. The dog is just like a young version of me. I never got in trouble because I was sneaky.

 

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Here’s some of that quirky humor in action.

 

—Lauren, Marketing Intern

 

 

Add Poorly Drawn Lines to your GoComics homepage!





Halloween: Then and Now

With Halloween coming up, I wanted to share some of my Halloween experiences with you. Though we didn’t normally celebrate Halloween growing up, my mom let us celebrate one year for some strange reason. I remember dressing up as a flying fairy doll and I was so excited to get all dolled-up and wear makeup. This was an extremely rare occurrence -- the only other times I had on makeup was when my friends and I did makeovers at a sleepover. My brother and his friend went as Men in Black characters because that movie was a blockbuster that year. They wore black suits with white shirts and black sunglasses. We went door-to-door collecting as much candy as possible.

 

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The few Halloween memories from my childhood involve me being scared. It doesn’t help that I have an older brother who goes through elaborate schemes to scare me. My mom knew I wouldn’t like trick-or-treating, but I guess our combined begging wore her down. I have nightmares to this day, so I guess my mom was protecting me all along. I don’t like scary movies or haunted houses, but my love for candy helped me contain my fears for just one night. 

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If I’m ever tricked into watching a scary movie, I remind myself that’s it just a movie. None of this could happen in real life … or could it?

Most of my fond Halloween memories are from recent years. My roommates in college loved Halloween and helped me get in the spirit. They took me to the pumpkin patch last year and we picked the perfect pumpkin for carving, which we took with us to a pumpkin-carving party at a teammates’ house. I loved roasting the pumpkin seeds and eating them.  

 

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The pumpkin-scented candles smell nothing like real pumpkins.

When Halloween comes around, I know I’m not the only one who struggles with finding the perfect costume. I ask myself, “Do I want to have a clever costume, a classic costume or a group costume?” I’ve always wanted to be the Spice Girls with my friends, but it hasn’t happened yet. Themed costume parties can help narrow down my costume ideas, but sometimes I end up making my go-to Tinker Bell costume fit the theme of whatever party I attend. I usually like to have a few options -- a few different costumes for the parties before Halloween because I like to save the special costume for actual Halloween night.

 

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I’m like the little girl in the princess fairy queen costume. I can always depend on my trusty Tinker Bell costume.

What are you wearing this year? Don’t worry -- if you haven’t figured it out yet you still have a few days!

-- Lauren





Giveaway: Halloween Prize Pack

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In the spirit of Halloween, we’re giving away a creepy-crawly prize pack to one lucky fan!

 

The prize pack includes:

-       A SIGNED, glow-in-the-dark copy of “Desmond Pucket Makes Monster Magic” by Mark

        Tatulli 

-       A copy of “Monster on the Hill” by Rob Harrell

-       Spooky hot chocolate mix to warm you up on this chill-inducing holiday!

 

To enter, leave a comment on this blog post and include your FIRST and LAST names. This contest will end on Tues., Nov., 4 at 10 a.m. CT. The winner will be announced that day on this blog. Sorry, worldwide comics fans -- this contest is open to U.S. and Canada residents only.

 

Do you love Halloween as much as we do? Check out our collection of Halloween-themed comics here!





Giveaway: Special Edition, Signed NYCC 2014 Prints – Winners Announced!

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Thank you to all who entered to win the NYCC 2014 signed prints!

 

We have randomly selected three winners! Congratulations to Ken Carpenter, Andrew Askren and Jamie Schofield. Please email us at rewards@gocomics.com with your shipping address and phone number. Please note: You must contact us by 11/3/14 or your prize will be forfeited.





AN ABUNDANCE OF TOONS

An Abundance of ToonsHere at GoComics we've been working hard for years to help create the online future for comics. And yet cartoons on pieces of paper remain one of life's great pleasure for me -- not only in the daily newspaper, in books, and in The New Yorker, but in the monthly comics and humor newspaper Funny Times. For almost 30 years, a small team of people have spent their time surveying the riches of the cartoon universe and plucking what they like in order to fill out this monthly toon-trove, which is actually printed on newsprint and arrives in the mailbox for a modest fee.

 

Once indoors, an issue of Funny Times can migrate around the house for weeks, folded to a different page every time you see it, and increasingly stained by coffee-cup rings. An issue arrived in my mailbox today, and by my count has about 100 comics and cartoons (some by well-known people, others not) and about a dozen humorous essays (same deal -- Dave Barry, Andy Borowitz, and people whose names I don't recognize). Regular text features include News of the Weird, Curmudgeon quotes, and the always-amazing Harper's Index. The cartoons are from all over the place -- lots of GoComics creators are in there, as are Sherpa creators, alt-indy-undergrounders, New Yorker folk, and there are people you'll see here first and get to know elsewhere later.

 

When I saw the new issue and felt the anticipation of enjoyment, I realized I should pass along word for any toonfolk who may not have heard of it yet. Check out the site here.

 





COMICS SHERPA: EDITOR'S PICKS

This recurring LAUGH TRACKS feature highlights individual Sherpa strips and panels that for one reason or another caught the fancy of the aide de sherpa. It could be anything; the drawing, the writing, the humor, the coloring, that they tried something interesting, or that it's a new step for that particular creator.

 

We hope this quirky sampler will alert you to features you might not yet have noticed amid Sherpa's abundant, ever-changing, and eclectic mix, and that it gives Sherpa creators a modicum of helpful feedback.

 

 

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Kim The Grim Elf  10-25-14

 

 

 

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Frank & Steinway  10-27-14

 

 

 

Magic Coffee Hair  10-27-14

 

 

 

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

 





Weekend Faves (October 26)

WuMo by Wulff & Morgenthaler
WuMo by Wulff & Morgenthaler

I have a feeling you can't hide this from the doctor anymore.
--Lauren

 

Pickles by Brian Crane
Pickles by Brian Crane

Getting old is rough in ways I never imagined.

--Julie

 

Non Sequitur by Wiley Miller
Non Sequitur by Wiley Miller

It's about time the list of fall cliches got a makeover.

--Lucas

 

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Grand Avenue by Steve Breen and Mike Thompson

Life can be so confusing.

--Julie

 

Big Nate by Lincoln Peirce
Big Nate by Lincoln Peirce

Poor Percy!
--Lucas

 





New Comic Alert! Jim Benton Cartoons by Jim Benton

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Jim Benton, the author and artist behind "It's Happy Bunny," "Dear Dumb Diary," "Franny K. Stein," "So Totally True" and more, is proud to have his cartoons shared on GoComics. Benton loves to experiment, and his cartoons shift direction from day to day.

 

People magazine called him "One of the most visible cartoonists in America," and The Wall Street Journal said, "Mr. Benton's intellectual properties ... have made him stand out in an industry dominated by big entertainment companies." Publishers Weekly remarked simply: "Who could resist [Jim Benton]?"

 

Jim is the author and artist of "Dear Dumb Diary," a New York Times bestselling series published by Scholastic, which has sold more than 10 million books and is printed in 18 languages. He also co-wrote a produced a made-for-TV musical based on the series.

 

He’s the creator of many licensed properties, including "It’s Happy Bunny," the licensing hit that has generated more than three-quarter billion dollars at retail. The "It’s Happy Bunny" books have been chosen three times by the American Librarians Association as their top picks for teen readers, and "It’s Happy Bunny" programs have taken top awards from the Licensing Industry Merchandising Association five times. Jim’s anti-drug program for middle school kids for The Partnership for a Drug-Free America has won three Addy Awards and a Governor’s Award. 

 

Jim’s series "Franny K. Stein," published by Simon & Schuster, has sold more than a million books, and is in more than 15 languages and Braille.

 

The National cartoonist Society (NCS) awarded Jim with a Reuben award in the greeting card division. 

 

"The End (Almost)," Benton’s first picture book, was recently awarded a National Parenting Publications Award gold award.

 

Jim’s newest book (a collection of web cartoons) "Dog Butts and Love. And Stuff Like That. And Cats." published by NBM is receiving critical praise.

 

Read Jim Benton Cartoons here.





Meet Your Creator: Mark Buford (Scary Gary)

Today, we hear from Scary Gary creator Mark Buford!

 

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How did you begin your career as a cartoonist/When did you start cartooning?
I began drawing and doodling at a very young age. Most of my family members are artistically inclined, so I found that I had sort of a natural talent (such as it is) for drawing. Like most cartoonists in my age group, it all started with Peanuts. I fell in love with the strip and its characters immediately, and then set about the task of drawing them as much as I could. It would be years, of course, before I found my own voice and style, but Peanuts was sort of the Genesis.

 

The beginning of actually drawing comics for me came without the inspiration of daily strips, but rather a combination of underground comics and stand-up comedy. In 1988 I was living in Seattle. There, I started to read underground/alternative comics. Some of my favorite artists and titles were:

 

  1. Robert Crumb (Zapped, Self-Loathing, Weirdo)
  2. Daniel Clowes (Eightball, Ghost World)
  3. Adrian Tomine (Optic Nerve)
  4. Seth (Palookaville, It’s a Good Life, if You Don’t Weaken)
  5. Chester Brown (The Playboy, Louis Riel)
  6. Joe Matt (The Poor Bastard, Fair Weather)
  7. Harvey Pekar (American Splendor)

 

I became completely engrossed with these types of comics. The way in which the artists were able to tell stories with gentle, dramatic arcs and conversational dialog was a real eye-opener for me. Those are the types of comics I was drawing (or attempting to draw) when I began putting pen to Bristol board.

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At about the same time, I started to develop an interest in stand-up-comedy. I was an “open-miker” around Atlanta in the late 1980s and early 1990s, battling stage fright and struggling through my eternal five minutes on stage every Wednesday night. It should be noted that at that time, comedians like Jerry Seinfeld, Jay Leno and Garry Shandling were still nightclub comics on the regular tour circuit. They would all perform at the clubs in Atlanta periodically and were all happy to mingle and mentor us lowly supplicants. Seinfeld was always particularly approachable and gracious.

 

At any rate, as my chronic stage fright failed to abate, I started thinking of a way in which I could integrate my love of writing jokes with my love of comics. This merger of interests launched my career in daily comic strips.

 

What inspires you?
Good comedy writing. I recently read a book called “And Here’s the Kicker” by Mike Sacks. A terrific read for anyone interested in comedy writing. It compiles conversations with 21 top humor writers on their craft. I get really excited when I’m exposed to comedy writing (movies, TV or comics) that doesn’t resort to puns, play-on-word jokes or expositional dialog. I desperately try to stay away from all the aforementioned traps in my comic strip. I don’t always succeed, but it’s always on my mind. Whenever I write a joke, I always think to myself, “Would I be embarrassed to show this to a great comedy writer like Bob Odenkirk, or George Meyer, or Paul Feig?” If the answer is yes, I start over.

 

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Achievements/Accomplishments
Last year, the actor Jack Black and his production company (Electric Dynamite), along with Warner Bros. Entertainment, expressed an interest in turning Scary Gary into an animated television series. We put together a five-year option deal that will allow them to pitch a pilot episode to all the major networks. There has been no movement with anything since (option deals have a tendency to languish), but it was very exciting to have some objective recognition for my work.

 

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I have also had a book compilation published. “A Good Severed Head is Hard to Find” was published by Moonbase Press and compiles the entire first year of the strip.

 

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Your favorite childhood comics/Comics you read today
Growing up, my favorite comics included Peanuts, The Wizard of Id, B.C., Tumbleweeds, Andy Capp, Calvin and Hobbes and The Far Side.

 

My favorite daily strips today are Cul-de-Sac and Pooch Café. I also enjoy non-mainstream strips like The City, Red Meat and The Perry Bible Fellowship.

 

Your studio/Workspace
I live and work in a loft space in downtown Atlanta that began life in 1920 as a cotton warehouse. It’s a wonderful place to work. Many of my neighbors are creative types (artists, photographers, filmmakers, etc.), so a little camaraderie and inspiration are never too far away.

 

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Read Scary Gary here.

 





Twitter Q&A with Nate Fakes of Break of Day

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Did you miss our Q&A with Break of Day creator Nate Fakes? Catch up on the chat below!  

 

 

 

 

Add Break of Day to your GoComics homepage 

 

ABOUT: Break of Day is an off-the-wall situational comedy that breaks through the realm of a typical comic by offering a new perspective on this world (or beyond). Sometimes edgy, sometimes cute and everything in-between – it delivers it all. Nate Fakes offers you something a little different that will give you a humor break to your day.

 

 

Join us next Friday (Halloween!) for a chance to chat live with Eek creator Scott Nickel! 





Costume Confusion

Halloween can be a stressful time for kids and adults alike, and it’s not because of the ghosts, goblins and witches dancing through town. The real stress comes from planning the perfect costume.

 

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

There’s so much pressure to be original.

 

WuMo by Wulff & Morgenthaler
WuMo by Wulff & Morgenthaler

While you don’t want to go over the top, you definitely want to show your fun side.

 

Cathy by Cathy Guisewite
Cathy by Cathy Guisewite

Which means it can get expensive.

 

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Adam@Home by Rob Harrell

But the finished product is SO worth it.

 

Frazz by Jef Mallett
Frazz by Jef Mallett

As a word of advice this Halloween -- whatever you do, don’t dress up as a piñata.

 

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Baldo by Hector D. Cantu and Carlos Castellanos

We love Halloween at GoComics, so we’ve compiled a collection of spooky funnies! See it here.

 

--Julie





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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 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.

 

 

 

A Boots & Pup Comic  10-21-14

 

 

 

Buns  10-21-14

 

 

 

10-21-14

 

 

 

 

Promises Promises  10-21-14

 

 

 

 

The Beauforts  10-21-14

 

 

 

Alison Ward  10-22-14

 

 

 

 

10-22-14

 

 

 

 

10-22-14

 

 

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10-22-14

 

 

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

 





Calvin at the Bat, Week 4

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I'll be honest: the strategy that led me to this point is sort of coming apart. Having posted three weeks' worth of base- and Calvinball-themed strips in celebration of the Royals' march towards baseball supremacy, I've expended all my material before the conclusion of their Cinderella season.

 

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Okay, counting those two strips above, we're fresh out of Calvin & Hobbes' baseball stuff. However, take heart: one major screwup doesn't necessarily spell doom, however grim it might first appear.

 

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That's right, True Believers: there are still a bunch of football-themed strips. Since football is also a sport, and my ability to differentiate between it and baseball is spotty at best, as far as I'm concerned, it's basically the same thing. Sports!

 

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"Why didn't you just run some Peanuts cartoons this week? There are probably hundreds of those about baseball, many of which we'd find more relevant than your ham-fisted attempt to compare the Royals' performance in Game 1 to your own failings as a guy who posts things on this blog," you're probably thinking, or about to think. And you're correct, but I didn't think about that until I'd finished typing the second paragraph above, and re-writing this current paragraph to cop to it has eaten up much of my late afternoon. Just be thankful we made it this far, no matter what happens next.

 

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Go Royals.

 

Woo,

Dave

 

 

 





Hot Pearls! Buy It Here!

Pearls Before Swine by Stephan Pastis

 

 

Wow! Sunday’s Pearls Before Swine comic strip sure was popular! Receiving more than 27,000 shares on Facebook in just two days, it’s clearly a fan favorite!

Whether funny, touching or sentimental, we know that comic strips are near and dear to our readers’ hearts, which is why we give you the opportunity to purchase archive-quality prints of your favorites.

Sunday’s Pearls Before Swine strip is no exception! If you’d like your very own archive-quality Pearls Before Swine comic strip print, simply view the comic strip here, then select “Buy a Print of this Comic.”

 

 

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Or, click “Get this Collectible Archive Quality Print” in the sidebar.

 

 

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Home for the Holidays

Each year when October comes around, I start to get a little homesick. As the weather cools off, I miss my mom’s homemade soups and comfort food. With Thanksgiving still weeks away, I find myself wishing my family lived closer so I could take a road trip to see them on the weekend. However, my family lives 19 hours away, and by the time I drive that far I would have to turn right back around. 

 

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This is what most road trips are.

 

 Whenever I do get the chance to go home, I fly so I can spend as much time as possible with my family. Unfortunately, flying is not as glamorous as it used to be. As much as I love to travel, I don’t enjoy the experience of getting to my final destination. As many travelers have experienced, the security process is intrusive and is followed by a seat on a crowded plane with a wide range of personalities. The usual passengers include: the cougher/sneezer, the crying baby, the talkative person (who usually speaks loudly) and the sassy flight attendant. Some rare finds include the group of high school students on an organized trip, the nervous, first-time flyer and the passenger who invades your personal space. While not each and every one of these passengers is on every flight, I know I’m not the only one who has found myself surrounded by some of these characters. In fact, it’s so common, I’ve found many comic strips that touch on some of the annoyances of flying.

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This is what it feels like to be a tall person on a plane.
 
 
 
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This seating arrangement is spot-on.
 
 
 
 
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They might as well switch to this.

 

After I’ve made it through my flight, I’m excited to see a friendly, familiar face waiting for me at the airport: my brother!  It’s fun to catch up on the ride to the house, and when we pull up, I’m greeted by the fall decorations on the porch. Once inside, there are even more decorations on the dining table and in the living room. It’s like the house got a fall makeover. In an instant, that homesick feeling melts away. Home sweet home.

- Lauren





Giveaway: Special Edition, Signed NYCC 2014 Prints

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We had a blast at New York Comic Con, and you know we wouldn’t return without bringing back some awesome swag for our fans!

 

We’re giving away THREE sets of special edition NYCC 2014 prints, signed by:

-       Ruben Bolling (Tom the Dancing Bug)

-       Chris Giarrusso (The G-Man Super Journal)

-       Mark Tatulli (Lio, Heart of the City)

 

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., Oct. 28 at 10 a.m. CT. The winner will be announced that day on this blog.





Giveaway: Dilbert Comic Books -- Winners Announced

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Thank you to all who entered to win a Dilbert comic book! We’ve randomly selected THREE winners!

 

  • “I Sense a Coldness To Your Mentoring” – Brandon Ramirez
  • “Teamwork Means You Can’t Pick the Side That’s Right” – Joe Hartman
  • “Freedom’s Just Another Word for People Finding Out You’re Useless” – Tom Nelson

 

Congratulations!Please email us at rewards@gocomics.com with your shipping address and phone number. Please note: You must contact us by 10/28/14 or your prize will be forfeited.

 





COMICS SHERPA: EDITOR'S PICKS

This recurring LAUGH TRACKS feature highlights individual Sherpa strips and panels that for one reason or another caught the fancy of the aide de sherpa. It could be anything; the drawing, the writing, the humor, the coloring, that they tried something interesting, or that it's a new step for that particular creator.

 

We hope this quirky sampler will alert you to features you might not yet have noticed amid Sherpa's abundant, ever-changing, and eclectic mix, and that it gives Sherpa creators a modicum of helpful feedback.

 

 

 

10-17-14

 

 

 

 

 

S.O.D.  10-17-14

 

 

 

 

Buns  10-18-14

 

 

 

 

10-19-14

 

 

 

 

Green Pieces  10-19-14

 

 
 

 

 

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Alison Ward  10-20-14

 

 

 

 

And now...  10-20-14

 

 

 

 

Batch Rejection  10-20-14

 

 

 

 

Frank & Steinway  10-20-14

 

 

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






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