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 Bit Sketch  2-17-15

 

 

 

 

Peanziles  2-17-15

 

 

 

 

And now...  2-18-15

 

 

 

 

Cleo and Company  2-18-15

 

 

 

 

The Beauforts  2-18-15

 

 

 

 

Wyatt  2-18-15

 

 

 

Candy Pills  2-19-15

 


 

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

 
 




Hollywood's Big Night

Everyone and their mother knows exactly where to tune in this Sunday to see the year’s biggest stars illuminate the red carpet at Hollywood’s Dolby Theater. Throughout the last 87 years, this heavily marketed, globally televised event has become the Super Bowl of the movie world. Whether you choose to watch or not, you’ll still end up knowing all the events of the night because all that everyone will be talking about on Monday is The 87th annual Academy Awards. 

 

Whether you’re a bona fide movie buff (me!) …

 

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

 

or a fashion fanatic, dying to see what gorgeous, or downright outrageous, things the celebs will wear this year …

 

Prickly City by Scott Stantis
Prickly City by Scott Stantis

 

the Oscars will have something to excite everyone. 

 

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

 

The 87th Academy Awards will surely be one for the books after the cinematic year we’ve had. A year with some serious tear-jerkers …

 

Garfield by Jim Davis
Garfield by Jim Davis

 

controversy over movies that many people believed to have been snubbed …

 

Jeff Stahler by Jeff Stahler
Jeff Stahler by Jeff Stahler

 

and of death threats! We put our lives in danger over movies this year!

 

Rob Rogers by Rob Rogers
Rob Rogers by Rob Rogers

 

So, be sure to get your snacks ready and bladder emptied, because, once the show begins, you won’t want to miss a second of the drama or, even worse, your favorite actor giving a victory speech (fingers crossed for Reese Witherspoon – you go girl)!

 

Biographic by Steve McGarry
Biographic by Steve McGarry




Laissez les bons temps rouler!

Happy Fat Tuesday, everyone!

 

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A pop-up parade during Mardi Gras 2014

Last year, I was lucky enough to be in New Orleans the weekend before Mardi Gras. The city was vibrant and bustling, and collecting beads became a competition.

 

I ate more beignets and king cake than is healthy, and I looked at Lent as a prime detox time.

 

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This year, I'm here in Kansas City, wishing I was in NOLA. I guess I'll have to read Mardi Gras-related comics to satisfy my craving for fun.

 

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Phew! I'm feeling better already! Now I'm going to stare at this picture of my cat wearing Mardi Gras beads and eat some king cake. What are you going to do to celebrate Fat Tuesday?

 

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Maeby is not happy with her fashion statement.

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Giveaway: The Fusco Brothers Signed Print

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The Fusco Brothers has been entertaining readers for more than 25 years with wacky characters, off-the-wall antics and verbal acrobatics.

 

We’re giving away an archive-quality The Fusco Brothers print signed by J.C. Duffy!

 

To enter, leave a comment on this blog post and include your FIRST and LAST names. This contest will end Tues., Feb. 24 at 10 a.m. CT. The winner will be announced that day on this blog. This contest is open to all readers worldwide.

 

Read The Fusco Brothers here.





Weekend Faves (February 15)

Pickles by Brian Crane
Pickles by Brian Crane

Oh, the difference a few letters can make...

--Julie

 

Frazz by Jef Mallett
Frazz by Jef Mallett


Over the weekend, Cul de Sac creator Richard Thompson shared this Frazz Sunday on Facebook (see screenshot below). True words, friends. If you're not reading Frazz on GoComics, what are you waiting for? Add it to your My Comics Page immediately!

-- Lindsay


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

The "reference to websites FAQ" slice goes up exponentially if you're calling about Internet issues.
--Elizabeth

 

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

I feel your pain, Katy. But there's an easy solution for this. Next time buy assorted chocolates with the pictographic explanation of which chocolate is which. It's guaranteed to deliver you from countless nougaty abominations.

--Lucas

 

 

Big Nate by Lincoln Peirce
Big Nate by Lincoln Peirce

Oh, how my high school experience would've been different if I could've staged my yearbook photos. Candids, for me, meant mid-sneeze, mid-trip or mid-eating.

--Amanda

 

Baldo by Hector D. Cantu and Carlos Castellanos
Baldo by Hector D. Cantu and Carlos Castellanos

That's what my room looks like without a leaf blower... I think you're doing just fine, Baldo.
--Elizabeth





Giveaway: Valentine’s Day Prize Packs – Winners Announced

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Thank you to all who entered to win a Valentine's Day Prize Pack! We've randomly selected TWO winners!

 

Prize Pack 1:Birgit Jenning

-       Special edition SDCC 2014 Last Kiss signed print

-       Pocket Posh: Sexy Word Search Puzzle Book

-       Random Acts of Nancy greeting cards featuring artwork by Ernie Bushmiller

-       “The Wedding of Cathy and Irving” by Cathy Guisewite

 

Prize Pack 2: Lily Montemayor

-       Special edition SDCC 2014 Last Kiss signed print

-       Pocket Posh: Sudoku Puzzle Book

-       Random Acts of Nancy greeting cards featuring artwork by Ernie Bushmiller

-       “Just a Simple Wedding: A For Better or For Worse Collection” by Lynn Johnston

 

If your name is listed above, please contact us at rewards@gocomics.com with your shipping address and phone number. Please note: You must contact us by 2/24/15 or your prize will be forfeited.

 

Valentine's Day may be over but you can still celebrate! View our collection of Valentine’s Day comics here.





GoComics Book Club: The G-Man Super Journal by Chris Giarrusso

 

Introducing GoComics Book Club — A new series on our blog to keep you in-the-know about books for all ages, relating to your favorite comics and authors!

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Have you ever wished you had superpowers?

 

Have you wished you could fly, or that you were invulnerable, or even that you were just really good at math?

 

At Andrews McMeel Universal, we’ve always been drawn to the super, the extraordinary, the unique. Which is why we are tremendous fans of Chris Giarrusso’s G-Man, a superhero who, like the rest of us, has to deal with the vagaries of everyday life.

 

In this new book, Michael G (yes, “G” is his whole last name, and that’s why everyone calls him “G-Man”) chronicles, from his own point of view, his quest to gain superpowers while at the same time navigating school assignments and gym class, an infinite detention loop and an older brother who’s too cool to be seen with him. In other words, the kinds of things we can all relate to.

 

When Mikey has to keep a journal in Mrs. Rosario’s class at school, naturally he uses it to chronicle his quest to gain superpowers. Because in Mikey’s world, superpowers are real.

 

In fact, Mikey’s friend Billy just showed up at school the other day with an awesome winged superhero costume and brand new superpowers! Now everyone is calling him “Billy Demon,” and he’s the most popular kid in school.

 

This first book in "The G-Man Super Journal" series tells the story, from Mikey’s own perspective, of how he becomes G-Man, invincible superhero!

 

Creator Chris Giarrusso, who honed his superhero chops at Marvel Comics, says, “Kids, who were once considered the target audience for publishers of superhero comics, have been largely abandoned by mainstream superhero comic book publishers in recent decades. Now, with superheroes dominating popular culture like never before in movies and television, kids around the world are falling in love with the superhero genre for the first time. But the comic books featuring those heroes are still largely aimed at adult readers, inappropriate and uninteresting for younger readers, and lacking in fun. Meanwhile, the illustrated prose diary format is the new dominant force in the book market for young readers.

 

"'The G-Man Super Journal' combines the most dominant pop culture genre (superheroes) with the most dominant book format (illustrated prose novels) for the first time.”

 

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Want to meet Chris Giarrusso? He’s always happy to talk to fans. Check out his schedule of appearances here.

 

Or follow him on Twitter.





GoComics Book Club: The G-Man Super Journal by Chris Giarrusso

Introducing GoComics Book Club — A new series on our blog to keep you in-the-know about books for all ages, relating to your favorite comics and authors!

  G-man_super_journal

 

Have you ever wished you had superpowers?

 

Have you wished you could fly, or that you were invulnerable, or even that you were just really good at math?

 

At Andrews McMeel Universal, we’ve always been drawn to the super, the extraordinary, the unique. Which is why we are tremendous fans of Chris Giarrusso’s G-Man, a superhero who, like the rest of us, has to deal with the vagaries of everyday life.

 

In this new book, Michael G (yes, “G” is his whole last name, and that’s why everyone calls him “G-Man”) chronicles, from his own point of view, his quest to gain superpowers while at the same time navigating school assignments and gym class, an infinite detention loop and an older brother who’s too cool to be seen with him. In other words, the kinds of things we can all relate to.

 

When Mikey has to keep a journal in Mrs. Rosario’s class at school, naturally he uses it to chronicle his quest to gain superpowers. Because in Mikey’s world, superpowers are real.

 

In fact, Mikey’s friend Billy just showed up at school the other day with an awesome winged superhero costume and brand new superpowers! Now everyone is calling him “Billy Demon,” and he’s the most popular kid in school.

 

This first book in "The G-Man Super Journal" series tells the story, from Mikey’s own perspective, of how he becomes G-Man, invincible superhero!

 

Creator Chris Giarrusso, who honed his superhero chops at Marvel Comics, says, “Kids, who were once considered the target audience for publishers of superhero comics, have been largely abandoned by mainstream superhero comic book publishers in recent decades. Now, with superheroes dominating popular culture like never before in movies and television, kids around the world are falling in love with the superhero genre for the first time. But the comic books featuring those heroes are still largely aimed at adult readers, inappropriate and uninteresting for younger readers, and lacking in fun. Meanwhile, the illustrated prose diary format is the new dominant force in the book market for young readers.

 

"'The G-Man Super Journal' combines the most dominant pop culture genre (superheroes) with the most dominant book format (illustrated prose novels) for the first time.”

 

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Want to meet Chris Giarrusso? He’s always happy to talk to fans. Check out his schedule of appearances here.

 

Or follow him on Twitter.





POLK FOLK

On Sunday it was announced that Doonesbury creator Garry Trudeau will be the 33rd recipient of the George Polk Career Award -- the first cartoonist to receive it. The awards were established in 1949 and honor CBS correspondent George Polk, who was murdered in 1948 while covering the Greek Civil War. Read Long Island University's announcement here, and Michael Cavna's Comic Riffs story here.

 

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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.

 

 

And now...  2-13-15

 

 

 

 

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Colonel Kernel  2-13-15

 

 

 

 

2-13-15

 

 

 

 

Jordan and Bentley  2-13-15

 

 

 

 

Mort's Island  2-13-15

 

 

 

 

Smith  2-13-15

 

 

 

 

2-15-15

 

 

 

Green Pieces  2-16-15

 

 

 

 

Promises Promises  2-16-15

 

 

 

 

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

 
 




New Comic Alert! Frankie Comics by Rachel Dukes

 

Frankie Comics by Rachel Dukes

These short comics chronicle the ongoing misadventures of Frankie the cat and her human companions, Rachel and Mike.

 

Read Frankie Comics here.





Meet Your Creator: Don Wimmer (Rose is Rose)

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I was born into this world an involuntary doodler. I just couldn’t help it. If I saw a pencil, I picked it up and quickly surveyed the area for paper. Any available paper. That included phone bills, wedding invitations and any important documents within my reach.

 

This behavior continued throughout my schooling. My notebooks contained more drawings than class notes. Parent-teacher conferences would usually conclude with the phrase: “Donald would do much better if he spent more time paying attention and less time drawing silly cartoons.”

And that is how my parents became aware of the awful truth: Their son was an aspiring cartoonist.

 

At the age of 12, I submitted my first cartoon. The Famous Artists School had a simple entrance exam on a matchbook cover: Draw Spunky the Donkey. I drew Spunky and mailed it in.

 

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After weeks and weeks of waiting, I forgot all about Spunky – until that memorable spring day when the doorbell rang. A representative from the Famous Artists School was here to inform my parents of my potential as an artist.

 

I can still hear the tires screeching as my future in art quickly peeled away into the distance.

 

I never had any formal art instruction as a kid. I took my first drawing class at a community college that I attended after high school. I enjoyed the class and decided to transfer to Kean University and major in Visual Communications. They had a school newspaper with a comics page. I nervously went to the newspaper offices the first day of classes and met with the editor, Ray Lago. I asked him how I could get a comic strip in the paper. He said to bring one in by the end of the week. I went back to the dorm and drew up “Old Man Munsk.” My first comic strip appeared a week later. That was more than 30 years ago, and Ray and I are still great friends.

 

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After college, I freelanced like every other artist I knew. I did cartoons and humorous illustrations for magazines, as well as storyboards and print ad mock-ups for ad agencies.

 

Then, I was hired as the artist for Ripleys’s Believe It or Not!  It was my first experience with syndication. I spent 14 years with Ripley’s, gaining valuable experience that prepared me for my next adventure – Rose Is Rose!

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Writing and drawing a daily comic strip was my dream from early on. Becoming part of Rose Is Rose was so much bigger than any dream I could have imagined. Pat Brady created a cast of characters who are beloved by millions of fans. I will always be grateful to him for trusting me with his creation. Besides being an outstanding cartoonist, he is a great friend and generous mentor. 

 

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There is one thing I know for sure about doing a daily comic strip: Don’t wait for inspiration.  Inspiration is fickle and stingy. There are moments ­­– beautiful moments – when an idea just flows from your mind onto the page – but those are rare. Generally, my ideas start with a doodle. A tiny sketch. It might be in the notebook I carry everywhere, but more often than not, it’s on a receipt or  tiny scrap of paper or even a napkin. I still draw on anything available. I’ve even used the voice memo feature on my phone to record an idea. Ideas will fly away with incredible velocity. 

 

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I enjoy creating little stories. Pacing out a gag can take a lot of little sketches. I learned early on not to do too much thinking, stargazing or daydreaming. It’s better to just draw. Some ideas are stubborn. Those get taped to the wall of my studio until I can take the time to figure them out.  Some months, there are dozens of sketches silently hanging on the sidelines, waiting for their chance to get in the game.

 

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Occasionally, I visit schools and give cartooning workshops. It’s a great way to see how fearless kids can be. Give them paper, a special cartooning pencil and 20 minutes, and they will create a comic strip. They laugh at their own work and proudly share it with their classmates. Grammar school is the perfect time for cartooning workshops. Kids are confident when they’re not being graded. They think they can draw anything – and they can.

 

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Read Rose is Rose here. 





Happy Valentine’s Day!

Happy Valentine’s Day to all of our GoComics readers!

 

We know that searching for that perfect gift and date spot can be stressful, so we wanted to give you some comic relief. We’ve put together a collection of Valentine’s Day-themed comics. Like a box of chocolates, these comics range from sweet to salty to bitter, and even nutty!

 

Frazz by Jef Mallett
Frazz by Jef Mallett

 

Lucky Cow by Mark Pett
Lucky Cow by Mark Pett

 

Luann by Greg Evans
Luann by Greg Evans

 

Arlo and Janis by Jimmy Johnson
Arlo and Janis by Jimmy Johnson

 

View the entire collection here.

 

 

P.S. Don’t miss our Valentine’s Day Giveaway! Enter here.  





Twitter Q&A with Mark Anderson (Andertoons)

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Many thanks to Mark "Andertoons" Anderson for joining us for a Twitter Q&A this week! Miss that chat? Catch up below:

 

 

 

Next Friday (Feb. 20) we'll be hosting another live Q&A on Twitter with cartoonist David Cahill, creator of Pictures in Boxes. Tune in using #AskDavidCahill 





13 frightful features for Friday the 13th

I don't really buy into the whole "Friday the 13th" thing. To me it's just a bunch of silly superstition. I don't think a single bad thing has happened to me on a Friday the 13th. Except for August 13, 2009, when I came home from work to find that my toolshed had been struck by lightning and had caught on fire. Or Dec. 13, 2013, when I got chased through a parking lot by a headless horseman on a Segway. Or April 13, 2012, when my pet basset hound, Snifflez, got her vanity collar caught in the sliding doors at Aldi. Or Feb. 13, 2009, when my (former) friends convinced me to see the Michael Bay-produced reboot of the "Friday the 13th" series. 

 

Come to think of it, Friday the 13th hasn't been especially kind to me (or Snifflez). But this year, I've developed an antidote to supplement my regular Santeria sessions:  A list of 13 GoComics features perfect for enjoying on a superstitious occasion like today. Enjoy! (And watch your back). 

 

13: Non Sequitur

 

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It doesn't take much to spark Danae's active imagination, especially to the spooky side of things (she does sleep beside a skull lamp, after all). Read more Non Sequitur here

 

 

12: Cul de Sac by Richard Thompson

 

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Speaking of overactive imaginations, the "haunted cubby" sequence back in September of 2011 still stands out as one of the most frightening mysteries ever to occur at Blisshaven Preschool. 

 

 

11: Pooch Cafe by Paul Gilligan

 

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And there are few canines out there more fun to watch freak out than Poncho of Pooch Cafe fame. (though this Overboard is a pretty great example as well). 

 

 

10. Adam@Home by Rob Harrell 

 

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Adam@Home is not known for being an especially scary strip. But if you ask me, there aren't many more terrifying subjects than family members who can't take a hint. 

 

 

9. Political Cartoons (by various)

 

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If you want to really freak yourself out while reading cartoons, look no further than GoComics' roster of editorial cartoons. This Tom Toles strip is a particularly vivid example of the role fear plays in the news/infotainment sector, though I'm sure there's probably a similar strip out there mocking MSNBC for the same thing. I'm not taking any sides, but I have definitely witnessed how riled up Fox News makes my grandparents. The Great Depression, World War II and McCarthyism didn't scare them, but a couple hours of cable news sends them into hysterics. 

 

 

8. Skin Horse by Shaenon K. Garrity and Jeffrey C. Wells

 

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Now we're really getting into creepy territory... Skin Horse is a strip based on the premise that "Somewhere in this great nation is a top-secret government agency in charge of providing aid to America's nonhuman citizenry." To paraphrase a recent Skin Horse strip, "there's no cure for mad genius." Thank goodness for that. 

 

 

7: The Worst Thing I've Ever Done by Ted Rall

 

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This serialized edition of Ted Rall's classic crowd-sourced confessions provides a window into the darkness of the human heart and the unconscionable things we are capable of doing when we think no one is paying attention. Most of these stories should have been taken to the grave, but fortunately for us, they've instead been made into cartoons by Ted. The book has since run on GoComics all the way through, so head back to the beginning here

 

 

6. Buni by Ryan Pagelow

 

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Buni is many things — whimsical, spooky, dark, weird, delightful, charming and sad, just to name a few. But my favorite thing about it is that it almost always leaves you with a smile on your face, even (or especially) when something terrible is happening. (Read our "Meet Your Creator" post with Buni artist/writer Ryan Pagelow here). 

 

 

5. The Conjurers by Brian Anderson

 

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When it comes to GoComics features, it doesn't get much more spine-tingling than The Conjurers. The eerie adventure strip updates each week on Mondays, and also includes behind the scenes notes and character sketches from artist Brian Anderson. Well worth exploring -- if you dare! (cue groans/evil laughter). 

 

 

4. Lost Side of Suburbia by Kory Merritt

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Another large-format feature with frighteningly good artwork and writing is Lost Side of Suburbia, "a land of strange stories and weirdly-spun yarn, where oddities and unmentionables lurk behind every tale." The color and linework in this strip is phenomenal, and once you get pulled in reading it you're likely to stay a while. Don't say we didn't warn you... 

 

 

3. Scary Gary by Mark Buford

 

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Scary Gary and his friends are the some of the most likable monsters and misfits I've ever seen on the funny pages. Where else can you read about the adventures of a zombie baby and a severed head in a jar? (in the thick of suburbia, no less). In addition to its dead characters and often deadpan humor, Scary Gary has a classic look to it, with colors and composition that would be right at home in the broadsheet funny pages of the past. Fortunately a new Scary Gary strip is online every day at GoComics. 

 

 

2. Lio by Mark Tatulli

 

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You knew this was coming. The kid for whom every day is Halloween and/or Friday the 13th. Lio exists in a world unlike any other, or rather he delights in trafficking in a world of monsters and spirits that most of us would be terrified by. Heart of the City, also written and illustrated by Mark Tatulli, is also chock full of spooky adventures, such as the Halloween sequence from last year

 

 

1. Deep Dark Fears by Fran Krause

 

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The Deep Dark Fears in Fran Krause's watercolored feature come from readers all over the world, lending it a universal sense of dread built up from many specific moments of real, imagined and anticipated terror. Whether it's fear of a mysterious creature lurking on the power lines or just the dread of accidentally cutting off your fingers with a kitchen knife, Deep Dark Fears has a spooky way of getting into your head. 

 

Now what about you, dear reader? What comics give you the creeps? 





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.

 

 

2-10-15

 

 

Amanda the Great  2-10-15

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Buns  2-10-15

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bushy Tales  2-10-15

 

 

 

 

Kirby's Treehouse  2-10-15

 

 

 

 

Promises Promises  2-10-15

 

 

 

 

Speckticles  2-10-15

 

 

 

 

Squirrel  2-10-15

 

 

 

 

Mustard and Boloney  2-11-15

 

 

 

Smith  2-11-15

 

 

 

 

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

 

 
 
 




Valentine's Day 101

It’s that time of year again … a time for candy companies to rejoice. Whether you’re sending a box of chocolates to your special someone … or buying a box for yourself to binge on while watching an anti-romance slasher movie (no judgment), everyone has their own way of celebrating Valentine’s Day. However you end up spending the 14th, here are some important V-Day survival tips that you should keep in mind:

 

1. There’s nothing wrong with being single! You don’t need to be sad or bitter about being significant-other-less, but, if you are, there’s no law against it. However, there may be a few laws against this:

 

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

 

2. You might be one of those people who are cynical about the holiday, but that doesn’t mean everyone else is. Don’t be mean.

 

Angry Little Girls by Lela Lee
Angry Little Girls by Lela Lee

 

3. For those of you with a special someone: Set a calendar reminder or leave a sticky note. Do whatever you have to do, just don’t be the jerk who forgets Valentine’s Day.

 

Pooch Cafe by Paul Gilligan
Pooch Cafe by Paul Gilligan

 

4. Flowers and candy are fine and dandy, but if you really want to impress, think outside the (chocolate) box. Get creative.

 

Lio by Mark Tatulli
Lio by Mark Tatulli

 

5. And that’s not to say that you have to take a second mortgage out on the house to afford a great gift! Just remember, there are good … and BAD ways to do Valentine’s Day on a budget.

 

The Flying McCoys by Glen and Gary McCoy
The Flying McCoys by Glenn and Gary McCoy

 

6. If you find yourself single (or dumped because you neglected to follow rules 3 through 5 above), you can still keep in the spirit of the holiday. Loving yourself is important, too.

 

CowTown by Charlie Podrebarac
CowTown by Charlie Podrebarac

 

Have any awesome (or awful) V-Day stories you want to share? Comment below! And, be sure to check out our collection of Valentine’s Day comics!

 

– Amanda





GoComics Staff Pick: Luann by Greg Evans

As a Production Editor in the PageCaptain department of Andrews McMeel Universal, I have the privilege of working with comics on an almost-daily basis, getting content ready for my clients. Despite this, however, I did not know how difficult it would be to write about one of my favorite comics.

 

There are four or five comics that I look for on a weekly basis when I’m checking features for clients. Unfortunately for me, most of them were already chosen when it came to my turn for a recommendation. But never fear! There was still one left.

 

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Celebrating its 30th anniversary next month (March 17) is the comic strip Luann by Greg Evans. One of the reasons that I like this comic is because the characters are relatable. The current story is following the main characters as they embark on their respective post-high school experiences, traveling to a foreign country, attending community college, meeting dorm roommates, etc. While I am now a few years removed from my post-high school experience, I have sisters currently living through many of the situations of the beloved characters. The witty banter provides the humor you expect without being heavy-handed. If you haven’t checked out Luann, I strongly suggest that you do it now. It won’t take long for you to see why this comic is about to celebrate its 30th anniversary, and you’ll get a good laugh in the process.

 

 

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—Christina Duzan, Production Editor

 

Subscribe to Luann here!

 

ABOUT: LUANN is about the trials of becoming a young adult: the hilarity and drama, triumphs and flops, friendships and rivalries. Rich in character and intriguing "what'll happen next?!" stories, LUANN is a compelling saga of life's most volatile stage. Greg Evans was voted Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year in 2003 by the National Cartoonists Society.

 





Giveaway: Valentine’s Day Prize Packs

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With Valentine’s Day approaching, we wanted to hook our fans up with some swag relating to their true love: comics!

 

We’re giving away TWO Valentine’s Day Prize Packs.

 

Prize Pack 1:

-       Special edition SDCC 2014 Last Kiss signed print

-       Pocket Posh: Sexy Word Search Puzzle Book

-       Random Acts of Nancy greeting cards featuring artwork by Ernie Bushmiller

-       “The Wedding of Cathy and Irving” by Cathy Guisewite

 

Prize Pack 2:

-       Special edition SDCC 2014 Last Kiss signed print

-       Pocket Posh: Sudoku Puzzle Book

-       Random Acts of Nancy greeting cards featuring artwork by Ernie Bushmiller

-       “Just a Simple Wedding: A For Better or For Worse Collection” by Lynn Johnston

 

To enter, leave a comment on this blog post and include your FIRST and LAST names. This contest will end on Tues., Feb. 17, at 10 a.m. CT. We will randomly select one winner for each prize pack. The winners will be announced that day on this blog. This contest is open to all readers worldwide.

 

Love is in the air! View our collection of Valentine’s Day comics here.





In the Bleachers: The Comic That Started it All

A marathon, minus the marathon, where winners are chosen at random because everyone, including both a woman on crutches and a seasoned runner, finish with a time of a single second, and the drink of these champions is a nice, cold … beer. You can read that again, but you read it right the first time. Inspired by Steve Moore’s In the Bleachers comic panel, this is the reality behind The Philly 0.0 Instant Gratification Run.

 

In the Bleachers by Steve Moore

 

Hundreds of participants joined in for the short dash to the finish line, collected their T-shirts, and then headed to the after-party. Everyone had a blast celebrating their victories, enjoying the chance to, as one runner put it, “Prove that with no hard work, no perseverance and no discipline, anyone can be a winner.” 

 

Still don’t believe us? It’s true! Learn more in The New York Times.






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