New Comic Alert! Winston by Andrew Hart

Winston by Andrew Hart


Winston is an unusual little boy who is very bright and has a unique slant on life. He lives at home with his mother and Gloom, the manifestation of her depression. Kingsley is Winton’s pet crow, and the voice of optimism and encouragement. He helps to balance things out as young Winston tries to navigate his way in the world.


Read Winston here.

Meet Your Creator: Maria Scrivan (Half Full)

Today, we hear from Half Full creator Maria Scrivan!



I have been drawing cartoons ever since I was a kid. I loved creating characters and drawing greeting cards for my friends and family. I was the cartoonist for my high school and college newspapers. Whenever we were assigned creative essays in school, I would hand in multi-panel cartoons. I also spent a lot of time doodling in the margins, especially in math class.


I grew up reading the Sunday Funnies start to finish and obsessively watched Bugs Bunny cartoons. I had every Garfield book that existed and loved Peanuts, The Far Side and Calvin and Hobbes. I was greatly inspired by the work of Jim Davis, Sandra Boynton and Chuck Jones.


My cartooning career started at an animation studio immediately after graduating college. From there, I spent two years as an art director at an ad agency, and then started my own graphic and Web design business. It was a great career and I was still drawing for corporate clients, but something was missing. In 2008, I wrote and illustrated my first children’s book, Dogi the Yogi. Soon after, I started posting panel cartoons to Open Salon, a blog that was part of Within a few months, my cartoons were published on their main site. This gave me the confidence to submit to magazines. My cartoons were published in Parade magazine, Prospect magazine, Funny Times and MAD Magazine.


I launched Half Full on GoComics in September 2013 and three months later was picked up by two Hearst newspapers, the Greenwich Time and the Advocate, where Half Full appears daily. Seeing my cartoons in full color in the Sunday Funnies is a dream come true. 



I get inspiration from animals, technology, social media and pop culture, especially reality TV. We have two cats and a puppy, which are an endless source of inspiration and sometimes a distraction, especially when the cat camps out on my artwork.


When ideas show up, I write them down immediately. Sometimes they appear in a flash, fully formed and ready to be drawn. Other times, they emerge in bits and pieces and need to marinate. I carry a sketchbook wherever I go. In a pinch I’ll jot notes down in my iPhone or tell Siri to remember an idea. 


I usually write first, pick out the best ideas and then sketch them with a blue mechanical pencil on Bristol Board. I ink using a dip pen, scan the drawings and use a Cintiq and Photoshop for cleanup and color.


I license my comics for a variety of products including greeting cards, T-shirts, textbooks, presentations and blogs. Some of my licensing clients include Recycled Paper Greetings, Nobleworks Cards, Oatmeal Studios, RSVP Greetings, Macmillan, CheckAdvantage, Neato-shop and


Half Fullnow speaks more languages than I do—it has been translated into Swedish and is licensed to newspapers and magazines in Sweden. It was also just launched in Spanish on GoComics.


I will be exhibiting at New York Comic Con on Thursday, October 9 at the National Cartoonists Society Booth. Stop by if you’re at the show!


I love having a studio at home so I can roll in there early in the morning or stay there very late at night. It has high ceilings and a picture window and usually a cat or a puppy (but not at the same time) to keep me company. If I get tired of talking to the cat, I’ll go to a nearby Starbucks to write.


I live in Connecticut with my husband, Andrew, who constantly has to answer the question “Is this funny?” along with our cats, Doski and Milo, and our puppy, Toby.


I still doodle in the margins.


In the studio with my assistant, Doski. Photo credit: Don Hamerman (

Read Half Full in English here or in Spanish here. Or, visit Maria’s website or follow her on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!


Twitter Q&A with Piers Baker of Ollie and Quentin



This week our cartoonist Twitter Q&A featured Ollie and Quentin creator Piers Baker! Catch up on the chat below. 








ABOUT: Ollie and Quentin is a buddy comic about the unlikely friendship between a seagull and an adventurous lugworm. They treat us to their bird's eye and worm's eye views of the bizarre human world in which we live. Ollie and Quentin are best friends despite the obvious food chain disparity that suggests Ollie should be more interested in Quentin as a snack rather than as a friend. They both live in the pretty coastal town of Bigley Bay with Nobby, an affable single guy who serves as both foil and witness to their silly, mischievous high jinks.


Join us next week on Twitter for a chance to chat with syndicated cartoonist Chip Sansom of The Born Loser under the hashtag: #AskChipSansom 


Art Fair Fanatic

CowTown by Charlie Podrebarac


Born and raised in Kansas City, I’m a huge fan of our city. We have beautiful fountains, mouth-watering barbeque and (most important) the GoComics headquarters; I’m proud to call Kansas City home.


My very favorite part of the Kansas City experience happens only one weekend each year. The Annual Plaza Art Fair! A mixture of incredible artistic talent, live music, great food and tons of people watching, I can’t think of a better way to spend a weekend!


Much to my delight, Charlie Podrebarac, Kansas City resident and creator of CowTown and FatCats, has been running a series of cartoons on GoComics this week pertaining to the Plaza Art Fair. Check them out!





If you happen to be in the area this weekend, be sure to stop by booth 402 to meet Charlie and see his paintings!


View the series here.




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



Cartertoons  9-16-14














And now...  9-17-14




Buns  9-17-14





Massive Falls  9-17-14





0-60  9-18-14





Far Out!  9-18-14





Girth  9-18-14




Peanizles  9-18-14




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


The Stacks, Marmaduke Edition



Ahoy there, True Believers! After a week off to nurse my severe paper cuts, I believe I'm emotionally and physically ready to return once again to my bulging Archive Selects desktop folder, a long-neglected batch of dynamite strips that I assembled years ago in an effort to provide blog content to my future self. It also contains advice to invest in Apple Computer and Snuggie stock, because the 2011 version of me didn't quite grasp that the only way one profits off of time travel is for the future version to advise the past version, instead of the other way around.




The reasons are murky, but I have always harbored a sincere, thorough appreciation of Marmaduke. So much, in fact, that I can think of four distinct times in my life where I've had to be told forcefully to stop talking so much about Marmaduke (only one of these times was during my employment here). One month early on in my blogging tenure, I wrote over 2000 words about various aspects of his strip, to the delight of… well, mainly me, but I'm pretty sure that's the whole idea behind blogging in the first place. As such, I'm devoting this week to just him, and feeling really good about my decision.






What's easy to miss for the casual reader of the strip is that Marmaduke, on a semi-regular basis, goes well beyond the premise of "a big dog is big." Here's a whole post about his interactions with aliens, for example. Slightly less regularly, it contains really keen observations about life with a dog, giant or otherwise. Pretty consistently, it radiates the sweetness behind the bond that allows us to refer to animals who regularly eat poop as our best friends, and every once in a while, it lets itself get a little weird. Just a little, though. 























Please direct your attention in the following strip to the fact that Marmaduke has a cake on his head. He thinks he's people (with a cake on his head)!








There's an occasionally reoccurring notion in the strip that bones grow from bushes and trees, like fruit. This is always fantastic.








Another reoccurring theme is "Marmaduke did something bad enough to involve the police." It's surely slobber- or tresspassing-related, but since we only witness the end of his spree, it hints at crimes sinister enough to incur the long, rolled-up newspaper of Johnny Law.








Ultimately, Marmaduke only wants to love and be loved, and occasionally dine on fresh cat meat. I think we can all identify.





Next week! Back to a varied selection of different comics, many of which begin with different letters of the alphabet which follow "M"! I wish I had a dog's sense of the passage of time, so it wouldn't feel so far from now. 




My apologies to all the other blog posts which were fire hosed off the front page by the length of this one. If I were as wily as Marmaduke, I'd eschew asserting myself in passive-aggressive ways, which I guess would probably manifest in me biting people. Or maybe a new wardrobe consisting of Big Dog shirts?? 


Sit, Ubu, Sit,


GoComics Staff Pick: Pluggers by Gary Brookins

Charmed. Utterly and thoroughly charmed is how I would describe how I feel after reading Pluggers. It somehow manages to capture bits and pieces of my own childhood ...


Pluggers by Gary Brookins



Up until a few years ago, I was still taping shows! I only stopped because they stopped making VHS tapes. True story.



Pluggers by Gary Brookins_


This is my parents to a T. To this day, I will choose to pick up pizza rather than have it delivered.



Pluggers by Gary Brookins__



I knew I'd achieved adulthood when my grandma started requesting me to take her on her errands!


Pluggers isn't just about the world I grew up in, but the one I imagine my parents and grandparents enjoyed. It perfectly captures the little things in life that we end up remembering the most. Kurt Vonnegut said, "Enjoy the little things in life because one day you'll look back and realize they were the big things." I think Mr. Vonnegut would have liked Pluggers!


—Lucy, Editor






ABOUT: America’s first interactive, reader-participation comic -- Pluggers chronicles the hardworking people the world depends on. They represent the 80 percent of humanity who unceremoniously keep plugging along -- balancing work, play and family life.



Giveaway: Making Ends Meet: For Better or For Worse 3rd Treasury


We’re big fans of For Better or For Worse around here. Home to the Patterson family, many readers identify with and find comfort in the mixture of struggles and love conveyed in this comic strip.


We’re giving away a SIGNED copy of “Making Ends Meet: For Better or For Worse 3rd Treasury” by Lynn Johnston!


To enter, leave a comment on this blog post telling us why you love the Patterson family,  and include your FIRST and LAST names. This contest will end on Tues., Sept., 23 at 10 a.m. CT. The winner will be announced that day on this blog. Sorry, worldwide comics fans -- this contest is open U.S. and Canada residents only.


While you’re waiting to see if you’ve won, have some fun! The For Better or For Worse website is full of games, fun facts, rejected strips and plenty more! Dig in!


Feeling nostalgic? Read For Better or For Worse from the very beginning here.

Giveaway: Pooch Café Cartoon Collections – Winners Announced

No Collar, No Service


Thank you to all who entered to win a copy of “No Collar, No Service: A Pooch Café Collection!”


We’ve randomly selected THREE winners!


Congratulations to David Adams, Chris Lees and Chip Gorman! Please email us at with your shipping information and phone number. Please note: You must contact us by Tues., Sept. 23 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 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.












Smith  9-12-14




Suburban Wilderness  9-13-14





Ben & Seymour  9-14-14












Candy Pills  9-15-14




Don't Pick the Flowers  9-15-14





Leadbellies  9-15-14


Peanizles  9-15-14




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


Weekend Faves (September 14)

Freshly Squeezed by Ed Stein
Freshly Squeezed by Ed Stein

Yep. Pretty accurate.



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

More like "Star-sick," am I right?!? Wakka, wakka, wakka!



Reality Check by Dave Whamond
Reality Check by Dave Whamond

Fun fact: There are times I'd rather go into battle than state a fun fact about myself.


Grand Avenue by Steve Breen and Mike Thompson
Grand Avenue by Steve Breen and Mike Thompson

Thank goodness for that!



Prickly City by Scott Stantis
Prickly City by Scott Stantis

I sympathize with Carmen, though I think I like the idea of a landline more than a landline itself. As a compromise I bought one of those handheld receiver attachments for my phone. It doesn't work well, but the curly phone cord sure looks cool.


RIP, Tony Auth

Very sad news out of Philadelphia this weekend, long-time UU creator and Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist Tony Auth has passed. I thought this animation he did of his trip to France a few years ago was a nice glimpse into Tony's sense of humor and the joy he found in life. You can see years and years of Tony's work here:


Here's a wonderful appreciation of Tony as an artist and a friend by his colleague Chris Satullo. 


Philadelphia Inquirer obit here.


Washington Post here. 


New Comic Alert! Half Full -- in Spanish!



We have exciting news to start your Monday! Maria Scrivan’s comic Half Full is now available in Spanish!


Hall Full en español le da una perspective única a la cultura popular y a la vida moderna. Half full en español es inspirado por la naturaleza y la naturaleza humana mientras se burla de un variedad de temas, incluyendo tecnología, animales, el amor, y más. Half Full en espanol demuestra que aunque no siempre sea fácil ver las cosas positivas, por lo general, hay algo de qué reirse.


Read Half Full in Spanish here or in English here!  

Meet Your Creator: Tony Rubino (Daddy's Home)

So, GoComics was all, “Hey Tony, ya wanna do the ‘Meet Your Creator’ thing?”

And I’m like, “You mean God? Don’t I have to die first?”

And they go, “No, the blog thing.”

So I’m like, “Oh … that! Sure. I love going on and on about myself when nobody can talk back.”

And then GoComics was all, “Maybe this isn’t such a good idea …”

So, I panicked and hung up. But before that, they gave me some stuff I should talk about. Which was this …


- How you began your career as a cartoonist/When did you start cartooning?

- What inspires you

- Achievements/Accomplishments

- Your favorite childhood comics/Comics you read today

- Upcoming projects or appearances

- Your studio/Workspace


So I did, and here it is …


- How you began your career as a cartoonist/When did you start cartooning?

I’ve always loved to draw and would spend hours as a boy doing it. And I’ve always loved to make people laugh — a “defense mechanism” no doubt, but what the hell. Works for me. So, sophomore year, when I was in college at American University, and the time came to decide what I wanted to do with the rest of my life, I thought, why not combine my two loves: humor and art, and become a cartoonist? And my timing, as usual, was perfect because newspapers were just about to become obsolete, rendering my career irrelevant! Ha! It’s funny because it’s true! But seriously, I started doing a weekly comic for my school newspaper. The first time I actually got paid for a cartoon was a few months after I graduated. It appeared in Popular Electronics magazine. It showed a kid in a doctor's office with a monitor for a head. The doctor says to the mom, “Your son has a computer virus.” What?! Back then, that was hilarious! I got $35.00. That’s $450,000 in today’s money. Then, for two years, I did a version of my college comic for Tribune Media’s College Press Service. They distributed my weekly feature to hundreds of college papers. It was a blast. Then, I wrote a comic with my first partner, Orrin Brewster (RIP), called Color Blind. It was the first comic ever to star an interracial married couple. Orrin quit the strip, so we ended it.


- What inspires you

Cartoon-wise, the usual suspects: Larson, Watterson, Schulz, Hart & Parker. And also, Callahan (RIP), Groening, who I first saw in the Washington City Paper long before The Simpsons, when he was only doing Life In Hell. I wrote to him, and he actually wrote me back. Bet ya can’t do that any more. His best advice: “Write what you know, and don’t hold back.” I still have the letter somewhere. I loved most of the alternative cartoonists in the City Paper and Village Voice. I was intrigued by their departure from "normal" daily cartoon styles. That influence has led to some of the different things I try today in Daddy's Home and in my books. I used to read Mad Magazine regularly, along with Cracked and even Crazy. Remember Crazy? It was Marvel Comics’ version of Mad. But I was and am equally influenced by Saturday Night Live, Monty Python and other non-cartoon, comedy stuff. When I was a kid, I used to sneak out of bed on Saturday nights and watch the very first cast of SNL, with Belushi, Chase, Murray, Gilda Radner, Jane Curtin, Dan Aykroyd, etc. That show blew me away. I mean hell, it blew everybody away. But I think for any kid who had a propensity to be funny, it was an education. Before that, I loved The Carol Burnett Show. Then there’s Woody Allen, Letterman, Steve Martin. I actually saw Steve Martin live when I was a kid, with the white suit and arrow through the head and everything. I bought all his comedy albums and memorized them. From an artistic standpoint, I'm influenced by graphic design and pop art. I'm also an art director, so conveying a thought through the organization of images is what I do, I guess, one way or another.


244b5e93ef1c4d59973262fd7329cb47 copy - Achievements/Accomplishments

Along with the very talented Gary Markstein (also an editorial cartoonist), I’m the co-creator of the syndicated comic strip, Daddy’s Home, distributed by Creators Syndicate (which can be seen right here on GoComics) — and maybe another comic (but I can’t talk about that one yet … I can tell you about it, but then I’d have to kill you). My other cartoon syndication credits include national distribution by King Features and Tribune Media Services. I had a development contract with King for nine months. That’s kind of like a TV pilot. It didn’t pan out, but I got to work closely with the legendary editor Jay Kennedy (RIP) … I’m starting to detect a pattern … if you’re superstitious, you’ll probably want to avoid working with me. His best advice: several things:


1) “NEVER write DOWN to your readers, always UP. If they don’t get the joke, they’ll think they should have and come back the next day to see if they get that one.”

2) “Good writing will improve bad art. Good art will NEVER improve bad writing.”

3) You can’t be funny every single day. If a gag falls short, make sure you leave the reader with a good feeling that makes them want to try again the next day.”


I’ve written 10 books. The latest is a Daddy’s Home collection, which will be out any minute now (I don’t have the pre-order info yet, but if you’d like to get one of the first copies, contact me directly:




I’ve written a bunch of non-comic-related books, too. The last one was, “Why Didn’t I Think of That? Mediocre Inventions That Changed The World,” which is also an internationally syndicated weekly column distributed by Knight Features Syndicate out of London.




Never a stickler for math, I wrote “Life Lessons from Your Dog” as the fifth installment of my Life Lessons book trilogy, which includes “Life Lessons from Your Cat,” “Life Lessons from Elvis,” “Life Lessons from the Bradys,” and “Life Lessons from Melrose Place.” Before that, I displayed my steely work ethic by penning “1001 Reasons to Procrastinate.”




And my fear of the discomfort of eternal damnation is reflected in “The Get Into Heaven Deck: Or Your Money Back.” Along the way I’ve contributed articles and cartoons to publications like: MAD Magazine, Cracked, National Lampoon, the Chicago Tribune, and The Washington Post. And sometimes my designs, comics and words can be found on greeting cards and other product lines in Bloomingdale’s, Spencer’s and Cracker Barrel … Yes, “Cracker Barrel.” Stuff like calendars, posters and apparel (apparel is French for T-shirts). You can check out the other stuff I do right here.


- Your favorite childhood comics/Comics you read today

See above for comics I’ve read. As for now, I don’t read any regularly. I purposely avoid reading comics now because I don’t want to be influenced by other features. Maybe I’m nuts, but I think I can give our readers something more unique if I don’t have other cartoonists’ work rattling around in the tiny space that is my head. There’s only so much room in there.


- Upcoming projects or appearances

I’ll be playing Vegas with my tiger act this fall. Then, I’ll be doing some press and signings for the Daddy’s Home book. But I don’t have the schedule yet. I’ll keep you posted.


Check here for the latest info on that sort of thing:




About two years ago, I started to mess around with fine art. Ya know, painting/pop art and that sort of thing. No one was more surprised than me when my work was featured in galleries in New York, Chicago, Washington DC and Los Angeles. That stuff can be seen at


I’ll have some upcoming dates for shows soon. Check Facebook and Twitter for info on that.


- Your studio/Workspace

I work out of my home studio in Manhattan. When not working on my writing and art in New York City, I spend my time not working on my writing and art in New York City.


Thanks for having me! GoComics rocks! I mean that. It’s an unprecedented forum for cartoonists. There’s never been anything like it. And a shout-out to all the fans who subscribe to — and comment on — Daddy’s Home every day!






Read Daddy’s Home here.

Twitter Q&A with Dana Simpson of Heavenly Nostrils/Phoebe and Her Unicorn

Heavenly Nostrils / Phoebe and Her Unicorn by Dana Simpson


This week we hosted a Q&A with Dana Simpson, creator of the magical comic strip Heavenly Nostrils, and author of the brand new HN comic collection "Phoebe and Her Unicorn!" Did you miss the chat? Catch up below: 







Next week, we're chatting with Ollie and Quentin creator Piers Baker! Join us on  next Friday, 9/19 (1:30pm CT). Use #AskPiersBaker to chime in!


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.



Comet Valley  9-9-14





Bushy Tales  9-10-14






















Way Out Comics  9-10-14





And now...  9-11-14







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


GoComics Staff Pick: Ballard Street by Jerry Van Amerongen

Ballard Street by Jerry Van Amerongen


When I was a kid and I read The Far Side, I enjoyed picturing Gary Larson as a real guy who lived in a real place that occasionally saw the very public ending of a long-standing feud between a duck and a man, or where small herds of cattle walked upright among humans and ordered coffee. I liked the idea of normal guy Gary Larson drawing comic strips as a coping mechanism/cry for help from within the midst of this real place, like doodled distress signals we were all misinterpreting as humor.


I don't know Jerry Van Amerongen, but I like to imagine that he really lives on Ballard Street, a place where getting old doesn't mean losing the spirit of adventure. It could happen. I want Jerry's neighbors to really wear animal masks when they get together to eat cake, just for giggles, because "wouldn't that be fun?" I want to believe that every day, normal guy Jerry sits on his porch and watches his adventurous elderly neighbor have a mishap with rocket roller skates or homemade wings, which Jerry documents with a cartoon and publishes, like a little "Wish You Were Here" from two blocks over.


—Josh, Assistant Editor



Subscribe to Ballard Street!



ABOUT: If you think your neighbors are weird, wait ’til you meet the wacky denizens of Ballard Street. Jerry Van Amerongen’s strip presents one-panel vignettes about the neighborhood. From the synchronized cell-phone users to the schemes of pets, Ballard Street’s inventive scenarios and hilarious illustrations will make you pay a little more attention to your neighbors.


Since being introduced to American newspapers in fall 2013, WuMo has been picked up by over 350 publications and media outlets. A longtime favorite in Europe, WuMo's sharp humor, social irreverence and general hilarity have made it a fan favorite here as well. Writer Mikael Wulff and illustrator Anders Morgenthaler are willing to skewer just about any topic, and though not all of their gags make it into print, WuMo never loses its edgy spirit. Below are a dozen of my recent favorites. You'd be hard-pressed to find anything on the funny pages with this level of artistic detail and startled, bug-eyed expressions, to say nothing of the offbeat humor and subtle — or stinging —  social commentary. Enjoy!



































Read more WuMo comics every day right here at GoComics!

GIVEAWAY: Pooch Café Cartoon Collections

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Calling all Pooch Café fans! We’re giving away THREE copies of “No Collar, No Service: A Pooch Café Collection.”


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., Sept., 16 at 10 a.m. CT. The winners will be announced that day on this blog. Sorry, worldwide comics fans -- this contest is open U.S. and Canada residents only.


Did you know that Pooch Café creator Paul Gilligan is also the co-cartoonist of Poptropica? Check it out here! 

Giveaway: Signed Heavenly Nostrils Print – Winner Announced



Thank you to all who entered to win the special edition SDCC 2013 SIGNED Heavenly Nostrils print! We’ve randomly selected one winner!


Congratulations to Craig Wittler! Please email us at with your shipping address and phone number. Please note: You must contact us by 9/16/14 or your prize will be forfeited.



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