Get Organized this Month With a 2016 Comic Calendar

If you didn’t already know, you do now – January is National Get Organized Month! With the new year comes a clean slate, and “GO” (Get Organized) Month prompts us to take advantage of a fresh start and unclutter our lives. A vital tool for organization, you can count on a 2016 comic calendar to keep you on your game (and keep you laughing!) as you fill the pages with important dates and reminders!

 

Add some wit to your workspace with a Dilbert calendar, riddled with sarcasm, cubicle humor and idiot-management strategies.

 

Dilbert 2016 Wall Calendar by Scott Adams
Dilbert 2016 Wall Calendar by Scott Adams

 

Or, embrace your inner crazy cat person and check out one of our funny feline calendars. You can never go wrong with Garfield:

 

Garfield 2016 Day-to-Day Calendar by Jim Davis
Garfield 2016 Day-to-Day Calendar by Jim Davis

 

Need more Pearls Before Swine in your life? This Day-to-Day calendar comes complete with Rat, Pig and all the usual suspects, at it again with their crazy antics.

 

Pearls Before Swine 2016 Day-to-Day Calendar by Stephan Pastis
Pearls Before Swine 2016 Day-to-Day Calendar by Stephan Pastis

 

Stay organized and entertained in 2016 – find the full list of comic calendars from our publishing division here.





Meet Your Creator: Piers Baker (Ollie and Quentin)

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The GoComics “Meet Your Creator” series brings you firsthand insight into the lives and careers of your favorite cartoonists. Each week, we hand over the keys to one of our talented creators, who share their inspirations, achievements, creative processes, studios and more! Read on to hear from this week’s featured cartoonist: Piers Baker of Ollie and Quentin.

 

My cartooning lightbulb moment came when I was about 8. I was reading Peanuts in the newspaper and I asked my dad if Charles Schulz earned a living drawing cartoons. He laughed and said that he did, and I thought, "Wow! THAT'S the job for me!"

 

 

Ollie and Quentin by Piers Baker

 

 

I've always loved the feel of a pencil scratching over paper. I think drawing is in my blood. My granddad, George Baker, was an author/illustrator who spotted my interest at an early age. Although he died when I was 6, he dedicated one of his books to me on scale drawing, saying, "To my second grandson, Piers, who may or may not follow in his grandfather's footsteps." He wasn't far wrong. My dad, though choosing to become a lawyer, is a good artist himself. My dad's cousin draws beautifully detailed technical illustrations and has exhibited at The Royal Academy Summer Show in London. My daughter is a tattoo artist and has, thankfully, inherited the “Baker Line,” which is our ability to produce a very neat line in our artwork.

 

I started out as a graphic designer, but knew it wasn't quite right for me. I was drawing every day, but it wasn't cartoons. In my late 30s I knew I had to get out, even though it was a huge financial gamble. I jumped, and have never earned as much again! But I have never regretted it, either.

 

 

Ollie and Quentin by Piers Baker

 

 

The turning point in my cartooning career came when the RNLI (Royal National Lifeboat Institution – the UK's version of the U.S. Coastguard) asked me to create a comic strip for their kids club magazine about a lifeboat man called Stormy Stan the Lifeboatman. I created a seagull sidekick for him, and Ollie was born. The strip developed over the years into a weekly newspaper comic. Eventually, Ollie ventured out alone, but needed a companion, and as an homage to all the poor lugworms I'd used as bait in my sea fishing days, I created Quentin (named after my youngest brother), and the comic you see today is the result.

 

 

Ollie and Quentin by Piers Baker

 

 

This may sound strange, but I'm not really a big comics fan. I simply love working with the comic strip format. I am never happier than when sitting in a coffee shop writing my comic and doodling in my sketchbook. Editing a long gag down into three short frames is very satisfying. It's a world I love to dive into and maybe even hide away in. I know my characters so well. I enjoy throwing situations at them to see how they respond. My technique is to write quickly and try to recreate the spontaneity that comes when we're talking with good friends. We are never funnier than when we're in a group, and it's those little funny comments that suddenly pop up out of nowhere that I try to recreate in my writing. I can often make myself laugh writing like this. It clears the coffee shop.

 

Aardman's “Wallace and Gromit” are my biggest inspiration. I love the subtle, gentle humor and the very Britishness of it. “The Wrong Trousers” is my favorite movie.

 

 

Ollie and Quentin by Piers Baker

 

 

The best day of my career was getting a call from Brendan Burford at King Features to say he would like to syndicate Ollie and Quentin. I had achieved my one true ambition in life. I could die happy as my headstone could now read: Piers Baker. Dad and Syndicated Cartoonist. Another flattering highlight was the day Stephan Pastis of Pearls Before Swine fame told me he'd left a note on his desk for his wife saying if anything should happen to him on one of his trips to visit the troops in Iraq, she was to contact me to ask if I'd continue his comic. He's still alive, isn't he?

 

 

Ollie and Quentin by Piers Baker

 

 

As a child I read Peanuts, Tintin and Asterix. I would copy Albert Uderzo's drawings as they were the best artworks I'd ever seen. I only discovered the brilliant Calvin and Hobbes a few years ago. That comic is the top of the pile for me. Cul de Sac is my favorite comic of recent times, although the one that makes me laugh out loud is Bewley by Anthony Blades, which I discovered on GoComics. Again, I love its British humor.

 

I now help run a whiteboard animation business called “Doodle Ads.” Actually, I simply do the cartoons and let my business partner do all the hard work. They're speeded-up quick-draw cartoon videos where you see a hand drawing silly images whilst listening to a voiceover explaining about a business or selling you something. Mainly for websites and presentations. It's great fun … although my comic is where my heart is.

 

 

Doodle Ads, Piers Baker

 

 

I was recently invited to my first ever Comic Con in Nottingham, which was great fun. Meeting fans and other cartoonists made a change from sitting at my computer all day. Cartoonists are the nicest people. I felt like a lost animal finding its herd after years of wandering alone in the forest. I plan to attend more.

 

As I write, I am surrounded by boxes, as I am moving to Manchester in the north of England. It's such a buzzing, creative and vibrant city, and I can't wait. I'll be sharing a super-cool studio space in a converted warehouse with other creatives half my age. I don't like working alone, preferring the buzz of activity around me.

 

 

Piers Baker   Piers Baker

 

 

Read Ollie and Quentin here.

 





ICYMI: Twitter Q&A with Lincoln Peirce (Big Nate)

Big Nate by Lincoln Peirce

 

Thanks to Lincoln Peirce for helping us kick off the 25th anniversary year of Big Nate in style, with an exclusive Twitter Q&A! We loved getting to celebrate this special milestone, and chat live with the man behind Nate's detention-winning humor.

 

If you missed today’s Q&A, catch up here, or browse the tweets below:

 

 

Subscribe to Big Nate!

 

Re-start the fun from the beginning in Big Nate: First Class!

 

Next up (Friday, Jan. 15): Be sure to tune in for next week’s Twitter Q&A with Wes Molebash, creator of Molebashed.

 





“Adulthood is a Myth” by Sarah Andersen is Available for Preorder!

 

 

Do you love networking to advance your career? Is adulthood an exciting new challenge for which you feel fully prepared? Then Sarah’s Andersen’s “Adulthood is a Myth” is NOT for you!

 

These casually drawn, perfectly on-point comics by Sarah’s Scribbles creator Sarah Andersen document the wasting of entire beautiful weekends on the Internet, the unbearable agony of holding hands on the street with a gorgeous guy and dreaming all day of getting home and back into pajamas. In other words, the horrors and awkwardness of young modern life.

 

Available for preorder now and releasing on March 8, “Adulthood is a Myth” is filled with fan favorites and dozens of brand-new comics exclusive to the book.

 

 

Adulthood is a Myth by Sarah Andersen
Adulthood is a Myth by Sarah Andersen

 

We’ve gotten a sneak peek and, take it from us, “Adulthood is a Myth” is HILARIOUS! Preorder your very own copy here.





4 Reasons to Read The Argyle Sweater

Happy Argyle Day, friends! Marking the occasion, we’re giving a shout-out to our most favorite place argyle is found. It’s not on our grandpa’s sweatervest or our brother’s dress socks – it’s right here on GoComics: Scott Hilburn’s The Argyle Sweater!

 

Why do we love this hilarious comic so much? Let us tell you:

 

1. It's PUNNY!

 

The Argyle Sweater by Scott Hilburn

 

The Argyle Sweater by Scott Hilburn

 

 

2. Crossover galore! You’re bound to catch a glimpse of your favorite comics characters from time to time.

 

 

The Argyle Sweater by Scott Hilburn

 

 

The Argyle Sweater by Scott Hilburn

 

3. Pop culture references.

 

 

The Argyle Sweater by Scott Hilburn

 

The Argyle Sweater by Scott Hilburn

 

4. It brings inanimate objects to life in an absurdly hilarious way.

 

 

The Argyle Sweater by Scott Hilburn

 

 

The Argyle Sweater by Scott Hilburn

 

 

Celebrate Argyle Day! Read The Argyle Sweater 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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Frank & Steinway  1-5-16

 

 

 

No Ordinary LIfe  1-5-16

 

 

 

 

Quick Draw  1-5-16

 

 

 

 

Something About Celeste 1-6-16

 

 

 

 

The Gray Zone  1-6-16

 

 

 

 

 

Green Pieces  1-7-16

 

 

 

QuickDraw 1-7-16

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 





GoComics A to Z, Vol. 21: The Best Medicine

A weekly feature spotlighting new & unusual features on the GoComics A-Z roster


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Feature: The Best Medicine
Creator: Izzy Ehnes
Format: panel/strip
Frequency: Mondays & Thursdays

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What if all things had consciousness? It sounds like a daffy proposition, the kind of question you might hear someone ask in the middle of an acid trip or during an expensive Introduction to New Age Philosophy seminar. But it's also the premise of an amusing and lighthearted comic strip by Izzy Ehnes, in which fire alarms, planets, and cotton balls are able to react and make observations on the terrifying, hilarious world around them. Oh, and it also features a lot of talking animals. Especially deer.

 

"The Best Medicine" succeeds through simplicity — the art is straightforward, and the punchlines don't require any explanation. In a world in which comics can often be complex and convoluted, this is a refreshing approach. Izzy does it so well, in fact, that her strip even earned accolades from Pearls Before Swine creator Stephan Pastis, who said "I first ran into Izzy at a comic convention in Petaluma, California, and I thought that her work was really funny. So I immediately told my syndicate about her. In all my years of syndication, I believe Izzy is the first person whose work I've recommended to my syndicate.”

 

When it comes to industry praise, it doesn't get much better than that. Check out "The Best Medicine" every Monday and Thursday right here on GoComics.





5 Games to Entertain Your Brain

For many people, January brings a clean slate and the will for self-improvement, coinciding perfectly with National Brainteaser Month! This year, resolve to get your mind in shape and give your brain its daily workout with a few FREE, fun and mobile-friendly puzzles!

 

For all of you seasoned word searchers out there looking to spice up your gaming, you have to try Lexigo: an innovative twist on the classic word search!

 

Lexigo

 

We know the beginning of the year can be busy, but short on time shouldn’t mean short on fun! PlayFour is perfect for a quick break, but will keep you on your toes and keep you coming back for more!

 

PlayFour

 

A favorite of the GoComics team, Unolingo combines the challenging fun of Sudoku and crossword into one, making it the best of both worlds!

 

Unolingo

 

Another addictingly fun hybrid puzzle is Word Roundup, which combines the challenge of a crossword with the quick-solve satisfaction of a word search! Unlike most word searches, in which the player knows what words to look for, Word Roundup gives crossword-style clues for the hidden words.

 

Word Roundup

 

Finally, a game that’s definitely too good to pass up in 2016: Universal Jigsaw. Your favorite family pastime has made it to the digital age better than ever, letting you complete pre-made puzzles or jigsaw your own images! An added bonus: virtual jigsaw puzzles make it impossible to lose the pieces!

 

Universal Jigsaw

 

 

For more fun ways to celebrate Brainteaser Month, check out the wide variety of FREE, mobile-friendly games available on uExpress.

 





Happy 25th Anniversary, Big Nate! Here are 25 Reasons Why We Love You and Your Strip

As Big Nate celebrates its 25th anniversary, Universal Uclick and Big Nate editor Lucas Wetzel shares insight into the strip’s humor and history.

 

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First Big Nate daily comic strip (1/7/91)

 

 

When Big Nate launched in newspapers on Jan. 6, 1991, I was in fifth grade — just one grade younger than the strip’s star, 11-year-old sixth-grader Nate Wright.

 

A quarter-century later, I’m well into my 30s, while Nate is still stirring up all kinds of sixth-grade mischief. Yet even today, Nate still seems like the wiser, older kid to me —the cool but approachable guy who isn’t afraid to risk detention, defy his teachers, or let girls know who’s the real catch of the class.

 

This magic suspension of time and place is a testament to the artwork, writing, imagination and humor of Big Nate’s creator, Lincoln Peirce, who entertains readers of all ages with the adventures of Big Nate and his friends. I once asked Lincoln where he got his story ideas, and he said that a lot of them come from his own memories of school. I guess it only makes sense that something so relatable and amusing would be grounded in real experiences (though I suspect imagination and creative storytelling have a lot to do with it a well).

 

So, to mark 25 years since Big Nate first hit newspapers, I’d like to celebrate the occasion with a list of 25 reasons we love Big Nate. Congratulations to Lincoln on this fantastic accomplishment, and here’s to (at least!) another 25 years of high jinks, hilarity and humor with Big Nate.

 

25) Cheez Doodles

 

 

Big Nate by Lincoln Peirce
 

Nate's all-time favorite. What more needs to be said?

 

 

24) Snowball Ambushes

 

 

Chad may look like an innocent bystander, but if there's snow on the ground, watch out!

 

 

23) Big Nate: The Musical

 

 

In 2013, the Adventure Theatre Company in Maryland put on a musical version of Big Nate, which featured, among other songs, “Even Year-Old Cheez Doodles Are Better Than Love.”

 

2) Hairstyles

 

 

As Trudy recently learned, Nate's iconic hairstyle can't be combed into place. In fact, if you look at all the characters, they each have their own distinctive hairstyle.

 

 

21) Detentions

 

 

Detentions themselves aren't that fun, but watching how Nate lands there is. He might be the only student in P.S. 38 history to get as many as seven detentions in one day.

 

 

20) Plastic Bottle Therapy

 

 

 

 

 

When Nate faces a tough situation, there’s only one thing that can calm him down: The soothing “thunka, thunka, thunka” of hitting his forehead with an empty plastic bottle.

 

 

19) Spitsy

 

 

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Not known as the smartest dog on the block, Spitsy nonetheless has managed to turn the cone into a comical fashion accessory.

 

 

18) Pickles

 

 

Never mind that Pickles is a cat, Spitsy has a serious crush on her. She's a pretty laidback feline.

 

 

17) Artur

 

 

The friendliest, most unflappable Belarusian in the funny pages. It’s hard to blame Jenny for liking him.

 

 

16) School Picture Guy!

 

 

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A perennial favorite character who pops up in the least likely places. I’ll never forget the time School Picture Guy filled in as the DJ as at one of the school dances and ruined Nate’s chances by playing “Love Lift Us Up (Where We Belong)” at an inopportune moment.

 

 

15) Dad

 

 

Even if he’s an awful golfer who hands out prunes on Halloween instead of candy, Nate and Ellen’s dad is a pretty likable guy.

 

 

14) Unrequited Love

 

 

Whether it's Nate's hopeless crush on Jenny, or Kim's crush on Nate, romantic attention often goes unreturned. Such is life, especially in the sixth grade.

 

 

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13) Trudy

 

 

However, not all the crushes in Big Nate go unreturned. Most recently, Nate's chance encounter with a cute, friendly girl at the state fair led to a long search and eventual discovery of his soon-to-be girlfriend, Trudy. The plot thickened when she was revealed to be a seventh-grader.

 

 

12) Chad

 

 

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Innocent, chubby and eminently adorable.

 

 

11) The two "G"s

 

 

Gina and Mrs. Godfrey are Nate's archrivals, and his scraps with these two have landed him in more detention hours than anyone can count.

 

 

10) “Enslave The Mollusk”

 

 

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One of the best band names (if not actual bands) of all time.

 

 

9) Confidence

 

 

Nate's friends and classmates may roll their eyes at his occasional overconfidence, but for a reader, it's all part of the charm. We can see Nate's blind spots and where he falls short of his bold claims, then have a laugh and cheer him on just the same.

 

 

8) Comics by Nate

 

 

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Who could forget the adventures of Dr. Cesspool, the inept matchmaker Dan Cupid, or second-rate country singer Slim Stubby? Nate's comics show a lot of promise, although they might not quite be ready for widespread syndication.

 

 

7) School Tours

 

 

Instead of just speaking to large audiences, Big Nate creator Lincoln Peirce visits school classrooms and bookstores on every tour, giving fans a chance to connect one-on-one with their favorite author and cartoonist.

 

 

6) Hand-drawn

 

 

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Aside from using Photoshop to do Sunday coloring, Lincoln Peirce still draws every Big Nate strip by hand, using old-school technique to create a classic comic look.

 

 

5) Title Panels

 

 

Sunday strips include a bonus piece of artwork next to the comic’s title, drawn on lined notebook paper (to indicate a drawing by Nate). It’s like getting a peek into the character’s private sketchbook.

 

 

4) Books

 

 

 

Big Nate by Lincoln Peirce

 

 

Big Nate is the star of an insanely popular series of novels, activity books and comic collections. Check them out here and here.

 

 

3) Frequency

 

 

TV, movie and book series can take weeks, months or years between episodes. But new Big Nate comics post every single day, along with Big Nate: First Class from further back in the archives.

 

 

2) Ensemble Cast

 

 

In addition to all the names mentioned above, there are so many great characters in this strip that make Big Nate what it is. It's a great mix of a main ensemble, minor recurring characters, and others who make only brief appearances.

 

 

1) Everything!

 

 

Big Nate by Lincoln Peirce

 

 

 

OK, so it's a bit of a cop-out, but it was just too difficult to pick one top item. When you factor in great writing, artwork, school memories, pranks, crushes, friendships and adventures, what's not to love? You, too, can share in the magic by reading Big Nate on GoComics every single day.





Giveaway: Library of Big Nate Books

Big Nate by Lincoln Peirce
 

It’s a BIG year for Big Nate! Lincoln Peirce’s classic comic strip is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year (Jan. 6)!

 

This giant milestone calls for a celebration equally as large! To kick off the festivities, we’re giving away a library of TWELVE Big Nate books, which includes:

 

• "Big Nate: Welcome to My World"

• "Big Nate: Greatest Hits"

• "Big Nate: Great Minds Think Alike"

• "Big Nate: I Can’t Take It!"

• "Big Nate: From the Top"

• "Big Nate: Game On!"

• "Big Nate: Out Loud"

• "Big Nate: Makes the Grade"

• "Big Nate: The Crowd Goes Wild"

• "Big Nate: Say Good-bye to Dork City"

• "Big Nate and Friends"

• "Nate el Grande: Hola!"

 

To enter, leave a comment on this blog post with a link to your favorite Big Nate comic strip on GoComicsbrowse the archive here. To be counted, you must include your first and last name or handle.

 

This contest will end Tues., Jan. 12 at 10 a.m. CT. One winner will be randomly selected and announced that day on the GoComics blog.

 

NOTE: This giveaway is open to U.S. and Canada residents only.





Giveaway: Pearls Before Swine 2016 Calendars – Winner Announced

Pearls Before Swine Calendar Giveaway

 

Thank you to all who entered to win a Pearls Before Swine 2016 wall calendar AND a Pearls Before Swine 2016 day-to-day calendar! We had a blast reading your favorite Pearls Before Swine comic strips.

 

We've randomly selected one winner whose favorite strip is from Nov. 9, 2015!

 

Congratulations, Juriana Salinas! Please contact us at rewards@gocomics.com with your shipping address and phone number. Please note: You must contact us by 1/12/16 or your prize will be forfeited.

 

Still need a new calendar for the new year? Find one here.

 

Stay tuned! The next giveaway will be announced on 1/6/16 at 8 a.m. CT. 





The Elementary Teacher’s Revenge: How Classroom Monsters Wound Up on the Page

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Kory Merrit

 

 

Andrews McMeel Publishing recently released a kids’ book entitled "The Dreadful Fate of Jonathan York," a beautifully illustrated, Tim-Burton-esqe tribute to the life-changing power of stories, and one of the five stories that make up Kory Merrit’s "Lost Side of Suburbia" series

 

If you’ve ever read Kory’s work on GoComics, you’ve encountered some of the strange creatures that inhabit Kory’s world. And you may have wondered, where does he come up with such delightfully grotesque little monsters? As a former camp counselor and current K-6 art teacher, Kory will tell you that the answer is pretty close to home. Read on:

 

“One day I will write and draw books!”

 

That’s what I’d say as a grade-school student. Of course, I knew nothing of sales or the difficult market; I’d heard too many “You Can Do Anything You Want If You Believe In Yourself” stories, so the thought of settling for a more realistic career never occurred to me. I’d read Bill Peet’s books and studied his illustrations, I’d been enthralled by “The Hobbit” and Brian Jacques’ “Redwall” novels, and I knew storytelling was what I wanted to do. Not oral storytelling – even as a snotty kid I was aware of my nasal voice – but I was a halfway-decent writer and practiced doodler, so it felt like the natural path.

 

But somewhere along the way, I must have been struck by the reality brick – my parents, while very encouraging, are also practical folk, and illustration/cartooning doesn’t always provide a comfortable living (or health insurance). So I went to college, got my teacher certification and landed a job as a New York public school elementary art teacher.

 

But my love of weird stories never went away; it only intensified as I discovered Stephen King, Peter S. Beagle, Berkeley Breathed, George RR Martin, and Terry Pratchett. And during my college years, I worked as a counselor at a summer camp, where telling bedtime devotion stories was always a highlight.

 

So it seemed my childhood plans were not totally accurate: I was not a professional kids’ author/illustrator, but at least I was drawing and being creative and working with children.

 

 

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Kory Merrit

 

 

And most of the time I was happy with this, for I found many of the kids I worked with to be fun and appreciative. But then there were those very special students – any educator knows the sort – the ones who get your bile bubbling. The ones who won’t shut up when you’re giving directions, but refuse to participate when you lead the class in an interactive story or song. The ones who decide to have a meltdown in the middle of your biannual observation.  

 

The Little Monsters.

 

So how does one deal with the Little Monsters? Take advice from Marzano or Danielson or some buzzword-spewing chump with an education doctorate but zero classroom experience?

 

Me, I decided to channel my frustrations into my illustrated stories.

 

I didn’t have a publisher at the time, but some lucky freelance work with websites like FunBrain and GoComics gave me an opportunity to publish some of my own stories online. So each evening, as the sun sank low and the shadows sidled in like predators seeking out the sick animals in a herd, I’d pull out my pen and paper and scribble out stories. You’ve heard the expression “Write What You Know” -- perhaps my own adventures were a bit sparse, but I did know one thing: I knew about little monsters. Knew them first hand. And so I filled my stories with all sorts of bogies, and whenever I needed inspiration for a twisted face or bugging eyeball or sneering lips, I’d simply remember my worst classroom experiences, and inspiration would hit me like a ripe tomato.

 

 

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Kory Merrit

 

 

I’m lucky that my first illustrated book hit shelves in 2015. It’s called “The Dreadful Fate of Jonathan York,” published by Andrews McMeel, and features a milquetoast fellow who ends up lost in strange swamp and must face all sorts of challenges, including thieves, swamp monsters, an evil ice cream conspiracy and (worst of all!) public speaking. And of course it’s loaded with monsters. They snarl and shriek and cackle and belch…

 

I wonder if they’ll read the book? And if they do, will they recognize themselves?

 

I’m still a long way from being a successful author/illustrator, but at least I’ve found some use for the Little Monsters.

 





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.

 

 

 

1-2-16

 

 

 

 

Dysconnected  1-2-16

 

 

 

 

Something About Celeste  1-2-16

 

 

 

 

And now...  1-3-16

 

 

 

 

1-3-16

 

 

 

 

 

The Neighborhood  1-3-16

 

 

 

 

1-3-16

 

 

 

 

1-4-16

 

 

 

Onion & Pea  1-4-16

 

 

 

 

Zombie Heights  1-4-16

 

 

 

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

  





Weekend Faves (January 3)

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

 

Bears just keep creeping around GoComics! See more sightings here.

--Julie

 

 

The Duplex by Glenn McCoy
The Duplex by Glenn McCoy

 

And he's still doing better at his resolutions than me.

--Elizabeth

 

 

WuMo by Wulff & Morgenthaler
WuMo by Wulff & Morgenthaler

 

New Year's Resolutions: expectation vs. reality.

--Amanda

 

 

Looks Good on Paper by Dan Collins
Looks Good on Paper by Dan Collins

 

Terrifyingly accurate.

--Julie

 

 

Hot Comics for Cool People by Brandon Sheffield and Dami Lee
Hot Comics for Cool People by Brandon Sheffield and Dami Lee

 

The social-media-sphere can be a dangerous place for dog-lovers. Good to know I'm not the only one out there with this "problem."

--Amanda





New Comic Alert! Gil by Norm Feuti

Gil by Norm Feuti

 

Meet Gil. He’s an 8-year-old kid. Gil is a bit of an underdog. He doesn’t have the newest toys or live in a fancy house. His parents are split up – his single mother supports them with her factory job income, and his father isn’t around as often as a father ought to be. But none of these things seem to have an adverse affect on Gil’s relentless optimism and upbeat attitude.

 

Read Gil here.

 

 





6 Tips for Going Back to Work After a Holiday

After indulging in food, spending time with family and partaking in other holiday festivities, January always comes far too soon. Sneaking up on you as you’re enjoying your time away from the office, reality rears its ugly head and the back-to-work blues set in. Anxiety strikes as jingle bells are replaced by alarm clock blares, and you realize you can’t snooze away that never-ending stream of email.

 

Our list of post-holiday pro tips can help you get back into your workday grind:

 

1. Don’t waste time dwelling on your vacation’s end. Switch your brain to work mode and jump right back into the swing of things!

 

Garfield by Jim Davis
Garfield by Jim Davis

 

2. Remember, parents: Time at work means a break from your job at home.

 

Fowl Language by Brian Gordon
Fowl Language by Brian Gordon

 

3. Surround yourself with positive thoughts.

 

Savage Chickens by Doug Savage
Savage Chickens by Doug Savage

 

4. If you must hold a meeting on the first day back, keep it short!

 

Free Range by Bill Whitehead
Free Range by Bill Whitehead

 

5. Fuel yourself up for success: coffee is a must.

 

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

 

6. Put things in perspective: returning to work post-holiday can be a struggle, but before you get too stressed out, consider the alternative…

 

Reality Check by Dave Whamond
Reality Check by Dave Whamond

 

 





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.

 

 

It's Just Jim  12-30-15

 

 

 

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Kartoons By Kline  12-31-15

 

 

 

 

Girth  1-1-16

 

 

 

 

Signs of a Frustrated Golfer 1-1-16

 

 

 

 

 

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

 





Stay Inspired in 2016

A perfect compliment to New Year’s resolutions, Motivation and Inspiration Day (Jan. 2) is dedicated to taking action and achieving your goals! For those looking to kick off 2016 with some extra encouragement, we suggest Zen Pencils, featuring cartoon quotes from inspirational folks.

 

A unique and exciting comic strip, Zen Pencils pairs famous sayings of iconic people – Einstein, Ghandi and Bill Watterson (Calvin and Hobbes), to name a few – with beautiful artwork, resulting in a collection of heartwarming stories that both motivate and educate us:

 

Zen Pencils by Gavin Aung Than

Zen Pencils by Gavin Aung Than

 

Stay inspired today and every day! Subscribe to Zen Pencils here.

 

For more motivational tips and tidbits of cartoon wisdom, order your copy of “Zen Pencils – Volume Two: Dream the Impossible Dream” here.





Happy Mew Year!

After a meowy holiday season, the kitties of GoComics are ready for the Mew Year! Not to be confused with the far-less-superior human New Year, Happy Mew Year Day for Cats (Jan. 2) gives our favorite felines the chance to celebrate all of the naps, treats and purrfect possibilities awaiting them in 2016.

 

When it comes to ringing in the Mew Year, our funny felines aren’t kitten around, which is why we’re kicking off this pawty with a playlist of our favorite comics filled with cattitude!

 

Brevity by Dan Thompson
Brevity by Dan Thompson

 

Ten Cats by Graham Harrop
Ten Cats by Graham Harrop

 

Garfield by Jim Davis
Garfield by Jim Davis

 

We’ve only scratched the surface. View our full collection of catty comics.

 





Start the New Year With New Comics!

Happy New Year! Often considered a time to start fresh and make positive changes, there’s no better place to begin 2016 than right here on GoComics! Resolve to spend the year in good spirits by adding even more laughter to your GoComics library.

 

To get you started, here are a few must-follow comics for 2016:

 

Sarah’s Scribbles by Sarah Andersen: A hilarious take on everyday life, this is a comic for barely functioning people, created by a self-described barely functioning person.

 

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

 

Four Eyes by Gemma Correll: Quirky, sweet and amusing, Gemma’s cartoons are rich in puns AND pugs (which can only be a good thing, really).

 

Four Eyes by Gemma Correll
Four Eyes by Gemma Correll

 

Lunarbaboon by Christopher Grady: Lunarbaboon chronicles the daily joys and struggles that come with being a father while dealing with depression, anxiety and raising a family. A tribute to the bond between father and child, as well as husband and wife, adults with playful imaginations will get lost in the panels.

 

Lunarbaboon by Christopher Grady
Lunarbaboon by Christopher Grady

 

Fowl Language by Brian Gordon: As he pokes fun at the daily tedium and frustrations of parenting, Brian Gordon hopes to give comfort to parents who are losing their minds just as quickly as he is.

 

Fowl Language by Brian Gordon
Fowl Language by Brian Gordon

 

Fill your feed with even more fresh humor! Find more of our recent additions here.

 

And, be sure to pay a visit to our New Year’s collection.

 





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