GoComics Staff Pick: The Duplex by Glenn McCoy

This week's pick comes from our Assistant Controller (accounting) Darin: I find the wittiness of The Duplex to be unparalleled.  I don’t recall when I stumbled upon this comic, but I’m glad I did, and I’ve been laughing ever since.  The seemingly subtle humor the comic incorporates into everyday living is hilarious and really resonates with me -- maybe because I often find humor in the mundane of daily life, or perhaps it’s because I see a small glimpse of myself in Eno, living the irresponsible life of a bachelor.  But Eno would be lost without the antagonistic Fang poking fun and playing practical jokes on him.  And while I don’t have a man’s best friend like Fang, I have plenty of friends who enjoy playing the instigator role and giving me a hard time.  The laughs and enjoyment I gain from this comic strip always fall back on how cleverly Glenn McCoy takes what’s simple and makes it funny…

 

 

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The Duplex by Glenn McCoy | gocomics.com/duplex

 

…and sometimes takes you into introspection.

 

 

 

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About: Once upon a time there was a duplex where a young bachelor named Eno and his dog, Fang, shared an ultra-macho haven of beer snacks and male-bonding. Suddenly, their lives turned co-ed when Gina and her poodle, Mitzi, moved into the other half of their building... the question is, who will come out on top in Glenn McCoy's The Duplex?

 



COW-ABUNGA

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Cow Appreciation Day was last week, but I wanted to celebrate today anyway. Better late than never!

 

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Here in Kansas City, we know a little something about cows.  I mean, we're not called Cowtown for nothing!  You can even buy Cowtown Barbeque Sauce, with a bottle designed by GoComics' own Charlie Podrebarac, the creator of the comic strip Cowtown.

 

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Cow and Boy is another strip that features a bovine, Cow, as a main character, along with Billy (the "Boy" of the title).

 

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Then there's Lucky Cow, a strip about the place where people really appreciate cows: a fast-food restaurant.

 

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How are you going to celebrate Cow Appreciation Day?  My festivities will NOT involve steak.  I promise.

 

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-- EAP

 



GIVEAWAY: CALVIN AND HOBBES PRINT

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The famous Calvin and Hobbes duo has been entertaining us for years! We can always count on this six-year-old and his crazy imagination to put a smile on our faces.

 

This week, we are giving away a Calvin and Hobbes print.

 

To enter, comment on this blog post and include your FIRST and LAST names – and share with us why you love Calvin and Hobbes. Limit one entry per person. This contest will end on Tuesday, July 22 at 10 a.m. CT. The winner will be announced that day on this blog. This contest is open to all readers worldwide.



GIVEAWAY: SIGNED PRICKLY CITY PRINTS – WINNERS ANNOUNCED

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Thank you to all who helped us celebrate Prickly City’s 10th birthday by entering to win one of three signed prints!

 

We have randomly selected three winners!  

 

Congratulations to Jon Berger, Michael Pohrer and David Sanchez! Please email us at rewards@gocomics.com with your shipping information and phone number. Please note: You must contact us by Tues., July 22, or your prize will be forfeited.



Prickly City 10!

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Greetings Comics Lovers!

 

I'm delighted to celebrate with my pal Scott Stantis' on the 10th anniversary of his "Prickly City" comic. Now if you know Scott you know he has very specific political and social positions, but what I've always appreciated about him is that he does NOT toe the party line. If Scott disagrees with a political leader or a GOP position, he has the thoughtfulness and courage to say so! What a novel idea! 

 

I know on some levels that may not sound like a big deal, but when you're a political cartoonist or a cartoonist who does a daily comic with political commentary (Scott is both) there's an expectation that your worldview will match the polticians and pundits who correspond to the party you've aligned yourself with. 

 

It's incredibly common for political cartoonists to draw exactly whatever the rest of their party is thinking. It's the courageous who can stand up not only to the other party, but his own as well. 

 

That's what separates Scott from a lot of cartoonists and what gives Prickly City and his editorial cartoons a nuance and complexity that most other social and political cartoonists can't compete with.

 

*SSS! 

 

-JG

 

* Slainte Scott Stantis!



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 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.

 

 

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Winding Roads  7-11-14

 

 

 

Lighter Side  7-12-14

 

 

 

 

 

Batch Rejection  7-13-14

 

 

 

 

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Bushy Tales  7-13-14

 

 

 

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Buns  7-14-14

 

 

 

 

Leadbellies  7-14-14

 

 

 

Soccer Earth  7-14-14

 

 

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

 



Weekend Faves (July 14)

Understanding Chaos by Gustavo Rodriguez
Understanding Chaos by Gustavo Rodriguez

Now what are we going to do?

--Lindsay

 

The Argyle Sweater by Scott Hilburn
The Argyle Sweater by Scott Hilburn

Don't worry, though. People find you really refreshing.

--Julie

 

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

Thank goodness Red didn't hop in for a swim, or he could've been gobbled up by an enormous Irishman.

--Dave

 

Reality Check by Dave Whamond
Reality Check by Dave Whamond

Godzilla vs. Solange? Now that's a movie I'd be happy to pay for.
--Elizabeth

 

Daddy's Home by Tony Rubino and Gary Markstein
Daddy's Home by Tony Rubino and Gary Markstein

Spoiler alert: He doesn't get the job.

--Julie



NEW COMIC ALERT! Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal by Zach Weiner

The weekend may be over but the fun doesn’t have to end! Introducing Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal!

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Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal (SMBC) is a daily gag comic about science, love, sex, religion, philosophy, economics and other topics probably best left to people who know what they're talking about.

 

Read Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal here.



Meet Your Creator: Jason Little (Shutterbug Follies)

Today, we hear from Shutterbug Follies creator Jason Little.

 

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Shutterbug Follies by Jason Little

Back when I was a kid in the '70s, Tintin comics weren’t nearly as ubiquitous as they are today, particularly in the small town of Binghamton, New York, where I grew up. But my anthropologist dad took frequent trips to Kenya, and would often have a layover in London. Each time he came home he brought me back a Tintin album in English.

 

This diet of Tintin made a profound impression on me. Practically everything in Shutterbug Follies is directly informed by Tintin: the pacing, the dialogue, the color, the plucky protagonist, the layout … Hergé looms large in my work, and informs it so naturally that I have to work really hard to pile on other influences to make myself more of an artistic melting pot.

 

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Gasoline Alley by Frank King

 

One of the influences I strove to incorporate into my work is the aesthetic of daily strips from the '20s and '30s, like Gasoline Alley and Little Orphan Annie. I’ve often fantasized about time travel back to that period. In April 2013, I started a project that forced me to deliberately emulate Frank King and Harold Gray: I had an idea for a daily strip about a homeless man named Borb.

 

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Borb by Jason Little

 

My plan was to evoke the vagabond tramp archetype from the early strips, but at the same time depict the real and timeless hardships of homelessness. I’m talking about the really grim and brutal stuff: disease, beatings, disfigurement, death, etc. But at the same time, I wanted it to be funny -- a tall order, it turns out. I decided to trust my instincts and follow the formal framework laid down by the masters. The result has been polarizing -- readers either love Borb or hate it. I ran the strip for three months at activatecomix.com, and then ended it. I’m delighted to say that Uncivilized Books will publish Borb as a book in April 2015.

 

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Since I finished Borb, much of my time has been spent in the pursuit of stereoscopic 3-D comics. I’ve been putting stereo images in my comics off and on since 1998, when I drew a 3-D backup story (“The Abduction Announcement”) in my first published comic, Jack’s Luck Runs Out. This year, 3-D took over again, beginning with an invitation to contribute a story to an all-3D issue of the Portland alt-comics anthology Study Group Magazine. Wanting to make sure that the project came off without a hitch, I volunteered to manage the thorny task of making sure the 3-D actually worked and was pleasing to look at. I ended up doing many of the 3-D conversions in that issue. The Study Group website will also host a short story of mine in 3-D called “Selbstbildnis Walpurgisnacht Bildungsroman,” which should debut some time in July.

 

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Selbstbildnis Walpurgisnacht Bildungsroman by Jason Little

The Study Groupwork led to an assignment doing a 3-D conversion on a poster for underground cartoonist Denis Kitchen. Denis also contributed to the research I was doing on the history of 3-D comics. This research turned into "3-D Comics Alive," a performance as part of the Comic Book Theater Festival this past June in Brooklyn. For this project, I did restoration work from old copies of selected 3-D comics from the '50s, '60s and '80s. I then turned these stories into slide shows, which I read radio theater-style with actors, music and sound effects interspersed with a visual lecture from me about the history of and personalities behind 3-D comics.

 

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I’ve also been doing a lot of writing, and have treatments for three graphic novels in various stages of development -- including a third volume in the Bee series. There may be a 3-D component to at least one of these books. I’m very much looking forward to getting fresh Bee installments in front of readers’ eyes as soon as possible.

 

Want to hear more from Jason? Check out his website and blog, or follow him on Facebook and Twitter.



Twitter Q&A with Leigh Luna (Leigh Luna Comics)

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This week, we hosted a Q&A on Twitter with cartoonist Leigh Luna (Leigh Luna Comics). If you missed it, catch up on the chat here! 

 

 

 

 

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ABOUT: Clementine Fox is an ongoing children's comic. It is about three woodland creatures, Clementine Fox, Penelope Rabbit and Nubbins the Squirrel who decide they want to become professional adventurers. Aside from being aimed at a younger audience Clementine also exists to remind us as readers revisit childhood occasionally. 

 

Join on Twitter next Friday (7/18) for a chance to chat with Deep Dark Fears creator Frank Krause. Follow along and aks questions using the hasthag: #AskFrankKrause 




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