GIVEAWAY: SIGNED BREWSTER ROCKIT PRINTS

Brewster Rokit by Tim Rickard
Brewster Rokit by Tim Rickard

 

We’re celebrating a big birthday this month! Brewster Rockit is turning 10!

 

We’re giving away five signed Brewster Rockit prints. Making these archive-quality prints even more special, these particular comics are hand-selected favorites of Tim Rickard! 

 

To enter, comment on this blog post and include your FIRST and LAST names. Limit one entry per person. This contest will end on Tuesday, Aug. 5 at 10 a.m. CT. The winner will be announced that day on this blog. This contest is open to all readers worldwide.





GIVEAWAY: LIMITED EDITION SDCC SIGNED PRINTS – WINNER ANNOUNCED

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Thank you to all who entered to win the SDCC 2013 signed prints!

 

We have randomly selected a winner!

 

Congratulations to Ivelisse Woods! Please email us at rewards@gocomics.com with your shipping information and phone number. Please note: You must contact us by Tues., August 5 or your prize will be forfeited.





COMICS SHERPA: EDITOR'S PICKS

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

 

 


7-25-14

 

 

Bushy Tales  7-25-14

 

 

 

 

Leadbellies 7-25-14

 

 

The Insolent Lemon  7-25-14

 

 

 

 

7-26-14

 

 

 

 

 Millennialville  7-26-14

 

 

 

 

Apple Creek Comics  7-27-14

 

 

 

 

Buns  7-27-14

 

 

 

 

Magic Coffee Hair  7-28-14

 

 

 

Suburban Wilderness 7-28-14

 

 

 

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

 





Weekend Faves (July 27)

Pearls Before Swine by Stephan Pastis
Pearls Before Swine by Stephan Pastis

This is so accurate that it's almost not funny.

--Julie

 

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

…And a behaviorist would suggest you make some human friends!

--Dave

 

F Minus by Tony Carrillo
F Minus by Tony Carrillo

And that's when Jimmy's parents realized their house was haunted.

--Julie

 

Lio by Mark Tatulli
Lio by Mark Tatulli

The intricate skulls-and-berries pattern in this Lio Sunday make me wonder if Mark Tatulli has ever considered a side career as a tattoo artist.
--Lucas

 

Rabbits Against Magic by Jonathan Lemon
Rabbits Against Magic by Jonathan Lemon

Woah! This is one office party I'd like to be invited to. Fortunately, many of the guests are only one click away.

--Lucas





NEW COMIC ALERT! GLASBERGEN CARTOONS BY RANDY GLASBERGEN

Randy Glasbergen CartoonsRandy Glasbergen began his professional cartooning career in 1972 at age 15 and has become one of America’s most widely and frequently published cartoonists.

Randy owns and operates Glasbergen Cartoon Service, providing smart, topical cartoons at budget-friendly rates for publications, presentations, books, advertising, greeting cards, education and other special projects. His international clients include the Economic Times of India, China Daily, Harvard Business Review, Hallmark Cards, Oxford University Press, The Wall St Journal, Funny Times, Toastmasters International, McGraw-Hill, Planet Fitness and an endless list of others.

 

Read Glasbergen Cartoons here.





Meet Your Creator: Paul Gilligan (Pooch Café)

Wondering how Pooch Café got its roots? Cartoonist Paul Gilligan shares the scoop!

 

I got into cartooning in about grade two because I was really bad at soccer. I copied Don Martin drawings out of MAD magazine and the other kids gathered around and cooed. My ego was porous, so it went to my head. I was given the impression that cartoonists had groupies, so I threw away my guitar and spent my recesses drawing while the other kids kicked the ball.

 

I cartooned away happily for the next five or six years, being influenced by MAD, Peanuts pocketbooks, and comics like Richie Rich, Casper and Archie. I spent the summers with my sister and two female cousins, so my comic reading reflected a girl-centric bias. Then one day I found this.

 

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A boy comic! This comic sent me off in a bold new artistic direction: Drawing guys in capes punching stuff. I did that for the next eight years and headed off to Sheridan College with a portfolio full of drawings of Iron Man and Thor. They immediately told me to stop drawing like that, seeing as how most people in the world were more sensibly proportioned and wore much more comfortably fitting clothes. I agreed and spent four years coming up with styles that looked like this:

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I did freelance illustration for many years without thinking much about syndicated cartooning. Then Gary Larson retired, and I -- along with every person who’d ever doodled in the margin of a notebook -- thought, Why, what a perfect time for me to become the next Far Side phenomenon and make a million dollars

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That didn’t work out, so I went back to not thinking about comic strips for more years, until one day it suddenly seemed like doing a comic was the best idea in the world. So I whipped up this character named “Plank,” a naïve man-child with a rutabaga-like head who reminisced about his childhood. I drew 24 strips and mailed them off. Five days later I got a message on my answering machine from Jay Kennedy telling me he loved my work and he wanted to talk about syndication. I thought, Well, that was easy.

 

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But as you may have surmised from the fact that you’ve never heard of a comic strip called “Plank,” it wasn’t quite that easy. I came up with another strip about office life (I’ve never worked in an office) and another about a female lawyer (I’m not a female, and I don’t know anything about lawyers) before finally hitting on something that I might actually be able to write more than a week of jokes about: dogs. And Pooch Café was born. 

 

The first strip:

 

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A more recent one (note superhero influences):

 

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I’ve also been fortunate enough to close the circle by having some of my own work appear in MAD. 

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As years went by, no groupies appeared, but I now get to spend my days coming up with jokes about drinking from the toilet and catapulting cats into the space. My years drawing superheroes have come in handy. And I rarely think about soccer at all.

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Read Pooch Café here or visit the Pooch Café blog.





Meet Your Heroes

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It's time for Comic-Con International, when the east coast rises a full thirty feet above sea level as enthusiasts worldwide weigh down San Diego. Comic-Con is where every single one of the things that are too cool for your tiny brain to even imagine happen all at once. Merchandise and creator meet-and-greets aside, the cosplay scene has grown so vibrant that there are people there dressed as "sexy" variants on Star Wars bounty hunter/ space mummy Dengar. At least four. Even if you don't think that's cool, it's better than most of the parties you go to. Everyone wins at Comic-Con!

 
 
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To those in attendance, we salute you, and remind you to drop by our booth, number 1503. You can get a free GoComics Pro account, so you can spend your time in various lines reading sweet comics on your cool computer-phone, instead of trying to make small talk with the guy in front of you dressed like a zombie version of Frasier Crane. There will also be a ton of awesome signings from people like Bloom County and Outland creator Berkeley Breathed (who, I can say from experience, is a real peach) They might have stickers there, too. I don't know, it's not my department. I know the people who will be there, though, and they're terrific. Make them talk to you! They basically have to!

 

 

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For those unable to attend, I suggest coordinating your own fan summit via your local Craigslist for opportunities to meet up with like-minded people in your area who enjoy comics and/ or dressing up like steampunk versions of historical characters. That's how my parents met, though they were dressed as steampunk versions of Mork and Mindy. It was a simpler time.  

 
 
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You know what's shockingly easy to find in our archives? Comic strips about comics. Turns out, there's some overlap in those interests. Now revel in your literacy, True Believers!

 

 

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You enjoyed that, right? Hey, so did we. We have lots more comics that, even when they aren't about other comics, are still comics themselves, so you can't go wrong, assuming comics are what you're after. But you don't have to take my word for it-- you can check out Calvin & Hobbes, FoxTrot, Big Nate and a seemingly infinite cast of others every dang day on our site. I think we also have an app. Yeah, we also have an app. Gosh, we're pretty great. 
 
 
 
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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 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.

 

 

 

7-22-14

 

 

 

 

Peanizles  7-22-14

 

 

 

 

A Bit Sketch  7-23-14

 

 

 

Buns 7-23-14

 

 

 

 

7-23-14

 

 

 

Milton  5.0

 

 

 

Vernscartoons  7-23-14

 

 

 

 

 Frank & Steinway  7-24-14

 

 

 

Green Pieces  7-24-14

 

 

 

 

Ron Warren  7-24-14

 

 

 

 

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

 





LUM AND ABNER AND ANNIE AND DICK TRACY

Okay, I'm a few days behind on some cool crossover news about Donnie Pitchford's Sherpa strip LUM AND ABNER, which is based on the radio show of the same name, which was huge in the U.S. from the 30s to the 50s.

 

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The original Lum and Abner -- Chester Lauck and Norris Goff.

 

Last Sunday Joe Staton and Mike Curtis' DICK TRACY, which since June 1st has been following a storyline involving the disappearance of Little Orphan Annie, featured this cameo appearance by Lum and Abner:

 

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LUM AND ABNER appears in Sunday format, which is supplemented by an audio version, so you can follow the strip even if you are blind -- or read the strip while hearing it acted out. For example, to listen to the strip below, click here:

 

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From radio show to comic strip to audio comic strip. Nice. There's a whole world of backstory to this project, and a hearkening back in admiration to the days of Old Time Radio. You can read more about the strip here.

 

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Cartoonist Donnie Pitchford with one of his originals.

 

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The Lum and Abner Jot 'em Down Store and Museum, in Pine Ridge, Arkansas. Their website, with more Lum and Abner history, is
here

 

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11 Reasons Comics are Better Than Real Life

Ever have those days when you wish you could be “anywhere else but here?” You could be getting a tan, seeing the world, or rocking out with your best friends -- but you’re not.  You’re at work, or at home, or running errands. What if you could live in a comic strip?

 

I got a lot of positive feedback about the last week’s list blog -- so I have decided to go that route again.  This week: 11 Reasons Comics are Better Than Real Life.

 

11. Travel Between Worlds

 

 

Dark Side of the Horse by Samson

Dark Side of the Horse by Samson

 

 

 

Other comic characters do it all the time! Sine, from Dark Side of the Horse, crosses over here into the Pearls Before Swine world. Living in a comic strip would mean that if you got bored with one place, you could just warp to a whole new world and chill there for a while until you were ready to return.

 

 

10. Eternal Youth

 

 

Thatababy by Paul Trap

Thatababy by Paul Trap

 

 

 

While a few comic characters have aged over time (Luann comes to mind), many of them don’t.  Are all comic characters secretly vampires? Probably not -- vampires are not nearly as interesting. That being said, the faster you decide to switch from living in the real world to living in a comic strip, the younger you will stay.  Forever.

 

9. Revamp Your Style Without Plastic Surgery 

 

 

Garfield by Jim Davis

Garfield by Jim Davis

 

 

 

Don’t like your legs? Fine. Think your eyes are too small? Not a problem. Want to lose some weight? Don’t bother killing yourself at the gym. Garfield survives on donuts and lasagna, but hey, it looks like he’s lost weight over the years. So grab a third donut (yes, the ones filled with icing), have a talk with the creator, and he or she will fix you right up!

 

8. Really Cool Parents

 

 

FoxTrot Classics by Bill Amend

FoxTrot Classics by Bill Amend

 

 

 

By no means am I saying there aren’t cool parents out there. Two of them I’m proud to call my own! But, let’s be honest here, if I had devoured an entire bag of cookies in one sitting, my mom would have told me it was tough. There would have been a lecture about “once you eat something, it’s gone.” Which would turn into “once you spend your money, it’s gone.” Which would have turned into, “You need to go to college and get a decent job so that you can afford decent things in life.” Like cookies. 

 

7. Wizards

 

 

Wizard of Id by Parker and Hart

Wizard of Id by Parker and Hart

 

 

 

What’s not awesome about a wizard? Wizards have all kinds of awesome powers that (so long as they aren’t being used on you) are well worth living in a comic strip. I’m relatively positive there are no wizards in the real world. Though, if you are reading this and you are a wizard, come out of hiding. We promise to love you.

 

6. Bacon

 

 

Invisible Bread by Justin Boyd

Invisible Bread by Justin Boyd

 

 

 

Apparently in comics, they eat so much bacon that they even have to keep emergency supplies of it just hanging around in case of a sudden craving. I see nothing strange about that.  

 

5. Life Doesn’t Have to Make Sense

 

 

F Minus by Tony Carrillo

F Minus by Tony Carrillo

 

 

 

That being said, I think pancakes taste better when cooked in an orange juice powered dishwasher… by a chipmunk named Zeus.

 

4. Brains and Diets are Null and Void

 

 

Heart of the City by Mark Tatulli

Heart of the City by Mark Tatulli

 

 

 

Garfield? Peter from Foxtrot? Eno from The Duplex? Brains and diets are null and void more often than just when the weather sucks.  I woke up late for work earlier this week and had a brownie for breakfast -- topped with Cool Whip and peanut butter. I’d fit right into this lifestyle.

 

3. Talking Animals

 

 

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Heavenly Nostrils by Dana Simpson

 

 

 

This one explains itself. Animals can talk. Cool!

 

2. Meet Special Guest Stars

 

 

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Pearls Before Swine by Stephan Pastis

 

 

 

Several comics feature “guest stars” such as SpongeBob, former presidents, famous actors … or even death! Living in a comic, you will get the chance to meet them all.

 

1. Anything is Possible

 

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Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson

 

 

 

 

If you can imagine it, it’s possible.  Calvin is a prime example of that. His imagination runs wild -- and his adventures are never boring. Living in a comic means the only limitation you have is your own mind. That may or may not be a dangerous thing.

 

There you have it!  Clearly living in comics would be 10 times cooler a million times cooler than living in real life. Can we get the technology to make this possible sometime soon, please?

 

-- Jessi





Bill Watterson Artwork Up For Auction!

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Last month, the world went wild when Calvin and Hobbes cartoonist Bill Watterson collaborated with Pearls Before Swine creator Stephan Pastis to guest illustrate an incredible storyline.

 

Now, the legendary comic strips are up for auction! As of now, the cheapest of the three strips is already up to $5,500 and will surely soar in price. The online portion of the auction ends August 7, and all proceeds will be donated to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research.

 

What are you waiting for? Start bidding here!

 

If your budget doesn’t allow you to shell out that hefty amount of cash for the originals, you can purchase archive-quality prints of the storyline here





stretching the comics canvas

If you've been reading GoComics for a few years, you've likely noticed an explosion in new offerings on our A to Z listing. While single-panel toons and three- or four-panel funnies have long made up the traditional core of our content, some of the more recent additions require some serious scrolling and a bit of in-depth reading. While there will always be lame-o's who type "TLDNR" on anything over 140 characters, many others (like me) are delighted to see artists stretch the form to include literature, inspirational quotes, history and storytelling.

 

Today I'd like to spotlight three examples of GoComics cartoonists who work on a wide canvas, but I'd welcome any other suggestions in the comments. Let's start with a peek at Zen Pencils, by Australian artist Gavin Aung Than.

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There you have it... a scarily honest yet wonderfully poignant sentiment by Sylvia Plath captured in artwork. I love the arrangement of the words beside the falling figs. It's like a bit of concrete poetry in a graphic novel. Zen Pencils is as remarkable for its diversity of artistic styles as it is the wide range of source material. It's consistently inspirational and always fun to read.

 

If you're headed to San Diego Comic Con this weekend, stop by the Andrews McMeel Publishing/GoComics booth (#1503) on Friday 3.30-4.30pm and on Sunday 12.30-1.30pm to meet Gavin and see some examples of his upcoming book.

 

 

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Peter Mann, the artist and writer of The Quixote Syndrome, teaches in the Humanities program at Stanford University, where he occasionally uses these comics as teaching materials. The above illustration from last week presents a Franz Kafka parable in its entirety, with artwork that drives home the disorientation and reminds us how "Kafkaesque" came into the commen lexicon. You'll need to enlarge it to keep from squinting, but its well worth your while. Catch more Quixote Syndrome here.

 

 

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Eleri Mai Harris, of Eleri Mai Harris Cartoons, has been doing a great series about American history and civic identity, including this strip from earlier in the year depicting the Solidarity Singers of Madison, Wisconsin. I visited Madison over the weekend, and though I didn't make it into the State House in time to hear the 11:00 a.m. singing protest, I did hear a couple of the Solidarity Singers sharing their message outside the State House at the weekly farmer's market. Check out more of her recent large-format cartoons on GoComics.





GoComics Staff Pick: Off the Mark by Mark Parisi

Off the Mark by Mark Parisi
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This week's pick comes from our Director of Digital Content, David: Off the Mark's daily panels are like comic popcorn (or insert other bite size snack that you can’t seem to stop eating). 

 

Off the Mark by Mark Parisi

 

This comic has been a consistent favorite of George Takei and his massive following on facebook. Take a few seconds and treat yourself to a snack.

 

➜ Add Off the Mark to your GoComics homepage!

 

ABOUT: The off-the-wall humor of off the mark puts a refreshingly spin on the things we see everyday... from your favorite icons to your least favorite trends, from commercials to pets to computers. Slightly skewed and just a little twisted, off the mark scores a bull’s eye with readers looking for a laugh.

 





THE NATIONAL CARTOONIST

National Cartoonist coverNCSF prez Steve McGarry just announced the launch of The National Cartoonist:

 

"Published by the National Cartoonists Society Foundation, it is a free magazine celebrating the best in cartooning, past and present, with extensive interviews, in-depth features and behind-the-scenes glimpses into the world of cartooning and comics, as well as beautiful reproductions of rare and, in many cases, previously unseen original art from some of our greatest luminaries! We hope it is a publication that will be enjoyed by all cartooning fans, from the casual reader to the seasoned professional."

 

McGarry goes on to say free copies will be given out at the San Diego Comic-Con, at the NCS booth -- #1307. And you can read the 64-page magazine online here and subscribe. It's free!

 

 

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GIVEAWAY: LIMITED EDITION SDCC SIGNED PRINTS

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We’re in San Diego this week representing GoComics at SDCC, and we couldn’t be more excited! We have a schedule full of creator interactions, and we’ll be handing out GoComics PRO memberships along with some awesome prizes, so if you’re attending, be sure to pop by booth 1503!

 

Because we can’t contain our excitement, we think it’s only appropriate to kick off the SDCC fun a little early. We’re giving away a set of special edition SDCC 2013 prints signed by GoComics creators!

 

The set includes:

 

-       9 Chickweed Lane

-       Adam@Home

-       Bloom County

-       FoxTrot

-       Heavenly Nostrils

-       Jane’s World

-       La Cucaracha

-       Last Kiss

-       Luann

-       Skin Horse

-       Too Much Coffee Man

 

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., July 29 at 10 a.m. CT. The winner will be announced that day on this blog. This contest is open to all readers worldwide.

 

If you can’t join us at SDCC this week, you can keep up with us the action through social media!

 

Twitter: @GoComics (#GoComics)
Facebook: facebook.com/gocomics
Instagram: GoComics            

Pinterest: pinterest.com/gocomics

Tumblr: gocomics.tumblr.com

GoComics on the Road





GIVEAWAY: CALVIN AND HOBBES PRINT -- WINNER ANNOUNCED

Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson
Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson

 

Thank you to all who entered to win the Calvin and Hobbes print! We loved hearing why you love the classic strip.

 

We have randomly selected a winner!

 

Congratulations to Todd Morris! Please email us at rewards@gocomics.com with your shipping information and phone number. Please note: You must contact us by Tuesday, July 29 or your prize will be forfeited. 





COMICS SHERPA: EDITOR'S PICKS

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

 

 

Cleo and Company  7-18-14

 

 

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Mort's Island  7-18-14

 

 

 

 

 

Pirate Mike  7-18-14

 

 

 

Boogerbrain  7-19-14

 

 

 

 

The Old Man & His Dog  7-19-14

 

 

 

Winding Roads  7-19-14

 

 

 

 

7-20-14

 

 

 

 

Kartoons By Kline  7-20-14

 

 

 

 

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 Padded Cell 7-20-14

 

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

 





Weekend Faves (July 20)

Pooch Cafe by Paul Gilligan
Pooch Cafe by Paul Gilligan

Yesterday morning, I got a text from my mom that said, "DBOTFL." I honestly thought it was an auto-correct error until she told me to read Pooch Cafe. Technically, this is my mom's Sunday favorite, but I'm claiming it as my own.

--Julie

 

F Minus by Tony Carrillo
F Minus by Tony Carrillo

I'm going to live by this quote.

--Lindsay

 

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

Anyone who says they taste the same is lying. Triangles are 10 times better.
-- Jessi

 

Luann by Greg Evans
Luann by Greg Evans

It's Comicon week and we couldn't be more excited! Are you attending? Check out our SDCC signing/event schedule here!

--Julie

 

Heavenly Nostrils by Dana Simpson
Heavenly Nostrils by Dana Simpson

I can't decide what I'm going to do when I get home tonight: Pour Wine and play Nintendo … or look for my roommate's clarinet.
--Jessi

 

Frank & Ernest by Thaves
Frank & Ernest by Thaves

This Frank and Ernest Sunday is definitely in the running for my favorite Sunday strip of 2014. I've had several friends tour New Zealand, but not one has yet reported any Frodo-bombings. Leave it to F&E to achieve the impossible.

--Lucas





NEW COMIC ALERT! CLEAR BLUE WATER BY KAREN MONTAGUE-REYES

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Clear Blue Water is a comic strip about a large, loving family. It’s a strip about stress and sarcasm and the ability to cope. It’s a strip about loathing everyone you live with and not being able to move away from them because they will follow you. It’s about joy, and silliness and marriage. It’s filled with minutiae and arguments and happiness and worry and too many kids, or maybe not enough kids, depending on the day. It’s about autism and really weird superheroes and religion and friendship and race. Oh, and it’s got politics. WAY too much politics. Man, it’s got politics for days. Eve and Manny Torres and their five children are the caramel nougat in the center of this sweet and sour strip. Come on in, the water’s fine!

 

Read Clear Blue Water here.





Meet Your Creator: Melissa Lomax (Doodle Town)

Today, we hear from Doodle Town creator Melissa Lomax!

 

I’ve been drawing, doodling and cartooning since I was a very little girl. I found that by being creative I could "make my own fun," and because of that, there would never be room for boredom!

 

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As a child, when the Sunday comics arrived, I’d read them all… but my favorites were the ones that I’d skip to first. Among those were Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson. I could relate to Calvin’s wild imagination and his soft spot for a stuffed animal best bud. I also really liked For Better of For Worse by Lynn Johnston. I thought it was so unique to see the Patterson family growing up and moving along in life.  

 

As an adult, when I saw my first graphic novel, I was super excited! The idea of telling an entire story for kids or adults with pictures was like a dream come true. I think that Craig Thompson does this brilliantly in his novels "Good-bye, Chunky Rice" and "Blankets."

 

My career as a cartoonist took flight when I discovered Doodle Town. It started as a Valentine’s Day gift for Christian aka Patch (my now-fiancé). I doodled myself as a cat, Patch as a dog and tried to capture some of our funniest and sweetest moments together. A year later, the gift sparked an idea for a handmade book called "Summer with You." Patch and I took the book to the Small Press Expo in Baltimore during 2013, where Shena Wolf (the Acquisitions Editor at GoComics) visited our table and took an interest in my work! I knew something "magical" was about to happen, but I wouldn’t fully realize the potential until I was posting weekly on the GoComics site!

 

Doodle Town by Melissa Lomax
Doodle Town by Melissa Lomax


I’m still inspired by many of the things that intrigued me during my childhood. My mom introduced me to artists who sparked my imagination and moved me to create worlds of my own. I grew up fascinated with Richard Scarry and the intricate workings of "Busytown," Mark Alan Stamaty and his elaborate drawings in books like "Yellow Yellow" and the magical artwork in "Jelly Beans for Breakfast," with pictures by Beverly Komoda. I would be remiss if I didn’t mention The Muppets -- I consider them be living and breathing and off on an adventure somewhere right now. Jim Henson made me feel like anything you could imagine was possible.  

 

The greatest source of inspiration in my life is my fiancé Christian Patchell (Patch). We have been together for nearly 15 years. He is an amazing illustrator and cartoonist, a constant source of creative energy to his art students and an extremely optimistic and humorous six-year cancer survivor. He’s one of my biggest supporters, and he’s the Pups to my Kitty Lo-Lo!

 

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I’m a full-time greeting card artist at Kathy Davis Studios and have worked in the greeting card industry for nearly 15 years. My cards and product have been sold in stores such as Target, Wal-Mart, Wegmans and in American Greetings locations.

 

Some of my work has been printed in children's publications. My proudest moment so far has been to see several of my "Hidden Pictures" in Highlights magazine!

 

I am a member of the Philadelphia Cartoonist Society. As a group, we have worked with and donated artwork to charities such as The Philadelphia Committee to End Homelessness and The Children's Crisis Treatment Center.

 

As for my workspace, I like to think that I can draw just about anywhere on just about anything! But I will say that I love working alongside Patch in our art studio. When it comes to my workspace, I’m a bit of a neatnik, but I also like to surround myself with collections of things that inspire me. I have a clipboard where I keep all of my comic ideas and a folder where I gather all of my sketches. I ink the final artwork with a micron on tracing paper, scan it into the computer and color it on my iPad in a program called Procreate. I love that I can take my iPad outside and color my comic while relaxing on the lawn or in my favorite coffee shop!  

 

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Currently, I have a book idea that’s in the very early stages, based on Kitty Lo-Lo and Patch the Pups. It’s geared more toward children -- or adults who are kids at heart -- and will be full of adventure and fun!

 

Read Doodle Town here or find Melissa on Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram and her blog.

 






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