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January 03, 2014

New Year, New Start

It’s a New Year, and my time assisting at GoComics is coming to an end as I pass the torch on to an awesome new intern. This is bittersweet. GoComics is my alma mater in a way: It's a place that will always have a special spot in my heart, where I’ve grown immensely and shared some really good laughs with a lot of really great people. The new year is a time of reflection, and as I reflect on 2013, I am the most thankful that I was able to get my start at GoComics, because GoComics has given me the tools I need to succeed. But now I face a fresh new start and that’s always an exciting thing.

 

Calvin and Hobbes:

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The new year is also a time to set goals ... then slip into a pair of sweatpants, eat an entire pizza by yourself and pretend like you’re actually going to get off the couch and work out tomorrow. This year, I have decided to ditch my laissez-faire attitude toward New Year’s resolutions, seeing as new starts are the perfect opportunity to grab life by the horns, and I set some goals I absolutely have to stick to if I want to conquer this purgatory they call “the awkward 20-somethings.” For example, finding a job I love as much as this one, so I won’t have to live in my parents’ basement anymore.

 

Ultimately, I want to be able to use this pickup line. Dilbert:

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I won’t lie, my past resolutions have not been successful, and new starts kind of freak me out, because both of these things imply change. However, life would be so boring if we didn’t change.

 

Calvin and Hobbes:

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That’s the fun thing about change. Zen Pencils:

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Wishing you a happy new start with a brave new heart.

 

What is your New Year's resolution? Comment on this blog post and let me know.

 

~Meredith 

December 26, 2013

National Fruitcake Day

“What is fruitcake made of?,” we all pondered in our GoComics marketing team meeting.  “I mean there’s obviously fruit, sometimes nuts, but what other ingredients go into fruitcake, and what makes it last so long?” We are all fairly knowledgeable people here at GoComics, so why did we know so little about fruitcake? Is fruitcake just archaic tradition, or does it require a developed taste? I believe the answer is a little of both. 

 

A picture of the first fruitcake. CowTown:

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Dec. 27 is National Fruitcake Day, which should be aptly renamed National Fruitcake AWARENESS Day. Fruitcake, something often re-gifted rather than gifted, is a dying breed. It’s common knowledge that those who have a palate for fruitcake obviously carry a recessive genetic trait, while those who do not carry this gene have an instinctual disdain for this festive anomaly.

 

Personally, I associate fruitcake with the Greatest Generation, something more popular among my grandparents. Somewhere in my clouded memory of Christmases past, I remember my grandma making fruitcake in the form of cupcakes for easier consumption. The finished product— an NHL professional grade hockey puck. The only person I’ve ever known to be really, truly excited about fruitcake was my easy-to-please Great Uncle John, whose Christmas list usually consisted of only two things:  fruitcake and Old Spice. 

 

Either way, fruitcake has become the stuff of urban legends, despite its supposed 2-billion-year shelf life. Does fruitcake deserve a Hostess Twinkie-style comeback, or should we just let it go? In order to answers this hard-hitting question, I’ve consulted the comic gurus.

 

Historically, fruitcake may have a bad rap. That is Priceless:

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Something both man and dog try to avoid. The Duplex

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However, fruitcake can be repurposed, as demonstrated in FoxTrot:

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CowTown creator Charlie Podrebarac also offers a lot of interesting ways to recycle your fruitcake, though I would say his attitude toward fruitcake is a little negative. In fruitcake’s defense, there aren’t many foods that can hold a flame to CowTown BBQ. 

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Refreshingly, Adam@Home seems to suggest fruitcake deserves a second chance, despite its “gross stuff.”

 

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I think fruitcake is getting too much flak. After all, you can eat it, re-gift it, or use it as a spare tire.  It’s the gift that keeps on giving!

 

What do you think about fruitcake? Comment of this blog post and let us know!

 

~Meredith 

 

December 19, 2013

Moving Back In

I have two roommates, and they happen to be the same people responsible for giving me life. Yes, I live with my mom and dad. I often think about what I would write about if I ever created a comic strip. Without a doubt, I would tell my story of moving back in with my parents.

 

Moving from my college pad to my parents' house has obviously taken some getting used to. There are times when I yearn for my independence and times when my parents’ popularity ratings suffer, like when they make me do the dishes.

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However, now that my years of teen angst are a thing of the past, I have built an appreciation for my parents, and I’ve come to realize that moving back home has it’s benefits. 

 

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After all, I no longer have to worry about starving to death due to my lack of culinary skills.

Invisible Bread:

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I think they appreciate my help. I make sure they are up to date on the latest trends. I recently taught my mom how to freestyle rap, which was funny until she exclaimed, “You have a college degree, but you moved back home with me.” They also turn to me for tech support. A few months ago, my dad asked me if he needs two computers to burn a CD. It’s times like these when I think our generational gap would make for some pretty hilarious comic moments.

 

This happens to me at least once a week. Invisible Bread

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There are things I learn from my parents, too, because parents somehow magically have an answer for everything. Seriously, parents instinctively know how to fix any problem that may arise. I am constantly taking notes on everything from car maintenance to how to fold fitted sheets.

 

And if they can’t fix it, they find somebody to help. In college, these problems go unsolved. FoxTrot:

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Even though they didn’t seem to suffer from empty nester syndrome at all when I was in college, I think they’ve enjoy having me back at the ol’ homestead for some quality time we wouldn't have otherwise.

 

Cathy:

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Thatababy:

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If you created a comic strip what would you write about? Comment on this blog post and let me know.

 

~Meredith

December 12, 2013

Imaginary Friends

Imaginary friends were a hot topic on GoComics this week.

 

Rat from Pearls Before Swine introduced his imaginary friend, Bernie, who seems a little gritty, but also seems to share the same interests as Rat:

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Peter Otterloop from Cul de Sac hung out with his imaginary friend, Ernesto: 

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This got me thinking about why kids have imaginary friends in the first place. Are they bored, lonely or are imaginary friends just fun to have around? There can be a fine line between cute and creepy when kids have in-depth conversations with figments of their imagination. If these habits carried into adulthood, we would all be walking around like Jon in Garfield Minus Garfield:

 

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While I don’t remember having imaginary friends when I was little, I do remember having a stable full of imaginary ponies, Huey, Dewey and Louie, who were pink, purple and blue. I think my imaginary ponies were compensation for the lack of pastel-colored ponies I owned in real life. 

My pony situation was kind of similar to the whole pet unicorn situation in Heavenly Nostrils:

 

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Recently, my friends and I have had a good time joking about our imaginary boyfriends -- doctors/artists who like to go shopping with us and discuss things like music and classic literature. Unfortunately, our imaginary boyfriends may also be compensations for the boyfriends we lack in real life.

 

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Maybe that’s why Rat and Peter have imaginary friends. Rat is compensating for the fact that he doesn’t have a drinking buddy as troubled as he is, and Peter is compensating for the band friend with shark teeth he never had. Or maybe having imaginary friends just makes the day go faster.

 

Calvin and Hobbes

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Did you have an imaginary friend when you were little? Comment on this blog post and let me know.

 

~Meredith 

December 05, 2013

The Winter Blues

It’s no secret that the characters at GoComics live for winter. It’s a rarity if there isn’t at least one snowball fight happening somewhere on your comics page from December to February. Sometimes I have trouble relating these GoComics features, and I know I don’t stand alone on this topic. Unlike Calvin and his snow goons, I HATE WINTER.

 

December is National Seasonal Depression Awareness month, and, unfortunately, I am all too aware of seasonal affective disorder. I am so S.A.D. it’s not even funny. Fortunately, I work at GoComics, and I find laughter is the best medicine for combating my winter blues.

 

I am a natural light junkie. I love to bask in the sun and all its vitamin D, life-giving glory, so spring and summer are definitely my favorite months. Then it happens. Every year, some time around the first freeze, my body slows to a glacial pace, both cognitively and physically. I spend every day for the rest of winter trying to fight off my Paleolithic instinct telling me to curl up in the fetal position and hibernate until the flowers start blooming again.

 

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It takes every fiber of my being to unadhere myself from my bed on winter mornings. While I’m at work, I think about my down comforter like a lovesick teenager: how it is a gift from the heavens, and how much I can’t wait to be wrapped in its warm embrace once more. When I get home I carbo-load, turn off my phone and retreat to my bed to be left alone with my Netflix. I am usually awoken from my long winter naps because a concerned friend or family member has come to check my vitals and confirm that my mattress has not, in fact, swallowed me whole.

 

Snoopy knows about the power of a good blanket. Peanuts:

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The seasonal change also makes me moody, and I turn into a bit of a Scrooge around the holidays. I’m more irritable during family time, which is abundant this time of year. The only festive song I can stand to listen to is "River," by Joni Mitchell, which is basically the S.A.D. anthem. It’s even worse when the holidays are over and people forget to continue spreading cheer, otherwise know as the post-Christmas letdown.

 

It would be magical if we could combine presents and sunshine. Heavenly Nostrils:

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Peanuts:

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Joking aside, Seasonal Affective Disorder is real, and it’s a real struggle. However, I’ve come to realize maybe it’s nature's way saying (or forcing) us to slow down and appreciate the little things, like comfort food, a comfortable bed and the time we have with family and friends who care about us during the season when it matters most.

 

What helps you combat the winter blues? Comment on this post and let me know!

 

~Meredith 

November 28, 2013

The Season of Togetherness

 

In case you haven’t seen the television commercials, which have been running since Halloween, it’s that time of year again. The time when we get to take a break from our busy lives to celebrate the holidays, huddle indoors and surround ourselves with good food.

 

Oh, yeah -- and family.  We get to surround ourselves with our crazy families. 

 

Like the Otterloop family in Cul de Sac:

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It’s a joyous time, but for some of us the extra family time in cramped winter quarters can also be a little stressful.  Especially when your mother is nagging you about your outfit choice, your aunt wants to know if she can set you up on a date with her “cutie patootie” neighbor, you have to listen to your uncle’s sad attempts at jokes and your siblings make snarky comments about your third helping of mashed potatoes.  I’m getting worked up just thinking about it.

 

It does sound familiar, Real Life Adventures

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I don’t know why Rat has to leave. Everyone’s thinking it. Pearls Before Swine

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So this holiday season remember to take deep breaths and take it easy on the eggnog, because the holidays will be over soon and you’ll go back to missing your clan of crazy relatives.

 

~Meredith 

August 29, 2013

Buy the ticket, take the ride.

I attended a going-away party for a friend last weekend, and an older woman there gave my friends and I some sage advice. Seeing as we are a group of 20-somethings in that awkward transitional phase when we can’t decide what we want for breakfast, let alone what we want to do with the rest of our lives, we’ll take advice from anyone who is offering it.

 

The woman said, “If you walk into a nursing home anywhere in the world and ask one of the residents what they regret most about their life, they will never answer with a something they regret doing. They will only answers with regrets about the things they did not do.” This reminded me of a Hunter S. Thompson quote, which appeared in last week’s Zen Pencils. “Buy the ticket, take the ride.” 

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I’ve always understood this quote (in its "Fear and Loathing" context) to mean you may have created a situation that makes you feel like you are in over your head, but turning back would be a rather uninteresting option. This quote, in its Zen Pencils context, also works as a form of encouragement: Just do it. You won’t regret it. 

 

This is my last day at GoComics, and, in retrospect, this quote perfectly reflects my experience here. This is a real job: I’ve had to do real work, and there were times I felt like I was in over my head. When I started here, I was still in school and I didn’t know if I would be able to make it to the finish line with my sanity intact, but with the extraordinary help from the GoComics team I have found my voice as a writer and grown so much as a professional. I am so glad I bought the ticket and took the ride.

 

~Meredith, the magical mystery intern. 

 

P.S. Do you have any advice for me as I embark on my next adventure? I would love to hear it. Comment on this blog post and let me know. 

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August 22, 2013

The Beach is Calling

This month’s Cul De Sac has chronicled the Otterloops' trip to the beach, and I have been in a perpetual state of nostalgia ever since I glanced at the first of the beach panels. I’m actually kind of freaked out, because I have never read anything so akin to my experiences as a kid. It’s like Richard Thompson read my mind. 

 

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Every year, my parents would load us in car and embark us on a two-day journey across six states to visit my family at their beachfront home on a secluded island off the coast of Jacksonville, Fla. A valiant venture, considering my sister and I cannot spend more than two hours together without bickering. These car trips truly tested the ties of unconditional love.  

 

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The words “beach house” may have a fancy connotation, but this beach house is a total zeitgeist of the 1960’s. It still retains its original pea green appliances and wood-paneled walls despite the number of hurricanes and tropical storms it has weathered. The ocean air has made the furniture smell of must, and the local cats add notes of dander to the scent. To me, the beach house and the island it stands on are magical because it is home to some of my earliest and favorite memories. What kid wouldn’t be awe-struck by a place shrouded in mystical legends of sunken pirate treasure and fishermen’s tales of mermaids, a place where you can swim all day and watch nests of sea turtle eggs hatch at night? That is why I found myself almost envious of Alice this week as she gets to experience all the wonders of the beach through the eyes of a kid. 

 

I hold tacky beach house decorations close to my heart: 

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My hair does things I don’t understand when it’s exposed to humidity and salt air: 

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What is seafoam made of anyway? 

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Where do most of your favorite childhood memories take place? When was your first trip to the beach? Comment on this blog post and let us know.

 

~The Intern 

 

 

 

 

August 15, 2013

To the Daily Comics and Beyond!

There is no doubt in my mind I was an astronaut in a past life. If you don’t believe me, consider this: My favorite movie in second grade was The Right Stuff, which has the run time of 3 hours and 21 minutes. I sat all the way through it, at age 7, multiple times. I spent hours begging my parents to sign me up for space camp, and I was genuinely jealous they were around to witness the space race. I stockpiled those glow-in-the-dark stars you stick to your ceiling so I could make my room look like a planetarium. I even enjoyed that nasty freeze-dried astronaut food you can buy in science museum gift shops. This girl is a space nerd.

 

Unfortunately, the math and science parts of my brains did not develop to full rocket scientist potential, so now I have to look elsewhere for my aeronautical fix. Luckily, my stars led me to GoComics, where I do not stand alone in my wannabe astronaut space pursuit.

 

I used to have a rocket ship just like this one in Red and Rover:

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Here is a custom creation by Red and Rover's Brian Basset for the NASA program:

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I also had a spacewoman alter ego like Calvin and Hobbes:

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I can always count on Brewster Rocket: Space Guy! for awesome space facts:

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Do you have personal stories about the space race or your own space adventures perhaps? Comment on this blog post and let us know!

 

~The Intern

 

 

 

 

 

August 08, 2013

Duality

There’s duality in the comic world between fun and seriousness, a childlike way of looking at things and an adult way of looking at things. One thing that continuously amazes me about the comic realm is its appeal to a huge demographic, ages 6 to 600. I think this is because the imaginative quality we all seem to lose a bit when we mature is fully present in the comics page; in turn, presenting a scenario kids can relate to and a feeling adults yearn for. There’s no doubt in my mind that it takes hour upon hours of blood, sweat and tears for the comic strip creators to a capture this brilliant dichotomy, creating something that can appeal to all ages, but this imagination is the element that makes comics strips work.

 

I spent the weekend with my cousins (ages 8 and 10), and the more time we spent together, the more I started to envy them. Firstly, because I know they must be in cahoots with the Energizer Bunny, and secondly, because I’m jealous of their vivid, wild imaginations. I began to reflect on the days when my imaginary pony friends kept me entertained for hours, the days when I had no mental filter to inhibit me from thinking or saying the darndest things. Then I started thinking about how ingenious some aspects of my work would be today if I still had the ability to imagine and pretend like I did when I was 6.

 

Not only is this imagination seen in the work of the creator. It’s seen in their characters….

 

Calvin is the king of imagination. Calvin and Hobbes

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Snoopy is full of imagination when it comes to fighting the Red Baron. Peanuts:

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Mark Tatulli is so imaginative that Lio’s imagination has an imagination of its own: 

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Where did your imagination take you when you were little? Comment on this blog post and let us know.

 

~The Intern

 

 

 

 

August 01, 2013

The Big Picture

 

This is my last month as “the intern” at GoComics. As a recent college grad, it’s a transitional time. I find myself in a reflective state, but I’ve also spent a lot of time thinking about the big picture. 

 

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This reminded me of one of my first assignments here at GoComics. I had to come up with a question to post on the Calvin and Hobbes Facebook page. Here it is:

 

“Calvin is a highly intellectual 6-year-old, despite his poor grades. What do you think Calvin will be when he grows up?”

 

This is a “stump the chump” question, considering the Calvin’s complexities. Firstly, Calvin’s disdain for school is contradicted by his profound discussions. In a society where education plays a strong role in determining ones future, Calvin does not let his education define him.

 

Calvin’s alter egos, like Spaceman Spiff, are something else to consider. Like most 6-year-olds, Calvin is always pretending and imaging what he wants to be when he grows up.

 

However, the final strip leaves this question open ended and full of possibilities. Calvin is, and always will be, perpetually 6 years old in the decade-long strip, so there is no right or wrong answer.

 

In an odd way, the things we have to consider to answer this question about Calvin are the things I’ve also had to contemplate about my next step in life. Will my academics define where I end up? Is this what I saw myself doing when I was little? Is there even a right or wrong answer?

 

I stumbled across this strip a couple of days ago, in which Calvin suggests he wants to take the Christopher McCandless Into the Wild route and become a hunter-gatherer, so that’s one option:  

 

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Like every other human being on this planet, I have some things to consider about the big picture, but the beauty is I get a fresh start and a lot of possibilities. 

 

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~The Intern 

 

July 30, 2013

A new form of carb that won’t add inches to your waistline!

Have you ever had that “finally, somebody understands me” feeling? The same feeling you felt in your years of teen angst, when you heard Nirvana or read Catcher in the Rye for the first time? The feeling you get when you meet someone and think to yourself “yeah, we were definitely friends in a past life.” That’s how I feel about Invisible Bread.

 

You’re saying, “Blast! This intern duped me! This blog title is misleading. This comic strip won’t take inches off my waist line!” Wrong. You’ll be laughing those inches off your waistline in no time. Here’s why…

 

Not only is this strip named after everyone’s favorite form of carbohydrate, it also magically encapsulates all the desirable traits of your favorite comic strips. Invisible Bread plays with the small moments of anxiety and panic we have to deal with in our day-to-day life and mixes it moments of joie de vivre, instead of being a never ending “the world is against me” saga. Plus, Justin Boyd, the creator, has taken the stick figure to a whole new level, both physically and intellectually. When it comes down to it, Invisible Bread is charmingly, simply human; it is relatable. What more can you ask for from a comic strip?

 

With that being said, I am double-dog daring you to walk away from Invisible Bread with a frown on your face. Take a look at the panels below and comment on this post letting us know, on a scale from one to outrageously funny, how much you’re giggling at your computer screen right now: 

 

Love when this happens:

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Are you that person?

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This happened to me at least twice in college: 

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Admit it, you've been in this position:

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And this one: 

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*Added Bonus* Boyd includes a link to a bonus panel in the GoComics comment section of Invisible Bread every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, so look out for a second helping!   

 

~The Intern 

July 18, 2013

Ziggy Giveaway Winners Announced!

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Thanks to all who entered to win a copy of the Ziggy book and T-shirt. We are excited to announce that we have randomly picked a winner.  

 

Congrats to Maggie Kannon! You are the winner of this Ziggy fan pack!

 

Please send your shipping address and phone number to rewards@gocomics.com. Please note: You must contact us by 7/25/13, or your prize will be forfeited.

 

Thanks again to everyone who entered. Check back for more giveaways!

 

 

Dating Duds

Ahhh, the single life. Spending Saturday nights at home, crying into your pints of Ben & Jerry’s because you are afraid of kicking the bucket alone in a room full of cats. There is something poetically comical about it, as exemplified in Lela Lee’s Angry Little Girls:

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Every time I find a comic strip poking fun at the complexities of the dating world, I find myself chuckling at my desk, because, well, we’ve all been there. A big "thank you" to the comic strip creators for reassuring us that we do not stand alone in dating duds. You, Mr./Ms. comic strip creator, have made it OK to laugh at bad pick-up lines and those love-induced, unstable emotional states. For that, we salute you.

 

I pull the comic strips that make me giggle and save them on my computer to refer to for blog post ideas. While looking through my compilation, I noticed a theme. Then I realized my hoard of dating-related strips serves as an excellent reminder: When it comes to matters of the heart, keep it light. So I share my personal stash with you, beloved GoComics reader, to remind you of the same thing.

 

More Angry Little Girls, because it always seem to be spot-on: A30b2a2041af01300eb2001dd8b71c47

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More epic pick-up lines from The Duplex’s Eno:

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and Eric the Circle:

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Rat reminding us to look at the bright side. Pearls Before Swine

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Comment here with a link to your favortie comic dating disater. 

 

~The Intern 

July 11, 2013

Ziggy Giveaway!

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Ziggy, Ziggy, Ziggy can’t you see? Sometimes your words just hypnotize me. That’s why we’re having a Ziggy giveaway! Enter to win a Ziggy book featuring 40 years of your favorite lovable, little guy,

AND -- to complete your new Ziggy No. 1 fan look-- we’re throwing in this (extra soft) Ziggy T-shirt.   

 

To enter, leave a comment on this blog entry with your FIRST and LAST name. Limit one entry per person. This contest will end on Thursday, 7/18 at 12:00 p.m. CDT. Sorry, worldwide comic fans — only U.S. and Canadian residents are eligible to participate. The winner will be announced that afternoon on this blog.

 

Good luck!

 

July 03, 2013

Independence Day the Toon Town Way

Independence day means different things for different Americans. For some, it is a celebration of freedom. For others, it is a celebration of all things Americana: hot dogs, American beer, apple pie, pyrotechnics, the movie "Independence Day" or Lenny Kravitz’s "American Woman" playing on repeat.  Here are some ways Americans and Toon Town citizens alike celebrate the 4th of July:  

 

1) Exercising freedom of expression.

 

Red and Rover: 

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  Specifically, the freedom to wear what one desires.

 

The Duplex:

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Real Life Adventures: 

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2) Breaking free from the tyrannical rule of nagging family members.   

 

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3) Barbecuing  

 

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4) Setting off fireworks (of course)


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… Or watching someone set them off for you. Poor Red.

 

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And last, but not least … sparklers! The underdog of the firework display world.

 

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Wishing everyone a safe and happy 4th of July. Leave a comment on this post and tell us how you’re celebrating.

 

~The Intern 

July 02, 2013

Stone Soup Giveaway Winners Announced!

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Thanks to all who entered to win a signed copy of "Road Kill in the Closet," book four of Jan Eliot’s Stone Soup collection! Congrats to the following winners...

 

• Becky Ferguson

• Renee Miller

 

If you see your name above, please send your name, shipping address and phone number to rewards@gocomics.com! Please note: Winners must contact us by 7/12/13 or your prize will be forfeited.

 

Don't forget to check back for more giveaways! 

June 27, 2013

San Diego Comic Con 2013 GoComics Signing Schedule!

Ladies and gentlemen, the moment you’ve been waiting for –here is the official San Diego Comic Con 2013 GoComics signing schedule! 

 

Yes, GoComics will be returning to SDCC for the tenth consecutive year with our partners in fun, Andrews McMeel Publishing from July 17 - 21. So, throw on your best spandex superhero costume, check out the schedule below and stop by our booths (#1503 and #1505) at the San Diego Convention Center to get free, exclusive Comic Con 2013 prints signed by your favorite creators.

 

Our special GoComics street team will be in downtown San Diego once a day with special comics-related giveaways – sneak previews of 2014 items, new t-shirts, and more.  We’ll announce the location on Twitter approximately 15 minutes before the giveaway, so be on the watch.

 

 NEW – our first-ever GoComics/Andrews McMeel tweet-up! Some of the most talented cartoonists – including some of the creators listed below – will meet up with you at a TBD location that will be announced on GoComics’ social media outlets. Come prepared to get free autographs, special giveaways and with questions for your favorite creator.

 

 If you can’t make it to Comic Con this year, never fear! You can still experience the action by following us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram (gocomics) for photos, videos and more! 


Wednesday, July 17

7 – 8PM: Street Team Giveaway (until supplies are depleted)

 

Thursday, July 18

10:30 – 11:30 AM: Dana Simpson (Heavenly Nostrils)

12:00 – 1:00 PM: Rob Harrell (Adam@Home)

1:30 – 2:30 PM: Brooke McEldowney (Pibgorn, 9 Chickweed Lane)

3:00 – 4:00 PM: John Lustig (Last Kiss)

4:30 – 5:30 PM: Mark Tatulli (Heart of the City, Lio, Desmond Pucket)

6:30 – 7:30 PM: Street Team Giveaway (until supplies are depleted)

 

Friday, July 19

10 – 11AM: Lucas Turnbloom (Imagine This)

11:30AM – 12:30PM: Lalo Alcaraz (La Cucaracha)

1– 2PM: Bill Amend (FoxTrot)

2:30 – 3:30PM: Mark Tatulli (Heart of the City, Lio, Desmond Pucket)

3:30 – 4:30PM: Street Team Giveaway (until supplies are depleted)

4 – 5PM: Randall (Honey Badger Don’t Care)

5:30 – 6:30PM: Brooke McEldowney (Pibgorn, 9 Chickweed Lane)

 

Saturday, July 20

10:30 – 11:30AM: Ted Rall (Pulitzer Prize finalist, editorial cartoonist) and Shannon Wheeler (Too Much Coffee Man)

12 – 12:45PM Tweet-up Event and Street Team Giveaway (until supplies are depleted)

1– 2PM Lincoln Peirce (Big Nate)

2 – 3PM: Greg Evans (Luann)

2:30 – 3:30 PM: Mark Tatulli (Heart of the City, Lio, Desmond Pucket)

3:30 – 4:30PM: Berkeley Breathed (The Academia Waltz, Bloom County)

5 – 6PM: Matthew Inman (The Oatmeal)

 

Sunday, July 21

10 – 11AM: Matthew Inman (The Oatmeal)

11:30AM – 12:30PM: Lela Lee (Angry Little Girls)

1 – 2PM: Paige Braddock (Jane’s World)

2 – 3PM: Street Team Giveaway (until supplies are depleted)

2:30 – 3:30PM: Shaenon Garrity (Skin Horse

* All times are PDT 

 

Here are some pictures GoComics took at San Diego Comic Con last year:

 

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See you there!

 

June 25, 2013

Stone Soup Giveaway!

 

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If you need some great summer reading, this is the giveaway for you! Enter to win one of two SIGNED copies of "Road Kill in the Closet," book four of Jan Eliot’s Stone Soup collection. To enter, leave a comment on this blog entry with your FIRST and LAST name and an answer to this question: Who is your favorite Stone Soup character?

 

Limit one entry per person. This contest will end on Tuesday, 7/2 at 12:00 p.m. CDT. Sorry, worldwide comic fans — only U.S. and Canadian residents are eligible to participate. The winner will be announced that afternoon.

 

Lucy the Beagle

Every few weeks, someone from GoComics will blog about his or her dog. I became guilty of this infraction about a month into my internship, but seeing as GoComics is home to hundreds of comic strips about anthropomorphic animals, it’s hard not to relate our own pets to these strips and blog about our personal experiences with the animals we love. A few days ago, my boss asked me which comic strip I felt the most connected to, and I answered Peanuts. Here’s my reason for that answer:  


Fifteen years ago, my sister and I pooled our allowances and cajoled our parents into letting us buy a dog. We picked out a beagle that was suffering from kennel cough, but behind her sad, puppy eyes, there was a sparkplug personality waiting to be unleashed. Being a beagle, and a sassy one at that, we aptly named her Lucy after the Peanuts character. Had she been a boy, we would have named her Snoopy. Like Snoopy, she promptly became a dynamic part of the nuthouse I call home.  


I wish I could say my parents' dog-owning apprehensions washed away immediately with Lucy, but Lucy’s personality took some getting used to, much like the Peanuts character. When we put Lucy in her kennel at night, she would yelp until we put her in bed with one of us. When dinner rolled around, she would bark in our faces and refuse to eat her dog food until we graced her with some table scraps. (If you’ve ever heard a beagle howl, you know this routine can become tiring.) And there was no way we could ever get Lucy in the house without giving her a treat upon entry. She had us well-trained. We were under her spell, and we fell for her tricks every time. 

 

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Considering all we did to keep Lucy happy, she did more for us and she was worth every minute. Lucy always came to my soccer practices as a kid. When my sister grew up, Lucy was the only one willing to play in the snow with me. As I got older, she would sleep outside my bedroom door until I woke up, always making sure I had somebody to greet me in the morning. One time I slept through a series of tornado sirens, and Lucy woke me up by pawing at my door until she knew I was safe. When my sister and I left for college, Lucy became my dad’s constant companion. My mother, an avid gardener, became reliant on Lucy to keep the rabbits out of her vegetable garden. As Lucy, aged it became harder for her to chase the rabbits out of the yard, but the rabbits were still intimidated by her presences. Lucy filled voids in our hearts we didn’t know needed to be filled. 

 

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This past Friday night, like any normal night, Lucy laid down in our dining room and slipped away in her sleep. Needless to say, we’re heartbroken. Considering I’ve spent a majority of my life with Lucy by my side, I’ve had to get reacquainted to the house without her. Now dinnertime is awfully quiet without her beagle bark. It’s hard getting out of bed in the morning without hearing her snores coming from the other side of my bedroom door. The rabbits have already taken over my mom’s garden and this morning I struggled to read my GoComics page without being reminded of Lucy. I’ve lost a real pal, but I am so happy I got to spend 15 years with this sweet, warm puppy. 

 

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Which comic strip personality would your pet be? Leave your comments below. 

 

~The Intern 


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