Posts from The Intern: Wendi


November 22, 2013

The Intern's Last Day

This is my final blog post as The Intern. I am a professed Comics Geek -- I love the daily comics. Over the years, I have built a comics archive in my head that rivals the database at Universal Uclick. Here are a few strips that came to mind today.


Get Fuzzy by Darby Conley

The early years of Get Fuzzy were awesome. This image of Bucky in his fisherman’s sweater with the heart on the front is burned in my brain.


Get Fuzzy by Darby Conley




Pickles by Brian Crane

Ha. Roscoe does not appear to be much improved.


Pickles by Brian Crane




Red and Rover by Brian Basset

I did not discover Red and Rover until I began reading the comics online. It is possibly the sweetest comic story ever told, and this is one of the first strips I remember. You can read more about the creator, Brian Basset, here.


Red and Rover by Brian Basset




Pearls Before Swine by Stephan Pastis

My husband occasionally brings up Annie May, the sea anemone enemy -- and it’s an eight-year-old gag. Nice writing, Pastis.


Pearls Before Swine by Stephan Pastis




Pooch Café by Paul Gilligan

The holidays are upon us, so I leave you with a classic example of Pooch Café.


Pooch Cafe by Paul Gilligan




-- The Intern

November 21, 2013

Wide Open

The comic strip Dixie Drive has a new name – Wide Open. Creator Rich Powell describes the name change this way, “We’re flying a ‘57 Bel Air down the highways and byways of this great land in a cheeseburger-fueled quest for the essence of the American Animal! The stereo is cranked, the windows are wide open, the throttle is wide open, our eyes are wide open… the possibilities are WIDE OPEN!!” Makes you curious to read the strip, doesn’t it?


Here’s a funny one to introduce you to Rich’s talent:


Wide Open by Rich Powell

Wide Open originally joined GoComics as Dixie Drive in October 2012. Based out of Asheboro, N.C., Rich Powell created a comic strip that was influenced by his surroundings. As Dixie Drive became more popular, Rich decided to broaden his focus beyond the Southeast. In a recent interview with the Asheboro Courier Tribune, he said, “I’m just expanding the scope of the cartoon to poke fun at everyone in these great United States, not just my Southern brethren.”


Sounds like he wants to give all Americans an equal opportunity to laugh at ourselves. Rich may be turning his humor your way in the near future. Don’t miss it! If you are a GoComics PRO Member, add Wide Open to your My Comics Page, and read it every day .


Dixie Drive by Rich Powell


-- The Intern

November 15, 2013

Winter is Coming

We’ve reached that time of year when the leaves are less vibrant in color and not so attached to the trees. Get out your rake. Back home in Indiana, where I will return at the end of my stint as The Intern, snow is in the forecast this week. Get out your snow shovel. There will probably be a few weeks when fall and winter have to battle it out, but winter is coming. Call me Catelyn Stark if you so choose, or if you are also waiting for season four of “Game of Thrones.”


In the meantime, we’ll consider falling leaves in the comics.



You can count on Jason to come up with alternative uses for household items. It was worth a try.


Foxtrot by Bill Amend


If you’re looking for a more time-consuming way to rake the yard, here’s a solution.


The Duplex by Glenn McCoy


Dogs are so in tune with nature -- and burgers.


For Better of For Worse by Lynn Johnston


 Nature, burgers and squirrels.


Red and Rover by Brian Basset


 Oh, well. What can you do?


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




This guy takes the remote approach.


That Monkey Tune by Michael A. Kandalaft
That Monkey Tune by Michael A. Kandalaft



Would you prefer to rake leaves or shovel snow? Normally, I would choose snow, but this year I think I’ll choose Jamaica instead.


-- The Intern

November 08, 2013

Holiday Shopping

Believe it or not, it’s that time of year again -- time for holiday shopping. Universal Uclick has some awesome gift ideas that I want to tell you about.



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Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson





What a great family gift! Children and adults alike love the antics of six-year-old Calvin and his tiger pal, Hobbes. This New York Times best-selling book includes all of the Calvin and Hobbes comics that ever appeared in syndication. Both the hardcover and softcover collections are presented in a sturdy slipcase. For pricing information and to purchase, click here.






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Wonderword by David Ouellet





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Great options at all price points. Start your shopping now! Or add something you want to your own Christmas list. Personally, I’m going for The Complete Calvin and Hobbes softcover edition.


-- The Intern

November 06, 2013

My New Favorite Comics -- Part Two

Several weeks ago, I wrote about the comics I’ve been introduced to since I began working at Universal Uclick. They are not new, but they are new to me. There were too many to include in a single blog post, so I saved some for today. Maybe you’ll discover a new favorite, too. Enjoy.


Cartoons on sticky notes -- clever.

 Savage Chickens by Doug Savage
Savage Chickens by Doug Savage



I need to build my house again. Seriously, though, I like this comic’s spin on life.


F Minus by Tony Carrillo

F Minus by Tony Carrillo



Bold colors, subtle humor.


  Haiku Ewe by Allison Garwood

Haiku Ewe by Allison Garwood



This is my new favorite comic with a storyline.

  Grand Avenus by Steve Breen and Mike Thompson

Grand Avenue by Steve Breen and Mike Thompson



LOL! Awkward, innocent, hilarious Buni.

  Buni by Ryan Pagelow

Buni by Ryan Pagelow



-- The Intern

November 01, 2013

Our friends and creators are doing great things. Let’s support them!!

Have you ever wanted to see your name in a book, or in the credits of a movie? Now is your chance! Two GoComics cartoonists and an industry partner have fundraising campaigns to make their newest projects available to fans everywhere.  Supporters at all levels will be rewarded with great comic gifts.


Over the Hedge by Michael Fry

  Over the Hedge by T Lewis and Michael Fry


Michael Fry, creator of Over the Hedge, is making a live-action, animated short film called “New Souls.” If you are A More Than Generous Soul, you will see your name in lights by receiving an Executive Producer credit. Click HERE to watch a video about Michael’s latest creative endeavor, and see how you can help. Whether you are frugal, determined, earnest, friendly… your pledge to this exciting project will be rewarded.  Hurry, this campaign ends Wednesday, November 20 -- contribute HERE.




Dude and Dude by Keith Poletiek


Dude and Dude by Keith Poletiek
Keith Poletiek is working on the first book collection of his comic strip Dude and Dude. “Fish Tacos and Far Out Friends” needs your fundage, and your name will be listed in the book as a sponsor. Dude! If that’s not reward enough, click HERE to read about the other awesome perks for donors. Maybe you’d like a signed print, a T-shirt, or dinner with the creator -- the choice is yours. Don’t wait, this campaign ends Saturday, November 23 -- contribute HERE.




 The Daily Cartoonist by Alan Gardner




The Daily Cartoonist has started its annual fundraiser on Indiegogo. Help improve this site and expand its efforts to bring you great content. Every backer gets a FREE one-year GoComics PRO Membership!! Click HERE to see the other gifts that will be given to donors.  Hurry, this campaign ends Wednesday, November 20 -- contribute HERE.




Let’s help turn these dreams into realities.



-- The Intern

Publishing a Book

If you read the GoComics blog, you know by now that the Calvin and Hobbes treasuries are being published as e-books that will soon be available for purchase. Bill Watterson is talented. He is a gifted artist, of course, but he is also an amazing storyteller. It stands to reason that Calvin and Hobbes can still draw an audience 18 years after the last strip was released -- it’s that well written.


Anyone can write a book, but not everyone should have a book published. Some people ought to keep a journal, and leave it at that. However, hopeful authors are everywhere. Let’s look at a few examples from the daily comics.


You probably know that Snoopy was working on a novel, but did you know that he finally got it published? This outcome may be the definition of a dark and stormy night for a writer. Alas.


Peanuts by Charles Schulz
Peanuts by Charles Schulz



Get Fuzzy comes to mind when I think of wannabe authors in the comic strips. I’d like to know the title of Bucky’s book.


Get Fuzzy by Darby Conley
Get Fuzzy by Darby Conley



Here’s an interesting strategy.


Baldo by Hector D. Cantu and Carlos Castellanos
Baldo by Hector D. Cantu and Carlos Castellanos



I’ve read a few books that were similar to this one. In particular, I think of a man who was recounting the first 40 years of his life. Even the memory makes me yawn a little bit.


The Duplex by Glenn McCoy
The Duplex by Glenn McCoy



In Pearls Before Swine, Rat is always up to something. I love that he looks like he’s been through the wringer after typing the title, his three-letter name, and one sentence.


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




So we’ve come full circle to Calvin and Hobbes. Mr. Watterson portrayed Calvin as an aspiring author on more than one occasion. Today, I chose cute over precocious.


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




-- The Intern

October 25, 2013

Baseball in the Comics

It’s World Series time! Here are a few comics about baseball while you wait for game three.


The fans want to participate while keeping head explosions to a minimum.

Cleats by Bill Hinds


This salary strategy is going to require more fans. And beer.

In the Bleachers by Steve Moore


The first two guys kicked off “Dancing With the Stars” get this gig.

Close to Home by John McPherson


So where are you going for dinner after the game? I’m about 99 percent sure that this is a scene from “Three Nights in August,” the book about former Cards manager Tony La Russa.

In the Bleachers by Steve Moore2


A true fan is revealed in this way more than by fan gear.

Tony Auth by Tony Auth



-- The Intern

October 24, 2013

Coffee on a Cold Morning

It’s getting cold here in the Midwest. The offices of Universal Uclick are in downtown Kansas City, MO. For my tenure as The Intern, I sublet an apartment just a few blocks away from work. I like walking to work. No traffic, no road rage. People speak as I pass them on the street, and I enjoy the brisk morning air of my 10 minutes outside. BUT I’m ready to warm up with a cup of coffee by the time I enter the building.


Here’s a huge PERK (!) about this job -- we have our own coffee bar with a full time barista! I’ve always wanted to go somewhere, order “the usual,” and have someone know what I was talking about. It took Amanda approximately three days to remember my drink, although I suspect she had it mentally filed away before that. My latte is served with a lovely design on top, created by Amanda, using just the tip of the pitcher as she pours the frothed milk into the cup. Art is everywhere.


Let’s look at comics about coffee this week. I hope these make you laugh.



The definition of Happy Place can change without warning!!

  Big Top by Rob Harrell




Thanks to Allison Garwood for expanding my vocabulary. A forb is an herb that is not a grass.


  Haiku Ewe by Allison Garwood




You gotta give the kid credit.

  FoxTrot by Bill Amend




Obviously, worse things can happen, but someone would have to make a coffee shop run on this day.


Shirley & Son by Jerry Bittle



I’ve been in a similar situation. At the end of grad school, my friend and I had to take an early morning certification exam that required us to be at the test site several hours before our time slot. My friend picked me up, and brought coffee. No place was open that early in the morning, so she made the coffee herself. To my surprise, she had doctored the entire carafe with cream and sugar, and it was sitting on the floorboard of the passenger side when I got in. We did not drink straight from the carafe, but I still remember that as one of the best cups of coffee I ever drank.


Adam@Home by Rob Harrell






La Cucaracha by Lalo Alcaraz




I always save the best for last. This hangs above my desk at work, and will be framed for my wall when I go home. It’s my all-time favorite Pastis pun.

  Pearls Before Swine by Stephan Pastis



  -- The Intern

October 18, 2013

Space Travel

My husband and I went to see the movie  “Gravity” last weekend. I consider myself a fairly adventurous person; I’ve done my share of rock climbing, mountain biking, zip-lining, etc. And I LOVE a speedboat! Space travel was something I never considered as an option, and  “Gravity” did not make me think, “Hey, I’d really like to try that!” I was impressed with how impermeable their suits were in relation to how much they were getting flung up against stuff like the International Space Station. If I’m going to space, I want that suit.


I prefer the comic strip version of space -- the one where you get into a cardboard box with your best friend after your homework is finished. There’s just enough time for an adventure before dinner, and then you get to sleep in your own bed.


Some of my favorites come from Red and Rover. I’m partial to the strips that show Rover’s tail sticking out of the exhaust hole in the rocket! And I definitely want to be on the warm chocolate chip cookie mission to space.


Red & Rover by Brian Basset


I was surprised to find this bit of comic foreshadowing from 1997. SPOILER ALERT: this is basically the plot of “Gravity.”


Adam@Home by Rob Harrell


Probably most astronauts would enjoy the moniker Photogenic Space Stud.


Big Top by Rob Harrell


Here’s a failed attempt at money-saving options for NASA.


Close to Home by John McPherson




If you’re a true comics geek, this is what you’ve been waiting for. Surely you didn’t think I forgot.


Calvin and Hobbes is the consummate example of comics about space travel. I picked a single day from a series that ran Sept. 13 through Oct. 1, 1988. My choice below represents classic Calvin and Hobbes to me. Start here, and take a few minutes to view this whole space series for yourself.

Go exploring!


Calvin & Hobbes by Bill Watterson


-- The Intern

October 11, 2013

The Land of Lincoln

For eight and a half years, I lived in Springfield, Illinois. You’ve probably heard that Illinois is The Land of Lincoln. Well, Springfield is the heart of Lincoln-ness for the state. On one hand, you’re surrounded by the incredible history of places like New Salem and Lincoln’s Home. On the other hand, it can start to feel like All Abe All the Time when you live in the middle of it.


Those years made me very aware of our 16th president, and how often his image is used in popular culture. Turns out, the comics are no exception. You expect Lincoln to show up occasionally in editorials like Oliphant, but in the last month I’ve run into lots of comic strips featuring Abe.


Here are just a few. They speak for themselves.



Adam @ Home by Rob Harrell




The Flying McCoys by Glenn and Gary McCoy




Doonesbury by Garry Trudeau



La Cucaracha by Lalo Alcaraz




The Duplex by Glenn McCoy




If you ever travel to Springfield, plan a few hours to go to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum (ALPLM). It opened while my husband and I lived in Illinois, and I always felt proud to take visitors to such a high-quality presentation of American history. Don’t miss the state-of-the-art holographic program. You’ll be trying to figure it out for days.


 I saved the best for last:



The Argyle Sweater by Scott Hilburn


--The Intern

October 04, 2013

My New Favorite Comics

Before I started working at Universal Uclick, I thought I read a lot of comic strips.  The day of my interview, I left with a stack of books, and a list of comics to look into. That’s when I was introduced to Buni, Frazz,The Argyle Sweater and Lio.  As I meet more people in the offices of Andrews McMeel Universal, I find that many of my co-workers have favorites I’ve never heard of. The GoComics website is HUGE!


Today, I want to introduce you to a few of my new favorites, discovered in the last couple of months. The list keeps growing, so this will probably have to be two posts, but we’ll hit some highlights.



That Monkey Tune  -- I’m partial to all things monkey, so what’s not to like?


That Monkey Tune by Michael A. Kandalaft



  That Monkey Tune by Michael A. Kandalaft





Lio -- It doesn’t matter how you spell it, the cat’s name is still Sybil. You need to keep your feline behavior expectations in check.

  Lio by Mark Tatulli





Shirley and Son -- Precocious kid comics are always a hit!


Shirley and Son By Jerry Bittle


Shirley and Son by Jerry Bittle




Frazz -- LOL.


Frazz by Jef Mallett




The Bent Pinky -- I love a good single panel comic with a twisted sense of humor at its root.


  The Bent Pinky by Scott Metzger


GoComics adds comic strips to the website every week. There are talented creators being discovered all the time. That means a lot of new favorites just waiting to be added to my list!


Tell us one of your new favorites.


The Intern

September 27, 2013

My First Job

My predecessor, like most interns, held this job as a college student and new grad. Her blog posts made me think about one of my first jobs. The year was 1991. There were four offices in my area, with a shared computer in the hall. IMing was new. My boss would IM me from her side of the building, and then run over to tell me she sent a message.


I was pretty popular at work because I was the only person with The Far Side desk calendar. One of my co-workers, who hated mornings, would read my calendar before she went to her own desk. Candy needed Far Side fortification to start the day!


I’ve been contemplating the comics as an early form of social media. People checked in throughout the day to “like” the daily strip, and comment on it. I would post the keepers on the actual wall in my office, with tape.  Some co-workers brought their own posts to add to my wall.


Calvin and Hobbes was a favorite, back in the day, and I can see this on the wall:



So now here I am in the future, wondering why I don’t have a flying car.


I’m almost positive this was posted on my wall:


Peanuts by Charles Schulz


This Peanuts strip would have gotten some likes:


Peanuts by Charles Schulz 2



For those of you who are fans of anti-social media, I offer my personal favorite:


Get Fuzzy by Darby Conley

(That’s for you, Candy. For your 1991 wall, retroactively posted. I give it a “thumbs up!”)


I left that job in 1992 to attend graduate school in St. Louis, MO. Little did I know that a mere 250 miles away, in Kansas City, people were getting paid to work with comic strips. It took a few years for me to make my way over to Universal Uclick, but I’m here now. And it’s payday!


Happy Weekend,


The Intern

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