NEW COMIC ALERT! Wondermark by David Malki

 
Wondermark by David Malki
Wondermark by David Malki

 

Wondermark is a collage-based comic strip. By turns sarcastic, silly, weird and wondrous, each comic is a window into an alternate world in which anything can happen, but probably shouldn't. Every panel is assembled from engravings and woodcuts sourced from 19th century magazines, newspapers, catalogs, storybooks and primers, which makes Wondermark a collaboration with the dead. Wondermark is canonically set in the modern day -- it's just that everyone has really good fashion sense. 

 

Read Wondermark here! 





Ode to Sunday Funnies

An ode is a poem meant to be sung, but we’ll spare you the tune.

 

Our hearts, though, sing for the Sunday funnies. The BEST day for comics. Sunday Funday, truly.

 

The comics are in color. 

 

Brevity by Dan Thompson
Brevity by Dan Thompson

 

Much better than black and white!



They broke the rules.

 

Origins of the Sunday Comics by Peter Maresca
Origins of the Sunday Comics by Peter Maresca

 

Break that fourth wall!



They piqued our imagination.

 

Lio by Mark Tatulli
Lio by Mark Tatulli

 

Sunday funnies leave much to the reader's imagination.



Sure, the paper was thick and full of things you didn’t REALLY care about — but it had the funnies, and that’s all that mattered. You just had to search a bit. 

 

Ziggy by Tom Wilson and Tom II
Ziggy by Tom Wilson & Tom II

 

And now for a haiku:

 

Oh Sunday funnies

You make Sunday the best day

Six days are jealous

 

That’s all the “ODE” we have in us.


Comment below with your favorite Sunday funnies strip (or your own haiku)!





Celebrate the Fab Four on Global Beatles Day

WuMo by Wulff & Morgenthaler
WuMo by Wulff & Morgenthaler

Do you want to know a secret? Here, there and everywhere, people are coming together today to celebrate Global Beatles Day!

 

Forty-nine years ago, on June 25, 1967, the Beatles’ live performance of “All You Need Is Love” was watched by 400 million people on the global broadcast of the BBC program “Our World,” according to the GBD website.


Inspired by these words of love and the other positive messages contained in the Beatles’ rock and roll music, Global Beatles Day is a celebration of the band’s revolutionary contributions to music, culture and society.

 

The Buckets by Greg Cravens
The Buckets by Greg Cravens

 

Wondering how you should celebrate? We can help! Why not put on your favorite Beatles album and brush up on your Beatles history, courtesy of Steve McGarry’s Biographic and Trivquiz?

 

Biographic by Steve McGarry
Biographic by Steve McGarry

 

Trivquiz by Steve McGarry
Trivquiz by Steve McGarry


Happy Global Beatles Day!





#FlashbackFriday: Summer Edition

As we reflect on past summers, we know some people are uneasy or skeptical of what the season brings with it. (Why are flat abs so desirable, anyway?)

 

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

 

But don’t let another summer pass by, wasted as you long for fall to arrive. REMEMBER: Cold, snowy weather is only fun for a short time.

 

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

 

Finally — if your summer flashbacks include a lot of harsh sunburns, REMEMBER THE SUNSCREEN. We want to keep you around for a long time. Please don’t shrivel up into a leather couch or worse — a lobster.

 

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

 

 

To celebrate #FlashbackFriday, share your favorite summer memories with us in the comments below.


Read Sarah’s Scribbles on GoComics! It’s good for the soul.





COMICS SHERPA: EDITOR'S PICKS

This recurring LAUGH TRACKS feature highlights individual Sherpa strips and panels that for one reason or another caught the fancy of the aide de sherpa. It could be anything; the drawing, the writing, the humor, the coloring, that they tried something interesting, or that it's a new step for that particular creator.


We hope this quirky sampler will alert you to features you might not yet have noticed amid Sherpa's abundant, ever-changing, and eclectic mix, and that it gives Sherpa creators a modicum of helpful feedback.

 

 

 

My Son is a Dog  6-21-16

 

 

 

 

 

6-21-16

 

 

 

 

6-21-16

 

 

 

 

The Boobiehatch  6-21-16

 

 

 

 

The Gray Zone  6-21-16

 

 

 

 

 

Cleo and Company  6-22-16

 

 

 

 

 

6-22-16

 

 

 

 

 

 

Picpak Dog  6-22-16

 

 

 

 

 

Something About Celeste  6-22-16

 

 

 

 

Bushcamp Comics  6-23-16

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 





Let it go, Let it go

No, no. This isn’t a nod to Frozen … SORRY!

 

Today is officially Let It Go Day! Letting go can be difficult. Each of us has our own “stuff” to let go of:

 

 

1. Control

 

 

Garfield by Jim Davis
Garfield by Jim Davis

 

 

He who has the remote is king. If someone else holding the remote makes you uncomfortable, it might be time to let it go. Unplug, grab a book, a drink with a friend — do something more meaningful than gluing your eyes to a TV. Your soul will thank you.

 

 

2. Pride

 

Cathy by Cathy Guisewite
Cathy by Cathy Guisewite

 

 

Take up yoga for stress relief and to better your physical and emotional health — unless you let it become a competition with everyone else. Let go of being the best in the room and find your center.

 

 

3. The Past

 

Non Sequitur by Wiley Miller
Non Sequitur by Wiley Miller

 

 

Bringing up that time your best friend wronged you or your mom forgot you in the grocery store is rarely a good idea. Unless you’re reminiscing on good times, let go of the past. It can be hurtful and unproductive.

 

Moving on from your past pushes you to grow, as well.
And we all know how necessary that is …

 

 

Drabble by Kevin Fagan
Drabble by Kevin Fagan

 


4. Envy

 

Brevity by Dan Thompson
Brevity by Dan Thompson


 

Envy is a thief! Don’t let it steal your happiness. Sure, a beach would be great. But you can’t SKI at a beach. You can’t BUILD A SNOWMAN at a beach. Don’t waste time gazing into others' globes — enjoy what’s in yours.



While you let go, make sure to hold on to one thing:

 

 

1. Humor

 

Lola by Todd Clark
Lola by Todd Clark

 

 

We’re in the funny business. We are obsessed with humor — and believe everyone else should be, too! Never take yourself too seriously, and don’t lose your laugh. It looks good on you.

 





GIVEAWAY: Ziggy 45th Anniversary Prize Pack

Ziggy turns 45 on June 28! Can you believe it? Thanks to creator Tom Wilson and Tom Wilson II, our favorite lovable loser has been making us laugh since 1971! 

 

Don't miss your chance to enter our Ziggy 45th anniversary giveaway! The winner will receive a prize pack featuring a print of the very FIRST Ziggy comic, plus a SIGNED print of another Ziggy comic. 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

 

The contest will end on June 28, 2016, at 12 a.m. CT. We will randomly select one winner and notify the winner via email on June 28, 2016.

 

Read Ziggy on GoComics while you wait! Good luck!





Hello, Summer!

 

Summer is officially here to stay ... until September … BUT! Let’s take advantage of every sunny, warm day and welcome summer with open arms!

 

Whether summer is your favorite or LEAST-favorite season, we should acknowledge the perks:



VACATION

 

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

 

`Tis the season to vacation! Getaways allow us to relax, unwind and forget about “real life” for a bit. If you forget what day it is — GOOD. You’re doing it right!

 

 

SUNSHINE

 

Making It by Keith Robinson
Making It by Keith Robinson

 

Oh, vitamin D, how we love thee. Our vitamin D levels have been suffering since late fall; now it’s time to soak up some rays (please wear sunscreen). And, a shout-out to these long summer days for allowing us some QT with the sun after a work day. Summer, please stay forever!




Let the good times roll!

 

Garfield by Jim Davis
Garfield by Jim Davis


Nothing brings friends together like a good pool party, BBQ or summer hangout. Invite your buds, neighbors or strangers to enjoy a summer night!

 

Just make sure you prepare accordingly …

 

Luann by Greg Evans
Luann by Greg Evans


See our full collection of summer comics for more!

 

Enjoy your summer days!





COMICS SHERPA: EDITOR'S PICKS

 

This recurring LAUGH TRACKS feature highlights individual Sherpa strips and panels that for one reason or another caught the fancy of the aide de sherpa. It could be anything; the drawing, the writing, the humor, the coloring, that they tried something interesting, or that it's a new step for that particular creator.


We hope this quirky sampler will alert you to features you might not yet have noticed amid Sherpa's abundant, ever-changing, and eclectic mix, and that it gives Sherpa creators a modicum of helpful feedback.

 

 

6-17-16

 

 

 

 

6-17-16

 

 

 

 

Bushcamp Comics  6-17-16

 

 

 

 

 

6-17-16

 

 

 

 

Father of the Brood  6-17-16

 

 

 

 

 

Smith  6-17-16

 

 

 

 

 Blue Skies Toons  6-18-16

 

 

 

 

 

6-18-16

 

 

 

 

Spaceport 51  6-18-16

 

 

 

 

 

 

6-20-16

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 





New Comic Alert! Garfield Classics by Jim Davis

 

Garfield

 

GARFIELD was born on the comics pages on June 19, 1978 in just 41 US newspapers. The largest client, The Chicago Sun-Times, cancelled the strip about 4 months later, prompting an avalanche of phone calls and letters demanding the strip be reinstated. It was, and the rest, as they say, is history. GARFIELD soon became the fastest growing comic strip ever, and is now the "most widely syndicated comic strip in the world" according to Guinness World Records. The strip appears in over 2100 newspapers, is translated into 40 languages, and is read daily by over 200 million people around the globe.

 

GARFIELD CLASSICS takes us back to the beginning to remind us why we fell in love with the lazy, cynical orange cat who loves lasagna, coffee, and his remote control.

 

Read Garfield Classics here!





Happy Father’s Day!

The Duplex by Glenn McCoy
The Duplex by Glenn McCoy

 

Being a father is, without question, one of the toughest jobs in the world.

 

When you’re a kid, it’s difficult to appreciate the time and energy your dad (or dad-figure!) puts in to raising you. But there’s a moment in every kid’s life where he realizes that in addition to being an awesome role model and an excellent source of life lessons, his dad should be commended for, quite frankly, putting up with him for so many years.

 

So thanks, Dad.

 

Thanks for encouraging us to do our best.

 

Fowl Language by Brian Gordon
Fowl Language by Brian Gordon

 

Thanks for never expecting too much.

 

Dadding Badly by John Kovaleski
Dadding Badly by John Kovaleski

 

Thanks for teaching us how to prioritize.

 

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

 

 

Thanks for preparing us for the real world.

 

Back in the Day by Eric Scott
Back in the Day by Eric Scott

 

 

Most of all, thank you for your forgiveness, patience, and love.

 

The Big Picture by Lennie Peterson
The Big Picture by Lennie Peterson

 

 

For more Father’s Day comics, check out our collection!

 

We wish all the great fathers and father-figures out there a very happy Father’s Day! We hope you can take time to enjoy your special holiday.





Happy Birthday, Garfield!

 

Garfield by Jim Davis
Garfield by Jim Davis

  

Nearly four decades ago, Garfield debuted in newspapers. The surly, sardonic, insatiable tabby quickly proved his popularity — and timelessness.


Age has done nothing to dull the appeal of Garfield, as evidenced by the continued publication of daily comic strips in addition to television specials, books and movies, including an upcoming animated feature-length film.

 

 

 

Garfield by Jim Davis
Garfield by Jim Davis

  

In honor of Garfield’s 38th birthday tomorrow, we put together a collection of the past 37 years of Garfield’s birthday comic strips! Check it out here.

 

As part of Garfield’s birthday celebration, we’re ALSO excited to announce that Garfield Classics will debut on GoComics on Monday (June 20)! That’s right — you can experience Garfield’s adventures from the very beginning.


38 looks good on you, G.





A Special Update from "Kid Beowulf" Creator Alexis E. Fajardo

Exciting news from Kid Beowulf creator Alexis Fajardo!

 

Kid Beowulf by Alexis E. Fajardo
Kid Beowulf by Alexis E. Fajardo

 

Daily readers of my action-adventure comic strip Kid Beowulf may have noticed a banner at the end of each daily strip in recent weeks … something about lingonberries? What's that all about?

 

Fans of Kid Beowulf know that 12-year-old Beowulf's call to adventure is a bowl of lingonberries, and for the month of June, it's mine, too. This month I launched a Kickstarter to help fund a mobile game called "Lookin' for Lingonberries!" – a puzzle game and comic reading app based on the world of Kid Beowulf.  Similar to popular games like "Candy Crush," "Lookin' for Lingonberries" is a match-three-style puzzle game in which players sift through the one-eyed Dragon's treasure hoard, hunt for berries, power-ups and magic swords, and along the way unlock the original comic story that inspired the game – "Lookin' for Lingonberries."

 

The Kickstarter will help me get the app across the finish line and cover costs including game development, licensing, art production and other game components.  I've been working on this game in secret with my game developer, and now we're excited to share the news via Kickstarter and GoComics.  I hope all my readers will consider chipping in to help make this game possible – with their help, we can launch this fun game by mid-July and they can start playing!

 

For more information or to donate, visit my Kickstarter page.

 

Have a listen to my recent interview with Tall Tale Radio.

 

And remember to read Kid Beowulf four day a week right here at GoComics!

 

Thanks for your support!

 

—Lex





COMICS SHERPA: EDITOR'S PICKS

This recurring LAUGH TRACKS feature highlights individual Sherpa strips and panels that for one reason or another caught the fancy of the aide de sherpa. It could be anything; the drawing, the writing, the humor, the coloring, that they tried something interesting, or that it's a new step for that particular creator.


We hope this quirky sampler will alert you to features you might not yet have noticed amid Sherpa's abundant, ever-changing, and eclectic mix, and that it gives Sherpa creators a modicum of helpful feedback.

 

 

 

6-14-16

 

 

 

 

Father of the Brood  6-14-16

 

 

 

 

 

Inkwell Forest  6-14-16

 

 

 

 

6-14-16

 

 

 

6-14-16

 

 

 

Spaceport 51  6-14-16

 

 

 

 

Weasel Ink  6-14-16

 

 

 

 

The Magic Forest  6-15-16

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 





Dump the Pump

 

It’s Dump the Pump Day!

 

“Dump the Pump” refers to ditching your car and hopping on public transportation for the day. The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) has proved public transportation systems better cities in a lot of ways. Using public transportation saves money on fuel, lessens fuel use and traffic congestion, adds to community growth and revitalization and reduces carbon footprint. The list goes on ...



Community development

 

 

Close to Home by John McPherson
Close to Home by John McPherson


Daily life can get busy, leaving little time to interact with others. It’s important for us to interact with people unlike ourselves, and those outside our circle. It gives us a bigger picture and appreciation for other humans in general.

 


Convenience + reliability

 

 

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


Public transportation can be our savior in a time of need. Car broken? Stolen? Nonexistent? Great! Builds character.



Go green!

 

 

FoxTrot by Bill Amend
FoxTrot by Bill Amend

 

By taking public transportation, you can help make the world a little more green. Do your part!



Public transportation is an adventure.

 

 

Get Fuzzy by Darby Conley
Get Fuzzy by Darby Conley

 

It adds value to your city and your experiences. Plus, you never know who you’ll run into.


See you on the bus!





A Tribute to Orlando

 

Ken Catalino
Ken Catalino

 

We are sending our thoughts, love and condolences to the victims, their families, the LGBTQ community and those affected during Sunday morning’s horrific event in Orlando, FL.

 

GoComics cartoonists have expressed their thoughts on the attack, and we wanted to share them with you. We’ve collected a handful of recent cartoons here. We will continue to add more to the collection as new content arrives.


Please, be kind to one another.





Garfield's 38th Birthday Giveaway!

The sassiest, laziest, hungriest cat around turns 38 on Sunday!

 

We’re wishing Garfield the happiest of birthdays with a GoComics giveaway in his honor. FIVE winners will receive a collectible, archive-quality print of the very first Garfield strip!

 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

 

This contest will end on June 21, 2016, at 12 a.m. CT. We will randomly select one winner and notify the winner via email on June 21, 2016.

 

While you wait to see if you win, visit Garfield on GoComics!

 

The next giveaway will be announced on June 22, 2016 at 6 a.m. CT.





Fly it high! It’s Flag Day!

Happy Flag Day! While not a federal holiday, Flag Day is still widely celebrated across the country. This day is dedicated to celebrating the adoption of the American flag. Many cities participate by hosting parades, ceremonies, throwing parties and of course raising a flag at home. Here are a few suggestions on how to make this your most celebrated Flag Day yet:

 

Sing a song!

 

Nancy by Guy Gilchrist
Nancy by Guy Gilchrist

 

“Happy Birthday,” “The Star-Spangled Banner” - only the flag will hear you sing.



 

Whatever you do, DON’T let the flag touch the ground.

 

Soup to Nutz by Rick Stromoski
Soup to Nutz by Rick Stromoski

 

We won’t lose a state, but it does signal disrespect. So if that’s not what you’re going for, carefully keep the flag waving high.



 

Wear it!

 

F Minus by Tony Carrillo
F Minus by Tony Carrillo

 

Why not sew a flag onto some apparel?  Nothing weird about that.

 

 

 

Fly it!

 

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

 

Most importantly: Let that flag fly! America might be a little crazy right now, but for better or for worse, you’re a part of it. Own it!

 

Happy Flag Day!





New Comic Alert! Next Door Neighbors by Pat Sandy

Next Door Neighbors by Pat Sandy
Next Door Neighbors by Pat Sandy

 

Meet the Deweys. Norm mows the lawn at 10 p.m., Claire and her punk band dial it to 11 when they practice in the basement, Jake just set fire to the neighbor's compost heap, and Jan is simply trying to keep up with the bills. Just another day in the neighborhood. They're the Next Door Neighbors — stop by and say hello.

 

Read Next Door Neighbors here!





"Ginger Meggs: Time Traveling" by Jason Chatfield

Ginger Meggs has endured the test of time - read how Jason Chatfield has kept him alive!


Evolution of Ginger Meggs by Jason Chatfield

 

How many characters do you know who can travel 90 years back in time into their own comic strip?

 

One of the great advantages of writing and drawing a 95-year-old comic strip is being able to go back over the last century and see what the previous artists did when they took over.

 

I had always read Ginger Meggs as a kid, and grew up with the James Kemsley-era Ginger Meggs (1984-2007). I fell in love with the cast of unique Aussie characters, as several generations had before me, so it was such a privilege to be asked to continue this strip nine years ago.

 

When I was a young fan, the first book I ever read was a novelization of Ginger Meggs. I then went to the library and dug up the old Ginger Meggs from the original creator, James C. Bancks era (1921-1952). Over the years, I read the whole back-catalogue (everything I could find) and have recently revisited it with fresh eyes as a writer of the strip.

 

James C Bancks drawing the strip with his little daughter, Sheena
Ginger Meggs original creator, James C Bancks, and daughter, Sheena

 

I can tell you, a lot has changed in that time ... but a lot hasn’t!

 

By virtue of its longevity, the strip has inadvertently become a time capsule of sorts, capturing the zeitgeist of each decade in which it was written. Over each artist’s time working on the strip, you can see little social and historical aspects creeping into the strip’s plot.

 

The interiors and exteriors changed, the line and word-economy changed with the shrinking of comic strip sizes in newspapers, and the Australian English vernacular changed in the strip to evolve with the readership, particularly under Kemsley’s pen.

 

These days, no longer is Ginger seen violently fighting, or putting on blackface and singing "Mammy" (yes, that actually happened) — but he is still likely to be seen enjoying a game of backyard cricket, running his billy cart down Deadmans Hill and skipping out on school to go fishing.

 

That led me to the idea … what if Ginger could travel back in time, 90 years into his own comic strip? What would he think of the world he saw back in the 1920s, '30s and '40s? What a cool idea, right? It’s something I’d want to read …


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So I went about re-reading all of Bancks’ original strips from 1921 to 1952 and pulling out particular frames that captured the tone, the look and feel of the time he was illustrating in these strips. He had such a great way of making Ginger fly across the page with his loose but very purposeful brush work. It’s been such a pleasure to revisit and analyse the version of the strip my grandparents' generation fell in love with during the Depression, the war and the ensuing growth of the personality of the young nation of Australia.

 

Bancks was purportedly inspired by events in his own youth, growing up around Hornsby in the early 1900s. The fondness he feels for the era comes through in his drawing of the scenes. When Ginger truants from school to go swimming, the waterhole resembles Fishponds. Bancks and his friends knew the area well as it was a favourite haunt for the local kids.

 

When the railway station is shown in Bancks' strips, it has the signal box that, old-timers will recall, was situated at the end of Number 4 Platform. Many of these little nods to the area of the time are what endeared the strip to so many readers in Sydney in the first half of the 20th century.

 

Ginger Meggs appeared only as a Sunday strip for 75 years, so I thought the Sunday version of the strip was the appropriate place to run this idea. I placed Ginger and Benny into actual scenes that had been drawn by Bancks, lightboxing over the original panels and inserting the contemporary Ginger. I didn’t want to just scan in the old strips and copy/paste them; I wanted to be able to match the tone consistently.


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It was a great learning process. After the first few installments of the series, I decided to keep the speech balloons in the sepia tone, as I felt making them white, and everything else sepia-toned, was taking the reader out of the strip when it came out in print.

 

Although Bancks eventually had the strip running in colour, I wanted to keep the "old-world" feeling consistent as I sampled various panels from his 31-year reign. You can see Ginger’s face evolve in this series as I’ve drawn him from the 1924 through to his 1952 incarnation.

 

I don’t want to spoil the storyline of the strip, but I’ve provided GoComics an exclusive sneak peek of a selection of panels from the upcoming installments that might whet your appetite and keep you guessing.

 

I hope longtime Meggsie readers will enjoy reading this series as much as I did drawing and writing it. It truly is a privilege to work on Ginger Meggs and I hope to do so for a long time to come. It’s been very encouraging to have Universal Uclick behind Ginger as the strip transitions from a century in Print to an exciting new generation of readers.

 

Ginger has been educating the world about the Aussie culture, language and lifestyle through its wide syndication, translated for various countries. It continues to be one of the longest-running comic strips of all time.


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I’ll be at San Diego Comic-Con in July and New York Comic-Con in October, where I’ll have limited edition complete hard-copy booklets of this series. These will also be available in ePub, iBooks and PDF format through the Ginger Meggs online store later in the year. Join the Mailing List and follow Ginger on Twitter and Facebook to stay up to date with coming announcements and signings.


Ginger Meggs appears every single day of the week on GoComics.com  Thank you, as always, for reading!

 

—Jason





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