Giveaway: Rose is Rose Signed Originals

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Celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, Rose is Rose keeps us entertained with the adventures of the Gumbo family!

 

We’re giving away a truly unique prize to THREE readers: Rose is Rose original comic strips signed by cartoonist Don Wimmer!  

 

To enter, leave a comment on this post and include your first and last name. Limit one entry per person. This contest will end on Tues., Oct. 7 at 10 a.m. CT. The winners will be announced that day on this blog.

 

Read Rose is Rose here.





Giveaway: Cul de Sac Golden Treasury: A Keepsake Garland of Classics – Winner Announced

Golden-cds-treasuryThank you to all who entered to win a copy of The Cul de Sac Golden Treasury!

 

We’ve randomly selected a winner!

 

Congratulations to Carla Berry! Please email us at rewards@gocomics.com with your shipping information and phone number. Please note: You must contact us by Oct., 7 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 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.

 

 

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Regular Creatures  9-26-14

 

 

 

 

 

Blue Skies Toons  9-27-14

 

 

 

Boogerbrain  9-27-14

 

 

 

 

 

Dust Specks  9-27-14

 

 

 

 

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Batch Rejection  9-29-14

 

 

 

 

Frank & Steinway 9-29-14

 

 

 

Peanizles  9-29-14

 

 

 

 

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

 





Weekend Faves (September 28)

Luann by Greg Evans
Luann by Greg Evans

Happy birthday to Luann, and welcome to the comic strip, Greg and Karen!
--Elizabeth

 

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

Yet another example of how this comic works just as well if you imagine that Rover is a ghost. It goes from silly to poignant without losing an ounce of integrity!

--Dave

 

The Humble Stumble by Roy Schneider
The Humble Stumble by Roy Schneider

At least they're spending quality time together!

--Julie

 

Nancy by Guy Gilchrist
Nancy by Guy Gilchrist

Who knew Nancy's cat had such discerning taste?
--Elizabeth

 

Brevity by Dan Thompson
Brevity by Dan Thompson

Someday I'll understand the difference between Tuskin Raiders and Sand People. In the meantime, I'll just enjoy the absurdity of this situation.
--Lucas

 

Drabble by Kevin Fagan
Drabble by Kevin Fagan

No alarm clock on the market is as effective at immediate wakefulness and alertness as the sound of a dog quietly barfing in your bedroom.

--Dave

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

The perfect Monday morning comic.

--Lucas

 

Lio by Mark Tatulli
Lio by Mark Tatulli

Aww! They even run in circles. #WhiteHotComicCrossoverAction

--Lindsay

 





October 2014 Twitter Q&A Schedule

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Join us Fridays at 1:30pm CT on Twitter for Q&A sessions with our talented GoComics creators!

 

During these one-hour live-tweet sessions, we invite a cartoonist(s) to answer a set of core questions, then field queries from the public. We encourage our fans to take part in these Q&As. To participate, tweet questions or simply follow along, using the designated event hashtag.

 

Now, mark your calendars!

 

THE LINE-UP: 
 
• 10/3: Michael A. Kandalaft of That Monkey Tune
 
• 10/17: Khalid Birdsong of Little Fried Chicken and Sushi
 
• 10/24: Nate Fakes of Break of Day
 
• 10/31: Scott Nickel of Eek
 
  




Meet Your Creator: Geoff Grogan (Plastic Babyheads from Outer Space)

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How did I get here?

 

Let’s face it, you don’t just wake up one day and say I’m going to make a comic strip about Plastic Babyheads from Outer Space, and you certainly don’t make it the centerpiece of a grand plan to conquer the comic strip world. Like many things in life, PBHFOS was a happy accident, the offspring of some classroom silliness and the need for material to fill the pages of an alternative comics newspaper I was co-publishing a few years back. One strip led to another, and before I knew it I’d been doing Plastic Babyheads strips for a year and then --Poof!-- I’m here on GoComics.com!

 

It’s certainly not how I imagined it would be when I dreamed of being a comic strip cartoonist all those many, many years ago. I grew up in Endicott, New York, enthralled by Charles Schulz and Peanuts, Hank Ketcham and Dennis the Menace, Garry Trudeau’s Doonesbury and hometown hero Johnny Hart and B.C.  Johnny Hart was the role model, a local boy done good, a community icon and one of the smartest, cleverest cartoonists in the papers, a cartoonist who drew “funny” like nobody’s business. I was just as motivated by comic books; ‘60s “Superman” and Jack Kirby’s Fourth World, Jim Starlin’s Captain Marvel and Warlock, Harvey Kurtzman’s MAD and the National Lampoon. I devoured comics history.  By the time I entered art school, I had developed my own comic strip, and was certain it would be my path to a life as a full-time cartoonist.

 

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That didn’t happen. Art school led me down several different roads, toward film and animation and then to painting and art history. There was so much to learn, so much that interested me. Along the way I met my wife; we got married and built a life together. Finally, after fifteen years in and out of school, I ended up with an MFA/MS in Painting and Art History from Pratt Institute and was on the path to a career as a fine artist, with a big studio in Brooklyn, exhibiting in New York. Yet comics were never entirely out of the picture; the collages and paintings I was doing featured monster movie and superhero imagery derived from my favorite sources.

 

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And like so many in the ‘90s, I was inspired by the alternative and independent cartoonists and decided to try my hand at self-publishing my own comic book, Dr. Speck.

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That experience re-awoke my love of making comics and I never turned back. Eventually, making comics subsumed my paintings and collages and I began to incorporate that work into large format, mixed-media comic books, like Look Out! Monsters, which won a Xeric grant for self-publishing in 2007—and fandancer (a “notable” comic listed in America’s Best Comics of 2011).

 

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And then in 2010, inspired by DC’s Wednesday Comics, and my life-long love of comic strips, I partnered with cartoonist Kevin Mutch of The Moon Prince to publish pood, an alternative comics broadsheet; 17” x 24” and featuring an array of international cartoonists working on one large page per artist. It was in the last issue of pood, when, at the last minute before publication, we needed to fill some space that I turned to Plastic Babyheads from Outer Space. The rest is history (or, well, something).

 

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Along the way, I’d found a vocation in teaching -- and I’d become a university professor, teaching studio art and art history, settling in to teaching comics classes and, most recently, serving as chair of the department of Art and Art History at Adelphi University in Garden City, New York.

 

At 54, I suddenly find myself back at my beginnings, doing what I’d set out to do at age 18, albeit with much more discipline and a lot more craft. Working on PBHFOS is the most fun I’ve ever had in my professional life, as well as the most work.  

 

I could show you pictures of my fancy studio, but the truth is, I travel between my home in upstate New York, and Adelphi on Long Island -- and so my studio is portable. “Have Bristol board, laptop and Wacom, will travel."

 

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During the four-hour commute between upstate and Long Island, I tape record ideas and scripts, listen to them speeded up just for laughs, and sit down to draw when I’m at home. I scan and color the strips usually nights after teaching. Altogether, each strip probably takes around 8-12 hours from start to finish. Not very glamorous, but there’s nothing else -- including sleep -- that I’d rather be doing. Sleep? What’s that?

 

The world of Plastic Babyheads allows me a lot of freedom -- to explore different scenarios and different characters, to push against the rules of reality, to explore the absurdity of life. I’ve come to live in this world facing alien invasion from silly little drunken baby heads(seriously); its inhabitants are real to me, and I’m dying to know what happens next. I don’t know if Plastic Babyheads from Outer Space is the strip I imagined I’d do when I was 14, but it fits like a glove now. Who knew?

 

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There are a million compelling stories in the Plastic Babyheads world, and I’m going to try my best to tell them all.  Come along for the ride! Trust me, it’s a lot of wacky fun.

 

 

 

Read Plastic Babyheads from Outer Space here or follow the comic on Twitter and Facebook.

 





It's a Great Poster, Charlie Brown!

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Over the last few years, there's been a marked uptick in alternate posters for beloved films created by all sorts of artists, often in collaboration with the films' directors. Mondo regularly puts out limited-edition versions of these things, rotating through every conceivable genre, era and taste on a regular basis. I'm sure there's some sort of schedule for their release, but I don't make enough money to even consider buying one, so I mainly just check in every month or so, think, "Gee, I wish I made a living wage," and then save the highest-resolution version I can to a special folder for later envy, before going back to my dinner of fish bones and boiled shoelace spaghetti on a trashcan lid.

 

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I just stumbled across this new poster for "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!" by super-awesome artist Nicolas Delort. It's not for sale just yet-- you'll have to wait until October 2nd-- but you can feast your eyes on 'em here, then go read a really awesome post on their creation on Blurrpy. Dude is spookily talented.

 

--Dave

 

[h/t Superpunch!]





Twitter Q&A with Chip Sansom of The Born Loser

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This afternoon, we held a Q&A on Twitter with The Born Loser cartoonist Chip Sansom. If you missed today's live-tweet, catch up on the chat below. 

 

 

 

 

Add The Born Loser to your GoComics homepage!

 

 

ABOUT: The Born Loser began in 1965 as a strip with no central characters that revolved around the loser theme. Gradually, it developed into the comic we see today, starring lovable loser Brutus Thornapple, his wife Gladys, mother-in-law Ramona Gargle, boss Rancid Veeblefester, dim-witted son Wilberforce and the mischievous neighbor Hurricane Hattie O'Hara. 

Artist Chip Sansom began apprenticing for his father, Born Loser creator Art Sansom, in 1977. He became a full-time assistant, and gradually took on an ever-increasing role in the drawing and gag-writing duties until his father passed away in 1991.

 

 

Follow us on Twitter next week for a Q&A with That Monkey Tune's creator Michael A. Kandalaft: #AskMonkeyTune





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.

 

 

Sports by Voort  9-23-14

 

 

 

 

Wrobbert Cartoons  9-23-14

 

 

 

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0-60  9-25-14

 

 

 

 

Apple Creek Comics  9-25-14

 

 

 

 

Candace 'n' Company  9-25-14

 

 

 

Green Pieces  9-25-14

 

 

 

H.I.P.  9-25-14

 

Millennialhood  9-25-14

 

 

 

 

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

 





MUSTARD AND BOLONEY

Mustard and Boloney book coverIn case you haven't been reading Jeffrey Caulfield and Alexandre Rouillard's MUSTARD AND BOLONEY on Sherpa, here's an excellent introduction. Specifically, the introduction to their cool new book Mustard and Boloney: Butt Seriously... , an introduction penned by the legendary Dan Piraro, Reuben-winning creator of BIZARRO, who has this to say:

 

"The real art of cartooning is to create a compelling illustration that facilitates a compelling gag. Caulfield and Rouillard are the most shining example of this unique combination I have seen in some time.

 

"The art in this book speaks for itself. It is a perfect balance of realism and exaggeration, humor and pathos...Rouillard has mastered something that takes even the most talented cartoonists years to achieve.

 

"The gags in this book are along the same classic lines, with inventively amusing surprises in every panel. Some read instantly, and others lead the mind on a few seconds of detective work to solve the puzzle and arrive at the laugh..."

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The trim size of the book is odd and ideal: only 4 1/8 x 4 3/4.

 

The 104 strips are beautifully reproduced in full color.

 

And the book ends with the essay "How We Came to Be Mustard and Boloney, " which is how I found out they are Canadian.

 

I urge you to order the book from their web site, mustardandboloney.com.

 

Oh, and they have six videos on Vimeo: Voila.

 

 

Oh, and a dog named Ziggy is somehow involved...





GoComics at New York Comic Con!

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We have visions of comics and cosplay dancing through our heads here at the GoComics headquarters! Why? We’re gearing up for our trip to the Big Apple from October 9 to 12 to exhibit at New York Comicon!

 

We want to give you a sneak peek of what to expect at the GoComics booth! Pairing up with our sister company, Andrews McMeel Publishing, our booth (#2219) offers tons of fun, including:

 

  • Scheduled one-hour free signings by creators including Adam Cornish ("Much Ado About Stuffing: The Best and Worst of @CrapTaxidermy"), Josh Elder ("Reading With Pictures: Comics That Make Kids Smarter"), Ruben Bolling (Tom the Dancing Bug, Super-Fun-Pax Comix) and Mark Tatulli (Lio, Heart of the City).

 

  • Daily giveaways including free GoComics PRO memberships, major comic book collections and other comic-related promotional items.

 

  • Archive-quality prints of the iconic first and last Calvin and Hobbes comic strips, as well as the recent Stephan Pastis/Bill Watterson Pearls Before Swine collaboration, will be available for purchase.

 

  • Awesome GoComics T-Shirts featuring the slogan “Read Comics Every Day” will be available for purchase for $20.

 

Andrews McMeel Publishing/GoComics Signing Schedule:
All creator signings will occur at the Andrews McMeel Publishing/GoComics Booth (#2219). Exclusive NYCC 2014 prints will be provided for free at all creator signings.

 

Thursday, October 9

3:00 – 4:00 p.m.: Adam Cornish ("Much Ado About Stuffing: The Best and Worst of @CrapTaxidermy")

 

Saturday, October 11

2:00 – 3:00 p.m.: Josh Elder ("Reading with Pictures:  Comics That Make Kids Smarter")

4:00 – 5:00 p.m.: Ruben Bolling (Tom the Dancing Bug, Super-Fun-Pax Comix)  

 

Sunday, October 12

10:00 – 11:00 a.m.: Mark Tatulli (Lio, Heart of the City, "Desmond Pucket")

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.: Chris Giarrusso ("The G-Man Super Journal: Awesome Origins")

1:00 – 2:00 p.m.: Jeff Weigel ("Dragon Girl: The Secret Valley"

 

If you’re attending NYCC, stop by our booth to say hi, score some cool swag and meet our creators!

 

Can’t make it to NYCC? We’ll be sharing photos from the convention floor! Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr and Pinterest! We’ll also be updating GoComics on the Road with pictures from NYCC, so be sure to add it to your GoComics homepage!

 

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Many Mansions: A Miracle in Two Acts by Brooke McEldowney

Internationally syndicated cartoonist Brooke McEldowney, creator of "9 Chickweed Lane" and "Pibgorn," has something fresh and exciting in store for October. Behold! "Many Mansions" ...

 

 

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“Many Mansions” is a term from The New Testament (John 14:2, King James, “In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you.”). It happens as well to be the title of my first play. I have cobbled other scripts since, but this is my earliest. Now it is about to enjoy another first: Its New York City debut will take place October 23-26 at The Tank, 151 West 46th Street, 8th Floor. The cast, crew, director and I realize you can't all be there, but we nevertheless hope you will recklessly drop everything and hasten to the purlieus of Off-Broadway to take it in.

“Many Mansions” is a profanation and a miracle. I don't mean to be coy, but that's all I'm going to say. Let me add that should you feel the urge to help fund it, there is a campaign on Indiegogo for just that purpose. If you'd like to read more about it, here is a link.

We all hope to see you there. Meanwhile, I go to prepare a place for you.

 

—Brooke McEldowney





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Ooh, lawdy! It's already been a whole week since our last hang sesh! After last time's 20+ strip salute to Marmaduke, I think it's time we reloaded our fun-guns with grapeshot, to widen our spread.

 

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This week, we're reaching ever deeper into the now-mythical Archive Selects folder, nearly having to stand on a chair to grasp the clusters of Moderately Confused, Monty and Nancy squirreled away near the bottom.

 

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Thankfully, we've always relished the taste of milk, and as a result, our muscles and bones have grown sinewy and strong, respectively. Next week, we might need an apple box or the sturdy density of a stuffed Ziggy doll on which to boost ourselves, but today, all we needed was our iron will and luxuriously long tiptoes.

 

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Some folks think it's disgusting that our tiptoes are nearly as long as fingers, but we figure those folks are just jealous of the nice things we can afford with all the loose change we pick up without bending over. Now, who wants to race to the top of that tree?

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Woo! We did it. Next week: more of the same, except entirely different! Oh no, now bear is driving! How can this be?!

 

--Dave





The Art of Richard Thompson

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We have exciting news for Cul de Sac fans! Our sister company, Andrews McMeel Publishing, is releasing a one-of-a-kind book on November 25.

 

Richard Thompson is renowned among cartoonists as an "artist's" cartoonist. Little known to all but those close to him is the extent of his art talent. This is the book that will enlighten the rest of us and delight us with the sheer beauty of his work. 

 

Divided into six sections, each beginning with an introductory conversation between Thompson and six well-known peers, including Calvin and Hobbes' Bill Watterson, The Art of Richard Thompson will present Thompson's illustration work, caricatures and "Richard's Poor Almanack." Each section is highly illustrated, many works in color, most of them large and printed one-to-a-page. The diversity of work will help cast a wider net, well beyond Cul de Sac fans.

 

If you can’t wait to get your hands on it, pre-order this amazing book here!





GoComics Staff Pick: Betty by Gary Delainey and Gerry Rasmussen

I have to say, I'm a fan of Betty. She's an active suburban woman, a freelance writer and a good friend. At first glance, her life looks very ordinary, and I suppose it is, but an astonishing range of human frailty and triumph is present in the glimpses  we get of that life, thanks to creators Gary Delaney and Gerry Rasmussen.
 
 
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What I like about Betty is that she's a go-getter. She's always willing to try new things, and she encourages her less enthusiastic family to do likewise. Best of all, when confronted with adversity, apathy or doldrums, she bravely soldiers onward, flashing that Betty spirit — and often a dash of well-placed sarcasm.
 
 
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Sure, she has her moments of insecurity, especially when it comes to her writing and her garden, but nobody's perfect, right? Even when an endeavor causes her no small amount of grief, she keeps at it because it's important to her.
 
 
Betty by Gary Delainey and Gerry Rasmussen
 
I can't pretend to have much in common with Betty on a superficial level, but I still see her as a wonderful role model. If I can manage to exhibit even a fraction of her great attitude in my lifetime, it will have been a life well-lived.
 
—Ryan, Editor
 
 




I likea Ikea

When I hear the word Sweden, three things come to mind: Swedish Chef, Swedish Fish, and the films of Ingmar Bergman. But recently, I have learned there is a fourth thing: Ikea! That's right -- the Swedish furniture superstore opened up a location here in the Kansas provinces last week, and since then my family has purchased a couple of classy diaper bins and several hundred meatballs.

 

As anyone who has purchased larger items at Ikea knows, however, the company cuts back on costs by leaving much of the assembly to the buyer. I experienced this with a baby crib a couple of years ago, but it was fairly intuitive. Some of these other products, however, are not so easy, as illustrated by WuMo:

 

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Argyle Sweater has a great take on this as well:

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If only it were so easy. I don't have a third comic today, but to keep in accordance with the rule of threes, here's a nice parting shot of this guy:

 

 

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Happy shopping, Kansas City! And if you make a date with Ikea, don't forget to follow the arrows.





Giveaway: Cul de Sac Golden Treasury: A Keepsake Garland of Classics

Golden-cds-treasuryThe Cul de Sac Golden Treasury is a hilarious and beautiful omnibus of cartoonist Richard Thompson's Cul de Sac comic strips, bringing together strips from the first collection, Cul de Sac, and the 2009 collection Children at Play.

 

We’re giving one lucky fan a chance to win a copy of this special book!

 

To enter, leave a comment on this blog post and include your FIRST and LAST names. This contest will end Tues., Sept. 30 at 10 a.m. CT. The winner will be announced that day on this blog. Sorry, worldwide comics fans -- this contest is open U.S. and Canada residents only.

 

P.S. Thurs., Sept. 25th is Comic Book Day! Be sure you’re following us on Facebook and Twitter for a special giveaway!





Giveaway: Making Ends Meet: For Better or For Worse 3rd Treasury – Winner Announced

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Thank you to all who entered to win the SIGNED copy of “Making Ends Meet: For Better or For Worse 3rd Treasury!”

 

Congratulations to Renee Miller! Please email us at rewards@gocomics.com with your shipping address and phone number. Please note: You must contact us by 9/30/14 or your prize will be forfeited.





UU/Newsday Cartoonist Matt Davies at the Drawing Board



Dig those watercolors!

h/t to Alan G. at The Daily Cartoonist.




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.

 

 

 Buns  9-19-14

 

 

 

Cleo and Company  9-19-14

 

 

 

 

 

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9-19-14

 

 

 

 

9-21-14

 

 

 

 

Mustard and Boloney  9-21-14

 

 

 

 

A Bit Sketch  9-22-14

 

 

 

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

 






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