Talking about Tacos

How often do you crave tacos?



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


According to, Americans ate more than 4.5 billion tacos -- 775 million pounds of crunchy goodness-- last year. It’s safe to say we have some taco enthusiasts in our audience.


We won’t deprive you on what could possibly be your favorite holiday of the year: National Taco Day! We’re taking a look at what exactly makes tacos so wonderful!  


They ignite your tastebuds.


FoxTrot by Bill Amend
FoxTrot by Bill Amend


The possibilities are endless. Olives, onions, lettuce, tomato, avocado – the more toppings, the better! Really, what can’t you put in a taco?


Adam@Home by Rob Harrell
Adam@Home by Rob Harrell


They’re hearty and filling.


Nancy by Guy Gilchrist
Nancy by Guy Gilchrist


When you finally find that perfect taco, it’s BIG NEWS!


Rose is Rose by Don Wimmer and Pat Brady
Rose is Rose by Don Wimmer and Pat Brady


For some people, one day per year just isn’t enough to celebrate this delicious food. Instead, they celebrate every WEEK with the festive Taco Tuesday. (And, let’s be real. Sometimes, that STILL isn’t enough).  


Drabble by Kevin Fagan
Drabble by Kevin Fagan


Some may even resort to questionable methods for getting their taco fix.


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


Is your mouth watering? Celebrate with a tasty taco fiesta tonight!



La Cucaracha by Lalo Alcaraz
La Cucaracha by Lalo Alcaraz

Toons for Techies

Established to honor those skilled in the field of technology, Techies Day (October 3) is one to be celebrated!


Regardless if you repel, require or relish electronics, there’s no arguing that your friendly office technician deserves a round of applause for the time (or two, or ten) that their masterful magic came to your computer’s rescue.


The Duplex by Glenn McCoy
The Duplex by Glenn McCoy


Without our trusty techies, some of us might still be under the impression that “enable cookies” denotes placing an order with the Girl Scouts, or that Apple is merely just a way to keep the doctor away.


Grand Avenue by Steve Breen and Mike Thompson
Grand Avenue by Steve Breen and Mike Thompson


The keyboard shortcut sorcery of computer whizzes never ceases to amaze.


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


Even the most-seemingly impossible issue is no match for a technology guru.


Speed Bump by Dave Coverly
Speed Bump by Dave Coverly


We’d like to give a big “thank you” to all of the tech-savvy people out there, for saving our electronics and, in turn, our sanity! 


GramDragon by Ben Erway
GramDragon by Ben Erway


For more hi-tech humor, click through to our Technology Toons collection. 

Meet Your Creator: Michael Witmer (Pinkerton)



The GoComics “Meet Your Creator” series brings you firsthand insight into the lives and careers of your favorite cartoonists. Each week, we hand over the keys to one of our talented creators, who share their inspirations, achievements, creative processes, studios and more! Read on to hear from this week’s featured cartoonist: Michael Witmer of Pinkerton


When the fine folks at GoComics asked me to write a blog about myself and Pinkerton, my first thought was that every other creator on the roster was away on vacation. My second thought was “what the heck am I’m going to write about?”






I concocted a few neat revisionist histories about myself. Raised by badgers. Secret agent in the Cola Wars. Retired rodeo clown. Take your pick. Truth is, I’m pretty much a boring husband/father who learned at a very early age that making people laugh earned me lots of attention. It also kept me from getting beat up (unless I was using my sarcastic gifts against an adversary). When I realized that I could draw things that made people laugh, my reign of terror was amplified exponentially. Keep in mind, this was somewhere around second grade. So even if I did manage to draw a scathing diatribe against a neighborhood kid’s oversized nose, most people had no idea what it was they were looking at anyway. 


During my period of terrorizing the neighborhood with my cartoon satire carpet bombings, I kept my nose buried deep in the funny pages. Specifically, Peanuts and, later, Bloom County, Calvin and Hobbes and FoxTrot.



Who are you and what are you doing here?


Me? I’m a father of three beautiful girls. I live in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, with the Amish (seriously!).





My first real attempt at “comic stripping” came in 2001. As mentioned, I spent my amateur career making fun of friends and family, so I figured why not keep on truckin’! 44 Union Avenue was a semi-biographical look into the complexities of my family life. My sister and I grew up in a single-parent household. My mother struggled early on to make ends meet.  Obviously, I must’ve found that fascinating. In my mind, there was so much available material that it was hard to ignore. Literally a GOLD MINE! So I put together about three weeks of poorly drawn, ghastly executed strips and sent them to my local newspaper. 


To my horror, three days later, the phone rang. 


Mr. Ernie Schreiber, editor of the Lancaster New Era, called to invite me to meet with him. I was sure I was walking into a den of public shaming. Much to my surprise, I soon found myself cranking out 44 Union Avenue comics seven days a week. Granted, I literally knew NOTHING about the process. It’s a blessing that Ernie was patient and, for some unknown reason, wanted to help me develop my craft. That’s pretty much how the ball started rolling. I had little to no expectations. But what I did have was a love for comics and a stockpile of readily-available caffeine to keep me going on those late nights.






Somehow, my goofy little comic strip caught the attention of David Stanford, editor of Universal Uclick’s Comics Sherpa. Before I knew it, I was a Web cartoonist lost in a infinite sea of Webcomics.


44 Union Avenue ran for approximately five years, making its way into a handful of small newspapers and publications. I found myself running out of steam. I wanted to do something a little more outlandish. Plus, the struggles of creating a strip that mirrored real life tended to put a strain on certain relationships. Basically, I woke up one day and knew 44UA was done. Simple as that.


For all intents and purposes, I was out of the cartoon game. I pulled the ripcord. I was headed for dry land! And then one day while I was chatting on the phone, I doodled two little blockylooking characters on a yellow Post-it note. A fat-headed fox and an angry rabbit. I didn’t know it at the time, but they would become the main characters, Buckley and Tucker, of Pinkerton.



What moves you to create?


I get inspiration from A TON of different sources. On any given day, it might come from my children or from a conversation with my wife (who is funnier than she gives herself credit for) or an interaction with a co-worker. I still get a ton of material from my mother. I’m smart enough these days to not attribute them to her. I’ve had comic ideas pop up in my sleep. I’ve had them while driving on the freeway. For all I know, I may have a tumor. 






Truth is: Humor is subjective. Everyone has a different way of catching a giggle. For me, I love a comic strip that can make me laugh without even reading a word. Some jerks have had the audacity of accusing Pinkerton of being too over-the-top. That’s just me going for a visual gag.  In my worthless opinion, if a strip is not drawn well, it better be a slam-dunk in the writing department.



What tools do you use?


I started out doing everything on paper and scanning the strips to a digital format. I messed with every tool and medium looking for a good fit. I eventually settled on Rapidograph mechanical pens on Strathmore Bristol 400 boards. 






Gradually, I made the move to all digital. It was a slow and painful process. It began with lettering the strips digitally. Then I started adding color and shading digitally as well.  Eventually, I made the jump to a Wacom tablet. Since then I’ve been 100% digital. I love the freedom of digital. With the use of my trusty MacBook, I can take my “studio” anywhere.  However, the hyper-critical side of me screams that my artwork was better back in the “old days.”


These days, I’m doing all my sketching and line work in Manga Studio. I then jump over to Photoshop to letter and color my strips. Currently, I’m working on a 27” iMac. I’m feverishly hoping to someday purchase a Cintiq. Pay attention, Santa!



What does the future hold?


Hmmm. That’s an interesting question. I’d like to think that Pinkerton will continue to evolve.  It’s never been a political strip and I don’t ever see it going that way. It’s more of a declaration of nonsense. I want readers to look at Pinkerton and say, “I could totally hang out with those nutcases.”






I recently launched a Pinkerton Patreon campaign. It’s a chance for readers to show support and keep things moving. You can visit the campaign at


All contributions go directly into the creation of the comic and comic merchandise (and to fuel my Funyuns addiction). Speaking of merchandise, I’m currently working on the logistics of a new Pinkerton collection. I’m chatting with a few printing companies, and if all goes well, a new book will be out in the beginning of 2016.



So you’re obviously not a rich and famous cartoonist.  Why do you do this?


Cause I like the punishment? 






HA! No, seriously though … my answer might sound a little canned, but I do it because it’s a lot of fun. I can’t explain it. I find real joy in drawing these characters and diving deep into their personalities to find what makes them tick. There are strips that literally make me laugh out loud (which is why my wife has banished me to the basement). Those are usually the strips my readers hate the most, but what are you gonna do? 


On top of that, my fan base is just an amazing group of individuals. I am lucky enough to have folks who have been hanging on since the day Pinkerton launched, and I can’t thank them enough! 


Thank you. Thank you. Thaaaaaank you.


Michael Witmer

Park Ranger, Pinkerton


Read Pinkerton here. Or, follow along on Facebook and Twitter.


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.








Small Nerdy Creatures  9-30-15










The Entrepiranha  9-30-15





Girth  10-1-15





Whiteouts  10-1-15











Buns  10-2-15





Cleo and Company  10-2-15





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



A Day in the Life of Frazz

Celebrated annually on Oct. 2, National Custodial Workers Day recognizes the hard work these individuals do to keep schools, hospitals and office buildings squeaky clean.


We have a favorite custodian here on GoComics: The one and only Frazz. An elementary school janitor, you can find Frazz sweeping the floors while also spreading smiles. The children trust and adore Frazz, and he’s become everyone’s buddy. And that’s just the beginning – Frazz is a busy guy!


Let’s take a look at a day in the life:


Messy situations are bound to happen in elementary schools, but Frazz keeps a sense of humor while taking care of business.


Frazz by Jef Mallett



Helping to mold young minds, you can count on Frazz to dispense a daily dose of wisdom.


Frazz by Jef Mallett



Time for recess? No doubt you’ll find Frazz in the middle of the action.


Frazz by Jef Mallett



Teachers love him, too – not only for keeping their classrooms clean, but for the value of his friendship.


Frazz by Jef Mallett



He’ll always take a break to cheer up a sullen student.


Frazz by Jef Mallett



An avid athlete, no day is complete without some blood-pumping cardio.


Frazz by Jef Mallett



Quite the charmer, Frazz always makes time for his girlfriend.


Frazz by Jef Mallett


Thank you, Frazz, for brightening the days of schoolchildren while keeping the hallways in tip-top shape.


Read Frazz here.

Laugh Tracks Look Back (September 26 – October 2)

We know life can get busy! At the end of each week, we compile the most pressing GoComics blog posts from the week to ensure you didn’t miss a thing!




Happy Anniversary, Charlie Brown! We’re celebrating Peanuts’ 65th anniversary all month long!


Share your love for Snoopy! We’re collecting Peanuts fan art to commemorate this major milestone!


Peanuts Fan Art


Enter to win a HUGE Peanuts 65th anniversary prize pack!


Peanuts Prize Pack



Stone Soup Creator Jan Eliot Reflects on Her Semiretirement.


“I hope my longtime supporters can understand that now I am ready to have less demands on my time, to pursue creative projects that don’t have such incessant deadlines, to travel and spend more time with family and friends. I will always be incredibly grateful to my readers, and I hope we can keep up with each other on Sundays.”



We’re exhibiting at New York Comic Con with AWESOME giveaways, creator signings and more!


GoComics Exhibits at New York Comic Con



GoComics Spotlight: Unstrange Phenomena by Ed Allison


GoComics Spotlight



Stephan Pastis drew HUGE crowds as he toured the nation. He may be stopping in a city near you next!




Whether you’re a professional yogi or someone who simply prefers to stretch their laughing muscles, yog-na love these jokes.


Jokes Yogna Love



We wrote a love letter to our favorite caffeinated beverage on National Coffee Day.


National Coffee Day



Cul de Sac Jumps From the Comics Page to Center Stage.


Cul de Sac Play



'Tis the Season for Tricks and Treats: A Sneak Peak at October’s Offerings.


"Is it possible to love Halloween, a holiday dedicated to tricks and treats, too much? Our ornery, candy-loving characters sure don’t think so! October opens up the doors to comics full of spooky silliness and creepy crawlies!"


Jim Benton Cartoons




7 Reasons to Love Comics, As Told by Our GoComics Characters.


Reasons to Love Comics



We couldn’t let National Custodial Workers Day pass without honoring our favorite elementary school janitor, Frazz.


A Day in the Life of Frazz



Fall has arrived, and so have FOUR new comics!


Goats by Jon Rosenberg



We hosted a live Twitter Q&A with Heart, Brain and Soul cartoonist Ryan Webb.




Have spare time this weekend? Doodle some Peanuts Fan Art and send it our way!


ICYMI: Twitter Q&A with Heart, Brain and Soul creator Ryan Webb


Thanks to cartoonist Ryan Webb for joining us on Twitter for a live Q&A! If you missed out on the chat, visit this link, or use the widget below: 



Subscribe to Heart, Brain and Soul!

Happy Anniversary, Charlie Brown!

Peanuts 65 Years Logo


Talk about a Flashback Friday of epic proportions – on this day, 65 years ago (October 2, 1950), Charles Schulz’s Peanuts appeared in newspapers for the first time! 


Peanuts Begins by Charles Schulz
Peanuts Begins by Charles Schulz


What began in 1950 grew into an incredible legacy, with Charlie Brown, Snoopy and the gang becoming some of the most recognizable characters in history.


Thrilled to commemorate this special milestone, we’re hosting a month-long celebration on GoComics!


We kicked off the Peanuts party in a previous blog post, inviting readers around the globe to share Peanuts fan art. As a reward for sharing renditions of favorite characters or scenes from the strip, each participant will receive exclusive Peanuts prizes! We’ve already received several stellar submissions, which we’re showcasing all month long on our fan art page:




For inspiration in creating your own Flying Ace fan art, check our full collection featuring Snoopy vs. The Red Baron.




Or, look to our compilation of Great Pumpkin-themed comics to get your creative juices flowing.


Still drawing blanks? You’re bound to find creative fuel in one of the Peanuts comic collections below:


"Good Grief ... I Can't Stand It"


Autumn Leaves


Beagle Scouts




Football Fake-Outs


"Happiness Is..."


In the Classroom


Kite "Flying"


Linus' Blanket




Peanuts at the Ballpark


Peanuts Comic Tributes


Psychiatric Help


Sally and Her Sweet Babboo




Snoopy and Woodstock


Snoopy Dance


Snoopy's Pawpet Show


Snoopy's Typewriter


The Flying Ace


The Great Pumpkin




Fan art is just the beginning! We’re also hosting a giveaway of a phenomenal Peanuts prize pack, because no party is complete without favors!




Stay tuned! We have more festivities up our sleeve that you won’t want to miss! In the meantime, catch up on 65 years of Peanuts from the beginning, here.

Stone Soup Creator Jan Eliot Reflects on Her Semiretirement

Jan Eliot, creator of the comic strip “Stone Soup,” recently announced her decision to retire the daily version of the comic strip. The Sunday version of the strip will continue. Created in 1990 and syndicated by Universal Uclick (formerly Universal Press Syndicate) since November 1995, the comic strip is available in more than 250 outlets worldwide with a dedicated following. The final week of “Stone Soup” dailies will begin on Oct. 12, 2015.  


Eliot sat down with Universal Uclick to share insight behind her decision to retire the daily comic strip.


Jan Eliot
Jan Eliot


Q: How did you arrive at the decision retire the daily version of Stone Soup?


A: For 20 years, I have held the most wonderful job in the world — making a living in art, creating a daily comic strip that I’m privileged to see published in newspapers. As someone who grew up fascinated by newspaper and magazine cartoons, it is hard to explain the private thrill I get seeing my strip on the funny page, hearing someone comment about it, receiving fan mail. But with this wonderful job comes the pressure of daily deadlines. It may seem like a small task, creating one cartoon a day, but it is herculean in many ways. The pressure to be good enough, funny enough, to create interesting-enough drawings, live up to the standards of great cartoonists I admire and share the comics page with is not a small thing. And every Monday morning, there it is, the blank paper that represents the seven comic strips that need to be created.


I have reached a point in life where I’d like to be free of these daily deadlines — free to travel more, spend more time with family and friends, pursue other creative projects. I love to write. I love photography. I’ve always been interested in marine science and scientific illustration. Who knows what might be on my horizon? It is exciting to think about the possibilities. But most of all, I’m looking forward to having just one great cartoon to create every week, to linger over the drawing and ideas and savor the fun of it.



Q: Reflecting on the last 20 years, what are your overall feelings as the dailies come to an end?


A: I thought long and hard about relinquishing my daily spot on the funny pages. I fought long and hard to get there, after all. But 20 years is a long time, especially when it comes after my previous incarnations: as a waitress, car salesperson, bookmobile driver, community college instructor, graphic designer and copywriter … all things I did along the way to syndication and that inform my characters and storylines now.



Stone Soup
© Jan Eliot



Val and Joan and the rest of the Stone Soup cast are old, dear friends. Both Val and Wally are named after real-world friends; Holly and Alix were created while I was raising two daughters who were about their age at the time. Like Val, I was a single working mom. Like Val, I eventually remarried. Evie (Gramma) was originally modeled after my own mother, but over time she morphed into me … or I morphed into her, I’m not sure which. Evie’s travels are my travels and I share her lust for adventure and far-off places. I have been drawing these characters, or some version of them, since I began my very first comic strip Patience and Sarah in the early ’80s. So you can imagine that they are very real to me. I love them all. 


Which is why I am so happy to be continuing the Sunday strips. I am not at all ready to give up my Stone Soup family, and look forward to carrying the story on every Sunday. I am very grateful I have the opportunity to do that, and I hope my fans will continue to follow the fun and chaos of the Stone clan.



Q: How are you concluding the daily comic strip? 


A: The daily strip will have a “soft” ending, since the strip is going to continue on Sundays. I have the characters reflecting about the past a bit, and speculating about the future. The final daily includes some predictions for the kids as they grow up, which reflect my thoughts about who they are, and will become.



Q: What should readers expect from upcoming Sunday strips?


A: The upcoming strips will continue my favorite Stone Soup themes as well as carry the story of my Stone Soup family forward. Val settling in with Phil, Phil settling in with his new family, Alix and Holly making his new life wonderful and impossible all at once. Joan and Val continuing their philosophical discussions over the fence, Wally being the rock that he is and chief adviser to Phil, since Wally ventured down the stepparent road before him. Gramma dipping back in between adventures, sending her advice via Skype chats in the meantime. Alix will still seek adventure in the great outdoors and in her magic pool, Holly will continue her drama-filled path to adulthood, Val will continue to plug away at her job, commiserate with Rena, and share her deepest concerns with her sister, Joan.



Stone Soup Art
© Jan Eliot



Q: Share a few specific comic strips that provoked strong reactions from readers. 


A: Oddly, one strip that provoked a LOT of mail ran on Jan. 9, 2005, and was about gluten-free toast. The characters, Gramma and Val, are in a restaurant, trying to decide what to eat. They eliminate most of the dishes because they are not organic or humane or sustainable … a reflection of the very green town I live in, Eugene, Oregon. Val decides that “you can’t go wrong with toast,” and then realizes when it is delivered that she “should have ordered gluten-free.” Hundreds of readers decided that I was “making fun of” celiac disease, a very serious disease that renders its victims completely intolerant of gluten. After trying to explain that I was not doing that at all, the Celiac Disease Association asked if they could reprint the cartoon in their newsletter because they thought it was funny. Whew! Thank you!



Stone Soup by Jan Eliot Jan 9
© Jan Eliot


Another strip that provoked reader response ran on April 4, 2011, and discussed teacher furlough days. Val was frustrated because Holly had another day off due to teacher furloughs. In expressing her frustration, my intent was to show her frustration with school funding issues. Somehow, the way I wrote it led some teachers to think I was suggesting that these furlough days were “vacation” for them. A group of teacher who were actually at that very time sitting in a protest on the lawn of the Wisconsin State Capitol (their governor was trying to break their union, as I remember it). They wrote me many letters of dismay, and I did a piece with the Madison, Wisconsin, newspaper explaining that I was a HUGE supporter of teachers, and my intention would NEVER be to suggest that they were slackers. I had to admit that the way I worded the cartoon could have been misleading, and have been very careful since then.



Stone Soup by Jan Eliot
© Jan Eliot



Q: What has been your proudest and most memorable moment as an internationally syndicated cartoonist? 


A: One moment? There are so many …


Becoming friends with Lynn Johnston, Charles Schulz and other amazing cartoonists.


Seeing Stone Soup as a clue in the NYT Magazine Crossword Puzzle was a definite thrill.


Seeing my cartoon printed in foreign newspapers (sent to me by fans).


Seeing my Sunday strip on the front page of many of the Sunday comics pages I am in.


Seeing my work on display at the Library of Congress and the Charles M. Schulz Museum.


Being invited to overseas cartoon conferences … one in Lisbon, Portugal, where I won the “Best Book” award, and another in Algiers, Algeria, where I met female cartoonists from the continent of Africa and the Middle East. I was on a panel with these women, which was quite an honor and very memorable.


But probably, the most memorable moment was the very first Sunday that Stone Soup appeared in my local paper, delivered to my doorstep, with Stone Soup positioned on the front page of the Sunday funnies, directly under Mother Goose and Grimm, Dilbert and For Better or For Worse. A moment to remember!



Q: Your syndicate, clients and readers are saddened by your decision to retire the daily comic. Any parting words to share with these longtime supporters?  


 A: Please know that it was a difficult decision. I am sad in my own way, because it is indeed an honor to be in newspapers every day and have such an amazing group of loyal readers. But I am now 65, and I have worked fulltime since I was 15 years old — as a waitress, car salesperson, bookmobile driver, graphic designer and copywriter, community college instructor. Cartooning was my last and best incarnation. So, I hope my longtime supporters can understand that now I am ready to have less demands on my time, to pursue creative projects that don’t have such incessant deadlines, to travel and spend more time with family and friends. I will always be incredibly grateful to my readers, and I hope we can keep up with each other on Sundays.


Read Stone Soup from the beginning here.

Cul de Sac Jumps From the Comics Page to Center Stage

Cul de Sac
via Encore Stage & Studio


Have you ever wished you could watch the endearing adventures from Richard Thompson’s award-winning Cul de Sac in real life? Your dreams are coming true!


A world-premier play adaption of Cul de Sac, Amy Thompson’s “Cul de Sac,” follows Alice and Petey Otterloop as they learn about friendship and the importance of being yourself.


Sure to be sweet, silly and all-around adorable, we can’t wait to see the gang take center stage!


The play runs June 3 – 12, 2016 at the Thomas Jefferson Community Theatre in Arlington, Virginia. You can find showtimes here.


Learn more about “Cul de Sac” here. Or, read Cul de Sac here.

‘Tis the Season for Tricks and Treats

Is it possible to love Halloween, a holiday dedicated to tricks and treats, too much? Our ornery, candy-loving characters sure don’t think so! October opens up the doors to comics full of spooky silliness and creepy crawlies!


We won’t spoil too much, but here’s a little teaser of what you can expect to see on GoComics this October:


Our cartoon tricksters are sure to be out in full force:


Stone Soup by Jan Eliot
Stone Soup by Jan Eliot


Fueled by their treat-induced sugar highs:


Rose is Rose by Don Wimmer and Pat Brady
Rose is Rose by Don Wimmer and Pat Brady


All of your favorite fanged …


Jim Benton Cartoons by Jim Benton
Jim Benton Cartoons by Jim Benton


Floating ...


Bound and Gagged by Dana Summers
Bound and Gagged by Dana Summers


And from-the-dead Halloween celebrities will be in attendance:


Lio by Mark Tatulli
Lio by Mark Tatulli


We’ll wait for The Great Pumpkin:


Peanuts by Charles Schulz
Peanuts by Charles Schulz


And make our futile attempts at choosing the best comic costume:


Cleats by Bill Hinds
Cleats by Bill Hinds


Dying to find out more? Stick around, because GoComics is about to get wicked!


For more haunted humor, explore our full Halloween-themed collection – if you dare! 

Recap: Stephan Pastis’ “One Step Ahead of the Mob Tour” + New Tour Dates Announced

Pearls Before Swine creator Stephan Pastis drew huge crowds as he “toured the whole angry nation!”  Catch up on his One Step Ahead of the Mobnationwide book tour, and find out where he’s stopping next – it just might be a city near you!


Kicking off the tour, Pastis brought his latest book, Pearls Gets Sacrificed, to Washington D.C., where Pastis and his “mob” of fans took the nation’s capital by storm at National Book Festival.


Jetting across the country, Pastis picked back up in San Jose, CA, followed by the pitchfork-less, Pearls-loving fan mob. 


Via San Jose Mercury News
Via San Jose Mercury News



As The News Tribune notes, thrilled fans then flocked to Tacoma, WA, to hear more about Stephan’s “cast of dysfunctional animals and his best-selling ‘Timmy Failure’ children’s books.”


Fans following Pastis' Facebook page know that the Pearls Before Swine creator topped off his “awesome tour stop” in Missoula, MT, with “fly fishing” and “diners filled with guns.” 


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There was no escaping the mob in Denver! Fans packed the house of The Denver Post and enjoyed a day full of creator insight and witty repartee. 


The next helping of this comic tour was served up Cajun style, as Pearls Before Swine fanatics made their way down to Baton Rouge, LA.


Via Stephan Pastis on Facebook


Our favorite Pearls Before Swine crocodiles surely felt at home in St. Petersburg, FL, where the next leg of the tour saw an incredible turnout at the Palladium Theater.


Via Stephan Pastis on Facebook


Just a hop, skip and 700 miles north is Knoxville, TN, where, according to the Knoxville News Sentinel, “approximately 300 fans turned out” to meet Stephan. 


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The September chapter of “The One Step Ahead of the Mob Tour” concluded at the St. Louis Public Library with a standing room only crowd! 


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Pearls Before Swine is SO popular that overflow rooms were required in multiple cities to accommodate Stephan’s massive “mob” of fans!


See why fans are engrossed with this talented creator in The Denver Post’s candid video from one of his most popular tour stops, as he answers questions and “shares memories of meeting Charles Schulz, spats with other cartoonists, being kicked out of his home by his wife (in the comic strip, but not in real life) and his now-famous collaboration with Calvin and Hobbes creator Bill Watterson.”



Did you miss your chance to meet with Stephan Pastis on his FREE nationwide book tour? Boy, do we have some good news for you! Due to its immense success, “The One Step Ahead of the Mob Tour” is hitting the road for a second time this month! If you live near these cities, you’re in luck:



Find out more about each of these dates from Stephan Pastis, himself, on his Facebook events page. 

GoComics A to Z, Vol. 15: Unstrange Phenomena

A weekly feature spotlighting new & unusual features on the GoComics A-Z roster




Feature: Unstrange Phenomena
Creator: Ed Allison
Format: strip
Frequency: currently updates every Monday
Recommended if you like: interplanetary pseudoscience, Tom The Dancing Bug, a hilarious and totally non-factual alternate world version of "Ripley's Believe It Or Not"



What's more fun than fun facts? Fun facts that aren't true, of course. But not just plain old untrue — spectacularly, wildly, imaginatively, cosmically untrue. And with nice spot-colored illustrations, to boot. Such is the domain of "Unstrange Phenomena," a slight mis-characterization of what is in fact a genuinely strange reading experience. For example: all that recent hubbub in the news about discovering water on Mars? "Unstrange Phenomena" had even more exciting information about the makeup of the red planet years ago...




"Unstrange Phenomena" has a social conscience as well, dealing with issues ranging from immigration to the illegal pet trade, sometimes in the very same strip.




After reading through a lot of the U.P. archives on GoComics, I'm a much more informed citizen of the world than I was a few hours ago. And even if 100% of that information is totally bogus, I feel a lot better off for it and had some good laughs along the way. Give it a try yourself, right here on the world's finest indie/syndie comics powerhouse, GoComics.

Giveaway: Peanuts 65th Anniversary Prize Pack



Can you believe it? Snoopy has been dancing his way across the comics page for six-and-a-half decades!


With its quiet debut in seven newspapers on Oct. 2, 1950, Charles Schulz's comic about a group of innocent-looking kids and their dog began a revolution on newspaper comics pages. Eventually read by some 355 million fans in 75 countries around the world, Peanuts is a touchstone that new generations embrace with the same love and loyalty that have earned it iconic status in American culture.


Honoring the 65th anniversary of this legendary comic strip, we’re giving away a GIANT Peanuts 65th anniversary prize pack, which includes:


• Book: “Celebrating Peanuts: 65 Years

• Book: “Woodstock: Master of Disguise"

• Book: “Snoopy: Cowabunga!"

• Book: “Charlie Brown and Friends

• Book: “Charlie Brown: POW!

• Framed collectible print of the first Peanuts comic strip

• Commemorative Peanuts 65th anniversary poster

• Peanuts 65th anniversary temporary tattoo

• Peanuts coloring sheet


To enter, leave a comment on this blog post with a link to your favorite Peanuts comic strip featuring Snoopy — peruse the Peanuts archive here. To be counted, you must include your first and last name or handle.


This contest will end Tues., Oct. 6 at 10 a.m. CT. One winner will be randomly selected and announced that day on the GoComics blog.


The celebration continues! We’re collecting Peanuts Fan Art. Learn more and share your artwork here.


NOTE: This giveaway is open to U.S. and Canada residents only.

GoComics and Andrews McMeel Publishing Exhibit at New York Comic Con 2015



October is the best time of year to be in New York City!


The weather is gorgeous, the leaves are changing colors and, most importantly, Manhattan is taken over by comics, cosplay and pop culture fanatics!


It’s almost time for New York Comic Con (October 8-11), and you can bet we’ll be there with our sister company, Andrews McMeel Publishing! We’re bringing you a weekend filled with free creator signings, incredible giveaways, comic collections and more!


Pack your bags, pick out your costumes and meet us in Booth #2219 for comic-related fun, including:


• A selection of books for purchase, including "Exploring Calvin and Hobbes: An Exhibition Catalogue," which includes a fascinating, in-depth interview with creator Bill Watterson; titles by New York Times bestselling authors The Oatmeal (Matthew Inman), Stephan Pastis (“Pearls Gets Sacrificed”), and Gavin Aung Than (“Zen Pencils Two: Dream the Impossible Dream”); and “Heart and Brain,” by The Awkward Yeti (Nick Seluk). AMP Comics for Kids offerings include "Big Nate: Welcome to My World" by New York Times bestselling author Lincoln Peirce, and "Unicorn on a Roll: Another Phoebe and Her Unicorn Adventure" by Dana Simpson.


• Scheduled one-hour, free signings by cartoonists and authors (signing schedule below).  


• Daily giveaways featuring free premium-level GoComics memberships, awesome comics swag and daily drawings for major comic collections, including "The Complete Calvin and Hobbes," "The Complete Far Side," "Celebrating Peanuts" and a collection of “Big Nate” titles.


• In honor of the 30th anniversary of Calvin and Hobbes, archive-quality prints of the iconic first and last Calvin and Hobbes comic strips will be available for purchase. To celebrate the 65th anniversary of Peanuts, an archive-quality print of the first-ever comic strip (available in color or black and white) will also be available. 


GoComics will announce daily Twitter giveaways (Thursday through Sunday) featuring the "Dear Mr. Watterson" and "Stripped" documentaries in celebration of the 30th anniversary of Calvin and Hobbes (while supplies last).


• AMP/GoComics and Abrams are partnering to commemorate the 65th anniversary of Peanuts.


• To receive prizes:  Visit the AMP/GoComics booth (#2219) and ask for an “Abrams” ticket. Attendees can take this ticket to the Abrams booth (#2228) to receive a collectible “Peppermint Patty” sticker. Once the sticker has been acquired, attendees are encouraged to show the sticker to the AMP/GoComics staff in exchange for commemorative 65th anniversary prizes.


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


Andrews McMeel Publishing/GoComics Signing and Event Schedule:
All creator signings will occur at the Andrews McMeel Publishing/GoComics Booth (#2219). Prints or posters will be provided for free at all creator signings.


Thursday, October 8

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.: Gavin Aung Than (Zen Pencils)

3:00 – 4:00 p.m.: Jason Chatfield (Ginger Meggs)


Friday, October 9

1:30 – 2:30 p.m.: Gavin Aung Than (Zen Pencils)


Saturday, October 10

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.: Gavin Aung Than (Zen Pencils)

2:00 – 3:00 p.m.: Nick Seluk (The Awkward Yeti)


Sunday, October 11

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.: Chris Giarrusso (G-Man Webcomics)

1:00 – 2:00 p.m.: Ruben Bolling (Tom the Dancing Bug; Super-Fun-Pak Comix)


Can’t make it to NYCC? We’ve got you covered. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram for fun convention photos and updates.

GoComics Adds Four New Comics in September

Fall has arrived and so have FOUR new comics! Catch up on the newest comics below.


Scenes from a Multiverse by Jonathan Rosenberg


Scenes from a Multiverse by Jon Rosenberg


Scenes From a Multiverse (SFAM) is an interdimensional look at everyday life in an ordinary multiverse. Each day, we travel to a new location and discover both the strange and the strangely familiar. SFAM received the National Cartoonists Society divisional award for Online Comic Strips in 2011 – the first time the award was given.


Jonathan Rosenberg was born on November 27, 1973. Most of his childhood memories were erased in a freakish blimp accident. Rosenberg’s interests include sleep, sarcasm and cheesesteaks.


Rosenberg has been drawing comics and posting them on the Internet since 1997, starting with seminal webcomic Goats, which is available on GoComics and at He is also the creator of award-winning teen sensation Scenes From a Multiverse and the inventor of the squirrel.

Rosenberg lives with his wife and children in Westchester, New York. There is a small window in his office where he can watch the sky. To view more of Rosenberg’s work, visit


Read Scenes from a Multiverse here.


Goats by Jonathan Rosenberg


Goats by Jon Rosenberg


In addition to Scenes From a Multiverse, Rosenberg’s comic Goats is also now available on GoComics.


Goats is a sci-fi parody epic, humor imagined on an epic scale. More than a simple gag-a-day strip, the anarchic and hyper-inventive Goats has a sprawling storyline starring two ordinary techies who are tasked with saving the universe from utter destruction and the demonic chickens, cyborg goldfish, omnisexual aliens, disgruntled hackers, Mayan death gods and random celebrities they encounter along the way.


Read Goats here.


The Best Medicine Cartoon by Izzy Ehnes

The Best Medicine Cartoon by Izzy EhnesIzzy Ehnes’ The Best Medicine Cartoon will give you a dose of the best medicine: laughter (way better than that nasty cherry stuff) through single-panel cartoons covering topics ranging from homicidal vegetables to trees with human-scented air fresheners.


Recommended by Pearls Before Swine creator Stephan Pastis and Nick and Zuzu creator Nick Galifianakis, Ehnes is one of the youngest cartoonists ever to bring her talent to GoComics.


"I first ran into Izzy at a comic convention in Petaluma, California, and I thought that her work was really funny. So I immediately told my syndicate about her. In all my years of syndication, I believe Izzy is the first person whose work I've recommended to my syndicate.” – Stephan Pastis, creator of Pearls Before Swine


"When Stephan Pastis asked me to look at cartoons that belonged to a teenager he had met only moments earlier, I was prepared to be polite and encouraging. After flipping through the first dozen examples of her work, I stopped and looked up at young Ehnes, and knew I was staring at the future of cartoons." - Nick Galifianakis, creator of Nick and Zuzu


Read The Best Medicine Cartoon here. 


Back to B.C. by Johnny Hart


Back to B.C. by Johnny Hart


In 1958, Johnny Hart created B.C., a caveman classic that became an international sensation. Since Hart passed away in 2007, B.C. has continued on seamlessly by his talented grandsons, Mason and Mick Mastroianni.


Back to B.C. follows Hart’s iconic strip from its humble beginnings in 1958! Join the original five (B.C., Peter, Wiley, Clumsy and Thor) as they discover fire, befriend dinosaurs, try to figure out women and make a new friend, Curls. 


Read Back to B.C. here. 

Giveaway: Pearls Gets Sacrificed – Winner Announced

Pearls Gets Sacrificed by Stephan Pastis


Thank you to all who entered to win a copy of Stephan Pastis' newly-released "Pearls Gets Sacrificed" by sharing your favorite Pearls Before Swine comic from 2015 with us.


We have randomly selected one winner. Congratulations to Tony Savoni!



Pearls Before Swine by Stephan Pastis


Please contact us at with your shipping address and phone number. Please note: You must contact us by 10/6/15 or your prize will be forfeited.

A Love Letter to Coffee

Today marks a very special holiday, and one that we couldn’t ignore. It’s our chance to recognize the one that wakes us up in the morning, ignites our motivation and keeps us moving.


No, don’t worry. You didn't forget about Mother’s Day or Father’s Day.


It’s International Coffee Day, and we’re professing our love for caffeinated cups of goodness.


Dear Coffee,


You’re the only one we want to start the day with.



Adult Children by Stephen Beals
Adult Children by Stephen Beals


And the one we think about when we can’t sleep at night.



Bushy Tales by Ian Jones
Bushy Tales by Ian Jones


We simply can’t get enough of you.



Sunshine State by Graham Nolan
Sunshine State by Graham Nolan


We’d do just about anything to get to you.



Moderately Confused by Jeff Stahler
Moderately Confused by Jeff Stahler



Spending time with you always perks us up.


The Norm Classics by Michael Jantze
The Norm Classics by Michael Jantze



You take a bland, boring day and make it magical.



Wizard of Id by Parker and Hart
Wizard of Id by Parker and Hart



A day at the office hardly seems like work when you’re around.



The Born Loser by Art and Chip Sansom
The Born Loser by Art and Chip Sansom



Cheers to you, coffee. Thanks for always saving the day!


WaynoVision by Wayno
WaynoVision by Wayno


Love coffee? Drink up the funnies in our coffee-themed collection. Or, check out Coffee Gives Me Superpowers from our sister company, Andrews McMeel Publishing.


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.




And now...  9-25-15





 Snow Sez...  9-25-15





Batch Rejection  9-28-15





Candy Pills  9-28-15





Clifton  9-28-15





Don't Pick the Flowers  9-28-15




Dust Specks  9-28-15





Famous and Not-So-Famous Quotes  9-28-15




Frank & Steinway  9-28-15





Magnificatz  9-28-15




The Neville You Know  9-28-15




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



Weekend Faves (September 27)

Looks Good on Paper by Dan Collins
Looks Good on Paper by Dan Collins

After all these years, Charlotte is is still kickin' it.




Doonesbury by Garry Trudeau
Doonesbury by Garry Trudeau

It's so perfect it's scary.



F Minus by Tony Carrillo
F Minus by Tony Carrillo

Three words: LOL


Jim Benton Cartoons by Jim Benton
Jim Benton Cartoons by Jim Benton

 When you come across this while enjoying your morning orange juice…



Fred Basset by Alex Graham
Fred Basset by Alex Graham

I like to think I'm most supportive with my eyes closed.


Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal by Zach Weinersmith
Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal by Zach Weinersmith

Can't argue with logic!


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