The Four Worst Things About Wedding Season

 

F Minus by Tony Carrillo
F Minus by Tony Carrillo

 

Wedding season is here and love is in the air — for some people, at least. While weddings are ostensibly happy affairs, sometimes being a guest at one is a pain, particularly if the wedding is for someone you don’t know very well.

 

With that in mind, we’ve put together a list of the four worst things about wedding season.


1. Etiquette prevents you from making your true feelings known.

 

Drabble by Kevin Fagan
Drabble by Kevin Fagan

 

 

2. Destination wedding = waste of vacation days.

 

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

 

 

3. Nothing lasts longer than a wedding ceremony.

 

Brevity by Dan Thompson
Brevity by Dan Thompson

 

 

4. Wedding gifts have become completely impersonal.

 

Cathy by Cathy Guisewite
Cathy by Cathy Guisewite

 

 

At the end of the day, you may have just spent four hours watching two complete strangers tie the knot. But there’s always the reception to look forward to!

 

Peanuts by Charles Schulz
Peanuts by Charles Schulz

 

 

Good luck out there, wedding-goers!





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.

 

 

 7-17-16

 

 

 

 

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Frank & Steinway  7-18-16

 

 

 

 

 

7-18-16

 

 

 

 

Oscar and Annie  7-18-16

 

 

 

 

Padded Cell  7-19-16

 

 

 

 

 

Bolts & Nuts  7-20-16

 

 

 

 

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

 

 





SDCC 2016: Come See Us At Booth 1505!

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It’s Day 2 of San Diego Comic-Con, which means there’s still plenty of time to take advantage of all the amazing opportunities available this weekend, including free signings and giveaways at the GoComics booth (1505)!

 

Today we’re hosting free signings with Matthew Inman (The Oatmeal), Bill Amend (FoxTrot) and Georgia Dunn (Breaking Cat News) AND giving away a copy of The Complete Far Side!

 

Swing by Booth 1505 to say hello, and while you’re there, don’t forget to pick up your GoComics SDCC Passport! Collect stamps by completing activities on the passport. The more stamps you collect, the better your chances of winning our ULTIMATE comics grand prize!

 

Follow @GoComics on Twitter and Instagram to stay up-to-date with the latest SDCC happenings.

 

We hope to see you around!


For more information on this weekend’s activities and giveaways, click here.





Dazzle Your Coworkers With Tips and Tricks from The Cooper Review!

 

 

100 Tricks to Appear Smart in Meetings: How to Get By Without Even Trying by Sarah Cooper
100 Tricks to Appear Smart in Meetings: How to Get By Without Even Trying by Sarah Cooper

 

 

Everyone wants to look smart at work, but most people don’t want to expend a lot of effort doing it. Luckily, Sarah Cooper of The Cooper Review is here to help.

 

 

100 Tricks to Appear Smart in Meetings: How to Get By Without Even Trying by Sarah Cooper
100 Tricks to Appear Smart in Meetings: How to Get By Without Even Trying by Sarah Cooper

 

 

Cooper’s new book, “100 Tricks to Appear Smart in Meetings: How to Get By Without Even Trying,” is bursting with fully illustrated tips, examples and scenarios for how to look smart in every type of meeting, from one-on-one meetings to last-minute meetings you just couldn’t get out of.

 

 

100 Tricks to Appear Smart in Meetings: How to Get By Without Even Trying by Sarah Cooper
100 Tricks to Appear Smart in Meetings: How to Get By Without Even Trying by Sarah Cooper

 

 

“100 Tricks to Appear Smart in Meetings” hits shelves October 4, but you can preorder your copy right here!





GIVEAWAY: San Diego Comic-Con Prize Pack

If you’re going to San Diego Comic-Con, you’re likely sleepless with excitement for the weekend’s festivities to begin. If you aren’t going to SDCC, you’re probably really, really tired of being reminded about what you’re missing out on.

 

We understand. So we want to bring a little SDCC cheer to the comics fans who can’t be there in person. We’re giving away an SDCC Author Prize Pack featuring SIX awesome comics collections — one from each of our creators who will be signing at our booth during comic-con.

 

One lucky winner will receive:

 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

 

This contest will end on July 26, 2016, at 12 a.m. CT. We will randomly select one winner and notify the winner via email on July 26, 2016.

 

Best of luck!





Tips to Stay Cool this summer!

Happy feels-like-earth-is-tumbling-toward-the-sun season!

 

There are a few other names we’d like to call summer, but we’ll refrain. The point is: it’s HOT — hot enough to spell it out with a Z snap. Fall bodes to come, yet not quick enough. In the meantime, follow these tips to stay cool.

 

1. Visit the pool

Stone Soup by Jan Eliot
Stone Soup by Jan Eliot


Stretch your imagination while you’re at it.

 

 

2. Indulge in ice cream

 

The Awkward Yeti by Nick Seluk
The Awkward Yeti by Nick Seluk

 

There’s never a bad time for ice cream … unless you’re lactose intolerant — then it’s always a bad time (sorry, at least you have Rice Dream!).

 

 

3. Drink plenty of water

 

FoxTrot by Bill Amend
FoxTrot by Bill Amend


You are not a cactus, you are a human. Stay hydrated each day.

 


4. Stay inside

 

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

 

Sometimes summer is best enjoyed indoors. Host a movie night with friends or family on the extra hot days.

 


5. Turn on the air conditioning

 

Garfield by Jim Davis
Garfield by Jim Davis

 

Listen. Saving money is a wonderful idea — but your family is probably quite unhappy. There is a certain temperature at which fans just don’t do the job. Beat the heat — crank up the air conditioning!



Our summertime comics collection awaits!

 





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.

 

 

 

Batch Rejection  7-15-16

 

 

 

 

Father of the Brood  7-15-16

 

 

 

 

Green Pieces  7-15-16

 

 

 

 

Onion & Pea  7-15-16

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 





NEW COMIC ALERT! AJ and Magnus by Bryan and Simon Steel

 

 

AJ and Magnus by Bryan and Simon Steel
AJ and Magnus by Bryan and Simon Steel

 

Family means something different to everyone because no two families are alike. With that in mind, meet the Parkers! There's AJ; a rambunctious boy with an overactive imagination, his best friend, Magnus; a gigantic English Mastiff, his high-strung, sarcastic Dad, and his kid-at-heart Pop. Life may be unpredictable, but a loving family and crazy friends will always make the ride more fun!

 

Read AJ and Magnus here!





Make Election Season Bearable with Editorial Cartoons

 

Mike Lester
Mike Lester

 

It’s the height of the American presidential campaign, which means people everywhere are pledging allegiance to their candidate of choice with bumper stickers, T-shirts, baseball caps and yard signs.

 

For politically minded comics fans, what better way to declare independence than with comic art prints of editorial cartoons? Unique, poignant and memorable, editorial cartoons offer sharp, insightful commentary on current events, straight from the minds of syndicated and Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonists.

 

Stuart Carlson
Stuart Carlson

 

As we approach the Republican and Democratic national conventions, we’ve put together two collections featuring cartoons from some of our most popular left- and right-leaning editorial cartoonists. We’ve also assembled a collection of Doonesbury comics from the recently released “Yuge!: 30 Years of Doonesbury on Trump” by G.B. Trudeau.

 

 

Doonesbury by Garry Trudeau
Doonesbury by Garry Trudeau

 

Make a bold political statement with a collectible comic art print of your favorite editorial cartoon!

 

Check out the Conservative Editorial Cartoon collection here.

 

Click here for the Liberal Editorial Cartoon collection.


Doonesbury fan? Browse the “Yuge!” collection here.





Let’s get together … in 10 years!

Family reunions are odd. All of your family, consisting mostly of those you haven’t seen or spoken to since you were 5, is invited to one location to “catch up” — which is code for “argue about world events and politics.”

 

WuMo by Wulff & Morgenthaler
WuMo by Wulff & Morgenthaler

 

Some family members REALLY don’t want to come. They’re the ones no one has heard from since that one family incident on vacation.

 

Cornered by Mike Baldwin
Cornered by Mike Baldwin

 

Family reunions probably pain your spouse more than anyone else. YOU don’t even know some of these people — and your partner keeps getting asked, “Now, whose son are you?!” You can’t blame them for trying to get out of it …

 

F Minus by Tony Carrillo
F Minus by Tony Carrillo

 

Family reunions can also get loud. We all have those uncles and cousins who laugh and “discuss” louder than you thought possible. And if a fight breaks out … good luck.

 

Brevity by Dan Thompson
Brevity by Dan Thompson

 

The schedule for the five-year, 10-year, 15-year and so on is always the same: Arrive, eat, talk, eat, sweat, eat, look at phone, eat, try to leave, eat, actually leave.

 

Cathy by Cathy Guisewite
Cathy by Cathy Guisewite

 

Everyone has varying feelings about family. Some families are really close, others couldn’t be more disconnected. If you don’t have a great family — consider your friends. Appreciate the friends that are like family. They don’t have to be your friend. They want to be.

 

And if you’re heading to a family reunion this summer — good luck, and enjoy it. At the very least, you’ll have great stories.





Friday Night! Date Night!

Every couple has its own idea of what “date night” should look like. Dinner and a movie work for some; for others, it’s take-out and star gazing. No rules should be held over date night!

 

Just kidding.

 

RULE ONE: ALWAYS ORDER FRIES

Sarah's Scribbles by Sarah Andersen

 

Unless you don’t like fries, and in that case — who are you?! But really, don’t be rude and steal your partners fries because you “tried” to make a healthy decision. More fries, more smiles. Just order them.

 

 

RULE TWO: CONTAIN YOUR TEARS

 

The Awkward Yeti by Nick Seluk
The Awkward Yeti by Nick Seluk

 

Crying is acceptable — just not all over the popcorn. Emotions are great — just try to keep the snot to a minimum.



RULE THREE: DRESS WELL*

 

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

 

This rule applies to first dates especially. Save the sweatpants for marriage — you’ve got a good impression to make.

 

*Shower, too!



RULE FOUR: PUT IT AWAY

 

Angry Little Girls by Lela Lee
Angry Little Girls by Lela Lee

 

The phone, we mean. You’re not dating your phone.Leave it in your purse/pocket. Give your partner your full attention.

 

 

RULE FIVE: RELAX

 

Lunarbaboon by Christopher Grady
Lunarbaboon by Christopher Grady

 

You don’t need to fly across the sky, lasso the moon or write your partner's name in lights to call it “date night.” Simply crash on the couch, catch up on your latest Netflix obsession or scope out new comics on GoComics (Yes, definitely do this!)

 

Enjoy your Friday night!


Oh, and a friendly reminder that you can always take yourself on a date, or go on a friend-date. We also support staying in with your cat. All good options.  





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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Blue Skies Toons  7-14-16

 

 

 

 

 

Buns  7-14-16

 

 

 

 

Girth  7-14-16

 

 

 

 

Green Pieces  7-14-16

 

 

 

 

Professor Herbert and GEO  7-14-16

 

 

 

 

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

 

 





Sun’s Out Bugs Out

They splat on your windshield, buzz around your front porch light, annoy you at outdoor events and light up the night sky.

 

They are the bugs of summer: lightning bugs, June bugs, moths, butterflies, bees, ticks, mosquitoes and so many more.

 

Most people get squeamish at the sight or thought of any kind of bug. Hey! They can be terrifying! Protect yourself at all costs.

 

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

 

 

Bugs are also quite distracting — especially if you’re in the feline family.

 

 

The Adventures of Business Cat by Tom Fonder
The Adventures of Business Cat by Tom Fonder

 

 

Why do they look like that? Who needs 32 beady little eyes, anyway? Hairy feelers? Ew! Or eight legs? NO. We’ll stop there.

 

 

WuMo by Wulff & Morgenthaler
WuMo by Wulff & Morgenthaler

  

Even if you don’t mind their presence, some (e.g., ticks and the like) can carry dreadful diseases. We suggest using plenty of insect repellant.

 

 

Off the Mark by Mark Parisi
Off the Mark by Mark Parisi

 

Only a few more months to endure these little suckers.

 

 

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

 

With that, we say R.I.P. to mosquitoes — the most unwanted creatures of all time.



What bugs are your least favorite? If you’re a bug person, WHY? Leave your thoughts below.





GoComics and Andrews McMeel Publishing Take on San Diego!

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It’s that time of year again — San Diego Comic-Con!

 

This year, we’ve even more surprises and goodies for fans who come to visit us (booth 1505)! In addition to selling awesome comics merchandise, we’re featuring daily giveaways, FREE creator signings and so much more!

 

Details:

 

  • • GoComics SDCC Passport: Swing by and grab our passport! Attendees who complete activities on our GoComics SDCC Passport are entered to win a MEGA comics prize pack, including complete collections (pictured below), plus signed comic prints, 2017 calendars and more!

 

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  • • Sneak peek the NEW GoComics.com: We're getting some major work done this summer to give you an unparalleled online comics experience. Get a peek under the curtain and sign up at our booth as a beta tester — we'll give you a FREE “Read Comics Every Day” lanyard! 

 

 

 

 

All of this and more awaits you at GoComics 1505! Follow along and stay up-to-date by following @GoComics on Twitter and Instagram! We’ll be sharing photos from the convention floor!

 

We hope to see you there!



GoComics/AMP Signing Schedule

 

Thursday, July 21

5 - 6 p.m. — Lex Fajardo (Kid Beowulf)

 

Friday, July 22

2 - 3 p.m. — Matthew Inman (The Oatmeal)

3:30 - 4:30 p.m. — Bill Amend (FoxTrot)

5 - 6 p.m. — Georgia Dunn (Breaking Cat News)

 

Saturday, July 23

3:30 - 4:30 p.m. — Nick Seluk (The Awkward Yeti)

5 - 6 p.m. — Matthew Inman (The Oatmeal)

 

Sunday, July 24

11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. — Dana Simpson (Phoebe and Her Unicorn)





GIVEAWAY: “Phoebe and Her Unicorn” Poster

No comic in recent years has captured hearts and imaginations quite like Dana Simpson’s Phoebe and Her Unicorn. People of all ages enjoy reading about Phoebe and Marigold’s high jinks, whether the duo is attending a unicorn birthday party or just trying to make it through summer camp.

 

Razzle Dazzle Unicorn: Another Phoebe and Her Unicorn Adventure,” the fourth Phoebe collection from AMP! Comics for Kids, hits shelves in September. To celebrate, we’re giving away Phoebe and Her Unicorn posters! Five lucky winners will each receive one full-size poster.

 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

 

This contest will end on July 19, 2016, at 12 a.m. CT. We will randomly select one winner and notify the winner via email on July 19, 2016.

 

For more unicorn adventures, read Phoebe and Her Unicorn on GoComics!

 

Follow the links below to buy the first three Phoebe and Her Unicorn collections.

 

 

And click here to preorder “Razzle Dazzle Unicorn,” available September 20.





The Wandering Melon and Nimble Collective present: Melon Shorts!

A special message from The Wandering Melon and his friends at Nimble Collective

 

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Nimble Collective is as proud as punch (melon punch, perhaps?) to present Mike Shiell’s “Melon Shorts”. Mike has teamed up with Nimble Collective to breathe life into his eclectic cast of characters with a series of animation shorts based on his The Wandering Melon single panel gag comics. You can check out "Melon Shorts" by visiting Nimble Collective’s website.

 

“This was a collaborative effort, along with Mike’s animator, Everett Newell, that took many hours of emails, video conferencing, and working separately to complete - even for these few seconds of material. But it turned out well. I think it keeps the funny going.” - Todd Waring, actor and writer.

 

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“Nimble Collective is a great place for people to meet, to build teams, and to create and distribute their work. In my case, we were very quickly able to put a team together of very super talented people who got the project, wanted to be a part of it, and came in with their own skill sets and definitely added to the final product. I couldn’t be happier with the results.” – Mike Shiell, creator of The Wandering Melon.

 

Watch The Wandering Melon's shorts here!

 

Learn more about Nimble Collective.





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.

 

 

7-8-16

 

 

 

 

All In Good Time  7-8-16

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bolts & Nuts 7-8-16

 

 

 

 

Sports by Voort  7-8-16

 

 

 

 

Amanda the Great  7-9-16

 

 

 

 

 

Cleo and Company  7-9-16

 

 

 

 

Gravy  7-9-16

 

 

 

 

Inkwell Forest  7-9-16

 

 

 

 

 Lili and Derek  7-9-16

 

 

 

 

Signs of a Frustrated Golfer  7-11-16

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 





Jim Davis — A Hamilton Fan!

Last week was rough after the events in Dallas, Minnesota and Louisiana. Our world seems quite dark these days, but many are calling for love and respect, including Hamilton lead and creator Lin-Manuel Miranda.

 

This weekend, following his final show as Hamilton, Lin-Manuel received an unexpected gift.

 

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This personalized Garfield original from creator Jim Davis brought Lin-Manuel to tears as he documented his thoughts on Periscope.

 

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Watch the video.

 

Comics really do provide a brief escape from reality, a refreshing laugh during a difficult time. Thanks to Lin-Manuel for sharing.

 

Follow Garfield on GoComics!








NEW COMIC ALERT! Tavicat by Rikki Simons and Tavisha Wolfgarth-Simons

Tavicat by Rikki Simmons and Tavisha Wolfgarth-Simons
Tavicat by Rikki Simons and Tavisha Wolfgarth-Simons

  

The story of two adorable housecats and the dark gods they worship. Pippi and Fargo live in Los Angeles. And in space. And beyond the terrors of the mind. They are the Tummy Fighters. The Lords of Peekaboo.  Well, okay. They're just a couple of regular house cats. But they can dream, you know. Don't take a way their dreams, man.

 

Read Tavicat here!





GoComics Guide to a Lazy Sunday

Let’s get lazy, shall we?

 

It's Sunday — the laziest day of the week!

 

To help you make the most of your day off, we've put together a handy GoComics Guide to a Lazy Sunday.

 

 

STEP ONE: DON’T GET OUT OF BED

 

Garfield by Jim Davis
Garfield by Jim Davis

 

This is an important step to achieve ultimate laziness status. Your parents, kids or pets will be against you on this. Whatever you do, don’t give in! Stay in that bed.



 

STEP TWO: CLEAR YOUR TO-DO LIST

 

Big Nate by Lincoln Peirce
Big Nate by Lincoln Peirce

 

Toss it. You’ll need a solid ZERO obligations if you want to have a successful lazy day.



 

STEP THREE: COFFEE

 

Phoebe and Her Unicorn by Dana Simpson
Phoebe and Her Unicorn by Dana Simpson

 

Grind beans, brew using preferred method and enjoy a slow start (in bed, of course!).



 

STEP FOUR: IGNORE CHORES 

 

Truth Facts by Wulff & Morgenthaler
Truth Facts by Wulff & Morgenthaler

 

Let the trash cans fill, the mirrors smudge and the dust settle. Chores will always be ready and waiting (unfortunately …).



 

STEP FIVE: SNACKS, TV, REPEAT

 

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

 

‘Next episode’? YES.



We’d like to end the guide with our best idea for lazing around — READ COMICS EVERY DAY.



Have something to add to the guide? Comment below.





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