Love is in the Air at GoComics

Today (July 6) is International Kissing Day, also known as World Kiss Day: 24 hours dedicated to nervous butterflies, tender embraces and sweet smooches from your special someone. X’s and O’s are always popping up on GoComics, which is why we wanted to celebrate today by sending a little love to some of our cutest comic couples!

 

Congratulations, first, to Sarah! As any dog lover can see, it’s obvious that you’ve found the one. 

 

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

 

The same is true for Adam and Laura: two awesome parents and perfect soulmates, who understand parenting and each other to a “T”.  

 

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

 

Heart and Dean prove that soulmates don’t always come in identical pairs; opposites really do attract.

 

Heart of the City by Mark Tatulli
Heart of the City by Mark Tatulli

 

Further supporting that theory are Jon, the definition of quirky weirdness, and his girlfriend, Liz, who only loves him more for it.

 

Garfield by Jim Davis
Garfield by Jim Davis

 

Big Nate and Jenny: not actually a couple, but maybe some day. We’re rooting for you, Nate!

 

Big Nate by Lincoln Peirce
Big Nate by Lincoln Peirce

 

The secret to Arlo and Janis marriage is simple: Never forget the importance of saying “I love you.” 

 

Arlo and Janis by Jimmy Johnson
Arlo and Janis by Jimmy Johnson

 

For The Buckets, it’s all about the power of a good kiss.

 

The Buckets by Greg Cravens
The Buckets by Greg Cravens

 

Equally as romantic and the perfect start to any couple’s day – those cute little air-blown kisses. 

 

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

 

Successfully married, The Pattersons understand how special it is.

 

For Better or For Worse by Lynn Johnston
For Better or For Worse by Lynn Johnston

 

For a little twist on marriage, check out Last Kiss, which “revels in the absurdities of love, lust and ‘life with lip.’”

 

Last Kiss by John Lustig
Last Kiss by John Lustig

 

From childhood crushes to lifelong marriages, love is always in the air at GoComics – and we absolutely love it! 





New Comic Alert! Snowflakes by Zach Weinersmith, Chris Jones and James Ashby

Snowflakes by Zach Weinersmith, Chris Jones and James Ashby

Snowflakes takes place in the worlds of imagination shared by a group of young orphans, somewhere high in the snow­capped Andes. Snowflakes is the story of that imagination running amok, growing into strange adventures, political intrigue and a battle between the factions within and without. Along the way, the children grow friendships, learn to live together and make peace with their strange histories.

 

Read Snowflakes here.





Fireworks and Freedom on GoComics

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness … “

 

Chances are, most Americans have heard these words before, but it’s not every day that we stop to appreciate their meaning. It was the declaration of these truths that led to the freedoms of today. Even those that seem the simplest to us now, like the freedom to create, share and read comics, were made possible by the bravery of our founding fathers on July 4, 1776, when they signed the Declaration of Independence.

 

Although there are many traditions that take place on the Fourth of July every year, like backyard cookouts and fireworks shows, Independence Day is a holiday created to celebrate our great nation. In honor of “the land of the free and the home of the brave,” we’ve compiled a patriotic collection of July Fourth-themed comics to share with you, celebrating everything from fireworks to freedom (with a side of grilling disasters and questionable firecracker practices!).

 

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

 

Lio by Mark Tatulli
Lio by Mark Tatulli

 

The Flying McCoys by Glenn and Gary McCoy
The Flying McCoys by Glenn and Gary McCoy

 

FoxTrot by Bill Amend
FoxTrot by Bill Amend

 

Steve Breen by Steve Breen
Steve Breen by Steve Breen

 

Michael Ramirez by Michael Ramirez
Michael Ramirez by Michael Ramirez

 

Cheers to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness! Wishing all of our readers a SAFE and FUN holiday!

 

Browse our full Independence Day collection here. 





Laugh Tracks Look Back (June 27 – July 3)

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! 

 

 

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Author and artist Jim Benton shares his achievements, accomplishments and inspirations in this Meet Your Creator installment    

“My editor said my cartoons were about 'The absurdity of existence.' I'm not sure if that's what inspires me, but it makes me sound smart, so I'm going with it.”

 

 

GoComics will return to San Diego Comic-Con for another incredible experience with sister company, Andrews McMeel Publishing!

“We’re teaming up with our sister company, Andrews McMeel Publishing (AMP), to bring SDCC attendees an awesome, comic-filled experience! We’ll be in Booth 1503 with giveaways galore, creator signings, comic book collections and archive-quality comic strip prints for sale, plus a whole lot more!”

 

 

In honor of Social Media Day: 10 Reason We Love (And Hate) Social Media 

Connie to the Wonnie by Connie Sun
Connie to the Wonnie by Connie Sun

 

 

GoComics Spotlight: Pot-Shots by Ashleigh Brilliant

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It’s grilling season on GoComics

“Humans have been attempting to master the art of grilling since fire was invented, but barbecuing up a well-seasoned, perfectly charred piece of meat isn’t an easy feat to accomplish. Summer after summer, no matter how many burgers we burn, the challenge of grilling keeps us putting on our 'Kiss the Cook' aprons and heading out to the backyard, in hopes that this is the year we can finally take the fire department off of speed-dial.”

 

 

Full of puns, knock-knock jokes and plenty of others, GoComics made the perfect destination for International Joke Day.

 

Big Nate by Lincoln Peirce
Big Nate by Lincoln Peirce

 

 

THIS WEEK'S GIVEAWAY: 3 archive-quality, Fourth of July-themed prints of The Duplex by Glenn McCoy!

 

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Is the summertime boredom setting in? We have loads of kid-friendly comics to keep young minds entertained!

 

 

GoComics: Where Every Day is Disobedience Day

 

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

 

 

David L. Hoyt’s Giant Word Winder Makes Learning Fun Again

 


 

 

June was good to us! We added FIVE new comics!

 

Wallace the Brave by Will Henry
Wallace the Brave by Will Henry

 

 

 

That's a wrap! Have a great weekend!





GoComics: Where Every Day is Disobedience Day

Happy Disobedience Day! A day dedicated to breaking the rules, today couldn’t be a more perfect opportunity for us to blog about the many rule-breakers of GoComics, who celebrate being disobedient today and every day!

 

Starting with Poncho: one pup who knows how to get himself into trouble.

 

Pooch Cafe by Paul Gilligan
Pooch Cafe by Paul Gilligan

 

Sophie, another pooch with an ornery side, also has a partner in her canine crime!

 

Dog Eat Doug by Brian Anderson
Dog Eat Doug by Brian Anderson

 

However, if you thought dogs had the biggest knack for trouble, then you’ve obviously never had a cat.

 

Garfield by Jim Davis
Garfield by Jim Davis

 

 

The felines of Breaking Cat News are the definition of “mischievous.” 

 

Breaking Cat News by Georgia Dunn
Breaking Cat News by Georgia Dunn

 

Then there’s Rat. Sometimes we can’t tell if he’s ornery or just plain evil, but we love him either way.

 

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

 

Moving on, we have Dean, who shows us why it was girls, not boys, who earned the title of “sugar, spice and everything nice.”

 

Heart of the City by Mark Tatulli
Heart of the City by Mark Tatulli

 

Thatababy takes his troublemaking to another, more creative level. You don’t know if you want to put him in time-out or give him a round of applause.

 

Thatababy by Paul Trap
Thatababy by Paul Trap

 

Then there’s Lio, putting his father through things that no other dad has ever had to experience.

 

Lio by Mark Tatulli
Lio by Mark Tatulli

 

Fathers aside, imagine being Jason’s mom … holy heart attack.

 

FoxTrot by Bill Amend
FoxTrot by Bill Amend

 

Ginger Meggs seems to have a competition going with the principal to see who can spend the most time in his office.

 

Ginger Meggs by Jason Chatfield
Ginger Meggs by Jason Chatfield

 

We think Caulfield might be able to give him a run for his money, though.

 

Frazz by Jef Mallett
Frazz by Jef Mallett

 

Finally, how could we write a post about disobedience without mentioned the king of the tricksters – the one and only Calvin?

 

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

 

Happy Disobedience Day, comic fans! Try not to get into too much trouble today!





Gnarly GoComics Sunburns

As these summer days get hotter, the sunscreen gets thicker – or at least it should, provided you don’t want to end up looking like a lobster. Many of our comic characters have lived the sunburnt life before and they know it isn’t fun.

 

With today being National Stay Out Of The Sun Day, a day dedicated to taking care of yourself in the summer heat, we wanted to remind you of the importance of SPF by showcasing some of the most gnarly sunburns in GoComics history:

 

There are those infamous burns that come with falling asleep in the sun. The key to sunscreen: re-apply, re-apply, and re-apply!

 

Lola by Todd Clark
Lola by Todd Clark

 

Brevity by Dan Thompson
Brevity by Dan Thompson

 

Herman by Jim Unger
Herman by Jim Unger

 

Yikes! There’s nothing worse than a Harry Potter sunburn:

 

Big Nate by Lincoln Peirce
Big Nate by Lincoln Peirce

 

Except, maybe, a full body sunburn ... talk about a mood-killer.

 

Stone Soup by Jan Eliot
Stone Soup by Jan Eliot

 

Equally as painful is the “ooh … that’s definitely going to peel” sunburn …

 

The Buckets by Greg Cravens
The Buckets by Greg Cravens

 

Or getting burnt in weird places that you never thought possible.

 

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

 

There are risks that come with asking others to apply your sunscreen for you, like those oops-I-forgot-to-rub-it-in tan lines. 

 

Drabble by Kevin Fagan
Drabble by Kevin Fagan

 

On the flip side, there’s risk in not asking someone to apply sunscreen for you. Which is more embarrassing – your siblings applying your SPF or saying “ouch!” after every movement?

 

FoxTrot by Bill Amend
FoxTrot by Bill Amend

 

In the end, no amount of embarrassment rivals that which comes with being the only sunburnt one in the group.

 

Big Top by Rob Harrell
Big Top by Rob Harrell




Beat the Summertime Boredom

Summertime is in full swing! For kids, school and homework are distant memories, and each day is blank canvas waiting to be painted with cannonballs, popsicles and mad dashes to the ice cream truck.

 

As incredible as summer is, parents know that the freedom of the season is inevitably met with two dreaded words: “I’m bored.”

 

The Buckets by Greg Cravens
The Buckets by Greg Cravens

 

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

 

We’re here to help! We have several fun, interactive comics for young minds.

 

KidSpot is THE SPOT to find connect-the-dots and compare-the-pictures.

 

KidSpot by Dan Thompson
KidSpot by Dan Thompson

 

 

For little learners missing the classroom, Shortcuts mixes bold, colorful artwork with fun, interesting facts and offers mini-lessons on science, geography, animals, food, history and holidays.

 

Shortcuts by Jeff Harris
Shortcuts by Jeff Harris

 

 

Bring some magic to the summertime! Magic in a Minute features easy-to-learn magic tricks and bright, cheerful illustrations.

 

Magic in a Minute by Mac and Bill King
Magic in a Minute by Mac and Bill King

 

 

The name says it all! Uncle Art’s Funland is full of math games, connect-the-dots, optical illusions and crosswords.

 

Uncle Art's Funland by Art Nugent
Uncle Art's Funland by Art Nugent

 

 

Our next destination is KidTown, which engages kids ages 6 through 12 with puzzles, activities, scavenger hunts and trivia.

 

KidTown by Steve McGarry
KidTown by Steve McGarry

 

 

We’re not done yet! Our sister company, Andrews McMeel Publishing’s website ampkids.com offers comic-related craft ideas, activity sheets and more!  

 

Aspiring artists can create their very own comic strip with a little inspiration from Phoebe and Her Unicorn.

 

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Or discover some fun facts about Peanuts creator Charles Schulz.

 

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Find more activities from Andrews McMeel Publishing here.

 

With so many options, you should have plenty of fuel to battle the summertime boredom!





UFO Sightings on GoComics

Happy World UFO Day, comic fans! We wanted to take the time today to give a shout-out to anyone who, like our many space-loving comic characters, constantly finds themselves looking up at the stars, wondering what – or who – lies beyond.

 

This blog post is for anyone who ever dreamed of exploring the universe like Spaceman Spiff.

 

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

 

For those who’ve camped out on their roof with a telescope, hoping to catch a fleeting glimpse of something extraterrestrial:

 

Heart of the City by Mark Tatulli
Heart of the City by Mark Tatulli

 

This is for anyone who swears they’ve seen a UFO.

 

FoxTrot by Bill Amend
FoxTrot by Bill Amend

 

You can’t explain it – it was there and then it vanished – but you know what you saw.

 

Marmaduke by Brad Anderson
Marmaduke by Brad Anderson

 

For everyone who’ve blamed aliens for mysterious disappearances and happenings:

 

Eek! by Scott Nickel
Eek! by Scott Nickel

 

You know exactly where crop circles really come from.

 

Reality Check by Dave Whamond
Reality Check by Dave Whamond

 

You’re the first in line to see every alien movie, picturing and preparing for what would happen if aliens ever did invade our planet …

 

F Minus by Tony Carrillo
F Minus by Tony Carrillo

 

… And the fate of Earth was in your hands.

 

Brevity by Dan Thompson
Brevity by Dan Thompson

 

You’ve often wondered what aliens think of us …

 

Frank & Ernest by Thaves
Frank & Ernest by Thaves

 

… And why they’ve never tried to contact us.

 

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

 

For more comic UFO sightings, visit our World UFO Day collection.

 

What are your theories on aliens? Have you ever seen a UFO?





July 2015: 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: 
 
• 7/3: No Q&A due to Independence Day holiday
  
• 7/9 — 7/12: Tweeting live from San Diego Comic-Con!
↳ #GoComics
 
• 7/17: Leigh Rubin of Rubes
↳ #AskLeighRubin
 
• 7/24: John "Scully" Scully of The Comic Strip That Has A Finale Every Day 
↳ #AskJohnScully
 
• 7/31: John Atkinson of Wrong Hands 
↳ #AskJohnAtkinson 
 
 
  




GoComics A to Z, Vol 3: Pot-Shots

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Feature: Pot-Shots
Creator: Ashleigh Brilliant
Format: single panel, no more than 17 words
Frequency: daily
Recommended if you like: epigrams, eCards, clip art, riddles, wordplay, brevity, brilliance


Although the punchy phrases, ironic, made-for-T-shirt humor and symbiosis of sarcasm and clip art look and feel very similar to the modern meme, these "Pot-Shots" date back to the 1960s and '70s, when Ashleigh Brilliant was giving daily public lectures in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park, teaching history on a "Floating University" cruise ship, and publishing his clever epigrams by the dozen. According to Brilliant's own description for what constitutes a proper Pot-Shot: 

 

"...What is said must be really worth saying, but, as far as possible, never actually have been said before. There can be humor, profundity, poignancy, whimsy or a combination of all these. Another criterion is that the material should have lasting value and be capable of being appreciated in other times and other cultures. Because of this stricture, there can be no rhyme, no rhythm, no puns, no idioms – in fact, none of the conventional wordplay that makes writing short expressions fun and easy."

 

In a way, Brilliant's epigrams — no longer than 17 words in all but a few cases — are a forerunner to the modern use of Twitter for comedy and wit. They're lots of fun to read, look at and think about, and a perfect combination of a sharp British wit steeped in popular American humor. Think Oscar Wilde meets Mark Twain with a dash of sixties San Francisco whimsy, and that will put you somewhere close to the mark.

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Read more Pot-Shots right here on GoComics.com!





Giveaway: Archive-Quality “The Duplex” Prints

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Our buddies Eno and Fang would never miss a good party. To kick off the 4th of July festivities, we’re giving away THREE archive-quality The Duplex prints featuring firework fun! 

 

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., July 7 at 10 a.m. CT. The winners will be announced that day on this blog.

 

Amped for Independence Day? We have a whole collection of comics dedicated to the holiday! Or, read The Duplex here.





GoComics: Your No. 1 Destination on International Joke Day

July 1 is International Joke Day, but at GoComics, we celebrate jokes every day of the year! No matter what type of humor makes you laugh the most, there’s something funny for everyone across our 300+ comic strips!

 

Perhaps you’re someone who appreciates the classics? There’s nothing more classic than a knock-knock joke!

 

Drabble by Kevin Fagan
Drabble by Kevin Fagan



Except, maybe, the ol’ “screw in the light bulb” joke.

 

Garfield by Jim Davis
Garfield by Jim Davis

 

Or the ever-popular blonde joke:

 

Luann by Greg Evans
Luann by Greg Evans

 

Then there are those cheesy, punny jokes; ones that are usually followed by the words “GET IT?”

 

Lola by Todd Clark
Lola by Todd Clark

 

You've got the jokes at others' expense ...

 

The Grizzwells by Bill Schorr
The Grizzwells by Bill Schorr

 

You know, those “inappropriate” jokes that usually got you sent to the principal’s office? Big Nate knows them well.

 

Big Nate by Lincoln Peirce
Big Nate by Lincoln Peirce

 

We also have failed joke attempts, which sometimes bring even more laughter than successful ones; those of the long-winded, just-give-us-the-punch-line-already variety. 

 

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

 

And the equally failing over-done gags.

 

Frazz by Jef Mallett
Frazz by Jef Mallett

 

Finally, there’s the always frustrating (unless you’re in on it) inside joke; honestly, what is the point of telling an inside joke to someone on the outside?

 

Get Fuzzy by Darby Conley
Get Fuzzy by Darby Conley

 

There are plenty more jokes, puns and gags where those came from. Browse all of our comics and find something to make you laugh today!





Comic Cooks That Will Make You Feel like a Grill Master

Humans have been attempting to master the art of grilling since fire was invented, but barbecuing up a well-seasoned, perfectly charred piece of meat isn’t an easy feat to accomplish. Summer after summer, no matter how many burgers we burn, the challenge of grilling keeps us putting on our “Kiss the Cook” aprons and heading out to the backyard, in hopes that this is the year we can finally take the fire department off of speed-dial.

 

To all of you aspiring grillers out there, we’d like to offer our encouragement, in the form of this list of comic cooks whose barbecuing blunders could make anyone feel like a grill master.

 

Many of us have attempted to elevate our grilling status by splurging on a state-of-the-art grill, but there’s a fine line between expensive and excessive.

 

The Elderberries by Corey Pandolph and Phil Frank and Joe Troise
The Elderberries by Corey Pandolph and Phil Frank and Joe Troise

 

Others believe in the classics when it comes to our equipment. Although, I’m not sure this is “the way Dad used to do it.”

 

Lola by Todd Clark
Lola by Todd Clark

 

You thought it took you a while to get the coals started?

 

Cleats by Bill Hinds
Cleats by Bill Hinds



You have no idea …

 

Garfield by Jim Davis
Garfield by Jim Davis


 

However, some people have no problem getting their fire going – and going, and going…

 

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

 

Which leads to burnt burgers … and burnt brows.

 

F Minus by Tony Carrillo
F Minus by Tony Carrillo

 

 

The families and friends of these catastrophic cooks have stopped trying to stop them, instead putting their energy into practicing their safety drills.

 

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

 

They learn what signs to look for …

 

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

 

And, chances are, they’ve gotten this phone call once or twice:

 

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

 

Hang in there, grill masters! Grilling is not for the faint-hearted or the highly flammable, but, as Arlo likes to say:

 

Arlo and Janis by Jimmy Johnson
Arlo and Janis by Jimmy Johnson




Giveaway: WuMo: Something is Wrong – Winner Announced

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Thank you to all who entered to win a copy of the brand-new "WuMo: Something is Wrong"! We've randomly selected one winner!

 

Congratulations to Jovan Bone! Please contact us at rewards@gocomics.com with your shipping address and phone number. Please note: You must contact us by 7/7/15 or your prize will be forfeited.

 

Didn't win? Get your daily dose of WuMo here or purchase your own copy of "WuMo: Something is Wrong" here.





GoComics Adds Five New Comics in June

We added five new features this month! Catch up on the comics and cartoonists below.

 

Tough Town by Bob Shannon

 

Tough Town by Bob Shannon

Tough Town chronicles the misadventures of Rudolph, a divorced reindeer working unhappily as a fourth-grade teacher. His hobbies include gambling, smoking, drinking and serving as a terrible role model for his son. When heʼs not driving his principal crazy or neglecting his underperforming students, heʼs hanging out with a bizarre group of aliens down at the local bar.

 

Bob Shannon is the creator of the comic strip Tough Town. Shannon confesses he was born with absolutely no artistic talent, and opts to create his comics using animation software on the Pixton website. Shannon hopes that with advances in artificial intelligence, computers will one day be able to write his comic strips as well as draw them. Until that glorious day arrives, he will continue to crank out episodes of Tough Town on his broken-down iMac. Shannon’s hobbies include begging people for technical assistance while attempting to upload his comic strips to various websites.

 

Read Tough Town here.

 

Drive by Dave Kellett

 

Drive by Dave Kellett

 

Drive tells the story of a second Spanish empire, a galactic empire, and its looming war with a race called "The Continuum of Makers." Humanity has built its empire using technology stolen from the Makers – and these creatures want it back with an almost religious fervor.

 

In the brewing war, it's clear that humanity will lose, and lose badly, unless it can find some advantage in battle. That hope arrives in the form of a tiny, mysterious creature who can drive a starship like no one's ever seen. Now all humanity needs to do ... is find 10,000 more pilots just like him. But no one knows where he's from.

 

Dave Kellett is the Los Angeles-based cartoonist behind the comic strips Drive and Sheldon – the latter of which has been nominated twice for cartooning’s highest honor, the Eisner Award. Dave also co-directed Stripped, the feature documentary on comic strips and cartoonists. Stripped brings together more than 70 cartoonists, including the notoriously private Calvin and Hobbes creator Bill Watterson, to discuss the art of cartooning and the state of the newspaper industry. A huge success, Stripped reached the No. 1 spot on iTunes on the day of its release and won “Best Documentary” at San Diego Comic-Con in 2014.

 

Read Drive here.

 

Bent Objects by Terry Border

 

Bent Objects by Terry Border

Cartoonist Terry Border has been working on Bent Objects since 2006. Border uses ordinary, everyday objects, and presents them as if they have come to life, giving them wire arms and legs. 

 

Border was born in South Carolina in October of 1965. He grew up in Indiana, the home of his family for well over 200 years. As a boy, Border would read the morning and afternoon newspapers, with special attention on the comic pages, in which Calvin and Hobbes and The Far Side were of special interest.

 

Border’s mother gave him a camera for his high-school graduation, and it led him in first a photojournalistic direction, and then a commercial photography career. Finally, in late 2006, he started using the art degree he gained from Ball State University back in 1988 by creating pieces to photograph and share on the Web, which he named Bent Objects. 

 

This project has taken him to giving presentations to the Gel Conference in New York City, and workshops in San Paulo, Brazil. Border’s work has been published on countless blogs and websites, was the No. 1 linked culture article in the London Telegraph, and has been included in Russian, Chinese, Italian, French, English, Mexican and German magazines. A German TV crew has recorded him in his studio, and he’s been featured on a New Zealand children’s program.

 

Border has had two collections of his Bent Objects images published in book form. He now keeps busy working on children’s books, for which he writes and creates the photo-illustrations.

 

Border lives with his wife, daughter and two cats in Greenwood, Indiana.

 

Read Bent Objects here.

 

Ask a Cat by Charles Brubaker

 

Ask a Cat by Charles Brubaker

 

Ask a Cat is a comic strip in which people can finally ask questions to a cat. Ever wondered why a cat does this? Or what cats think of humans? Or what they think of a movie? Wonder no more, as Cat answers real letters that people send to him. If you want to ask Cat something, send an email to goaskthecat@gmail.com.

 

Ask a Cat creator Charles Brubaker was born and raised in Japan. While a student at University of Tennessee at Martin, he began drawing cartoons for both the student paper and the local paper, drawing comics and editorial cartoons. After graduating, Brubaker’s comics were published in comic books, newspapers, and anthologies, and he self-published "Smallbug Comics" zines. Brubaker also writes about animation history at the Cartoon Research website. Brubaker currently lives in Martin, Tennessee, with his own three cats inspiring him.

 

Read Ask a Cat here.

 

Wallace the Brave by Will Henry

 

Wallace the Brave by Will Henry

 

Welcome to Snug Harbor! Will Henry's Wallace the Brave is a whimsical comic strip that centers around a bold and curious little boy named Wallace, his best friend, Spud, and Amelia, the new girl in town. Wallace lives in the quaint and funky town of Snug Harbor with his fisherman father, plant-loving mother and feral little brother, Sterling.

 

Will Henry is a happy-go-lucky cartoonist who has been drawing comic strips for many, many years. He lives in the tiny but triumphant state of Rhode Island with his wife, Isis, and his mistress, the sea.

 

Read Wallace the Brave here.





10 Reasons We Love (and Hate) Social Media

When I – an avid social media user – learned today was Social Media Day, I jumped on the opportunity to blog about it!

 

Since its invention, social media has taken society by storm, providing us with many new conveniences and forms of entertainment, becoming a more prominent part of our culture with every passing day. As is true with any technology, though, it is not universally “liked.” The social media debate extends into the GoComics universe quite often, and, through comic strips and readers’ comments, I get to see both sides of it.

 

Inspired by what I’ve seen, and in honor of Social Media Day, I’ve compiled a list of reasons to love (and hate) social media:

 

1. Social media lets you connect with family members (and sometimes allows your family to excessively stalk you).

 

Connie to the Wonnie by Connie Sun
Connie to the Wonnie by Connie Sun

 

2. It can also put distance between you and your family members (great for normally uncomfortable holiday situations, but have you ever tried to hug an iPad? It’s no good.)

 

Half Full by Maria Scrivan
Half Full by Maria Scrivan

 

3. It gives the average person a platform to talk about their passions, whatever they may be (anyone can talk about anything, anytime they want, as much as they want, regardless of who cares).

 

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

 

4. It allows you to catch up with old classmates (some people’s worst nightmare).

 

In the Sticks by Nathan Cooper
In the Sticks by Nathan Cooper

 

5. It acts as a forum for debate (this one is self-explanatory).

 

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

 

6. Sites like Pinterest give you the confidence to bring out the DIY side of yourself that you’ve never explored before (perhaps for good reason?).

 

Dogs of C-Kennel by Mick & Mason Mastroianni
Dogs of C-Kennel by Mick & Mason Mastroianni

 

 Half Full by Maria Scrivan
Half Full by Maria Scrivan

 

7. Twitter allows you to keep your followers updated on your every move because, as the common saying goes, if you didn’t tweet about it, did it really happen? (hint: YES, it still happened.)

 

Reality Check by Dave Whamond
Reality Check by Dave Whamond

 

8. Social media also provides you with ways to gain feedback from others (which can be very rewarding and very addicting).

 

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

 

9. It allows you to joke around with friends, with the ability to type things like “LOL” without ever actually having to laugh, which is great (so long as you realize that).

 

The Duplex by Glenn McCoy
The Duplex by Glenn McCoy

 

10. Phone apps allow you to have access to your favorite social media sites everywhere you go, and that’s so convenient (as long as you don’t let your battery die … whoops).

 

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

 

What are your thoughts on social media? Do you love it, hate it, or a little bit of both?

 

– Amanda





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.

 

 

 

Cleo and Company  6-26-15

 

 

 

 

No Ordinary Life  6-26-15

 

 

 

 

The Gray Zone  6-26-15

 

 

 

 

 

Which Witch  6-26-15

 

 

 

 

Rosy  6-27-15

 

 

 

 

 

Fool's Paradise  6-28-15

 

 

 

 

6-28-15

 

 

 

 

 

6-28-15

 

 

 

 

 

Courageous Man Adventures  6-29-15

 

 


 

 

Peanizles  6-29-15

 

 

 

 

 6-29-15

 

 

 

 

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

 

 





David L. Hoyt’s Giant Word Winder Makes Learning Fun Again

In today’s world, with its many new video games and TV shows, it’s no secret that the minds and bodies of our children don’t get enough exercise. 

 

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

 

In a time with so many technologies and advances, most of the learning devices used in classrooms are still purely visual or verbal, unable to hold the attention span of students.

 

The Buckets by Greg Cravens
The Buckets by Greg Cravens

 

However, David Hoyt, “the man who puzzles America” as the creator of many popular syndicated puzzles like Word Roundup, Pocket Posh Puzzle Books, and various Jumble games, to name a few, understands that the best way to engage the minds of students is by allowing them to have fun while they learn, which is why he invented his GIANT Word Winder puzzle!

 

By allowing students to physically move around the lettered game board, this interactive puzzle helps develop their word recognition skills, while also encouraging teamwork and peer-to-peer learning, and – most importantly to students – it’s a blast! “The competition of winding the words makes people want to try harder,” says Audrey Jacobs, an eighth-grade student who plays Giant Word Winder in her classroom. According to Audrey, “It doesn’t feel like learning, which is nice.”

 

To hear more of what teachers, librarians and students have to say about Giant Word Winder, check out this video:

 





“Inside Out” Director Inspired by Richard Thompson

Cul de Sac by Richard Thompson
Cul de Sac by Richard Thompson

 

Breaking box-office records, Walt Disney’s "Inside Out" debuted earlier this month with rave reviews from adults and children alike.

 

In a New York Times interview, "Inside Out" director and co-writer Pete Docter praises the work of Richard Thompson:

 

“I just bought a pile of crow-quill pen nibs. You know, the kind you dip in ink before you draw. Richard Thompson, the author of one of my all-time favorite comic strips called Cul de Sac, is a big pen-nib fan, and I bought them under the belief that once I owned these nibs I would be able to draw as well as Thompson. I’m thinking it might also help if I slept with them under my pillow.” – via The New York Times

 

Read the full article here. Or, read the beautiful Cul de Sac here.





Weekend Faves (June 28)

The Argyle Sweater by Scott Hilburn
The Argyle Sweater by Scott Hilburn

So you're saying … his name is a Riddle?

--Amanda

 

 

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

Good news, Calvin. They'll laugh about this someday. Bad news – It won't be for many, many years.

--Julie

 

 

Lay Lines by Carol Lay
Lay Lines by Carol Lay

Really enjoying Carol Lay's work on GoComics. No doubt, this next series will be just as captivating as the last. Follow the first Murderville story "The One That Got Away" here. 

--Lindsay

 

Arlo and Janis by Jimmy Johnson
Arlo and Janis by Jimmy Johnson

Great illustration of the agony and ecstasy of trying to make an omelet. I can't tell if Arlo is laughing or crying in the last panel.
--Lucas

 

 

Drabble by Kevin Fagan
Drabble by Kevin Fagan

There you have it, comic-loving couples: the non-answer to marriage success, courtesy of Ralph Drabble.
--Amanda

 

 

Non Sequitur by Wiley Miller
Non Sequitur by Wiley Miller


I wish more of my Facebook friends would have trouble coming up with statuses. I don't care what you ate for breakfast, girl I haven't talked to since third grade.

--Elizabeth

 

 

Diamond Lil by Brett Koth
Diamond Lil by Brett Koth

Ducks don't duck. Good to know.

--Julie

 

 

Reality Check by Dave Whamond
Reality Check by Dave Whamond

You can't get your 'Money for Nothing', Kenny.

--Amanda






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