Things You Can Thank Your Sister For

Today is National Sisters Day (August 2), making it the perfect opportunity to thank your sister for a lifetime of being your best friend, worthiest opponent and biggest mentor. Whether she’s younger, older, your twin or just a sister-at-heart, chances are, you wouldn’t be the person you are today without her.

 

Every Bonnie needs a Clyde, and you wouldn’t have been able to cause nearly as much mischief without her as your partner in crime.

 

Stone Soup by Jan Eliot
Stone Soup by Jan Eliot

 

It takes two to master the art of making a mess.

 

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

 

In addition to troublemaking, you can also thank her for all of the good lessons she taught you, leading by example and paving the way for you to follow in her footsteps. 

 

JumpStart by Robb Armstrong
JumpStart by Robb Armstrong

 

For serving as endless inspiration ...

 

FoxTrot by Bill Amend
FoxTrot by Bill Amend

 

... And constantly keeping you on your toes.

 

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

 

It’s your sister who first taught you the meaning of the phrase “the truth hurts,” as you could always count on her to keep it real.

 

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

 

You owe her for years of flawless braids, beauty tips and juicy gossip.

 

Speed Bump by Dave Coverly
Speed Bump by Dave Coverly

 

Most importantly, you can thank her for an unconditional, unfaltering bond, which you could never hope to share with anyone else. Through all the sibling rivalry, tough love and life lessons, your sister has been there for you every step of the way. 

 

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

 

Happy National Sisters Day, everyone! For more comics celebrating the joys of sisterhood, browse our full collection of sibling-related silliness.

 

 





Comic Companions

Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, “It is one of the blessings of old friends that you can afford to be stupid with them.”

 

With so many goofy, fun-loving friendships on GoComics, we couldn’t agree more! Always thankful for the imaginative adventures of Calvin and Hobbes, heart-warming moments between Red and Rover, and silliness of the Peanuts gang, we shudder to think how boring our lives would be if not for these popular pals.

 

Today (August 2) is International Friendship Day, and we couldn’t help but join in and take advantage of the chance to celebrate our many comic companions! After all, ourworld wouldn’t be the same without them.

 

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

 

Luann by Greg Evans
Luann by Greg Evans

 

Garfield by Jim Davis
Garfield by Jim Davis

 

Peanuts by Charles Schulz
Peanuts by Charles Schulz

 

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

 

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

 

Prickly City by Scott Stantis
Prickly City by Scott Stantis

 

Happy International Friendship Day! For more GoComics B.F.F.s, check out our full friendship collection.

 

 





Meet Your Creator: Samson (Dark Side of the Horse)

 

... Or: Some Kodak Moments from My Years of Cartooning

 

1976

 

Finland is a gray and bleak place to grow up in. Too many people like their booze way too much. And then there's the unpredictable Russia looming right next to us. OK, some of those things haven't really changed that much since then, ha ha! But, in the late ’70s, there are only two state-controlled national TV channels, still broadcasting (for the time being) in black and white. Some parts of the country even have just one channel ... if they're lucky! Cartoons shown on TV are mostly from somewhere on the Eastern bloc. Actually, some of them are pretty good, but still, it will take years until I see any of those classic MGM or WB 'toons, which, at the time, are effectively banned from the Finnish TV. My knowledge of them remains patchy to this day.

 

 

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1975-2

 

 

Luckily, I learn to read early. My family subscribes to the vastly popular weekly Finnish Donald Duck magazine (which was never banned here despite what you may have heard) and lo and behold, it is often reprinting classic stories by Carl Barks. I become enthralled and a lifelong fan of Barks' unsurpassed and timeless work. In addition to that, I read anything I can get my hands on: books, newspapers, magazines, you name it. There are comic strips everywhere: B.C, Peanuts, Beetle Bailey and many, many more.

 

Later on, I find whole worlds of simply amazing Franco-Belgian comics to explore: Asterix, The Adventures of Tintin, Lucky Luke, Valerian ... to name but just a tiny few. From ages 5 to 15, I practically gorge on anything readable.

 

1981

 

I decide to become a professional cartoonist. Some things are simple as that. So, everything I've done or achieved cartooning-wise since then is built on a naïve dream of a 10-year-old kid.

 

1983

 

1983

 

 

At age 12, I sell my first comic strip. I feel I've arrived.

 

1987

 

In August, my local paper is the first one in Finland to carry Calvin and Hobbes. What's left to say about it that hasn't already been said? To me, it's the Beatles of comic strips, the last comic strip that will completely blow my mind. I read it, I love it and later, I study it. Thanks, Bill.

 

1992

 

For a while, I listen to people who seem to know better, and so I try to achieve some sort of degree in order to secure a “real” profession, just in case. I get in to the university. I achieve pretty good grades, but then, a little later, I manage to sell some cartoons to a couple of Finnish cartoon magazines. I'm vindicated. I feel I've arrived!

 

1994

 

After two semesters, I decide to drop out and fully pursue cartooning. I create my pen name Samson after some of my favorite artists: Bill Watterson, Gary Larson and Tove Jansson. I'm aware of the Biblical connotations, too.

 

I begin contributing to the Finnish cartoon magazine Myrkky (Poison). It's full of MAD-style humor with an underground comics edge. This being Finland, every once in a while, some do-gooder and/or better-than-thou tries to get the magazine banned. I end up contributing to almost every issue until Myrkky ceases publication in 2008.

 

1995

 

 

I also contribute to the Finnish edition of MAD magazine for a few years. In addition to that, I produce masses of stuff in various comics genres for the next 15 years.

 

1998-2003

 

 

2000

 

 

I make my first attempt to get some of my cartoon projects syndicated. I end up spending years trying to get my comic strip about a little boy and his (possibly imaginary) animal friends off the ground. It's way too heavily influenced by Watterson's work. I duly receive my rejection letters from Jay Kennedy and Lee Salem.

 

 

2002

 

 

2004 or so

 

I notice Comics Sherpa, but don't have anything suitable to offer at the time. 

 

2007

 

2008

 

 

My cartoon work is dwindling as the cartoon magazines I've been contributing to are folding one by one. Myrkky is on its last legs. Having some extra time on my hands, I create a Web-only comic strip called 5 Geeks in a Balloon and start posting it to Sherpa. I manage to run it tri-weekly for nine or 10 months before calling it quits. A typical 5GiaB cartoon takes way too much time to create and besides, something else has come up.

 

2008

 

After years and years of cartooning, Horace the horse sort of appears out of nowhere. Maybe my subconscious mind finally puts two and two together ... or maybe Horace is given to me as a gift from the Universe, you know, for keeping on cartooning for almost 30 years. Stranger things have happened! All I know is Horace is suddenly here and demands I pay attention to him. I oblige. And have done so ever since.

 

 

2011

 

 

A couple of years later Horace gets syndicated ... in Finland. And on GoComics! Woo hoo! You must know how I feel. Have I arrived? You bet!

 

2015

 

2015

 

 

I'm between studios, so this is my current temporary workspace at home. It's a mixture of something old and something even older. I like to use my tools until they wear down and disintegrate.

 

What inspires me? Well, the (almost) daily deadline is always a great motivator. You keep digging every day and some days all you find is rocks. But then, sometimes you might hit diamonds.

 

2011-2

 

These days, I don't feel I've arrived. I'm still on a journey and can't wait to see my next destination.

 

Read Dark Side of the Horse here. Or, like the comic on Facebook.

 





Laugh Tracks Look Back (July 25 – 31)

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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In our latest "Meet Your Creator" installment, the hilarious Cuyler Black (Inherit the Mirth) shared his cartooning history and inspirations.

 

“People often approach me and ask how I come up with ideas for Inherit the Mirth cartoons. I’ve been known to respond with questions of my own: 'You need to ask me this at 3 in the morning? Who are you? How did you get in to my house? And who said you could just pull up a chair next to my bed?'”

 

 

Waltzing Through GoComics: A look at the many different dance moves gracing GoComics.

 

 

Frazz by Jef Mallett

 

 

 

Arlo and Janis turned 30 this week! Editor Reed Jackson reflects over the past three decades.

 

 

All of this is my long way of saying that while strip creator Jimmy Johnson has done an excellent job of making his characters adapt to the quickly shifting times, he's done an even better job of having them stay true to their core selves throughout the long march of years, and to also note that, though Arlo and Janis may seem like a totally different strip to me as an adult than as a kid, it's because I've changed more than the strip has.”

 

 

Commemorating the milestone, we’re giving away an Arlo and Janis anniversary prize pack.

 

 

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GoComics Spotlight: Pie Comic by John McNamee.

 

 

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In honor of National Children’s Day, we highlighted comics that will brighten children's days and futures. 

 

 

Memoirs of a Summer Camp Kid

 

 

"I was 11 years old the first time I saw my parents break out the summer camp pamphlets, and it felt like Christmas in July! As an only child who had just seen The Parent Trap for the first time, I was elated, hoping I’d arrive at camp and find my long-lost twin! My parents were planning a grown-up getaway of their own, but I didn’t care; I was already fantasizing about all of the epic adventures that were surely awaiting me."

 

 

We couldn’t let National Lasagna Day pass without looking at the epic love story between Garfield and his favorite pasta dish.

 

 

Garfield by Jim Davis

 

 

 

Stone Soup’s Phil and Val tied the knot!

 

 

Stone Soup by Jan Eliot

 

 

 

FOUR new comics joined the GoComics roster in July!

 

Bushy Tales by Ian Jones

 

 

 

The Perks of Being a GoComics PRO: Our premium-level membership has some awesome benefits!

 

 

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We hosted a Q&A with John Atkinson, cartoonist of Wrong Hands.

 

 

Check out our Twitter Q&A schedule for August!

 

 

Have a wonderful weekend!

 





ICYMI! Twitter Q&A with Wrong Hands creator John Atkinson

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Thanks to cartoonist John Atkinson for joining us on Twitter this week! If you missed the live chat, catch up here, or use the widget below:

 

 

 

Subscribe to Wrong Hands here! 

 

NEXT UP (Aug. 7): Follow next week's live chat with Up and Out creator Jeremy Kaye! Join in using the hashtag: #AskJeremyKaye 





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.

 

 

 

Teddy Bears' Killing Spree  7-28-15

 

 

 

 

 

Bazoobee  7-29-15

 

 

 

 

Cats @ Work  7-29-15

 

 

 

 

Dumb Question / Bad Answer  7-29-15

 

 

 

 

Two Bits  7-29-15

 

 

 

 

Merbles  7-20-15

 

 

 

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

 





August 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: 
 
• 8/7: Jeremy Kaye of Up and Out
#AskJeremyKaye
  
• 8/14: NO Q&A
 
• 8/21: John Lotshaw of Random Act of Nancy
↳ #AskMcParlane
 
• 8/28: Michael McParlane of Mac
↳ #AskMcParlane
 
  




Memoirs of a Summer Camp Kid

I was 11 years old the first time I saw my parents break out the summer camp pamphlets, and it felt like Christmas in July! As an only child who had just seen The Parent Trap for the first time, I was elated, hoping I’d arrive at camp and find my long-lost twin! My parents were planning a grown-up getaway of their own, but I didn’t care; I was already fantasizing about all of the epic adventures that were surely awaiting me.

 

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

 

Unlike Alice, I never found any fish-slapping bears or my long-lost twin, but let me assure you that I still had the time of my 11-year-old life!

 

As one of those kids who was constantly covered in grass stains and dirt, summer camp was my dream come true. Hiking, canoeing, and – my favorite of favorites – sitting around the campfire, roasting S’mores and pretending that the scary stories didn’t scare me when, in reality, I was completely spooked.  

 

Drabble by Kevin Fagan
Drabble by Kevin Fagan

 

Summer after summer, I tried out every camp under the sun, from soccer camp to space camp – never mythology camp, but if you had asked me back then, I would’ve probably been game to try that, too.

 

Frank & Ernest by Thaves
Frank & Ernest by Thaves

 

I loved catching up with old friends:

 

Peanuts by Charles Schulz
Peanuts by Charles Schulz

 

And meeting new ones:

 

JumpStart by Robb Armstrong
JumpStart by Robb Armstrong

 

If I could do it over again, I wouldn’t even trade in my weird camp counselors. It’s all part of the experience, right?

 

FoxTrot by Bill Amend
FoxTrot by Bill Amend

 

Wishing the best of summers to all of you kids boarding a bus for camp and grown-ups taking advantage of a weeklong getaway!

 

– Amanda





Basic Instructions: How to Announce the Imminent End of Your Comic Strip

Scott Meyer shared that his comic Basic Instructions is coming to an end (and included a few helpful tips for anyone who finds themselves in the same situation).

 

 

Basic Instructions by Scott Meyer

 

 

Good news: Scott is planning to repost every comic in order! Better news: He has enough content to entertain us for more than six years!

 

We’ll be sure to let you know when the re-runs begin. Watch the GoComics blog and follow us on Facebook and Twitter to stay updated.  





GoComics A to Z, Vol 7: Pie Comic

In this weekly series, editor Lucas Wetzel spotlights new and unusual comic features from the GoComics A-Z listing.

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Feature: Pie Comic
Creator: John McNamee
Format: large formats
Frequency: 3+ times a week
Recommended if you like: Invisible Bread, Poorly Drawn Lines, PBF Comics, XKCD, Creased Comics

 

When searching for a good candidate for this week's post, I scrolled past the words "Pie Comic." What a delicious and simple title! I love pie, and I work for GoComics. How come I have never heard of this strip? The answer, it turns out, is that it just launched on GoComics two weeks ago. However, the strip's creator, John McNamee, has built a large following for Pie Comic on Tumblr and other sites for the past decade or so. With his other writing credits including stories and videos for The Onion and sketch comedy troupes, John's imagination and talent seem especially well suited for comics. I like the simple but fun-to-look-at art, the sharp and effective punchlines, and the fact that you never know who the characters will be from strip to strip or what unexpected turns things will take. Here's a couple more recent examples:

 

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Read more Pie Comic today right here at GoComics.





Giveaway: Arlo and Janis Anniversary Prize Pack

 

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Arlo and Janis is celebrating the big 3-0 this week!

 

Featuring a fun-loving couple and quintessential boomer humor, Arlo and Janis has been making us laugh for THREE decades!

 

To commemorate this major milestone, we wanted to share some swag with the Arlo and Janis fans out there! We’re giving away an Arlo and Janis anniversary prize pack! The bundle of goodies includes a SIGNED copy of "Beaucoup Arlo & Janis," AND two archive-quality prints autographed by creator Jimmy Johnson!

 

To enter, browse the Arlo and Janis archive here. Then, leave a comment on this blog post, linking to your favorite Arlo and Janis comic, and include your first and last names. This contest will end Tues., Aug. 4 at 10 a.m. CT. One winner will be randomly selected and announced that day on this blog.





Tales of Love and Lasagna

You’ve heard the tales of Romeo and Juliet, Mark Antony and Cleopatra, or Bonnie and Clyde. GoComics is home to another one of history’s most famous couples ­– Garfield and lasagna. In honor of today’s (July 29) tasty holiday, National Lasagna Day, we are celebrating our favorite tabby cat and the love of his life with a look back at their epic love story.

 

As far as Garfield is concerned, lasagna is the definition of romance.

 

 

Garfield by Jim Davis
Garfield by Jim Davis

  

 

A pan layered with cheesy, saucy deliciousness is what dreams are made of (Garfield’s dreams, anyway).

 

 

Garfield by Jim Davis
Garfield by Jim Davis

 

 

 It is irresistible to him; the thought of lasagna in the fridge hails to him like a siren’s call. 

 

 

Garfield by Jim Davis
Garfield by Jim Davis

 

 

His mind is forever consumed by thoughts of this pasta perfection.

 

Garfield by Jim Davis
Garfield by Jim Davis

 

 

Like Romeo and Juliet, the time shared between these star-crossed lovers is short, but meaningful. 

 

Garfield by Jim Davis
Garfield by Jim Davis

 

 

Garfield could never get his fill of his favorite culinary treasure.

 

Garfield by Jim Davis
Garfield by Jim Davis

 

 

The thought of losing it is unbearable.

 

Garfield by Jim Davis
Garfield by Jim Davis

 

 

Lasagna is always first in his heart; not even Arlene could come between them.

 

Garfield by Jim Davis
Garfield by Jim Davis

 

 

It’s not the look of this Italian delicacy, but what’s inside that matters; the ooey-gooey goodness that Garfield could love in all forms.

 

Garfield by Jim Davis
Garfield by Jim Davis

 

 

Unlike so many of history’s other famous love stories, this one definitely has a happy ending, for the romance between our lovestruck tabby and his favorite dish will surely last forever (cue the silent, happy tears).





Marriage Is What Has Brought Us Here Today

Today (July 29) marks the 30th anniversary of Arlo and Janis! In honor of this milestone, editor Reed Jackson shares his perspective.

 

According to the several wedding-anniversary gift idea sites that I feverishly read every year, unfailingly a few weeks after my actual wedding anniversary, the theme for the 30th anniversary is pearl. Arlo and Janis, whose strip turns 30 years old today (July 29), were presumably hitched for an unspecified stretch of time before the strip began, and the fuzzy chronology of comic-strip time being what it is, fewer years have passed for the titular couple and their son, Gene, (not to mention their cat, Ludwig, who seems to rival Garfield in eternal youthfulness, if not verbosity,) than for us beleaguered denizens of the real world.

 

While Arlo and Janis have changed a little over the past three decades, the rest of the world has changed a lot. For instance, I've gone from being a 6-year-old kid afraid of public restrooms and carousels to being a 36-year-old man afraid of using public restrooms (I can hang out in them no problem; thanks, years of therapy!) and the people who run carousels. Also, you can watch TV on your phone now!

 

All of this is my long way of saying that while strip creator Jimmy Johnson has done an excellent job of making his characters adapt to the quickly shifting times, he's done an even better job of having them stay true to their core selves throughout the long march of years, and to also note that, though Arlo and Janis may seem like a totally different strip to me as an adult than as a kid, it's because I've changed more than the strip has.

 

For instance, one thing you don't notice about it when you're young: Arlo and Janis can be spectacularly dirty. I don't think anyone else has managed to get so many double entendres and sly allusions to what my schoolmarm referred to as "marital relations" into such a notoriously prudish medium as comic strips -- I don't think anyone has even tried. Johnson's legacy is assured on this material alone. For instance, here are only a select few saucy morsels:

 

 

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Arlo and Janis by Jimmy Johnson

 

 

I'll give you a second to recover from your steamed-up glasses/contacts and/or extreme blushing. Just think, there are literally hundreds of strips equally as bawdy awaiting the intrepid soul who ventures into the Arlo and Janis archive. It might be a good time to buy glasses-wipe company stocks.       

 

But good comic strips, like good marriages, aren't built on the naughty bits alone. Johnson's real genius is the way he precisely captures the long, intricate haul that is wedded lock – the microscopic intimacies, the major irritations, the minor joys and the delicate longheurs – the slow accretion of habit, love, frustration and shared experience that comes from two people throwing in together. Here are a slew of pitch-perfect moments:

 

 

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Arlo and Janis by Jimmy Johnson

 

 

So for the 30th anniversary of Arlo and Janis, let's reflect on the many pearls of wisdom that Jimmy has given to us. It's the least we could do.

 

– Reed

 

To commemorate the anniversary, we're giving away an Arlo and Janis prize pack! Enter to win here.

 

Or, read Arlo and Janis here.

 





GoComics Adds Four New Comics in July

We added FOUR new comics to our roster in July! Catch up on the new comics and cartoonists below.

 

Snowflakes by James Ashby, Chris Jones and Zach Weinersmith

 

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.

 

James Ashby is an award-winning playwright and screenwriter who works from Los Angeles as an independent film producer and crowdfunding consultant. 

 

Chris Jones is a Canadian-based children’s illustrator. He enjoys telling stories visually, and his colorful style focuses on humor and expressiveness. Chris, a graduate of the Ontario College of Art & Design (OCAD), has worked as both a graphic designer and an illustrator. His illustrations appear in books, graphic novels, magazines and educational materials. Chris is a member and volunteer with the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.

 

Zach Weinersmith is best known as the artist behind the popular webcomic Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal (SMBC). He is also the creator of the hit science comedy show, BAHFest. Recently, he created Augie and the Green Knight, the best­funded children's book ever on Kickstarter. His work has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, The Economist, Slashdot, BoingBoing, PRI's Science Friday and on geeky blogs around the web.

 

Read Snowflakes here.

 

 

Pie Comic by John McNamee

 

Pie Comic by John McNamee

Pie Comic is a collection of meditations on life, science, death, food, childhood, depression, naps, wizards, robots, dinosaurs, robot-wizard-dinosaurs and whatever other foolish notion gets into the creator's head on any given day. Most of all, Pie Comic is fun.

 

John McNamee is a comedy writer/cartoonist living in Los Angeles. His work has appeared on The Onion, Clickhole and McSweeny's. John studied Improv at the Upright Citizens Brigade, and teaches online classes on Improvising Comics at Skillshare. John's mutant powers, as of this date, have not manifested.

 

Read Pie Comic here.

 

 

G–Man Webcomics by Chris Giarrusso

 

G-Man Webcomics by Chris Giarrusso

G-Man (aka Mikey G) has finally become the superhero he has always wanted to be! But with so many other superheroes out there hogging the spotlight, it's up to G-Man himself to chronicle his own superhero adventures! Part struggling superhero, part struggling cartoonist, G-Man writes and draws this autobiographical comic strip!

 

Chris Giarrusso grew up on a steady diet of cereal, cartoons and comic books. He began his cartooning education at a young age by whiting-out comic strip word balloons in the daily newspaper and filling in his own dialogue. Soon, he was whiting-out the drawings and replacing them with his own artwork. Eventually, he realized he’d save a lot of time by starting out with blank paper.

 

Employing this new strategy, Chris launched his career in 2004 with the G-MAN superhero graphic novel series (Image Comics) for young readers, merging his love of superhero adventure with his love of comic strip humor. It wasn't long before the G-Man character began writing and drawing as well, resulting in THE G-MAN SUPER JOURNAL series (Andrews McMeel), and the weekly G-MAN WEBCOMICS comic strip. More information about G-Man and Chris Giarrusso is available at chrisgcomics.com.

 

Read G-Man Webcomics here.

 

 

Bushy Tales by Ian Jones

 

Bushy Tales by Ian Jones

Welcome to the weird, wacky, wonderful world of the wombat. Bushy Tales is primarily set at the Bluff in the Australian bush – home of iconic species beloved the world over, and, specifically, Doug the Wombat – and fuses the personalities of its witty characters with that of the bush itself. The strip’s beautiful and beguiling artwork complements the warmth and whimsy of its lovable, if argumentative, denizens. Everyone should have a wombat like Doug in their lives, so come on Down Under, join in the fun and feel on top of the world. 

 

Ian Jones was born in 1955 in Brisbane, the capital city of the state of Queensland in Australia.

 

Training as a teacher, he spent 12 years teaching in country schools. He used his artistic gift to great effect in his teaching and to the enjoyment of his students. It was during his time teaching that he developed his first comic strip. Nothing happened with this early effort, but it did get Ian started down the path toward being published as a professional cartoonist a couple of years later. In 1980, Ian’s next comic strip was first published in newspapers and he was then published every day for the following 20 years. His greatest success during this time was with his strip, Pearly Gates, which appeared in papers throughout Australia and a few overseas markets.

 

After this 20-year publishing run, Ian took a break from the world of cartooning. It ended up being a longer break than he anticipated, but when he picked up the pens again, it was with a fresh motivation and a refreshing comic strip concept, resulting in Bushy Tales.

 

Ian believes that Bushy Tales is the best work he has ever done, and is thrilled with its continued development and the response of readers to it. He loves bringing the iconic characters and the beauty of the Aussie bush to readers around the world.


In addition to teaching, Ian has been a pastor, and the national director of a Christian humanitarian mission organization. He is also an award-winning photographer and an avid independent traveler, having spent time in 45 different countries around the world. Ian has been married to Robyn for 38 years and they have seven (grown) children and, at last count, nine grandchildren.

 

Read Bushy Tales here.





Giveaway: Archive-Quality Overboard Comic Strips – Winners Announced

Thank you to all who helped us celebrate Overboard's 25th anniversary! We've randomly selected FIVE winners to receive an archive-quality print of their chosen comic strip!

 

1. Andy Shuping – June 21, 2014 

 

Overboard by Chip Dunham

 

 

2. Ian Jones – Aug. 20, 1990

 

Overboard_topper Overboard by Chip Dunham

 

3. Jim Benson – Dec. 20, 2008

 

Overboard by Chip Dunham

 

 

4. Jon Berger – Sept. 16, 1990

 

Overboard by Chip Dunham

 

 

 

5. Tina Rhea – July 16, 2002

 

Overboard by Chip Dunham

 

If your name is listed above, please contact us at rewards@gocomics.com with your shipping address and phone number. Please note: You must contact us by 8/5/15 or your prize will be forfeited.

 





The Martian Confederacy: An Update

The Martian Confederacy by Paige Braddock and Jason McNamara

 

It has been a BUSY summer for The Martian Confederacy creators Paige Braddock and Jason McNamara!

 

With Paige hard at work on the brilliant “Peanuts Movie” and Jason making the move to Oregon, the two are taking a hiatus from The Martian Confederacy.

 

We’re all eagerly awaiting the return of The Martian Confederacy! In the meantime, take a look back and enjoy the story from the beginning starting here. 





The Perks of Being a Pro

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It’s important to show appreciation for the special people in your life, and there’s no one we value more at GoComics than our dedicated comic fans! It is your commitment to comics and overall awesomeness that inspire us to offer our weekly giveaways through our GoComics blog, Facebook and Twitter accounts. We love sharing comics swag with you!

 

In addition to our weekly blog giveaways, open to all of our fans, we also have the Surprise and Delight Program, which is open exclusively to our PRO account holders. Every week, we randomly select a few PRO members and, after making contact via email, we send them a surprise gift as a token of our appreciation! Past "Surprise and Delight" winners have received prizes including autographed, collectible prints of their favorite comic strips, comic books signed by their favorite cartoonists and special-edition, signed prints from Comic-con conventions, just to name a few!

 

Why do we feel the need to show all this extra love to our PRO members? It’s our way of expressing our appreciation for their support and loyalty.

 

Our PRO membership costs $11.88 per year (less than a dollar each month!), and gets you tons of exclusive benefits! Not only are you qualified for our Surprise and Delight program, you get to surf GoComics free of outside advertising, create and customize your very own PRO homepage, receive your favorite comics through a daily email and much, much more! Learn more about our PRO member benefits, here.

 

Not a PRO but want to be? Become a PRO member today!





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.

 

 

 

Limbo Road  7-24-15

 

 

 

 

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View from the Couch  7-24-15

 

 

 

Jillpoke Bohemia 7-25-15

 

 

 

 

 

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Spectickles  7-26-15

 

 

 

 

Don't Pick the Flowers  7-27-15

 

 

 

 

Smith  7-27-15

 

 

 

 

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

 





Congratulations to the newlyweds!

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Stone Soup 7/25/2015

 

They did it! After several months of challenges -- from Phil's motorcycle accident to a missing contractor to Val's second thoughts -- Val and Phil got married on Saturday!

 

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Stone Soup 7/26/2015

 

And now that the wedding is over, it's time to relax and enjoy the honeymoon! While the newlyweds are gone, readers have a chance to look back on their relationship for the next two weeks, as Jan Eliot inserts flashbacks into the strip.

 

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Stone Soup 7/27/2015

So let's raise a glass to the Stone-Jackson family -- we can't wait to see what's going to happen next!

 

-- EPK





Weekend Faves (July 26)

Bully by Andrew Paavola
Bully by Andrew Paavola

 

They say a picture is worth 1,000 words. Andrew Paavola certainly proves that to be true in this wild Sunday.

--Julie

 

 

Frank & Ernest by Thaves
Frank & Ernest by Thaves

 

So would the paintbrush be the original selfie stick?

--Elizabeth

 

 

Non Sequitur by Wiley Miller
Non Sequitur by Wiley Miller

 

As a child, these thoughts were not far from my own. Another solid Sunday from Mr. Miller.

--Lindsay

 

 

Garfield by Jim Davis
Garfield by Jim Davis

 

Ah, the beauty of summertime.

--Julie

 

 

FoxTrot by Bill Amend
FoxTrot by Bill Amend

 

If you don't look like a fool in these photos, you're doing it wrong.

--Lindsay

 

 

Biographic by Steve McGarry
Biographic by Steve McGarry

 

Calling all Bradley Cooper fans! Don't miss this Biographic installment.

--Julie






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