Enter to Win Fandango’s #SnoopySpottingSweepstakes

#SnoopySpottingSweepstakes

 

Attention, lovers of Peanuts, photography, and/or free swag:

 

All September long, you have the chance to win tickets to the premiere of The Peanuts Movie!

 

How? Participate in Fandango’s #SnoopySpottingSweepstakes by sharing a picture of Snoopy on Twitter or Instagram, using the designated hashtag.

 

It’s so easy, even Woodstock could do it (if he had thumbs)! All you have to do is spot, snap and share!

 

Our friends at Peanuts have outlined the simple steps:

 

1. Spot Snoopy in real life – on a billboard, in the clouds, at the store … anywhere inspiration strikes you!

 

2. Snap a photo!

 

3. Share your snapshot on Instagram or Twitter, using #SnoopySpottingSweepstakes and you’re automatically entered to win tickets to The Peanuts Movie premiere!

 

For more information about the contest, visit The Peanuts Movie’s Twitter and Instagram pages.





GoComics A to Z, Vol. 11: Up and Out

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

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 Feature: Up and Out
Creator: Jeremy Kaye
Format: varies
Frequency: three days a week
Recommended if you like: sadistic cats, creepy uncles, undead friends, hapless hobo-kidnapping criminals, cat-puters

 

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Let me first just say how much I've enjoyed the evolution in popular comic strips over the past decade. While classics like Peanuts, Calvin & Hobbes and Red and Rover will always be regarded as the gold standard of family-oriented newspaper comic strips, the online comics that receive thousands of views these days are often way too weird or subversive for a mass print audience. Which isn't to say either category is better than the other. Just that it's nice that today's cartoonists are able to explore dark, weird and socially questionable material online, whereas on the print side we still get complaints about things like ketchup being depicted as fake blood in a Lio daily. In other words, print comics have to worry about not offending anyone, while Web cartoonists are often all about pushing the envelope.

 

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All of that being said, however, even the open-minded and black-humored among you might well find something to disapprove of in the delightfully sociopathic "Up and Out," a comic written and illustrated by Jeremy Kaye, in which women are hit on at their husband's funerals and a child is incinerated for messing up the Pledge of Allegiance. "Up and Out" has been online for a few years, with many of the strips popping up on reddit or Tumblr. Kaye also recently ran a successful Kickstarter campaign to publish his first "Up and Out" collection. In the meantime, fans of weird, awkward and sadistic humor should check out "Up and Out" on GoComics. In spite of all the blood, death, kidnapping, meanness and disappointment, I found reading "Up and Out" to be a positive and lighthearted experience.

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See for yourself right here on GoComics.





Pinkerton Park is Re-Open for Business!

Support Pinkerton Comics

 

That’s right, comic fans: Pinkerton, Mike Witmer’s wildly weird webcomic has recently been re-launched, with brand-new content posting three times a week! Now, you can continue to follow the adventures of your favorite furry train wrecks – Buckley the fox, Tucker Rabbit, Steve the guinea pig raised as a moose and his antlered brother Martin – as they navigate their way through life, love, parenting, politics and rodent cuisine.

 

Pinkerton by Mike Witmer
Pinkerton by Mike Witmer

 

Want even more Pinkerton? Creator Mike Witmer has set up this Patreon campaign to “help offset operational funds:  web hosting, supplies, merchandise development, booze,” in hopes of raising enough money to publish four brand-new Pinkerton strips every week!  Visit the campaign website to learn more.

 

Catch up with the latest adventures of the Pinkerton gang, here. 





In the Bleachers Turns 30

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If you're anything like me, you're probably enjoying some corn chips and an icy cold Pamplemouse flavored LaCroix sparking water right now. Mmm ... that's good 'mouse. For the record, I really like corn chips. Do you know who/what else I like?

 

Steve Moore, that's who, ya jabroni.

 

I knew Steve Moore waaay before he knew me. I first encountered him in his comic form "In the Bleachers" back in Chicago in the late 80s.

 

It was a different era back then, we'd get phosphates down at the soda fountain and then we would go to the cinema to see movies starring an actor named Tom Cruise and then later we would listen to music on something called a cassette tape by long-forgotten bands named: U2, Tom Petty and Aerosmith. Strange Times, indeed!

 

But strangeness can also come in comics form, no? I remember being taken aback by the first "In the Bleachers" I'd read. I found it funny and weird ... possibly too funny, definitely too weird.

 

So it was with a great shock when I met the real Steve Moore in man form. Not only wasn't he weird, he was handsome. Damn handsome. Maybe a little too handsome. And he was in shape. And well adjusted. And he didn't try to bite me. And there were no tears nor tight slacks. This was unlike any other cartoonist I'd ever met.

 

So today I salute Steve Moore the cartoonist for 30 great years of In the Bleachers. And 30 great years of being the most normal cartoonist I've ever met.

 

Thank you, Steve! 

 

-JG

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*apologies to Conan for stealing his Tom Cruise joke, sorta. And Patton Oswalt too for the phosphate thing. 

 

 

 





GoComics Adds Five New Comics in August

The number of summer days may be dwindling, but the number of comics available on GoComics sure isn't! We added FIVE new features in August! Learn more about the comics and creators below.

 

 

Molebashed by Wes Molebash

 

Molebashed by Wes Molebash

 

Molebashed is a comic strip about fatherhood by Wes Molebash, a first-time father in his mid-30s. A big kid at heart, he wants nothing more than to be a great father and an attentive husband. Though it seems he's taken to fatherhood quite naturally, don't be fooled by his calm demeanor – he's screaming on the inside.

 

Wes Molebash has been publishing comics online since 2004. His previous work includes You'll Have That, Max vs. Max and Insert Image. When he's not drawing comics, he's either working as a staff pastor at Centerpoint Church or spending time with his family. Molebash lives in Southern Ohio with his wife, Kari, and their son, Parker.

 

Read Molebashed here. 

 

 

Sheldon by Dave Kellett

 

Sheldon by Dave Kellett

Sheldon is a strange strip with geeky characters, all-ages storylines and pop culture nerdiness. Twice nominated for the Eisner Awards in the “Best Humor" category, Sheldon centers around a wonderfully odd little family: a boy, his duck and the grandfather who raises them both. The strip is famous for venturing away from the main cast and into stand-alone comics and storylines.

Dave Kellett is the Los Angeles-based cartoonist behind the comic strips Drive and Sheldon. Kellett 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 Sheldon here.

 

 

Promises, Promises by J.R. Faulkner

 

Promises, Promises by J.R. Faulkner
 

 

Promises, Promises provides a glib look at diet, fitness and the struggles and successes that come with achieving a healthy lifestyle.

 

Promises Fitness is a posh suburban health club. Staffed by Fiona, Trish, Shanta and Lance, four well-meaning and cheeky fitness professionals doing their best to keep a very resistant membership in peak condition.

 

Although she may have started Promises, Promises back in ’08 in a vain attempt to write off a gym membership as a business expense, comics have become a true calling for creator J.R. Faulkner. When not cartooning, she divides her time between reading about health and fitness, and actually going to the gym (occasionally).

 

Read Promises, Promises here.

 

 

1 and Done by Eric Scott  

 

1 and Done by Eric Scott

 

These cartoon panels are not unlike the solar panels available at your local hardware store. Virtually maintenance-free. Top grade efficiency. Ideal for any location. Impact resistant. Excellent long-life performance under high temperature. Will withstand heavy winds and snow loads up to 120 pounds per square foot. Plus, they’re funnier.

 

Eric Scott is a greeting card illustrator for Andrews McMeel Publishing, a division of Andrews McMeel Universal. He is also the creator of Back in the Day, available on GoComics.

 

Read 1 and Done here.

 

 

Bloom County 2015 by Berkeley Breathed

 

Bloom County 2015 by Berkeley Breathed

 

 

The 1980s was a truly classic period in comic strip history. The decade of spiked hair and shoulder pads introduced us to brilliantly off-the-wall The Far Side, the timeless antics of Calvin and Hobbes, and the sociopolitical brilliance of Bloom County.
 
All of these strips were retired at the height of their popularity by their award-winning creators, and fans have hoped ever since to talk them back into syndication with heaps of fan mail and social media begging, all for naught.
 
Until now.
 
Berkeley Breathed has talked himSELF out of retirement after Donald Trump threw his hat into an overpopulated ring of hopefuls for the Republican presidential nomination.
 
Inspired by Trump's promise to "make America great again," Breathed is making the comics page great again with Bloom County 2015. Bloom County’s Opus, Milo, Bill the Cat and all of the residents of Bloom House are back and they aren't wasting a minute mocking the Republican campaign's greatest blovitor and a renewed national ridiculousness.
 
Bloom County is the tale of the residents of Bloom House, a boarding house run by the parents of worldly 10-year-old newspaper reporter Milo Bloom. Boarders include Opus, Steve, Bill the Cat, Portnoy, Oliver Wendell Jones and more. Together, these characters parodied presidential campaigns, the Parents Music Resource Center, labor unions, the war on drugs, and The Donald -- no one was off limits.
 
After his 25-year hiatus, "Silliness suddenly seems safe now," said Breathed.

 

Read Bloom County 2015 here. 

 





Giveaway: Archive-Quality In the Bleachers Comics

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It’s a grand slam for In the Bleachers! The comic is celebrating its 30th anniversary this week!

 

Whether you’re a rookie player or a serious sports fanatic, the humor and irony highlighted by In the Bleachers can’t be matched, and we want to share a piece of history with you fans out there!

 

We’re giving away SIX archive-quality signed In the Bleachers prints!  

 

To enter, browse the In the Bleachers archive here. Then leave a comment on this blog post telling us which In the Bleachers comic you most relate to, providing a link to the comic. Please include your first and last names. This contest will end Tues., Sept. 8 at 10 a.m. CT. Six winners will be randomly selected and announced that day on this blog.

 

Let the celebration continue! Commemorating the anniversary, In the Bleachers creator Steve Moore shared his top 30 favorite comics with us. See them here!





Thirty Years of In the Bleachers: Steve Moore’s Favorite Comics

 

Today (Sept. 1) marks the 30th anniversary of In the Bleachers! Reflecting on the past 30 years, creator Steve Moore shares his 30 favorite In the Bleachers comics with us, including commentary for his top 5.

 

Thirty years! Holy crap. Well, fortunately, I was a prodigy. In the Bleachers began syndication when I was only 7 years old, so I’ve still got plenty of gas in my tank.

 

But seriously, folks ...

 

I was asked to choose five of my favorite In the Bleachers for this blog, but I am not a good judge of quality. The Bleachers panels I like usually do not fry anyone else’s burger. And the ones I hate are other people’s favorites.

 

Nevertheless, here are five Bleachers panels that stood out to me for one reason or another – not necessarily because they cracked me (or anyone else) up.

 

 

1)  April 10, 1986

 

 

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I included this panel for two reasons: First, “stupidity humor” is one of my go-to scenarios and, second, I wanted to show you how awful my drawings were in the early days of Bleachers. (The quality has continued to decline through the years.)

 

 

2)  November 29, 1997

 

 

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I like this panel because I did a fairly good job drawing the cleats on the shoulder of the gladiator. Also, I love to imagine that good old Darius was faking his injury.

 

 

3)  August 12, 1997

 

 

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This panel got a huge reaction from readers, but any cartoon featuring a cat will get a huge reaction because cat people are lunatics. A few days after this panel was published, I received a call from the personal assistant to actor Patrick Stewart. He wanted to purchase the original drawing. I ended up just giving it to him because, you know, actors constantly struggle to pay rent and buy food for their cats.

 

 

4)  August 3, 2007

 

 

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This is one Bleachers panel that I liked and readers also liked. One reason is the annoying cheer that drove me insane at games in high school. Placing it in a Middle Ages setting was kind of funny. Also, drawing a dead guy with an arrow in his back is a can’t-miss technique in cartooning.

 

 

5) March 11, 1999

 

 

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This probably is my favorite Bleachers of all time. It’s an example of when I inject commentary into a cartoon, in this case illustrating society’s upside-down priorities. It struck a nerve with readers when it was published in 1999. It popped up again two years ago and went viral after appearing on the front page of Reddit, which is a pretty big deal to a 37-year-old cartoonist like me.

 

View more of Steve’s favorite In the Bleachers comics here. Then, enter to win a SIGNED, archive-quality In the Bleachers print.

 

Rallying for more? Hear from Steve in a "Meet Your Creator" installment here. Or, take a look back at In the Bleachers here.





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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The Gray Zone  8-29-15

 

 

 

 

Apple Creek Comics  8-30-15

 

 

 

 

Crooksville  8-30-15

 

 

 

 

 

Girth  8-31-15

 

 

 

 

 

Magnificatz  8-31-15

 

 

Onion & Pea  8-31-15

 

 

 

 

 

Soccer Earth  8-31-15

 

 

 

 

Teddy Bears' Killing Spree  8-31-15

 

 

 

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

 

 

 





Jef Mallett Continues to Make a Splash in Straits of Mackinac Fundraiser

 

 

Jef Mallett, the philanthropic cartoonist behind Frazz, was featured in this terrific Detroit News article, as he continues to make a splash in the race to raise donations for the Straits of Mackinac swim fundraiser to benefit Habitat for Humanity!

 

Supported by his many fans, Mallett will swim the Straits of Mackinac over Labor Day weekend, continuing on his quest to raise money for the cause.

 

“Mallett is the only participant who writes and draws a nationally beloved comic strip — which gives him both a certain status, and a sizable lead in the low-key race to collect the most donations.” – via Detroit News

 

As of today, thanks to his competitive drive for charity and generous support from his fans, Mallett has raised more than $14,000 for this classy cause!

 

Check out the full Detroit News article, here.





Marvelous Memoirs

Memoirs serve as meaningful outlets to share past experiences and personal history. In a magical way, a memoir can provide an almost-immortality, allowing the memory of a person and lessons they’ve taught us to live on long after they are gone.

 

Inspired by We Love Memoirs Day (August 31), we wanted to highlight a very special memoir, Mom’s Cancer, from one of our talented cartoonists, Brian Fies. We are honored to host the emotional, yet beautiful, work on GoComics.

 

Mom’s Cancer is a true story about one family’s struggle with metastatic lung cancer. Honest, unflinching, and sometimes humorous, it looks at the practical and emotional effect that serious illness has on patients and their families. In the end, it is a story of hope. Mom’s Cancer is a groundbreaking graphic novel that won the comics industry’s Eisner and Harvey Awards, as well as the Lulu Blooker Prize and the German Youth Literature Prize.

 

Mom's Cancer by Brian Fies
Mom's Cancer by Brian Fies

 

Mom's Cancer by Brian Fies
Mom's Cancer by Brian Fies

 

Mom's Cancer by Brian Fies
Mom's Cancer by Brian Fies

 

Thank you, Brian, for sharing such an intimate and important part of your life with us. Read Mom’s Cancer from the beginning here.





Weekend Faves (August 30)

F Minus by Tony Carrillo
F Minus by Tony Carrillo

I can see it now – stores will be selling “pre-curled” shirts in no time.

--Julie

 

 

Beardo by Dan Dougherty
Beardo by Dan Dougherty


When it comes to success in the workplace, never underestimate the power of the cliché.

--Lucas

 

 

FoxTrot by Bill Amend
FoxTrot by Bill Amend

 

We know Roger tuned into the VMAs last night! Have you seen our collection of Biographic comics featuring stars from the VMA guest list?

--Julie

 

 

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

 

How does one acquire a cauldron of coffee? A "venti" just isn't doing it for this peasant today.

--Amanda

 

 

Family Tree by Signe Wilkinson
Family Tree by Signe Wilkinson

 

As we like to say in my family when someone turns down a dish, “More for me!”

--Julie





Giveaway: National Dog Day Prize Pack – Winner Announced

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Thank you to all who helped us celebrate National Dog Day by entering to win our tail-wagging prize pack, which includes the following archive-quality prints: 

 

The Duplex

Marmaduke (SIGNED!)

Overboard (SIGNED!)

Peanuts

Pooch Café (SIGNED!)

Reality Check (SIGNED!)

Red and Rover (SIGNED!)

• PLUS! “No Collar: No Service” by Pooch Cafe’s Paul Gilligan

 

We loved hearing about your favorite GoComics canines! 

 

Naming Rover as her favorite pup, Ashley Idell is our winner!

 

 

Red and Rover by Brian Basset

 

Ashley, please contact us at rewards@gocomics.com with your shipping address and phone number. Please note: You must contact us by 9/7/15 or your prize will be forfeited.





Berkeley Breathed’s “Bloom County 2015” Now Available on GoComics

Over the past month, the GoComics headquarters has been buzzing with excitement over some top-secret news that we’ve been itching to share with our fans. Today, we are thrilled to finally let the comic cat out of the bag!

 

As we told you in a previous blog post, Berkeley Breathed’s Pulitzer Prize-winning comic strip, Bloom County, has returned after 25 years of absence:

 

Bloom County 2015 by Berkeley Breathed

 

Now, we are ecstatic to announce that the NEW incarnation of Bloom County has officially launched on GoComics!

 

Bloom County 2015 by Berkeley Breathed

 

Worth the wait by far, Bloom County 2015 features all of our favorites, including Opus and Bill the Cat, putting their hilarious spin on today’s biggest sociopolitical issues.

 

The 1980s was a truly classic period in comic strip history. The decade of spiked hair and shoulder pads introduced us to brilliantly off-the-wall The Far Side, the timeless antics of Calvin and Hobbes, and the sociopolitical brilliance of Bloom County.
 
All of these strips were retired at the height of their popularity by their award-winning creators, and fans have hoped ever since to talk them back into syndication with heaps of fan mail and social media begging, all for naught.
 
Until now.
 
Berkeley Breathed has talked himSELF out of retirement after Donald Trump threw his hat into an overpopulated ring of hopefuls for the Republican presidential nomination.
 
Inspired by Trump's promise to "make America great again," Breathed is making the comics page great again with Bloom County 2015. Bloom County’s Opus, Milo, Bill the Cat and all of the residents of Bloom House are back and they aren't wasting a minute mocking the Republican campaign's greatest bloviator and a renewed national ridiculousness.
 
Bloom County is the tale of the residents of Bloom House, a boarding house run by the parents of worldly 10-year-old newspaper reporter Milo Bloom. Boarders include Opus, Steve, Bill the Cat, Portnoy, Oliver Wendell Jones and more. Together, these characters parodied presidential campaigns, the Parents Music Resource Center, labor unions, the war on drugs, and The Donald -- no one was off limits.
 
After his 25-year hiatus, "Silliness suddenly seems safe now," said Breathed.

 

Reunite yourself with magic of Berkeley Breathed’s Bloom County  subscribe here!

 





Fantasy Draft Day Feels Like Christmas in August

With the regular NFL season almost here, there’s one pressing issue on the minds of sports fanatics this time of year … Fantasy Football. Their version of Christmas Eve, the night before the big draft is as exciting as A Visit from St. Nicholas

 

‘Twas the night before the draft, when all across the ‘net,

They were forming their teams and placing their bets.

 

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

 

The draft lists were completed and looked over with care,

In hopes that a winning lineup soon would be there;

 

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

 

They were all prepared, the statistics well read,

As visions of victories danced in their heads;

 

Win, Lose, Drew by Drew Litton
Win, Lose, Drew by Drew Litton

 

And Janis in her confusion, despite Arlo drawing her a map,

Is settling her own fantasies for a long draft-day nap;

 

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

 

If they have good fortune, they’ll do a celebratory punt,

Yelling, “Merry draft day to all, just pay me my winnings up front!”

 

Moderately Confused by Jeff Stahler
Moderately Confused by Jeff Stahler

 

Best of luck, Fantasy Football fans!

 

– Amanda





Meet Your Creator: Shannon Wheeler (Too Much Coffee Man)

Too Much Coffee Man by Shannon Wheeler

 

 

Holy crap. I am boring. My stories on “how I started comics” and “what influenced me” are stupid, typical and mirror just about every other boring comic creator out there. One story that does stand out is … 

 

In 1989, I went to Paris to visit my girlfriend. My uncle asked me to bring some pictures to his friend, Gilbert, who lived there. I dreaded the chore, but I’m also a pleaser, so, sure. I’ll take some pictures of your old hippie friends to your buddy Gilbert. In the 1960s, my uncle ran a music club in Austin, Texas, called The Vulcan Gas Co. Gilbert had done their logo. Gilbert? Gilbert Shelton? 

 

 

Too Much Coffee Man by Shannon Wheeler

 

 

When I was young, I was an enormous fan of Garfield. I bought the books. I bought the first book. I cut the cartoons out of the San Francisco Chronicle and saved them. I thought it was hilarious. One day, I stumbled on a collection Fat Freddy’s Cat that was tucked away in an obscure section of my mom’s bookshelf. It blew my mind.

 

 

Shannon Wheeler Meet Your Creator

 

 

The formula for a strip cartoon in the newspaper is setting, set-up and contradiction (the gag). The Fat Freddy’s Cat collection told stories that violated every single rule of humor, sense of decency and law of reality. It blew my mind. It was funny – genuinely funny. I read it, religiously, frequently, and always carefully, secretly, returned it to the dark corner of the bookshelf where I’d found it.

 

I liked how it danced between formalist four-panel gags, to meta self-aware humor, to long narratives, to insulting the reader, to gentle and genuine relationships. It didn’t have limits, but it wasn’t violating limits for the sake of it. It was genuine anarchy. I loved it. It made me laugh because it always surprised me. 

 

Garfield made me enjoy cartoons. Fat Freddy’s Cat made me want to be a cartoonist. 

 

 

Shannon Wheeler Meet Your Creator

 

 

1989. My uncle asked me to take photos of Gilbert Shelton to Gilbert Shelton. Of course. Unknown to me, before this, he was a family friend. Which explained why my mother had his underground comic, albeit tucked away, in a dark corner of her bookshelf. By this time, I’d read the Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers and Wonder Wart Hog.

 

In Paris, I called and we met in a small comic shop-slash-espresso joint. I passed him pictures and he told me stories of his memories of the ’60s and ’70s. We drew together. He gave me advice on being a cartoonist. 

 

 

Shannon Wheeler Meet Your Creator

 

 

I appreciate how generous he was, with his time, his talent and his advice. I was a stupid kid, doing stupid comics. We talked. We drew together. We spent hours drinking espresso and having a great time. He treated me with respect I didn’t deserve. 

 

Now, I’ve drawn comics for The New Yorker magazine, The Onion and a bunch of other places. I’ve won awards and blah blah blah. I strive to be as good as Gilbert Shelton. He opened up worlds for me. 

 

 

Too Much Coffee Man by Shannon Wheeler

 

 

Read Too Much Coffee Man here. Or, follow Shannon on Twitter.





Laugh Tracks Look Back (August 22 – 28)

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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Close to Home creator John McPherson shared his path to success in a Meet Your Creator Installment.

 

“By 1990, I was making more money moonlighting as a cartoonist than I was at my engineering job, and was having a blast at it. So I started to think seriously about leaving my engineering job. One day, I just made the decision to go full-time as a cartoonist. I would be giving up a steady paycheck and lots of benefits, but I loved the freedom and creativity of cartooning and knew that was where I wanted to go. In July 1990, at age 30, I quit my day job and never looked back.”

 

 

8 Signs You’re a Comics Fan: Can you relate?

 

8 Signs You're a Comics Fan

 

 

NEW COMIC: 1 and Done by Eric Scott

 

1 and Done by Eric Scott

 

 

No Siblings? No problem! A glimpse into the lives of only children.

 

No Siblings? No Problem.

 

 

Pluto Demoted Day: A tragic day for Pluto enthusiasts.

 

 

Pluto Demoted Day

 

 

 

Throwback Thursday is a GREAT excuse to take a cruise in the comics time machine.

 

“Sometimes we like to stop on the way to admire other timeless treasures like Nancy Classics and Peanuts Begins, both originating in the 1950s and still continuing to enchant readers of all ages today. It’s always funny to see Charlie Brown sans his iconic zig-zag shirt, and the Golden Age of Nancy in her poodle skirt and bobby sox is a delightful experience that never disappoints.” 

 

 

GoComics Spotlight: Lard’s World Peace Tips by Keith Tutt and Daniel Saunders

 

GoComics Spotlight

 

 

In honor of National Dog Day, we took a loving look at our favorite four-legged companions.

 

 

National Dog Day

 

 

Continuing the National Dog Day celebration, we’re giving away a hound-themed prize pack, full of furry fun.

 

National Dog Day Prize Pack

 

 

A great masterpiece in cartoon history, Naughty Pete by Charles Forbell, is now featured exclusively on GoComics!

 

Naughty Pete

 

 

 

Now available in paperback: Mark Tatulli’s “Desmond Pucket Makes Monster Magic” and “Desmond Pucket and the Mountain Full of Monsters”

 

Desmond Pucket

 

 

We hosted a live Twitter Q&A with Mac creator Michael McParlane.

 

 

Michael McParlane Live Twitter Q&A

 

 

Another week has flown by!

 





ICYMI: Twitter Q&A with Michael McParlane (Mac)

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Thanks to Mac creator Michael McParlane for joining on Twitter for a live Q&A today! If you missed out on the chat, catch up here, or use the widget below: 

 

 

Subscribe to Mac here!

 

 

NEXT UP (9/11): Birdbrains creator Thom Bluemel! Join the conversation starting at 1:30pm CDT using the hashtag #AskThomBluemel.





No Siblings = No Problem for These Kids

There are both perks and problems associated with being an only child. In the “plus” category, you have undivided attention, independence, and a lack of hand-me-downs, whereas in the “minus” category, there’s loneliness, no need for a bunk bed, and no sibling partner in crime to share blame with.

 

Being an only child myself, I have a special place in my heart for the sibling-less kids of GoComics:

 

For example, having dealt with the only-child-to-college send-off, I feel for Gene, knowing full well that his parents will be calling him every day … and that he won’t mind in the slightest, because he’ll secretly miss them just as much.

 

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

 

I can appreciate Pasqual’s ability to combat the only-child loneliness and find friends anywhere.

 

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

 

Like Heart, I frequently worked only-childhood to my advantage. If I had a dime for every time I’ve played the “you’re going to do this to your only child” card … Classic!

 

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

 

Calvin knows exactly what I’m talking about:

 

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

 

Another thing I was guilty of: explaining to my friends with siblings that the reason my parents never had any other children was because they got it right the first time (right, Mom and Dad?). 

 

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

 

I may not have any siblings to share blame with, but at least I can relate to the many ornery only children of GoComics!

 

– 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.


 

 

Cats@Work  8-24-15

 

 

 

 

Girth  8-25-15

 

 

 

 

8-25-15

 

 

 

 

Navy Bean  8-25-15

 

 

 

 

Spectickles  8-25-15

 

 

 

Candace 'n' Company  8-26-15

 

 

 

 

 

 8-26-15

 

 

 

 

Smith  8-26-15

 

 

 

Suburban Fairy Tales  8-26-15

 

 

 

 

Lili and Derek  8-27-15

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 





GoComics: A Proud Sponsor of “T.G.I.T.”

Whereas most people in the world say “T.G.I.F.” (Thank God it’s Friday), GoComics is a proud sponsor of “T.G.I.T.” (Thank God it’s Thursday), because with Thursday comes Throwback Thursday, and, thus, a cruise in our comics time machine! 

 

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

 

Always an epic adventure, we often turn our Throwback dial more than 100 years, starting where the funnies first began, with features like Little Nemo, Mutt and Jeff and Origins of the Sunday Comics.  Here, we witness in glorious color the imaginative ground breaking techniques that helped define a new art form, influencing generations of cartoonists.

 

Little Nemo by Winsor McCay
Little Nemo by Winsor McCay

 

Mutt & Jeff by Bud Fisher
Mutt & Jeff by Bud Fisher

 

Origins of the Sunday Comics by Peter Maresca
Origins of the Sunday Comics by Peter Maresca

 

Sometimes we like to stop on the way to admire other timeless treasures like Nancy Classics and Peanuts Begins, both originating in the 1950’s and still continuing to enchant readers of all ages today. It’s always funny to see Charlie Brown sans his iconic zig-zag shirt, and the Golden Age of Nancy in her poodle skirt and bobby sox is a delightful experience that never disappoints. 

 

Nancy Classics by Ernie Bushmiller
Nancy Classics by Ernie Bushmiller

 

Peanuts Begins by Charles Schulz
Peanuts Begins by Charles Schulz

 

Even with our newer features, which continue to update regularly, it’s still fun to press the reset button and travel through the archives to the beginning. Re-living the hilarious reality of the FoxTrot family is always a treat.

 

FoxTrot Classics by Bill Amend
FoxTrot Classics by Bill Amend

 

In the case of For Better or For Worse, “the beginning” means 1979, before the Pattersons had kids, when they were still trying to figure out that whole marriage thing! 

 

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

 

We love taking a seat in Big Nate: First Class and re-watching our favorite scheming sixth-grader rack up the most detentions in school history! 

 

Big Nate: First Class by Lincoln Peirce
Big Nate: First Class by Lincoln Peirce

 

Dilbert Classics lets us flash back to the first frames of one of our all-time favorites, before it became the most photocopied, pinned-up, downloaded, faxed and emailed comic strip in the world. As The San Francisco Examiner once said, Dilbert truly is “the cartoon hero of the workplace,” and we love getting the chance to root for him over and over again. 

 

Dilbert Classics by Scott Adams
Dilbert Classics by Scott Adams

 

It’s true what they say – you really can’t beat the classics! Happy Throwback Thursday, comic history buffs! 





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