We launched FOUR new features in October! Here's a recap:
Kid Shay Comics by Josh Shalek
Kid Shay Comics features Kate Crane, who agrees to assist her mad scientist uncle in Egypt for her summer vacation, unaware that he has raised zombies.
Sitting in math class in the fourth grade, creator Josh Shalek realized he could draw comics. He hasn’t looked back since. "Falling Rock National Park" is his ongoing comic book series, and he occasionally makes time for longer works such as "Tomb of the Zombies." Josh lives in Portland, Oregon, with his wife and cat.
Read Kid Shay Comics here.
Breaking Cat News by Georgia Dunn
Breaking Cat News delivers the latest headlines on cat happenings around the household. Join our crack team of feline reporters as they bring you the news that matters — cat news! Cynical Elvis, sensitive Puck and adventurous anchorman Lupin ask the hard-hitting questions about empty food bowls, house plants, box forts, vacuum cleaners, birds, bacon and more!
Georgia Dunn was born and raised in Charlestown, Rhode Island, earning a bachelor's degree in fine art from the University of Rhode Island in 2004. After a few years of day jobs, life took Georgia west to Seattle, where she began selling her illustrations online and in small independent shops. In March 2014, she began the webcomic Breaking Cat News based on her cats, just as life took her and her family back east. These days she lives in New England with her husband, son and their three very inquisitive cats. When she is not accidentally walking onto the set of their news broadcast, she can be found caring for her son by day and painting in watercolors while watching British mystery shows by night.
Read Breaking Cat News here.
Jim Benton Cartoons by Jim Benton
Jim Benton, the author and artist behind "It's Happy Bunny," "Dear Dumb Diary," "Franny K. Stein," "So Totally True" and more, is proud to have his cartoons shared on GoComics. Benton loves to experiment, and his cartoons shift direction from day to day.
People magazine called him "One of the most visible cartoonists in America," and The Wall Street Journal said, "Mr. Benton's intellectual properties ... have made him stand out in an industry dominated by big entertainment companies." Publishers Weekly remarked simply: "Who could resist [Jim Benton]?"
Jim is the author and artist of "Dear Dumb Diary," a New York Times bestselling series published by Scholastic, which has sold more than 10 million books and is printed in 18 languages. He also co-wrote a produced a made-for-TV musical based on the series.
He’s the creator of many licensed properties, including "It’s Happy Bunny," the licensing hit that has generated more than three-quarter billion dollars at retail. The "It’s Happy Bunny" books have been chosen three times by the American Librarians Association as their top picks for teen readers, and "It’s Happy Bunny" programs have taken top awards from the Licensing Industry Merchandising Association five times. Jim’s anti-drug program for middle school kids for The Partnership for a Drug-Free America has won three Addy Awards and a Governor’s Award.
Jim’s series "Franny K. Stein," published by Simon & Schuster, has sold more than a million books, and is in more than 15 languages and Braille.
The National cartoonist Society (NCS) awarded Jim with a Reuben award in the greeting card division.
"The End (Almost)," Benton’s first picture book, was recently awarded a National Parenting Publications Award gold award.
Jim’s newest book (a collection of web cartoons) "Dog Butts and Love. And Stuff Like That. And Cats." published by NBM is receiving critical praise.
Read Jim Benton Cartoons here.
Little Nemo by Winsor McCay
Little Nemo in Slumberland was the greatest comic strip of its day, perhaps the greatest of all time, acclaimed the world over for its artistic majesty, unbounded imagination and groundbreaking techniques that helped define a new art form.
Available only on GoComics, Sunday Press presents Winsor McCay’s masterpiece in all its glory, on the web for the first time ever, in sequence, starting with the very first page. Over 100 years later, these Sunday comic strips, which influenced generations of artists, are as fresh and glorious as ever!
Zenas Winsor McCay was born sometime between 1867 and 1870, most likely in Canada, though his earliest years are not well documented. He quickly gained fame as his natural talent as an artist and draftsman saw him rise quickly from dime museum sign painter to prolific newspaper artist and cartoonist, to pioneer animator, even a vaudeville quick-draw entertainer. He started his serious illustration work in Cincinnati, where he created his first Sunday feature, Tales of the Jungle Imps (1903), while also drawing illustrations for the original Life magazine. He moved on to the New York Herald, where he created a number of small cartoon features, and then Little Sammy Sneeze, Dream of the Rarebit Fiend, and his masterpiece, Little Nemo in Slumberland.
Little Nemo drew character inspiration from McCay’s son Robert, architecture and design from the 1893 World’s Columbia Exposition in Chicago and fantastical features from those found at the Coney Island amusement park near his home in Brooklyn. But the brilliance of it all came from McCay himself, with his unsurpassed draftsmanship and boundless imagination that created a new language of comics, even anticipating aspects of modern cinema decades before appearing on the screen. There were three incarnations of Little Nemo, first at the Herald from 1905 to 1911, then at Hearst’s American from 1911 to 1914, and once again at the Herald from 1924 to 1927.
Winsor McCay died in 1934, ending his career drawing marvelously detailed editorial cartoons. Looking at the images presented in this online feature, it is no surprise that he once stated, “I have never been so happy as when I was drawing Little Nemo in Slumberland.”
Read Little Nemo here.