Giveaway: The Worrier’s Guide to Life by Gemma Correll

The Worrier's Guide to Life


Do you love Gemma Correll’s Four Eyes comic as much as we do? We’ve got GREAT news for you!


Released this week by our sister company Andrews McMeel Publishing, we’re giving away one copy of Gemma’s brand-new book, “The Worrier’s Guide to Life”!


This hilarious collection features Gemma’s dubious advice and unreliable information on life as she sees it, including The Dystopian Zodiac, Reward Stickers for Grown-Ups, Palm Reading for Millennials and a Map of the Introvert's Heart.


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., June 2 at 10 a.m. CT. The winner will be announced that day on this blog.


Can’t wait to win? Get your copy here.

WATCH: Fun new Reubens video from The Doozies' Tom Gammill!

We love to see our cartoonists having fun! Check out this creative video starring Jean Schulz (wife of Peanuts creator Charles Schulz), The Doozies creator Tom Gammill and many other well-known cartoonists!



Weekend Faves (May 24)

Michael Ramirez by Michael Ramirez
Michael Ramirez

A beautiful Memorial Day tribute from Michael Ramirez, who won the National Cartoonists Society Award for "Editorial Cartoon" this weekend. Congratulations, Michael!



Pickles by Brian Crane
Pickles by Brian Crane

Laughed extra hard at this one! My friends and I recently had a similar debate over "Rock The Casbah" (Rock the cash box? Rock the cat box?).



JumpStart by Robb Armstrong
JumpStart by Robb Armstrong

Now that's my kind of camping.



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

How much can I save if I only want my chicken to fly coach?

-- Amanda


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

Hilburn stole by heart with this kangaroo-themed comic.



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

This put a smile on my face, even after the mass amounts of rain we've been having lately.


Giveaway: Anniversary Prize Packs – Winners Announced


Thank you to all who entered to win a prize pack containing an archive-quality, SIGNED Red and Rover print and an archive-quality The Flying McCoys print!


We have randomly selected FIVE winners! Congratulations to:

1. Overton Hallford

2. Craig L. Wittler

3. Lisa Pascuzzi

4. Zeb Weese

5. Jim Benson


If your name is listed above, please contact us at with your shipping address and phone number. Please note: You must contact us by 6/2/15 or your prize will be forfeited.


Congratulations, Reuben Award Winners!

National Cartoonists Society
Credit: National Cartoonists Society


Did you hear the cheers of excitement coming from the GoComics headquarters this weekend?

Recognizing the year’s outstanding achievements in all walks of cartooning, The National Cartoonists Society Reuben Awards took place on Sat., May 23. We are proud to announce that three GoComics cartoonists took home awards!


Newspaper Comic Strips: Stephan Pastis (Pearls Before Swine)

Editorial Cartoon: Michael Ramirez

Greeting Cards: Glenn McCoy (The Flying McCoys, The Duplex, editorial cartoonist)


Congratulations to our amazing creators!

GoComics Book Club: Unicorn on a Roll by Dana Simpson

GoComics Book Club keeps you in-the-know about books for all ages, relating to your favorite comics and authors!


Unicorn on a Roll


We have fantastic news for Phoebe and Her Unicorn fans! Dana Simpson’s second book, “Unicorn on a Roll,” was released today!


We here at Andrews McMeel love unicorns. Why, you ask? Well first off, because they’re awesome. But mostly it’s because we adore Phoebe and Her Unicorn. In case you’re late to the party, the first collection of Dana Simpson’s beautifully drawn comic strip released last fall to rave reviews, earning a legion of fans. In "Unicorn on a Roll: Another Phoebe and Her Unicorn Adventure," the magic continues, and the surprising friendship between spunky fourth-grader Phoebe and the vainglorious unicorn Marigold Heavenly Nostrils evolves, laughter ensues. 


Get your copy of “Unicorn on a Roll” here. Or visit to check out a cool video and learn how to draw Phoebe and Marigold! You can watch Dana Simpson create here. Or, read a fantastic review here!



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.




 Jillpoke Bohemia  5-23-15





Mustard and Boloney  5-23-15













And now...  5-25-15





Don't Pick the Flowers  5-25-15





Limbo Road  5-25-15





Magnificatz  5-25-15




Ron Warren  5-25-15










Tough Town  5-25-15





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




New Comic Alert! Mustard and Boloney by Jeffrey Caulfield and Alexandre Rouillard

Mustard and Boloney by Jeffery Caulfield and Alexandre Rouillard

Master chefs Jeffrey Caulfield (Mustard) and Alexandre Rouillard (Boloney), are pleased to bring you a tasty, humorous unreality sandwich; one low in calories, rich in protein and guaranteed to fill the stomach -- sans indigestion. Plus, no extra salt or preservatives added! Included as always with our comedic entrees is a large side order of irreverence, and all manner of situations and subjects are drawn upon to create the delicious a-ha moment. Thinking outside the icebox is definitely mandatory, and some panels may cause you to stand on your -- or someone else’s -- head and think, “So, that’s what it all means.” As Jack Kerouac wrote, in the 190th chorus of his 242-chorus opus "Mexico City Blues": “No matter how you cut it, it’s empty delightful boloney.” Beefsteak we are not! When hungry for humor, please visit our diner every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday. We’ll always have something on the menu for you. Bon appetit!


Read Mustard and Boloney here.

Meet Your Creator: Lalo Alcaraz (La Cucaracha; editorial cartoonist)

La Cucaracha


Hello readers, I am writing to you direct from the top-secret Cucaracha World Headquarters, deep inside the bowels of a Mexican piñata party store somewhere in the Greater Eastside of Los Angeles. From here, I run all of my cartooning operations, satirical writing missions and a pretty lucrative quinceañera bouncer/DJ business.


My uniformed staff watches over a bank of monitors in Mission Control as they monitor and report back to me the events of the day, or the whereabouts of Ted Cruz, my fallback instant source of satire and Latino-adjacent mirth.


La Cucaracha by Lalo Alcaraz


Before I was a proto-supervillain, I was a fledgling child cartoonist on the border hinterlands of San Diego, California. My parents were Mexican immigrants from Sinaloa and Zacatecas, two now hot spots for tourist fun. I grew up seeing how sometimes unfairly and harshly they were treated by their American bosses, and I grew angry because of it. This grew into a desire to write and draw things that stood up for the rights of immigrants, Mexican or otherwise.


Drawing and art-making runs in my mom's side of the family's veins, and so I was able to eventually use that gift to express my angry feelings, and develop that into a semi-lucrative career of poking fun at powerful a-holes. 


Like every other editorial cartoonist, I was the cartoonist for my college paper, San Diego State's Daily Aztec, during the gaudily colored ’80s. My nickname at the paper was, I kid you not, "Please Forward My Hatemail." It was the Reagan Era, and a wonderful time to skewer conservative politicians. 


I studied Art & Environmental Design, and this lead me to want to save the world through architecture, so I applied and got in to UC Berkeley's Master's of Architecture program. Here, I learned to draw buildings in perspective, and perfectly straight lines, and to perform in front of building takeovers and other protests. I started an agitprop sketch comedy group called the Chicano Secret Service, and also a 'zine called Pocho Magazine. These extracurricular activities would become the core of my future, non-architectural career. After some applause, I had the realization that I had to go back to my original pseudo-plan – become an artist. 




After graduation, I moved to Los Angeles to try to get into Hollywood. Then the L.A. Riots happened, and I was invited to create a comic panel for the LA Weekly. I called it L.A. Cucaracha. My comics ran in that rag alongside Matt Groening's Life In Hell and other altweekly comics for 17 years. During that time I developed editorial cartoons for daily papers and became syndicated with this here syndicate. I was asked by a couple of syndicates if I might be interested in developing a daily strip, and only the daring and brilliant folks here at Universal fell for my pitch, and La Cucaracha was born. 


La Cucaracha by Lalo Alcaraz


For early inspiration, I read Doonesbury and Bloom County religiously. I was also a fan of Mad Magazine and Sergio Aragones, but my first favorite comic was Gordo by Gus Arriola. It was the first nationally syndicated strip by a Mexican-American or Latino in the history of American comics, and a gorgeous strip to behold. Today, I read almost everything in the comics pages, but especially Pearls Before Swine, Candorville, Doonesbury, Peanuts, Mother Goose & Grimm, The Duplex and mucho mas. I follow all the work of my fellow editorial cartoonists, but I do miss the work of Paul Conrad, who is my editorial cartoon superhero. I also enjoy the work of Mexico's editorial cartoonists, especially those at Mexico City's La Jornada newspaper, and of course, Rius. For comics, and to remind me how hard I should try to draw better, I read and re-read the work of Los Hernandez Bros of Love and Rockets fame. Comics gods. 


Also, I miss The Boondocks so much I draw my own parody version within La Cucaracha called The Beandocks


I've been doing La Cucaracha since 2003, and it has developed from a primarily social satire strip to a political strip. Read my hate mail and you will see how political things have become. 


La Cucaracha by Lalo Alcaraz


I do have other paths I have been following, including illustrating books with my academic homie Ilan Stavans from Amherst College in Massachusetts. We have done two books, Latino USA: A Cartoon History of Latinos, and A Most Imperfect Union, also a U.S. history book, which has actually been optioned for television. Speaking of television, I am currently consulting producer and writer for an upcoming animated television show that has just been officially added to the Fox lineup, and that show is called “Bordertown.” It promises to be a breakthrough show, as it features a substantial number of Mexican and Mexican-American characters, five Latino writers, three Latino producers and lots of Latino voice talent. Seth MacFarlane of Family Guy is an executive producer. I like being a prime-time TV writer, because they feed you. Then, they make you stay late. 


I will be a special guest at San Diego Comic-Con later this year, and I will be there all week. Don't try the veal. It's cruel to baby cows.


I see from the massive banks of monitors in my studio/lair that my space in this post is up, so let me get back to my many deadlines and side projects. Bootleg SpongeBob piñatas don't make themselves. Adios!


– Lalo


Read La Cucaracha here or Lalo’s editorial cartoons here. Or, follow Lalo on Twitter.


Twitter Q&A with Zach Weinersmith of Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal (SMBC)



Huge thanks to Zach "SMBC" Weinersmith for joining us on Twitter this week!

Catch up on the Q&A here, or use the widget below.



Subscribe to SMBC comics here!


NEXT UP (May 29): Too Much Coffee Man creator Shannon Wheeler! Tweet in using #AskShannonWheeler


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.




The Boobiehatch  5-19-15






And now...  5-20-15





Wrobbert Cartoons  5-20-15











Don't Pick the Flowers  5-22-15










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



Top 10 David Letterman cartoons on

The night has finally arrived when incomparable late-night television host David Letterman is no longer on the air. Let's take a look at some GoComics classics mentioning Dave and his show, as well as a few recent tributes. Here they are, in no particular order. (Drumroll, please...)


10: Grand Avenue, 6/30/2004



Roughly a decade ago, Gabby applied to be an intern on "Letterman," but it didn't pan out. Check out this highly entertaining Grantland feature about what interning for Dave was actually like.


9. Ziggy, 4/7/1994




Among the many names floated in the last year for Dave's replacement, Ziggy's parrot, Josh, was not mentioned. I guess there are comics, and then there are comics.


8. Frazz, 7/7/2003




Growing up is hard. First you aren't old enough to stay up for late-night shows, and then when you do, the hosts retire. Fortunately, Stephen Colbert starts his "Late Show" run this September.


7. Stupid human/pet tricks medley


The Doozies, 5/13/2015



Drabble, 7/17/2000




Kit 'n' Carlyle, 3/17/2001




6. Reality Check, 10/18/2000




It may be a little rude, but the gap in Dave's teeth is part of his iconic figure. (Check out this "Off The Mark" for another view)


5. The Flying McCoys, 9/20/2006




The GoComics archives from the '90s and 2000s are full of these "Leno vs. Letterman" debates. The Flying McCoys get right to the heart of the matter in this classic strip.


4. The Doozies, 5/20/2015




Nobody does a tribute like Tom Gammill and "The Doozies."


3. Jeff Stahler, 5/19/2015




At first, things seem OK without Dave on TV...


2. Drabble, 5/15/2015



...then reality sets in.


1. Gary Varvel, 5/19/2015




Great strip from Gary to bring it all back home. Hope you enjoyed these strips, and congrats to Letterman and his team for an excellent run. #ThanksDave!


(Honorable mention goes to Big Top, for the sequence in which Wink went on Letterman to challenge Courtney Love to a cage-fighting contest)

On the Road Again

Memorial Day weekend is approaching and vacation season is officially upon us!  I don’t know about you all, but I’m sitting at my cubicle today, staring out the window, envisioning myself sprawled out on a dock at the lake with a comic book in hand. I’m ready to slap on some SPF 100 and soak up as many UV rays as my pale skin can manage over my three-day weekend.


However, before I pack up my swimsuit and inevitably much-needed aloe vera to hit the road, I’m making sure to keep in mind all of the basic rules of travel, outlined here by some of my favorite GoComics characters:


1. Practice makes perfect. Whether you’re notoriously late, forgetful or you just need to build your blood pressure up to withstand road rage, don’t hit the open road unprepared.


WuMo by Wulff & Morgenthaler
WuMo by Wulff & Morgenthaler


2. Sometimes there’s no time for practice. In the case of a three-alarm-red-alert-emergency getaway, go as far and fast as you can!


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


3.  When you’re packing for a three-day weekend, remember just that – it’s three days. You’re not preparing for the apocalypse. 


Half Full by Maria Scrivan
Half Full by Maria Scrivan


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


4. Remember your end goal. The point of road trips, as fun as they are, is to eventually reach your destination. No one likes a chronic pit-stopper! Pee before you leave, pack snacks and learn to read fast because, if I’m driving, we’re passing those historical markers at a minimum of 55 MPH.


Stone Soup by Jan Eliot
Stone Soup by Jan Eliot


5. Once you do finally arrive, enjoy it (even if you’re the only one). The weekend will be over before you know it, so rise and shine, soak up the sun and breathe in all the fresh air you can.


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


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


6. All of that being said, though, you can’t plan for everything. Don’t let weather or the fish not biting ruin your trip. Just be thankful you get to endure any obstacles that may arise with your loved ones.


FoxTrot by Bill Amend
FoxTrot by Bill Amend


Safe travels and happy vacationing, comic-lovers!


– Amanda

It Ain't Easy Winning the Green Eyeshade



Green is the proverbial color of envy, which is fitting, as I'm quite envious of Robert Ariail, who has won a 2015 Green Eyeshade Award for his savvy and incisive editorial cartooning. (I'm also wearing green today, not because of my jealousy, but because it suits my freakish orange-and-red complexion.) But, the quibblers among you might point out, the Green Eyeshade Award recognizes excellence in Southern journalism, and you, sir, are neither Southern nor a journalist. Well, a). You don't know me;  b). I've never let details stand in the way of my dreams; and c). How dare you?


All of this is to say that, though I can't be nearly as talented or as Southern as Mr. Ariail, I am lucky to work with him and very happy to see his quality work justly celebrated. Ariail, the former and soon-to-be current editorial cartoonist for the The State newspaper (Columbia, S.C.,) has won the Green Eyeshade award five times previously, most recently in 2007. His work has also been featured in the Spartanberg Herald-Journal, and, of course, hundreds of newspapers through syndication.


No matter your political stripe, you will not always agree with Ariail's cartoons, but you will always laugh -- unless you're consumed with seething envy, in which case, you should consult a qualified emotional counselor. They really can work wonders, I'm told.



Giveaway: Anniversary Prize Packs

Red and Rover and The Flying McCoys are celebrating big anniversaries this month! Red and Rover turned 15 on May 7 while The Flying McCoys turned 10 on May 9.


To commemorate these milestones, we’re giving away FIVE special prize packs, each containing an archive-quality SIGNED Red and Rover print and an archive-quality The Flying McCoys print.


To enter, leave a comment on this blog post and include your first and last names. This contest will end Tues., May 26 at 10 a.m. CT. Five winners will be randomly selected and announced that day on this blog.


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  5-15-15










Onion & Pea  5-15-15





Smith  5-15-15





Snow Sez...  5-15-15













View from the Couch  5-15-15





Which Witch  5-15-15







 Spectickles  5-17-15










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



Giveaway: The Born Loser Signed Prints – Winners Announced


Thank you to all who helped us celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Born Loser by entering to win an archive-quality, SIGNED print!
We've randomly selected TWELVE winners!
Congratulations to:
1. Pat Smith
2. Chris Havlik
3. Howard Maier
4. Trudie Regan
5. Bill Baxter
6. Susan Marlow
7. Gregg DeSilvio
8. Kurt Benrud
9. Sally Rodgers
10. Ed Fenstermacher
11. Teresa A. Murphy
12. Allyson M. Dyar
If your name is listed above, please contact us at with your shipping address and phone number. Please note: You must contact us by 5/25/15 or your prize will be forfeited.

Weekend Faves (May 17)

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

Why do our seemingly-innocent daytime decisions always haunt us at night?



Jeff Stahler by Jeff Stahler
Jeff Stahler by Jeff Stahler

Rest in peace, pioneer and legend, B.B. King. Lucille is not the only one heartbroken over this.



Pooch Cafe by Paul Gilligan
Pooch Cafe by Paul Gilligan


A-ha!  So that's what Don was smiling about at the end of "Mad Men"!



Loose Parts by Dave Blazek
Loose Parts by Dave Blazek

Jurassic Parking!! Counting down the days until the movie release.



Half Full by Maria Scrivan
Half Full by Maria Scrivan

I miss my Etch-a-Sketch, but you can't use your GoComics mobile app on an Etch-a-Sketch!


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

If we can convince Gracie to share the patent on this funny pages dress, it would be a great bit of merchandise for GoComics.



Bob the Squirrel by Frank Page
Bob the Squirrel by Frank Page

I appreciate the honesty in this creative and insightful Bob the Squirrel installment.


New Comic Alert! Mr. Lowe by Mark Pett

Mr Lowe by Mark Pett



Mr. Lowe follows the life of Cal Lowe, a new fourth-grade teacher who constantly discovers that real life does not seem to mirror his ideals.

Read Mr. Lowe here.

Meet Your Creator: John Lotshaw (Random Acts of Nancy)

Ruined for life


I still can’t believe that I’m a cartoonist. Even though I began drawing and making comic strips at a very early age, I resisted at every turn the impulse that drove me, slowly and inexorably toward cartooning.


Of course, everyone who’s known me for any length of time will wonder what took me so long.


As a child, I copied Peanuts out of the newspaper (the Charlotte NC Observer, for those of you playing the Home Edition of our game). From copying, I graduated to writing and drawing my own Peanuts strips, wherein I removed the subtle and gentle humor of Charles Schulz and replaced with the sledgehammer-like nuances inherent in the sensibilities of a 5-year-old. When I proudly showed these newly minted masterpieces to my father, he explained (as best he could) about the concept of “copyright” and why that meant that only Mr. Schulz could make new Peanuts strips. Instead, he suggested, why didn’t I try making my own comic strip?


Needless to say, my life was either set in motion or ruined (or both) at that moment.


Long, strange trips


I had veered away from cartooning, having chosen filmmaking as my career and creative outlet. This was before Atlanta became a real hotbed of television production, thanks to The Walking Dead and Tyler Perry, so I ended up mostly doing graphics for corporate pep rallies.


One job I did brought me back to cartooning. I was hired to design, animate and produce a series of safety videos for children on behalf of a nonprofit professional organization. My employer’s previous attempts at designing an appealing character resulted in something that looked more like a rat than the kangaroo it was supposed to be. I spent two years working with and animating Troo the Traumaroo (I know, I know… the name was picked before I came on board. “Troo” is good, but “Traumaroo”?!?).




Troo was the first character I ever did that got any kind of wide exposure. Kids loved the character, and it was very gratifying to work on a character that really touched people’s lives and made a positive impact on them—and maybe even saved some lives, as well.

After that, I went back to doing corporate logos and animated opens for sales meetings. However, I hated doing that, and decided that a career change was in order. The only thing I’d ever been truly happy doing was the cartooning part of the Traumaroo gig. That was the answer, I decided. I was going to give in to inevitability and become a professional cartoonist.


Problem is, there’s no Becoming a Professional Cartoonist For Dummies out there (a book that would have been written with me in mind). I started working on a comic book. With no idea of how to get it published and distributed, I eventually abandoned that project. I still wanted to be a cartoonist, but now I was even more in the dark on how to make it happen.


About that time, Scott McCloud posted a few essays on the future of comics, in which he talked about webcomics. I began to investigate that as a possibility and decided to make a go of it. I searched through my sketchbooks, looking for an idea to develop into a webcomic I could run for about six months to test the waters, then dive in with my magnum opus at a later date. That temporary strip was Accidental Centaurs, an action/adventure fantasy that can be seen at It launched in 2002. I’m still doing it in 2015.




So much for "temporary."




While I never did develop that other strip—you know, the “permanent” one—Accidental Centaurs opened up worlds of opportunity for me. I entered the world of self-publishing and Internet commerce. I even got inducted into the National Cartoonists’ Society (an organization that has really let its standards down, as proven by my membership). It even led to me getting to meet “Weird Al” Yankovic! How cool is that?




Of course, my original influence was, as mentioned earlier, Charles Schulz. I think that’s true of every cartoonist of a certain age. Peanuts was our gateway drug, introducing us to the wonders of cartooning and the comics. I still love reading Peanuts and now, as an adult and professional, I marvel at the depth and subtlety that Schulz managed to hide away in a few simple panels.





Another influence is another obvious one: Mad Magazine. Every six weeks, like every red-blooded American boy my age, I’d plunk down whatever outrageous amount was emblazoned on the cover of the latest issue—a sum that I was assured was “CHEAP” by words right there on the cover. Mad formed my snarky sense of humor, shaping it to create the bitter, cynical burnout I am today. Whenever I see Nick Meglin at an NCS function, I thank him for this, usually by turning down his oxygen until he falls asleep. In the pages of Mad, I was introduced to a stable of Idiots: amazing artists like Al Jaffee, Don Martin and Jack Davis (who I am fortunate to count as a dear friend and fellow University of Georgia alum).


Bill Holbrook is an inspiration and a mentor, as well as a good friend. He does three daily strips a day and hasn’t missed a beat or taken a hiatus. Ever. Since 1984. Bill also helped get Accidental Centaurs off the ground by letting me advertise on the website for his webcomic Kevin & Kell. Bill also encouraged me to try for membership in the National Cartoonists Society and wrote my letter of recommendation. I owe my career to Bill and hope to be half the cartoonist he is.


Another mentor and inspiration is my Nancy boss, Guy Gilchrist. I’d known about Guy for decades, remembering his work on The Muppets. When Guy asked me to work with him, I immediately jumped at the chance to work and learn from him. I still have much to learn, and I’m grateful for the opportunity to learn and grow working for Guy.




One thing I love about cartooning is the fact that I don’t have to deal with Atlanta’s notoriously hellish commutes. In fact, my commute is about 25 feet, as is the case with most cartoonists. 

My studio is located in a bedroom that was expanded a few years ago to create a second master suite at my house. The room looks out into the backyard, which lets me watch the dogs play when I need a few minutes to goof off—I mean, relax.




My drawing table is usually covered with half-done projects, drawing implements and scripts and notes for stuff I haven’t even started yet. Above that is a shelf filled with coffee mugs that hold all manner of pens and pencils (What? You can actually put a beverage in them? What a novel concept!).


My studio also has (at the moment) three Macintosh computers: Compy, an 8-core Mac Pro; Lappy, my trusty MacBook Pro (and the computer I’m writing this on); and Streamy, a Mackintosh I built that will be used for live streaming (soon). Compy (the computers were named for machines appearing in the Web animation series Homestar Runner) has a 12” Wacom Cintiq that gets an extensive workout producing Random Acts of Nancy.


Randomizing Nancy


When people ask me what Random Acts of Nancy is, I tell them it’s their little daily ray of Absurdist sunshine. The lack of context—indeed, it’s very removal—is what attracted me to Random Acts the moment Guy explained it to me. It was taking Scott McCloud’s “Five Card Nancy” game to its ultimate level and making what is already a surreal comic strip experience trip into an encounter that would make Magritte’s head explode.


The process begins by skimming through Nancy daily strips. Currently, we’re using Ernie Bushmiller’s art exclusively, but we’re not limited to his work. We actually have some Periquita comic books, which are Spanish translations of stories done by John Stanley in the 1950s for Tip Top Comics.


Once I find a strip with a promising panel, I clean up the art as much as I can in Photoshop.




I remove the extra panels, and then begin coloring the art.






When the panel is colored, I run a filter on the art to create the halftone dots that make the panel look as if it was printed on an old-fashioned four-color press.






Finally, I flatten the image and add the indicia, including the original publication date of the strip.




Repeat the process until … well, I run out of material. Thanks to the genius of Ernie Bushmiller, that’s not going to happen any time soon.


It’s a good gig, if you can get it …


How many people really, truly love their jobs? In the population as a whole, I’d venture to say the number is pretty low. Most people love to complain about their jobs. I am so lucky to be in a profession where literally (not figuratively) everyone who does it absolutely loves it.


I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for the help and guidance of many people, such as Bill Holbrook and Guy Gilchrist. I also owe an enormous debt of gratitude to my parents, Paul and Esperanza Lotshaw. Both parents, I think, didn’t really get what their weirdo son was trying to do with his life—they just knew that he needed to do it. So with lots of love and support of kinds, they gave me the room to pursue this wacky dream. They understood it would be hard. If it were easy, everyone would do it. But without their help and support, I wouldn’t be writing this now. I wouldn’t have the chance to be a part of the legacy of Nancy. I wouldn’t have a webcomic that’s been running 13 years and a new strip getting ready to launch.


OK, enough rambling about me. Time to getting back to being random ...


Read Random Acts of Nancy here.




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