We added five new features this month! Catch up on the comics and cartoonists below.
Tough Town by Bob Shannon
Tough Town chronicles the misadventures of Rudolph, a divorced reindeer working unhappily as a fourth-grade teacher. His hobbies include gambling, smoking, drinking and serving as a terrible role model for his son. When heʼs not driving his principal crazy or neglecting his underperforming students, heʼs hanging out with a bizarre group of aliens down at the local bar.
Bob Shannon is the creator of the comic strip Tough Town. Shannon confesses he was born with absolutely no artistic talent, and opts to create his comics using animation software on the Pixton website. Shannon hopes that with advances in artificial intelligence, computers will one day be able to write his comic strips as well as draw them. Until that glorious day arrives, he will continue to crank out episodes of Tough Town on his broken-down iMac. Shannon’s hobbies include begging people for technical assistance while attempting to upload his comic strips to various websites.
Read Tough Town here.
Drive by Dave Kellett
Drive tells the story of a second Spanish empire, a galactic empire, and its looming war with a race called "The Continuum of Makers." Humanity has built its empire using technology stolen from the Makers – and these creatures want it back with an almost religious fervor.
In the brewing war, it's clear that humanity will lose, and lose badly, unless it can find some advantage in battle. That hope arrives in the form of a tiny, mysterious creature who can drive a starship like no one's ever seen. Now all humanity needs to do ... is find 10,000 more pilots just like him. But no one knows where he's from.
Dave Kellett is the Los Angeles-based cartoonist behind the comic strips Drive and Sheldon – the latter of which has been nominated twice for cartooning’s highest honor, the Eisner Award. Dave also co-directed Stripped, the feature documentary on comic strips and cartoonists. Stripped brings together more than 70 cartoonists, including the notoriously private Calvin and Hobbes creator Bill Watterson, to discuss the art of cartooning and the state of the newspaper industry. A huge success, Stripped reached the No. 1 spot on iTunes on the day of its release and won “Best Documentary” at San Diego Comic-Con in 2014.
Read Drive here.
Bent Objects by Terry Border
Cartoonist Terry Border has been working on Bent Objects since 2006. Border uses ordinary, everyday objects, and presents them as if they have come to life, giving them wire arms and legs.
Border was born in South Carolina in October of 1965. He grew up in Indiana, the home of his family for well over 200 years. As a boy, Border would read the morning and afternoon newspapers, with special attention on the comic pages, in which Calvin and Hobbes and The Far Side were of special interest.
Border’s mother gave him a camera for his high-school graduation, and it led him in first a photojournalistic direction, and then a commercial photography career. Finally, in late 2006, he started using the art degree he gained from Ball State University back in 1988 by creating pieces to photograph and share on the Web, which he named Bent Objects.
This project has taken him to giving presentations to the Gel Conference in New York City, and workshops in San Paulo, Brazil. Border’s work has been published on countless blogs and websites, was the No. 1 linked culture article in the London Telegraph, and has been included in Russian, Chinese, Italian, French, English, Mexican and German magazines. A German TV crew has recorded him in his studio, and he’s been featured on a New Zealand children’s program.
Border has had two collections of his Bent Objects images published in book form. He now keeps busy working on children’s books, for which he writes and creates the photo-illustrations.
Border lives with his wife, daughter and two cats in Greenwood, Indiana.
Read Bent Objects here.
Ask a Cat by Charles Brubaker
Ask a Cat is a comic strip in which people can finally ask questions to a cat. Ever wondered why a cat does this? Or what cats think of humans? Or what they think of a movie? Wonder no more, as Cat answers real letters that people send to him. If you want to ask Cat something, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ask a Cat creator Charles Brubaker was born and raised in Japan. While a student at University of Tennessee at Martin, he began drawing cartoons for both the student paper and the local paper, drawing comics and editorial cartoons. After graduating, Brubaker’s comics were published in comic books, newspapers, and anthologies, and he self-published "Smallbug Comics" zines. Brubaker also writes about animation history at the Cartoon Research website. Brubaker currently lives in Martin, Tennessee, with his own three cats inspiring him.
Read Ask a Cat here.
Wallace the Brave by Will Henry
Welcome to Snug Harbor! Will Henry's Wallace the Brave is a whimsical comic strip that centers around a bold and curious little boy named Wallace, his best friend, Spud, and Amelia, the new girl in town. Wallace lives in the quaint and funky town of Snug Harbor with his fisherman father, plant-loving mother and feral little brother, Sterling.
Will Henry is a happy-go-lucky cartoonist who has been drawing comic strips for many, many years. He lives in the tiny but triumphant state of Rhode Island with his wife, Isis, and his mistress, the sea.
Read Wallace the Brave here.