Celebrating 65 Years of Peanuts Through Fan Art

Celebrating 65 Years of Peanuts!



Calling all chronic doodlers, closet cartoonists and Peanuts fanatics! October 2 marks the 65th anniversary of Charlie Brown and friends’ first appearance in newspapers! 



Peanuts by Charles Schulz
Peanuts by Charles Schulz


Since its debut, the Peanuts gang has warmed the hearts and tickled the funny bones of millions around the world, making Peanuts one of the most iconic comic strips of all time. 


A legacy like Peanuts’ deserves a celebration equally as grand, which is why we’re turning to you – the fans – to help commemorate this milestone!


We want you to hone in on your artistic abilities and love for this timeless classic by creating and submitting fan art, which we'll showcase on gocomics.com/fan-art. Simply create a rendition of your favorite characters and/or scenes from the strip. 



Amanda H. – Kansas City, MO

Chainsaw Romance – Kansas City, MO



As a bonus for sharing your skills, we’ll reward you with exclusive Peanuts SWAG!   



Here’s how it works: 


1. Create your best interpretation of a Peanuts character(s) — must include attribution within the image (your name or handle, city & state).


2. Send your art and full contact info (first/last name, mailing address, email & phone number) to fanart@gocomics.com


3. WIN SWAG! Once we receive your submission, we'll confirm your address and send Peanuts prizes your way.


What's in the bag?!


• Complimentary 1-Year GoComics Pro Membership

• Commemorative Peanuts 65th anniversary poster

• Collectible print of the first Peanuts comic strip

• Redemption code to download one free Peanuts eBook (available to the first 50 entrants)

• Artwork featured on GoComics.com



The fine print: Must be at least 13 years of age to enter. By submitting your artwork, you give GoComics/Andrews McMeel Universal the right to use your art in promotional materials, social media outreach and similar marketing/public relations. This contest is open to Peanuts readers worldwide. Limit one entry per person. Submissions will close at 12am CDT on Wednesday, October 28.


We are thrilled to kick off this Peanuts party in style, and to see what your creativity can conjure up!


Subscribe to gocomics.com/fan-art to see your art and other tributes throughout October!

New Comic Alert! Goats by Jonathan Rosenberg

Goats by Jon Rosenberg


Goats is a sci-fi parody epic, humor imagined on an epic scale. More than a simple gag-a-day strip, the anarchic and hyper-inventive Goats has a sprawling storyline starring two ordinary techies who are tasked with saving the universe from utter destruction and the demonic chickens, cyborg goldfish, omnisexual aliens, disgruntled hackers, Mayan death gods and random celebrities they encounter along the way.


Read Goats here.

7 Reasons to Love Comics, As Told by Our GoComics Characters

… As if you needed any! You already know that nothing beats being a comic fan, but in case you need a reminder:


1. The funnies can fix anything: There is no better cure for a bad day than a good comic. 


Lio by Mark Tatulli
Lio by Mark Tatulli


2. Comic-cons are awesome! Not surprising, considering the biggest ones gather hundreds of thousands of the universe’s most passionate fans under one roof. 


Working Daze by John Zakour and Scott Roberts
Working Daze by John Zakour and Scott Roberts


3. More specifically, the costumes at Comic-Con are (literally) out of this world! Only a comic fan could pull this off:


Marmaduke by Brad Anderson
Marmaduke by Brad Anderson


4. There is, truly, a comic out there for everyone. 


Big Nate by Lincoln Peirce
Big Nate by Lincoln Peirce


5. The term “getting lost in a book” is an understatement when it comes to those of the graphic novel variety, where endless entertainment and epic adventures await you at the turn of each page.


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


6. Editorial cartoons: informative AND entertaining. After all, nothing gets our characters’ blood pumping like politics!


The Duplex by Glenn McCoy
The Duplex by Glenn McCoy


7. Collecting comic books is a thrill, which is why people like Peter know that, no matter what anyone says, you can never have enough Calvin and Hobbes books!


FoxTrot by Bill Amend
FoxTrot by Bill Amend

Jokes Yoga-na Love

Whether you’re a professional yogi, or someone who simply prefers to stretch their laughing muscles, this is a blog post yoga-na enjoy:


GoComics has been ohm to several funnies about finding inner peace lately, with yoga seeming to be the mantra of the moment for many of our characters.


Some have perfected the art of folding themselves into a pretzel:


Bent Objects by Terry Border
Bent Objects by Terry Border


Others have learned it’s probably best to just nama-stay away from this pastime altogether …


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


B.C. by Mastroianni and Hart
B.C. by Mastroianni and Hart


Although, the popular position may be called “downward dog,


Get Fuzzy by Darby Conley
Get Fuzzy by Darby Conley


It’s our flexible felines who have it down-pat. 


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


Especially the meditation aspect:


Snow Sez . . . by T. Shepherd
Snow Sez . . . by T. Shepherd


Even if you’re not a champion of chakra, remember: There’s no skill requirement for yoga pants:


Reality Check by Dave Whamond
Reality Check by Dave Whamond




– Amanda

Laugh Tracks Look Back (September 19 – 25)

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!





After nearly 20 years in syndication, Jan Eliot has decided to retire her daily Stone Soup comic strip. The Sunday strips will continue.


“I have reached a point in life where I’d like to be free of these daily deadlines — free to travel more, spend more time with family and friends, pursue other creative projects. I love to write. I love photography. I’ve always been interested in marine science and scientific illustration. Who knows what might be on my horizon? It is exciting to think about the possibilities. But most of all, I’m looking forward to having just one great cartoon to create every week, to linger over the drawing and ideas and savor the fun of it.”



Your favorite funnies are now available on Google Play Newsstand!



Google Newsstand GoComics



From England to Cuba to California to Honduras, Rabbits Against Magic creator Jonathan Lemon has traveled the world while honing his cartooning skills. Read all about his travels in his “Meet Your Creator” installment.


“Like nearly all cartoonists, I started dabbling with funny pictures at an age so young that I do not recall exactly when I started. I was born in Watford, an industrial town just north of London, England. The two big industries were printing (including comic books) and beer – two things which obviously shaped my life.”



New Comic: Back to B.C. by Johnny Hart


Back to B.C. on GoComics



Dear Diary Day: A guilt-free peek into the unique, personal accounts featured on GoComics.


Dear Diary Day



Beware of bears! GoComics has had a few frightening grizzly sightings recently. 


Beware of Bears



GoComics Spotlight: McArroni by Julian Loayza & Carmen Perez


GoComics Spotlight



International Talk Like a Pirate Day: A treasure chest full of pirate parodies.


Talk Like a Pirate Day



Didn’t make it to the Kenosha Festival of Cartooning? We provided a recap.



We’re giving away one copy of Stephan Pastis’ brand-new book, "Pearls Gets Sacrificed."


Pearls Gets Sacrificed



Comics have the power to make even your worst fears funny!



Fears Made Funnier by Comics

"Some of you might think that something like horror could never go hand-in-hand with humor, but, we’re going to prove you wrong."



Self Improvement Month: Be inspired, motivated and educated by Zen Pencils.


Self Improvement Month



National Comic Book Day: A look at graphic novels available on GoComics and in book form.


Graphic Novels on GoComics



New Big Nate e-books are now available from Andrews McMeel Publishing!


Big Nate Ebooks



Mulligan by Pete McEachen came to an end.


Mulligan by Pete McEachen



Punctuation is important!


Non Sequitur by Wiley Miller



We hosted a live Twitter Q&A with Ginger Meggs cartoonist Jason Chatfield.




Have a wonderful weekend!



ICYMI: Twitter Q&A with Jason Chatfield of Ginger Meggs


Thanks to syndicated cartoonist and comedian Jason Chatfield for chatting with us on Twitter today! If you missed out on the chat, catch up here, or use the widget below: 




Subscribe to Ginger Meggs here!



NEXT UP (Oct. 2): Follow our Q&A next Friday with Heart, Brain and Soul creator Ryan Webb! #AskRyanWebb


Enjoy a Graphic Novel on National Comic Book Day

Though we have many wonderful Web-based features, today (September 25) is National Comic Book Day, and we wanted to give a special shout-out to the graphic novels of GoComics, all of which are available on our site and in book form!


Kid Beowulf is an action-packed story – inspired by the epic poem BEOWULF – that follows the adventures of twin brothers Beowulf and Grendel as they travel across faraway lands, meeting fellow heroes along the way.


Kid Beowulf by Alexis E. Fajardo
Kid Beowulf by Alexis E. Fajardo



The Martian Confederacy transports readers to Mars in the year 3535, where they encounter toxic air, bloodthirsty politicians and drinking bears. There, they also meet Boone, Spinner and Lou – three outlaws who are forced to become heroes after the cure for Mars’ toxic air falls into the wrong hands. 


The Martian Confederacy by Paige Braddock and Jason McNamara
The Martian Confederacy by Paige Braddock and Jason McNamara



Fans of galactic graphic novels should also be sure to check out Starslip to join interstellar art critic Vanderbeam, his drunken ex-pirate navigator Cutter and their spineless alien friend Mr. Jinx on a seven-year mission across space and time.


Starslip by Kris Straub
Starslip by Kris Straub



Another comic featuring an unlikely hero is The Conjurers, which tells the story of a young street hustler from Boston who cons tourists into caring for his sick mother, as he accepts a job offer too lucrative to pass up. In a twist of events, he then finds himself caught in the middle of a secret war between magicians; and, in order to save his mother and the world, he must embrace the heroic side that he never thought he had. 


The Conjurers by Brian Anderson
The Conjurers by Brian Anderson



If you’re a fan of Downton Abbey, then, chances are, you’ll love Agent Gates. A parody spin on the hit show, Agent Gates is told through the eyes of the downstairs staff – especially one secretly rugged valet John Gates, who turns out to be an undercover spy for the queen’s British Secret Intelligence Agency (the SIA).  


Agent Gates by Carmen Subhiyah & Kyle Hilton
Agent Gates by Carmen Subhiyah & Kyle Hilton



Basic Instructions guides you to a better life through a series of tips, covering a wide range of topics – from “How to Deal with Boredom” to “How to Travel Back in Time to Deliver a Dire Warning to Your Former Self.” Originally a small side feature created by Scott Meyer looking for gigs as a comedian, Basic Instructions has now become one of the most popular comics around.


Basic Instructions by Scott Meyer
Basic Instructions by Scott Meyer



Readers across the globe submit their irrational fears, dark thoughts and ghost stories to cartoonist Fran Krause, who catalogues the creepy tales in Deep Dark Fears


Deep Dark Fears by Fran Krause
Deep Dark Fears by Fran Krause



Over the years Hutch Owen has become a hilarious, enraged, snotty and smart underground sensation! As the world around him builds, merges, attends marketing seminars and goes IPO, popular rebel Hutch Owen continues his fight against the man.


Hutch Owen by Tom Hart
Hutch Owen by Tom Hart



Shutterbug Follies tells the story of Bee: a photo-finishing technician, living in Manhattan in the days immediately before the digital photography revolution. To keep herself entertained, she duplicates – for her own collection – any titillating photos that pass through her hands. After pictures of a naked corpse are left for processing, Bee’s curiosity goes into high gear. 


Shutterbug Follies by Jason Little
Shutterbug Follies by Jason Little



A true story about a family’s struggle with metastatic lung cancer, Mom’s Cancer is an honest, unflinching and groundbreaking graphic novel about the practical and emotional effect that serious illness has on patients and their families.


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



The Perry Bible Fellowship is the recipient of the Ignatz (2005, 2006), Harvey (2007), and Eisner Awards (2008). This famously weird cartoon is unlikely any other, and not to be missed.


Perry Bible Fellowship by Nicholas Gurewitch
Perry Bible Fellowship by Nicholas Gurewitch



Revealing the secret musings of dogs, cats and other little creatures, Tiny Confessions features hilarious and sincere illustrations, giving voice to our furry friends in a way that expresses their inner dreams, wishes and moments of mischief.


Tiny Confessions by Christopher Rozzi
Tiny Confessions by Christopher Rozzi


To discover even more graphic novels, browse our full collection of features available as comic books! 


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.



All In Good Time  9-22-15





Colonel Kernel  9-22-15





Spectickles  9-22-15



Sports by Voort  9-22-15






The Boobiehatch  9-22-15





And now...  9-23-15





Clifton  9-23-15





Candace 'n' Company  9-24-15





 Famous And Not-So-Famous Quotes 9-24-15Famous and Not-So-Famous Quotes




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



Punctuate this!



Happy Punctuation Day, everyone! We here at GoComics hope you are celebrating with all the commas, periods, question marks and colons your heart desires.


In honor of punctuation's big day, I present you with my Top 5 punctuation marks:


5. Ellipses: They're great for adding a pause ... though they're often overused.

4. Parentheses: Every time I see parentheses, I hope something snarky will follow. (It usually doesn't.)

3. Semicolon: The semicolon can be tricky to use; it tests your punctuation skills.

2. Exclamation point: Using an exclamation point is exciting! It just is!

1. Dash: The best punctuation out there — no ifs, ands or buts.


What are your favorite punctuation marks?


And now, punctuation-themed comics, because this is a comics blog, after all.































Read Comics on Google Play Newsstand!

GoComics on Google Play Newsstand


As many of our fans know, the handy-dandy GoComics mobile app is a wonderful way to read your favorite funnies while you’re on the go!


Now, we’re giving readers another way to keep up with GoComics content while you’re out and about!  


GoComics’ parent company, Universal Uclick, has made award-winning comic strips, cartoon panels and editorial cartoons available through the Google Play Newsstand, a news and magazine mobile app allowing users to subscribe to and receive content relating to their interests on Android and iOS smartphones and tablets.


Google Play Newsstand users can create customized feeds relating to their interests by subscribing to editions.


The “GoComics” edition offers some of the world’s most popular and award-winning comic content, including Calvin and Hobbes, Dilbert, Doonesbury, Garfield and Peanuts.


The best part? The “GoComics” edition is FREE and is updated daily! Start scrolling through the latest and greatest comics!


Google Play Newsstand is preloaded on Android devices. To subscribe to the "GoComics" edition, click here


If you’re using an iOS device, download “Google Play Newsstand” from the App store. Then, subscribe to the GoComics edition here.

Mulligan Comes to an End

Mulligan by Pete McEachen
Mulligan by Pete McEachen


Sad news for Mulligan fans: the final Mulligan comic strip will run on Thurs., Sept. 24.


Hilarious and heartwarming, Mulligan reminds us to cherish each and every day. We’ve enjoyed the journey as we watched Mulligan share his unusual life, memories and adventures.


Read the final week of Mulligan starting here. Or, read Mulligan from the beginning here.

GoComics A to Z, Vol. 14: McArroni

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


Feature: McArroni
Creator: Julian Loayza & Carmen Perez
Format: color illustration, various
Frequency: currently updates every Monday
Recommended if you like: a hybrid of Angry Birds and fine art with a Charlie Chaplin slapstick sensibility


I love comic strips with no words. Something about discovering their meaning or punchline without any verbal clues allows me to appreciate them more on an artistic level. And there's plenty of artistic integrity to the unusual McArroni comic, which has run on GoComics since 2012 and has been in existence since 2008. Animator Julian Loayza created the strip with his wife, Carmen, before moving to the United Arab Emirates to work in the coffee trade.


The strip stars a mischievous bird and his friend Amadeo, but there aren't really storylines as much as odd scenes and situations rendered in colorful, detailed drawings. In 2014, the creators of McArroni posted black-and-white drawings every day, and later that year experimented with collage and photoshop techniques. But it's the classic, colorful illustrations that best define McArroni, and which you can currently read every Monday on GoComics.




Giveaway: Pearls Gets Sacrificed

Pearls Gets Sacrificed Pearls Gets Sacrificed 2


Pop Quiz Question #1: What witty and clever comic strip tells the tales of Rat, Pig, Goat and Zebra?


If you answered Pearls Before Swine, you’re right!


Pop Quiz Question #2: Which hilarious cartoonist is currently touring "this whole angry nation" to promote his brand new book?


If you answered Stephan Pastis, you're right again!


Released September 22 by Andrews McMeel Publishing, the Pearls Before Swine gang is back in “Pearls Gets Sacrificed.” Full of the satire that Pearls Before Swine fans know and love, this treasury-sized edition is complete with Stephan Pastis' insightful and entertaining annotations. As if that isn’t enticing enough, the book also contains a sheet of sassy Pearls Before Swine stickers.


We’re giving one lucky reader a chance to snag a copy of this new book!  


To enter, browse the Pearls Before Swine archive here. Then leave a comment on this blog post with a link to your favorite Pearls Before Swine comic from 2015. Please include your first and last names. This contest will end Tues., Sept. 29 at 10 a.m. CT. One winner will be randomly selected and announced that day on this blog. This giveaway is open to U.S. and Canada residents only.

Your Worst Fears Made Funnier

By now, many of us at the GoComics headquarters have learned that you can relate pretty much anything to comics, no matter how opposite it may seem. For instance, some of you might think that something like horror could never go hand-in-hand with humor, but, today, we’re going to prove you wrong.


We’re all afraid of something, and the characters of GoComics are no exception. You would’ve never thought that phobias could be funny, but their scared silliness will have you laughing in the face of your fear!


Regardless if you’re scared of snakes:


Animal Crackers by Fred Wagner
Animal Crackers by Fred Wagner


Have arachnophobia:


Brevity by Dan Thompson
Brevity by Dan Thompson


Are hysterical when it comes to heights:


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


Get weak in the knees at the thought of needles:


Marmaduke by Brad Anderson
Marmaduke by Brad Anderson


Are terrified of things that go bump in the night:


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


Or quiver at the sight of clowns:


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


No matter how irrational it may be ...


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


Comics have the power to make even your worst fear funnier!


For more jokes about the things that make you jump, visit our Scared Silliness collection


– Amanda

Giveaway: Archive-Quality 9 Chickweed Lane Prints – Winners Announced

9 Chickweed Lane by Brooke McEldowney


Thank you to all who danced along to the music of National Piano Month by entering to win an archive-quality 9 Chickweed Lane print!


We have randomly selected THREE winners!


Congratulations to Robin Kent, Craig Wittler and Allyson M. Dyar! Please contact us at rewards@gocomics.com with your shipping address and phone number. Please note: You must contact us by 9/29/15 or your prize will be forfeited.

GoComics Book Club: The Complete Big Nate – Now in Ebook Format!

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


The Complete Big Nate by Lincoln Peirce

Andrews McMeel Publishing is proud to bring you "The Complete Big Nate," 20 years’ worth of Big Nate comic strips published in newspapers —in e-book format! Five new volumes were released today, making 12 volumes available! The fun keeps coming! Seven more volumes are set to release in February 2016. With each priced at only $4.99, you can make way for a whole lotta Nate! 


Download the new “Big Nate” volumes here, here, here, here and here. Or, view more “Big Nate” titles here.

Three Diaries You Won’t Get in Trouble for Reading

Picking up a pen and committing your deepest thoughts and darkest secrets to paper can be a therapeutic, frightening and thrilling experience. A silent ear that listens without judgment, there is no better place to share your most personal thoughts than in your diary.


Diaries come in many forms, such as journals and sketchbooks, and with today (September 22) being Dear Diary Day, we wanted to sneak a guilt-free peek into some of the unique, personal accounts featured on GoComics:


Doodle Town is a creative close-up on the life of cartoonist Melissa Lomax. This delightful book of doodles will leave you laughing and “awww-ing,” as her personal stories and artwork inspire you to find the magic in your own everyday experiences.


Doodle Town by Melissa Lomax
Doodle Town by Melissa Lomax


Jim’s Journal features the quiet adventures and day-to-day meta-observations of Jim, as recorded in his daily journal. Accompanied by little more than scribbles and stick figures, the minimalist display of words in Jim’s Journal speaks volumes, and has been adored by readers since 1987.


Jim's Journal by Jim
Jim's Journal by Jim


From the Mo Willems Sketchbook showcases the drawings and designs of Emmy-winning cartoonist Mo Willems, offering a behind-the-scenes peek at his creative experiments and humorous diversions. 


From the Mo Willems Sketchbook by Mo Willems
From the Mo Willems Sketchbook by Mo Willems


Regardless of whether or not you, too, find an outlet in a sketchbook or by recording your experiences in a journal, the diaries found on GoComics make for great reading! 


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.




Candace 'n' Company  9-18-15









And now...  9-20-15





Buns  9-20-15






View from the Couch  9-20-15




Batch Rejection  9-21-15










Smith  9-21-15





Soccer Earth  9-21-15




The Unemployed  9-21-15



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



Get Peanutized: Transform Yourself Into a Member of The Peanuts Gang!

Via PeanutizeMe/Blue Sky Studios
Via PeanutizeMe/Blue Sky Studios


Why settle for just watching The Peanuts Movie when you can star in it?


It’s true! The Peanuts gang is growing fast, as thousands of fans are fulfilling their lifelong dreams of getting “peanutized!”


Thanks to this new website from the creators of The Peanuts Movie, you can easily create your very own Peanuts avatar, choosing your character’s gender, hair, apparel and more! Once you’ve created your perfect Peanuts likeness, you have the option to save it and share with your friends on social media!


Click here to get started, and don’t forget to share your finished, peanutized self with us on Facebook and Twitter, using the hashtag: #Peanutized! 

Kenosha Festival of Cartooning Recap

This past weekend (September 17-19) was an exciting time to be a comic fan in Kenosha, Wisconsin!


The 5th annual Kenosha Festival of Cartooning welcomed presentations from several internationally known cartoonists. Mark Anderson (Andertoons), Darrin Bell (Candorville, Rudy Park), Mark Tatulli (Heart of the City, Lio) and Jan Eliot (Stone Soup) were among the elite. It was, as Tatulli put it, “a magic lineup of talent:”



The festival was also packed with fans eager to hear from the creators:



In-depth panel discussions were lead by Tall Tale Radio host Tom Racine, and were followed by time for fans to score an autograph and chat with the artists behind some of their favorite comics.



In addition to cartoonist presentations and a panel discussion, the festival also offered a gallery show, specialty beer tapping event and a kids’ art class.


You can learn more about the exciting events and talent at the Kenosha Festival of Cartooning by visiting their website. 

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