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.

 

 

 

All In Good Time  9-6-16

 

 

 

 

Bolts & Nuts  9-6-16

 

 

 

 

9-7-16

 

 

 

 

Buns 9-7-16

 

 

 

 

9-8-16

 

 

 

 

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

 

 





NEW COMIC ALERT! Everyday People Cartoons by Cathy Thorne

 

  
Everyday People Cartoons features comics about women, and the people who love and annoy them. It focuses on people and our experiences with relationships, parenting, friendships, healthy living and the never-ending quest for inner peace.

 

Follow Everyday People Cartoons 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.

 

 

 

 Batch Rejection  9-2-16

 

 

 

 

9-2-16

 

 

 

Professor Herbert and G.E.O.  9-2-16

 

 

 

 

Something About Celeste  9-2-16

 

 

 

The Boobiehatch  9-2-16

 

 

 

Gravy  9-4-16

 

 

 

 

 

Adulting  9-5-16

 

 

 

And now...  9-5-16

 

 

 

 

One Funny Golden Retriever  9-5-16

 

 

 

 

 

9-5-16

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 





I DID SOMETHING CRAZY YESTERDAY

JG 2016

Yep. New Facebook and Twitter profile picture. Initially, I was scared of the change, but the reception has been amazing. One person I know summed up the deafeningly positive public sentiment on the subject when they said 'What the?" 

 

Other folks had inquisitive questions about the art. So I decided to assemble a handy FAQ. Here are the Top 10 questions following my desperate, delightful and inexplicable change of my FB and twitter profile pics. 

 

10) Did you draw that? And if so, could you draw me shooting a flame thrower at a centaur?

9) Why did you draw yourself so much skinnier than in real life?

8) You cannot possibly jump that high.

7) You look like the chubbiest baby I've ever wanted to kiss.

6) Is that cheese shirt edible?

5) Did you have a bad relationship with your dad too?

4) What is the jaw dropping association between dry cleaning and Scientology?

3) Is it false advertising to call them jalapeño "poppers"? I've never seen a single one of them "pop."

2) Is Wiley Miller as charming in real life?

1) What hair products does Stephan Pastis recommend? 

 

Good luck!





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.

 

 

 No Ordinary Life  8-30-16

 

 

 

 

8-31-16

 

 

 

8-31-16

 

 

 

 

Mary's Nature  8-31-16

 

 

 

 

8-31-16

 

 

 

 

 

The Gray Zone  8-31-16

 

 

 

 

 

The Rocks  9-1-16

 

 

 

 

Zombie Heights 9-1-16

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 





Top 10 Things Not to Include in a Submissions Packet

Hello, folks, great to be back blogging regularly again. It feels quite real to the touch. So thank you for all your kind notes and limited booing.

 

Did you know we have an open submissions policy at GoComics/Universal Uclick? Well let me just say it makes for some interesting mail. Here are 10 friendly suggestions of things NOT to include in your next comic submission. 

 

10) The best kind of Lasers.

 

9) Jon Bon Jovi ... in person ... duh!

 

8) Richie Sambora's wig is really convincing.

 

7) Singing along to "Living on a Prayer" but instead saying "lemon on a pear" like we did when we were all still friends.

 

6) A light show that will knock your socks off.

 

5) $12 domestic mass-market beer? $13.50 jalapeño poppers? WTH! 

 

4) That stoner from high school who still owes you money. What's his name again? Toby? Todd? 

 

3) Thinking to yourself, "There is absolutely no question that Lara in accounting would finally go out with me if I were to get a 'Slippery When Wet' tattoo on my neck." 

 

2) Drum solos that don't go on long enough, Tico

 

1) Wishing they'd turn up the fog machine so I could convincingly pretend I was Sherlock Holmes. I didn't lug a Meerschaum pipe through all these crowds for nothing!

 

Good luck!





Royalty Statement Snail Mail Poetry Slam

Stone soup poetry slam 2.0

 

I am a very busy person: meetings, contract negotiations, every morning at the dog track, etc. But every so often while signing royalty statements I'll have a little extra time on my hands and I'll include a little note to the creator.

 

Sometimes, I'll say something to the effect of "Hello there, You! You're fabulous!" While other times I won't be so formal and I'll just say, "Hey, there, person, who I'm very likely to be delighted to do business with!"

 

And occasionally, I'll just go a little nuts. Like this poem I wrote to Jan "Stone Soup" Eliot, complete with self-portrait and a humanizing quip.

 

Now, I imagine most of the recipients of these hysterical outtakes probably laugh themselves silly for an hour or so but then move on with their lives. But no, not Jan! Jan choose to throw down the "Snail Mail Poetry Slam Gauntlet!" Who else could have rhymed "Kansas" and "J. Francis"?

 

Well, I say "Gauntlet Acknowledged!" 





NEW COMIC ALERT! Sketchshark Comics by Megan Dong

Sketchshark Comics by Megan Dong
Sketchshark Comics by Megan Dong

 

These comics consist of silly thoughts, occasional observations and too many impossible facial expressions. Strips vary, but they frequently feature washed-up shark actors, nippled male-cats and odd merfolk.

 

Follow Sketchshark Comics on GoComics!





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.

 

 

 

8-23-16

 

 

 

 

8-23-16

 

 

 

 

8-23-16

 

 

 

 

 

The Neighborhood  8-23-16

 

 

 

 

 

8-24-16

 

 

 

 

8-24-16

 

 

 

 

Dust Specks  8-24-16

 

 

 

 

 

8-24-16

 

 

 

 

 

 

Smith  8-24-16

 

 

 

 

 

Stale Crackers  8-25-16

 

 

 

 

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

 

 





The Dog Days Aren't Over

Dogs received the honorable title as man’s best friend long ago, and for good reason. Today, National Dog Day, we celebrate our favorite canines — their undeniable loyalty and love for their humans.  

 

Red and Rover by Brian Basset
Red and Rover by Brian Basset

 

We won’t get into the “Are cats better than dogs?” argument, BUT let’s just say dogs are really smart. When you’re sad, they know it. When you’re not looking, they eat the brownies on the table. Geniuses, really.

 

Brevity by Dan Thompson
Brevity by Dan Thompson

 

Unlike cats, dogs are easily read. They have consistent interests (sticks, tennis balls, belly rubs, walks, chasing the mailman); therefore, they’re easily pleased as well.

 

Half Full by Maria Scrivan
Half Full by Maria Scrivan

 

To the advantage of their humans, dogs wear their feelings all over their faces. Who tore the cotton from the throw pillows? It wasn’t your cat. It was the animal cowering in the corner, head lowered and unable to make eye contact with you.

 

Four Eyes by Gemma Correll
Four Eyes by Gemma Correll

 

Dogs give us a million reasons to love them, to rescue them and to make them a part of our families

 

1 and Done by Eric Scott
1 and Done by Eric Scott

 

Here’s to the dogs that more accurately own us, than us them.

 

Follow our Cartoon Canines collection for more doggie-themed comics.





Celebrating 100 Years of the National Park Service with Thatababy!

National parks are so much more than a great picnic spot. They are full of rich history, incredible wildlife, sweeping views and landmarks. It’s no wonder they attract visitors from around the world.

 

Thatababy by Paul Trap
Thatababy by Paul Trap

 

Since Monday, Aug. 22, Thatababy has celebrated the treasure of national parks and the National Park Service for all they do, with a week-long run of comic strips to say “Happy Birthday” to the NPS. Keep up through Friday (and beyond) — follow Thatababy on GoComics.

 

Thank you, National Park Service!





Pluto's still angry

F Minus by Tony Carrillo
F Minus by Tony Carrillo

 

Sure, it’s been a few years since astronomers demoted Pluto, but it still stings.

 

Pluto Demoted Day remembers all that Pluto did for us as a planet. It’s a chance for us Pluto-lovers to rally around the planet (figuratively) to show our support and hope for better days.

 

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

 

Because let’s be honest — we all KNOW Pluto is a real planet.

 

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

 

Microcosm by Hadria Beth
Microcosm by Hadria Beth

 

Pluto was a planet for 76 YEARS before anyone questioned its status. We’ll celebrate those years, and fight for years to come.

 

We love you, Pluto.





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.

 

 

 

 Acorn Park  8-19-16

 

 

 

 

And now... 8-19-16

 

 

 

 

Cleo and Company 8-19-16

 

 

 

 

 

Doghouse In Your Soul  8-20-16

 

 

 

 

The Gray Zone  8-20-16

 

 

 

 

8-21-16

 

 

 

 

 

8-21-16

 

 

 

 

 

8-21-16

 

 

 

8-21-16

 

 

 

 

8-21-16

 

 

 

 

 

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

 





NEW COMIC ALERT! Starling by Sage Stossel

Starling by Sage Stossel
Starling by Sage Stossel

 

After a rough childhood, raised by neglectful cat hoarders, Amy Sturgess yearns for a conventional life: success in her career, some friends for a changeand if all goes well, maybe even a boyfriend. But she's hampered by anxiety, shaky self-esteem ... and the fact that she's a superhero, endowed with superhuman powers ...

 

Follow Starling on GoComics!





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.

 

 

 

Acorn Park  8-17-16

 

 

 

 

All In Good Time  8-17-16

 

 

 

Girth  8-17-16

 

 

 

8-17-16

 

 

 

 

Inkwell Forest 8-17-16

 

 

 

 

 

Adulting 8-18-16

 

 

 

 

Buns  8-18-16

 

 

 

 

Cleo and Company  8-18-16

 

 

 

 

Padded Cell 8-18-16

 

 

 

 

Prideland  8-18-16

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 





Drabble, Kevin Fagan and a musical

Kevinfagan
Sammy Jo Hester, Daily Herald

 

Kevin Fagan has illustrated Drabble every day for 37 years. That’s a lot of panels.

 

All of us non-cartoonists have to wonder: How does he do it?

 

“The trick is doing the same thing, but different every day. You have to be fresh and creative with the same characters, but without repeating yourself. You can’t let it get stale, and you can’t let up,” said Fagan.

 

To keep his ideas organized, he jots them down in basic notepads and throws them in boxes until necessary. Most impressively, Fagan has 13,500 original prints stored in boxes at his house as well.

 

“My wife wishes I was more organized, and I do too,” Fagan said.

 

Not many cartoonists have the endurance of Kevin Fagan. As if four new panels a day wasn’t enough, readers can now look forward to a Drabble musical in the future!

 

“There’s a long way to go before it goes on stage, but it’s coming along nicely” Fagan said.

 

Read the full article on The Daily Herald.

 

Follow Drabble on GoComics!





TED RALL ON WAY to $75,000

 

 

I've been following this strange and troubling story with interest since it bubbled up last year. Ted is a friend and has been partners with us in syndicating his editorial cartoons for more than 20 years. I don't often see eye-to-eye with him on his worldview, but I do appreciate his work (as a writer and a cartoonist).

 

Now, if you didn't know, I used to be a police officer, so I have mixed emotions about how the police can be portrayed in the media, but Ted seems to have a strong case here.

 

I wasn't there and the story sounds really complicated and has tons of details that I'm not privy to, so it sounds like a perfect case to be settled in court. Right? Only the court is insisting that Ted pay $75,000 to have his day in front of a judge. What the?

 

That is ridiculous!  

 

So I donated to Ted because it is unbelievable to me that any judicial body in a free society could demand an individual citizen come up with a "court tax" to buy access into the system. 

 

Here's the link to his GoFundMe page. https://www.gofundme.com/tedrall





Knock, knock! Who’s there? Tell a Joke Day!

We’ll cut to the punch line: It’s Tell a Joke Day. Prepare for laughter!

 

Half Full by Maria Scrivan
Half Full by Maria Scrivan

 

 

It’s a good day for comic lovers because, well, we all love humor! We know that little else beats a well-delivered joke. But not everyone can appreciate such a craft. It’s not your fault if your peers can’t appreciate your joking nature …

 

The Awkward Yeti by Nick Seluk
The Awkward Yeti by Nick Seluk

 

We all know the sheer pain of being around a person who doesn’t have a funny fiber in their body — even when the opportunity smacks them in the face … or foot.

 

WuMo by Wulff & Morgenthaler
WuMo by Wulff & Morgenthaler

 

And there’s always pressure to be funny around people you don’t know well. First day of school, first day on the job, an exchange with the lady at the grocery check-out line, or even a blind date.

 

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal by Zach Weinersmith
Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal by Zach Weinersmith

 

 

Ouch. May we vow never to try too hard.

 

Other than that, there shouldn’t be too many rules to telling jokes. You are even free to make jokes on subjects you have no experience with.

 

Sarah's Scribbles by Sarah Andersen
Sarah's Scribbles by Sarah Andersen

 

Today we encourage you to go forth and joke! Make people laugh, or laugh at yourself. If you’re not the best at telling jokes, the Internet is full of them. Google can help — comics, too!

 

Happy Tell a Joke Day!







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.

 

 

 

Bushscrubs  8-13-16

 

 

 

 

8-13-16

 

 

 

 

Lili and Derek  8-13-16

 

 

 

 

Inkwell Forest  8-14-16

 

 

 

 

 

8-14-16

 

 

 

Something About Celeste  8-14-16

 

 

 

 

Spaceport 51  8-14-16

 

 

 

 

8-14-16

 

 

 

 

Whiteouts  8-14-16

 

 

 

 

 

Zombie Heights  8-15-16

 

 

 

 

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

 

 





An Original

I've heard quite a few stories about how generous Richard Thompson was with his original art. Personally, I'm deliriously lucky enough to have a few Cul De Sacs. But, but, but ... the thing I treasure most is what Richard made me for my 40th birthday.

 

Richard thomposn bday gift

 

How about it ... right? I will treasure it for all my days. 

 

Now get that damn finger out of your nose, Dill!

 





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