Twitter Q&A with John "Scully" Scully of The Comic Strip That Has A Finale Every Day

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All the thanks in the world to John "Scully" Scully for taking time out of his busy schedule for a Twitter Q&A! We had a ton of fun. Catch up on the chat here, or use the widget below: 

 

 

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NEXT UP (Friday, July 31): Join us next Friday for a chance to chat live with Wrong Hands creator John Atkinson! Follow along and tweet in using: #AskJohnAtkinson. 





Scenes from San Diego Comic-Con: Brooke McEldowney's Sketch Diary

With 130,000 enthusiastic comics and pop-culture fans in attendance at San Diego Comic-Con earlier this month, there was no shortage of superhero sightings and astonishing cosplay on the show floor.

 

Embarking on a journey from Maine to San Diego to attend SDCC, Brooke McEldowney shared several scenes from his experience at the ’con though his comic Pibgorn.

 

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Pibgorn by Brooke McEldowney

 

 

Pibgorn by Brooke McEldowney

 

 

Pibgorn by Brooke McEldowney

 

Flip through McEldowney’s “Comic-Con Sketch Diary” from the beginning here.





Flashback Friday: Time Traveling through Comics History

With today (July 24) being Tell an Old Joke Day, we’re bringing you a Flashback Friday of epic proportions! Join us aboard the GoComics time machine as we travel as far back as 1895, retracing the steps of comic history and highlighting a few of our vintage features that helped shape the world of cartooning as we know it.

 

Our journey begins where funnies first started: Origins of the Sunday ComicsSpanning 1895 to 1915, Origins of the Sunday Comics offers a look at some of the very first comics ever created. Whether you’re a history buff, a comic fanatic, or both, it’s impossible not to be wowed by how far the Sunday funnies have come.

 

Origins of the Sunday Comics by Peter Maresca
Origins of the Sunday Comics by Peter Maresca

 

The definition of “timeless,” Winsor McCay’s Little Nemo first appeared in 1905, and still delights readers to this day. A beautiful strip, McCay’s endless imagination splashes onto each page in glorious color, taking you on whimsical adventures to places you’ve only dreamed of.

 

Little Nemo by Winsor McCay
Little Nemo by Winsor McCay

 

As we continue our transition into the 20th century, we stop in 1921: the year that “Australia’s Favourite Boy” first came onto the scene. Since debuting in Sydney’s Sunday Sun newspaper, Ginger Meggs has transcended generations as one of the longest-running cartoons in comic history. Ninety years later, under the pens of multiple cartoonists, Ginger Meggs may have a new look, but his boyish charm is still very much present, and as delightful as ever.

 

Meet Your Creator: Jason Chatfield
Meet Your Creator: Jason Chatfield



With another year comes the debut of another classic comic strip, Fritzi Ritz. In 1933, Ernie Bushmiller, who took over the strip three years after its debut, introduced a new character: a precocious 8-year old girl. By 1938, Fritzi Ritz was renamed Nancy, after its new little star, and the rest, as they say, is history.

 

Nancy Classics transports us back to 1955: a time of poodle skirts and bobby socks, during the peak of Nancy’s fame. Between the simplicity of the time period and Nancy’s enduring, childlike innocence, it’s hard not to smile when reading this strip.

 

Nancy Classics by Ernie Bushmiller
Nancy Classics by Ernie Bushmiller

 

The journey continues!  Let’s travel to 1923, when, to the joy of readers and critics alike, Percy Crosby’s legendary Skippy first appeared in newspapers. Serving as inspiration behind many popular comics – such as Peanuts and Calvin and Hobbes –to name a few, Skippy is undoubtedly one of the most beloved characters of all time. 

 

Skippy by Percy Crosby
Skippy by Percy Crosby

 

Our final destination is 1950, as Peanuts Begins takes us through the classic adventures of the Peanuts gang, from their very first appearance in newspapers. Charlie Brown and all your favorites are here to accompany you on your trip down memory lane, and, together, you can retrace the steps leading to what is now regarded as one of history’s most iconic comic strips.

 

Peanuts Begins by Charles Schulz
Peanuts Begins by Charles Schulz

 

We hope you’ve enjoyed this cruise through comic history as much as we have! Our trip may be over, but you can celebrate Tell an Old Joke Day any day, with all of our timeless classics 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.

 

 

Girth  7-21-15

 

 

 

 

Limbo Road  7-22-15

 

 

 

 

Bushy Tales  7-22-15

 

BUSHY TALES

 

 


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

 





Whale Fails

There are many scientific studies out there aiming to prove that whales are smarter than humans. After conducting a little research of my own (comic research, that is), I’ve come to the conclusion that, in the world of comics, at least, the two species are neck-and-neck in terms of intelligence.

 

Whale fails are a common sight on GoComics, and there have been many theories behind their causes. For example, like people, whales are sometimes guilty of “not needing” directions.

 

WuMo by Wulff & Morgenthaler
WuMo by Wulff & Morgenthaler

 

They also fall victim to the latest and not-always-greatest beauty trends. 

 

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

 

A real plot twist is the theory that whales are actually beaching themselves on purpose.

 

Brevity by Dan Thompson
Brevity by Dan Thompson

 

As I’ve mentioned, whales aren’t the only GoComics mammals guilty of goofing up. The humans have some pretty epic failures themselves. 

 

Close to Home by John McPherson
Close to Home by John McPherson

 

Drabble by Kevin Fagan
Drabble by Kevin Fagan

 

The Duplex by Glenn McCoy
The Duplex by Glenn McCoy

 

As one Charlie Brown would say ... "good grief."

 

– Amanda





GoComics A to Z, Vol 6: Reply All

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

 

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Feature: Reply All
Creator: Donna A. Lewis
Format: four panels
Frequency: daily
Recommended if you like: Cathy, Dilbert, humor related to office politics, self-appearance and family members who don't know how to use email properly

 

Each week we get submissions detailing people's childhood dreams of creating a syndicated comic strip. Many of them write that it's the only job they could ever imagine having. But it's often those who have labored in other professions who wind up finding the most joy and consistency in the cartooning profession. In other words, when you work hard for something and know what the alternative looks like, it's hard to take that success for granted. At least that's the vibe I get from Donna A. Lewis, whose daily comic "Reply All" chronicles the day-to-day neuroses and social interactions of Lizzie, a highly self-aware single woman in the public relations industry. Like Stephan Pastis, Lewis has a background in law, and she still works as an attorney for the Department of Homeland Security even while producing "Reply All," which has been syndicated by the Washington Post Writers Group since 2011. Lewis' art isn't terribly sophisticated, but when it comes to the writing, the characters' clever exchanges, modern concerns and streamlined dialogue give "Reply All" a subversive, socially conscious flair. For example, take the two-day sequence on mansplaining below.

 

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The issue is handled in a way that a white male reader like me (presumably the most offending category of "mansplainers") feels in on the joke. The feminine perspective will appeal to readers of Cathy (a character Lewis has said she does not personally identify with), and the office humor is similar at times to Dilbert, but "Reply All" feels more of-the-moment than those two classics, like a comic your witty colleague doodled during a meeting and made everyone in the office giggle. Which, in fact, is exactly how "Reply All" came into being. Here's a couple more recent strips: 

 

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Read more "Reply All" every day right here on GoComics.com!





25 Years of Overboard in 25 Strips

Overboard turns 25 today (July 22)!

 

To commemorate and reflect over this milestone anniversary, Overboard creator Chip Dunham has shared his favorite 25 Overboard comic strips and included insight behind his top 5 favorites!

 

1. September 16, 1990

 

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“I wanted to show some of my early stuff. This was a Sunday from Sept. 16, 1990. I remember Lee Salem, who bought Overboard and gave me my chance to be a cartoonist, looked at my art and said, "You'll get better."  I used a lot of silent panels before the punchline in those days. Loved that comedic pause, you know?”

 

 

2. April 26, 1997

 

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“This is the first appearance of Louie in the strip. I guess I didn't think of him as a lab in those early appearances, or maybe this was my best attempt at drawing a dog. I remember worrying about whether I could keep thinking of ideas for him. Then he just kind of took OVER the whole thing.”

 

 

3. January 10, 1997  

 

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“None of the guys have had much luck with women, and looking through these old ones for my 25th, I wish I'd been able to dream up a solid recurring female character. It wasn't for lack of trying, believe me, and I'm still working on it. Meanwhile, I still like to make the guys fail entertainingly.”

 

 

4. July 13, 2015

 

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“The mice just showed up one day out of nowhere in my sketchpad, and they just kept coming back. I think of them as having this wonderful little universe behind the ship's walls, and I like how everyone – dogs, pirates, mice – just kind of gets along. And, I like how the mice won't take any BS from anybody.”

 

 

5. June 30, 2008

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“I had to show my little tribute to my dog, Basil. He was my constant buddy for years, a beautiful black lab, a very noble goof, and I got tons of ideas just watching him trying to make sense of his world. My neighbor once told me, "Even in the worst storm, I'll look out, and sure enough, there you two idiots'll be, walking by!"

 

View the rest of Chip’s favorite Overboard comic strips here. Or, read Overboard here.

 

Congratulations on a successful 25 years, Chip!





Giveaway: Archive-Quality Overboard Comic Strips

Overboard by Chip Dunham
Overboard by Chip Dunham

 

In honor of Overboard’s 25th anniversary, creator Chip Dunham shared his top 25 favorite comic strips with us. You have a chance to win an archive-quality print of one of these comics!

 

To enter, browse the collection of Chip’s favorite comics here. Then, leave a comment on this blog post, linking to your favorite Overboard comic from the collection, and include your first and last names. This contest will end Tues., July 28 at 10 a.m. CT. Five winners will be randomly selected and announced that day on this blog.





Celebrating 25 Years of Overboard

As a tribute to Overboard on its 25th anniversary (July 22), editor Sue Roush shares her love for the comic strip – and especially Louie!

 

Reading Overboard is one of the best things about my job. I even feel guilty sometimes, getting paid to do something I love so much. You see, I'm a dog person. And maybe that's why Overboard has been a 25-year obsession for me. Chip's a dog person, too, and anyone who reads the strip can see that, because from the start, Louie has enjoyed special status as a crew member on the Revenge.

 

Some would say Louie is the true captain of the ship.

 

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Louie knows how to get what he wants.

 

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But he's also good at following directions.

 

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And even though he makes mistakes sometimes ...

 

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... he always tries his best to be helpful.

 

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Living on a pirate ship can be dangerous, and in dire situations, the crew knows Louie has their back.

 

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That's why any one of them will happily go to extreme lengths to make Louie happy.

 

 

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It's a story I've been following with joy for 25 years, and I'm so glad that Louie's still chasing the dream.

 

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Congratulations, Chip, on 25 years of Overboard! I'm all settled in for 25 more.

– Sue

 

Read Overboard here. Or, view the collection of creator Chip Dunham’s favorite comic strips here.





Stephan Pastis Tours ‘This Whole Angry Nation’ for the ‘One Step Ahead of the Mob’ Tour

The 'One Step Ahead of the Mob' Tour
The 'One Step Ahead of the Mob' Tour

 

In a recent blog post, Stephan Pastis announced that, in honor of his upcoming Pearls Before Swine Treasury, Pearls Gets Sacrificed, he will be “touring this whole angry nation” on the 'One Step Ahead of the Mob’ Tour. As he clarifies, the purpose of this tour isn’t to be burned at the stake, but to talk about himself, Pearls Before Swine, “and – if someone out there brings [him] gin – to sign your book.”

 

Pearls Gets Sacrificed by Stephan Pastis
Pearls Gets Sacrificed by Stephan Pastis

 

So far, the dates for the this event are as follows:

 

  • Sep 5 @ Washington Convention Center (Washington D.C.)
  • Sep 20 @ San Jose Public Library (San Jose, CA)
  • Sep 21 @ Tacoma News Tribune (Tacoma, WA)
  • Sep 22 @ Missoulian Newspaper (Missoula, MT)
  • Sep 24 @ The Denver Post (Denver, CO)
  • Sep 25 @ Barnes & Noble at LSU (Baton Rouge, LA)
  • Sep 27 @ Paladium Theatre (Saint Petersburg, FL)
  • Sep 28 @ Knoxville News Sentinel (Knoxville, TN)
  • Sep 29 @ St. Louis Public Library (St. Louis, MO)

 

To find out more about each of these dates and the ‘One Step Ahead of the Mob’ Tour, visit the event’s page.

 

Pre-order Pearls Gets Sacrificed, here.





Create Your Own Comics on ComicBookPaper.Com!

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Reading comics is a blast, but have you ever wondered what it would be like to try your hand at creating them? Now, with Comic Book Paper’s 100+ free, downloadable templates, you can indulge your curiosity and let your creativity shine, and discover what it’s like to be on the other side of the funny pages!

 

After deciding on a panel count and layout, you can download your template for free, and choose between printing it out or opening it in your favorite digital editing software. From there, you just let the magic happen! Download. Print. Create. It’s as simple as that!

 

Click here to get started, and feel free to share your creations with us on Facebook or Twitter. We’d love to see what you come up with!

 

Looking for more inspiration? Hear what inspires GoComics cartoonists in our “Meet Your Creator” series.





Crazy for Cones

They are the people who attempt to sample as many flavors as socially acceptable at Baskin Robbins, making it through all 31 on a slow day; who know the ice cream truck’s jingle by heart and live for the thrill of chasing it down; who get giddy at the thought of sprinkles and, no matter how full they are, know that there is always room left for ice cream.

 

Ice cream fanatics; they’re everywhere on GoComics, and – with July being National Ice Cream Month – we thought we’d give a shout-out in admiration to some of our favorites. We all scream for ice cream, but no one goes as crazy for a cone as them. 

 

A clever breed, these ice cream connoisseurs constantly make us laugh with their undying devotion to tasty frozen treats.

 

Lola by Todd Clark
Lola by Todd Clark

 

While some people can be thwarted by obstacles such as hot pavement …

 

Grand Avenue by Steve Breen and Mike Thompson
Grand Avenue by Steve Breen and Mike Thompson

 

Our comic ice cream buffs let no evil stand in their way.

 

Savage Chickens by Doug Savage
Savage Chickens by Doug Savage

 

They laugh in the face of brain freeze, knowing that when it comes to a sundae, there’s no time to waste.

 

Drabble by Kevin Fagan
Drabble by Kevin Fagan

 

Although there is something for everyone on the neighborhood ice cream truck …

 

Strange Brew by John Deering
Strange Brew by John Deering

 

Why would anyone settle for just one something? The word “moderation” is not in the ice cream-lover’s vocabulary. 

 

Frazz by Jef Mallett
Frazz by Jef Mallett

 

But don’t think that a quadruple-decker cone means they’re going to share …

 

Nancy by Guy Gilchrist
Nancy by Guy Gilchrist




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.

 

 

 And now...  7-17-15

 

 

 

Picpak Dog  7-17-15

 

 

 

 

Caffeinated  7-20-15

 

 

 

 

D.B. Cartoons  7-20-15

 

 

 

 

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Teddy Bears' Killing Spree  7-20-15

 

 

 

 

Thingesque  7-20-15

 

 

 

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

 





Giveaway – Special Edition Signed San Diego Comic-Con Swag

We had a BLAST at San Diego Comic-Con, meeting our fans, taking in the amazing cosplay and being surrounded by comics enthusiasts!

 

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Pearls Before Swine creator Stephan Pastis

 

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The GoComics/Andrews McMeel Publishing Booth at SDCC


We couldn’t return from the 'con without bringing back some souvenirs to share!

 

 

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Souvenirs from SDCC 2015! (Click to enlarge.)

 

 

We’re giving away two MASSIVE collections of SDCC goodies! Each prize pack includes an SDCC loot bag, an SDCC 2015 Events Guide or Souvenir Book AND a print or poster signed by each of the following:

 

• Lalo Alcaraz (La Cucaracha, editorial cartoonist)
• Paige Braddock (The Martian Confederacy, Jane’s World)
• Jason Chatfield (Ginger Meggs)
• Greg Evans (Luann)
• Steve McGarry (Badlands, Biographic, KidTown, TrivQuiz)
• Stephan Pastis (Pearls Before Swine)
• Nick Seluk (The Awkward Yeti)
• Paul Trap (Thatababy)

 

That’s not all! We’re adding in swag from previous SDCC experiences, including prints signed by:

 

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Prizes from past San Diego Comic-Cons! (Click to enlarge.)

 

 

• Lalo Alcaraz (La Cucaracha, editorial cartoonist)

• Bill Amend (FoxTrot)

• Jim Benton (Jim Benton Cartoons)

• Paige Braddock (The Martian Confederacy, Jane’s World)

• Berkeley Breathed (The Academia Waltz, Bloom County)

• Todd Clark (Lola)

• Brian Crane (Pickles)

• Greg Evans (Luann)

• Shaenon K. Garrity (Skin Horse)

• Rob Harrell (Adam@Home)

• Keith Knight (The K Chronicles, The Knight Life, (th)ink)

• Lela Lee (Angry Little Girls)

• John Lustig (Last Kiss)

• Brooke McEldowney (9 Chickweed Lane, Pibgorn)

• Steve McGarry (Badlands, Biographic, KidTown, TrivQuiz)

• Scott Meyer (Basic Instructions)

• Doug Savage (Savage Chickens)

• Bob Scott (Molly and the Bear)

• Josh Shalek (Kid Shay Comics)

• Justin Thompson (MythTickle)

• Lucas Turnbloom (Imagine This)

• Shannon Wheeler (Too Much Coffee Man)

 

To enter, comment on this blog post with a link to your favorite comic that is included in the prize pack. Please also include your first and last name. This contest will end on Mon., July 27 at 10 a.m. CT. The winners will be announced that day on this blog.

 

 





Weekend Faves (July 19)

Ordinary Bill by William Wilson
Ordinary Bill by William Wilson

The optimist in me wants to believe that Bill got away.

--Julie

 

The Buckets by Greg Cravens
The Buckets by Greg Cravens

My every-morning struggle at Starbucks: "I'll just have a small – I mean, 'tall' – cup of … coffee?"
--Amanda

 

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

You're not alone, Yeti. I've yet to learn this lesson myself.

-- Lindsay

 

Phoebe and Her Unicorn by Dana Simpson
Phoebe and Her Unicorn by Dana Simpson

C'mon, Marigold. Can't you work some unicorn magic and help Phoebe conquer her fears?

--Julie

 

Prickly City by Scott Stantis
Prickly City by Scott Stantis

With all the partisan rancor in Prickly City, it's nice to see Carmen and Winslow agree on the awesomeness of Pluto (even if they don't agree on whether or not its a planet).
--Lucas

 

Speaking of Pluto, did you know today (July 20) is Space Exploration Day? Venture to outer space with Red and Rover here.





New Comic Alert! G-Man Webcomics by Chris Giarrusso

GMan Webcomics by Chris Giarrusso

 

G-Man (aka Mikey G) has finally become the superhero he has always wanted to be! But with so many other superheroes out there hogging the spotlight, it's up to G-Man himself to chronicle his own superhero adventures! Part struggling superhero, part struggling cartoonist, G-Man writes and draws this autobiographical comic strip!

 

Read G-Man Webcomics here.





Space Exploration Day: Red and Rover Style

On July 20, 1969, the people of the United States watched proudly as the first manned rocket ship launched for the Moon. Celebrating the spirit of greatness behind the Apollo 11 mission, Space Exploration Day (July 20) holds a special place in the hearts and calendars of both scientists and patriots alike. 

 

We have many space-loving characters on GoComics who could appreciate today, but one dog-and-boy duo stands out from the pack. From his rocket ship lamp to his love of Tang, Red has always known that he was born to be an astronaut, but he could never leave Earth without Rover, his furever-faithful companion who would follow him to the farthest corners of the galaxy.

 

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

 

Red and Rover often gaze up at the sky and see nothing but possibility and adventure.

 

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

 

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

 

With their combined, endless imaginations, the sky is definitely not the limit.

 

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

 

While other kids are content with all of the usual Earth activities, Red plans to spend his summer vacation soaring through the solar system with his canine co-pilot.

 

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

 

In this recent Red and Rover storyline, our favorite future space explorers prepare for an upcoming adventure to Mars:

 

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

 

Celebrate Space Exploration Day with Red and Rover! Start reading here to join their world of wonder.  





Reunited and It Feels so Good (or at Least OK)

Family reunions. Whether you’re forced to go or you count down the days until its arrival, the big event is sure to be chock-full of bear hugs, cheek pinching, and – maybe (whether they’re celebratory or necessary) – some adult beverages. 

 

Causing your whole clan to convene, there are many exciting aspects of your reunion to look forward to:

 

Like family togetherness, for example:

 

Over the Hedge by T Lewis and Michael Fry
Over the Hedge by T Lewis and Michael Fry

 

Getting the chance to catch up with those cool relatives that you rarely get to see:

 

The Buckets by Greg Cravens
The Buckets by Greg Cravens

 

And those somewhat scary family members that you wish you’d see less of:

 

Drabble by Kevin Fagan
Drabble by Kevin Fagan

 

After all, we’ve all got a “crazy uncle Bill,” don’t we?

 

Garfield by Jim Davis
Garfield by Jim Davis

 

Say what you will about your wacky relatives, but we know one thing you can thank them for: endless entertainment. There’s never a dull moment at a family reunion.

 

Big Nate by Lincoln Peirce
Big Nate by Lincoln Peirce

 

Even if you think you could do without that “excitement,” you have to admit – you’d miss the abundantly appetizing spread of food that accompanies all of the family cooks coming together.

 

Cathy by Cathy Guisewite
Cathy by Cathy Guisewite

 

Even as a reunion non-believer, if you look on the bright side you’ll see that they’re really not that bad (bearable, at least). Just make sure you’re not the one planning it:

 

Cornered by Mike Baldwin
Cornered by Mike Baldwin




Meet Your Creator: Dave Coverly (Speed Bump)

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Oh, hey, I didn’t see you there – you startled me! We cartoonists are used to working alone. We fly solo, man – the wind of ideas blowing through our hair as we navigate our own internal highway.

 

Or something like that. I’m still working out the metaphor. (Note to self: Avoid “hitting a speed bump” metaphor when writing about the internal highway.)

 

So this is a blog where I write about myself. Not necessarily about what I DO, really, because the obvious truth is that I don’t do much. There’s an unhealthy amount of sitting and thinking involved. And then another unhealthy amount of sitting and drawing. I guess what I should do is write about how I got to a point in my life where I’m allowed to do all this sitting and thinking and drawing for a living.

 

 

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The truth is, there’s a lot of stubborn, boneheaded persistence that goes into becoming a professional cartoonist, and there’s even more luck. Like most of us, I started drawing very young by copying my favorite cartoons: Peanuts, BC, Hagar, Wizard of Id and Frank & Ernest. Then I discovered Herman in middle school, and Jim Unger changed the way I drew. His style was incredibly unique. In high school, my journalism teacher took my cartooning aspirations seriously, and began bringing in The New Yorker magazine so I could read the cartoons. And by “read,” I mean, “study.” I didn’t understand many of the gags, but I loved that they made me think so hard. It was rewarding every time I “got” one. Those were the years when I realized what exactly I wanted to do. The problem was, I had no idea how.Ancestors_SB_titled copy

At Eastern Michigan University, I drew cartoons for the Echo while getting a B.S. in both philosophy and creative writing. At Indiana University, I drew cartoons for the IDS while getting a master’s in creative writing. I’d like to say that I purposefully majored in philosophy because I knew it would help me conceptualize, and creative writing because I understood that cartooning is so much more about the writing than the art … but honestly, I just enjoyed them. And I’m all about enjoying things.

 

Between the ages of 24-30, I drew anything that would generate income, no matter how little: freelance illustrations, magazine gags, book illustrations for small local publishers and political cartoons. All the while, I was submitting twice yearly to the syndicates and wallpapering my drawing space with their rejection letters. Jay Kennedy took pity for a couple years and included some of my work in The New Breed, but that was as close as I got to syndication.

 

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It wasn’t until 1994 that Creators Syndicate offered me a contract, which remains one of the single greatest phone calls I’ve ever received. My little panel didn’t have a name, so I sent along a list to the staff, and Speed Bump was the unanimous choice. My personal preference was The Wide World of Stretch Pants, but wisely, Creators turned that title down.

 

Twenty-one years later (hey, Speed Bump can now legally have a beer with me!), and my life revolves around deadlines. On Monday, I draw my Sunday cartoon. On Tuesday, I draw three dailies. On Wednesday, I draw three more dailies. (Both days include coming up with three ideas in the morning and drawing them in the afternoon/evening … I don’t have a backlog of ideas). Then, I scan and send to my buddies Pete and Jessica at Creators, with coloring instructions included. A drink might or might not be had at this time.

 

 

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Thursday through Sunday is pretty much party time. And by “party time,” I mean, “work on other projects.” I’m the principle cartoonist for BarkBox, a super cool-company that sends monthly gift boxes for your mutt. And I’m doing a number of children’s books for Macmillan, including the new series Night of the Living Worms: A Speed Bump & Slingshot Misadventure, coming out in October.

 

 

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Macmillan also recently published a collection of all of my dog cartoons, Dogs Are People, Too, collected both from Speed Bump, BarkBox and my work in Parade magazine. It’s full color. It’s gorgeously designed by April Ward. And it has an awesome blurb from Patrick McDonnell on the cover. What more could you want? Don’t answer that …

 

 

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My studio is in the attic of our 100-year-old old house in downtown Ann Arbor, Michigan. Inexplicably, it has a working clawfoot bathtub that my kids used to bathe in while I worked.

 

 

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My “thinking chair” used to be my dad’s TV chair when I was growing up. And my beautiful oak drawing table, which is nearly as old as our house, was a gift from the brilliant cartoonist Kevin Pope.

 

My life is pretty small and simple. But working at home, doing a job I love with my family around, it feels like I’m living very large indeed.

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Read Speed Bump here or visit Dave’s website.





Laugh Tracks Look Back (July 11 – 17)

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!

 

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Full of humor and personality, Charlie Podrebarac filled us in on his cartooning history.

 

“I'm inspired by everything around me. Pop culture plays a big part in my cartoons, but when researching for this blog, I noticed that I do a lot of food cartoons ... so my cartooning makes me hungry. Both Cowtown and FatCats feature enough conspicuous consumption to make Falstaff blush.”

 

 

We welcomed Pie Comic by John McNamee to GoComics!

 

Pie Comic by John McNamee

 

 

 

Enjoying the ultimate lazy Sunday is easy with a few simple steps.

 

 

Family Tree by Signe Wilkinson

 

 

 

Richard Thompson’s “The Complete Cul de Sac” won the Eisner Award for Best Humor Publication!

 

 

The Complete Cul de Sac by Richard Thompson
 

 

 

HUGE NEWS! Berkley Breathed is bringing back Bloom County!  

 

A delightful surprise to his many fans, Berkeley Breathed recently announced on Facebook that his Pulitzer Prize-winning comic strip, Bloom County, is returning after 25 years of absence!”

 

 

In honor of Cow Appreciation Day, we thanked the cows of GoComics for bringing hu-MOO-r to our lives.

 

2 Cows and a Chicken by Steve Skelton

 

 

 

We celebrated Embrace Your Geekness Day.

 

“For many of us, geekness is inevitable. So, why try to hide it? Today is all about letting your nerd light shine!”

 

 

GoComics Spotlight: Randolph Itch, 2 A.M. by Tom Toles

 

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We took a look at what happens when weddings get wild.

 

Close to Home by John McPherson

 

 

 

It's National Picnic Month and we want to help you partake in the perfect picnic! We’ve created a checklist of the essential ingredients.

 

 

Your turn for Jury Duty? You’ll relate to these comics!

 

“I’m so excited to have been called for jury duty!” … is a phrase that’s pretty much non-existent in the English language. A usually grueling experience, jury duty is something that most Americans (aside from a very lucky few) dread, but will have to succumb to eventually. If you have served, then you already know the struggle…”

 

 

We hosted a Q&A session with Rubes creator Leigh Rubin.

 

 

The Big Picture is returning with brand-new comics next month!

 

The Big Picture by Lennie Peterson

 

 

 

GoComics editorial cartoonist Matt Bors started an online Kickstarter campaign to fund the creation of a giant book featuring the work of amazing cartoonists.

 

 

  

 

What a wonderful week!

 






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