GoComics Staff Pick: Heavenly Nostrils by Dana Simpson

This week's Staff Pick comes from our Production Editor, Jane: Phoebe and her best friend, a magical unicorn named Marigold Heavenly Nostrils, make quite the pair. I love Phoebe's imaginative and whimsical spirit, and Marigold's contrasting self-absorbed, know-it-all-yet-doesn't-know-it-all attitude. They balance each other out in all the best, silly ways and make a great BFF duo. As the little sister to a brother who grew up with Calvin and Hobbes, I'm jealous Phoebe and Marigold weren't around for me back in the day.



Heavenly Nostrils comics by Dana Simpson on GoComics.com
Heavenly Nostrils by Dana Simpson | gocomics.com/heavenly-nostrils


I loved this coffee story line for two reasons. 1. I love coffee. 2. I often "oversparkle" (and am totally going to call it that from now on!).



Heavenly Nostrils by Dana Simpson | gocomics.com/heavenly-nostrils



Basically, anything involving dorky flippers is the best. Particularly the one on Marigold's tail.



Heavenly Nostrils by Dana Simpson | gocomics.com/heavenly-nostrils



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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 anythng; 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.



Bit Sketch  4-11-14




Sub-Sub  4-11-14




Adventures of Mike & Simon  4-13-14













Caffeinated  4-13-14











Mid-Life w/ Alan 4-13-14









Kirby's Treehouse  4-14-14




Magic Coffee Hair  4-14-14





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



Thank you to all who entered our Pearls Before Swine Character Art Contest! We loved seeing all of the creative submissions from our talented fans!


As promised, we’ve selected five winners to receive a signed Pearls Before Swine comic strip print! AND, to thank all of our participants, we’re giving each a signed character print!


The winners are:

1. Matt L., Brooklyn, NY

2. Terry A., Portland, OR

3. Michael P., St. Charles, MO

4. Jessie K., Greenfield TWP, PA

5. Steve H., Victoria, Australia




All contest winners and participants will receive their prize within three weeks. If you have any questions, please contact us at [email protected].


Miss the contest? You can see all submissions here!

Weekend Faves (April 13)

Chuckle Bros by Brian and Ron Boychuk
Chuckle Bros by Brian and Ron Boychuk

He's got gadgets and gizmos aplenty, but does he have whozits and whatzits galore?


For Better or For Worse by Lynn Johnston

Um, I'm pretty sure that's called power clashing, Elly. Get with the times!


Dark Side of the Horse by Samson
Dark Side of the Horse by Samson

At least you're ending the comic on a high note.



Luann by Greg Evans
Luann by Greg Evans

Indeed it is. Let's call this one: Deep thoughts with Frank Degroot.



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

Last year, we did a live tweet session with @Woodstock. It went a lot like this.

Presented without comment



Twitter Q&A with Brian Basset of Red and Rover



This afternoon, we chatted with cartoonist and Reuben Award winner Brian Basset, creator of the Red and Rover comic strip! If you missed the Q&A, take a look at the chat below.




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We hope you'll join us next Friday, April 18, for a chance to chat live with Alex Hallatt, creator of of Human Cull comics! 

Congratulations, Lincoln Peirce!

It’s not every day that you break a world record, but Big Nate cartoonist Lincoln Peirce just did!


This morning, Peirce and HarperCollins Children’s Books broke the Guinness World Records title for the world’s longest cartoon strip by a team! Made up of Big Nate panels created by students, the 3,983-foot comic strip spanned New York City’s Rockefeller Plaza and was verified by Guinness World Records adjudicator Mike Janela.




To add even more excitement, the record was broken live on the "Today" show in New York City!







Wow! Congratulations to Lincoln and the team!


Watch a clip of the excitement below: 




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 anythng; 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.









Alison Ward  4-9-14











Cartertoons  4-9-14


















0-60  4-10-14






Girth  4-10-14





Misc Soup  4-10-14




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


Absentminded Moments

While walking out to my car this morning, I had to run back into the house because I forgot my sunglasses. As I walked in circles, I noticed a slight discomfort on the top of my head—I found my sunglasses! That is a sure way to make you feel like you are losing your mind (I blame it on the fact that I hadn’t had my coffee yet!).


I was looking through some different comics today and I came across this Doodle Town comic, which reminded me of my airhead moment from this morning. I couldn’t help but laugh!


Doodle Town by Melissa Lomax
Doodle Town by Melissa Lomax

Here are a few different characters who are experiencing similar issues:


Invisible Bread by Justin Boyd
Invisible Bread by Justin Boyd
Drabble by Kevin Fagan
Drabble by Kevin Fagan
Pickles by Brian Crane
Pickles by Brian Crane

Whether you are looking for something that is right under your nose or you walk through a magical doorway that erases your memory, remember that everyone has these moments!



What Eyes Beneath




Besides our near-monopoly on all things comic strips, we also handle a majority of the world's puzzles here at Ye Olde Syndicate. I am personally responsible for constructing 80% of the roughly 72 different varieties of Sudoku demanded by air travelers and shut-ins on a weekly basis. To be clear: I don't make up the puzzles, I just make them, through a combination of alchemy and algorithm too awesome to detail here. It's a living. 






We also offer crossword puzzles of all shapes and sizes (mostly square, though), word jumbles, other number puzzles with Asian-sounding names and even a Bridge feature, which somehow manages to encapsulate all the action, drama and sensuality of the card game into a single column every week of the year. If you're bored and up for an activity more engaging than watching YouTube videos of cats but not quite as physically demanding as jai alai, boy oh boy, do we have you covered. 


Above: Yes, even you, Carnosaur.



What's more, the puzzles we offer aren't just ones that engage the conscious parts of your big ol' brains-- we even have some that go much deeper, upending your usual expectations of reality and plunging you into an abyss where nothing is as it first appears, except for those cases where a thing first appears to be a crazy brain-melting puzzle that threatens to shatter your already tenuous grip on the world and leave you a gibbering wreck of a human being, forever drawing spirals on any available surface in order to scrape what remains of your sanity back together. But y'know, in a fun way you can enjoy over breakfast. Like what? Like Magic Eye






"Magic Eye" is the proprietary name for autostereograms, which function by subverting the brain's insistence on coordinating focus and viewing angle to gauge things like depth perception as perceived through either eye in order to make the hidden image appear in three dimensions. For those who can't imagine such a thing, think of it like the most constructive outcome of staring at paisley wallpaper. Let your eyes go "soft" and brace yourself, because as we'll learn, there is no possible way of guessing what might be lurking on the other side of the veil.




Another way many people are able to "see" these images is by blatantly lying to whomever is standing next to them. Example: "Oh, there we go. It's a deer or whatever." An important factor in this second type of viewing Magic Eye puzzles is remaining vague enough with your answer (see: "…or whatever") that you can adapt it to a more correct-sounding verdict if challenged. Example: "Ah, right-- I thought it was a deer because I'm able to see an additional visible spectrum, and was actually looking at the ultraviolet result, instead of the more pedestrian one you were talking about. It's totally a rocket ship. On an unrelated note, your house is covered in pollen." [crumples newspaper, runs out of house



Above: A demonstration of the finite amount of flexibility possible in humans. Want an impossibly bendy spine? Fine, but those pigtails are going to be as rigid as goat horns, sister.


I'd like to continue pretending that I know what I'm talking about, but if you'd actually like to know more about how these things work, you should read the Wikipedia entry for autostereograms, instead of my admittedly impressive summary.




Last week, I was enlisted to dig up an old edition of our syndicated "Magic Eye" feature for someone who needed it to fill a request from one of our international syndication clients. Since I spend quite a bit of time poking around in our archives, I knew where to look. While scrolling through nearly 20 years' worth of them, I noticed a grip of folders near the top of the window appended with the word "Hidden." Obviously, this was an important discovery that required me to look at every single image contained therein. Note to my superiors: I was off-the-clock for this journey, so instead of being irritated at my poor work ethic, opt for pity over how barren my social calendar is during evening hours. See? That's better.     








Friends, I'm here to tell you: looking at the collected sum of years and years of images hidden within Magic Eye puzzles was an experience very nearly worth blogging about. Having always subscribed to the second method of enjoying Magic Eye puzzles, I had no idea what sorts of things lurked below the surface of those crazy Pollock patterns. Shown here are some of the highlights from the batch-- a lot of them are visual representations of puns, I suspect, but as they were sorted by date, not theme, most of the cleverness has been stripped away, leaving only these haunting, translucent echolocations to swim up and grab at your ankles.  



Above: I'm not saying that's a filed-down version of Bugs Bunny's face, but I'm not not saying that, either.




I'm told that the actual, intended experience of seeing one of these things in their proper context makes them appear wrapped in a given puzzle's pattern, but I'll never, ever know if that's the case. My brain steadfastly refuses to get the puzzles to work properly, which has never been more okay than after viewing hundreds of these types of images in a single sitting. It's always a deer or a rocket ship, as far as I'm concerned.



 Above: Jell-o shots with The Lockhorns.


Peeking behind the crazy-quilt curtain was actually pretty neat. Now that I know how these things are supposed to function, the next time I find myself facing the need to either render a hurried guess at the image within a Magic Eye puzzle or having to sit there for twenty minutes while someone tries to teach me the proper way to see it, my options have been expanded. In addition to "It's definitely supposed to be a deer" or setting someone's kitchen on fire, I can now bore them into silence with a detailed explanation of how the puzzles are made! Some lucky lady is going to really regret keeping me around for Sunday brunch. Thanks, Magic Eye [wink]! 








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