NEW COMIC ALERT! Small Potatoes by Paul Madonna




The Small Potatoes are what we say in our head, and hope we don’t say in public. They’re the frustration, anger and pettiness provoked by the absurdity of the modern world. Enjoy!


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Some smashing pumpkin (spice) comics

It's October again and we all know what that means. The pumpkin-spice spigot opens up and the treats and the references will come blasting at us from everywhere.


Just like that time Matt LaFramboise opened the fire hydrant with his dad's big wrench or whatever and you were standing directly in front of it and the great force of water just knocked you back down onto the street and you were stunned and hurt and everyone was laughing but you couldn't have anyone see you cry so you ran home and went in the basement and boy oh boy did the tears fall. 


Then your mom calls down and asks, "Is everything OK down there?"


And you just say, "I am FINE, MOTHER! Leave me alone with my stuffed animals."


Well, I could have used a funny comic or three to cheer me up back then, so what do you say we just throw chum in the ocean and round up some of last year's most-celebrated Pumpkin Spice jokes?


Because if I can cheer up even just two kids who are having a bad day, it will all be worth it. 


Sarah's Scribbles







The Duplex



The Argyle Sweater


Read this pumpkin spice post from comics editor Reed Jackson from a few years ago too!

10 Signs Coffee Controls Your Life ... And You're Totally OK With It

Ah, coffee. The magical drink that makes the world go around. Whether you’re the one-cup-a-day type or you’d prefer it be delivered through an IV, everyone can appreciate the liquid gold that is coffee. Café au lait, cappuccino, venti iced americano with skim milk and two Splendas -- why else would the world have so many different ways to drink it?


If you’re like me and consider your local Starbucks home base, I need not mention today is National Coffee Day. Regardless of caffeine’s potential “side effects,” this day deserves the highest form of celebration. 


Garfield by Jim Davis


I've been counting down to this day all year, and what began as a joyful celebration of National Coffee Day quickly spurred me to realize I'm powerless when it comes to coffee. All too relatable to the caffeine addicts of the world, here are 10 signs coffee controls your life (... and you are totally OK with it):






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

You see absolutely nothing odd with this scene. In fact, you’re contemplating moving your coffee pot to your nightstand as we speak. Seriously, somebody give the genius who thought of this the Nobel Prize already.





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

The judging looks from your co-workers have inspired you to get creative with your caffeine intake. Nobody ever specified how big a coffee mug should be.





Non Sequitur
Non Sequitur by Wiley Miller

You’d wait in this line before bearing the horror of walking two blocks to the coffee shop down the street. No coffee, no walkee.





Maintaining by Nate Creekmore

 And you know this stuff isn’t something for amateurs.





FoxTrot by Bill Amend

Your family’s attempts to curb your caffeine intake have resulted in a fight or two. OK, more like ten.





Moderately Confused
Moderately Confused by Jeff Stahler

Album covers, movie characters, famous works of art ... you find inspiration in the most random places. Who needs to see the Mona Lisa in Paris when you can have it stamped on a mug right at home? Careful, she'll be watching you wherever you go.





Sarah's Scribbles
Sarah's Scribbles by Sarah Andersen

Maybe you forgot to wear your contacts to the grocery store, or maybe you were just in a hurry and didn’t read the fine print. Either way, the morning you realized you bought decaf went something like this.





Big Top
Big Top by Rob Harrell

“Coffee? No, thanks. I’ve had eight.” The cause of your sleepless nights is lost on you.





Ziggy by Tom Wilson & Tom II

When asked your thoughts on life, your philosophy is clear.





Fowl Language
Fowl Language by Brian Gordon

And at the end of each day, you can always count on one thing proving to be true.  


But you’ve accepted it. Because it’s not an addiction, it’s a way of life.


Happy National Coffee Day!


... psst!! We also created a coffee cartoon collection for your enjoyment.


Voting Tips From the Only Source You Can Trust


I lean heavily on comic strips for all my major life decisions: Hyundai or Kia, porkpie or tin foil, Tupac or Two-Ply ... all the classic debates. So when I happened across this Richard's Poor Almanac, I knew my decision was going to be made for me on November 8th.


So there is now no reasonable debate, comics strips have all the answers, you only need to look in the right place. The whole factory is yours Charlie. Now if you'll excuse me it's the time of day I like to simultaneously read some Glenn McCoy editorials and some Doonesburys





Today's Mayonnaise Monday (patent pending) is courtesy of Reality Check from Canada's Dave Whamond. Canada's Dave has won a bunch of NCS awards and he's a great children's book author as well.


He's won the Silver Birch, the Blue Spruce and the Red Cedar awards which are either book awards or some type of odd vandalism against trees. LOL! Dave's character Oddrey from his book series is below. Isn't she adorable? Dave is also hopeful that the NHL puts a team back in Edmonton very soon. Zing Zing!


Oddrey 3


Incidentally, did you know the Mayo Clinic was named after frontier and Civil War doctor William Worrall Mayo? Golly! I once put on a mayo clinic when my family was gone for the weekend and I had a large spoon and a jar of the good stuff all to myself. Though whatever sense of accomplishment I might have felt was short-lived. It was hellman. 

NEW COMIC ALERT! Now Recharging by Maiji/Mary Huang



Now Recharging by Maiji/Mary Huang
Now Recharging by Maiji/Mary Huang


Emmie's world might sound familiar. It's a place where hopes and dreams constantly collide with the ups and downs of daily life, from job interviews (scary!!) to ho-hum chores like groceries and laundry. Except this world has robots — and Emmie is one of them. How does a sheep-loving android who is bad at math and worried about nonexistence get by? 


Follow Now Recharging on GoComics!




People who know me well are always asking me to shut the heck up about how much I like to go wedding dress shopping. 


Well, that's not going to happen, but now I can at least talk about it within the context of my job ... so you can stop asking, Shena.


If you're even a casual fan of Greg Evans' "Luann" you know that Brad and Toni are getting married very soon and you're invited/ challenged/ compelled by the spirit of creativity to become an active participant!


That's right you can design the dress that the foxy Toni is going to wear in the strip! What the?!


Yes the! Head on over to and you can get all the details how to submit your design. But wait, there's more!


Even if you don't have the skills, desire or emotional accessibility to design, you can vote for your favorite submitted design! The winning design will be the one Toni wears in real life. OMG! This is going to be great!





To everyone who entered the Sherpa Book Giveaway -- thank you!


The six winners of our random drawing are: Murray Crossman, Sean Kleefeld, Tony Savoni, Rotifer Thalweg, Craig Wittler, and Isaac Wooten.


Please email me asap and let me know what address I should use to send you your Sherpa book.


Onward and upward with the cartoon arts!


David Stanford, aide de sherpa




Vader jump 2.0

One of my favorite quotes/maxims is "thank the heavens we don't say everything we think." Imagine if you told your coworkers/spouse/bookie/llama wrangler what you really thought of them? Oh, mercy! I know I can think some pretty dark thoughts when someone cuts me in line or tells me my "slacks are too tight again."


But here's a curveball! If you're in tune with those things that you're holding back -- those times when you don't say everything you think -- it can help develop good comic characters. 


You: What the heck are you talking about? 

Me: Read the rest of the post.

You: OK. But your slacks are too tight again.

Me: I am as God made me!


Experts agree, writing a comic is not easy: no actors to give emphasis to your words, no laugh track, no musical score and you get maybe 100 words to get your point across ... maybe.


Former UU president and editor Lee Salem would famously (and illegibly) scrawl on comic submissions from even professional comedy writers, "not as easy as it looks." 


But back to your unedited "dark side," Louis CK recently revealed that in his delicious "everything's amazing and nobody's happy"  piece there was not actually a guy sitting next to him on the plane who said, "this is BS." He said those were the dark thoughts HE was having and he invented the guy next to him for the bit. He also said this was the case for most of his comedy. Louis CK is clearly in tune with the jerk inside him.


Isn't that true in comics too? Look at these comics: Peanuts, Pearls Before Swine, Get Fuzzy, Dilbert. All of them quite successful and all have a character or two who could be charitably characterized as a jerk who says whatever comes to mind: Lucy, Rat, Bucky, Pointy-Haired Boss. 


Are these characters just the darker sides of their creators? I can't find the source but I swore I read where Charles Schulz said that each one of his characters was an aspect of his own personality. Stephan Pastis said that very thing in this interview.


Dark/mean characters provide conflict and when you have conflict you can have fertile ground for humor. You can always dial it back if you get too cruel or offensive ... but there is value in that journey ... what will you find? Who will you see? Uncle Al? What are you doing in here?  


So, yes, by looking deep inside and listening to your small, charcoal heart, you could find some amazing material. 


The weather here was great this weekend. And anyone who knows me well knows that when the weather is right, I like to fill my days with long bouts of rollerblading, eating taffy and jazz dancing. 


All that action burns a heckuva lot of calories so I have to be sure to keep my nutrition levels in check. I do a modified Paleo diet which keeps me in tip-top shape but doesn't necessarily translate to weight loss or a fit figure. It's the "mayonnaise first/last" regiment made famous by Dr. Mantis Toboggan. 


"What does this have to do with GoComics?" Is probably what you're asking yourself right now. And let me say, I love your curiosity! 


I thought we could do a regular "Mayonnaise Monday" feature here on the blog. Mayonnaise is the world's most favorite egg-oil-lemon based condiment and it's about time somebody gave it its proper recognition!


Let's start this regular feature with the sublime Cul De Sac



Cul de Sac by Richard Thompson
Cul de Sac by Richard Thompson

NEW COMIC ALERT! Warped by Michael Cavna



Warped by Michael Cavna
Warped by Michael Cavna


Before there was "Hamilton," there was the syndicated comic strip Warped, in which mash-ups of pop culture and twisted history have included such sights as Francis Scott Key rapping to his star-spangled anthem (with James "Puffy" Madison on the turntable). Warped is the daily strip created by Washington Post "Comic Riffs" columnist/cartoonist Michael Cavna. From Alexander Hamilton's legal tender to the app-happy age of Tinder, Warped blends the old and the new in hilariously innovative and thoughtfully topical ways.


Get historical. Get timely. Get Warped.


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Comics Sherpa is a separate cartoon galaxy within the GoComics universe, where close to 200 independent cartoonists post their work. (To visit, click SHERPA on the green bar at the top of this page). In the thirteen years of Sherpa’s existence so far, over 1,000 different features have appeared.


As the site’s Aide de Sherpa, I’ve heard from numerous creators over the past few months about books they have self-published, so today we are offering a Sherpa Book Giveaway of the six titles below. All except Dysconnected are signed by their creator.


To enter, leave a comment on this blog post with your FIRST and LAST name. Limit one entry per person. This giveaway is limited to residents of the U.S. and Canada. The contest will end on Tuesday, September 20th, at 5 p.m., EST. The winners will be randomly selected, and announced on this blog that evening.




Batch Rejection coverBATCH REJECTION: New Century Modern
by Garey Mckee


This single-panel feature mimics the classic style of early to mid-20th century magazine cartoons while exploring the mundane, everyday foibles of 21st century technology.




View strip here.


6 x 9, 152 pages, pb, b&w, Ten Spot Publishing.
Available via Amazon.





Dysconnected coverDYSCONNECTED: Isolated By Our Mobile Devices
by Anton Scamvougeras


In the future, the happiest, most content and satisfied people will be those of us who learn to best manage our relationships with our technology. This hefty and elegant collection, which combines Dysconnected art with quotes on the subject, was described by a Vancouver book critic thus: “Easily one of the best books of the year.”


View strip here.


11 x 8 1/2, 160 pages, pb, b&w, AJKS Publishing.
Available via Amazon.




Green Pieces GFTPU coverGREEN PIECES: Green From the Pond Up
by Drew Aquilina


This eco-comic explores wetland life through the denizens of one particular pond. Iggy the claustrophobic turtle and his friends -- Radic, an annoying dragonfly; Cabby, an omnipotent techno-bullfrog; and Roc, a rogue raccoon -- have adventures that entertain, while the strip manages to convey a lot of interesting information about the lives of plants and animals.


View strip here.


8 ½ x 11, 197 pages, pb, color throughout. Green Pieces Studio.
Available via Amazon.

Green Pieces Cartoon Studio.


Magnificatz- NSFTSQ coverNEVER SETTLE FOR THE STATUS QUO: A Magnificatz Collection
by Steve Ogden


Magnificatz is about a longsuffering ingenious guy and his two precocious cat advisers. Steve Ogden’s beautiful art is well featured in this collection, which also includes a fascinating illustrated account of how the strip evolved over 25 years -- from Croker’s Gorge, to Silas & Max, to Doctor Magnifico, and, finally, to Magnificatz. Formerly on Sherpa, the strip now appears on GoComics.


View strip here.


8x8, 126 pages, pb, color throughout, Wishtales Publishing.

Available at




No Ordinary Life coverNO ORDINARY LIFE: Why is the Coffee Always Gone?
by Justin Baglio


“Simple. Fun. Amusing. Don’t overthink it!” suggests this full-color single panel's creator. “Just sit back with your favorite beverage and enjoy.” His takes on modern life have appeared on Sherpa for four years.



View strip here.


6 x 9, 66 pages, pb, color throughout, CreateSpace.
Available via Amazon.




Lili and Derek book coverLILI AND DEREK
by Maria Bruno & Michael Paraskevas


Lili may be the most conceited cartoon character ever, and is admirably attended to by her faithfully patient and ever-forgiving friend, Derek. Featuring wonderful drawings by Paraskevas (creator of another Sherpa feature, The Green Monkeys, and co-creator of Nickelodeon’s Maggie and the Ferocious Beast), this large-format book is beautifully produced, with elaborate detailed endpaper collages.


View strip here.


13 1/4 x 9 1/2, 48 pages, hc, color throughout, Lili Land Books.

Paraskevas Studios:


FÜN FACTS! Comics Titles Are Important


Every so often, I like to take a break from my time at the dog track to give all you aspiring cartoonists out there some advice. Nothing will ever say "hello, I'd like to spend some time with you and I'm not saying that in a weird way" to your audience more than your comic's title.


So you should think it over VERY carefully. You don't want to get stuck with something that will seem dated or inappropriate should the comic run for 70-140 years. Here are some original titles that were changed at the last minute (and Phew! almost always for the better). See if you can guess what comics the 11 titles below are today. 


1) Heavenly Nostrils


2) I Hope Someday I'll Have Real Friends


3) Li'l Folks


4) I Can't Stop Thinking About Lynda Carter


5) Ripley's Believe Me or I'll Step on Your Toe


6) Oh, That Consistently Foolish But Also Humorously Giant Dog!


7) The Comic Strip That Would Never Ever Have a Finale Every Day


8) The Gourd Who Sat Too Long in Brine


9) Iphelia Payne: Noisy Widower


10) Fritzi Ritz 


11) Off the Merkin!




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.



Lili and Derek  9-13-16





Ron Warren  9-13-16






Suburban Fairy Tales  9-13-16






Onion & Pea  9-14-16






No Ordinary Life  9-15-16




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



Hot Qs!

Gocomics letter


We handle a lot of fan mail here at the GoComics HQs and I'm always surprised by some of the requests. Here're a few from lately:  


1) Would Garry Trudeau send me an autograph? 


2) Would Bill Amend write a congratulations letter to my Eagle Scout? 


3) Does Scott Hilburn know what he does to my emotions? 


4) Does Bill Watterson understand that I have no intention of ever learning Chinese? (你是大自然最伟大的奇迹)


5) Matt Davies, I'm writing you to comment on the cartoon I seen in the news paper! Do you even go to church? 


7) Is Wiley Miller as nice in person as he is in my dreams?


8) Would Gary Larson draw a comic based on a joke I wrote for my grandfather's birthday? I need it next week.


8) I am currently incarcerated in Giles W. Dalby Correctional Institute in Texas, would Will Henry be my pen pal?




After a busy summer working tirelessly on the new GoComics experience (coming this fall!!), attending San Diego Comic-Con, and keeping hard at work with our creators back in KC, we’re excited to announce that we’re headed back to New York Comic Con!


There's plenty of surprises and goodies for fans who visit our booth (2219)! Not only will we be selling hilarious merch, we're also giving attendees a chance to preview the brand-new, AND we'll have FREE creator signings, daily giveaways, and much more:


  • Sneak peek of the NEW We're so close to rolling out our new website to give you an unparalleled online comics experience. Can’t wait to see the site? Get a sneak peek and sign up as a beta tester at our booth! Bonus: We'll give you a FREE “Read Comics Every Day” lanyard!


  • Daily Giveaways: Toss your name into the fishbowl at our booth for a chance to win our daily featured prize! We’ll be giving away complete collections of The Far Side and Calvin and Hobbes, plus an Awkward Yeti prize pack, and special Big Nate prizes to commemorate the 25th anniversary.



  • Epic Big Nate Birthday Bash: The Big Nate comic strip is 25! Join us to celebrate Big Nate’s birthday with creator Lincoln Peirce. We’re featuring a two-hour signing, party favors, and giving away a copy of the brand-new book, “Epic Big Nate” — an epic compilation of Peirce’s favorite cartoons from the past 25 years, plus all the details you’ve wanted to know about Big Nate and its creator. You won’t want to miss this!




All of this and more awaits you at booth 2219! Stay up-to-date by following us on Twitter and Instagram — we’ll be sharing photos from the convention floor. We hope to see you there!


GoComics Signing Schedule


Friday, October 7

1 - 2 p.m. — Stephan Pastis (Pearls Before Swine)

3 - 4 p.m. — Bill Amend (FoxTrot)


Saturday, October 8

10 - 11 a.m. — Sarah Andersen (Sarah's Scribbles)

1 - 2 p.m. — Nick Seluk (The Awkward Yeti)

3 - 4 p.m. — Bill Amend (FoxTrot) / Stephan Pastis (Pearls Before Swine)


Sunday, October 9

10 a.m. - 12 p.m. — Lincoln Peirce (Big Nate) / Big Nate Birthday Bash!

A Great Books Explosion!

I was recently minding my own business at the local book store searching for "Microwave Cooking For One" when I spotted some sensational new books. 


                                  Zarf 3 cover


Life of Zarf: Troll Overboard is Rob Harrell's third installment of the best selling Zarf series. You might remember Rob as the cartoonist behind Big Top and Adam @ Home. Rob's a real crackerjack when it comes to storytelling and his wonderful art just flows out of him like icing onto a birthday cake


                    Mark pett book


I was so excited to see Rob's book that I did a celebratory spin, only I used too much thigh power and I did a 540 which left me face-to-face with Mark Pett's latest. It's called "This is My Book" and it's got a panda and some pop-ups and a painter who looks a little like bit like the author. Great for people who like fun. Mark, of course, is the mistermind behind the Lucky Cow and Mr. Lowe comics that can be seen every day at the GoComics


                                       Dream jumper


And then, last but unleashed, is Lucas "Imagine This" Turnbloom's newest. Lucas co-authored the book with noted Hollywood person Greg Grunberg. Certainly we all remember Greg from "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," "Heroes" and most memorably as Gatman in "Melrose Place." As to the book. I'll let my Amazon review speak for itself: 


I read Dream Jumper with a large smile on my face and a tumbler full of buttermilk on my nightstand. I've been saying for years that Lucas Turnbloom was going to touch the stars and then land his space rocket on a barge in the ocean. Which is harder to do than it sounds.

This book is as beautifully and lovingly done as Turnbloom's hair. It's a good read that says something about life but also about those of us who aren't afraid to be loved and also those of us have adventures with large birds like my dad used to.

I predict a major breakthrough for Turnbloom and all his great cartooning and hair combing. And FWIW, if you ever get to see him performing live on his cor anglais do not miss it. Those are magic fingers!




That's three great new books by three great GoComics cartoonists. What a world we live in!




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  9-9-16





Inkwell Forest 9-9-16









Zombie Heights  9-10-16









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



NEW COMIC ALERT! Poorcraft by C. Spike Trotman

Poorcraft by C. Spike Trotman
Poorcraft by C. Spike Trotman

Poorcraft is the essential comic book guide to practical urban and suburban frugality! Whether you're new to independent living, a recent college graduate or just downshifting to a simpler lifestyle, Poorcraft can help you with everything from finding a home to finding a hobby, dinner to debt relief, education to entertainment. It's time to cut your expenses! Or just make sure they never pile up.


Follow Poorcraft here!

Laser Moose Will Sear Your Soul ... and Your Skin

There is a moose that roams the woods: waiting, waiting, waiting. Lasers from his eyes, ice water in his veins. This is not your father's gun-toting weapons-grade elk. This is LASER MOOSE! Now in handy book form, Laser Moose will take you on the wildest ride. A ride in a convertible PT Cruiser with a modified Ferrari engine! Then you'd have the looks and the power ... just like Laser Moose.

There are great stories in this here book and the characters got the best kind of dialogue that I like. I'm recommending this to my book club and I think it would be a natural TV show on one of the more sophisticated networks where you could show the Laser Moose laser (with his eye lasers) other evil creatures heads off without fear of reprisal from a censor. Take that, censors! We hate you!
I give it FIVE STARS (out of four).
*GOCOMICS BLOG EXCLUSIVE: Read here and now how Doug Savage created the awesome cover. Doug is also the creator of the sublime Savage Chickens that runs on the GoComics

* not really exclusive. Sorry I lied. 

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