GoComics Staff Pick: Breaking Cat News by Georgia Dunn

Breaking Cat New by Georgia Dunn

 

Even if you don't own a cat, you probably can't avoid seeing them on the Internet. Therefore, everyone can  relate to the feline reporters and their befuddlement at everyday occurrences. Timely, hard-hitting, investigative journalism at its finest!

 

—Melissa, Digital Colorist

 

 

Read more Breaking Cat News here!





Complete Far Side in Complete-ly New Format

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If you're anything like me, you enjoy the laughter of children, a tall glass of buttermilk heated to precisely 95 degrees and the brilliant comics of Gary Larson

 

Finally, for the second time ever, you can enjoy all his work in one handy slipcovered package. Only this time, the books are in paperback form! We heard you! No more cumbersome hardcovers to lug through airport security or to the local dance emporium!

 

These three volumes score very high on what comics academia call the LOLQ ... or "Laugh Out Loud Quotient." 

 

Personally I've read these comics nine, ten, twenty times and I can tell you that like a nice onion gravy, they never fail to satisfy. 

 

Should you buy this book? Well, only if you're one of those rare people (like me and my imaginary friend RobesJean) who love to laugh.

 

Now I am afraid I must bid you good marrow* as the Wendy Williams show is on the color TV.

 

-JG 

 

Buy here!

 

* Q: Didn't you mean "good morrow"?

 A: Quiet, you!





Holiday Traditions

In order for Christmas to be real in my house, there are a few traditions that absolutely must happen.

 

Decorations 

 

I helped my mom put up the Christmas tree and decorations last weekend. My brother brought up all of the boxes from the basement, and I put up the tree. We had to switch out all of the fall décor with winter décor. The pumpkins were replaced with holly berries and jingle bells. When I was growing up, the tree had traditional ornaments and things my brother and I made. Now that we’re older, the tree is color coordinated. Covered in gold ornaments, the tree could blind you if the light hits it just right. I love to stare at the tree and get lost in the glimmering lights while listening to Christmas music. 

 

Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson

 

It takes time and effort to put up the tree, but I think it is totally worth it. It's where all of the magic of Christmas starts for me. I like that Calvin thinks a bigger tree means more presents. I’ve never heard of that.

 

Movies

 

Another favorite tradition is watching Christmas movies. My Christmas watch list usually includes "The Grinch Who Stole Christmas" (new and original), "Elf" and "Home Alone." With plenty of movies to watch, I’ll squeeze in any other movies that I have time for. It’s often hard to choose what to watch because so many movies are playing at the same time.

 

FoxTrot by Bill Amend

 

Cookies

 

Not only do I like watching Christmas movies, I also love Christmas cookies. This FoxTrot strip is accurate to my life. I remember a year ago I made a plate of cookies to take to a friend. I left the house to get plastic wrap to cover them, and when I came back my brother poured a glass of milk and had the plate in the microwave. If I got stuck at a red light or chose the wrong line at the grocery store, I would have come home to an empty plate.

 

I love to bake and having people enjoy your cookies is a compliment, but is dangerous to have fresh-baked cookies in my house. I usually prepare the dough ahead of time so it can chill, but even that can get eaten. My family makes many batches because we take cookies to the neighbors, friends, family and co-workers. 

 

What are your favorite holiday traditions?

 

--Lauren

 

 

 





GIVEAWAY: 2015 Day-to-Day Calendars

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At GoComics, our goal is to keep you laughing each and every day! To get your 2015 off to a hilarious start and bring you 365 days of guaranteed giggles, we’re giving away THREE 2015 day-to-day calendars, including:

 

-       Duh!

-       Dog Shaming

-       Classic Dave Berry

 

To enter, leave a comment on this blog post and include your FIRST and LAST names. This contest will end Tues., Dec. 16 at 10 a.m. CT. Three winners will be randomly selected and announced that day on this blog. This contest is open to all readers worldwide.

 

Browse more 2015 calendars here.





Giveaway: Random Acts of Nancy Greeting Cards – Winner Announced

 

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Thank you to all who entered to win the set of Random Acts of Nancy greeting cards featuring art by Ernie Bushmiller!

 

Congratulations to Scott Mullowney! Please email us at rewards@gocomics.com with your shipping address and phone number. Please note: You must contact us by 12/16/14 or your prize will be forfeited.





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.

 

 

12-5-14

 

Alison Ward  12-5-14

 

 

 

 

Bushy Tales  12-5-14

 

 

 

 

Courageous Man Adventures  12-5-14

 

 


 

 

 

Frank & Steinway  12-5-14

 

 

 

 

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Girth  12-5-14

 

 

 

Promises Promises  12-5-14

 

 

 

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Suburban Fairy Tales

 

 

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

 





Weekend Faves (December 7)

Half Full by Maria Scrivan
Half Full by Maria Scrivan

"The Story of the Three Beers."

--Lindsay

 

Brevity by Dan Thompson
Brevity by Dan Thompson

I can't resist a good pun.

--Julie

 

 

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

A brilliant invention, but I'd be nervous about putting these in the oven.
--Lucas

 

Thatababy by Paul Trap
Thatababy by Paul Trap

It almost makes you want to keep the old tv.       
--Lauren

 

Pearls Before Swine by Stephan Pastis
Pearls Before Swine by Stephan Pastis

This is a dilemma dreaded by many college graduates.
--Lauren





New Comic Alert! Berkeley Mews by Ben Zaehringer

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Berkeley Mews is a bleak little comic strip in which bad things happen to good people, good things happen to bad people, and everything usually ends in disappointment or death. Satisfaction guaranteed.

 

Read Berkeley Mews here.





Meet Your Creator: Mo Willems (From the Mo Willems Sketchbook)

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Most artists return from a prolonged sojourn in Paris with a new way of seeing things. Their art, their writing, their lives burst with deep insight and robust creativity. Their subsequent work points to an enriched philosophy that changes the artist and all who behold their wondrous, brave, challenging new experiments. Paris has made them better, and, in return, they have made the world better with their efforts.

 

I took pictures of signage with my smartphone.

 

Sorry about that.

 

But, when having to concentrate fully trying to grasp a new language and culture, even the things that make should sense, like signage, don’t. “What if I’m misreading this?” a middle-aged cartoonist spending a confusing year in Paris might ask. “That would be embarrassing, dangerous, or worse, force me to miss getting to the cheese shop for the six minutes it’s open every week,” a similar middle-aged cartoonist could be forgiven for thinking.

 

When I decided to take a year in France, I thought it would be fun to make a few drawings and doodles of what I saw. Inexplicably, the folks at GoComics thought it would be fun to post them. It certainly was fun, which is why I’m continuing with them after I’ve returned home.

 

From the very beginning, my stated goal in life was to be a syndicated cartoonist. When I was 5, I wrote to Charles Schulz (Peanuts) asking if I could have his job when he died.  As fate would have it, syndication would remain out of reach while I struggled as a stand-up, then television writer and animator, and ultimately began publishing books for children. I am as happy as I am lucky that I get to spend my days writing for kids, and I take great pleasure in the struggle of finding ways to hide how much work goes into my books. My goal is for my work to seem fresh, as if it’s just been written and drawn, a task that involves a large amount of planning and preparation.

 

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A sampling of sketchbooks.

This is where the sketchbook comes in. If I am stuck (that is to say WHEN I am stuck) for a solution to a problem in one of my stories, I’ve discovered it is helpful to step away and do some doodling and sketching. Freed from the need to make useful drawings, I can instead allow my sketching to become playful. Usually, the solutions to those pesky problems can be found in loose sketching; that’s where the fun is.

 

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The author hard at work negotiating with a character.

I believe this is true not just for illustrators. I think drawing and doodling is a freeing experience for everyone. It allows the mind to wander, it engenders empathy (you have to think about the character you are doodling), but mostly: it is fun.

 

I’ve broken down From The Mo Willems Sketchbook into a regular pattern (for now).

 

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The roll of dining room doodle paper.

On Mondays you can expect an abstract or pure experiment in color and shape. Our family lays a big piece of craft paper down on the dining room table and doodles every night (which I post on Wednesdays). It’s great fun, except for some guests who have “sketch-fright.” With a little encouragement (reminding them that there is no such thing as a “wrong drawing”), they take up their crayon and begin with small shapes and designs.  In a word, abstracts. I love seeing their forms, and over the past year have enjoyed mucking about with color and shape myself.

 

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My wife makes wonderful abstracts during dinner.
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At a café in Paris.

Tuesdays and Thursdays feature drawings from the sketchbook. Particularly when I travel, I like to find a quiet spot and sketch those around me. While my drawings may not always seem flattering, I’m looking for the type of person and trying to figure out what makes them happy to be them.

 

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Sometimes my crayons get away from me …

Wednesdays are my dining room doodles, usually characters that arise spontaneously.  Some of these characters may later find themselves in books. Elephant Gerald of the Elephant and Piggie early readers was born in a year-long series of evening sketches.

 

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There is a gag in here somewhere …

Fridays can be mislabeled photographs of signage (Photo Phridays), paintings I had fun making, or gag comix from my archives.

 

I hope you enjoy popping by and visiting my efforts. I’m excited when I hear of people doodling and drawing because of what they see on the strip. If one of those people is YOU, thank YOU.  If not, please pick up a crayon soon and have a doodle. It’s fun.

 

If you’d like some more Mofo’, here are some videos and articles that can give you a background on myself and my work:


CBS SUNDAY interview with Rita Braver.  A nice piece that chronicles my career, my work in theater, philosophy, and why Paris.

TODAY show interview with Al Roker.  We had a blast doodling all over the place, plus Al gives a nice overview of my work.

 

A Rival for Pigeon (NPR's Morning Edition) A fun chat about Pigeon, Duckling, Death, and Why Parents are Cool.

 

Mo Willems is the go-to author for children — and their parents (Washington Post) A lovely feature piece about my work and career with great pictures of kids yelling.

 
Guilt for dinner: The MoWillems interview (Time Out Chicago) Fun interview on my writing philosophy.

 

Zena Sutherland Lecture: “Why Books” (Horn Book) A transcription of a speech I delivered in Chicago.

 

Seriously Funny (Northampton Gazette) My local paper writes one of the best features on me yet.

 

You can find out more stuff at mowillems.com, and, yes, some of my original drawings are available via the R. Michelson Gallery.

 

Read From the Mo Willems Sketchbook here, follow Mo on Twitter, visit his blog or check out his website!





Twitter Q&A with Cartoonist Stuart Carlson

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In case you missed this week's cartoonist Q&A, we chatted with Stuart Carlson! Carlson has multiple features on GoComics, including his editorial cartoon and two comics: Gray Matters and Beanie the Brownie, a special Christmas-themed comic series that launched on GoComics this week. Catch up on the Q&A below!

 

 

 

 

Next week, we'll be chatting with Keith Knight, creator of The Knight LifeThe K Chronicles and his editorial cartoon (th)ink. Join the Q&A on Friday, December 12 on Twitter starting at 1:30pm CT under the hashtag: #AskKeithKnight 





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.

 

 

12-2-14

 

 

The Boobiehatch  12-2-14

 

 

 

12-3-14

 

 

 

 

12-3-14

 

 

 

Snow Sez...  12-3-14

 

 

 

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The Boobiehatch  12-4-14

 

 


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





It’s a Wild World

Green Humour by Rohan Chakravarty
Green Humour by Rohan Chakravarty

Devoted to raising awareness and contributing to the conservation and protection of endangered species such as elephants, rhinos and tigers, today marks World Wildlife Conservation Day.

 

Rohan Chakravarty’s Green Humour combines comics and wildlife with cartoons focusing on animals, conservation, sustainability and all things green. Though the topics are serious, Rohan’s work is fun, engaging and educational.

 

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In honor of World Wildlife Conservation Day, read Green Humour here or learn more about Rohan in his “Meet Your Creator” blog post.

 

 





GoComics Staff Pick: Randoms Acts of Nancy by Guy Gilchrist and John Lotshaw

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Nancy didn't enter the public consciousness overnight — she did it over the course of many decades, one panel at a time. That's exactly how Guy Gilchrist and his assistant John Lotshaw are presenting her each day in the new GoComics feature Random Acts of Nancy. Somewhere between original creator Ernie Bushmiller's classic Nancy strips and the pop-art reinventions of Joe BrainardRandom Acts of Nancy presents a single panel from past Nancy comics, recolored and enlarged for your viewing pleasure.

 

The original publication dates run at the bottom of each strip, prompting some readers to occasionally unearth the originals.

 

 

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Personally, I think it's a lot of fun to see these images free of the usual storytelling context, as John and Guy have done a great job of selecting some of the most unusual and fun scenarios from the extensive Nancy catalog. For those who want to read more than one panel at a time, the Nancy strip itself is just a click away. Read more Random Acts of Nancy here on GoComics.

 

—Lucas, Editor  





Bad Hair Day

What do Jazmine (The Boondocks), Val (Stone Soup) and Alice (Dilbert) all have in common? They are all cartoon characters with curly hair. Alice has the dreadful triangular hair, a common condition where your hair grows out rather than down. Many curly haired girls have to deal with. If the forecast calls for rain, I stay inside to protect myself from the elements. Rain is the worst enemy of any girl with curly hair. What looks like drops of rain to most are essentially little drops of frizz falling from the sky. No matter how flawless my hair looks in front of the mirror in the bathroom, all it takes is a step outside before it transforms into something unrecognizable. Taking care of curly hair is not easy, but for some reason, people who don’t have it love to say, “I’d love to have hair like yours.” I’m sure if we traded hair for a day they would retract that statement quickly. Even though it is hard to maintain and is painful to detangle, once I achieve the perfect style, it is all worth it. I’m glad to see that these characters go through the same hair struggles that I do.

 

The Boondocks by Aaron McGruder
Poor Jazmine, I feel your pain.

 

WuMo by Wulff & Morgenthaler
What do you do when your everyday look is out of style?

 

Nancy by Guy Gilchrist
Every once in a while you want to change it up.

 

Get Fuzzy by Darby
Everyone deserves friends who like them on bad hair days.
 
 
The Flying McCoys by Glenn and Gary McCoy
I woke up like this.

--Lauren





Giveaway: Random Acts of Nancy Greeting Cards

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We want to help you spread cheer this holiday season! We’re giving away a set of Random Acts of Nancy greeting cards! Featuring art by Ernie Bushmiller, friends and family members will surely smile when receiving a handwritten note inside of these fun cards.

 

To enter, leave a comment on this blog post and include your FIRST and LAST names. This contest will end Tues., Dec. 9 at 10 a.m. CT. One winner will be announced that day on this blog. This contest is open to all readers worldwide.

 

Read Random Acts of Nancy here.





Giveaway: The Art of Richard Thompson – Winner Announced

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Thank you to all who entered to win “The Art of Richard Thompson!” We’ve randomly selected a winner!

 

Congratulations to Will Bryan! Please email us at rewards@gocomics.com with your shipping address and phone number. Please note: You must contact us by 12/9/14 or your prize will be forfeited.

 

 

 





Like Having A Term Paper To Do, All Of The Time

Wow, there's lots to like in this 1963 clip of Charles M. "Sparky" Schulz talking about doing his strip. Nine kids and no seatbelts.

 

 





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.

 

 

 

Far Out!  11-27-14

 

 

 

Norman  11-27-14

 

 

Snow Sez... 11-27-14

 

 

 

 

The Boobiehatch  11-27-14

 

 

 

Kicky Brand  11-28-14

 

 

 

 

Milton 5.0  11-28-14

 

 

 

11-28-14

 

 

11-29-14

 

 

 

 Green Pieces 11-30-14

 

 

 

Blackboard Daze  12-1-14

 

 

 

Promises Promises 12-1-14

 

 

 


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





JumpStart is Coming to a Television Near You!

JumpStart by Robb Armstrong
JumpStart by Robb Armstrong

EXCITING NEWS! JumpStart is ready to dive off the page and onto the small screen. Fox is developing Robb Armstrong's comic strip JumpStart for a half-hour multi-camera sitcom. Armstrong will be co-writing the script with Andrew Orenstein (Malcom in the Middle).

 

Packed with humor and heart, JumpStart is a modern comic strip with a classic feel. At the core of the JumpStart family is Joe Cobb, a big-city cop, and his wife, Marcy, a nurse in a bustling Philadelphia hospital. Their jobs are easy compared to the challenge of raising their four children: Sunny, Jojo, Tommi and Teddi.

 

Home to wit and wisdom, we can’t wait to see the Cobb family on television!

 

Read JumpStart here.

 





Beanie the Brownie Begins Today!

 

Beanie the Brownie by Stuart Carlson

 

Beanie and his siblings Budgie and Peanut swing into action to save Christmas from nefarious forces in the seasonal strip Beanie the Brownie that's tailored to kids -- and adults who are in tune with the meaning of the holiday.

 

Beanie, who hails from the far north, is close friends with GoComics editorial cartoonist Stuart Carlson and his wife, Mary. Stuart is also co-creator of the strip Gray Matters.

 

A special holiday series, Beanie the Brownie will update on GoComics from Dec. 1 to Dec. 24.

 

Read Beanie the Brownie here.






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