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.

 

 

 

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No Ordinary Life  4-19-16

 

 

 

 

Stale Crackers 4-19-16

 

People of Earth  4-20-16

 

 

 

 

Spectickles  4-20-16

 

 

Dysconnected  4-21-16

 

 

 

 

Green Pieces  4-21-16

 

 

 

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

 





What Rhymes With “National Poetry Month”?

Attention all sonnet savants, limerick legends and couplet connoisseurs: April is National Poetry Month!

 

If you think poetry has no place within the panels of daily comics, you’re mistaken. Rhymes and verses appear frequently in comics, proving that in addition to being illustrious illustrators, cartoonists can be talented wordsmiths as well.


In honor of National Poetry Month, we’ve assembled an assortment of poems from our favorite comics below.

 

 

Luann by Greg Evans
Luann by Greg Evans

 

 

Heart of the City by Mark Tatulli
Heart of the City by Mark Tatulli

 

 

Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson
Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson

 

 

Lola by Todd Clark
Lola by Todd Clark

 

 

Maintaining by Nate Creekmore
Maintaining by Nate Creekmore

 

 

Big Nate by Lincoln Peirce
Big Nate by Lincoln Peirce

 

For more of Nate’s poetry, check out our collection here!



Happy National Poetry Month!





GIVEAWAY: F Minus 10th Anniversary Prize Pack

On April 17, 2006, F Minus made its national newspaper debut. Ten years later, creator Tony Carrillo continues to amuse and entertain the masses with new F Minus strips appearing every day.

 

To celebrate a decade of F Minus, we’re giving away an anniversary prize pack, including a collectible, archive-quality print and a copy of “This Can’t Be Legal: An F Minus Collection.”

 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

 

This contest will end on April 26, 2016, at 12 a.m. CT. We will randomly select one winner and notify the winner via email on April 26, 2016.

 

While you wait to find out if you’ve won, click here to read F Minus!

 

The next giveaway will be announced on April 27, 2016 at 6 a.m. CT.





Transformation Tuesday: The Evolution of Comics

Thanks to their simplicity and prevalence, comics characters are some of the most easily recognizable figures around the world. In fact, thanks to their ubiquitousness, it’s easy to forget that certain long-running comics haven’t always looked the way they look now. Just because cartoon characters don’t age doesn’t mean they don’t change!

 

This #TransformationTuesday, we rounded up five of our favorite character transformations in comics.

 


1. Frazz (Frazz by Jef Mallett)

 

Frazz by Jef Mallett
Frazz by Jef Mallett

  

Frazz by Jef Mallett
Frazz by Jef Mallett

 

Everyone’s favorite golden-hearted janitor looks much the same as he did 15 years ago, but with a slightly different haircut and a broader forehead. One thing that’s consistently different in the strip: The T-shirt Frazz wears under his coveralls.

 

Read Frazz here!



2. Brain (The Awkward Yeti by Nick Seluk)

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

 

 

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


Before Heart and Brain became breakout stars, Brain was just a humble, grayish-pink organ who liked to torment Lars when Lars was trying to sleep. Now that Heart has taken on a more prominent role in The Awkward Yeti, he’s become a vibrant, salmon-hued character with square-framed glasses to denote his intellectual nature.

 

Click here to read The Awkward Yeti.

 


3. Rat and Pig (Pearls Before Swine by Stephan Pastis)

 

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

 

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

 

 

While Rat is largely unchanged, Pig’s head and body shape have rounded out, and his ears have taken on a teardrop shape. Also unchanged: Stephan Pastis’ trademark cynical humor.

 

Read more Pearls Before Swine here!



4. Charlie Brown (Peanuts by Charles Schulz)

 

Peanuts by Charles Schulz
Peanuts by Charles Schulz

 

Peanuts by Charles Schulz
Peanuts by Charles Schulz

 

We wouldn’t even recognize good ol’ Charlie Brown if they didn’t identify him by name in the first Peanuts strip! Thankfully, it didn’t take long for him to acquire his trusty zigzag shirt.

 

Click here for more Peanuts!



5. Jon and Garfield (Garfield by Jim Davis)

 

Garfield by Jim Davis
Garfield by Jim Davis

 

Garfield by Jim Davis
Garfield by Jim Davis

 

After almost 40 years in syndication, it’s no surprise that Garfield and Jon have undergone the most dramatic transformation on this list. Of course the two things that stayed the same are Jon’s fashion sense and Garfield’s insatiable appetite.

 

Read Garfield here!



Happy Transformation Tuesday!





COMICS SHERPA: EDITOR'S PICKS


This recurring LAUGH TRACKS feature highlights individual Sherpa strips and panels that for one reason or another caught the fancy of the aide de sherpa. It could be anything; the drawing, the writing, the humor, the coloring, that they tried something interesting, or that it's a new step for that particular creator.


We hope this quirky sampler will alert you to features you might not yet have noticed amid Sherpa's abundant, ever-changing, and eclectic mix, and that it gives Sherpa creators a modicum of helpful feedback.

 

 

 

All In Good Time  4-15-16

 

 

 

 

Bluebonnets  4-15-16

 

 

 

 

 

4-15-16

 

 

 

 

 

4-15-16

 

 

 

 

Blue Skies Toons  4-16-16

 

 

 

 

 

The Neighborhood  4-16-16

 

 

 

 

 

Dungeon Hordes  4-17-16

 

 

 

 

4-17-16

 

 

 

4-17-16

 

 

 

 

Inkwell Forest  4-18-16

 

 

 

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

 

 





Happy 10th Anniversary, F Minus!

F Minus by Tony Carillo
F Minus by Tony Carrillo

 

On April 17, 2006, the first F Minus comic appeared in newspapers across the country. Ten years later, creator Tony Carrillo continues to amuse and entertain the masses with new F Minus strips every day.

 

To celebrate a decade of F Minus humorCarrillo put together a list of 10 things you may or may not already know about the stripincluding revealing the presence of subtle art history references and an explanation of Carrillo's penchant for making fun of St. Louis:

 

"I once drew a comic that featured a 'Visit St. Louis' mug. A resident of St. Louis felt I was making fun of his great city, and wrote me a long email explaining how wrong I was. Naturally, any time I need a city to make fun of, I now choose St. Louis."

 

Read the rest of Carrillo's list over at the F Minus blog.

 

Congratulations to Tony Carrillo, and here's to 10 more years of F Minus!

 

Click here to read F Minus from the beginning!





New Comic Alert! Dorris McComics by Alex Norris

Dorris McComics by Alex Norris
Dorris McComics by Alex Norris

 

Dorris McComics is a comic about comics. Featuring a stream of disposable characters who are tormented by the weird features of the comic medium, Dorris McComics provides life lessons through convoluted metaphors. The most tormented character of all is "Recurring Character," who is reluctantly dragged through many comics and never really has a good time.

 

Read Dorris McComics here!





Calvin and Hobbes Facebook Page Reaches 1 Million Followers

On April 14, the Calvin and Hobbes Facebook page hit the 1 million follower mark! To celebrate reaching such an impressive milestone, we asked readers to share their favorite Calvin and Hobbes strip from the archive.

 

We’ve rounded up a few of the most frequently shared strips below.



1. The first strip of the series. (November 18, 1985)
 

Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson
Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson

 

 

2. The monster in the hallway. (November 24, 1989)

  

Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson
Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson

 

 

3. Playing war. (March 23, 1986)

  

Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson
Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson

 

 

4. The dance party. (February 1, 1987)

  

Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson
Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson

 

 

5. Rainy day blues. (October 3, 1993)

 

Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson
Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson

 

 

6. Lucky rocketship underpants. (May 14, 1995)

  

Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson
Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson

 

 

 

7. The final strip. (December 31, 1995)

 

Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson
Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson

 

 


Hungry for more Calvin and Hobbes? Click here to explore the archive!





Meet Your Creator: Will Henry (Ordinary Bill, Wallace the Brave)

 

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The GoComics “Meet Your Creator” series brings you firsthand insight into the lives and careers of your favorite cartoonists. Each week, we hand over the keys to one of our talented creators, who share their inspirations, achievements, creative processes, studios and more! Read on to hear from this week’s featured cartoonist: Will Henry of Ordinary Bill and Wallace the Brave.

 

Hi, I'm Will, and I create the comic Wallace the Brave.

 

 

Wallace the Brave by Will Henry

 

 

It's a simple little comic about a boy named Wallace growing up in Snug Harbor. In my years of cartooning, I've had successes and failures, good ideas and bad, and they've all contributed to the creation of Wallace. Here's a bit of a snapshot of that journey:

 

First off, let's get some things out of the way. Yes, I've wanted to be a cartoonist since grade school. Yes, I grew up reading Peanuts, The Far Side, Garfield and Calvin and Hobbes. And yes, I draw my inspiration from everyday life. Even if I had a magic genie that gave me comic strip ideas, I wouldn't tell you about him.

 

On to the meat and potatoes ...

 

The Past

 

I got my first taste of "professional" cartooning my freshman year of college. The Daily Campus had a neat comics section. I created a comic, Room Mates, which ran three times a week. It was a typical college comic: two dormmates with different personalities and an alcoholic rat that lived in a pizza box. The pay was $15 a week. While not much, it could buy A LOT of Pabst Blue Ribbon. After some basic research, I sent a nice syndication packet to every editor who would agree to take a look at it.

 

I had quite a bit of confidence, and figured by Monday, I'd have a nationally syndicated comic strip, fat stacks of cash, and phone calls from Mick Jagger. Ohhhhh, William ... poor, young, foolish William.

 

After college

 

I launched Ordinary Bill, a comic based on my cat, my girlfriend Isis (now my wife) and me.

 

 

Ordinary Bill by Will Wilson

 

 

It was fun, self-examining and a bit silly, but it taught me loads about deadlines, defining an audience and character development. In retrospect, I spent too many years working on it. When it started, it was very raw, and as time went on, I tried to change its spirit to make it fit the needs of others – syndicates, newspapers and books.

 

This eventually turned it into an entirely different comic, one that sort of lost its most interesting and personal moments. I found I couldn't more fully explore the characters because it had a weak foundation, and since the characters were based on my wife and me, I felt I could never tackle some more defining storylines.

 

I was very proud of my comic Ordinary Bill, and at its peak, the comic was very well received ... probably because I touted it whenever and wherever I could.

 

It's funny, and this is something I believe many creators deal with, but now I'm literally embarrassed to show people the comic. I know I shouldn't be, and it was fun while I was focused on it, but now all I see are the flaws and missteps ... but, man, it taught me a ton.

 

I bought a liquor store in 2013. It's a cool little spot called Grapes and Gourmet in Jamestown, Rhode Island, and that's where I work when I'm not cartooning. I keep my drawing table there, which gets me outta the house and interacting with the outside world. Here's a shot of my drawing table:

 

 

Will Henry Drawing Table

 

 

The neighborhood kids often swing by to see what I'm drawing, and I find their comments refreshingly honest. I can't imagine their parents are too thrilled about their kids lingering in a liquor store. If you’re in the area, stop in and say hi!

 

The Present

 

I try to live in the present, but it's a very finicky time. It's tough to identify and it’s gone before you realize it. After I made the decision to cool down Ordinary Bill, my perception of cartooning changed. I wanted to create better work, and talk of syndication and generating income took a backseat to this. I began doodling a little boy running around barefoot, catching crickets and chasing seagulls. Simple sketches, maybe a little color and text, but mostly little scenarios that made me happy. They also made my wife happy. She loved this little cartoon dude. 

 

Here's a photo of Isis and me; we were married in 2014.

 

 

Will Henry

 

 

She's been dealing with this cartooning habit for the better part of a decade. Isn't she lovely ... WOOOHOO.

 

Anyway, I named the little boy Wallace, and drew about 30 completed comics with a few other added characters. There was Wallace, the curious daredevil; Spud, the neurotic best friend; and Amelia, the new girl ... she was trouble. Ordinary Bill never quite had a solid world in which the characters lived, so with Wallace, I tried extra-hard to give them a backdrop that didn't necessarily seem real, but consistent. I didn't have any plans to continue with Wallace, but my wife asked me to make some more. She took a liking to Wallace and even coaxed/demanded I send the sample to GoComics to see what they thought. I gave the comic the title Wallace the Brave and emailed the acquisitions editor the first 30 comics. From there, I went on my way, no longer waiting for the response I once obsessed over. But, as these things usually go, I got a response months after, and in June 2015, Wallace the Brave debuted on GoComics.  

 

My current cartooning process is not complex. I use classic pencil on Bristol board to sketch out the roughs. Then, I use some Micron pens and nib and ink, maybe some brushes, but that's about it. I scan the inked comic onto the computer and use a very old, very stolen version of Photoshop (what? it's expensive) to color the comics.

 

 

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I’ve also been known to break out the brushes and scratch the itch to do watercolors, another longtime interest.

 

I straight-up love cartooning, and at the moment, it's something that gives me a little bit of a voice. I do not live an extraordinary life. I live in a tiny, one-bedroom cottage and work at a liquor store, but every day, I have a little 14-by-5 inch blank space to be, and see, whatever I want. Spaceships, dragons, irate seagulls, tidal waves – anything! It can all live in my little blank space and I want to take advantage of that. It's mine and I can do whatever I want with it, and no one can tell me otherwise (actually, my editor usually makes me take out "F" bombs).

 

 

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My goal with Wallace is to highlight some of the simpler, stranger aspects of childhood while sprinkling in a bit of my own experiences. I want to create a fictional world where kids still collect bugs and fly kites and eat ice-cream cones upside down and jump from the docks and pick on each other and just do the weird things that kids do. Nothing is more boring than watching a kid use a smartphone, never mind reading a comic about kids using smartphones. I try to avoid that sort of material at all costs.

 

 

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I create Wallace the Brave under the name Will Henry in honor of my grandmother. My full name is William Henry Wilson, but there's a bunch of Will Wilsons in the family, so she calls me Will Henry. Often shouting, "WILL HENRY... bring me scotch." She also turned me on to some of my new favorite comics.  In my "adult" life I started reading more of classic comic strips, and am drawn to the strange things I find in Krazy Kat comics and the colors in vintage Gasoline Alley strips.

 

The Future

 

I'm often asked, "Hey buddy, what’s in your future?” I consider the question through two lenses: one for the future of comics, and another on a personal level. I don't believe comics are going anywhere. Obviously, the medium is changing, but I think it’s just a hiccup before we all get settled.

 

Hieroglyphics, stick figures and kids’ books have proven that people have always preferred their words with pictures. As a creator, but mostly as a consumer, I do think it's a shame what's happening to the comics page of newspapers, especially regarding legacy strips and reruns. If I turned on the television and saw nothing but reruns and shows from half a century ago, I’d probably stop watching TV, too.

 

Personally, I have no plans for Wallace. It's a strip I wholeheartedly enjoy working on. I see my family every time I read it, and I get to share my memories whenever I'm writing it. I truly love the craft. I suppose I keep doing it because tomorrow I can create a better comic than the one I'm working on today.

 

Read Wallace the Brave and Ordinary Bill. Follow Will on Twitter here.





Top 5 Moments in Comics Parenting

It isn’t easy being a parent in the world of comics. Cartoon kids always seem to get into more trouble than kids in the real world, probably because they aren’t bound by the laws of physics.

 

Today, we’d like to take a moment to acknowledge five truly great parenting moments in comics.



1. When Calvin learned a lesson he’ll never forget.

Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson
Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson

 

 

2. When patience, resilience and optimism won out.

 

Dadding Badly by John Kovaleski
Dadding Badly by John Kovaleski

 

 

3. When Martin Wright used Nate’s competitiveness against him.

 

Big Nate by Lincoln Peirce
Big Nate by Lincoln Peirce

 

 

4. When Dicky told his son some hard truths.

 

Fowl Language by Brian Gordon
Fowl Language by Brian Gordon

 

 

5. And finally, when Lunarbaboon’s ingenuity and creativity made him a hero.

 

Lunarbaboon by Christopher Grady
Lunarbaboon by Christopher Grady

 

 


For more parenting comics, check out our Big Nate collection here, and our Calvin and Hobbes collection here!





COMICS SHERPA: EDITOR'S PICKS

 

This recurring LAUGH TRACKS feature highlights individual Sherpa strips and panels that for one reason or another caught the fancy of the aide de sherpa. It could be anything; the drawing, the writing, the humor, the coloring, that they tried something interesting, or that it's a new step for that particular creator.


We hope this quirky sampler will alert you to features you might not yet have noticed amid Sherpa's abundant, ever-changing, and eclectic mix, and that it gives Sherpa creators a modicum of helpful feedback.

 

 

 AJ & Magnus  4-12-16

 

 

 

 

 

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Father of the Brood  4-12-16

 

 

 

 

 

 My Son Is A Dog  4-12-16

 

 

 

npchumor.com  4-12-16

 

 

 

 

 

4-12-16

 

 

 

 

 

4-13-16

 

 

Dungeon Hordes 4-13-16

 

 

 

 

 

4-13-16

 

 

 

 

The Gray Zone  4-13-16

 

 

 

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

 





Give Your Sweetie a Smooch — It’s Couple Appreciation Month!

February may be the most romantic month, but did you know that April is Couple Appreciation Month? Grab your beloved and remind them why they’re so special to you!

 

In recognition of Couple Appreciation Month, we’re highlighting some of our favorite couples in the world of comics. Proceed with caution — love is in the air!

 

1. Jon and Liz (Garfield by Jim Davis)

Garfield by Jim Davis
Garfield by Jim Davis

  

They say doctors shouldn’t get involved with their patients, but that’s exactly what Liz did (she was Garfield’s veterinarian before dating Jon), and look at how well things turned out!

 

 

2. Charlie Brown and the Little Red-Haired Girl (Peanuts by Charles Schulz)

 

Peanuts by Charles Schulz
Peanuts by Charles Schulz

 

Although Charlie Brown can never quite work up the courage to speak to her, his perennial admiration and loyalty is a testament to the optimism of unrequited love.

 

 

3. Arlo and Janis (Arlo and Janis by Jimmy Johnson)

 

Arlo and Janis by Jimmy Johnson
Arlo and Janis by Jimmy Johnson

 

Everyone’s favorite baby boomer couple continues to delight generations of readers with their easygoing approach to the trials and tribulations of domestic life.

 

 

4. Calvin and Susie (Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson)

 

Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson
Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson

  

Despite spending most of their time pranking each other, Calvin and Susie shared a deep-seated affection that was hinted at several times throughout Calvin and Hobbes’ run.

 

 

We hope these funny page lovebirds have inspired you! However you choose to celebrate, have a happy Couple Appreciation Month.





GIVEAWAY: National Humor Month Prize Pack

April is National Humor Month, and we’re celebrating by giving our readers the chance to win an incredible bundle of recently released comics collections from our publishing division!

 

The list of laugh-out-loud-funny titles includes:

 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

 

This contest will end on April 19, 2016, at 12 a.m. CT. We will randomly select one winner and notify the winner via email on April 19, 2016.

 

The next giveaway will be announced on April 20, 2016 at 6 a.m. CT.





Happy National Library Workers Day!

Who loves comics?

 

Librarians, that’s who. In honor of National Library Workers Day (which is today), let’s talk a little bit about just one of the many, many reasons why the folks that work in our libraries are so awesome. That reason is comics.

 

Librarians have long been staunch comics advocates because they understand that comics can be an important tool to promote literacy. They are largely responsible for getting comics into the hands of the people who want to read them (which is, like, mostly everybody) by putting them front and center in their libraries, at their tradeshows and in the media. (Fun fact: Librarians made award-winning graphic novelist Gene Luen Yang this year’s Honorary Chair of National Library Week. So, yeah, they totally get it.)

 

We here at GoComics and AMP Kids! want to give a shout out to libraries for getting comics collections like Phoebe and Her Unicorn and Big Nate, graphic novels like The Dreadful Fate of Jonathan York and Stinky Cecil, and illustrated novels like Desmond Pucket and G-Man into the hands of kids—and getting them reading.

 

Libraries are often underfunded, understaffed and under-supported. Fortunately for us, there are many passionate and dedicated people—paid and unpaid—that keep them operating. So the next time you’re at your public library or your kid’s school, take a moment to tell a library worker how awesome they truly are.

 

Check out AMP! Kids to find the above mentioned titles, lots of fun stuff for kids, resources for parents and educators, and much more.

 

Click here to read Phoebe and Her Unicorn, Big Nate and G-Man on GoComics!





COMICS SHERPA

 

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.

 

 

 

 Signs of a Frustrated Golfer  4-8-16

 

 

 

 

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Lili and Derek  4-9-16

 

 

 

 

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My Son Is A Dog  4-10-16

 

 

 

 

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Doghouse In Your Soul 4-11-16

 

 

 

 

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Thingsesque  4-11-16

 

 

 

 

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

 





Raising Awareness to End Parkinson’s Disease

 

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

 

 

Today is World Parkinson’s Day, and we want to highlight the efforts to find a cure. Parkinson’s is a chronic and progressive nervous system disease which affects a person’s ability to control movement and coordination. Currently, there is no known cause or cure.

 

Richard Thompson, of Cul de Sac fame, was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2009. In response, his friend Chris Sparks created Team Cul de Sac, a group dedicated to fundraising for Parkinson’s research, often with the help of other cartoonists.

 

Sparks blogged for us last year about the group’s formation and recent accomplishments (click here to read it!). Since then, Team Cul de Sac has published a new book, “Compleating Cul de Sac,” which will be reprinted this summer. You can buy their first book, “Team Cul de Sac,” here.

 

You can catch Team Cul de Sac live at HeroesCon in Charlotte, North Carolina, on June 17, at their annual Drink and Draw fundraising event.

 

For more information on Parkinson’s disease, Parkinson’s Awareness Month and World Parkinson’s Day, visit the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation website.

 

Click here to read Richard Thompson’s Cul de Sac!

 

Team Cul de Sac Resources:

Donate to TCDS/Michael J. Fox Foundation

TCDS Blog

TCDS on Facebook





New Comic Alert! Bad Machinery by John Allison

 

Bad Machinery by John Allison
Bad Machinery by John Allison

 

Bad Machinery tells the stories of three schoolgirl sleuths and three schoolboy investigators attending Griswalds Grammar School in Tackleford, UK. While not exactly enemies, a mixture of pride, mistrust and stubbornness keep them at odds. Tackleford, a medium-sized West Yorkshire city set among rolling hills, has a long history of mystery. Since the industrial revolution, it has been a hotbed of problems, issues, manifestations, bad deeds, schemes and trouble. Griswalds is in the leafy suburb of Keane End. Nothing else is certain.

 

Read Bad Machinery here!





Happy National Sibling Day!

Whether you have one sibling or a dozen, you know the bond between brothers and sisters is unlike any other. You fight with them, compete with them and tattle on them, but they’re your partners in crime, and you know they’ll always be there for you.

 

Today is National Sibling Day, and to celebrate, we’ve rounded up five things everyone with a sibling knows to be true:

 

1. Your siblings keep you humble.

 

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

 


2. They’re always looking for something to use against you.

 

Oh, Brother! by Bob Weber Jr. and Jay Stephens
Oh, Brother! by Bob Weber Jr. and Jay Stephens

 

3. They do everything in their power to keep you on your toes.

 

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

 

 

4. They secretly love whatever perks they get for being older or younger than you.

 

Peanuts by Charles Schulz
Peanuts by Charles Schulz

 

5. Even though they’ll never admit it to anyone, they’re pretty proud to be your sibling.

 

Stone Soup by Jan Eliot
Stone Soup by Jan Eliot

 

 

For more sibling shenanigans, check out our comic collection!





Meet Your Creator: Don Asmussen (Bad Reporter)

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The GoComics “Meet Your Creator” series brings you firsthand insight into the lives and careers of your favorite cartoonists. Each week, we hand over the keys to one of our talented creators, who share their inspirations, achievements, creative processes, studios and more! Read on to hear from this week’s featured cartoonist: Don Asmussen of Bad Reporter.

 

 

BAD REPORTER by Don Asmussen

 

When did you start cartooning?

 

When I was about 5, I had a dream that eventually an extremely wealthy and hubristic real estate tycoon would run for president and destroy the world. I awoke and immediately asked my father to buy me some crayons. By that evening, I had completed my very first editorial cartoon diatribe against Donald Trump (this was around 1973-ish). I couldn't get it published anywhere, being it almost 35 years too early. So, I hung on to this precious cargo. Years and years later, it finally is relevant. But now, I can't find it.

 

So, I try to recreate it every day. The original was funnier. I wish I could find it.

 

 

How did you begin your career as a cartoonist?

 

I was hired at the Lowell (Massachusetts) Sun to create illustrations and charts, plus editorial cartoons. I purposely sucked at charts. Then, I even started sucking at illustrations. All that was left to do was visual political commentary about Donald Trump. Again, they wouldn't publish them since they were around 30 years too early. Now, though, the Lowell Sun sees what I was talking about. They should've realized I was playing the long game.

 

 

Where did you find inspiration?

 

Donald Trump. Did you miss that part of my last two answers?

 

It was Trump.

 

 

BAD REPORTER by Don Asmussen

 

 

What comics did you read as a child?

 

I didn't really like comics. As a kid I read Spider-Man comic books. Newspaper comics weren't my thing – too many cats and neurotic women. I loved Benny Hill when I was very stupid and young, and then moved up to Monty Python as I grew older and didn't just want to watch Benny Hill’s dancers. So British comedy shows were my thing. I like Jack Davis' Mad magazine covers, but I never read the actual mags. I loved Mark Alan Stamaty's "Washingtoon" in the Village Voice when I was in college. That was my first comic love, and I'm still angry at Newsweek for screwing his career up. Stamaty is the king, and that he never got a Pulitzer is a travesty. "Washingtoon" changed everything for me. Congressman Bob Forehead looks sorta like Joe Scarborough.

 

 

BAD REPORTER by Don Asmussen

 

What comics do you read today?

 

I don't really see comics very often. I love Ruben Bolling (Tom the Dancing Bug, Super-Fun-Pak Comix). Roz Chast is amazing. I don't know the dailies.

 

 

What do you call your political comic "Bad Reporter"?

 

 

BAD REPORTER by Don Asmussen

 

It's based on Stephen Glass and Jayson Blair, bad reporters who made up stuff. Spinning the spin, incorrect Wikipedia-esque reporting. I used to love the old newspaper parodies like "Not the New York Times" back in the ’70s, which I'm sure The Onion was birthed from. I love news speak, the way newspapers instantly seem like they are keeping something from you. Headline wording is an art form of leaving out most of the facts or perspective. I love lack of perspective. It makes everybody funny. Donald Trump is the ultimate example of arrogant ignorance, very Python and very Congressman Bob Forehead. I hope Stamaty gets a lifetime achievement award. "Washingtoon" saw it all back in 1978. Plus, my drawing of Trump when I was 5. I was right on it. I've gotta look for that.

 

 

What are your other projects?

 

 

BAD REPORTER by Don Asmussen

 

I'm working on fake documentaries, using animation and audio. Did a bunch back in the ’90s with a company called Mondo Media. I hope to figure out a way to make them cost-effective. I should ask Mark Fiore how he does it. I'd like to do more of that – I enjoyed working on them before, the scripting, drawing and flash animating and the sound recording. It was super fun. But I'm not sure if media companies want to pay for it. I guess I'll find out.

 

Read Bad Reporter here.

  





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