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Gil by Norm Feuti
Meet Gil. He’s an 8-year-old kid and a bit of an underdog. He doesn’t have the newest toys or live in a fancy house. His parents are split up – his single mother supports them with her factory job income, and his father isn’t around as often as a father ought to be. But none of these things seem to have an adverse affect on Gil’s relentless optimism and upbeat attitude.
Norm Feuti is a syndicated cartoonist, author and freelance artist living in Massachusetts.
Read Gil here.
Bleeker: The Rechargeable Dog by Jonathan Mahood
When Skip Smalls begged his parents for a dog, he should have been more specific. For his 10th birthday, they finally acquiesce and give him Bleeker ― a rechargeable dog equipped with Spock-like sensibilities and his own programmable training manual.
Skip is an average kid with an above-average dog. He struggles to enjoy dog ownership as he adapts to Bleeker’s buggy operating system. While some dogs may chew shoes, Bleeker opens the garage door and turns off the TV when he scratches himself! As a result, Skip has technical support on speed dial. However, there are benefits to having a dog that is computer-literate and runs on batteries. Bleeker helps to keep accident-prone Skip out of harm’s way and even assists him with his homework. Despite some glitches, Skip is learning a lot about his electronic dog ― and himself ― during the training process.
Jonathan Mahood grew up in a household surrounded by comic strips. While in high school, he had his first work published — under an assumed name! — in his brother’s university newspaper. The comics took a bit of a backseat for four years, while he studied sculpture at York University in Toronto. The summer after graduating, he discovered a collection of George Herriman’s classic cartoon Krazy Kat and it reignited his love of comic strips. Between carving blocks of stone and wood, he doodled in his sketchbooks and began creating comic strips for local publications. Then, after years of sending cartoon submissions to newspaper syndicates (and receiving the corresponding rejection letters), Mahood decided to launch his first comic online in July 2006. Called Hoover: The Rechargeable Dog, the strip combined his two favorite companions, his dog and his iPod, eventually renaming it Bleeker in 2007, honoring his grandfather’s middle name. Since then, the comic has built a strong daily audience, attracted interest for an animated television series and has been translated weekly for Die Zeit, Germany’s largest national weekly newspaper. King Features Syndicate syndicated Bleeker: The Rechargeable Dog from 2011 to 2015. Mahood lives in a small town north of Toronto with his dog and his iPhone.
Read Bleeker: The Rechargeable Dog here.
The Worried Well by Dana Maier
Dana Jeri Maier's comics provide useful advice, philosophical musings and spot-on witticisms. She shows us ourselves, not unkindly, as silly and vain and self-involved. Her cartoons feel very interior, a mind watching the world and muttering to itself. They're what that person standing by themselves at the party, not talking to anyone, pretending to look vaguely interested in nothing in particular, has been secretly thinking the whole time.
Dana Jeri Maier is an artist and cartoonist living in Washington, DC. She has exhibited widely throughout the DC Metro area and various street corners, if you know where to look. Maier’s site-specific mural, Inscrutable Comic, is on permanent display at the Flashpoint Gallery in Washington, DC.
Read The Worried Well here.
Dadding Badly by John Kovaleski
Dadding Badly documents one dad’s experience of raising a miniature version of himself who can’t talk, walk, forage for food or have any concept of proper bathroom habits.
John Kovaleski is a cartoonist and writer living somewhere above ground. He is the creator of the comic strip Bo Nanas, and a contributor to MAD Magazine. He is also a father of his own small human, who seems to be turning out OK so far. Fingers crossed.
Read Dadding Badly here.