New Comic Alert! Little Nemo by Winsor McCay

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Little Nemo in Slumberland was the greatest comic strip of its day, perhaps the greatest of all time, acclaimed the world over for its artistic majesty, unbounded imagination and groundbreaking techniques that helped define a new art form.  

 

Available only on GoComics, Sunday Press presents Winsor McCay’s masterpiece in all its glory, on the web for the first time ever, in sequence, starting with the very first page. Over 100 years later, these Sunday comic strips, which influenced generations of artists, are as fresh and glorious as ever!

 

Zenas Winsor McCay was born sometime between 1867 and 1870, most likely in Canada, though his earliest years are not well documented. He quickly gained fame, as his natural talent as an artist and draftsman saw him rise quickly from dime museum sign painter, to prolific newspaper artist and cartoonist, to pioneer animator, even a vaudeville quick-draw entertainer.  He started his serious illustration work Cincinnati, where he created his first Sunday feature, Tales of the Jungle Imps (1903), while also drawing illustrations for the original Life magazine.  He moved on to the New York Herald where he created a number of small cartoon features, and then Little Sammy Sneeze, Dream of the Rarebit Fiend, and his masterpiece, Little Nemo in Slumberland.

 

Little Nemo drew character inspiration from McCay’s son Robert, architecture and design from the 1893 World’s Columbia Exposition in Chicago, and fantastical features from those found at the Coney Island Amusement park near his home in Brooklyn.  But the brilliance of it all came from McCay himself, with his unsurpassed draftsmanship and boundless imagination that created a new language of comics, even anticipating aspects of modern cinema decades before appearing on the screen. There were three incarnations of Little Nemo, first at the Herald from 1905 to 1911, then at Hearst’s American from 1911 to 1914, and once again at the Herald from 1924 to 1927.

 

Winsor McCay died in 1934, ending his career drawing marvelously detailed editorial cartoons. Looking at the images presented in this online feature, it is no surprise that he once stated, I have never been so happy as when I was drawing Little Nemo in Slumberland.”

 

Read Little Nemo here.





Giveaway: Dilbert Comic Books

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This week, we’re celebrating Boss’s Day (Thurs., Oct. 16) with a Dilbert comic book giveaway!

 

Three lucky readers have the chance to win a Dilbert comic book, including:

 

To enter, comment on this blog post and include your FIRST and LAST names. Limit one entry per person. This contest will end on Tues., Oct. 21 at 10 a.m. CT. The winners will be announced that day on this blog. This contest is open to U.S. and Canada residents only.

 

After you enter, be sure to check out our “Comics in the Workplace” collection here, or read Dilbert or Dilbert Classics!





We’re Back from NYCC!

We just returned from an exciting, comics-filled weekend at New York Comic Con! We had a blast meeting fans, hosting creator signing sessions and giveaways, and scoping out awesome cosplay!

 

We wanted to share some of our favorite moments with you!

 

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For even more NYCC fun, check out our Tumblr!





Giveaway: New York Comic Con Prize Packs – Winners Announced

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Thank you to all who entered to win the NYCC Prize Packs featuring signed prints from Brooke McEldowney (9 Chickweed Lane, Pibgorn) and Ruben Bolling (Tom the Dancing Bug)! We have randomly selected FOUR winners!

 

Congratulations to Wilma Cohen, Kay Clopton, Boyd Allen and Janet Davis! Please email us at rewards@gocomics.com with your shipping address and phone number. Please note: You must email us by 10/21/14 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.

 

 

 

Cleo and Company  10-10-14

 

 

 

 

County Line  10-10-14

 

 

 

 

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Regular Creatures  10-10-14

 

 

 

 

 

Snow Sez... 10-10-14

 

 

 

 

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A Boots & Pup Comic  10-13-14

 

 

 

 

Onion & Pea  10-13-14

 

 


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





Weekend Faves (October 12)

 

The Buckets by Greg Cravens
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I'm starting to think that moms don't actually have eyes in the back of their heads and that kids are just really obvious.

--Julie

 

Mike du Jour by Mike Lester
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It looks like Spiderman is quite ordinary after all.
--Lauren

 

Drabble by Kevin Fagan
Drabble by Kevin Fagan

Spouses provide the best color commentary.
--Lucas

 

Brevity by Dan Thompson
Brevity by Dan Thompson

He's one of the lesser known explorers of his time.
--Lauren

 

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

Happy Columbus Day! Let's not forget about Columbia/Columbus, Missouri, Maryland, South Carolina, Georgia, Indiana, Mississippi, Nebraska, Texas, Wisconsin, Montana and D.C. (and, of course, the great country of Colombia).

--Lucas





Meet Your Creator: Lela Lee (Angry Little Girls)

Today’s Meet Your Creator post features Angry Little Girls cartoonist Lela Lee!

 

How did you begin your career as a cartoonist/When did you start cartooning?

 

I never thought I’d be a cartoonist. When I first got to college, I was unsure of what I wanted to major in. So I took any class in subjects I thought were interesting. I took sociology, film studies, women’s studies, Asian American studies, rhetoric, and drama. I was searching for something that would interest me. I was also very unhappy, but couldn’t articulate why. It was probably a combination of the immense pressure my parents put on me to succeed and become either a doctor or a lawyer. I was also uncomfortable being between two cultures, my parents’ culture and American culture. Navigating cultures and my teen years and figuring out how to be a female were stressful for me, though I was unaware at the time that those things caused my discomfort. I was unhappy, and the classes I took made me even unhappier because I learned about racism, sexism, colonialism, all the isms. I was upset at the world I was inheriting as a young person. I also learned that the situations I had experienced growing up in an all-white neighborhood were experiences shared by other minorities. In my Asian American studies class, I intrinsically knew and had experienced this growing up, how invisible Asians were in the media. I doodled a little Asian girl hoping one day it could be a doll that was sold in the marketplace.

 

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The doodle Lela drew in 1993 in her Asian American Studies class that would later become the Angry Little Asian Girl.

Even though the classes made me upset, the classes were necessary because the knowledge, combined with my childhood upbringing, were the ingredients to a recipe that came out of me my sophomore year, when my friend who thought I was too grumpy took me to the Spike and Mike’s Sick and Twisted Festival of Animation. It was at the festival, where I watched sexist, chauvinist and racist cartoons, that I became furious. My friend took note of my anger and challenged me to make a cartoon about myself. That same night when I got dropped off, I went straight to my room, got out some markers and typing paper (we typed papers back then) and starting drawing “Angry Little Asian Girl, The First Day of School.” I was in a video workshop class that met on Tuesday nights. Class was in the art studio basement on campus and it was for no credit, so no one ever did any work for that class. The teacher had shown us the animation table and how to set the camera on the stand to shoot the image. I remembered I could use that, so I signed up to use the equipment. I had no idea what I was doing, so I just sort of fumbled along and put it together. After I was finished, I watched it and decided it was too angry. I hid the VHS tape in a drawer. I never thought about it again. But I knew I wanted to be a storyteller in some way, so I continued to write plays and screenplays, secretly, because they were so bad. And I kept acting in drama classes.

 

It wasn’t until about four years later when a friend showed me “South Park’s Spirit of Christmas” that I brought out my VHS tape of ALAG. I showed it to my friends and they said it was funny. I was out of college, but working at my mom’s dry cleaners. I had a lot of free time behind the counter, so I drew four more episodes. I was also volunteering at American Cinemateque as a photographer so I could see films for free. I had become friends with the programmer. She asked me what I did besides take pictures for her. I told her I was an actress and that I had made some shorts called “Angry Little Asian Girl.” Her interest was piqued. She told me to send them to her. I did and she immediately called me to tell me she was going to show them before a feature film. She sent my shorts to critics and the critics of the LA Times and LA Weekly both gave Angry Little Asian Girl glowing reviews. I was stunned. It was very primitive animation. In fact, the characters don’t even move in them. I went to the screening and about 20 people came up to me afterward and told me Angry Little Asian Girl said what they wanted to say and that they had similar experiences growing up. At that moment, I decided to make T-shirts. I drew two images of ALAG. One where she was flipping two middle fingers and another censored version where she had her hands on her hips, yelling. I had 300 shirts made. Then I called my friends and begged them to buy a shirt from me for $20. They did and soon my phone was ringing from people I didn’t know wanting to buy the shirts. It was 1998 and the Internet was still a new thing. I launched the website www.angrylittleasiangirl.com and sold the shirts online and out of the back of my car. I drove my sister’s Toyota Corolla station wagon that had a card table, cashbox and box of shirts at all times. Whenever I saw a crowd, I’d stop and set up to sell shirts.

 

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Lela selling shirts with her sister Linda in 1998.

When I was tabling, I got a chance to talk to people. What I got from that experience was that non-Asians loved ALAG but thought they couldn’t partake because it was politically incorrect for them to wear the shirts. I also learned that women had a lot of anger issues. Women are not allowed to express anger and if it comes out, it has to be in a feminine way. It was invaluable to learn these two things. I had gotten a lot of buzz and MTV caught wind of the videos. They sent a messenger to get a copy of the VHS tape. I was very excited. I waited by the phone. Days turned into weeks and I heard nothing, so I called them. The feedback I got floored me. The MTV executive (who was an Asian man) said “there’s no market for Asians.” I was upset. I thought he was wrong. I was selling out of my shirts and every morning, I was mailing packages filled with T-shirt orders to customers across America. I was going to show this executive that he was wrong. If I couldn’t get Angry Little Asian Girl out into the world on her own because she was Asian, then I was going to do it another way. I was going to make Angry Little Asian Girl the main character of a comic strip called “Angry Little Girls.”

 

Based on my interactions with people who I met as I sold shirts, I created other characters who expressed anger differently. I created Deborah the Disenchanted Princess, Maria the Crazy Little Latina, Wanda, the Fresh Little Soul Sistah and Xyla the Gloomy Girl. I went weekly to the library to check out books on cartooning. I drew every day. And then I’d go to the art store to experiment with different pens and papers. I finally had it to a place artistically that I could take it out. “Angry Little Girls” was my Trojan horse. I had packaged Angry Little Asian Girl with other diverse girls. She was part of a movement of girls of color who were angry in different ways. I took a meeting at the WB network. And I was excited again. The executive called me the next day to ask if I had a lawyer but he wanted to discuss removing the Asian girl before negotiations began. It was disappointing to hear that the Asian girl should be made invisible. I walked away from that negotiation. I wasn’t interested in making something that would render ALAG invisible, because that’s exactly what I felt growing up. I knew I had to take the Angry Little Girls characters and storyline out to the audience and have the audience be the authority on these characters, not the networks that were not being authentic. So I made a goal to get my books published.

 

In April 2005, my first anthology of comics was published by Harry N. Abrams. With no marketing, it went into its fourth printing in two months. When my editor called me to tell me this, I thought she was joking. I published five more books and made a successful line of merchandise. And always during this time, I was drawing a weekly comic strip. I also made more animated episodes of Angry Little Asian Girl. I think after 20 years, society has evolved and the Internet and TV are so interwoven. There’s a direct and instant commentary of what people think. Race is a hot-button issue that everyone has an opinion on. So I hope it’s time -- finally -- that I can have a show on network television called “Angry Little Asian Girl,” its original name.

 

What inspires you?

 

I get inspired by funny, ironic moments. I’ll always jot those things down. I also try to read a lot. I used to be in a book club before I had kids, but now I just read on my own, very slowly.

 

Achievements/Accomplishments?

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  • That Angry Little Asian Girls has been around for 20 years.
  • In 2012, I was nominated for a Harvey Award.
  • I’ve inspired a bunch of other Angry Asians.
  • ALAG is now a slang acronym

 

Your favorite childhood comics/Comics you read today

Peanuts, Calvin and Hobbes, Momma, Garfield. I read them still today.

 

Upcoming projects or appearances?

My upcoming project is getting Angry Little Asian Girl on television.

 

I do speaking engagements at colleges that touch on race and gender and social activism. My next appearance will be at Cal State Fullerton in November.

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Lela with students of William Paterson University in New Jersey

Your studio/Workspace

Is messy. But I cleaned up before I took these pictures.

 

I also draw out my ideas on scratch paper before I draw it onto a large Bristol sheet with pencil. Then I ink with Rotring art pens. Then I scan them in to the computer and color in Photoshop.

 

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Lela in her studio.

Read Angry Little Girls here, like the comic on Facebook or follow Lela on Twitter





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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Girth  10-7-14

 

 

 

 

Regular Creatures  10-7-14

 

 

 

 

A Bit Sketch  10-8-14

 

 

A Boots and Pup Comic  10-8-14

 

 

 

 

 Diligent City  10-8-14

 

 

 

 

Frank & Steinway  10-8-14

 

 

 

10-8-14

 

 

10-9-14

 

 

 

 

Elmo  10-9-14

 

 


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





Drabble drama: Home Run Blues + Exile from Pumpkinland

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Drabble is often described as a family strip, a safe and pleasant feature that readers of all ages rely on for its relatable humor and consistent chuckles. But in reality, Drabble is often a vehicle for some pretty intense moments of drama and conflict. Last month, for example, Norm found himself in a pretty rough pickle while seated at the outfield of a Major League Baseball game (click here to jump to the beginning of that storyline). I thought of this while walking around the outfield at a recent Royal's playoff game vs. the Angels.

 

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Albert Pujols, who had been mostly quiet in the first 2.5 games of the series, drove a deep ball back to left center that you could tell pretty quickly was gone. The home run cut the Royals' lead to 5-2, and the crowd quieted as Phat Al rounded the bases. Moments later, though, a chorus of cheers rang out from the home crowd. Someone had thrown the home run ball back onto the field — a hilariously defiant gesture that pretty much says "take your home run and stuff it." Once again, life had imitated Drabble.

 

The Royals went on to win that game and are now facing Baltimore in the American League Championship Series. If you read on to the conclusion of the Drabble story, you'll find a pretty satisfying conclusion as well. But the Drabble drama is far from over, as you'll see from today's strip (below).

 

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Banned from Pumpkinland!?! You're going to have to stay tooned to see how this one plays out. Until then, enjoy the playoffs, and don't forget to read your daily Drabble.





Calvin at the Bat, Week 2

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It's been a big week for me, developmentally. After last week's first baseball-themed Calvin & Hobbes post, wherein I adopted a "comics > sports" batting stance, last Friday night saw me hunkering down and watching the entirety of the Royals v. Angels game, asking lots of questions, studying the patterns, and by the end of the ordeal, cheering along with people who didn't have to make the conscious decision to celebrate before savoring the Royals victory. I had no idea how much spitting would be involved!

 

 

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Even my dog, who I'd brought along to give myself a more polite means of distraction than staring at my phone during expected boring stretches, was up and barking by the end. I got her from a shelter, so for all I know, she was potty-trained on the sports section, but this was the first overt indication that she was capable of being excited by something more complex than the walk from the couch to the front door in the moments leading up to her daily walk. Sure, she might've just been terrified by the sudden, extremely loud outburst of strangers yelling at a wall, but I'm pretty sure I heard a distinct "Go Royals!" in her bays.

 

 

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As promised in last week's post, the Royals' Big Win results in more Calvin & Hobbes baseball-themed comics. It might've been a shortsighted move to burn through as many of these as I have so soon, but I didn't expect much to come of their postseason dreams, because I am a bad person. I suppose the next logical stakes-hike to promise for the in the event of future Big Wins for the Royals is a thorough survey of Calvinball. If (I mean when) they win the World Series, I'll spray paint my dog to look like a tiger and shoot a video of us touring Cooperstown, or something of similarly compelling viral potential. Sports!  

 

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Go Royals,

 

Dave





Hurricane Calvin

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Here's a thing: An editor at Proceedings of the Natural Institute of Science tallied up the total cost of all physical damage done by Calvin and/ or Hobbes over the span of the strip's run.

 

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Say what? I'll let editor Matt J. Michel explain: 

 

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The Complete Calvin and Hobbes is a four-volume set containing every published comic strip of Calvin and Hobbes in chronological order. I started with November 18, 1985 (the first comic) and determined every instance in which either Calvin (or Hobbes) caused any type of physical damage or it was mentioned that Calvin had caused some damage. For every event, I recorded the date of the strip and the type of damage caused (i.e., if it was a specific item, or was property damage) with a brief description of the circumstances leading to the damage. There had to be an explicit depiction or mention of physical damage in order for the event to be recorded. Thus, any damage possibly resulting from episodes like “the noodle incident” (or its predecessor, “the salamander incident”) were not counted.

To estimate the cost from damaged goods, I searched amazon.com for comparable items, with some exceptions (e.g., Calvin’s Mom seems somewhat fashionable, so when Calvin placed an incontinent toad on her sweater, I looked for a replacement on jcrew.com). To estimate cost for property damage, I used homewyse.com and fixr.com (using the zip code for Chagrin Falls, OH). In the few instances in which a monetary value was given in the comic, I used that value.

 

Are there charts, graphs and so forth to further demonstrate his research? You bet. It's science!

 

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This is wonderful. Do yourself a favor and go read it at the almost dirty-sounding PNIS website.

 

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--Dave

 





Giveaway: New York Comic Con Prize Packs

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The GoComics team is exhibiting at New York Comic Con this week! With creator signings, exciting giveaways and awesome prizes, we can’t wait to meet fans and share our love of comics!

 

For those of you who aren’t attending, we want to make sure you’re not left out! We’re giving away FOUR New York Comic Con prize packs, featuring exclusive NYCC signed prints from past years!

 

The prize packs include:

 

-       9 Chickweed Lane by Brooke McEldowney

-       Tom the Dancing Bug by Ruben Bolling

 

To enter, leave a comment on this blog post and include your FIRST and LAST names. This contest will end Tues., Oct. 14 at 10 a.m. CT. The winners will be announced that day on this blog.

 

Of course, we’ll be sharing updates from the convention floor! Follow along on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr and GoComics on the Road!

 

See our NYCC 2014 event schedule here.





Giveaway: Rose is Rose Signed and Personalized Originals – Winners Announced

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Thank you to all who entered to win the Rose is Rose signed and personalized originals!

 

We have randomly selected THREE winners for this one-of-a-kind prize!  

 

Congratulations to Jonas Rosin, Staffan Tjernstrom and Zachary Snyder! Please email us at rewards@gocomics.com with your shipping information and phone number. Please note: You must contact us by Tues., Oct. 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.

 

 

Onion & Pea  10-3-14

 

 

 

 

Peanizles  10-3-14

 

 

 

 

 

County Line  10-4-14

 

 

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Frank Blunt  10-5-14

 

 

 

 

H.I.P.  10-5-14

 

 

 

 

Mustard and Boloney  10-5-14 

 

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Diligent City  10-6-14

 

 

 

 

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





Weekend Faves (October 5)

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

In a weird way, it makes me feel good to know I'm not the only one who struggles in the patience department.

--Julie

 

Zack Hill by John Deering and John Newcombe
Zack Hill by John Deering and John Newcombe

Sure, you say that now, but when you're struggling to write a caption for the Sunday blog post, you'll be happy to be able to say, "Did you know that black bears hum when they're content?"

--Elizabeth

 

Get Fuzzy by Darby Conley
Get Fuzzy by Darby Conley

Hotdogs….the best part of baseball.
--Lauren

 

 

Doonesbury by Garry Trudeau
Doonesbury by Garry Trudeau

Boomers: 1, Millennials: 0

--Lucas

 

Stone Soup by Jan Eliot
Stone Soup by Jan Eliot

That's awkward. Sometimes it's safer to stick to one word answers.
--Lauren

 

F Minus by Tony Carrillo
F Minus by Tony Carrillo

I really hope Tony Carrillo takes on a second career as an inventor.
--Lucas





New Comic Alert! Kid Shay Comics by Josh Shalek

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Kate Crane agrees to assist her mad scientist uncle in Egypt for her summer vacation, unaware that he has raised zombies.

 

Read Kid Shay Comics here.





Meet Your Creator: Brooke McEldowney (9 Chickweed Lane, Pibgorn)

The argument still rages among paleontologists as to when precisely I began my career in cartooning. Carbon dating confirms that my first, primitive scrawls originated when the great reptiles walked the earth, when we called the landmass beneath our feet "Pangea," and you could get a cup of coffee for a nickel. It was in that time -- and I can remember this most clearly -- that I was informed of an imminent visit from three of my cousins, and I was importuned to go comb my hair so as to look presentable to the bastards. Seething with resentment that a Sunday afternoon should be blemished with the presence of such stinking little wretches, I purloined a crayon from my sister's stash and carefully limned, cave-painting style, three coffins on the bathroom wall. Beneath each coffin, I inscribed their vile names and, smiling at my effort, retired to a nearby spinney with my dog and a whoopie pie, which we shared.

 

My mother used to insist through clenched teeth that this was my first public venture into a life to be squandered, in part, on cartooning (her teeth were clenched because she was the one left to clean the art from the bathroom wall). The other part of my life has been squandered on musicianship.

 

The pursuit of cartooning was not really pursuit as much as an obsession. Everything that held still long enough in my presence would likely depart with some sort of sketched illumination -- a portrait of a dog; a cat; a vicious, fanged flower; a vicious, flowered fang. From my earliest recollection, schoolbooks, lunch bags, desks, boxes, dollar bills, mirrors and wallpaper all acquired some drawn memento of my happening by. Had I visited the moon, I would certainly have inscribed on its surface some sort of cartoon. In other words, there was no beginning. I probably left doodles on the uterine lining -- possibly depictions of mastodons in bowler hats.

 

That sort of thing, incidentally, did not cease with my passage into manhood (a condition I have done my utmost to circumnavigate anyway). Relict of my undergraduate and graduate days at the Juilliard School, where I studied viola with Paul Doktor, are countless little sketches in orchestral viola parts, marginalia generally depicting conductors in the process of being garroted.

 

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Paul Doktor talking to me at a gathering beneath the Metropolitan Opera House in the early '80s. The seat of my trousers was ripped, so I stood most of the evening.

Many of the people I admired for their brand of genius, a brand that touched on drawing as an art only tangentially, but attested to the afflatus that fuels it directly: Jascha Heifetz, Stan Laurel, Marcel Marceau, Herbert von Karajan, Serge Prokofieff, Stan Freberg, Noel Coward, Johannes Brahms, Dorothy Parker, Jane Austen, S.J. Perelman, James Thurber, Robert Benchley, P.G. Wodehouse. On the graphic-arts side of the afflatus were John Singer Sargent, Johannes Vermeer, Norman Rockwell (for sheer narrative power in one image), Peter Arno, Helen Hokinson, Ronald Searle, Gerald Scarfe, H.M. Bateman...somebody stop me.

 

Oh, and there are two films for which I'll drop everything: "It Happened One Night" and "Brief Encounter."

 

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A cartoon by Frank Reynolds in Punch, 1921. It says it all.

 

I have to say here that one of the greats, possibly the great as far as I'm concerned, is Pat Brady, the creator of "Rose is Rose." I can't gush sufficiently over his comic drawing, his gentle observation and his humorist's soul. Cartooning is practiced at its highest level by a number of comic artists, but Pat is the only true humorist I've ever seen wielding the pen. I hope it doesn't make him lonely. For me, the ne plus ultra of my cartooning was my first publication in the pages of Punch. That was during the editorship of Alan Coren, which particularly meant something to me. Everything after that has been nice, but nothing like being in the pages of Punch.

 

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I entitled this little panel "Grand Pause." After Pat Brady saw it, he called it "Playing With Feeling."

 

In the end of this month (October, 2014, in case you have no idea which month, or year, this is, which is my usual quandary), my play "Many Mansions" will run in "The City" -- the generic name for Gotham, The Big Apple, NYC. Even as I type this, it is being directed by my daughter, Nicola, under whose wing has gathered a rather handsome cast. More information can be found on Indiegogo by clicking here. I wrote "Many Mansions" before its present director was born, but age, so far, has not withered it, nor custom staled its infinite variety. At least, if you ask me. Script-wise and otherwise, there is also my screenplay for the Edie Ernst story that ran in 9 Chickweed Lane for 11 months, bridging 2009 and 2010. The working title is "Edie Ernst, USO Singer -- Allied Spy," which is also the name of the book in which they have been anthologized. The story has been optioned for cinematic realization. I can't wait. Counting Edie Ernst, we have published, so far, 12 books of my work, with more in the offing, all available at pibpress.blogspot.com.

 

I also, very possibly, will show up at the San Diego Comic Con this summer to demonstrate how I draw. Plans are afoot leading in that direction, at any rate.

 

As for the present, I continue to cobble my strips, 9 Chickweed Lane and Pibgorn. Pibby was born in December 2001. Chickweed began syndication in 1993, and still keeps its looks at 21. It also collected an award from the National Cartoonists Society, possibly after a night of excessive drinking on their part. I am still a professional musician (viola, as well as, more lately, lute). However, Chickweed and Pibgorn do rather consume my hours and days.

 

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Pib as Puck (A Midsummer Night's Dream)

Lastly, people, I am told, are always interested in seeing the artist's workspace, which in my case, is rather like rubbernecking a pileup on the interstate. However, if I'm about anything, it is satisfying the reader's voyeurism. Best wishes. If you come to New York for "Many Mansions," try and find me.

 

As P.G. Wodehouse would say, tinkertytonk.

 

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In my workspace, avoiding my deadline by playing my lute.

Read 9 Chickweed Lane here or Pibgorn here.





Twitter Q&A with Michael A. Kandalaft of That Monkey Tune

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That Monkey Tune creator Mike Kandalaft joined us on Twitter this week for another cartoonist Q&A. If you missed out on the chat today, catch up below!

 

 

 

 

Add That Monkey Tune to your GoComics homepage!

 

 

ABOUT: “Garfield gives ‘That Monkey Tune’ two paws up!” –Garfield Creator, Jim Davis 

Meet Elliot: a fun-sized cute monkey who loves TV, pizza, TV, cookies, TV and did we mention TV? While his brainy friend Beagly loves books, books and more books. The only thing these two furry friends have in common is their hopeless, dateless and clueless human owner, Umo. With this bumbling trio of cuteness, braininess, and stupidity, hilarity is sure to ensue, and will leave you wanting to check back daily so you don’t miss a beat of their monkey tune! 

 

NEXT FRIDAY: We'll be tweeting from New York Comic Con! Be sure to follow up on Twitter and Instagram for live updates.





Happy World Smile Day!

Devoted to acts of kindness and bringing a smile to those around you, today marks World Smile Day.

 

I caught a few of my GoComics pals committing acts of kindness, and I wanted to share them in honor of World Smile Day.

 

This week, Red and Rover have been volunteering at a local nursing home, spreading cheer to the elderly.

 

Red and Rover by Brian Basset
Red and Rover by Brian Basset

Sluggo’s creation will surely spread a smile.

 

Nancy by Guy Gilchrist
Nancy by Guy Gilchrist

 Nancy has the right idea, too.

 

Nancy by Guy Gilchrist
Nancy by Guy Gilchrist

I’m touched by Bub’s thoughtfulness.

 

Betty by Gary Delainey and Gerry Rasmussen
Betty by Gary Delainey and Gerry Rasmussen

 

How are you going to spread the cheer on World Smile Day? It can be as easy as sharing your favorite comic with a loved one, gifting them a gorgeous comic strip print or reading an e-book together.

 

 

--Julie





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.

 

 

 

 

Candace 'n' Company  9-30-14

 

 

 

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10-1-14

 

 

 

 

Dumb Question / Bad Answer  10-1-14

 

 

 

 

 

Plenty of Penguins  10-1-14

 

 

 

Regular Creatures  10-1-14

 

 

 

 

 Millennialhood  10-2-14

 

 

 

 

Peanizles  10-2-14

 

 

 

 

 

10-2-14

 

 

 

Two Bits  10-2-14

 

 

 

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






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