MICK STEVENS

People give a damn about interviews. Here's one, from the Comics Alternative, with New Yorker cartoonist Mick Stevens.

 

Mick Stevens minnows



Weekend Faves (July 6)

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

Calvin is so lucky to have Hobbes.

--Julie

 

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

Every time I ask my mom what she wants for her birthday, she says the same thing -- "You don't have to get me anything," "Save your money," etc. One year I actually followed her advice. Let's just say it went much worse for me than it did for Rat.
--Elizabeth

 

Thatababy by Paul Trap
Thatababy by Paul Trap

That's weird -- the same thing happened to me Friday night!

--Julie

 

Drabble by Kevin Fagan
Drabble by Kevin Fagan

A great, true-to-life Drabble Sunday. I've seen and taken part in the very same thing.
--Lucas

 

Frazz by Jef Mallett
Frazz by Jef Mallett

I'd imagine all the parties involved decided to adjourn for the season to get away from all the bugs outside.

--Dave



NEW COMIC ALERT! KID BEOWULF BY ALEXIS E. FAJARDO

Help us welcome our newest comic: Kid Beowulf by Alexis E. Fajardo!

Kid Beowulf by Alexis E. Fajardo Inspired by the epic poem "Beowulf," Kid Beowulf is an action-adventure story that follows 12-year-old twin brothers Beowulf and Grendel as they travel across distant lands and meet fellow epic heroes therein. The strip begins with the twins' origin story, "Kid Beowulf and the Blood-Bound Oath," a tale that goes back several generations to Beowulf and Grendel's grandfather, Hrothgar.  Hrothgar is a hotheaded prince of Daneland on a quest for power – one that leads him to a fiery dragon, an enchanted sword and oath sworn in blood, but when Hrothgar breaks his oath, he breaks his kingdom, and the only thing that will save it is a family he's forgotten and heroes not yet born!

 

Read Kid Beowulf here.



Meet Your Creator: Eleri Mai Harris (Eleri Mai Harris Cartoons)

We hope your Fourth of July weekend is off to a fun and safe start! Today’s Meet Your Creator post features Eleri Mai Harris, whose comic, Eleri Mai Harris Cartoons, provides nonfiction illustrations for political junkies and history nerds.

 

My name is Eleri Mai Harris, and I am a journalist masquerading as a cartoonist.

 

I’ve been drawing my whole life. My mother is an artist, and as children, my siblings and I always received art supplies as gifts -- they were tax deductible. But until 2012, I earned my living as a radio producer for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, the Down Under equivalent of NPR or the BBC.

 

In Australia, there isn't a great long-form comics tradition. The best-known Australian cartoonists are editorial cartoonists, like Pat Oliphant. So I've been a comics fan for years, drawn comics all the time for fun and worked in a newsroom alongside a cartoonist who used to joke I was a better artist than he was, but the pressure of daily editorial cartooning scared the hell out of me. And I didn't know of any cartoonists who made nonfiction comics that weren’t autobiographical or editorial pieces.

  Eleri comic panel

 

I grew up in Hobart, Tasmania, in the pre-webcomic era, reading Tintin, Asterix, the Far Side, B.C., Wizard of Id, Tank Girl, Betty and Veronica and a ton of manga. My parents had the local paper delivered, so I read all the political cartoons and gag strips there. I left the island at 17 to study political science at the University of Melbourne, got a graduate degree in journalism from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology and made terrible cartoons in cafes with friends on weekends.

 

Then, in 2010, I moved from Melbourne to Canberra (Australia's capital) to take a new job as a political reporter. A good friend had given me a copy of Joe Sacco's "The Fixer" as a going-away present. The day I left, I found myself in a living room full of boxes with an hour or so to kill. The book was in my bag, so I pulled it out. I read the whole thing in one setting, and it blew my mind.

 

Sacco's work was exactly the direction I wanted to take with comics -- he invented the genre of reportage comics or comics journalism. I quickly found fresh journalism comics online from people like Sarah Glidden, Susie Cagle and Wendy MacNaughton and started rethinking where I was going with my career.

 

In August 2012, I took the plunge and moved to the United States to attend the Center for Cartoon Studies in White River Junction, Vermont. The program was amazing, inspiring and completely transformative. In the past two years, I’ve grown so much as an artist, writing and drawing nonfiction comics. I graduated recently with my Masters in Fine Arts and was the student commencement speaker at the ceremony.

 

My studio is in a spare room in the big old Vermont house I live in. My housemates call it my "command station," with piles of paper, ink and notepads everywhere. I like to work in watercolour wash and ink, and I am not a tidy person.

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While the idea of daily editorial comics is still utterly terrifying to me, on GoComics I’m trying something new, a weekly comic called Little Big Politics that will showcase tiny but important pieces of political life and history around the world.

 

I’ll be exhibiting August 2 and 3 at the Rhode Island Independent Publishing Expo and at the Massachusetts Independent Comics Expo October 4 and 5.

 

Read Eleri Mai Harris cartoons here or follow Eleri on Twitter.



A Very GoComics Independence Day

Fourth of July festivities have frolicked onto the comics pages, and there seems to be a general consensus about how to celebrate America’s birthday.

 

Requirement #1: Burgers and Brats

No Fourth of July is complete without a backyard barbecue.   

 

Daddy's Home by Tony Rubino and Gary Markstein
Daddy's Home by Tony Rubino and Gary Markstein

Although someone is bound to put a literal meaning behind the phrase “fire up the grill.”

 

The Duplex by Glenn McCoy
The Duplex by Glenn McCoy

 

Requirement #2: Fireworks

It’s basically a law at every Fourth of July party that one person in attendance is a bit too reckless with fireworks.

 

Dogs of C-Kennel by Mick & Mason Mastroianni
Dogs of C-Kennel by Mick & Mason Mastroianni

 

Lio by Mark Tatulli
Lio by Mark Tatulli

 

But, there’s also an element of magic that comes with watching the night sky light up.

 

Rose is Rose by Don Wimmer and Pat Brady
Rose is Rose by Don Wimmer and Pat Brady

 

Requirement #3: Family and Friends

A party wouldn’t be complete without delicious food and enchanting fireworks, but surrounding yourself with loved ones is what makes the day truly special.

 

Luann by Greg Evans
Luann by Greg Evans

 

Requirement #4: Feelings of Freedom

Last, but certainly not least, today is dedicated to recognizing our freedoms.

 

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

Even if only for a moment…

 

Agnes by Tony Cochran
Agnes by Tony Cochran

 

The GoComics team is wishing you all a HAPPY, FUN and SAFE Independence Day! How are you celebrating?



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 anythng; 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.

 

 

A Boots & Pup Comic  7-1-14

 

 

 

Cortoons  7-1-14

 

 

 

Elmo  7-1-14

 


 

Leadbellies  7-1-14

 

 

My Guardian Grandpa  7-1-14

 

 

 

 

Winding Roads  7-1-14

 

 

 

Spaceslugs!  7-2-14

 

 

 

The Old Man & His Dog  7-2-14

 

 

 

 

7-3-14

 

 

 

The Beauforts  7-3-14

 

 

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



MARIA SCRIVAN

Here's a neat little interview with longtime Connecticut cartoonist Maria Scrivan, whose daily panel HALF FULL launched on GoComics last September, and whose website and other work you can check out here:

 



The “Perks” of being an Adult

For Better or For Worse by Lynn Johnston
For Better or For Worse by Lynn Johnston

 

 

Oh, if only this were true!  I remember when I was little.  All I wanted to do was grow up. When I was 15, I got my first job so I could buy what I wanted. When I was 18, I couldn’t wait to move out. When I was 21, it finally happened.

 

Can I move back in? Maybe take on that part time job at the ice cream parlor I had when I was 15? Sure, I didn’t make much. What I did make was mine to spend on what I wanted, though! I had no idea bills added up so quickly.  

 

 

 

The Duplex by Glenn McCoy
The Duplex by Glenn McCoy

 

 

I absolutely love having my own apartment. I love cooking my own meals and cleaning when I feel like it rather than when I’m told to. For the most part, I do pretty well for myself at 22 and still in college. Sometimes, however, just when you think you are all caught up, something else presents itself and suddenly you have fallen back behind. 

 

 

 

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

 

 

Does this phone call sound familiar? It sure does to me! Recently, I have had to make several phone calls to places to get payments figured out. I hate having to use customer-service lines after business hours, but since I work full-time, that is usually my only option. The following comic is true for more than just banks: 

 

 

 

Truth Facts by Wulff & Morgenthaler
Truth Facts by Wulff & Morgenthaler

 

 

Aside from having a difficult time handling errands in person like I would prefer, having evenings and weekends off is great! I get to head back to my apartment after work and just relax with my roommates for the night. If I want to go out of town for the weekend, I never have to worry about having to work. There is never a time when I have to tell my friends I can’t go to dinner, a movie night, or to the mall with them because I have to work.

 

When I was a teenager, I hated having to be home at a certain time.  I wanted to stay out all night. Come midnight when I had to be home to meet curfew, I wasn’t tired. I didn’t see why I had to leave my friends early.  I thought my parents were being so unfair. Now that I can stay out as late as I want …

 

I usually don’t. 

 

 

 

Dark Side of the Horse by Samson
Dark Side of the Horse by Samson

 

 

--Jessi



GoComics Adds New Comics in June

It was another exciting month for GoComics! We added FIVE new comics! Read below for a glimpse into each comic and its creator(s)!

 

Sunshine State by Graham Nolan

Sunshine State by Graham Nolan
Sunshine State by Graham Nolan

Sunshine State is your vacation spot on the comics page! A place to go when the news is bad or the weather is cold. A place to leave the troubles of the day behind and enjoy a warm breeze and a cool drink. Join Mel, Dink, Liz and Paul on their excursions of whimsy as they try to navigate the increasingly technological encroachment of the 21st century. Kick off your shoes and slip on your flip-flops, because it’s time to have some fun in the sun!

 

A self-described “beach boy,” Sunshine State creator Graham Nolan grew up in Long Beach, New York, and Indian Harbour Beach, Florida. He began his career writing and illustrating comic books for Marvel and DC Comics. He was a top "Batman" illustrator for six years and is the designer and co-creator of the iconic Batman villain Bane. Nolan transitioned into the newspaper strip arena illustrating Rex Morgan, M.D., and The Phantom for King Features Syndicate. Currently, Nolan writes and illustrates comics and graphic novels and works on the project that has given him the most joy of his career: Sunshine State.

 

Read Sunshine State here.

 

Poptropica by Kory Merritt and Paul Gilligan

Poptropica by Paul Gilligan and Kory Merritt
Poptropica by Paul Gilligan and Kory Merritt

The Poptropica comic strip follows the hilarious adventures of two mismatched boys, Oliver and Jorge, who unexpectedly find themselves in a strange world of endless islands, each inhabited by its own unique residents. From Frankensteins to dinosaurs to balloon animals to penguin pirates, the boys come across anything and everything as they pop from island to island searching for a way to get back home. 

 

Poptropica co-creator Kory Merritt is an elementary school art teacher in Hammondsport, New York. He received the John Locher Memorial Award for Cartooning in 2007 and creates the online children's book Lost Side Suburbia for GoComics and Funbrain.

 

Paul Gilligan has studied animation and illustration and worked in a variety of fields including advertising, editorial, character design, storyboarding and comics. His comic strip Pooch Café is syndicated in 250 newspapers worldwide by Universal Uclick and is available on GoComics. In 2009, Pooch Café received a nomination for Best Strip by the National Cartoonist Society. Gilligan resides in Toronto.

 

Read Poptropica here.

 

Truth Facts by Mikael Wulff and Anders Morgenthaler

 

Truth Facts by Wulff & Morgenthaler

 

Truth Facts by Wulff & Morgenthaler

With topics ranging from bacon to social media to dietary experts, Truth Facts brings humor to life through graphs and pie charts.

 

In addition to Truth Facts, Mikael Wulff and Anders Morgenthaler are also the creators of the popular comic strip WuMo, which is syndicated in more than 300 newspapers worldwide and is available on GoComics. Residing in Denmark, Wulff and Morgenthaler have had great success in the comedy field, running Scandinavia’s biggest comedy website. The pair has also created a popular animated sitcom, "The Pandas." Wulff is a stand-up comedian, bringing his routine to one-man shows, DVDs, TV and radio. Morgenthaler is a movie director, with films ranging from children’s movies to avant-garde art-house fare. 

 

Read Truth Facts here.

 

The Martian Confederacy by Paige Braddock and Jason McNamara

The Martian Confederacy by Paige Braddock and Jason McNamara
The Martian Confederacy by Paige Braddock and Jason McNamara

Situated on Mars in the year 3535, you’ll find toxic air, bloodthirsty politicians and drinking bears in The Martian Confederacy. Stripped of its natural resources and forgotten as a vacation destination, Martians struggle to afford breathable air. Main characters Boone, Spinner and Lou were three outlaws looking out for themselves. But when a cure for Mars’ toxic air falls into the wrong hands, thieves are forced to become heroes. And, as an entire planet gasps for air, these three redneck outlaws will do whatever it takes to save their planet. Or die trying.

 

Paige Braddock knew at age 7 that she wanted to be a cartoonist. Early in her career, she worked as an illustrator for several newspapers, including the Chicago Tribune and The Atlanta Constitution. In 1991, she began crafting her long-standing comic, Jane's World, the first gay-themed work to receive online distribution by a national media syndicate. In 2006, Jane’s World received an Eisner Award nomination for best humor book. Now distributed by Universal Uclick, daily installments of Jane’s World appear on GoComics website and mobile app. There are currently 11 volumes of Jane’s World in print.

 

Braddock co-created the graphic novel series "The Martian Confederacy" with writer Jason McNamara. Braddock recently completed the all-ages graphic novel Stinky Cecil, due for release from Andrews McMeel Publishing in spring 2015. By day she is the Creative Director at Charles M. Schulz Creative Associates.

 

Jason McNamara grew up on Long Island’s north shore, where he spent his formative years reading comic books and working on clam boats. After seeing the Ramones 37 times, Jason relocated to San Francisco in 1997.

 

McNamara began writing comic books and won a Xeric Award for his historical graphic novel First Moon. He has since authored "Less Than Hero," "Continuity," "Short-Hand," "The Rattler" and "Martian Confederacy" series.

 

Read The Martian Confederacy here.

 

The Wandering Melon by Mike Shiell

The Wandering Melon by Mike Shiell
The Wandering Melon by Mike Shiell

The Wandering Melon comic is a collection of art resulting from ideas that pop into creator Mike Shiell’s head. When his mind wanders and is free from the constraints of logic and reason, Shiell creates ideas for strange toys and inventions, goofy animations, childhood memories and slightly dark gag cartoons. As Shiell says, “Who knows what the wandering melon is going to drag home from its journeys?!”

 

Shiell has more than 20 years of experience providing cartoons, illustration and animations to clients including Nickelodeon, Reader’s Digest, Saturday Evening Post, Owl Magazine, BBC, Hallmark and others. He has directed award-winning children’s shows and created animated short films. Shiell currently resides in Toronto and works as an animation director at Corus Entertainment.

 

Read The Wandering Melon here.

 



GoComics Staff Pick: Doodle Town by Melissa Lomax

This week's pick comes from our editor Elizabeth: Maybe it's because my family's nickname for me is Doodle Bug, or maybe it's because every strip I've read is adorable -- either way, I'm thrilled that Melissa Lomax and Doodle Town have a place on GoComics.

 

Doodle Town by Melissa Lomax_1

 

 

Thanks to websites like BuzzFeed, I'm a huge fan of the listicle. Doodle Town provides me with the comic version of those lists -- though these are MUCH prettier

 

 

Doodle Town by Melissa Lomax_2

 

 

The autobiographical strips are super cute, and Lomax isn't afraid of sentimentality.

 

 

Doodle Town by Melissa Lomax_3

 

I can admit to getting choked up when reading about her parents.  And maybe kinda sorta swooning when reading about her fiance, Pups.  (Though I'm assuming she's engaged to a real person and not a dog.  Or at least I'm hoping...)

 

Plus, every so often she posts doodles from her journal, and they're just so pretty!  And they often feature elephants in formalwear, an obsession I didn't know I had before.

 

Doodle Town by Melissa Lomax_4

 

➜ Subscribe to Doodle Town here! 

 

 

ABOUT: Doodle Town is inspired by my longtime relationship with Patch the Pups and our creative life. Our adventures have been paved with some amazing times and some tough times too. But luckily, through it all we are still kids at heart! Sometimes the personal stories I'll share may make you chuckle. Other times they may just make you say, "awww" and remind you to find the magic in YOUR everyday moments.




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