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.

 

 

 

Jillpoke Bohemia  9-3-14

 

 

 

Smith  9-3-14

 

 

 

The Boobiehatch  9-3-14

 

 

 

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Courageous Man Adventures  9-4-14

 

 

 

 

Far Out!  9-4-14

 

 

 

 

H.I.P.  9-4-14

 

 

 

Millennialhood  9-4-14

 

 

 

 

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Regular Creatures  9-4-14

 

 

 

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

 





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As has become the custom over the last few weeks, we again find ourselves hip-deep in my fabled Archive Selects folder, clutching the fronts of our collective shirts in our fists as we attempt to keep its hem unsullied by the brackish, inky waters. We wade forward, ever forward, towards a horizon that promises Garfield-orange sunrises and the dawning of comics drawn after 2009. We've come so far already, and yet, judging by the faded letters nailed to fenceposts (I'm envisioning this as a sort of forgotten swamp), we're not even halfway home. This would be cause for despair, were this an actual journey through soggy, uneven terrain and not a silly framing device for me to share more great comic strips with you. Our spirits are buoyed enormously by this news.

 

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This week, let's all get trenchfoot by stomping around in highlights from Herman, Jump Start, Knight Life and Lola! I'll put on some Creedence to get us in the mood. 

 

 

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What a fantastic workout! It's almost worth it just for the feeling of getting to peel our waterlogged socks off afterwards. For now, let's rest. While we may not speak the same language as the feral natives who make their homes here, one needs no Rosetta Stone to translate their chanted incantation of what lies ahead: "Marmaduke, Marmaduke, Marmaduke." I just hope he doesn't require a sacrifice. Sees youse nexts weeks!

 

--Dave





GoComics: Blind Items

We here at the GoComics blog hear some very interesting tidbits from our creators, editors and readers:  


Which outwardly happily married cartoonist “has a very dark personal side” and indulges in an inwardly happy marriage at home? ... Which NCS category nominee loudly groused in a high-level meeting about being frustrated with his syndicate by yelling: “They should be called the Publishers-'Hell' Syndicate?" . . . Which scandal-hit penman was spotted chatting up a woman at a SDCC event saying, “I do like to wear tank tops and rollerblade along the promenade"? ... Which cartoonist is juggling multiple lovers including her competitor at a rival syndicate and her strip's own lead character?


I'm not saying, that is for sure! *wink*!
-JG




GoComics Staff Pick: Sarah's Scribbles by Sarah Andersen

Thanks to Shena (or Acquisitions Editor) for this week's Pick!

 

Sarah's Scribbles by Sarah Andersen

 

 

Sarah Andersen has a way with a line. The subtlety of emotion in the faces of her characters is particularly remarkable when you look at the deceptive simplicity of her art. Sarah's Scribbles never fails to make me smile, and I see moments I relate to all the time when reading through her archives. Sometimes these moments are hilarious, and sometimes they're poignant, but they always have a core of truth to them that do nothing but make the humor sharper and the sense of recognition more sublime. This all makes it sound so clinical and serious, but the comic strip is anything but. Give it a shot and you'll see what I mean.

 

 

Sarah's Scribbles by Sarah Andersen

 

 

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ABOUT: Sarah doesn't like waking up in the morning, being productive, or dealing with social situations. “Sarah's Scribbles” is a comic strip that follows her life, finding humor in that which is weird, awkward, and embarrassing. This comic is for barely-functioning people, created by a barely-functioning person.





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 Bit Sketch  8-29-14

 

 

 

 

Apple Creek Comics  8-29-14

 

 

 

 

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Magic Coffee Hair  9-1-14

 

 

 

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

 





Giveaway: Signed Heavenly Nostrils Print

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Today is an exciting day for Heavenly Nostrils fans! “Phoebe and Her Unicorn,” the first Heavenly Nostrils book published by our sister company Andrews McMeel Publishing, is available for purchase!

 

We love following the bubbly adventures of this 9-year-old daydreamer and the vain mythical beast, and we're celebrating the release of the book with a prize for one lucky fan! We’re giving away a special edition SDCC 2013 SIGNED Heavenly Nostrils print! 

 

To enter, leave a comment on this post and include your first and last name. Limit one entry per person. This contest will end on Tues., Sept. 9 at 10 a.m. CT. The winner will be announced that day on this blog.

 

Want to learn more about “Phoebe and Her Unicorn”? Go here!





GIVEAWAY: BIG NATE PRIZE PACK – Winner Announced!

Big Nate Prize Pack

 

Thank you to all who entered to win a Big Nate prize pack! We’ve randomly selected one winner for each prize pack!

 

Prize Pack #1 – David Sanchez

-       Signed Big Nate print

-       “I Smell a Pop Quiz”

-       Big Nate boxed set, which includes “Big Nate: In a Class by Himself” and “Big Nate: Strikes Again

 

Prize Pack #2 – Thomas Walkup

-       Signed Big Nate print

-       “I Smell a Pop Quiz”

-       “Big Nate: Here Goes Nothing

 

If your name is listed above, please email us at rewards@gocomics.com with your shipping address and phone number. Please note: You must contact us by 9/9/14 or your prize will be forfeited.





Weekend Faves (August 31)

 

Ziggy by Tom Wilson & Tom II
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That is one expensive accident. Poor Ziggy!

--Julie

 

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

There is no dread more acute than that felt on the last night of summer vacation. Enduring it year after year does help steel the youth for their eventual demise, I suppose. Also, hey, look how absorbent Rover is! Hardly a drop left in that pool!

--Dave

 

Lio by Mark Tatulli
Lio by Mark Tatulli

Look out, Lio!

--Julie

 

Heavenly Nostrils by Dana Simpson
Heavenly Nostrils by Dana Simpson

EXCITING NEWS! The first Heavenly Nostrils book, "Phoebe and Her Unicorn," was released this morning! Order it here!

--Julie

 

 





New Comic Alert! Lug Nuts by J.C. Duffy

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What can one say about Lug Nuts that hasn't already been said? Pretty much everything, really. There aren't a lot of people talking about it, including J.C. Duffy. Especially in mixed company. This rambling paragraph will blow the lid off that conspiracy of silence, unless the lid is too heavy, like a manhole cover. That leads to hernias. Better to let sleeping dogs lie, and metaphors mix. Suffice it to say that this is a comic strip with baseless delusions of grandeur, prompting occasional forays into uncharted territory, a dark forest where head-scratching and madness lurk behind every hollow log and a hollow leg. Fasten your spats, and if you're on your bike, wear white. Remember to tip your waitress, and if a horse answers, hang up.

 

Read Lug Nuts here.





Meet Your Creator: Charles Boyce (Compu-toon)

Today, we hear from Compu-toon creator Charles Boyce. Celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, Compu-toon reminds us that technological innovations haven’t necessarily made our lives any easier – maybe just more funny.

 

I started cartooning while serving in the U.S. Navy. I became the staff cartoonist for a naval newspaper, The Cascader, on the USS Cascade AD-16 that was stationed in Newport, Rhode Island. I had an opportunity to write and produce a daily comic strip for the ship deck bulletin board and the newspaper. The strip was called Pudgy & J.B., which was about two sailors adjusting to the Navy life and the ups and downs that came with it. I enjoyed watching the crew’s reactions as they read it every morning. This is when I knew what my future would be about.

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I began my professional career as a cartoonist while working in the production department of the Chicago Tribune shortly after my tour in the Navy. The paper was going through a lot of changes, and the digital age was upon us. An in-house newsletter called Trib News was looking for a humorous concept that would be fitting for its format. I was asked to create something for the publication. This is when Compu-toon was born. 

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My flow of inspiration stems from several things -- from my childhood adventures to watching Saturday morning cartoons in my earlier years, to getting to know talented artists who helped me mature in my craft. Some such personalities were Chester Commodore, Johnny Hart, Morrie Brickman and more. 

 

My immediate family members were strong supporters during my earlier development. Some of the recurrent characters in my comic Compu-toon were inspired by certain siblings. Everyday living is my biggest inspiration.

 

I have been recognized for a few awards and mentionings. I am affiliated with BCAC (Barrington Cultural Arts Center), National Cartoonists Society (NCS), Youth Communication Chicago, The KeyPad Kid Project and others. 

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My favorite childhood comics were Blondie, Beetle Bailey, Hambone, Pogo and The Phantom. Comics I read now are limited. I try not to get involved in other comics too much for fear of possible unintentional plagiarism. I respect the late Morrie Turner’s Wee Pals immensely.

 

I am presently celebrating the 20th anniversary of Compu-toon. I started the panel back in 1994. We have been involved with several events and gatherings during 2014. A collectable book about the strip is in the works. I will hold a cartoon showing at the Barrington Area Library in Barrington, Illinois on September 21, 2014. I am also working on preliminary works for animated shorts about The KeyPad Kid.

 

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Read Compu-toon here.





BULLYING IS NO LAUGHING MATTER

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The "flip" side of this front-covers-on-both-ends book contains "Wrath of the Warthog" a complete graphic adventure story by Kolka, featuring a youthful version of The Cardinal and his aggressive tormentor. The middle portion of the book contains other material as well.

 

Funky Winkerbean creator Tom Batiuk provides the introduction.

 

Kolka and his wife Diane live in Michigan, and lead anti-bullying programs for adults and kids. They worked together for two years to assemble this collection of comics, with the goal of encouraging kids to help end bullying.

 

Kurt has been posting one featured strip per week on a special website that supports the book (which you can order here). Here's the Broom Hilda strip:

 

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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  8-27-14

 

 

 

Massive Falls  8-27-14

 

 

 

Oat  8-27-14

 

 

 

Onion & Pea  8-27-14

 

 

 

 

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Peanizles  8-28-14

 

 

 

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The Old Man & His Dog  8-28-14

 

The Old Man & His Dog

 

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

 





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Ahoy! Welcome back to our second dip into my long-forgotten "Archive Selects" folder. While I'd planned to span another stretch of the alphabet with today's entry, looks like we've hit a bit of a roadblock, resulting in a detour down Grand Avenue. It'd be nice if we could stay on schedule and get the H out of here, but we're going to have to take the long way. This dang monorail construction is never going to end!

 

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Grand Avenue, by Steve Breen and Mike Thompson, is about as wry as a comic can be without being actually, actively mean-spirited. This makes sense-- each of the creators keep their pencils sharp through their respective work as editorial cartoonists, a fact that almost led me to type something about "the whetstone of satire," which, we can agree, would be a terrible thing to say.

 

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Gag-wise, Grand Avenue is consistently snappy and refreshing. I can't tell you how good it is to finally find a legitimate reason to describe something as "snappy." Sure, I've used it in other instances, but the only other time it was an accurate summary was when I served as a character reference for my turtle roommate's job search. I'm not proud of this joke, but going through it together made our bond stronger, Dear Reader.

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Ah, the scenic route. This is a pretty nice street; all that cross-hatching really ups the property value. Next week: more letters, worse jokes! 

 

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GoComics Staff Pick: Buni by Ryan Pagelow

Thanks to Raegan, our Manager of Permissions, for this week's Staff Pick!

  

Buni by Ryan Pagelow
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I love the cartoon Buni because the character of Buni is so full of happiness and joy. Even while things are going badly around him, he always sees the brighter side of life. While sometimes annoying, his happiness blinds him to the crazy, dark world around him. With a cast of shady characters and his unrequited love for the female Buni, it’s fun to find out who or what is out to get Buni next.

 

 

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Add Buni to your GoComics homepage!

 

 

ABOUT: Buni is a dark comic about an optimistic bunny with terrible luck. Always positive, Buni doesn’t understand that the cute world he lives in is really out to get him, whether it’s at the hands of mafia teddy bears, garden gnomes or zombies. However he remains undeterred, even when it comes to the girl he loves who clearly has a boyfriend and is uninterested in Buni. ­­The comic’s simple dialogue-free format is designed for an international audience and was one of the 10 finalists in the Comic Strip Superstar contest.





September 2014 Twitter Q&A Schedule

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Join us Fridays at 1:30pm CT on Twitter for Q&A sessions with our talented GoComics creators!

 

During these one-hour live-tweet sessions, we invite a cartoonist(s) to answer a set of core questions, then field queries from the public. We encourage our fans to take part in these Q&As. To participate, tweet questions, or simply follow along, using the designated event hashtag.

 

Now, mark your calendars!

 

THE LINE-UP: 
 
• 9/5: Donna A. Lewis of Reply All and Reply All Lite
 
• 9/12: Dana Simpson of Heavenly Nostrils Phoebe and Her Unicorn
• 9/19: Piers Baker of Ollie and Quentin  
 
• 9/26: Chip Sansom of The Born Loser
 
  




GIVEAWAY – BIG NATE PRIZE PACK

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Sharp pencils, blank notebooks and young minds ready to learn -- it’s back-to-school time! We’re giving away TWO prize packs featuring our favorite sixth-grader, Big Nate!

 

Prize Pack #1

-       Signed Big Nate print

-       “I Smell a Pop Quiz”

-       Big Nate boxed set, which includes “Big Nate: In a Class by Himself” and “Big Nate: Strikes Again

 

Prize Pack #2

-       Signed Big Nate print

-       “I Smell a Pop Quiz”

-       “Big Nate: Here Goes Nothing

 

We will randomly select one winner for each prize pack. 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., September 2nd at 10 a.m. CT. The winner will be announced that day on this blog. Sorry worldwide comics fans, this giveaway is open to U.S. and Canada residents only.

 

P.S. You have until Sunday, Aug. 31 to enter the Big Nate Super Fan Sweepstakes for a chance to appear as a drawn character in the next Big Nate novel! Enter here!





GIVEAWAY: LIMITED EDITION PEARLS BEFORE SWINE PRINTS – WINNERS ANNOUNCED

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Thank you to all who entered to win a limited edition Pearls Before Swine print!

 

We’ve randomly selected three winners!

 

Congratulations to Jason Erwin, Gianfranco Goria and Paul Gesting! Please email us at rewards@gocomics.com with your shipping information and phone number. Please note: You must contact us by Tuesday, September 2 or your prize will be forfeited.

 

To those of you who didn’t win, never fear! You can order your very own special edition print by clicking here





Happy National Dog Day!

Roger A. Caras once said, “Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole.” With dozens of comics featuring fuzzy, four-legged friends, the GoComics family certainly agrees!

 

In honor of man’s best friend, we’re celebrating one of our favorite lesser-known holidays: National Dog Day!

 

The relationship between Red and Rover makes us say, “Awww” on a daily basis.

 

Red and Rover by Brian Basset

 

We have a feeling Sophie and Doug’s friendship will only continue to grow as the years go on.

 

Dog Eat Doug by Brian Anderson

 

Have you stopped by Pooch Café lately? It’s the best place to catch up on the neighborhood gossip.

Pooch Cafe by Paul Gilligan

Fred Basset keeps us smiling with antics that every dog owner can relate to.

 

Fred Basset by Alex Graham

 

Dogs of C-Kennel brings us a cast of howl-inducing hounds.

 

Dogs of C-Kennel by Mick & Mason Mastroianni

 

Though he’s loving, Marmaduke finds himself in trouble a bit more often than the average dog.

 

Marmaduke by Brad Anderson

 

And who could forget about Snoopy? (By the way, have you seen our 8-bit Snoopy keeping watch over GoComics headquarters?)

 

Peanuts by Charles Schulz

 

Happy National Dog Day! Be sure to check out our “Dogs in Comics” Pinterest board for a collection of our favorite canine comics!





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.

 

 

Candace 'n' Company  8-22-14

 

 

 

Onion & Pea  8-22-14

 

 

 

 

Winding Roads  8-22-14

 

 

 

 

 

Misc Soup  8-23-14

 

 

 

 

Batch Rejection  8-24-14

 

 

 

 

Bushy Tales  8-24-14

 

 

 

 

Frank & Steinway  8-24-14

 

 

 

 

Suburban Wilderness  8-24-14

 

 

 

 

No Place Like Holmes  8-25-14

 

 

Small Nerdy Creatures  8-25-14

 

 

 


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

 





BAM! POW! BLING!

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Check out Daniel Genis' story over at The Daily Beast story: "Bam! Pow! Bling! Hip-Hop's History Gets the Graphic Novel Treatment."  Genis explains that the first two volumes comprise the "prequel," and subsequent volumes will each cover one year.

I thought this comment was particularly interesting: "Ed explained to me that while a sampling a beat is a well-known device in rap music, he samples colors. He would find old fliers and comics with urban themes and when he noticed something that just looked right, he scanned it in and added the hue to his palette. Perhaps that is why the books look so authentic; they could be artifacts from the era."

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Also this: "Rose Porché, who is 54, lived through the birth of hip-hop intimately, dancing at the very block parties that Piskor had drawn. She was amazed by how well the artist had captured the moment, and so were her friends sipping on beers in paper bags. They were equally amazed to learn that Ed Piskor was white, but not a word was said about cultural exploitation or appropriation. Piskor’s work was taken at face value, not an attempt to cash in on a fad for subculture or the meddling of an outsider. In fact, Rose said, “Reading this, you would think he was there, he was listening, and he was black. The fact that he’s a white boy who is only 32 is impressive.”

 






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