LUM AND ABNER AND ANNIE AND DICK TRACY

Okay, I'm a few days behind on some cool crossover news about Donnie Pitchford's Sherpa strip LUM AND ABNER, which is based on the radio show of the same name, which was huge in the U.S. from the 30s to the 50s.

 

Lum and Abner, the originals

The original Lum and Abner -- Chester Lauck and Norris Goff.

 

Last Sunday Joe Staton and Mike Curtis' DICK TRACY, which since June 1st has been following a storyline involving the disappearance of Little Orphan Annie, featured this cameo appearance by Lum and Abner:

 

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LUM AND ABNER appears in Sunday format, which is supplemented by an audio version, so you can follow the strip even if you are blind -- or read the strip while hearing it acted out. For example, to listen to the strip below, click here:

 

7-20-14 LUM AND ABNER Sunday


From radio show to comic strip to audio comic strip. Nice. There's a whole world of backstory to this project, and a hearkening back in admiration to the days of Old Time Radio. You can read more about the strip here.

 

Donnie Pitchford with original

Cartoonist Donnie Pitchford with one of his originals.

 

Lum and Abner Jot 'Em Down Store and Museum


The Lum and Abner Jot 'em Down Store and Museum, in Pine Ridge, Arkansas. Their website, with more Lum and Abner history, is
here

 

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LUM AND ABNER 2014 Festival ad



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



11 Reasons Comics are Better Than Real Life

Ever have those days when you wish you could be “anywhere else but here?” You could be getting a tan, seeing the world, or rocking out with your best friends -- but you’re not.  You’re at work, or at home, or running errands. What if you could live in a comic strip?

 

I got a lot of positive feedback about the last week’s list blog -- so I have decided to go that route again.  This week: 11 Reasons Comics are Better Than Real Life.

 

11. Travel Between Worlds

 

 

Dark Side of the Horse by Samson

Dark Side of the Horse by Samson

 

 

 

Other comic characters do it all the time! Sine, from Dark Side of the Horse, crosses over here into the Pearls Before Swine world. Living in a comic strip would mean that if you got bored with one place, you could just warp to a whole new world and chill there for a while until you were ready to return.

 

 

10. Eternal Youth

 

 

Thatababy by Paul Trap

Thatababy by Paul Trap

 

 

 

While a few comic characters have aged over time (Luann comes to mind), many of them don’t.  Are all comic characters secretly vampires? Probably not -- vampires are not nearly as interesting. That being said, the faster you decide to switch from living in the real world to living in a comic strip, the younger you will stay.  Forever.

 

9. Revamp Your Style Without Plastic Surgery 

 

 

Garfield by Jim Davis

Garfield by Jim Davis

 

 

 

Don’t like your legs? Fine. Think your eyes are too small? Not a problem. Want to lose some weight? Don’t bother killing yourself at the gym. Garfield survives on donuts and lasagna, but hey, it looks like he’s lost weight over the years. So grab a third donut (yes, the ones filled with icing), have a talk with the creator, and he or she will fix you right up!

 

8. Really Cool Parents

 

 

FoxTrot Classics by Bill Amend

FoxTrot Classics by Bill Amend

 

 

 

By no means am I saying there aren’t cool parents out there. Two of them I’m proud to call my own! But, let’s be honest here, if I had devoured an entire bag of cookies in one sitting, my mom would have told me it was tough. There would have been a lecture about “once you eat something, it’s gone.” Which would turn into “once you spend your money, it’s gone.” Which would have turned into, “You need to go to college and get a decent job so that you can afford decent things in life.” Like cookies. 

 

7. Wizards

 

 

Wizard of Id by Parker and Hart

Wizard of Id by Parker and Hart

 

 

 

What’s not awesome about a wizard? Wizards have all kinds of awesome powers that (so long as they aren’t being used on you) are well worth living in a comic strip. I’m relatively positive there are no wizards in the real world. Though, if you are reading this and you are a wizard, come out of hiding. We promise to love you.

 

6. Bacon

 

 

Invisible Bread by Justin Boyd

Invisible Bread by Justin Boyd

 

 

 

Apparently in comics, they eat so much bacon that they even have to keep emergency supplies of it just hanging around in case of a sudden craving. I see nothing strange about that.  

 

5. Life Doesn’t Have to Make Sense

 

 

F Minus by Tony Carrillo

F Minus by Tony Carrillo

 

 

 

That being said, I think pancakes taste better when cooked in an orange juice powered dishwasher… by a chipmunk named Zeus.

 

4. Brains and Diets are Null and Void

 

 

Heart of the City by Mark Tatulli

Heart of the City by Mark Tatulli

 

 

 

Garfield? Peter from Foxtrot? Eno from The Duplex? Brains and diets are null and void more often than just when the weather sucks.  I woke up late for work earlier this week and had a brownie for breakfast -- topped with Cool Whip and peanut butter. I’d fit right into this lifestyle.

 

3. Talking Animals

 

 

Heavenly Nostrils by Dana Simpson

Heavenly Nostrils by Dana Simpson

 

 

 

This one explains itself. Animals can talk. Cool!

 

2. Meet Special Guest Stars

 

 

Pearls Before Swine by Stephan Pastis

Pearls Before Swine by Stephan Pastis

 

 

 

Several comics feature “guest stars” such as SpongeBob, former presidents, famous actors … or even death! Living in a comic, you will get the chance to meet them all.

 

1. Anything is Possible

 

Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson

Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson

 

 

 

 

If you can imagine it, it’s possible.  Calvin is a prime example of that. His imagination runs wild -- and his adventures are never boring. Living in a comic means the only limitation you have is your own mind. That may or may not be a dangerous thing.

 

There you have it!  Clearly living in comics would be 10 times cooler a million times cooler than living in real life. Can we get the technology to make this possible sometime soon, please?

 

-- Jessi



Bill Watterson Artwork Up For Auction!

Pearls Before Swine by Stephan Pastis

 

Last month, the world went wild when Calvin and Hobbes cartoonist Bill Watterson collaborated with Pearls Before Swine creator Stephan Pastis to guest illustrate an incredible storyline.

 

Now, the legendary comic strips are up for auction! As of now, the cheapest of the three strips is already up to $5,500 and will surely soar in price. The online portion of the auction ends August 7, and all proceeds will be donated to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research.

 

What are you waiting for? Start bidding here!

 

If your budget doesn’t allow you to shell out that hefty amount of cash for the originals, you can purchase archive-quality prints of the storyline here



stretching the comics canvas

If you've been reading GoComics for a few years, you've likely noticed an explosion in new offerings on our A to Z listing. While single-panel toons and three- or four-panel funnies have long made up the traditional core of our content, some of the more recent additions require some serious scrolling and a bit of in-depth reading. While there will always be lame-o's who type "TLDNR" on anything over 140 characters, many others (like me) are delighted to see artists stretch the form to include literature, inspirational quotes, history and storytelling.

 

Today I'd like to spotlight three examples of GoComics cartoonists who work on a wide canvas, but I'd welcome any other suggestions in the comments. Let's start with a peek at Zen Pencils, by Australian artist Gavin Aung Than.

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There you have it... a scarily honest yet wonderfully poignant sentiment by Sylvia Plath captured in artwork. I love the arrangement of the words beside the falling figs. It's like a bit of concrete poetry in a graphic novel. Zen Pencils is as remarkable for its diversity of artistic styles as it is the wide range of source material. It's consistently inspirational and always fun to read.

 

If you're headed to San Diego Comic Con this weekend, stop by the Andrews McMeel Publishing/GoComics booth (#1503) on Friday 3.30-4.30pm and on Sunday 12.30-1.30pm to meet Gavin and see some examples of his upcoming book.

 

 

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Peter Mann, the artist and writer of The Quixote Syndrome, teaches in the Humanities program at Stanford University, where he occasionally uses these comics as teaching materials. The above illustration from last week presents a Franz Kafka parable in its entirety, with artwork that drives home the disorientation and reminds us how "Kafkaesque" came into the commen lexicon. You'll need to enlarge it to keep from squinting, but its well worth your while. Catch more Quixote Syndrome here.

 

 

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Eleri Mai Harris, of Eleri Mai Harris Cartoons, has been doing a great series about American history and civic identity, including this strip from earlier in the year depicting the Solidarity Singers of Madison, Wisconsin. I visited Madison over the weekend, and though I didn't make it into the State House in time to hear the 11:00 a.m. singing protest, I did hear a couple of the Solidarity Singers sharing their message outside the State House at the weekly farmer's market. Check out more of her recent large-format cartoons on GoComics.



GoComics Staff Pick: Off the Mark by Mark Parisi

Off the Mark by Mark Parisi
gocomics.com/offthemark

 

This week's pick comes from our Director of Digital Content, David: Off the Mark's daily panels are like comic popcorn (or insert other bite size snack that you can’t seem to stop eating). 

 

Off the Mark by Mark Parisi

 

This comic has been a consistent favorite of George Takei and his massive following on facebook. Take a few seconds and treat yourself to a snack.

 

➜ Add Off the Mark to your GoComics homepage!

 

ABOUT: The off-the-wall humor of off the mark puts a refreshingly spin on the things we see everyday... from your favorite icons to your least favorite trends, from commercials to pets to computers. Slightly skewed and just a little twisted, off the mark scores a bull’s eye with readers looking for a laugh.

 



THE NATIONAL CARTOONIST

National Cartoonist coverNCSF prez Steve McGarry just announced the launch of The National Cartoonist:

 

"Published by the National Cartoonists Society Foundation, it is a free magazine celebrating the best in cartooning, past and present, with extensive interviews, in-depth features and behind-the-scenes glimpses into the world of cartooning and comics, as well as beautiful reproductions of rare and, in many cases, previously unseen original art from some of our greatest luminaries! We hope it is a publication that will be enjoyed by all cartooning fans, from the casual reader to the seasoned professional."

 

McGarry goes on to say free copies will be given out at the San Diego Comic-Con, at the NCS booth -- #1307. And you can read the 64-page magazine online here and subscribe. It's free!

 

 

National Cartoonist spread



GIVEAWAY: LIMITED EDITION SDCC SIGNED PRINTS

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We’re in San Diego this week representing GoComics at SDCC, and we couldn’t be more excited! We have a schedule full of creator interactions, and we’ll be handing out GoComics PRO memberships along with some awesome prizes, so if you’re attending, be sure to pop by booth 1503!

 

Because we can’t contain our excitement, we think it’s only appropriate to kick off the SDCC fun a little early. We’re giving away a set of special edition SDCC 2013 prints signed by GoComics creators!

 

The set includes:

 

-       9 Chickweed Lane

-       Adam@Home

-       Bloom County

-       FoxTrot

-       Heavenly Nostrils

-       Jane’s World

-       La Cucaracha

-       Last Kiss

-       Luann

-       Skin Horse

-       Too Much Coffee Man

 

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., July 29 at 10 a.m. CT. The winner will be announced that day on this blog. This contest is open to all readers worldwide.

 

If you can’t join us at SDCC this week, you can keep up with us the action through social media!

 

Twitter: @GoComics (#GoComics)
Facebook: facebook.com/gocomics
Instagram: GoComics            

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GIVEAWAY: CALVIN AND HOBBES PRINT -- WINNER ANNOUNCED

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

 

Thank you to all who entered to win the Calvin and Hobbes print! We loved hearing why you love the classic strip.

 

We have randomly selected a winner!

 

Congratulations to Todd Morris! Please email us at rewards@gocomics.com with your shipping information and phone number. Please note: You must contact us by Tuesday, July 29 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 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.

 

 

Cleo and Company  7-18-14

 

 

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Mort's Island  7-18-14

 

 

 

 

 

Pirate Mike  7-18-14

 

 

 

Boogerbrain  7-19-14

 

 

 

 

The Old Man & His Dog  7-19-14

 

 

 

Winding Roads  7-19-14

 

 

 

 

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Kartoons By Kline  7-20-14

 

 

 

 

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 Padded Cell 7-20-14

 

Padded Cell

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 



Weekend Faves (July 20)

Pooch Cafe by Paul Gilligan
Pooch Cafe by Paul Gilligan

Yesterday morning, I got a text from my mom that said, "DBOTFL." I honestly thought it was an auto-correct error until she told me to read Pooch Cafe. Technically, this is my mom's Sunday favorite, but I'm claiming it as my own.

--Julie

 

F Minus by Tony Carrillo
F Minus by Tony Carrillo

I'm going to live by this quote.

--Lindsay

 

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

Anyone who says they taste the same is lying. Triangles are 10 times better.
-- Jessi

 

Luann by Greg Evans
Luann by Greg Evans

It's Comicon week and we couldn't be more excited! Are you attending? Check out our SDCC signing/event schedule here!

--Julie

 

Heavenly Nostrils by Dana Simpson
Heavenly Nostrils by Dana Simpson

I can't decide what I'm going to do when I get home tonight: Pour Wine and play Nintendo … or look for my roommate's clarinet.
--Jessi

 

Frank & Ernest by Thaves
Frank & Ernest by Thaves

This Frank and Ernest Sunday is definitely in the running for my favorite Sunday strip of 2014. I've had several friends tour New Zealand, but not one has yet reported any Frodo-bombings. Leave it to F&E to achieve the impossible.

--Lucas




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