Meet Your Creator: Jason Little (Shutterbug Follies)

Today, we hear from Shutterbug Follies creator Jason Little.


Shutterbug Follies by Jason Little
Shutterbug Follies by Jason Little

Back when I was a kid in the '70s, Tintin comics weren’t nearly as ubiquitous as they are today, particularly in the small town of Binghamton, New York, where I grew up. But my anthropologist dad took frequent trips to Kenya, and would often have a layover in London. Each time he came home he brought me back a Tintin album in English.


This diet of Tintin made a profound impression on me. Practically everything in Shutterbug Follies is directly informed by Tintin: the pacing, the dialogue, the color, the plucky protagonist, the layout … Hergé looms large in my work, and informs it so naturally that I have to work really hard to pile on other influences to make myself more of an artistic melting pot.


Harold Gray


Gasoline Alley by Frank King


One of the influences I strove to incorporate into my work is the aesthetic of daily strips from the '20s and '30s, like Gasoline Alley and Little Orphan Annie. I’ve often fantasized about time travel back to that period. In April 2013, I started a project that forced me to deliberately emulate Frank King and Harold Gray: I had an idea for a daily strip about a homeless man named Borb.


Borb by Jason Little


My plan was to evoke the vagabond tramp archetype from the early strips, but at the same time depict the real and timeless hardships of homelessness. I’m talking about the really grim and brutal stuff: disease, beatings, disfigurement, death, etc. But at the same time, I wanted it to be funny -- a tall order, it turns out. I decided to trust my instincts and follow the formal framework laid down by the masters. The result has been polarizing -- readers either love Borb or hate it. I ran the strip for three months at, and then ended it. I’m delighted to say that Uncivilized Books will publish Borb as a book in April 2015.




Since I finished Borb, much of my time has been spent in the pursuit of stereoscopic 3-D comics. I’ve been putting stereo images in my comics off and on since 1998, when I drew a 3-D backup story (“The Abduction Announcement”) in my first published comic, Jack’s Luck Runs Out. This year, 3-D took over again, beginning with an invitation to contribute a story to an all-3D issue of the Portland alt-comics anthology Study Group Magazine. Wanting to make sure that the project came off without a hitch, I volunteered to manage the thorny task of making sure the 3-D actually worked and was pleasing to look at. I ended up doing many of the 3-D conversions in that issue. The Study Group website will also host a short story of mine in 3-D called “Selbstbildnis Walpurgisnacht Bildungsroman,” which should debut some time in July.


Selbstbildnis Walpurgisnacht Bildungsroman by Jason Little

The Study Groupwork led to an assignment doing a 3-D conversion on a poster for underground cartoonist Denis Kitchen. Denis also contributed to the research I was doing on the history of 3-D comics. This research turned into "3-D Comics Alive," a performance as part of the Comic Book Theater Festival this past June in Brooklyn. For this project, I did restoration work from old copies of selected 3-D comics from the '50s, '60s and '80s. I then turned these stories into slide shows, which I read radio theater-style with actors, music and sound effects interspersed with a visual lecture from me about the history of and personalities behind 3-D comics.



I’ve also been doing a lot of writing, and have treatments for three graphic novels in various stages of development -- including a third volume in the Bee series. There may be a 3-D component to at least one of these books. I’m very much looking forward to getting fresh Bee installments in front of readers’ eyes as soon as possible.


Want to hear more from Jason? Check out his website and blog, or follow him on Facebook and Twitter.

Twitter Q&A with Leigh Luna (Leigh Luna Comics)



This week, we hosted a Q&A on Twitter with cartoonist Leigh Luna (Leigh Luna Comics). If you missed it, catch up on the chat here! 





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ABOUT: Clementine Fox is an ongoing children's comic. It is about three woodland creatures, Clementine Fox, Penelope Rabbit and Nubbins the Squirrel who decide they want to become professional adventurers. Aside from being aimed at a younger audience Clementine also exists to remind us as readers revisit childhood occasionally. 


Join on Twitter next Friday (7/18) for a chance to chat with Deep Dark Fears creator Frank Krause. Follow along and aks questions using the hasthag: #AskFrankKrause 


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.







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


Favorite Reads

Pearls Before S wine by Stephan Pastis
Pearls Before S wine by Stephan Pastis



I love the puns Stephan Pastis writes for his comic, Pearls Before Swine! On nights when I have nothing to do except sit on my couch with my roommates, we often come up with crazy theories about life, ridiculous “what if” questions, and crack jokes that are nowhere near funny to anyone but us.


I pull up the GoComics app on my phone every day I’m not working so that I don’t miss any of my favorite storylines.  Since I had the day off Monday, I pulled them up to read right after dinner. When I came across this one -- I died laughing. I showed my roommates, but they didn’t find it as amusing I did.


While they weren’t looking, I got a box of raisins out of my pantry and stuck them in my pocket.  During our crazy life theory and “what if” conversation that night, I found every reason possible to say, “Everything happens for a raisin!” and then threw raisins at them.  Eventually, they each got their own box of raisins and we had a raisin war. I’d like to say a quick “thanks” to Stephan for inspiring an evening I’ll surely never forget! 




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



I’ve also really enjoyed reading some of our new comics. Poptropica has been a great story so far, and I find myself looking forward to reading the new strip during the week each day.  If you haven’t checked it out yet, it’s worth a read. Recently, the main characters have made their way off of the island of Frankenstein’s and have made their way to a new island. I’m excited to read what new adventures await!


While this next new comic is not an adventure story, I still look forward to reading Truth Facts in the mornings. I feel most people can usually relate to the simple graphs or imagery. 




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



This is true for my phone. It’s always at full battery when I’m home watching Netflix, but if I’m lost in the middle of nowhere and need to access the GPS, of course it’s almost dead and I drive with my fingers crossed that it won’t die until I get to familiar territory and can find my own way back. 




9 Chickweed Lane by Brooke McEldowney
9 Chickweed Lane by Brooke McEldowney



Finally, my newest favorite to read is 9 Chickweed Lane. In my free time, I’ve been reading back through to get some of the backstory to what is currently happening. The story has me hooked and I’m always excited to read more. The feeling you get when you watch your favorite TV show and then have to wait a week to find out what happens next is the same feeling I get when I read Brooke McEldowney’s story each day.  Thank goodness I don’t have to wait a whole week for the updates! 



-- Jessi


Learn From the Pros

Brevity by Dan Thompson
Brevity by Dan Thompson

Have you ever wished for the opportunity to learn about cartooning from the best of the best? Now’s your chance!


Taught By A Pro offers online courses for aspiring animators, comic artists, character designers and illustrators, and we’re excited to report that some of our talented GoComics creators are sharing their expertise through the program!


GoComics cartoonist Dan Thompson (Brevity, KidSpot, Lost Sheep, Rip Haywire) recently added two courses on comics creation to the Taught By A Pro course catalog. In “Awesome Storytelling in Webcomics,” Dan instructs students on the art of creating and writing an engaging comic strip to keep fans wanting more. His second course, “Awesome Coloring in Webcomics,” demonstrates how to color comics so they can be used as webcomics, comic books or print comic strips.


Looking to start a comic strip from scratch? GoComics creator Michael Jantze (The Norm) is here to help. His course “Drawriting a Comic Strip” walks you through the process of comic creation using the process of “drawriting,” starting with the basics.


Interested? Check out Taught By A Pro here.

GoComics Staff Pick: Get Fuzzy by Darby Conley

Get Fuzzy by Darby Conley
Get Fuzzy |


This week's pick comes from Andrews McMeel Publishing's (Calendars Division) Senior Art Director, Jenny: I have a friend who owns a cat and a dog, and she swears that there are times when she knows with absolute certainty that her pets are smarter than she is and that she can see them thinking. Both of which I find hysterically funny, because she’s the smartest person I know, and I don’t think her pets are bright at all. Nice pets, but not bright.


I imagine Get Fuzzy to be like her life. I live vicariously through Get Fuzzy and my friend because I am allergic to animals. But if I could have pets, I’d want a dog as sweetly unassuming and affectionate as Satchel and a cat as cynical and rascally as Bucky. 


The adventures these two get into, dreamt up by diabolical Bucky and unwittingly executed by Satchel, are laugh-out-loud funny. And poor Rob, their owner. He can’t ever win. 


Bucky and Satchel might as well be people, but then the comic wouldn’t be as funny or effective. I mean, don’t we all have an instigator like Bucky, a sweetheart like Satchel and a peacemaker like Rob in our circle of friends and family? I can really get to laughing if I place my friends and myself in place of Rob, Bucky and Satchel. I guess things could be worse than having as much silly fun as a wildly successful comic strip. 


The intelligence behind this comic strip is as appealing as the outrageous antics of Bucky and Satchel. This isn’t a comic strip you can skim and laugh at the last frame, or get the joke in two frames. I’m impressed that Darby Conley created a strip that is like Funky Winkerbean or Pearls Before Swine in that you have to read the words to fully understand the acerbic, sartorial wit of these characters and these stories. It’s a comic for adults and I love the sophistication of that. It’s a bright spot in my day.


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Prickly City turns 10 this week, and we’re celebrating with a giveaway! You have the chance to win one of three archive-quality signed Prickly City prints!


To enter, comment on this blog post and include your FIRST and LAST names. Limit one entry per person. This contest will end on Wed., July 16 at 10 a.m. CT. The winners will be announced that day on this blog. This contest is open to all readers worldwide.


Feeling nostalgic? Read Prickly City from the very beginning here.

GoComics Returns to San Diego Comicon 2014



Can you feel the excitement in the air? San Diego Comicon 2014 is just around the corner, and the GoComics office is bursting with anticipation as we gear up for the fun-filled convention!


We’re teaming up once again with our sister company Andrews McMeel Publishing to exhibit at SDCC 2014 from July 23-27, and we want to give you a sneak preview of what to expect!


In the sea of comics, cosplay and celebration, you’ll find us in the Andrews McMeel Publishing/GoComics booth, #1503 & 1505, with:


  • Scheduled one-hour free signings by GoComics/AMP cartoonists and creators.
  • Daily giveaways including free GoComics PRO memberships, major comic book collections and other comic-related promotional items.
  • Archive-quality prints of the iconic first and last Calvin and Hobbes comic strips, as well as the recent Stephan Pastis/Bill Watterson Pearls Before Swine collaboration, available for purchase. (Not attending? Purchase them here!)
  • Plus, our GoComics street team will be in downtown San Diego throughout the convention with special giveaways that you don’t want to miss! We’ll announce the location on Twitter approximately 15 minutes before each giveaway.


And now, the moment you’ve all been waiting for…the signing and event schedule!


Andrews McMeel Publishing/GoComics Signing and Event Schedule:
All creator signings will occur at the Andrews McMeel Publishing/GoComics Booth (#1503 and 1505). Exclusive SDCC 2014 prints will be provided for free at all creator signings.**

Wednesday, July 23

6:00 – 7:00 p.m.: Brian Crane (Pickles)


Thursday, July 24

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.: Josh Shalek (Tomb of the Zombies)

12:30 – 1:30 p.m.: Jim Benton (Jim Benton’s Cartoons)

1:45 – 2:15 p.m.: Street Team Giveaway (While supplies last)

2:00 – 3:00 p.m.: Steve McGarry (Badlands; Biographic; KidTown; Trivquiz)

3:30 – 4:30 p.m.: John Lustig (Last Kiss)

5:30 – 6:30 p.m.: Lex Fajardo (Kid Beowulf)


Friday, July 25

9:30 – 10:30 a.m.: Paul Friedrich ("Man v. Liver")

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.: Justin Thompson (MythTickle)

12:30 – 1:30 p.m.: Ted Rall (editorial cartoonist; The Worst Thing I’ve Ever Done)

2:00 – 3:00 p.m.: Greg Evans (Luann)

3:30 – 4:30 p.m.: Gavin Aung Than (Zen Pencils)

3:30 – 4:30 p.m.: Street Team Giveaway (While supplies last)

5:30 – 6:30 p.m.: Scott Adams (Dilbert)**


Saturday, July 26

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.: Bob Scott (Molly and the Bear)

12:30 – 1:30 p.m.: Lela Lee (Angry Little Girls)

2:00 – 3:00 p.m.: Todd Clark (Lola)

3:30 – 4:15 p.m.: Street Team Giveaway (While supplies last)

3:30 – 4:30 p.m.: Lalo Alcaraz (editorial cartoonist; La Cucaracha)

5:00 – 6:00 p.m.: Berkeley Breathed (Bloom County; The Academia Waltz)


Sunday, July 27

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.: Keith Knight (The K Chronicles; The Knight Life; (th)ink)

12:30 – 1:30 p.m.: Gavin Aung Than (Zen Pencils)

2:00 – 3:00 p.m.: Shannon Wheeler (Too Much Coffee Man)

4:00 – 5:00 p.m.: Graham Nolan (Sunshine State)


** No autographs will be given during Dilbert creator Scott Adams' meet-and-greet. Fans will have the opportunity to meet the creator personally and have GoComics/AMP staff take a photograph with the individual's camera or smartphone.


We want all of our GoComics fans to experience SDCC! Even if you’re not attending, you can be a part of the action by following along on social media!


Twitter: @GoComics (#GoComics)
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Big Nate


Thank you to all who entered to win the Big Nate  prize pack!


We have randomly selected a winner!


Congratulations to Jonnie Hartling! Please email us at with your shipping information and phone number. Please note: You must contact us by Tues., July 15 or your prize will be forfeited.


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.



Pirate Mike  7-4-14




Smith  7-4-14




Sports by Voort  7-4-14





Winding Roads  7-4-14




Charmy's Army  7-5-14




Plenty of Penguins  7-5-14




Suburban Wilderness  7-6-14




Courageous Man Adventures  7-7-14







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



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