ICYMI: Twitter Q&A with Christopher Rozzi of Tiny Confessions

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Many thanks to Christopher Rozzi for taking time out of his day to chat live with us! If you missed the Q&A, catch up here, or use the widget below:

 

 

Subscribe to Tiny Confessions here!

 

NEXT UP (6/26): We'll be hosting a live Q&A with Breaking Cat News creator Georgia Dunn! Join us on Twitter under the hashtag #AskGeorgiaDunn





Happy Garfield the Cat Day!

Where has the time gone? Another year has snuck past us, and our favorite lasagna-loving tabby turns 37 today! If you’ve been following along with Garfield this week, you know that in anticipation of hitting the big three-seven, he’s been having his annual pre-birthday nightmares, highlighting all of his hilariously irrational aging fears.

 

Have you ever pictured a cat with dentures? It’s a pretty funny mental image.

 

Garfield by Jim Davis
Garfield by Jim Davis

 

It’s hard to believe that Garfield’s reflexes are changing with age … He seems just as slow-moving as ever, and happily so.

 

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Garfield by Jim Davis

 

Also on the bright side, no need to fear the middle-aged gut, this tabby is just as tubby as he’s ever been.

 

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Garfield by Jim Davis

 

Who needs youthful optimism? Garfield wouldn’t be Garfield without his trademark grumpiness.

 

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Garfield by Jim Davis

 

Don’t worry, Garfield – it’s obvious that, like a fine wine, you only improve with age!

 

Happy birthday to one of the funniest felines around, and cheers to the next 37 years! May the Mondays be short and the lasagna plentiful!

 

 

GIVEAWAY ALERT: Enter to win Garfield's 37th birthday prize pack featuring a collectible print SIGNED by creator Jim Davis!





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.

 

 

 

Courageous Man Adventures  6-16-15

 

 

 

 

 

Merbles  6-16-15

 

 

 

Elmo  6-17-15

 

 

 

 

 

Green Pieces  6-17-15

 

 

 

 

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 Candace 'n' Company  6-18-15

 

 

 

 

Girth  6-18-15

 

 

 

 

The Insolent Lemon  6-18-15

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 





Nothing Better than Peanuts at the Ballpark

In my opinion, there is no better way to spend a summer day than a trip to the ballpark. The smell of fresh-cut grass, the warmth of the sunshine beating down on the diamond, the taste of a ballpark hotdog (which, for whatever reason, always tastes better here than anywhere else), the “crack!” of the ball coming off the bat, followed by the silence of bated breath as everyone waits for it to clear the outfield fence …  Baseball is summer in its purest form.

 

That being said, one could not write a post about the beauty of the ballpark without talking about the Peanuts gang. Their baseball team may not be the best in the neighborhood, but it is definitely the funniest.

 

From the first pitch of the season…

 

 

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Peanuts by Charles Schulz

 

 

To the bottom of the ninth in the championship…

 

 

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Peanuts by Charles Schulz

 

 

The gang constantly reminds us what the game of baseball is all about. It’s not about how many fans you have…

 

 

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Peanuts by Charles Schulz

 

Or whether you win or lose; it’s about how you play the game.

 

 

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Peanuts by Charles Schulz

 

Sometimes you’re going to balk…

 

 

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Peanuts by Charles Schulz

 

 

But, you have to take it in stride.

 

 

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Peanuts by Charles Schulz

 

 

… And when all else fails, you can always cheer yourself up with one of those delicious ballpark hotdogs (or two, or 23).

 

 

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Peanuts by Charles Schulz

 

 

 

– Amanda





Celebrate Fishing with our Comic Catch of the Day

Happy National Go Fishing Day to all of you fishermen and fisherwomen out there! To help you celebrate, we decided to do some fishing of our own – fishing for funnies, that is! We had quite the catch, reeling in eight comics that any fishing enthusiast can appreciate:

 

After all, fishing is one of the most relaxing activities there is (most of the time).

 

Monty by Jim Meddick
Monty by Jim Meddick

 

It requires a great deal of patience… 

 

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

 

Some clever strategizing...

 

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

 

And a little bit of passion; fisherman are an optimistic breed.

 

FoxTrot by Bill Amend
FoxTrot by Bill Amend

 

Even when the fish aren’t biting, fishermen endure.

 

Tank McNamara by Bill Hinds
Tank McNamara by Bill Hinds


 They take the necessary time to find the perfect spot, always trying to keep a leg up on the competition…

 

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Peanuts by Charles Schulz

 

... And on the fish.

 

Brevity by Dan Thompson
Brevity by Dan Thompson

 

Finally, they understand the importance of both fashion and function; you really just can’t beat those fancy fishing vests!

 

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




Make Your Own Pug Comic!

Good news: It’s Wednesday, which means we’re halfway through the workweek! Are you ready for a break from the mundane? We have just the thing!

 

As readers know, Gemma Correll’s Four Eyes is home to pugs Bella and Mr. Pickles. Now you can create your very own Mr. Pickles comic on BuzzFeed!

 

 

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Head on over to Buzzfeed to get started.





Giveaway: Over the Hedge Collectible Prints

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Have you heard the news? Over the Hedge has officially been entertaining readers for 20 years!

 

To celebrate this milestone, we’re giving away FOUR sets of collectible prints, featuring the very first Over the Hedge comic strip, AND an Over the Hedge print signed by cartoonists Michael Fry and T Lewis!

 

The entire Over the Hedge archive is available on GoComics! For your chance to win a set of collectible prints, browse the archive here. Then leave a comment on this blog post, sharing a link to your favorite Over the Hedge comic strip and include your first and last name. Limit one entry per person. This contest will end on Tues., June 23 at 10 a.m. CT. The winners will be announced that day on this blog.





GoComics A to Z, Vol 1: Foolish Mortals

Remember how when you were a kid you would spin a globe, close your eyes, hold out your finger, and wherever you wound up pointing to was where you were going to live? I've been doing a similar exercise lately with GoComics A to Z listing to figure out what to read next. With so many great features on the site, it can be hard to keep up with them all, so I wanted to start spotlighting a few that I've recently stumbled upon and enjoyed. Since my job mostly involves proofreading features that are syndicated for print, I'm looking forward to digging further into the GoComics A to Z (and everywhere in between). Look for a new blog post in this series each Wednesday morning. The first installment is below. — Lucas

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Feature: Foolish Mortals
Creator: Tom Horacek
Format: single panel
Frequency: 1x a week
Recommended if you like: F Minus, WuMo, Buni

"Foolish Mortals" is an apt summation of the poor, unfortunate souls that populate this weekly single panel strip. "Foolish Mortals" has a simplistic, computer-generated look that gives a playful, wacky flavor to its otherwise dark-edged humor. The fact that the characters look a little like Fisher-Price "Little People" figures makes their often reckless, troubled, bizarre behavior that much easier to laugh at. "Foolish Mortals" only uploads one new strip a week, but the quality level makes it worth the wait. Here are a few recent favorites:

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Read more "Foolish Mortals" here on GoComics.





Today’s #PeanutsTrailerChat with Jean Schulz

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@PeanutsMovie on Twitter

 

Jean Schulz, wonderful widow of Peanuts creator Charles “Sparky” Schulz and President of the Board of Directors at the Charles M. Schulz Museum, took to Twitter today with the Schulz Museum and iTunes Trailers for a live chat with fans and an unveiling of this exclusive all-new trailer for the upcoming Peanuts movie! Using the hashtag #PeanutsTrailerChat, she answered questions about her late husband, the new movie, which Peanuts character she most identifies with and many other interesting topics.

 

 When asked how the concept for the new movie came about, Schulz answered, “This was the brain child of Sparky’s son, Craig Schulz, who worked on this idea for 4-5 years.” In response to the question of what fans will like most about the new movie, she said that “Fans will like that the line of the GC animation is true to Sparky’s line in the comic strips – it’s like magic.”

 

To learn more about The Peanuts Movie and why it has fans so curious and excited, read the full #PeanutsTrailerChat and watch the new trailer here

 





Garfield and Grumpy Cat Finally Meet

Mashable.com
Mashable.com

 

It’s true – the world’s crabbiest cats finally had the chance to get acquainted at the Licensing Expo, held in Las Vegas last Tuesday, and, according to a recent Mashable.com article, the result was ... not as miserable as you'd expect!

 

Tardar Sauce, more commonly known as “Grumpy Cat,” has skyrocketed to Internet stardom with her permanently grouchy expression, earning herself a movie deal, her own comic strip and a spot next to Garfield in the feline hall of fame. Though Garfield has been making us laugh with his grumpiness for years, he and Tardar Sauce have been sharing the limelight for some time now, and it has long been speculated what would happen when the two finally met. 

 

Reality Check by Dave Whamond
Reality Check by Dave Whamond

 

As it turns out, the two famous felines bonded over their mutual hatred of Mondays. Garfield creator Jim Davis even ventured over to Grumpy Cat’s Expo booth to meet her personally and received a warm (for Tardar Sauce’s standards) welcome.

 

Read the full Mashable.com article here. 





Giveaway: Summer Reading Prize Packs – Winners Announced

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Thank you to all who entered to win a prize pack! We've randomly selected TWO winners!

 

Prize Pack 1: Erin Ellis

 

Prize Pack 2: Sean Kleefeld

 

If your name is listed above, please contact us at rewards@gocomics.com with your shipping address and phone number. Please note: You must contact us by 6/23/15 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.

 

 

 

Colonel Kernel  6-12-15

 

 

 

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Green Pieces  6-13-15

 

 

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Specticles  6-14-15

 

 

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Bazoobee 6-15-15

 

 

 

 

Courageous Man Adventures  6-15-15

 

 

 

 

Don't Pick the Flowers  6-15-15

 

 

 

 

The Gray Zone  6-15-15

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 





“Unicorn on a Roll” Highlighted on BoingBoing

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Phoebe and Her Unicorn creator Dana Simpson continues to dazzle and delight readers with her brilliant work.

 

Released last month by our sister company, Andrews McMeel Publishing, children and adults alike are loving “Unicorn on a Roll”!

 

Cory Doctorow sings his praises for Simpson’s new book in a recent BoingBoing article, even comparing the comic strip to Calvin and Hobbes.

 

“Phoebe is growing as a character (another satisfying departure from the usual kids' comic formula), as is evidenced by the first major plot-arc of the book: her decision to free Marigold Heavenly Nostrils from her duty to be Phoebe's best friend (naturally, Marigold rewards her by sticking around of her own free will). The amazing thing is that this piece of relatively moral philosophy manages to pull off a bunch of extremely funny gags in several modes -- some aimed square at the grownups, some at the kids, and plenty that both can enjoy.” via BoingBoing

 

Read the full article here. Or grab your own copy of “Unicorn on a Roll” here.





Weekend Faves (June 14)

Thatababy by Paul Trap
Thatababy by Paul Trap

I'm going to spend the rest of the day trying to find a word that rhymes with "orange." And, I'm going to fail.

--Julie

 

Pickles by Brian Crane
Pickles by Brian Crane

It's not a purse, it's a satchel. Indiana Jones has one.
--Amanda

 

 

Andertoons by Mark Anderson
Andertoons by Mark Anderson

Dream life.

--Elizabeth

 

La Cucaracha by Lalo Alcaraz
La Cucaracha by Lalo Alcaraz

A sly but pointed La Cucaracha. Welcome to the barrio, alien!
-- Lucas

 

The Argyle Sweater by Scott Hilburn
The Argyle Sweater by Scott Hilburn

If Argyle Sweater had designed the course materials, I would have got much better grades in Sunday School.

--Lucas





New Comic Alert! Bent Objects by Terry Border

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Cartoonist Terry Border has been working on Bent Objects since 2006. Border uses ordinary, everyday objects, and presents them as if they have come to life, giving them wire arms and legs. 

 

Read Bent Objects here.





Last Day to Order Comic Prints for Father’s Day!

 

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ALERT! ALERT! Father’s Day is less than a week away! Never fear – you still have time to order the perfect present: an archive-quality print of dad’s favorite comic strip.

 

Today (June 15) is the very last day to order an archive-quality print for delivery by Father’s Day. Start shopping!

 

Or, view other awesome gift ideas here.





Meet Your Creator: Randy Glasbergen (Glasbergen Cartoons, Thin Lines)

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When did you get started and how did you become a cartoonist?

 

Growing up in the 1960s, I was known among my classmates as the kid who could draw. I was influenced by the cartoons I saw on television at the time – Popeye, Rocky and Bullwinkle, all the Hanna-Barbera stuff. Later, when Adam West became America’s new sensation, I had my superhero phase and spent hours drawing my own homemade comic books.

 

In the 1970s, during my early teens, I became more aware of magazine cartoons and comic strips. My mom ran a beauty shop in our home, so there were always plenty of magazines for her customers (and me) to browse through. Back then, most of those magazines included many single-panel gag cartoons. When I was 15, I began submitting my own cartoons to some of those magazines, and actually started selling them on a steady basis throughout my high school and college years. My first big sale was in 1972 to Sports Afield for $50, followed soon by many other magazines, including Saturday Review, National Enquirer, The Wall Street Journal, Saturday Evening Post, New Woman and Better Homes and Gardens. After a year of journalism studies in Utica, New York, I left college, moved into a genuine slum apartment for $60/month and began freelancing full-time. Gradually, over the years, I built up my career, stacking one small accomplishment on top of another. No big breakthrough moment – just years of doing what I love and enjoying small victories as they came along.

 

Have you ever been syndicated?

 

In 1982, with two young daughters to feed, I accepted an offer to take over an established syndicated panel called The Better Half, which was syndicated originally by The Register and Tribune Syndicate and later by King Features. I wrote and drew that feature for 32 years, but stopped at the end of 2014 to devote more time and energy to my successful cartoon licensing business, Glasbergen Cartoon Service. When I ended The Better Half, it was appearing in approximately 150 print and digital newspapers worldwide.

 

In 2007, Creators Syndicate asked me to create a weekly panel for the Health & Fitness pages of daily and weekly newspapers. I drew Thin Lines cartoons for five years, but unfortunately, it was launched at a time when newspapers were cutting costs and had no budget for a once-weekly comic. Regardless, Thin Lines has been a very successful part of Glasbergen Cartoon Service, appearing in greeting cards, calendars, textbooks, trade show displays, magazines and newspapers all over the globe. I continue to create new editions of Thin Lines, which appear on GoComics along with my daily Glasbergen Cartoons.

 

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As a freelancer, my work has been syndicated in many forms. I have self-syndicated my cartoons to several newspapers around the world, including The Times of India, China Daily, La Nacion Costa Rica, Glasgow Sunday Mail and San Diego Times-Union. For several years, Glasbergen Cartoons were syndicated by DBR Media to hundreds of weekly newspapers that were provided with four new cartoons each week. In the early days of the Internet, I created a weekly full-color cartoon called Gigglebytes for Access Magazine, a weekly newspaper magazine supplement. I also contributed to React, a weekly newspaper supplement for teen readers.

 

What is Glasbergen Cartoon Service?

 

Glasbergen Cartoon Service is the DBA I use for my freelance work and cartoon licensing services. I offer cartoon permissions at “budget-friendly” rates for print and digital media, to help people communicate their messages with humor.

 

Glasbergen Cartoon Service provides cartoons for big companies and well-known authors like American Greetings, Tony Robbins, Jack Canfield, The Wall Street Journal, Oxford University Press, Dunkin Donuts, Toastmasters International, Cisco Systems and Time Warner Cable – as well as small businesses, advertising agencies, entrepreneurs, restaurants, public speakers, educators, medical professionals, real estate agents, publishers, social media managers and others worldwide from all walks of life. If you’d like to learn more, please visit my website at glasbergen.com.

 

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Where do you create your cartoons and what does your studio look like?

 

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I live in a very small town in a rural part of New York State. If you’d like to see an image of my town in your mind, think of Mayberry. (If you’re too young to know about Mayberry, Google it.)  My studio occupies three rooms on the third floor of my home – a creaky old Victorian that was a boarding house for local schoolteachers many years ago.

 

My studio fills three small rooms at the top of my home. In one room, I draw my cartoons on a big oak drawing board. Another room is an office where I run my business surrounded by printers, copiers, scanners and Macs. The third room is mostly for storage and supplies. I confess, I’m a better cartoonist than janitor, so “neat and tidy” isn’t part of the description.

 

I am too lazy to repaint my walls, so I’ve covered all three rooms of my studio with posters –– Marx Brothers, Three Stooges, Superman and Batman from the classic TV shows, all of the iconic Universal movie monsters, like Frankenstein and Wolf Man, favorite funny people like Rodney Dangerfield, Andy Kaufman, Don Rickles, Steven Wright, old movie posters (Mel Brooks, Citizen Kane, Frankie and Annette, Woody Allen, Office Space, Of Mice and Men and many others). A life-size poser of Julie Newmar as Catwoman looks seductively over my shoulder as I’m typing this. On my shelves and cabinets, you’ll see an assortment of action figures, pop culture bobble-heads and my collection of Popeye, GI Joe and Monkees toys and memorabilia. Aside from a poster of the animated Saturday morning Beatles, you won’t find any cartoons on my studio walls.

 

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My office décor was inspired by parent-teacher conferences I dutifully attended when my kids were in school. I always loved visiting those classrooms where every inch had something bright and colorful to bombard the senses, on the walls, hanging from the ceiling, pasted to the windows, taped to the hallways – pictures, signs and posters everywhere. (The teacher fills the room with things to look at, then complains that your child is “distracted”!)

 

When I’m drawing in my studio, I usually listen to some form of Internet radio or have the TV on in the background. Not too long ago, it was nearly impossible to get a single broadcast radio station to reach my small town, so having cable TV, DVR service, Roku streaming video and music is terrific! Even with all of these choices, I tend to fall into a routine of the same channels and radio stations. I watch so many daytime court shows while I work, my kids have started calling me for legal advice.

 

What cartoonists have influenced you the most?

 

I’ve read so many gag panels and comic strips over the years, I must admit I’ve been influenced by all of them in one way or another – the good ones as well as the ones I don’t care for. I could name dozens that have inspired or influenced my work, but No. 1 is gag cartoonist Henry Martin. Mr. Martin was all over the magazines when I was starting out, and he was also a regular in The New Yorker.  His cartoons were both silly and serious at the same time. Instead of trying to describe his cartoons to you, just Google his name and enjoy his work. Henry Martin’s daughter, by the way, is Ann Martin, author of “The Baby-Sitters Club” book series.

 

How many cartoons do you draw every day and where do you get your ideas?

 

I start my day early, around 6 AM and work until 5 or 6 PM. I usually write and draw between six and 10 cartoons per day and spend a good portion of my schedule at the computer, answering e-mail, filling orders, tending to the business end of things.

 

I draw my cartoons the old-fashioned way, with pencils, pen and paper on a big wooden drawing board. Not long ago, I tried drawing on a Cintiq tablet, but quickly went back to my old ways. I use a black Flair pen and heavyweight bond typing paper. I add color on my Mac using a great little software program called Colorize.

 

I write most of my cartoon ideas mid-morning, after I’ve had a few cups of coffee, before the early afternoon brain fog rolls in. Most days, I try to focus on a particular topic and write ideas accordingly. One day I might focus on a topic like “corporate diversity,” another day it might be “fish, bugs and frogs” or “smart watches” or some other topic that I have an urge to write about.  Now and again, I get to write for a specific client who has hired me for a special project, and that’s always a fun challenge. Sometimes, I write at my computer, other days I sit down with a pencil and yellow legal pad. Whatever topic I’m working on, it’s easy to find plenty of resource material online and that is always helpful.

 

What do you like best about cartooning?

 

First and foremost, I like working alone at home, barely dressed, with the music playing as loud as I please. No boss, no boring meetings, no corporate dress code, no rules to follow, no annoying coworkers. (Actually, I think my cats count as “annoying coworkers.” They have a tendency to sit on my drawings and lick themselves. Flair pens and cat saliva is a bad combination.)

 

I enjoy the freedom of freelance work where I can write and draw anything I choose without being tied down to a specific theme or cast of characters.

 

I enjoy the excitement of freelancing, where every day has the potential to feel like Christmas morning. I never know what to expect when I hike up to my studio in the morning and start reading my e-mail. Much of my correspondence is fairly routine, but once in a while I get one that makes me smile and shout “Holy crap!”

 

I like running my business on the Internet. I like instant feedback when I post one of my cartoons on Facebook. I like making my work easily accessible to potential customers all over the world. I appreciate Google helping me find photos and resource material for my cartoons. I like the speed of e-mail, where I can go from initial contact to rate quote to payment to delivery of my work within minutes. I like the personal interaction with my customers that is possible via e-mail. I like how quickly I can get paid over the Internet without waiting 30 to 60 days for someone to mail me a check. And, of course, I love being able to read so many cartoons online these days, not just the ones that appear in my local newspaper.

 

I enjoy the business of cartooning, helping my customers communicate more effectively with the help of cartoons, giving them the best possible deal that is specifically tailored for their needs, negotiating terms, building long-term relationships. I also like tinkering with my website, making little changes so the gods of Google will grace me with their blessings. The business side of cartooning is nearly as fun and rewarding for me as the creative part.

 

Have you ever won any awards for cartooning?

 

My high school put my photo on their Wall of Fame a few years ago. And one of my cartoons is on display at The Smithsonian Museum of American History. Other than that, I haven’t received any awards or special recognition for my work. I’m not a drinker or social butterfly, so I’ve never attended a Reuben Awards weekend or joined any cartoonist groups. (I call myself a loner, but my kids call me “awkward.”)

 

What do you like to do when you’re not in your studio?

 

I live with my wife, three basset hounds and I’m not sure how many cats. My wife has a little yappy thing she calls a Cockapoo and I think she’s a dog, too. I have four adult children and seven grandchildren who live nearby, so family is a big part of my life. I don’t have any tattoos or play golf or ride a motorcycle or have any interesting hobbies. I would describe my home life as “delightfully dull”… except when the basset hounds get in one of their goofy moods, then I would call my home life “hilarious.”

 

Read Glasbergen Cartoons here or Thin Lines here. Or, follow Randy on Twitter.





ICYMI! We hosted a live Twitter chat with The Daily Drawing's Lorie Ransom!

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Thanks to Lorie Ransom for joining us on Twitter this week for a live chat with fans! If you missed out on the action, catch up here, or use the widget below:

 

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NEXT UP (June 19): Tiny Confessions creator Christopher Rozzi! Join us at 1:30pm CDT on the 19th under the hashtag #AskChrisRozzi 





It's been a long time Over the Hedge

The first-ever Over the Hedge comic strip — published on June 12, 1995
The first Over the Hedge comic strip — published June 12, 1995

 

Like most of my pants, it's hard to believe that Over the Hedge is two decades old. Also like my pants, there have been some changes over the years -- Hammy the squirrel became Sammy before reverting to Hammy, after some confusingly amusing business involving mirror worlds -- but the tone of the strip remains as youthful and spry as the pants closet of a much more fashionable person than your author. That's in part attributable to the universal appeal of the main characters' personalities: RJ, the conniving schemer and smooth operator whose only goal in life is to secure an unending flow of highly preserved, non-natural snack food; Verne, the intellectual observer perpetually out of step with the demands of life; and Hammy, a being of pure chaos energy barely concealed inside an ill-fitting squirrel suit. Though these three friends could probably survive apart to truly enjoy life they need each other, and they know it.

    

The main source of their enjoyment is humans, whom the animals have ample time to watch and analyze from their perch in the suburban wilderness. And that's the other key to the strip's success, I think. Society has changed a lot in 20 years -- when Hedge started, "Murder, She Wrote" was still delighting the tens of millions of people who regularly watched network TV -- but human nature remains stubbornly the same, in all its bewilderingly cussed glory. RJ, Verne and Hammy have been faithful and incisive spectators of us, by turns amused, fascinated and disgusted, and they seem all the more human because of it.

 

Now, if you'll excuse me, it's time I bought some new pants.

 

Read Over the Hedge daily here.

 

—Reed





Explore the History of Australia’s Favourite Boy at the Museum of Sydney’s New Exhibit

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Ginger Meggs: Australia's Favourite Boy

 

Since his first appearance in Sydney’s Sunday Sun newspaper in 1921, more than 90 years ago, Ginger Meggs has been delighting comic fans with his Down Under charm, and making history, spreading to newspapers around the globe, even making a home here on GoComics! The adventures of Australia’s favourite boy have spanned over generations, under the pens of multiple cartoonists, evolving from the 1920s world to the print and digitally syndicated strips you recognize today, making Ginger Meggs one of the longest–running comics in history.

 

Ginger Meggs by Jason Chatfield
Ginger Meggs by Jason Chatfield

 

Inspired by Ginger Meggs’ ability to withstand the test of time, the Museum of Sydney has created a new exhibition, called Ginger Meggs: Australia’s Favourite Boy, which will give visitors a special look behind the scenes, exploring how James Bancks – the original Ginger Meggs cartoonist – and his successors created their comic strips. There will be a display of original and reproduction Ginger Meggs comic strips, from Bancks’ strips to those of current Gingers Meggs cartoonist, Jason Chatfield.

 

This very special, historical exhibition will be running at the Museum of Sydney from July 25 to November 8. Admission to Ginger Meggs: Australia’s Favourite Boy is free with general museum admission, which is $10 for adults, $5 for children under 15, and $20 for a family. Museum members are admitted for free. To learn more about the exhibition, you can visit Museum of Sydney’s website.






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