Giveaway: Valentine’s Day Prize Packs

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With Valentine’s Day approaching, we wanted to hook our fans up with some swag relating to their true love: comics!

 

We’re giving away TWO Valentine’s Day Prize Packs.

 

Prize Pack 1:

-       Special edition SDCC 2014 Last Kiss signed print

-       Pocket Posh: Sexy Word Search Puzzle Book

-       Random Acts of Nancy greeting cards featuring artwork by Ernie Bushmiller

-       “The Wedding of Cathy and Irving” by Cathy Guisewite

 

Prize Pack 2:

-       Special edition SDCC 2014 Last Kiss signed print

-       Pocket Posh: Sudoku Puzzle Book

-       Random Acts of Nancy greeting cards featuring artwork by Ernie Bushmiller

-       “Just a Simple Wedding: A For Better or For Worse Collection” by Lynn Johnston

 

To enter, leave a comment on this blog post and include your FIRST and LAST names. This contest will end on Tues., Feb. 17, at 10 a.m. CT. We will randomly select one winner for each prize pack. The winners will be announced that day on this blog. This contest is open to all readers worldwide.

 

Love is in the air! View our collection of Valentine’s Day comics here.





In the Bleachers: The Comic That Started it All

A marathon, minus the marathon, where winners are chosen at random because everyone, including both a woman on crutches and a seasoned runner, finish with a time of a single second, and the drink of these champions is a nice, cold … beer. You can read that again, but you read it right the first time. Inspired by Steve Moore’s In the Bleachers comic panel, this is the reality behind The Philly 0.0 Instant Gratification Run.

 

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Hundreds of participants joined in for the short dash to the finish line, collected their T-shirts, and then headed to the after-party. Everyone had a blast celebrating their victories, enjoying the chance to, as one runner put it, “Prove that with no hard work, no perseverance and no discipline, anyone can be a winner.” 

 

Still don’t believe us? It’s true! Learn more in The New York Times.





Upcoming Appearance: Ben Zaehringer at the Charles M. Schulz Museum

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Exciting news! As the cartoonist-in-residence for the month of February, Berkeley Mews cartoonist Ben Zaehringer will make an appearance at the Charles M. Schulz Museum in Santa Rosa, California, on Sat., Feb. 14, from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

 

Ben will meet museum guests, sign books and give visitors the opportunity to watch him draw.

 

Visitors must pay museum admission before meeting Ben. HOWEVER, the admission fee will be waived for guests who mention “GoComics” upon arrival!

 

If you’re in the area, be sure to stop by and meet Ben! Details here.

 

Can’t make it? Do the next best thing and read Berkeley Mews.





Giveaway: Francis Signed Print – Winner Announced

 

Francis Signed Print
 

Thank you to all who entered to win a SIGNED Francis print! We have randomly selected one winner! 

 

Congratulations to Mark Fogg! Please email us at rewards@gocomics.com with your shipping address and phone number. Please note: You must contact us by 2/17/15 or your prize will be forfeited.

 

Read Francis  here or check out the new Francis e-book!





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.

 

 

 

 

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No Ordinary Life  2-7-15

 


 

 

Batch Rejection  2-8-15

 

 

 

 

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Frank & Steinway  2-9-15

 

 

 

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

 

 
 
 




Weekend Faves (February 8)

 

Frazz by Jef Mallett
Frazz by Jef Mallett

Can I get a collective "Awwww!"

--Julie

Reality Check by Dave Whamond
Reality Check by Dave Whamond

WebMD told me the same thing three years ago and I'm still here.

--Amanda

 

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

After a beautiful weekend here in Kansas City, we're having an awfully gray day today. I think Adam's on to something here… Zzzzzz….
--Elizabeth 

 

Lio by Mark Tatulli
Lio by Mark Tatulli

Lio is driving everyone on the funny pages cat-s*** crazy. I've never seen Garfield look quite so fiendish.

--Lucas

 

Brevity by Dan Thompson
Brevity by Dan Thompson

What?! My Zubas only sold for $50 on Ebay!

--Amanda

 

The Duplex by Glenn McCoy
The Duplex by Glenn McCoy

Don't even mention the frequent earthquakes. What a world!

--Julie

 

 





New Comic Alert! Yenny Lopez by David Alvarez

Yenny Lopez by David Alvarez

Follow the daily life of Yenny Lopez, a Latina teen girl who lives with her mother Yunissa, her sea turtle Buke and a fast talking-iguana called Zacha at a modest wooden house complex in Villa Los Kubos, Puerto Rico.

 

Yenny dreams of becoming a famous model, but her big, giant feet stand in the way. In the meantime, she studies at the Carizzio Modeling College with high hopes of seeing her dream become a reality.

 

Read Yenny Lopez here.





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.

 

 

 

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Sports by Voort  2-2-15

 

 

 

 

The Boobiehatch  2-3-15

 


 

 

 

Courageous Man Adventures  2-4-15

 

 

 

 

Girth  2-5-15

 


 

 

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Tough Town  2-5-15

 


 

 

 

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

 

 
 




Meet Your Creator: Carlos Castellanos (Baldo)

I remember sitting in the back of my third grade math class doodling funny drawings, attracting attention from nearby classmates and immediately getting in trouble for said doodles and being disruptive in class. This was almost a daily occurrence all the way up through my school years and even into college.

 

It’s good to see my own kids carrying on the tradition of doodling cartoons in class in the margins of test papers and homework. His teacher seems to be more accepting of it than mine were.

 

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I loved to draw ever since I could remember.

 

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My mom now jokes that what I used to get in trouble for doing in a class, people now gladly pay me for. Funny how that works.

 

Growing up, I always wanted to be either a comic book artist or an animator. In ninth grade, I started collecting comic books, mostly of characters and titles that captured my imagination (Conan, Spider-man, Batman, Tarzan, Warlord, to name a few), and artists whose styles I admired. I still have boxes of all of those comics stored away in protective comic book cases. I cherish these old comics because those were my foundation for learning to draw. I would sit drawing for hours at a time, copying, imitating, studying every ink line, every fold, every facial expression, every hand gesture. I was completely captivated by how these incredibly talented artists could make those images jump off the page and come to life by simply drawing lines on paper.

 

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While in high school, I started drawing for my school newspaper and yearbook, designed class T-shirts, posters and editorial illustrations. I was introduced to the world of commercial art by my 10th grade art teacher and I immediately decided on that as my career choice.

 

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I was never really interested in comic strips until I was in college and discovered Bloom County, Doonesbury, Shoe and Calvin and Hobbes. It was through these strips that I started to develop a deeper appreciation for the art form. While in college, I played around with my own strip ideas, but never really pursued it seriously. I started working as a professional freelance illustrator while I was still in college for local South Florida design firms and ad agencies.

 

After a few false starts, I was finally able to make a full-time go of it. My illustration career has allowed me to work from home and allows me the flexibility to spend time with my family. If I want to play hooky with my boys and take them fishing, I can.

 

Now days I split my time working on the Baldo strips, some freelance illustration projects, teaching workshops, speaking and coaching/consulting other artists on how to build a successful freelance career doing what they love.

 

I had never seriously considered doing a comic strip until Hector Cantu pitched the idea to me back in 1998. Hector and I met when he, a magazine editor at the time, saw my illustration work in an artist directory. Hector contacted me about doing freelance illustrations for the magazine. Over the next two years, we struck up a friendship through numerous phone calls until Hector suggested creating a comic strip together about a Latino family. It was 1998 and I had just had my firstborn son and I wanted to start creating work that was more personal in nature, something that was own. Something I could leave behind as a notable legacy for my kids to remember me by. Sappy, I know, but happy – your very first child will do that to you.

 

Over the next year or so, we created a month's worth of comics and were surprised at the positive response from syndicate companies.

 

Baldo launched in April of 2000 to nearly 100 newspaper clients. The rest is, shall we say, history. In the 15 years we’ve worked together, we’ve met face-to-face only about seven or eight times. We mostly communicate on the phone and e-mail.

 

Working on the strip together is great! There are lots of scenarios, themes and family issues to explore. In a way, it’s like therapy and keeps me sane (when we’re meeting our deadlines, anyway).

 

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In 1977, as part of my weekly ritual, I walked into my local comic book store to pick up my comics, and a magazine caught my eye that I had never seen before. It was called Cartoonist Profiles. It had interviews with dozens of the best-known cartoonists and illustrators and offered a peek into each artists’ work life, creative methodology and process. I immediately fell in love with that magazine and continued to collect it for many years. I still have that very first copy that I purchased.

 

Fifteen years later, in the June 2002 issue of Cartoonist Profiles, we were among the interviewed cartoonists, and Baldo made the cover.

 

Wow!! I was stoked!

 

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It’s been a great ride so far. Looking forward to many more years of creative growth, story-telling and connecting with our audience.

 

Read Baldo here. Or, follow along on Facebook, Twitter and the blog.





Twitter Q&A with Rick Stromoski of Soup to Nutz

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Rick Stromoski, creator of Soup to Nutz, joined us on Twitter this week for a live Q&A! If you missed the chat, catch up below:

 

 

  

 

Subscribe to Soup to Nutz!

 

Next week on Twitter, we'll be live with Andertoons creator Mark Anderson! Chime in using #AskAndertoons. 





Doodle time

I'm a doodler. Always have been. In fact, my family nickname is Doodle Bug. That's why today, Doodle Day, is perfect for me!

 

On any given week, you can look at my task sheet and see all kinds of nonsense drawings, notes and even some simple math.

 

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My doodles are not very pretty. Luckily, there are a couple of much better doodle-based comics on GoComics for everyone to enjoy and relate to.

 

Doodle Town by Melissa Lomax is darling, and her doodles are actual works of art. (Check out my thoughts on Doodle Town here.)

 

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Then there's Holiday Doodles by Missy Meyer. Every day has a new doodle showing all the holidays occurring. Without it, I wouldn't know that besides being Doodle Day, today is also Lame Duck Day, Bubblegum Day and Working Naked Day. (Sorry, co-workers!)

 

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Enjoy your doodles today!

 

-- EAP

 

 





Phoebe and Her Unicorn Review on Boing Boing!

 

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Last September, Phoebe and Her Unicorn jumped out of the digital world and onto bookshelves around the country.

 

Just as we have here at GoComics, adults and children alike have fallen in love with the sparkling adventures of Phoebe and Heavenly Nostrils, even comparing the comic to Calvin and Hobbes, as evidenced in a recent Boing Boing article.

 

“I quickly discovered that Dana Simpson was doing something wonderful with Heavenly Nostrils: telling a hilarious, sweet, and unsentimental story about a kid and her imaginary friend, ripped straight from the Bill Watterson/Calvin and Hobbes playbook, but with new, lateral moves that are strictly her own.” – Cory Doctorow, via Boing Boing

 

Read the full article on Boing Boing here.





“How can you not get romantic about baseball?” – Billy Beane in Moneyball

Bottom of the ninth with two outs; Giants with a one-run lead; Alex Gordon on third, Salvador Perez is at the plate … we need a hit here. Gordo’s just NINETY FEET away from making it home and tying up Game 7 of the 2014 World Series. As a die-hard Royals fan, I’m a believer; I’m bordering on cardiac arrest, but I know we’ve got this.

 

As Royals fans and baseball enthusiasts all know, Salvy fouled out and Kansas City did not go on to win.

 

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Although it was a sad ending, it had been an amazing playoff ride after a rollercoaster of a season, and … the best part … it’s about to start all over again! The Super Bowl is over, football season is officially done, and (sorry basketball fans) I’m already in full baseball mode! 

 

Win, Lose, Drew by Drew Litton
Win, Lose, Drew by Drew Litton

 

If you’re not pumped already, then just keep reading! If you still don’t get amped up after this post, check your pulse!

 

Even if you’re not a fan of the game itself, you have to respect the history of America’s pastime. February is Black History Month and this is the sport that brought us Babe Ruth and, of course:

 

Cleats by Bill Hinds
Cleats by Bill Hinds

 

There is no sport as nostalgic and special. From early childhood going to the ballpark with your folks …

 

Peanuts by Charles Schulz
Peanuts by Charles Schulz

 

To playing in Little League …

 

Freshly Squeezed by Ed Stein
Freshly Squeezed by Ed Stein

 

Your first ball cap ...

 

The Flying McCoys by Glen and Gary McCoy
The Flying McCoys by Glen and Gary McCoy

 

Talking a little smack when your team was up …

 

Big Nate by Lincoln Peirce
Big Nate by Lincoln Peirce

 

And being too nervous to watch when they weren’t …

 

Real Life Adventures by Gary Wise and Lance Aldrich
Real Life Adventures by Gary Wise and Lance Aldrich

 

Whether you’re a die-hard baseball fan like me, or you just like sitting in the sun on a beautiful summer day eating peanuts and Cracker Jack, you can’t not get excited about the fact that spring training is just around the corner!

 

Let’s go, Royals!

 

–Amanda 

 





GoComics Staff Pick: The Daily Drawing by Lorie Ransom

With a library of more than 300 features and new comics launching nearly every week, it can be hard to keep up with everything GoComics has to offer. However, one of our most recent launches has really caught my eye: The Daily Drawing by Lorie Ransom.

 

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Full of bright pictures, clean lines and clever, quick jokes, The Daily Drawing is a “Must-Read.” I can’t wait to see what funny, vibrant material Ransom has up her sleeve for future comics.

 

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Subscribe to The Daily Drawing here (it's FREE!)

 

 

—Julie, Marketing/Publicity Coordinator

 

 

ABOUT: The Daily Drawing is a series of random scenarios with a fleeting cast of quirky (and often inanimate) characters. Sometimes there’s a dialog, but sometimes not. “Life is weird”, says author Lorie Ransom. “I try to find a bit of ridiculous in the mundane things that most everyone can relate to.” She likes to keep the subject matter light and whimsical, but will occasionally veer into the realm of saucy, just to keep you on your toes. 





Kindle Daily Deal: Last Kiss "Sex Day" eBook

Last Kiss Sex Day

 

Heads up, Last Kiss fans!

 

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, a Kindle Daily Deal has made the “Last Kiss: Sex Day” e-book available for just 99 cents!

 

The deal runs until Feb. 17, so be sure to snag it while you still can!

 





February 2015: 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: 
 
• 2/6: Rick Stromoski of Soup to Nutz
  
• 2/13: Mark Anderson of Andertoons
 
• 2/20: David Cahill of Pictures in Boxes
 
• 2/27: Mike Lester of Mike du Jour
 
  




Giveaway: Francis Signed Prints

Francis Signed Print

 

Following the adventures of a reluctant pope who is renewing his church by turning it upside down, many GoComics readers have fallen in love with Francis. We’re giving away an archive-quality Francis print signed by cartoonist Pat Marrin!

 

To enter, leave a comment on this blog post and include your FIRST and LAST names. This contest will end Tues., Feb. 10 at 10 a.m. CT. The winner will be announced that day on this blog.

 

P.S. Francis is now available in e-book form! Learn more here.





Brand New E-Books!

 

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A product of Andrews McMeel Publishing and Universal Uclick/GoComics, Udig offers short, curated, collectible e-books. Making it easy to enjoy your favorite comics and content on-the-go, we’ve just released SEVEN new titles!

 

Inherit the Mirth:

 

Francis:

 

Miss Manners:

 

Inherit the Mirth, Francis and Miss Manners e-books are available for $2.99 wherever e-books are sold, including Amazon Kindle, Apple iBooks and Barnes & Noble Nook.

 

Happy reading! View the full list of Udig titles here.

 

 





Giveaway: Signed Tank McNamara Print – Winner Announced

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Thank you to all who entered to win a Tank McNamara signed print! We have randomly selected one winner!

 

Congratulations to Davy Jones! Please email us at rewards@gocomics.com with your shipping address and phone number. Please note: You must contact us by 2/10/15 or your prize will be forfeited.

 

DON'T FORGET! You only have a few days left to submit your nomination for the "Sports Jerk of the Year" Award. Vote now!





Weekend Faves (February 1)

 

Ripley's Believe It or Not by John Graziano
Ripley's Believe It or Not by John Graziano

Knowledge is power.

--Julie

 

Phoebe and Her Unicorn by Dana Simpson
Phoebe and Her Unicorn by Dana Simpson

I'm with you, Marigold. If you've got it, flaunt it.

--Amanda

 

Luann Againn by Greg Evans
Luann Againn by Greg Evans

Everyone knows that preparing to study is just as important as studying itself!

--Julie

 

FoxTrot by Bill Amend
FoxTrot by Bill Amend

I can totally see Jason and Marcus as European-style football fans. Click here for more Super Bowl-themed comics!
-- Lucas

 

Frank & Ernest by Thaves
Frank & Ernest by Thaves

For counter-programming, Noah's version of the Super Bowl involves everyone appreciating the Ark's Superb Owls.

--Dave

 






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