It's a Great Poster, Charlie Brown!

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Over the last few years, there's been a marked uptick in alternate posters for beloved films created by all sorts of artists, often in collaboration with the films' directors. Mondo regularly puts out limited-edition versions of these things, rotating through every conceivable genre, era and taste on a regular basis. I'm sure there's some sort of schedule for their release, but I don't make enough money to even consider buying one, so I mainly just check in every month or so, think, "Gee, I wish I made a living wage," and then save the highest-resolution version I can to a special folder for later envy, before going back to my dinner of fish bones and boiled shoelace spaghetti on a trashcan lid.

 

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I just stumbled across this new poster for "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!" by super-awesome artist Nicolas Delort. It's not for sale just yet-- you'll have to wait until October 2nd-- but you can feast your eyes on 'em here, then go read a really awesome post on their creation on Blurrpy. Dude is spookily talented.

 

--Dave

 

[h/t Superpunch!]





Twitter Q&A with Chip Sansom of The Born Loser

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This afternoon, we held a Q&A on Twitter with The Born Loser cartoonist Chip Sansom. If you missed today's live-tweet, catch up on the chat below. 

 

 

 

 

Add The Born Loser to your GoComics homepage!

 

 

ABOUT: The Born Loser began in 1965 as a strip with no central characters that revolved around the loser theme. Gradually, it developed into the comic we see today, starring lovable loser Brutus Thornapple, his wife Gladys, mother-in-law Ramona Gargle, boss Rancid Veeblefester, dim-witted son Wilberforce and the mischievous neighbor Hurricane Hattie O'Hara. 

Artist Chip Sansom began apprenticing for his father, Born Loser creator Art Sansom, in 1977. He became a full-time assistant, and gradually took on an ever-increasing role in the drawing and gag-writing duties until his father passed away in 1991.

 

 

Follow us on Twitter next week for a Q&A with That Monkey Tune's creator Michael A. Kandalaft: #AskMonkeyTune





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.

 

 

Sports by Voort  9-23-14

 

 

 

 

Wrobbert Cartoons  9-23-14

 

 

 

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0-60  9-25-14

 

 

 

 

Apple Creek Comics  9-25-14

 

 

 

 

Candace 'n' Company  9-25-14

 

 

 

Green Pieces  9-25-14

 

 

 

H.I.P.  9-25-14

 

Millennialhood  9-25-14

 

 

 

 

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

 





MUSTARD AND BOLONEY

Mustard and Boloney book coverIn case you haven't been reading Jeffrey Caulfield and Alexandre Rouillard's MUSTARD AND BOLONEY on Sherpa, here's an excellent introduction. Specifically, the introduction to their cool new book Mustard and Boloney: Butt Seriously... , an introduction penned by the legendary Dan Piraro, Reuben-winning creator of BIZARRO, who has this to say:

 

"The real art of cartooning is to create a compelling illustration that facilitates a compelling gag. Caulfield and Rouillard are the most shining example of this unique combination I have seen in some time.

 

"The art in this book speaks for itself. It is a perfect balance of realism and exaggeration, humor and pathos...Rouillard has mastered something that takes even the most talented cartoonists years to achieve.

 

"The gags in this book are along the same classic lines, with inventively amusing surprises in every panel. Some read instantly, and others lead the mind on a few seconds of detective work to solve the puzzle and arrive at the laugh..."

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The trim size of the book is odd and ideal: only 4 1/8 x 4 3/4.

 

The 104 strips are beautifully reproduced in full color.

 

And the book ends with the essay "How We Came to Be Mustard and Boloney, " which is how I found out they are Canadian.

 

I urge you to order the book from their web site, mustardandboloney.com.

 

Oh, and they have six videos on Vimeo: Voila.

 

 

Oh, and a dog named Ziggy is somehow involved...





GoComics at New York Comic Con!

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We have visions of comics and cosplay dancing through our heads here at the GoComics headquarters! Why? We’re gearing up for our trip to the Big Apple from October 9 to 12 to exhibit at New York Comicon!

 

We want to give you a sneak peek of what to expect at the GoComics booth! Pairing up with our sister company, Andrews McMeel Publishing, our booth (#2219) offers tons of fun, including:

 

  • Scheduled one-hour free signings by creators including Adam Cornish ("Much Ado About Stuffing: The Best and Worst of @CrapTaxidermy"), Josh Elder ("Reading With Pictures: Comics That Make Kids Smarter"), Ruben Bolling (Tom the Dancing Bug, Super-Fun-Pax Comix) and Mark Tatulli (Lio, Heart of the City).

 

  • 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, will be available for purchase.

 

  • Awesome GoComics T-Shirts featuring the slogan “Read Comics Every Day” will be available for purchase for $20.

 

Andrews McMeel Publishing/GoComics Signing Schedule:
All creator signings will occur at the Andrews McMeel Publishing/GoComics Booth (#2219). Exclusive NYCC 2014 prints will be provided for free at all creator signings.

 

Thursday, October 9

3:00 – 4:00 p.m.: Adam Cornish ("Much Ado About Stuffing: The Best and Worst of @CrapTaxidermy")

 

Saturday, October 11

2:00 – 3:00 p.m.: Josh Elder ("Reading with Pictures:  Comics That Make Kids Smarter")

4:00 – 5:00 p.m.: Ruben Bolling (Tom the Dancing Bug, Super-Fun-Pax Comix)  

 

Sunday, October 12

10:00 – 11:00 a.m.: Mark Tatulli (Lio, Heart of the City, "Desmond Pucket")

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.: Chris Giarrusso ("The G-Man Super Journal: Awesome Origins")

1:00 – 2:00 p.m.: Jeff Weigel ("Dragon Girl: The Secret Valley"

 

If you’re attending NYCC, stop by our booth to say hi, score some cool swag and meet our creators!

 

Can’t make it to NYCC? We’ll be sharing photos from the convention floor! Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr and Pinterest! We’ll also be updating GoComics on the Road with pictures from NYCC, so be sure to add it to your GoComics homepage!

 

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Many Mansions: A Miracle in Two Acts by Brooke McEldowney

Internationally syndicated cartoonist Brooke McEldowney, creator of "9 Chickweed Lane" and "Pibgorn," has something fresh and exciting in store for October. Behold! "Many Mansions" ...

 

 

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“Many Mansions” is a term from The New Testament (John 14:2, King James, “In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you.”). It happens as well to be the title of my first play. I have cobbled other scripts since, but this is my earliest. Now it is about to enjoy another first: Its New York City debut will take place October 23-26 at The Tank, 151 West 46th Street, 8th Floor. The cast, crew, director and I realize you can't all be there, but we nevertheless hope you will recklessly drop everything and hasten to the purlieus of Off-Broadway to take it in.

“Many Mansions” is a profanation and a miracle. I don't mean to be coy, but that's all I'm going to say. Let me add that should you feel the urge to help fund it, there is a campaign on Indiegogo for just that purpose. If you'd like to read more about it, here is a link.

We all hope to see you there. Meanwhile, I go to prepare a place for you.

 

—Brooke McEldowney





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Ooh, lawdy! It's already been a whole week since our last hang sesh! After last time's 20+ strip salute to Marmaduke, I think it's time we reloaded our fun-guns with grapeshot, to widen our spread.

 

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This week, we're reaching ever deeper into the now-mythical Archive Selects folder, nearly having to stand on a chair to grasp the clusters of Moderately Confused, Monty and Nancy squirreled away near the bottom.

 

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Thankfully, we've always relished the taste of milk, and as a result, our muscles and bones have grown sinewy and strong, respectively. Next week, we might need an apple box or the sturdy density of a stuffed Ziggy doll on which to boost ourselves, but today, all we needed was our iron will and luxuriously long tiptoes.

 

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Some folks think it's disgusting that our tiptoes are nearly as long as fingers, but we figure those folks are just jealous of the nice things we can afford with all the loose change we pick up without bending over. Now, who wants to race to the top of that tree?

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Woo! We did it. Next week: more of the same, except entirely different! Oh no, now bear is driving! How can this be?!

 

--Dave





The Art of Richard Thompson

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We have exciting news for Cul de Sac fans! Our sister company, Andrews McMeel Publishing, is releasing a one-of-a-kind book on November 25.

 

Richard Thompson is renowned among cartoonists as an "artist's" cartoonist. Little known to all but those close to him is the extent of his art talent. This is the book that will enlighten the rest of us and delight us with the sheer beauty of his work. 

 

Divided into six sections, each beginning with an introductory conversation between Thompson and six well-known peers, including Calvin and Hobbes' Bill Watterson, The Art of Richard Thompson will present Thompson's illustration work, caricatures and "Richard's Poor Almanack." Each section is highly illustrated, many works in color, most of them large and printed one-to-a-page. The diversity of work will help cast a wider net, well beyond Cul de Sac fans.

 

If you can’t wait to get your hands on it, pre-order this amazing book here!





GoComics Staff Pick: Betty by Gary Delainey and Gerry Rasmussen

I have to say, I'm a fan of Betty. She's an active suburban woman, a freelance writer and a good friend. At first glance, her life looks very ordinary, and I suppose it is, but an astonishing range of human frailty and triumph is present in the glimpses  we get of that life, thanks to creators Gary Delaney and Gerry Rasmussen.
 
 
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What I like about Betty is that she's a go-getter. She's always willing to try new things, and she encourages her less enthusiastic family to do likewise. Best of all, when confronted with adversity, apathy or doldrums, she bravely soldiers onward, flashing that Betty spirit — and often a dash of well-placed sarcasm.
 
 
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Sure, she has her moments of insecurity, especially when it comes to her writing and her garden, but nobody's perfect, right? Even when an endeavor causes her no small amount of grief, she keeps at it because it's important to her.
 
 
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I can't pretend to have much in common with Betty on a superficial level, but I still see her as a wonderful role model. If I can manage to exhibit even a fraction of her great attitude in my lifetime, it will have been a life well-lived.
 
—Ryan, Editor
 
 




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When I hear the word Sweden, three things come to mind: Swedish Chef, Swedish Fish, and the films of Ingmar Bergman. But recently, I have learned there is a fourth thing: Ikea! That's right -- the Swedish furniture superstore opened up a location here in the Kansas provinces last week, and since then my family has purchased a couple of classy diaper bins and several hundred meatballs.

 

As anyone who has purchased larger items at Ikea knows, however, the company cuts back on costs by leaving much of the assembly to the buyer. I experienced this with a baby crib a couple of years ago, but it was fairly intuitive. Some of these other products, however, are not so easy, as illustrated by WuMo:

 

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Argyle Sweater has a great take on this as well:

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If only it were so easy. I don't have a third comic today, but to keep in accordance with the rule of threes, here's a nice parting shot of this guy:

 

 

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Happy shopping, Kansas City! And if you make a date with Ikea, don't forget to follow the arrows.





Giveaway: Cul de Sac Golden Treasury: A Keepsake Garland of Classics

Golden-cds-treasuryThe Cul de Sac Golden Treasury is a hilarious and beautiful omnibus of cartoonist Richard Thompson's Cul de Sac comic strips, bringing together strips from the first collection, Cul de Sac, and the 2009 collection Children at Play.

 

We’re giving one lucky fan a chance to win a copy of this special book!

 

To enter, leave a comment on this blog post and include your FIRST and LAST names. This contest will end Tues., Sept. 30 at 10 a.m. CT. The winner will be announced that day on this blog. Sorry, worldwide comics fans -- this contest is open U.S. and Canada residents only.

 

P.S. Thurs., Sept. 25th is Comic Book Day! Be sure you’re following us on Facebook and Twitter for a special giveaway!





Giveaway: Making Ends Meet: For Better or For Worse 3rd Treasury – Winner Announced

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Thank you to all who entered to win the SIGNED copy of “Making Ends Meet: For Better or For Worse 3rd Treasury!”

 

Congratulations to Renee Miller! Please email us at rewards@gocomics.com with your shipping address and phone number. Please note: You must contact us by 9/30/14 or your prize will be forfeited.





UU/Newsday Cartoonist Matt Davies at the Drawing Board



Dig those watercolors!

h/t to Alan G. at The Daily Cartoonist.




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.

 

 

 Buns  9-19-14

 

 

 

Cleo and Company  9-19-14

 

 

 

 

 

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Mustard and Boloney  9-21-14

 

 

 

 

A Bit Sketch  9-22-14

 

 

 

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

 





Weekend Faves (September 22)

Grand Avenue by Steve Breen and Mike Thompson
Grand Avenue by Steve Breen and Mike Thompson

It's refreshing to see that someone remembers it's possible to eat something other than pumpkin-flavored foods this Fall.

--Julie

 

Reality Check by Dave Whamond
Reality Check by Dave Whamond

Breakfast cereal, comics and puns. What more could you want?

--Julie

 

Lio by Mark Tatulli
Lio by Mark Tatulli

Wait, was LIO spying on me over the weekend?

--Lindsay

 

Frazz by Jef Mallett
Frazz by Jef Mallett

Totally. I can't wait for the day I get to retire and settle into my golden-brown years.

--Dave

 

Thatababy by Paul Trap
Thatababy by Paul Trap

I love this Sunday comic/short story from Thatababy. It's like The Worst Thing I've Ever Done for toddlers.
--Lucas





New Comic Alert! Winston by Andrew Hart

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Winston is an unusual little boy who is very bright and has a unique slant on life. He lives at home with his mother and Gloom, the manifestation of her depression. Kingsley is Winton’s pet crow, and the voice of optimism and encouragement. He helps to balance things out as young Winston tries to navigate his way in the world.

 

Read Winston here.





Meet Your Creator: Maria Scrivan (Half Full)

Today, we hear from Half Full creator Maria Scrivan!

 

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I have been drawing cartoons ever since I was a kid. I loved creating characters and drawing greeting cards for my friends and family. I was the cartoonist for my high school and college newspapers. Whenever we were assigned creative essays in school, I would hand in multi-panel cartoons. I also spent a lot of time doodling in the margins, especially in math class.


 

I grew up reading the Sunday Funnies start to finish and obsessively watched Bugs Bunny cartoons. I had every Garfield book that existed and loved Peanuts, The Far Side and Calvin and Hobbes. I was greatly inspired by the work of Jim Davis, Sandra Boynton and Chuck Jones.

 

My cartooning career started at an animation studio immediately after graduating college. From there, I spent two years as an art director at an ad agency, and then started my own graphic and Web design business. It was a great career and I was still drawing for corporate clients, but something was missing. In 2008, I wrote and illustrated my first children’s book, Dogi the Yogi. Soon after, I started posting panel cartoons to Open Salon, a blog that was part of Salon.com. Within a few months, my cartoons were published on their main site. This gave me the confidence to submit to magazines. My cartoons were published in Parade magazine, Prospect magazine, Funny Times and MAD Magazine.

 

I launched Half Full on GoComics in September 2013 and three months later was picked up by two Hearst newspapers, the Greenwich Time and the Advocate, where Half Full appears daily. Seeing my cartoons in full color in the Sunday Funnies is a dream come true. 

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I get inspiration from animals, technology, social media and pop culture, especially reality TV. We have two cats and a puppy, which are an endless source of inspiration and sometimes a distraction, especially when the cat camps out on my artwork.

 


When ideas show up, I write them down immediately. Sometimes they appear in a flash, fully formed and ready to be drawn. Other times, they emerge in bits and pieces and need to marinate. I carry a sketchbook wherever I go. In a pinch I’ll jot notes down in my iPhone or tell Siri to remember an idea. 

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I usually write first, pick out the best ideas and then sketch them with a blue mechanical pencil on Bristol Board. I ink using a dip pen, scan the drawings and use a Cintiq and Photoshop for cleanup and color.

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I license my comics for a variety of products including greeting cards, T-shirts, textbooks, presentations and blogs. Some of my licensing clients include Recycled Paper Greetings, Nobleworks Cards, Oatmeal Studios, RSVP Greetings, Macmillan, CheckAdvantage, Neato-shop and Mashable.com.

 

Half Fullnow speaks more languages than I do—it has been translated into Swedish and is licensed to newspapers and magazines in Sweden. It was also just launched in Spanish on GoComics.

 

I will be exhibiting at New York Comic Con on Thursday, October 9 at the National Cartoonists Society Booth. Stop by if you’re at the show!

 

I love having a studio at home so I can roll in there early in the morning or stay there very late at night. It has high ceilings and a picture window and usually a cat or a puppy (but not at the same time) to keep me company. If I get tired of talking to the cat, I’ll go to a nearby Starbucks to write.

 


I live in Connecticut with my husband, Andrew, who constantly has to answer the question “Is this funny?” along with our cats, Doski and Milo, and our puppy, Toby.

 

I still doodle in the margins.

 

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In the studio with my assistant, Doski. Photo credit: Don Hamerman (www.hamerman.com)


Read Half Full in English here or in Spanish here. Or, visit Maria’s website or follow her on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!

 





Twitter Q&A with Piers Baker of Ollie and Quentin

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This week our cartoonist Twitter Q&A featured Ollie and Quentin creator Piers Baker! Catch up on the chat below. 

 

 

 

 

SUBSCRIBE TO OLLIE AND QUENTIN HERE!

 

 

ABOUT: Ollie and Quentin is a buddy comic about the unlikely friendship between a seagull and an adventurous lugworm. They treat us to their bird's eye and worm's eye views of the bizarre human world in which we live. Ollie and Quentin are best friends despite the obvious food chain disparity that suggests Ollie should be more interested in Quentin as a snack rather than as a friend. They both live in the pretty coastal town of Bigley Bay with Nobby, an affable single guy who serves as both foil and witness to their silly, mischievous high jinks.

 

Join us next week on Twitter for a chance to chat with syndicated cartoonist Chip Sansom of The Born Loser under the hashtag: #AskChipSansom 

 





Art Fair Fanatic

CowTown by Charlie Podrebarac

 

Born and raised in Kansas City, I’m a huge fan of our city. We have beautiful fountains, mouth-watering barbeque and (most important) the GoComics headquarters; I’m proud to call Kansas City home.

 

My very favorite part of the Kansas City experience happens only one weekend each year. The Annual Plaza Art Fair! A mixture of incredible artistic talent, live music, great food and tons of people watching, I can’t think of a better way to spend a weekend!

 

Much to my delight, Charlie Podrebarac, Kansas City resident and creator of CowTown and FatCats, has been running a series of cartoons on GoComics this week pertaining to the Plaza Art Fair. Check them out!

 

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If you happen to be in the area this weekend, be sure to stop by booth 402 to meet Charlie and see his paintings!

 

View the series here.

 

--Julie





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.

 

 

Cartertoons  9-16-14

 

 

 

 

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And now...  9-17-14

 

 

 

Buns  9-17-14

 

 

 

 

Massive Falls  9-17-14

 

 

 

 

0-60  9-18-14

 

 

 

 

Far Out!  9-18-14

 

 

 

 

Girth  9-18-14

 

 

 

Peanizles  9-18-14

 

 

 

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

 






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