Watch Your Back — It’s April Fools’ Day!

Happy April Fools’ Day! The pranks, gags and jokes are out in full force today. Just setting foot outside your front door puts you at risk for rogue tomfoolery.

 

Pranker or prankee, there’s always a chance your jest will backfire. Luckily, we have some tips for avoiding April Fools’ Day fallout.


1. Never prank someone in a position of authority.

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



2. Be mindful of possible repercussions.

Drabble by Kevin Fagan
Drabble by Kevin Fagan



3. Avoid joking about the important things.

Sunny Street by Max Garcia and Sandra Barthauer
Sunny Street by Max Garcia and Sandra Barthauer



4. Try not to make the same mistake twice.

Nest Heads by John Allen
Nest Heads by John Allen



5. And finally, save confessions for April 2.

FoxTrot by Bill Amend
FoxTrot by Bill Amend



For more gags and giggles, check out our April Fools’ Day collection!





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.

 

 

 

BigJim 3-29-16

 

 

 

3-29-16

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Boobiehatch  3-29-16

 

 

 

3-29-16

 

 

 

 

Weasel Ink  3-29-16

 

 

 

 

Sharp Curve Comics  3-30-16

 

 

3-31-16

 

 

 

 

Girth  3-31-16

 

 

 

 

Magnificatz  3-31-16

 

 

 

 

3-30+31-16

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 





6 Things We Love About Spring

Ah, spring. The hills are alive with the crack of baseball bats, the sweet perfume of blooming flowers, and the gentle caress of spring rain.

 

There’s a lot to love about spring, and we’ve rounded up a list of our six favorite things!


1. It’s a time for reinvention and new beginnings.


Luann by Greg Evans
Luann by Greg Evans



2. Baseball season begins!


Big Nate by Lincoln Peirce
Big Nate by Lincoln Peirce



3. Whether windy or wet, the weather is always interesting.


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



4. The fresh, clean smell.

 

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



5. Everything bursts with color.


Peanuts by Charles Schulz
Peanuts by Charles Schulz



6. The days are perfect for gardening.

 

Garfield by Jim Davis
Garfield by Jim Davis

 


Hopefully we’ve put a little “spring” in your step today!





GIVEAWAY: Molly and the Bear Prize Pack

 Attention, Molly and the Bear fans! In case you missed it, the very first Molly and the Bear book hit store shelves a few weeks ago.

 

To celebrate this awesome achievement by creator Bob Scott, we’re giving away a Molly and the Bear prize pack, including a SIGNED copy of the Molly and the Bear book, an ORIGINAL signed comic strip and an adorable Bear plush!

 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

 

This contest will end on April 5, 2016, at 12 a.m. CT. We will randomly select one winner and notify the winner via email on April 5, 2016.

 

Can’t wait to get your paws on the book? Order "Molly and the Bear" here. And read Molly and the Bear on GoComics right here.

 

The next giveaway will be announced on April 6, 2016 at 6 a.m. CT.





It’s a Home Run, Charlie Brown!

Since Peanuts’ debut in 1950, good ol’ Charlie Brown’s trials and tribulations on the baseball diamond have delighted comics fans of all ages.

 

 

Peanuts by Charles Schulz
Peanuts by Charles Schulz

 

 

After decades of losing seasons, terrible pitches and misplaced optimism, Charlie Brown made history 23 years ago today.

 

 

Peanuts by Charles Schulz
Peanuts by Charles Schulz

 

 

On March 30, 1993, Charlie Brown hit his first home run!

 

 

Peanuts by Charles Schulz
Peanuts by Charles Schulz

 

 

Congratulations, Charlie Brown!


Click here for more baseball misadventures from the Peanuts gang!





Read Comics, Learn Spanish!

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

 

 

Comics are more than just funny doodles. Comics provide inspiration, entertainment and relevant commentary, and can even act as powerful educational resources.

 

FluentU, an online language-learning tool, highlighted GoComics recently in a blog post about using comics to learn Spanish:

 

The GoComics site has a variety of comics in Spanish, and with their smartphone apps you can have easy access to a daily dose of your favorites – free, if you don’t mind the ads. Several longtime favorites like Garfield, Dilbert, Calvin and Hobbes and Peanuts are available.”

 

In addition to Spanish translations of funny-page staples, we have a number of native Spanish-language comics, such as Gaturro and Tutelandia. According to FluentU, reading comics originally written in Spanish is a great way to “be introduced to cultural information from the cartoon’s home country.”

 

@PablandoMucho


Head on over to “GoComics en Español” and give it a try!





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.

 

 

3-25-16

 

 

 

All In Good Time  3-25-16

 

 

 

 

Kate the Great  3-25-16

 

 

 

 

3-25-16

 

 

 

 

Weasel Ink 3-26-16

 

 

 

 

And now...  3-28-16

 

 

 

 

Batch Rejection 3-28-16

 

 

 

 

 

Girth  3-28-16

 

 

 

 

 

Green Pieces  3-28-16

 

 

 

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

 





“Fowl Language,” “Unicorn vs. Goblins” Receive Stellar Reviews on GeekDad

The guys over at GeekDad recently released a roundup of humorous picture books and comics collections, and two titles from our publishing division made the list!

 

 

Unicorn vs. Goblins: Another Phoebe and Her Unicorn Adventure by Dana Simpson
Unicorn vs. Goblins: Another Phoebe and Her Unicorn Adventure by Dana Simpson

 

Unicorn vs. Goblins: Another Phoebe and Her Unicorn Adventure, the third Phoebe and Her Unicorn collection by Dana Simpson, has been making waves since its release on February 23.

 

According to GeekDad, “If you haven’t read any Phoebe and Her Unicorn yet, you’re missing out on one of the smartest, funniest comic strips I’ve read in recent years."

 

Buy your copy of Unicorn vs. Goblins: Another Phoebe and Her Unicorn Adventure here


Click here to read Phoebe and Her Unicorn

 

 

 

Fowl Language: Welcome to Parenting by Brian Gordon
Fowl Language: Welcome to Parenting by Brian Gordon

 

 

Brian Gordon’s Fowl Language: Welcome to Parenting, the first collection of Fowl Language comics, hit shelves on March 22. The GeekDad review calls Welcome to Parenting “horrendously accurate,” and observes: "Gordon dives deep into all the parts of parenting that are painful and aggravating and WHYDON’TYOUMAKEANYSENSE!? But somehow because everyone looks like a cute duck, he makes you laugh instead of cry.”

 

Click here to buy Fowl Language: Welcome to Parenting

 

Read Fowl Language on GoComics here




Read the full review from GeekDad here.





New Comic Alert! Microcosm by Hadria Beth

Microcosm by Hadria Beth
Microcosm by Hadria Beth

 

Microcosm is a comic that explores our little solar system in this big universe. It's a unique blend of astronomy and science with a whole lot of humor mixed in. Ever wonder what Pluto thinks about being demoted to a dwarf planet? Or what the gas giants would talk about if they were on Spacebook? Wonder no more! Outer space can be a harsh, unforgiving place, but together our planets are making the best of it.

 

Read Microcosm here!





New Easter Traditions Inspired by Comics

Every year, the arrival of Easter is heralded by pastel-wrapped chocolates, grown men in rabbit costumes, and that weird plastic Easter grass you can’t seem to get rid of no matter how many times you vacuum.


Whether Easter fills you with egg-citement or indifference, maybe it’s time to shake up the tried-and-true traditions. We’ve rounded up some of our favorite suggestions below.

 

 

1. Try a new recipe.


FoxTrot by Bill Amend
FoxTrot by Bill Amend




2. Embrace the latest technology.


Half Full by Maria Scrivan
Half Full by Maria Scrivan




3. Take the Easter egg hunt to the next level.



Off the Mark by Mark Parisi
Off the Mark by Mark Parisi




4. Think outside the basket.


Agnes by Tony Cochran
Agnes by Tony Cochran




5. Add holiday fun to everyday errands.


The Duplex by Glenn McCoy
The Duplex by Glenn McCoy



For more egg-cellent Easter comics, check out our collection here!


Have a hoppy Easter!





Meet Your Creator: Tom Fonder (The Adventures of Business Cat)

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The GoComics “Meet Your Creator” series brings you firsthand insight into the lives and careers of your favorite cartoonists. Each week, we hand over the keys to one of our talented creators, who share their inspirations, achievements, creative processes, studios and more! Read on to hear from this week’s featured cartoonist: Tom Fonder of The Adventures of Business Cat  

 

When did you start cartooning?

 

I've been drawing cartoons for as long as I can remember, so in retrospect, I should really be a much better drawer by now than I am. It was never anything I had given any serious consideration to, but I could always be found doodling something in class or at home in between playing video games. These comics would usually be in the form of pop-culture-laden dramatizations of events in myself and my friends’ lives and feature their own mythos of densely layered in-jokes that would make them incomprehensible to anyone outside my core circle of friends. More than anything, they were a tactic to stave off boredom that served me well all the way from third grade multiplication through senior year Physics.

 

 

How did you begin your career as a cartoonist?

 

To be honest, I just sort of fell into it. Cartooning was never the big plan for me, just something I enjoyed doing for fun on the side, and only ever for my friends and me. In high school, one of those friends convinced me to start a webcomic with him, to which I mostly only agreed because it wouldn't mean anything more than drawing stick figures for him on a Wacom tablet that I had recently bought. However, I soon found myself becoming more involved in the writing of the comics, and the result was my first webcomic, Happy Jar. Although we never stuck at it for long, something made me pick it back up a few years ago, and I found a small following that soon exploded upon uploading my first Business Cat strip as a one-off gag in Happy Jar.

 

 

The Adventures of Business Cat by Tom Fonder

 

 

I'd grown pretty frustrated at that time with working within the bounds of Happy Jar's stick figure “aesthetic” that began in high school, and given the positive outpouring over this new Business Cat strip, I decided to make it its own thing, where I could have the freedom to do a bit more “real” drawing. The whole thing just sort of snowballed from there, and before I knew it, I had a huge fan base and offers from publishers from all over the place who wanted to bring Business Cat to print. Honestly, it's been a bit of a crazy ride, and to this day I barely consider myself a “cartoonist” – I almost feel it a slight to all the other people out there doing insanely great work who are far more talented than me.

 

 

Where do you find inspiration?

 

For Business Cat, unsurprisingly, the single largest source of inspiration comes from my cat, Curzon, alongside the rogues’ gallery of other cats and animals that have populated my life. I'm the son of a vet and a vet nurse who own their own practice in Australia, and as such, my childhood home was always packed full of all sorts of both domestic and wild animals wandering around – many of which were being rehabilitated. The often absurd behavior/mannerisms of animals never fails to serve as an endless source of joy for me, and I feel that's what fuels Business Cat most.

 

 

The Adventures of Business Cat by Tom Fonder

 

 

What comics did you read as a child?

 

I always liked comics as a kid and got into them first, as I expect most people probably did, through the funny pages that my dad would hand me from the paper. Garfield was always a standout for a young child, but the one that I first fell in love with was Calvin and Hobbes. The snippets in the paper always left me craving more, and as such, my parents bought me a couple of Calvin and Hobbes collections that I must have read front to back more times than I can count. Although I love and appreciate many of this era of cartoons, Calvin and Hobbes is an undeniable masterpiece that I continue to come back to again and again for its combination of smart writing and breathtaking art.

 

 

The Adventures of Business Cat by Tom Fonder

 

 

What comics do you read today?

 

Aside from Calvin and Hobbes, I find myself most often enjoying the webcomics scene's offerings of material that I was first introduced to in high school through the works of Kris Straub, Scott Kurtz and the guys at Penny Arcade. Aside from their work, I also really enjoy reading anything by Kate Beaton, Anthony Clark, Ryan North, Abby Howard and Ronnie Filyaw (Ronnie, in particular, has found a way to hone square in on my sense of humor), as well as a whole host of other people I check out to varying degrees.

 

I definitely enjoy diving into a graphic novel or two from time to time, but as you can probably gather from this list, I tend to gravitate far more toward humorists than the serious stuff or the superhero genre.

 

 

Which achievements and accomplishments are you most proud of?

 

I tend to have a serious problem with not being able to be proud of anything that I've ever made or ever done. Looking back on any finished piece of work is a painful experience for me and can honestly, seriously bum me out. That being said, I'd say being picked up by Andrews McMeel (who will be publishing a “Business Cat” book come September) may be the closest thing to an achievement I'm proud of.

 

 

Your book “Business Cat: Money, Power, Treats” hits stores in late September. How did you make the jump from a webcomic to a published book?

 

I got exceedingly lucky in that the offer came to me. When you have a big publisher like Andrews McMeel knocking at your door, it just seemed like a no-brainer. Honestly, the idea of even seeing Business Cat in print – let alone on shelves – is still completely surreal to me.

 

 

The Adventures of Business Cat by Tom Fonder

 

 

 

What can readers expect to find in the book?

 

We're still finalizing the exact number of strips that will be in the book, but you can expect to see most everything you've seen so far, as well as a host of exclusive book-only material that includes entirely new comics, extra panels and some fun little splash pages. I've had a lot of reader requests to see Business Cat in print, and I'm sure the book won't disappoint them.

 

 

Are you working on any other projects? Do you have any upcoming appearances?

 

I'm a pretty intensely private guy (read: antisocial), so no upcoming appearances and likely none in the cards for the foreseeable future. As to other projects, once my work on this book is completed, I'm going be looking to completely revamp Happy Jar into a new comic with an all-new focus that will allow me to do some fun non-Business Cat-related material on the side. I'll also be looking to get back into some projects regarding my other passions – film and photography.

 

 

What’s your studio or workspace like?

 

 

Tom Fonder Studio
 

 

My partner and I recently moved out of London to a much smaller, quieter part of England where my studio space currently occupies the top floor loft of our house. It's a pretty bare-bones situation for the most part, with just a plant, a futon and a Barbarella poster to keep me company (I never have been one for going all out with the decorations).

 

 

Barbella Poster - Tom Fonder Studio

 

 

I fairly recently got my hands on a Cintiq, however, which has been an amazing upgrade from your standard Wacom tablet and helped to really speed up and improve my drawing process tenfold. All in all, it gets the job done and it's nice to have my own private workspace after years spent in your typical tiny London flat.

 

 

Looking for more?

 

• Read The Adventures of Business Cat here.

• Pre-order “Business Cat: Money, Power, Treats” here.

• Like the comic on Facebook.

• Follow along on Twitter.





An Ode to the Weekend

 

Sarah's Scribbles by Sarah Andersen
Sarah's Scribbles by Sarah Andersen

 

 

Turn off your alarm and enjoy the chance to sleep in.

 

 

Arlo and Janis by Jimmy Johnson
Arlo and Janis by Jimmy Johnson

 


Take advantage of the nice weather — even if that just means acknowledging that it’s beautiful outside while you enjoy the great indoors.

 

 

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

 

 

The weekend is your opportunity to do whatever makes you happy ...

 

 

Garfield by Jim Davis
Garfield by Jim Davis

 

 

… Whether it’s doing something nice for a stranger ...

 

 

Lucky Cow by Mark Pett
Lucky Cow by Mark Pett

 

 

… Or spending some quality time with yourself.

 

 

Connie to the Wonnie by Connie Sun
Connie to the Wonnie by Connie Sun

 

 

Have a great weekend! You’ve earned it.





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.

 

 

3-22-16

 

 

 

Courageous Man Adventures  3-22-16

 

 

 

3-22-16

 

 

 

 

3-23-16

 

 

 

3-23-16

 

 

 

 

Magnificatz  3-23-16

 

 

 

3-23-16

 

 

 

3-24-16

 

 

 

3-24-16

 

 

 

 

Oscar and Annie  3-24-16

 

 

 

 

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

 

 





Real Life Adventures Turns 25!

Today (March 24) we're celebrating the 25th anniversary of Real Life Adventures from creators Gary Wise and Lance Aldrich. Real Life Adventures editor Gillian Titus offers her thoughts on their achievement.

 

Everyone. Everyone. Please. May I have a moment of your time? Thank you. Today is a very special day for two of our creators, Gary Wise and Lance Aldrich. Sorry, two of our favorite creators. You see, it was 25 years ago today that their very enjoyable strip Real Life Adventures launched. This is a great day for Gary and Lance, obviously, but it’s also a pretty good day for me because it gives me a chance to tell you why you should be reading it. (If you already are, good. You know what I’m talking about.)

 

The reason is simple. It’s right there in the title, in fact. These guys aren’t so much creators but curators of this wonderful adventure called “Real Life,” archiving the madness of the everyday, if you will:

 

Every unplanned visit to the doctor.

 

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

 

Every restaurant faux pas.

 

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

 

Every stressful presentation at the office.

 

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

 

Every panicked call to the financial adviser.

 

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

 

Every sweaty, breathless moment of anxiety.

 

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

 

Every poor marital decision.

 

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

 

It’s droll. It’s timely. It’s the truth. And while the truth can sometimes hurt, it’s also really funny. This is where Gary and Lance come in. They see the humor in all of it, and they remind us to laugh.   

 

As a proud Midwesterner, I couldn’t be happier for Gary Wise and Lance Aldrich, two really decent Midwestern fellows whose Real Life Adventures is turning 25 today. As a professional comics editor and amateur comics adviser, I strongly urge you to check it out.

 

— Gillian

 

Explore the Real Life Adventures archive here!





NCS and GoComics cartoonists team up to host benefit event for St. Jude Children's Hospital

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Each day, cartoonists lift the spirits of children through humor, imagination and illustration. This May, over two dozen of the nation's top cartoonists will join forces to make an even more substantial impact — by raising funds and visiting with the patients of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis.

 

Steve McGarry (Biographic, Badlands), Jeff Keane of Family Circus creator and Simpsons cartoonist Bill Morrison are among the guests already scheduled for this year's charitable dinner and auction, which will be held on May 26 at the Domino Event Center. The event will coincide with the National Cartoonist Society's annual convention and awards banquet, which will also take place that weekend in Memphis.

 

Steve McGarry with patient Tyler

 

“We have invited the artists who are attending the NCS conference to sit down with patient families and draw works for them to take home with the hopes that the experience brings them some joy despite their very difficult circumstances,” said McGarry, who leads the organization's charitable arm, the National Cartoonist Society Foundation. “We did something similar on a smaller scale last year and the families loved it, as did our group.”

 

McGarry said the 2015 visit to St. Jude, which also included Arlo and Janis cartoonist Jimmy Johnson and Big Nate cartoonist Lincoln Peirce, among others, helped set the stage for this year's fundraiser. The event will include a dinner, cocktails with cartoonists, and live and silent auctions. A St. Jude patient family will speak, and the cartoonists will provide entertainment by participating in an improv art event.

 

Lincoln Peirce with patient Andrew

 

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is a leader in pediatric cancer research and treatments of other diseases, with affiliate clinics across the country. Since the hospital opened in 1962, treatments invented at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20 percent to 80 percent. Because patient families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food, charitable events like the fundraiser hosted by NCS are especially important.

 

If last year's visit to St. Jude is any indication, the May event will bring smiles for everyone. "It was such a rewarding experience, I think we got more out of it than the kids did," he said in a front-page article yesterday in the Memphis Commercial Appeal.

 

To purchase individual tickets to the event and to get more information, please visit Stjude.org. There are also sponsorship opportunities available for organizations or groups.

 

Jimmy Johnson and Isaias

 

Image captions (from top): artwork by Jeff Keane, Steve McGarry with patient Tyler, Lincoln Peirce with patient Andrew, Jimmy Johnson with patient Isaias. All images courtesy of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital





GIVEAWAY: FoxTrot Prize Pack

With a refreshing blend of humor and truth, FoxTrot reminds us that while a family might seem normal on the outside, there could be a perpetually hungry pet iguana on the inside.

 

In the JUST-RELEASED FoxTrot collection, “Some Clever Title,” cartoonist Bill Amend delivers the hilarious, the cool and the hilariously uncool.

 

We’re giving away a copy of “Some Clever Title” AND a collectible, SIGNED FoxTrot print!

 

To enter:

 

 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

 

 

This contest will end on March 29, 2016, at 12 a.m. CT. We will randomly select one winner and notify the winner via email on March 29, 2016.

 

Can’t wait that long? We’re with you. Purchase “Some Clever Title” here, and read FoxTrot on GoComics here.

 

The next giveaway will be announced on March 30, 2016 at 6 a.m. CST.





Cancel Your Plans — It’s National Puppy Day!

If you need proof that we’re crazy for canines, look no further!  Dogs are featured prominently in dozens of our comics, as main characters, silent foils, comic relief and numerous other roles.

 

Today is National Puppy Day, a day dedicated to celebrating the puppies of the world and raising awareness for our four-legged friends available for adoption from shelters. Shelter dogs (and cats!) are a perfect choice for anyone looking to adopt a pet.


Even if you can’t adopt a furry friend right away, we hope you enjoy this roundup of some of our favorite funnypage pups.

1. Rover, Red and Rover

Red and Rover by Brian Basset
Red and Rover by Brian Basset

 

 

Although Rover can’t talk per se, Red is still privy to his innermost thoughts. From naps to fetch to running Red’s paper route, these two are inseparable.

 

Read Red and Rover here!

 

 

2. Sophie, Dog Eat Doug

 

Dog Eat Doug by Brian Anderson
Dog Eat Doug by Brian Anderson


 

Sophie is used to being top dog in her house, but things take a turn when her humans bring home baby Doug. Although originally apprehensive of the new addition to the household, Sophie and Doug quickly learn to appreciate each other’s unique talents.

 

Click here to read Dog Eat Doug!



3.
Will, Dogs of C-Kennel

 

Dogs of C-Kennel by Mick and Mason Mastroianni
Dogs of C-Kennel by Mick and Mason Mastoianni

 

Set in a sprawling animal shelter, Dogs of C-Kennel follows the “life in lockdown” of a pugnacious pitbull named Will and a motley crew of inmates (or should we say “inmutts”?). Will is the voice of reason in this chaotic yet hilarious strip.

 

Read Dogs of C-Kennel here!



4.
Bleeker, Bleeker: The Rechargeable Dog

 

Bleeker: The Rechargeable Dog by Jonathan Mahood
Bleeker: The Rechargeable Dog by Jonathan Mahood

 

Bleeker is to other dogs what an iPhone 6s is to a rotary phone. Yes, Bleeker knows how to sit, stay, and play fetch, but he can also download email and plan Skip’s homework calendar. There’s always a risk of him running out of battery — but he probably recharges faster than the average puppy.

 

Click here to read Bleeker: The Rechargeable Dog!



5. Poncho, Pooch Cafe

 

Pooch Cafe by Paul Gilligan
Pooch Cafe by Paul Gilligan

 

In the universe of Pooch Cafe, dogs and humans speak the same language — literally. This allows for some entertaining interactions where Chazz, Poncho’s human master, attempts to understand Poncho’s hare-brained and sometimes dastardly schemes, which seem to be endless in number.

 

Read Pooch Cafe here!



One more piece of good news for all you diehard puppy fans: On May 3, our publishing division is releasing Shelter Dogs in a Photo Booth by Guinnevere Shuster. This gorgeous photography collection captures the incredible personalities of dozens of shelter dogs, and also features a short biography for each canine.

 

 

Shelter Dogs in a Photo Booth by Guinnevere Shuster
Shelter Dogs in a Photo Booth by Guinnevere Shuster

 

Shelter Dogs in a Photo Booth will tug on the heartstrings of any dog-lover, and a portion of the proceeds benefit the Humane Society of Utah and Best Friends Animal Society!

 

Click here to pre-order your copy of Shelter Dogs in a Photo Booth.


Happy National Puppy Day! May all your puppy dreams come true.





GoComics Book Club: New Books from Andrews McMeel Publishing!

GoComics Book Club keeps you in the know about books for all ages, relating to your favorite comics and authors!

 

"Some Clever Title" by Bill Amend

 

 

Some Clever Title by Bill Amend

 

 

With a refreshing blend of humor and truth, FoxTrot reminds us that while a family might seem normal on the outside, there could be a perpetually hungry pet iguana on the inside. Amend delivers the hilarious, the cool and the hilariously uncool, all wrapped up in “Some Clever Title,” the 42nd FoxTrot book.

 

What exactly will you find in the latest and greatest FoxTrot collection?

 

Nerdy videogames? Check. Clueless dad? Check. Sister hogging the bathroom mirror? Check.

 

Get your hands on a copy of “Some Clever Title” here. Read FoxTrot here and FoxTrot Classics here.

 

 

"The Mother-Daughter Dance" by Cathy Guisewite

 

 

The Mother-Daughter Dance by Cathy Guisewite

 

The mother-daughter dance is a familiar waltz filled with ups and downs, twists, dips and twirls. The only question is, who’s in the lead?

 
The most beloved mother-daughter duo is back with a brand-new comic take on the difficult, wonderful, one-of-a-kind relationship between neurotic daughter Cathy and her caring, comforting, slightly interfering mother.


Insightful observations, amusing advice and comical proclamations are paired with Cathy Guisewite’s distinctive illustrative style. 

 

Find “The Mother-Daughter Dance” here. Read Cathy here.

 

 

"Fowl Language: Welcome to Parenting" by Brian Gordon

 

 

Fowl Language Welcome to Parenting

 

Parenting can be a magical journey full of bliss and wonder . . . if you're on the right meds. For the rest of us, it's another thing altogether. Fowl Language Comics takes an unvarnished look at the tedium and aggravation of parenting, while never forgetting that the reason we put up with those little jerks is that we love them so damn much. By poking fun at the daily struggles parents face, these cartoons help all of us feel less alone in our continual struggle to stay sane.

 

Order “Fowl Language: Welcome to Parenting” here. Read Fowl Language here.





GoComics Book Club: "Snoopy: Party Animal" by Charles M. Schulz

GoComics Book Club keeps you in the know about books for all ages, relating to your favorite comics and authors!

 

 

Snoopy: Party Animal by Charles Schulz

 

 

Spring is just around the corner, which means blue skies, sunshine and … melting snow.

 

 

Snoopy Party Animal by Charles Schulz

 

 

Good thing Snoopy has plenty of non-snowman friends! Everyone’s stopping by for a party in this new AMP! Comics for Kids Peanuts collection. Who’s on the guest list? Charlie Brown? Lucy? Linus? You betcha! Even some birds and bunnies join in the fun. But here’s the best part ... you’re invited, too! Just make sure you don’t forget to bring Snoopy his supper on time.
 


 

In this newest collection of Snoopy comics, the old gang is back at it with fun, adventures and even a cat. Good grief! Check in with all your Peanuts friends in "Snoopy: Party Animal." 

 

Don’t forget your party hats – grab a copy here! Can't get enough of Snoopy and friends? Read Peanuts from the beginning 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.

 

 

All In Good Time  3-18-16

 

 

 

 

Batch Rejection  3-18-16

 

 

 

 

 

Don't Pick the Flowers  3-18-16

 

 

 

 

No Ambiguity  3-18-16

 

 

 

Painterly  3-18-16

 

 

 

 

 

3-18-16

 

 

 

 

 

The Gray Zone  3-18-16

 

 

 

 

 

3-20-16

 

 

 

 

Spectickles  3-21-16

 

 

 

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

 

 





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