Weekend Faves (Novemember 30)

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

Wrong answer.

--Julie

 

Luann by Greg Evans
Luann by Greg Evans

Passive aggression at its finest.

--Lauren

 

Monty by Jim Meddick
Monty by Jim Meddick

Can't guess 'em all, Moondog.

--Lucas

 

Soup to Nutz by Rick Stromoski
Soup to Nutz by Rick Stromoski

At least he's thinking.

--Julie

 

Drabble by Kevin Fagan
Drabble by Kevin Fagan

There's always something else to do.

--Lauren





New Comic Alert! WaynoVision by Wayno

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Perhaps unsurprisingly, WaynoVision gives its readers a view of the world through the wise-guy eyes the cartoonist known as Wayno (one name only, please.) The artist uses his panel to comment on (and celebrate) the surrealism and absurdity of everyday life, in ways that are sometimes silly, sometimes smart, but always funny.

 

You never know what sort of characters will pop up in a WaynoVision panel. Clowns, gangsters, monsters, insects, historical figures, dogs, cats, chickens and advertising and pop culture icons can appear on any given day.

 

Reading WaynoVision is like wearing 3-D glasses, welder's goggles and X-ray specs while peeking through a damaged kaleidoscope. The world looks vaguely familiar, but unexpectedly distorted at the same time. The feature appeals to educated readers who appreciate high culture as well as lowbrow laffs.

 

Read WaynoVision here.





GoComics Adds New Features!

We recently added five new webcomics! Catch up on the latest comics and creators below.

 

Pictures in Boxes by Davie Cahill

Pictures in Boxes by David Cahill

Pictures in Boxes is a weekly comic strip devoted to movies, gaming, toys, cartoons and everything else pop culture.

 

Creator Davie Cahill is nostalgic for the '90s and would be totally cool with Nintendo taking over the entire world. A recent college graduate, Cahill created Pictures in Boxes during his final year of school as a creative outlet away from his studies. He currently lives in Dublin, Ireland, and has been a major fan of comics throughout his entire life.

 

Read Pictures in Boxes here.

 

Perry Bible Fellowship by Nicholas Gurewitch

 

Perry Bible Fellowship by Nicholas Gurewitch

The Perry Bible Fellowship (or PBF, for short) first started publishing in 2001, appearing periodically in Syracuse University's The Daily Orange. In the following years, it ran in a number of American and Canadian alternative weeklies, including The New York Press and The Portland Mercury, as well as the G2 section of The Guardian. After three years of weekly production, creator Nicholas Gurewitch disappointed his fans by switching to a "whenever" schedule, citing mental and physical strain. The Perry Bible Fellowship is the recipient of the Ignatz (2005, 2006), Harvey (2007) and Eisner Awards (2008).

 

Ever since he was little, Gurewitch has been told that he holds his drawing utensils in an uncommon way. He enjoys collaborating with friends and relatives to generate depictions of non-current events, often incorporating imagery and visions from the ever-expanding collective unconscious.

 

Read The Perry Bible Fellowship here.

 

Wizard of Id Classics by Parker and Hart

 

Wizard of Id Classics by Parker and Hart

In 1964, cartoonist Johnny Hart, creator of B.C., came up with an idea for a second comic strip while flipping through a deck of playing cards. He enlisted longtime friend and mentor, Brant Parker, to help co-produce and illustrate The Wizard of Id. To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Wizard, we have launched “Wizard of Id Classics” here on GoComics. Join us daily and follow the antics of Wiz, Blanche, Bung, Rodney, the King and all the other “ID-iots” from the very beginning!

 

Read Wizard of Id Classics here.

 

Brain Squirts by Frank Cummings

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Combine a whole lot of fun with a little bit of wisdom, and you’ve got Brain Squirts! Brain Squirts comes from the wonderful mind of Frank Cummings. An accomplished cartoonist, Frank worked as an assistant on King Features’ Blondie for many years as well as contributing regularly to Cracked magazine. We here at GoComics are delighted to honor Frank’s memory by showing off just one of the many beautiful projects he created during his career. 

 

Read Brain Squirts here.

 

Peanuts Holiday Countdown by Charles Schulz

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What began in the funny pages in 1950 has developed into an enduring classic. Whether you're a fussbudget like Lucy, a philosopher like Linus, a Flying Ace like Snoopy, or a lovable loser like Charlie Brown, there is something to touch your heart or make you laugh in Peanuts. Countdown to Christmas with the Peanuts gang in this special seasonal feature!

 

Read Peanuts Holiday Countdown here.





Meet Your Creator: Jason Poland (Robbie and Bobby)

I get asked how I make my comics, so a good place to start in explaining that is to show you where I make my comics! (Really, my comic-drawing procedure is very easy to explain ­– I just wanted to show off here.) So, come on in! I'll give you the tour.

 

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Let's start from the ground up, shall we? I found this desk on craigslist, and replaced the top with a heavy pane of frosted glass. There's a florescent light strip in the middle drawer, so I can turn my working area into a giant light box. It's pretty handy for tracing Tasmanian Devil cartoons.

 

On the right side are my sketch books where I draft my ideas, and draw dogs wearing sunglasses. I make a rough storyboard, and if the layout looks nice enough, I scan it and "ink" right over it. I use quotes there because I ink via a Wacom tablet and a handy program called Manga Studio, on that laptop you see there sitting on a copy of D'Aulaires' Book of Greek Myths. I always wear big headphones while I'm working. Music for the sketching and drawing portion,  then maybe a movie or TV show in the background while I ink.

 

OK, now lets move up to that pretty wall, starting in the top left corner, moving left to right: a viking ship; an illustration by Robert Lawson from a page of The Story of Ferdinand; Witch Attacks by Will Cardini; a rendition of Robbie and Bobby as golden era cartoon stars, drawn by Austin Bedell; underneath that is a poster of Bear Quest 2 by Zach Taylor; in the absolute center is one of my favorite panels from 2816 Monument by Mark Luetke; left of that are a few pages of mine from current projects; underneath those is my drawing of my wife Julai riding a pterodactyl; to the right is a cut-paper portrait of a woman vomiting serif typeface, by Julai; next is a pixel art Mega Man made by Nick Meriwether and Misha Burgett; above that is a colored pencil Zelda tribute by Chris Sweet; and to the right of those is an embroidery of a half Brittany/half Austin wedding hybrid made by my friend Brittany Havican.

 

And that ends our tour. Thanks for stopping by! If you want to know more about how I make my comics, or any of the stuff you see on my desk, or whatever, drop me a question in the comment box.

 

Read Robbie and Bobby here, follow Jason on Twitter or like the comic on Facebook!





Turkey Hangover

I. AM. SO. FULL. After seconds (and thirds) of turkey, stuffing, sweet potatoes and green bean casserole, I think I’ve consumed enough calories to last me until New Year's Day.    

 

And I’m pretty sure I’m not alone.

 

FoxTrot by Bill Amend
FoxTrot by Bill Amend
That Monkey Tune by Michael A. Kandalaft
That Monkey Tune by Michael A. Kandalaft

 

Daddy's Home by Tony Rubino and Gary Markstein
Daddy's Home by Tony Rubino and Gary Markstein

 

As cheesy as this sounds, my heart is even more full than my stomach. I’ve spent the last few days catching up with friends and hanging with the family, and for that I am truly thankful!

 

Speechless by Len Borozinski
Speechless by Len Borozinski

--Julie





Happy Thanksgiving!

We’ve compiled a list of 20 Thanksgiving funnies! Stuffed full of turkey, family drama and cooking mishaps, these comics have us cracking up!   

 

The Duplex by Glenn McCoy
The Duplex by Glenn McCoy

 

Lio by Mark Tatulli
Lio by Mark Tatulli

 

Wizard of Id by Parker and Hart
Wizard of Id by Parker and Hart

 

Bound and Gagged by Dana Summers
Bound and Gagged by Dana Summers

 

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

 

Feast on the rest of our favorite Thanksgiving funnies here. Don’t forget to share your favorites with your friends!

 

What’s your favorite Thanksgiving-related comic that you’ve seen today? Share it with us in the comments!





Comical Appetizers

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When this WuMo ran a couple of weeks ago, we had a couple of client papers pull it in advance. They didn't like the idea of a baby getting hit by a truck. Neither do we, of course. But I personally thought the WuMo guys did a great job of making a wry point about people's obsession with their cell phones. When I take my kids to a park there's always one or two parents who don't look up from their phones the whole time. The beauty of the comics is that even when depicting — or hinting at — a gruesome situation, you can still make a point and no one gets hurt. As one commenter put it, "it's funny because it's true."

 

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The Doonesbury Sunday series of Zipper's legal pot growing business continues to be outstanding. It's a topic you won't see anyone tackle on the printed funny pages, or probably anywhere else, at least not at this level of quality. With more states expected to put legalization measures on the ballots in 2016, this pioneering saga will only have more and more relevance.

 

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There are a lot of remarkable things about this two-part sequence from The Quixote Syndrome. For one, this has got to be the most prominent featuring of male anatomy anywhere on GoComics, much less in a dismembered state. For another, the story is all true. Read part 2 / The Prequel here.

 


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My favorite line of the entire month (in addition to the afore-linked "You stole my penis!") has to be "I know you've heard of history's greatest master. His name was Mister Pringles." Read more Basic Instructions here.

 


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Poncho has an amazing imagination. And so does Pooch Cafe creator Paul Gilligan.

 

Have a great Thanksgiving, folks, and stay tuned for more blog goodness all weekend long.





December 2014 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: 
 
• 12/5: Stuart Carlson of Beanie the Brownie
 
• 12/12: Keith Knight of The Knight LifeThe K Chronicles(th)ink
 
• 12/19: Randy Glasbergen of Thin Lines and Glasbergen Cartoons
 
• 12/26: No Twitter Q&A 
 
  




Thanksgiving words of advice

Thanksgiving is a special day for family and friends to come together. Spending time together is almost as important as the Thanksgiving feast. You can choose to be remembered by making something that is delicious or a disaster. Here are some tips on how to make your Thanksgiving dinner go smoothly.

 

  1. Safety first. Especially those of you who like to fry turkeys at home. Watch out Texas! Texas is the No. 1 state for deep-frying turkey accidents. Speaking of Texas, one Thanksgiving in San Antonio, we absentmindedly set the chiminea on the porch and the porch started to smoke. We had to call the fire department to come extinguish the embers, so we didn’t burn the house down. Thanksgiving wasn’t ruined, but it was very eventful, to say the least. 
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  1. Go shopping early. There’s nothing worse than getting to the store and the shelves are empty.
  2. Don’t change the recipe. This is an addition to the last piece of advice. If the store doesn’t have a major ingredient for your dish, keep searching at other stores. When all else fails, use a substitute.
  3. Herb and Jamaal by Stephen Bentley

 

  1. Always go for homemade, because homemade food is made with love. Store-bought is not the same, and it’s obvious. One dish I always ask my mom to make is her sweet potato casserole.  This is a recipe that has been passed down for years. One day I’ll perfect it like she has. Once, she substituted canned sweet potatoes for fresh ones. The dish wasn’t ruined, but I could tell the difference.
  2. The Duplex by Glenn McCoy

 

  1. Don’t experiment. Thanksgiving is not the day to try something new. This is a holiday to bring the tried-and-true dishes, not something you saw on Pinterest and hope it turns out.
  2. Half Full by Maria Scrivan

 

These are just a few tips from me to you. If you have any other pieces of advice, please share them with me. I’d love to hear your words of wisdom.

 

--Lauren





Giveaway: The Art of Richard Thompson

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We’re giving away a very special prize: “The Art of Richard Thompson!”

 

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Just released today by our sister company Andrews McMeel Publishing, this brand-new, incredible book presents Cul de Sac creator Richard Thompson’s work and has contributions from Universal Uclick and GoComics creators Bill Watterson (Calvin and Hobbes) and Nick Galifianakis (Nick and Zuzu), as well as Team Cul de Sac leader Chris Sparks and author Mike Rhode.  

 

 

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To enter, comment on this blog post and include your FIRST and LAST names. Limit one entry per person. This contest will end on Tues., Dec. 2 at 10 a.m. CT. The winner will be announced that day on this blog.

 

Can’t wait to get your hands on it? Get your very own copy here.

 

*Open to U.S. and Canada residents only. (Sorry!)





Giveaway: Calvin and Hobbes Sunday Comic Prints – Winners Announced

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Thank you to all who entered to win an archive-quality Calvin and Hobbes comic strip print! We’ve randomly selected FOUR winners!

 

Congratulations to Bridget Herbig, Scott Curtis, Patrick Henry and Ian Barker!Please email us at rewards@gocomics.com with your shipping address and phone number. Please note: You must contact us by 12/2/14 or your prize will be forfeited.

 

 





Peanuts Holiday Countdown by Charles Schulz

 

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What began in the funny pages in 1950 has developed into an enduring classic. Whether you're a fussbudget like Lucy, a philosopher like Linus, a Flying Ace like Snoopy, or a lovable loser like Charlie Brown, there is something to touch your heart or make you laugh in Peanuts. Countdown to Christmas with the Peanuts gang in this special seasonal feature!

 

Add Peanuts Holiday Countdown to your GoComics hompeage!





INSPIRING R. CRUMB

 

Fans of R. Crumb's work know that old-time and early recorded music, inluding the Blues, have always been a key area of interest for him. (Witness his book Heroes of Blues, Jazz & Country.)

 

Here's a fascinating article about one important influence -- The Amazing Old Paramount Records Ads That Inspired R.Crumb.

 

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This video, which runs with the article, has some of his amazing bleues drawings:

 

 

 

 





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.

 

 

 Don't Pick the Flowers  11-21-14

 

 

 

 

Bazoobee  11-22-14

 

 

 

 

 

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Mid-Life w/Alan  11-23-14

 

 

 

 

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Onion & Pea  11-24-14

 

 

 

 

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

 

 





Clementine Fox Holiday Series Begins Today!

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A special, holiday-related series of Clementine Fox begins running today on GoComics!

 

“I'm really excited to do a short bit of Clementine Fox revolving around the holidays,” creator Leigh Luna said. “It will give readers some backstory into the characters' families and friendships before they went on their amazing adventure.”

 

Spreading six weeks of holiday cheer, the special series begins on Nov. 24 and concludes Dec. 26.

 

Follow the Clementine Fox Holiday Series here!





Weekend Faves (Novemember 23)

 

Lio by Mark Tatulli
Lio by Mark Tatulli

That squid is so basic.
--Elizabeth

 

 

F Minus by Tony Carrillo
F Minus by Tony Carrillo

Who says print is dead?
--Lucas

 

 

Ginger Meggs by Jason Chatfield
Ginger Meggs by Jason Chatfield

Don't act like you're not impressed.

--Julie

 

 

Speed Bump by Dave Coverly
Speed Bump by Dave Coverly

I wouldn't eat that if I were you.
--Lauren

 

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

AH! One of my many favorite Calvin and Hobbes strips. Those faces!
--Lindsay





New Comic Alert! Brain Squirts by Frank Cummings

 

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Combine a whole lot of fun with a little bit of wisdom, and you’ve got Brain Squirts! Brain Squirts comes from the wonderful mind of Frank Cummings. An accomplished cartoonist, Frank worked as an assistant on King Features’ Blondie for many years as well as being a regular contributor to Cracked magazine. We here at GoComics are delighted to honor Frank’s memory by showing off just one of the many beautiful projects he created during his career. 

 

Read Brain Squirts here.





Red and Rover Spreads Awareness of Animal Abuse

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While normally a lighthearted comic strip, today's emotionally charged Red and Rover installment serves as a reminder of the countless animals suffering from abuse and homelessness.

 

“To stop the abuse of animals or to bring to light the plight of countless dogs and other pets needing good homes is a cause I strongly believe in,” creator Brian Basset said. “I am quite humbled that I not only get the opportunity to entertain readers on a daily basis, but to also enlighten them when given the chance.”

 

Read Red and Rover here.





Meet Your Creator: Rohan Chakravarty (Green Humour)

Today we hear from Green Humour creator Rohan Chakravarty!

 

How did you begin your career as a cartoonist? When did you start cartooning?

 

Circa 1995: A brand-new TV channel is launched on Indian television and takes the kids of the country by storm. Everyone looked forward to the final ring of the school bell to rush home, but 1995 onward, there was this TV channel to rush home to! It may not have impacted the lives of my schoolmates as much, but it was well on its way to changing my life forever (the first “forever”. I’ll come to the second “forever” in a bit). I found myself not only engrossed in its shows, but also creating little stories of my own and adapting the characters of the TV shows I watched into my plots. Cartoon Network was here, and with it, cartooning had entered my life.

 

Fast forward to 2003: A friend of my dad brainwashes a 16-year-old me into believing that drawing cartoons is not a career option and that “grown-ups” must have “real jobs” like medicine, engineering and law. Dejected, I join the rat-race while cartooning is shut in a box locked up in the attic. Eventually, I make my way into a dental college, start filling and extracting teeth aimlessly and lifelessly, often secretly venting my frustration out on the dentures of my poor patients (fake teeth are real fun to punch!).

 

Moving on to 2005: I am on my first serious safari in Nagzira Tiger Reserve, Central India, and within twenty minutes of entering the gate, I behold a sight that would change my life forever (now this is the second “forever”) — a gorgeous tigress bathing in a waterhole. Females in bathtubs have changed the courses of many a plot in movies (remember Hitchcock’s “Psycho” and Kubrick’s “The Shining”?) and my life was no exception, just that the female in this case was a different species and this was no movie. This tigress had introduced me to a whole new, magical world that I had felt a sudden urge to represent on my canvas- wildlife.

 

It was after that trip that I started reading extensively about wild animals, their ways of life and the threats they face, and attempted to narrate them as cartoons and comic strips.  Living in Central India — the land of the tiger — was an added advantage, as I had wildlife right at my doorstep (often literally!). Within a few months, the strips started getting noticed and debuted in the print as a part of Sanctuary Asia, a leading wildlife magazine published from Mumbai, India. In 2009, my brother (now a wildlife biologist) suggested that these cartoons needed a platform online, which led to the birth of my website www.greenhumour.com. In 2010, I finished my dentistry degree and the day I stepped out of college, I swore never to look back at it again! Over time, while I served as an animation designer for a multimedia firm in Bangalore (South India), I wrote and drew Green Humour in all my free time, which had started amassing a readership both online and in the print, finding itself a part of publications, magazines, journals and one newspaper as well. In December 2013, GoComics chose to syndicate Green Humour online, making it the first series of comic strips from India to be taken up by a major syndicate. This gave me the push and encouragement I needed to quit that darn day job and put all my time into drawing what I loved to draw the most: wildlife.

 

Drawing wildlife had given me a sense of creative contentment I had never experienced before and I realized that I, an introvert by all means, related better with animals than people. Green Humour also served a dual purpose — while I was having the time of my life drawing wildlife cartoons, it started getting the message of conservation across. Several readers got introduced to issues like poaching, habitat loss and climate change through my cartoons. The experience and the response so far have been gratifying.

 

 

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What inspires you?

 

Obviously, wild animals. But inspiration is like a spam phone call that rings when you are least expecting it. Anything from a frog I meet on a trek to a puffin I read about on the Web could inspire a Green Humour panel or comic strip. Also, my late pet dog, Naughty, is responsible for giving me a sense of humour in the first place.

 

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What are some of your achievements and accomplishments?

 

In March 2012, a cartoon from Green Humour won the first place in the UNDP and the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ cartoon contest on climate change in the Asia-Pacific. In November 2012, I was awarded the Sanctuary Asia Young Naturalist Award for my cartoons on conservation. Other than these, I have stood second in a national level cartoon contest organized by a leading Indian daily, and an international cartoon contest on the impacts of social media on people.

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What were your favorite childhood comics? What comics do you read today?

 

Initial inspiration was drawn from cartoons on television, and comics happened a bit later. Watching cartoons on Cartoon Network felt like being tutored personally by the masters themselves — Hanna Barbera, Fred Quimby, Chuck Jones, and later Genndy Tartakovsky and Craig McCracken. I feel that if laughter had an SI unit, it would be Chuck Jones. E.g. “The other night I was watching Wile E. Coyote and the Road Runner, and I ended up chuckling 120 KiloJones.”

 

Comics came into my life with Maurice de Bevere’s Lucky Luke and the series that has inspired so many cartoonists the world over — Gary Larson’s The Far Side. Bill Watterson, of course, is Bible, and the artwork in Patrick McDonnell’s Mutts is, to me, a masterclass in itself. I also thoroughly enjoy and am inspired by the work of Sergio Aragones, Mark Parisi’s Off the Mark and the cartoons of The New Yorker.

 

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Do you have any upcoming projects or appearances?

 

I have always been fascinated by the world of animation, having worked as a pre-production artist myself for three years, and have been looking to combine the principles of character design with wildlife. This has led to the creation of a new sub-series that I call “Wildlife the Toonie Way,” which includes exaggerated and delightful representations of wild animals. I have recently had my first solo exhibition in Bangalore, India, where I displayed 70 of these caricatures, and the event was a bumper success. My upcoming projects include creating merchandise out of these caricatures and introducing them to newer avenues. I also have some interesting collaborations lined up with wildlife and conservation organizations from both India and abroad, to create awareness material with cartoons. Also, there are lots and lots of new comics on wild animals from all around the world coming up on the series.

 

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What’s your studio/workspace like?

 

I’ve been on the run of late, so I’m just operating out of a shabby little desk. It has a window to the right, where crows, wagtails and barbets often perch in the mornings and narrate the scripts for my comics to me!

 

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Read Green Humour here.





Twitter Q&A with Alexis E. Fajardo

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This week, we chatted with artist and writer Alexis Fajardo of the graphic novel series "Kid Beowulf." If you missed the chat, catch up below!

 

 

 

Add "Kid Beowulf" to your GoComics homepage!

 

 

Join us on the first Friday in December for another cartoonist Q&A!






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