Twitter Q&A with Ben Zaehringer of Berkeley Mews



Major thanks to Berkeley Mews creator Ben Zaehringer for joining us on Twitter today for a live Q&A! If you missed the chat, catch up below:



Subscribe to Berkeley Mews here!


Be sure to follow us on Twitter and join our next Q&A on Friday, March 13th with author and cartoonist Paige Braddock (Jane's WorldThe Martian Confederacy and Stinky Cecil)


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.







Zootopia 3-3-15




1Aardvark  3-4-15





Courageous Man Adventures  3-4-15





H.I.P.  3-4-15





Jordan and Bentley  3-4-15




Picpak Dog  3-4-15




Snow Sez... 3-4-15




Crooksville  3-5-15




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


Staff Pick: Adam@Home

Hello again, comic fans! I was super stoked to do another staff pick post, but even more so when I saw that Adam@Home hadn’t been picked yet! This strip has become the star of my “My Comics Page,” always delivering a good laugh.


The main character, Adam, is a work-from-home husband and father, who perfectly exemplifies a true-to-life family man. The trials and tribulations of Adam’s life are as relatable as they are hilarious, which is why I find this strip so endearing.


For starters, like any real, hardworking adult, Adam relies on the elixir of life — otherwise known as a strong cup of coffee — to keep him going. I can appreciate anyone who shares my enthusiasm for (addiction to) coffee.





Although he works hard, Adam never allows work to get in the way of family time (something every one of us should remember to do).








That being said, every parent needs a break now and then, and that’s OK.






Adam is more than a parent, though; he is also a thoughtful husband. A true romantic … so long as you keep in mind that it is the thought that counts.






Through it all, Adam reminds us of the need to find humor in the everyday mistakes. Life can have a very cruel sense of humor sometimes, but it’s not hard to feel better about your own life when you see Adam’s hilarious mess-ups.






Adam@Home exhibits all the relatable realities of marriage and parenthood – and makes them funny! Balancing a family and a career is hard work, and I love that Adam makes some hilariously epic mistakes and can laugh them off. After all, that’s what life’s all about, right?

—Amanda, Marketing Intern


Subscribe to Adam@Home!

Stephan Pastis Nominated for 2014 Reuben Award

Source: National Cartoonist Society


The National Cartoonists Society has announced three nominees for the 2014 Reuben Award for “Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year.” Pearls Before Swine cartoonist Stephan Pastis is among the elite!


It’s been an incredible year for Stephan Pastis. Last June, he collaborated with Bill Watterson, who guest-illustrated a series of Pearls Before Swine strips. In addition to creating Pearls Before Swine, Pastis is also the author of the children’s book series “Timmy Failure.”


The highest honor that the profession bestows, the Reuben Award for Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year is chosen by a secret ballot of the members of the National Cartoonists Society.


The winner of the 2014 “Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year” will be announced on May 23 at the annual NCS Reuben Awards dinner in Washington D.C.


Congratulations, Stephan! Your friends at GoComics are rooting for you!


Learn more about the Reuben Awards here or read Pearls Before Swine here.

GoComics Returns to Kansas City’s Planet Comicon



Teaming up with our sister company Andrews McMeel Publishing, we’re heading to Kansas City’s Planet Comicon (March 13-15), and we can’t wait!


Located in booth #624, we’re offering daily drawings, giveaways galore and tons of comics swag!


PLUS! FoxTrot creator Bill Amend will be signing at our booth on Sun., March 15 from 2:30-3:30 p.m. CT! (PCC attendees can also find Bill at his booth (#2770) throughout the weekend!)


And that’s not all! Stop by and see us for:  


• Daily giveaways including Peanuts 65th anniversary commemorative buttons, free GoComics PRO memberships, major comic book collections, calendars and other comic-related promotional items.

• Archive-quality prints of the iconic first and last Calvin and Hobbes comic strips and popular Peanuts comic strips available for purchase.

• GoComics T-Shirts featuring the slogan “Read Comics Every Day” available for purchase.


• A selection of comic books for purchase, including the brand-new Exploring Calvin and Hobbes and many, many more titles from Andrews McMeel Publishing.


What are you waiting for? Get your Planet Comicon tickets here!


Can’t make it? Follow the fun on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and Pinterest.

Giveaway: Special Edition PCC Signed Prints



We’ll be exhibiting at our hometown’s Planet Comicon (PCC) later this month, and we can hardly contain our excitement! We’ll be sharing fun-filled details very soon, so stay tuned!


The Comicon excitement bug has hit us hard, and we want to share it with you! We’re giving away TWO prize packs featuring exclusive SIGNED prints from PCC 2014.


The prize packs include the following signed prints:


-       Back in the Day by Eric Scott

-       CowTown by Charlie Podrebarac

-       FatCats by Charlie Podrebarac

-       Scurvyville by Mark Shank



To enter, leave a comment on this post and include your first and last name. Limit one entry per person. This contest will end on Tues., March 10 at 10 a.m. CT. The winner will be announced that day on this blog.

Giveaway: Skippy Collection – Winner Announced




Thank you to all who entered to win a hardback collection of Skippy comic strips!


We have randomly selected one winner! Congratulations Renee Miller! Please contact us at with your shipping address and phone number. Please note: You must contact us by 3/10/15 or your prize will be forfeited.


Not the lucky winner? Purchase the collection here. Or, read Skippy here.


GoComics Celebrates Luann’s 30th Anniversary



March 17th marks the 30th anniversary of Luann, and we’re celebrating all month long! We’ve teamed up with creator Greg Evans to bring you exclusive bonus content through GoComics and social media, giveaways and more!


“If time flies when you're having fun, then I've had a blast the past 30 years!” Evans said. “I feel lucky that I've been able to spend nearly half my life doing the thing I love most: creating the world of Luann. The strip has never been a task; I always look forward to working on it. And it continues to feel new and fun to me.”


With so much excitement, we’ve created the Ultimate Luann Anniversary Guide, ensuring that you don’t miss a second of the celebration!


Luann by Greg Evans
The very first Luann comic - March 17, 1985


The Ultimate Luann Anniversary Guide


  • Social Media:
    • If you don’t already, be sure to like Luann on Facebook! The page will be updated frequently with special anniversary content and announcements, including videos from Greg, giving a behind-the-scenes glimpse into his creative process.
    • We’re hosting a one-hour live Q&A session on Twitter (@GoComics) with Luann herself! Tune in on Fri., March 20 at 1:30 p.m. CT and submit questions using the hashtag #AskLuann.


  • Bonus Content:
    • Interactive bonus material, including a one-of-a-kind giveaway, will be available each week in March. To unearth this exclusive content, visit Luann’s GoComics page.


  • Kindle Daily Deals


  • GoComics Blog
    • Follow the GoComics blog all month long for special entries from Greg Evans and daughter Karen Evans, as well as the strip’s editor, Elizabeth Phelps. And, you know how much we love to share comics swag with our fans. Keep your eyes peeled for a Luann-themed giveaway!


Let the festivities begin! Read Luann here.

A Vulcan Salute to Leonard Nimoy

Leonard Nimoy, a popular actor known for his role as Star Trek’s Mr. Spock, recently tweeted, “A life is like a garden. Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory.” As many of you already know, Nimoy passed away on February 27.


As we mourn Nimoy’s death and celebrate his life, it’s important to keep his poetic tweet in mind. Although he has passed, his philosophies and ideals will continue to “live long and prosper” through our memories of him and the legacy he left behind as Star Trek’s Mr. Spock.


Nimoy often said that playing Mr. Spock shaped his own life and view of the world. “Star Trek is about diversity,” he once told co-star George Takei, where the characters encounter all manners of creatures across the universe. As the crew’s alien outsider, Spock inspired us all to go boldly and peacefully into the unknown.


President Obama put it best in his statement, released on Friday, when he called Nimoy “the center of Star Trek’s optimistic, inclusive vision of humanity’s future,” saying he “loved Spock.” 


Joining President Obama and millions of fans worldwide celebrating Nimoy’s life are some of your favorite GoComics cartoonists, taking time in their strips to honor the alien who taught us, from space, the right way to live on Earth.


Maria's Day by John Zakour and Scott Roberts



Learn to Speak Cat by Anthony Smith



Just Say Uncle by Dan Pavelich


Darrin Bell by Darrin Bell



 Working Daze by John Zakour and Scott Roberts



– Amanda


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.



Crooksville  2-27-15










Specktickles  2-27-15




Wyatt  2-27-15





The Winy Child  2-28-15






Don't Pick the Flowers  3-2-15





Elmo  3-2-15










It's Just Jim  3-2-15







The Boobiehatch  3-2-15





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


Weekend Faves (March 1)

Cul de Sac by Richard Thompson
Cul de Sac by Richard Thompson

Tucked in the middle of many snowman-centered comics, this spring-themed joke was a very welcome breath of fresh air.



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

I wonder how much trash Oscar is going to talk?



Maria's Day by John Zakour and Scott Roberts
Maria's Day by John Zakour and Scott Roberts

I was pretty panicked when I lost my phone for a few hours yesterday, thinking about all the important things I was missing. When I found it … nothing.


The Duplex by Glenn McCoy
The Duplex by Glenn McCoy

If you ask me, whipped cream is totally worth the risk.



The Awkward Yeti by Nick Seluk
The Awkward Yeti by Nick Seluk

"Adults are just obsolete children." - Dr. Seuss.

Happy Dr. Seuss Day, Heart. For more on Dr. Seuss Day, click here.



Lio by Mark Tatulli
Lio by Mark Tatulli

Wow — AND he avoided the kite-eating trees. Kite-flying season can't come soon enough!


"You're never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book and read with a child." – Dr. Seuss

As is true for many children, I’m sure, the first book I ever read by myself was The Cat in the Hat. The fun rhymes, simple words and colorful illustrations made learning to read fun. Dr. Seuss made it fun.


Since then, Dr. Seuss’ stories have been there for all the big moments. At a young age, Horton Hears a Who taught me, “A person is a person, no matter how small.” Now, as an almost-graduate, Oh, the Places You’ll Go! holds a much deeper meaning, encouraging me to “remember that life's a great balancing act. And will you succeed? Yes! You will, indeed! (98 and ¾ percent guaranteed) Kid, you'll move mountains.”


It is because of these beloved books, with all their inspirational teachings, that every year on his birthday, March 2, we honor Dr. Seuss by celebrating Read Across America Day, a day devoted to motivating children to read.


Proof of the impact that Dr. Seuss has had on the literary world is everywhere. Just take a look at how he inspires some of your favorite cartoonists:


Frazz by Jef Mallett


The Argyle Sweater by Scott Hilburn


Pearls Before Swine by Stephan Pastis


Moderately Confused by Jeff Stahler


The Flying McCoys by Glenn and Gary McCoy


Heart of the City by Mark Tatulli


Lio by Mark Tatulli


Pretty cool, huh?


To discover more about Dr. Seuss and the magic he created, click HERE to take a look at the life of Theodore Geisel. After all, what better way to celebrate Read Across America Day than with a book about the person who started it all?


Happy reading,


New Comic Alert! Wrong Hands by John Atkinson


Wrong Hands by John Atkinson

Wrong Hands is a single-panel cartoon covering everything from anthropology, bananas and calculus to xenophobia, yams and zeppelins…with a healthy dose of word play thrown in.


Read Wrong Hands here.


March 2015: Twitter Q&A Schedule




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!


• 3/6: Ben Zaehringer of Berkeley Mews
↳ #AskBerkeleyMews
• 3/13: Paige Braddock of Jane's WorldThe Martian Confederacy and Stinky Cecil
↳ #AskPaigeBraddock
• 3/20: Q&A with Luann!
↳ #AskLuann
• 3/27: Jonathan Lemon of Rabbits Against Magic 
↳ #AskJLemon

Meet Your Creator: Lucas Turnbloom (Imagine This)

Back in the early 2000s, I graduated from college. Shortly after that, I got a “real” job as a graphic designer. The very first ad I designed was for a funeral home. It was at that moment I knew I wanted to be a cartoonist. Because, come on. Designing ads for funeral homes? It’s a dead end … in more ways than one.


To be clear, I’ve always wanted to be a cartoonist. It has been my dream ever since I was three, and colored my baby sister’s face with a marker to make her “pretty” (true story). But when I was typing out the phrase “cremation special,” that’s when I was 100% certain.


My first comic strip emerged when I was in grade school, back in the early ’80s. It was called “Nerds.” It consisted of nerd characters, beating up bullies. In every strip. Clearly, I had issues.


After years of hits and misses, I came up with the idea for Imagine THIS, around 2006. Which, if you don't already know, is a comic about a grown man who still lives with his teddy bear friend from childhood. It also has Klingons. And a talking plant. Needless to say, it's amazing.


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After living as a webcomic for a several years, as well as on Comics Sherpa, the good people at GoComics picked up Imagine THIS in late 2008, and it went online in early 2009.


After that? Fame and fortune, baby. *


*Not really.


Working on Imagine THIS has been an incredible experience for me. Life-changing. It has allowed me opportunities I never thought possible. From meeting amazing creators like Richard Thompson, Bill Amend, Lincoln Peirce and Stephan Pastis, to working with Chris Sparks and AMU on the “Team Cul de Sac” project.


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If not for this comic, I never would have my met my good friend and future writing partner, Greg Grunberg. Greg is one of the actors from the TV shows “Heroes” and “Alias.” He and I have been working on some incredible, comics-related projects for a few years. One of which I hope to announce very soon!  It’s going to be amazing.


Lucas Turnbloom and Greg Grunberg

I think laughter is my biggest inspiration. If I can make just one person laugh, even if only for a split second, my day is made. And if I can make them shoot some sort of beverage through their nose, I've done my job. And I move on. Like Bill Bixby at the end of “The Incredible Hulk." 


My favorite comics from childhood were Peanuts, Garfield, The Far Side and Calvin and Hobbes. I still love them.


Today, I have too many to list. But Cul de Sac, Chainsawsuit, The Argyle Sweater, PVP, Axe Cop and Pearls Before Swine are among my daily must-reads.


After college, I started discovering non-superhero, graphic novel titles like “Bone,” “Creature Tech,” and “Amulet,” all of which were a gateway into the incredible world of all-ages graphic novels like “Lunch Lady,” “Squish” and “Smile.” Where were these books when I was growing up?!


I recently finished my first picture book for Flashlight Press, called “Dragon and Captain.” Available this April! It’s about two imaginative boys who think they’re a Dragon and a ship’s captain. They go on an epic backyard adventure to recover Captain’s lost ship from evil pirates. The book is designed to look like a graphic novel, and is very much in the spirit of Calvin and Hobbes. It was a lot of fun to illustrate! It is my hope that this will be my first of many picture books.




I’m planning to sign some “Dragon and Captain” books at the American Library Association’s annual convention in June 2015. Come on out!


My studio space consists of an ancient drafting table, an old Mac, lots of book and … some Star Wars toys. For, um, inspiration. Yeah, that's it.





I currently work on paper with pen. But I’m hoping to make the switch to digital, later this year. Woo-hoo! Moving on up, baby. Cue “The Jeffersons” theme song!


Read Imagine This here or follow along on Facebook and Twitter.


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.



Crooksville  2-24-15





Elmo 2-24-15




The Beauforts  2-24-15









Amanda the Great  2-25-15





Jordan and Bentley  2-25-15




Snow Sez...  2-25-15




Specktickles  2-25-15



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



BRR. That's it. That's all I feel any more. My space heater is humming, but I'm still shivering.


This winter has been pretty brutal, and February might be the worst of it all. It feels like it's never going to end.


Apparently, I'm not the only one who feels this way — just take a look around GoComics. Our cartoonists can't keep warm, either.


Here's a sampling:


The Duplex 2/22/2015


Bob Gorrell 2/20/2015


Shoe 2/22/2015


Maria's Day 2/22/2015


But remember...


Real Life Adventures 2/23/2003



Staff Pick: Winston by Andrew Hart

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I've only recently discovered Winston, by one Andrew Hart, but it's odd, affably schizophrenic take on family life has already wormed its way into my brittle, achy-breaky heart. It's hard to tell what's happening in this strip, at first -- the main characters seem to be an egg dressed in a prep-school uniform, a talking crow, a spindly old woman and something that looks like a Totoro ate H.R. Pufnstuf. After reading the strip for a while, it became clear that the egg is actually a boy, the skinny lady his mother, the monster a manifestation of the mother's depression and the talking crow, in fact, a real talking crow.  Well, "clear" isn't exactly the word -- on certain days, I'm not convinced that any of the characters are real except for the mentally troubled mother.  But that extra level of sinister instability only makes the daffy sweetness of this strip all the more surprising and effective -- as unbalanced as these creatures seem, they appear to have found a poise and balance with each other, and have somehow carved out a safe place in the benignly neglectful world. It's like Charlie Brown moved in with the Addams Family, and for reasons of his own, decided to stick around. 


—Reed, Editor


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Subscribe to Winston here! 



Winston is an usual 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.

GoComics Adds Four New Comics in February

February may be a short month, but we still managed to add FOUR new comics for your enjoyment! Catch up on our newest comics and creators!


Learn to Speak Cat by Anthony Smith


Learn to Speak Cat by Anthony Smith

Having trouble communicating with your feline friends? Then this is the cartoon for you.


Follow the adventures of the cast of colorful cats and learn all about their language and behavior. Just what does ME-OWT mean? Where did they get their fear of water? And what’s with that obsession with boxes? Stay tuned and all will be revealed! Please note: Certain aspects of these cartoons may be offensive to dogs.


Learn to Speak Cat creator Anthony Smith began his career at Marvel UK before going on to work for a host of British humor titles. His cartoon Learn to Speak Cat has run in the national press in Britain for a number of years. In addition to his cartooning, Anthony Smith has also worked for a number of advertising agencies in the UK as a creative, most notably at JWT, where he wrote and art directed many TV and press advertisements for a variety of famous brands.


Read Learn to Speak Cat here.


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.


Yenny Lopez creator Dave Alvarez has been an artist for companies including Warner Bros., DC Comics and IDW Entertainment. His work can be seen in comic books including Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Tom and Jerry, Scooby Doo and the Looney Tunes. As for animation, Alvarez has worked on productions including The Looney Tunes Show, The Flintstones & WWE: Stone Age Smackdown, Wabbit and Be Cool, Scooby-Doo!


Read Yenny Lopez here.


Frankie Comics by Rachel Dukes


Frankie Comics by Rachel Dukes

Frankie Comics features short comics chronicling the ongoing misadventures of Frankie the cat and her human companions, Rachel and Mike.


Frankie Comics creator Rachel Dukes is a MFA graduate from The Center for Cartoon Studies (2013) who self-publishes on her website Mixtape Comics. Her comic Frankie Comics was a winner of the 2013 Art Exchange Program by Marc Calvary. Rachel has drawn comics for BOOM! Studios’ Garfield, Mitch Clem’s As You Were and is a regular contributor to anthologies and fanzines by other indie cartoonists.


Read Frankie Comics here.


Nancy Classics by Ernie Bushmiller  


Nancy Classics by Ernie Bushmiller

Set the flux capacitor for 1955 as we journey back in time to the Golden Age of Ernie Bushmiller’s Nancy! By this time, Bushmiller had been drawing Nancy for well over 20 years and had honed the strip’s formula for success to a fine edge. Put on your poodle skirt and your bobby socks and join Nancy, Sluggo and Aunt Fritzi on their daily journey through the hilarious (with an occasional side trip to the surreal)!


Ernie Bushmiller (1905-1982) was the creator of the classic comic strip Nancy. Born in South Bronx, New York, he quit school at the age of 14 to work as a copy boy at the New York World. He attended art classes at night and eventually was given the strip Fritzi Ritz in 1925 when that strip’s original cartoonist left for greener pastures.


Bushmiller continued the strip, about the adventures of a flapper as she sought fame and fortune, even as he ventured out to Hollywood to write gags for silent-comedy legend Harold Lloyd. Seeking to inject new life into the strip in 1933, he introduced the orphaned niece of Fritzi Ritz, and a comic legend was born: Nancy. The strip began to evolve from a story-oriented strip to a daily gag strip, and in 1938, Nancy’s friend from the rough side of town, Sluggo, was introduced.


Nancy evolved over the years into the quintessential comic strip. The strip has been beloved by fans around the world for years. Andy Warhol used Nancy as the subject of a painting and the American Heritage Dictionary uses a Nancy strip to define “comic strip.” In 1996, Nancy was one of 20 comic strips chosen by the United States Postal Service to be part of a series of postage stamps honoring American comic strips.


Bushmiller was honored by his fellow cartoonists in 1961 with the National Cartoonists Society Division Award for Newspaper Comic Strip, and in 1976 with the Reuben Award as Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year. Bushmiller passed away in 1982.


Read Nancy Classics here.

Giveaway: Skippy Collection



Today, we’re taking it way back with a giveaway featuring Skippy! Serving as inspiration for Charles Schulz’s Peanuts, this one-of-a-kind comic strip is a vital piece of comics history.


We’re giving away a beautiful, hardback collection of Skippy comic strips. Containing all dailies from 1931-1933, the collection offers some of Percy Crosby’s most inspired strips, as well as bonus materials including photographs and artwork from Crosby’s daughter, Joan Crosby Tibbetts.   


To quote “The New York Journal of Books,” Skippy is “one of the great, lost classics of the newspaper age. The best. Simply the best.”


To enter, leave a comment on this blog post and include your FIRST and LAST names. This contest will end on Tues., March 3 at 10 a.m. CT. The winner will be announced that day on this blog. This contest is open to U.S. and Canada residents only.


Can’t wait to see if you win? Purchase the collection here. Or, read Skippy here.



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