Phoebe and Her Unicorn Launches in more than 100 Newspapers

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Exciting, exiting news! Our parent company, Universal Uclick, launched Phoebe and Her Unicorn in more than 100 newspapers on Mon., March 30!

 

You heard that right! The sparkling, fun-filled adventures are now available in more than 100 newspapers WORLDWIDE!

 

Marking one of the largest comic strip launches in Universal Uclick’s history, we are so happy for creator Dana Simpson!

 

"'If your life suffers from a shortage of unicorns, precocious little girls or sparkles, then I'm excited to be able to help," Simpson said.

 

Many congratulations, Dana!

 

Of course, you can still read Phoebe and her Unicorn each and every day right here on GoComics.

 

See the full news story here.

 

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Phoebe and Her Unicorn by Dana Simpson




New Comic Alert! La Cucaracha by Lalo Alcaraz is Now Available in Spanish

La Cucaracha by Lalo Alcaraz

 

La Cucaracha is now available in Spanish!

 

La Cucaracha is a unique strip that provides a view of the world through the sharp, satiric lens of its young Latino characters and the fertile mind of acclaimed creator Lalo Alcaraz. Growing up on the U.S./Mexico border gave Lalo a dual outlook on life. He’s not "Mexican" enough for his relatives in Mexico and not "American" enough for some in the U.S.A. It’s this double-edged Spanglish attitude that fuels this jalapeño-biting satirical observations in his daily comic strip, La Cucaracha.

 

La Cucaracha es una tira cómica que proporciona una visión del mundo a través del lente agudo y satírico de sus personajes jóvenes y latinos y la mente fértil del aclamado creador Lalo Alcaraz. Crecer en la frontera entre EE.UU.  y Méjico le dio a Lalo una visión dual de la vida. No es lo bastante “mejicano” para sus parientes en Méjico y no es lo bastante “norteamericano” para algunos en EE.UU. Es esta doble actitud “Spanglish” lo que echa leña al fuego de estas observaciones satíricas picantes como un jalapeño en su tira cómica diaria La Cucaracha.  

 

Read La Cucaracha in Spanish here or in English 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.

 

 

Buns  3-24-15

 

 

 

Bushy Tales  3-24-15

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tough Town  3-24-15

 

 

 

 

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Lucan  3-25-15

 

 

 

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Picpak Dog  3-27-15

 

 

 

 

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The Adventures of Heroman Guy 3-27-15

 

 

 

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

 
 




Meet Your Creator: Wayno (WaynoVision)

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Child With a Pencil

I've been making drawings for as long as I can remember. As a child, I copied the drawings in my coloring books instead of coloring them. I copied from comic books, newspaper ads, bubblegum cards and the animated cartoons I watched on Saturday mornings. My first "published" comic was a gag I copied from some now-forgotten animated cartoon. Our third grade class put together a hand-made newspaper, and I volunteered to do the comics page. There was only one copy made, and it was posted on our bulletin board. Thankfully, it did not survive into the 21st century.


Early Influences

I've always been inspired by disposable art and design. The bold simplicity of images that appeared on matchbook covers, menus, placemats, and pizza boxes has always appealed to me. I love the imperfections introduced by old-school printing and cheap paper.

 

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Music has been another major inspiration throughout my life. I recently ran in to the guy who owned a local record store I frequented as a teenager, and told him that he took all of my lunch money. My parents gave me cash every day for a nutritious meal, but I'd buy a pack of cheese crackers and a carton of chocolate milk, so I could pocket the rest of the money for the weekend trip to the record store. I was always hunting for weird music that the other kids didn't know about, and often found myself buying cheap old records because of the interesting cover art and design.

 

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Records from Wayno's collection

 

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When I was a kid haunting record stores, many of the shops also carried underground comix. Discovering the work of Robert Crumb, Gilbert Shelton and the rest of the Zap Comix artists was a revelation and a turning point for me. The "adults only" warnings on the covers added to their appeal. There was an overwhelming excitement to reading these books that I knew my parents wouldn't want me to have. I had that same feeling years earlier when I found paperback reprints of the Harvey Kurtzman's early issues of MAD, and later when National Lampoon launched. Each of these discoveries opened my mind to new possibilities in comics and art.

 

The Funny Pages

From a very young age, I also read all of the comics our local paper carried, even the ones I didn't really like. I remember enjoying Dennis the Menace, and was particularly fascinated by the weird character design and deadpan humor of Tom K. Ryan's Tumbleweeds, and the very simple but effective art of Howie Schneider's Eek and Meek.

 

The comics I now read every day include Bill Griffith's Zippy the Pinhead, Dan Piraro's Bizarro, Hilary Price's Rhymes With Orange, J.C. Duffy's The Fusco Brothers, Wiley Miller's Non Sequitur, Patrick McDonnell's Mutts and Mike Peters's Mother Goose & Grimm, along with editorial comics by Jen Sorensen, Ann Telnaes, Rob Rogers and Matt Bors. I also devour The New Yorker cartoons every week.

 

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My all-time favorite cartoonist is Virgil ("VIP") Partch. I admire the looseness of his art and his crazy gag style. In his prime, his brushwork was absolutely masterful. I'm lucky enough to own a few pieces of his original art, which still inspire me.

 

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Another artist who had a big influence on me is Cal Schenkel. Cal is best known as artist and designer of many of Frank Zappa's early album covers. I first saw Cal's work in an ad for United Mutations (the Zappa/Mothers of Invention fan club) that appeared in various Marvel comic books. He's responsible for the cover of We're Only In It For the Money, which viciously parodied the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper cover, less than a year after its release. Cal was a pioneer of "ratty" art, using torn paper, found images, scratchy lines and blobs of paint, resulting in a glorious mess. It's been my privilege to meet and become friends with Cal, and to co-sponsor an exhibit of his work near my home in Pittsburgh.

 

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Steps along a Twisted Career Path

In the mid-1980s, I started making my own minicomics and trading them with other artists through a pre-Internet postal network, where I met many artists who are still friends today.

 

In the 1990s, I created Beer Nutz, a "post-underground" solo comic book. It lasted for three issues, and caught the attention of several art directors, who got in touch and began hiring me for illustration work. My illustrations always showed a cartoonist's sensibilities, and I never stopped loving cartoons. I did some of my own gag cartoons for Nickelodeon Magazine and National Geographic Kids in addition to illustration work.

 

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A selection of early minicomix work

 

About seven years ago, I began collaborating with Dan Piraro, first as a gag writer, then as colorist, and eventually I filled in as Bizarro's guest cartoonist for two weeklong stints. I've also written with and done a guest turn for Hilary Price. Working with two such thoughtful and masterful cartoonists has been a tremendous learning experience. With both Dan and Hilary, we discuss the gags in-depth, refining and revising them until we're happy with the result.

 

I think long and hard about my WaynoVision cartoons and often revise them, even after they've been uploaded to the GoComics site. I regularly write about my cartooning process on my own blog.

 

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Guest cartoonist gags by Wayno

 

Workspace

I work in a spare room in our house, where I live with my wife, Kim, and our cats, Foster and Jackson. I have a very short commute to work, which is quite nice. Sometimes, though, it's a little too close, because every time I walk past the room, I'm compelled to go in and write down an idea or tweak a sketch. Overall, I know I'm very lucky to be able to draw cartoons in my own space, where I have all of my books and music to accompany me.

 

 

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A corner of my studio, with feline assistant, Foster

 

I still draw all of my comics by hand, with ink, brush and pens on paper. Then I scan them and add color digitally. I like to maintain that handmade, organic look, and I also enjoy having a stack of actual drawings after the comics are published.

 

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Upcoming projects or appearances
I'll be attending the National Cartoonists Society's Reuben Awards weekend in late May, rubbing elbows with many of my fellow creators, which is always an energizing experience.

 

I've done several one-man art shows over the years, and had a great time teaching students during an artist-in-residence project, and hope to do more of that in the future.

 

I also sing and play in a band called The Chalk Outlines. We recently recorded two original tunes, and plan to release a 45 rpm record, as well as a digital version.

 

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The Chalk Outlines

 

I'm very happy to be part of the GoComics family of artists, and look forward to hearing from readers. I do read and think about every comment.

 

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Want to hear more from Wayno? Follow along:

 

@WaynoCartoons on Twitter

Facebook

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Video Profile

 

Read WanynoVision here.





Twitter Q&A with Jonathan Lemon of Rabbits Against Magic

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Thanks to Jonathan "Rabbits Against Magic" Lemon for joining us on Twitter for a live Q&A! If you missed out on the chat, catch up below: 

 

 

Subscribe to Rabbits Against Magic on GoComics!

 

 

Join us on Twitter next week for chance to chat live with Done Wimmer of Rose is Rose!





Giveaway: Archive-Quality Soup to Nutz Prints

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Soup to Nutz never fails to make us smile with the crazy antics of the Nutz family. To commemorate the comic’s 15th anniversary on March 27, we’re giving away THREE archive-quality prints of the very first Soup to Nutz comic strip!  

 

UPDATE! Soup to Nutz creator Rick Stromoski has generously volunteered to give EACH winner a personalized, autographed copy of "Soup to Nutz: A Second Helping" and include a character sketch of the winners' choice!

 

To enter, leave a comment on this blog post and include your FIRST and LAST names. This contest will end Tues., March 31 at 10 a.m. CT. The winner will be announced that day on this blog. 

 

Read Soup to Nutz from the very beginning here.





Giveaway: King of the Comics by Stephan Pastis – Winner Announced

King of the Comics by Stephan Pastis

 

Thank you to all who entered to win a copy of Pearls Before Swine creator Stephan Pastis’ new book, “King of the Comics”!

 

We have randomly selected a winner! Congratulations to Kerry Allen! Please contact us at rewards@gocomics.com with your shipping address and phone number. Please note: You must contact us by 3/31/15 or your prize will be forfeited.

 

Not the lucky winner? Get your copy of “King of the Comics” 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.

 

 

 

Lili and Derek  3-20-15

 

 

 

 

Navy Bean 3-20-15

 

 

 

 

 

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Mustard and Boloney  3-22-15

 

 

Amanda the Great  3-23-15

 

 

 

 

Magnificatz  3-23-15

 

 

 

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

 
 




Mad Dogs, Comics and Englishmen

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British soul singer extraordinaire Joe Cocker died last December at the age of 70. I've been meaning to do a tribute post ever since he passed, but to borrow a phrase from Legolas, the grief was still too near.

 

A couple of GoComics cartoonists, however, didn't hesitate to pay homage to Joe. First came the Nancy strip above, lovingly rendered by Guy Gilchrist, a musician himself and an avowed Cocker fan. After that, Joe Cocker's Grammy-winning duet with Jennifer Warnes made a cameo in a pivotal school dance scene in Big Nate.

 

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Let me just interrupt for a moment to say how strongly I agree with the DJ's selection here. This is a powerful song, a Platinum-certified carpe diem / love-conquers-all musical moment. With this song playing, there's no way Nate can lose...

 

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Oh. Well, I guess it's not for everyone. And in retrospect, the Tall Girl's headband suggests she probably would have been more impressed by one of Cocker's famous Woodstock covers. Oh well. Or better yet, the Chipmunks cover of the song. Who knows what tomorrow brings...

 

 





Weekend Faves (March 22)

Biographic by Steve McGarry
Biographic by Steve McGarry

We'll miss you on the Daily Show, Jon Stewart.

--Lucas

 

Truth Facts by Wulff & Morgenthaler
Truth Facts by Wulff & Morgenthaler

We can put a man on the moon, but we can't invent a quick and easy way to store our earbuds?

--Lindsay

 

Close to Home by John McPherson
Close to Home by John McPherson

Rush hour is the bane of my existence, but I'll be laughing the whole way home today, thinking of this.

--Amanda

 

The Buckets by Greg Cravens
The Buckets by Greg Cravens

The middle panel in this Buckets Sunday is a brilliant visual summary of the modern American workforce.

--Lucas

 

Jim Benton Cartoons by Jim Benton
Jim Benton Cartoons by Jim Benton

The Internet: The GREATEST time suck of all!

--Lindsay

 

Pooch Cafe by Paul Gilligan
Pooch Cafe by Paul Gilligan

It may be cruel, but it's effective.
--Elizabeth

 

Brevity by Dan Thompson
Brevity by Dan Thompson

I'd pay good money for a Pet Shop Boys animal name book.

--Elizabeth





New Comic Alert! Rebecca Hendin

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Rebecca Hendin's illustration takes a look at current events with a combination of existential anxiety and sheer amazement at the inexplicable beauty of existence, with a cherry of deadpan jibe on top. Her viewpoint reflects her transatlantic residence between the UK and the United States, giving her a unique perspective on situations on all sides of the seas.

 

Read Rebecca Hendin comics here.





Meet Your Creator: Ken Cursoe (Tiny Sepuku)

Today's "Meet Your Creator" installment features Tiny Sepuku's Ken Cursoe!

 

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Read Tiny Sepuku here or follow along on Twitter.





Happy International Day of Happiness!

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Today marks International Day of Happiness! We can’t think of a better way to celebrate than by reading comics. Hundreds of laughs are just a click away!

 

Spread the cheer! Share your favorite funnies with your friends and family, or tell us what comics make you smile in the comments!





COMICS SHERPA: EDITOR'S PICKS

This recurring LAUGH TRACKS feature highlights individual Sherpa strips and panels that for one reason or another caught the fancy of the aide de sherpa. It could be anything; the drawing, the writing, the humor, the coloring, that they tried something interesting, or that it's a new step for that particular creator.

 

We hope this quirky sampler will alert you to features you might not yet have noticed amid Sherpa's abundant, ever-changing, and eclectic mix, and that it gives Sherpa creators a modicum of helpful feedback.

 

 

 

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Bushy Tales 3-17-15

 

 

 

 

Candace 'n' Company  3-17-15

 

 

 

Don't Pick the Flowers  3-18-15

 

 

 

 

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Apple Creek Comics 3-19-15

 

 

 

 

The Boobiehatch  3-19-15

 

 

 

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

 
 




GoComics Staff Pick: Lio by Mark Tatulli

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When I think of Mark Tatulli’s delightful Lio, I think of silent movies, for obvious reasons. Like a great Chaplin gag, such as his fork dance, there’s something so simple and yet brilliant about Lio that I am routinely stirred to giggles by what Mark comes up with week after week. And while silent movies, like comics, may seem old-fashioned, the superb ones never become obsolete. Lio is such a comic. It’s all in Mark's art—the way he can take a well-worn concept and turn it into something totally bizarre and fresh. Like this zombie gag from 2008, or this grim reaper gag from that same year. 

 

Yet it’s easy to forget what warmth there is in the strip. Mark can evince such empathy from Lio’s isolation, that I often want to somehow reach out and hug him. Like here. Without saying a word, we completely understand his loneliness.  

 

As I was going through past strips, I realized another of the many reasons I love Lio is because no matter how long it’s been since I’ve seen one, it can still make me laugh. Very few comics do that for me—The Far Side is another. And, like the venerable Far Side, Lio’s humor is not really of the present moment, or any moment. It really is timeless.

 

—Gillian, Editor

 

Subscribe to Lio here!





Planet Comicon 2015: A Recap

Had you been walking the streets of Kansas City last Saturday, you would’ve spotted a wide variety of different groups. Between Big 12 basketball fans decked-out in their spiritwear, marathon runners in their racing gear, and parades of people wearing green for Snake Saturday, the blocks surrounding the GoComics headquarters were colorful, loud and bursting with excitement. No group, however, stood out quite like the fabulously costumed attendees of Planet Comicon

 

Thanks to my continuously-getting-more-awesome internship at GoComics, I was able to cross “attend a comics convention” off my bucket list and experience it all firsthand for the first time! I wasn’t sure what to expect when I walked into Bartle Hall on Saturday, but let me assure you, it was an experience unlike any other! 

 

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The 16th annual Planet Comicon in Kansas City was a giant success! Close to 40,000 people traveled from all over the country to dress up like their favorite comic/Sci-Fi characters during this three-day event, and KC officials estimate that the economic impact of the convention totaled $4 million. WOW. 

 

After attending Planet Comicon myself, I definitely see what all the hype is about. I mean, where else can you find the entire costumed cast of Star Wars (I’m talking realistic light sabers and a working R2D2, people!), a life-size Incredible Hulk and Mystery, Inc. under one roof? 

 

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Other events included photo-ops with costumed characters from all your favorite comic books and films, panels with celebrity guests, a costume contest (I still have no clue how the judges were able to make a decision on that one), electronic and tabletop gaming and, of course, the chance to meet the GoComics crew and win some free swag at our booth! 

 

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Even though Kansas City’s calendar was packed full of events last weekend, no event paralleled Planet Comicon in uniqueness and fun! KCUR, a popular public radio station in KC, pegged Planet Comicon as the “No. 1 most fun thing to do in Kansas City” last weekend and, boy, were they right!

 

Thank you for a stellar experience, comic fans!

–Amanda





Giveaway: King of the Comics by Stephan Pastis

King of the Comics by Stephan Pastis

 

We’re giving away one copy of Pearls Before Swine creator Stephan Pastis’ new book, “King of the Comics”!

 

Published by our sister company, Andrews McMeel Publishing, and released on March 17, "King of the Comics" expertly illuminates the flaws within human nature — including humanity’s fervent quest for the unattainable. Along the way, readers will find themselves absorbed in Pearls’ wacky world, laughing out loud at the menagerie of over-the-top characters placed in awkward and peculiar situations.

 

To enter, leave a comment on this blog post and include your FIRST and LAST names. This contest will end on Tues., March 24 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. residents only.

 

Learn more about “King of the Comics” here.





Giveaway: Luann 30th Anniversary Prize Pack

Luann Prize Pack

 

Thank you to all who entered to win the Luann prize pack, which includes:

 

-      an archive-quality print of the FIRST Luann Sunday comic strip

-      an archive-quality print of the FIRST Luann daily comic strip

-      a SIGNED copy of the “Luann – 25 Years,” book, packed full of behind-the-scenes history and trivia

 

We have randomly selected one winner! Congratulations to Debra Salitra. Please contact us at rewards@gocomics.com with your name and shipping information. Please note: You must contact us by 3/24/15 or your prize will be forfeited.

 

REMINDER: We're celebrating Luann's 30th anniversary all month long! Details here.





GoComics Book Club: Big Nate: Say Good-bye to Dork City

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

 

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Attention Big Nate fans! The latest and greatest Big Nate book, “Say Good-bye to Dork City,” is now available! 

 

Aspiring cartoonist Nate Wright is the star of Big Nate, the cartoon strip that has become a book publishing phenomenon and a superstar on Poptropica.

 

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This new collection of more than 200 cartoons asks the question: Can Nate Wright get any cooler? Not according to Nate himself. He’s already P.S. 38’s rockin’est drummer, finest poet (check out his haiku about Brazil nuts) and deepest thinker -- in his own mind. But does Nate have what it takes to hang with Marcus, leader of the school’s most notorious posse? Or will he decide that being cool isn’t all it’s cracked up to be? Read "Say Good-bye to Dork City"… and say hello to lots of laughs! 

 

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And, as an added feature, the book includes a color poster!

 

Buy “Say Good-bye to Dork City” here, view more Big Nate books here or read the daily Big Nate comic strip





Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

As a very true Irish saying goes, “If you’re lucky enough to be Irish … you’re lucky enough!”

 

However, you don’t have to be Irish to love St. Patrick’s Day! Whether you like to head downtown for the big parade or to your local McPub for a Guinness and some great Celtic music, there’s a pot o’ gold for everyone under the St. Patrick’s Day rainbow.   

 

Never ones to miss out on the fun, your favorite GoComics cartoonists are getting in the St. Patty’s spirit, too: 

 

Half Full by Maria Scrivan
Half Full by Maria Scrivan
Arlo and Janis by Jimmy Johnson
Arlo and Janis by Jimmy Johnson

 

FoxTrot by Bill Amend
FoxTrot by Bill Amend

 

CowTown by Charlie Podrebarac
CowTown by Charlie Podrebarac

 

Still not pumped up enough for St. Patrick’s Day? There are plenty more St. Patty’s comics where those came from! View the entire collection here. 

 

Cheers to a happy, safe holiday and, as any Irishman would say, “to a long life and a merry one, to a cold pint and another one!”






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