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.

 

 

 

 

The Rocks  8-1-16

 

 

 

 

Weasel Ink  8-1-16

 

 

 

 

Zombie Heights  8-2-16

 

 

 

 

All In Good Time  8-3-16

 

 

 

 

 

The Beauforts  8-3-16

 

 

 

 

8-5-16

 

 

 

 

Something About Celeste  8-5-16

 

 

 

 

8-6-16

 

 

 

Buns  8-7-16

 

 

 

 

The Gray Zone  8-7-16

 

 

 

 

Girth 8-9-16

 

8-11-16

 

 

 

 

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

 





'Michelangelo with a sense of humor' -- Pat Oliphant on Richard Thompson

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Richard's Poor Almanac by Richard Thompson

 

If you happened across Richard's Poor Almanac this week (and you should every week), you would have seen the venerable Pat Oliphant's tribute to Richard. I know Pat Oliphant and he is not a man who throws around compliments lightly. Pat's greatest praise for me was "on time, at least." 

 

This was taken from the introduction of the one and only Richard's Poor Almanac collection "12 Months of Misinformation" by Emmis Books and is now going for $650+ on Amazon for a new copy. 

 

If you can't afford the book, you can see a good chunk of the contents in the archive at GoComics. It is work that will tickle your sensibilities and shock your disposition with how damn brilliant it all is. "Michelangelo with a sense of humor" indeed. 

 





Happy National Book Lovers Day, Bibliophiles!

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

 

Attention, all bibliophiles: Today is for you.

 

It doesn’t matter if you buy your books or borrow them; if you keep haphazard stacks of paperbacks or curate your collection on a Kindle; if you stay up all night reading or sneak in a few minutes on your commute. It’s National Book Lovers Day, and there’s no wrong way to celebrate!

 

Baldo by Hector D. Cantu and Carlos Castellanos
Baldo by Hector D. Cantu and Carlos Castellanos

 

Head to the library or your favorite bookstore. Curl up in a comfy chair with an old classic or meet with your book club to talk about the newest release. Find someone to read to, or with!

 

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

 

Novels, memoirs, poetry or comics collections — all books are welcome among book lovers.

 

Frazz by Jef Mallett
Frazz by Jef Mallett


Enjoy whatever adventures your books take you on today, friends.

 

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

 

Happy National Book Lovers Day!





NEW COMIC ALERT! Widdershins by Kate Ashwin

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Widdershins by Kate Ashwin

 

Widdershins is a series of light-hearted adventure stories, set in a magical version of Victorian-era Yorkshire, featuring grumpy treasure hunters, accidental thieves, failed wizards and more.  

 

Follow Widdershins here!





5 reasons to say “thank you” to your sister

It’s National Sisters Day, and with a million reasons to thank your sister, we’ve narrowed it to five.

 

1. She shared.

 

Lola by Todd Clark
Lola by Todd Clark

 

Her favorite foods, her clothes, her secrets — they were yours, too.

 

2. She cared.

 

WuMo by Wulff & Morgenthaler
WuMo by Wulff & Morgenthaler

 

She was the one who secretly background-checked your boyfriend … and maybe kept up with his every move.

 


3. She dealt with your attitude.

 

Reply All by Donna A. Lewis
Reply All by Donna A. Lewis

 

Your sister probably got the worst end of your attitude because 1) you’re most comfortable around her, and 2) she knows how to push your buttons. She loved you through your sass and moods.

 


4. She was always on your side.

 

Half Full by Maria Scrivan
Half Full by Maria Scrivan

 

It didn’t matter if she just had the best date of her life — if you were in a rough patch, she let you vent, took you out and comforted you.

 


5. She wined with you.

 

F Minus by Tony Carrillo
F Minus by Tony Carrillo

 

No explanation necessary. It’s just what sisters do.



OK — blog over. Now call your sister and celebrate!



For more sisterly comics, follow our Celebrating Siblings collection!





6 Events That Should Definitely Be Added to the 2020 Olympics

The 2016 Summer Olympics have officially begun, kicking off a two-week celebration of talent, athleticism and international friendship.

 

The roster of Olympic events stays relatively stable throughout the years, but there’s always room for improvement. With that in mind, we would like to humbly suggest six events that should be added to the 2020 Olympics!


1. 400-meter Olympic hopscotch.


In the Bleachers by Steve Moore
In the Bleachers by Steve Moore

 

Endurance + coordination = a truly stellar event.

 

 

2. Alligator balance beam.

 

FoxTrot by Bill Amend
FoxTrot by Bill Amend

 

Nothing spices up an event like adding alligators!

 


3. Duck, Duck, Goose.

 

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

 

If you think Duck, Duck, Goose is a game for children, you haven’t played it with the right people.

 

4. The La-Z-Boy Triathlon.

 

Stuart Carlson
Stuart Carlson

 

What better way to win glory for your country?



5. Equestrian basketball.

 

Cleats by Bill Hinds
Cleats by Bill Hinds

 

Like polo, but way cooler.



6. Leaf-pile jumping.

 

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

  

Imagine how much better pole vaulting would be with leaf piles at the end.

 

 

We’ll let you know when we hear back from the International Olympic Committee.


Enjoy the 2016 Summer Olympics, everyone!





Beer me. It’s International Beer Day!

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

 

Mmmmm. Beer ...

 

Hoppy, smooth and delicious.

 

International Beer Day celebrates the characteristics of the drink some might not recognize.



Beer is a friend.

 

Sticky Comics by Christiann MacAuley
Sticky Comics by Christiann MacAuley

 

Quality friendship from a quality draft. Let it embrace you.



Beer is fun.

 

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



Beer is better than kale.

 

Pearls Before Swine by Stephan Pastis
Pearls Before Swine by Stephan Pastis

 

Is beer a health item? Maybe not. However, it’s what gives your eye that sparkle, or your face that rosy glow. Can kale do that? Yeah, sure. But do we really need to defend ourselves?



Beer is unique.

 

Half Full by Maria Scrivan
Half Full by Maria Scrivan

 

Stouts, ales, lagers, malts, wheat, pale, pilsner, golden, amber and then some. Beer is considered a craft for a reason.

 

We have no choice but to celebrate such a drink. Cheers!








A Vote for Peanuts is a Vote for America

Peanuts by Charles Schulz
Peanuts by Charles Schulz

 

“Snoopy for President” might sound like a tongue-in-cheek response to the madness of this year’s presidential election, but thanks to a partnership between Peanuts and Rock the Vote, politically minded comics fans really can cast a vote for Charlie Brown’s beloved beagle! Also on this year’s ballot are Charlie Brown, Sally Brown, Lucy Van Pelt, Linus Van Pelt and Franklin.


The Peanuts Rock the Vote campaign is a continuation of a similar initiative in 2008, which used a mock election featuring Peanuts characters to drive voter registration ahead of that year’s real-life presidential election.

 

Peanuts by Charles Schulz
Peanuts by Charles Schulz

 

Voters can read the candidates’ platforms, view video endorsements from celebrities such as Candace Cameron Bure, Bill Engvall and Dilbert creator Scott Adams, and cast their votes online at the official Peanuts Rock the Vote website.

 

Peanuts by Charles Schulz
Peanuts by Charles Schulz

 

Head over to Peanuts Rock the Vote to select your candidate, and make sure you register to vote while you’re there!





Ted at 20

August marks the 20th anniversary of Ted Rall's syndicated editorial cartoons! Editor Sue Roush reflects on the past two decades and shares thoughts from Ted himself:

 

New_topper

 

There will be blood.

 

That's one thing I can count on each week in a Ted Rall cartoon -- something will blow up, a fire will rage, destruction will rain down, bodies will be dismembered. For 20 years, I've had the pleasure of reading the weekly railings of America's angriest cartoonist. And it has been a pleasure (except maybe for a few of those profane phone calls I've gotten). Ted has strong opinions, forcefully expressed, that I don't always agree with, but that often make me see things from a different perspective. That's pretty much the whole point of political cartooning.

 

The thing is, for this two-time winner of the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award and Pulitzer Prize finalist, editorial cartooning is just the tip of his talent iceberg. Ted is also an author, a blogger and a graphic novelist who has traveled to war zones -- repeatedly -- to see what's going on for himself.

 

I asked Ted to take a trip down memory lane and tell me what he thought of the last 20 years. I've had a blast and I'm ready for at least 20 more; it sounds like Ted is, too. Here's what he had to say:

 

Ted Rall by Ted Rall
Ted Rall by Ted Rall

 

Back in 1996, I was in my fifth year of syndication, having started out at the now defunct Chronicle Features, which was owned by the San Francisco Chronicle. I was 33 years old, relatively young for a comics creator, but I could read the writing on the wall and so was very happy to follow fellow Chronicle creators Gary Larsen of "The Far Side" and Dan Piraro ("Bizarro") to Universal.

 

Moving to Universal was a thrill for me. They had an amazing list of great cartoonists, and editors who seemed to have the best taste in the business. What they wanted with me, of course, remains a mystery.

 

I've managed to pack in a lot of amazing experiences over the last 20 years. I've traveled to the former Soviet republics of Central Asia numerous times, done war correspondence in Afghanistan and Pakistan, gotten into the graphic novel business with a little bit of success, written some books that I'm really proud of and, of course, earned my fair share of controversy.

 

I don't know how many other political cartoonists have their own "controversies" section on Wikipedia. I can tell you that controversy isn't something that I seek out. My thing is, I call things as I see them and I don't really care what happens as a result. You can't have an opinion without making someone mad. And if you don't have a strong opinion, you probably don't have much of an opinion at all. So the way I look at it is, go for it.

 

A friend who worked in the White House under President Bill Clinton told me that his boss hated my cartoons. He was especially offended by the fact that I compared him with his presidential precedent, George Herbert Walker Bush. I'm putting this part in just so that it's clear that I'm an equal opportunity offender. Democrats and Republicans both hate me. But things really got crazy after the disputed 2000 election between Al Gore and George W. Bush, and then especially after 9/11. I did a lot of cartoons that criticized Bush, and depicted him as a Latin American dictator. There's sort of a trilogy of cartoons that may have been some of the most viewed political cartoons of the 21st century: the "terror widows," my cartoon about Pat Tillman, and George Bush after his 2004 re-election. Anyway, one thing that I always appreciated about Universal was how my editor Sue Roush gave me the freedom to be myself and to express myself politically while nevertheless letting me know that there was a safety net in case I fell off my artistic tightrope. She warned me when I did something that might be going too far, but she never refused to send something out purely on political grounds. A lot of cartoonists complain about editors. Not me. I like being edited. I need it. Also, I work as an editor so perhaps I appreciate the job a little more than other cartoonists.

 

Now I'm thinking that I'm ready to take it easy and not take on the system as much, but here come Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, both of whom are among the most disgusting politicians I've ever had to chronicle. So I guess that's not going to happen. Not to mention, I found myself having to defend myself from the Los Angeles police department and the Los Angeles Times, which inexplicably turned out to do the bidding of the police and lied on their behalf about me. So I'm suing them for defamation. There's no telling how that will turn out.

 

So the adventure continues. I'm 53 years old, almost, and life and this career is every bit as thrilling as it was 20 years ago. And I'm still just as thrilled to be with Universal. Just one thing: Sue is never ever allowed to retire.

 

Follow Ted Rall on GoComics!

 

Don't miss your chance to win an archive-quality collectible print by Ted. Enter here!

 

 





GIVEAWAY: Ted Rall Editorial Cartoon Print

Since joining the Universal Press Syndicate in 1996, Ted Rall’s editorial cartoons have provided a fresh, thought-provoking take on American politics. Writing from the perspective of Generation X, Rall employs irreverence and satire to create cartoons that are well-informed and enjoyable to read.

 

We’re celebrating 20 years of Ted Rall’s deft political commentary with a giveaway! One winner will receive a collectible, archive-quality comic art print of this cartoon.

 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

 

This contest will end on August 9, 2016, at 12 a.m. CT. We will randomly select one winner and notify the winner via email on August 9, 2016.

 

Read Ted Rall’s editorial cartoons on GoComics here.





School’s (Almost) in Session at GoComics!

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

 

As summer draws to a close, an ominous specter casts a shadow over American youths’ collective consciousness. No, we aren’t talking about the impending presidential election — we’re talking about school!


Shorter days herald the arrival of school season, and all of the homework and extracurricular activities that accompany it. But before students can return to the hallowed halls of education, they and their parents must brave back-to-school sales to stock up on fresh pencils, crisp notebooks and new clothes.

 

Big Nate by Lincoln Peirce
Big Nate by Lincoln Peirce

 

Of course, not all of the kids of GoComics are excited for back-to-school shopping …

 

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

 

Even some of the parents are feeling the heat.

 

FoxTrot by Bill Amend
FoxTrot by Bill Amend


But for others, sending the kids back to school is a time to be celebrated!

 

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

 

Whether you’re dreading the coming school year or eagerly counting down the days, get into the school spirit with our back-to-school collections!

 

Big Nate: Back to School

Calvin and Hobbes: Back to School

GoComics Back to School





NEW COMIC ALERT! Ali's House by Marguerite Dabaie and Tom Hart

Ali's House by Marguerite Dabaie and Tom Hart
Ali's House by Marguerite Dabaie and Tom Hart 

 

The main difference between an average American family and an Arab-American family may simply be the food and music. Ali’s house is filled with the smells of mamoul (date cookies), mujadrah (lentil and rice stew), and the sound of music coming from Ali’s various ouds, nays, and darboukas. From Ali’s love for his falafel stand situated in a suburban mall, to his niece Maisa’s struggle to be accepted by her peers on her first day in an American school, the family’s everyday situations surrounding kinship, pop culture and work are what you will find when you peer into the windows of Ali’s New Jersey home.

 

Read Ali's House here!





Give Your Pooch a Smooch — It's National Mutt Day!

Peanuts by Charles Schulz
Peanuts by Charles Schulz

Attention, all dog lovers and canine enthusiasts! If you weren’t already planning on spending the day hanging out with your furry friend, we’re here to tell you that today is National Mutt Day. What better way to celebrate than with a nice long walk, a trip to the dog park or a rousing game of fetch?

 

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

 

Whether you got your dog from a breeder, adopted it from a shelter or convinced it to follow you home, we know your pooch has a special place in your heart — and in your family.

 

Raising Duncan by Chris Browne
Raising Duncan by Chris Browne

 

Here’s to many more years of cuddling, adventures and friendship!

 

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

 

Happy National Mutt Day!





How to Celebrate Picnic Month!

There’s only one way to celebrate. Dust off your picnic basket, grab a blanket and grab the stinky cheese. It’s picnic time, but before you go, here are some suggested picnic must-haves:

 

You’ll need the perfect location.

 

Lola by Steve Dickenson and Todd Clark
Lola by Steve Dickenson and Todd Clark

 

Shady if it’s a warmer day, sunny if it’s bearable. Just try to avoid the area with 35 million bugs …



Have a plan.

 

WuMo by Wulff & Morgenthaler
WuMo by Wulff & Morgenthaler

 

What will you do if you are unfortunately bombarded by unwanted company? Will you run? Try to ignore it? Completely freak out? Plan ahead: BRING REPELLENT. 



Bring an umbrella.

 

F Minus by Tony Carrillo
F Minus by Tony Carrillo

 

The weather is an unpredictable and moody teenager. Despite what the forecast suggests, prepare for rain and grab an umbrella. The weather will have to answer for its doings one day.

 

May the ants get lost looking for you.

 

Enjoy your picnic!





Celebrate National Lasagna Day with Garfield!

Garfield by Jim Davis
Garfield by Jim Davis

 

Is there anything better than a warm, gooey, cheesy plate of lasagna? Not according to Garfield! This corpulent cat loves lasagna more than anything else, so of course we thought of him on National Lasagna Day.

 

Garfield by Jim Davis
Garfield by Jim Davis

 

Obviously, the best way to celebrate National Lasagna Day is by eating lasagna, but we have another idea. Join us on Twitter at 11:30 a.m. CT for a Twitter Q&A with Garfield himself!

 

For more of your favorite feline, follow Garfield on GoComics!


And follow Garfield Classics for daily adventures from Jon and Garfield’s early years. 





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  7-26-16

 

 

 

 

 

 

Inkwell Forest  7-26-16

 

 

 

 

Padded Cell  7-26-16

 

 

 

 

 

Stale Crackers  7-26-16

 

 

 

 

The Boobiehatch  7-26-16

 

 

 

The Rocks  7-26-16

 

 

 

 

 

 

Amanda the Great  7-27-16

 

 

 

 

 

Signs of a Frustrated Golfer  7-27-16

 

 

 

Underdone  7-27-16

 

 

 

 

Padded Cell  7-28-16

 

 

 

 

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

 





Be Polite! It's Cellphone Courtesy Month

Cellphones changed everything.

 

How we communicate with our friends, family and strangers is now drastically different than it was five, 10 or 15 years ago. The constant innovation of cell phones keeps us learning and relearning how to keep in touch with one another.

 

But what if we are too “in touch” with one another?

 

In light of Cellphone Courtesy Month, let’s take a look at our own lives to consider when it’s appropriate to catch up with our Instagram followers, and when it’s best to keep the phone tucked away:

 

The movie theater? Not a great place for a conversation.

 

Drabble by Kevin Fagan
Drabble by Kevin Fagan

 

Never, we repeat, never talk on the phone while checking out at any kind of store. Cellphones seem to make us blindly disrespectful. If you love coffee, don’t make your barista dislike you. We promise: Getting a good cup of coffee from a happy barista is more important than whatever your bestie is blabbering about.

 

Pearls Before Swine by Stephan Pastis
Pearls Before Swine by Stephan Pastis

 

If your “Baby Got Back” Sir-Mix-A-Lot ringtone goes off in a religious service — don’t say we didn’t warn you!

 

Baldo by Hector D. Cantu and Carlos Castellanos
Baldo by Hector D. Cantu and Carlos Castellanos

 

Have you ever noticed everyone around you staring blankly at their phone screens? A little sad, isn’t it? Break your gaze and read a book or strike up a conversation with someone who looks like they need it. Let’s act a little more like humans and less like robots!

 

Sticky Comics by Christiann MacAuley
Sticky Comics by Christiann MacAuley

 

Finally: LOOK UP. There’s a beautiful world around us. Don’t miss it because you think you need to see what people on the other side of the country are doing.

 

Jeff Stahler by Jeff Stahler
Jeff Stahler by Jeff Stahler

 

 

Know when to put your phone in your bag and forget about it for a few hours. Being connected is great, but actually living your life is better.


Happy Cellphone Courtesy Month!





Goodbye, RT

What gifts you've left us.

 

The Art of Richard Thompson from GVI on Vimeo.

https://vimeo.com/gvidc/the-art-of-richard-thompson

 

 

Relive the charm of Thompson’s beloved Cul de Sacread it from the beginning here.





Thank you, SDCC!

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Another year, another amazing week at Comic-Con International in beautiful San Diego! Thank you to all of the fans who stopped by to say hello, meet our creators, buy books, enter our giveaways and pick up some free comics swag!

 

Big Nate pins

 

Throughout the weekend, fans had a chance to meet some of our creators and score a free autograph at our booth.

 

FoxTrot creator Bill Amend
FoxTrot creator Bill Amend

 

 

Breaking Cat News creator Georgia Dunn
Breaking Cat News creator Georgia Dunn

 

 

Kid Beowulf creator Alexis Fajardo
Kid Beowulf creator Alexis Fajardo

 

 

The Oatmeal creator Matthew Inman
The Oatmeal creator Matthew Inman

 

 

The Awkward Yeti creator Nick Seluk
The Awkward Yeti creator Nick Seluk

 

 

Phoebe and Her Unicorn creator Dana Simpson with Georgia Dunn
Phoebe and Her Unicorn creator Dana Simpson with Georgia Dunn

 

We also let fans (and creators!) sneak a peek at the new GoComics website — coming this fall!

 

The new GoComics.com
The new GoComics.com

 

The overall response was extremely positive! From the sounds of it, they’re as excited as we are!

 

Thanks again to everyone who helped make this year’s SDCC experience absolutely unforgettable.


We hope to see you all next year!





GIVEAWAY: San Diego Comic-Con SIGNED Prints

The GoComics team may be back in Kansas City, but our hearts are still in San Diego. To celebrate having another amazing, successful and memorable comic con on the books, we’re giving away a San Diego Comic-Con Prints Prize Pack!

 

One lucky winner will receive a prize pack containing five SIGNED prints from previous years at SDCC! The prize pack includes prints from:

 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

 

This contest will end on Aug. 2, 2016, at 12 a.m. CT. We will randomly select one winner and notify the winner via email on Aug. 2, 2016.

 

Good luck, comics fans!





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