See You at The New GoComics Blog!



Can you believe it's been a decade?


Seriously. The GoComics blog has been live for more than 10 years.


Since its launch on May 31, 2006 -- back when sitcoms were still making "blogger" jokes -- the GC blog has hosted more than 5,600 posts! I mean, there's gotta be some Illuminati numerology tying the significance of this number to key historical events.


The good news is, it will continue on over at the new GoComics. In fact, if you've been using the GC beta, you've beheld its stylin' new blog in action.


That all said, this version of the blog will be no more beginning in just a few days. All links will direct to the new site, though. You won't miss a beat. It's the same, just different. Better, even!


This isn't goodbye, this is "See you tomorrow."


So... See you tomorrow!


- The GoComics Team


'It’s All Absolutely Fine' -- Even When it Isn't -- With Ruby Elliot's New Comics Collection



Modern life is pretty good at telling us how to look, what to think and how to feel, but it's rather terrible at listening. It's an unbalanced conversation when it forces feelings on us yet won't respond to being shouted at for being a big, dumb bully that needs a new hobby. Monolithic concepts can be jerks like that.


That's where Rubyetc creator Ruby Elliot's comics come in. Collected in the new tome dubbed It's All Absolutely Fine, Elliot's cartooning captures the feeling of facing crushing expectations heaped upon us by exterior and interior forces. Stress, depression and anxiety are perfectly normal responses to an age of one million obligations (and one-million-and-one distractions). Elliot's comics simply say so. And they're funny about it.


We're not physicians, so we can't legally tell you that laughter is the best medicine. In the face of fashion fails, social stumbles and unshakable melancholy, however, it sure can't hurt.


It isn't all absolutely fine, but It's All Absolutely Fine, uh, is. Get a look at five selections from the new comic collection below to soak up some serious I'm-not-alones. May they keep you in one, awesome piece today and the day after.








A Marmaduke Misunderstanding

  Marmaduke Follies


Are editors the greatest people in the world?


You might think that question is self-serving, but I assure you, it is like a gas station in Oregon or New Jersey, in that it is only full-serving. A full serving of truth, that is. 


We could be here for hours if I was to tell you about all the times an editor on our squad has prevented a cartoonist from getting into hot water. So much so, that I think we'd all be qualified for jobs as hot tub lifeguards if such a ridiculous thing existed in this world. What a strange and delicious world that would be! LOL!


Because our time here is short, I will share one story from our editors Reed Jackson and Clint Hooker (BTW not the two famous Civil War generals). 


Jackson recalls:


It was a blustery day in Kansas City, the breezy spring air was playing havoc on my kilt, but otherwise it seemed a normal day. It was a Thursday, aka "Deadline Day" for the Duke, which is the nickname John Wayne stole from Marmaduke. We were sitting by the coffee bar drinking Hazelnut Sanka Americanos and editing/laughing at this wonderfully plus-sized canine. 


Hooker remembers: 


I was coming off of a big calve workout at lunch and excited to read my Marm. "My Marm" is what I call Marmaduke, BTW. I was sipping a butterscotch latte when I first saw it. Let's just say I drank that latte down like a real latte lover would and said "there's no way we can run this."


Something was wrong. But what? 




Do you see that? OMG! This almost went out. Now you and I may find this funny, but I can assure you that normal people would not. So the editors made a quick call and had a great long laugh of misunderstanding with the Andersons. For the record, the Andersons claimed innocence, but we have our suspicions. LOL!


Below is the revised version that ran in newspapers and on on May 1, 2014: 




Hysterical, right? And hopefully, this one story will silence all those numerous folks out there who are always criticizing and hating editors. Please remember that editors are people two.

The New GoComics Arrives Next Week!

GoComics Coming Soon


A great metamorphosis is upon us.


Next week, the new GoComics hatches from its beta cocoon, emerging as a beautiful, comics-stuffed butterfly.


If you've been following The Adventures of The New GoComics since our October relaunch announcement, you've hopefully had a chance to check out the beta version of the site. We've implemented numerous updates based on your feedback, and the current beta site is very close to the experience you can expect on Day 1. We invite you to take it for a spin while you can, so you can hit the ground running.


But just as Jurassic Park experienced some… minor hiccups… on opening day, so too will the new We are, of course, referring to comics collection functionality (not dinosaurs running amok). All of your collection data has been saved and will be migrated to the new GC ASAP, however, it will not be available on launch day. We will keep you posted as soon as we have a proper reactivation date available. Don't worry, we're on it.


If you use the GoComics mobile app on your iOS or Android device, there may be some  performance limitations on launch day. If you have problems,  please enjoy the new mobile version of instead.


In summary:

  • The new GoComics launches next week!
  • Try the beta site while you wait!

We'll be waiting for you… in the FUTURE!


- The GoComics Team


Celebrate National Trivia Day With Trivquiz

Fake internet holidays can seem trivial, but on January 4, they're trivia! That's right, it's National Trivia Day, and while the dictionary doesn't provide a very flattering definition for trivia (unimportant?! Who do Meriam and/or Webster think they are?), around these parts we're rather fond of it all the same. In fact, since May of 2012, GoComics has been home to Trivquiz, a daily trivia cartoon by the prolific Steve McGarry.


Here's some trivia: Which GoComics creator currently illustrates four ongoing series?


If you answered "Steve McGarry," you are so right that it's almost wrong.


In addition to Trivquiz, McGarry is also behind Badlands, Biographic and KidTown. What can we say? When it comes to Steve, the four the merrier.


Now that your brain is one fun fact stronger, we encourage you to take the time to tackle our hearty backlog of Trivquiz strips. It's pop culture fun for all ages, plus, nobody will judge you if you cheat using Wikipedia. At least for today. Starting tomorrow, you'll be getting some serious side-eye ...


Here are the Trivquiz entries that debuted on National Trivia Day in years previous to get you started. Be sure to check out today's entry to complete the 5fecta.


Trivquiz by Steve McGarry January 04, 2013



Trivquiz by Steve McGarry January 04, 2014



Trivquiz by Steve McGarry January 04, 2015



Trivquiz by Steve McGarry January 04, 2016



Inside 'The Upside Down World of Gustave Verbeek' With Peter Maresca

Upsidedowns interview
Thanks to this week's launch of The Upside Down World of Gustave Verbeek, I've found myself thinking in a full 360 degrees. I'm rotating my work notes, tilting my head as pigeons fly by, and occasionally searching for hidden messages as I flip my calendar. So far I've decoded nothing of use, but it's only a testament to creator Gustave Verbeek's expert design skills on his flippable comic strip series, The Upside-Downs of Little Lady Lovekins and Old Man Muffaroo, among other works restored and collected by Sunday Press Books. For more insight into Verbeek's pioneering works from the early 1900s, we reached out to Sunday Press Publisher Peter Maresca, who had a wealth of knowledge to share about the history behind the comics, the society that shaped its reception by the masses, and why we still flip over Verbeek's work more than a hundred years later.
Read on for our full interview with Maresca on The Upside Down World of Gustave Verbeek.

GoComics: Gustave Verbeek was an interesting, globe-trotting guy. How do you think his exposure to multiple art traditions in Japan, France and the US helped inform his penchant for visual and narrative portmanteau?
Peter Maresca: It does seem unusual that these varied styles and artistic attitudes would come from the son of Christian missionary in Japan. When coming of age in Asia Gustave Verbeek developed a unique perspective on art; for things non western in general, and specifically the "upside-down" concepts displayed in the Joge-E drawings popular in 19th Century Japan. As his interest in art matured, Verbeek traveled to Paris to learn classical technique. With his involvement with the Chat Noir theatre and its satirical magazine, he developed his sense of humor and the absurd, which enhance his cartooning. Once in the US, he had greater freedom and a larger audience — in magazines, illustrated books and, of course, newspaper comics — to expand his artistic output in different directions.

GC: The Upside Down World of Gustave Verbeek print collection focuses on The Upside Downs of Little Lady Lovekins and Old Man Muffaroo, with several of the creator's other comic strips included. What about his comics makes them readily presentable in this kind of collection, in your view?
PM: My purpose for entering the publishing world (I had no print experience before the Sunday Press Little Nemo) was to give comic lovers the chance to experience early comics in their original broadsheet size and colors. In the handful of earlier, smaller reprints of Verbeek's comics it was difficult to appreciate the artwork and hard to read the small text. Most of today's comics fans don't remember that the size of comics was determined by folding and cutting pages form the Sunday Comics presses to give you a page that was one-quarter the size of a newspaper comics page that it might neatly sell from a magazine rack. And with current Sunday comics, the newspaper page itself has shrunk by about 25 percent and it is rare to find a comic strip that takes up half that page. Most are given 1/4 of a page or less. 
GC: Many in publishing are still averse to digital for a host of reasons. What's your approach to determining what is and isn't right for a particular format and why have you landed on digital syndication for so many of your publishing projects?
PM: As a publisher, the digital medium represents an expanded audience and expanded real estate for the practicability of presenting more of the work to more viewers. The improved zoom feature in GoComics (which was developed to properly view the Little Nemo series) enables viewers to get a panel-by-panel view of the artwork, making it a more immersive experience. And by displaying the Lovekins and Muffaroo adventures in both the normal and "upside-down" views you won't have to turn flip computer screen to read the whole story. Still, I'm a traditionalist, and feel that the best way to view any work like this is on paper, but again, screens offer a chance to expose more viewers to material they otherwise might not see, and many may wish to go back to print to get the true sense of the work.
GC: Verbeek worked on a number of series concurrently, which is rare today outside of studio systems. Do you think working this way had any effect on his material?
PM: In the early days of comics this was not uncommon. Outcault, Swinnerton, McCay, McManus and others produced more than one comic strip at a time, often while pursuing other artistic endeavors outside of comics. This did not seem to have much effect on the quality, other than perhaps the few odd "dull" years of Little Nemo as McCay seemed to be doing six things at once. The amount of work these artists put into their newspaper comics would totally overwhelm most comic strip artists of today. 
GC: One issue with any material old enough to be considered historic is whether or not it is relevant to current readers as entertainment - particularly when its sensibilities reflect a much different time. What do you feel makes Gustave Verbeek's work relevant to modern readers?
PM: When reading 20th century comic strips, often it is that sense of another time that creates the appeal. It's something beyond a history lesson -- a time machine offering, in a way that only cartooning can do, a view of day-to-day life in another era. But for the most part, Verbeek's comics transcend that sense of past, taking place in a fantasy environment where, particularly in hisTerrors of the Tiny Tads, the humor, personalities, and silly sense of adventure are timeless.

GC: Are there any clear lines of inspiration that you think flow from Verbeek's comics into the present day?
PM: When you look at the early drawings of Maurice Sendak there is a striking resemblance to Verbeek's Tiny Tads. Sendak was a lover and collector of Little Nemo since the 1960s, and the fact that Tiny Tads appeared on the back of Nemo in the papers makes me think the similarity is not a coincidence. Other comics that present children or child-like characters relating without adults take perhaps a more indirect inspiration from the Tads, like Peanuts or the early comic book work of Walt Kelly.
GC: You're one of the most prominent collectors and publishers of material from the early 1900s. What about this era of comics draws you in?
PM: Other than Little Nemo, which early in the dawn of comics appreciation escaped the "comics ghetto," I was a bit late to the parade here. My interest in comic strips shifted from my love of Super Heroes of the 1960s and 70s to the adventure comic strips of the 1930s and 40s. Others like Rick Marschall, Bill Blackbeard and Alfredo Castelli were first in chronicling the earliest comics and my relationships with them lead me to the fascination with the cartoon creations at the birth of the medium.
GC: Are there any aesthetic, narrative or tonal conventions from Verbeek's work that you'd like to see make a comeback?
PM: Anarchy and experimentation were a driving force in many early comics, but it was in most cases with an understanding of the method and history of illustration art. Verbeek was one of many cartoonists who created "serious" art before, after, and during his comics. When comics come not from just other comics and the life experiences of the artist, but from an understanding of world history, fine art and literature, it leads to truly great work. Particularly when combined with a sense of the absurd.
GC: What are some other comics you'd suggest for readers who enjoy The Upside Down World of Gustave Verbeek?
PM: There are too many to list! The first thing I would suggest would be to fully review Origins of the Sunday Comics feature on, where nearly every feature in the first two decades of comic strips is represented. Then (unabashed plug ahead) recreate the original experience with one of the full-size collections from Sunday Press.
Dive into the rich history of this medium we all enjoy, and there's as much to find or more than with the many great comics of today.

GC:Thank you very much for your time.
PM: As the young Verbeek might say, Het was mij een genoegen, or Il a été mon plaisir.

New Comic Alert: 'In Security' By Bea R.

In Security New Comic Alert


Every couple experiences a bit of an adjustment period when they first shack up, but for In Security stars Sam and Sedine, life as 20-something newlyweds may take longer to get used to than either of them bargained for.


Created by cartoonist Bea R., In Security follows the duo through the highs and lows of relocating to a new suburb while getting used to their partner's idiosyncrasies. It won't happen overnight, but that's a good thing when you're creating a six-days-a-week comic strip -- especially if you've already planned content out through the 2017 holiday season!


At her DeviantArt page, Bea R. breaks down how she went from drawing a One Piece fan comic in 2008 (creator Eiichiro Oda's art has been a big influence) to teaming with her husband to pursue an ongoing comic strip starring her own original characters. Sedine alone went through nearly 20 design revisions between 2010 and today as Bea R. decided on a look and characterization that would best serve her team-up with her security guard husband Sam.


"'In Security' first appeared as character drawings in 2015," Bea R. told the GoComics team, "I didn’t have anything more developed until late that year, when I decided to make 20 comic strips out of it. It was to be an art and writing exercise for my portfolio. Since the beginning of 2016, I have made 150 finished, inked strips, and I have 50 more strips done as full-sized marker roughs. Writing and ideas have been fleshed out beyond what is finished. Possibly several years in the future have already been planned."


You can see the fruits of several years of development at the In Security page today.


GoComics End of Year Recap: The Biggest Blog Posts of 2016

2016 Review




Never in the history of the internet has a four-digit number been associated with so much going so wrong, so quickly. Every other week it seemed like the political cartoons were stocked with beloved musicians, entertainers and other inspiring figures standing at this pearly gate or that.

But it wasn't all bad. In fact, here at GoComics we spent the past year preparing for something quite good: the new GoComics.

On balance, maybe 2016 wasn't the worst year ever? Maybe it was just a memorable one full of highs and lows?

Here's a taste of some of our most-read blog posts of 2016 while we continue working on the new GC. We'll let you be the judge.



Big Nate turned 25



The For Better or For Worse: The Comic Art of Lynn Johnston exhibit began traveling Canada



Real Life Adventures turned 25



-F Minus turned 10



CNN's Jake Tapper guest-illustrated Dilbert


GoComics rocked Planet Comic Con


Comics lost You Can with Beakman & Jax creator Jok Church


Jim Benton, Dave Kellett and Michael Ramirez won Reuben awards



Ziggy turned 45

The Cul de Sac stage play debuted



-Comics lost Richard's Poor Almanac and Cul de Sac creator Richard Thompson

Garfield creator Jim Davis won the Inkpot Award



Ted turned 20



Savage Chickens creator Doug Savaged released his original graphic novel Laser Moose and Rabbit Boy



We launched the GoComics Beta

We went to New York Comic Con

Some jerk stole Marmaduke

Doonesbury turned 46



There was an election of some kind and one of the candidates will be an elected official

Calvin and Hobbes turned 31



Brad and Toni got married in Luann

Betty turned 25

We announced a new direction for Comics Sherpa


With so many changes in 2016 -- not all of them particularly welcome -- we aim to make GoComics a bright part of the new year. Stick with us into 2017. The best is yet to come.


- The GoComics Team

Huey on the Holidays: 'The Boondocks' Kwanzaa Collection

The Boondocks Kwanzaa


Over the course of its six years as a daily comic strip, Aaron McGruder's The Boondocks portrayed dynamic holiday season(s) in the Freeman household. While younger brother Riley was generally concerned with the Christmas presents Santa Claus did or did not bring, his older, less materialistic brother Huey often spent late December pondering Kwanzaa with the strip's cast of characters.


Though Huey's conversations varied from year-to-year, the progression is interesting and mirrors many of the sentiments explored on The Boondocks animated series -- particularly season 1's "A Huey Freeman Christmas" in 2005. As Kwanzaa begins today and lasts until January 1, it's a good time for readers to revisit.


Scroll through to read each of The Boondocks Kwanzaa comics below:


The Boondocks by Aaron McGruder January 04, 2000



The Boondocks by Aaron McGruder January 05, 2000



The Boondocks by Aaron McGruder January 06, 2000



The Boondocks by Aaron McGruder January 07, 2000



The Boondocks by Aaron McGruder January 08, 2000



The Boondocks by Aaron McGruder December 27, 2000



The Boondocks by Aaron McGruder December 28, 2000



The Boondocks by Aaron McGruder December 29, 2000



The Boondocks by Aaron McGruder December 30, 2000



The Boondocks by Aaron McGruder January 01, 2001



The Boondocks by Aaron McGruder January 02, 2001



The Boondocks by Aaron McGruder January 03, 2001



The Boondocks by Aaron McGruder December 25, 2001



The Boondocks by Aaron McGruder December 28, 2001



The Boondocks by Aaron McGruder December 29, 2001



The Boondocks by Aaron McGruder December 25, 2002



The Boondocks by Aaron McGruder December 29, 2003



The Boondocks by Aaron McGruder December 30, 2003



The Boondocks by Aaron McGruder December 31, 2003



The Boondocks by Aaron McGruder December 27, 2004



The Boondocks by Aaron McGruder December 28, 2004



The Boondocks by Aaron McGruder December 29, 2004



The Boondocks by Aaron McGruder December 30, 2004



The Boondocks by Aaron McGruder December 31, 2004



The Boondocks by Aaron McGruder January 01, 2005



Midwestivus! (For the Rest of Us)

Festivus is upon us... and inside of us again this year. And I am glowing everywhere! The Feats of Strength, Airing of Grievances, the aluminum pole, newcomers, miracles, dad pinning, it's all here and it's all now.



But you may have heard how we do things a little differently here in the KC. We actually celebrate "Midwestivus." Midwestivus is a lot like Festivus in that we celebrate all the trappings of Festivus and in a delicious twist... we add to them. 


1) Read Perry Bible Fellowship

2) Buy frame-able prints of Breaking Cat News

3) Listen to a podcast with Lucas Turnbloom and Rob Harrell

4) Admire Brian Bassett's art on Red and Rover

5) Purchase hysterically titled Lio collections

6) Silently praise the character design on Steve Ogden's Magnificatz

7) Wonder why Teresa Burritt must drink expired milk 

8) Enjoy how science landed on the correct spelling of Galifianakis

9) Rap dance


It's really starting to take off and who'd be surprised with those nine delicious things to do.




The Argyle Sweater by Scott Hilburn December 19, 2015

The Argyle Sweater by Scott Hilburn December 19, 2015



The Future of Comics Sherpa



With all of the changes underway at the new GoComics, we want to give you an update on one of our most-asked-about services: Comics Sherpa, which gives cartoonists the opportunity to post their own work.


As any creator who recently sought to join will have noticed, Comics Sherpa is not currently opening new accounts. Why not? Because, like everything on GC, it's in the process of being rebuilt from the ground up, in order to better serve both creators and readers.


For 13 years, Sherpa has been an independent site linked to the rest of GoComics. The new as-yet-to-be-named version of Sherpa will be an official section of GoComics, hosted entirely on the site.


And the new Sherpa will be open to any creator for free — no more user fees. Any artist will be able to create an account, and post and share their work (within the guidelines regarding acceptable GC content). This means creators will have access to all of the same publishing and administrative tools as GC creators.


Until the re-launch in 2017, Sherpa content will not be available to GoComics readers in their comic feeds, for which we apologize. But Sherpa will continue in its current form as a separate site ( and new Sherpa content will appear there.


For current Sherpa creators: Because of the inconvenience to you involved in the changes described above, we are offering a pro-rated refund (based on the launch date, once that is determined). If you would like a refund, please email the Aide de Sherpa, David Stanford ([email protected]).


Stay tuned to the GoComics blog for updates about the exciting post-Sherpa publishing platform.


GoComics Submissions Done the Right Way

Submissions letter fail


We recently received this submission from someone I'm guessing is a very promising talent. I'd like to walk through what makes this submission stand out in a very crowded cartoonist marketplace.


Solid submission 2


1) It's handwritten. Look at that cursive. I don't know how he kept it so neat but to execute it on such a small scale and to hold the uniformity of the line across the entire note gives this a personal feeling and sets it off from all the professional submissions we get.


2) They were incredibly inclusive in their address line. This is an address line that even those lovely Millennials could get behind. 


3) He states who he is in the FIRST sentence. Do not bury the headline, people. 


4) He makes it clear he is a TOTAL cartoonist ... he will write AND he will draw ... none of this "partnering" baloney. Where the poor guy who has to draw does all the work while the writer eats chicken out of a bucket and watches The History Channel ... which frankly covers too much WWII in my opinion. You'll be history, History Channel, if you don't realize there's more to history than 1937 to 1945. 


5) He wants sample copies. I assume he means sample copies of the comics he wants to submit to us. This is genius! We do the work, he just signs the samples and sends them back. Who's laughing now, ya syndicate bozo?  


6) He also requests cartoon guidelines. Here they are: do jokes about kids, pets, in-laws, marriage, Star Trek and Star Wars


7) Lastly, he wants to accurately slant his comics. Nothing better for that than a ruler... or maybe one of those protractor things the kids are always talking about. 


8) And I think the nicest touch is that while he has signed his letter, he has not included any other contact info. He wants us to find him. He's "gamified" the submissions process and I think it's brilliant. The game is afoot, Watson! So many questions: Where do I start? Is he an American? Should I Google him? Would the FBI help me? Am I as "cherubic" as that mean-spirited passage on the men's room stall suggested? 


It's a new era and the comic submissions process has never been this much fun.


* I do understand I'm coming off a bit smug in this post, but come on. This is the real world and people don't surf on rainbows or play bongos in a daydream. Do the slightest bit of research and act like a real person. 


Mayonnaise Monday: The Wedding Crashers Edition



Over at Luann, Brad and Toni are married and I am an emotional mess. This wedding has had it all: the dress contest, the pageantry, the courage, the taffeta. There hasn't been a wedding that has captured the public's imagination like this since David Gest married Liza Minnelli or since Peter Allen married Liza Minnelli.


You may remember me confessing that one of my hobbies is to make uncredited, off-camera cameo appearances in some of our comics ... but the Evans family has gone one-to-two steps further! They are actually at the wedding! WTH! Yep. Look in the last row of the December 16th wedding comic. Check it out, there's Greg with the square jaw and great hair (what's that like?) and his wonderful wife Betty to the right and his co-creator (and daughter) Karen to the left. 


If Google Analytics numbers are to be believed (not to mention the amount of comments), the whole wedding series has been a roaring success. And if that doesn't have Mayonnaise Monday written all over it, then you'll just have to "dip me in your Monday milk."

New Comic Alert: The Upside Down World of Gustave Verbeek

TUDWOGV New Comic Alert


You're going to flip over the latest edition to GoComics. And no, that's not just hyperbole.


Introducing The Upside Down World of Gustave Verbeek, a collection of turn-of-the-last-century comic book innovation rife with 180-degree storytelling and good ol' fashioned cartoon nonsense.


The comic's ability to be read in every direction and convey multiple meanings it's no surprise, Verbeek's style was a synthesis of several literary and artistic traditions. The artist was born in, and spent his childhood in Japan, the son of a Belgian missionary and his French wife. He went on to study art in Paris before relocating to the United States in 1900 at the age of 33, and it wasn't long before he started creating comics for several prominent publications, including the New York Herald, where he created multiple comic series over the course of about a decade.


TUDWOGV (what an acronym!) consists of the complete run of Verbeek's original series The Upside Downs of Little Lady Lovekins and Old Man Muffaroo (1903-1905), a series read in a two-part sequence. First readers absorb what's on the page read in the usual left-to-right, top-to-bottom order, before turning the comic 180 degrees and continuing all the way through to absorb the expertly-cartooned conclusion. They're the same six panels, but drawn and lettered to display a completely different set of details when turned, well, upside down. Since it's not always convenient to do yoga headstands or to flip your desktop computer (and smartphones and tablets tend to reorient themselves), the GoComics version of these strips does the flipping for you -- stacking both versions of the comic for a seamless reading experience as seen in other Sunday Press titles on GC.


The Upside-Down World of Gustave Verbeek will update thrice per week, with two The Upside-Downs installments and one alternate Verbeek comic from his Looney Lyrics of Lulu (1910) and Terrors of the Tiny Tads (1906-1914) series. No matter which series this anthology-style presentation displays, you can be sure these newspaper and magazine restorations are being served in chronological order. You won't be able to smell the spirit of the age, but you will be able to see it like never before.


Though all of Verbeek's historic works continue to entertain more than 100 years later, my personal favorite is Tiny Tads, which is basically spritely Smurf kids killing and eating incidental mashed-up Pokemon for no apparent reason. But you don't have to take my ghoulish word for it, start reading The Upside Down World of Gustave Verbeek today!


'Off the Mark' Makes the Naughty List

Listen, I like an edgy and hysterical joke as much as the next guy. I'm a Paula Poundstone fan, for Pete's sake. FWIW, I love a comedian who laughs at his/her own jokes. Hey, if you can't get yourself to laugh how are you going to win over the crowd? 




Anyway, I've been a laughter lover since even before it was cool. Not to sound braggy, but I was one of the pop culture pioneers watching ABC's TGIF programming block back in the '90s even when the standards and practices people said it was too much for young Americans to process.


What's my point? No idea. I just want Mark to know he's made my naughty list for this Off the Mark strip and I won't be coming by his house after midnight next Sunday.


FoxTrot: "The Mrs. Grinch Who Was Too Cheap for Christmas"

Comics have been doing spoofs on classic holiday stories since before we can remember, but one of our favorites is this "The Mrs.Grinch Who Was Too Cheap for Christmas" storyline back in 1999. 


Check out this hilarious spoof on "The Grinch Who Stole Christmas," as told by 10-year-old Jason Fox of Bill Amend's hilarious FoxTrot comic. 


























For more holiday FoxTrot funnies, check out the FoxTrot: Happy Holidays collection!


Mayonnaise Monday - International Languages Week Edition: That's Smorgaansbeard!

International Languages Week


Did you know what happens when International Languages Week mixes with Mayonnaise Monday? It's called a "smorgaansbeard" and everyone runs for the hills with laughter! 


Smorgaansbeard is probably Finnish for "a delicious meal prepared from many offerings from different portly chefs." And as you probably guessed, it is a derivate of the Japanese word "smorgasbord."


Did you know that we here at Universal Uclick/GoComics make our many delicious offerings available to a global audience? And that in fact, we translate comics into more than 10 languages (though not Vulcan, not yet) for clients across the whole Earth?


The primary language we translate into is, in fact, Spanish and if you check out this LINK, you can see all the wonderful comic features that we currently convert into that beautiful romance language. 


It's also funny to note that the translators will sometimes change the comic's name if it doesn't "translate" right into a certain  language or if the meaning is lost. 


Let's see if you can guess the name changes in Spanish. Click the link for the right answer.


1) Don Brutus

2) Justo y Franco

3) Periquita

4) La Tira Cómica Que Tiene un Final Cada Día

5) Los Osorios

6) Trucutu

7) Las Hermanas Stone

8) Lio en Espanol


New Comic Alert: 'We The Robots'

We the robots new comics alert


Ever feel like you're simply going through the motions? Ever start to feel depressed as your dreams go unfulfilled and your identity becomes inextricably tied to societal expectations on your slow march toward oblivion? That, friends, is the stuff of existential dread. But don't worry, Bob from We The Robots has got it way worse than you, me or anyone you know. And it's hilarious.


Hang loose until the end of the world


Bob and his geometric mechanical family live out their days a lot like many human households. Bob goes to a job where he fills out spreadsheets, gets yelled at by his boss, and carries on banal conversations with coworkers he'll never consider friends. His young son suffers through a school system designed to crush critical thinking and the expectation of social mobility. His daughter contends with consumer-based teenage peer pressures. His wife must deal with all of them, plus a penchant for designer dogs. But through seasonal affective disorders, projectile vomiting sessions, tireless chores and other trials, they remain a loving family. It's just in their programming. Or is it?! Does free will exist at all?! 


We The Robots Dead Animals


*Ahem, moving on...


Originally created by artist Chris Harding in 2007, WTR ran for two years before a nearly seven-year hiatus. Though its April Fool's Day 2016 return had some suspect timing, WTR's been back in business since, giving fans something of an existential dread update -- let's call it ED 2.0. It questions the universe and our tiny role in it so you don't have to.


Check out We The Robots today for your ED 2.0 fix today.


'Betty' is 25




Congrats to Betty! Twenty-five (25) years of making people laugh is an incredible feat. Speaking of incredible feet, I once sliced a melon in half by swiping my big toenail across its delicious skin. That melon tasted better than normal, because I had worked for it.


But today isn't about me and my melons, it's about Betty, Bub, Junior and all the domestic hilarity they've brought to us over the years. Noted Canadians Gerry Rasmussen and Gary Delainey (sometimes known as G+G Comic Factory in the industry) were college pals who dared to dream and 25 years later they've been telling a story that delights readers with its sharp observation and gentle, funny characters. 




I am not going to be audacious enough to sit here and demand that you go read the Betty archives, but if you did, you would feel better and I'd just bet a toothy smile would sit on your face for a good long time.


Congrats G+G!


12 Cool Comics Calendars for an Awesome 2017

2017 Calendars


Some people love colanders and I get that. I don't know of a better way to drain water from a delicious pasta. Though, if I am honest with you, I happen to be more of a calendar guy. And that makes me a very lucky man because our sister company is one of the largest calendar publishers in the world.  


And 2017 looks to be one of their best years for offerings ever. Check out these (12) twelve (one for every key on a piano!) 2017 calendars they're publishing:  


Dilbert 2017 Weekly Planner Calendar


  Dilbert Weekly Planner 2017


This Dilbert item is the grandaddy of all our day-to-day calendars and our top seller each year for the many years since The Far Side retired. Fun fact: Scott predicted Hamilton would win the Tony at this time last year.



Pearls Before Swine 2017 Day-to-Day Calendar


 Pearls before swine celandar 17


Another great cover, another great calendar full of the patented Pearls Before Swine hi-jinx of Rat, Pig, Stephan and the whole gang. Fun Fact: Stephan has never had a Mountain Dew Code Red. 



Worrier's Guide to Life 2017 Wall Calendar


Gemma correll calendar 


If you like to laugh in the face of anxiety or in the face of your neighbor who drives a '74 Pacer, you may just fall in love with Gemma Correll's Four Eyes comic, not to mention her The Worrier's Guide to Life calendar. She's got her finger on the pulse of those of us who worry too much and she's created a calendar to help us all cope a little better. Fun fact: The second L in Gemma's surname is silent. 




The Argyle Sweater 2017 Wall Calendar


Argyle sweater calendar 17 


Another popular annual release is from the upside-down world of The Argyle Sweater. The twisted mind of Scott Hilburn takes us on a journey of guffaws, hee-hees, LOLs and WTHs. Fun fact: Scott had no idea they made a fourth Die Hard movie much less a fifth.



Non Sequitur 2017 Day-to-Day Calendar


Non sequitur calendar 17 


Is Wiley Miller the best artist working in syndication? I think the definitive answer is "probably." Wiley has a sharp pen and is also quite tall for his age. This calendar is beautifully illustrated and the comics will make you laugh, think and/or sob uncontrollably.  Fun fact: NonSequitur was never originally called, "The Comic Strip That Will Touch You." 



Garfield 2017 Wall Calendar


Garfield wall calendar 2017 


We've taken a cat, boxed him up and then wrapped him in plastic ... all for your enjoyment! Wait! Don't call ASCAP just yet! It's Garfield, the world's most syndicated comic and a bona fide multimedia superstar. This new calendar promises to make you friskier. Fun fact: Jim Davis has won four Emmy Awards. 



Get Fuzzy 2017 Day-to-Day Calendar


Get fuzzy calendar 17 


Speaking of cats. Get Fuzzy's Bucky Cat is a real character. I mean, a lot of people keep trying to tell me that he's not real and that you'll never be able to meet and hug him but he is real to me, dammit. Get this calendar today. Fun Fact: Darby Conley went to the same university as me... until he was able to transfer out to a much better school.  



Business Cat 2017 Wall Calendar: The Adventures of Business Cat


Business cat cover 


Who here has ever thought, "enough with all the cats"? Me neither. This time we're talking about Tom Fonder's The Adventures of Business Cat and we're grooming ourselves in excitement for it. Find out what happens when you put a cat in an office and a Super 160s wool suit. Fun fact: If you scramble the letters of Tom's last name you could never end up with the word "FLAPJACKS."  



Close to Home 2017 Day-to-Day Calendar


 Close to home calendar cover

John McPherson has been doing Close to Home since 1992. The calendars followed soon thereafter and have been best-sellers ever since. Fun fact: John has never publicly derided the frankly overrated acting work of Jeremy Renner. Not even once!



Truth Facts 2017 Day-to-Day Calendar


Truth facts calendar 


What is/are Truth Facts? That is an excellent question. I don't have the space to answer it here, but I do know that people with your sort of curiosity are best-served by living in a First World country. Fun facts: Truth facts is done by Wumo creators Mikael Wolff and Anders Morganthaler. More facts are available in this calendar.



Peanuts 2017 Day-to-Day Calendar


 Peanuts calendar 2017


What's left to say about Peanuts? Fun fact: Charlie Brown's middle name is Grover. This calendar doesn't mention that, but it's still great.



Heart and Brain 2017 Wall Calendar

 Heart and brain calendar 17


Heart and Brain are two breakout characters from Nick Seluk's delightful The Awkward Yeti. It's a brainy calendar that also has a lot of heart. Nick is from Michigan and I'd ask that you take a "Michigander" at this wonderful calendar.



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