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Dave, you nailed the layers behind the different times of love in comics. And, your astute point about our indifference to a squid in Lio's front yard shows that we have indeed come a long way. Here's to you.
Toggle Commented Feb 14, 2014 on Paper Hearts at Laugh Tracks
Over the past two years, our GoComics readers have offered an incredible level of support to our creators' projects. You've helped nearly a dozen creators in their Kickstarter and Indiegogo campaigns. You have also let us know that you want to hear about more opportunities to support your favorite comics and cartoonists. Here is another opportunity to help a cartoonist bring an art project to life. Daniel Shelton, creator of the sweet and endearing comic strip Ben, is on path to create his first English-published comic strip collection. But, he could use your help. Take a look at his Kickstarter campaign by clicking here. With three weeks to go, he is well past the halfway mark toward his $5,600 (Canadian dollars) goal. International readers, we'd love to hear from you. Canadian readers, support your own! If you can't donate to support the project, please share this message via social media and use the hashtag #gocomics. The giving tiers are among the most generous we've seen, including getting a signed comic original print at the $50 mark. Thanks for your support of our creators and of GoComics. As Jay-Z once famously said, "You could've been anywhere in the world. But you're here with me. I appreciate that." - Gene Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2013 at Laugh Tracks
Proud to work in a building with such a storied history. A ghost in the washroom...not cool, JG. Not cool.
Toggle Commented Sep 23, 2013 on Did You Know? GoComics HQ at Laugh Tracks
Strange days are upon us politically, no matter where you reside as you read this post. History is made every day, but with border wars continuing in the Middle East and the world facing one of the largest weapons threats since the Cuban missile crisis and the Cold War, it's a time for awareness. Even those who look the other way when it comes to politics are taking note. As we look at history, our cartoonists are taking note of a tragedy that affected the world 12 years ago: the 9/11/01 tragedies in New York City, Washington D.C. and western Pennsylvania. To honor those who served, who lost their lives and loved ones, our GoComics editorial and political social media accounts will unify for 24 hours. For one day, we will share the same content to memorialize and take note of this unforgettable time. Follow along and/or "like" us on our Facebook and Twitter accounts. Twitter: GoComics Conservative: @GoComicsConserv GoComics Liberal: @GoComicsLiberal Facebook: GoComics Conservative GoComics Liberal Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2013 at Laugh Tracks
Breakin' 2 was overrated. Beat Street was the best! Breakin' 2 was the "Deep Impact" to Beat Street's "Armageddon."
Toggle Commented Aug 5, 2013 on Non Sequitur traffic bonanza! at Laugh Tracks
This month marked our 10th anniversary at San Diego Comic-Con, the largest pop culture event in the world. Over five days, more than 130,000 people ventured to the San Diego Convention Center and the surrounding Gaslamp District to proudly wave their geek flags. Our lean-but-mighty team of five from GoComics and our sister company Andrews McMeel Publishing (AMP) were there to participate in the whirlwind of events, cosplay, celebrities and breaking news. Here are a few bullets on what we did and how we did it: Lots O' Planning: I have a very fun job; I get to work with talented cartoonists and writers for a living, along with many innovative digital partners in the comics, entertainment and publishing industries. I am the envy of my attorney and accountant friends every summer when I head to Comic-Con. However, for every hour that we're on the ground, we've spent at least three to five hours with planning and paperwork to make sure that we're representing our comics, creators and brands well ... along with giving you something fun and funny to follow. (That's alliteration.) Get Out On The Floor: This year, GoComics and AMP had a double-wide booth on the convention floor and a schedule of 15 cartoonists offering free hour-long signing sessions. Between our space and our line-up, it made for a noticeable experience for passers-by. The longest lines came to see The Oatmeal, Berkeley Breathed (Bloom County; The Academia Waltz), Bill Amend (FoxTrot), Lincoln Peirce (Big Nate) and Lela Lee (Angry Little Girls). The Streets Are Watching: Thousands of people venture to San Diego for SDCC without a convention badge to be a part of the culture for five days. With so much happening downtown, we wanted to go to where the people were. Every day, our GoComics team held a giveaway in the Gaslamp District at a surprise intersection, announced via our Twitter and Instagram accounts. T-shirts, 2014 calendars and Comic-Con-exclusive buttons were among the premium items given away to nearly 1,000 fans. Partnerships: Comic-Con is more fun with good company to celebrate the experience. We had a great partner in the Unofficial San Diego Comic-Con Blog for their "Enchantment Under the SDCC" party. GoComics was a provider for several premium autographed prints and bound comics collections. Hundreds of comics fans had a ball; so did we. Cartooning Industry Bonding: Something that grows from our SDCC experience each year is the number of new relationships from our diverse set of cartoonists. We bring more than two dozen creators together for a celebratory dinner in San Diego each year, where we talk shop, introduce new ideas, listen (a lot) and connect. The old mix with the new, print mixes with webcomics and all enjoy a good meal. I sometimes forget that cartoonists are also fans of one another's work, and many of them get excited to meet their idols. It's a beautiful thing. After four years of Comic-Con, here are my tips for future goers: Hydrate. Then hydrate some... Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2013 at Laugh Tracks
The dog in the middle of the "GoComics" O was drawn by Marmaduke's Brad Anderson! It was impressive to watch other cartoonists become enamored by Brad's drawings as he sketched. The purple stringy thing: I've got nothin'.
Yesterday's tragedies surrounding explosions at the finish line of the Boston Marathon struck a nerve worldwide. Once again, a group of unknowing citizens were hit when most vulnerable. Many of our creators, the GoComics staff and readers are a part of the running community and are also residents of the northeastern United States. We offer our sympathies and condolences. Once again, I am proud to be a part of an industry where our technology and creativity allows us to speak out in a time of crisis. Through our artists' works and images, they speak for many who acknowledge the pain, focus on the triumphs and illustrate the raw emotion and sensitivities of our lives. Here now is a collection of our artists' work that took note of the Boston Marathon tragedies. Clay Bennett (announced this week as a 2013 Pulitzer Prize Finalist, Editorial Cartoons): Tony Auth: Steve Benson: Steve Breen: Jeff Danzinger: Joe Heller: Glenn McCoy: Signe Wilkinson: - Gene Willis Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2013 at Laugh Tracks
MC Scat Cat brought us one of the first rap/pop collaborations: Opposites Attract. He was before his time. "Things in common, there just ain't one. But when we get together, WE HAVE NOTHIN' BUT FUN!" Truly a poet.
Toggle Commented Mar 14, 2013 on SMUG CAT RAP BATTLE at Laugh Tracks
Teresa, I'll get those added. Thank you for pointing these out. No slights intended!
Toggle Commented Mar 8, 2013 on The Ladies Of GoComics at Laugh Tracks
"Angry Little Girls" creator Lela Lee laughs with her fans at 2012 San Diego Comic-Con. I love the diversity of our comics and creators at GoComics. While some could easily be classified by gender, geography, age, influences or ethnicity, their work and characters speak well beyond those walls to introduce their worlds to millions of people every week. March is Women's History Month. We're going to celebrate it by highlighting a few of our wonderful female creators through our social media outreach and the blog. If you look throughout the history of comic strips/panels/"funnies," some of the most memorable storylines have circulated around female characters. Cathy getting married. Lucy pulling the football away from Charlie Brown. Alice Otterloop shouting from the top of a manhole cover. Linus and Charlie Brown's teacher lecturing … whatever it is that she taught or said. Cartoonist Lynn Johnston autographing her iconic "For Better or For Worse" art at 2012 San Diego Comic-Con. Who is your favorite female comic character of all time? Of today? Let us know below. In the meanwhile, click on some of the links to the ladies that help to make GoComics what it is. Jan Eliot (Stone Soup) Lynn Johnston (For Better or For Worse) Cathy Guisewise (Cathy) Julie Larson (The Dinette Set) Stephanie McMillan (Minimum Security) Lela Lee (Angry Little Girls) Dana Simpson (Heavenly Nostrils and Ozy and Millie) Lisa Benson (Editorial Cartoonist) Jen Sorensen (Editorial Cartoonist) Signe Wilkinson (Editorial Cartoonist and Family Tree) Jennifer Babcock (C'est La Vie) Jean Floch (The Creeps) Jenny Campbell (Flo and Friends) Teresa Burritt (Frog Applause) Allison Garwood (Haiku Ewe) Nicole Hollander (Sylvia) - Gene Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2013 at Laugh Tracks
During the snowstorms, one of our dogs needed to go "out". She's the smallest of our two - a six-pound Brussels Griffon that rules the house. Riley took one step out the door into the snow bluffs and pranced right back into the house. I can't say that I wouldn't do the same if a foot of snow was taller than me!
Toggle Commented Mar 5, 2013 on Cats and Snow Days at Laugh Tracks
Valentine's Day is just around the corner. I'm spoken for, but as the consummate wingman, I wanted to help you out with the perfect gift for your situation: New Love: You're starting to get into them, they're into you. But, you're not interested in dropping heavy coin just yet, because you want to make sure that they're going to survive past Valentine's Day. Plus, your love isn't into words, but expressions. Solution: Think Lio. The little guy is creative as they come, but a boy of few words. In fact, no words. Mark Tatulli's creativity shines through for introducing someone to one of the most popular comics of the past decade. Plus, a book collection is less than $15. Check it out here. The Special Little Guy or Girl in Your Life: You're teaching the elementary school-age child how to be a lady or a gentleman by sharing the love of reading. They know their ABC's of comics (Peanuts, Garfield, Calvin and Hobbes), but like to be on top on what's new. Solution: Big Nate is your guy. The big man on campus at his elementary school and forever troublesome, Big Nate's books appeal to the adventurous and the good-spirited nature of a child's imagination. Get your little guy/girl Big Nate by clicking here. Commitment-Level: This isn't your first Valentine's Day together and you both know where this is heading. You're ready for a gift that's going to have staying power ... something timeless but forever memorable. (Sorry ladies -- GoComics doesn't sell engagement rings.) Solution: The complete Calvin and Hobbes collection, available in hardback and softcover options. It's considered the greatest comic in modern history. It's one that you want on your shelf, to break out on rainy days or cold nights by the fire when you want to be in the same room as your significant other, enjoying separate hobbies. The Activist: Your love doesn't believe in material possessions expressing love or importance. He/she believes that you vote with your time and your dollar. Solution: Support the creative fundraising campaigns of some of our talented creators who are trying to change the world with their art and self-expression: Aaron McGruder (The Boondocks): Uncle Ruckus - The Movie Stephanie McMillan (Minimum Security): Capitalism Must Die! How To Kill Capitalism Before It Kills Us Rick Stromoski (Soup to Nutz): A Second Helping One notable addition to this list: the Team Cul De Sac book, honoring Richard Thompson's work on the wonderful Cul De Sac comic strip. Thompson is currently battling Parkinson's Disease and several of his friends and peers in cartooning created this compilation of his and their characters. Proceeds goes toward the Michael J. Fox Foundation. True Love - A Modern Classic: Yours is the eternal love that most dream about. Through generations, good and bad, regardless of location or situation, you've stood the test of time. Solution: I have a few: Peanuts: Celebrating Peanuts - 60 Years. Simply the best. Nothing says hope and love than Charlie Brown's... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2013 at Laugh Tracks
**March 28, 2013 - Now, we have two new collections from the Frazz and Close To Home comics! See below for links: In the comics world, we're accustomed to two or more things coming together for the greater good. Calvin wouldn't be the same without Hobbes. Garfield has Odie and John. The Avengers brought together a collective of powers to produce a group greater than the sum of its individual parts. And now ... something new. We would like to announce that the two companies that comprise Andrews McMeel Universal -- Andrews McMeel Publishing and Universal Uclick/GoComics -- have formed a joint e-publishing initiative called Udig to publish collected series of short, curated, collectible e-books. Udig combines the best of both companies' worlds. The vast publishing reach established by Andrews McMeel Publishing, with many best-selling humor and non-fiction books, will pair perfectly with Universal Uclick's vast array of comics, humor, political cartoons and thought-provoking columnists seen on GoComics and What does this mean to you? Well, you now have another awesome option for buying e-books that you can read in a short stretch on your tablet or mobile device. It also provides more great GoComics/UExpress content in e-book form. All titles are available only for $2.99 where e-books are sold, including on the Kindle, Nook, via the iBookstore, Google and Kobo. Udig Titles and Collections: Frazz by Jef Mallett: A Tangled Web (available on Kindle, Apple devices, Google, Nook and Kobo.) Bike Swim Run Grin (available on Kindle, Apple devices, Google, Nook and Kobo.) Cogito, Ergo Caulfield (available on Kindle, Apple devices, Google, Nook and Kobo.) Close to Home by John McPherson Attack of the 70-Foot Zombie Toddlers! (available on Kindle, Apple devices, Google, Nook and Kobo.) McPherson on Sports (available on Kindle, Apple devices, Google, Nook and Kobo.) Medicine is the Best Laughter (available on Kindle, Apple devices, Google, Nook and Kobo.) Luann by Greg Evans: Boys, Bras, Braces and Boys (available on Kindle, Nook, Apple devices, Google and Kobo) Dating Disasters 101 (available on Kindle, Nook, Apple devices, Google and Kobo) The Teens They Are a-Changin' (available on Kindle, Nook, Apple devices, Google and Kobo) News of The Weird by Chuck Shepherd: News of the Weird: Ironies (available on Kindle, Nook, Apple devices, Google and Kobo) News of the Weird: Least Competent Criminals (available on Kindle, Nook, Apple devices, Google and Kobo) News of the Weird: Our Litigious Society (available on Kindle, Nook, Apple devices, Google and Kobo) Non Sequitur by Wiley Miller: Non Sequitur Guide to "The System" (available on Kindle, Apple devices, Google and Kobo) Non Sequitur Guide to Aging (available on Kindle, Apple devices, Google and Kobo) Non Sequitur Guide to Finance (available on Kindle, Apple devices, Google and Kobo) Savage Chickens by Doug Savage: Relationships According to Savage Chickens (available on Kindle, Apple devices, Google and Kobo) Very Very Best of Savage Chickens (available on Kindle, Nook, Apple devices, Google and Kobo) Zombies According to Savage Chickens (available on Kindle, Nook, Apple devices,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2013 at Laugh Tracks
We love all of our GoComics fans and visitors. When people thought that the comic strip/panel was dying when newspapers started to fold, you proved them completely wrong. We're always grateful for that, and it's a main reason why we enjoy the giveaways that we offer on this very blog, through our social media outreach and our special industry events. From New England to England, from South Carolina to South Africa, from the Philippines to the Brazilian coastal cities, our team enjoys having a global impact for the comics and creators we represent. There's a special place in our hearts for our GoComics PRO account holders. They help to feed hungry cartoonists by signing on for a paid subscription (averaging out to only 99 cents per month). So, as a unique way of thanking them, we're announcing our NEW "surprise and delight" program. Every week, we're going to randomly select one of our GoComics PRO subscribers. Once we make contact via email, he or she will receive a special gift from us that will vary from week to week. Gifts range from a collectable print to an autographed book from a favorite cartoonist to a special signed print that we picked up at San Diego's Comic-Con to a T-shirt with comic artwork and much more. We're sending these out only to this special audience. How to qualify? Simply become a PRO member. If you're already a PRO member, first of all, THANK YOU. Then, just cross your fingers, put on your lucky socks and hope that your name is selected. It's that easy. We hope that you continue to enjoy what we're doing with new developments on the site, adding new comics regularly and the photo and creative outreach via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, Pinterest and much more. Let us know what you think and what you'd like to win. We're listening. - Gene Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2012 at Laugh Tracks
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Last month, our GoComics team went into San Diego Comic-Con on a mission. Like the classic 80's show (and beleaguered movie remake) "Fame," "they're gonna remember our name." From our booth, creator signings, street teams with hundreds of free items daily to social media sharing the sights and news with the world, we wanted people to get to know GoComics as well as they know the wonderful comics that we represent. While GoComics/Universal Uclick has been going to SDCC since 2004, this was my first time going to Comic-Con with the company. In my previous work life, I was there the past two years, but with a much different experience. You see, I was at Comic-Con, but with a view from afar. I worked in a partnership with a major entertainment magazine and website, interacting with actors and filmmakers to publicize their films and their in-theater releases. It made for some interesting stories and positive work experiences, but I left feeling like I hadn't yet connected with the "real" Comic-Con audience. A testament to that is when I walked through the convention center on the first full day in 2011, a costumed guy with a megaphone yelled out to the audience when I passed: "He isn't a real geek! Look at him. He's a nerd-postor!" I quickly learned that Kenneth Cole isn't the preferred attire for Comic-Con. This year, being on the floor and hosting at our booth every day, I learned: -- Wear comfortable shoes. It's a must. Concrete floors aren't forgiving and people will step on your feet. Forgive them. It's not personal. -- It pays to be tall. The rumblings are true about the showering habits (or lack thereof) at Comic-Con. Let's just say that the fresh air is higher up. -- Bill Amend, creator of FoxTrot, is a rock star at Comic-Con. People of every make and model stopped by, asking if he was there, what's he like and if I knew him. His characters really resonate with this group. -- If you're really polite, anyone will let you take their picture. Some costumes/"cosplay" is better than some small-budget movies. -- Be cool with the security that mans the gates. They can make or break your experience. -- Ain't no party like a Comic-Con party, 'cause a Comic-Con party don't stop. -- You truly never know who you'll see walking by you. Within a few hours, Matt Groening (The Simpsons creator), Anthony Bourdain and actors Thomas Jane (Spawn, HBO's Hung & 61*) and Lou Ferrigno were within an arm's reach. Check out our entire Comic-Con experience in photos on our Tumblr: Our next big event will be at New York Comic-Con in October. We'll report back on the differences and our preparation to head to the East Coast from the mighty Midwest. Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2012 at Laugh Tracks
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