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Elizabeth Phelps
Kansas City
Comic lover and editor.
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BRR. That's it. That's all I feel any more. My space heater is humming, but I'm still shivering. This winter has been pretty brutal, and February might be the worst of it all. It feels like it's never going to end. Apparently, I'm not the only one who feels this way — just take a look around GoComics. Our cartoonists can't keep warm, either. Here's a sampling: The Duplex 2/22/2015 Bob Gorrell 2/20/2015 Shoe 2/22/2015 Maria's Day 2/22/2015 But remember... Real Life Adventures 2/23/2003 — EAP Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Laugh Tracks
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Happy Fat Tuesday, everyone! A pop-up parade during Mardi Gras 2014 Last year, I was lucky enough to be in New Orleans the weekend before Mardi Gras. The city was vibrant and bustling, and collecting beads became a competition. I ate more beignets and king cake than is healthy, and I looked at Lent as a prime detox time. Heart of the City 2/12/02 This year, I'm here in Kansas City, wishing I was in NOLA. I guess I'll have to read Mardi Gras-related comics to satisfy my craving for fun. Elderberries 2/20/07 Frazz 2/20/07 Big Nate 8/15/96 Phew! I'm feeling better already! Now I'm going to stare at this picture of my cat wearing Mardi Gras beads and eat some king cake. What are you going to do to celebrate Fat Tuesday? Maeby is not happy with her fashion statement. -- EAP Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2015 at Laugh Tracks
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I'm a doodler. Always have been. In fact, my family nickname is Doodle Bug. That's why today, Doodle Day, is perfect for me! On any given week, you can look at my task sheet and see all kinds of nonsense drawings, notes and even some simple math. My doodles are not very pretty. Luckily, there are a couple of much better doodle-based comics on GoComics for everyone to enjoy and relate to. Doodle Town by Melissa Lomax is darling, and her doodles are actual works of art. (Check out my thoughts on Doodle Town here.) Then there's Holiday Doodles by Missy Meyer. Every day has a new doodle showing all the holidays occurring. Without it, I wouldn't know that besides being Doodle Day, today is also Lame Duck Day, Bubblegum Day and Working Naked Day. (Sorry, co-workers!) Enjoy your doodles today! -- EAP Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2015 at Laugh Tracks
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Eep, indeed! It finally, FINALLY happened -- Val and Phil are engaged! As someone knee-deep in the waters of wedding planning myself, I don't know if I've ever been more excited about an event in a comic strip. I want to know everything about this wedding: Val's dress, the ceremony, what role Holly and Alix will play... Seriously, all of it! Reading these strips brings back so many great memories of my own engagement. Like Val, I didn't process what was happening right away. (In my defense, I was wearing sweatpants and packing for a trip we were leaving on the next day -- it was definitely a surprise.) After a few blinks and head shakes, I managed to squeak out, "Uh, yeah!" Then it was time to call our parents to tell them. I wish I'd thought to FaceTime or Skype them, like Val did: Once we finished freaking out with our parents, we finally had a second to revel in our happiness. And to realize, holy moly, we're really doing this! Now, with just three months to go before the big day, I can't believe how excited I am. I can't wait to see Val and Phil as they start planning their wedding. Although Wally's reflections on marriage are just a little scary... So cheers to Val and Phil! Be sure to follow Stone Soup here to see what the future has in store! As a treat, here's the first time Phil and Val met, all the way back on Sept. 15, 1998: -- EAP(soon-to-be K) Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2015 at Laugh Tracks
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I'm a constant resolution-setter. And I mean constant. Every few days, I say, "Starting Monday, I'm going to go to the gym four days a week!" or "Starting tomorrow, I'm going to wake up early and make a lunch to take to work!" Unfortunately, I'm also a pretty constant resolution-breaker. Whoops! So New Year's Eve is a great holiday for me. It's a time when setting -- and breaking -- resolutions is expected and even encouraged. I'm not the only one who plans on setting some resolutions this year. On GoComics, there are resolutions being set on every page. What are your New Year's resolutions this year? -- EAP Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2014 at Laugh Tracks
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I have an obsession with Kickstarter. I have no idea why, but I love the crowd-funding website SO MUCH. Sometimes I find myself clicking from one project to another, marveling at the epic creativity on the site. I've donated to several funds, from big ("The Veronica Mars Movie") to small (a friend's quest to transcribe her grandparents' love letters). And now I've found the next perfect project to help fund! "The Folks Behind the Funnies" by Sari Armington is a documentary about the comics and creators you encounter every day here at GoComics. From the Kickstarter page: "Twenty-One of the most famous North American cartoonists talk candidly about themselves, each other and what inspires them. The artists of Beetle Bailey, Dilbert, The Family Circus, Hagar the Horrible, For Better or For Worse, Dennis the Menace, Zits, and Cathy — just to name a few — give us an intimate glimpse into their unique perspective on life and The Funnies. " In the movie, you'll see an esteemed list of GoComics creators, including Scott Adams (Dilbert), Darby Conley (Get Fuzzy), Cathy Guisewite (Cathy), Lynn Johnston (For Better or for Worse), Mell Lazarus (Momma), Steve McGarry (Badlands), Stephan Pastis (Pearls Before Swine) and Rick Stromoski (Soup to Nutz). You'll also see John McMeel and plenty of other cartoonists. The campaign ends Nov. 29. To help fund the film, visit the Kickstarter page. —EAP Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2014 at Laugh Tracks
The next dance party I attend, I'm going to pull a Charlie and use some of Calvin's moves from Calvin and Hobbes. -- EAP Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2014 at Laugh Tracks
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Cow Appreciation Day was last week, but I wanted to celebrate today anyway. Better late than never! Here in Kansas City, we know a little something about cows. I mean, we're not called Cowtown for nothing! You can even buy Cowtown Barbeque Sauce, with a bottle designed by GoComics' own Charlie Podrebarac, the creator of the comic strip Cowtown. Cow and Boy is another strip that features a bovine, Cow, as a main character, along with Billy (the "Boy" of the title). Then there's Lucky Cow, a strip about the place where people really appreciate cows: a fast-food restaurant. How are you going to celebrate Cow Appreciation Day? My festivities will NOT involve steak. I promise. -- EAP Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2014 at Laugh Tracks
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Great news for other Luannalyzers like me who may have missed out on some of Luann's earliest strips: This week's strips are all flashbacks of Mr. Fogarty, Luann and Pitt's School's favorite curmudgeonly teacher. In honor of his retirement, be sure to check out luanncomic.com every day this week (and next week!) to see Mr. Fogarty reminiscing about his years spent as a teacher. You can also click on the "Fogarty Flashback" button to get even more grumpy goodness. And don't forget to check out Luann Againn to see the series from the beginning — including the introduction of Mr. Fogarty! — EAP Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2014 at Laugh Tracks
New favorite comic strip. Of all time. Ever.
Toggle Commented Jun 24, 2013 on Garfield vs Garfield! at Laugh Tracks
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Every year, my family would start our vacation in Estes Park, Colo. And every year, our first stop in town would have to be the magic shop. My brothers and I would each have $3 to spend, and we would go wild. For some reason, I almost always ended up with the "Magic Stick." Unfortunately, I was never quite as talented as the magician in the video. And by "not as talented," I mean that I was terrible. Still, I tried every year, to the consternation of my family. I had almost given up on my future as a magician when I came across Magic in a Minute. These quick lessons are simple enough that even the least-talented magician can stump an audience. I plan on amazing my family with a few of these at our next gathering. 4/29/12 12/2/12 1/13/13 4/14/13 4/28/13 8/21/11 5/20/13 12/9/12 -- EAP Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2013 at Laugh Tracks
Rats! Now I want pizza!
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Real Life Adventures 3/18/98 Dear Everyone: I'm so sorry. I didn't mean to get everyone sick. Really, I promise I didn't. It wasn't like I was whooping it up -- I spent two solid weeks sick. It's just that I did the thing that I always complain about: I went to work and out with friends sick. And now basically everyone I know has the cough/cold/flu monster hybrid that incapacitated me. Here's how I eventually cured myself: Drink so much water. Take vitamin D. Take Mucinex (pre-emptive strike). Take Tylenol. Take Emergen-C. Now sleep for an entire day. If you could find some Lifetime movies to have on in the background, that would be best. A cuddly animal will make things way better. Oh, and comics! Read comics! Sincerely, EAP Cathy 1/11/99 Jump Start 1/8/12 Dilbert 3/13/01 Stone Soup 4/3/04 Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2013 at Laugh Tracks
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Hope everyone's been getting ready for the greatest food challenge of the year: THANKSGIVING! This is definitely the most delicious holiday, and I always have a game plan going in. The key is to eat just a little in the late morning. You don't want to be so hungry that you'll spoil the meal on appetizers, but you still have to have a huge appetite. I'm going to go for an English muffin. And, of course, mildly forgiving clothes are always necessary. Anyone have any other great tips? Foxtrot 11/18/12 Real Life Adventures 11/13/12 Foxtrot 11/24/05 Now it's time to look at pictures of mashed potatoes and listen to "Eye of the Tiger" on repeat. Good luck, everyone! Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2012 at Laugh Tracks
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Slowpoke 10/23 Phew! We're down to just two weeks before the election. I don't know about you all, but I'm ready. I am a terrible debate watcher. I hate confrontation, so I squirm around and chatter any time there's any kind of actual, y'know, debating, which means I tend to miss a lot. Perusing the editorial cartoons at GoComics is one of the more entertaining ways to keep informed. This morning I came across plenty of cartoons that did a great job of illustrating how I feel about these debates ... Mike Thompson 10/17 Glenn McCoy 10/23 Jerry Holbert 10/22 Joe Heller 10/17 Jeff Stahler 10/22 Dana Summers 10/22 Ted Rall 10/22 -- EAP Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2012 at Laugh Tracks
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Calvin & Hobbes 10/10 Right this very minute (Seriously -- I wrote this last week!), I am hanging out with both of my little brothers in New York City. I would like to take this time to apologize to John and Donald for turning you into my living dolls so often. It's just that I'm pretty sure I had this exact conversation with Mom every week for years, but with "sister" instead of "brother." Not that you aren't great, but ... a sister! Don't worry, though. Things turned out pretty OK, even without a sister. And they definitely got me back once they got bigger than me (stupid noogies!). Now off to enjoy the city! -- EAP Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2012 at Laugh Tracks
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Thatababy 9/24 When my youngest brother, Donald, was little, he made his own family flow chart. He said that Mom was like the heart of the family and his siblings (me and my other brother, John) were like the arms and legs. When he was asked what Dad was, he thought for a second and said, "Maybe like the ear?" In fact, now that I'm thinking about it, Paul Trap might be using Donald as his inspiration for Baby: 3/24 Donald could only tell time in increments of "Rugrats" episodes. Mom would have to say, "We're going to the store. We'll be gone for three 'Rugrats.'" (That'd be 45 minutes.) 8/9 Donald and John played with Legos constantly. 7/28 And "Star Wars" ruled the house. 3/12 Baby even loves the Jayhawks! I guess only time will tell, but be on the lookout for Baby to start wearing a Simba belt and socks with sandals. Then we'll know for sure. -- EAP Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2012 at Laugh Tracks
Oof. I have a feeling Sunday's going to be rough. Thanks so much to Richard Thompson for the amazing strip and to everyone on Team Cul de Sac for spreading the word about Parkinson's disease!
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Pooch Cafe 8/17 I've been saving this Pooch Cafe for a nice, short post. So thank you, Paul Gilligan, for this awesome homage to one of my favorite movies, "Memento." (You may remember it as Christopher Nolan's second movie.) I snorted a little, then wrote a note on my hand -- hey, like Leonard! -- to remember to watch the movie again. "Remember Sammy Jankis" -- EAP Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2012 at Laugh Tracks
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Eek! Thanks Ron, you're totally right! It is Chad, not Chester -- changing it now.
Toggle Commented Sep 12, 2012 on Tuesday afternoon football! at Laugh Tracks
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Hello from Belmont Elementary! Today we are talking about writing a blog post. When I read Sunday's Big Nate, I thought it would be a really great strip to write about and share with the fifth graders visiting Mrs. Walker today. I'm not a huge football fan, but my brothers are. I try to know what's going on in the NFL so I can join in on their conversations. Once I read Chad's fantasy team name, I realized that's what would motivate me to pay more attention: fun names and cute mascots! I asked the students what they thought. Some of their ideas are... -- Puppy dogs (that's mine) -- Pink fluffy unicorns -- Aspen -- Chameleons -- Jack -- Quadricorns -- Aubree -- Waterbears -- Sam -- Pandacorns -- Taylor -- Bandicoots -- TJ -- Doughnuts -- Sydney -- Cornhuskers -- Noah -- Purple Dragon Sing-a-long Friends -- Dylan and Cale Any other ideas? Am I overlooking a team with a great name/mascot combination? Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2012 at Laugh Tracks
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My cat, Maeby, greets me at the door every day with lots of meows. I like to think it's because she's happy I'm home, but the real reason is that she knows it's dinnertime, and she's hungry. So, in honor of Maeby (and because I'm on vacation this week), here are some other hungry kitties: Lio 8/13 Garfield 6/26 Speed Bump 8/17 The Big Picture 7/31 -- EAP Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2012 at Laugh Tracks
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