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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. Just Posted 1-23-15 Kartoons By Kline 1-23-15 Smith 1-23-15 Sports by Voort 1-23-15 The Boobiehatch 1-23-15 1-24-15 Frank Blunt 1-25-15 Candace 'n' Company 1-26-15 Witt of Will 1-26-15 A complete list of all the Sherpa features can be found here. Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Laugh Tracks
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. Don't Pick the Flowers 1-21-15 Frank & Steinway 1-21-15 1-21-15 Mustard and Boloney 1-21-15 Picpak Dog 1-21-15 Promises Promises 1-21-15 Snow Sez... 1-21-15 0-60 1-22-15 Rackafracka 1-22-15 1-22-15 A complete list of all the Sherpa features can be found here. Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2015 at Laugh Tracks
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. Don't Pick the Flowers 1-16-15 1-16-15 GramDragon 1-16-15 Specktickles 1-16-15 1-16-15 Blue Skies Toons 1-17-15 Buns 1-17-15 1-18-15 County Line 1-19-15 Soccer Earth 1-19-15 A complete list of all the Sherpa features can be found here. Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2015 at Laugh Tracks
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. County Line 1-13-15 1-14-15 Girth 1-14-15 1-14-15 1-15-15 Rackafracka 1-15-15 A complete list of all the Sherpa features can be found here. Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2015 at Laugh Tracks
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"Robert Crumb is considered by many to be the single best cartoonist America has ever produced. The creator of counter culture icons like Fritz the Cat, the Keep On Truckin guy and Mr Natural, Mr. Crumb was inducted into the comic book Hall of Fame in 1991, the same year he moved his family to France, where he has resided ever since. Writer Celia Farber reached him at his home on Friday, January 9, 2015, to talk about the massacre of cartoonists and others in Paris this week..." Read the full New York Observer interview here. Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2015 at Laugh Tracks
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. Amanda the Great 1-9-15 And now... 1-9-15 Blue Skies Toons 1-9-15 1-9-15 1-9-15 Onion & Pea 1-9-15 1-9-15 Teacher Ink 1-11-15 Frank & Steinway 1-9-15 and 1-12-15 1-12-15 I'm Telling Mom 1-12-15 A complete list of all the Sherpa features can be found here. Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2015 at Laugh Tracks
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. Courageous Man Adventures 1-6-15 1-6-15 Promises Promises 1-6-15 1-6-15 Onion & Pea 1-7-15 Peanizles 1-7-15 Sign Garden 1-7-15 Cats@Work 1-8-15 CoyoteVille! 1-8-15 Don't Pick the Flowers 1-8-15 A complete list of all the Sherpa features can be found here. Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2015 at Laugh Tracks
Wolinski, Charb, Tignous, and Cabu: What It Means To Be A Cartoonist In France, by Bart Beaty, posted on Slate's culture blog Browbeat here . French cartoonist Georges Wolinski, killed in the attack on the offices of Charlie Hebdo: Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2015 at Laugh Tracks
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. Apple Creek Comics 1-3-15 Dust Specks 1-3-15 1-3-15 Batch Rejection 1-4-15 Bushy Tales 1-4-15 1-4-15 1-4-15 Onion & Pea 1-5-15 Pamo's World 1-5-15 Promises Promises 1-5-15 Thingsesque 1-5-15 A complete list of all the Sherpa features can be found here. Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2015 at Laugh Tracks
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. 12-29-14 GramDragon 12-29-14 Mort's Island 12-29-14 Onion & Pea 12-29-14 12-29-14 12-30-14 Charmy's Army 12-30-14 Mustard and Boloney 12-31-14 Specktickles 12-31-14 The Boobiehatch 12-31-14 The Family Blend 12-31-14 1-1-15 1-2-15 A complete list of all the Sherpa features can be found here. Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2015 at Laugh Tracks
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. Bushy Tales 12-25-14 Maximus 12-25-14 12-25-14 12-25-14 12-26-14 Buns 12-27-14 12-27-14 Green Pieces 12-28-14 12-28-14 12-28-14 A complete list of all the Sherpa features can be found here. Continue reading
Posted Dec 28, 2014 at Laugh Tracks
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. Coyoteville 12-20-14 Kartoons by Kline 12-20-14 12-21-14 Buns 12-21-14 12-22-14 Promises Promises 12-23-14 12-23-14 Bushy Tales 12-24-14 Don't Pick the Flowers 12-24-14 Magic Coffee Hair 12-24-14 Snow Sez... 12-24-14 A complete list of all the Sherpa features can be found here. Continue reading
Posted Dec 24, 2014 at Laugh Tracks
Over the years, a number of Sherpa creators have experimented with adding animation elements to their strips. The most avid practitioners lately have been Nighthawk and Stelbel, and today their feature CLEO & COMPANY offers my favorite strip-plus special effect so far. Merry Christmas! Continue reading
Posted Dec 19, 2014 at Laugh Tracks
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. Frank & Steinway 12-17-14 Mister & Me 12-17-14 12-17-14 Girth 12-18-14 Witt of Will 12-18-14 Girth 12-19-14 H.I.P. 12-19-14 Onion & Pea 12-19-14 12-19-14 A complete list of all the Sherpa features can be found here. Continue reading
Posted Dec 18, 2014 at Laugh Tracks
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. Caffeinated 12-12-14 Candace 'n' Company 12-12-14 12-12-14 Frank & Steinway 12-12-14 The Beauforts 12-12-14 12-14-14 Mort's Island 12-14-14 The Old Man & His Dog 12-14-14 And now... 12-15-14 12-15-14 Maximus 12-15-14 Promises Promises 12-15-14 ' A complete list of all the Sherpa features can be found here. Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2014 at Laugh Tracks
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. Apple Creek Comics 12-9-14 Courageous Man Adventures 12-9-14 Elmo 12-9-14 12-9-14 Girth 12-9-14 Peanizles 12-9-14 Rogue Symmetry 12-9-14 County Line 12-10-14 12-10-14 The Lighted Lab 12-10-14 A complete list of all the Sherpa features can be found here. Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2014 at Laugh Tracks
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Okay, if the handwriting above it were semi-legible instead of Latin calligraphy, this drawing could be from a recent American History class notebook. But it isn't, it's from a 13th-century law manuscript. Turns out doodling in class is at least an 800-year-old lineage. Check it out here. Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2014 at Laugh Tracks
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. 12-5-14 Alison Ward 12-5-14 Bushy Tales 12-5-14 Courageous Man Adventures 12-5-14 Frank & Steinway 12-5-14 12-5-14 Girth 12-5-14 Promises Promises 12-5-14 12-5-14 12-7-14 12-8-14 A complete list of all the Sherpa features can be found here. Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2014 at Laugh Tracks
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. 12-2-14 The Boobiehatch 12-2-14 12-3-14 12-3-14 Snow Sez... 12-3-14 12-3-14 The Boobiehatch 12-4-14 A complete list of all the Sherpa features can be found here. Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2014 at Laugh Tracks
Wow, there's lots to like in this 1963 clip of Charles M. "Sparky" Schulz talking about doing his strip. Nine kids and no seatbelts. Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2014 at Laugh Tracks
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. Far Out! 11-27-14 Norman 11-27-14 Snow Sez... 11-27-14 The Boobiehatch 11-27-14 Kicky Brand 11-28-14 Milton 5.0 11-28-14 11-28-14 11-29-14 Green Pieces 11-30-14 Blackboard Daze 12-1-14 Promises Promises 12-1-14 A complete list of all the Sherpa features can be found here. Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2014 at Laugh Tracks
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. Don't Pick the Flowers 11-21-14 Bazoobee 11-22-14 11-22-14 11-23-14 Mid-Life w/Alan 11-23-14 11-24-14 11-24-14 Onion & Pea 11-24-14 11-24-14 A complete list of all the Sherpa features can be found here. Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2014 at Laugh Tracks
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Fans of R. Crumb's work know that old-time and early recorded music, inluding the Blues, have always been a key area of interest for him. (Witness his book Heroes of Blues, Jazz & Country.) Here's a fascinating article about one important influence -- The Amazing Old Paramount Records Ads That Inspired R.Crumb. This video, which runs with the article, has some of his amazing bleues drawings: Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2014 at Laugh Tracks
Today's review: David Stanford, aide de sherpa I thank Francis Bonnet for volunteering for this public week-long editorial review of his strip Suburban Fairy Tales -- which concludes with today's installment. (If you've been snowed in, sans internet, you can quickly catch up by going here, here, here, and here.) I admire that Francis has been creating this comic strip with such discipline for so long. It is no small thing. He has been posting his work on Sherpa for most of Sherpa's existence -- and for a good portion of his own. I've often found that reading a book collection (or binge-reading online) can deepen your appreciation of a strip. In this case it's helped me see things more clearly. I always enjoy reading Suburban Fairy Tales, but I have also felt that I want something more. So what follows is me focusing on what I like, pointing out things that seem not as strong, and overall trying to figure out what that "more" might be. *** Your premise: fairy tale figures living in suburbia, most of them younger versions of themselves and hence in school. In committing to this concept you took a huge shortcut, one which pays off but also exacts a price. The payoff: You immediately assembled a huge cast of characters that readers are already familiar with, whose personalities and traits and backstories are, to varying degrees, known. The price: Although you get to create your own versions of these characters you are limited by their familiarity, and have to stay within the general boundaries of who they already are, and the expectations of readers. So you have traded some of your classic cartoonist freedom -- to create characters and a world of your own -- and thereby took possession of a very deep body of material with which to work, rich in reference points and options and opportunities. You have a lot of characters, and only in binge-reading did I sort them all out. Goldilocks and Rapunzel I confuse, and sometimes I don't recognize Pinocchio until he lies. Some of your characters seem more solid and filled out, others more like sketches. For me the biggest plus of the school setting is the teacher/witch Mrs. Hagatha (bonus: she evokes, for me, the witch in Little Lulu). And I like Little Pig 3, who is diarmingly self-aware. I enjoy their interactions: 5-7-12 2-11-11 I am also particularly fond of The Gingerbread Man. He's so lucky that he has a theme song which you can endlessly riff off of. 2-25-09 His strips are often full of action, which livens things up. 4-17-09 Humpty-Dumpty I like because you've put him in exactly the place he shouldn't be. A seemingly fragile fellow living the reckless life with confidence; that has archetypal resonance. 11-19-12 3-7-14 The Pied Piper and his mice-followers I like because, again, they are usually moving. There may be more to explore here beyond the occasional run-by, but whenever they show up it's fun. 5-13-09 Frog... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2014 at Laugh Tracks
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. Candace 'n' Company 11-18-14 Courageous Man Adventures 11-18-14 Regular Creatures 11-18-14 Spectickles 11-18-14 11-18-14 Mustard and Boloney 11-19-14 Spectickles 11-20-14 A complete list of all the Sherpa features can be found here. Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2014 at Laugh Tracks