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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. A Boots & Pup Comic 10-21-14 Buns 10-21-14 10-21-14 Promises Promises 10-21-14 The Beauforts 10-21-14 Alison Ward 10-22-14 10-22-14 10-22-14 10-22-14 10-22-14 A complete list of all the Sherpa features can be found here. Continue reading
Posted 2 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. 10-17-14 S.O.D. 10-17-14 Buns 10-18-14 10-19-14 Green Pieces 10-19-14 10-19-14 Alison Ward 10-20-14 And now... 10-20-14 Batch Rejection 10-20-14 Frank & Steinway 10-20-14 A complete list of all the Sherpa features can be found here. Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Laugh Tracks
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There's a nice long Chris Ware profile/interview from The Guardian here, in which Ware talks about his new book, Building Stories. It is about one unnamed woman, and consists of 14 stories which can be read in any order. From the article: "On stage he described the cartoon as a 'working-class art form' and an 'art of the people.' He expanded on this afterwards; beginning with a short-hand history of early comics from Rodolphe Töpffer to Richard Felton Outcault, he warmed to his theme. 'In America, it really exploded in the 1920s, in Chicago specifically, with the artists on the Chicago Tribune doing what were essentially serial stories that predated what would happen with radio and TV. And they were all about regular people. Take Gasoline Alley –- that strip suddenly became about real life, it had a continuing narrative and a warmth. They knew the readers of the newspaper were regular people who didn't want to be talked down to. That's appealing to me: it seems like the best possible America, the point at which the ideals coalesce into a popular art form that could actually be great." Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 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 10-14-14 10-14-14 Elmo 10-14-14 10-14-14 10-14-14 10-14-14 Cleo and Company 10-15-14 Girth 10-15-14 Smith 10-15-14 Snow Sez... 10-15-14 A complete list of all the Sherpa features can be found here. Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 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. Cleo and Company 10-10-14 County Line 10-10-14 10-10-14 Regular Creatures 10-10-14 Snow Sez... 10-10-14 10-10-14 10-10-14 10-12-14 A Boots & Pup Comic 10-13-14 Onion & Pea 10-13-14 A complete list of all the Sherpa features can be found here. Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 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. 10-7-14 Girth 10-7-14 Regular Creatures 10-7-14 A Bit Sketch 10-8-14 A Boots and Pup Comic 10-8-14 Diligent City 10-8-14 Frank & Steinway 10-8-14 10-8-14 10-9-14 Elmo 10-9-14 A complete list of all the Sherpa features can be found here. Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 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. Onion & Pea 10-3-14 Peanizles 10-3-14 County Line 10-4-14 10-5-14 Frank Blunt 10-5-14 H.I.P. 10-5-14 Mustard and Boloney 10-5-14 Diligent City 10-6-14 10-6-14 10-6-14 A complete list of all the Sherpa features can be found here. Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 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 9-30-14 9-30-14 10-1-14 Dumb Question / Bad Answer 10-1-14 Plenty of Penguins 10-1-14 Regular Creatures 10-1-14 Millennialhood 10-2-14 Peanizles 10-2-14 10-2-14 Two Bits 10-2-14 A complete list of all the Sherpa features can be found here. Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 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. 9-26-14 Regular Creatures 9-26-14 Blue Skies Toons 9-27-14 Boogerbrain 9-27-14 Dust Specks 9-27-14 9-27-14 9-27-14 Batch Rejection 9-29-14 Frank & Steinway 9-29-14 Peanizles 9-29-14 A complete list of all the Sherpa features can be found here. Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 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. Sports by Voort 9-23-14 Wrobbert Cartoons 9-23-14 9-24-14 0-60 9-25-14 Apple Creek Comics 9-25-14 Candace 'n' Company 9-25-14 Green Pieces 9-25-14 H.I.P. 9-25-14 Millennialhood 9-25-14 9-25-14 A complete list of all the Sherpa features can be found here. Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2014 at Laugh Tracks
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In case you haven't been reading Jeffrey Caulfield and Alexandre Rouillard's MUSTARD AND BOLONEY on Sherpa, here's an excellent introduction. Specifically, the introduction to their cool new book Mustard and Boloney: Butt Seriously... , an introduction penned by the legendary Dan Piraro, Reuben-winning creator of BIZARRO, who has this to say: "The real art of cartooning is to create a compelling illustration that facilitates a compelling gag. Caulfield and Rouillard are the most shining example of this unique combination I have seen in some time. "The art in this book speaks for itself. It is a perfect balance of realism and exaggeration, humor and pathos...Rouillard has mastered something that takes even the most talented cartoonists years to achieve. "The gags in this book are along the same classic lines, with inventively amusing surprises in every panel. Some read instantly, and others lead the mind on a few seconds of detective work to solve the puzzle and arrive at the laugh..." The trim size of the book is odd and ideal: only 4 1/8 x 4 3/4. The 104 strips are beautifully reproduced in full color. And the book ends with the essay "How We Came to Be Mustard and Boloney, " which is how I found out they are Canadian. I urge you to order the book from their web site, mustardandboloney.com. Oh, and they have six videos on Vimeo: Voila. Oh, and a dog named Ziggy is somehow involved... Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 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 anythng; 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. Buns 9-19-14 Cleo and Company 9-19-14 9-19-14 9-19-14 9-19-14 9-21-14 Mustard and Boloney 9-21-14 A Bit Sketch 9-22-14 A complete list of all the Sherpa features can be found here. Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 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 anythng; 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. Cartertoons 9-16-14 9-16-14 9-16-14 And now... 9-17-14 Buns 9-17-14 Massive Falls 9-17-14 0-60 9-18-14 Far Out! 9-18-14 Girth 9-18-14 Peanizles 9-18-14 A complete list of all the Sherpa features can be found here. Continue reading
Posted Sep 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 anythng; 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. 9-12-14 9-12-14 Smith 9-12-14 Suburban Wilderness 9-13-14 Ben & Seymour 9-14-14 9-14-14 Candy Pills 9-15-14 Don't Pick the Flowers 9-15-14 Leadbellies 9-15-14 Peanizles 9-15-14 A complete list of all the Sherpa features can be found here. Continue reading
Posted Sep 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 anythng; 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. Comet Valley 9-9-14 Bushy Tales 9-10-14 9-10-14 9-10-14 9-10-14 9-10-14 Way Out Comics 9-10-14 And now... 9-11-14 9-11-14 A complete list of all the Sherpa features can be found here. Continue reading
Posted Sep 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 anythng; 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 9-5-14 9-5-14 And now... 9-6-14 Buns 9-6-14 9-6-14 Suburban Wilderness 9-6-14 Onion & Pea 9-8-14 Questions for Kids 9-8-14 9-8-14 A complete list of all the Sherpa features can be found here. Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2014 at Laugh Tracks
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As a big fan of Hilary Price's RHYMES WITH ORANGE (and of its title) I thoroughly enjoyed the "how I became a cartoonist and how I work" talk she gave at a recent CT NCS chapter meeting. Shortly thereafter she posted "Visiting The Inner Sanctum of Beetle Bailey" on her web site with some great photos, including these: Hilary Price and Mort Walker. Mort's notes: where the pencil meets the paper. A mere portion of Brian Walker's awesome collection of figures. And an experience I had recently compels me to also post this great summer RHYMES WITH ORANGE toon -- now, before the leaves start turning and such joys and agonies are blown into distant memory: Continue reading
Posted Sep 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 anythng; 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. Jillpoke Bohemia 9-3-14 Smith 9-3-14 The Boobiehatch 9-3-14 9-4-14 Courageous Man Adventures 9-4-14 Far Out! 9-4-14 H.I.P. 9-4-14 Millennialhood 9-4-14 9-4-14 Regular Creatures 9-4-14 A complete list of all the Sherpa features can be found here. Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 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 anythng; 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. A Bit Sketch 8-29-14 Apple Creek Comics 8-29-14 8-29-14 8-29-14 Magic Coffee Hair 9-1-14 9-1-14 A complete list of all the Sherpa features can be found here. Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2014 at Laugh Tracks
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Kudos to Kurt Kolka, award-winning journalist and creator of the Sherpa strip The Cardinal, who recently announced the publication of Bullying Is No Laughing Matter, a book for kids and parents that includes special cartoons from Stone Soup, Beetle Bailey, Luann, Funky Winkerbean, Bushy Tales, Gil Thorp, Blondie, Mary Worth, Dick Tracy, Dennis the Menace and 26 other nationally-distributed features. Many of the strips are accompanied by commentary from the creators on their own experiences with bullying, and advice for kids. The "flip" side of this front-covers-on-both-ends book contains "Wrath of the Warthog" a complete graphic adventure story by Kolka, featuring a youthful version of The Cardinal and his aggressive tormentor. The middle portion of the book contains other material as well. Funky Winkerbean creator Tom Batiuk provides the introduction. Kolka and his wife Diane live in Michigan, and lead anti-bullying programs for adults and kids. They worked together for two years to assemble this collection of comics, with the goal of encouraging kids to help end bullying. Kurt has been posting one featured strip per week on a special website that supports the book (which you can order here). Here's the Broom Hilda strip: Continue reading
Posted Aug 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 anythng; 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. A Boots & Pup Comic 8-27-14 Massive Falls 8-27-14 Oat 8-27-14 Onion & Pea 8-27-14 8-28-14 Peanizles 8-28-14 8-28-14 The Old Man & His Dog 8-28-14 A complete list of all the Sherpa features can be found here. Continue reading
Posted Aug 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 anythng; 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 8-22-14 Onion & Pea 8-22-14 Winding Roads 8-22-14 Misc Soup 8-23-14 Batch Rejection 8-24-14 Bushy Tales 8-24-14 Frank & Steinway 8-24-14 Suburban Wilderness 8-24-14 No Place Like Holmes 8-25-14 Small Nerdy Creatures 8-25-14 A complete list of all the Sherpa features can be found here. Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2014 at Laugh Tracks
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Speaking of hip-hop. I mean, speaking of comics. I wasn't aware of the first volume of Ed Piskor's graphic novel The Hip-Hop Family Tree, until I began seeing stories about the second, which was published last week. Check out Daniel Genis' story over at The Daily Beast story: "Bam! Pow! Bling! Hip-Hop's History Gets the Graphic Novel Treatment." Genis explains that the first two volumes comprise the "prequel," and subsequent volumes will each cover one year. I thought this comment was particularly interesting: "Ed explained to me that while a sampling a beat is a well-known device in rap music, he samples colors. He would find old fliers and comics with urban themes and when he noticed something that just looked right, he scanned it in and added the hue to his palette. Perhaps that is why the books look so authentic; they could be artifacts from the era." Also this: "Rose Porché, who is 54, lived through the birth of hip-hop intimately, dancing at the very block parties that Piskor had drawn. She was amazed by how well the artist had captured the moment, and so were her friends sipping on beers in paper bags. They were equally amazed to learn that Ed Piskor was white, but not a word was said about cultural exploitation or appropriation. Piskor’s work was taken at face value, not an attempt to cash in on a fad for subculture or the meddling of an outsider. In fact, Rose said, “Reading this, you would think he was there, he was listening, and he was black. The fact that he’s a white boy who is only 32 is impressive.” Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 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 anythng; 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 8-19-14 Cartertoons 8-19-14 8-19-14 8-19-14 Regular Creatures 8-19-14 8-19-14 Buns 8-20-14 Cleo and Company 8-20-14 Don't Pick the Flowers 8-20-14 Jim & Sarah 8-21-14 Leadbellies 8-21-14 Misc Soup 8-21-14 A complete list of all the Sherpa features can be found here. Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2014 at Laugh Tracks