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The comic strip Sherman’s Lagoon appears in more than 200 newspapers in 30 countries and in six languages. Toomey’s wonderful strip combines the upbeat tone of under-the-sea fun, with a real-life look that enlightens and entertains.
Jim Toomey's environmentally aware comic strip, Sherman's Lagoon, appears in 150 newspapers in 30 countries and in 6 languages. Inside this latest cartoon collection, Discover Your Inner Hermit Crab, more than 42 weeks of Sherman's Lagoon stand ready to transport readers to an imaginary lagoon near the South Pacific island of Kapupu in the Palauan archipelago of Micronesia, where a cast of coral-reef critters battles the encroachment of the hairless beach apes with their so-called civilized human ways.
Inhabitants of this nautical neighborhood include Sherman, an always-hungry-but-otherwise-typical great white shark; his witty, pearl-wearing wife, Megan; friendly Fillmore the turtle; geeky fish Ernest; macho hermit crab Hawthorne; and salty old Captain Quigley, who remains vengeful having lost his leg to Sherman.
Lauded for promoting marine conservation, Toomey has been described as a "breath of fresh water" by the Washington Post and designated as an Environmental Hero by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in recognition of his efforts to protect and preserve the nation's environment.
By Jim Toomey
Mark Heath's cartoons have a warmth and energetic innocence that just make you want to smile." -Casey Shaw, USA Weekend
* Spot the Frog is internationally syndicated to papers ranging from the Chicago Tribune and Houston Chronicle to Canada's Vancouver Sun and Spain's Trinidad Guardian.
It's Hard to Comb a Grass Toupee follows Mark Heath's unlikely cast of cartoon creations, including amiable amphibian Spot, his grandfatherly two-legged mammal friend Karl, and Spot's bespectacled best friend and fellow frog Buddy. Together these friends explore the lighter side of life offering readers Zenlike escape and reflection in answering such questions as: Do frogs prefer boxers or briefs? Do snow goats winter in Karl's freezer? Are turtles so slow that they're actually fast? And can a grass toupee guarantee happiness?
Author's web site: www.spotthefrog.net/
By Mark Heath
From hormones to how-come-I’m-not-like-everyone-else questions and insecurities, Borgman and Scott continue to successfully tell teenage horror stories since the strips debut in newspapers in 1997. Readers and fans can find Zits in 1,600 newspapers worldwide, an achievement only 18 comic strips have ever earned.
Lauded by the Los Angeles Times "as one of the freshest and most imaginative comic strips" and designated as Best Newspaper Comic Strip twice by the National Cartoonists Society, Jerry Scott and Jim Borgman's Zits chronicles many of the scenes that play out under the rooftops of more than 80.5 million homes across the country.
Artfully exploring insecurities, societal pressures, and just plain teenage goofiness, Scott and Borgman contrast the experiences of adolescence and parenthood. Sixteen-year-old Jeremy Duncan is learning to navigate residential byways and high school hallways while the parentals, a.k.a. Connie and Walt Duncan, try to keep pace and find a little peace.
By Jerry Scott
"My job isn't to revolutionize anything. My job is to give women a sense of relief, to acknowledge what they're struggling with." —Cathy Guisewite
Like women around the globe, Cathy has been constantly puzzled by her romantic relationships. From Irving to Simon to Alex, the men in Cathy's life have provided a never-ending source of confusion and amusement ever since the strip began in 1976. "If men's hair falls out," our weary heroine laments, "it's because there's nothing in there for it to hold onto."
In Understanding the "Why" Chromosome, Cathy's found a new challenge: a boyfriend who's a decade younger than she. Fitness fanatic Alex, who's sensitive and not particularly ambitious, introduces Cathy to an entirely new relationship angst, then introduces her to his hip, young mother. Cathy's baffled by the age difference, but is just as stumped when he proposes. "What's wrong with our relationship the way it is now? "she wails when Alex finally pops the question.
Throughout her trials and tribulations, Cathy's friends keep her sane. There's happily married Charlene, the office loudspeaker; exhausted Andrea, mother of Zenith and Gus; her well-meaning mom and dad; Cathy's unrealistic boss, Mr. Pinkley; and bouncy little Electra, Cathy's canine alter ego. Her frequent and frustrating shopping excursions also give rise to an enormous wave of female recognition "Skip the clothes and just shove a Stairmaster through the curtain," Cathy deadpans.
Cathy Guisewite is an enormously talented cartoonist who has won numerous awards for her strip and animated television shows. Her countless fans trust Cathy to constantly express the right blend of humor and observation almost as if she had x-ray vision into the human condition.
By Cathy Guisewite
The number one calendar in the world, with sales of 400,000 every year. Pointless projects, endless meetings, and random downsizing make up the Dilbert world.
Following his 20th anniversary hit, Dilbert 2.0, Scott Adams returns with another Dilbert collection of funny page favorites inside I'm Tempted to Stop Acting Randomly.
Inside this collection, Dilbert and his team "flail around in futility" while the corporate bosses "forget what it's like to be one of the little people." From CEO Dogbert's speculative use of the company jet for personal vacationing to the flawed planning of a new electrically compromised data center, Dilbert exemplifies the randomness and annoyances associated with corporate cubicle culture.
By Scott Adams
F Minus dares to ponder thoughtful perplexities like, "Why are we here?" "What is life all about?" and "Can I take only one shower per week if it's seven times the normal length?"
* This thinking man's cartoon panel is less than a year old and already appears in more than 100 newspapers.
Short on life lessons, precious moments, and pearls of wisdom, Tony Carrillo's F Minus takes on life's serious issues by pinning them to the ground and stealing their lunch money. (Then it feels a little bit guilty and gives some of the money back.)
* As Carrillo explains, "I draw my material from my experiences at a wide array of failed careers. Over time, I have worked as a pizza cook, Web site designer, dancing costumed character, portrait artist, insurance drone, waiter, custom framer, camel ride attendant at the zoo, and the guy at the airport that waves orange wands at the airplanes. As varied as these jobs were, eventually I had the profound realization that they all had two important things in common: Each offered a wealth of comedic inspiration and there was always a creepy guy named Larry."
Author's web site: www.fminus.net
By Tony Carrillo
In this FoxTrot collection, cartoons feature life in the Fox family, including Peter's on-and-off romance, Paige's passion for shopping, their little brother Jason's plots to torment Paige, and their parents' efforts to cope with them all.
By Bill Amend
This strip is the culmination of a life's worth of dreams. I'm using the opportunity to entertain, enlighten, and be the trembly voice of the socially awkward everywhere." -Cory Thomas
An edgy and nuanced strip-chronicling the demanding but reflective lives of six urban teens at Oliver Otis University.
Cory Thomas's Watch Your Head is presented through the eyes of Cory, an academically brilliant but socially inept college student. His friends at Otis U. include Omar, a recluse who seems umbilically tied to his computer; Quincy, Omar's friend (and therefore Cory's friend by default); and Kevin, who, as both a Canadian and one of the few whites on a predominantly black campus, feels like a foreigner times two. Robin, the object of Cory's crush, and Jason, Cory's roommate and polar opposite, round out the cast.
Through this diverse group, Thomas provides a raw critique on current social issues while perfectly relating the amusements, angst, and growth that come with the college experience.
Watch Your Head currently appears in papers stretching from New York, Washington, D.C., and Boston to Chicago, Dallas, and St. Petersburg. This inaugural book offering collects more than 40 weeks of strips.
By Cory Thomas
Jim Toomey is "a breath of fresh water." --Washington Post
Lauded for sparking dialogue on topics relating to marine life, Sherman's Lagoon appears in 250 newspapers in 30 countries in 6 languages.
Collecting more than 42 weeks of Jim Toomey's Sherman's Lagoon, this collection transports readers to an imaginary lagoon near the South Pacific island of Kapupu, where a cast of coral reef critters live a charmed aquatic lifestyle.
Commenting on such timely issues as rising sea levels, degrading water quality, and environmental pollution, inhabitants of Toomey's nautical neighborhood include Sherman, an always-hungry, but otherwise typical kind of great white shark, and his witty pearl-wearing wife Megan, along with friendly Fillmore the turtle, geeky fish Ernest, macho hermit crab Hawthorne, and salty old Captain Quigley, who remains vengeful after loosing his leg to Sherman.
This is the 13th Sherman's Lagoon cartoon collection, in addition to two treasuries.
What Was That All About? looks back at the 20-year whirlwind life of the Duncan family, the inhabitants of the popular, modern family cartoon Zits. What Was That All About? is the perfect celebration of Zits' twentieth anniversary! Always spot-on, sometimes chaotic, and often messy comic moments are immortalized by the true-to-life give and take between Jeremy and his often befuddled parents.Authors Jerry Scott and Jim Borgman have sifted through the highlights (and some lowlights! ) over the life of the strip and have created a unique behind-the-scenes, insightful view into the history of Zits. They have selected their all-time favorite cartoons to fill the collection along with special features, including stories about:• How they met in Sedona, Arizona, and came up with the crazy idea of creating Zits• The teenagers in their own lives• Choosing the title Zits• Strips that newspapers declined to publish, or words they censored, etc.• Creating a Zits Sunday strip• Sucks, bites, and blows: staking out territory on the comic page• Fish paste and other reasons our kids don't want to travel with us anymoreExcerpts from their sketchbooks will also be shown.This is the book every fan of Zits has ever wanted!
A modern Everywoman, Cathy has endeared herself to millions of fans who share her daily struggles with the four basic guilt groups: Food, Love, Mother and Career. This comic page heroine blazed a trail for single working women and continues her pursuit of perfection against odds every woman can relate to. We read. We identify. We laugh. Aaack!
What happens in Sherman's Lagoon doesn't always stay in Sherman's Lagoon. In this, the fourteenth collection of Sherman's Lagoon comic strips, we examine the once-taboo subject of sea turtle courting rituals and conclude that, although sea turtles may be remarkable navigators, it's a cruel exercise in Darwinism when they show up at the right place without the right pickup line.
With 280 strips featuring the adventures and misadventures of Sherman the great white shark and undersea entourage, Confessions of a Swinging Sea Turtle gives fans of the strip a much-needed dip in Sherman's Lagoon.