Celebrate Spring With Us!

We hope you enjoy these new, spring-themed colouring sheets; we started working on these a couple of months ago, during a blizzard. Today we’re finally making these available on the site, and it’s so nice out that we’ve opened all the office windows. That’s one welcome spring breeze!

Here’s our classic “It’s a Spring Thing” memory game, back for another year.

Easter Items in our Zazzle Shop

We’ve also just launched some new Easter products; we especially like the easter-egg leggings (eggings?). You can check out the whole collection of Easter stuff here.

 

Lynn Interviewed for International Women’s Day!

GoGomics interviewed Lynn, about her experiences as a female cartoonist, for International Women’s Day. Check out the full interview here.

When Lynn Johnston created For Better or For Worse in 1979, she was a pioneer — one of small number of women cartooning from their own points of view and under their real names. This International Women’s Day, we caught up with Johnston for her perspective on the evolution of comics under her tenure. We wanted to find out how history shaped her early experiences as a professional cartoonist, and how her ongoing success shaped history and contributed to a more inclusive comics page. Read on for a reflection on her career and to catch up on her current exploits.

We Asked Lynn: 3 Interview Questions

As part of our ongoing “We Asked Lynn” series of blog entries, we asked Lynn a few questions — the topics of travel, imagination, and animation are always safe bets, because we know we’ll get interesting responses!

We asked Lynn 3 interview questions 1. What have you learned from all your travels around the world? Is
there anyplace you still really want to go, where you haven’t yet visited?

I’ve learned from my travels that people are all the same, no matter where you go. We all want to be safe and happy; to provide for our families; to have meaningful work; to laugh and play music; to belong and to love. We are all the same.

The barrier for me has always been language. When you talk to someone, a relationship happens.  Learning Spanish has been life-changing for me. I no longer go to Mexico, Cuba and Peru as a tourist — I can get to know people; really connect with them. In my opinion, our inability to understand each other is what separates us, not our clothing or our colour or our beliefs. It’s easier to think the worst of someone if you can’t understand them!

Where do I want to go next? Australia beckons, but first, my partner and I are going to England, to celebrate our 70th birthdays. In October, we’ll be attending a comic art festival in the town of Kendal [the Lakes International Comic Art Festival], before going on to see friends and relatives here and there.

2. Do you still spend a lot of time “living in your imagination”?

Yes, I still spend a lot of time in my imagination. I can go anywhere I want to go and it’s free! Not having to write and draw the strip makes my mental forays less focused and less productive, but I still go drifting off into my own thoughts. Really…isn’t this something we all do?

3. Have you seen any really good animated films lately? What are some of
your favourites?

Yes, I’ve seen some amazing animated films. The new CGI techniques blow me away. The one show that stays in my mind, however is Pixar’s “Inside Out” — directed by Pete Docter and Ronnie Del Carmen. It has a wonderful premise, great story arc, was ingeniously storyboarded and beautifully animated. It’s both entertaining and ingenious, so in order to appreciate the truly important content you should see it twice!

St. Patrick’s Day Fun in our Zazzle Shop!

Lynn’s drawn some brand-new, St. Patrick’s Day artwork for our Zazzle shop. We’ve got shamrock stuff, leprechauns with squeeze boxes, magical harp players, pots of gold, happy fiddlers, pints of cheer, and plenty of clean green fun. Check out our St. Paddy’s Day collection today!

As always, look for the information bar at the top of Zazzle’s site, to see what discount codes are currently available.

Here’s a St. Patrick’s Day Sampler: