Monday, January 29, 2007

"Pre-Valentine" Gag Cartoon in Reader's Digest Canada Magazine (February 2007)

Reader's Digest Canada Magazine - February 2007 CoverThe latest issue of Reader's Digest Canada Magazine hits newsstands this week.

This month, one of my gag cartoons is published in the As Kids See It department on Page 77 ... If you're not a subscriber, I highly encourage you to pickup a copy of the magazine!

To all those lovebirds out there ...

Happy Valentine's Day!

Reader's Digest Canada Magazine - February 2007 - Pre-Valentine Cartoon by Mike Cope
"Pre-Valentine" in Reader's Digest Canada Magazine (February 2007).

Click the above image to see the full cartoon.

Stay TOONed!

- Mike Cope

Sunday, January 21, 2007

Gag Writing: PC and Pixel Comic Strips

PC & Pixel by Tak Bui

Since May 2003, I've been a contributing gag writer for the daily comic strip feature, PC and Pixel by fellow Canadian cartoonist, Tak Bui.

Tak describes his comic strip as follows ...

"PC Odata achieved middle age only to be 'downsized' out of his job and his marriage. Like so many cast out by today's economy, he becomes a freelance consultant with an office at home. He is available for hire by any PR firm, because advertising is what he used to do, but will accept almost any kind of work to make ends meet. PC is wired, but with technology always changing, is never quite as comfortable surfing the Net as his cat, Pixel, an addicted Netsurfer who is never without her laptop. Pixel has a secret friend, Digit, a mouse who hangs around PC's apartment and likes to dispense advice over the Internet."

The following are a few PC and Pixel comic strips that I recently contributed to ... Enjoy!

January 9, 2007

January 10, 2007

January 11, 2007

January 12, 2007

January 13, 2007

January 15, 2007

PC and Pixel is published published in Canada and around the world, as found in the Ottawa Sun, Regina Leader Post, Vancouver Sun, The Toronto Star, Ann Arbor News, The Milwaukee Post, Idaho Press Tribune, Sacramento Bee, Honolulu Star Tribune, Syracuse Post Standard , Gwinnett Daily Post, Bahrain Tribune, Bangkok Post, Japan Times, Luxembourg Wort, Pakistan's DawnScience, Chile's Diario El Comercio, Trinidad Guardian, and more!

You can read PC and Pixel daily at United Media's

Stay TOONed!

- Mike Cope

Friday, January 19, 2007

A "Humble" Website Update

The Humble Stumble by Roy Schneider
Chronicling the daily goings-on of single father Joe Humble, his daughter Molly, and their goofy friends. Distributed by United Features Syndicate.

In early 2006, Roy Schneider hired me to design the "official website" for his syndicated comic strip, The Humble Stumble. If you're a fan of the strip, you may be surprised to learn that Roy is not only a talented professional cartoonist, but also an award-winning singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist!

Roy recently contacted me and was happy to announce that he had completed production of his new music CD, The Humble Sessions, a collection of 12 songs -- each one inspired by a character or situation from the strip.

This past week, I put a few updates on his website, including new sample strips and an audio clip from his album's first track, "There Goes Mr. Humble."

I must admit, it's one darn catchy toon -- er, tune ...

The 'Official' Humble Stumble Website, Designed by Mike Cope
Above:The "Official" Humble Stumble Website (click to visit).

You can read The Humble Stumble daily at United Media's website, Roy's inspired music CD, The Humble Sessions, is currently for sale at CD Baby.

Stay TOONed!

- Mike Cope

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Spec quest for a new comic

No doubt, most daily comic strip fans are aware that, as of Dec. 30, 2006, Bill Amend's popular FoxTrot comic strip is now a Sunday-only publication (see Universal Press Release).

As a result, over 1,000 newspapers have been scrambling to find a daily replacement feature. Some editors have simply made a new selection, while others, including our own local newspaper, have been having a little more fun with the process ...

Source: The Hamilton Spectator

I'm not sure how long the above video will be available online, but enjoy it while it lasts.

Stay TOONed!

- Mike Cope