And the lucky winner of February’s sketch contest is…

Byron from over at 1977 The Comic, come on down! You left the luckiest comment of the month of February, and earned yourself a free sketch of the George character of your choice! Let’s all give Byron a round of applause, eh? And clap real loud, too–Byron’s an old fart, you know (Jes’ kiddin’, Byron!)!

If you wanna win your own free sketch of the George character of your choice, all you have to do is leave a comment on a comic or blog post. You’ll be entered into that month’s random drawing, and you just might be a winner! So tell your friends to come comment, too (even though that…well, that hurts your chances of winning!), and maybe they can win a piece of the magic, too. Thanks to everyone who left comments during the month of February–try again this month! Believe me, it’ll pay off eventually ;) Or, if you’re just plain tired and frustrated with trying to win a free sketch, you can always just buy one for a paltry six bucks. You can even tell your friends that you won it–I don’t care! What you do with your sketch is up to you, although if you choose to roll around on it naked, I can also choose not to upload any of the photos you send me. Good luck!

The First Sketch Winner of 2010…

…is George Ford of the comic Addanac City! Addanac City is a great comic strip that George must absolutely work his butt off at, because there’s a new one every single day. Props and kudos to you, my man. You win a free sketch of the George character of your choice!

Remember, you can enter to win your own sketch just by leaving a comment on a comic or blog entry each month!

Celebrating five years online!

You may have forgotten (or think that I’d forgotten), but yesterday was the “official” birthday of George Comics online! Now, the unofficial birthday of this website is pretty muddled. You see, it went live on January 27, 2005, but on that day I actually used an old comic from the original George Comics website (which was hosted at Geocities) rather than creating a new one from scratch (because I was very impatient and hadn’t been invented yet). On January 31, 2005, I put up the first “new” George comic made specifically for this website, so that’s why January 31 is the “official” birthday of this website. Never mind that the website had a hyphen in the title back then. To further complicate things, that old Geocities website went online about ten years ago. It’s sort of like that grandpa who celebrates his birthday a day after the date on his birth certificate, because someone got the birth date wrong and he celebrated it on the day after for sixty years before actually seeing the birth certificate and realizing he didn’t know exactly when the heck he was born. Did everyone have a grandpa like that? Or just me? Anyway–all confusing complications aside, let’s just say we’re celebrating George’s fifth birthday. Everybody’s welcome to come to my house for cake.*

Also, tune in on Wednesday when I’ll announce the winner of January’s George sketch contest winner! Thanks to everyone who commented on a comic or blog post last month–one of you lucky people is going to win a free George sketch of the character of your choice!

*Cake may actually be stale bread

Happy New Year–Here’s December’s Sketch Winner!

Happy New Year, everybody! I hope everyone had a fun night last night and made it home in one or two pieces, at most. Also, I’d like to congratulate jynksie over at! He’s the lucky winner of December’s George sketch drawing and wins a free sketch of the George character of his choice. Congratulations, jynksie! And if anyone else wants a George character sketch, you can enter to win one each and every month just by leaving a comment on a comic or blog post. Or, you can go buy one for just six bucks!

And a reminder–George returns for a brand spankin’ new year on Monday!

My Ten Favorite George Comics of 2009

You know, some people seem to think that you should never toot your own horn, lest you appear narcissistic and conceited. While I agree that patting yourself on the back for every little thing is pretty classless, I believe that every now and then, you’ve got to acknowledge those times when you do something you genuinely feel good about. It’s okay to be your own fan every once in a while. That being said, I present to you my ten favorite George comics of 2009, complete with a little commentary about why I like them so much. Believe me, while going through this year’s archives, I came across more than a few strips I was rather displeased with, so don’t think I’m letting pride go to my head, here. I just want to share with you some of George’s shining moments from 2009. Here they are, presented in chronological order.

February 9: When Nerds Cry, Pt. 7
There’s something in every panel here that I like. First, Rob is fretting over not having a computer for two weeks. Then, he thinks “the game” George refers to is World of Warcraft, and finally, a question many of us have asked ourselves at one point or another…seriously, what is a Laker?!

March 20: Brave New World
Now, this one is mostly one of my favorites because it’s actually published in a McGraw-Hill textbook called Exploring Writing: Paragraphs and Essays by John Langan. Someone actually liked this strip enough to include it in a widely-released educational textbook, and I say that counts for…well, something, right?

April 6: Aaawwwkwaarrrrd
The last panel here is what makes it one of my favorite strips of the year. Denise’s annoyed glare, sipping tea with her pinkie outstretched, and Greg’s look of utter humiliated discomfort makes me chuckle. Hard.

April 13: X Squared Plus Seven Minus Salad
Another one where the expressions alone make the comic great to me. George is resigned to defeat immediately after reading the question, and then seems genuinely interested in Greg’s tutoring as Megan wears a face of tormented anguish at being trapped there as the hours tick away…It’s just a sort of humor cocktail.

June 19: Danger Curvaceous
You’ve seriously got to give Greg props for trying, right? Most guys wouldn’t even have the guts to try a line like that. And, frankly, most guys shouldn’t try a line like that. The speed at which the young lady departs is perfectly complemented by Greg’s frustration and shame in the last panel.

July 24: He Needs Multiple Beard and Mustache Trimmers
The Paul tries so hard to one-up George at everything he does, even to the point of wearing a fake beard when it suits him to. What makes it great is the corner of The Paul’s fake beard beginning to peel off a bit in the last panel as he checks out his nails, blissfully unaware of his beard failure.

August 3: Look But Don’t Touch
The smash cut from panel 2 to panel 3 implies such horribly funny things happening as Amanda tried to lean in for a passionate kiss, only to have her face attacked by a cactus. Dave’s indignant look about not understanding a woman’s aversion to being “poked in the face by a thousand razor-sharp needles” is icing on the cake.

September 16: The Jaws of Life
Sirloin’s workout gear is my favorite part of this strip. Well…maybe it’s the fact that he tried to get on an elliptical and immediately caused such great distress to both himself and the elliptical that it was necessary to bring in a helicopter for assistance. I can’t decide which I like more.

November 25: Oh No She Didn’t
Here’s a comic I love not for its humor, but for its depiction of an event that was literally years in the making. Ever since Colleen’s first appearance in the strip, both Greg and Rob were infatuated with her. Rob eventually learned to move on, briefly fawning over Denise before becoming involved with his current girlfriend, Crystal. Greg, however, never truly gave up on Colleen, even after she told him they could never be together. I was happy to see his dedication finally pay off.

December 23: Father Christmas, Pt. 11
I think this comic gets my vote as perhaps the most powerful strip of 2009. Like I wrote a week ago when it came out, I actually got a little bit emotional when I finished coloring the second panel. You’ve got George staring longingly at a 20-year-old photo of his mother, while his once-estranged father lays a comforting hand on his shoulder. It’s the culmination of a story I wanted to tell for the better part of a year, and I think Christmas was the right time to tell it.

I hope you enjoyed looking back on George 2009, and I whole-heartedly hope you’ll join me again next year in seeing what happens to George, Amanda, Dave, Greg, and…well, the rest of those idiots.

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