Sunday comics get a makeover

June 19 marks the day of new comics in the Sunday newspaper.

The Grand Bend Tribune is excited to bring you fresh new comics. We hope you enjoy them, as we tried to choose comics that would be suitable for all ages. We’ve curated a few of our readers’ favourites, too.

Here are the new features you will find on the Sunday Comics page:

Great Nat: Aspiring cartoonist Nate Wright is the star of Big Nate, the daily and Sunday cartoon distributed by NEA since 1991. Nate is 11 years old, four and a half feet tall and holds the all-time record for school detentions . the story. He’s a self-proclaimed genius and a sixth-grade Renaissance man. Nate, who lives with his father and older sister, enjoys harassing his family and teachers with his sarcasm. Wright also wrote The Big Nate book collection which includes “I Smell a Pop Quiz: A Big Nate Book”, “Add More Babes!” and three e-books from ipicturebooks.com: “Big Nate Makes a Splash (the Sunday Strips)”, “Pray for a Fire Drill”, and “Dibs on This Chair”.

Reality check: Cartoonist Dave Whamond offers a quirky view of the world in Reality Check, which exposes the hilarity hidden in everyday situations with a completely goofy look at life.

“I just frame some of the silliness of everyday life in the comic and invite people to take a double take — to look at life from another perspective,” Whamond explains. “Reality Check is more of a state of mind than anything else. The characters could be people you know – maybe even a bit of yourself – but the names have been changed to protect the innocent.

The Argyle Sweater: Scott Hilburn is the designer of the Argyle sweater. It’s a comedy panel where the unexpected is to be expected — where animals can talk, fantasy becomes real, and politicians tell the truth. This comic is a window into a world of humorous absurdity.

buckets offers a realistic snapshot of modern family life: the worries, the chaos and the often overlooked rewards. Examining the daily chaos with a healthy sense of humor, it strikes a chord with parents who juggle the many demands and slight madness of raising a family today.

“The Buckets is for anyone baffled by human behavior and the most exquisite comic for those who wish to see their behavior objectively,” says author Greg Cravens. It’s the story of people who enjoy their weekends more than their jobs – wandering in and out of The Outdoor Galore Store, the woods, the skate park, the river and the problems. They risk their lives and limbs to entertain the reader by entertaining themselves.

The Amazing Spider-Man created by Stan Lee, centers on Peter Parker, an unlucky high school student. When Peter is accidentally bitten by a radioactive spider, he gains superpowers.

Weird by Wayno and Dan Piraro gives an eccentric, exaggerated and bizarre look at everyday life. Hidden symbols in this comic include: eyeballs, dynamite, bunnies, a shoe, a fish tail, a smoking pipe, an alien spaceship, upside down birds and a slice of pie.

Mutts, written by Patrick McDonnel, explores the special bond between best friends Earl the dog and Mooch the cat and their guardians. It shows them living their lives as they should be, sharing friends, food, and naps. Mutts has merchandise for sale online and they donate to animal rescues around the world.

Slylock Fox and children’s comics by Bob Weber, Jr. is another one of our new comics that features puzzles, games, drawing lessons and a cast of furry characters who solve mysteries and teach young readers about art, nature, pets and health.

Free pencils for Tribune readers

We invite children (or adults) to come by Grand Bend Tribune to collect a free box of crayons. Use the crayons to color in the comics or complete the puzzles and games.

We gave a few kids a taste of the comics with a box of crayons. After they finished coloring, they then made hats and boats from the newspapers.

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