Winding Roads by Joe Schmidt

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  1. Last Rose of Summer

    Last Rose of Summer GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    It helps to have an abundance of talent, Joe.

  2. Observer fo Irony

    Observer fo Irony said, over 2 years ago

    Just need to persevere in practicing and soon someday…hey nice work there.

  3. MysteryCat

    MysteryCat GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    You must be doing something right! Like your work very much— both cartoons and realistic sketches.

  4. Lady Anne Wehrley

    Lady Anne Wehrley said, over 2 years ago

    It’s a wonder the syndicate hasn’t grabbed you up but considering the stuff they have been syndicating lately you might want to count your blessings! They only seem to like garbage!

  5. windingr0ads

    windingr0ads said, over 2 years ago

    @Lady Anne Wehrley

    Cartoon syndicate editors don’t look to the future for what readers want but don’t don’t know they want yet. They don’t look ahead at all. The furthest ahead they look is their toes or worse yet, behind them for what’s already been successful. Jobs was such a success with Apple because he was a creative visionary, not a follower. I lost my awe of the gatekeeper editors decades ago. Lew Little was the last of the great carton editors before he retired.

    They’re still looking for another “Calvin and Hobbs” to come along. Hey, but cartoonist are doing it also. Look a ‘Non Sequitor’ using the little girl and horse as oh so obvious clones of Calvin and Hobbs gags, characters, personalities and even visual settings. C & H is the most often imitated cartoon out there.

    My point? I’m packing my chute in ready to bale out of Sherpa. I see no point in sticking around where divergent thinking is a liability. Oh sure, there’s a tiny bit of lip service given to “looking for something new and quirky” but in reality…. one look at what they choose for Go Comics or print syndication and the baloney is exposed.

    To be balanced and fair, editors do have to deal with bean counters over them as well as newspaper cartoon editors who buy the strips and are also not creative types. Newspapers don’t buy the funniest strips, they buy demographics to sell their newspaper. Newsaper editors think they’ve done their job if that formula is filled with at least one strip of ANY PIECE OF **** with dogs, cats, family, one for each ethnicity, divorced, single,retired, kids, business, and plenty of already-dead-creator’s strips that stopped being funny decades ago because they are no longer relevent to today’s world. That leaves precious little space for something new. And also little incentive for a syndicate editor to go out on the limb with something innovative.

    Again… my point? Even with the innovative digital format here, “right here”….. 99.9% of artists still use the 1897 “Yellow Kid” straight jacket panel format. The “Comic Strip” is a walking Zombie… alive but dead.

  6. Dry and Dusty

    Dry and Dusty GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    Guess Joe wasn’t kidding. It’s been 2 days. Sigh!

  7. Dry and Dusty

    Dry and Dusty GoComics PRO Member said, about 2 years ago

    Now it’s 11 days! :-(

  8. Toonerific

    Toonerific said, about 2 years ago

    I was wondering what had happened to this strip. Sorry to see you go.

  9. MysteryCat

    MysteryCat GoComics PRO Member said, about 2 years ago

    It was nice while it lasted. Sorry it’s gone.

  10. par-signs

    par-signs GoComics PRO Member said, about 2 years ago

    Please make some more, Jim!

    Hopefully you have found some lucrative projects in the meantime….

  11. par-signs

    par-signs GoComics PRO Member said, almost 2 years ago

    You would be a perfect fit over at Mad Magazine, Jim.

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