A lot happened in 2018 in the world of comic strips and political cartoons. Much of it also involved GoComics.com, which we see as a good thing.
Below is our authoritative but completely unscientific list of the biggest happenings for comics over the past year. You'll notice a few of them involve short animation, which is a brand-new form of storytelling for GoComics (you can view the outstanding finalists for our first-ever "Short Shorts" animation contest here).
Anyhoo, here's our Top 10 for the biggest comic strip stories of 2018!
The Reboot of Nancy
In April, Olivia Jaimes took the creative helm of Nancy, injecting the classic comic with a fresh look and modern sensibilities. Some longtime Nancy fans were a little startled by the change, but reviews and reception for the revamped comic have been overwhelmingly positive.
Alley Oop's Creators Retire
On Sept. 1, longtime Alley Oop creative duo Jack and Carole Bender published their final strip. However, that won't be the last word for the time-traveling caveman, who dates back to 1932.
The classic comic strip will be relaunched in early January with a new creative team: Jonathan Lemon of Rabbits Against Magic, and Joey Alison Sayers of Joey Alison Sayers Comics. We can't wait to see Alley Oop's new look and story lines!
DeFlocked Joins GoComics
DeFlocked was added as a new GoComics feature this year, but Jeff Corriveau has been writing the hilarious comic about three farm animals and their human friend for 12 years. In this recent interview with us, Corriveau weighs in on Greek philosophy, TV sitcoms, and how Larry David and Thomas Kinkade became fans of his offbeat strip.
Sarah's Scribbles Gets Animated
This summer, GoComics unveiled an exclusive series of six short animations that brought beloved web comic Sarah's Scribbles to life. Animated shorts represent a new form of storytelling for GoComics, and Sarah Andersen's comic about coming to grips with adulthood is a natural fit for this emerging genre. Click here to view all six animations!
Garfield's big, fat 40th
On June 19, the big, orange, lasagna-loving cat celebrated his 40th anniversary. As you can tell from the comic below, Garfield is still coming to grips with officially entering middle age.