Steve Clark of Truro, Nova Scotia has carved another Poncho-lantern! This year he’s carved a “Vampooch”, taken from the pages of Pooch Cafe book #1. Spooky work, Steve!
Anyone like to own the original of this Larson-inspired Sunday? Sale price: $90, including postage and personalized signature! Send me an email if you like. If not, you won’t hurt the strip’s feelings, it’s just ink and paper.
Margaret Easter (AKA Pet Lady) has sent some photos of Poncho chilling on Cascade Lade in Brevard near Psigah Forest. Sayeth the Pet Lady:
“We all had a great time. My favorite pic is Poncho canoeing. I also attached a pic of him and his traveling companion, Tessa. She’s his “opposite look-alike”. She not he, black with white, not white with black but otherwise they are so alike. Sometimes I think you base the strip on her antics. She would juggle squirrels if she could just catch one!”
I met wall-artist Misaki C. Kido a couple of years back at TCAF, and she’s since become a fan of Pooch Cafe. And when Misaki is a fan of something, she expresses it on walls. And she does so AWESOMELY. Walls have never looked so good.
For more of her colourful wall transformations, check out her deviantart page here.
Thanks, Misaki! I’m thoroughly tickled!
Holy snap. I can feel the bones in my drawing hand creaking. I had to do the calculation three times. I had to use an abacus, because apparently those were all the rage around the time I started drawing this strip, which debuted on Jan 3, 2000, (“The first strip of the new millennium”, I coined it). It coincided relatively closely with Charles Schulz’s announcement that he was retiring Peanuts, and I was quickly misquoted in a newspaper interview as calling Poncho “the new Snoopy.” My first reporter twisting of words! I had entered the public eye.
The first strip:
Thanks to Copley Syndicate for starting me off, and to John Glynn, Lee Salem and John McMeel for taking Pooch on at Universal and helping me into the big leagues. And of course thanks to all my fans over the years, without whom I’d have been committed because sitting by yourself doing 5000 comics about a dog for no one will get you tossed in a padded room.
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Search for Paul Gilligan if you’d like to follow me there. I skipped twitter, Linkedin and Pintrest. I only go for every fourth social media phenomenon.
Poncho’s Travels may be finito, but Sandy Britt still takes her Poncho out on the town once in a while:
Says Sandy: “Here we are at our regular Mexican hangout on $1.99 Margarita Wednesday. He helped me drink four!!! Poncho is a bad influence and makes me do bad things! Lol.”
Sounds like Poncho alright.
To get your own Poncho, click here. (Just noticed the photo on the site isn’t up at the moment, but trust me, he’s cute).
Apologies for not posting more the last while. Summer, et al. Here’s a classic Pooch movie poster to let you know I’m still kickin’.
Want to own your very own Pooch Cafe original? Now’s the time to act. All dailies are on sale for the Pooch-erific price of only $70, which includes postage and personal signature signed to your specifications. Details about the strips are here. Below, apropos of nothing, is a strip.
If you’re interested in any strips let me know and I’ll check “the archive” (a fancy name for the large pile of strips in my faux armoire) to see if it’s in my possession. The strips tell me they much prefer to be hanging on the walls of fans. They also tell me not to eat peanut butter while handling them. Don’t take this as a sign that they’re cantankerous, each and every one of them is sweet as a button.
I was a big fan of The Sopranos (I know, get in line), so like many I was disappointed to hear about the passing of talented star James Gandolfini. The Sopranos-inspired Italian Greyhounds appeared several times within the borders of Pooch, and independently of James’ death they are set to appear again in a couple of weeks. (Advance panel:)
My sister-in-law was the hugest Soprano fan I’ve ever met. She’s planning a wake, where everyone must dress like one of the characters. I guess I’ll have to be skinny-Guinea Christopher. I’m on the hunt for a big fake shnozzola, if you know where to get one.
Check out this latest Poncho conspiracy uncovered by alert regular Sandy Britt!
It’s from a website called “Sleepypod“, where I’m not quite certain what happens. ”Provides security and comfort for pets at home or on the go”. Okay, I think maybe it’s a travel bag… that looks like a canine crash-test dummy. I’m not sure, but I think maybe you don’t want your pet zippered up in a bag that looks like if you leave it unattended for a moment some car-company guy who needs to test out the effect of a crashed car on a plastic mutt and might grab it and put it to use.
There’s also another sleep-pod for felines that looks like a space helmet. That seems about right, since we all know everybody wants to jettison cats into space.
…we have Bob Krohmer, known around these parts as — you guessed it — “mailman”, who sent me a collection of his most recent comic offerings, my favorite of which is here:
I met Bob a few years ago when he came to hear me pontificate about myself at the Kenosha Cartooning Festival near Chicago, and he’s a wonderful chap. Bob, I’m not sure if you want to tell people how they might order some of your comics, but feel free to plug yourself in the comments section of this post if you so desire.
I’d certainly question using Poncho as a roll-model for teaching, (unless it’s about learning things the hard way), but I certainly can’t question Todd Allen’s taste in comics. Todd, who works at the Idaho National Laboratory, used Pooch Cafe strips in a slide presentation for a talk on team building for scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy research and development lab, (sounds like pretty brainy stuff!) Here are a few slides of Todd and Poncho in action.
Here it is, the moment you’ve all been waiting for (or forgotten about)!
Congratulations to Christopher Wood, for the winning contest entry! Here it is:
We received over 600 entries here at Pooch Central. As you may have guess, a large portion of them were plays on Life of Pi.
Other recurring movie springboards were Jaws, “we’re gonna need a bigger boat,” Casablanca, “Of all the lifeboats…”, and Cast Away references to Wilson. Also popular were variations of the Mailman’s “nor sleet nor snow” code, the end of Saturday mail delivery, threats of who is going to eat who, and the pun “being up the creek without a poodle.”
Some of these were quite clever, but I felt I should choose winners partially based on originality, as I didn’t want to select a winner with multiple variations on the same gag.
Here are some runners up. From Kathy Fisher:
From John Neuenschwander, an interesting play on the farmer-fox-chicken riddle (Pooch fans are so learned):
And lastly, one of my favourites which was thought up by not one, not two, but three clever readers, Joanne Pritchard, Robert Peven, and Mark Saliers:
The winner gets a Pooch Cafe original strip of his choosing. The other 5 honorable mentions shall receive a little something for their giggle-inducing contributions.
Thanks once again to everyone who took the time to send in some captions, it was a load of work going through them all but rewarding to hear from so many Pooch readers. I’ll try this again sometime. Hope you all had fun and thanks for carrying the leash!
For those who missed or want to reminisce about Poncho’s early days, the first Pooch Cafe collection “All Dogs Naturally Know How To Swim” is now available in digital form at Comixology for the low, tree-saving price of $4.99.
Click here to check it out! (And let me know how it looks. I haven’t joined the e-reader revolution yet!)
Ten-plus years ago, a strapping young editor at Universal Press Syndicate named John Glynn (who is still young, and possibly still strapping, I’m not a good judge of strapping) contacted me about making Pooch a part of the Universal Press Syndicate catalogue of excellence. I was immediately taken with John, and the name of the syndicate, which bespoke lofty territorial ambitions. The union has been rewarding in every way, as both John and the syndicate are, to quote James L. Brooks, as good as it gets. (Sorry, this was going well, I didn’t mean to make everyone think of Helen Hunt).
In honor of the 10-year anniversary, Universal is giving away some signed Pooch prints. Simply click here and visit the GoComics website to enter for a chance to win one.
Thanks to all my readers, new and longterm, for being such loyal fans of Poncho and his buds. I raise a bowl of water to you.
Whoa! What a load of entries! In the neighborhood of 600! We’re chewing threw them over here at Pooch Central.
Huge appreciation to all who tried their hands/minds at caption writing. I’ve been told it’s customary to let the winner be known at time of publication, so the strip with the winning caption will run on Saturday, May 18. I’ll post it here along with any honorable mentions and some details about how everything went.
This has been a hugely rewarding experience, I’ll have to make sure to try it again sometime. It’s a lot of work, but it’s great connecting with so many readers.
More to come!
The caption contest is coming to a close. Deadline for entries is Wednesday, April 24. The winners, and any honourable mentions, will be announced Friday, April 26 on this site. Thanks to everyone who took the time to send me the laughs, and also to those who joined in the Tweeting last Wednesday. This has been a blast, I’ll have to try it again.
In the meanwhile, here’s an advance panel:
Thanks to Margaret Schroeder for sending this:
“I recently visited the Museo de Arte Popular (Folk Art Museum) in Mérida, Mexico, and I thought there was a familiar look to these carved jaguars made by a folk artist from Izamal, Yucatán. Do you think Poncho would think so?”
Hmm, perhaps a touch cat-like for our tastes here at Pooch, but we do like the concept of Poncho appearing everywhere one looks. Keep an eye out for any other Poncho-shaped sightings.
It’s coming, the event you’ve all been waiting for: the chance to type things to the creator of Pooch Cafe and have him type things back to you! Join me and someone who’ll be monitoring my tweets for obscenities this coming Friday at 1:30 CDT at #PoochLIVE. Ask anything you like, make me work my fingers to the bone typing such pulse-pounding responses that I’ll be required to spend the remainder of they day recovering with palliative beers on a patio! Do not miss this chance! I’m limbering up! Bring it!
What an amazing response so far! I’m blown away by the hundreds of caption contest entries, as well as the wave of Pooch-love that has accompanied so many of them. I wish I had time to respond to all the positive-vibe-senders individually, but seriously, you’ve made my cartoonist heart swell cartoonishly large and vibrantly red.
Feel free to keep the ideas coming. The contest doors will remain open till Wednesday, April 24.
Here it is! The first ever Pooch Cafe caption contest. Below is the drawing:
Now it’s up to you to make with the funny. It can be a single caption, or you can add dialogue to one or both of the characters, or you can just say “Wow, that drawing is such perfection words would only tarnish it”, whatever you think.
The best way to enter is to click ”email Paul” under “MEET” in the column to the left (that way you can keep your nuggets of wit private for now), or you can also put your entries on this thread if you’d prefer. I’ll read the captions entered under “Instgram” and try to look at the message board as well (although I’m getting the impression there’s been some trouble with that), but the best way to go is either of the two methods above. (You can try entering psychically, but I’ll warn you, I wear one of those Magneto helmets from time to time, and it’s raining today).
First place: A Pooch Cafe original! Hopefully one of your choice or one like it. There may be additional prizes based on merit, hilarity, and how much coffee I’ve consumed. So no rush, and often multiple times if inspiration strikes.
No word yet on the contest deadline, but it’ll be at least a few weeks. I’ll get back to you re that, and with another little promo announcement regarding actual sort-of contact with yours truly.
Thanks in advance to all those who enter! Pooch On!
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Contest tomorrow! Hold onto your leftover New Year’s horns!