Sherman’s Lagoon is on GoComics now, not Comics Kingdom


I had read about this on Daily Cartoonist, but forgot in time to be surprised Sunday. Jim Toomey’s Sherman’s Lagoon switched its distributing syndicate recently. It’s moved from King Feature Syndicate over to Andrews McMeel Syndicate. And, so, it’s left Comics Kingdom to settle in at GoComics. As I write this, GoComics only has the strips from yesterday and today. I don’t know whether it’s going to get any (or all) of the 31-year back catalogue of the comic. (If you have Sherman’s Lagoon on your Favorites page on Comics Kingdom, you can still flip back to previous days. But you can’t get a link to, say, last week’s strips to pass on to someone else.)

Hawthorne, crab: 'You'd catch a lot more hairless beach apes if you didn't have that stupid fin.' Sherman, shark: 'Huh?' Hawthorne, wrapping a belt around to tie down Sherman's fin: 'They see you coming a mile away. Here put this on.' Sherman stars swimming off, with his fin strapped down. Hawthorne: 'Now go get 'em, tiger.' Off-panel we hear three people crying, 'AAUUGHH!' in turn. Sherman, fatter, swims back: 'Wow! That was easy! Why didn't I think of that a long time ago?' He fiddles with the belt. 'I already need to loosen this thing a couple notches.' Hawthorne, startled: 'How many did you eat?'
Jim Toomey’s Sherman’s Lagoon for the 1st of May, 2022. Also a pretty good representative of the comic’s sense of humor. If you find nothing entertaining in non-player-characters getting eaten by sharks you probably want a different comic strip.

I hope it does. Sherman’s Lagoon is one of those underrated but reliably funny comics. It’s also, without a joke, the place where I get most of my marine-biology news, as Toomey works what’s new and interesting into the jokes often.

Author: Joseph Nebus

I was born 198 years to the day after Johnny Appleseed. The differences between us do not end there. He/him.

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