Digital comics

Free digital comics, advice columns and puzzles at LSJ.com

More comics are coming! More comics are coming!

At a time when we could all use a few more laughs, the Lansing State Journal is expanding its online presence of comics, puzzles, and advice columns.

Through an updated partnership with our syndication providers, we’re unveiling a new digital lineup – featuring favorite comics such as ‘Calvin & Hobbes’, ‘Peanuts’ and ‘Garfield’.

The new range of online advice columns includes ‘Dear Abby’, ‘Miss Manners’, ‘Ask the Doctors’ and ‘The Motley Fool’. There is also an expanded selection of online puzzles including Crossword, Jumble, Sudoku and Solitaire.

All of this content is available for free on LSJ.com, without a subscription, on your mobile device or desktop computer. Just click “Comics” in the quick links to see all the new content.

To find our new digital galleries, click on "Comic books" in the quick links, located just below the first three stories on LSJ.com.

Comics have been an integral part of print newspaper pages for decades – and the digital age has expanded the number and variety of comic book offerings available. While the comic book space has held steady in print, digital distribution has exploded — and even become a testing ground for new artists.

Dana Simpson is the creator of “Phoebe and her unicorn” which debuted digitally in 2012. About three years later, driven by its online success, the strip launched in over 100 newspapers.

Simpson describes it as a “girly, kid-friendly comic” featuring Phoebe, a nine-year-old dreamer who granted a wish and created a unicorn as her new best friend.

“I always drew what I wanted to draw and believed that someone would respond positively to it,” she said.

Stefan Pastis, who left a legal career to try his luck as an illustrator when he created “Pearls Before Pork”, said digital distribution has opened up dozens of opportunities for new cartoonists.

“When I started 20 years ago, it was so hard to get to the top 50 to 100 logs because every band had fans,” he said.

It’s different today because digital comics aren’t limited by space constraints.

“I’m constantly trying to reach a wider audience, because the world has changed,” Pastis said. “Digital is just another of those avenues.”

To access the digital galleries, visit LSJ.com and click “Comics” in the quick links under the first three stories on the homepage.