“Humor can be funny,” cartoonist Sam Henderson once told us, and he was so right. Henderson has been giving us the giggles for 20 years now and his publisher Alternative Comics is marking event by relaunching his website, The Magic Whistle, and publishing three books in print and digital.

The revamped website offers an archive of over four years and 400 Magic Whistle gag strips in full color – as seen in the New York Observer. New comics go up at least twice a week.

The books—which will be available at SPX and via Comixology, Kindle and iBooks, are as follows:


Magic Whistle #0

Enter the world of Sam Henderson’s Magic Whistle and it’s insane cast of characters in this new digital-only ‘zero’ issue of Magic Whistle. Collected for the first time here are his funniest comics from a decade of insanity. Learn new uses for your robot duck! Collects comics that originally appeared in Measles, Hotwire Comics and Dirty Stories #3 (Fantagraphics Books); Expo 2001; Magic Whistle #3 (Alternative Comics); and Magic Whistle 11 1⁄2. MagicWhistle #0 is completely free, and completely DRM-free.


Scene But Not Heard

Sam Henderson: Ignatz-nominated creator of Magic Whistle, Emmy-nominated writer and storyboard artist for SpongeBob SquarePants… and also the nutty mind behind “Scene But Not Heard,” the longest-running feature in the history of Nickelodeon Magazine! Now all those strips — the hilarious, wordless adventures of a man and a bear — are collected all in one handsome hardcover. Just try and keep up with Sam’s wild imagination! A full-color hardcover, 6″ x 9″, 128 pages, co-published by Top Shelf Productions and Alternative Comics.

In stores September 25, 2013


Magic Whistle #13

The latest 32 page installment in the series sees Sam joined by cartoonist Lizz Hickey, the first in a revolving series of guest contributors. Stories this issue include ‘Three Little Fishies’, ‘The Half Plus Seven Rule’ and ‘The Origin of Dirty Danny!’ The series officially returns to a bi-annual publishing schedule with this issue. Acclaimed illustrator David Goldin provides the back cover art.

In Stores August 28, 2013


  1. Blue Host, which hosts my website just went down today. How’s that for synchronicity? Try accessing MW0 through Comixology. I would assume a lot of website owners also are wondering what’s going on. Hopefully they’ll be back up the end of the day.

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