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|Launch date||September 2, 2007|
|Genre(s)||Comedy, Slice of life, Quirky|
WebDonuts is described as a clean cartoon in a single panel format. It features animals like dogs, cats, cows, and others displaying an off-beat sarcastic take on every day life situations. Gruhn was influenced by Gary Larson and The Far Side, as well as Bill Waterson’s Calvin and Hobbes. The name of the cartoon was chosen as another word for an internet based treat.
The idea behind the comic is to provide clean cartoons that are drawn with senior citizens, kids, animals. A Christian cartoon theme is often present with cartoons depicting heaven and angels in various situations. The humor in the webcomic deals with regular situations but are they are often told from a slightly off center view and many times with the use of puns.
New comics are added three times a week, on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays along with the occasional caption contest where readers can submit their own caption and win a coffee mug with their cartoon image.
Gruhn had first been published with editorial cartoons in the Clear Lake Times newspaper in the 1980’s and business cartoons in several Texas magazines. The free cartoons were first posted in 2007 when Gruhn decided to start cartooning again. The WebDonuts strip is currently carried by the Publishing Group of America and is distributed to papers throughout the U.S. in newspapers like The Lincoln Journal Star in Hamlin, West Virginia.
A WebDonuts cartoon on the topic of the Mayan calendar was displayed at the Museum Volkenkunde in Leiden, Netherlands as part of a Mayan 2012 exhibit. The cartoons have also been featured in several books, community newspapers, and corporate newsletters.