July 15th, 2015
Here’s the latest edition of the ‘Smile More’ comic strip, that appears in Just Kidding– Australia’s number one tween magazine.
This koala comic is all about being happy with the way you look. We can all get really stressed out about how we look. Do we have a particular feature we don’t like? Are we wearing the latest clothes and brands? Are we in good enough shape? The list just keeps on growing!
No matter how stressed out you get about your appearance, remember that real friends will like you just the way you are. Well, as long as you don’t let your sense of style get too whacky!?
July 6th, 2015
When you’re happy, you are full of energy, positivity and seem bubbly to those around you. You might expect those people to become happy and excited too, but some people may not like your positivity. They might be jealous of it as they are in a bad mood. Smiling Bear calls these people Smile Stoppers™. They get a kick out of ruining your day, and take great pleasure in bringing you down to their own grumpy level.
So remember…don’t let them dim your light just because it’s shining in their eyes. They just need to put on some shades and deal with it! Better still, just avoid Smile Stoppers™ all together. Be happy and as always, don’t forget to #SmileMore
May 13th, 2015
Here’s the May edition of the ‘Smile More’ comic strip, that appears in Just Kidding – Australia’s number one tween magazine.
This koala comic is all about being happy on the inside. So what is being ‘happy on the inside’ anyway? Modern life is so busy and distracting that most of the time it’s just whizzing straight by us. It’s exhausting trying to keep up and we are constantly missing the simple things going on right under our nose.
So take a moment to engage with real life, go outside and marvel at the natural beauty around you, participate in activities. Talk to people and find out how they’re doing. Check in with yourself, how are you feeling? Are you looking after yourself?
March 26th, 2015
This weeks koala comic is all about relationships.
Sometimes, when you’re feeling a little bit down or maybe you’re having a problem with something, it’s good to get a little help from our friends.
Friends and family play a big part in our happiness. You’ll be healthier and happier if you can develop strong relationships with people. The great thing is that they benefit too, because relationships work both ways – they are social. And no, not social as in a ’social network’ (like Facebook) but as in talking to someone, communicating, caring and supporting each other.
So go on, off you go. Go and see what your friends or family are up to. You never know, they might be having fun and you’re missing out!
Also to mention, we’ve had some great news this week. Starting next month, Just Kidding magazine will be featuring our ‘Smile More’ kid-friendly comic. We’re thrilled as JK mag is the number one tween magazine in Australia, and very popular with kids, parents and schools. It's a great home for our Australian comic with super cute koala cartoons. Thanks guys!
March 22nd, 2015
Smiling Bear is running a koala soft toy giveaway competition this month, in Just Kidding magazine. We’re giving away 6 sets of koala soft toys. Cute, adorable Australian koala plush that will be sure to make you Smile More.
Enter for free via Just Kidding mag website
If you live outside of Australia you will need enter via email, you can contact them here (click link and a pre-filled email will open): email@example.com
There’s 6 koala plush prize packs to win, so good luck!
If you’re far too impatient to wait until the winners are announced, then head over to our online store now!
March 21st, 2015
Smiling Bear’s koala cookies, Smile Snacks™ are coming soon to a store near you!
Aussie koala shaped, these koala biscuits are the best. You won’t find koala snacks like these anywhere else in the world. Using our secret smile recipe and made using the latest in koala baking technology, these cookies are full of furry goodness.
The most delicious, happiest of heads you’ll ever have the pleasure to bite off! Australian cookies with a difference – move over Timtam, it’s time to Smile More with Smile Snacks™ from Smiling Bear. More product information to follow shortly.
Smiling Bear official merchandise available in our online store
March 3rd, 2015
Smile More™ the weekly webcomic kicks off again this week, so lots more koala cartoon pictures for you to check out.
Towards the end of 2014 we ran a competition in Just Kidding Magazine and the winners have just been announced. The competition was to answer the question, “What makes you SMILE MORE”. We had some great answers and the top 6 won cute koala plush prize packs.
Congratulations go to:
1. Lucia Strever from Noranda, Victoria.
2. Mariah Stavliotis from West Croydon, South Australia.
3. Amelia Hitzke from Clontarf, Queensland.
4. Charlie Slack from Perth, Western Australia.
5. Blythe Lambie from Rowville, Victoria.
6. Annie Jiang from Glen Waverley, Victoria.
A special Smile More Shoutout goes to Lucia Strever. She said that her cat makes her Smile More because he’s so cute and cuddly!
Congratulations Lucia, your answer has become the theme for this latest edition of our cute koala comic. Fluff is Smiling Bear’s pet cat, and it seems his idea of a cuddle is more like a quick wrestle 'n' roll!
You can see all the Smile More kid-friendly webcomics here. That’s more koala cartoons than you’ll know what to do with :-)
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March 2nd, 2015
Smile More™ the weekly webcomic kicks off again this week.
Here's a little background to the idea behind it. When I came up with the idea for the Smile More webcomic, I wanted it to be funny, positive and appropriate for kids of all ages. If you’re an adult don’t worry though, it’s ok for you to like it too! It’s just a kid-friendly comic all the way.
The main thing I wanted to achieve was to create a kids comic that you could trust, that wasn’t sarcastic, mean spirited or rude. There’s nothing wrong with comics that are like that of course, but I think the web is already full of them. I think it's much easier to create humour around negative themes and outlooks too – watch most standup comedy and you can see that.
But, the thing about the Smiling Bear character though is that I created him with a positive outlook, to have fun, but not at other peoples expense. The webcomic has to have a good heart, without being sickly-sweet, and I hope it’s achieving that.
So, in any future editions of the webcomic I can promise you will only ever see family friendly comics. They might vary in obviousness of the humour, the style of humour, or perhaps even in the quality of humour (you'll have to be the judge of that!) but they won’t vary in their age-appropriateness. Smile More webcomic will always be kid-friendly, children's comics all the way!
I will also be doing some editions in the future based on readers suggestions, picked from competition winners. So keep following for more information. I will post all the relevant details ahead of time, and who knows…you might end up with your very own comic drawn up!
See all the Smile More webcomics here
February 20th, 2015
Everyone needs a safe place to hide things away, and Smiling Bear® koala plush is just that perfect, portable place!
Our 7 inch and 10 inch koala plush have a Secret Smile Pocket™ on the reverse. This pocket is a special, secret place for you to keep your most precious keepsakes safely hidden. A reminder of a great time you had, a special memory. The photo of a loved one, a sweet note or perhaps even the key to someone's heart? The possibilities are endless, so what will you put in your Secret Smile Pocket™?
The back of our koala plushies also has the phrase ‘Smile More’ embroidered on it, to remind you to always look for the positive things in life. Each pocket is lined with our signature 'Smile More' patterned lining.
So what are you waiting for…pop on over to our online store here and pick yourself up a koala plush complete with Secret Smile Pocket™ – and start hiding things!
February 18th, 2015
Smiling Bear is an Australian owned company and koala character. The character was dreamt up on the Northern Beaches of Sydney, Australia.
As Smiling Bear is actually a koala, (koalas are often mistaken for bears) we will be supporting the Australian Koala Foundation (AKF) by donating 10% of our sales profits and helping to raise global awareness for the koala and it’s protection.
So whether you’re an Aussie or a not, take a look at our new koala plush range in our online store here. Smile More and Save the Koala.
For more information about the threat to koalas in the wild and how you can help out directly, please visit the AKF site here.