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Mike Belkin ends “Unfit”

Mike Belkin has decided to end “Unfit” on the 30th of this month according to Mary Anne Grimes, Executive Director at United Media. Earlier this year, Mike asked Scott Adams to help him find an artist to take over the artwork of the feature. The contest brought in over 70 submissions with Justin Thompson taking the prized job.

According to Grimes:

Mike decided he didn’t want to do it anymore. It takes a long time to make a successful strip. Not everyone is cut out to do it.

According to a story in Editor and Publisher, Mike will be leaving cartooning completely.

Community Comments

#1 Charles Brubaker
May/13/2006
@ 10:30 am

Well, let’s hope that this experience will teach UFS a lesson – never select a strip because it was endorsed by the cartoonist’s friend, who’s also a successful cartoonist.

How many newspapers actually ran the strip?

#2 Charles Brubaker
May/13/2006
@ 4:30 am

Well, let’s hope that this experience will teach UFS a lesson – never select a strip because it was endorsed by the cartoonist’s friend, who’s also a successful cartoonist.

How many newspapers actually ran the strip?

#3 Mark Mason
May/13/2006
@ 7:55 pm

I was one of the 80 artists who submitted work. I didn’t make the final cut, but was very surprised at the selection of Justin Thompson.
He’s a terrific artist, but my feeling was that his more realistic style didn’t mesh with the zany humor in Unfit. I felt his art would anchor the writing and not permit the flights of fancy which was the strip’s true appeal.
Indeed, it appears that the entire exercise amounted to little more than rearranging deck chairs on the Titantic.

#4 Mark Mason
May/13/2006
@ 1:55 pm

I was one of the 80 artists who submitted work. I didn’t make the final cut, but was very surprised at the selection of Justin Thompson.
He’s a terrific artist, but my feeling was that his more realistic style didn’t mesh with the zany humor in Unfit. I felt his art would anchor the writing and not permit the flights of fancy which was the strip’s true appeal.
Indeed, it appears that the entire exercise amounted to little more than rearranging deck chairs on the Titantic.

#5 Dale Braden
May/15/2006
@ 2:32 am

Wow, I am very surpised to hear this. It seemed like so much effort was put into this search and selection. I kept expecting to see the new artwork out there, but it never happened. I too was one of the artist who made the top 5, but now I’m glad I didn’t get the gig.

#6 Dale Braden
May/14/2006
@ 8:32 pm

Wow, I am very surpised to hear this. It seemed like so much effort was put into this search and selection. I kept expecting to see the new artwork out there, but it never happened. I too was one of the artist who made the top 5, but now I’m glad I didn’t get the gig.

#7 Don Ritson
May/25/2006
@ 9:45 pm

I just found out that “Unfit” will stop running this week. As both a husband and a gym member, I loved the way in which he poked fun at both worlds. Sometimes there was a bit too much truth in the humour!!

I will be sorry to see it go as reading it is one of the first things I do when starting my day.

#8 Don Ritson
May/25/2006
@ 3:45 pm

I just found out that “Unfit” will stop running this week. As both a husband and a gym member, I loved the way in which he poked fun at both worlds. Sometimes there was a bit too much truth in the humour!!

I will be sorry to see it go as reading it is one of the first things I do when starting my day.

#9 Larry Spellman
May/27/2006
@ 9:31 pm

It’s always a bit shocking to find out that a comic style that you really enjoy is apparently not enjoyed by enough other people to keep the strip going.

Unfit was one of the comics I looked forward to seeing daily. I don’t read comics for the artistic quality of their drawing (although Unfit was, IMHO, quite well drawn)… I read them for the comic value of the dialogue and the characters.

Unfit will be very much missed, at least from this reader, and I suspect many others.

#10 Larry Spellman
May/27/2006
@ 3:31 pm

It’s always a bit shocking to find out that a comic style that you really enjoy is apparently not enjoyed by enough other people to keep the strip going.

Unfit was one of the comics I looked forward to seeing daily. I don’t read comics for the artistic quality of their drawing (although Unfit was, IMHO, quite well drawn)… I read them for the comic value of the dialogue and the characters.

Unfit will be very much missed, at least from this reader, and I suspect many others.

#11 Dr. William O'Donnell
May/28/2006
@ 9:26 pm

Unfit will be missed. I can only say “Thanks for the laughs.”

#12 Dr. William O'Donnell
May/28/2006
@ 3:26 pm

Unfit will be missed. I can only say “Thanks for the laughs.”

#13 Jeff Ward
May/29/2006
@ 11:09 pm

What? I will MISS Unfit! I love the strip and read it every day? What happened?

#14 Jeff Ward
May/29/2006
@ 5:09 pm

What? I will MISS Unfit! I love the strip and read it every day? What happened?

#15 Joe Sager
May/30/2006
@ 4:36 am

I liked Unfit and read it every morning. What will fill the gap in my established routine?

#16 Joe Sager
May/29/2006
@ 10:36 pm

I liked Unfit and read it every morning. What will fill the gap in my established routine?

#17 Steve Jacobs
June/2/2006
@ 5:12 am

Hopefully this will stop the trend the last few years of syndicates pushing poorly drawn cartoons. There is so much talent out there that I think is much more deserving than average stuff like Belkins’. That was proven by the strip’s poor sales. This whole project was Dilbert’s baby, the pioneer of the bad art syndicated movement.

#18 Steve Jacobs
June/1/2006
@ 11:12 pm

Hopefully this will stop the trend the last few years of syndicates pushing poorly drawn cartoons. There is so much talent out there that I think is much more deserving than average stuff like Belkins’. That was proven by the strip’s poor sales. This whole project was Dilbert’s baby, the pioneer of the bad art syndicated movement.

#19 Rob
June/2/2006
@ 5:54 pm

I dont’ think this will end the trend. But it it does they will probably go the other way and have superbly drawn cartoons with horrible writing.

#20 Rob
June/2/2006
@ 11:54 am

I dont’ think this will end the trend. But it it does they will probably go the other way and have superbly drawn cartoons with horrible writing.

#21 Jerry Gardsbane
June/5/2006
@ 2:15 pm

Say it aint so! Being a Gym rat I really enjoy the strip’s humor and also the dose of reality. I looked forward to the daily installments. Bring it back!!

#22 Jerry Gardsbane
June/5/2006
@ 8:15 am

Say it aint so! Being a Gym rat I really enjoy the strip’s humor and also the dose of reality. I looked forward to the daily installments. Bring it back!!

#23 Peter Dunkley
June/7/2006
@ 7:07 am

I am really missing my daily dose of Uncut – although I was wary of the attempt to find a better artist as I was quite happy with the characters as drawn.

If any of you cartoonists out there really think that there is an absolute rule placing quality of drawing above theme, character and humour – think again. Uncut was consistently funny and probing….

#24 Peter Dunkley
June/7/2006
@ 1:07 am

I am really missing my daily dose of Uncut – although I was wary of the attempt to find a better artist as I was quite happy with the characters as drawn.

If any of you cartoonists out there really think that there is an absolute rule placing quality of drawing above theme, character and humour – think again. Uncut was consistently funny and probing….

#25 Wreckleskelly
June/14/2006
@ 8:54 pm

hear hear! bring back mike.
this strip was right up in my top10
along with dilbert get fuzzy calvin and hobbes
fox trot just to mame a few
mr belkin you’ve got great talent dont throw it away.

#26 Wreckleskelly
June/14/2006
@ 2:54 pm

hear hear! bring back mike.
this strip was right up in my top10
along with dilbert get fuzzy calvin and hobbes
fox trot just to mame a few
mr belkin you’ve got great talent dont throw it away.

#27 Phil FOLTINEK
June/27/2006
@ 5:42 pm

I’m going to miss UNFIT. It’s one of three cartoons I had bookmarked and read every day. I work out at a gym 3 times a week and know several of the personal trainers, so I really enjoyed the great humor and characters in UNFIT.

#28 Phil FOLTINEK
June/27/2006
@ 11:42 am

I’m going to miss UNFIT. It’s one of three cartoons I had bookmarked and read every day. I work out at a gym 3 times a week and know several of the personal trainers, so I really enjoyed the great humor and characters in UNFIT.

#29 Sarah
July/28/2006
@ 6:53 pm

I am so sad that Mike Belkin decided to end Unfit. This was my favorite comic strip and I looked forward to reading it everyday on Comics.com. I hope Mike realizes how talented he is and brings back unfit. PLEASE BRING IT BACK!!

#30 Sarah
July/28/2006
@ 12:53 pm

I am so sad that Mike Belkin decided to end Unfit. This was my favorite comic strip and I looked forward to reading it everyday on Comics.com. I hope Mike realizes how talented he is and brings back unfit. PLEASE BRING IT BACK!!

#31 V Shane
October/18/2006
@ 2:53 am

So sorry to hear this, I was in the top 15 and really hoped to get it. I think its genre has a high potential of sucess. He’ll probably decide to make a smaller come back. Most do ;)

#32 V Shane
October/17/2006
@ 8:53 pm

So sorry to hear this, I was in the top 15 and really hoped to get it. I think its genre has a high potential of sucess. He’ll probably decide to make a smaller come back. Most do ;)

#33 Ron W
November/2/2006
@ 3:27 pm

I thought the strip was well written, but it was too much like Dilbert, but not as good. From a cartooning standpoint, that is a dangerous road to take. Bloom County came out and was very Doonesbury-ish, but wisely found its own path (with some helpful words of advice from Trudeau to Breathed).

Stephen Pastis (Pearls) admits to following the Dilbert technique, but wisely developed his own style.

Good drawing will never save a bad idea. Cartooning without a real idea is only doodling. Too much doodling in the newspaper these days.

#34 Ron W
November/2/2006
@ 8:27 am

I thought the strip was well written, but it was too much like Dilbert, but not as good. From a cartooning standpoint, that is a dangerous road to take. Bloom County came out and was very Doonesbury-ish, but wisely found its own path (with some helpful words of advice from Trudeau to Breathed).

Stephen Pastis (Pearls) admits to following the Dilbert technique, but wisely developed his own style.

Good drawing will never save a bad idea. Cartooning without a real idea is only doodling. Too much doodling in the newspaper these days.

#35 Adam
July/12/2007
@ 5:46 pm

Bring Unfit back, please! I miss Mike!

#36 Adam
July/12/2007
@ 11:46 am

Bring Unfit back, please! I miss Mike!

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