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Tundra signs with King Features

Chad Carpenter has signed with King Features for an international syndication of his comic strip Tundra, according to E&P.

The 1991-launched strip, self-syndicated by cartoonist Chad Carpenter in the U.S. and Canada, currently appears in nearly 150 newspapers. Under the new deal with King, “Tundra” will now also be distributed to papers around the world.

“Tundra,” which is inspired by Carpenter’s upbringing in Alaska, takes a skewed look at nature and its quirky inhabitants. The cartoonist still lives in Alaska, in a small town about 45 miles from Anchorage.

His humor comic’s characters include Sherman, a squirrel whose schemes and activities often result in chaos; Dudley, a well-intentioned but not-too-bright bear; Chad, a struggling cartoonist who’s the constant victim of Dudley and Sherman’s actions; Andy, a quick-witted lemming; and Whiff the skunk.

Just so we’re clear, King will only distribute this feature to international papers. Chad Carpenter will continue to self-syndicate to US and Canadian newspapers.

Community Comments

#1 Roger Maynard
December/14/2007
@ 9:42 pm

“Tundra” gets better every year–congratulations to Chad for this next step. And it’s nice to see a home-grown Alaskan compete in the world marketplace.

Roger Maynard
Haines, Alaska.

#2 Chad Carpenter
December/14/2007
@ 10:02 pm

Thanks Roger!

I appreciate the kind words. I’ll do my best not to embarrass the state of Alaska.

With warm wishes,

Chad

#3 Malc McGookin
December/14/2007
@ 11:33 pm

Love the strip, and ashamed to say I had never heard of it prior to this.
It opens up the whole self syndication debate all over again, which is a thread in itself.
If anyone would like to check out the work I’m posting this link.

http://www.tundracomics.com/pages/framebody.htm

#4 Rich Diesslin
December/15/2007
@ 12:20 am

Yep, I really like it! I wish you well! Great stuff.

#5 Charles Brubaker
December/15/2007
@ 12:32 am

“It opens up the whole self syndication debate all over again, which is a thread in itself.”

I think that’s a topic Guy Gilchrist can explain in great detail, since he has (had?) a strip or two distributed through self-syndication.

#6 Larry Levine
December/15/2007
@ 5:45 am

Chad, Great strip–Best of luck!

#7 Eric Burke
December/15/2007
@ 8:19 am

Congrats, Chad! 150 papers through self syndication…that’s better than some syndicates can and have done!

Could you tell us how you went about your self syndication success? It’s pretty darn impressive, especially in this era of a shrinking newspaper market…

#8 Garey Mckee
December/15/2007
@ 10:42 pm

I agree with Eric. I’d love to hear how Chad grew the strip to 150 papers. My strip appears in about 5 law enforcement magazines and papers and that’s about it, with the addition of a few publications that ask to print specific strips on specific topics to run with various law enforcement related articles. But to distribute a strip yourself so widely is exceptional!

#9 Rick
December/17/2007
@ 6:59 am

Congratulations Chad!
I hope the international market does well for you. Tundra is a great strip.

#10 Chad Carpenter
December/20/2007
@ 9:52 pm

Thanks for the kind words of support from everyone – It does my fragile cartoonist ego good.

#11 Liz Allen
September/5/2008
@ 8:44 pm

I didn’t get today’s strip…please explain

#12 Bill Kellogg
September/5/2008
@ 11:39 pm

Hi Liz, the person is camping in a trailer. The bears are using a giant can-opener to open up the trailer to get him out.

Animals are always learning to adapt to our modern world in order to find food.

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