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Brian Crane’s Pickles hits 500-client mark

The Washington Post Writers Group has announced that Brian Crane’s Pickles comic strip has surpassed the 500-client mark with the addition of the Shreveport Times which will begin running Pickles on Aug. 4th.

Alan English, the Executive Editor at the Times, was also pleased at the news that his is the lucky paper. “Our core audience is going to be very excited about Pickles. The readers can see us making changes, working on improving the paper every day, and we know Pickles is going to entertain them.”

Crane was also pleased, and a little surprised, by the news. “I honestly never thought Pickles would be in this many papers,” Crane said. “I try not to think about it, really, or I’m sure I would probably get stage fright. In my mind this comic strip is just something I do every day in the privacy of my home to amuse myself, and then I mysteriously get paid for it.”

Pickles’ growth has been steady for most of its 18 years, but the strip’s list has taken off recently. As some comics leave the pages and editors try others, Pickles has been a frequent winner. “One cartoonist e-mailed me with news of a recent Pickles win and called Brian’s strip the ‘Godzilla’ of the comics pages,” said Amy Lago, comics editor for The Washington Post Writers Group.

Pickles debuted in 1990. In 1995 and 2001, Pickles was nominated for best comic strip of the year by the National Cartoonists Society, winning in 2001. Crane was also nominated for the coveted Cartoonist of the Year Reuben Award in 2006.

Community Comments

#1 Lucas Turnbloom
July/11/2008
@ 10:09 am

I love Brian’s strip. Congrats on the 500 papers!

#2 Steve Sicula
July/11/2008
@ 10:35 am

Congratulations Brian. That is a heckuva milestone.

#3 Doreen Dotson
July/11/2008
@ 12:25 pm

Truly, this is one of my top 5 comic strips of late. When I scan the comic page, this is one I look for. The success is sweet and well deserved.

#4 Bob Weber Jr.
July/11/2008
@ 1:12 pm

Congratulations Brian! Pickles has been one of my favorite strips from the start!

#5 John Read
July/11/2008
@ 1:52 pm

I know Brian was just pickled tink by this news.

#6 Brian Crane
July/11/2008
@ 2:15 pm

Thanks for all the warm fuzzies, everyone!

#7 Larry Levine
July/11/2008
@ 2:35 pm

Congrats, Brian!!!

#8 Lee Mayer
July/12/2008
@ 10:31 am

Brian Crane is a gifted writer. One of the best comic strip ever.

#9 Eric Burke
July/12/2008
@ 10:17 pm

I love Pickles. It’s consistantly funny, and the Sunday strips are looking sharper than ever! Congrats Mr. Crane…

#10 J.G. Moore
July/13/2008
@ 1:53 am

Congrats! This is a great strip.

#11 T. Brian Kelly
July/13/2008
@ 11:00 pm

Brian…from one Brian to another..well done! We met briefly in New Orleans near the NCS/ Stu Rees signing table for copyright protection!

#12 Nancy Barker
August/15/2008
@ 8:35 pm

Congrats! I LOVE Pickles! It makes me laugh out loud. I especially like the way you draw the pets — very simply but you just nail them. And speaking of, Earl is having too much fun with the dog-petting/BP thing. I think Opal needs to know about the recent studies that say cat owners are less likely than others to die of heart attacks. The same is not true of dogs, according to the study. Here is a URL:
http://tinyurl.com/2m4cgf

#13 Patricia Adelberg
May/27/2009
@ 10:34 pm

Why is the comic strip “Pickles” only in the Sunday Tribune?
It is such a funny strip it should be in every day of the week.
Thank you, Patricia Adelberg

#14 Rich Partain
July/31/2009
@ 2:36 pm

Great comic strip Brian and we laugh at it all the time. You nail us all the time. My wife thinks you have a hidden camera at our house. Her latest pet peeve is me not taking my pills out of my pockets when she washes cloths. She gets on me to check the pockets but I forget. It makes a real mess not to mention destroys the expensive pills. I happens all the time as I get older. But hey, we have each other. .

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