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News Briefs for April 6, 2009

» Jules Feiffer interviewed by Bookslut about his career.

» John McPherson profiled in the Daily Gazette (Schenectady NY).

» Brian Crane’s Pickles was picked up by the Ukiah (CA) Daily Journal.

» Michael Cavna continues to interview cartoonists about their twitter usage. This time: Detroit Free Press’ Mike Thompson.

» Hat tip to Mike Rhode who alerts us that Craig Yoe will be signing his new book on Superman artist Joe Shuster’s… alternative comics drawings … at Big Planet Comics on Saturday, April 25th.

» “You’ll Have That” creator Wes Molebash has started a new comic called Myron and Charlie. Wes put YHT on hiatus since November. (hat tip: Comixtalk)

Community Comments

#1 D. D. Degg
April/7/2009
@ 5:33 am

Ukiah Daily Journal goes exclusive with WashPost Writers Group and not a peep, Sun Media goes exclusive with Creators and there is dissension. What’s the difference? Even more, is this a growing trend? Will syndicates now make special deals with papers that go exclusive with their product?

#2 Wiley Miller
April/7/2009
@ 6:21 am

“Ukiah Daily Journal goes exclusive with WashPost Writers Group and not a peep, Sun Media goes exclusive with Creators and there is dissension. Whatâ??s the difference?”

The difference? Are you kidding? The Ukiah Daily Journal is a very tiny newspaper in a small community in Northern California. Sun Media is an entire chain, serving metropolitan areas throughout Canada.

#3 D. D. Degg
April/8/2009
@ 5:50 am

I see.
One paper at a time – okay,
one chain at a time – not okay.
Frankly I have always been puzzled by the lack of exclusivity by certain chains in the last half of the 20th Century. The Hearst papers should have been the domain of King Features. Ditto with Scripps Howard and United Feature, also Tribune Company and Tribune Media. It just seems that would have been good business sense.
That would have left the other chains (Gannett, Knight Ridder) and the independents in a free-for-all for the best creators and/or salesmen.

#4 Wiley Miller
April/8/2009
@ 7:07 am

Well, you asked what the difference was, and it’s a pretty big one, don’t you think? I didn’t say it was ok, just not a big deal when a tiny paper does to cut costs. In the end, both are doing a disservice to their readers.

And if you had ever worked in one of the papers that were owned by Hearst or the Tribune company, you’d know that there was a great deal of pressure on the features editors to carry mostly the features of the syndicate owned by the company. But each paper still had some autonomy and didn’t want to pass up carrying popular features from other syndicates.

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