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Get your custom animated Garfield comic

The folks at Paws, Inc and PixFusion.com are launching a new service that allows individuals to insert their face into an animated Garfield comic strip – much like JibJab animations. Jim Davis, who created the cat decades ago, said he embraced the opportunity to put readers in his strips, noting that his cat has long […]

Posted on: Nov 22, 2010,  Section: Animation, Licensing, Comments: Comments Off on Get your custom animated Garfield comic

ABC signs 5 year agreement to air Peanuts

Peanuts Worldwide, the newly formed joint venture between Iconix Brand Group (Nasdaq: ICON) and Charles M. Schulz Creative Associates today announced that it has signed a new five year deal with ABC Network for the popular PEANUTS animated holiday specials. The beloved Emmy Award winning specials, including the iconic “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” “A Charlie […]

Posted on: Aug 17, 2010,  Section: Licensing, Television, Comments: 3 Comments

Craig Schulz on keeping his father’s legacy alive

The Press Democrat has an excellent report on Craig Schulz, Charles Schulz’ son and his work as president and CEO of Creative Associates – the company that manages licensing for the Peanuts characters. Earlier this year, Craig Schulz found himself in the national news again, when the Schulz family made a $175 million deal with […]

Posted on: Aug 6, 2010,  Section: Comic history, Licensing, Comments: 12 Comments

Little Orphan Annie heads to Broadway

The comic strip may be ending this Sunday, but Little Orphan Annie is heading back to Broadway. According to the Associated Press, Producer Arielle Madover has acquired the production rights to the comic strip and the return is scheduled for the fall of 2012.

Posted on: Jun 11, 2010,  Section: Comic strips, Licensing, Comments: 1 Comment

Priggee cartoons on Tea Party shirts?

Just noticed the early organization of a new movement inside the Tea Party movement called Replace This Face March. Looks like some capitalist activity taking advantage of the Tea rage, but anyway… the goal is to get two or three million Americans (party affiliation agnostic) all wearing the same t-shirt on October 16 for “the […]

Posted on: Apr 30, 2010,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Licensing, Comments: 37 Comments

Iconix, Schulz family buy Peanuts for $175M

Iconix Brand Group Inc. and the Charles M. Schulz family has bought the rights to the Peanuts comic strip and other assets from United Features Syndicate and E.W. Scripps Co for $175 Million. The family will have a 20% share of the rights. According the a Reuters story, Iconix projects a $75 million annual royalty […]

Posted on: Apr 27, 2010,  Section: Comic strips, Licensing, United Media, Comments: 23 Comments

Snoopy coin to be minted in British Virgin Islands

A collectors item I’m sure. The Government of the British Virgin Islands is delighted to announce a new coin release celebrating the 60th Anniversary of Peanuts, the famous cartoon strip featuring Charlie Brown and his dog, Snoopy. British Virgin Islands Commemorative 60th Anniversary of Peanuts Silver Proof Coin Featuring Snoopy. Also Minted are Proof Gold […]

Posted on: Mar 23, 2010,  Section: Licensing, Comments: 2 Comments

Dilbert wall graphics available; Peanuts coming

United Media and LTL PRINTS are now launching a series of artwork and giant character cut-outs from Scott Adam’s Dilbert comic. Sizes vary up from one foot tall to seven. Peanuts characters are also in the works.

Posted on: Feb 18, 2010,  Section: Comic strips, Licensing, Comments: 3 Comments

Pet Sitters Intl. to use Garfield characters

Pet Sitters International has announced it will begin using characters from the Garfield comic strip to help its member programs market their services. From the press release: “PSI is all about educating our members and our members are all about pampering their clients’ pets,” said Terry Chance, PSI marketing director. “Garfield is definitely an intellectual […]

Posted on: Feb 9, 2010,  Section: Comic strips, Licensing, Comments: Comments Off on Pet Sitters Intl. to use Garfield characters

Success in Comics seminar notes: Chad Carpenter, Bill Kellogg

Today kicks of the two day Success in Comics seminar in Las Vegas organized by Tundra creator Chad Carpenter and marketing guru Bill Kellogg. The two were also the first speakers each telling how they grew Tundra to produce a living outside of syndication. Chad talked about the first dozen years were he started the […]

Posted on: Sep 26, 2009,  Section: Comic strips, Licensing, Syndicates, Comments: 1 Comment

Disney to buy Marvel for $4 billion

The Walt Disney Co. said Monday it is acquiring Marvel Entertainment Inc. for $4 billion in cash and stock. Under the deal, Disney will acquire ownership of 5,000 Marvel characters.

Posted on: Aug 31, 2009,  Section: Comic Books, Licensing, Comments: 19 Comments

Dagwood’s Sandwich Shoppes struggling

Dagwood’s Sandwich Shoppes, co-founded by Blondie cartoonist Dean Young who started the franchise back in 2006 to capitalize on the Dagwood sandwich made infamous in the Blondie comic, is struggling – at least in Clearwater Fl where the shop has laid off all by four employees – a skeleton crew. The company, which has national […]

Posted on: Mar 30, 2009,  Section: Licensing, Comments: 7 Comments

News Briefs for March 23, 2009

» New York Daily News cartoonist and writer Bill Gallo was the honored guest speaker at the fifth annual Honor the Free Press Day where he talked about his World War II experience and how it made him a better journalist. » The San Diego Union-Tribune found a buyer. I don’t know how that will […]

Posted on: Mar 23, 2009,  Section: Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Interviews, Licensing, Comments: 1 Comment

Popeye is now public domain – at least in Europe

At the first of this year, the Popeye character entered into the public domain in Europe. In the US, the copyright is still in play until 2024 because US law protects works for 95 years after the death of the creator instead of the 70 years that Europe observes. That said, King Features still owns […]

Posted on: Jan 7, 2009,  Section: Comic strips, Legal, Licensing, Comments: Comments Off on Popeye is now public domain – at least in Europe

Comic characters better than c-list celebrities

According to an article on Mint, comic strip characters have the recognition of celebrities at a fraction of the cost when it comes to businesses using them to build brand recognition and advertising campaigns. Due to an economic downturn worldwide, using comic strip characters is a growing trend because in addition to the cost, the […]

Posted on: Nov 13, 2008,  Section: Comic strips, Licensing, Comments: 2 Comments