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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

New Snoopy video game due out in 2010

Smart Bomb Interactive has announced that they are releasing a new video game entitled Snoopy Flying Ace the first months of 2010. The video game is described as having, “action, adventure, romance, cow-tipping, and other exercises in heroism too numerous to name.” You can see a video preview of the game at their website.

Posted on: Nov 7, 2008,  Section: Licensing, Comments: 4 Comments

News Briefs for October 7, 2008

» Comic Book Resources takes a look at Bill Griffith and Zippy the Pinhead. » The Dallas Morning News interviews Scott Hilburn and his feature The Argyle Sweater. » The L.A. Times is running Between Friends in trial mode as a possible replacement for For Better or For Worse. They will run Between Friends for […]

Posted on: Oct 7, 2008,  Section: Comic strips, Licensing, Comments: Comments Off on News Briefs for October 7, 2008

FitzRoy Media inks deal to animate Heathcliff cat

FitzRoy Media has signed Peter Gallagher, the current writer/artist and nephew of Healthcliff creator George Gately, to a development deal to allow FitzRoy create feature films, direct-to-DVD movies and other licensing opportunities with the orange and black cat character.

Posted on: Sep 4, 2008,  Section: Comic strips, Licensing, Comments: 2 Comments

Randy Glasbergen goes global

Randy Glasbergen, one of the most prolific cartoonists in the industry, has several projects that are going to be launching in various places around the world. Firstly, Randy has signed a 5-year contract with Recycled Paper Greetings (RPG). RPG will be adapting Randy’s single-panel cartoons to greeting card designs for holidays and other occasions. Randy’s […]

Posted on: Jun 16, 2008,  Section: Comic strips, Licensing, Comments: 10 Comments

News Briefs for May 28, 2008

» Peter Parker and Spidey are slated to hit to Broadway in late 2009 or 2010 in a musical directed by Julie Taymor (who won a Tony for her work on “Lion King”) and the music score by Bono and The Edge of U2. » Garfield will by highlighted in Total Licensing Magazine. » Andrews […]

Posted on: May 28, 2008,  Section: Comic strips, Exhibits, Interviews, Licensing, Comments: 2 Comments

Dan Piraro launches Bizarro trading cards

Bizarro creator Dan Piraro has announced that he’s getting into the trading card business. The new Bizarro trading cards feature a Bizarro cartoon and some unpublished work and the back of each cartoon is a puzzle piece that once assembled with other cards create a larger 17.5 x 11.5″ puzzle. The first release (or Series […]

Posted on: Apr 8, 2008,  Section: Comic strips, Licensing, Comments: 3 Comments

Argyle Sweater inks calendar deal before syndication

In a rare development, the calendar rights to Scott Hilburn’s The Argyle Sweater have been snatched up by Borders even before the comic has entered into print syndication. Borders will sell The Argyle Sweater as one of its top 2009 calendar properties through all of its retail chains and mall kiosks nationwide.

Posted on: Feb 20, 2008,  Section: Comic strips, Licensing, Comments: Comments Off on Argyle Sweater inks calendar deal before syndication

Peanuts specials to be distributed by Warner Home Video

According to Hollywood Reporter, Warner Home Video has become the exclusive worldwide home video distributor of over 50 Peanuts specials. Warner plans to remaster many old classics such as A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving, A Charlie Brown Christmas and It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown. The first collectors DVD will be Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown […]

Posted on: Oct 4, 2007,  Section: Animation, Comic history, Comic strips, Licensing, Television, video, Comments: 2 Comments