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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

Prince Valiant DVD Set to be released

Prince Valiant fans will be able to pick up volume two DVD set called “The Legend of Prince Valiant-The Complete Series” on January 16. The comic feature was an animated television show between 1991 and 1993 where it featured the voice talent of Robby Benson (Beauty and the Beast), Tim Curry (Rocky Horror Picture Show), […]

Posted on: Nov 21, 2006,  Section: Comic strips, Licensing, Movies, Comments: 1 Comment

China issues Snoopy stamp

Snoopy has become the first-ever character to be featured on Chinese postage stamp. Last June, China issued the “Dynamic-Happy Snoopy” stamp that depicts Snoopy traveling from Beijing, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan.

Posted on: Nov 21, 2006,  Section: Licensing, Comments: 1 Comment

Jim Unger’s Herman to become Canadian animated series

Teletoon, Canada’s first and only 24 hour cartoon network has entered into an agreement to create an animated series based on Bob Unger’s Herman comic strip that is syndicated by United Media. The article did not specify a timeline.

Posted on: Aug 7, 2006,  Section: Comic strips, Licensing, Television, Comments: 13 Comments

Dagwood (character) promoting Dagwood Sandwich Shoppe rubs writer wrong way

Earlier this summer, I brought you news that Dean Young was going to open up a chain of sandwich shops called “Dagwood’s Sandwich Shoppe” named after the Dagwood character in Blondie.  The first store opened in June.

Posted on: Aug 3, 2006,  Section: Comic strips, Licensing, Comments: 3 Comments