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Comics Kingdom Video Channel

The Comics Kingdom @YouTube channel is now live! Catch classic like Flash Gordon, Krazy Kat, Beetle Bailey and more every week! Find some exclusive behind the scene clips from some Comics Kingdom cartoonists too! Forget Disney+, the Comics Kingdom Video Channel is here! From the “About” page: Welcome to the official Comics Kingdom video channel, […]

Posted on: Nov 20, 2019,  Section: Animation, Cartooning, Comic strips, King Features, video, Comments: 0 Comments

Dark Side of the Horse – New Syndicated Comic?

Speaking of syndicate homepages… The Andrews McMeel Syndication homepage has recently added a new comic strip to its lineup. Dark Side of the Horse by Samson (aka Samuli Lintula) is now on the page for print syndication. From what I can suss from the history of the strip it possibly first appeared in 2008. The […]

Posted on: Oct 31, 2019,  Section: Andrews McMeel Syndication, Comic strips, Syndicates, Comments: Comments Off on Dark Side of the Horse – New Syndicated Comic?

Comics Kingdom Delivers Overdue Rex Morgan

For a week, since Thursday October 24, Comics Kingdom hadn’t updated Rex Morgan, M.D. Rex fans opened up the page to the same strip every day for a week: And it was only the Rex strip stuck in time, no other KFS strips. Terry Beatty even had to chime in to assure fans that he […]

Posted on: Oct 31, 2019,  Section: Comic strips, King Features, Syndicates, Comments: 4 Comments

Syndicate History – Stereotypes and Matrices

…to refer to any 20th-century daily paper as a “local paper” hides an important truth: the proportion of newspaper content that was written, designed, and printed locally decreased in the early 20th century. Aided by a new technology called the stereotype, syndicates began to sell the same articles and illustrations to hundreds of different newspapers […]

Posted on: Oct 28, 2019,  Section: Comic history, Comic strips, Newspaper industry, Syndicates, Comments: Comments Off on Syndicate History – Stereotypes and Matrices

Yahoo Groups Goes Private, Deletes Files

“Attention: Starting December 14, 2019 Yahoo Groups will no longer host user created content on its sites. New content can no longer be uploaded after October 28, 2019. Sending/Receiving email functionality is not going away, you can continue to communicate via any email client with your group members. Learn More“ “Yahoo has made the decision […]

Posted on: Oct 21, 2019,  Section: Cartoonist's Cartoonists, Comic Books, Comic history, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Magazine cartoons, Syndicates, Web Sites, Comments: 2 Comments

The Battle of the Century

So what fight was the actual Battle of the Century? Jack Johnson and James J. Jeffries? Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier? Captain Easy and Bull Dawson? Maybe Stan Laurel and Noah Young: All contenders, but contenders only. The Battle of the (20th) Century was precipitated by the introduction of Bluto on September 12, 1932. above: […]

Posted on: Sep 19, 2019,  Section: Cartoonist's Cartoonists, Comic history, Comic strips, King Features, Comments: Comments Off on The Battle of the Century

On the 90th Anniversary Popeye Watch

Literally – a 90th anniversary Popeye wristwatch. Bamford London is celebrating the 90th anniversary of Popeye with the release of a new collaborative watch. The watch is made alongside the cartoon’s owner King Features, which has graced Bamford London’s GMT model with Popeye motifs throughout its design. Channeling the nautical theme synonymous with Popeye, the […]

Posted on: Sep 16, 2019,  Section: Anniversaries, Comic strips, King Features, Licensing, Comments: Comments Off on On the 90th Anniversary Popeye Watch

Dave Astor’s E&P Syndicate News Archives

  For 25 years, from 1983 to 2008, David Astor reported on the newspaper syndicates for Editor & Publisher. Alan Gardner, the creator of this Daily Cartoonist site, called David “the founding father of syndication reporting.” Every week David reported on comic strips and political cartooning and puzzles and columnists syndicated to newspapers, both upfront […]

Posted on: Sep 8, 2019,  Section: AAEC-feed, Books, Cartooning, Comic history, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Magazine cartoons, National Cartoonist Society, Newspaper industry, Syndicates, Comments: 2 Comments

Lee Salem – RIP

Famed Universal Press Syndicate editor Lee Salem has passed away. Lee J. Salem July 21, 1946 – September 2, 2019   From the obituary: Lee served as editor and then president of Universal Press Syndicate, now called Andrews McMeel Syndication. In his nearly four decades at Universal, he is credited with editing and developing some […]

Posted on: Sep 2, 2019,  Section: AAEC-feed, Andrews McMeel Syndication, Comic strips, Obituary, Syndicates, Universal Press, Comments: 2 Comments

It’s a Dirty Job But Someone’s Gotta Do It – Memoirs of a National Cartoonists Society President

I was president of the NCS from June, 1999 to May, 2001, and I ran two “Reuben Awards” conventions. The first was held at the World Trade Center in Manhattan the year before the towers were destroyed, and the second in Florida at the Boca Raton Resort and Club. Much of the work of the […]

Posted on: Aug 14, 2019,  Section: Cartoonist's Cartoonists, National Cartoonist Society, Syndicates, Comments: Comments Off on It’s a Dirty Job But Someone’s Gotta Do It – Memoirs of a National Cartoonists Society President

Nemo Magazine Return is “Imminent”

Ooh! Ooh! Ooh! The always interesting and educational Yesterday’s Papers site, whether it’s a John Adcock or a Richard Marschall post, is a must read every morning. But this morning it gave me a real thrill. To quote Richard: Searching for illustrations for the imminent revival of Nemo Magazine, I have been ransacking my bookshelves. […]

Posted on: Aug 12, 2019,  Section: AAEC-feed, Cartooning, Cartoons, Comic history, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Illustration, Magazine cartoons, Magazines, Publications, sports cartoons, Syndicates, Comments: 1 Comment

NCS, KFS, More at San Diego Comic Con

Comic Con International, more famously known as the San Diego Comic Con, mostly spotlights comic books and movies; but there are a few comic strip cartoonists spread among the attendees. The National Cartoonists Society has a booth with cartoonists showing up throughout the weekend. Also there are some panels featuring comic strips and NCS people. […]

Posted on: Jul 18, 2019,  Section: Comic strips, King Features, National Cartoonist Society, Comments: Comments Off on NCS, KFS, More at San Diego Comic Con

2019 King Features Syndicate Directory Now Online

  Every two years about this time King Features releases their Syndicate Directory. They have recently released the 2019 Directory edition (in pdf).   Some notes: Maritsa Patrinos gets credit in the Six Chix entry, and Wayno gets same with the Bizarro listing. Maritsa took on duties this year, Wayno last year. Rina Piccolo gets […]

Posted on: Jul 8, 2019,  Section: Comic strips, King Features, Comments: 5 Comments

Role Reversal for Epic! and Andrews McMeel

  Epic, the digital reading platform and library for kids, is teaming up with Andrews McMeel Publishing, home to Big Nate and Calvin & Hobbes, to produce a line of children’s books. Under the new arrangement, AMP will publish print editions of Epic Originals digital books, a content line that Epic debuted in March.   […]

Posted on: Jun 6, 2019,  Section: Books, Children's Books, eBooks, Publishers, Universal Press, Web Sites, Comments: Comments Off on Role Reversal for Epic! and Andrews McMeel

Popeye at 90 – License to Grow

  It’s the 90th anniversary of Popeye‘s debut (and the 100th of Thimble Theatre). But age isn’t slowing down the Sailor Man. His comic strip continues with reprinted Bud Sagendorf dailies and new Hy Eisman Sunday pages, and this year it was joined by a companion Sunday strip—Popeye’s Cartoon Club by various celebrity cartoonists. But […]

Posted on: May 30, 2019,  Section: Anniversaries, Comic strips, King Features, Licensing, Comments: Comments Off on Popeye at 90 – License to Grow