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Comics Kingdom adds promised features

King Feature Syndicate’s Comic portal Comics Kingdom launched last December with several new features and some planned features set to debut at a later date. This week, some of those are now available. Comic fans can search the comics by keywords and phrases and find comics using that word. They also display keywords under each […]

Posted on: Apr 9, 2014,  Section: Comic strips, King Features, Comments: Comments Off on Comics Kingdom adds promised features

Exclusive first peak at the new Comics Kingdom

As I teased earlier today, King Features Syndicate is launching a new comic portal called Comics Kingdom. The go-live date is tomorrow. The new portal will replace their DailyInk comic subscription service. Paying Comic Kingdom subscribers will enjoy an ad-free experience, deeper archives not available to non-subscribers. Non-subscribers will still be able to read their […]

Posted on: Dec 2, 2013,  Section: Comic strips, King Features, Syndicates, Comments: 10 Comments

King Features to launch Comics Kingdom

King Features Syndicate has announced that they are launching a new public comic portal called Comics Kingdom this week. This new site will replace their DailyInk website and service and include a deeper archive, more puzzles and expanded vintage comic offerings. You will also be able to search for specific comics or comics related to […]

Posted on: Dec 2, 2013,  Section: Comic strips, King Features, Syndicates, Comments: 1 Comment

The current state of newspaper syndication

Rob Tornoe, writing for Editor & Publisher, has an interesting read about the current state of newspaper syndication. He confirms what most of us have observed in the last few years – new comic launches are few and far between. It’s a good read with a lot of information on the syndicates’ offerings both in […]

Posted on: Jul 12, 2013,  Section: Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Syndicates, Comments: 24 Comments

Employee sues Daryl Cagle, Cagle Cartoons

Jim Romenesko has details on a lawsuit filed against Cagle Cartoons Inc. and Daryl Cagle by one of his employees Cari Dawson Bartley. The suit appears to be an issue of compensation. From Romenesko: When Plaintiff began her employment with Defendants, she was paid on an hourly basis. Over the past four (4) years, Plaintiff […]

Posted on: May 20, 2013,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Syndicates, Comments: 15 Comments

Duluth plays chicken with Blondie and King Features

I don’t run blog posts about who’s getting picked up or dropped anymore, but this story has some interest into the business side of the syndication business. The Duluth News Tribune didn’t like that as a long time subscriber to Blondie (since 1937 – seven years after Blondie debuted), it’s been paying yearly increases on […]

Posted on: Feb 4, 2013,  Section: Comic strips, King Features, Syndicates, Comments: 7 Comments

Universal Uclick leadership changes for Lee Salem, John Glynn

From a trusted source I’ve learned that that there has been a couple of leadership changes inside Universal Uclick. Lee Salem has announced that he has relinquished his title of Editor. He started with the company since 1974 as an assistant editor before rising through the ranks to President in 2006. Since then he has […]

Posted on: Jun 27, 2012,  Section: Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Syndicates, Universal Press, Comments: 23 Comments

WPWG merges with Washington Post News Service

Rob Tornoe reports that The Washington Post has merged two of it’s properties – The Washington Post Writers Group and The Washington Post News Service into one media service called The Washington Post News Media Services. Here’s how Rob explains it: The Washington Post took a major step forward to combat these trends by creating […]

Posted on: Jun 26, 2012,  Section: Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Syndicates, WPWG, Comments: 1 Comment

Profiled: Matthew Petz creator of War of the Woods

Matthew Petz won last year’s Zuda monthly contest only to watch DC Comics close down Zuda. JK Parkin profiles Matthew’s relaunch of War of the Woods on ComiXology and how the rights to his creation were returned to him. Petz told me that when Zuda closed down, he was offered a percentage of what he […]

Posted on: Feb 3, 2011,  Section: Creators, web comics, Comments: Comments Off on Profiled: Matthew Petz creator of War of the Woods

Dilbert leaves United Media for Universal Uclick (UPDATED)

Dilbert is getting a new manager. Universal Uclick will begin syndicating Scott Adam’s Dilbert in June and will take over Dilbert.com on January 1. This announcement is a big one and one wonders how United Media, who grew the famous office strip into one of the most widely syndicated strips in the world, could let […]

Posted on: Dec 28, 2010,  Section: Comic strips, United Media, Universal Press, Comments: 43 Comments

King Features releases iPad version of DailyINK

Last week King Features Syndicate released an iPhone, iPod Touch app for their DailyINK subscription service. Today, they’ve released the iPad version of the same app. The app, technically is a single app that runs in both small screens (iPhone) and larger screens (iPad) – so if you have an iPad and downloaded it last […]

Posted on: Dec 21, 2010,  Section: Comic strips, King Features, mobile, Technology, Comments: 1 Comment

King Features launches DailyINK iPhone/iPad app

King Features Syndicate has just released a DailyINK iPhone/iPod Touch app through the iTunes App Store. The free download connects DailyInk allows everyone to access “dozens of strips, panels and editorial cartoons will be featured in ‘Today’s Comic’” and the ability to go back seven days for the feature comics. Those with paid subscription accounts […]

Posted on: Dec 15, 2010,  Section: Comic strips, King Features, mobile, Comments: 5 Comments

GoComics turns off comments for Pibgorn

Universal Uclick has posted a notice to Pibgorn fans that it has turned off the comment section under the Pibgorn comic. Without a doubt, Pibgorn is a comic strip that generates a lot of conversation. But given Pibgorn’s particular subject matter, and the themes depicted in many of Brooke’s breathtaking sketches and finished pieces, the […]

Posted on: Dec 10, 2010,  Section: Comic strips, Universal Press, web comics, Comments: 27 Comments

DailyInk to raise price; going mobile

King Features comic subscription product, DailyInk, is raising their yearly rate on December 15 from $15 to $19.99. New subscribers or renewing subscribers signing up before December 15 save the extra $4.99. DailyInk has also announced that they are soon taking their comics to the iPhone, iPod and Ipad in the near future. The app […]

Posted on: Nov 16, 2010,  Section: Comic strips, King Features, Syndicates, Comments: 8 Comments

Festival of Cartoon Art notes: Tribute to Jay Kennedy

King Features comic editor Brendan Burford, Zippy The Pinhead creator Bill Griffith, The Simpsons creator Matt Groening and Mutts creator Patrick McDonnell were brought together to pay tribute to the late Jay Kennedy who passed away in the spring of 2007. Brendan Burford, Bill Griffith, Matt Groening and Patrick McDonnell are paneling a tribute to […]

Posted on: Oct 17, 2010,  Section: Comic strips, Festival of Cartoon Art, King Features, Comments: Comments Off on Festival of Cartoon Art notes: Tribute to Jay Kennedy