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King Features celebrates 100 years at NCS Reuben award weekend

This Saturday night is the annual National Cartoonists Society’s Reuben Awards weekend where one (maybe two?) people not named Stephan Pastis will be crowned Cartoonist of the Year. On Friday, King Features Syndicate will host a special panel celebrating 100 years of comic strips. The event is free to the public at 11 am at […]

Posted on: May 19, 2015,  Section: Comic strips, King Features, Syndicates, Comments: 1 Comment

Dave Blazek Loose Parts moves to WPWG

Loose Parts creator Dave Blazek has announced that he is moving syndicates in September. Dave’s panel has been syndicated through Tribune Content Agency but starting September 25, the strip will be distributed by Washington Post Writers Group. Dave tells me, “I had a great run with the Tribune and the people were wonderful. But as […]

Posted on: Aug 21, 2014,  Section: Comic strips, Syndicates, WPWG, Comments: 7 Comments

Check out and GoComics mobile apps

I’m incredibly happy that Universal Uclick, the people who syndicate some of the best known features in the world, is this week’s sponsor. Universal operates – home to hundreds of the finest comics on the innerwebs. In fact, I’m not quite sure a larger collection of comic strips exists on the web. Each month […]

Posted on: May 19, 2014,  Section: Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, United Media, Comments: 3 Comments

David Reddick to launch Intelligent Life comic

David Reddick, creator of Legend of Bill and The Trek Life will be launch a new comic strip this summer with King Features Syndicate. The feature is called Intelligent Life. From the strip’s Facebook page: INTELLIGENT LIFE is a comic strip that revolves around a set of characters who very much exist in this world […]

Posted on: May 15, 2014,  Section: Comic strips, King Features, New Launches, Comments: 5 Comments

Andrews McMeel named coolest office in Kansas City

KC Business magazine has named Andrews McMeel (parent company of Universal Uclick) the coolest office in Kansas City. They have a great write-up with lots of photos. Unfortunately, you have to read it through a magazine reader site. Here’s the link. Skip to page 18.

Posted on: May 7, 2014,  Section: Comic strips, Syndicates, Universal Press, Comments: Comments Off on Andrews McMeel named coolest office in Kansas City

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 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