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Universal Press Syndicate and Uclick merge

Andrews McMeel Universal, the parent company of Universal Press Syndicate and Uclick has merged the two companies to create Universal Uclick. From the press release: Andrews McMeel Universal is now composed of two distinct but collaborative organizations: Universal Uclick and Andrews McMeel Publishing (AMP). AMP is a leading publisher of humor, gift, general trade, cookbooks, […]

Posted on: Jul 8, 2009,  Section: Comic strips, Syndicates, Universal Press, Comments: 5 Comments

Uclick creates Eisner Awards app for iPhone, iPod

Uclick has announced the release of a new Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards app for iPhone and iPod Touch. The app celebrates the comics industry’s most prestigious awards by providing details on Will Eisner and the Eisner Awards, as well as the entire list of award categories in a tap-and-swipe menu, with information on each […]

Posted on: Jun 24, 2009,  Section: Awards, mobile, Universal Press, Comments: Comments Off on Uclick creates Eisner Awards app for iPhone, iPod

Uclick rolls out improved GoComics.com

Last fall, I reviewed the new roll out of United Media’s comics.com and compared it to other major syndicate offerings, including uClick/Universal Press’ GoComics.com. Last month, uClick released a major upgrade/redesign to GoComics improving many of the features that were eclipsed by comics.com. uClick’s mobile friendly site. uClick has always had one of the better […]

Posted on: Jun 22, 2009,  Section: Comic strips, Syndicates, Universal Press, Comments: 9 Comments

Who are the top subscribed comics on GoComics.com?

While checking out the new features on Universal Press/uClick’s GoComcs.com, I noticed that in the A-Z list of features, when you mouse over the name of the feature, a little pop-up shows a brief description of the feature and how many people subscribe to it. Given that they offer that kind of information, the next […]

Posted on: Jun 13, 2009,  Section: Comic strips, Universal Press, web comics, Comments: 61 Comments

Universal Press now accepts electronic submissions

In an effort to be more efficient and give aspiring cartoonists and columnists a break on postage, Universal Press Syndicate is moving toward an electronic-only submissions process. An electronic submission process has several benefits, says John Glynn, vice president of rights and acquisitions for Universal Press. Creators will save money on postage and time packaging […]

Posted on: Apr 15, 2009,  Section: Comic strips, Universal Press, Comments: 72 Comments

Universal Press launches editor’s blog

Universal Press Syndicate has started a new blog authored by comics editor John Glynn. From the email that I received from Kathie Kerr states that the purpose is to give comic fans a chance to see the inside workings of a syndicate. Inside the doors of Universal Press Syndicate are a lot of smart people, […]

Posted on: Dec 2, 2008,  Section: Blogs, Universal Press, Comments: 1 Comment

Andrews McMeel Universal Nominiated As Top 10 Kansas City Companies

Andrews McMeel Universal (the parent company of Universal Press Syndicate) has been nominated as a Top Company in Kansas City. The distinction is shared by 9 other companies and a single Top Company will be announced on August 24th. The criteria for this award include: “company’s contributions, innovations, work culture, customer service, transactions, challenges, community […]

Posted on: Jun 27, 2007,  Section: Syndicates, Universal Press, Comments: 1 Comment

Universal Press teams up with Lulu.com

Universal Press Syndicate has partnered with Lulu.com to launch a storefront in efforts to create a new way to produce and distribute their books. Lulu.com is a print on demand solution and this deal appears to give cartoonists and fans an opportunity to create their own books and calendars. Initially, the features that will be […]

Posted on: May 3, 2007,  Section: Books, Universal Press, Comments: 2 Comments

Lee Salem’s interview with Mr. Media posted

Mr. Media has posted a lengthy and interesting interview with Lee Salem, President and Editor at Universal Press Syndicate. Mr. Salem fields questions about his first impressions about Doonesbury, The Far Side, Calvin and Hobbes, Cathy, For Better or For Worse, Foxtrot, Boondocks, Bloom County and Lio. There’s also an interesting discussion on the Universal […]

Posted on: Feb 26, 2007,  Section: Interviews, Universal Press, Comments: 3 Comments

“Boondocks”: Longer hiatus or end of the strip?

Aaron McGruder, who in February put his strip “The Boondocks” on what was supposed to be a six-month hiatus, has not decided when, or if, he will return to the newspapers. According to an article from Editor & Publisher, Universal President Lee Salem said “it was obvious that Aaron would not be able to meet […]

Posted on: Sep 26, 2006,  Section: Comic strips, Daily Cartoonist, Universal Press, Comments: 1 Comment

Universal Press announces internal promotions

From Universal Press comes news of several promotions within the company. Sue Roush has been promoted to VP of the syndicate; Kathie Kerr becomes assistant VP/communications; Cathy Kirkland will be assistant VP/digital services; Christina Craver becomes director/creative projects and Sarah DeCoursey will be director/licensing.

Posted on: Aug 24, 2006,  Section: Universal Press, Comments: Comments Off on Universal Press announces internal promotions

Ted Rall and Universal Press mark 10 years together

Ted Rall is celebrating 10 years of syndication with Universal Press where he draws cartoons for over 140 newspapers and also produces a weekly column.

Posted on: Aug 21, 2006,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Universal Press, Comments: 8 Comments

Ziggy turns 35

Ziggy celebrates 35 years on the comics page, which debuted on June 28, 1971. The comic is distributed to over 600 newspapers by Universal Press Syndicate.

Posted on: Jun 27, 2006,  Section: Anniversaries, Cartoons, Daily Cartoonist, Universal Press, Comments: 2 Comments

Universal Press redesigns web site, adds blog

According to their new blog (authored by Derek, Dir. of Web Operations) the site is the combination of Universal’s uComics.com and GoComics.com web sites.  Aside from the obvious visual changes, the new site uses a Flash-based comic reader to thwart would be copyright violators.

Posted on: Jun 2, 2006,  Section: Blogs, Syndicates, Universal Press, Comments: Comments Off on Universal Press redesigns web site, adds blog

Changing of the guard at Universal Syndicate

Dave Astor of Editor and Publisher has a great write up regarding the upcoming transition in leadership at Universal Press Syndicate when Lee Salem succeeds Bob Duffy as president of the company.

Posted on: May 24, 2006,  Section: Syndicates, Universal Press, Comments: Comments Off on Changing of the guard at Universal Syndicate