Aaron Johnson, creator of the What the Duck web comics and the syndication bingo game (see announcement, update, progress report), tells me that it’s official – he’s signed a development contract with Universal Press Syndicate that guarantees a 2009 launch (at the latest). The paper has expressed interest in changing the feature’s name before it’s offered to papers, but that Aaron has retained the right to use the original name for online and personal use.
What the Duck is centered around a struggling professional photographer (who happens to be a duck). According to an article at Popphoto.com, the comic was originally just filler content for Aaron’s band’s blog, but quickly became a cult favorite for photographers and hobbyists. Since then Aaron has been able to parlay its popularity into some merchandising.
Aaron’s Syndication Bingo game was a way for him and fans to progress toward syndication as well as track the kind of rejection letters he’d get from syndicates. That page on his web site is no longer available, but here is his original bingo card:
Best of luck Aaron. WTD is a fun strip.