The Washington Post Writers Group has announced that Brian Crane’s Pickles comic strip has surpassed the 500-client mark with the addition of the Shreveport Times which will begin running Pickles on Aug. 4th.
Alan English, the Executive Editor at the Times, was also pleased at the news that his is the lucky paper. “Our core audience is going to be very excited about Pickles. The readers can see us making changes, working on improving the paper every day, and we know Pickles is going to entertain them.”
Crane was also pleased, and a little surprised, by the news. “I honestly never thought Pickles would be in this many papers,” Crane said. “I try not to think about it, really, or I’m sure I would probably get stage fright. In my mind this comic strip is just something I do every day in the privacy of my home to amuse myself, and then I mysteriously get paid for it.”
Pickles’ growth has been steady for most of its 18 years, but the strip’s list has taken off recently. As some comics leave the pages and editors try others, Pickles has been a frequent winner. “One cartoonist e-mailed me with news of a recent Pickles win and called Brian’s strip the ‘Godzilla’ of the comics pages,” said Amy Lago, comics editor for The Washington Post Writers Group.
Pickles debuted in 1990. In 1995 and 2001, Pickles was nominated for best comic strip of the year by the National Cartoonists Society, winning in 2001. Crane was also nominated for the coveted Cartoonist of the Year Reuben Award in 2006.