If you’ve been counting, there are now seven features that have launched or scheduled to launch this year. That’s a giant leap from the three that launched in 2009. King Features and Creators are releasing features on a near six month cycle this year with Washington Post Writers Group, United Media and Universal Uclick each releasing just one so far. Based on the launch dates so far, it would be doubtful that any others will be released this year.
At least two features are
Here are the features:
Dustin, Steve Kelley, Jeff Parker – King Features (January 4)
Diamond Lil, Brett Koth – Creators (March 1)
Barney & Clyde, Gene Weingarten, Dan Weingarten, David Clark – Washington Post Writers Group (June 7)
Oh, Brother!, Bob Weber Jr., Jay Stephens – King Features (June 28)
Freshly Squeezed, Ed Stein – United Media (September 20)
Thatababy Paul Trap – Universal Uclick (October 4)
Dogs of C-Kennel, Mick and Mason Mastroianni – Creators (October 4)
Any feature launched prior to October 4 is genuinely being launched without consideration of Cathy Guisewite’s retirement.
Universal Uclick tells me that because they syndicate Cathy, they had the insiders advantage to know when to launch a replacement.