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100-Year-Old Felix the Cat

Although there were earlier cats animated by the Pat Sullivan Studios, it is generally agreed that Feline Funnies, released on November 9, 1919, is the first appearance of Felix the Cat. And the cat became the world’s first animated superstar.   Although Pat Sulivan is officially credited as the creator of Felix the Cat, it […]

Posted on: Nov 9, 2019,  Section: Animation, Anniversaries, Comic Books, Comic history, Comic strips, Licensing, Comments: Comments Off on 100-Year-Old Felix the Cat

On the 90th Anniversary Popeye Watch

Literally – a 90th anniversary Popeye wristwatch. Bamford London is celebrating the 90th anniversary of Popeye with the release of a new collaborative watch. The watch is made alongside the cartoon’s owner King Features, which has graced Bamford London’s GMT model with Popeye motifs throughout its design. Channeling the nautical theme synonymous with Popeye, the […]

Posted on: Sep 16, 2019,  Section: Anniversaries, Comic strips, King Features, Licensing, Comments: Comments Off on On the 90th Anniversary Popeye Watch

King Features Gets Moomin, Tulipop License

King Features Licensing has signed on to be the North America representative of the Scandinavian Moomin characters and the Icelandic Tulipop. King Features Syndicate, a unit of Hearst, has reached an agreement with Bulls Licensing to represent classic literary and art-based brand Moomin for merchandise, advertising, and promotions in the U.S. and Canada. Moomin is the latest addition […]

Posted on: Jun 7, 2019,  Section: Cartooning, Children's Books, International, Licensing, Comments: 1 Comment

Popeye at 90 – License to Grow

  It’s the 90th anniversary of Popeye‘s debut (and the 100th of Thimble Theatre). But age isn’t slowing down the Sailor Man. His comic strip continues with reprinted Bud Sagendorf dailies and new Hy Eisman Sunday pages, and this year it was joined by a companion Sunday strip—Popeye’s Cartoon Club by various celebrity cartoonists. But […]

Posted on: May 30, 2019,  Section: Anniversaries, Comic strips, King Features, Licensing, Comments: Comments Off on Popeye at 90 – License to Grow

King Features Syndicate Bolsters Marketing and Licensing Teams with New Hires

King Features Syndicate today announced several exciting new hires to support an aggressive vision for the company that includes expansion into entertainment platforms and new artist and IP acquisition. The new team includes, Ricky Li and Christina Nix Lynch, Directors of Licensing, Bridgette Bek, Senior Director of Digital Marketing, Erinn Smart, Director of Business Development, […]

Posted on: May 22, 2018,  Section: Licensing, Comments: Comments Off on King Features Syndicate Bolsters Marketing and Licensing Teams with New Hires

Get your custom animated Garfield comic

The folks at Paws, Inc and PixFusion.com are launching a new service that allows individuals to insert their face into an animated Garfield comic strip – much like JibJab animations. Jim Davis, who created the cat decades ago, said he embraced the opportunity to put readers in his strips, noting that his cat has long […]

Posted on: Nov 22, 2010,  Section: Animation, Licensing, Comments: Comments Off on Get your custom animated Garfield comic

ABC signs 5 year agreement to air Peanuts

Peanuts Worldwide, the newly formed joint venture between Iconix Brand Group (Nasdaq: ICON) and Charles M. Schulz Creative Associates today announced that it has signed a new five year deal with ABC Network for the popular PEANUTS animated holiday specials. The beloved Emmy Award winning specials, including the iconic “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” “A Charlie […]

Posted on: Aug 17, 2010,  Section: Licensing, Television, Comments: 3 Comments

Craig Schulz on keeping his father’s legacy alive

The Press Democrat has an excellent report on Craig Schulz, Charles Schulz’ son and his work as president and CEO of Creative Associates – the company that manages licensing for the Peanuts characters. Earlier this year, Craig Schulz found himself in the national news again, when the Schulz family made a $175 million deal with […]

Posted on: Aug 6, 2010,  Section: Comic history, Licensing, Comments: 12 Comments

Little Orphan Annie heads to Broadway

The comic strip may be ending this Sunday, but Little Orphan Annie is heading back to Broadway. According to the Associated Press, Producer Arielle Madover has acquired the production rights to the comic strip and the return is scheduled for the fall of 2012.

Posted on: Jun 11, 2010,  Section: Comic strips, Licensing, Comments: 1 Comment

Priggee cartoons on Tea Party shirts?

Just noticed the early organization of a new movement inside the Tea Party movement called Replace This Face March. Looks like some capitalist activity taking advantage of the Tea rage, but anyway… the goal is to get two or three million Americans (party affiliation agnostic) all wearing the same t-shirt on October 16 for “the […]

Posted on: Apr 30, 2010,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Licensing, Comments: 37 Comments

Iconix, Schulz family buy Peanuts for $175M

Iconix Brand Group Inc. and the Charles M. Schulz family has bought the rights to the Peanuts comic strip and other assets from United Features Syndicate and E.W. Scripps Co for $175 Million. The family will have a 20% share of the rights. According the a Reuters story, Iconix projects a $75 million annual royalty […]

Posted on: Apr 27, 2010,  Section: Comic strips, Licensing, United Media, Comments: 23 Comments

Snoopy coin to be minted in British Virgin Islands

A collectors item I’m sure. The Government of the British Virgin Islands is delighted to announce a new coin release celebrating the 60th Anniversary of Peanuts, the famous cartoon strip featuring Charlie Brown and his dog, Snoopy. British Virgin Islands Commemorative 60th Anniversary of Peanuts Silver Proof Coin Featuring Snoopy. Also Minted are Proof Gold […]

Posted on: Mar 23, 2010,  Section: Licensing, Comments: 2 Comments

Dilbert wall graphics available; Peanuts coming

United Media and LTL PRINTS are now launching a series of artwork and giant character cut-outs from Scott Adam’s Dilbert comic. Sizes vary up from one foot tall to seven. Peanuts characters are also in the works.

Posted on: Feb 18, 2010,  Section: Comic strips, Licensing, Comments: 3 Comments

Pet Sitters Intl. to use Garfield characters

Pet Sitters International has announced it will begin using characters from the Garfield comic strip to help its member programs market their services. From the press release: “PSI is all about educating our members and our members are all about pampering their clients’ pets,” said Terry Chance, PSI marketing director. “Garfield is definitely an intellectual […]

Posted on: Feb 9, 2010,  Section: Comic strips, Licensing, Comments: Comments Off on Pet Sitters Intl. to use Garfield characters

Success in Comics seminar notes: Chad Carpenter, Bill Kellogg

Today kicks of the two day Success in Comics seminar in Las Vegas organized by Tundra creator Chad Carpenter and marketing guru Bill Kellogg. The two were also the first speakers each telling how they grew Tundra to produce a living outside of syndication. Chad talked about the first dozen years were he started the […]

Posted on: Sep 26, 2009,  Section: Comic strips, Licensing, Syndicates, Comments: 1 Comment