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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

Disney to buy Marvel for $4 billion

The Walt Disney Co. said Monday it is acquiring Marvel Entertainment Inc. for $4 billion in cash and stock. Under the deal, Disney will acquire ownership of 5,000 Marvel characters.

Posted on: Aug 31, 2009,  Section: Comic Books, Licensing, Comments: 19 Comments

Dagwood’s Sandwich Shoppes struggling

Dagwood’s Sandwich Shoppes, co-founded by Blondie cartoonist Dean Young who started the franchise back in 2006 to capitalize on the Dagwood sandwich made infamous in the Blondie comic, is struggling – at least in Clearwater Fl where the shop has laid off all by four employees – a skeleton crew. The company, which has national […]

Posted on: Mar 30, 2009,  Section: Licensing, Comments: 7 Comments

News Briefs for March 23, 2009

» New York Daily News cartoonist and writer Bill Gallo was the honored guest speaker at the fifth annual Honor the Free Press Day where he talked about his World War II experience and how it made him a better journalist. » The San Diego Union-Tribune found a buyer. I don’t know how that will […]

Posted on: Mar 23, 2009,  Section: Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Interviews, Licensing, Comments: 1 Comment

Popeye is now public domain – at least in Europe

At the first of this year, the Popeye character entered into the public domain in Europe. In the US, the copyright is still in play until 2024 because US law protects works for 95 years after the death of the creator instead of the 70 years that Europe observes. That said, King Features still owns […]

Posted on: Jan 7, 2009,  Section: Comic strips, Legal, Licensing, Comments: Comments Off on Popeye is now public domain – at least in Europe

Comic characters better than c-list celebrities

According to an article on Mint, comic strip characters have the recognition of celebrities at a fraction of the cost when it comes to businesses using them to build brand recognition and advertising campaigns. Due to an economic downturn worldwide, using comic strip characters is a growing trend because in addition to the cost, the […]

Posted on: Nov 13, 2008,  Section: Comic strips, Licensing, Comments: 2 Comments

New Snoopy video game due out in 2010

Smart Bomb Interactive has announced that they are releasing a new video game entitled Snoopy Flying Ace the first months of 2010. The video game is described as having, “action, adventure, romance, cow-tipping, and other exercises in heroism too numerous to name.” You can see a video preview of the game at their website.

Posted on: Nov 7, 2008,  Section: Licensing, Comments: 4 Comments

News Briefs for October 7, 2008

» Comic Book Resources takes a look at Bill Griffith and Zippy the Pinhead. » The Dallas Morning News interviews Scott Hilburn and his feature The Argyle Sweater. » The L.A. Times is running Between Friends in trial mode as a possible replacement for For Better or For Worse. They will run Between Friends for […]

Posted on: Oct 7, 2008,  Section: Comic strips, Licensing, Comments: Comments Off on News Briefs for October 7, 2008

FitzRoy Media inks deal to animate Heathcliff cat

FitzRoy Media has signed Peter Gallagher, the current writer/artist and nephew of Healthcliff creator George Gately, to a development deal to allow FitzRoy create feature films, direct-to-DVD movies and other licensing opportunities with the orange and black cat character.

Posted on: Sep 4, 2008,  Section: Comic strips, Licensing, Comments: 2 Comments

Randy Glasbergen goes global

Randy Glasbergen, one of the most prolific cartoonists in the industry, has several projects that are going to be launching in various places around the world. Firstly, Randy has signed a 5-year contract with Recycled Paper Greetings (RPG). RPG will be adapting Randy’s single-panel cartoons to greeting card designs for holidays and other occasions. Randy’s […]

Posted on: Jun 16, 2008,  Section: Comic strips, Licensing, Comments: 10 Comments