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Role Reversal for Epic! and Andrews McMeel

  Epic, the digital reading platform and library for kids, is teaming up with Andrews McMeel Publishing, home to Big Nate and Calvin & Hobbes, to produce a line of children’s books. Under the new arrangement, AMP will publish print editions of Epic Originals digital books, a content line that Epic debuted in March.   […]

Posted on: Jun 6, 2019,  Section: Books, Children's Books, eBooks, Publishers, Universal Press, Web Sites, Comments: 0 Comments

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

Comics Kingdom – The Fix Is In

  It seems Comics Kingdom has ironed out a few kinks in their Sunday page.     Today most (all?) Sunday strips that have half-page formats are in half-page formats.     And if you right click then “view image” the strip will fill your screen vertically; click on the image again and it fills […]

Posted on: May 26, 2019,  Section: Comic strips, King Features, Comments: 3 Comments

Comics Kingdom Redesigned Website Goes Online

The redesigned Comics Kingdom website went up today (April 3, 2019).   At the Comics Kingdom blog Tea welcomes us to the new site: Welcome to the remodeled Comics Kingdom! If you’re a premium subscriber, (and we encourage to sign up here if you are not!) there are no ads and a huge archive of […]

Posted on: Apr 3, 2019,  Section: Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, King Features, Syndicates, Web Sites, Comments: 20 Comments

Rival Salesman Trolls Non Sequitur Syndicate

When the unfortunate error in judgment in the Sunday Non Sequitur was revealed to the public earlier this week reaction from newspapers was swift. Also, unexpectedly, was the quick response from a salesperson competing with Andrews McMeel Syndication for real estate on The Funny Pages. Sent to newspaper editors on Monday was this message from […]

Posted on: Feb 15, 2019,  Section: Comic strips, Controversies, Opinion, Syndicates, Comments: 11 Comments

Tronc to Change Name Back to Tribune Publishing

Multiple sources reporting. New York Post The Verge The Guardian

Posted on: Jun 18, 2018,  Section: Newspaper industry, Tribune Media Services, Comments: Comments Off on Tronc to Change Name Back to Tribune Publishing

King Features celebrates 100 years at NCS Reuben award weekend

This Saturday night is the annual National Cartoonists Society’s Reuben Awards weekend where one (maybe two?) people not named Stephan Pastis will be crowned Cartoonist of the Year. On Friday, King Features Syndicate will host a special panel celebrating 100 years of comic strips. The event is free to the public at 11 am at […]

Posted on: May 19, 2015,  Section: Comic strips, King Features, Syndicates, Comments: 1 Comment

Dave Blazek Loose Parts moves to WPWG

Loose Parts creator Dave Blazek has announced that he is moving syndicates in September. Dave’s panel has been syndicated through Tribune Content Agency but starting September 25, the strip will be distributed by Washington Post Writers Group. Dave tells me, “I had a great run with the Tribune and the people were wonderful. But as […]

Posted on: Aug 21, 2014,  Section: Comic strips, Syndicates, WPWG, Comments: 7 Comments

Check out GoComics.com and GoComics mobile apps

I’m incredibly happy that Universal Uclick, the people who syndicate some of the best known features in the world, is this week’s sponsor. Universal operates GoComics.com – home to hundreds of the finest comics on the innerwebs. In fact, I’m not quite sure a larger collection of comic strips exists on the web. Each month […]

Posted on: May 19, 2014,  Section: Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, United Media, Comments: 3 Comments

David Reddick to launch Intelligent Life comic

David Reddick, creator of Legend of Bill and The Trek Life will be launch a new comic strip this summer with King Features Syndicate. The feature is called Intelligent Life. From the strip’s Facebook page: INTELLIGENT LIFE is a comic strip that revolves around a set of characters who very much exist in this world […]

Posted on: May 15, 2014,  Section: Comic strips, King Features, New Launches, Comments: 5 Comments

Andrews McMeel named coolest office in Kansas City

KC Business magazine has named Andrews McMeel (parent company of Universal Uclick) the coolest office in Kansas City. They have a great write-up with lots of photos. Unfortunately, you have to read it through a magazine reader site. Here’s the link. Skip to page 18.

Posted on: May 7, 2014,  Section: Comic strips, Syndicates, Universal Press, Comments: Comments Off on Andrews McMeel named coolest office in Kansas City

Comics Kingdom adds promised features

King Feature Syndicate’s Comic portal Comics Kingdom launched last December with several new features and some planned features set to debut at a later date. This week, some of those are now available. Comic fans can search the comics by keywords and phrases and find comics using that word. They also display keywords under each […]

Posted on: Apr 9, 2014,  Section: Comic strips, King Features, Comments: Comments Off on Comics Kingdom adds promised features

Exclusive first peak at the new Comics Kingdom

As I teased earlier today, King Features Syndicate is launching a new comic portal called Comics Kingdom. The go-live date is tomorrow. The new portal will replace their DailyInk comic subscription service. Paying Comic Kingdom subscribers will enjoy an ad-free experience, deeper archives not available to non-subscribers. Non-subscribers will still be able to read their […]

Posted on: Dec 2, 2013,  Section: Comic strips, King Features, Syndicates, Comments: 10 Comments

King Features to launch Comics Kingdom

King Features Syndicate has announced that they are launching a new public comic portal called Comics Kingdom this week. This new site will replace their DailyInk website and service and include a deeper archive, more puzzles and expanded vintage comic offerings. You will also be able to search for specific comics or comics related to […]

Posted on: Dec 2, 2013,  Section: Comic strips, King Features, Syndicates, Comments: 1 Comment

The current state of newspaper syndication

Rob Tornoe, writing for Editor & Publisher, has an interesting read about the current state of newspaper syndication. He confirms what most of us have observed in the last few years – new comic launches are few and far between. It’s a good read with a lot of information on the syndicates’ offerings both in […]

Posted on: Jul 12, 2013,  Section: Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Syndicates, Comments: 24 Comments