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King Features Expands Global Publishing Program

From a King Features Syndicate press release: King Features Syndicate, a unit of Hearst and home to some of the world’s most popular entertainment characters, is growing its global publishing program under the direction of publishing director Christina Nix Lynch to develop new partnerships for original content. The expansion includes new territories, titles, formats and […]

Posted on: Aug 26, 2021,  Section: Books, Comic Books, Comic strips, International, King Features, Licensing, Comments: Comments Off on King Features Expands Global Publishing Program

Bozo by FoXo

  above: from March 24, 1935 Earlier this year GoComics began running the classic comic strip Bozo by FoXo Reardon. Recently the GoComics crew interviewed Foxo’s son Michael about his father and the strip. What was it like to grow up with a cartoonist as a father? My father had been working as a professional […]

Posted on: Jul 27, 2021,  Section: Andrews McMeel Syndication, Comic strips, Interviews, Comments: 7 Comments

NYTimes, WaPo Obituaries for John P. McMeel

The New York Times and The Washington Post have published obituaries for Andrews McMeel Universal co-founder John P. McMeel.   From The New York Times: John McMeel, co-founder of what began as a basement operation in a rented ranch house in Kansas, with a mail drop on Fifth Avenue in New York City, and grew […]

Posted on: Jul 22, 2021,  Section: Andrews McMeel Syndication, Obituary, Universal Press, Comments: Comments Off on NYTimes, WaPo Obituaries for John P. McMeel

Andrews McMeel Universal John McMeel Tribute

Andrews McMeel Universal has issued a memorial to Chairman Emeritus and Co-Founder John P. McMeel. excerpt: “I’m not sure I ever met anyone who was more enthusiastic and energized about life and work than John,” said Gary Larson, creator of The Far Side®. “I confess to being a little on the withdrawn side when I […]

Posted on: Jul 9, 2021,  Section: Andrews McMeel Syndication, Obituary, Universal Press, Comments: 1 Comment

John P. McMeel – RIP

Universal Press Syndicate/Andrews McMeel Universal co-founder John McMeel has passed away.    John Paul McMeel January 26, 1936 – July 7, 2021 Hall Syndicate/Publishers-Hall Syndicate salesman and manager Universal Press Syndicate Co-Founder, Sales Director, and President Andrews McMeel Universal Chairman   On July 7 current AMU Chairman Hugh Andrews notified the company’s associates: I am […]

Posted on: Jul 8, 2021,  Section: Andrews McMeel Syndication, Comic strips, Obituary, Universal Press, Comments: Comments Off on John P. McMeel – RIP

John McMeel – RIP

Co-founder and Chairman of Andrews McMeel Universal John McMeel has passed away. John McMeel, Chairman of Andrews McMeel, passed away on July 7, 2021 at age 85. The company that became Andrews McMeel Universal started as a moonlighting alternative career of two firm friends, John P. McMeel and James F. Andrews. McMeel was a native […]

Posted on: Jul 7, 2021,  Section: Andrews McMeel Syndication, Obituary, Comments: 6 Comments

King Features and Comics Kingdom News

© King Features Syndicate In what we can only hope will be an annual event Sarah Rose joins dad John for a special Father’s Day week with the return of Li’l Sparky to Barney Google and Snuffy Smith. Cartoonist John Rose breaks the news: I am pleased to announce that Li’l Sparky returns again for […]

Posted on: Jun 17, 2021,  Section: Comic strips, King Features, Syndicates, Comments: 3 Comments

Syndicates Issue Statement re: Pulitzer Non-Award

The Big Three Comic Syndicates have released a joint statement on the Pulitzer Board’s  decision to not award a Prize for the Editorial Cartooning category in 2021.   June 16, 2021: Statement Regarding Pulitzer Committee’s Decision on 2020 Editorial Cartooning Award A joint statement from Andrews McMeel Syndication, King Features and Creators Syndicate:   Andrews […]

Posted on: Jun 16, 2021,  Section: AAEC-feed, Andrews McMeel Syndication, Creators, Editorial cartooning, King Features, Pulitzer Prize, Syndicates, Comments: 4 Comments

175 Years of Associated Press

The news agency Associated Press was founded 175 years ago in May 1846. According to Wikipedia, which takes the date from New York Natives, the prime date is May 22, 1846, so we missed the anniversary by a couple days. More from Wikipedia: The Associated Press (AP) is an American non-profit news agency headquartered in […]

Posted on: May 24, 2021,  Section: Comic strips, Newspaper industry, Syndicates, Comments: Comments Off on 175 Years of Associated Press

WPWG Drops Rudy Park from Syndication Page

The syndicates have been busy this year adjusting their pages that feature the comics offered to newspapers. The year started off with Tribune Content Agency introducing Mt. Pleasant as a new comic strip. That was quickly followed by Andrews McMeel Syndication taking on the distribution of Half Full, and more recently dropping Tarzan from their […]

Posted on: May 14, 2021,  Section: Comic strips, Syndicates, Comments: Comments Off on WPWG Drops Rudy Park from Syndication Page

MIke Peterson Sez: Check Your Syndicate’s Website

Daily Cartoonist colleague Mike Peterson posted an advisory on his Twitter feed: That leads me to point out a couple examples. After Buckles ended in March King Features Syndicate dropped the comic strip from its list of offerings. When they did that eight or nine other features fell off the page. Eventually most of the […]

Posted on: May 6, 2021,  Section: AAEC-feed, Cartoonist, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Syndicates, Comments: Comments Off on MIke Peterson Sez: Check Your Syndicate’s Website

Creators Syndicate & Northside Sun Online Allies

The Northside Sun of Jackson, Mississippi has partnered with Creators Syndicate to supply comics and cartoons to its readers on the newspaper’s website. It is a unique webpage format that I haven’t seen with other newspapers. Curious if it is the paper’s design or the syndicate’s. Newspapers and comic strips have been intertwined for ages. […]

Posted on: Apr 30, 2021,  Section: Comic strips, Creators, Syndicates, Web Sites, Comments: Comments Off on Creators Syndicate & Northside Sun Online Allies

Kathleen Andrews – RIP

Universal Press Syndicate co-founder Kathleen Andrews has passed away. Kathleen Whalen (Kathy) AndrewsMarch 12, 1037 – April 16, 2021   Kathy was there in the beginning: In 1970, Andrews McMeel Universal was founded as Universal Press Syndicate by Jim Andrews and John McMeel. With an impressive company name and energetic young owners, Universal Press Syndicate […]

Posted on: Apr 18, 2021,  Section: Obituary, Syndicates, Universal Press, Comments: Comments Off on Kathleen Andrews – RIP

KFS Comics Editor Tea on Syndication/Submissions

Content syndicates are businesses that syndicate content to businesses that need content for their platforms— newspapers, magazines, tv and radio stations, websites, etc. King Features Syndicate Editorial Director for Comics Tea Fougner has tweeted a short essay on current syndication practices with a bit of history. The way syndication works today is that we are […]

Posted on: Apr 12, 2021,  Section: Comic strips, Syndicates, Comments: 1 Comment

GoComics Uploads Content for Postmedia Websites

It seems Canada’s Postmedia and Andrews McMeel Syndication have come to an agreement in which AMS will provide Postmedia websites with syndicated content (comics, columns, puzzles).   In a December 21, 2020 announcement that appeared on Postmedia websites: A brand new Puzzles and Comics experience launches Monday on your favourite Postmedia website. All the comic […]

Posted on: Dec 22, 2020,  Section: Comic strips, Syndicates, Comments: Comments Off on GoComics Uploads Content for Postmedia Websites