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A Belated Weekend Roundup

  Right-wing forces are still ignoring facts and promoting divisiveness. Liberals are still gutless. Religion is still the greatest threat to peace and self-expression. … The only big difference is that I am now old. My sense of outrage at the stupidity and cruelty of those in power remains the same, but my desire to […]

Posted on: Mar 28, 2022,  Section: Alternative comics, Books, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Events, Syndicates, Comments: Comments Off on A Belated Weekend Roundup

Sherman’s Lagoon Relocates to Andrews McMeel

Sherman’s Lagoon, the comic strip created by Jim Toomey in 1991, is beginning its fourth decade by switching to its fourth syndicate. Sherman’s Lagoon started in Jim’s local newspaper The Escondido Times-Advocate on May 13, 1991, and was self-syndicated by Jim’s Pacific Press Features. The comic picked up a few more papers by the time […]

Posted on: Mar 24, 2022,  Section: Comic strips, Syndicates, Comments: Comments Off on Sherman’s Lagoon Relocates to Andrews McMeel

Comics Kingdom Blog Returns?

After nine months (has it been that long?) the Comics Kingdom Blog reappeared earlier this week. The March 7 item is not much, only a notice, but we hope it is the beginning of a return to the way it was. Past years had seen Brian Walker, John Rose, and other King Features cartoonists become […]

Posted on: Mar 9, 2022,  Section: Comic strips, King Features, Comments: Comments Off on Comics Kingdom Blog Returns?

Andrews McMeel Universal Jobs Fair

Andrews McMeel has a few job openings for qualified applicants.A chance to get close to where the action is. And – Okay, none of that blurb from The Swiss Family Robinson is true. Though spring is coming and if you have a tree in the backyard… What is true is the job openings:   MARKETING […]

Posted on: Mar 1, 2022,  Section: Andrews McMeel Syndication, Comments: 2 Comments

Jonny Hawkins and “Zoolies” Sign with TCA

Jonny Hawkins tells The Daily Cartoonist: [O]n January 14th on a beautiful Friday evening, I got an email from the acquisitions editor at Tribune (now called Tribune Content Agency) saying they loved Zoolies and wanted to syndicate it.  I was elated.  It was one week before my daughter’s 15th birthday. So, 33 years after it […]

Posted on: Feb 23, 2022,  Section: Comic strips, Syndicates, Comments: 1 Comment

KIng Features Syndicate Revamps Website

While we were all concerned about the latest Comics Kingdom problems last week (Mike Peterson noted, “Comics Kingdom changed servers and the last week has been very glitchy,” and Joseph Nebus explained, “The server it was on has expired and the link’s been infested with malware.” see Joseph’s comment below) along with that fix King […]

Posted on: Feb 18, 2022,  Section: Comic strips, King Features, Syndicates, Web Sites, Comments: 8 Comments

Baby Blues Signs With Andrews McMeel Syndicate – Update

Update: As Jerry Scott informs in the comments below Baby Blues is up at GoComics. original January 12 post: Baby Blues, the very popular comic strip by Jerry Scott and Rick Kirkman, has switched teams moving from King Features Syndicate to Andrews McMeel Syndication. Kansas City, MO (January 11, 2022) Andrews McMeel Syndication (AMS) will […]

Posted on: Jan 13, 2022,  Section: Comic strips, Syndicates, Comments: 5 Comments

Job: Editorial Production Assistant – King Features

Editorial Production Assistant Orlando, FL, United States   We are seeking a talented assistant who wants to dive headfirst into the world of comics, puzzles, and columns. This role will give the right candidate an opportunity to learn the work of comics, puzzles, and columns editors. The Editorial Production Assistant will support all our distributed […]

Posted on: Jan 3, 2022,  Section: Comic strips, Publishers, Syndicates, Comments: Comments Off on Job: Editorial Production Assistant – King Features

Citrus County Chronicle Changes Comics Codex

The Citrus County (Crystal River, Fl.) Chronicle recently changed the comics lineup of both the daily page and the Sunday supplement, apparently without warning.                                            From today’s Chronicle: I’m wondering who decides which comic strips are taken off out of […]

Posted on: Dec 30, 2021,  Section: Comic strips, Newspaper industry, Syndicates, Comments: 3 Comments

When Arlo and Janis Beat Calvin and Hobbes

From Jeffrey Lindenblatt’s new Paper Trends installment: Since we started this survey one thing has remained constant: when an NEA strip is cancelled and the syndicate replaces it with a new strip, that new strip will have fewer papers than the cancelled strip. © UFS In 1985 we have the opposite; Levy’s Law was cancelled […]

Posted on: Nov 8, 2021,  Section: Comic strips, Newspaper industry, Syndicates, Comments: 1 Comment

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