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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

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