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Simone Slykhous, One of E&P’s “25 Under 35”

Simone Slykhous has been named one of Editor & Publisher’s “Rising Stars in Today’s News Industry.” This year’s list of 25 Under 35 includes Simone, Creators Syndicate managing editor. Simone Slykhous, 29 Managing editor, Creators Syndicate Hermosa Beach, Calif. Education: Northwestern University, bachelor of science, journalism with a minor in political science E&P managed to […]

Posted on: Apr 8, 2020,  Section: Comic strips, Creators, Comments: 1 Comment

Cartoonists Contributing to Comics Kingdom Blog

Not to minimize the efforts of Edgar, who has been doing an excellent job of regularly updating the Comics Kingdom Blog, but it is exciting (to me) that beginning last week King Features Syndicate cartoonists have joined Edgar in posting to the blog. Brian Walker, Alex Hallatt, Wayno, Rino Piccolo, Jim Keefe, Bill Bettwy, John […]

Posted on: Mar 30, 2020,  Section: Blogs, Comic strips, King Features, Comments: 1 Comment

74th Reubens – 50 Years of Andrews McMeel

The 2020 Reuben Awards Weekend and Dinner is being held in Kansas City, Missouri. The choice of Kansas City has to do with it being the home of Andrews McMeel, and has been since the company started 50 years ago. So it is A Golden Anniversary for the syndicate. Origins from The company that […]

Posted on: Mar 17, 2020,  Section: Comic strips, Reuben, Universal Press, Comments: Comments Off on 74th Reubens – 50 Years of Andrews McMeel

Labor Cartoonists Huck/Konopacki Retire

Labor cartoonists Gary Huck and Mike Konopacki have retired and closed their syndicate service. The introduction to their farewell message: In 1983 Gary Huck and I attended a convention of the International Labor Press Association (now the International Labor Communications Association). Our mutual friend David Elsila, editor of the UAW Solidarity magazine, introduced us to […]

Posted on: Mar 4, 2020,  Section: AAEC-feed, Editorial cartooning, Syndicates, Comments: Comments Off on Labor Cartoonists Huck/Konopacki Retire

King Features Syndicate – Tribune Content Agency, Is a Merger Happening?

There is evidence to suggest that the minor King Features Syndicate – Tribune Content Agency relationship has just taken a major leap forward.   Above is a screenshot of yesterday’s King Features Syndicate’s page listing of its syndicated comics, new to the page are placeholders for most of the comics features syndicated by Tribune Content […]

Posted on: Feb 27, 2020,  Section: Comic strips, King Features, Syndicates, Tribune Media Services, Comments: 1 Comment

The Missoulian: No Opinion on the Comics Page

The Missoulian (Big Sky Country) has decided to rid its comic pages of opinion strips. Effective after Sunday, Jan. 5, the Missoulian is ending its subscription to the comics “Doonesbury” and “Mallard Fillmore.” Many readers have long complained about both strips. The leading complaints about “Doonesbury” [Andrews McMeel Syndication] these days is that the daily […]

Posted on: Dec 29, 2019,  Section: Comic strips, Newspaper industry, Syndicates, Comments: 1 Comment

NCS Divisional Reuben Awards 2019 Call for Entries

December 20, 2019 Letter from the National Cartoonists Society calling for submissions. Note that membership is not a requirement to submit and be considered for the divisional awards and the submissions deadline is January 23, 2020.  

Posted on: Dec 20, 2019,  Section: AAEC-feed, Animation, Awards, Books, Cartooning, Cartoons, Comic Books, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Graphic Novels, Greeting Cards, Illustration, Magazine cartoons, National Cartoonist Society, Reuben, Syndicates, Television, web comics, Comments: Comments Off on NCS Divisional Reuben Awards 2019 Call for Entries

The Best Selling Comic Strips of the Past 40 Years

Allan Holtz’s Stripper’s Guide has provided comics researcher Jeffrey Lindenblatt a platform to present his latest project. Jeffrey has taken 300 newspapers, from large to small. and used them as a source to extrapolate the best selling newspaper comics strips from 1978 to 2019. Says Jeffrey: I decided that I would research 300 different daily […]

Posted on: Dec 10, 2019,  Section: Comic history, Comic strips, Syndicates, Comments: Comments Off on The Best Selling Comic Strips of the Past 40 Years

“Caption It!” – New Syndicated Feature(?) – update

Original December 4 post: A new feature showed up on the Creators Syndicate page this week. Caption It! by Steve Breen takes the popular cartoon caption contests and lets the Sunday Funnies readers have a shot at it. From the Creators’ site: “Caption It!” is a new cartoon caption contest that runs every week in […]

Posted on: Dec 6, 2019,  Section: Comic strips, Creators, Syndicates, Comments: 1 Comment

Lew Little – RIP

Famed comics syndicator Lew Little has passed away. Lewis Auburn (Lew) Little September 1, 1933 – November 21, 2019   From the obituary: Some of the world’s best-known comic strips were discovered by Little during a career spanning 80 years. He launched “Wee Pals,” the first integrated comic strip by Morrie Turner, and “Tumbleweeds,” a […]

Posted on: Nov 26, 2019,  Section: Comic history, Comic strips, Obituary, Syndicates, Comments: 1 Comment

Comics Kingdom Video Channel

The Comics Kingdom @YouTube channel is now live! Catch classic like Flash Gordon, Krazy Kat, Beetle Bailey and more every week! Find some exclusive behind the scene clips from some Comics Kingdom cartoonists too! Forget Disney+, the Comics Kingdom Video Channel is here! From the “About” page: Welcome to the official Comics Kingdom video channel, […]

Posted on: Nov 20, 2019,  Section: Animation, Cartooning, Comic strips, King Features, video, Comments: Comments Off on Comics Kingdom Video Channel

Dark Side of the Horse – New Syndicated Comic?

Speaking of syndicate homepages… The Andrews McMeel Syndication homepage has recently added a new comic strip to its lineup. Dark Side of the Horse by Samson (aka Samuli Lintula) is now on the page for print syndication. From what I can suss from the history of the strip it possibly first appeared in 2008. The […]

Posted on: Oct 31, 2019,  Section: Andrews McMeel Syndication, Comic strips, Syndicates, Comments: Comments Off on Dark Side of the Horse – New Syndicated Comic?

Comics Kingdom Delivers Overdue Rex Morgan

For a week, since Thursday October 24, Comics Kingdom hadn’t updated Rex Morgan, M.D. Rex fans opened up the page to the same strip every day for a week: And it was only the Rex strip stuck in time, no other KFS strips. Terry Beatty even had to chime in to assure fans that he […]

Posted on: Oct 31, 2019,  Section: Comic strips, King Features, Syndicates, Comments: 4 Comments

Syndicate History – Stereotypes and Matrices

…to refer to any 20th-century daily paper as a “local paper” hides an important truth: the proportion of newspaper content that was written, designed, and printed locally decreased in the early 20th century. Aided by a new technology called the stereotype, syndicates began to sell the same articles and illustrations to hundreds of different newspapers […]

Posted on: Oct 28, 2019,  Section: Comic history, Comic strips, Newspaper industry, Syndicates, Comments: Comments Off on Syndicate History – Stereotypes and Matrices

Yahoo Groups Goes Private, Deletes Files

“Attention: Starting December 14, 2019 Yahoo Groups will no longer host user created content on its sites. New content can no longer be uploaded after October 28, 2019. Sending/Receiving email functionality is not going away, you can continue to communicate via any email client with your group members. Learn More“ “Yahoo has made the decision […]

Posted on: Oct 21, 2019,  Section: Cartoonist's Cartoonists, Comic Books, Comic history, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Magazine cartoons, Syndicates, Web Sites, Comments: 2 Comments