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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 – 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

Dilbert leaves United Media for Universal Uclick (UPDATED)

Dilbert is getting a new manager. Universal Uclick will begin syndicating Scott Adam’s Dilbert in June and will take over on January 1. This announcement is a big one and one wonders how United Media, who grew the famous office strip into one of the most widely syndicated strips in the world, could let […]

Posted on: Dec 28, 2010,  Section: Comic strips, United Media, Universal Press, Comments: 43 Comments

TMS comics now on

United Media has announced that they have added Tribune Media Service’s portfolio of cartoons and editorial cartoons to Cartoons now on Animal Crackers, Annie, Bliss, Bottom Liners, Bound & Gagged, Brenda Starr, Brewster Rockit, Broom-Hilda, Dick Tracy, Gasoline Alley, Gil Thorp, Loose Parts, Love Is…, The Middletons, Pluggers, Sylvia, and 9 to 5. […]

Posted on: Apr 27, 2010,  Section: Comic strips, United Media, Comments: 6 Comments

Iconix, Schulz family buy Peanuts for $175M

Iconix Brand Group Inc. and the Charles M. Schulz family has bought the rights to the Peanuts comic strip and other assets from United Features Syndicate and E.W. Scripps Co for $175 Million. The family will have a 20% share of the rights. According the a Reuters story, Iconix projects a $75 million annual royalty […]

Posted on: Apr 27, 2010,  Section: Comic strips, Licensing, United Media, Comments: 23 Comments goes down over weekend

After a couple of emails and tweets asking about why was unavailable over the weekend, I contacted United Media to ask why. According to Mary Anne Grimes, the “website host suffered a series of failures that caused intermittent problems throughout the weekend – some users were able to access the site, many could not. […]

Posted on: Sep 8, 2009,  Section: Comic strips, United Media, Comments: 1 Comment

Ted Rall laid off from United Media

Ted Rall, who worked as the Editor of Acquisitions and Development at United Media has been laid off last Thursday. Ted tells me that eight other individuals were also let go and that his responsibilities would probably be reassigned to other people. Ted was brought in for the position back in 2006. During his term […]

Posted on: Apr 22, 2009,  Section: Comic strips, United Media, Comments: 77 Comments

Year end review for 2008: Rollercoaster

2008 might well be described in a word as a roller coaster or to many a third and fourth quarter stock market ride. Clearly many cartoonist achieved career highs and milestones, but for many cartoonist who live and die in the newspaper, there was a lot of dying. In writing this review, I can’t help […]

Posted on: Dec 31, 2008,  Section: AAEC, Awards, College cartoonists, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, International, King Features, Mohammed Cartoon, Museums, National Cartoonist Society, Newspaper industry, Tribune Media Services, United Media, web comics, Comments: 13 Comments

Peanuts holiday countdown package now available

In addition to Universal’s Garfield countdown package, United Media is offering its annual Peanuts Christmas Countdown package to its subscribers at no charge. The syndicate has offered this package for decades and runs through the shopping days between Thanksgiving and Christmas and also comes in color or black and white. Tis the season!

Posted on: Nov 19, 2008,  Section: Comic strips, United Media, Comments: 5 Comments

News briefs for June 30, 2008

The Mail Tribune in Medford, Oregon decides not to discontinue Peanuts due to reader reaction. Fort Wayne, Indiana’s Journal Gazette will add â??The Brilliant Mind of Edison Leeâ? and “Bound and Gagged” to their daily comics pages.

Posted on: Jun 30, 2008,  Section: Cartoons, Comic strips, Newspaper industry, United Media, Comments: 4 Comments

Amend, Robb, Wilson named judges in Scripps Howard Journalism Awards

FoxTrot creator Bill Amend, Ohio State University Cartoon Research Library Associate Curator and Assistant Professor Jenny Robb and United Media Syndicate Senior VP/General Manager Lisa Klem Wilson were named among the 43 journalism professionals that will be judging in this year’s National Journalism Awards. The announcement does not specify which category the three will judge, […]

Posted on: Feb 25, 2008,  Section: Awards, College cartoonists, Editorial cartooning, Museums, United Media, Comments: Comments Off on Amend, Robb, Wilson named judges in Scripps Howard Journalism Awards

Ted Rall answers questions about Diesel Sweeties

After the heated discussion last week regarding the launch of Rich Stevens’ Diesel Sweeties webcomic into print syndication, I asked if Ted Rall, who acquired DS for United Media, if he’d be willing to respond to any questions from you readers about DS. I’d like to thank Ted for participating in the dialog on this […]

Posted on: Dec 20, 2006,  Section: Comic strips, New Launches, United Media, Comments: 13 Comments

Ted Rall joins United Media; still syndicated through Universal Press

United Media has announced that Ted Rall has joined them and will help acquire and develop comics and text features….  Ted has his ear to the ground and he knows where to look to find more edgy content that appeals to younger readers and addresses the needs of today.”Editor and Publisher also has filed a story.

Posted on: Jun 30, 2006,  Section: Editorial cartooning, United Media, Comments: 6 Comments

Scott Adams will be keynote speaker at Assembly Technology Expo

Scott Adams, the creator of the comic strip ?Dilbert?, will address the Assemblly Technology Expo (ATExpo 2006) as the keynote speaker. Not familiar with Expo? As in years past, it’s where you can discuss everything “from lean manufacturing to adhesive use and wire harness assembly.” Hold me back!

Posted on: Jun 28, 2006,  Section: Cartoons, Comic strips, Speaking Engagements, United Media, Comments: Comments Off on Scott Adams will be keynote speaker at Assembly Technology Expo

Jimmy Johnson suffers mild heart attack

Arlo and Janis creator Jimmy Johnson posted on his website that he exerienced a mild heart attack earlier this week. I used to vaguely be amused when I’d miss a day here on the Web, and readers would write to enquire nervously about my health. I am no longer amused. Early Monday morning, I had […]

Posted on: Apr 7, 2006,  Section: Comic strips, United Media, Comments: 7 Comments