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GoComics opens up full archives for 14 days

Good news from the people at GoComics. We at GoComics want to wish you a Happy Valentine’s Day! Since it would be impractical to send each and every one of our users a big box of gamble chocolate or a even a little candy heart stamped “U R COOL”, we’re offering all users 14 days […]

Posted on: Feb 16, 2010,  Section: Comic strips, Universal Press, Comments: 3 Comments

Universal Press celebrates 40 years in business

Universal Uclick editor John Glynn reports that Universal Press Syndicate is celebrating 40 years in business. Money was tight in the beginning, and Andrews and McMeel didn’t have the funds to compete with the fancy New York and Chicago offices of the big syndicates. They initially worked in a makeshift office over O’Briens bar near […]

Posted on: Feb 15, 2010,  Section: Universal Press, Comments: 3 Comments

Uclick Redesigns Sherpa to Better Integrate with GoComics

Starting today Uclick’s Comics Sherpa service has adopted the same interface that has been available to GoComics users, accessable through a primary tab on the GoComics website. Now GoComicsPro subscribers will be able to add Comics Sherpa features to their custom comics page along with GoComics features.

Posted on: Nov 18, 2009,  Section: Comic strips, Syndicates, Universal Press, Comments: 7 Comments

Universal Uclick at San Diego Comic Con

Universal Uclick is attending this year’s San Diego Comic Con (booth #1217). The Uclick GoComics booth will be one of five locations throughout the convention center offering exclusive Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles memorabilia as part of the TMNT 25th Anniversary promotional event, and will also hold drawings Wednesday through Friday for tickets to the TMNT […]

Posted on: Jul 17, 2009,  Section: Alternative comics, Comic Books, Comic strips, Conventions, Editorial cartooning, Graphic Novels, mobile, Speaking Engagements, Universal Press, web comics, Comments: 2 Comments

Universal Press Syndicate and Uclick merge

Andrews McMeel Universal, the parent company of Universal Press Syndicate and Uclick has merged the two companies to create Universal Uclick. From the press release: Andrews McMeel Universal is now composed of two distinct but collaborative organizations: Universal Uclick and Andrews McMeel Publishing (AMP). AMP is a leading publisher of humor, gift, general trade, cookbooks, […]

Posted on: Jul 8, 2009,  Section: Comic strips, Syndicates, Universal Press, Comments: 5 Comments

Uclick creates Eisner Awards app for iPhone, iPod

Uclick has announced the release of a new Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards app for iPhone and iPod Touch. The app celebrates the comics industry’s most prestigious awards by providing details on Will Eisner and the Eisner Awards, as well as the entire list of award categories in a tap-and-swipe menu, with information on each […]

Posted on: Jun 24, 2009,  Section: Awards, mobile, Universal Press, Comments: Comments Off on Uclick creates Eisner Awards app for iPhone, iPod

Uclick rolls out improved

Last fall, I reviewed the new roll out of United Media’s and compared it to other major syndicate offerings, including uClick/Universal Press’ Last month, uClick released a major upgrade/redesign to GoComics improving many of the features that were eclipsed by uClick’s mobile friendly site. uClick has always had one of the better […]

Posted on: Jun 22, 2009,  Section: Comic strips, Syndicates, Universal Press, Comments: 9 Comments

Who are the top subscribed comics on

While checking out the new features on Universal Press/uClick’s, I noticed that in the A-Z list of features, when you mouse over the name of the feature, a little pop-up shows a brief description of the feature and how many people subscribe to it. Given that they offer that kind of information, the next […]

Posted on: Jun 13, 2009,  Section: Comic strips, Universal Press, web comics, Comments: 61 Comments

Universal Press now accepts electronic submissions

In an effort to be more efficient and give aspiring cartoonists and columnists a break on postage, Universal Press Syndicate is moving toward an electronic-only submissions process. An electronic submission process has several benefits, says John Glynn, vice president of rights and acquisitions for Universal Press. Creators will save money on postage and time packaging […]

Posted on: Apr 15, 2009,  Section: Comic strips, Universal Press, Comments: 72 Comments

Universal Press launches editor’s blog

Universal Press Syndicate has started a new blog authored by comics editor John Glynn. From the email that I received from Kathie Kerr states that the purpose is to give comic fans a chance to see the inside workings of a syndicate. Inside the doors of Universal Press Syndicate are a lot of smart people, […]

Posted on: Dec 2, 2008,  Section: Blogs, Universal Press, Comments: 1 Comment

Andrews McMeel Universal Nominiated As Top 10 Kansas City Companies

Andrews McMeel Universal (the parent company of Universal Press Syndicate) has been nominated as a Top Company in Kansas City. The distinction is shared by 9 other companies and a single Top Company will be announced on August 24th. The criteria for this award include: “company’s contributions, innovations, work culture, customer service, transactions, challenges, community […]

Posted on: Jun 27, 2007,  Section: Syndicates, Universal Press, Comments: 1 Comment

Universal Press teams up with

Universal Press Syndicate has partnered with to launch a storefront in efforts to create a new way to produce and distribute their books. is a print on demand solution and this deal appears to give cartoonists and fans an opportunity to create their own books and calendars. Initially, the features that will be […]

Posted on: May 3, 2007,  Section: Books, Universal Press, Comments: 2 Comments

Lee Salem’s interview with Mr. Media posted

Mr. Media has posted a lengthy and interesting interview with Lee Salem, President and Editor at Universal Press Syndicate. Mr. Salem fields questions about his first impressions about Doonesbury, The Far Side, Calvin and Hobbes, Cathy, For Better or For Worse, Foxtrot, Boondocks, Bloom County and Lio. There’s also an interesting discussion on the Universal […]

Posted on: Feb 26, 2007,  Section: Interviews, Universal Press, Comments: 3 Comments

“Boondocks”: Longer hiatus or end of the strip?

Aaron McGruder, who in February put his strip “The Boondocks” on what was supposed to be a six-month hiatus, has not decided when, or if, he will return to the newspapers. According to an article from Editor & Publisher, Universal President Lee Salem said “it was obvious that Aaron would not be able to meet […]

Posted on: Sep 26, 2006,  Section: Comic strips, Daily Cartoonist, Universal Press, Comments: 1 Comment

Universal Press announces internal promotions

From Universal Press comes news of several promotions within the company. Sue Roush has been promoted to VP of the syndicate; Kathie Kerr becomes assistant VP/communications; Cathy Kirkland will be assistant VP/digital services; Christina Craver becomes director/creative projects and Sarah DeCoursey will be director/licensing.

Posted on: Aug 24, 2006,  Section: Universal Press, Comments: Comments Off on Universal Press announces internal promotions