Universal Uclick Celebrates 50th Anniversary of “The Born Loser” Comic Strip

Kansas City, Mo. (May 7, 2015) – Universal Uclick is excited to celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Born Loser comic strip this month.

Created by Art Sansom in 1965, The Born Loser features the everyday trials and tribulations of Brutus Thornapple. In 1977, Chip Sansom began apprenticing for his father on The Born Loser, gradually assuming a greater role in the production of the strip, until completely taking over when Art passed away in 1991.

“It is extremely gratifying that The Born Loser has remained popular with readers, new and old, for 50 years,” Chip Sansom said. “That is a testament to the great characters and timeless, universal premise my father, Art Sansom, created of The Born Loser as a contemporary Everyman, confronting the typical trials and tribulations of everyday life, at home and at work, that we all face. Thanks to him slipping on the banana peels of life for us, we can laugh at those frustrating situations. I am proud that I have been able to successfully carry on my dad’s legacy and continue to bring smiles to the faces of readers during their daily grind.”

Commemorating the 50th anniversary of the iconic comic strip, GoComics, from Universal Uclick, and Chip Sansom have teamed up to bring The Born Loser fans a month-long celebration featuring creator insight, giveaways and more throughout May.

·      GoComics Blog

o   GoComics is hosting a giveaway on the blog, featuring archive-quality, autographed prints of The Born Loser. Fans can enter to win at http://blogs.gocomics.com/2015/05/BornLoserAnniversary.html

o   Sansom will share his cartooning history and experience in an installment of the “Meet Your Creator” series (blogs.gocomics.com/meet-your-creator) on the GoComics blog, publishing on May 9.

o   The GoComics blog (blogs.gocomics.com) will feature a guest-written blog post from the strip’s editor, Reed Jackson, publishing on May 10.

o   An official, customizable The Born Loser certificate is available for download on the comic’s GoComics page (gocomics.com/the-born-loser), perfect for “The Born Loser” in your life.

Making its debut on May 10, 1965, The Born Loser mines the depths of everyday life, unearthing rich nodes of laughter and bemusement. The Born Loser is a two-time winner of the National Cartoonists Society's Best Humor Strip of the Year Award and has been nominated four additional times.

Sansom is a graduate of Case Western Reserve University and a lifelong resident of Cleveland. He and his wife, Brooke, have two daughters, Isabel and Jacqueline. Sansom and his family currently reside in a Cleveland suburb.

The Born Loser is available in color online at gocomics.com/the-born-loser or via the GoComics mobile app.

About Universal Uclick

Universal Uclick is the largest independent content syndicate in the world and a leading digital entertainment provider of humor, comic strips, political cartoons and other content for print, Web and mobile devices. Universal Uclick provides editorial development, licensing and other distribution services for iconic brands such as Doonesbury, Dear Abby, Miss Manners and some of the most significant comics in history, including Calvin and Hobbes, Garfield, Peanuts, Dilbert, For Better or For Worse, Cathy and Ziggy. Recent standout successes include Lio, Cul de Sac, Pearls Before Swine, Get Fuzzy, Big Nate and The Argyle Sweater. A full comic catalog can be found at GoComics.com or via its mobile/tablet app on multiple platforms. For more information on Universal Uclick, visit UniversalUclick.com. To stay informed about news pertaining to Universal Uclick, its content and creators, follow the company’s Twitter handle @UniversalUclick. 

About GoComics

GoComics, from Universal Uclick, is home to many of the most popular comics and cartoons in the world. GoComics.com is the Web's largest catalog of syndicated newspaper strips and webcomics, offering new, fresh and free content every day. Classic and iconic comics include Peanuts, Calvin and Hobbes, Garfield, Ziggy and Dilbert. Recent successes include FoxTrot, Get Fuzzy, Pearls Before Swine, The Argyle Sweater, The Boondocks and Cul de Sac. GoComics is also home to Comics Sherpa, the site where aspiring cartoonists can showcase their work and receive feedback from the comic community. With content from critically acclaimed comic creators, Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonists and the hottest up-and-coming talents, GoComics is guaranteed to have something that will make you smile. A full comic catalog can be found at GoComics.com or via its free mobile/tablet app on multiple platforms.


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Julie Halper, Universal Uclick