Universal Uclick Celebrates 45 Years of “Ziggy”

Kansas City, MO (June 28, 2016) – Universal Uclick is celebrating the 45th anniversary of the famed comic strip Ziggy. 

In 1971 Tom Wilson Sr. created Ziggy, America’s lovable loser, to encourage everyone to take themselves less seriously. The strip shows how even positivity and the best intentions can be stymied by an indifferent world—and that a little self-deprecation goes a long way to ease failures. Ziggy might not always win, but he never stops trying. 

The strip gained widespread popularity—appearing in newspapers all over the world, on greeting cards, calendars and books—even winning an Emmy Award for the animated special Ziggy’s Gift in 1982. Five years later, Tom Wilson Sr. entrusted the job of drawing Ziggy to his son. Over the last three decades, Tom Wilson Jr. has kept the original spirit of the comic strip alive while achieving even greater success. Although Tom Wilson Sr. passed away in 2011 at the age of 80, his heart and soul will always be a part of the sympathetic little character.

About the Creators

Tom Wilson Jr. attended Miami (Ohio) University where he studied graphic design, and later graduated from Boston University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. He is president of Ziggy and Friends, Inc. Wilson now lives and works in Cincinnati, Ohio. 

Ziggy's founder and creator, Tom Wilson Sr., passed away in 2011, but he lives on in the loveable comics he created. During his career, Mr. Wilson served as a creative head at American Greetings for more than 35 years, leading the team that developed such licensing blockbusters as Strawberry Shortcake and Care Bears, and was also renowned as a talented painter. But perhaps most memorable of all, Mr. Wilson gave us Ziggy

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, Calvin and Hobbes, Dilbert, Pearls Before Swine, and Big Nate. For more information on Universal Uclick, visit UniversalUclick.com or follow @UniversalUclick on Twitter.

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. Comics include Peanuts, Calvin and Hobbes, Phoebe and Her Unicorn, 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. A full comic catalog can be found at GoComics.com or via its free mobile/tablet app.

Media Contact: 

Julie Bunge, Andrews McMeel Universal