Stone Soup Comic Strip Ending, Creator Jan Eliot Retiring

Kansas City, MO (July 7, 2020) ­ – Andrews McMeel Syndication announces the retirement of Jan Eliot and the end of her comic strip, Stone Soup. The last comic will be published on Sunday, July 26th.


Stone Soup started in 1990 as a weekly feature and began daily syndication with Andrews McMeel in November of 1995. 


“Years ago, when I was still an aspiring cartoonist, I photocopy-reduced one of my comic strips to the size of the others on the funny page, and pasted it there as a way to visualize my someday success,” said Eliot.  “I have always felt so fortunate to be part of this amazing world, to have such a wonderful, enjoyable career. It will be as strange for me to see the funny pages without Stone Soup as it will be for my readers. But 25 wonderful years in cartooning have brought me to a very ‘wise’ age, and I am ready to be completely free of deadlines and schedules, and to fill my days with family and friends, travel, pie-making and generally goofing off.


There is no way to adequately express my appreciation for the newspapers that published me and all the wonderful fans who loyally followed Stone Soup. Their support and love of my work, my characters, and my perspective have been a huge gift. Thank you.”


Added Sue Roush, longtime editor of Stone Soup: “I’d say that working with Jan over the years has been one of the highlights of my career. She’s a true professional who’s passionate about her work and generous with her time and talent — mentoring young artists and supporting efforts to strengthen and enrich the cartoon art form, particularly for women. And I’ll miss reading the adventures of the Stone family every week; they’ve become like dear friends.”


The strip’s archives will remain on the GoComics site, and reruns will be available for international print clients.

About Stone Soup:  Jan Eliot's funny and irreverent Stone Soup follows the saga of an extended, blended family, starring two working-mom sisters living just across the fence from each other. Val and Joan share life with their opinionated mother, a middle-school diva and 10-year-old tomboy, a reclusive teenage boy, a wild preschooler and his new baby sister...and of course Wally, the ultimate nice guy who steps into his stepdad shoes with grace amid the chaos. Working-parent hassles, pre-school tantrums, middle-school angst, love and the single mom comprise the dynamics of Stone Soup. 

About Andrews McMeel Syndication:  Andrews McMeel Syndication (AMS), now in its 50th year, is the world’s largest independent newspaper feature syndicate. AMS is a division of Andrews McMeel Universal, an integrated media company based in Kansas City, Missouri, and home of iconic comics such as Calvin and Hobbes, Doonesbury, Peanuts, The Far Side® and Garfield, and contemporary favorites Sarah’s Scribbles, Breaking Cat News and Phoebe and Her Unicorn. Other divisions include a global publishing house (Andrews McMeel Publishing) and Andrews McMeel Entertainment, the film and television division. No matter the medium, our aim is to bring joy and inspiration to people’s lives through the work of our talented creators (

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