Press Releases

Dear Abby College Columnist Contest Open for Applications

KANSAS CITY, MO. (March 20, 2017) – National Society of Newspaper Columnists Education Foundation (NSNCEF) is accepting applications for the Dear Abby College Columnist Scholarship Contest. The contest is open to undergraduates who write bylined, general interest, editorial page or...Read More >

2017 Herblock Prize winner is Ruben Bolling, creator of "Tom the Dancing Bug"

WASHINGTON, DC (February 23, 2017)—Ruben Bolling, the pen name of Ken Fisher, has been named the winner of the 2017 Herblock Prize for editorial cartooning.Ruben Bolling is the creator of the weekly comic strip "Tom the Dancing Bug," distributed by Andrews McMeel Syndication to many...Read More >

Annual Tank McNamara “Sports Jerk of the Year” Award Open for Nominations

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (January 19, 2017) — Nominations are open for the 20th edition of the Tank McNamara “Sports Jerk of the Year” Award. For 20 years, the “Sports Jerk of the Year” Award has provided sports fanatics with the opportunity to voice their opinions on the distasteful acts committed by...Read More >

Andrews McMeel Universal unveils redesigned GoComics.com

Kansas City, MO (January 11, 2017)—Andrews McMeel Universal is pleased to debut a completely redesigned GoComics.com. Now there's an even better way to read iconic comic strips like Calvin and Hobbes, Doonesbury, and Peanuts, along with current webcomics favorites like the Awkward Yeti,...Read More >

Universal Uclick Celebrates 25 Years of “Betty”

Kansas City, MO (December 9, 2016) – Join Universal Uclick in commemorating the 25th anniversary of the popular comic strip Betty. For almost three decades, Betty—the intelligent, content, and unflinchingly average star of the eponymous comic strip—has charmed readers with her amusing...Read More >

Readers: Say “YES!” to the Dress in Luann Comic Strip

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – As comic strip characters Brad and Toni prepare to walk down the aisle in December, Luann cartoonist Greg Evans is inviting readers to be a part of the big day with an interactive dress design contest on luannfan.com.  Readers can submit wedding dress designs through...Read More >

Universal Uclick Celebrates Ted Rall 20th Anniversary

Kansas City, MO (August 4th, 2016) – Universal Uclick is celebrating 20 years with the firebrand editorial cartoonist Ted Rall, a two-time winner of the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award and a Pulitzer Prize finalist.For over two decades, Ted Rall has provoked both outrage and thought with his...Read More >

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...Read More >

Universal Uclick Artist Robb Armstrong Releases Illustrated Memoir

KANSAS CITY, MO (May 5, 2016) – Robb Armstrong, creator of the award-winning comic strip JumpStart, has released a new illustrated memoir entitled Fearless: A Cartoonist’s Guide to Life. Armstrong’s work enjoys tremendous popularity — JumpStart is currently syndicated in more than 400 newspapers...Read More >

You Can with Beakman Creator Jok Church Dies

Kansas City, MO (May 4, 2016)— Universal Uclick is saddened to announce that Jok Church, creator of the remarkable You Can With Beakman & Jax, passed away on Friday, April 29, at the age of 66 due to a heart attack. A natural and energetic teacher, Jok used his strip to explain to kids...Read More >

Familiar Faces Nominated for the 2015 NCS Reuben Awards

Kansas City, MO (April 18, 2016)—Universal Uclick and GoComics creators and features will be well represented at the 2015 National Cartoonist Society’s Reuben Awards. We are pleased to congratulate all of our nominees:Outstanding Cartoonist of the YearStephan Pastis...Read More >

Fowl Language Receives Widespread Praise

Kansas City, MO (April 18, 2016) Any parent knows the necessity of finding humor in the ups and downs of raising a child. It should come as no surprise that readers and reviewers alike have warmly...Read More >

Universal Uclick Completes Investigation into Puzzle Allegations

May 9, 2016 In response to recent media reports, Universal Uclick launched an internal investigation into allegations concerning duplication of prior work in crossword puzzles edited by Timothy Parker. Our findings confirmed some of the allegations. As a result, Mr. Parker will take a...Read More >