Kansas City, MO (December 28, 2010) – Another comics giant is making the move to Universal Uclick, and this time it’s the funny pages’ most famous office drone!
Universal Uclick has announced an agreement that brings Scott Adams’ Dilbert, one of the world’s most well known and widely syndicated comic strip franchises, into the lineup of the world’s largest independent syndication company. Through an agreement with Adams, Universal Uclick will syndicate Dilbert in print, online and on mobile devices.
The Dilbert agreement comes on the heels of the October announcement that Charles Schulz’s classic Peanuts strip has moved to the Kansas City-based syndication company, joining a lineup that in the company’s 40-year history has included such world-renowned comic strips as Doonesbury, Calvin and Hobbes, The Far Side, Garfield, For Better or For Worse, Cathy and Ziggy.
“It feels as if Dilbert got a promotion. Universal Uclick is the industry leader, and I’m delighted to be able to work with them,” said Scott Adams.
“It is with great pride that we welcome Scott Adams and Dilbert to the Universal Uclick family,” said John McMeel, founder, chairman and president of Andrews McMeel Universal, parent company of Universal Uclick. “Dilbert is one of the most well-known, beloved and thriving comic strips in print and online, with millions of readers worldwide. We’re honored to be bringing Dilbert to the same syndicate that has represented the giants of this industry.”
“The new partnership between Dilbert and Universal Uclick is a landmark moment for Andrews McMeel Universal and is a positive statement on the vitality of the comics industry as a whole,” said Hugh Andrews, president and CEO of Andrews McMeel Publishing. “Our unique ability to offer worldwide mobile, print and online syndication and licensing through Universal Uclick, as well as print publication in the form of books, calendars and more through Andrews McMeel Publishing, makes Andrews McMeel Universal a one-stop syndication and publication partner.”
Universal Uclick will begin management of Dilbert.com on January 1, 2011 and will begin print syndication in early summer.
“Universal Uclick is a pioneering syndicate, both in the features we offer and in the way we deliver them to audiences worldwide,” said McMeel. “We’ve taken a very proactive approach, seeking out the best features and employing our every resource to make them available to readers everywhere, in print, online and on mobile devices. It’s this ground-breaking and innovative approach syndication that makes Universal Uclick a perfect match for the incredibly talented creators we represent.”
Andrews McMeel Publishing, which regularly publishes Dilbert collections and calendars, will continue its ongoing relationship with the feature. The company published an oversized hardcover retrospective of Dilbert in 2008, entitled “Dilbert 2.0: 20 Years of Dilbert.” The massive, 600-page tome includes nearly 4,000 Dilbert strips and a disc containing every Dilbert strip up to April 2008.
Dilbert, by Scott Adams, is a syndication powerhouse renowned for its uncanny grasp of modern working life and office politics. The strip is currently carried by more than 2,000 print publications worldwide and has spawned more than 30 print collections, an animated TV series and a loyal community of fans at Dilbert.com. Dilbert is represented by Peanuts Worldwide, LLC.
For more information on Universal Uclick, visit www.UniversalUclick.com.
About Universal Uclick
Universal Uclick is the largest independent syndicate in the world and a leading digital entertainment provider of humor, comic strips, editorial cartoons, and other content for print, desktop, web and mobile phones. Universal Uclick provides editorial development, licensing and other distribution services for major brands like Doonesbury, Dear Abby and some of the most significant comics in history including Calvin and Hobbes, The Far Side, Garfield, For Better or For Worse, Cathy, and Ziggy as well as recent hits Lio, Cul de Sac and The Argyle Sweater. Universal Uclick is a division of Andrews McMeel Universal, the leading publisher of humor books and calendars in North America.
Dilbert is the most downloaded, e-mailed and posted comic strip in the world. Many readers, particularly those employed at large corporations, are convinced that Adams works at their companies since he conveys corporate inanities so perfectly in his comic strip.
I can't vouch for the marketability of any of these but I do know that I would read them with a smile on my face and a song in my heart (perhaps something by Perry Como).
1) Comic strip chronicling the lives of the two Obama girls. Tenatively titled "First (and Second) Daughters"
2) "Breakfast Cerealization" The flakes will fly when these anthropomorphic breakfast cereals delight you with their adventures. Spoons not included.
3) Far Side 2.0 man ventures to rewrite old Far Sides but deigns to use Gary Larson's original artwork. Before you judge, he is willing to cut Larson in for a percentage. "15% sounds fair."
4) Murder, They Wrote: Handwriting analyst solves crimes by day, sleeps soundly at night because she's addicted to Ambien.
5) Art Fish, Unwitting Brothel Owner. Accountant Art Fish inherits a brothel from a distant relative. Through tears and laughter and lots of penicillin, Art finds the true meaning of life.
Now, I assure you these are purely fictional. I honestly have not seen these submissions in the last couple of years. Never. And you all know I'm not the type of guy to say one thing while actually meaning the opposite. We have too good a relationship for me to do that to you.
We have a winner in The Argyle Sweater Caption Contest!
The winning caption, hand-picked by cartoonist Scott Hilburn is:
"Finding the rest of Nemo."
Brilliant, isn't it? Congrats to John C. of Selma, CA for giving us all a good laugh and in the process winning the original cartoon, emblazoned with his caption and signed by Scott Hilburn. He'll also receive a signed copy of the very first The Argyle Sweater treasury, Tastes Like Chicken.
The now-captioned cartoon will run in newspapers everywhere in January.
And what about the runners-up? These five funny entries also earned a signed copy of Tastes Like Chicken:
"Most families taped the Family Circus comics to the outside of the refrigerator." (Jeff Yaguda of Cary, NC)
"Just as I thought...opened bottles of Chianti, ricotta crumbs all over, and an empty dessert tray. We finally got him, Bob -- the cat that ate the canoli." (Chad Chesson of Katy, TX)
"The day the Mickey Mouse show was cancelled." (Tess McAvoy of Frisco, TX)
"Hmm, I guess all dogs don't go to heaven." (Jonathan Steinklein of Old Bridge, NJ)
"At a glance, Officer Schmidt realized that the swallows would not be returning to Capistrano." (Daniel B. of Houston, TX)
Big congrats to all of our winners, and thanks to everyone who submitted a caption!
And for the first time ever, you can get Framed Prints for $69.99 (metal) or $79.99 (wood). And we've also discounted our most popular Framed Collectible Print, The First and Last Calvin and Hobbes, now available for just $99.99!