‘Ask’ Force Gets Larger

By: Dave Astor

The advice-column category continues to get more crowded with the introduction of a feature from Tribune Media Services.

TMS is syndicating “Ask Sadie” by Marnie Winston-Macauley, who has a master’s degree in social work and hosts the radio show “Ask Sadie Live.” Each of her columns includes a bulleted “Life Strategies” section.

Winston-Macauley’s clients include The Sun of Baltimore and several other newspapers. TMS noted that, in the aftermath of Ann Landers’ June 22 death, it has made sales to more than 50 papers of “Ask Sadie” and other advice and special-interest columns — including “Ask Beth” by psychotherapist Peg Winship and “Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus” by best-selling author John Gray, among others. Landers’ column ran in about 1,200 papers.

Independently syndicated “Ask Rhona” advice columnist Rhona Raskin is also getting more sales in her native Canada as well as the United States. For instance, she recently won a replace-Landers contest held by the Winnipeg (Manitoba) Free Press.

Raskin is a registered clinical counselor who hosts the “Rhona at Night” radio show. A TV program is reportedly in the works for this fall.

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Et cetera …

Globalvision News Network (http://www.gvnews.net) has launched. It offers 3,500-plus stories daily from more than 300 worldwide sources staffed by journalists native to the regions from where they report. …

An additional $200,000 is being donated to The September 11th Fund from proceeds generated by the book September 11, 2001: A Collection of Newspaper Front Pages Selected by the Poynter Institute.That brings total donations to $500,000. Andrews McMeel Publishing (a sibling company to Universal Press Syndicate) said the book has 250,000 copies in print. …

Mark Parisi’s “off the mark” moves to United Feature Syndicate effective Sept. 2. The 15-year-old comic runs in 120 papers — a high total for self-syndication. There’s also a new book collection: off the mark Computer Cartoons Rebooted (Plan Nine). …

A midcareer scholarship focusing on business journalism ethics is being established in the name of Gary Klott, the tax columnist who died Aug. 10 in his San Luis Obispo, Calif., home. Klott, 52, was syndicated by Tribune Media Services (TMS). The former New York Times tax columnist also founded TaxPlanet.com in 2000 and authored several books. Contributions can be mailed to the Gary L. Klott Scholarship Fund, Missouri School of Journalism, 134 Neff Annex, Columbia, MO 65211-1200. Checks should be made payable to SABEW, with Gary L. Klott Scholarship Fund written on the memo line.

The Second Annual Mudpie-Tim Rosenthal Invitational Golf Tournament is Sept. 16 in Canton, Conn. Last year’s event raised more than $7,000 to fight scleroderma, which Rosenthal, an American Color executive, died of in 2000. For more information, contact cartoonist Guy Gilchrist (guy@gilchriststudios.com). …

The National Cartoonists Society’s North Central Chapter is holding a cartoon conference and festival Oct. 4-5 in Sioux Falls, S.D. Speakers will include “Beetle Bailey” creator Mort Walker of King Features Syndicate. For more information, e-mail kenalvine@aol.com

“B.C.”/”Wizard of Id” creator Johnny Hart of Creators Syndicate won a Jefferson Award for his work with organizations such as the Syracuse (N.Y.) Cancer Research Institute. Presenting the honor was U.S. Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y. …

Milt Priggee of At Large Features Syndicate won first prize in Iran’s first international cartoon contest, which had the theme “Palestinians Are Homeless.” …

A weekly humor column about a former urbanite’s life in the country is being offered by Newspaper Enterprise Association. “The Village Idiot” is by Jim Mullen, author of It Takes a Village Idiot: Complicating the Simple Life (Simon & Schuster). …

Scripps Howard News Service is distributing Courtney Caldwell’s “In Motion,” which answers travel, automotive, and personal-finance questions. …

United Press International is offering a women’s column by Susan Wilson Solovic, a shopping column by Shihoko Goto, and a New York politics column by Jim Chapin. …

“Things from Nowhere” (http://www.thingsfromnowhere.com), a comic featuring “pop culture and history dissected into bite-size pieces,” has been created by Richard Kolkman. …

Mpfeatures (http://www.mpfeatures.com), a syndication service featuring copy by international journalists, launches Sept. 1. …

Images from “Beetle Bailey,” “Mutts,” and other King comics can now be downloaded onto Sprint wireless phones. …

Knight Ridder/Tribune Information Services redesigned and expanded its KRT Direct Web site (http://www.krtdirect.com). …

Writer/editor Don Markstein’s Toonopedia site (http://www.toonopedia.com) includes information about many syndicated comics and cartoonists, past and present. …

The “Geech” comic by Jerry Bittle of United turned 20. …

The “Do it Yourself … Or Not?” home-improvement column by Gene and Katie Hamilton of TMS turned 15. …

“Michael Stone on Relationships” (http://www.michaelstone.net) turned five. And Stone’s column — syndicated in print by At Large and online by YellowBrix — is now on Clear Channel Communications’ radio-station Web sites. …

Humor columnist Peter McKay of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and Creators has a new Web site at http://www.peter-mckay.com. …

Self-syndicated political cartoonist M.e. Cohen has a new site at HumorInk.com. …

Ken Nash is syndicating a weekly comic panel (http://www.rudemountain.com/syndication). …

Workman published Desperation Entertaining! by “Desperation Dinners” columnists Beverly Mills and Alicia Ross of United. …

Milton Caniff Conversations, which includes interviews with the “Terry and the Pirates” and “Steve Canyon” creator conducted between 1937 and 1986, was published by University Press of Mississippi. The book is edited by cartooning critic-historian R.C Harvey.




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