Conferences Will Share 9/11 Themes

By: Dave Astor

Columnists and cartoonists coincidentally convene concurrently next month, and they each plan to discuss how their professions responded to Sept. 11 and its aftermath.

The June 20-22 Association of American Editorial Cartoonists convention in Washington ( will also feature scheduled talks by U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell and Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz.

The June 20-23 National Society of Newspaper Columnists conference in Pittsburgh ( will include a keynote talk by The Miami Herald/Tribune Media Services columnist Leonard Pitts Jr. and the presentation of the organization’s lifetime achievement award to former Philadelphia Daily News/United Media columnist Chuck Stone.

Also on NSNC’s agenda this year is a Nov. 1-3 “Ethics and Excellence in Column Writing” seminar in Fort Walton Beach, Fla.


Eco’s Words To Echo Via NYTS

‘Name of the Rose’ Writer Is Signed

The New York Times Syndicate is offering a monthly column by Italian writer Umberto Eco, whose 1980 novel, The Name of the Rose, has been translated into 39 languages.

Eco’s column on social, political, and cultural issues has long appeared in the Italian newsweekly L’Espresso.


Cocco Commentary Column

She Signs With the Writers Group

The Washington Post Writers Group is syndicating the Op-Ed column by Marie Cocco, who works out of the Washington bureau of Newsday, Melville, N.Y.

Among initial subscribers are The Boston Globe, The Dallas Morning News, and The Philadelphia Inquirer.


Column By L.A. Radio Host

It’s Offered By Creators Syndicate

Creators Syndicate is introducing an Op-Ed column by Dennis Prager, an author and syndicated radio talk-show host based in Los Angeles.


Three Columns From KRT

On Education, Pets, and Finance

Knight Ridder/Tribune Information Services is offering three new columns.

One, by father-and-son authors Howard and Matthew Greene, discusses education planning and college admissions. Another is a Dallas Morning News feature by veterinarian and author Dr. Shawn Messonnier, focusing on natural therapies for pets. And the third is a personal-finance column by author and researcher Kathleen Gurney.


‘No Business’ Show-Biz Strip

It’s Being Syndicated Electronically

“No Business I Know” — a comic that focuses on Hollywood, communications, and technology — is being syndicated.

The strip, which is being marketed and delivered electronically, is by Doug Crepeau ( and artist Kevin Hopkins.

Crepeau writes and art-directs the comic, which he developed over four years. He’s the founder of Science Fiction Consultants of Hollywood.

The strip includes a search feature that helps readers “get” generational gags they may be too old or young to understand.


Et cetera …

Three editorial cartoonists won major awards: Signe Wilkinson of the Philadelphia Daily News and the Washington Post Writers Group (Robert F. Kennedy), Jack Ohman of The Oregonian in Portland and Tribune Media Services (National Headliner), and Mike Thompson of the Detroit Free Press and Copley News Service (Overseas Press Club). …

The first Herbert Block Freedom Award, named after the late editorial cartoonist, will go to recently jailed free-lance journalist Vanessa Leggett at a May 14 Newspaper Guild banquet in Washington. …

TMPress Syndicate Features, citing the bad economy, is folding after two years. Its content included TV listings. …

Attitude: The New Subversive Political Cartoonists is being published by NBM. The book, edited by Universal Press Syndicate cartoonist Ted Rall, includes the work of (and interviews with) 21 alternative creators. …

Scripps Howard News Service launched an occasional column called “Radical Sabbatical,” which profiles people who take time out to do something adventurous. …

Also, SHNS promoted Pamela Reeves to assistant managing editor/news. …

Gary Markstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and Copley won the Family Planning Advocates of New York State cartoon contest. …

Nate Beeler, a senior at American University in Washington, won the John Locher Memorial Award for editorial cartooning. He’ll receive it June 22 at the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists convention in Washington. …

Plan Nine published four books by King Features Syndicate and online comic creator Bill Holbrook: Surviving Y2K (an “On the Fastrack” collection), Bottom Feeders (“Safe Havens”), and Election Night Fever and Booth Bunnies (“Kevin & Kell”). …

“Dating and Hand Grenades,” the column Ch? Rippinger ( writes and illustrates for The Denver Post, is being self-syndicated. …

Brian Douglas is self-syndicating automotive reviews, features, and photos via He also offers co-branded automotive content for client Web sites. …

“The Plant Man” is being self-syndicated. The landscaping column ( is by Steve Jones. … signed syndication deals with The Hill newspaper in Washington, Mother Jones magazine, basketball writer Peter Vescey, satirist Andy Borowitz, and several other content providers.

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