Guinness: ‘Garfield’ Is Top Cat

By: Dave Astor

Guinness World Records named “Garfield” the most widely distributed comic in the world — with 2,570 clients.

The Universal Press Syndicate comic, started by Jim Davis in 1978, now has an estimated 263 million readers worldwide.


CS Monitor Goes It Alone


News Service Now Self-Distributed

The Christian Science Monitor News Service (CSMNS) is self-distributing after 30 years of using other syndicates.

United Media had been representing CSMNS since 1997, when it took over from the Los Angeles Times Syndicate.

“Bringing the news service in-house enables us to do a better job of meeting the needs of newspapers both large and small,” said The Christian Science Monitor Managing Publisher Stephen Gray.

New features include a Web-based delivery system and a co-branded site that allows clients to add Monitor site content to their sites. CSMNS is also offering different segments of its content in different packages.


RNS Adds Muslim Writer


Ahmed Writing Twice A Month

Religion News Service is syndicating Akbar Ahmed, professor of Islamic studies and international relations at American University in Washington.

Ahmed, who writes twice a month, has authored books such as “Islam Today: A Short Introduction to the Muslim World.” He also served as Pakistan’s ambassador to the United Kingdom.


At Large Syndicate Expands


It Adds Editorial Cartoon Division

At Large Features Syndicate has established an editorial cartoon division.

The division’s first three creators are Milt Priggee, Sam Rawls, and Robert Snyder. These editorial cartoonists are formerly from, respectively, The Spokesman-Review of Spokane, Wash.; The Atlanta Journal-Constitution; and The Sun of Baltimore.


Et cetera …

The San Francisco Chronicle Jan. 28 reinstated three King Features Syndicate comics after reader protests. They are “Zippy the Pinhead” by Bill Griffith (whose comic started in San Francisco), “The Family Circus” by Bil and Jeff Keane, and “Baby Blues” by Jerry Scott and Rick Kirkman. “Zippy” fans had held a rally at the Chronicle building. …

Knight Ridder/Tribune Information Services is offering a special Olympics-related “Yak” section for kids from the Detroit Free Press. …

“The Boondocks” cartoonist Aaron McGruder of Universal Press Syndicate is the subject of a cover story in The Nation magazine’s Jan. 28 issue for his post-Sept. 11 comics swimming against America’s hyperpatriotic tide. …

Gary Markstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and Copley News Service won the Global Media Award for best editorial cartoon for the second year in a row. …

Rex Babin of The Sacramento (Calif.) Bee and North America Syndicate (NAS) won the Berryman Award for editorial cartooning. Jim Borgman of The Cincinnati Enquirer and King was second. …

Jimmy Margulies of The Record, Hackensack, N.J., and NAS was the highest-placed American in the United Nations Correspondents Association Ranan Lurie Political Cartoon Award. He took third place behind creators from Israel and Yemen. …

To mark the 25th anniversary of the “Cathy” comic by Cathy Guisewite of Universal, Andrews McMeel Publishing (AMP) released four titles: “Food,” “Mom,” “Work,” and “Love” — also known as the “four basic guilt groups.” …

Other new AMP comic collections include “Encyclopedias Brown and White” by “FoxTrot” creator Bill Amend of Universal and “The Scourge of Vinyl Car Seats” by “Close to Home” creator John McPherson of Universal. …

Hilary Price, who does the “Rhymes With Orange” comic for King, has begun using Yahoo! Groups to handle her e-mail newsletter. …

PR Newswire and Thomson Financial have created the PR Newswire-First Call Wire to get publicly traded companies’ news releases to institutional investors, analysts, and financial advisors.

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