By: Dave Astor
Mike Peters is bringing his “Mother Goose & Grimm” comic and Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoons to King Features Syndicate on Jan. 1.
“I have been very happy with Tribune Media Services, but King made me a fabulous offer,” Peters told E&P Online. “It was probably one of the two or three hardest decisions I’ve made in my life.”
Walter Mahoney, TMS vice president of domestic syndication, said: “Unfortunately, we were not able to extend our agreement with Mike under terms that we felt were financially prudent for TMS.”
Peters, 59, said another reason he’s switching syndicates is that change can help him stay excited about his work.
“Mother Goose,” which runs in about 500 newspapers, has been with TMS since the comic started in 1984. Peters’ Dayton (Ohio) Daily News editorial cartoons came to TMS in 1993, and are sent to about 300 papers — many of which get them as part of a “Pulitzer Package” of seven cartoonists.
As a “Mother Goose” replacement, TMS will offer Steve Watkins’ “Housebroken” — a new comic about a middle-class African-American family that “takes in a down-on-his-luck ex-rap-star dog.”