Rare ‘Calvin and Hobbes’ Book

By: Dave Astor

Bill Watterson’s first book in five years has been released by Andrews McMeel Universal.

“Calvin and Hobbes: Sunday Pages 1985-1995” — which includes an introduction and comments by Watterson — coincides with an exhibit of Sunday strips running until Jan. 16 at the Ohio State University Cartoon Research Library. The book serves as the show’s catalog.

When Watterson ended “Calvin and Hobbes” in the mid-1990s, it was running in more than 2,000 newspapers.

Another show in Columbus, Ohio, is “Funny Papers: Original Cartoon Art from Ohio,” which is running until March 2 at the Thurber Center Gallery.

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Herblock To Be Replaced …
… If ‘The Right Person’ Is Found

The Washington Post has begun the process of looking for a possible successor to Herblock, who died last month.

“If we find the right person, we will hire that person,” said Post Editorial Page Editor Fred Hiatt, adding that there’s no specific timetable.

The newspaper is currently running letters in Herblock’s old editorial-page spot. Hiatt noted that the Post might use more syndicated editorial cartoons in another spot until a staff editorial cartoonist is hired.

“We miss having a cartoonist at a time like this,” said Hiatt. “But, above all, we miss Herblock.”

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Praise For ‘Non Sequitur’
Comic Commemorated Sept. 11

Universal Press Syndicate cartoonist Wiley Miller has received more than 300 e-mail messages praising him for the Oct. 21 “Non Sequitur” comic.

The vertical Sunday strip showed two huge hands coming out of the sky above the World Trade Center to reach for a firefighter and a civilian.

A typical comment, from a Virginia-based reader: “I have never cried over a comic in the Sunday paper. I did today.”

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Universal Starts B-To-B Site
Much Of It Is Aimed At Newspapers

Universal Press Syndicate has introduced its first business-to-business Web site (http://www.amuniversal.com).

Much of the site is aimed at newspaper clients, with feature samples and sales contacts.

Other areas provide information about licensing, how to obtain reprint permission, and the speakers’ bureau that was recently started by Andrews McMeel Universal — the syndicate’s parent company.

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Et Cetera …

Tribune Media Services announced that the KRTi HotTopics content packages have been discontinued because of “the current state of the economy, the newspaper industry’s pullback from more complex, purpose-made syndicated content for their Web sites, and the high production costs to service the small number of existing customers.” A small number of staffers were let go in Washington. KRT continues to offer various other interactive products. …

Jody Mitori was named editor of the KRTCampus service for college newspapers. She formerly worked for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel‘s Web site. …

At Large Features Syndicate has signed the “Way Out West” comic by Robt. Snyder and John Whelan (http://www.1wayoutwest.com). It stars “six dusty desert denizens of Lonesome, Ariz.” Snyder is a former editorial cartoonist for The Sun in Baltimore, while Whelan has worked as a free-lance cartoonist and comic gag writer. …

“For Better or For Worse” by Lynn Johnston of United Media won a reader comics poll at The Orange County (Calif.) Register. The next four finishers were “Peanuts” reruns by Charles Schulz of United, “The Family Circus” by Bil and Jeff Keane of King Features Syndicate, “Luann” by Greg Evans of United, and “Garfield” by Jim Davis of Universal Press Syndicate. …

Universal columnist Richard Reeves has written “President Nixon: Alone in the White House” for Simon & Schuster. …

Featurewell.com has introduced a weekly essay by author Andrei Codrescu and a mental-health column by psychologist Allan Comeau. It’s also syndicating columns by Dick Morris, the controversial political consultant who worked for former President Clinton and Republican politicians. Morris was formerly with United. …

AccuWeather and Wired Kingdom have partnered to announce the release of the AccuWeather Media Theatre technology for accessing streaming media. …

Reuters Health Information (RHI), which publishes 100-plus stories a day on more than 200 Web sites, is using RichLink software. For instance, when Web visitors in Japan read RHI content, they’ll be able to click on a word or phrase to make a RichLink-enabled Japanese annotation pop up.

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