The syndication business has seen many ups and downs in its more than 150-year history, but at no other point have the stakes been greater, and the waters choppier, than they are today.
Amid the rise and success of hit TV shows such as “Family Guy” and “American Dad,” animator-turned Hollywood powerhouse Seth MacFarlane has been dogged with accusations of joke-stealing and lack of originality in his work. Now, cartoonists are pointing out the similarities between his new motion picture "Ted" and popular comic strip "Imagine This."
Readers of the Philadelphia Inquirer will see the last political cartoon penned by Tony Auth, a local legend and Pulitzer Prize winner who has drawn daily political cartoons for the same hole in the paper for the last 40 years. "I feel like a kid again," Auth said from his corner office at the Inquirer’s soon-to-be-vacated tower on North Broad Street. "I'm really looking forward to trying new things with my cartoons."
“Pearls Before Swine” creator Stephan Pastis realized there was a problem when he began talking to younger readers across the country. It seemed 20-something readers, more inclined to read news on their iPhones or iPads, never picked up a newspaper to become exposed to Pastis’ work.
Referring to former Chicago Tribune cartoonist Jeff MacNelly’s popular style of art, Cagle thinks editors are more likely to buy and run cartoons that are reminiscent of MacNelly’s style. Unfortunately, Oklahoma cartoonist David Simpson took this advice a bit too literally.
Jack's youthful optimism and ambition in the face of a cataclysmic shift in the media industry inspires confidence. As far as the future of the syndicate is concerned, he says: "Most importantly, we are nimble enough to adapt and embrace the media revolution that is currently taking place."
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