Press Releases

Annual Tank McNamara “Sports Jerk of the Year” Award Open for Nominations

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (January 19, 2017) — Nominations are open for the 20th edition of the Tank McNamara “Sports Jerk of the Year” Award. For 20 years, the “Sports Jerk of the Year” Award has provided sports fanatics with the opportunity to voice their opinions on the distasteful acts committed by...Read More >

Andrews McMeel Universal unveils redesigned

Kansas City, MO (January 11, 2017)—Andrews McMeel Universal is pleased to debut a completely redesigned Now there's an even better way to read iconic comic strips like Calvin and Hobbes, Doonesbury, and Peanuts, along with current webcomics favorites like the Awkward Yeti,...Read More >

Universal Uclick Celebrates 25 Years of “Betty”

Kansas City, MO (December 9, 2016) – Join Universal Uclick in commemorating the 25th anniversary of the popular comic strip Betty. For almost three decades, Betty—the intelligent, content, and unflinchingly average star of the eponymous comic strip—has charmed readers with her amusing...Read More >

Readers: Say “YES!” to the Dress in Luann Comic Strip

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – As comic strip characters Brad and Toni prepare to walk down the aisle in December, Luann cartoonist Greg Evans is inviting readers to be a part of the big day with an interactive dress design contest on  Readers can submit wedding dress designs through...Read More >

Universal Uclick Celebrates Ted Rall 20th Anniversary

Kansas City, MO (August 4th, 2016) – Universal Uclick is celebrating 20 years with the firebrand editorial cartoonist Ted Rall, a two-time winner of the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award and a Pulitzer Prize finalist.For over two decades, Ted Rall has provoked both outrage and thought with his...Read More >

Universal Uclick Celebrates 45 Years of “Ziggy”

Kansas City, MO (June 28, 2016) – Universal Uclick is celebrating the 45th anniversary of the famed comic strip Ziggy. In 1971 Tom Wilson Sr. created Ziggy, America’s lovable loser, to encourage everyone to take themselves less seriously. The strip shows how even positivity and the best...Read More >

Universal Uclick Artist Robb Armstrong Releases Illustrated Memoir

KANSAS CITY, MO (May 5, 2016) – Robb Armstrong, creator of the award-winning comic strip JumpStart, has released a new illustrated memoir entitled Fearless: A Cartoonist’s Guide to Life. Armstrong’s work enjoys tremendous popularity — JumpStart is currently syndicated in more than 400 newspapers...Read More >

You Can with Beakman Creator Jok Church Dies

Kansas City, MO (May 4, 2016)— Universal Uclick is saddened to announce that Jok Church, creator of the remarkable You Can With Beakman & Jax, passed away on Friday, April 29, at the age of 66 due to a heart attack. A natural and energetic teacher, Jok used his strip to explain to kids...Read More >

Familiar Faces Nominated for the 2015 NCS Reuben Awards

Kansas City, MO (April 18, 2016)—Universal Uclick and GoComics creators and features will be well represented at the 2015 National Cartoonist Society’s Reuben Awards. We are pleased to congratulate all of our nominees:Outstanding Cartoonist of the YearStephan Pastis...Read More >

Fowl Language Receives Widespread Praise

Kansas City, MO (April 18, 2016) Any parent knows the necessity of finding humor in the ups and downs of raising a child. It should come as no surprise that readers and reviewers alike have warmly...Read More >

Universal Uclick Completes Investigation into Puzzle Allegations

May 9, 2016 In response to recent media reports, Universal Uclick launched an internal investigation into allegations concerning duplication of prior work in crossword puzzles edited by Timothy Parker. Our findings confirmed some of the allegations. As a result, Mr. Parker will take a...Read More >

Universal Uclick Celebrates Twenty-Five Years of "Real Life Adventures"

Kansas City, MO (March 24, 2016) – Universal Uclick(UU) celebrates the 25th anniversary of Gary Wise and Lance Aldrich’s popular comic strip, Real Life Adventures, on March 24, 2016. Real Life Adventures originated on a slow day in the office in 1991, when Gary Wise decided to team up with friend...Read More >

Publishers Weekly Raves about Sarah Andersen’s ‘Adulthood Is a Myth’

Thursday, March 10, 2016 GoComics creator Sarah Andersen’s debut collection, “Adulthood Is a Myth: A Sarah’s Scribbles Collection” debuted March 8 to rave reviews. The hilarious, relatable comic about life...Read More >

Universal Uclick Names Interim Crossword Puzzle Constructor

Thursday, March 10, 2016 On Monday, we shared that Tim Parker has temporarily stepped back from his editorial role for both USA TODAY and Universal Crosswords while Universal Uclick continues to investigate allegations that some puzzles edited...Read More >

Universal Uclick Associates Step In for Scott Adams

Monday, March 7, 2016 Dilbert creator Scott Adams is looking to his syndicate, Universal Uclick (UU), to lend a helping hand while he rests his own (drawing) hand. “I haven’t taken a day off from work for about three years, and my drawing hand needed some rest and rehab. So I asked my ‘coworkers’...Read More >

Phoebe and Her Unicorn Hit The New York Times Best Sellers List

Monday, March 7, 2016 Universal Uclick (UU) creator Dana Simpson’s third Phoebe and Her Unicorn comic strip collection, Unicorn vs. Goblins:  Another Phoebe and Her Unicorn Adventure, debuts on The New York Times Best Sellers List March 13,...Read More >

Universal Uclick Explores Crossword Puzzle Allegations

Monday, March 7, 2016Timothy Parker has edited thousands of puzzles for Universal over many years, and we have high regard for his work. So we are naturally very concerned by the recent story by that puzzles he edited contained many similarities to puzzles edited by...Read More >