Press Releases

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 FiveThirtyEight.com that puzzles he edited contained many similarities to puzzles edited by...Read More >

Universal Uclick Celebrates 20th Anniversary of “Stone Soup” Comic Strip

Kansas City, Mo. (Nov. 20, 2015) – Universal Uclick is celebrating the 20th anniversary of Jan Eliot’s Stone Soup comic strip by sharing reflections from the cartoonist, insight from syndicate personnel and hosting a commemorative giveaway. Launching in newspapers on Nov. 20, 1995 and...Read More >

Larry Wright Retires Kit ‘N’ Carlyle Comic Panel

(November 5, 2015) Kansas City, Mo. — After more than three decades of entertaining newspaper readers, Larry Wright has announced the decision to retire his Kit ‘N’ Carlyle comic panel. The final Kit ‘N’ Carlyle installment will run on Saturday, November 7.  ...Read More >

Universal Uclick Celebrates 35th Anniversary of Georgie Anne Geyer’s Foreign Affairs Column

(Oct. 20, 2015) Kansas City, Mo. – Universal Uclick celebrates 35 years of Georgie Anne Geyer’s award-winning foreign affairs column October 20, 2015. Distributed by Universal Uclick (formerly Universal Press Syndicate) since...Read More >

Universal Uclick Offers Award-Winning Comics and Content through Google Play Newsstand

Kansas City-based syndication company Universal Uclick has made award-winning comic strips, cartoon panels, editorial cartoons and other content available through Google Play Newsstand, a news and magazine mobile app that allows users to subscribe to and...Read More >

Jan Eliot Retires Daily “Stone Soup” Comic Strip

(September 21, 2015) Kansas City, Mo. — Jan Eliot has announced the decision to retire the daily version of the Stone Soup comic strip. The Sunday version of Stone Soup will continue.  “Every Monday morning, there...Read More >

Marmaduke Creator Brad Anderson Passes Away at 91

(Sept. 8, 2015) Kansas City, Mo. –  Brad Anderson, creator of comics page icon Marmaduke, died August 30, 2015, at CHI St. Luke’s Health – The Woodlands Hospital in The Woodlands,...Read More >

Universal Uclick Celebrates 30th Anniversary of “In the Bleachers” Comic

(Sept. 1, 2015) Kansas City, Mo. –  Universal Uclick is excited to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Steve Moore’s In the Bleachers comic this month. Launching in newspapers on Sept. 1, 1985, and syndicated by Universal Uclick since 1995,...Read More >

Universal Uclick Celebrates 15th Anniversary of “World of Wonder”

(September 1, 2015) Kansas City, Mo. – Universal Uclick is celebrating the 15th anniversary of Laurie Triefeldt’s World of Wonder. “Knowing that World of Wonder has touched the lives of so many students (young...Read More >

A Summer of Accolades and Advocacy For Universal Uclick’s Aisha Sultan

(August 28, 2015) Kansas City, Mo.  – It’s a good thing Aisha Sultan isn’t a school kid anymore. Her “What I Did This Summer” essay would be a doozy. “I touched a hand-written Torah scroll last used before the Holocaust,” said Sultan. “I toured the Pentagon...Read More >

Universal Uclick Celebrates 20th Anniversary of “7-Day Menu Planner” Column

(August 7, 2015) Kansas City, Mo.  – Universal Uclick is celebrating the 20th anniversary of Susan Nicholson’s 7-Day Menu Planner. Debuting in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution on August 10, 1995, and syndicated by Universal...Read More >

Universal Uclick Celebrates 25th Anniversary of “Overboard” Comic Strip

(July 22, 2015) – Kansas City, Mo. Universal Uclick is excited to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Overboard comic strip this month.Making its debut on July 22, 1990, Chip Dunham’s Overboard explores the sensitive side of plundering and...Read More >