Here's a little info gathered on the syndicates featured
below. All information posted on this page has either been taken
straight from the site, or straight from the editor of that particular
syndicate. Please note that many of the syndicates listed below offer helpful
hints on their website, which will be added here shortly. This page was
last updated on Nov. 9, 2000.
Syndicate: Creators Syndicate, Inc.
Background: Established 1987. Serves 2,400 newspapers, weekly
and monthly magazines worldwide.
Address: 5777 W. Century Blvd., Suite 700, Los Angeles CA 90045.
Email: email@example.com ( "DO NOT" send submissions via
Contact: Editorial Review Board -- Comics
Accepts: Comic strips accepted varies each year
Send: Query letter and 4 weeks of samples, character sheet
Reports Back: Min. 10 weeks
Notes: Submit on Standard size paper (8 1/2 by 11) and place
6 dailies on each page in the proper order. No more than 6 weeks and 2
sundays ("NO ORIGINALS"). Page size is not firm. Samples are not
filed and returned by SASE only.
Contracts: negotiates rights purchased
Introduced: Liberty Meadows, Heathcliff, Wizard of Id, B.C.,
Syndicate: King Features Syndicate
Background: Established 1915. serves 3,000 newspapers.
Address: 235 E. 45th St., New York NY 100017
Contact: Jay Kennedy Editor-In-Chief
Accepts: Introduces 3 new strips a year.
Send: Cover letter, 24 samples (proportionate to 4" x 13"),
character sheets. resume optional, but appreciated.
Reports Back: Within 8 weeks
Contracts: Pays 50% of net proceeds. Rights purchased
vary upon projects. Artist owns original art and characters. length of
contract and terms negotiated.
Notes: Art should be in black and white for easy reproduction.
Reduce comics to fit on a 8 1/2" x 11" sheet of paper. Good writing helps
bad art better than good art helps bad writing.
Introduced: Blondie, Hagar, Dennis the Menace, Beetle Bailey,
Mutts, Zits, Baby Blues, Popeye
Syndicate: Los Angeles Times Syndicate
Address: 218 S. Spring St., Los Angeles CA 90012
Contact: Los Angeles Times Syndicate
Accepts: Considers only comics that run 6 or 7 days a week.
Send: 24 dailies. Sundays optional. If you submit Sundays, send
at least 4.
Reports Back: Within 2 months
Notes: Don't imitate cartoons in the paper. Rarely matches artists
with writers. Include SASE.
Introduced: 9 Chickweed Lane, Against the Grain, Dr. Katz
Syndicate: United Feature Syndicate/Newspaper Enterprise Association
Background: Established 1978
Address: 200 Madison Avenue, 4th Floor, New York NY 10016
Contact: Comics Editor
Accepts: Introduces 2-4 new strips a year.
Send: Cover letter, resume, 36 dailies no larger than 8 1/2
x 14 (Sundays not needed for first submissions.)
Reports Back: Within 8-12 weeks
Contracts: Pays 50% of net proceeds. Buys all rights. Min. contract
of 5 years and 5 year renewal. Automatic renewal.
Notes: Never send originals. No Faxes. Include SASE
Introduced: Committed, Dilbert, Peanuts, Rose is Rose, Over
the Hedge, Meg!, Luann
Syndicate: Universal Press Syndicate
Background: Serves 2,750 daily and weekly newspapers.
Address: 510 West 5th St., Kansas City MO 64105-1132
Contact: Mr. James Andrews, Director of Acquisitions
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org (E-mail the URL for the Web site,
do not send files as attachments)
Accepts: Introduces 2-3 a year.
Send: Query letter with photocopies.
Reports Back: Within 4-6 weeks
Introduced: Garfield, Ziggy, Boondocks, Citizen Dog, Stone Soup,
Fox Trot, Adam@Home
Syndicate: Tribune Media Services
Address: 435 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 1400, Chicago IL
Contact: Fred Schecker, Creative Director/News & Features
or Franceska M. Clark, Editorial/Licensing Assistant
Send: Cover letter, character sheet, 4-6 weeks of dailies.
Reports Back: Within 6-8 weeks
Notes: Please do not meter the SASE.
Introduced: Anne, Mother Goose & Grimm, Fred Basset, Shoe,
Syndicate: Washington Post Writers Group
Address: 1150 15th St., NW Washington, DC 20071
Contact: Suzanne Whelton, Comics Editor
Accepts: Introduces 1-2 new comics a year
Send: 20-24 samples, cover letter with highlights of career.
Reports Back: Within 3 weeks
Notes: Little interest in single panels
Introduced: Red and Rover, Pickles, PC and Pixels, That's Life