King Features to Syndicate ''Shoe'' Comic Strip

Distribution of Popular Feature Begins September 1, 2008

"Shoe," one of the most popular comic strips in history, stars a group of newspaperbirds, their friends, foes and families. (Graphic: Business Wire)

NEW YORK--()--King Features Syndicate will begin distribution of the daily and Sunday Shoe comic strip effective with the first release dates of September 1, 2008 for the dailies and September 7, 2008 for the Sundays.

The comic has been syndicated internationally since 1977 and now appears in more than 500 newspapers. Most recently, it has been distributed by Tribune Media Services.

Shoe was created by the late editorial cartoonist, Jeff MacNelly, who earned top honors during his dual career. He won three Pulitzer Prizes for editorial cartooning and twice received the Reuben Award for his Shoe comic strip from the National Cartoonists Society. The current creative team was handpicked by MacNelly and has continued to produce the famous comic strip for the past 16 years. Editorial cartoonist Chris Cassatt, who was MacNellys long-time assistant, was one of the countrys first digital cartoonists. Editorial cartoonist Gary Brookins trained under MacNelly at the Richmond News-Leader. And MacNelly paid his wife, Susie MacNelly, the ultimate compliment by acknowledging that she was Roz, one of the funniest of his main characters in the strip.

We are delighted to be syndicating the creation of one of the countrys all-time top cartooning talents, said Brendan Burford, King Features comics editor. Jeff MacNelly was universally loved by his peers in our industry and his comic strip continues to be universally loved by his loyal fans. The creative team behind the strip today has done a magnificent job of keeping the strip fresh, funny and topical, and certainly true to its creators vision.

Shoe chronicles the daily doings of a group of newspaper employees and their friends, foes and families, all of whom are portrayed as all-too-human birds in the fictional town of Treetops, East Virginia. The strip often pokes fun at various social and political issues of the day.

The strips characters include P. Martin Shoemaker, a cigar-chomping editor nicknamed "Shoe"; Cosmo Fishhawk, an overeducated but underachieving reporter and columnist who writes for The Treetops Tattler-Tribune; Cosmos nephew, Skyler, who he is raising; and Roz, the wise-cracking waitress at Rozs Roost, the local diner.

About King Features Syndicate

King Features Syndicate is a member of Hearst Entertainment and Syndication Group, an operating group of The Hearst Corporation, which includes the companys cable network partnerships, television programming activities and newspaper syndication and merchandise licensing operations. King Features is the worlds premier distributor of comics, columns, editorial cartoons, puzzles and games, distributing in print and online some 150 features to nearly 5,000 newspapers around the globe. Among its most popular comics are Blondie, Beetle Bailey, Zits, Baby Blues and Mutts. For more information, visit www.kingfeatures.com.

Contacts

King Features Syndicate
Claudia Smith, 212-969-7542
cmsmith@hearst.com
or
Rose Croke, 212-969-7594
rmcroke@hearst.com

Contacts

King Features Syndicate
Claudia Smith, 212-969-7542
cmsmith@hearst.com
or
Rose Croke, 212-969-7594
rmcroke@hearst.com