Thursday, January 24, 2008


I just received an email from Scott Hilburn announcing the syndication of his comic strip The Argyle Sweater. Way to go, Scott!

Universal Press Syndicate (the home of such features as Garfield, Lio, For Better or for Worse, Cul de Sac, and old faves Calvin & Hobbes and The Far Side) is launching the strip in newspapers this April.

Scott shared the news on his blog today, so I think it's okay if I mention it here.

Scott's is a real Cinderella story. He started out on Comics Sherpa, moved to GoComics, and then got picked up for newspaper syndication. The odds of that are quite high. Consider it like winning the comic strip lottery.

I've liked The Argyle Sweater from the moment I saw it on GoComics. Scott's humor is inventive, intelligent, quirky, and just a little sick. The perfect combination for a cartoonist.

Plus he draws the funniest pinatas around.

Here's wishing Scott a long and healthy newspaper career.


Brubaker said...

Awesome! Way to go!

Hope it will do well. That's a pretty darn good comic out there.

scotthilburn said...

Thanks Charles and Thanks for the post Scott!

Chris said...

Wow, this is a one-in-a-million thing happening here, isn't it? If I'm not mistaken this is the first strip to graduate from ComicsSherpa to GoComics and then to print syndication with Universal. And yet that's the purpose of Sherpa...hmmm.

Still, the recent graduation of "Bleeker the Rechargeable Dog," "44 Union Avenue," "Mythtickle," and "Bird Brains" seems promising. With any luck some of those strips will be hitting it big soon.

Scott H., I hope it does well too. People are always talking about panels being "the next 'Far Side'" but I think that "Argyle Sweater" is so consistently funny that you might be from the same planet as Mr. Larson. :)

Good luck!

scotthilburn said...

Gary Larson's shoes are some big ones to fill and although I don't think I'm quite at that level yet, the comparison is quite flattering.
Thanks for the kind words, Chris.