Golf News for Tuesday, October 20, 2009 | Media

In the Sticks, a new golf comic strip by Nathan Cooper debuts

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Universal Uclick has announced the launch of In the Sticks, a new comic strip by Nathan Cooper that makes its debut this week on GoComics.com.

In the Sticks is the story of an ex-pro golfer named Del who buys the golf course once owned by his great-grandfather in the hopes of restoring it to its past glory.

Having created In the Sticks and experienced this evolution firsthand, I'm really excited to let fans see how the strip grew from an idea to a finished concept
It's a been an incredibly rewarding experience, and the payoff is a strip that I'm proud to call my own.

In the Sticks is not being released in typical fashion, however. Beginning with a special Sunday edition that ran on October 11, Universal Uclick is offering a rare behind-the-scenes glimpse at the editorial processes involved in the development of a new syndicated comic strip. Over its first three weeks, the strip will alternate between character designs from Cooper's sketchbook, rough strip sketches with editorial notes, and finished art.

"We're doing something special with the launch of In the Sticks, something we've never done before when introducing a new comic strip," said Universal Uclick vice president John Glynn. "We're offering the audience an inside look at the work that goes into the creation of a new feature - how the cartoonist comes up with ideas, how the characters evolve, how the stories take shape, and so on. It's a fascinating process, and it's one that visitors to the site are really going to enjoy."

In Cooper, Universal Uclick found a cartoonist who was eager to share his stories, and his strip's story, with new readers.

"Having created In the Sticks and experienced this evolution firsthand, I'm really excited to let fans see how the strip grew from an idea to a finished concept," said Cooper. "It's a been an incredibly rewarding experience, and the payoff is a strip that I'm proud to call my own."

In the Sticks is the story of an ex-pro golfer named Del who buys the golf course once owned by his great-grandfather in the hopes of restoring it to its past glory. While Del tends to the greens at the Blooming Dogleg Country Club, he's kept company by Cosmo, the poetry-writing blue jay, Dewey, the lovable bear who sometimes caddies for the club's members, and Flip, the misanthropic beaver.

The daily strip will make its debut in newspapers across the country in early 2010.

For more information on In the Sticks or to have the strip sent to you daily by email, visit gocomics.com/inthesticks.

About Universal Uclick:
Universal Uclick is the largest independent syndicate in the world and a leading digital entertainment provider of humor, comic strips, manga, graphic novels, editorial cartoons, and other content for print, desktop, web and mobile phones. Universal Uclick provides editorial development, licensing and other distribution services for major brands like Doonesbury, Dear Abby and some of the most significant comics in history including Calvin and Hobbes, The Far Side, Garfield, For Better or For Worse, Cathy, and Ziggy as well as recent hits Lio, Cul de Sac and The Argyle Sweater. It is also the leading creator and distributor of crosswords, and other word and number puzzles. Partners featuring content include the leading consumer portals Yahoo!, MSNBC.com, The New York Times, Slate.com, washingtonpost.com, CNN, USA Today, and AOL. Consumer content and services are available through newspapers, GoComics.com Web site, U.S. mobile phone operators, the iTunes App Store, and other distributors worldwide. Universal Uclick is a division of Andrews McMeel Universal, the leading newspaper syndicate and publisher of humor books and calendars in North America.