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Andrews McMeel Publishing
Parent company Andrews McMeel Universal
Founded 1975
Founder Jim Andrews and John McMeel
Country of origin United States
Headquarters location Kansas City, Missouri
Key people

John P. McMeel (Chairman) Hugh T. Andrews (President and CEO)

Kirsty E. Melville (President and Publisher, Book Division)
Publication types Books, Calendars
Imprints Accord
Official website www.andrewsmcmeel.com

Andrews McMeel Publishing, LLC (formerly Andrews, McMeel and Parker (1975–1986) and Andrews and McMeel (1986–1997)) is a company that publishes books, calendars, and related toys. It is a part of Andrews McMeel Universal (which comprises AMP, Universal Uclick, and Amuse). An industry leader, AMP titles are staples on national bestseller lists, with print and e-books in categories such as comics and humor, cookbooks, gift, puzzles and games, and children's books through its AMP! Comics for Kids and Accord lines. AMP is also the nation’s top calendar publisher, annually producing calendars based on many top-selling properties and selling more than 15 million calendars each year.

Andrews McMeel is the general publisher of books of comic strips produced by Universal Press Syndicate including Calvin and Hobbes and FoxTrot. However, the company also produces book collections for some comic strips which are owned by other syndicates, for example Get Fuzzy and Pearls Before Swine. AMP publishes monthly additions to its Pocket Posh® Puzzles series in the puzzles and games category, and gift books from AMP are perennial bestsellers. AMP launched AMP! Comics for Kids in 2012.

History[edit]

Founded in 1970 by Jim Andrews and John McMeel, AMU is renowned as the home of some of the most extraordinary and vibrant talents in American popular culture. Over the years, AMP has published the work of a remarkable roster of talent, much of which has also been distributed to newspapers by Universal Uclick and online through GoComics.

Cookbook program[edit]

AMP began its cookbook program in 2006 and has several James Beard Award and International Association of Culinary Professionals nominees and winners, including books by John Besh (My New Orleans, My Family Table), Barry Estabrook (Tomatoland), Judith Fertig (The Back in the Swing Cookbook), Kevin Gillespie (Fire In My Belly), Melissa Hamilton and Christopher Hirsheimer (Canal House Cooks Every Day), Hiroko Shimbo (Hiroko’s American Kitchen), Barbara Unell, among others.

Notable authors[edit]

Pulitzer Prize Winners:

  • Roger Ebert (the first film critic to win the prize)
  • Pat Oliphant (editorial cartoonist)
  • Garry Trudeau (Doonesbury, the first comic strip artist to win the prize)

No. 1 New York Times bestselling authors:

  • Dear Abby
  • Scott Adams (Dilbert)
  • Erma Bombeck
  • Taro Gold (Open Your Mind, Open Your Life)
  • Bradley Trevor Greive (The Blue Day Book, multiple BTG titles)
  • Matthew Inman (The Oatmeal)
  • Gary Larson (The Far Side)
  • Stephan Pastis (Pearls Before Swine)
  • Lincoln Peirce (Big Nate)
  • Bill Watterson (Calvin and Hobbes)
  • Charles Schulz (Peanuts)

Iconic fan favorites:

  • Bill Amend (FoxTrot)
  • Mary Engelbreit
  • Cathy Guisewite (Cathy)
  • Lynn Johnston (For Better or For Worse)
  • Thomas Kinkade
  • Mark Tatulli (Lio, Heart of the City, Desmond)
  • Tom Wilson (Ziggy)

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