Jay Kennedy, a comics editor working for King Features, saw Mallard Fillmore in the Washington Times and contacted Tinsley, as Kennedy had been looking for the conservative response to Doonesbury. (Kennedy would later rise to editor-in-chief at King Features before his death in 2007.) While developing Mallard Fillmore for potential syndication under Kennedy's direction, Tinsley won a Reader's Digest Fellowship to Indiana University School of Journalism, and attended graduate school at Indiana University. Mallard Fillmore launched in 1994 and is still published today. Two collections were released early in the series' run, Mallard Fillmore and Mallard Fillmore On the Stump, but none have been produced since 1996.