Uclick

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Uclick
Formerly called
Universal New Media
Web syndication
Fate Merged with Universal Press Syndicate to form Universal Uclick
Founded 1996; 21 years ago (1996)
Defunct September 2009; 8 years ago (2009-09)
Headquarters Kansas City, Missouri, United States
Services Sold "digital entertainment content" for personal computers, the World Wide Web, mobile phones
Parent Andrews McMeel Universal
Subsidiaries GoComics
ThePuzzleSociety.com
UclickGames.com
Website http://www.uclick.com
Uclick
Type of site
Comics
Owner Universal Uclick
Website http://www.uclick.com
Commercial Yes
Registration Optional

Uclick LLC was an American corporation (a division of Andrews McMeel Universal) selling "digital entertainment content" for the desktop, the web and mobile phones. The company owns and operates several consumer websites, including the comic strip and editorial cartoon site GoComics and the puzzle and casual game sites ThePuzzleSociety.com and UclickGames.com.

Uclick content included comic strips, editorial cartoons, puzzles, casual games, manga, comic books, syndicated columns, photography and illustration. Uclick content was distributed online through consumer and news web portals such as Yahoo!, MSNBC.com, New York Times, washingtonpost.com, CNN, USA TODAY, and AOL. Comic strip and cartoon content from Uclick was available online and on mobile phones through the company’s website, Uclick.com.

History[edit]

Universal New Media was formed in 1996 by Andrews McMeel Universal; it was renamed Uclick a year later.[1]

From January thru July 2009, Andrews McMeel Universal had a series of layoffs due to consolidation of departments and corporate restructuring. This decision affected the Uclick division, which was later consolidated into the syndicate unit.[2]

In July 2009, Uclick merged with Universal Press Syndicate to form Universal Uclick.[3]

Comic strips and panels[edit]

As the digital entertainment division of Andrews McMeel Universal, Uclick is the official online distributor of all comic strips syndicated by Andrews McMeel Universal's newspaper syndication division, Universal Press Syndicate. Uclick also owns and operates GoComics, a comics aggregate website featuring not only comic strips currently syndicated by Universal Press Syndicate, but also webcomics, discontinued titles such as Calvin and Hobbes, The Boondocks and Bloom County, original works like The New Adventures of Queen Victoria and Bleeker: The Rechargeable Dog, and a selection of syndicated comic strips from Creators Syndicate and Tribune Media Services.

In October 2008, Uclick launched a GoComics gadget for iGoogle which allows users to read comic strips on their iGoogle pages.[4]

Puzzles and games[edit]

Uclick distributes daily puzzles and casual games through consumer and news web portals as well as through its own puzzle and game portals, The Puzzle Society and UclickGames. Uclick products include crosswords and other word games, number placement puzzles like Sudoku and Kakuro, jigsaw puzzles and other casual games.

Photography and illustration[edit]

Uclick photography and illustration wallpapers for mobile phones include the work of such artists as Thomas Kinkade, Wyland, Paul Frank, and artists and program content from MTV.

Syndicated columns and text features[edit]

Uclick syndicated columns and text features are distributed online through consumer and news web portals as well as through Uclick's syndicated column and text feature consumer site, uExpress.com.

Comic books and manga[edit]

In 2006, Uclick launched the United States’ first comic book reader application for mobile phones.[5] The introductory line of titles included Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, The Five Fists of Science, GODLAND, PvP, and Too Much Coffee Man. In July 2006, Uclick announced the launch of a mobile phone version of Guilstein, a manga and anime title that had never been published in any form in the U.S.[6] In July 2007, Uclick launched Thunder Road, the first comic book produced solely for mobile phone distribution in the U.S.[7] Uclick has since added titles from Devil's Due Publishing, Image Comics, IDW Publishing, and independently published books such as Jeff Smith’s Bone.

Sources[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "About," Andres McMeel website. Accessed Nov. 16, 2017.
  2. ^ "Business News | KansasCity.com & The Kansas City Star". Economy.kansascity.com. Retrieved 2017-02-23. 
  3. ^ Gardner, Alan (2009-07-08). "Universal Press Syndicate and Uclick merge The Daily Cartoonist". Dailycartoonist.com. Retrieved 2017-02-23. 
  4. ^ [1][dead link]
  5. ^ "Topic: mobile articles on Engadget". Engadget.com. Retrieved 2017-02-23. 
  6. ^ [2]
  7. ^ Twiddy, David (2007-09-06). "Comic books turn up on mobile phones". Usatoday.com. Retrieved 2017-02-23. 

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