In This Issue:  Garfield Top Comic at Nick Magazine     New Agents    Garfield's Fun Fest in Theaters    Garfield's Pet Force coming June 16th    The Garfield Show ratings     New Apple App: Garfield Minus Garfield     Life According to Garfield      Garfield in the News     Photo Gallery     New Deals

NICKELODEON MAGAZINE ANNOUNCES WINNERS OFFIRST MAJOR COMICS AWARDS FOR KIDS  17,000 Readers Voted for Favorite Comics; Finalists Featured in April Issue on Sale Now

 

Nickelodeon Magazine, the leading entertainment and humor magazine for kids, announced the winners of the first Nickelodeon Magazine Comics Awards.  The eight winners, chosen by more than 17,000 readers, are featured in the April 2009 issue of Nickelodeon Magazine-- currently on newsstands.  The Nickelodeon Magazine Comics Awards--the first major comics awards for kids--honors the best comic books, strips and graphic novels for kids published across the U.S. 

 

“Our readers have spoken, and thousands have cast their votes," said Laura Galen, Editorial Director of Nick Magazine. "This contest presented us with a great opportunity to engage our readers and make them a part of the editorial process.  We hope they'll enjoy seeing their favorites in print." Over a six week period (Nov. 24–Dec. 31, 2008), readers cast their votes for their favorite comics and characters across eight categories through a mail-in print ballot and online at http://www.nickmag.com.  Readers selected their favorite graphic novels, fantasy graphic novels, comic book series, comic strips, manga series, cutest comic characters, best hair in comics and grossest thing in comics. The winners of the eight categories of favorite comics and characters include: 

 

Favorite Graphic Novel: Diary of a Wimpy Kid (series), by Jeff Kinney, Amulet Books/Harry Abrams
Favorite Comic Book Series: Simpsons comics, Bongo Comicso  
Cutest Comic Character:
Snoopy--from Peanuts by Charles M. Schulz (United Feature Syndicate)

Favorite Comic Strip: Garfield by Jim Davis (Universal Press Syndicate)

Best Hair in Comics: Calvin from Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson (Universal Press Syndicate)
Favorite Manga Series: Best of Pokémon Adventures, by Hidenori Kusaka and Mato (Viz)
Grossest Thing in Comics: The Cheese from Diary of a Wimpy Kid series by Jeff Kinney (Amulet Books/Abrams)
Favorite Fantasy Graphic Novel: Bone (series), by Jeff Smith

 

Nickelodeon Magazine is the leading humor and general entertainment magazine for kids ages seven and older.  In addition to comics, each issue includes fascinating facts, interviews, puzzles, quizzes and Nickelodeon news.  The magazine is published 11 times a year and reaches 7.7 million readers each issue.

Go, Garfield!

 

Garfield has new agent representation in several key markets on the world stage! 

Kids Media India (KMI), a subsidiary of Dubai-based Spacetoon Media Group, has entered into partnership with Paws, Inc. to represent Garfield in India, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka

Kids Media India, engaged in the business of children’s television programming and licensing of cartoon characters, will support Paws' efforts to secure business in licensing, publishing, and advertising.

Speaking on the alliance, Rajiv Sangari, MD and CEO, Kids Media India, said “We are delighted to be associated with the lovable character – Garfield. Kids Media India has always provided its clients with the best services and I am confident that using our expertise, we will be able to help Paws, Inc. reach out to a wider client base across all sections for its licensees.” http://www.stooninternational.com/media.asp

In Israel, Yooka (M.S.) LTD., will handle Garfield business concerns under the directorship of Merav Shmueli.  Yooka represents a number of internationally recognized characters including Dora the Explorer, Bob the Builder, the Simpsons, and many others. http://www.yooka.co.il/

Dubai-based Spacetoon International has been awarded agency representation for Garfield in the Middle East, including Algeria, Bahrian, Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, Saudia Arabia, Syria, Tunisia, UAE, and Yemen. Mohammad Zuhair Ayoubi is the principal contact at Spacetoon. http://www.stooninternational.com/licensing.asp

Paws also assigned Mendía Licensing the rights to represent Garfield in Spain and Portugal. Mendía Licensing, under the direction of Sofia Noguera, is very experienced in working with classic characters.

"With the addition of Garfield, Mendía Licensing adds one of the most noteworthy licensing programs worldwide to its portfolio," according to Ms. Noguera.   http://www.mendiasl.com/

 

Garfield's second made-for-DVD movie, Garfield's Fun Fest, is finding a new purpose — and that is to entertain theatergoers around the world!

Released on DVD in the United States in 2008, Garfield's Fun Fest is now being sold for theatrical release around the world.  To date the following countries will enjoy Garfield's Fun Fest in theatres by the distributors named: (Actual release dates to be determined.)

Italy, Malta, Monaco And Vatican City:  MediaFilm Cinema SRL

Portugal, Angola, Mozambique, Cape Verde, Guine-Bissau, S.Tome, and Principe:  Lusomundo Audiovisuais S.A.

Iceland: Sena EHF

The Middle East:  ECS Film Distribution

Brazil:  Playarte International C.V.

Turkey:  Fida

Poland:  Cinepix
Hungary:
Modus Vivendi, Inc.

United Kingdom:  Go For It Entertainment

China:  Beijing IDG Film and Cultural Development Company

India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, and Nepal:  Eagle Home Entertainment PVT

South Korea:  KD Media

Garfield's Fun Fest was released in theaters in Turkey, Poland, and Hungary last fall, and box office sales were strong. In Turkey, the film had a 9-week run playing on 3 screens in most multiplex theaters.  In Poland it debuted at #4 on 60 screens with an impressive first weekend showing.

This CGI feature film is a production of Paws, Inc., The Animation Picture Company, and Davis Entertainment.  Written by Garfield creator Jim Davis, this action-packed adventure takes us to Cartoon World where once again, it's time for Fun Fest, the annual talent competition that determines the funniest comic strip in Cartoon World. Garfield wins it every year, so why should this year be any different? Well, there’s a new shooter in town, that’s why. His name is Ramone. He’s tall, he’s handsome, and he’s a threat. (Read full synopsis here.)   Mark A.Z. Dippe directed, Eondeok Han co-directed, and Dan Chuba, Mark A. Z. DIppe, Youngki Lee, Ash R. Shah, John Davis, Brian Manis, and Jim Davis served as producers.

Visit http://www.garfield.com/d2v/funfest/about.html for more information about this highly entertaining animated feature.

Garfield's third new movie for direct-to-DVD is coming soon — and once again, the fat cat has powered his way not only onto DVD, and Blu-ray, but he's also making his way onto the big screen internationally.  Garfield's Pet Force debuts on Blu-ray and DVD on June 16th, with film openings, including 3D presentations, taking place worldwide in the following territories, by the named distributors. To date, the following theatrical releases have been secured: (Actual release dates to be determined, unless noted.)

Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, and Romania:  Modus Vivendi, Inc.

Brazil:
  Playarte International C.V.(Releasing December 2009)

Portugal, Angola, Mozambique, Cape Verde, Guine-Bissau, and S. Tome and Principe:  Lusomundo Audiovisuais

Indonesia
:  Queen Imperial Films Pte.

Hong Kong and Macau:
  Pan Asia Films LTD.

India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, and Nepal:
Eagle Home Entertainment PVT LTD

Garfield's Pet Force was inspired by a popular book series created by Paws, Inc. for Scholastic Books. This time our heroes, Garfield, Odie, Arlene, and Nermal, are transported out of their languid lifestyles to save the planet from the evil Vetvix.  She's bent on conquering Cartoon World and turning all the comic characters into her slaves. Our newspaper comic-strip heroes join forces with comic-book superheroes to do mortal combat with this vile vixen in a titanic confrontation of publishing universes! 

Written by Jim Davis, this Paws, Inc.-The Animation Picture Company-Davis Entertainment production was directed by Mark A.Z. Dippe, and co-directed by Eondeok Han.

A website, dedicated to Garfield's Pet Force is currently under construction at www.garfield.com.

"The Garfield Show," an all-new CGI animated television show produced by Dargaud Media/Ellipsanime Productions and Paws, Inc. debuted in France on France 3 network on Monday, December 22nd, and the ratings are off the charts! Airing weekdays, "The Garfield Show," has attracted a wide audience ranging from kids to adults.

In a recent interview, France 3's Julien Borde, Youth Programming Director said, "The launch of this show has been welcomed warmly and ratings are exceptional for France 3.  We can even say this is historic for our channel. A million viewers watched the show. A few short weeks after its debut, "The Garfield Show" is already among the top audience of the leading cartoons of the channel, at the third place. We here at France 3 are extremely satisfied and proud of this success." 

"The Garfield Show" has been sold to Cartoon Network in Africa, Eastern Europe, the Middle East, Europe (except France, where it airs on France 3), Scandinavia, Asia (Japan not included), United Kingdom, Australia/New Zealand, and Latin America.  Fifty-two eleven-minute episodes are in production and debuts will take place throughout 2009 with translations in English, French, German, Dutch, Portugeuse, Spanish, and Italian.

http://www.thegarfieldshow-diary.com/

 

Uclick®, a leading provider of mobile and online humor and comics, announced the launch of Garfield Minus Garfield on the Apple App Store. Based on Jim Davis' longstanding Garfield comic strip, Garfield Minus Garfield gives a new perspective to the Garfield comic strips by removing the leading fat cat. Praised in many publications, including Time Magazine, Rolling Stone, The Washington Post and The New York Times, this cult-favorite comic strip is a sensational addition to the growing Uclick catalog of titles for the iPhone and iPod touch.

"Garfield Minus Garfield is a unique success story and we're delighted it's now available on the Apple App Store," said Uclick CEO Douglas Edwards. "It's a global phenomenon, and our presentation of Garfield Minus Garfield alongside the original Garfield strips gives iPhone and iPod touch users the chance to see exactly what all the hype is about. It's an insightful, new spin on a modern classic."

Originally launched in February 2008 by Dublin-based creator Dan Walsh, Garfield Minus Garfield reveals a dark and lonely world for its lead character, Jon Arbuckle, who seems to teeter between existential crisis and deep despair with an intense longing for human interaction. Walsh's approach takes the original Garfield strips and removes all of the key characters except Jon.



What a cat!  Sassy. Opinionated. This lasagna loving, mailman chasing, sarcastic cat now appears in a new comic panel.  "Life According to Garfield" features the wit, wisdom, and wisecracks of our lovable Garfield in a single panel cartoon that was launched by Universal Press Syndicate in January.  Syndication sales have begun in both the international and domestic market.  In fact, the first sale was to Midday magazine in Mumbai!

http://www.gocomics.com/lifeaccordingtogarfield

 

Click the links below to read what people all around the world are saying about Garfield! (Oh, and in one case, Jim Davis. Shhhh — Don't tell Garfield. It's our little secret.)

Cartoonist Jim Davis:  The Man Behind Garfield
American Profile - USA
Growing up on a small farm near Fairmount, Ind. (pop. 2,866), Jim Davis figured he would follow in his father's footsteps and become a farmer...

Wolverine Art Appreciation Month
Marvel News-USA
Marvel prepares to showcase Wolverine from a very different perspective
In the tradition of Marvel's previous variant cover programs, featuring everything from villains to zombies to monkeys, (to Garfield)...

Mediatoon's Garfield Lazy No More
Animation World Network - Los Angeles,CA,USA
Last purchased by Rede Record in Brazil, Mediatoon's THE GARFIELD SHOW is due for broadcast in 2009 in the UK, Scandinavia, Spain, Germany, Italy...

Garfield to hit Cannes
C21Media - London,England,UK
NEWS BRIEF: French animation house Mediatoon is to present the first episodes of the new CGI series of Garfield at Mipcom. The toon is being produced by...

Glorious Garfield
Spectator Blog, Seattle University— Seattle, WA USA
A great philosopher once said, “Don’t mess with fat cats.” Jake apparently didn’t hear the words of that great philosopher because he’s decided to go out of his way to mess with one of the greatest fat cats America has ever known...

How-a-cat-launched-Film-Roman
examiner.com - Los Angeles, CA USA
Mention the cantankerous cat, Garfield, and everyone knows who you are talking about. A name behind the incredible Emmy winning TV specials is equally well known in animation circle
s...

Pogo to air Garfield and Friends from 15 September
Mumbai,Maharashtra,India
MUMBAI: Pogo will kick off a new show, Garfield and Friends. Beginning 15 September, the show will be aired daily (Monday-Thursday) at 12:30 pm...

Comics publishing in the Czech Republic: from Garfield to the Avante Garde...
Radio Prague - Prague,Czech Republic
Likewise, for years we only did ‘Garfield’ and I would tell people Garfield is paying for this. Nothing against Garfield, it’s just that Garfield has a much...

Happy Reading!

Bakery in China            
Pictured: Beijing Jin Feng Bakery, Wangfujing Department Store, Dongcheng District, Beijing, China

Pictured:  Agent Gamma Medya in Turkey, sponsored a Garfield booth at the first ever Licensing Fair in Istanbul.

 

Pictured:  Garfield and Pals do a "meet and greet" at the Island Plaza Mall in Malaysia, December 2008, courtesy of Garfield Agent FCI, Malaysia.

Pictured:  Garfield plush doll event at Doll Mania 2008, Central Plaza Thailand, courtesy of Garfield Agent FCI Brands Pte. LTD., Thailand

ALTANA S.P.A.
ITALY
Contact: Barbara Donadon
Agent: BIC LICENSING
ARTICLES: Girls (3/5 years only): Apparel including T-shirts, dresses, skirts, jackets, pants, track suits, shorts, belts, hats and bandanas, and sleepwear, also Girls (3/14 years only: Swimsuits, beach wear, underwear, pajamas.
TERRITORIES: ITALY, MALTA, SAN MARINO, SWITZERLAND, VATICAN CITY

ASADI CORPORATION
PHILIPPINES
Contact: NELSON ONG
ARTICLES: For infant’s age 0 - 3: Athletic shoes, casual shoes, and sandals (including thong type slippers/sandals). Distribution in all channels excluding duty free shops.
TERRITORIES: PHILIPPINES

BIENES DE CONSUMO INTERNACIONAL, S.A. DE C.V.
MEXICO
Contact: MARTHA ARISTA BADILLO
ARTICLES: School exercise notebooks with sewn, spiral, or stapled bindings, school exercise notebooks with spiral binding and art on all pages, datafolio with ring binder and fabric covers, folders with and without rings, and planners.
TERRITORIES: MEXICO

CHARTER ADMINISTRATORS
SOUTH AFRICA
Contact: Suzie Seidel
Agent: CHARACTER LICENSING AND MARKETING
ARTICLES: Knitted infant garments.
TERRITORIES: SOUTH AFRICA

CHECKS IN THE MAIL
http://secure.checksinthemail.com/
United States
Contact: SEAN O'NEILL
ARTICLES: Personalized bank checks, checkbook covers, return address labels, debit card caddies, stampers, organizers, and, personalized stationery, including invitations, announcements, folded note cards, flat cards, memo pads, and other such other products. Distribution limited to direct to consumer sales.
TERRITORIES: UNITED STATES

COSTUMES GALORE, INC. D/B/A FUN COSTUMES
USA
Contact: JULIE FALLENSTEIN-JOHNSON
ARTICLES: Children and adult costumes and masks of the Characters.
TERRITORIES: WORLD WIDE

COVEROO, INC.
San Francisco, Ca
Contact: Benjamin Katz
ARTICLES: Laser engraved replacement back covers for, or laser etching done directly on, cell phones, Ipods/MP3 players, or laptops.
TERRITORIES: WORLD WIDE

DELTA GRAPHIX Z.P. CH. DRESZER MARIAN MACIEJ
POLAND
Contact: MONIKA KOSTEK
Agent: PLUS LICENS AB
ARTICLES: Exercise books, note books, drawing pads, colored paper books, exercise book stickers, school timetables, binders, cases with handles, gift bags, greeting cards, and, postcards.
TERRITORIES: POLAND

CONFECCIONES ANDREA FELIE Y LAMA LTDA
CHILE
Contact: GONZALO LAMA DEIK
Agent: DOCE S.A.
ARTICLES: Apparel and underwear for infants.
TERRITORIES: CHILE

DISOC
FRANCE
Contact: GUY MERLAT
Agent: RMP LICENSING
ARTICLES: Paperback books, with posters with stickers and colored drawings
TERRITORIES: FRANCE

EGMONT KUSTANNUS OY AB
FINLAND
Contact: PAULA ANTILA
Agent: PLUS LICENS AB
ARTICLES: A series of eight (8) comic strip pocket books, four (4) of which to be published in 2009, and four (4) to be published in 2010.
TERRITORIES: FINLAND

EGMONT INTERNATIONAL HOLDING A/S [
DENMARK
Contact: MS. DIANA SKJOLDMOSE
Agent: PLUS LICENS AB
ARTICLES: Garfield comic magazine
TERRITORIES: FINLAND, SWEDEN

ELBY GIFTS INC.
CANADA
Contact: ROBERT LIO
ARTICLES: Frames, bookends, banks, clocks, figurines, magnets, waterballs, oil burners, votive candles, wall mounted and mantel stocking hangers, wooden growth charts, lamps, and, coffee mugs. Seasonal or special event figurines, wooden growth charts.
TERRITORIES: CANADA, UNITED STATES

EPLIS CO.
SOUTH KOREA
Agent: SEOUL MERCHANDISING CO. LTD.
ARTICLES: Five chapter books, each to be sold with an accompanying audio only CD. Titles: Santa Spy, Beast in the Basement, Mysterious Mummy, Teacher Creature, and, Wicked Wizard.
TERRITORIES: SOUTH KOREA

GLASS MCCLURE, INC.
USA
Contact: AMBER WILLIAMS
ARTICLES: Society for the prevention of cruelty to animals campaign.
TERRITORIES: WORLD WIDE

HITLAB LTD.
UKRAINE
Contact: VADYM TSELUKH
Agent: PLUS LICENS AB
ARTICLES: Monthly " Garfield" magazine published in the Russian language. Content to be sourced from Alto Astral.
TERRITORIES: COMMONWEALTH OF INDEPENDENT STATES, RUSSIA, UKRAINE

IMAGINE YOUR PHOTOS, LLC
UNITED STATES
Contact: Michael Rosenberg
ARTICLES: Use of the Characters, in combination with photographs/images uploaded by the purchaser of the Licensed Articles, on the following products: Mugs, watches, calendars, aprons, baby items (bibs and blankets), coasters, cutting boards, growth charts, Christmas ornaments, mousepad, pet bowls, posters, puzzles, T-Shirts and sweatshirts, tote bags, kids photo plates, and throws.
TERRITORIES: CANADA, UNITED STATES

KIDS MEDIA INDIA PVT LTD.
India
Contact: RAJIV SANGARI
ARTICLES: Garfield agent.
TERRITORIES: AFGHANISTAN, BANGLADESH, BHUTAN, INDIA, MALDIVES, NEPAL, PAKISTAN, SRI LANKA

LO TING KWANG CO., LTD.
THAILAND
Contact: MR. TEEPAKORN LOJANAGOSIN
Agent: FCI BRANDS PTE LTD.
ARTICLES: Bedding, bed sheet, sheets, bedding sheet sets, pillow cases, duvet cover sheets, bolster case, comforters, quilts, decoration pillows, cushions, mattress (kid), picnic pad, and, ready-made curtain and towels.
TERRITORIES: THAILAND

LIU JO S.P.A.
ITALY
Contact: Marco Marchi
Agent: BIC LICENSING
ARTICLES: Apparel items for men and women, 18 years and up, and for boys and girls, 6 - 14 years, and consisting of the following: T-Shirts (long and short sleeve), tops, sweatshirts, and, shirts. Distribution is limited to within Liu Jo Stores.
TERRITORIES: ITALY, MONACO, SWITZERLAND, VATICAN CITY

MEDIATOON LICENSING
FRANCE
Contact: AMELIE RETORRE
ARTICLES: Total France Promotion - mini comic books
TERRITORIES: ANDORRA, FRANCE, MONACO

MODUS VIVENDI PUBLISHING INC.
CANADA
Contact: MARC ALAIN
ARTICLES: French language day planners (agendas) for calendar years 2010 and 2011.
TERRITORIES: BELGIUM, CANADA, FRANCE, SWITZERLAND

SCHOOL PACK
FRANCE
Contact: DANIEL MENZER
Agent: RMP LICENSING
ARTICLES: Schoolbags with or without rollers, backpacks with or without rollers, shoulder bags, hold-all bags, and, pencil cases and totes.
TERRITORIES: BELGIUM, FRANCE, MONACO

SPACETOON INTERNATIONAL
UAE
Contact: MOHD. ZUHAIR AYOUBI
ARTICLES: Garfield agent.
TERRITORIES: ALGERIA, BAHRAIN, EGYPT, JORDAN, KUWAIT, LEBANON, LIBYA, MOROCCO, OMAN, QATAR, SAUDI ARABIA, SYRIA, TUNISIA, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES, YEMEN

TREVCO, INC.
UNITED STATES
Contact: JAMES (JIM) P. GEORGE
Agent: CURTIS PUBLISHING COMPANY
ARTICLES: Apparel items for men, ladies and juniors, and youth (4-20) both boys and girls and consisting of the following: T-Shirts, knit tops, and, jerseys. All licensed Articles are intended for distribution to specialty/gift shops, bookstores, catalogs and direct to the consumer sales via the Internet. TERRITORIES: UNITED STATES

YOOKA (M.S.) LTD
Israel
Contact: MERAV (MRS) SHMUELI
ARTICLES: Garfield agent.
TERRITORIES: ISRAEL

 

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