Magazine article National Catholic Reporter

Syndicate Picks Up NCR Comic Strip

Magazine article National Catholic Reporter

Syndicate Picks Up NCR Comic Strip

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Pat Marrin's popular NCR comic strip "Francis" has found a second home: GoComics.com. The comic strip, which appears on Page 4 of the print edition and posts every Thursday to NCR's blog The Francis Chronicles, began running March 30 at Go Comics.com/francis.

According to the website, GoComics, from Universal Uclick, is the Web's largest catalog of syndicated newspaper strips and Web comics, offering free content daily

The strip has already made a splash with its new audience. The "Francis" comic strip posted March 31 on GoComics generated several comments from users by midmorning, including: "LOVED IT!!!" "This looks like a keeper," and "Good stuff !!"

The comic will appear twice a week on GoComics, on Mondays and Thursdays.

GoComics approached Marrin, NCR contributor and Celebration editor, about publishing the comic strip.

"Syndication is a dream for most aspiring cartoonists," Marrin said. GoComics will deliver "Francis" to a much larger audience, he said.

"Universal Uclick is the largest syndicate in the world. So you get global reach on an idea," Marrin said. "This is the place to get started, to get recognized, to build some kind of a following." GoComics can "test out, in a fairly simple way, whether or not there's any grab to a comic idea," he said.

According to John Glynn, president of Universal Uclick, GoComics had approximately 82 million page views in February and 945 million page views in 2013.

"Francis" officially launched in NCR's Sept. 13-26 issue. Thomas C. Fox, NCR publisher, had encouraged Marrin to pursue the idea. Fox's enthusiasm for Francis' papacy connected with Marrin's enthusiasm as an illustrator for NCR for the last 17 years. …

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