King Features to syndicate Shoe comic strip

Shoe, one of the most popular comic strips in history, stars a group of newspaperbirds, their friends, foes and families.
Shoe, one of the most popular comic strips in history, stars a group of newspaperbirds, their friends, foes and families.
King Features Syndicate will begin distribution of the daily and Sunday Shoe comic strip effective with the first release dates of September 1, 2008 for dailies and September 7, 2008 on Sundays.

The comic has been syndicated internationally since 1977 and now appears in more than 500 newspapers. Most recently, it has been distributed by Tribune Media Services.

Shoe was created by the late editorial cartoonist, Jeff MacNelly, who earned top honors during his dual career. He won three Pulitzer Prizes for editorial cartooning and twice received the Reuben Award for his “Shoe” comic strip from the National Cartoonists Society. The current creative team was handpicked by MacNelly and has continued to produce the famous comic strip for the past 16 years. Editorial cartoonist Chris Cassatt, who was MacNelly’s long-time assistant, was one of the country’s first digital cartoonists. Editorial cartoonist Gary Brookins trained under MacNelly at the Richmond News-Leader. And MacNelly paid his wife, Susie MacNelly, the ultimate compliment by acknowledging that she was Roz, one of the funniest of his main characters in the strip.

Shoe chronicles the daily doings of a group of newspaper employees and their friends, foes and families, all of whom are portrayed as all-too-human birds in the fictional town of Treetops, East Virginia. The strip often pokes fun at various social and political issues of the day.

The strip’s characters include P. Martin Shoemaker, a cigar-chomping editor nicknamed Shoe; Cosmo Fishhawk, an overeducated but underachieving reporter and columnist who writes for The Treetops Tattler-Tribune; Cosmo’s nephew, Skyler, who he is raising; and Roz, the wise-cracking waitress at Roz’s Roost, the local diner.