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announcement [Dec. 13th, 2006|08:51 am]
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As of now, Minimum Security is officially represented by United Feature Syndicate!!! Starting in mid-January, my cartoons will appear five times per week at comics.com. This is the only place they'll be available. If they generate a lot of hits for a year or so, then the syndicate plans to use that popularity to sell the cartoon to daily city papers.

The best part is, they love the politics of Minimum Security and say they wouldn't want me to tone it down at all.

So once they start appearing on comics.com, I hope you all will help me by clicking on them often!!!

This has been a long-time dream of mine. I can't tell you how many rejection letters I've received over the years from cartoon syndicates, United included. It's a lot.

Meanwhile, I'm still drawing three per week and posting them on minimumsecurity.net and here, too:

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[User Picture]From: amaebi
2006-12-13 01:56 pm (UTC)

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Whoo hooooooooo!!!!

Terrific congratulations! How vast will be your distribution!
[User Picture]From: mcmillan
2006-12-13 01:57 pm (UTC)

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Thanks!! Distribution in papers will totally depend on how much I can encourage people to look at it online during the upcoming year.
[User Picture]From: aoi_usagi
2006-12-13 02:00 pm (UTC)

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Holy wow - that's great! I'll be sure to book mark it. LOL, yes us artists know rejection, but you just gotta keep plugging away. Brace yourself - it's going to be interesting. You soooooooo deserve this! Whooooo!
[User Picture]From: mcmillan
2006-12-13 02:17 pm (UTC)

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Thank you!! It's going to be a lot of work, but I hope at some point I'll be able to make a living as a cartoonist.
From: mynn_sanity
2006-12-13 02:01 pm (UTC)

wahoooooooooooooooo!

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Congrats!!!!!!!!!
[User Picture]From: mcmillan
2006-12-13 02:19 pm (UTC)

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Thank you Lorena!!!
[User Picture]From: lahermite
2006-12-13 02:04 pm (UTC)

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whoooot! congratulations, luv.
[User Picture]From: mcmillan
2006-12-13 02:20 pm (UTC)

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Thank you Tracy!!!
[User Picture]From: angiereedgarner
2006-12-13 02:11 pm (UTC)

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Congrats! Go you!
[User Picture]From: mcmillan
2006-12-13 02:21 pm (UTC)

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Thanks so much, Angie!!
[User Picture]From: kiji_kat
2006-12-13 02:14 pm (UTC)

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Congrats! That is wonderful news!

Are you currently featured in any papers? I think your work would fit in quite well in the alternative paper I write for. Do you get to choose where your cartoon is distributed?
[User Picture]From: mcmillan
2006-12-13 02:24 pm (UTC)

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Thanks so much!!

Yes, it's in some publications like Z magazine, Eat the State, Asheville Global Report, Against the Current and some others, and also online at a few sites like Working for Change.

I'd love it if you can influence the paper where you work to carry it too! What paper is it? Now they'll have to get it through United, but I think that wouldn't be too hard. I'd have to find out exactly how that works.

[User Picture]From: pippikneesocks
2006-12-13 02:19 pm (UTC)

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That is sooooooo awesome! Congrats!
[User Picture]From: mcmillan
2006-12-13 02:21 pm (UTC)

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Thank you Pippi!!
[User Picture]From: rallymama
2006-12-13 02:31 pm (UTC)

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Yay! I surf selected bits at comics.com every day, so I'll be sure to add you to my list over there!
[User Picture]From: mcmillan
2006-12-13 03:11 pm (UTC)

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Yay! Thank you so much!
From: cbrubaker2
2006-12-13 02:33 pm (UTC)

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Congratulations, Stephanie! And great timing, because one of the comics.com strip I read (Barkeater Lake by Corey Pandolph) will end around the time "Minimum Security" will show up, so it's good to see I immediately have a strip to fill in that slot.
[User Picture]From: mcmillan
2006-12-13 03:12 pm (UTC)

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Oh, I'm sorry one of your favorites is ending, but thank you very much for planning to replace it with mine in your reading schedule!!
From: mike_fitz
2006-12-13 02:42 pm (UTC)

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Congratulations, Steph. You deserve the break.

OK. New Year's Resolution: Set home page to comics.com and give Steph a few clicks before starting work each day.
[User Picture]From: mcmillan
2006-12-13 03:12 pm (UTC)

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That's so nice! Thank you very much for that!
[User Picture]From: rstevens
2006-12-13 03:30 pm (UTC)

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What the heck? Justice in America? In 2006????

Congrats!
[User Picture]From: mcmillan
2006-12-13 03:55 pm (UTC)

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Thank you Richard! And best of luck to you with your upcoming newspaper launch!!! I hope it goes really well!
From: queerasmoi
2006-12-13 03:57 pm (UTC)

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Major congratulations!
Here is a hint: If you can get an RSS feed set up for your comic at comicalert.com (for example Dilbert and Get Fuzzy both have RSS feeds and they are with comics.com), an LJ syndication feed can be set up that points to it. You can then post the link and ask your readers to "friend" the syndication feed too. This guarantees that every single one of your current LJ friends will generate a daily "hit" and we'll enjoy all the comics we get to read! :) You're listed there as "pending" right now. Keep an eye on it. Having an RSS feed is gold.
[User Picture]From: mcmillan
2006-12-13 04:07 pm (UTC)

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Thank you for this! It sounds brilliant and very useful. I don't really understand RSS feeds, but I'll look into what you're talking about. It sounds like a great idea!
[User Picture]From: harkalark
2006-12-13 03:59 pm (UTC)

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Just adding to the pile:
CONGRATULATIONS! Woo! :)
[User Picture]From: mcmillan
2006-12-15 11:42 pm (UTC)

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Thanks -- I appreciate that!!!
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[User Picture]From: mcmillan
2006-12-14 09:20 am (UTC)

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Thanks so much Kevin!!
[User Picture]From: ed_dirt
2006-12-13 06:05 pm (UTC)

YAY!!!!!

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Right on, Mac!

I will make sure to click well and often. If you make sure to announce your updates i will repost those announcements in my lj where an additional 300+ readers will see it. Some of them are pretty devoted and will click on your comic if i ask them nicely.

I'll ask them nicely.

This is so cool.

I have been a huge fan of your amazing comic ever since i first saw it and have just been waiting for the rest of the world to notice as well.

It will be really really cool for you to make your living with this, but as cool or cooler will be the fact that you will be able to affect the way people think. And we do need more people to think like you do.
[User Picture]From: mcmillan
2006-12-14 09:23 am (UTC)

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Thank you Matt!! That would be so great if you re-post so your friends can click on the cartoons -- I really appreciate that! And you're right, having more exposure to spread ideas is the most important thing (though if I can also make a living at it, I'll have more time to make even more cartoons...) It'll be quite a while before that could become possible, though.
From: comrade_m
2006-12-13 06:09 pm (UTC)

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Congrats! :)
[User Picture]From: mcmillan
2006-12-15 11:41 pm (UTC)

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Thanks!!
[User Picture]From: elaynetoo
2006-12-13 06:15 pm (UTC)

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Congratulations, Stephanie!
[User Picture]From: mcmillan
2006-12-15 11:41 pm (UTC)

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Thanks so much!
[User Picture]From: deadringrancor
2006-12-13 06:46 pm (UTC)

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Awesome, now the whole world will enjoy your comics as much as I do.
[User Picture]From: mcmillan
2006-12-14 09:28 am (UTC)

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I hope it ends up that way! Thank you.
[User Picture]From: ldragoon
2006-12-14 01:16 am (UTC)

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I'm so happy for you! What a wonderful accomplishment! Congratulations. :)
[User Picture]From: mcmillan
2006-12-14 09:28 am (UTC)

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I appreciate that, thank you!
From: fw_nomind
2006-12-14 01:59 am (UTC)

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Congrats, Stephanie! Couldn't happen to a nicer person...

~"Ben" Smith
[User Picture]From: mcmillan
2006-12-14 09:27 am (UTC)

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Thanks so much!! How are you doing, "Ben"?
[User Picture]From: isihali
2006-12-14 08:31 am (UTC)

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Congratulations!
[User Picture]From: mcmillan
2006-12-14 09:27 am (UTC)

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Thanks!
[User Picture]From: theycallmeboy
2006-12-14 12:17 pm (UTC)

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Congratulations! As someone who spends far too much of his time reading online comics, I know a good strip when I see it, and I love the biting humour in your comic. I know plenty of other people will too.

Well done!
[User Picture]From: mcmillan
2006-12-15 11:40 pm (UTC)

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Thank you for saying that -- it's very encouraging!
[User Picture]From: jjjiii
2006-12-16 07:07 am (UTC)

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I'm glad to hear it's official now:)
[User Picture]From: mcmillan
2006-12-16 01:56 pm (UTC)

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Thank you Guppy! I'm glad to have the contract finally signed and in my hands.