Self-Syndicated Comic strip, Tundra, Reaches 300 Newspaper Mark.

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The newspaper comic strip Tundra, an 'outdoors and nature-themed' strip by cartoonist Chad Carpenter, was recently added to its 300th newspaper and can now be seen in papers all across the United States and Canada. What makes this remarkable is that Tundra is self-syndicated.

It sells itself. I just have to find a way to get it in front of the editors.

Having been passed over by syndicates on several occasions, Tundra appeared in only six newspapers (all in Alaska) just three short years ago. Creator, Chad Carpenter, was happy making his living selling books, t-shirts and "anything else I could make a buck on" at book signings and gift shows. Then a friend named Bill Kellogg came along and took Tundra on the road, and that's when everything changed.

Tundra is praised by editors for being 'consistently funny and well-drawn,' and that, Kellogg says, is why he has been so successful getting it into the newspapers. "It sells itself. I just have to find a way to get it in front of the editors." And apparently he has, as Tundra can now be seen in some of the largest papers in the country, including the Los Angeles Times, the New York Daily News, the Denver Post and the St. Petersburg Times in Florida.

Not only is Tundra in 300+ newspapers now, but a year ago Chad signed a deal with Recycled Paper Greetings, and greeting cards with some of Chad's most popular comics can now be found in every Target store in the country, and other stores. Chad also signed book and calendar deals this year with Andrews McMeel, the country's largest publisher of newspaper-comic books and calendars. The new book and the page-a-day calendar are due out in book stores this fall.

What's next for Tundra? "I used to dream of being in 100 papers," Carpenter says. "Now I've set my sights on 500." The way things are going, that shouldn't take long. Chad and Bill are even hosting a comics seminar in Las Vegas this September to help other cartoonists who want to break into the market.

For more information on Tundra, the seminar, or to see more samples of Chad's work, visit Tundra online at


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