Jim and John joined forces in 1970 with a bold vision, a progressive business philosophy, and a steadfast commitment to the artistic goals of each creator. Their enterprising vision and values continue to serve as the foundation of our corporate culture today.
Our story begins with the dynamic partnership of Jim Andrews and John McMeel, two charismatic innovators who challenged convention to give voice to the groundbreaking comic storytellers and cultural commentators of their day.
AMU founders John McMeel
and Jim Andrews
We treat each other with kindness, honesty, dignity and respect. We genuinely care about the well-being and success of our colleagues, creators and business partners.
We bring passion to our work that shows up both as can-do spirit and pride in what we accomplish.
In 1970, most creative media companies were headquartered in New York City or Los Angeles. Our founders chose Kansas City because they wanted to build a different kind of media company. Here they discovered a rare combination of Midwestern graciousness, esprit de corps, and genuine humility, along with an environment driven by competitive spirit and ambition. Our connection to the Kansas City community remains a critical part of our culture. It informs our values, it imbues our personality, and it underscores our spirit of generosity.