Who We Are

Who We Are

We aspire to bring joy to people’s lives through the work of our talented creators. Since our start in 1970, AMU has honed an uncanny ability to tap into the zeitgeist of popular culture to identify, nurture and share fresh, new voices that are somewhat off the beaten path. Their unique style of storytelling resonates with their generation, yet has the potential to remain relevant for years to come.

Our long-standing success is rooted in our ability to identify iconic talent, our willingness to embrace change, and our ability to anticipate disruption. While other companies try to mitigate surprises, most days we depend on them. Our growth and forward momentum come from taking creative risks and finding new ways to share the unique and powerful messages of our creators with the world.

Our Genesis

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.

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.

AMU founders John McMeel and Jim Andrews

Our Values

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.

Our Community:
Global Reach.
Midwestern Roots.

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.

Our corporate headquarters in the historic downtown Boley Building was voted “coolest office in Kansas City” by KC Magazine.