Mike du Jour comic strip joins Andrews McMeel Syndication

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Kathy Hilliard
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Andrews McMeel Universal
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Kansas City, MO (June 1, 2022) Andrews McMeel Syndication (AMS) will assume sales and distribution of Mike du Jour by Mike Lester, announced Brent Bartram, Chief Strategy Officer and General Manager of AMS. The effective date is August 1, 2022.

Mike du Jour is a rare triple entendre: the main character’s name, the creator’s name, and an honest description of the strip. Mike (the character) is an autobiographical composite, a combination of Walter Mitty, Buster Keaton, and Lester, his creator.

Mike works in a generic office (Big Bottom Line Inc.), addressing (or creating) whatever “problem” the day presents. He shares the office (and life) with a colorful cast of characters, but his primary companion is Minnie, his basset hound mix. Minnie spends her days presenting him with a plethora of questions about hypothetical situations, and holds humorous – although somewhat random – conversations with him about a variety of topics.

Mike du Jour defies a definitive description,” said Bartram. “But the characters, conversations, and situations presented are consistently entertaining. Like the title of the comic, every day is different – but it never disappoints. AMS has been distributing his editorial cartoons since last year, and we are very pleased to add his comic strip to our outstanding comic feature lineup.”

In addition to creating the comic strip, an award-winning editorial cartoon, and working as a commercial artist, Lester is also the author and illustrator of A is for Salad, a New York Times bestseller. Mike du Jour appears in more than 50 newspapers, and was previously syndicated by the Washington Post Writers Group.

Mike du Jour will also appear online on GoComics, and the feature is available for print and digital syndication internationally. For sales inquiries, please contact Jan Flemington, jflemington@amuniversal.com.


Founded in 1970, Andrews McMeel Universal is an independent, multi-faceted, global entertainment company. Distinguished by a creator-first approach and the uncanny ability to tap into the zeitgeist of popular culture, Andrews McMeel specializes in comics, illustrated humor and inspirational content distributed across multiple platforms, with a remarkable roster of talent across syndication, book, calendar and greeting card publishing, digital consumer experiences, and entertainment licensing, including dozens of New York Times bestselling authors and Pulitzer Prize-, Reuben Award- and Emmy-Award-winning creators.