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Universal Press to launch “In the Sticks”
© Nathan Cooper
Universal Press Syndicate is launching a new comic strip called In the Sticks by Nathan Cooper. The strip centers on an ex-golf professional who inherits a nearly bankrupt golf club that is populated by three very odd animals who help him (more or less) keep the club running. The strip is tentatively set to launch on August 10 for dailies and the 16th for Sundays.
“In the Sticks” has a delightful, comedic character combination, Universal Press Syndicate acquisition editor John Glynn describes. Del, the uni-brow sporting ex-golfer, struggles to keep the course attractive to customers and to make himself attractive to women. He is aided by the brutally-honest and poetry-winning blue jay Cosmo, who enjoys soaking in the guacamole dip on the lunch buffet and stealing food from the vending machine. Cosmo’s other friends include the naive, sweet bear Dewey, who attempts to be a caddy when he knows nothing about golf, and the beaver Flip, who describes himself as “not a people person and I don’t like lawyers either.”
Cooper was born in the small town of Everett, PA. He graduated from Penn State University with a degree in Sociology and also holds a degree in Graphic Arts. He is currently a freelance graphic designer and illustrator and lives with his family in the suburbs of Philadelphia.