John McMeel (1936-2021)

July 8, 2021

John McMeel (1936-2021) | National Cartoonists Society


The world of cartooning has lost one of its champions with the passing of co-founder and Chairman of Andrews McMeel Universal, John McMeel on July 7th, 2021. John was 85.

Current AMU Chairman Hugh Andrews notified the company’s associates:

I am deeply saddened to let you know that our co-founder and most spirited leader, John McMeel, passed away today.

As you who have had the blessing, and pleasure, to know him, John was one of the most dynamic, energetic, and positive personalities one might ever encounter.  His unwavering optimism, enthusiasm, and true passion for life – and most of all, for people – was evident in everything he did.

For John, it was all about relationships.  He cared deeply, certainly for his family, but also for our talented creators, associates, and business partners, ensuring all felt valued, and welcome.  Determined, considerate, and thoughtful, not only was he the only business partner I have ever had, he was like a second father to me.

For nearly 60 years, the Andrews and McMeel families have worked, and enjoyed life, together.  All who have had the good fortune to know John will deeply mourn his loss, and each of us will remember, and miss him, in our own way.

Please remember Susan, Maureen, Suzanne, Bridget, and their families, in your thoughts and prayers.

John’s contribution to the industry was enormous. Furthermore, the NCS friendship with Andrews McMeel Universal has been instrumental in our strength and success for decades.

The National Cartoonists Society offers its deepest sympathies with the McMeel family and the team at Andrews McMeel Universal.


Jason Chatfield
National Cartoonists Society

Read more on John’s contribution to the cartooning industry at The Daily Cartoonist.

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