Kathleen Andrews Dies at 84; Helped Give Ziggy and Others Their Start

As a top executive at the Andrews McMeel syndicate, she played a key role in the careers of Tom Wilson, Cathy Guisewite and Garry Trudeau.

By Penelope Green

Kathleen Andrews was missing her husband, Jim, who had been on the road for weeks trying to drum up interest in his new company, a fledgling syndication business, when she came across a little gift book titled “When You’re Not Around.” It featured a hapless, hairless, pantless and as yet unnamed character — a hard-luck antihero whose wan exploits fit her blue mood.

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