Slate.com Joins With Largest Cartoon Site on the Web

REDMOND, Wash., May 10, 2000 — Slate.com ( http://www.slate.msn.com/ ) today announced a deal with Daryl Cagle’s Professional Cartoonists Index Web site ( http://www.cagle.com/ ) to relaunch the site under the Slate® brand.

Daryl Cagle’s Professional Cartoonists Index is the largest cartoon site on the Web. Updated daily, it features the work of more than 100 of the world’s top cartoonists, including 14 Pulitzer Prize winners and many cartoonists whose work is available nowhere else on the Web. The site includes extensive archives of thousands of editorial cartoons about popular topics in the news, such as Elian Gonzalez and Hillary Clinton’s senate campaign.

The deal will result in the addition of new high-quality content to Slate, as well as the addition of approximately 400,000 monthly unique users to Slate.com.

“Slate.com is always on the lookout for ways to enrich our high-quality content,”
said Scott Moore, publisher of Slate.com.
“We’re focused on increasing the ‘stickyness’ of Slate by encouraging readers to stay longer and view more pages. We saw a perfect opportunity to team up with Daryl Cagle’s site, adding a depth of addictive content that I’m confident our readers will enjoy.”

Cagle, an award-winning editorial cartoonist in Hawaii, started his site four years ago. It has grown in content and popularity ever since.
“This is the Mecca for political cartoons on the Web. There is no collection of talent anywhere else that compares to it,”
Cagle said.
“Slate readers currently read text articles commenting on the news – now they can see cartoon articles commenting on the same news. It’s a natural fit and an exciting opportunity to grow our site’s already large audience.”

About Slate.com

Slate.com is the No. 1 online magazine founded and edited by Michael Kinsley and published by Microsoft. Slate.com provides readers with an informed perspective on news, politics and culture and is a member of the MSN TM network of Internet services from Microsoft that helps people better organize the Web around what’s important to them.

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