F Minus (comics)

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F Minus
Author(s) Tony Carrillo
Website http://www.fminus.net/
Current status / schedule running
Launch date 2002[1]
Syndicate(s) United Features Syndicate
Publisher(s) Andrews McMeel Publishing

F Minus is a horizontally oriented single panel comic strip by Tony Carrillo, started when he was a sophomore at Arizona State University. It ran daily in The State Press, an independent newspaper at ASU, from 2002 until 2004, when Carrillo graduated.

In an online mtvU strips contest with Scott Adams of Dilbert fame as member of the jury and with almost 200,000 people voting to find the best college comic strip, F Minus came in first place.[2]

Having won a development deal with United Features Syndicate through the contest, syndication of F Minus (in daily newspapers) began on April 17, 2006 in 75 newspapers throughout the United States.[3]

According to Tony Carrillo, most of the comics are about stupidity and losers. It doesn't feature any story lines and is often compared to one of his favorites, The Far Side by Gary Larson.[3]

In 2007, F Minus was nominated in the 2007 Reuben Awards for Best Newspaper Panel but lost to Rhymes with Orange by Hilary B. Price. [4]

The Phoenix New Times named F Minus as the best syndicated comic strip in its Best of Phoenix 2007 issue. [5]


There are two collections of F Minus.

Title Release Date Publisher ISBN
F Minus September 1, 2007 Andrews McMeel Publishing ISBN 978-0-7407-6839-2
This Can't Be Legal: An F Minus Collection March 17, 2009 Andrews McMeel Publishing


  1. ^ http://www.chron.com/apps/comics/showComic.mpl?date=2006/4/17&name=F_Minus
  2. ^ mtvU (December 2004). "The Best of F Minus". Retrieved 2007-02-15.
  3. ^ a b Michael Grady (2006-04-17). "Cartoonist graduates to the big time with an 'F Minus'". East Valley Tribune. Retrieved 2007-02-15.
  4. ^ "News from the NCS". The National Cartoonists Society. 2007. Archived from the original on 2007-10-11. Retrieved 2007-11-18.
  5. ^ "Best Syndicated Comic Strip (2007)". Phoenix New Times. 2007. Retrieved 2007-11-18.

External links

  • Author's web site
  • F Minus on gocomics.com
  • United Features Syndicate page on F Minus
  • Dark Party Review Interview with Tony Carrillo
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