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Writers for the series were Scott Gray, Gordon Kent, Lee Nordling, Chuck Kim, Scott Roberts, J. Torres, Mark Bilgrey, John Zakour, and Rob Moran. The original artist was Steve Crespo, pencils and inks. Crespo left early on, and Will Blyberg took over inking, while other pencilers included: Gary Fields, Kyle Baker, (who did his own inking) a South American known only as "Rodrigues", Tim Harkins, Vince Giarrano, and Scott Roberts (the only contributor to both write and draw the strip.) By the end, Roberts was the sole penciler, and Blyberg inked till the final strip. Sundays were colored by Stu Chaifitz. Tim Harkins and Gary Fields lettered even after they stopped penciling.
Early strips had no continuity, but later years featured small storylines. Despite the show's popularity, public reaction to the strip was muted, compared to the television series. Washington Post readers of all age brackets, for example, voted Rugrats as its worst comic strip. Many newspapers quickly demoted the title to Sunday-only.
In all, 130 newspapers carried the comic strip at some point during its run, in the United States, Australia, Brazil, and Canada. Ironically, newspapers in Orlando (home of Nickelodeon Studios) never picked up the title, while Rugrats was dropped early from New York and Los Angeles papers, home of the Viacom and Klasky-Csupo headquarters, respectively.
Scott Gray and Tim Harkins created two special strips for Mott's Flavored Applesauce, single-serving.