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(Washington Post)   Garry Trudeau leaves "Doonesbury" again, maybe for good. "I can't assume I'll be welcomed back a year or two from now"   (washingtonpost.com) divider line 12
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2014-03-02 07:38:54 PM
3 votes:
I've noticed that almost every Doonesbury-hater is conservative. I wonder why that is...
2014-03-02 07:12:46 PM
2 votes:
And not a flying Fark was given that day .
2014-03-03 09:01:34 AM
1 votes:

K3rmy: Confabulat: Trudeau always hated Bloom County because he considered it a direct ripoff.

In order to be a direct ripoff, Bloom County would have never been funny.


In Bloom County's first year or two, it was unabashedly a Doonesbury clone ... which was a big reason that it was selected for use as a "substitute" strip for Doonesbury's slot in the newspapers, during Trudeau's first extended hiatus (long before "re-runs" were even considered a possibility for newspaper comics).  Breathed would even occasionally lift old Doonesbury running gags, whole cloth:

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In the very earliest days, many of the main Bloom County cast of characters lived together in a boarding house -- prompting a gag in which Milo noted blatant similarites between the situation in his strip and Trudeau's:

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Soon after Trudeau's return, Bloom County quickly blossomed into its own thing -- and Doonesbury, too, grew into a different strip than it had been, in the 1970s ... though still quite enjoyable.  As someone else said, above: once you get to know the cast of characters, Doonesbury can be appreciated on a separate level, apart from the politics-of-the-day.

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I've enjoyed Doonesbury throughout my life -- even though it seems to offer "re-runs" these days, as often as not.

The latest storylines -- which (among many other threads) sees Mike's daughter starting-up her own family and career, and Zonker setting himself and his nephew up as legitimate professional "growers" in Colorado -- seem to have most of the cast positioned for a happy ending ... if it comes to that.

That said, Foxtrot continues to be just as entertaining in "Sunday-only" form as it had been during its two decades as a daily feature ... so, I don't doubt Doonesbury can continue in the same vein.  ^_^
2014-03-03 12:00:35 AM
1 votes:

a particular individual: I've noticed that almost every Doonesbury-hater is conservative. I wonder why that is...


I'm the libbiest lib that ever libbed, and I think Doonesbury is unfunny, preachy bullshiat. It may have been funny at one time, but that was a LONG time ago. Now it's just a left-wing Mallard Fillmore.
2014-03-02 11:42:06 PM
1 votes:

Confabulat: Autistic Hiker: Bloom County certainly did the latter in the 1980s but was too uneven and too derivative of Doonesbury, Pogo, etc. to be called "greatest" IMO.

Trudeau always hated Bloom County because he considered it a direct ripoff.


In order to be a direct ripoff, Bloom County would have never been funny.

Some of the 70's Doonesbury was hilarious.  Most of the rest, not so much.

/Billy and The Boingers FTW
2014-03-02 11:37:41 PM
1 votes:

Autistic Hiker: Tyrone Slothrop: yakmans_dad: As much as I love Calvin and Hobbes, Pogo, and Krazy Kat, Doonesbury towers above the rest. He's just smarter, funnier, and has a greater range of sympathies than any other cartoonist.

Mmmm, no, Walt Kelly was and still is the best.

Best strips by decade:

1900s: Little Nemo in Slumberland
1910s: Krazy Kat
1920s: Krazy Kat
1930s: Li'l Abner/Dick Tracy
1940s: Terry and the Pirates
1950s: Pogo
1960s: Peanuts
1970s: Doonesbury
1980s: The Far Side/Calvin and Hobbes
1990s: Dilbert/Calvin and Hobbes
2000s: Achewood
2010s: xkcd

/flame on

2014-03-02 08:52:21 PM
1 votes:
That hack has been used up for decades.
2014-03-02 08:42:35 PM
1 votes:

yakmans_dad: As much as I love Calvin and Hobbes, Pogo, and Krazy Kat, Doonesbury towers above the rest. He's just smarter, funnier, and has a greater range of sympathies than any other cartoonist.


Mmmm, no, Walt Kelly was and still is the best.
2014-03-02 08:16:22 PM
1 votes:

a particular individual: I've noticed that almost every Doonesbury-hater is conservative. I wonder why that is...


Never really cared for or against it since I never found it funny, but I always thought it belonged on the OpEd page, not the comics page since it was more political than anything else.

My only problem with this planned repeating is that the local paper might start running the repeats - the recycled Peanuts and re-written FBFW is bad enough. Dead/non-production strips should be removed to give new ones a chance.

/no YOU get of MY lawn you doddering old fart Peanuts lovers. They're ALL in books now!
2014-03-02 07:47:55 PM
1 votes:

a particular individual: I've noticed that almost every Doonesbury-hater is conservative. I wonder why that is...


Nope. I agree with his politics but he just isn't funny. Same with Bill Maher and the Daily Show guy whose name I can't be bothered to remember.
2014-03-02 07:31:47 PM
1 votes:
PS: I wonder if the papers will run THIS classic strip finally?

www.washingtonpost.com
2014-03-02 07:17:59 PM
1 votes:
Is it going to be funny now?
 
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