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(Columbus Dispatch)   'Doonesbury' creator Gary Trudeau is no longer drawing daily comics so he can focus on his TV show, but that's not stopping readers from assuming this is all part of a vast, right-wing plot by newspaper editors to silence him forever   (dispatch.com) divider line 77
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2014-03-19 06:32:23 PM
My local paper has taken to running (what I can only assume from the crude artwork) super-old Doonesbury strips that don't make any sense to me.
 
2014-03-19 06:49:18 PM
Alpha house was all kinds of fun. I don't read Doonesbury regularly (or at all really), but that show is brilliant.
 
2014-03-19 07:19:25 PM
Can't remember the last time I read the funnies in a newspaper. Nowadays I'm more likely to read a XKCD strip a Farker posts in the thread.
 
2014-03-19 07:20:10 PM

enry: Alpha house was all kinds of fun. I don't read Doonesbury regularly (or at all really), but that show is brilliant.


I don't have Amazon Prime, but the first three episodes I could watch were absolutely fantastic. Hope it's reaching a wide audience.
 
2014-03-19 07:20:31 PM
I'll have to look for Alpha House.
 
2014-03-19 07:21:46 PM

fusillade762: My local paper has taken to running (what I can only assume from the crude artwork) super-old Doonesbury strips that don't make any sense to me.


Man, he sure didn't like that Dean Rusk. He must have been one of those evil Deans, like in Animal House...
 
2014-03-19 07:23:25 PM

skinink: Can't remember the last time I read the funnies in a newspaper. Nowadays I'm more likely to read a XKCD strip a Farker posts in the thread.


There are still good strips in the paper.  You can find them at GoComics.com.  I still read strips everyday.
 
2014-03-19 07:28:42 PM
Naturally. That's what Liberal hate looks like, subby.
 
2014-03-19 07:31:19 PM
Conspiracy? Does this mean Obama won't be President in three years?  Dam those right-wing farktards!
 
2014-03-19 07:31:22 PM
I like the old Doonesbury strips. Back when he was funny. Especially the Duke storylines.

/"why are there landmines on the couch"
//"I'm trying to train the Dobermans to stay off the furniture"
 
2014-03-19 07:31:23 PM
Who?
 
2014-03-19 07:33:55 PM
Personally, i was happy to see the 1970 strips again. If they don't make sense to you, it's because you weren't alive then.
 
2014-03-19 07:34:22 PM

mark12A: I like the old Doonesbury strips. Back when he was funny. Especially the Duke storylines.

/"why are there landmines on the couch"
//"I'm trying to train the Dobermans to stay off the furniture"


This. My favorites were when he was the Redskins trainer. He got them ready to play through anything.
 
2014-03-19 07:35:32 PM

GentlemanJ: Personally, i was happy to see the 1970 strips again. If they don't make sense to you, it's because you weren't alive then.


Well, that's one possibility.... or he could just be dumb as a bag o' hammers.
 
2014-03-19 07:36:00 PM
I don't think he's actually drawn it since he was in college.
 
2014-03-19 07:38:37 PM
Nobody can stick it to ol' Trick Dick like that guy can.
 
2014-03-19 07:39:59 PM
Bastard. He has a bazillion loose storylines to wrap up.
 
2014-03-19 07:41:06 PM
Commsymppinkoliberal
 
2014-03-19 07:42:20 PM
What right-wing editors?
 
2014-03-19 07:45:20 PM

fusillade762: My local paper has taken to running (what I can only assume from the crude artwork) super-old Doonesbury strips that don't make any sense to me.


I read an interview a few weeks back where Gary said he was going to curate the best strips from the past that give insight to the characters and their development. If I gave two shiats worth of a fark, I could be arsed to look for the article right now, but fark it.
 
2014-03-19 07:46:51 PM
Maybe he just yearns for the time when he was Prime Minister of Canada.
 
2014-03-19 07:47:30 PM

rkiller1: Conspiracy? Does this mean Obama won't be President in three years?  Dam those right-wing farktards!


He'll try. You know, to stop Russian aggression.
 
2014-03-19 07:47:37 PM
Its like the idiots who are upset at my local paper dropping Millard Fillmore because they think the libs running the paper are trying to suppress conservative thought.
 
2014-03-19 07:52:44 PM

germ78: fusillade762: My local paper has taken to running (what I can only assume from the crude artwork) super-old Doonesbury strips that don't make any sense to me.

I read an interview a few weeks back where Gary said he was going to curate the best strips from the past that give insight to the characters and their development. If I gave two shiats worth of a fark, I could be arsed to look for the article right now, but fark it.


You sound upset, bro, so lemme help out: http://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/garry-trudeau-announces - extended-hiatus-comics-pages-will-run-classic-early-strips/2014/03/02/ aaf94a88-a0a8-11e3-a050-dc3322a94fa7_story.html
 
2014-03-19 07:54:45 PM

Mrtraveler01: Its like the idiots who are upset at my local paper dropping Millard Fillmore because they think the libs running the paper are trying to suppress conservative thought.


Given that Millard Fillmore's core audience is the only one still subscribing to paper delivery, that might be a mistake. On the other hand, they are dying off in droves.
 
2014-03-19 07:55:30 PM
Shouldn't he be fixing Canada?
 
2014-03-19 07:58:09 PM

foxyshadis: Mrtraveler01: Its like the idiots who are upset at my local paper dropping Millard Fillmore because they think the libs running the paper are trying to suppress conservative thought.

Given that Millard Fillmore's core audience is the only one still subscribing to paper delivery, that might be a mistake. On the other hand, they are dying off in droves.


Thank gawd!  The sooner I'm off this planet, the better!
/Oh, and keep paying into the government-mandated Social Security, you whippersnapper.
 
2014-03-19 07:58:56 PM

Mrtraveler01: Its like the idiots who are upset at my local paper dropping Millard Fillmore because they think the libs running the paper are trying to suppress conservative thought.


Conservatives think? Aren't they just reflexively contrarian?
 
2014-03-19 08:01:39 PM
Right-wing newspaper editors? Really?
Hahahahaahahaha. I'll go with unicorns, they're far more likely real.
 
2014-03-19 08:02:40 PM
Alpha House is awesome...the only way they could make it better would be to figure out a way to spring Bill Murray's character from prison so he can cruise by and be awesome...maybe use him as a lobbyist since he's in prison for ethics issues already. :)
 
2014-03-19 08:02:55 PM
I thought it was Mallard Fillmore.
 
2014-03-19 08:03:21 PM
Newspapers? Are those things still around?
 
2014-03-19 08:03:36 PM
Easily the funniest show never on television...

ajdelgadoblog.files.wordpress.com

The whole show is like one live-action cartoon.

/doonesbury fans will appreciate the feel of the final scene from the above episode.
 
2014-03-19 08:07:28 PM
 
2014-03-19 08:07:52 PM
It's "Mallard" Fillmore, younglings.  It's one-note RW crap, but it still sells shoes and Lincolns.

/to the oldlings
 
2014-03-19 08:08:56 PM

organizmx: enry: Alpha house was all kinds of fun. I don't read Doonesbury regularly (or at all really), but that show is brilliant.

I don't have Amazon Prime, but the first three episodes I could watch were absolutely fantastic. Hope it's reaching a wide audience.


The Prayer Brunch episode is worth getting Prime.
 
2014-03-19 08:17:00 PM

Gunny Highway: skinink: Can't remember the last time I read the funnies in a newspaper. Nowadays I'm more likely to read a XKCD strip a Farker posts in the thread.

There are still good strips in the paper.  You can find them at GoComics.com.  I still read strips everyday.


Also, ComicsKingdom.com!
 
2014-03-19 08:19:23 PM

Gunny Highway: I thought it was Mallard Fillmore.


Thanks.
 
2014-03-19 08:19:50 PM
One thing I never figured out is how come Mallard Fillmore is (usually) not in the editorial section, but doonesbury is?

It is either because doonebury would attempt to have conversations about some challenging topic like abortion.

Either that or what passes too often for conservatism these days are thin skinned whiners, and we all know the squeaky wheel gets the grease.
 
2014-03-19 08:20:19 PM

SoupJohnB: It's "Mallard" Fillmore, younglings.  It's one-note RW crap, but it still sells shoes and Lincolns.

/to the oldlings


And thanks again.
 
2014-03-19 08:21:53 PM
Canada needs him now more than ever.

/Get it? :-P
 
2014-03-19 08:24:20 PM
This makes me sad.  I love to wait a few months and then catch up on the strip.  I've been reading him since the late 70's.  His stuff with veterans and PTSD is pretty touching.
 
2014-03-19 08:26:46 PM

albert71292: Gunny Highway: skinink: Can't remember the last time I read the funnies in a newspaper. Nowadays I'm more likely to read a XKCD strip a Farker posts in the thread.

There are still good strips in the paper.  You can find them at GoComics.com.  I still read strips everyday.

Also, ComicsKingdom.com!


Ohh, I dont know about that one.  Thanks!
 
2014-03-19 08:27:06 PM
Given the choice between more Doonesbury or more Alpha House--I have to go with more Alpha House.

The show is fantastic.
 
2014-03-19 08:29:09 PM

SoupJohnB: It's "Mallard" Fillmore, younglings.  It's one-note RW crap, but it still sells shoes and Lincolns.

/to the oldlings


Tell my autocorrect that.
 
2014-03-19 08:32:57 PM
Awesome!  Can't wait for season 2 of "Alpha House"--such a hilarious show.  Is it wrong that I keep hoping for a Francis Underwood cameo on it?  ;)
 
2014-03-19 08:34:03 PM
I have it on good authority, when Starbuck's finally stuck their toe in the tie-in water, they went HUGE with Doonesbury...Zonker blendeds, Doonesbury-emblazoned 'bucky mugs, the whole thing.  It was an Edsel-sized failure, cost them a ton of dough, so they blew all the crap out quick.  They refused to do co-branding on anything for years, when they finally eased back into it with Blue Note, Amazon & the like they made a mint, & realized far too late their problem was that nobody actually gives a fark about 'Doonesbury'
 
2014-03-19 08:34:56 PM

fusillade762: Benjimin_Dover: What right-wing editors?

The paper's editorial staff traditionally has had a conservative slant.[5][6][7] The paper's last endorsement of a Democrat as a Presidential candidate, was for the re-election of Woodrow Wilson in 1916


Finding only one example really only helps to cement his argument.  But I'm sure papers such as The New York Times, The Washington Post, The LA Times, The San Fransisco Chronicle, etc. are glad you think they slant to the right.
 
2014-03-19 08:38:29 PM

Soup4Bonnie: This makes me sad.  I love to wait a few months and then catch up on the strip.  I've been reading him since the late 70's.  His stuff with veterans and PTSD is pretty touching.


Same here.  The guy always had his finger on the pulse of the changing times.  Hope he reboots and comes back strong in his new ventures.  Would rather read old "Pogo" comics than his earliest stuff, though.
 
2014-03-19 08:42:05 PM

Gunny Highway: There are still good strips in the paper.  You can find them at GoComics.com.  I still read strips everyday.

Also, ComicsKingdom.com!

Ohh, I dont know about that one.  Thanks!


I'm a paying subscriber of both sites, read strips every morning. :-)
 
2014-03-19 08:42:11 PM

06Wahoo: fusillade762: Benjimin_Dover: What right-wing editors?

The paper's editorial staff traditionally has had a conservative slant.[5][6][7] The paper's last endorsement of a Democrat as a Presidential candidate, was for the re-election of Woodrow Wilson in 1916

Finding only one example really only helps to cement his argument.  But I'm sure papers such as The New York Times, The Washington Post, The LA Times, The San Fransisco Chronicle, etc. are glad you think they slant to the right.


One example is plenty when it's THE NEWSPAPER WE'RE TALKING ABOUT.
 
2014-03-19 08:59:54 PM
Csb

Got nothin but love for doonesbury and Gary Trudeau. His work on BD's readjustment and PTSD helped out when I was doing outreach for the Vet Center. I wanted to use one of the comics for outreach material, and had to contact his people to get permission. They were great about it.
/csb

//if you ever get a chance, read the compendiums on BD's journey from Walter Reed to a Vet Center. Good stuff.
 
2014-03-19 09:08:34 PM

fat_free: Canada needs him now more than ever.

/Get it? :-P


Well, they can have him after he serves his ten-year prison sentence for fraud.
 
2014-03-19 09:10:35 PM

fat_free: Canada needs him now more than ever.

/Get it? :-P


img.fark.net

/not obscure
//unless you were talking about Joey Smallwood
///Newfies love slashies
////and rum
 
2014-03-19 09:12:11 PM

SoupJohnB: It's "Mallard" Fillmore, younglings.  It's one-note RW crap, but it still sells shoes and Lincolns.

/to the oldlings


They can always replace it with Prickly City.

/retch
 
2014-03-19 09:20:27 PM
THANKS DIEFENBACKER!
 
2014-03-19 09:59:44 PM
Too bad he just got 10 years in jail.
s1.ibtimes.com
 
2014-03-19 10:27:48 PM

phamwaa: SoupJohnB: It's "Mallard" Fillmore, younglings.  It's one-note RW crap, but it still sells shoes and Lincolns.

/to the oldlings

They can always replace it with Prickly City.

/retch


I was trying to remember the name of that comic. It's painfully unfunny. Then again, I don't get Doonesbury usually either.

/At least my paper has Pearls Before Swine
 
2014-03-19 10:31:51 PM
It's funny how all the pencil dick progressives say "Who?" to show they are too cool for old man newspaper and yet ten years from now their illegitimate children will be saying "Who?" when there's a news story about Occupy Wall Street or the repealed ACA.
 
2014-03-19 10:56:33 PM
rlv.zcache.co.uk
I actually like some of his stuff, but you'll never hear a Lib admit to liking any Mallard Fillmore.
 
2014-03-19 11:09:04 PM

Alleyoop: [rlv.zcache.co.uk image 324x324]
I actually like some of his stuff, but you'll never hear a Lib admit to liking any Mallard Fillmore.


Yeah, ain't them libs hypocritical like that? A conservative will admit he likes Masterpiece Theater, but libs won't admit that Dog the Bounty Hunter is just as good!
 
2014-03-19 11:35:28 PM
Never understood the attraction to Doonesbury....it certainly was never 'funny'.
 
2014-03-19 11:45:27 PM

Alleyoop: [rlv.zcache.co.uk image 324x324]
I actually like some of his stuff, but you'll never hear a Lib admit to liking any Mallard Fillmore.


I don't like Mallard Fillmore and I don't like you.
 
2014-03-20 12:08:47 AM

jso2897: Alleyoop: [rlv.zcache.co.uk image 324x324]
I actually like some of his stuff, but you'll never hear a Lib admit to liking any Mallard Fillmore.

Yeah, ain't them libs hypocritical like that? A conservative will admit he likes Masterpiece Theater, but libs won't admit that Dog the Bounty Hunter is just as good!


I think they both suck. What does that make me?
 
2014-03-20 12:23:20 AM

Alleyoop: you'll never hear a Lib admit to liking any Mallard Fillmore.


I don't think that's necessarily liberals. Just people who appreciate good humor.
 
2014-03-20 12:37:01 AM
I thought he was dead ..
 
2014-03-20 12:52:20 AM
Some baker is smoking weed in the football huddle in today's strip.  Hilarious, not, just stupid.

If you don't want to do dailies, don't do dailies.

That said, Doonesbury hasn't been smart, funny, or relevant for 20 years or more.  As bad as Dilbert.
 
2014-03-20 03:20:49 AM

oldpickupguy: Some baker is smoking weed in the football huddle in today's strip...


That would be a very young Zonker Harris. You can tell Doonesbury characters by their nose profiles. It's just like that scene from the plastic surgeon's office in Roxanne.

If you don't want to do dailies, don't do dailies.

It's not as simple as that. If he relinquishes the spaces in various papers, he can't get them back. He learned this the hard way when he took a year's hiatus around 1983 and just about had to reboot.

That said, Doonesbury hasn't been smart, funny, or relevant for 20 years or more.

Ah, so you've not read the BD Comes Home series. I guess wars don't involve lost limbs where you live. Must be nice.

I'm an old Doonesbury junkie. I had the privilege of scoring all of the 1970s books for cheap back in 1989. Thus I need to catch up on anything that happened in the mid-1990s to about five years ago.

I like Trudeau's decision. "Just watch me..." oh wait, wrong Trudeau, right era.

..ahem. If he wants to create more of a following, what better way on the newspaper side? He's been writing a story for 44 years (longer, if you count the years of them from his time at Yale). You can only rewind one year on Slate without paying.

Besides, he doesn't seem interested in retiring. TV is fickle, but newspapers still run Peanuts (you know, the Met Life cartoons). Charles Schultz was not alive in any part of the 21st Century. It's like finding fossils in your cereal.

By the way, if you're wondering why he's on the op-ed page instead of the funnies in many newspapers: that started during Watergate. Mark was reading from hearing testimony then got a zealous look in his eyes and said "that means he's guilty! Guilty guilty guilty!" When you said that about a standing president back then, editors didn't want to get calls from the Mary Worth crowd.
 
2014-03-20 08:19:25 AM
So am I reading this right?  This article basically confirmed there's a second season?  Not bad.  The show is decent, will watch.  But the last episode of this season was really weird; it just seemed like another episode, not a season finale.
 
2014-03-20 08:42:20 AM

Alleyoop: [rlv.zcache.co.uk image 324x324]
I actually like some of his stuff, but you'll never hear a Lib admit to liking any Mallard Fillmore.


It is a bad comic strip.
 
2014-03-20 10:34:20 AM
www.techi.com
 
2014-03-20 01:20:55 PM

oldpickupguy: That said, Doonesbury hasn't been smart, funny, or relevant for 20 years or more. As bad as Dilbert.

cdnet.myxer.com

 
2014-03-20 01:35:55 PM

Begoggle: I don't like Mallard Fillmore and I don't like you.


muddlingtowardmaturity.typepad.com
 
2014-03-20 04:57:30 PM
Uh...Bloom County for the win?

/Old, liberal, etc.
 
2014-03-20 07:53:00 PM

fusillade762: 06Wahoo: fusillade762: Benjimin_Dover: What right-wing editors?

The paper's editorial staff traditionally has had a conservative slant.[5][6][7] The paper's last endorsement of a Democrat as a Presidential candidate, was for the re-election of Woodrow Wilson in 1916

Finding only one example really only helps to cement his argument.  But I'm sure papers such as The New York Times, The Washington Post, The LA Times, The San Fransisco Chronicle, etc. are glad you think they slant to the right.

One example is plenty when it's THE NEWSPAPER WE'RE TALKING ABOUT.


My comment was on subby's headline which has in it "part of a vast, right-wing plot by newspaper editors to silence him forever" implying that the ONE paper in TFA is part of such a vast network of right wing newspaper editors.  I'm glad you were able to find one out of the thousands in the country.
 
2014-03-20 11:26:29 PM

Benjimin_Dover: fusillade762: 06Wahoo: fusillade762: Benjimin_Dover: What right-wing editors?

The paper's editorial staff traditionally has had a conservative slant.[5][6][7] The paper's last endorsement of a Democrat as a Presidential candidate, was for the re-election of Woodrow Wilson in 1916

Finding only one example really only helps to cement his argument.  But I'm sure papers such as The New York Times, The Washington Post, The LA Times, The San Fransisco Chronicle, etc. are glad you think they slant to the right.

One example is plenty when it's THE NEWSPAPER WE'RE TALKING ABOUT.

My comment was on subby's headline which has in it "part of a vast, right-wing plot by newspaper editors to silence him forever" implying that the ONE paper in TFA is part of such a vast network of right wing newspaper editors.  I'm glad you were able to find one out of the thousands in the country.


Well subby's headline was wrong. TFA was only about one newspaper.

In any event you are now free to return to your home universe where the sky is purple and the Washington Times, New York Post, Wall Street Journal and their ilk do not exist.
 
2014-03-21 07:52:23 AM

fusillade762: Benjimin_Dover: fusillade762: 06Wahoo: fusillade762: Benjimin_Dover: What right-wing editors?

The paper's editorial staff traditionally has had a conservative slant.[5][6][7] The paper's last endorsement of a Democrat as a Presidential candidate, was for the re-election of Woodrow Wilson in 1916

Finding only one example really only helps to cement his argument.  But I'm sure papers such as The New York Times, The Washington Post, The LA Times, The San Fransisco Chronicle, etc. are glad you think they slant to the right.

One example is plenty when it's THE NEWSPAPER WE'RE TALKING ABOUT.

My comment was on subby's headline which has in it "part of a vast, right-wing plot by newspaper editors to silence him forever" implying that the ONE paper in TFA is part of such a vast network of right wing newspaper editors.  I'm glad you were able to find one out of the thousands in the country.

Well subby's headline was wrong. TFA was only about one newspaper.

In any event you are now free to return to your home universe where the sky is purple and the Washington Times, New York Post, Wall Street Journal and their ilk do not exist.


There's 3 more.  So you are what, up to .05%?   I'm fairly certain you cannot list even 1% of newspapers that are right wing.
 
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