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(Washington Post)   For Doonesbury's 50th anniversary (feeling old yet?), Garry Trudeau picks his 10 most defining strips. Yes, that one is there   (washingtonpost.com) divider line
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2020-11-28 8:06:12 AM  
Joanie Caucus, now a campaign worker, and reporter Rick Redfern share a bed on election night - a daring depiction for a comic strip at the time - and wake up to the dawn of a long relationship.
Trudeau: ... Many clients were not amused - the final strip was removed from some 30 newspapers - but the editor of the Bangor paper had the wit to replace the image of the sleeping couple with that day's weather forecast
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Bangor?! I hardly weather!
 
2020-11-28 8:11:44 AM  
This one seems like it might be appropriate soon.

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2020-11-28 8:28:58 AM  
BD sans helmet
 
2020-11-28 8:55:56 AM  
'Taint corn. It's dope.

/take a few pounds home for the wife
 
2020-11-28 9:08:25 AM  

Schlubbe: BD sans helmet


When I first saw this strip, it felt like someone kicked me in the stomach.
 
2020-11-28 9:14:18 AM  
Pretty impressive career, and to think he still finds time while being prime minister is even more impressive.
 
2020-11-28 10:02:19 AM  

Ginnungagap42: This one seems like it might be appropriate soon.

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Considering the story is behind a paywall, the wall IS pretty appropriate.
 
2020-11-28 11:16:35 AM  
I don't begrudge paywalls, but it would be cool if someone posted the actual strips.
 
2020-11-28 11:29:14 AM  
great, another WaPO linky where you get nothing. thanks subby. thanks Fark. you're both off the swimo Christmas card list.
 
2020-11-28 11:42:50 AM  

Ginnungagap42: This one seems like it might be appropriate soon.

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FTA: "Spoiler alert: You're going to see it again in January. "
 
2020-11-28 11:43:53 AM  

KingOfTown: 'Taint corn. It's dope.

/take a few pounds home for the wife


Wrong strip.

/Yet far superior.
 
2020-11-28 11:56:31 AM  
I love those characters in the strip. Especially the penguin and the cat.
 
2020-11-28 12:02:53 PM  
Been a long time since Doons was relevant, but I give him props for his 1989 takedown of Trump.
 
2020-11-28 12:18:52 PM  
One of my favorites:
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2020-11-28 12:26:19 PM  
Been reading Doonesbury since college. The strip has helped me get through a lot. When life gets too tough, it helps if you can laugh instead of crying.

Thanks, Garry, for the best political cartoon strip ever.
 
2020-11-28 12:28:01 PM  

BenSaw2: Pretty impressive career, and to think he still finds time while being prime minister is even more impressive.


That's his brother
 
2020-11-28 12:30:17 PM  
For a while we were truly blessed.  Doonesbury, Bloom County, Calvin and Hobbes, and Far Side.  All at the same time.

The only strip that comes close to these is Pearls Before Swine.
 
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2020-11-28 12:32:37 PM  
Love or hate Doonesbury, the dude has been with Jane Pauley for 40 years.
 
2020-11-28 12:34:53 PM  

Snotnose: For a while we were truly blessed.  Doonesbury, Bloom County, Calvin and Hobbes, and Far Side.  All at the same time.

The only strip that comes close to these is Pearls Before Swine.


Pearls is ok, I don't think it's up to the standards of the others you listed.

I don't even know if they're still running, but The Piranha Club was wonderful, also Mutts. Both funny, and incredibly well drawn.
 
2020-11-28 12:55:23 PM  
Doonesbury is OK but it's no Cathy.
 
2020-11-28 12:56:13 PM  
Pfffftttt Doonsbury will always be second rate compared to Bloom County.
 
2020-11-28 1:08:58 PM  

Weird Hal: Doonesbury is OK but it's no Cathy.


Aaaaaakkkkkkk!
 
2020-11-28 1:10:52 PM  
I've been taking strength from this one often the last few years

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2020-11-28 1:15:28 PM  

Private_Citizen: Ginnungagap42: This one seems like it might be appropriate soon.

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Considering the story is behind a paywall, the wall IS pretty appropriate.


I was much surprised that opening the link in a private firefox window actually worked.  I remembered most of them, although I stopped reading the strip about 15 years ago.
 
2020-11-28 1:21:05 PM  

Schlubbe: BD sans helmet


When he woke up.
 
2020-11-28 1:23:30 PM  
Those are all great choices. I would have added Andy Lippincott's death from AIDS while listening to Pet Sounds.
 
2020-11-28 1:30:52 PM  
Well, come on.  His greatest achievement is bagging Jane Pauley.
 
2020-11-28 1:36:27 PM  

Billy Liar: Well, come on.  His greatest achievement is bagging Jane Pauley.


The gorilla lady?
 
2020-11-28 1:45:17 PM  
I still remember the first time I read the "GUILTY, GUILTY, GUILTY!" strip in the Doonesbury Chronicles compilation.
Watergate was long over by then, but even as a young kid I wanted to know what Mark was going on about.
That curiosity has never left me. Thanks, Garry.
 
2020-11-28 2:06:11 PM  
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2020-11-28 2:06:36 PM  
I had a bunch of the big year-long collections back when I was in high school. Only the even-numbered ones are worth reading.
 
2020-11-28 2:13:14 PM  
Indeed, Doonesbury has frequently been a catalyst for change as well as presaging events. Senator Bob Dole once called the strip the "best source for what's going on in Washington." In 1971, well before the conservative Reagan years, a forward-looking B.D. called Ronald Reagan his "hero." In 1984, almost 10 years before Congressman Gingrich became Speaker of the House, another character worried that he would "wake up someday in a country run by Newt Gingrich." Repressive laws in the wealthy town of Palm Beach, Florida, allowed people of color to be stopped regularly by police, and required domestic servants to register with local authorities. After the bright light of Doonesbury's satire was focused on the town's policies for a time, the laws were repealed.

/Of course, there are still a few bugs in the system...
 
2020-11-28 2:34:09 PM  

HighOnCraic: I had a bunch of the big year-long collections back when I was in high school. Only the even-numbered ones are worth reading.


So, they are the Star Trek movies of strip anthologies?
 
2020-11-28 3:07:25 PM  
I was a kid with a feminist mom at the time and this one rang true.

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Mom caught the coronavirus in October and made it through, but it wore her out. I don't think she's going to make it to Christmas. Good ol' 2020.

We took a trip two years ago saw a lot of Mom's old crowd. It was great to sit in on the storytelling. I had forgotten some of the cool things she did with women's groups in the 1970s. I'm really proud of her.
 
2020-11-28 3:49:57 PM  

isamudyson: HighOnCraic: I had a bunch of the big year-long collections back when I was in high school. Only the even-numbered ones are worth reading.

So, they are the Star Trek movies of strip anthologies?


That joke is almost obligatory in any Entertainment tab thread about a series or franchise.

/Seriously, if you're gonna look at the old collections, start with the first one, even though the artwork isn't that great.
//Uncle Duke sucks!
 
2020-11-28 3:56:55 PM  

HighOnCraic: Indeed, Doonesbury has frequently been a catalyst for change as well as presaging events. Senator Bob Dole once called the strip the "best source for what's going on in Washington." In 1971, well before the conservative Reagan years, a forward-looking B.D. called Ronald Reagan his "hero." In 1984, almost 10 years before Congressman Gingrich became Speaker of the House, another character worried that he would "wake up someday in a country run by Newt Gingrich." Repressive laws in the wealthy town of Palm Beach, Florida, allowed people of color to be stopped regularly by police, and required domestic servants to register with local authorities. After the bright light of Doonesbury's satire was focused on the town's policies for a time, the laws were repealed.

/Of course, there are still a few bugs in the system...


That was back when Republicans still had a sense of shame.
 
2020-11-28 4:05:47 PM  

bingethinker: HighOnCraic: Indeed, Doonesbury has frequently been a catalyst for change as well as presaging events. Senator Bob Dole once called the strip the "best source for what's going on in Washington." In 1971, well before the conservative Reagan years, a forward-looking B.D. called Ronald Reagan his "hero." In 1984, almost 10 years before Congressman Gingrich became Speaker of the House, another character worried that he would "wake up someday in a country run by Newt Gingrich." Repressive laws in the wealthy town of Palm Beach, Florida, allowed people of color to be stopped regularly by police, and required domestic servants to register with local authorities. After the bright light of Doonesbury's satire was focused on the town's policies for a time, the laws were repealed.

/Of course, there are still a few bugs in the system...

That was back when Republicans still had a sense of shame.


The Reagan years began the era of the GOP losing all sense of shame, and Gingrich helped that along quite happily. Barry Goldwater warned the GOP about Gingrich and his ilk, but the GOP ignored Goldwater by then as a relic of a bygone era and we got the GOP we know today.
 
2020-11-28 4:12:02 PM  
Too wordy; I have to squint far too often reading that strip. Also, it's more "Heh, heh" than "Ha Ha" if you know what I mean.
 
2020-11-28 4:13:22 PM  

HighOnCraic: isamudyson: HighOnCraic: I had a bunch of the big year-long collections back when I was in high school. Only the even-numbered ones are worth reading.

So, they are the Star Trek movies of strip anthologies?

That joke is almost obligatory in any Entertainment tab thread about a series or franchise.

/Seriously, if you're gonna look at the old collections, start with the first one, even though the artwork isn't that great.
//Uncle Duke sucks!


Believe me, I know. I used to manage a bookstore, so during the slow times, I would read thru the comic anthologies. I even had the collection that came with the Duke action figure. Sadly, time & a few moves caused it to get lost along the way (that or at some point I eBayed it).
 
2020-11-28 4:19:25 PM  

Tyrone Slothrop: One of my favorites:
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epic troll
 
2020-11-28 4:32:06 PM  
I guess I am politically in the target audience, but I hate it.
 
2020-11-28 4:38:17 PM  
Also followed it since college and i like how the characters have evolved over time.  Also find the Raoul Duke story lines hysterical; Warren Zevon plays on a loop in my head when i read those...
 
2020-11-28 4:46:20 PM  

ClavellBCMI: bingethinker: HighOnCraic: Indeed, Doonesbury has frequently been a catalyst for change as well as presaging events. Senator Bob Dole once called the strip the "best source for what's going on in Washington." In 1971, well before the conservative Reagan years, a forward-looking B.D. called Ronald Reagan his "hero." In 1984, almost 10 years before Congressman Gingrich became Speaker of the House, another character worried that he would "wake up someday in a country run by Newt Gingrich." Repressive laws in the wealthy town of Palm Beach, Florida, allowed people of color to be stopped regularly by police, and required domestic servants to register with local authorities. After the bright light of Doonesbury's satire was focused on the town's policies for a time, the laws were repealed.

/Of course, there are still a few bugs in the system...

That was back when Republicans still had a sense of shame.

The Reagan years began the era of the GOP losing all sense of shame, and Gingrich helped that along quite happily. Barry Goldwater warned the GOP about Gingrich and his ilk, but the GOP ignored Goldwater by then as a relic of a bygone era and we got the GOP we know today.


I don't want to mix a Politics tab rant into an Entertainment tab thread, but Goldwater was part of the problem; his campaign was largely inspired by National Review as a rejection of the more moderate Eisenhower Administration.  L. Brent Bozell is often credited with ghostwriting "A Conscience of a Conservative."  Sure, he condemned the religious right in the 80s, but he won the Bible Belt (and nowhere else except his home state) in '64.  Reagan's first big political speech was part of Goldwater's campaign, so it's hard to disconnect the two.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Time_​f​or_Choosing
 
2020-11-28 4:47:25 PM  

gunther_bumpass: Snotnose: For a while we were truly blessed.  Doonesbury, Bloom County, Calvin and Hobbes, and Far Side.  All at the same time.

The only strip that comes close to these is Pearls Before Swine.

Pearls is ok, I don't think it's up to the standards of the others you listed.

I don't even know if they're still running, but The Piranha Club was wonderful, also Mutts. Both funny, and incredibly well drawn.


Pearls Before Swine is pretty damn funny, I believe. Also, Boondocks and Get Fuzzy when they were running.
 
2020-11-28 4:50:59 PM  

spiralscratch: gunther_bumpass: Snotnose: For a while we were truly blessed.  Doonesbury, Bloom County, Calvin and Hobbes, and Far Side.  All at the same time.

The only strip that comes close to these is Pearls Before Swine.

Pearls is ok, I don't think it's up to the standards of the others you listed.

I don't even know if they're still running, but The Piranha Club was wonderful, also Mutts. Both funny, and incredibly well drawn.

Pearls Before Swine is pretty damn funny, I believe. Also, Boondocks and Get Fuzzy when they were running.


Does Cyanide & Happiness count as a proper "strip"? That one consistently kills me.
 
2020-11-28 4:57:17 PM  

duckpoopy: I guess I am politically in the target audience, but I hate it.


It doesn't help that it's a very wordy strip, and comic strips have gotten increasingly smaller since he started.  Even when I do read an actual newspaper, I probably haven't got a magnifying glass on me.
 
2020-11-28 5:01:43 PM  

spiralscratch: gunther_bumpass: Snotnose: For a while we were truly blessed.  Doonesbury, Bloom County, Calvin and Hobbes, and Far Side.  All at the same time.

The only strip that comes close to these is Pearls Before Swine.

Pearls is ok, I don't think it's up to the standards of the others you listed.

I don't even know if they're still running, but The Piranha Club was wonderful, also Mutts. Both funny, and incredibly well drawn.

Pearls Before Swine is pretty damn funny, I believe. Also, Boondocks and Get Fuzzy when they were running.


Oh, also, Rhymes With Orange is usually pretty good.
 
2020-11-28 5:27:54 PM  

Snotnose: For a while we were truly blessed.  Doonesbury, Bloom County, Calvin and Hobbes, and Far Side.  All at the same time.

The only strip that comes close to these is Pearls Before Swine.


Missing. The Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers: aka Fat Freddy's Cat...
 
2020-11-28 5:42:15 PM  
"My fellow Americans, I come before you tonight, dying as I am from a terminal illness ... "

Is that one there?
 
2020-11-28 6:00:20 PM  

LarrySouth: Snotnose: For a while we were truly blessed.  Doonesbury, Bloom County, Calvin and Hobbes, and Far Side.  All at the same time.

The only strip that comes close to these is Pearls Before Swine.

Missing. The Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers: aka Fat Freddy's Cat...


While I still have a nice collection of those in the closet, I don't recall them being printed in the daily newspaper.

/ The fact that Pearls Before Swine is the best thing today is, well, sad
// It's a good strip but doesn't hold a candle to the greats.
/// unless one of the greats illustrates a strip or three
 
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