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Garry Trudeau Announces Extended Break From ‘Doonesbury’


Launched in 1970, Garry Trudeau's Doonesbury is one of the longest running comic strips of all time. But when you're working on anything on a daily basis for 43 years, even something you love, you probably need a break every now and then to try something new. So perhaps it shouldn't come as a shock that Trudeau has announced he'll be taking a leave of absence from Doonesbury to focus on Alpha House, the John Goodman-led television show he created that was just picked up for a second season.

This isn't Trudeau's first time stepping away from the strip for an extended period, but at this stage of his career, it's not much of a stretch to wonder whether or not he'll come back.

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New App Makes ‘Calvin And Hobbes,’ ‘Peanuts,’ And More Classic Strips Available For Free


While the advent of ComiXology has made several classic comics available to read digitally, the migration of comic strips to the digital world has been comparatively slow. That's now changed, as Universal Uclick's GoComics has launched a free app that enables you to read many classic comic strips on your tablet and phone for free, including Peanuts, Doonesbury, Garfield, The Boondocks and more...

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‘Doonesbury’ Mourns The Death Of Print, Is Promptly Clowned By Webcomics Community


It's no secret that newspapers in print aren't doing so hot these days, a fact that has put the hundred year tradition of comic strips (plus Sudoku and the Junior Jumble) in danger. For some strips, the cold embrace of oblivion would likely be a welcome relief from the horrors of life, but as you might expect, a few others are a little more wary of their impending extinction...

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Doonesbury’s Daughter Takes Over The 40+ Year Old Comic Strip – Or Does She?


Forty-two years after Mike Doonesbury was first introduced to the American public, the titular star of Garry Trudeau's long-running newspaper strip stepped down this weekend to let his daughter Alex take center-stage...

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Parting Shot: Taiwanese Animation Takes on Doonesbury Transvaginal Sonogram Strips


The bizarro ripped-from-the-headlines Taiwanese animations of Next Media Animation have returned, this time to address the recent newspaper censorship of Doonesbury strips dealing with mandatory transvaginal sonograms for women in Texas who seek abortions...

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Newspapers Drop ‘Doonesbury’ Strips Dealing with Transvaginal Sonograms


Several newspapers around the United State have decided not to publish the popular satirical comic Doonesbury by Gary Trudeau this week because of strips dealing with the transvaginal ultrasounds now mandated for any woman who wishes to have an abortion in the state of Texas, thanks to a bill that was signed into law last year by Texas Governor and former presidential candidate Rick Perry...

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Link Ink: ‘Man Of Steel’s’ Daily Planet, Batman Ice And A Kitty TARDIS


Movies: The Daily Planet's lobby from Zack Snyder's upcoming Superman movie Man of Steel looks a little something like this.

Comic Strips: Poynter's Joe Romenesco reports that the Chicago Tribune has pulled a week of Doonesbury strips for including excerpts from a Sarah Palin biography by Joe McGinniss, which doesn't drop until September 20, and therefore can't be reviewed by the paper for accuracy...

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Newspaper Cartoonists Observe 9/11 Anniversary


The writers and artists of America's newspaper "funnies" accepted the seemingly daunting challenge of observing this past Sunday the tenth anniversary of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001


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“Doonesbury” Snarks Shrinking Comics, McSweeney’s Plans Newspaper


As more newspapers fail and money grows tight, the current "Doonesbury" storyline addresses the smaller and smaller sizes of comic strips in print.

As Gary Trudeau points out, nobody wants to make comics smaller -- but it's difficult to avoid as newspapers fight tooth and nail to stay afloat...

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