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Doonesbury Tackles the '10-inch Shaming Wand'
Steve Benen, The Maddow Blog, MSNBC | Doonesbury Tackles the '10-Inch Shaming Wand' | March 12, 2012

Today's edition of Garry Trudeau's "Doonesbury" doesn't pull any punches. It features a woman checking in at a clinic for her mandatory sonogram, in advance of an abortion. Another woman, behind the desk, hands the patient a clipboard and says, "[Y]ou'll need to fill out this form. Please take a seat in the Shaming Room.... A middle-aged, male state legislator will be with you in a moment."...

Some Papers May Pull Abortion-Related Doonesbury Comic Strip

Around a dozen U.S. newspapers have raised questions about an abortion-related "Doonesbury" comic strip set for publication next week, and some will likely not run it, the syndicate behind the cartoon said on Friday...

The Doonesbury Interview: Garry Trudeau Says To Ignore Abortion-Law Debate Would Have Been 'Comedy Malpractice'

I chose the topic of compulsory sonograms because it was in the news and because of its relevance to the broader battle over women's health currently being waged in several states. For some reason, the GOP has chosen 2012 to re-litigate reproductive freedom, an issue that was resolved decades ago. Why [Rick] Santorum, [Rush] Limbaugh et al. thought this would be a good time to declare war on half the electorate, I cannot say. But to ignore it would have been comedy malpractice...

Papers Debate Using Doonesbury Abortion Law Strips
Associated Press | Papers Debate Using Doonesbury Abortion Law Strips | March 9, 2012

Universal Press Syndicate will offer replacement Doonesbury comic strips next week to newspapers that don't want to run a series focusing on a Texas law that requires women to have an ultrasound before getting an abortion, officials said Friday...

'Doonesbury' Pulled Because of Charity: Trudeau Respons to Chicago Tribune's Decision Not to Run DonorsChoose Cartoon

Last Friday, the Chicago Tribune chose — for the second time since last September — not to run a “Doonesbury” strip. The reason this time, according to the Tribune: The comic “broke from its satirical mission” so it could ”deliver a direct fundraising appeal for a specific charity” — A note that ran in the paper explains: “The Tribune’s editorial practices do not allow individuals to promote their self-interests.” Reached over the weekend by Comic Riffs, Trudeau raises two issues with this explanation...

The War Over War
John Stossel, Fox Business | The War Over War | January 19, 2012

Thursday, January 19th, at 10PM on FBN...

Making War, Making Peace
Derrick Naylor, Indiana Daily Student | Making War, Making Peace | November 15, 2011

As a part of the IU College of Arts and Science’s Themester 2011: “Making War, Making Peace,” famed cartoon artist Garry Trudeau lectured to an audience at the Indiana Memorial Union on Monday.

Trudeau is known for creating the political comic strip “Doonesbury,” which now appears in more than 1,400 Sunday newspapers worldwide. The strip has been running for 41 years..

The Debate About Doonesbury
Shawn McIntosh, Atlanta Journal Constitution Opinion | The Debate About Doonesbury | September 20, 2011

Whether you are a “Doonesbury” fan or critic, you probably know that artist Gary Trudeau often skewers politicians. So some readers were surprised this week at an editors’ note explaining that 2009 cartoons were used instead of new cartoons described as having “strong partisan content based on an unpublished book.” AJC editors say it wasn’t the subject of the strip but rather the unusual nature of the content that called for special treatment...

In 'Doonesbury,' Palin Biography The Rogue Gets a Comic-Strip Tease
Michael Cavna, The Washington Post | In 'Doonesbury,' Palin Biography 'The Rogue' Gets a Comic-Strip Tease | September 13, 2011

It all started in the summer of 2010, when author Joe McGin­niss migrated from Massachusetts to Alaska, to be closer to nature. Human nature, at least, as it plays out on the Sarah Palin homestead.

The self-assigned Palin biographer, as you may recall, made headlines by renting a residence in Wasilla and moving in next door to Palin as if moving in on his prey. The former Alaska guv sounded ticked. McGinniss sounded tickled. And much of the public chose sides over all this northern overexposure...

Why Doonesbury Isn't in the Chicago Tribune This Week
Geoff Brown, The Chicago Tribune | Why Doonesbury Isn't in the Chicago Tribune This Week | September 13, 2011

...The remarks are serious enough that we cannot publish the strip without more information, context and a response from Palin...