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The Butt of Doonesbury, and Proud Of It
Dylan Loeb McClain, The New York Times | The Butt of Doonesbury | December 6, 2010

Garry Trudeau has criticized many people and institutions in the 40 years since he first started drawing Doonesbury, the Pulitzer-Prize winning comic strip. But his latest cause is a personal one: he has come to the defense of two of his more colorful characters who’ve been banished from a Connecticut college campus...

David L. Ulin on Doonesbury
David L. Ulin, Los Angeles Times | David L. Ulin on Doonesbury | December 2, 2010

It’s been years since I thought about -- really thought about -- “Doonesbury,” Garry Trudeau’s Russian novel of a comic strip, in which dozens of characters loop in and out of one another’s orbits, sketching a portrait of their times...

A Novel Created A Few Frames At A Time
Michael Cavna, The Washington Post | A Few Frames At A Time | November 26, 2010

The room is rapt as Garry Trudeau, grinning, prepares to share the first secret of his success. The scores of assembled guests, numerous luminaries in their own right, crane with curiosity, eager to discover how a plucky Yale graduate once smuggled sex and politics and rock-and-roll past the gates of the nation's stodgiest newspaper muckety-mucks...

CBS Sunday Morning
Jeff Greenfield, CBS Sunday Morning | CBS Sunday Morning, "Mr. Doonesbury" | November 17, 2010

In 1970, the tumult that had engulfed so many college campuses for a decade reached even Ivy-covered Yale University. But by then, a 22-year-old senior named Garry Trudeau had already begun to chronicle the steps and missteps of his generation, in just four panels a day. Before he graduated, the strip (now named "Doonesbury") became nationally syndicated - a comic strip utterly unlike anything seen in American newspapers. It was sold, its creator recalls, as "dispatches from the front lines of the counterculture . . . reporting from the trenches, and that it had a kind of generational authenticity."...

"Morning Edition" Interview
Rene Montagne, NPR | "Morning Edition" interview | November 14, 2010

Forty years ago this morning, nerdy freshman Mike Doonesbury met his roommate at Walden College, and since that day, the funny pages haven't been the same. Created in the throes of '60s and '70s counterculture, Garry Trudeau's Doonesbury comic strip blurred the lines between comics and the editorial pages, and produced some of the most memorable cartoon characters ever sketched...

Outstripping the News
Garry Wills, The New York Review of Books | Outstripping the News / 40: A Doonesbury Retrospective | November 10, 2010

The year 1968 was one of heartbreak and division, marked by assassinations, war, and war protests. Campuses were riven with contending passions. But at two schools there were oases of agreement, uniting students, faculty, and alumni. Harvard and Yale had stellar unbeaten football teams. Yale’s was the more glamorous, with quarterback Brian Dowling, who had not lost a game since the seventh grade. His team-mates called him “God,” and soon the whole campus was doing it. The team’s black running back, Calvin Hill, was hardly less celebrated—he would go on to a famous professional career...

Doonesbury & Co.
Alex Bean, The Boston Globe | Doonesbury & Co. | November 9, 2010

Oft-reclusive cartoonist Garry Trudeau is treating himself to a well-deserved victory lap, making the rounds in conjunction with the publication of 40: A Doonesbury Retrospective and Doonesbury and the Art of G.B. Trudeau by Brian Walker, the son of “Beetle Bailey’’ creator Mort Walker. It’s impossible not to admire Trudeau, who is often dismissed as a left-wing firebrand. I’ve always thought he was an equal-opportunity balloon-popper. Anybody who figured out that John Kerry was a narcissistic blowhard as a Yale undergraduate is someone who sees the world through a wide-angle lens, taking in all azimuths of social and political tomfoolery.

There are various legends and half-truths surrounding the “real’’ identities of many of the bedrock “Doonesbury’’ characters..

14,000 Days Later
Jordi Gasso, Yale Daily News | 14,000 Days Later | November 7, 2010

Garry Trudeau ’70 ART ’73 has broken one too many barriers. For starters, he has written his own obituary...

Spotlight: American Comic
Cullen Murphy, Vanity Fair | American Comic: Vanity Fair | November 1, 2010

Critics often look down their lorgnettes at comic strips, but what a singular niche they occupy. Novelists don’t parcel out a single work over an entire lifetime. Broadway plays may enjoy long runs, but the story doesn’t evolve from week to week, much less decade to decade. The best comic strips do all of these things. Garry Trudeau’s “Doonesbury” turns 40 this month. To call it satire is only half right...

Rolling Stone Interview
Chip Kidd, Rolling Stone | Doonesbury Turns 40 | October 28, 2010

When viewed as a single, uninterrupted work of historical fiction, the collected Doonesbury reads less like 14,000-plus reasons to chuckle over your morning coffee and more like this era's War and Peace. Trudeau achieves this the same way Tolstoy did: by methodically constructing a large cast of complex and intriguing characters whom the reader comes to care about, then letting the great tsunami of current events envelop them all. The cumulative result is as affecting and richly felt as any narrative produced by an artist of Trudeau's generation...