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Forty-four years later, B.D. still seems very much the same sullen character he was in 1970, but my, how Mike has grown up! Not having been familiar with the Mike of so long ago, used to the present Mike -- the very sensible, attuned balancing point of the whole range bizarre characters -- I am shocked, shocked at what a callow goof he was in his youth.
The Flashbacks usually kick off "a where was I" moment, but Day One really did me in. Lost half a work day while cruising memory lane. Thank you so much, as that refreshing trip was better than a three-day weekend.
Wow, we're back to the time of the Katzenjammer Kids and the Yellow Kid. But weren't the strips bigger back then?
Squeeeeee! I was just reading this the other night with my plate of dinner cushioned on my lap with a pillow! The first Doons! Awww...
Great idea! Play it again. Those of us who became dedicated followers in the 70s can't remember back that far anyway.
So happy to see our old friends! Have never missed a strip. Thank you for sharing.
Great strip today about the twisted minds of the rich. Some Dude a long time ago said, “It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to inherit the kingdom of heaven.” That same young Dude rose from the dead later (he was just 33), visited and preached among his friends for 40 days (traveling by thought), then rose into the other dimensions, on a hillside in front of a bunch of folks, to assume His Throne -- directly before a very bright Light. These Satanic, latter day rich jerks are going to stand, alone, directly in front of Him the moment after death (as every soul must), for the precise replay of every moment of their life, but through the perspective of his inescapable, supernatural spiritual laws. Then He will assign them to an appropriate realm for a looong time (won’t be no backtalk: wait till these punks see His eyes). Lord Jesus, the soon-coming, fierce, Messiah and King: always watching/always available.
Toss in the automakers who are as bad if not worse (especially GM) into today's toon/conversation and you've pretty much summed up the current U.S. business zeitgeist in a nutshell. Except the automakers don't just whine; they all but control the automotive press with threats to pull advertising, etc.
I thought Blowback readers would enjoy reading a good blog entry on the site Dangerous Minds, called "Did Keith Moon Play Drums on a 1976 Doonesbury Novelty Record?" The post even links to 10 songs from the legendary LP Jimmy Thudpucker's Greatest Hits, and features a video as well.
Today's video about cartoonists was really disturbing. Yes, I read my cartoons online, but I enjoy sitting with a paper in my hand. Our book club has also had discussions about electronic devices vs an actual book. We will see just where it all heads. The times are changing and the cartoonists are needed, I repeat needed, in our world. They open up a lot of different perspectives that we may or may not agree with, but which get us thinking. Their creativity should be treasured.
I know you are a huge Liberal, but re today's strip, you know or should know that the following are Conservatives in Hollywood: Clint Eastwood (ranked 5 in Q Score), Tom Selleck, John Voight, Adam Sandler, Gary Sinise, James Caan, Patricia Heaton, and Angie Harmon, to name just a few.
It hardly seems like it, but it's been 22 years since Garrison Keillor revived "A Prairie Home Companion" in 1992 after a five-year hiatus. According to Wikipedia, he had ended the show "to focus on other projects," but he came back and PHC is still going strong. I hope that GBT will find his own non-Doonesbury projects fullfilling. And for me and other fans I selfishly hope he returns to doing 300-odd strips per year.
I'm regretting the hiatus even more now, because I am sure that Duke has a new client (and housemate?) from Ukraine.
Does GBT realize what he's done, severing humanity's lifeline to sanity by taking this so-called open-ended hiatus? The freshly baked daily dose is no less than a public utility. Without it, my view of modern society is bound to drift untended and hit an iceberg. Where else I can moor my boat?
Over the past weeks numerous Doonesbury readers have written in to lament the fact that they have been unable to view "Alpha House" from the U.K. I'm happy to pass along a link to this story, which indicates that a remedy is at hand. Enjoy!
I'm saddened to learn of the hiatus and do hope that it will be only temporary and short. For many years Doonesbury has daily done more than reading any op-ed or consulting any learned treatise to explain to me the mysteries of life across the pond and to reassure me that there are some sane people in the USA. Life without GBT's wise observations will be harder.
It seems to me you have been running a lot of old strips over the past months. There were some new strips for a while that seemed to bring things up to date, but now we're getting re-runs again. What's going on?
Garry Trudeau put the strip on hiatus last summer while writing a political sitcom for Amazon Studios. Alpha House launched in December and has recently been renewed, leading Trudeau to announce that in order to keep writing the show he is taking an open-ended break from the dailies. He will continue to create new Sunday strips. His syndicate announced that during the hiatus they will publish a curated series of dailies called Classic Doonesbury. In a statement sent to client newspapers, Trudeau explained: "In selecting the strips for this retrospective journey, we're going deep, literally back to Day One. Revisiting four weeks of strips from every year of syndication, I hope to hit many 'Doonesbury' high points, focusing on how the characters (over 75 of them!) got involved with one another. Since their lives have always been bound up in the events of the day, it should be a kind of deja vu for my peers, and maybe a 'What were you people thinking?' for newer readers. I hope all of them will enjoy the trip." Classic Doonesbury begins on Monday, March 3rd.
Reading the old strips is fun, but as a reader for over thirty years I miss my dose of cutting edge humor.