If you've ever wondered what a television show by Doonesbury creator G.B. Trudeau would look like, now's your chance to find out. Amazon Originals has just released the pilot episode of ALPHA HOUSE, about four Republican senators who share a rented house in Washington, D.C. John Goodman stars as North Carolina's Gil John Biggs, and there are cameos by Bill Murray and Stephen Colbert.
So check the pilot out HERE, and let them know what you think. If the reception is enthusiastic, they will proceed to produce a dozen episodes. Here's a link to Michael Cavna's WaPo article and interview with Trudeau. And to whet your appetite, here's the trailer:
Music to my eyes: “Fantagraphics Books has announced its intention to publish a series of full-color Peanuts books featuring the strip's color Sunday material. The first volume, Peanuts Every Sunday: 1952-1955, will drop this November. It should run 288 pages, contain four years worth of the long-running strip, and measure at just under 13 inches by 10 inches. It will retail at $50… There are ten volumes planned.” Read the complete Comics Reporter story here.
It's a bombshell day in Doonesbury -- not another IED, the good kind -- and congratulations and cheerful consternation are pouring in from around the world.
Just out from the good folks at Creative Associates in Santa Rosa, California (in collaboration with Boom!Studios) an excellent last-minute gift -- It's Tokyo, Charlie Brown! This beautiful new Peanuts graphic novel was written and drawn by Vicki Scott and inked by Paige Braddock (creator of Jane's World). Here's a link to a terrific interview with Scott and Braddock about the project and the care with which they shepherd Sparky's creations. In the course of the interview they mention another Creative Associate who's also on GoComics; Justin Thompson (creator of Mythtickle). And Vicki Scott's husband Bob is the creator of Molly and the Bear. If I could only come up with one more CA-GC connection I'd earn my karass-spotter pin. Arggh! So close.
BLOWBACK, the reader-commentary feature over at the Doonesbury web site, really lit up yesterday as Jeff Redfern (aka The Red Rascal) was confronted with some "reality-based parenting," as one approving reader put it. Below is the strip in question; you can check out the mostly-delighted discourse here.