The Washington Post has announced that Garry Trudeau’s Doonesbury.com website is now hosted exclusively on the Washington Post.
The partnership with The Post reflects a new step in an association that goes clear back to the beginning of the strip. Then-editor Ben Bradlee was one of only 29 newspaper editors who took on the unknown and unorthodox feature when it was launched in October, 1970. Doonesbury now appears in nearly 1,400 newspapers internationally.
In addition to the site’s centerpiece -- the strip itself -- doonesbury.washingtonpost.com features a rich offering of supporting features; the daily SAYWHAT? quote, a constant flow of moderated reader BLOWBACK, a FLASHBACK page, which allows you to read the strip in eight different timeframes every day, a MUDLINE of negative soundbites by public figures, FAQs that delve into the 44-year archive of strip storylines, STRAW POLLS on current developments in popular culture, CAST BIOS, a TIMELINE of the strip’s cultural impact, the original proto-Doonesbury YALE STRIPS, and much more. Please come partake and peruse!
Doonesbury creator G.B. Trudeau is currently writing a second season of his successful political sitcom “Alpha House,” produced by Amazon studios. He is continuing to create new Sunday strips while writing the show, but on March 3rd a special “Classic Doonesbury” series of dailies began, featuring four weeks of strips from each year of the feature’s run, such as The Watergate strips that originally appeared in the Fall of 1973.
Humor is rooted in truth, and truth, as I understand it, is rooted in fact. So when I tell you, "Hey, look at this video full of amazing facts about comic strips," I hope you don't knock a bunch of pictures off the wall behind your chair as you're blown backwards by the sheer force of hilarity.
Today's the day! The first three episodes of Garry Trudeau's political sitcom ALPHA HOUSE are available for free viewing at Amazon Studios.
The next eight episodes will be released weekly, viewable by those who have signed up for Amazon Prime.
The show is about four senators who share a house in Washington, D.C. It stars (left to right, below) Mark Consuelos as Sen. Andy Guzman (R-FL), John Goodman as Sen. Gil John Biggs (R-NC), Clark Johnson as Sen. Robert Bettencourt (R-PA), and Matt Malloy as Sen. Louis Laffer (R-NV). Other players in the series include Cynthia Nixon, Wanda Sykes, Julie White, Haley Joel Osment, Amy Sedaris, and Yara Martinez.
And, as you'll see, the first episode features Bill Murray and Stephen Colbert. Enjoy!
Note: Speaking of days, Monday the 18th is when new Doonesbury dailies resume (the Sundays have been new since September 8th). After 150-some Flashback strips, there's a lot to catch up on -- and twins to get to know. Please do your catching up over at Doonesbury.slate.com, where you can read articles about ALPHA HOUSE in the Site News section, and enjoy our other fine features.
This week's pick comes from our editor, Gillian: My Staff Pick is Doonesbury. Although this strip, just north of 40 years old, is currently on hiatus, I keep wondering what Mike, Zonker, Mark and Joanie think of the current insanity in Washington, D.C. And, to be honest, I even wonder what Roland Hedley thinks about it. Garry's great skill at skewering the self-inflated egos of politics and media is timeless, and it's what keeps "Doonesbury" so timely and fresh. I am looking forward to its return later this fall.