It's Monday, so we all know what that means! Mayonnaise Monday. Just to be frank, I feel like Mayo Monday may be getting a bit stale. And we all know that stale mayonnaise is not only bad tasting but dangerous to your health.
But you people are NOT releasing your grip on Mayonnaise Monday. Your strong, irrational and loving arms won't let it go. It's like your arms were made from some strong, irrational and loving oak tree. So (for you) I will press on!
And I can already hear the relieved reader responses:
"Are those pants velvet?"
And I'd like to respond to those very fair inquiries, but the light is fading and this post is already too long. So let's move on ...
Today's Mayonnaise Monday is by the original UUC! UUC = "Universal Uclick Comic" ... Doonesbury. Garry Trudeau's Pulitzer Prize-winning 46-year-storytelling masterpiece may yet challenge Charles Schulz's 50-year run as the longest story ever told by a single voice (no laryngitis jokes here, please).
So no more holding the mayo! Here's Doonesbury from May 27, 1986.
Are you as tickled as I am to see that any comic would start with the dialogue, "So, how'd the mayonnaise get on my Monet, Curtis?"
You should also know that Garry's latest Donald Trump-themed book Yuge! has been burning up the bookstore checkout aisles. Digital sales too, I saw it as high as #3 overall on Amazon over the summer. I was (and you'll be) astonished how accurately Garry captured Donald even all the way back in the '80s. It's spot on. You should check it out.
I am seething! Our dog has been stolen and I won't sleep until the perpetrators are punished and Marmaduke is back home and safe and resting in his most oversized way. If you have any information as to the whereabouts of Marmaduke, for the love of Pete, call today. Call now. If you've seen anyone suspicious around our building (Joel Friday doesn't count), please, please, please let us know.
Crime scene photo. The criminals sliced off two of Marmaduke's fingers and left at the scene as a warning.
I lean heavily on comic strips for all my major life decisions: Hyundai or Kia, porkpie or tin foil, Tupac or Two-Ply ... all the classic debates. So when I happened across this Richard's Poor Almanac, I knew my decision was going to be made for me on November 8th.
So there is now no reasonable debate, comics strips have all the answers, you only need to look in the right place. The whole factory is yours Charlie. Now if you'll excuse me it's the time of day I like to simultaneously read some Glenn McCoy editorials and some Doonesburys.
It’s the height of the American presidential campaign, which means people everywhere are pledging allegiance to their candidate of choice with bumper stickers, T-shirts, baseball caps and yard signs.
For politically minded comics fans, what better way to declare independence than with comic art prints of editorial cartoons? Unique, poignant and memorable, editorial cartoons offer sharp, insightful commentary on current events, straight from the minds of syndicated and Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonists.
As we approach the Republican and Democratic national conventions, we’ve put together two collections featuring cartoons from some of our most popular left- and right-leaning editorial cartoonists. We’ve also assembled a collection of Doonesburycomics from the recently released “Yuge!: 30 Years of Doonesbury on Trump” by G.B. Trudeau.
Doonesbury by Garry Trudeau
Make a bold political statement with a collectible comic art print of your favorite editorial cartoon!
Ever since the first Trump-for-President trial balloon popped up in 1987, Doonesbury creator Garry Trudeau has been sounding the alarm, spotlighting the unsavory career of the most unfit candidate ever to covet that famous teardown on Pennsylvania Avenue.
“People tell me I should be flattered” was Trump’s initial response to appearing in Doonesbury, but the boasting barely lasted a few news cycles. Before long, he’d moved on to confusion (“Most people are like me; they don’t comprehend what Trudeau’s trying to achieve”), followed by prevarication (“Actually, I don’t read his stuff”), wishful thinking (“It seems very few people read what he writes”), whining (“It’s too bad that he’s allowed to write this garbage”), and finally, a torrent of name-calling (“sleazeball," “third-rate talent," “jerk," “total loser”).
Now assembled for the first time are all the strips that have given the big, orange airhorn such fits over the years. Published just in time for the political conventions, Yuge!: 30 Years of Doonesbury on Trump brings together all of Trudeau’s skillful, laser-focused and wickedly funny strips about all things Trump. ORDER HERE!
Whether you love him or loathe him, there’s no denying that Donald Trump has turned the 2016 presidential election on its head. His rise to prominence from a crowded Republican field -- made all the more dramatic by its seeming impossibility -- has catapulted him, his hair and his hands to the forefront of American voters’ minds.
Since 1987, Garry Trudeau’s Doonesbury has chronicled the most unsavory parts of the Donald’s career. “Yuge!” brings 30+ years of Trump-centric Doonesbury strips into one cringe-worthy collection.
“Yuge!” is available everywhere July 5, but we’re giving one lucky GoComics reader a chance to win an advance copy!
With Thanksgiving falling at the end of the month, November reminds us to to cherish the people, places and things we treasure. We’re starting with comics. If you’re a fan of Get Fuzzy, Dilbert or Doonesbury, you should, too!
Our sister company, Andrews McMeel Publishing, released THREE awesome comics collections this month!
Welcome to the quirky—and always eccentric—household of human Rob Wilco. While his existence as an ad executive would be bland under normal circumstances, one mangy, temperamental cat and one docile dog make it anything but. In this Get Fuzzy collection, the ever-popular pairing of mischievous Bucky Katt and tolerant pooch Satchel return to comically define the separation between animal instinct and human nature. Buy here.
Does Scott Adams have a hidden camera in your cubicle?
Dilbert, the cubicle-dwelling drone, is at his satirical best with this new collection of cartoons. Dilbert has managed to keep up with technology like iPads and Twitter over the years, as well as advanced systems like the Disaster Preparedness Plan that has its followers eating the crumbs from their keyboards. It doesn’t get any more sophisticated than that.
It’s an office code violation to be this good after so many years, but Dilbert keeps doing what he does best: passive-aggressively outwitting his superiors and exercising conflict avoidance. And he is so good. No wonder office drones and workforce automatons alike can’t resist the cold embrace of Dilbert’s workplace. Buy here.
Welcome to the age of pivots. Two centuries after the Founding Fathers signed off on happiness, Zonker Harris and nephew Zipper pull up stakes and head west in hot pursuit. The dream? Setting up a major grow facility outside Boulder, Colorado, and becoming bajillionaire producers of “artisanal” marijuana. For Zonk, it’s the crowning reset of a career that’s ranged from baby-sitting to waiting tables. For Walden-grad Zip, it’s a way to confront $600,000 in student loans.
Elsewhere in Free Agent America, newlyweds Alex and Toggle are struggling. Twins Eli and Danny show up during their mother’s MIT graduation, but a bad economy dries up lab grants, compelling the newly minted Ph.D. to seek employment as a barista. Meanwhile, eternally blocked writer Jeff Redfern struggles to keep the Red Rascal legend-in-his-own-mind franchise alive, while aging music icon Jimmy T. endures by adapting to his industry’s new normal: “I can make music on my schedule and release it directly to the fans.”
As fans know, Doonesbury is truly one-of-a-kind with its articulate, abrasive, compassionate and political nature. To celebrate this incredible comic strip, we’re giving away a prize pack, which includes:
• One archive-quality Doonesbury comic print, SIGNED by Garry Trudeau
Creator Garry Trudeau shares a special note with Doonesbury readers.
Today, Monday, October 26, Team Doonesbury – David, George, the new guy Todd* and I – are celebrating the 45th anniversary of the launch of the strip. That’s right, 45th – as in two generations gone by! There’ll be streamers, layer cake, toasts (by Skype), and then everyone will go back to work, because in a deadline-driven business, that’s how we roll.
Not that the pressure is what it used to be, thankfully. The daily strip, as I hope you’ve noticed, has been off-line since last year. If you haven’t noticed, it’s probably because the Classics you’ve been receiving have been so painstakingly selected for timelessness. True, the recent strips on Frank Sinatra, dead since 1998, might have betrayed their age, but for the most part I’ve tried to keep the focus on the characters and their growth, not their dated context. Toward that end, I’ve had to leave out the majority of the most controversial strips, but that’s probably for the best. Who wants to revisit Koreagate or Dan Quayle’s anatomically explicit novelty doll? You do? OK, here:
So what have I been doing that justifies falling down on the day job? Well, I’ve been making subscription streaming TV, which sounds exciting, but which had to be explained to me repeatedly (the takeaway: it’s disruptive). Once I was up to speed on the future, I created a show for Amazon called Alpha House, about four senators who share a house on Capitol Hill. It stars John Goodman, and we’ve completed a couple seasons, and if you’d care to check the show out, just click on whichever one of these words is blue. Some viewers think the show is kind of like 3-D Doonesbury, so you might enjoy it. We’re talking to the studio about making some more episodes in time for the election, so if you share our dream of continuing, just let the Amazon exec in charge know at his Twitter account, @JoeLewis. Joe’s a good guy, and I happen to know he responds favorably to pressure.
In the meantime, I just wanted to wanted to reach out on this occasion to thank each of you for reading Doonesbury and keeping the faith, no matter how misplaced it must sometimes seem (I’m on my fourth sabbatical). Writing a comic strip all these years has been a singular privilege, one which I periodically abuse, but never take for granted. I hope to continue doing it for years to come.
If you’d like to be part of our big day, just click here, and it will whisk you to the Blowback page on Doonesbury.com, where you can encourage or berate me as you see fit. I don’t seem to have the personal bandwidth for social media, but at the urging of our Duty Officer, I do try to respond occasionally to emails, especially the ones that make me laugh or cry.
Thanks again for all your support through these many years.
*David Stanford is my trusty book editor and Duty Officer for the website. George Corsillo is color man on Sundays, and Todd Pound has replaced longtime inker Don Carlton.
On Sunday it was announced that Doonesbury creator Garry Trudeau will be the 33rd recipient of the George Polk Career Award -- the first cartoonist to receive it. The awards were established in 1949 and honor CBS correspondent George Polk, who was murdered in 1948 while covering the Greek Civil War. Read Long Island University's announcement here, and Michael Cavna's Comic Riffs story here.
On March 3rd the daily Doonesbury launched its Classic series, which started with the first-ever strip and has been marching its way through the seventies at a four-weeks-from-each-year clip (with new Sundays).
Today's 1976 strip, which showed Joanie and Rick, after weeks of courtship amid Ginny Slade's congressional compaign, in bed together peacefully happy and naked, is a classic Classic that provoked an earth-moving rumble and stir. Over 30 papers dropped it, including the Boston Globe, which was picketed by M.I.T. students bearing signs reading, "Joanie, we forgive you."
You can read an extended revisiting of the whole storyline -- including the memorable three-strip-wordless sequence which culminated with today's strip -- by clicking over to this newly-posted FAQ.
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.