Doonesbury by Garry Trudeau


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  1. Basqueian

    Basqueian said, almost 4 years ago

    Yes, boomerang child and reality brickwall!

  2. Linguist

    Linguist said, almost 4 years ago

    Way to go Mom ! Should have done this long ago. I love the term reality intern !

  3. Tokyo Tengu

    Tokyo Tengu said, almost 4 years ago

    Wheee!!!!! About time he gets a bit of reality.

  4. DylanThomas3.14159

    DylanThomas3.14159 said, almost 4 years ago

    Gulp! No comment.

  5. Alms4Thorby

    Alms4Thorby said, almost 4 years ago

    Welcome to the real world Jeff.

  6. Pacopuddy

    Pacopuddy said, almost 4 years ago

    Good for you, Mom!
    The assumption that he can move in and out at will, using your home as a free place to live (and you as slave labour!) is one many kids have (my own included).
    As far as I’m concerned, when they’re out, they’re out, unless the ASK if they can come back TEMPORARILY – then conditions apply.
    I also love the term ‘reality intern’, especially as even when he was in his own house, he wasn’t in the real world . .

  7. Blackwolff9

    Blackwolff9 GoComics PRO Member said, almost 4 years ago

    I missed a lot of “Jeff grows up” strips. At what point in his development did he become such a jerk?

  8. sherbert

    sherbert GoComics PRO Member said, almost 4 years ago


    What most parents I know just couldn’t bring themselves to do – especially in today’s economy – however, I notice that dad left it to mom to spell out the new rules. (Doubtless, the “slave labor” risk was a factor.) I also ask.. where is Jeff going to get the 500 bucks?

  9. FlyerTom

    FlyerTom said, almost 4 years ago

    I wish I had her cajones when my prodigal returned – twice.

  10. Coyoty

    Coyoty GoComics PRO Member said, almost 4 years ago

    And by the way, here’s a list of the food prices…

  11. Alabama_Al

    Alabama_Al said, almost 4 years ago

    If memory serves, after being sent through a crash course to learn Pashto and Dari (two of the native languages in Afghanistan) Jeff’s actual job (aside from his extra-curricular activities) when he was in Afghanistan was as a translator. Jeff may be an idiot, but he’s not without some abilities. As incredible as it may seem, Jeff appears to have an aptitude for languages. If he would develop this talent Jeff would have a big advantage in today’s job market.

  12. DylanThomas3.14159

    DylanThomas3.14159 said, almost 4 years ago

    Fight on, Alabama Al!

    Part of this offered agreement is that Jeff MUST write 4 hr/morning “like real writers do” (and Rick probably does). It means that Joanie understands what’s going on. Unlike Rick — Jeff’s a proven published author who has proven potential to produce megabux.

    In effect, Random house has done the same thing by advancing him $$$ on his next graphics novel. If he fails to produce for Random, Random will demand the advance back with interest. And move on with its business.

    Ag home Joanie retains the “whip hand”. If Jeff FAILS to write 4/hr/day, then she evicts him, takes the financial hit, and moves on with her life with Rick. Unlike Random House, she’s too nice a person sue her own son; but she’s “tough love” enough to just kick his sorry behind out.

    Which proves, if anything, that she’s just as smart a business person as is Becka Bickle over at Random House.

    Still, if Jeff’s next graphic novel fails to become another best seller — rather unlikely, since his audience still exists “out there” in a percentage the population — even if they are creepy, high-testosterone male types plus ComiCon types (who aren’t necessarily creepy and do include a fair number of women nowadays).

    Even if the sequel isn’t as good, it will still sell (on the basis of the first book). No-fool Joanie can probably intuit this, even though Random has the actual experience, the hard data, and knows that to be the case generally.

    Suppose the sequel isn’t good. Then disappointed readers may not buy his THIRD book, and as a one-best-seller-only author, Jeff’ll be toast. Bekka will coldly slam the door in his And will have to try a “lesser” publisher. Or use the “vanity press”, which exists only for the 1% anyway (in the “vanity press” world the author bears ALL costs and pays the vanity the FULL amount before the vanity will lift a finger to publish the product. No royalties at all, unless specially written into the contract.

    In the likely case that Jeff doesn’t have the $$ to pay a vanity, his third option is to self-publish (via a non-marketing vanity company and drive around the country selling the product himself out of the trunk of a car or the back of a pickup truck or SUV.

    Joanie, being Mom, will keep her agreement, hoping his THIRD attempt will be a success like his FIRST attempt was. But she’ll still keep demanding the 4500/mo rent. Which, if he does’t pay, will kick his sorry backside out, and Jeff’ll end up truly homeless.

    I doubt if Trudeau will plot that direction, but he still has to make a good rattling tale for us Doonesbury readers. Like Jeff or not, he is one of the more successful Doonesbury characters for Trudeau’s pocketbook.

    Like Duke. In the movie industry, guys like these are known as “heavies”.

    Notice if Joanie REALLY wants to make a ton of money off of her son, she’ll ask for a PERCENTAGE of his Random House royalties. But, being Mom, she’s unlikely to do that.

    But if she does, and if — under her “whip hand” — Jeff turns out to be a mega-selling graphic-novel author (which translates to Apple’s iPad or to the Amazon’s Kendall Fire, or to Barns ‘n’ Noble’s Nook even better than all-print novels do), Jeff’ll move out and buy another mansion. Only this time a more modest one, if he’s able to “learn from history”, which he may not be.

    For Doonesbury readers like you and I — if we keep “dumping” on Jeff on the ground that he’s a failure, we’ll be making a mega-mistake. Read F. Scott Fitzgerald’s best novel THE GREAT GATSBY.

    Bottom line: Let Trudeau be Trudeau. Fasten your seatbelt, and enjoy the passing scenery, which hopefully will include a LOT more of Becca. Slurp.

  13. DylanThomas3.14159

    DylanThomas3.14159 said, almost 4 years ago


    Where’s Jeff gonna get the $500/mo rent?

    Joanie and Jeff will extend the amount to Jeff on credit (take on debt, but at interest). If Jeff doesn’t produce — defined as 4 hr/day — then they’ll boot him out and “take” the financial hit. But Jeff’ll be homeless.

  14. Thirdguy

    Thirdguy said, almost 4 years ago


    wow, that’s a first!

  15. DylanThomas3.14159

    DylanThomas3.14159 said, almost 4 years ago


    I am serious, though I may not be right.

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