Garry Trudeau Talks About 50 Years of Cartooningby Stephen Roth
CBS Sunday Morning host Jane Pauley and Doonesbury creator Garry Trudeau have been married for nearly 40 years. It wasn't until yesterday, however, that the two sat down for an "exclusive" television interview. Trudeau talked about how Doonesbury evolved from a student strip called Bull Tales in the Yale Daily News into a cultural force that ran in nearly 2,000 newspapers and made the cover of Time magazine. This year marks 50th anniversary of the 1968 debut of Bull Tales.
"It just makes me cringe to look at this stuff," Trudeau said as Pauley showed him one of the first Bull Tales strips, which is now housed, along with other works like an early copy of the Declaration of Independence, in Yale University's prestigious Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library. Trudeau noted that it was never his dream to become a Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist: "It was more or less an accidental career, and it didn't seem to me that I was going to be bound to this thing for an extensive period of my life, and now here it is 50 years later."
You can catch Trudeau's latest satirical work in #SAD!: Doonesbury in the Time of Trump, a new Doonesbury collection that chronicles Donald Trump's shocking election victory, and the tumultuous eternity of our president's first 500 days in office.
Featuring Doonesbury Sunday cartoons selected from the past three years, #SAD provides a sadly precise depiction of President Trump's behavior and today's toxic political climate.
Trudeau notes in the preface of #SAD: "Just because two-fifths of the country are still in the thrall of a humongous con 'like no one's ever seen before,' doesn't mean that the rest of us - apppalled, disenfrachised, writhing in embarrassment for our country - should forgo the comfort of laughter. At this benighted moment, it's all we have."
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