RT This, Roland: 'Doonesbury' to Get a Major Change in The Post
First The Washington Post pulled a trick on loyal "DOONESBURY" readers. Now, for the second straight week, fans of Garry Trudeau's satirical strip get a welcome treat, especially in light of syndicated cartooning's general tough times.
Starting Monday, The Post will run "Doonesbury" -- which now occupies Style's Page-2 -- in color. Vivid, eye-catching color -- from the camouflage greens and beiges of the strip's Iraq troops to Rick Redfern's rust-colored post-buyout beard and the precise tint of Zonker's man-'do -- a shade perhaps best dubbed Walden Blond.
" 'Doonesbury' will now be in color daily," Style Editor Ned Martel confirms to Comic Riffs. Moving the strip to Page-2 amid the recent redesign has made that possible, Post management said.
Upon discovering this news, Comic Riffs can't help but be struck by the thought: What a difference two weeks make. A mere fortnight ago, The Post began running "Doonesbury" at the shriveled, barely legible size of roughly one less inch in width (which Comic Riffs immediately rallied against). Then last week, The Post restored the strip to near-prior size (which 'Riffs heartily applauded). Now, The Post editors make a smart "Doonesbury"-related decision for the second straight week.
(At this rate, I'm liable to get downright, well, optimistic and hope for "Frazz's" return to the daily comics -- or perhaps a longer shot yet, "Cul de Sac's" return to Sunday color.)
The print Post begins running the strip in color just in time to see fictive Fox News journo Roland Hedley start to promote the new true-life "DOONESBURY" book, "My Shorts R Bunching. Thoughts?" -- a collection of Roland Hedley's narcissistic Tweets. (I read this breezily hilarious book two weeks ago and I must say: I was laughing at conspicuously audible levels at how dead-on it parodies some Washington pundits' Tweet nothings.)
As for "Doonesbury's" open in-strip promotion of its own book, that merely seems to reflect the current frequency of this stunting as newspaper comics combat tough trends. (As "Dilbert's" Scott Adams told Comic Riffs this year: What better place to do it?) Plus, Trudeau has long been a master of the fourth-wall wink -- even in fewer than 140 characters.
THE RELATED READ:
THE 'RIFFS INTERVIEW: Garry Trudeau on the powers of political satire.
TRUDEAU'S 'POST' LAYOFF: Rick Redfern tries life as a (gulp!) blogger.
| November 1, 2009; 9:00 AM ET
Categories: The Comic Strip | Tags: Doonesbury, Garry Trudeau, The Washington Post
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