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A Great Retrospective - But Now I Want More,
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This review is from: 40: A Doonesbury Retrospective (Hardcover)First, I have to admit that I'm a lifelong Doonesbury fan, so I'm a bit biased, but this book is a huge and beautifully produced volume. From the same folks who produced the Complete Far Side and the Complete Calvin and Hobbes, with the same attention to detail and quality. The selection of strips is excellent, and there were quite a few, particularly Sunday strips from the early years, that I don't think have ever been reprinted before (and I have all the early paperbacks and every big anthology). The reproduction is excellent - and either they were all reproduced from the original art or the book was designed to make it appear as if they had. Either way, the art looks great. And Trudeau gives some new and unique perspective to each character and his 40 years with the strip.
On the downside, I found it odd that they printed some strips out of order and some publication dates that they gave were obviously incorrect. And I do wish they'd included more early Sunday strips, since as I said, many of these have never been reprinted. Since this was supposed to be a Doonesbury retrospective, I also would have liked to have seen some coverage of Doonesbury in other media (the animated TV special, the Life and Rolling Stone magazine features, the Broadway show that was actually in-continuity and moved the characters in the strip forward) as well as some of the few merchandising products that GBT sanctioned through the years.
Now - to explain the title of this review... Seeing this book, which Trudeau says represents about 13% of all the published Doonesbury strips, has made me really hungry for a complete reprinting, like IDW Books is doing with the fun, but less deserving Bloom County. I know that unlike other strips getting the "complete" treatment (Peanuts, Dick Tracy, Bloom County, etc.) Doonesbury is still an ongoing production, but if they started now, it would take 10-15 years to get the entire body of work in print. I hope that GBT is still well and producing work at that point to worry about that issue. But this is a body of work that cries out for a high quality complete archive. For now, I guess we'll have to be content with this beautiful, giant sampler.
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Initial post: Nov 6, 2010 8:22:48 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Nov 8, 2010 6:13:31 PM PST
I agree. I would LOVE to see a Complete Doonesbury. The Bundled Doonesbury put all the strips on CD-ROM, but as technology has advanced, the disc is now all but unreadable on most people's equipment.
In reply to an earlier post on Jan 3, 2011 2:44:45 PM PST
Trudeau's website does have all the strips available. Yeah,my Bundled is worthless now,too.
Posted on Nov 16, 2011 2:23:54 AM PST
Philip S. Wolf says:
Be patient, I do believe they will get around publishing a complete Doonesbury series in the near future.
This was a fine review you have posted up there!
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