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Doonesbury and the Art of G.B. Trudeau Hardcover – November 2, 2010
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"Doonesbury and the Art of G.B. Trudeau provides a rare glimpse of the artist's original drawings and sketches."—Chip Kidd, Rolling Stone
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"[A] rare book . . . presents the artwork in an elegant, high-quality format and adds considerably to what we know about the artist. Brian Walker is an ideal chronicler."—Christopher Arnott, New Haven Advocate
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The strips behind the scenes man, inking assistant Don Carlton, is also featured. His crisp and elegant inking style is what has helped make the art of Doonesbury jump off the funny pages all these years. Inking the pencil art from faxed copies, of all things, shows the level of artistry involved on his part.
The book also serves as a superb point of reference (eBay here we come) for many of the excellent Doonesbury products produced over the years, many created to benefit literacy programs through "The Great Doonesbury Sellout," among other projects.
Like Peanuts and Calvin and Hobbes and sorely too few comic strips, Garry's characters are fully fledged and real. There's something quite spellbinding when an artist arranges a few lines and words just right and the end result provides us with living, breathing friends. What an incredible art form, a comforting and rare gift from a master.
Thanks Garry and Brian for presenting us with an extremely fun, very well designed, 261 page Trudeau treasure trove of info and art.
The book starts with a biography and family history as well as the start of his career. Original drafts are shown as well as many of the strips through the years, with a sentence or two explaining when the strip was done and what was relevant about it in that time period.
There are as many pictures and illustrations as text analyzing Doonesbury and Trudeau to 2009 and Obama's first White House dialogue strips.
A list of books by Trudeau and other media is included as well as an index.
For Doonesbury fans, those interested in comics or even those who wish to explore the late 20th century this is an worthy of note and well organized and intriguing book.
Walker (the son of Mort Walker, creator of two other institutional strips, Beetle Bailey and Hi & Lois) has written several books on comic strips and is something of an authority on their history. In this book, he takes us through the history of Doonesbury which started its syndicated run in 1970 (prior to that, it was only published at Yale). At first, the art was crude, but the characters offered deeper satire than typically found on the comics page.
Yes, strips like Pogo and Lil Abner may have had political satire, but Trudeau used real political figures, not thinly veiled parallels. As biting as the humor could be, he still centered his strip around the characters: at first, the key foursome of B.D. (the conservative football player), Mark Slackmeyer (the campus radical), Zonker Harris (the easy-going hippie) and the title character, Michael Doonesbury (the eternal loser). Eventually, many more characters would join the cast and the key characters would evolve and develop depth (except, of course, for Zonker, whose chief quality was that he was incapable of real change).
And that's the key difference between Doonesbury and B.C., the Wizard of Id or Heathcliff: Doonesbury changed over the years. The characters changed, the art changed and there were even bits of seriousness mixed in with the humor.Read more ›
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Good book on an outstanding artist and political commentator. From Nixon to Bush there has not been a better commentatorPublished on May 16, 2014 by email@example.com
This is a massive book detailing the art ,how it begins and the process followed from the inception of ideas by Trudeau and what goes on to get it into the newspaper strips. Read morePublished on November 28, 2012 by Jerry Guild