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Red Rascal's War: A Doonesbury Book Hardcover – November 22, 2011
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Readers do not like it when you drop panels from strips! This must come as a surprise to you, you do it so often, but you need to understand that people who love Doonesbury and buy your books do not appreciate you dropping two panels from every Sunday, just so you can have the Sundays the same size as three dailies. Yes, it is easier to edit that way. But readers don't like it! Yes, you consider those first two panels "throw-away" panels. But readers don't like it! Readers want all the panels.
Which brings us to your choice to go with a square hardback instead of a tall paperback. Many people like books in a series to be all the same format. This is not as important as the first point, but it is important, especially since the change of format seems to have been so you could charge a higher price. Also, many people prefer light-weight books that take up less shelf space rather than heavy books that take up more shelf space.
The color dailies are nice, but not nice enough to make up for the missing Sunday panels.
The Red Rascal story line is brilliant.
Laxman began in 1935 and continued for almost 70 years. So it is not inappropriate for me to call Gary Trudeau America's R.K. Laxman.
Trudeau's Doonesbury comics give me much the same satisfaction, about another country that I care deeply about - and each strip tells an important story, with enough humor to be able to absorb it and yet carry on. Among my favorites was the American soldier in Iraq, who has been standing 14 hours non-stop in a bomb proof vest, but who decides to let off easy the Iraqi he has just stopped - after all, the poor fellow had just escaped a torture session.
No one but Trudeau knows how to make a joke even in the midst of horror.
This collection includes my favorites: Red Rascal is having a good time assimilating into Pushtun culture, but draws a firm line with the Afgan warlords when the young boys start dancing! or his fortunate capture alive by the Taliban (who use him as a hostage), when the bigger fear at home was that he had been stoned to death by a wedding party!
Yes, Sorkh Razil brings it!
One of the many story lines is that of Jeff Redfern, son of Doonesbury old hands Joanie Caucus and Rick Redfern. He is lazy, unwilling to study or to do anything involving real effort, but he still manages an internship with the CIA. However, on the internet he creates an alternative story for himself, as the brave rider for justice and freedom in Afgghanistan. Dressed in native garb, he is called "The Red Rascal", doing his impossible stunts alone, on horseback, At night he fights, in the day he plays computer games, both with amazing ability.
In the end, he writes a book about "himself" as the red rascal, and to the amazement (and envy) of his parents this book is bought by a publisher and sold in tens of thousands.
This is that book, at least from the outside. A big, bound volume with thick pages and an extra paper wrap. And inside, all in colour, the Doonesbury comics of recent times.
I really enjoy it and hope you do too.
This latest book, "Red Rascal's War" is not a book of new material. Rather, it is a compilation of "Doonesbury" strips from the last year or so. Most people buying and reading this book will probably have read these strips before, but seeing them in one setting - in one book - makes them much more humorous and edgy than when viewed on a daily basis. And though Jeff Redfern, aka "The Red Rascal" - is the lead character in the book, all the other favorites of the past year are there, as well. Who can forget Daisy Doonesbury shuffling off her mortal coil and the raucous funeral that followed? Or Alex and her relationship with Leo? Always doubting herself but always being loved in return. Those are just a few of the stories in the book, and it's wonderful to sit and page through the past year with a now more appreciative eye.
Garry Trudeau and his work is not for everyone. But for those who love political satire mixed with everyday relationships, and helped along with a healthy dose of love, his comics are a true joy.
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If you are a Doonesbury fan, you will need this. Loved the color added.Published on August 14, 2014 by Randy Young
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This is one of the most fun characters of Garry Trudeau's sharp pen. Wills miss him. I hope Trudeau has not retired for good.Published on March 15, 2014 by Dagmar Grieder
I have been a Doonesbury fan from my first exposure to his world years ago. I either missed, or had forgotten about his "Red Rascal" adventures, so finding this chapter in... Read morePublished on February 15, 2014 by Dave Wallace
If you love Doonsbury, it is a great book and worth keeping or sharing. It's funny and cute, please read it.Published on January 14, 2014 by K. Boger
I have been a loyal reader...this proves why...Just brilliant stuff! The holly wood types are right on as are the hip LA County dudes.Published on December 16, 2013 by paul k mauceri
GBT when you are not making me hopping mad (angry) you are making me cry with tears of laughter. This is one of your best collections and themes yet!Published on November 15, 2013 by microphage
I've followed Truseau for almost thirty years. I didn't know I was missing this book - my library is complete.Published on September 5, 2013 by Mesquite
This book arrived in a timely fashion, very securely wrapped. It is in excellent condition. I never really got into the politics of the "Doonesbury" comics but, aside... Read morePublished on June 4, 2013 by Jay- Oh