Books
3:42 pm
Mon October 25, 2010

Doonesbury Creator Gary Trudeau

40 years ago, the first Doonesbury comic strip appeared in newspapers, and to celebrate, Trudeau is releasing a collection of over 1,800 strips from its long history.

The comic strip Doonesbury has tackled some important social and political issues over the years. In 1975 creator Garry Trudeau became the first comic strip artist to win a Pulitzer Prize, and was a finalist for the prize three subsequent times, including in 2004 and 2005, when his strip addressed the Iraq War.

40 years ago, the first Doonesbury comic strip appeared in newspapers, and to celebrate, Trudeau is releasing 40: A Doonesbury Retrospective. It collects more than 1,800 strips from its long history.

Host Steve Kraske welcomes Garry Trudeau to discuss how he keeps track of his sprawling comic strip, replete with 60 characters and 40 years of history. We also speak with Trudeau's longtime collaborator, Don Carlton of Fairway, who inks the comic strip.