Noticed any “Doonesbury” strips that seem familiar lately?
If so, that’s probably because creator Garry Trudeau hasn’t been cranking out new ones lately. Trudeau put his most famous creation on hiatus over the summer while he worked on a new creation — “Alpha House,” a live action comedy that has been picked up by Amazon Studios.
The pause in Doonesbury panels was originally going to be from June 10 to Labor Day.
Yesterday, newspaper editors like me got an update. Trudeau still isn’t coming back to daily comic strip pages like ours at the Charleston Daily Mail.
Here’s the email I got from Universal Press:
Garry Trudeau has informed us that following “Doonesbury’s” return to Sunday comic pages, and as he continues to write and produce “Alpha House” for Amazon Prime, he has been forced to acknowledge a cruel reality: He’s human.
Garry writes: “I have hit the wall. This is a painful decision, but as the deadline loomed, I had to finally concede that the demands of completing the show have made it impossible for me to return to the strip on schedule. I deeply regret the inconvenience this will undoubtedly cause you, who have already shown much forbearance and patience through ‘Doonesbury’s’ absence. I greatly value your past loyalty, and look forward to returning to your pages in November.”
The bottom line is that the return of “Doonesbury” daily comics will be delayed for 10 more weeks, to the week of Nov. 18; Sundays will continue to be new and fresh. “Doonesbury Flashbacks” will give readers their daily dose of adventure from the Walden gang as we look forward to the next chapter in “Doonesbury’s” story.
So that’s the latest, comics page readers. What do you think? Are you happy to wait a few more weeks for fresh Doonesbury? Or is it time for comics pages like ours to move on? Some newspapers are using the time to sub in new comic strips to let readers sample alternatives.
I’m not a huge fan of Doonesbury. I think it’s a generational thing. I’m more of a “Bloom County,” “Calvin & Hobbes” or “Far Side” kind of guy, but alas those options are no longer available.
Anyway, I’d enjoy hearing your thoughts.