Doonesbury and the Art of G. B. Trudeau

Overview

Best known for his wry and incisive takes on American life and politics, Garry Trudeau is among the world’s most widely read cartoonists. Trudeau began shaping Doonesbury as an undergraduate contributor to the Yale Daily News in 1968. Today, the strip is syndicated to a daily readership of nearly 100 million.

Trudeau’s work has been anthologized before, but this is the first book to assess the art of the comic strip and the ways that Trudeau’s iconic style has evolved over the ...

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Overview

Best known for his wry and incisive takes on American life and politics, Garry Trudeau is among the world’s most widely read cartoonists. Trudeau began shaping Doonesbury as an undergraduate contributor to the Yale Daily News in 1968. Today, the strip is syndicated to a daily readership of nearly 100 million.

Trudeau’s work has been anthologized before, but this is the first book to assess the art of the comic strip and the ways that Trudeau’s iconic style has evolved over the past four decades. Brian Walker, an expert on the history of comics, sheds light on Trudeau’s early influences as well as on his creative process, from research to pencil layouts to finished artwork. In addition to revealing how Doonesbury is crafted each week, the book also examines Trudeau’s magazine illustrations, animation drawings, posters, and product designs, as well as rare and previously unpublished works. Walker’s historical text is complemented by insightful commentary by Trudeau and his collaborators, Don Carleton, George Corsillo, and David Stanford, making this book appealing not only to Doonesbury’s many fans but also to those looking for an approach to the work of a master comic strip artist.

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Editorial Reviews

Connecticut Magazine
"A must-have for every Doonesbury devotee."—Connecticut Magazine
Vanity Fair

"To call it satire is only half right. ''Doonesbury'' has taken on all the topics you''d expect- from vietnam to Iraq, from drug use to gay marriage. But satire has a short shelf life.''Doonesbury''''s big heart and moral compass are what give it staying power."

—Cullen Murphy, Vanity Fair

 

— Cullen Murphy

Rolling Stone

"Doonesbury and the Art of G.B. Trudeau provides a rare glimpse of the artist''s original drawings and sketches."—Chip Kidd, Rolling Stone

— Chip Kidd

The Daily Cartoonist

"There are few books that I unequivocally state should be on every cartoonist''s book shelf, but this is one of them. Anyone wanting to better understand cartooning at the level of an American master should own this book."—Alan Gardner, The Daily Cartoonist

— Alan Gardner

Yale Alumni Magazine

"Handsomely produced and eminently readable . . . a sheer joy."—Tom Tomorrow, Yale Alumni Magazine

— Tom Tomorrow

New Haven Advocate

"[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

— Christopher Arnott

North Coast Journal

"This is the mother of all Doonesbury books . . . beautifully assembled . . . easily the gift book of the year for folks who''ve been sentient over the past 40 years."—William Kowinski, North Coast Journal

— William Kowinski

Washington Post

". . . elegantly chronicles how the strip''s graphic aesthetic evolved."—Michael Cavna, Washington Post

— Michael Cavna

San Francisco Chronicle

"An elegant collection."—John McMurtrie, San Francisco Chronicle (Holiday Books selection, Comics/Graphic Novels category)

— John McMurtrie

PopMatters

"Eloquent, well-researched and honest. . . . Walker is a masterful storyteller."--Catherine Ramsdell, PopMatters

— Catherine Ramsdell

Washington City Paper

"If you''re a fan of Doonesbury, without question you need to own this book."—Mike Rhode, Washington City Paper

— Mike Rhode

CHOICE

"This is a fine introduction to Trudeau and a delight for those who are already familiar with and appreciate him."—K. Marantz, CHOICE

— K. Marantz

Book Passage
"The first book to assess the art of the Doonesbury strip, its impact, and the way Trudeau's style has evolved over four decades."—Book Passage
Pasatiempo

"A handsome, heavyweight volume. . . . Walker chronicles it all with care."—Jonathan Richards, Pasatiempo

— Jonathan Richards

The New Haven Register
“‘Walker’s book offers an in-depth view of the Pulitzer Prize-winning comic strip…Trudeau’s work in 1983, also examines the creative process and Trudeau’s evolution as an artist.’” —The New Haven Register

 

Desert News

"This comprehensive book is a beautiful addition to any Doonesbury fan''s collection."—Jessica Harrison, Desert News

— Jessica Harrison

Vanity Fair - Cullen Murphy
"To call it satire is only half right. 'Doonesbury' has taken on all the topics you'd expect- from vietnam to Iraq, from drug use to gay marriage. But satire has a short shelf life.'Doonesbury's big heart and moral compass are what give it staying power."
—Cullen Murphy, Vanity Fair
 
The Daily Cartoonist - Alan Gardner
"There are few books that I unequivocally state should be on every cartoonist's book shelf, but this is one of them. Anyone wanting to better understand cartooning at the level of an American master should own this book."—Alan Gardner, The Daily Cartoonist
Rolling Stone - Chip Kidd
"Doonesbury and the Art of G.B. Trudeau provides a rare glimpse of the artist's original drawings and sketches."—Chip Kidd, Rolling Stone
Yale Alumni Magazine - Tom Tomorrow
"Handsomely produced and eminently readable . . . a sheer joy."—Tom Tomorrow, Yale Alumni Magazine
New Haven Advocate - Christopher Arnott
"[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
North Coast Journal - William Kowinski
"This is the mother of all Doonesbury books . . . beautifully assembled . . . easily the gift book of the year for folks who've been sentient over the past 40 years."—William Kowinski, North Coast Journal
Washington Post - Michael Cavna
". . . elegantly chronicles how the strip's graphic aesthetic evolved."—Michael Cavna, Washington Post
San Francisco Chronicle - John McMurtrie
"An elegant collection."—John McMurtrie, San Francisco Chronicle (Holiday Books selection, Comics/Graphic Novels category)
PopMatters - Catherine Ramsdell
"Eloquent, well-researched and honest. . . . Walker is a masterful storyteller."—Catherine Ramsdell, PopMatters
Washington City Paper - Mike Rhode
"If you're a fan of Doonesbury, without question you need to own this book."—Mike Rhode, Washington City Paper
CHOICE - K. Marantz
"This is a fine introduction to Trudeau and a delight for those who are already familiar with and appreciate him."—K. Marantz, CHOICE
Pasatiempo - Jonathan Richards
"A handsome, heavyweight volume. . . . Walker chronicles it all with care."—Jonathan Richards, Pasatiempo
Desert News - Jessica Harrison
"This comprehensive book is a beautiful addition to any Doonesbury fan's collection."—Jessica Harrison, Desert News
Connecticut Center for the Book - Finalist Non-Fiction category
Finalist for the 2010 Connecticut Book Awards in the non-fiction category
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300154276
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication date: 11/2/2010
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 1,531,893
  • Product dimensions: 11.80 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Brian Walker organized the first major exhibition of Garry Trudeau’s work, The Doonesbury Retrospective, at the Museum of Cartoon Art in 1983. He has served as curator for more than sixty-five cartoon exhibitions and has written numerous books on comics including The Comics: The Complete Collection, The Best of Ernie Bushmiller’s Nancy, and Barney Google and Snuffy Smith: 75 Years of an American Legend.

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