Tuesday, November 01, 2016

Yuge!: 30 Years of Doonesbury on Trump

My book for September was Yuge!: 30 Years of Doonesbury on Trump by Gary Trudeau. When I was working for the farm credit banks in Sacramento in the 1980s, I used to stop every morning and buy a San Francisco Chronicle. The Chronicle had Doonesbury, while the Sacramento Bee refused to publish it. One of my highlights every morning was reading the comic strip.

Trudeau started using Donald Trump as a character in his comic strip on September 14, 1987. Much to Trump's chagrin, he has been a recurring character ever since. Trump described Trudeau as the “sleaze ball” “third-rate talent” who draws the “overrated” comic strip Doonesbury, which “very few people read.”

The book is organized into four sections covering the 1980s, 1990s, 2000s and the 2010s. The comics weave real life events from Trump's life into Trudeau cast of characters and their ongoing story lines.

As I said at the top, I am a huge Doonesbury fan. I enjoyed this collection immensely. It is a must read as part of this unusual election cycle.

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