Tuesday, October 30, 2018

#SAD!: Doonesbury in the Time of Trump

Taking a break from the 1,000 page third volume of the biography of Lyndon Johnson, I read #SAD!: Doonesbury in the Time of Trump by Gary Trudeau in October. As I have said before, 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. #SAD! is a "sequel" to Yuge!: 30 Years of Doonesbury on Trump that was published before the 2016 presidential election.

#SAD! tracks Trump's victory, the transition and POTUS’s First 500 Days. It is organized into four sections: The Gathering Shitstorm; American Carnage; Team of Deplorables, and; Stormy Weather.

While I enjoyed it, this book is not as good as Yuge! Given that Trudeau is only drawing a Sunday comic at this point, there isn't as much content to draw from in the last two years as there was for the first book. As a result, this edition feels thin.

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