‘Re­flec­tive’ ‘Doones­bury’ cre­ator Garry Trudeau coming to Keswick

The Times Herald (Norristown, PA) - - LIVING - By Brian Binga­man bbinga­man@21st-cen­tu­ry­media.com @bri­an­binga­man on Twit­ter

Even though he’s branched out into theater, film, TV, and writ­ing col­umns for The New York Times and es­says in Time, Pulitzer Prize-win­ner Garry Trudeau is still best known for the comic strip “Doones­bury.”

His two most re­cent books of “Doones­bury” strips, “Yuge! 30 Years of Doones­bury on Trump” and “#SAD! Doones­bury in the Time of Trump,” are sure to be top­ics of dis­cus­sion when Trudeau makes a pub­lic speak­ing ap­pear­ance at the Keswick The­atre Nov. 13.

Trudeau an­swered some ques­tions by email to clue you in to what this is go­ing to en­tail.

What can we ex­pect for your up­com­ing ap­pear­ance at the Keswick The­atre? Ques­tion and an­swer? A “Doones­bury” ret­ro­spec­tive? This is all pretty rare be­cause you keep a pretty low pub­lic pro­file.

Well I cre­ated the strip in my bed­room 50 years ago last summer, so, yes, the evening will be part ret­ro­spec­tive. I guess I’ve en­tered a more re­flec­tive pe­riod of my life. I’ll also be talk­ing a bit about the power of sto­ry­telling gen­er­ally, how are our cur­rent di­vi­sions are re­ally just du­el­ing nar­ra­tives. And there will be Q and A, al­ways my fa­vorite part of show­ing up.

To what do you at­tribute “Doones­bury”’s longevity?

Al­most cer­tainly that’s the re­sult of the strip be­ing char­ac­ter­driven. Over the years, read­ers be­come vested — they watch the char­ac­ters evolve and age (and age out). I also think that con­stantly in­tro­duc­ing new, younger char­ac­ters helps. Young peo­ple are dy­namic, they’re in the act of be­com­ing, and it’s al­ways fas­ci­nat­ing to watch a gen­er­a­tion come of age.

How many news­pa­pers carry “Doones­bury” these days? I read it was 1,000 world­wide.

That was the ap­prox­i­mate num­ber some years ago. But quite a few news­pa­pers have folded, and oth­ers peeled off when I stepped aside from do­ing the daily strip (It is a Sun­day-only comic strip now), so now it’s more in the 600 range.

You first sat­i­rized Don­ald KESWICK >> PAGE 2

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Re­leased in Septem­ber, “#SAD! Doones­bury in the Time of Trump” fea­tures comic strips from 2015-1018.

PHOTO COUR­TESY OF METRO CRE­ATIVE CON­NEC­TION

Ar­mistice Day, later changed to Vet­er­ans Day, was cre­ated the fol­low­ing year to honor World War I vet­er­ans, as well as all vet­er­ans.

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Garry B. Trudeau

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