Teasing Your Book on the Funny Pages

Friday, September 16, 2011


Joe McGinniss, author of the controversial forthcoming book The Rogue: Searching for the Real Sarah Palin, entered an exclusive first-serial arrangement for the book with Garry Trudeau, author of the comic strip Doonesbury. Bob talks to Trudeau about the unorthodox tactic of teasing a book in a comic strip, and critical reaction to both the book and the strips it generated.

Comments [4]

Mark Richard from Columbus, Ohio

Post-script, OTM corrected its original spelling of 'Doonesbury' (they had it as 'Doonsbury') on this page subsequent to my comment. For the record. A week or so later.

Sep. 21 2011 12:52 PM
Mark Richard from Columbus

McGinniss' 'Doonesbury' sock-puppet had Palin 'uncomfortable' around 'people of color' one day, and having a one-night stand with an African-American basketball start a few strips later. Trudeau has always been a phony (rich kid sniveling leftist positions at those with lower-status- backgrounds in political opposition to his brand of class warfare) writing for phonies.

There is a history of blowback for liberal types on this sort of thing, I believe. I also believe it was Trudeau who was burned on some false accusations against Dan Quayle some years ago, but apparently he hasn't learned or doesn't care. The New Yorker ran with the same claims. I guess in the very class-bound world of media liberals, it isn't 'tabloid trash' if their side is doing it. I believe Quayle was ridiculed by the pseuds for misspelling 'potato', yet this page can't even get the name of Trudeau's comic strip spelled correctly. Typical of the mentality at OTM.

Sep. 18 2011 07:14 PM
Dudley Bokoski

Doonesbury is still being produced? Who knew?

Sep. 18 2011 06:09 PM
Philip Prindeville from Portland, OR

So the only absurd political personae are Donald Trump, Sarah Palin, and Dan Quayle. How odd that an liberals would be above the fray. Nothing ridiculous about Dennis Kucinich, George Soros or Al Gore, for instance. (Perhaps liberal journalists have taken a page from Ronald Reagan and vowed never to speak ill of their own kin, even when it's truth to power.)

I don't remember Trudeau finding as much relish in John Edwards' revelation of a love-child, either.

The fact that McGinniss didn't write from a distance (both figuratively and literally), and used unethical tactics to provoke an antagonistic response are worth mentioning... unless you consider baiting the Palins acceptable at any moral cost.

"I'm a cartoonist, so I'm by definition unfair."

That's untrue: one can be unfair and yet even-handed in being unfair uniformly.

Here's a story idea for you:

"Glen Rice confirms having affair with Sarah Palin: Tea Party members aren't racist after all."

Sep. 18 2011 04:38 PM

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