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Alex Doonesbury Will Succeed Her Father as the Main Character in Doonesbury

American cartoonist Garry Trudeau has been chronicling American life through his Doonesbury comics for the past forty years. Syndicated in almost 1,400 newspapers worldwide, the characters and their long, grounded journey throughout the years have been a notable part of the cultural canon of daily cartoon strips. Now, after watching main character Michael Doonesbury progress from college student to senior citizen, the torch is being passed–to his daughter, MIT graduate and techie Alex Doonesbury.


A Series of Fallopian Tubes

Several Newspapers Pull Doonesbury Strip About Texas’ Transvaginal Ultrasound Law

In a move that is not exactly the most surprising of moves, several newspapers have pulled the syndicated comic Doonesbury from its funny pages for the next week because its creator, Gary Trudeau, will be tackling the issue of yet another state law (this time in Texas) requiring women to undergo a transvaginal ultrasound before getting an abortion. While some papers will run old Doonesbury strips during the duration of the story, one paper has agreed to run the new strip online while running reprints in the actual newspaper. They cited “different audience expectations” for print vs. online. Uh huh.


We Have Done the Impossible and That Makes Us Mighty

This Is the World’s Largest Comic Strip

The Guinness people do not mess around when it comes to setting world records. When a bunch of French students sought to steal the world record for the world’s largest comic strip from a group of Indian artists, they had some parameters to meet. What you will find after the jump is a comic strip that is 1,000 meters long (previous record was 889 meters), displayed by France’s Rhone River. It took “11 writers, 111 designers, a ton of students, 250 markers, a stack of paper which weighed 800 kilograms” and it is officially the Guinness World Record holder. See the progress after the jump.