re-launches www.doonesbury.com with new features, collectible
(Oct. 17, 2000 - Kansas City, Mo.) In politics
and culture, there are historical moments we remember -
man's first walk on the moon, the JFK assassination and
the day Elvis, reportedly, died.
then, there's Oct. 26, 1970.
Can't remember the date? Well, you might not have noticed,
but history was unfolding: G.B. Trudeau's Doonesbury
made its debut in 28 newspapers. (OK, you're not alone.
Several people failed to make a mental note of the date.)
as Doonesbury turns 30, Trudeau is still writing
his own satirical page in history. His Pulitzer Prize-winning
comic strip appears in more than 1,400 daily and Sunday
newspapers worldwide; its online presence is growing.
completely knocked out by the new tools that the digital
age has provided cartoonists and animators," Trudeau says.
"Although I personally love the little static line drawings
I've spent my life sketching on rag paper - and can't foresee
ever giving that up - I'm skeptical that a generation that's
grown up experiencing the world through screens will support
comics as I've known them. We have to think of new ways
to reach that audience."
and we have. Take a look at the new Doonesbury Electronic
Town Hall. uclick, Doonesbury's online syndicator,
is kicking off the 30th anniversary celebration with a redesign
and re-launch of www.doonesbury.com, one of the pioneering
comic strip sites on the Web. The new Doonesbury Electronic
Town Hall signs on Oct. 26, 2000.
visitors come to the site to see the strip," says Matt Miquelon,
uclick Web producer. "But the strip is just the start of
says visitors to www.doonesbury.com will have an opportunity
to win collectible Doonesbury posters autographed
by Trudeau. And, he says, the site will give visitors a
chance to "learn more about the characters through new interactive
features include 30 years of Doonesbury archives, with almost
10,000 strips searchable by topic or character; an animated
view through the Walden Webcam; interactive games, including
Ask Duke and CastMaster; and electronic greetings. The Get
Involved section links visitors with E The People, a nonpartisan
Web site dedicated to bringing Americans closer to their
elected representatives. Visitors to the site also can elect
to have the strip e-mailed directly to their desktops every
redesigned www.doonesbury.com also features popular aspects
of the existing site, including cast biographies and the
its inception, Doonesbury has been syndicated in
print by Universal Press Syndicate. And, since the beginning,
the strip has been provocative, highly praised and frequently
criticized. In reader surveys, it regularly finishes in
both the "most liked" and "most disliked" categories. In
his strip, Trudeau has fearlessly weighed in on controversial
subjects - Vietnam, feminism, drugs, abortion, gay rights,
AIDS - and has weathered many a firestorm of criticism.
In 1975, Trudeau became the first comic strip artist ever
awarded a Pulitzer Prize for editorial cartooning.
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