Brave ‘toonist fights snow attack

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Last updated on March 5th, 2018 at 01:40 pm

A Doonsebury character loses a leg fighting in Iraq, and doesn’t miss a day in Garry Trudeau’s strip; but when Doonesbury creator Trudeau hurts himself playing in the snow, he needs at least a week off:

Trudeau—who was injured while skiing Thursday—was in Aspen, Colo., last week to receive the Freedom of Speech Award at the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival.

According to a article, Trudeau arrived to accept the honor Friday while strapped to a gurney carried by two medics, and wore a sling on his right drawing arm.

“Drawing arm.�? Ha.

Posted by Tim B. on 02/17/2005 at 07:32 AM
    1. wtf? is he some oriental despot who is carried about by his slaves? a broken friggin collarbone, and he can’t walk? what a turd.

      Posted by Mr. Bingley on 2005 02 17 at 09:02 AM • permalink


    1. Trudeau’s being carried in on a stretcher is a symbol of his repression as an artist.  Or some similar nuanced meaning, depending on the type and doseage of his pain killer.

      Posted by The_Real_JeffS on 2005 02 17 at 09:11 AM • permalink


    1. Would I be correct in assuming that because this is a “U.S. Comedy Arts Festival” not a “U.S. Comedy Festival” that those receiving awards are just not funny.

      Todays’ Daily Ablution post has some links to UK taxpayer funded “art” that was “sadly” destroyed 🙁

      Posted by Rob Read on 2005 02 17 at 09:19 AM • permalink


    1. I’d respond with something really clever and scathing, but I hurt my typing hand.

      Posted by Punditish on 2005 02 17 at 10:38 AM • permalink


    1. Criswell predicts — Trudeau will have his BD character commit suicide within the year, overcome by the horror of the Iraq war.

      Second prediction — BD becomes a deranged vet and shoots Boopsie.

      Remember to be grief-stricken when he gets around to it.

      Posted by richard mcenroe on 2005 02 17 at 11:22 AM • permalink


    1. As I recall, Trudeau faxes his sketches to Don Carlton, who does the actual drawing, inking, etc.  Trudeau doesn’t even touch the finished product.  It must have been a pretty bad accident if Trudeau isn’t even able to fax a sketch.

      Posted by Bruce Rheinstein on 2005 02 17 at 11:27 AM • permalink


    1. Yeah, it really should read “a sling on his right ‘joke’-writing arm.”

      Posted by Jim Treacher on 2005 02 17 at 11:37 AM • permalink


    1. What a trooper!

      The comic strip hasn’t been funny for quite a while, but Trudeau certainly is.

      Posted by Mystery Meat on 2005 02 17 at 12:05 PM • permalink


    1. Fell down in the snow, huh?  Or did one of “those bastards” run into him?  You all know who I mean, the same guys, who coincidentally work for BusHitler, and who knocked down John Kerry.

      Yeah, I’ll bet it’s a coincidence!  They just never counted on Trudeau’s pluck.  Indomitable pluck.

      Yeah, that Trudeau is one plucker, for sure.

      Posted by Steve Skubinna on 2005 02 17 at 03:44 PM • permalink


    1. FOS award well deserved. Was he Sundancing with Chief Robert Redfordman and Big Paleing Churchillflake?

      Posted by J. Peden on 2005 02 17 at 05:28 PM • permalink


    1. From Editor and Publisher (2nd link):

      “Other recipients of the Freedom of Speech Award include filmmaker/author Michael Moore, playwright August Wilson, and comedians George Carlin, Dick Gregory, and Bill Maher.”

      Interesting group of people to receive the award. I wonder who is on the selection committee?

      Posted by CJosephson on 2005 02 17 at 05:54 PM • permalink


    1. How long’s the sling been on? Could explain those noses…

      Posted by Henry boy on 2005 02 17 at 07:36 PM • permalink


    1. He broke his collarbone, and he needs to be carried on a gurney by two medics? Are you sure it wasn’t a “performance art” festival, ‘cause that’s the lamest story I ever heard. Gotta be one of those, “you had to be there” episodes.

      Posted by Forbes on 2005 02 17 at 09:04 PM • permalink


    1. Doonesbury used to be a funny – twenty-five years ago. The strip became so blatantly partisan and snide that most newspapers in the US had to stop carrying it on the comics page because of overwhelming reader complaints. (We Americans take our funnies very seriously.)

      So nowadays you’ll find an invariably un-funny “comic” strip on an inadvertantly hilarious editorial page. Who says we Americans lack a sense of irony?

      BTW, I wonder where the missus (B-list TV reporter Jane Pauley) was while her lanky love bunny sustained his life-threatening injuries. Demurely reporting on how global warming causes slushy snow at tony ski resorts?

      Posted by Butch on 2005 02 17 at 10:17 PM • permalink


    1. I thought this was a set up and too good to be true. But on checking (all hail google) it’s 100% genuine.

      The Gruniad’s take on it was “Kyoto Protestors Disrupt Oil Trading”, and they bury the fact that the traders beat the snot out of the protesters into the last third of their article, which kind of misses the point as to why this protest was actually newsworthy.

      Posted by Pauly on 2005 02 17 at 10:21 PM • permalink


    1. Are we sure Trudeau wasn’t targeted by the U.S. military?

      Posted by Tommy Shanks on 2005 02 18 at 12:17 AM • permalink


    1. “Doesn’t miss a day?”

      Did you even read the strip?

      Posted by Tom Wopat on 2005 02 18 at 02:25 AM • permalink


    1. Is that the Gary Trudeau who used to be funny in or about 1980?

      Posted by blogstrop on 2005 02 18 at 02:53 AM • permalink


    1. Doesn’t miss a day in the strip, Tom.  In the strip.  See, Tim’s comparing a cartoon character with the guy who draws him.  It’s sarcasm.  Really.

      And blogstrop, the answer is no, you’re thinking of Pierre Trudeau.  He was the funny one.

      Posted by Steve Skubinna on 2005 02 18 at 09:23 AM • permalink


    1. “See, Tim’s comparing a cartoon character with the guy who draws him.  It’s sarcasm.

      It’s sarcasm?  Really?  And here I’ve thought Trudeau was the caricature of a cartoonist since about 1980.

      Posted by The_Real_JeffS on 2005 02 18 at 09:31 AM • permalink


    1. That’s what makes it so fiendishly subtle, JeffS.  It’s multi-layered, exquisitely nuanced sarcasm.  If I didn’t know better, I’d fear Tim was getting all European on us.

      Posted by Steve Skubinna on 2005 02 18 at 10:27 AM • permalink


    1. Must be all those long lunches.  With expensive[/i} wine!

      Posted by The_Real_JeffS on 2005 02 18 at 10:38 AM • permalink


  • Must be all those long lunches.  With expensive wine!


    Posted by The_Real_JeffS on 2005 02 18 at 10:38 AM • permalink


  • If I may beg to differ, there was a recent incidence of Doonsbury actually being funny: The panel where the UN inspection team was finding radioactive materiel, and the Iraqi scientist asked of the American reporter, “Is it true that only 13% of American kids can find Iraq on a map?” and the reporter replied, “Yes, but all 13% are Marines.”
    That was funny— I cut it out of the paper and put it on the refrigerator.
    Other than that, though… blahsville for the last 25 years.

    Posted by SgtMom on 2005 02 18 at 01:43 PM • permalink


  • Hey SgtMom, I heard Colin Powell use that line way back when. Could Powell have been that clever, or was he stealing material from Doonsebury?

    Posted by Forbes on 2005 02 18 at 06:52 PM • permalink


  • and wore a sling on his right drawing arm.

    Right drawing arm? If you read his “comic”, it’s obvious Trudeau has only a left drawing arm. Far left!

    Posted by rinardman on 2005 02 18 at 07:21 PM • permalink


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