Spring break is over! We’re back on the air.
recent most recent media coverage of Garry Trudeau’s long-running daily comic strip Doonesbury caught my eye before my hiatus — I hadn’t yet written about it because I had the feeling that the other shoe was going to drop and I would have to come back a second time to wrap the story up. Perhaps because it’s an election year and there are plenty of other stories, there’s been little else written about it.
Trudeau’s week-long storyline followed a new character in Texas who was seeking an abortion and made fun of the administrative hoops she had to jump through in preparation to do so because of state laws. It began on March 12, 2012, and concluded on March 17, 2012.
For those familiar with Doonesbury‘s willingness to generate controversy over its 41-year run, it’s not surprising to see Trudeau tackle an issue as emotionally charged as reproductive rights and legislation. While I certainly see this as an important issue, my focus here is on the comic as a comic, not necessarily the issues it presents. I did follow the media coverage for the brief time it was out there, and one interesting facet was that of whether local papers were going to run the storyline or censor it. Given that the strip is also online at GoComics.com and Doonesbury.com, for today’s audiences it wasn’t too much trouble to see it if the local paper choose not to run it. Still, it was interesting to see the discussions that were generated by local papers’ decisions about whether to publish this particular comic.