Tuesday, July 29, 2008

New Book: Garry Trudeau

Henry Kissinger once said of Garry Trudeau’s comic strip Doonesbury: “The only thing worse than being in it is not being in it.” Since 1968, the Ivy League-educated cartoonist (b. 1948) has brought his unique brand of political satire to bear on all sorts of public figures including movie stars, heads of state, and even himself.

In Garry Trudeau: Doonesbury and the Aesthetics of Satire Kerry Soper outlines the cultural significance as well as the personal idiosyncracies of this groundbreaking artist. This book is one of the first critical studies of Trudeau and his iconic comic strip, Doonesbury.

This book is now available from UPM.

Arguably the premier American political and social satirist of the last forty years, Trudeau has achieved his significance on the comics page—a place not traditionally considered a viable or appropriate venue for politics and critical social commentary—rather than the editorial cartooning page.

Garry Trudeau
is a thorough critical assessment of one of America’s most popular and controversial cartoonists. Covers all aspects of Trudeau’s career, including commentary on his aesthetics, politics, and his challenges to the comic strip industry

Kerry D. Soper is the director of the American studies program and associate professor of humanities, classics, and comparative literature at Brigham Young University. His work has appeared in the Journal of American Studies, International Journal of Comic Art, INKS: Cartoon and Comic Art Studies, Chronicle of Higher Education, and other periodicals.

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