Garry Trudeau Quotes

Garretson Beekman "Garry" Trudeau (born July 21, 1948) is an American cartoonist, best known for the Pulitzer Prize-winning Doonesbury comic strip. Trudeau is also the creator and executive producer of the Amazon Studios political comedy series Alpha House.

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I'm still passionately interested in what my fellow humans are up to. For me, a day spent monitoring the passing parade is a day well-spent.

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The strips about the military do seem to provoke moving and thoughtful responses. It's nice when the strip resonates, but more importantly, I need to know when I'm getting something wrong. The last thing I want to do is contribute to the suffering that wounded warriors already endure.

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Keith Knight is mapping out a previously unknown vector of the vast cartoon universe.

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Medical decisions have been politicized. What doctor wants a state legislator in his consulting room?

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That's what fiction writers do: create characters and do terrible things to them for the entertainment of others. If they feel guilty enough, they write happy endings.

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Comic-strip artists generally have very modest ambitions. Day to day, we labor to fit together all these little moving parts - a character or two, a few lines of dialogue, framing, pacing, payoff - but we certainly don't think of them adding up over time to some larger portrait of our times.

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The systematic dismantling of reproductive rights, much like the takedown of collective bargaining, has been taking place in full view.

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I've never taken any issue off the table for lack of suitability. Only for lack of imagination.

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When you're young, you don't feel iconoclastic - you're just kind of doing what seems natural, what moves you.

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Because I was a diminutive, arty kid, I felt like a misfit in high school - but who doesn't?

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I'm never happier than when I'm not working. The strip is a job - that's why I take money for it. It's a job I'm passionate about, but it's a job I totally leave in the studio when I walk out of here, unless I'm late and I have to work at home. I never think of the strip unless I'm compelled to.

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Not only was one cartoonist gunned down, but riots erupted around the world, resulting in the deaths of scores. No one could say toward what positive social end, yet free speech absolutists were unchastened.

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I try not to second-guess editors; they're the clients, and I have no expectation that my strip is going to make it into every paper every day.

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I don't think so, but it's always in the back of my mind that many of the soldiers being wounded and killed in Iraq are about the same age as my kids. My godson is going over soon, so the war's about to get personal for me.

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Coming up with ideas is really hard - they don't spontaneously pop into my head while I'm cutting vegetables.

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