Doonesbury's Trudeau to visit White River Junction cartoon school

10/22/07 7:19AM By Melody Bodette

(Host) Cartoonist Garry Trudeau will make a rare public appearance in White River Junction today.

Trudeau is the artist behind the popular daily strip, "Doonesbury."

He will be spending the morning at the Center for Cartoon Studies, sharing his experience with nearly 40 students ranging in age from 18 to 60.

Steve Bissette is a cartoonist and faculty member at CCS.

Bissette says that in the center's three years, they've received exceptional support from the cartooning community and see as many as one or two artist per week.

But he says a visit from a cartoonist of Trudeau's stature is extraordinary.

(Bissette) "He's an exceptional cartoonist, he's an amazing writer, and there's just never been a strip like Doonesbury, not before not since, and you'd be hard pressed to find another American comic strip that has kept its finger on the pulse of what was happening here in America."

(Host) Bissette says that while Trudeau's work has influenced a generation of cartoonists, nothing else has kept up with American culture like Doonesbury.

(Bissette) "Trudeau with Doonesbury has followed this country through three wars, involved his characters with almost every aspect of the counter culture, the main stream culture, the pop culture. It's just an amazing body of work."

(Host) Trudeau won the first Pulitzer Prize for editorial cartooning in 1975, and has been nominated three times since then.

In addition to a daytime visit with students, Trudeau will be speaking to a sold-out audience at the Briggs Opera House to benefit the Center for Cartoon Studies.

 

AP Photo/Ray Stubblebine

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