It turns out that no one knows the value of a good cliffhanger than the Gary Trudeau, the Pulitzer-winning cartoonist who is most famous for his comic strip “Doonesbury.”
On June 9, just as Doonesbury lead character Alex was going into labor at her MIT graduation ceremony, Trudeau put the comic on hiatus and headed for a summer break, leaving fans wondering what comes next.
When readers opened up The Montana Standard and the Helena Independent Record the next morning and turned anxiously to page four to see if Alex had found a real doctor at the graduation, they were greeted with a new cartoon, “Candorville.”
The Washington Post, which manages the Doonesbury strip announced Trudeau’s summer sabbatical in its blog Comic Riffs.
“(Trudeau) will put his Pulitzer-winning comic strip, ‘Doonesbury,’ on the shelf this summer as he works on his new live-action Capitol Hill comedy, ‘Alpha House,’ which has just been officially picked up by Amazon Studios, reports Variety,” wrote the Post’s Michael Cavna.
The plan now is for Trudeau to have a new Doonesbury ready sometime around Labor Day and when he does, be assured we’ll have it back in The Montana Standard and the IR.
In the meantime, we’re going to give Candorville a test run to see what you think.
Candorville is created by Darrin Bell and is described on his website like this:
“The syndicated comic strip about three childhood friends — a blogger and single father, a gangsta rapper, and a wealthy Latina advertising executive — who struggle to stay close even though life is taking them in very different directions. Their friendship withstands everything, even politics, time travel, and evil vampire ex-girlfriends.”
— Greg Lemon, IR