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For the most part, editors no longer view 'Doonesbury' as a rolling provocation, which is fine by me. It makes no sense to intentionally antagonize the very people on whose support you most depend.
Any time you bring sexuality into the comics pages, you have to brace for pushback.
There is nothing worse than annotated humour.
Because I was a diminutive, arty kid, I felt like a misfit in high school - but who doesn't?
Humor can inform and break down stigma, which is a huge issue in the military.
I can only try to keep the characters interesting; it's up to the readers to decide whether they're still relevant.
I found that not having a public profile was not hurting the work, and it freed me up to be the satirist I wanted to be.
I've been getting pulled from newspapers for my entire career.
I've never taken any issue off the table for lack of suitability. Only for lack of imagination.
In any event, it's not exactly a secret to regular readers what my views on the war are.
Having stretched the boundaries some, I'm perfectly content now to work within them. 'Doonesbury' doesn't need to become 'South Park.' You won't ever see any singing turds.
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.
I think it's very dangerous for people who do anything that's public to venture on the Web and check out what people are saying about them. Yes, you're bound to find things that will delight you - but you also find things that will make you brood and feel bad about yourself. Why would you intentionally invite that into your life?
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.
When you're young, with less on the line, it's easier to be audacious, to experiment. So I introduced the concerns of my generation - politics, sex, drugs, rock-and-roll, etc. - to the comics page, which for many years caused a rolling furor.
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