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55+ papers dropped Doonesbury, how many canceled?
I’ve been tracking the list of newspapers that are refusing to run this week’s Doonesbury, have moved it to their editorial page, or some other variation (dropping select dates; reprinting all of them this weekend, etc.). So far 57 papers have pulled the strips.
So the unasked question now is if Garry Trudeau has lost any papers permanently? According to Universal Uclick Vice President, Rights and Acquisitions John Glynn the answer is none. While Garry’s strip pushes the envelope on the comics page this week, the content isn’t too far out of line with what one would expect from a social/political commentary strip. Most of the objections cited by editors were regarding issues of taste and sensitivity. Due to Doonesbury’s fans, its history and reputation pulling the feature completely would be difficult at best.