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The Anti-Doonesbury?

Another link lifted from the pages of Journalista! (man he was busy this weekend!): Two stories on conservative cartoonist Chris Muir and his webcomic Day by Day. Webloggers Dean Esmay and C.D. Harris recently interviewed Muir.

Re: The Anti-Doonesbury?

I don't really think of Doonesbury when I think of political cartoons. I envision the centuries-old single-panel comic involving some pictoral metaphor (ie. George Bush shooting at a powder keg that says "Iraq").

Doonesbury really broke the mold by putting the topical aspect of political cartooning into a serialized "strip" format. Day-by-Day, while a well-done counterpoint to Doonesbury's more liberal edge, fits in the same mold to me. It doesn't innovate on what Doonesbury started decades earlier, so to me it's befitting to put it under the same sort of masthead.

Re: The Anti-Doonesbury?

It is a pity that all political comics are viewed in relation to Doonesbury. While that comic is a giant in its field, the analogy gets overused-- much as all British humorists are compared to Douglas Adams, regardless of applicability.

Day by Day is a wonderful new entry into the political comics group simply because it is *not* Doonesbury... not merely in his opinions but in his manner of presenting them. His comics show a sense of humor that is subtle but also has a large component of "I wish I could say/do that..." His comic should be judged on its own lights and not in comparison to one of the few lonely examples of the genre as it now stands.