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Alpha House Q&A: Creator Garry Trudeau on Beltway Satire, Amazong Studios' Bold Launch -- And Why Bill Murray Is Called 'The Unicorn'
Michael Cavna, The Washington Post | Alpha House Q&A | April 22, 2013

As potential YouTube bait, it might be one of Bill Murray’s best on-screen moments in several years — a GIF that keeps on giving.

In “Alpha House,” a show pilot that debuted online over the weekend, Murray plays a senator who has slept through his appointment to report to the DOJ. As a flurry of agents takes positions outside his D.C. residence, a roomie (played by John Goodman) says wryly: That’s just “p--- poor staff work.”

All while Murray lets loose with inspired abandon.

Murray’s cameo performance was “beyond anything I imagined,” the show’s writer and creator, cartoonist Garry Trudeau, tells Comic Riffs. “I wrote some initial dialogue, but with my encouragement, he turned it into a profane aria.

“Bill’s special in so many ways, and we’re praying he’ll come back. We call him the unicorn.”...

Link To Alpha House!
Garry Trudeau | LINK TO ALPHA HOUSE! | April 20, 2013

The pilot episode of GBT's political sitcom ALPHA HOUSE has just been posted online by Amazon Originals. It stars John Goodman, and features guest appearances by Bill Murray and Stephen Colbert.

To watch it click here.

If you like it and want to encourage Amazon to produce another dozen episodes, please let 'em know!

Garry Wills: By The Book
The New York Times Book Review | Garry Wills: By The Book | February 28, 2013

The author of Nixon Agonistes, John Wayne's America, Lincoln at Gettysburg, Reagan's America, and, most recently, Why Priests? considers Garry Trudeau's Doonesbury "the best political writing of our time."...

John Goodman To Star In Amazon Comedy Pilot 'Alpha House'
Nellie Andreeva, Deadline Hollywood | John Goodman To Star In Amazon Comedy Pilot 'Alpha House' | February 21, 2013

John Goodman is set to star in Alpha House, one of Amazon Studios’ first six original comedy pilots. Written by Oscar nominee and Pulitzer-Prize winner Garry Trudeau (Doonesbury), Alpha House follows four senators who live together in a rented house in Washington DC. Goodman will play North Carolina Senator Gil John Biggs, a large man with large appetites..

Garry Trudeau Urges 'Stick With Print'; Webcartoonists React
Alan Gardner, The Daily Cartoonist | Garry Trudeau Urges 'Stick With Print'; Webcartoonists React | February 8, 2013

Saturday’s Doonesbury attempted at humor at the current state of newspapers by asking “what happens to comics if newspapers go away?” The strip left the 2nd and 3rd panel blank with the characters stating, “stick with print, folks. This doesn’t have to happen” in the last panel. You can read reader reaction on Doonesbury’s site.

Many webcartoonists took on the question of what happens to comics if newspapers go away by posting the Doonesbury strip with inserted images from their own web comics. Most were well done, but Scott Kurtz depicted one of his characters farting in the blank space of the strip...

THE NRA BLACKLIST
LaughTracks: The GoComics Blog | The NRA Blacklist | February 8, 2013
Introducing the Universal Uclick/GoComics NRA Blacklist Class of 2013!...
Doonesbury Creator Garry Trudeau Gets A Live Action Pilot At Amazon
Blair Marnell, CraveOnline | Doonesbury Creator Garry Trudeau Gets A Live Action Pilot At Amazon | December 21, 2012

Over the last two years, the streaming service Netflix has signaled its willingness to jump into producing original scripted series while also resurrecting “Arrested Development” for another season in 2013. However, Netflix may not have the spotlight to itself for much longer. Amazon.com’s production arm, Amazon Studios has announced that it has given greenlights to six comedy projects which will be available free of charge to Amazon Prime members upon completion. Viewer response to the various projects will determine which shows actually go to series.

Among the six pilots are Doonesbury creator Garry Trudeau’s “Alpha House;” which will follow four senators who rent a house together in Washington...

Doonesbury Granny Joanie Caucus "Writes" Elizabeth Warren's Democratic National Convention Speech
Maine GOP Chairman Appears In Doonesbury
Steve Mistler, The Portland Press Herald | Maine GOP Chairman Appears in Doonesbury | July 27, 2012

Maine Republican Party Chairman Charlie Webster says he doesn't know "who" Doonesbury is. However, Doonesbury, or at least its author, Garry Trudeau, knows about Webster and his attempt to tighten voter registration laws.

Trudeau, who has recently waded into the ongoing debate over voter ID laws, mentioned Webster Friday in the second frame of his national comic strip, along with the chairman's infamous quote that Democrats had long used Maine's 39-year-old election day voter registration law to "steal elections." ...

Doonesbury's Cinderella Story: Protest Stamps And Comic Timing
Ashley Bowen-Murphy, Smithsonian National Postal Museum Blog | Doonesbury's Cinderella Story: Protest Stamps And Comic Timing | July 24, 2012

In May 1990, former (temporary) postal service employee Zonker Harris bemoaned an upcoming postage rate increase.  Zonker knew that, even after the five-cent rate increase, “US postal rates would still be among the lowest in the world” [1]. Still, he felt frustrated and “fed up” with the postal service’s rate hikes.

Unlike other frustrated United States Postal Service (USPS) customers, though, Zonker had a ready platform to protest this rate hike.  As a fictional character in Gary Trudeau’s long-running comic strip Doonesbury, Zonker commanded the attention of hundreds of thousands of newspaper readers every day.

Where other comic strips may have used the rate hike for an in-strip gag, Doonesbury asked readers to take the gag to the USPS itself!  The May 20, 1990 strip included two designs in a sheet of nine “negative 5-cent” imaginary stamps...