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Lets face it, our favorite comic strip is often obscure or inconsistent, and key characters are sometimes left stranded for years. Long-suffering readers are within their rights to demand some clarification. Use the "Ask GBT" form to email us your questions, and we will answer those we can on the Blowback page, and also archive the answers here.
In 2005, Hurricane Rita (not Katrina, the other one) blew our house down and ruined all of our possessions. In "starting over", one of the top things on my list has been replacing, if not the smaller Doonesbury books, at least the anthologies -- and acquiring the ones that I never owned. Could you give me a list of all of them? I'd like to get them in hardcover, but have only been able to do so up to (once again) Doonesbury Deluxe. Were any of the later ones released in that format?
Duke's campaign was amply chronicled in the strip itself, but GBT also worked with Protozoa, a San Francisco dotcom (since defunct), to create a 3-D animated Duke, capable of interacting in the real world in real time. Using cutting-edge motion-capture technology, and drawing on the voice-and-movement talents of Fred Newman, this project resulted in several hours of innovative animation which was so ahead of then-existing bandwidth capabilities that only now, two election cycles later and thanks to YouTube, can it be widely viewed and fully appreciated.
Duke's insurgent effort as a Reform Party candidate won him a small place in the history books, and put the outspoken candidate live on "Larry King", "Today", and dozens other shows. In a multitude of short campaign films such as "Healer-in-Chief", "Stirred, Not Shaken", "Forgotten White Guy", "Poodles" and "Apocalypse 2000" (with a Doors soundtrack), Duke managed to confound conventional wisdom on a dazzling array of topics.
You can view the Duke2000 videos here on our site, at Duke's Video Dump, or on YouTube. Additional D2K episodes will be posted weekly over the months ahead. To find out more about the project, you can read this extensive article from Wired magazine.