October 29, 2010
Celebrating 39 Years With Don Carlton
A couple of people have e-mailed me to wonder after why longtime Doonesbury
finishing artist Don Carlton hasn't been a bigger part of the celebration of that strip's 40th anniversary. It's Carlton's 40th year on the strip, having started in 1971 I believe for the most part -- I'm not super-familiar with the story -- to relieve pressure of the daily deadline variety suffered by the extremely young cartoonist. I couldn't possibly tell you why one interview or another fails to inquire after Trudeau's partner-in-art -- I assume for some there's a severe space limitation and for others there's a decided lack of interest in how the strip is created beyond the Trudeau's writing of it -- but there are a few pieces out there that are Carlton-inclusive.
Carlton was interviewed as part of a Doonesbury
episode of Up To Date With Steve Traske
, a program that includes a biography of Carlton in its listing (I'd never seen one). Carlton's contributions are a part of the new 40: A Doonesbury Retrospective
book, and Douglas Wolk walks through Carlton's role and the one-time mini-controversy surrounding it here
. Brian Walker talks about Carlton in the context of his new art book on Trudeau here
. Tom Tomorrow's piece on Trudeau
in Yale's alumni magazine also mentions Carlton, but seems more noteworthy for mentioning that Trudeau was only in his mid-30s when he took that initial "break" from newspaper cartooning, at time when he felt like he had already enjoyed an entire career.
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