By G.B. Trudeau

Andrews McMeel Publishing, $100.00, 695 pages

Gary Trudeau’s creation of the Doonesbury cartoon has carried him through 40 years of dialogue – since October 26, 1970! Very few people would do anything for forty years but Trudeau has awakened his Doonesbury family and allowed us grow up and grow old with them, evolving the characters to the political events of the era, permiting us to laugh at ourselves, ponder our own motives and evaluate the outcomes of our own actions with tongue-in-cheek satire.

Masterfully compiled in a slip-cased tome; 695 pages with over 14,000 strips, this memorial will take you back in time with reminders of the times and your own personal memories of the beloved, albeit often times, bizarre comic strip. Insights and commentaries by Trudeau himself add a marvelous flavor with some strips in color and the rest in black & white. Each character we’ve come to know, love and/or hate are highlighted throughout. A monstrously sizeable shrine will decorate any coffee table and entertain all who dare to peruse its sacred pages. Even if you have lived under a rock for the last forty years and never read Trudeau’s strip, you will be enchanted to the very end.

Reviewed by M. Chris Johnson,