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DEAR READER: Trudeau's hiatus prompts a Prickly response

By Tom Warhover
July 7, 2013 | 6:00 a.m. CDT

Dear Reader,

Doonesbury fans, don’t panic: Garry Trudeau will return. He’s gone until September on what the syndicate service calls a sabbatical.


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Print edition readers will be introduced to a new comic for the rest of his absence. Like Trudeau’s long-running strip, Prickly City has a political bent. It will run on the editorial page.

Universal Uclick, the syndicate, says the main character “is a feisty libertarian-conservative, while Winslow is a coyote with political aspirations.” The coyote is a frustrated liberal. The overview doesn’t mention the rabbit I’ve seen in several strips, and I’m not nearly expert enough to describe its political leanings.

Prickly City’s creator is Scott Stantis, the editorial cartoonist at the Chicago Tribune. Digital-only readers can find his cartoons on a Tribune blog called “Taking a Stantis.” It includes an editorial cartoon writing contest: Stantis puts up the drawing for an upcoming cartoon and invites readers to send in the quip to go with it.

The Chicago Tribune produced another comic strip that still runs on the Missourian’s Time Out page. Jeff MacNelly, who created Shoe, won three Pulitzer Prizes for his editorial cartoons. His comic strip continues some 13 years after his death.

I hope you enjoy Prickly City. If you do, let me know. If you don’t, hang on: September’s coming. Rick, Roland, Boopsie, B.D., Alex, Mike and the rest of the Doonesbury crew will return.