Trudeau to take break from 'Doonesbury'

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Garry Trudeau, creator of the venerable "Doonesbury," is taking another hiatus to write and produce a second season of "Alpha House," an Amazon Instant Video political satire about four Republican senators sharing a house in Washington.

Mr. Trudeau, 65, will continue to produce fresh "Doonesbury" strips each Sunday, but beginning Monday the Post-Gazette will be publishing "Doonesbury Flashback" daily cartoons Monday through Saturday starting in the 1970s.

"This historical perspective will bring back memories for your older readers and help introduce 'Doonesbury' to new readers," he wrote in a statement. "With 43 years of material to draw from, there are still some 13,000 strips that haven't been seen since they were originally published."

After Mr. Trudeau developed the strip while attending Yale University, "Doonesbury" began its syndication run in 1970; the Sunday strip debuted in 1971.

Mr. Trudeau has taken a few breaks from his comic strip over the years, including a 22-month sabbatical in the early 1980s to create a Broadway musical based on the strip. He took an extended leave from "Doonesbury" last summer for the first season of the streaming series "Alpha House," which stars John Goodman.

Although he does not know how many seasons there will be of "Alpha House," he said "I could be back drawing 'Doonesbury' full time in the fall." The strip runs in 1,400 newspapers worldwide.

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