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Comics A.M. | Trudeau Celebrates “30 Years of ‘Doonesbury’ on Trump”

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Comics A.M. | Trudeau Celebrates “30 Years of ‘Doonesbury’ on Trump”

Political Cartoons | “Doonesbury” cartoonist Garry Trudeau has been caricaturing Donald Trump for almost 30 years now, and he has collected many of his Trump cartoons in the new book titled “Yuge! 30 Years of Doonesbury on Trump.” Trudeau describes Trump in the introduction as “the gold standard for big, honking hubris,” and he tells reporter George Gene Gustines “Even though he’s changed wives twice and party affiliation five times since I’ve been watching him, the underlying personality disorder has remained remarkably stable.” While Trump used to respond “like clockwork” to his portrayal in “Doonesbury,” Trudeau said he understands why he stopped after a while: “Why waste a perfectly good tweet on some cartoonist when you could be sliming the pope?” [New York Times]

Auctions | Heritage Auctions predicts that a rare unrestored copy of “Action Comics” #1, which features the first appearance of Superman, will fetch $750,000 at auction later this week. “The colors on the cover of this copy are particularly bright, and the staples are rust free,” said Heritage’s managing director of comics and comics art Lon Allen. This comic is the highest graded copy of “Action Comics” #1 that Heritage has handled. The auction will also include a copy of “Amazing Fantasy” #15 (the first appearance of Spider-Man), signed by Stan Lee; Bernie Wrightson’s original cover art for “Swamp Thing” #1; and an “Calvin and Hobbes” comic strip. [Fine Books & Collections]

Creators | Artist Bill Sienkiewicz says he objected to Fox’s reuse of one of his images from “Dazzler” #29 as an album cover in a movie because he felt it was a missed opportunity: “The marketing idea was a good one,” he said. “But they could have generated more goodwill and revenue doing a cross-promotional venture instead of a poor quality reprint that looked like it was pulled from a thumbnail online. They could have paid me to do a higher-res version to sell, an image of Taylor Swift on the cover, or touch this one up. They could have given me copies to sell at my booth. In essence, they’re not optimizing their creative resources.” [Co.Create]

Creators | Former basketball player Kareem Abdul-Jabbar talks about his new comic, “Mycroft Holmes.” [Forbes]

Creators | The Comics Journal reruns a 2000 interview with the late Jack Davis from its archives; the interviewer is cartoonist Jim Woodring. [The Comics Journal]

Creators | Although his doctors have told Australian political cartoonist Larry Pickering that he has less than a year to live, he is determined to keep going for as long as possible. That includes smoking (although he has terminal lung cancer), drawing cartoons and writing columns at his own website, and spending time with his family. [Gold Coast Bulletin]

Exhibits | The University of Iowa Museum of Art has a new exhibit on the history of comics, titled “Silver Linings: Comics and Graphic Novels.” [Vice]

Retailing | The Sacramento, California, comics shop Big Brother Comics, which was severely damaged by fire last month, will reopen in a new location on September 9. Owner Kenny Russell says he lost about $100,000 worth of inventory in the fire, which is still under investigation, and he credited his sister and his customers for rallying around to help with a GoFundMe campaign and a six-pack of beer, among other things. [Sacramento Bee]

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