MICHAEL DOONESBURY is on the move. The strip that was first set on one “WaPo” — Walden Pond — will now have a home on a second one: The Washington Post.
Doonesbury.com, formerly hosted by Slate, will now “live exclusively” on The Post’s website, the paper is announcing this morning.
Garry Trudeau, creator of the Pulitzer-winning strip, tells The Post’s Comic Riffs that he is “very excited” by the move.
“More than just your average fan site,” The Post says in the announcement, ”Doonesbury.com is a place where readers can interact with the strip and its characters through fresh content and features like daily videos, links to news stories, a regular Straw Poll, character bios, a Doonesbury timeline and more.”
The site’s regular features include a reader-comment forum (Blowback), an area that spotlights posts by members of the military and their supporters (The Sandbox), the latest true-life sound bites of political mudslinging (Mudline), plus 46 years of archived strips (if you count the two years of Yale Strips).
Trudeau is on an open-ended hiatus from the daily strip (“Doonesbury” Sundays are still fresh) while he works on a second season of his political comedy “Alpha House” for Amazon Studios. Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, of course, owns The Post.
You can check out the full new site by clicking Doonesbury.com.