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" As far as I'm concerned, there is no subject that's off the table. "
" In their heyday, comics were a dominant force in popular culture, but that's over. "
" Well, it's a humor strip, so my first responsibility has always been to entertain the reader... But if, in addition, I can help move readers to thought and judgment about issues that concern me, so much the better. "
" Lives have been altered in fundamental ways, and later, after they acquire a more complete understanding of what goals are actually attainable, many are left facing a lot of pain and frustration. And yet, there's no culture of complaint. "
" I try to take people one at a time, with all the contradictions and compromises that most of us live with. "
" For the most part, editors no longer view 'Doonesbury' as a rolling provocation, which is fine by me. It makes no sense to intentionally antagonize the very people on whose support you most depend. "
" I don't think so, but it's always in the back of my mind that many of the soldiers being wounded and killed in Iraq are about the same age as my kids. My godson is going over soon, so the war's about to get personal for me. "
" Because I was a diminutive, arty kid, I felt like a misfit in high school - but who doesn't? "
" I've been getting pulled from newspapers for my entire career. "
" There's always been some concern that adult subject matter should be quarantined from a page that attracts children. Unlike late at night, when 'South Park' and 'Colbert' are on, impressionable minds are wide awake when the newspaper arrives. "
" In any event, it's not exactly a secret to regular readers what my views on the war are. "
" Having stretched the boundaries some, I'm perfectly content now to work within them. 'Doonesbury' doesn't need to become 'South Park.' You won't ever see any singing turds. "
" In Palm Springs, they think homelessness is caused by bad divorce lawyers. "
" I try not to second-guess editors; they're the clients, and I have no expectation that my strip is going to make it into every paper every day. "
" When you're young, with less on the line, it's easier to be audacious, to experiment. So I introduced the concerns of my generation - politics, sex, drugs, rock-and-roll, etc. - to the comics page, which for many years caused a rolling furor. "
" Comic strips are like a public utility. They're supposed to be there 365 days a year, and you're supposed to be able to hit the mark day after day. "
" I think it's very dangerous for people who do anything that's public to venture on the Web and check out what people are saying about them. Yes, you're bound to find things that will delight you - but you also find things that will make you brood and feel bad about yourself. Why would you intentionally invite that into your life? "
" There is nothing worse than annotated humour. "
" Commencement speeches were invented largely in the belief that outgoing college students should never be released into the world until they have been properly sedated. "
" That's what fiction writers do: create characters and do terrible things to them for the entertainment of others. If they feel guilty enough, they write happy endings. "
" I've been trying for some time to develop a lifestyle that doesn't require my presence. "
" Any time you bring sexuality into the comics pages, you have to brace for pushback. "
" I'm a pointillist, just working my tiny little piece of the canvas. I'm not so good at perspective. "
" Satire is a form of social control, it's what you do. It's not personal. It's a job. "
" I've never taken any issue off the table for lack of suitability. Only for lack of imagination. "
" Coming up with ideas is really hard - they don't spontaneously pop into my head while I'm cutting vegetables. "
" When you're young, you don't feel iconoclastic - you're just kind of doing what seems natural, what moves you. "
" Life is like a movie-since there aren't any commercial breaks, you have to get up and go to the bathroom in the middle of it. "
" Humor can inform and break down stigma, which is a huge issue in the military. "
" I found that not having a public profile was not hurting the work, and it freed me up to be the satirist I wanted to be. "
" Medical decisions have been politicized. What doctor wants a state legislator in his consulting room? "