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" In their heyday, comics were a dominant force in popular culture, but that's over. "
" 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. "
" I've never taken any issue off the table for lack of suitability. Only for lack of imagination. "
" 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. "
" In Palm Springs, they think homelessness is caused by bad divorce lawyers. "
" Humor can inform and break down stigma, which is a huge issue in the military. "
" There is nothing worse than annotated humour. "
" 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. "
" Satire is a form of social control, it's what you do. It's not personal. It's a job. "
" 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. "
" I'm still passionately interested in what my fellow humans are up to. For me, a day spent monitoring the passing parade is a day well-spent. "
" The systematic dismantling of reproductive rights, much like the takedown of collective bargaining, has been taking place in full view. "
" The strips about the military do seem to provoke moving and thoughtful responses. It's nice when the strip resonates, but more importantly, I need to know when I'm getting something wrong. The last thing I want to do is contribute to the suffering that wounded warriors already endure. "
" 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. "
" I don't want to sound disingenuous here - controversy is obviously good for business, especially if your business is satire. And it does amplify the discussion - in my view, a good thing. "
" 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. "
" Because I was a diminutive, arty kid, I felt like a misfit in high school - but who doesn't? "
" 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? "
" 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? "
" I just happen to have one of those skill sets that allows me to work in my underwear. "
" I'm never happier than when I'm not working. The strip is a job - that's why I take money for it. It's a job I'm passionate about, but it's a job I totally leave in the studio when I walk out of here, unless I'm late and I have to work at home. I never think of the strip unless I'm compelled to. "
" I'm a pointillist, just working my tiny little piece of the canvas. I'm not so good at perspective. "
" I've been getting pulled from newspapers for my entire career. "
" 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. "
" Becoming the new feminine ideal requires just the right combination of insecurity, exercise, bulimia and surgery. "
" Comic-strip artists generally have very modest ambitions. Day to day, we labor to fit together all these little moving parts - a character or two, a few lines of dialogue, framing, pacing, payoff - but we certainly don't think of them adding up over time to some larger portrait of our times. "
" 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. "
" When you're young, you don't feel iconoclastic - you're just kind of doing what seems natural, what moves you. "
" Coming up with ideas is really hard - they don't spontaneously pop into my head while I'm cutting vegetables. "