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  1. I’m confused by the camera angles and set design. Based on the last panel, the girl is standing in front of the teacher’s desk with a microphone. And then she somehow got the video to play on her teacher’s computer?

    Unless this is part of the missed joke? (I’m “only” 46 so maybe I’m missing something)

  2. “And please note that all we’re discussing here are the comics strips in question themselves”

    Must . . . stay . . . on . . . topic! Gah! [Gives up, abandons site for the day.]

  3. I had to laugh out loud at that one. Yeah, maybe it’s a geezer thing. Heck, I have the paperback [somewhere …] but for anyone who lived through Watergate, I think this comic rang really true. As true as the original did. If that doesn’t count as discussing the comic, sue me.

  4. O.K., just in case there are any puzzled non-geezers here, for the record this is “Megaphone Mark” Slackmeyer from the DOONESBURY strip, recapping one of its most famous moments (and the title of one of its collections).

    I’m such a geezer that I even recall when Mark wasn’t gay (or at least hadn’t realized he was).

  5. As noted, it’s the title of one of the collections, so it’s a bit less geezerish than it would be otherwise. OTOH, that’s a *really*old* book.

  6. I didn’t remember it ’til I googled ‘guilty! guilty guilty guilty’, not really expecting any results, but there it was and then I remembered it.

  7. I agree with WW – while this strip clearly needs a geezer tag (the panel it quotes is at least 45 years old), it would be extremely difficult to conduct a proper discussion about it without drawing parallels to current events. Nevertheless, it should be noted that Trudeau got into a fair bit of journalistic hot water with his premature (but ultimately 100% correct) evaluation of #37.

  8. P.S. Even if the strip did refer specifically to Mitchell, it was clearly intended (and understood) as an indictment of the entire administration.
    P.P.S. I was also a little off with my age estimate: it was 46.5 years ago.

  9. “Perhaps to the general public but not to comic strip afficianadios?”

    Outside of comic strip afficianados no-one would have gotten this reference 40 years ago. So no, not a geezer tag.

    It might be a geezer tag *among* afficianados.

    …..

    “I’m such a geezer that I even recall when Mark wasn’t gay”

    It counts as geezerhood to have read Doonesbury before the Sabatical Reboot of 83-85? Pfffffff.

  10. @CloonBounty About the camera angles: She is broadcasting to the school. The teacher (actually, I think it’s the principal) is watching in her office, on her own computer.

  11. Trudeau quoted this strip in a recent Sunday strip. Maybe not exactly recent, from two years ago: Oct. 22nd, 2017

  12. Not only did Trudeau quite the strip a couple of years ago, that particular panel shows up a lot in the comments sections of more politically-oriented sites on a very regular basis.

  13. @ DemetriosX – Trudeau quit producing the daily strip, but he’s still writing the Sunday pages. According to Wikipedia: “Doonesbury is written and penciled by Garry Trudeau, then inked and lettered [and colored] by an assistant…“

  14. @Kilby. Whoops, that was a typo. I meant to write “quote the strip” as Findus noted. I think the panel has been out there enough in the last couple of years that it’s exempt from a geezer tag.

  15. I don’t remember the Doonesbury strip being controversial enough for the Boston Globe to not print it. However, I do remember two consecutive daily strips the Boston Globe found too controversial to print. The first one was a series of views of a city, from a closer perspective each time, progressing toward a particular window in a particular building which we did not see until the second strip, and not even then because the Globe didn’t print either of them.

  16. @Mark in Boston: Ah, the famous “Joanie boinked Rick” sequence. How . . . Bostonian . . . to censor those.

  17. CloonBounty: “I’m confused by the camera angles and set design. Based on the last panel, the girl is standing in front of the teacher’s desk with a microphone. And then she somehow got the video to play on her teacher’s computer?

    It’s two different desks. The girl (Cynthia) is making her news show behind a desk in a studio. The show is recorded then put on the school’s LAN. The teacher is watching the show on her own computer.

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