Doonesbury Catches Flak over Beheading Comic

“Doonesbury” has a strikingly coincidental strip scheduled to run on May 23rd which depicts a head on a platter. Newspapers, which often print their comics pages anywhere from 10-days to 2-weeks in advance of the rest of the paper, are fuming over the cartoon:

“We’re going to have to publish it because we’ve already printed,” Elizabeth McIntyre, the features editor for The Plain Dealer of Cleveland, told the Washington Post. “If I’d known on Wednesday, I could have done something about it.”

Doonesbury” creator Garry Trudeau is expected to release a statement–on the 23rd–offering a mea culpa and explaining that the strip was drawn and delivered for syndication before the Nick Berg decapitation video was released.

Among the major papers stuck with the strip: the Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, the Chicago Tribune, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, and The Star-Ledger of Newark, N.J.

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