I never saw the warning signs. There were no announcements of any spats or anything like that. No indications of contract disputes, notices of retirement, of anything in the obits. I suspect All of a sudden Doonesbury was no longer a part of the Vancouver Sun.

I think I know what happened. I think the strip was on a collision course with a Texas style abortion. I suppose the editors thought That might offend my ultra conservative tendencies. But the cartoon and the cartoonist has been stirring the pot ever since its inception

Doonesbury has been my all-time favourite comic strip for well over forty years. In both my eating and reading habits I am a best- for- laster. I eat, read and otherwise consume the best part for last. I’m a dessert type of guy.

But my system has been turned  akimbo. I have nothing to look forward top. Now I spend my days looking for my last laugh, but it’s not there. I’m turning into a cranky old fart for lack of Doonesbury. There is nothing there that is funny enough to be saved for last so I can’t read the funnies at all because they’re not.

When they first yanked the strip, there was a great gaping hole on the right side of the page. I thought that the strip might come back once the procedure was finished.

It wasn’t.

Instead, the increased the sizes of the other strips to make me think I’m getting value for my subscription.

I’m not. I feel ripped off. I miss Duke’s hallucinations. I miss Boopsie.

Wait a minute,

The Vancouver Sun is trying to give subscribers more by having additional stries on line. I’m a subscriber, so maybe I’ll find Doonesbury on line.

Give me a minute …           

Ha! I just created an online account. I had trouble at first. It didn’t like my postal code. Then it didn’t like my password.  Finally I got there

No Comics at all!

I suppose the Vancouver Province is going to take away my Dilbert next.

I sense the death of humour.

Mike Broderick , a one- time archaeologist, is a Vocational Rehabilitation Counsellor with the Fraser Health Authority in Port Coquitlam where he helps people with mental health disabilities find and keep full or part time employment .

He WAS the Employment Specialist for the Neil Squire Society in Burnaby where he found employment for people with physical disabilities, A Supported Employment Coordinator at THEO BC (now the Open Door Group), and a case manager at Community Fisheries Development Centre where he helped people move from the fishing industry to something else because there, “Aint no fish.” This means he is VERY familiar with how a modern day resume should look.

He is an active ambassador with the Vancouver Board of Trade and a member of the Labour Task Force of the Burnaby Board of Trade He does some work as a field Archaeologist, is a fitness instructor and frequent contributor of fitness humour articles to Alive Magazine. He is always saying, “If you can’t be fit, you can at least be funny.”

He lives in Port Coquitlam with his spouse Cecelia. You can reach him at home at or at 604-464-4105. If you’re looking for a career change, he is the Spin Doctor and can give you a resume makeover at competitive rates.




  1. Sharon Says:

    Gone! Hopefully Gary and Jane are on vacation.
    Our paper is running Doonesbury reruns of the time Melissa spoke to a high school group and a girl asked about sexual harassment in the military.
    I want my Doonesbury back!

  2. Doug Says:

    Zzzzzzzz I quit reading his stale old stuff years ago. I just noticed it was reruns and wondered if he died or something…

  3. Krystal Says:

    Supposedly Doonesbury went on a Summer break, to return around Labour Day; but now that’s been extended for another 10?!? weeks because Trudeau is doing a tv-series (it sounds like).
    I know what you mean about saving-the-best-for-last, that goes without saying for our household when it comes to good food (dessert for sure, bacon, need I say more?) … and comics. Now Betty and Overboard fill that void. Overboard took awhile to win me over, but has done so, many times.
    Hope this info helps … and we can live to see Doonesbury rightfully restored to the Sun’s funnies page, tho’ I am using that term loosely. (funnies, that is, since that page sure has gotten stale over the years and I know their excuse is loss of readership….but when you serve crap in your diner, no one comes to sit at your counter!)

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