Garry Trudeau is one of the main political and humanitarian artists of the last three decades. He was born Garretson Beekman Trudeau in New York City in 1948, and raised in Saranac Lake. He attended Yale University, and was a cartoonist and writer for The Yale Record. He also organized several cultural events during this time with the Record, and he was a member of Yale's secret Scroll and Key society. He also created a comic strip called 'Bull Tales', that moved to the Yale Daily News in 1969. Universal Press Syndicate bought the strip and started selling it nationwide to over 400 newspapers under the title 'Doonesbury'.
Trudeau earned his master of fine arts degree in graphic design from the Yale School of Art in 1973. He has worked as a writer and essayist for such publications as Harper's, Rolling Stone, The New Republic, The New Yorker, New York, The Washington Post, The New York Times and Time Magazine. In 1974, Trudeau published a book together with Von Hoffman, 'The Fireside Watergate', which became a best-seller.
In his long career, Trudeau has made several political statements within his comics, and has been groundbreaking in dealing with topics like homosexuality in comic strips. He also has been a strong advocate of cartoonists' rights. According to his syndicate's site, 'Doonesbury' "has chronicled American history and culture in a parallel universe". By 2015, 'Doonesbury' is still syndicated to over 1000 daily and Sunday newspapers worldwide. In 1975, Trudeau was the first comic strip artist to win the Pulitzer Prize, followed by the Rueben Award in 1996.
The 'Doonesbury' strip has been made into an animated short film in 1977 and a Broadway musical in 1984. Trudeau has worked as a scriptwriter on several satirical theater and television productions, including 'Rap Master Ronnie' with Elizabeth Swados (1984-1988) and 'Tanner '88' (1988) and 'Tanner on Tanner' (2004) with Robert Altman. He is also the creator, writer and co-producer of the political sit-com 'Alpha House' for Amazon Studios, starring John Goodman.