By: E&P Staff
“Doonesbury” creator Garry Trudeau not only received the President’s Award for Excellence in the Arts on Friday from the Vietnam Veterans of America. He and his B.D. character also were named lifetime members of the VVA, according to a Saturday article in Tucson’s Arizona Daily Star.
The cartoonist received the award at the VVA’s Tucson conference for his portrayal of B.D.’s difficult recovery from losing a leg in Iraq and for various other “Doonesbury” story lines throughout the years.
Trudeau, whose comic appears in about 1,400 newspapers via Universal Press Syndicate, told the 400 conference attendees: “It’s humbling to receive an award for storytelling in a room of people so filled with stories.”
Previous recipients of the VVA honor included entertainer Bob Hope, choreographer Twyla Tharp, Associated Press correspondent Terry Anderson, and others.
ComicsReporter.com linked to Jeff Commings’ Daily Star story.