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Garry Trudeau plans hiatus from daily ‘Doonesbury’

Saying that newspaper comic strips aren’t as influential as they used to be, Garry Trudeau will put daily production of “Doonesbury” on long-term hiatus beginning Feb. 24. Instead, he plans to focus on “Alpha House,” an original Web series that he’s helped create for Amazon. Trudeau will continue producing his Sunday strip, his syndicate Universal Uclick confirmed Tuesday.

“It’s now become common — even necessary — for my colleagues in art and journalism to move laterally as the media landscape changes,” Trudeau wrote in an e-mail Tuesday. “The comics were once an enormously influential part of the cultural conversation, but now it’s streaming video that’s a leading edge. We all have to adapt. I do plan to return to the strip — I see myself as a lifer — but the field obviously isn’t as robust as it was when I was starting out.”

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