Monday, March 28, 2011

It's True

That's right folks, after twenty-two years I've decided to retire my comic strip. It's been an agonizing decision but I've come to the conclusion that the time is right. I'll be doing my last strip at the end of April so there's still some time for me to do a few last cartoons, at least one of which will be self-aggrandizing. I want to thank all you newspapers for your longtime support, and you readers who made it all worthwhile. Finally I'd like to thank GOD, even though I'm an atheist.

Hey, the blog is still alive and I'll be sketching and posting new stuff, just not the weekly strip. And the store is open and ready for business!

35 Comments:

Blogger J. Lemon said...

NOOOOOO!!!!! A sad day but a good innings as we say in England. Good luck with the new endeavors. TT will be greatly missed. One of the all-time great.

10:56 AM  
Anonymous Charlie Hancock said...

Thanks for the many years of incisive, funny work. Along with Tom Tomorrow and Tom Toles, you are one of our greatest political cartoonists.

11:00 AM  
Blogger john said...

That just fucking sucks a whole lot of shit. Fuck.

You know, I've been reading your cartoons for over two decades now. I even bought your comic book! I fondly remember the cartoon you did about dressing up like Tom Wolfe, to try to get a magazine publisher to talk to you.Before the internet, I ent to the library to read back issues of the Progressive, in part becaue they published your cartoon. I wrote a letter in protest to the MPLS City Pages when they dropped your strip. I loyal fan! Something of a geek, even!

And now you're quitting. I can understand not wanting to do work for no money. Especially if the work seems futile. The country is even more of a hopelessly corrupt police state than it waswhen you began.

So I can't say I blame you. And I'm going to resist the urge to insult you for making the decisoin. I'm sure it wasn't easy.

But fuck, man.

11:02 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Drag. You've been one of the few enjoyable political cartoonist. I'll really miss the strip.

11:24 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bummer!

11:54 AM  
Blogger Judas Peckerwood said...

Don't say "retire." Say "taking an open-ended sabbatical." Okay?

1:31 PM  
Anonymous mtk said...

these effing people don't deserve you Dangle. Congrats, I say. Go out with a bang and never look back.

don't agonize.

finalize.

thanks so much for twenty years of really great work. It meant so much to me so many times when I was surrounded by idiots. A great project.

look forward to your new work: commercial, conceptual, literary, fine art and etc.

Demand top pay - you put in the time and you deserve it.

mtk

7:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Been lovin' T-town for a decade plus. Your right-on political commentary will be missed, BIG-TIME. My 8-year old nephew is still enraged that Bill Watterson retired before he was even born.... there will no doubt be a number of yet-to-be-born politically astute kids who will say the same about Lloyd Dangle!!

8:27 PM  
Blogger sensevisual said...

That's sad news.
I'm from Brasil, didn't know Troubletown was runnning for 22 years!
That's a good run, 22 years fighting those bastards.

10:52 PM  
Anonymous Larsen E. Whipsnade said...

OMG, Lloyd! WTF is our country going to do?

(Sorry for cussing.)

Good luck friend.

(WTF?!?)

11:13 PM  
OpenID ronebofh said...

Goddamnit, Dangle, nobody likes a quitter.

11:53 PM  
Blogger mileslarboy said...

I'm really sorry to hear it. I only discovered you last year and really looked forward to your cartoons each week. I even contacted you for this year's dumb terrible calendar which I will now treasure always. I hope that you will still, maybe, once in a while, draw an occasional cartoon for us flounders out here. Thanks for all the ones you've already done.

5:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This post came out four days early, right? Right?

12:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for all the great work and wishing you equal success for the future. We'll miss Troubletown, but even good things can't last forever *sigh*

3:32 PM  
Blogger Rick Yushenko said...

Hope your novel does well - be sure to make an electronic version!

Just out of curiousity, where you part of the San Francisco Bike Messenger community in the Eighties? I vaguely recall you as one of the "Sons of the Wheel", but then again, playing in traffic does strange things to the memory...

4:46 PM  
Blogger dave™© said...

I'm so old I remember when you and Nina Paley had the two strips that were blowing everyone else away in the Bay Guardian, including some kid named Tom Tomorrow. Memories...

7:56 PM  
Blogger Arthur Lauritsen said...

This comic ROCKS! I am looking forward to bigger and better things. An animation movie? Guerrilla street art? Children books? Retro-furniture design? A hip coffee shop?

7:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

V. depressed now.

9:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You will be missed. Your strip has consistently been one of my favorites.

5:23 AM  
Blogger sean said...

ugh. are you and nytimes.com conspiring against me?

5:50 AM  
Blogger Lloyd Dangle said...

Thanks everybody for your kind comments! I really need to do it. Watch the last four cartoons, I might go out with a bang.

10:29 AM  
Anonymous Liebchen said...

Man, I will MISS your strip! Best of luck, and keep blogging.

9:27 AM  
Blogger Darrin Bell said...

Really sad to hear this.

10:43 AM  
Blogger d. merrill said...

Damn, Lloyd!! Gonna miss my weekly dose of T-town. I am also one of those losers who bought that issue of MONKEYWRENCH where you ditched work to go to Coney Island and eat a knish with the girl with the tightest bathing suit you've ever seen. What was that, 20 years ago? Thanks for the laughs and that great chunky caveman brush line - nothing else like it in comics!!

4:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well that sucks.

2:47 AM  
Anonymous Elvis Nixon said...

22 freakin' years?!! But... but... it was just yesterday I was leafing through your first comic book at the Village Whatever in Ann Arbor ... local boy made good (sort of) ... life is over in a flash, like grass in the field, soon to wither, etc. Is this all there is? Dunno how you atheists can stand it.

9:41 PM  
Blogger GJ said...

Wow. Just read your latest shit-stirring breakdown of contemporary class war, and I have to say I'm sad to see the strip go, it was the only reason I even looked in the Guardian, and such a great, hopeful moment turning the pages to your strip knowing I was going to get something good. But I'm sure you're gonna keep doing great stuff and look forward to that. Thanks for kicking ass.

12:20 AM  
Blogger Perry Dorrell, aka PDiddie said...

Yeah, the first thing I did was check the date of this post, hoping it was April 1.

3:44 AM  
Blogger Lois2037 said...

I'm sorry. I've been following Troubletown for its entire run, and I will miss it terribly. :_ (

Good luck in all your future endeavors!

8:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lloyd, I've loved your strip since it first appeared in the SF Bay Guardian. I'll miss it a lot but you know best about what you should do. Good luck with your future projects.

--
Bruce T.

11:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am so sorry to hear that you are retiring Troubletown. It was by far, my favorite part of reading the Mercury.

Thank you so much.

4:57 PM  
Blogger albert said...

Best wishes! "Friends and foes in the region" may be the best political cartoon ever.

1:40 AM  
Blogger Bob C said...

Thank you for all of those great cartoons. Thank you, thank you, THANK you!

9:45 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

well good luck to you LD! i've really enjoyed your strip over the years. from portland oregon.

11:26 AM  
Blogger Bill Russell said...

Thanks for all the Troubletown, Lloyd. Does this mean there's no more trouble?

12:16 PM  

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