Artist: Erika Hamberg
Concept: David Mundstock
Art Borrowed From Gary Trudeau
In 1976 I wanted a Doonesbury character to encourage students to register in Berkeley as part of the campus voter registration drive. (Another Doonesbury character had just attended law school in Berkeley.)
I picked Zonker Harris for this role because of his enthusiasm. Zonker might also appeal to less electoral people for whom registering to vote was not automatic. The poster is full of relevant information about registering to vote at one's college address without any waiting period and registering again if you move. Repetition of these facts was important because there are always so many new students.
The poster was an artistic success, reprinted in subsequent years. I always hoped Gary Trudeau would accept the poster as a complement, not a copyright violation.