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ALEX AND TOGGLE
McAlvie | Baltimore, MD | December 05, 2013

Go, Alex! Everybody picks on her, but in an era when graduates are mooching off mom and dad and living in the basement because the world didn't throw jobs at them when they graduated, Alex and Toggle (he'll always be Toggle to me) are making it work on their own, even if it means waiting tables. I say they are an inspiration.

NEVER
Eugene Palmer | Kentfield, CA | December 04, 2013

A mug of coffee should never be allowed on top of a soundboard...

HATIN'
Martin Snapp | Berkeley, CA | December 04, 2013

I don't know why people are hatin' on Alex. And on Joanie. Joanie did what she had to do. (If you weren't alive in the early '70s, you wouldn't understand.) Just because Alex has admitted that she needs a little help doesn't make her a bad mother.

A DIFFERENT ROLE
Eileen | Paris, FRANCE | December 04, 2013

Nobody feels quite up to the task of mothering, and I don't see that Alex is abandoning anybody engaging help with it. I had the incredible good luck of having a live-in nanny the first seven years of my children's life (also a part-time live-in sister and a live-in husband). The neighbors called the sitter their "other mother." They've recently been to visit her in Spain with my (our) three grandsons, and her reactions to all of them couldn't be more adorably opinionated. She's a lifelong blessing for them. I love my weekend grandmothering, but I've come round to agreeing that it's better for the grandparents not to be the sitter. It's quite a different rôle.

UNKNOWN
Tim Shephard | Gibsons, CANADA | December 03, 2013

I really don't get why Alex would recruit an unknown nanny with unknown morals and ethics after rebuffing her dad and Kim. Does she think they're not capable? Of all my friends, the only ones that ever did that are the ones that are estranged from their parents.

NANNY
Sue Lester | Comstock Park, MI | December 03, 2013

If there's going to be a new nanny character, I hope it's a dudette as cool for Eli and Danny as Zonker was for Sam.

AN ACCOMPLISHED WOMAN
Kathy Wolf | Groton, NY | December 03, 2013

I find Alex's list of what she would be looking for in a nanny interesting. I was in the same boat 26 years ago, but I was only looking for someone for a few hours, several days a week. I had a Ph.D. and had a certain notion of what an accomplished woman was. The woman I hired to help with my two infants had finished high school and married and had a child immediately. At the point she entered my life she had three children aged three to fifteen. When I interviewed her I found her pleasant and competent -- but not what I would have called "accomplished."

As I got to know her I found she kept her home beautifully. She decorated it with her craft projects. She had lovely flower gardens. She kept a large and productive vegetable garden from which she preserved food. She did sewing projects to supplement income. She watched school children before and after school. Then she came to my house with her three-year-old. She cared for my babies beautifully, giving me time to sleep or go out to shop (or whatever) by myself. She did my laundry and basic house cleaning. My ideas of an accomplished woman did an about-face.

TOGGLE
Shannon Westrup | Crocker, MO | December 03, 2013

Toggle is an ornery pup, and a perfect foil for Alex. He just slays me.

REALITY
Benjamin Smeall | Green Bay, WI | December 03, 2013

I believe the message that Garry Trudeau is trying to convey is that in reality, to be a primary caretaker is more than a full-time job. It's more like a full-time-and-a-half job. As stated in the common expression, "It takes a village to raise a child." Let's face it, there is very little support in today's society for those who are brave enough to nurture a new generation.

ANGST
Peter Mikkelsen | Pasco, WA | December 03, 2013

Today's strip: Alex's angst on display. Gee, if only Mike and Kim had kept that condo next door. I wonder who they sold it to.

A LINE OF MOTHERS
Roger Webb | Little Rock, AR | December 02, 2013

Alex is the third in a line of mothers who, up to this point, would not win any prizes. We met her grandmother 40 years ago, running away from home and her daughter. Alex was born on cable TV, 25 years ago this week, to J.J., who left her with Mike in order to run off with Zeke. Both nature and nurture would suggest that Alex is a high risk mother, and that is supported by her frequent outbursts of egocentrism. I, however, will be amazed and distraught (I take these characters way too seriously) if Alex turns out to be anything less than a sterling mother. I'm looking forward to watching this play out.

ABANDONED
Christopher Woerner | New York, NY | December 02, 2013

J.J. abandoned Alex, just like she had been abandoned by Joanie. Alex is carrying on the proud family tradition of leaving her children for others to raise, and even getting started before they're potty-trained. How third-wave feminist can you get?

NEW STRIPS
Carol Jackson | Los Lunas, NM | December 01, 2013

I'm so glad new strips are back. I missed your wit and wisdom, Mr. Trudeau. I've been reading the strip since the early 80s, and will continue for as long as you keep drawing it.

SANITY
Pam Fitzgerald | Ottawa, CANADA | December 01, 2013

I'm glad to hear you are well, and were just on sabbatical. You've helped me keep my sanity and made me laugh every day. Thanks lots, my wonderful friend.

CARTOON TRADITION
David Ferrier | Edmonton, CANADA | December 01, 2013

I see that today's strip continues a cartoon tradition stretching back 200 years!

TODAY'S STRIP
Peter Mikkelsen | Pasco, WA | December 01, 2013

Today's strip is a scathingly brilliant satire. It is truly larity in its hi-effing-est form.

ATIN-LAY
Ed Cherlin | Columbus, IN | December 01, 2013

Ceterum censeo gerrymandram esse delendam.

ONCE AGAIN
Karen Hale | San Diego, CA | December 01, 2013

Once again GBT blows me away with his strip. So glad he is back and making sense of the senseless.

A LONG WAY
John Brennand | Langley, CANADA | November 30, 2013

To borrow a phrase that came of age in the early feminist movement, "We've come a long way, baby!" Who would have thought two straight guys would have to worry about coming out of the closet to avoid blowing their marketing plan?

GIVES ME PAUSE
Karen | Huntington, WV | November 30, 2013

The current story line gives me pause. Zonker certainly leapt on the "buds for bros" campaign with zeal. Could it be? Has Zonker ever had a significant other of any gender? Somehow, attractive though Zonk is, I don't even recall a hookup.