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Toggle is an ornery pup, and a perfect foil for Alex. He just slays me.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
Today's strip is a scathingly brilliant satire. It is truly larity in its hi-effing-est form.
Ceterum censeo gerrymandram esse delendam.
Once again GBT blows me away with his strip. So glad he is back and making sense of the senseless.
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?
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.
Zonker's comment "Oh Dear" is huge. Zipper makes Zonker look positively knowledgeable and wise.
I find myself cringing when it still seems socially acceptable to ridicule the homosexual stereotype. I realize that humor really can't have boundaries. And as Mark Twain said, "Against the assault of laughter, nothing can stand." So I hope and trust that you, Mr. Trudeau, will use this powerful force to bury the last remaining stereotypes.
Grin. Or maybe even LOL! Who but GBT could have come up with the particular twist on the gay issue exemplified by the current Zonker/Zip storyline...
What's with the incest in Doonesbury? First Jeff macks on his niece Alex when she visits Walden, now Zonker is "living a lie" with his nephew Zipper? Even here in SF, that's creepy.
Doonesbury is back! All's right with the world! I can't express how much I missed my daily fix of your wit and wisdom, though the reruns were appreciated. Your strip is the very last thing I read in the paper. It gives me the strength to face the day after all the mayhem and nonsense in the news. Live long and prosper, Garry!
I like the Zonker / Zipper storyline. I don't know if Zonker is becoming his nephew's new Jeff, of if Zipper is becoming his uncle's new Mike/B.D./Boopsie, but please keep 'em coming.
I'm really glad GBT is back. Life is good.