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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.

ZONKER'S COMMENT
Glen | Bormes les Mimosas, FRANCE | November 30, 2013

Zonker's comment "Oh Dear" is huge. Zipper makes Zonker look positively knowledgeable and wise.

CRINGING
John Talcott | Kasson, MN | November 30, 2013

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
Margaret Delgatty | Vancouver, CANADA | November 30, 2013

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...

INCEST
Tom | San Francisco, CA | November 30, 2013

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.

BACK
Stephanie Knopp | Philadelphia, PA | November 30, 2013

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!

STORYLINE
Rev. Dr. Bob Faser | Hobart, AUSTRALIA | November 29, 2013

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.

BACK
Dave Johnson | Escondido, CA | November 28, 2013

I'm really glad GBT is back. Life is good.

FAR OUT
James Mitchell | Everett, WA | November 27, 2013

As a former resident of the Woody Creek Tav (yes, some Hunter S. stories abound), this is so "far out"! And yes, John and "Duke" used to both be residents of Woody Creek.

WONDERING
Peter D. Mikkelsen | Pasco, WA | November 27, 2013

I keep wondering why Zonk and Zip don't go to Washington State and hit Mike up for some start-up help, especially since weed's legal in the Evergreen State too. They could revitalize Mike's marketing skills, call the new business something fun like "ZZ Bud," and Zip could enroll at The Evergreen State College if he needs to continue his education. Heck, Zonker'd be a great candidate to teach there...

CREATIVE REASONS
Laura Craig | Corvalis, MT | November 27, 2013

Oh, so wonderful to read that you took a prolonged leave from the strip for creative reasons and not disastrous ones! In the absence of in-depth storylines (you are my main source for what is really going on out there), I took to reading your old books from the library (a grateful pause for our beloved libraries), only to discover that you had covered with much wit and insight back then what is still going on today. So I was initially thinking burn-out, and am glad to hear that you are still at it. I look forward to seeing what new illuminations you can delight us with. Stay safe, dude, and thank you so much for being in my life all these years.

CONSISTENT
Martin Herman | Winter Park, FL | November 27, 2013

Garry, thank you so much for the smile and chuckle you've brought to me on an amazingly consistent level for last many decades. You never disappoint.