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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.

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.