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IED
Graeme Roberts | Birmingham, UK | December 03, 2017

The 10-years-ago-today-strip... I've been working up to it with a lump in my throat, for the second or third time. Upside of the IED; one of the strip’s most likeable characters, and a side of B.D. I didn’t think he was capable of.

MARK
Rod Paynter | Powell River, CANADA | December 02, 2017

In today's Classic strip from 1989, Mark appears to have his hand up Gail's sleeve. No wonder he's looking smug!

STRIP
Keith Larson | Escondido, CA | December 02, 2017

In the strip, society seems so orderly and organized, unlike the chaos of the real world under Trump. Can I come live there please?

DIBS
Donna Christopher | Lucerne, CA | November 30, 2017

Roland's "Dibs on his office (after steam cleaning)" is quite an appropriate little gem considering all the boorish behavior exhibited by our "leadership," in Washington and elsewhere, that has recently come to light.

LINE
Gaylon Kent | Hayden, CO | November 29, 2017

Today's Phil Slackmeyer line ("Mark, I didn't plan for this to happen...Well, yes I did.") is, for my money, one of GBT's all-time funniest.

MARRY HARRY
Matthew | London, UK | November 27, 2017

Well, well, well. It looks like one of Sam's rivals in the holding area for American girls who wanted to marry Harry has got there.

IRONY
Edward Cherlin | Columbus, IN | November 26, 2017

Go, Roland! It's wonderful how much irony you can do with no sense of irony. Props to "failing cartoonist."

@REALRBH
Niki | Montreal, CANADA | November 26, 2017

I see what you're doing there. A few weeks ago, Roland seemed actually to twig to Trump's crooked agenda. Now his tweets reveal what's really going on: even @realRBH can't put lipstick on a pitbull anymore. #TheTruthIsOutThere

SHORAKAPKOCK
Thomas Shoesmith | New York, NY | November 24, 2017
Simon Moya-Smith's comment quoted as today's "Say What?" really resonates. No shopping today for me. I'm going walking and birding at Shorakapkock, site of a seasonal encampment at the tip of Manhattan (and possibly the spot where Peter Minuit made the famous land deal), right near the shore of Mahicanituk.* Happy Heritage Day!

*Spellings from R. S. Grumet, 1981

LOMA PRIETA
Dean Mitchell | Santa Cruz, CA | November 21, 2017

Thanks for taking us back to the Loma Prieta earthquake with this week's storyline. There have been so many disasters since, one forgets.

PERSUASIONS
Anthony Palermo | Buxton, ME | November 19, 2017

I love today's Persuasions video. Frank Zappa was a fan, and produced an album called "Frankly Acappella," where they performed his music!

STILL ENJOY
W.W. B. | Concord, CA | November 17, 2017

I just turned 50 years old a few weeks ago. As an individual whose parents did not encourage television, when I was still in elementary school I found Doonesbury -- a comic I still enjoy, both in the newspaper and in the books I own. Your work is wonderful! And Uncle Duke is in the dollhouse I built and decorated on my own. Fare thee well.

MR. BUTTS
Ronald | North Little Rock, AR | November 16, 2017

I presume that Mr. Butts knows that what he's saying is right-wing Reaganite propaganda. In which case it doesn't make much sense for him to be spewing it to the one entity(?) in the world who more than anyone else knows just how true it isn't.

CALM RATIONALITY
John Ghalt | Anchorage, AK | November 16, 2017

Good to see that GBT was (in the guise of Mr. Jay) the voice of calm rationality vis-à-vis pleasure drugs. The contrast with the blustering prohibitionist (and tobacco propagandist) Mr. Butts was (and still is) illuminating. Butts may be right in one narrow way; given that Prohibition makes pot and the rest of the pleasure drugs more available to kids than liquor, pot may actually be a "gateway" to booze.

NOT FUNNY?
Mary Collins | Long Creek, SC | November 16, 2017

Trump not funny? Maybe not intentionally. But pointing out his absurdities in GT's incomparable way is what many of us fans live for!

TRUMP
Grant H. | Hamilton, CANADA | November 16, 2017

To paraphrase yesterday's Say What? Trump quote: "While in the Philippines I was forced to confront reality, which I have not done in months, and again realized how bad, and fake, it is. Loser!" Please keep punching. Looking back, via the Doonesbury Flashbacks page, anyone can see how you keep on a theme for multiple strips. It's an education in recent history.

SMOKING TIP
Amphibious | Donegal, IRELAND | November 15, 2017

Yesterday we saw Mr. Jay pinch out his smoking tip, but in today's strip, Duke is sucking that end...

NOT FUNNY
Travis Thornhill | Austin, TX | November 15, 2017

I've looked at your old comics online; they used to be funny. Please make a new type of comic not involving Trump, because whenever I read the comics Sunday morning it's not funny anymore.

REGRET
Ash | Chandler, AZ | November 12, 2017

I loved today's strip -- but you forgot about the further comment Obama made that night, one I think we will all live to regret: "Say what you will about Mr. Trump, he certainly would bring some change to the White House." Sigh...

REALITY
Terry D. McGee | Sydney, AUSTRALIA | November 12, 2017

It seems that Mark Slackmeyer has identified the exact historical moment when reality was changed by one Obama joke too many, moving the presidential spotlight onto Donald Trump, where it was captured and held, for no light can escape a centre of gravity as vast and dense as his ego.