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NO FAIR!
Brian Harvey | Berkeley, CA | July 09, 2017

No fair! I want to see the front of the painting!

THE ZEITGEIST
Shooshie Roberts | Dallas, TX | July 09, 2017

In his famous image "The Persistence of Memory" Dali addressed worlds that linger only in our minds. Of course, he did it in a highly stylized manner which may not immediately have meaning to many viewers. In today's Sunday strip, Trudeau nailed it yet again for anyone who has reached the age of Boomers. By now, we're each leading at least a double life, if not multitudinal, and there are tender moments that persist, if only in memory, which are yet uncomfortable when we dig them up. Wouldn't it be nice if Kim had the maturity to allow Mike a moment? Of course, Mike would have to be mature enough to emerge from his reverie and stuff it back down from where it came. We do have our responsibilities within the present. Nevertheless, when I skip joyfully down Flashback Lane and see the treasures Trudeau has left for us, I'm still amazed that one person has managed to capture all that and keep on going in life and in creativity and work, having encapsulated so brilliantly the zeitgeist of each era, if not each day. Is this some kind of Jedi Mind Trick? Well, it is whatever it is; once again I pay my respects. It's becoming a habit, sincerely offered. You just can't imagine what it means to me, probably to all of us, to have this breadcrumb trail into the past. Like the tendrils of the mind, its significance now reaches into dim shadows only visible in hindsight. I'm sure Dali would agree.

THE FACTS
Rick Brown | Cleveland, OH | July 08, 2017

As I have followed our president's statements I am reminded of an early strip in which Mike is the editor of the Walden College newspaper and questions Zonker about the facts and sources for a scandalous story he's written about the college president. Check it out here.

TRUMP
Paradoctor | San Francisco, CA | July 07, 2017

I wonder if cartoon Trump ever paid J.J., because not paying the help is real Trump's business model.

RIDICULE
Roger Webb | Little Rock, AR | July 06, 2017

Today's Classic strip underlines the difficulty in dealing with Trump. When he emerged as a presidential candidate, I suspected that the best way to attack him would be ridicule. Anyone with such an enormous ego would not be able to stand being laughed at. Wrong. You have to have enough self-consciousness to know you're being ridiculed. Trump is pretty much beyond reach.

NECKWEAR
McAlvie | Baltimore, MD | July 05, 2017

In today's timely Classic strip I couldn't help but notice that Trump wore his ties at a much more normal length 30 years ago. By my estimate his current neckwear must run close to six feet, end to end.

TOSS-UP
Ronald | North Little Rock, AR | July 05, 2017

Wow, it's a toss-up whether the years have been less kind to The Donald in the strip or in real-life...

TRUMP L'OEIL
Tony Phillips | Chicago, IL | July 05, 2017

Trump l'oeil ! So funny almost 30 years ago, and now the laugh is on us.

DOUBTFUL
Bruce Bendix | Saginaw, MI | July 04, 2017

Regarding the July 4th Classic strip: I think it doubtful Trump has ever heard of, much less read of, either the Parting of the Red Sea or the Coronation of Catherine the Great.

SUSPICIONS
Ben F. | Culver City, CA | July 04, 2017

In today's classic strip Honey and J.J. speak to each other as strangers meeting for the first time although they were roommates when J.J. was in college. Maybe they are trying to avoid arousing the suspicions of a certain future president.

INSULTS
Donald Kelly | Williamsburg, VA | June 30, 2017

Recently, while reading Yuge! : 30 Years of Doonesbury on Trump, I came to the strip where Trump is promoting his brand of insults for use by school kids. On the list of what I take to be actual Trump attacks, I saw "goofball atheist." As an atheist and someone who does not support our president, I felt great knowing that Trump had targeted me, indirectly, for my lack of religious faith. Do you know who he directed the insult toward?

Editor's Note:

 Trump used the phrase in this tweet about firing magician Penn Jillette from "The Apprentice."

JUST WORDS
Chris W. | US of A | June 25, 2017

I guess the Red Rascal was unable to think of stabbing people in Brussels with a knife until the attacks this march, and the attacks on the police last October. Or maybe he knew that Obama's various complaints were just words and not an actual order to rid the POTUS of those troublesome "free riders." The Rascal's adventures have gotten so complicated since he won the war...

END TABLE
Ronald | North Little Rock, AR | June 21, 2017

I wonder how the end table in today's Classic strip is supporting itself. Those legs look a little wobbly...

CHARACTERS
Neal G. Dunkleberg | Conesus, NY | June 19, 2017

Your vast collection of characters and their adventures have cheered my day for many years. Thanks!

DESERVING
Cathy Ruta | Napanee, CANADA | June 17, 2017

I am loving Roland's tweets. His concern about being deserving of our attention is unnecessary. The time spent reading his tweets is definitely time well wasted.

BACKSTORY
M. McLaughlin | US of A | June 16, 2017

Fans of American satire will enjoy this bit of backstory.

FAKE NEWS
Peter | Holliston, MA | June 14, 2017

The strips on the MyFacts hotline are another case of Doonesbury leaking into the "real." (I put it in quotes because I'm not sure how real it is any more.) According to this article, anyone with enough cash can have fake new created for them.

HAVING IT ALL
Jahn Ghalt | Anchorage, AK | June 12, 2017

 The 30-years-ago-today Doonesbury Flashback strip nicely complements Garry Trudeau's long-running cultural critique. Since the late '70s, educated women have been "privileged" to add to the homemaking and child-rearing duties that their mothers took on. Then (and now) they "have it all" -- they get to bring home the bacon as well as fry it.

PORIZKOVA
Roger Webb | Little Rock, AR | June 11, 2017

As Doonesbury finishes a week of reruns with Boopsie on a Sports Illustrated swimsuit photo shoot, Paulina Porizkova, who gets my vote as the most beautiful SI model of all time, has an Op-Ed piece in the New York Times. Doonesbury people, I think, would enjoy this. She writes engagingly about feminism and the role of women in different countries. That she is funny, insightful, and a fine writer seems somehow unfair. I wonder if she knew in her SI days that she was selling sportswear. The notion of a sweeps week for cartoons was for me the second LOL moment of the week.

LAST FRAME
Mike | NEW JERSEY | June 10, 2017

I'm looking at Boopsie and the gratuitous girl in today's classic strip, and then in the last frame I realize Trudeau is poking fun at guys such as me.