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NEW STORY ARCS
Chris Parkins | London, ENGLAND | December 07, 2014

Six new story arcs! Hopefully this indicates the forthcoming return of new daily strips? What a great Christmas present from Garry that would be!

SELF-SATIRE
Jimmy Chadwick | Salem, MA | December 07, 2014

It never fails that what is obviously meant to be self-satire is lost on at least half the readers. It also could be a mirror on our "24-hour news cycle," obsessed with the "new story" that rarely gets the follow-up it deserves. But in this case, none of these stories are all that new for one thing, and for another, none need to be given a whole lot of attention to continue, drop, or wrap up at any given time. I consider these panels as more along the lines of "Yep, these characters are indeed still alive and doing their thing, wherever and however that may be."

MY TIME
Frank Crandel | Chicago, IL | December 07, 2014

Really!? Six new story arcs on a Sunday... How about six new story arcs when you are on hiatus, with no hope of finishing them? What a waste of my time.

RIGHT MIND
Terry D. McGee | Sydney, AUSTRALIA | December 07, 2014

Who in their right mind would do six new story lines in one day's strip? He's mad!! This is part of what I love about Doonesbury. But will he be able to keep all six going simultaneously with one panel per week, keeping all the balls in the air at once for six weeks to complete a grand cycle? With a nod to the Beatles: The magical Mr. Kite will perform once a week, don't be late!

INTERESTING
Mike | Vineland, NJ | December 07, 2014

Six new arcs? Are you developing Attention Span Deficit, or just not sure where to start with these teasers? This should be interesting.

OUR GUIDE
George | Tequesta, FL | December 06, 2014

In the December 6th Today's Video, does our guide realize that she is actually one of the so-called "missing links," interrupting the natural flow of scientific discovery?

ZONKER AND THE GENTS
John Ghalt | Anchorage, AK | December 05, 2014

I coudn't help but notice the one lady amongst Zonker and the gents in the tanning competition, pulling off t-shirts at the opening ceremony. Customary modesty would seem a disadvantage. I almost expected another customary chant ("Skin to win!") but remembered that this was the 1980 Gerald R. Ford Summer Biathlon and not Spring Break in the 90s.

THE BIG GUNS
Frederic Pamp | Colorado Springs, CO | December 03, 2014

As an aging, balding, portly Vietnam vet, I've always identified with Sherm, but I must have missed today's 5-Years-Ago strip because I hadn't known that he, like me, was in the artillery. The VA docs told me my hearing loss was probably due to the crack of small arms fire, however, not the big guns. Either way, let's hear it for tube arty and Sherm.

EYES
Brian Harvey | Berkeley, CA | December 02, 2014

I totally didn't notice the first time around that Joan Sr. has wide open child eyes and Joan Jr. has half-closed adult eyes.

WHAT WE KNOW NOW
Elizabeth | MARYLAND | December 01, 2014

Today's 30-years-ago Flashback strip is amazing: "Tell our son about Adlai Stevenson!" Oh, Rick, if only you knew what we know now about Newt Gingrich.

FLASHBACK
David Ferrier | Edmonton, CANADA | December 01, 2014

Today's 10-years-ago Flashback strip, which I missed seeing the first time around and was glad to be able to view today, is proof positive not only that the U.S. enjoys freedom of speech but also uses it properly, to afflict the comfortable. I see many YouTube videos depicting trivial “first amendment tests” where adolescent or retarded-development videographers go out in public and try to provoke a reaction by taking pictures of things no one (other than adolescent/retarded-development videographers and some misguided cops) cares about. What a relief to view genuine and effective protest against real government ineptitude.

WRONG
Brian Harvey | Berkeley, CA | December 01, 2014

Jeez, moms just can't win with your Blowback writers! Leave without the kid, leave with the kid, or stay -- all rejected. It reminds me of the remark often attributed to Freud when someone asked him how to be a good parent; I've never seen it footnoted, but he is said to have said: "Whatever you do will be wrong."

MY MOTHER
HappyDespiteHer | MyLIfe, EUROPE | November 30, 2014

My mother, who's about as old as Joanie, didn't run away. Instead, she repeated every day how lucky I was that she had sacrificed her dreams and aspirations to take care of me, and how it was my duty to be thankful and to do exactly the same, assuming -- she was clearly skeptical -- I ever managed to be feminine enough to find a husband. To be honest, those were her good days. On bad days she said I was a heartless monster and would live and die alone like a dog. I so wish she'd flagged a passing motorbike.

WHEN WE LEFT
Margaret Delbatty | Vancouver, CANADA | November 30, 2014

Saturday's strip doesn't address the damage done to kids when they're abandoned by a parent, but it also doesn't acknowledge the vast numbers of us who took our kids with us when we left. People could write whole books (many have...) about what that cost us in life opportunities, and how little support society at large provided for us in raising those children. And in many cases, how little support the children's other parent provided, usually to very little disapproval or criticism. Most often those were fathers, and their abandonment of their children also is not addressed here.

GLOSSING IT OVER
D.M.J. | Friendship, ME | November 29, 2014

Today's Doonesbury, with Joanie explaining why she abandoned her child, harkens back to my first year out of college when I would have been non-judgmental of her decision. Thirty-plus years later I now realize that we have 'evolved' (or is that devolved?) into an emasculated culture where: A man abandons his child and it is the man's fault. A woman abandons her child and it is the man's fault. Hopefully, women will some day be held accountable to criticisms of abandonment the way men have always been. Glossing over it the way today's cartoon does doesn't acknowledge the huge damage done to kids who suffer through such 'I was finding myself' abandonment. It is a permanent scar.

ZONKER AND ZIPPER
Janis Hoch | Silver Spring, MD | November 26, 2014

What are you setting Zonker and Zipper up for? I am worried about these two. Zipper for being so dense, and Zonker for possibly landing in jail.

JUST TO THINK
Bill Hansen | Yola, NIGERIA | November 25, 2014

And just to think; that 17-year-old is now a grandmother.

J.J.'S ENTRANCE
Jesse Baker | Pound, VA | November 24, 2014

And now in Doonesbury lore we are at J.J.'s entrance. If Rick was able to see the future he would be terrified, as she is the future that he will have to endure when he and Joan spawn their own male version.

Z
Eric Merth | Calgary, CANADA | November 23, 2014

When B.D. was blown up in Iraq I was literally shocked -- I could not work for the rest of that day. It was very heavy, and not funny. Hearing Zonker tell Zipper "...there's a gun in the SUV glove box" shocked me again. Sadly, this is funny in a terrible way: Does Z know what he is doing?

ZONKER
Tony F. | Elmira, NY | November 23, 2014

Do I see Zonker starting to Break Bad?