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  • BOOPSIE

    John Brennand | Maple Ridge, CANADA | August 20, 2019

    Boopsie and a VR shopping system. This is not going to end well!

  • AMAZON

    John | Wappingers Falls, NY | August 20, 2019

    So this strip is where Jeff Bezos got the idea for Amazon!

  • Brian Harvey | Berkeley, CA | August 18, 2019

    Wait, what? B.D. got stupid again! I thought he was past that.

  • ZONKER

    John Brennand | Maple Ridge, CANADA | August 09, 2019

    The current series of strips, featuring Zonker, are another fascinating example of the continuity within the Doonesbury universe. Back then (1993) we had Zonker as an underground distributor of necessary medical assistance to a shunned part of American society. Now we have Zonker, seemingly ageless, as the proprietor of a quasi-legal (it’s legality denied federally) form of the same plant. Plus ça change, plus ça meme chose!

  • TERRIFYING

    K.C. Anderson | Homosassa, FL | July 21, 2019

    Thank you for today’s terrifying strip and so many others over the past 50 years (!) that I’ve been loving you. Just can’t help yourself oh truth teller, can you? Stay well, stay real. 

  • DUKE'S ADVICE TO HIS SON

    Thomas Shoesmith | New York, NY | July 21, 2019

    The mainstream press is dominated by debate about what the Democrats should do to win the election, but I haven't seen anything so striking, or chilling, as Duke's advice to his son.

  • DUKE'S CABINET APPOINTMENT

    Angie B. | Toronto, CANADA | July 21, 2019

    I’m disappointed by today’s strip, as I’ve been anticipating the imminent announcement in these pages of Duke’s Cabinet appointment. I can easily see him as Trump's Sec Def or Sec State, or maybe head of DEA or Homeland Security (“acting" of course, as Senate confirmation might be a bit of a problem). Duke may be amoral, but he’s clever, witty, calculating and resourceful. I’d wager that even zombie Duke would be better at any of these jobs than the incumbents.

  • WH PRESS SECRETARIES

    Noemi | Lafayette, IN | July 20, 2019

    Ah, so this explains our current White House press secretaries! Keep up the great work.

  • 50TH ANNIVERSARY

    Cin Daoust | Calgary, CANADA | July 20, 2019

    Congratulations in advance on the almost-impending 50th anniversary of Doonesbury (October 26, 2020). Dad and I laughed at "Guilty, guilty, guilty!" at our breakfast table in Sacramento. My kid sister sent me letters at college that started "Dear Captain America..." and our dog was named Zonker. When things get tough we say, "You gotta BELIEVE!" We've remained fans all these years. Earlier this week I sent my sister a cute video of wildlife on our neighborhood pond and she responded "Not baby ducks!"

  • CLASSIC

    Ronald | North Little Rock, AR | July 10, 2019

    Re today's Classic strip: "Jeepers." I like that. Not nearly enough people say "jeepers" any more...

  • REAGAN

    Dave | Elmira, NY | July 04, 2019

    Thank you for the July 4 "Say What?" from Ronald Reagan. That farewell speech was one of the best he ever made: "We lead the world because, unique among nations, we draw our people, our strength, from every country and corner of the world. And by doing so we continuously renew and enrich our nation."

  • ADVENTURE

    Allen Levine | Toronto, CANADA | July 03, 2019

    If adventure has a name, it's -- The Red Rascal! Raspberry. Whatever.

  • RED RASPBERRY

    Thomas Shoesmith | New York, NY | June 30, 2019

    Did the Red Raspberry (Rascal, whatever) really say he was there to "affect" regime change? I guess that's the result of spending too much time in the mountains of Afghanistan and not enough in school.

  • LAUGHING MATTERS

    Gar Smith | Berkeley, CA | June 30, 2019

    Hi Garry. I love the strip but today's installment troubled me. Showing the assassination of the leader of a foreign country could serve to "normalize" the possibility. Because there is no critical context for the action depicted, this could further trouble Iran's leaders. There's a similar problem with Mark Tatulli's strip Lio and his frequent depictions of nuclear rockets and mushroom clouds. Neither nuclear war nor the assassination of foreign leaders are laughing matters.

  • REFERENCE POINTS OF SANITY

    Kevin W. Donovan | Decatur, GA | June 26, 2019

    We all have our reference points of sanity and Doonesbury has always been one of mine. I've been a reader from the early '70s and when Mike (and I) graduated from college in 1983, I endured many of the same job market struggles in NYC as he did. Thank you Garry, and please hang in there, because we need you now more than ever.  

  • GBT WITH JANE PAULEY

    Patti H. | Rome, NY | June 24, 2019

    It was great seeing GBT with Jane Pauley on CBS Sunday Morning again yesterday! I gotta tell you, when he read out the strip of B.D.'s grievous wounding, I got goosebumps.

  • SAD

    James Garner | North Little Rock, AR | June 19, 2019

    Another GBT crystal ball home run with the 15-years-ago-today Flashback strip. A most sad prescient view. 

  • YOU AND COLBERT

    Tiger69 | Animas Forks, CO | June 15, 2019

    First, a salute to “Ole Guy” (below). As a 72-year-old aspiring curmudgeon myself, I identify with him as if he were my father. Like Ole Guy, I could not have made it this far and kept my sanity without the conspiratorial observations and humor of you and Colbert.

  • RESCUE

    Melinda Capozza | Huntington, IN | June 14, 2019

    Re Sunday's strip: Joanie expecting Lacey (of 20-years demise) to rescue us from Trumpdom -- Lacey's too nice, and of civil manners. Can you imagine DT's tweets on her? But I suspect that all the candidates have people who are discussing DT's lack of manners and morals. What worries me is his crusade to obliterate every bit of Obama that he can.

  • LACEY

    Roger Webb | Little Rock, AR | June 14, 2019

    It was great to see Lacey in Sunday's strip even if she was a figment. I had been hoping for an appearance. For me, she was the last good Republican, a symbol of the old WASP upper class. I remember the day when, as she left to work on taxes and deficit spending, Dick reminded her that they were rich. The real world version was G.H.W. Bush, and Lord knows, he compromised his principles to stay in the Republican game. If Lacey's people had stayed in control of the Republican Party after 1960, I could have imagined being one. I watched the Party go evil from a prime seat in the South.