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RESPONSIBLE COMIC STRIPS
In today´s Sunday strip, thank you for being real: Roland´s long nose does need such a protruding face mask. Responsible comic strips represent our new reality.
In today's Classic strip I see that Mr. Butts is 101 millimeters tall. It reminded me of an ancient TV ad for a cigarette that was one mm longer than the others. (Jingle: "A silly millimeter longer, one-oh-one.")
I see that our friendly dictator from Central Asia -- the one that Ambassador Duke was managing -- is in the White House today. Lucky he was there to give some back-up.
It's the return of Trff Bmzklfrpz, onetime President-for-Life of Berzerkistan! I wondered what he'd gotten up to after Duke presumably turfed him. Of course he's a natural fit for the current (wannabe) President-for-Life of the USA. If Duke himself didn't arrange the intro, it seems quite likely that Stone and Manafort could have, given the client list of their former lobbying firm.
DAY AFTER DAY
What a completely marvelous comic strip this morning! Loads of thanks, appreciation and best thoughts and wishes to you! You help us to survive...day after day.
AHEAD OF THE CURVE
Wow! Roland Hedley, 10 years ago today, birthed the first use of "alternative reality" which naturally progressed to "alternative facts." Was Fox News way ahead of the curve on this? If so, then Roland is a visionary.
It's great to see Kim as a baby in the 45-years-ago-today strip. That would make her about 46. I remember when those strips first ran in the Cincinnati Post (R.I.P.).
Re the May 5, 1980 strip: When Ambassador Bush visits his old prep school, all the students have the most heavy-lidded, cynical, knowing eyes I've ever seen. In their late teens! I guess they're so privileged, intelligent and knowing, they don't need innocent guileless belief in illusions. Mike had to mortgage his soul for an advertising job before his lids came down.
STAY SAFE, EVERYBODY!
And here we are. I don't know if I feel better or worse that the strip is now caught up with what's passing for reality. Stay safe, everybody!
A different take on Sunday's strip: ageism and sexism are political topics.
EITHER / OR
I was going to complain about wasting a Sunday cartoon on an apolitical topic, until I realized that B.D. and Boopsie sitting outdoors is either aspirational or meant to depress us.Editor's Note:
Or may have to do with the fact that Sunday strips must be turned in six weeks before they appear!
The face stuffed with a cheeseburger is a classic.
I hope that, for Doonesbury's 50th, we can at least buy some awesome Z+Z Bud tees or something -- haven't had any merch since I bought Mr. Butts swizzle sticks so many years ago. In the meantime, GBT continues to do the Lord's work with every last Trump strip. Carry on, good sir!
If only the rest of the media had handled Trump as Mark did in today's five-years-ago FLashback.
Regarding today's five-years-ago Flashback strip, can I be the first to say: If only it was that easy to shut up he-that-shall-not-be-named right now!
Whew! I've been a fan since the earliest days (nearly a half-century), and Roland's "Source: As POTUS plans to reopen America for business" tweet was the first time I've had to say "ouch."
Great job this morning, Leo. When did you get so fast on your feet? But what are you going to do with that Peleton you bought Alex for Mother's Day?
Why do you guys keep publishing only strips from the 1990s? You literally have three other decades to choose from. Enough with that era, please.Editor's Note:
Four other decades, actually! Here's the backstory on why you are seeing what you are seeing...
The fact that GBT put the daily strip on hiatus in order to write several years of Alpha House led to the decision to begin running the Classic Doonesbury series. It began on March 3, 2014 with re-publication of Doonesbury's first strip (which had originally appeared on October 26, 1970*). The plan was to select a few months of strips from each year and move chronologically through the strip's entire history, but at certain points the material was so rich that more than two months per year were used. Which is why, as the journey continues, we are only up to 1994.
Meanwhile, new strips continue to appear every Sunday.
* Heads-up -- the strip's fiftieth anniversary is nigh, and will be celebrated with a unique book. On Doonesbury's launch day in 1970, it had only 29 client newspapers. It now has around 1,400. What a long, strange, well-read strip it's been...
Nice subtle joke-within-joke on Mike and Zonk's bar chart today -- the less-than-full-scale Y-axis (7.0-9.8) makes "Sex and Violence duds" seem tiny compared to the "Academic Reform smash."