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Please feel free to contribute to this frequently-updated forum, which posts selected commentary on our favorite comic strip. If you'd like your critique to be posted, please note that civility, if not approbation, counts. Click here to submit a comment.

  • EVERY 30 DAYS

    Barbara F. Ritter | Bethlehem, PA | November 23, 2021

    Re today's "Say What." I see a huge marketing opportunity for gear displaying the slogan "Every 30 Days." Party on, 'Boys.

  • ALIEN VISITATIONS

    Cam Bennett | Wellington, NEW ZEALAND | November 21, 2021

    SO many factual errors in today's strip. The Roswell aliens were greys, not greens, the flat earth has the North Pole in the centre, and the lizard people in the Deep State are responsible for suppressing the facts about alien visitations so only true Americans are able to spread the truthiness. Wake up sheeple!

  • "RETIREES" COMIC

    Tom | Philadelphia, PA | November 10, 2021

    Here's my take on the perplexing "Retirees" comic of last Sunday. My parents are Boomers in their 70s. Like the retirees in that strip, they enjoy academic research, community meetings, getting together with friends, and staying busy. But certain of their friends are gone. And with them, their great stories, the fun cocktails they knew how to mix, the wisdom of their career experiences, their wonderful community volunteerism...all that they gave and shared has gone. Because they have died. Because COVID-19, loneliness, accidents, and other causes have taken them away, one by one. As Johnny Cash sang so movingly as he and his beloved June neared the end of their road, "Everyone I know goes away in the end." The strip brought me to tears.

  • VOTER ID

    Jerry Neyman | Quitman, MS | November 04, 2021

    Re today's Say What? quote: I would love to hear her thoughts on Voter ID.

  • BREAKING NEWS

    Whit Whitaker | Fleetwood, NC | November 04, 2021

    Another too-hard-to-make-up 'SAY WHAT?' this morning. ("Here we are. Didn't even look at my fake [vaccine] card lol...Let's just be clear. Asking to see your ID is against everything American." -- former radio host Kimberly Ray, posting from Bills-Dolphins game)  A quick search further and I find this breaking news story just nine minutes old. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

  • HEY!

    Brian Harvey | Berkeley, CA | November 02, 2021

    Hey! I'm male, retired, and still very actively doing work-related stuff.

  • HALLOWEEN STRIP

    Scott | Vancouver, CANADA | November 01, 2021

    The Halloween strip was the most thought-provoking edition of Doonesbury...perhaps ever. I would hope there would be much discussion about its meaning. Are men disappearing, dying, irrelevant, or just becoming monosyllabic; especially compared to the dynamic lives and communities of women? 

  • THE CIVIC VIRTUE OF ELDERS

    Margaret | Chester, VT | November 01, 2021

    Sunday's strip reminded me of the historical civic virtue of elders -- experienced, involved, steady with age, now done with commerce and child rearing -- stepping up to donate their now-freer time for the commonweal. Kudos to the women. 

  • LOVELY

    Laureen Marchand | Saskatchewan, CANADA | November 01, 2021

    Sunday's strip about the real lives of retired house husbands is lovely. Thank you.

  • CONFUSED

    Harold Heft | Princeton, NJ | November 01, 2021

    Regarding last Sunday's strip, I haven't been this confused about the meaning or intent of a comic strip since Gary Larson's infamous Far Side "Cow Tools" panel 30 years ago. Can someone please help me understand? (BTW, I'm a Boomer retiree - may be that's the problem here?)

  • NO WONDER

    Barry | Evanston, IL | October 31, 2021

    Today's strip on retirees terrified millions of Boomers. No wonder you ran it on Halloween.

  • EASIER

    Bruce Palmer | Kansas City, MO | October 24, 2021

    Re: The Sunday 10/24/21 "Say What?": It is easier for an octopus-like creature to pass through a hypodermic needle than it is for an anti-vaxer to admit that she or he is wrong.

  • BRAND NEW

    Martin Fass | Rochester, NY | October 24, 2021

    How fortunate we are, in the midst of these nightmare times, that you bring us these brand new Sunday comics every week! Thank you!!

  • MISTER COVID

    John McQueen | Westminster, MD | October 24, 2021

    Shouldn't some fellow patron bring Mister Covid a booster seat?

  • WOW

    John McQueen | Westminster, MD | October 22, 2021

    Wow, that Z&Z packs a wallop!

  • BACKWARDS

    Margo D. | Castlegar, CANADA | October 21, 2021

    Re today's SayWhat?:

    "They are trying to demasculate the young men in this country because they don't want people who are going to stand up. And so all you moms...if you are raising a young man, please raise them to be a monster."  -- Rep. Madison Cawthorn

    Surely Cawthorn has it backwards. It's the real men who do stand up, and they stand up against the "monsters" of Cawthorn's imagining.

  • OF COURSE

    Tom Morin | Grimes, IA | October 19, 2021

    Of course there are still a few "buds" in the system.

  • TOO LATE?

    Brian Harvey | Berkeley, CA | October 10, 2021

    What country is this? It's Texas, of course! Is it too late to undo admitting them to the Union?

  • SADDEST DOONESBURY EVER

    Marcia R. Martin | Longmont, CO | October 10, 2021

    Today's Sunday strip now has my vote for saddest Doonesbury ever. It's not the poignant, tear-jerking sadness of Andy's death, or the sweet sorrow of Dick Davenport's. It's not Alex's desperation when Kim leaves Mike early in their romance. It's just dry-eyed, sickening despair. What country is this?

  • THE "Q" IN Q-ANON?

    Greg | Omaha, NE | October 04, 2021

    Did Doonesbury just reveal the source of the "Q" in Q-Anon? In the 1996 Classic strip that ran on Saturday, Phred is wearing a hat featuring that infamous letter. Knowing that the "movement" stole so much from sci-fi shows and other pop-culture sources, this would not be surprising.

    Editor's Note:

    FYI, "Q" stood for the Q Bar Saigon, a local hangout popular with expats in Ho Chi Minh City in the late '90s. It not only survives, it takes online table reservations.