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  • CARRION CROW

    John McQueen | Frederick, MD | July 31, 2022

    The 800-pound carrion crow in the room: we're down to one non-despotic major party. While enjoying some Jimmy Crow flashbacks of late, I was hoping to see something like this; bravo!

  • HERE IN PA

    Don Albertson | Spring Mills, PA | July 31, 2022

    As the GOP nominee for Governor here in PA is a card-carrying denialist, I expect he will do precisely what Jimmy Crow suggested today.

  • BMW

    Wolfgang Beutin | Rellingen, GERMANY | July 29, 2022

    Re the 50-years-ago-today Flashback strip: nice touch that Mark drives a BMW motorcycle (mine is exactly that vintage), but GBT takes a lot of artistic liberty here: no way that is a two-stroke! Beemers are 4-stroke.

  • FINAL FRAME

    John McQueen | Frederick, MD | July 11, 2022

    Great touch in the final frame of Sunday's strip! In a land where tobacco smoke kills about 1,000 people a day, a gun vendor waves at his arsenal with one hand while clasping a stogie in the other. Call it an assault cheroot...with a whole new meaning for the term "smoking gun."

  • AGE

    Barry A. Abbott | Bellevue, WA | July 11, 2022

    Re Sunday's strip: I fully agree that 21 should be the age to buy guns as well as to buy alcohol. But if you are not mature enough to use alcohol or guns responsibly at 18, how can you be old enough to exercise the most important right responsibly -- that is, voting? We need to return the age of maturity, including voting and entering into contracts, back to 21. 

  • IL DUCE'S PROTEGE

    John McQueen | Frederick, MD | July 03, 2022

    Thank you for suggesting how, in 2016, virtually all news outlets (not just Roland's employer, Fox News) gave free passes to Citizen Trump's right-hand man, the overtly Mussolini-mad Steve Bannon. One wonders how many of today's voters can catch the reference to Il Duce's protege, Adolf "Master Race" Hitler...and how few will be able to do so going forward.

  • THE BEST

    Martin Fass | Rochester, NY | June 26, 2022

    This morning—even after I think my left hearing-aid fell from the counter and a puppy chewed it up someplace—the best Sunday episode EVER!!! I can always buy another hearing aid.

  • TODAY'S STRIP

    Stephen Michael Horvath | Croton on Hudson, NY | June 26, 2022

    Nice of GBT to document the hiring of Jeffrey Clark in today's strip.

  • AW

    Allan Levine | Toronto, CANADA | June 26, 2022

    Aw, the ambulance-chaser got a gig after all. A feel-good strip this week!

  • BOOPSIE

    Thomas | Durham, UK | June 18, 2022

    So, Boopsie solved JFK's murder mystery! Perhaps she should have gone to law school instread of Joanie. GBT could have called the resulting anthology Legally Blonde. Boopsie's development into a less naive, wise and empathetic mother figure has been nice to see.

  • THANK YOU!

    Maureen | Beaver, UT | June 05, 2022

    Thank you thank you thank you! Wow, did I need today's strip. Brutal, and absolutely spot on.

  • CONNECTING THE DOTS

    John McQueen | Frederick, MD | June 04, 2022

     

    Connecting the dots between today's 5-years-ago and 30-years-ago Flashback strips: perhaps Boopsie's suit fits fine but, for medicinal purposes, she could use a hit or two of Z+Z?

  • FLASHBACK STRIP

    Wolfgang Beutin | Rellingen, GERMANY | June 01, 2022

    Today's 30-years-ago Flashback strip is one of my all-time favourites (and there are many). Amazing how B.D. keeps his cool in the face of Boopsie's flakiness, and he even manages a bit of sarcasm (unaware, probably).

  • THE RUB

    John McQueen | Frederick, MD | May 29, 2022

    Granted, life imitates art in that, like Samantha, I smiled (thank you). The rub is that such theocrats as Palin look to be getting the last laugh. In '09, I saw roughly 2,000 future Trump-eters line up to buy (into) signed copies of her Going Rogue (which spins tales of how she fought "corruption" in Alaska). Seven years on, Donald Trump demonized Hillary Clinton as a "crooked" founder of ISIS. On 1/6/21, under a "JESUS 2020" banner (among other things), Trump-stoked divine righties came close to destroying America to "SAVE" it. Not without comic relief (thanks again), we'll do well to grasp how appeasement of democracy-smiting despots has catastrophically failed -- and to make new plans, post haste.

  • SEN. RICK SCOTT

    Don | Spring Mills, PA | May 27, 2022

    Today's strip brings to mind Florida Sen. Rick Scott. While he is demented, his talk about cutting Social Security now is just evil.

  • A MUSEUM

    Beej | Morrisville, NC | May 24, 2022

    Oof. Today's Classic Doonesbury strip noting that the Senate is "a museum" hits even harder than it did back in '97. 

  • B.D.'s "ALIVE DAY"

    J.B. Doherty | Haverford, PA | May 17, 2022

    Thank you for the April 24 strip with B.D.'s "Alive Day." I have one too, but it did not have a name until now. I was born 2/9/1944 and shot through the upper left chest 2/19/1967 while in Vietnam as a Marine. Bled out to unconsciousness on the floor of the cargo helicopter that got me to help. Really thrilled to have gotten this extra 55 years and take nothing for granted. I have been a really big Doonesbury fan forever. It always resonates. Thanks again.

  • SUITCASE

    Marcia R. Martin | Longmont, CO | May 13, 2022

    In today's Classic strip, Mike and Kim are packing up to leave Vietnam. Mike's suitcase is leather with metal-clad corners and felt interior, like my grandparents had. Kim's, from the shape of the latch, is more modern. The symbolic association with the state of their two mindsets must have escaped me in 1997, but it doesn't now.

  • FIRST TIME

    Gene Keyes | Berwick, NOVA SCOTIA | May 02, 2022

    Seems like today's strip is the first time I've seen Mike with real glasses, not a pince-nez.

  • BABY-EATERS

    Angie B. | Toronto, CANADA | May 01, 2022

    Once again, Mr. Trudeau gets it exactly right. It's easy to understand how many millions of Russians got taken in by such clearly bizarre propaganda, as we have watched so many Americans do exactly the same thing. The belief that Hillary Clinton leads a worldwide satanic cabal of baby-eaters from a pizzeria basement is now mainstream. It is tempting for reality-based Americans to laugh off Q-Anon’s conspiracies, but beware. All aspiring dictators understand the power of the Big Lie. The Big Lie lets the dictator literally get away with murder, and election theft, human rights abuses, and all manner of crimes (including war crimes).