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  • 40 YEARS?

    John Street | Seattle, WA | October 25, 2010

    Has it really been 40 years? I have been enjoying your strip since it debuted in the Seattle papers. Now I enjoy a current on-line feed as well as the daily FLASHBACK dose. Thanks for the memories.


    Aussiegregg | Canberrra, AUSTRALIA | October 22, 2010

    I can't believe I've been reading Doonesbury for 40 years. Sometimes you just make me feel so old! Happy birthday! And many, many happy returns...


    J. Kelly | New York, NY | October 21, 2010

    I gotta say, I'm getting pretty tired of GT's portrayal of the Afghans being so relentlessly negative. Especially this whole line about the PR campaign of Jeff's being so wildly successful, when the truth is so much the opposite: The U.S. is having so much trouble "winning hearts and minds" precisely because the Afghan's aren't buying into the PR campaigns. They're looking around and seeing all the thousands upon thousands of dead innocents killed by U.S. airstrikes and other military actions.

    And what's up with this whole "dancing boy" thing? Gotta throw in some weird homophobic reference to satirize Karzai? WTF? It's condescending, insulting, and not terribly funny. Doonesbury's humor has a lot to do with how close its satire is to the real world: this is nowhere near.


    P. Malina | Phoenix, AZ | October 21, 2010

    Congratulations on 40 years of consistently satirical, biting commentary on the state of our Union and the world in general. Doonesbury has been one of my never-miss strips since college, and I am now 59! All I can say is: "I hope we rock on for another 40!"


    David Ferrier | Edmonton, CANADA | October 21, 2010

    The dialogue in the final panel of today's strip confirms my opinion of GBT as the Voltaire of the 21st Century. When the Red Rascal uttered the line, "That is not our way. What else you got?", my heart leaped. Kudos and thanks to GBT for making many an otherwise-ordinary day in the life into a literary event.


    Don Langstaff | Fairfield, IA | October 20, 2010

    Thanks for all 40 years -- insightful, funny, and often a more direct presentation of "what's current" than the networks. Thanks again!


    Bernard | Washington, D.C. | October 20, 2010

    After several weeks of Alex's self-centered angst, and Jeff's Robin Hood fantasies, yesterday's realistic, genuinely funny banter among B.D., Boopsie, and Sam at the breakfast table was a breath of fresh air.


    Martin Snapp | Berkeley, CA | October 20, 2010

    Relax, folks. GBT is too smart to break up Alex and Leo. He knows that if he did, we'd all be making like peasants with pitchforks. He's just stretching out the suspense because he knows we love them so much. We're all looking forward to the wedding strips, Garry! Can't wait to see what kind of production Kim puts on, and how J.J. and Zeke will try (unsuccessfully, I'm sure) to create a scene and ruin everything. I'm sure Drew will be a lovely maid of honor.


    Don | Spring Mills, PA | October 20, 2010

    I would not count on Mr. Trudeau to follow the wishes of his readers. If this were a series of sweetness and light vignettes then B.D. would still have two complete legs, Toggle/Leo would have both eyes, and Mike's divorce would never have taken place. What we get is life painted with brushes of varying breadth but never tinted rosy (except when we need to become more aware of breast cancer).


    Treva Obbard | Albany, CA | October 20, 2010

    My mental plot plan for Jeff is that everyone thinks he is the Red Rascal, so that in an effort to keep up the charade he has to become the Red Rascal, for real. Like in The Postman, by David Brin.


    John | Memphis, TN | October 20, 2010

    Red Rascal is still riding high. Deficit? 1.5 trillion. Afgan-Iraq war? 1.05 trillion expense. I guess the difference went to Overkill, but we can't account for that. It's "black budget," so there's even a hole in the deficit accounting.


    Richard | Duluth, MN | October 20, 2010

    I wonder if Overkill plans to hand Jeff over for the cool $1,000,000 ransom. That'd be awesome.


    David Ferrier | Edmonton, CANADA | October 20, 2010

    This morning I happened to be at the computer when today's dewey-fresh Slate Doonesbury email arrived at 4 a.m.

  • JEFF

    Allie | Gettysburg, PA | October 20, 2010

    Now we get to see if Jeff is as good an actor as he is a writer (cue ominous music).


    Richard | Olympia, WA | October 20, 2010

    It's remarkable how these 'idiots' survive while disaster strikes all around them. So the question really is, does the Red Wingnut bring it on by kharma and retribution, or does he just stumble from one chaotic scenario to another? I'll go with 'stumble.'


    Chris Opperman | Clifton, NJ | October 20, 2010

    I just want to say that I'm rooting for Redfern to succeed in his mission with Overkill. Sometimes I feel like the Millennials in the strip are shown to be self-absorbed, incompetent, with delusions of grandeur. However, I feel like Redfern is going to overcome his past failures and succeed in a big way with this and I'm cheering him on!


    Paul R. Dommel | Chattanooga, TN | October 20, 2010

    I'm glad to see that Red Rascal is on his way back to Afghanistan. I've taken the liberty in my blog post today to further task R.R. to include getting together with Karzai on the negotiations with the Taliban. Karzai needs help, and only Red Rascal has the super power to pull it off.


    A.K. Dogman | Anchorage, AK | October 20, 2010

    I suggest that Jeff have real life experience to bump him out of his imaginary life. How about getting him captured and degraded in prolonged captivity by the Taliban, held for ransom, shot while being rescued by U.S. Forces and spending time (six months to a year) in a military hospital recovering from his injuries like B.D. and thousands of U.S. troops injured in Iraq. Teach Jeff that the world does not exist for his gratification.


    Joshua Eliason | Givat Ada, ISRAEL | January 12, 1980

    On the 40-years-ago-today Flashback strip, the first three frames have the toaster cocked and toasting, but we never get to see it pop up. I wonder if it burned.