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Hey Roland, no texting while driving!
The way I read Sunday's strip, Zipper is Zonker, except the latter has gotten older. Wanting to be a video star isn't that different from wanting to be a British lord. The point being that when you are young you can try something, and if it doesn't work, you try something else. The point of growing older is that you develop a realistic understanding of your strengths and weaknessses, and can settle into a supportable career. I really feel sorry for today's kids, who live in a world with competitive admission to kindergarten, a world in which you aren't allowed to make any mistakes.
Re Roland Hedley's 2/11 tweet about POTUS and North Korean medals: Given Trump's reference to the New York nightlife of the 1970s as being his Vietnam because of the threat of STDs, perhaps POTUS does deserve to have medals on his pants. Not a purple heart, but perhaps a purple penis?
What a brilliant metaphor today's strip is for the legal commercialization of cannabis! Focused, realistic, ambitious Zonker is packing his product for shipment (and profit) while his spaced-out, delusional, aimless partner sits around smoking the same product.
What the hell has happened to Zonker? Here is a man who drifted through life until society allowed him to find his true calling. He is a rebuttal in human form to every jackass who calls poor people "lazy" when it is society's own ignorant BS that puts barriers in front of people's lives by denying them the right to a higher education and a living wage. So now Zipper seeks his way to success and fulfillment and Zonker starts preaching about work ethic. Really? Surely Zonker knows better than most people that we all have it within us to be focussed and ''hard working" if we are given the tools and a clear path by society to do the thing we were born to do.
Re Alex's recent reappearance: Garry, how your fans are missing your daily strips! We will welcome them back: any time, on every topic, with every character (old and new).
Your Sunday strip back on February 21st, 2016 had Rev. Sloan, B.D., and Boopsie giving DJT one out of seven for avoiding deadly sins. After a year of his low-energy performance, I think we can now mark that as zero. I can't think of a lazier person who achieved high office.
The return of Alex (plus one) reminds us that GBT has pulled off a rarity as a widely-circulated syndicated cartoonist with a Sunday-only obligation. It also reminds us that, along with readers, the side-characters aren't "getting the memo" either and are even more bit players than they were pre-sabbatical-or-whatever-this-is. Alas, finally it reminds us that Doonesbury has become a weekly Trump newsletter of sorts -- of the bad-publicity variety.
Very sweet comic today. Quite lovely. More like this, please!
Zonker was right all along about talking with plants.
M.M., and now Stormy, could be Boswells to Trump's Johnson.
Since we only see MM from the back, I keep thinking she's Zonker!