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LIKE THE REAL WORLD
Nick | Yuba City, CA | October 24, 2012

Knew this was coming; as always, too good to be true. For some reason though I feel a bit uneasy about Jeff's fall from grace. It's like you say finally someone has found success in even a small part of the world, only to have things tipped upside-down just like that. It feels too much like the real world now, everyone asking for more and more, but we aren't getting any better. Depressing...

PSYCHIC PHENOMENON
Pete | Hillsdale, NJ | October 23, 2012

Another Trudeau psychic phenomenon: anticipating in 1972 that a strip about McGovern would serve as his epitaph in 2012.

DON'T PANIC
Jason Thorn | Phoenix, AZ | October 23, 2012

Wait, Jeff! Don't panic! Just go to your computer and dash off a little missive about how the Red Rascal finds terrorist repo men trying to plant a bomb in his ride, the Rascal trounces them all, and tosses the bomb to explode harmlessly in an empty field. It's perfect! Send it off to your publisher, look outside, and... Oh, wow. The car's still gone. So much for magical thinking. Jeff Redfern -- legend in his own mind, a loser in real life.

STARTING TO BELIEVE
Joshu Rey | London, UK | October 23, 2012

Oh bother - I was just starting to believe in the American Dream...

SETBACK
Brett Bayne | West Hollywood, CA | October 22, 2012

This isn't simply a blow to Jeff. It's a setback to boneheaded, Oakley-wearing posers the world over.

RED RASCAL
Sean | Omaha, NE | October 22, 2012

As much as I'd like to see the Red Rascal get his comeuppance, seeing him done in by a repo man is still sad.

CALLED IT
Mark Suszko | Springfield, IL | October 22, 2012

I called it early when Jeff blew his advance on the mansion. Most people don't understand how advances against sales work in publishing. I look forward to Rick and Jeff getting closer now and maybe even working together.

THIS WEEK
Jesse Baker | Pound, VA | October 22, 2012

Oh God, this week is going to be great. Karma is finally catching up with Jeff!

READING
Joe Bollhofer | St. James, NY | October 21, 2012

I have been reading your strip since I started delivering Newsday in 1971. I am amazed that you still come up with the things that you do. Rock on, Garry!

FIRST STOP
Carlton Colquitt | New York City, NY | October 21, 2012

Every morning, when I turn on my computer, my first stop is "Doonesbury Strip." That dash of humor braces me for the second link, "The New York Times," and the third, my email. Since the function to copy and send strips has been enabled, I sometimes email those out. Garry Trudeau and I are contemporaries. I hope I die before he does.

TALKING DAFFODIL
Thomas Moore | Long Beach, CA | October 20, 2012

Oy vey, Mark has some serious intimacy issues. He needs a workshop or something to move him forward out of his adolescent self-obsession. Getting a dog sounds like a good first move after doing some research on canine cohabitation, though he better damn-well commit to the dog. Perhaps it would be wiser if he starts with a talking daffodil and sees how that goes.

MARK
Warm Fuzzy Mom | Fairfax, VA | October 20, 2012

Maybe instead of going for the Anderson Cooper look, Mark should have been going after Anderson Cooper.

GET WITH IT, MARK
Al | N. Eastham, MA | October 19, 2012

Get with it, Mark. While you've been wandering around lost in a self-absorbed haze, my next door neighbors got married (as soon as Massachusetts made it legal) and have moved into a long-term loving relationship that puts most straight relationships to shame. They're also the greatest neighbors my wife and I have ever had.

HAPPINESS
Mark Kirby | Lake City, FL | October 19, 2012

What an engrossing current series of strips! As a fellow gay man named Mark also looking for a life partner, I so hope that Mr. Slackmeyer finds his Mr. Right. Since the beginning, Mark and B.D. have been my favorite characters in the strip. (I'm not hoping for anything to happen between them; I know B.D. is very hetero, but it'd be interesting to see him and Mark interact. I take it they are friends.) Banal as it sounds I care about those two guys a lot. Here's hoping Mark finds happiness -- me too, for that matter!

MARK
Christina Tucci | ITALY | October 18, 2012

I'm sure Mark would be a great Dad. He should ignore the suggestion to get a pup: kids are much easier, in that most eventually get toilet trained. (And you don't have to collect their poop from the floor, or at least not too often). If Mark gets to fulfill his dream, whether by adoption or by meeting the man of his dreams who happens to have kids, I'll be forever grateful.

BEING A PARENT
Donna C. | Lucerne, CA | October 18, 2012

Oh dear! Mark, I think maybe you should adopt a pup if you want to just play 'catch.' Being a parent never, ever stops -- it is the most arduous, glorious, fabulous, worrisome job in the world.

NEW INPUT
David Cooke | Issaquah, WA | October 17, 2012

Mr. Trudeau, regardless of the fact I read Doonesbury for free each day on Slate I still feel we pay you too well for you to take any more vacations. I've already seen this week's strips and my modern day attention span demands new input at all times. Most everyone else is working longer and harder for less these days, so get back to work and entertain me! And don't even think about retirement. George Burns worked well into his 100's. We expect no less.

LIFE
Allie | Gettysburg, PA | October 17, 2012

Will Mark ever learn that it's not about finding "the one," but being the one, and being comfortable in that, which makes life good?

RELIGIONS
Bob | St. Augustine, FL | October 16, 2012

Religions laughing at themselves? Ever been to a Presbyterian church when the pastor tries to get "God's Frozen Chosen" to sing a peppy Baptist hymn? Now, that's funny.

EXTRA MINUTES
Jane Maze | Canberra, AUSTRALIA | October 14, 2012

What do women do with three 'extra' minutes in the kitchen? Clean anything that's dirty, put away dry dishes, tidy away mess, prepare something else at the same time...and wish that some men would do the same.