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APOLOGIES
Jewellya | Houston, TX | September 18, 2012

My deepest apologies, but I seem to have given Toggle the voice of a four-year-old.

ANSWER D
Ellen | Atlanta, GA | September 17, 2012

In the current Straw Poll I choose Answer D: Michelle Obama.

TOGGLE
Marcia | Erie, CO | September 17, 2012

i'm always glad to see the focus turn back to Toggle, who's now vying with B.D. and Melissa for favorite-character status. I'm amazed that a neo-pacificist such as myself could feel that way, but there it is. Also, let me express my relief that the young men in Doonesbury are not shaving the backs of their heads any more.

DRIVEL
Douglas | Maumelle, AR | September 16, 2012

I find it interesting that someone as politically astute as yourself can write an entire strip of drivel such as today's Flashback, without considering that what you were told (because you obviously quoted the party line and researched nothing) might be completely wrong...Your "fact" of evolution stands on complete blind faith, and the creation/flood/young earth model is completely supported by hard evidence. Don't let arrogance cloud your mind.

REGIONAL NAMES
Rev. Dr. Bob Faser | Hobart, AUSTRALIA | September 14, 2012

I like the way GBT brings in some great regional names for minor characters, such as the Cajun Chance Lebon and the Pennsylvania Dutch Becca Bickle.

BECCA BICKLE
Mark G. | Cambridge, UK | September 14, 2012

I just want to say that even in Flashback mode, Becca Bickle is a joy -- one of my all-time favourite Doonesbury charcters. I think I must be in love...!

ELIZABETH MAY
Terilee Hague | Sidney, CANADA | September 13, 2012

I had to smile when I read the strip about Joanie pencilling in a short time for her recovery from hip replacement surgery. My member of Parliament, Elizabeth May, had this surgery last September 30 and said she would be back to work in three days. Well it was more like ten. However she was on the phone three hours afterwards, and held an interview with CTV's Don Martin the very next day, where she took the opportunity to expand on convalescent homes as a great way to improve the Canadian medical system by spending less money! She did admit to feeling a bit more tired than usual, but that really didn't seem to slow her down.

She opted to have local anesthetic, so maybe that was a big part of her recovery. However I will also vouch for her drive in such matters. Elizabeth is the very first Green Party MP elected in the history of Canada. As a caucus of one she feels very strongly about her attendance in the House of Commons. I have clipped out the strip to share with her. Good luck to others who are waiting for their hip replacements.

PIVOTAL MOMENT
Joshua Rey | London, UNITED KINGDOM | September 12, 2012

Oh no... I've been reading the 40-year Flashbacks assiduously, as Mike and Mark pursue their search for America, waiting for the pivotal moment when they meet Joanie -- and Sunday I was out all day and I missed it! Your humble servant begs for a link.

FIRST APPEARANCE
Matthew Edwards | Wirral, UK | September 12, 2012

Forty years of Ms. Caucus! It's great to see this week's Flashbacks featuring the first appearance of Joanie Caucus, when Mike and Mark gave her a lift on their nationwide bike trip. I missed these the first time around!

BAIT
Carolly Hauksdottir | Kensington, CA | September 11, 2012

In his continuing adventures will the Red Rascal have to rescue the Ginger Prince? Since the British government isn't hiding Prince Harry's location or job, the suspicion that he volunteered to be "bait" is a strong one. It may be in his best interest to learn "The Friday Song."

VIDEO BACKSTORY
Steve Wagenseller | Honolulu, HI | September 10, 2012

Your video for today has a backstory. The fourteen California lifeguards -- fourteen teens having fun during off-duty hours -- were fired by the city of El Monte for having made this fun video. If the city administrator knew how much thought, effort, and time it takes to do one of these, they would recognize that they've canned some hard-working, innovative kids. Here's a "Bring Back the El Monte 14!" petition.

HIP REPLACEMENT
Richard | Lacey, WA | September 10, 2012

Joanie is going to impress me if she gets out of bed the day after her hip replacement. Even the anterior insertion tears up a lot of tissue. And nobody's going to guarantee both legs will be the same length. Oh yeah, and don't forget the ionization issue! At least one of the manufacturers has been in court often over it's failed devices. Just sayin'.

JOKE
David Hallett | St. John's, CANADA | September 08, 2012

Today's strip is not, of course, a joke about Twitter. It's a joke about Roland.

TWITTER
Jim | Baltimore, MD | September 08, 2012

Old people making jokes about Twitter will never begin to be funny.

HIP REPLACEMENT
Cathy Zemlick | USA | September 07, 2012

My hip relaplacement, in real life, is scheduled for September 25th. My family is going to think I'm sandbagging if Joannie is back to work in a day! My surgeon, nationally-known by the way, says I shouldn't drive for six weeks. I admire the girl's work ethic, but I'm just sayin'...

 

ELIZABETH WARREN'S SPEECH
Bob L. | Hudson, MA | September 07, 2012

I'm impressed. How the heck could Doonesbury come out in the morning with a line in Elizabeth Warren's speech that wasn't delivered until the evening? An amazing coincidence -- "synchronicity journalism" -- or did she take her cue from that morning's comics? Fascinating.

Editor's Note:

 As he was developing the Joanie speechwriting arc, GBT asked the Warren camp if they would provide some actual speech fragments he could imbed in the strip as a surprise to vigilant readers -- what engineers call Easter eggs. Ms. Warren provided several sentences that she thought might survive the drafting process. The part about the car elevator did not survive -- too snarky? -- but happily, the three words Joanie "wrote" made the final cut.

RISING STAR
Greg Polanchyck | Frackville, PA | September 06, 2012

Roland is not the only media outlet to know the future. CNN already knows the future of rising star Julian Castro: "Comparisons to the 2004 Barack Obama are inevitable. The then-Illinois state Sen. Obama gave the same address in Boston, launching him onto the fast track for the presidential nomination four years later." Being mayor of San Antonio for three years of course positions him for a run for the presidency in 2016.

SCHOOLMARM
Jack Cerf | Chatham, NJ | September 06, 2012

If Joanie wrote Warren's speech, Trudeau should fire her. After starting with the assertion "the game is rigged," she missed a great opportunity to explain why. Warren is a schoolmarm by nature. That's her weakness, but it's also her strength, and she should have played to her strength by teaching.

RIGGED
Rev. Dr. Bob Faser | Hobart, AUSTRALIA | September 06, 2012

Perhaps Elizabeth Warren's reference to the game being "rigged" was a direct tribute to Joanie and this honourable comic strip. If so, well done, GBT.

IMPRESSED
Roger Webb | Little Rock, AR | September 05, 2012

The line in Doonesbury Elizabeth Warren's speech that Joanie wrote, about the game being rigged, was in this morning's strip. I just heard real Elizabeth Warren speak the exact line at the Democratic Convention. (On this video it comes just after the 6:00 mark.) I am impressed, but I want to know how you did it.