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OVER-THE-TOP
Marcia M. | Eric, CO | October 30, 2011

In today's strip, Roland isn't nearly over-the-top enough. His dialog sounds exactly like the real-time online comments in the Washington Post. This isn't satire, it's reality comics.

ROLAND HEDLEY
David Douglas | Chicago, IL | October 30, 2011

Today's strip really hurt. They usually do because you often lay bare the truth of current events, but usually it is accompanied by some comment that makes it really clear you're being ironic, and that was absent today. Some people reading today's strip might think you are in agreement with Roland Hedley.

WELCOME BACK
Scott Dietsci | Staten Island, NY | October 29, 2011

Ha! The return of egg freckles! Welcome back to our favorite phrase of misunderstanding!

EGG FRECKLES
S. Perrault | Sacramento, CA | October 29, 2011

The return of "egg freckles"! Nicely done.

NOT A BAD THING
White Male | Woodcrest, MD | October 29, 2011

Having the bag-headed kid be a white guy is not a bad thing. Not that he's representative of America today demographically, merely that white guys have no baggage attached to them. When white guys are the main characters in the movies, you can't complain about some minority being misrepresented. White males represent nobody. They're a blank slate. If a white guy character is a scumbag, no white male advocacy network is going to come out of the woodwork to fire off angry letters about how their people are being abused in the public media.

INTERTWINED
James Bailey | Phoenix, AZ | October 28, 2011

I heard Diane Rehm's show on NPR this morning when we were on the way to work and got so excited when I heard Diane wonder "how would one interview a 99%er." We had been reading the interview that Mark Slackmeyer was doing with a 99%er and both looked at each other and busted out laughing. How reality and imagination have intertwined in the brain of Garry B. Trudeau! Wonderful.

DOING SOMETHING ABOUT IT
South Fork Boots | Santa Rosa, CA | October 28, 2011

As a 63-year-old Boomer I've been looking into the mirror of this comic strip for a long time. Santa Rosa is a dynamic city with all the urban problems, only we are doing something about it with Occupy Santa Rosa City Hall. We are sharing our food with the homeless and the hungry, we are making space for everyone to have their voice heard; from folks like your character with bags over their heads to single mothers to drug addicts. Not only the wealthy --  who can afford ads telling us coal is now clean and extraction of natural gas won't bother our drinking water anymore -- need to be heard.

THE WHINE
Anna | Memphis, TN | October 28, 2011

The whine about how boomers are self-involved has a great deal of currency these days. But I never heard it until our kids -- the children of the boomers -- got out into the world and discovered that it was only their own parents who worshipped the ground they walked on. If someone is going to call me self-involved because I don't think the sun shines out of their orifices, I'll survive the epithet. And I'll believe it's true as soon as I am called that by someone who gives more time, money, and energy to charity and good works than I and my generation did and do.

TOO PREOCCUPIED
Fubar4Fun | Tracy, CA | October 28, 2011

The current STRAW POLL asks "How preoccupied are you with Occupy Wall Street?" I think that we all are a little too preoccupied with it. Notice how long it took for Michael Moore to arise out of his Piano Box and take a stand. He is in Oakland today preaching probably because of the poor way the City of Oakland, one of the worst gang violence locations in the United States, handled the protesters. We, the people, need to get on the same sheet of music and present a 99% front to the issues at hand. Look at the protests and all the dissimilar placards being held up. Chaos at its finest!

WELL PLAYED
Joey B. | Groton, VT | October 28, 2011

You had me GB. You really did. I was getting livid at your portrayal of the OWS dude as an incoherent moron. But your initial portrayal was as misleading as the MSM's ongoing portrayal, and with yesterday's and today’s strips I'm on to ya. Well played, sir.

THE BANKERS
Daz | AUSTRALIA | October 28, 2011

Price and Krawcheck, the bankers -- you couldn't script this stuff.

UPSIDE DOWN
Steve | Wadsworth, OH | October 28, 2011

Doonesbury's got it wrong. The 999 plan should be upside down, not the 99 percent. Nevertheless I am typing this with a bag over my head.

JUST GETTING STARTED
Owen | Berkeley, CA | October 27, 2011

I'm a 27-year-old who's read all your strips (more than once), and I can't believe you could be so wrong about OWS. This movement's just getting started, and you're going to be ashamed of your cynicism before long.

DISAPPOINTED
James Lloyd Davis | Cuyahoga Falls, OH | October 27, 2011

Granted that OWS is not a cohesively formed movement like, say, the Tea Party. And perhaps there are more than a few unusual types involved. But to treat it the way that GBT is doing in the strip now? It feels like a cheap shot. Any movement that lives on the street will pick up street people, obviously, but I don't think that this bag-wearing double-speaking little man in the strip speaks to the kind of people who are out there, to the people who will join them. And it will grow. A lot of people don't have work. They have nothing better to do. I think it's only just begun. Much as I have appreciated your strip through the years, I have to say I'm disappointed with your treatment of OWS.

RE "INACCURATE TERM"
Emo | Santa Barbara, CA | October 27, 2011

It's worth mentioning that Michael Moore is on a book-promotion tour. This man has been so demonized that I can't help but think that he is right on target, whatever he is talking about currently.

MEGAPHONE DAYS
Marcia M. | Boulder, CO | October 27, 2011

Ah, Mark! Some of us remember his megaphone days. Experiencing a revelation about oneself is always good, however late it comes. I didn't think the strip would be negative on OWS, even though it's hard not to go out there and try to shake an agenda out of 'em. But right now, a "pure" voice of the people, and especially the presumptive occupants of our future, may be what's needed: a message that can't be co-opted. There aren't many of those left. Even NPR this morning was saying "people seem to be okay with the idea of a flat tax and letting the rich get a break." This "people" isn't okay with it.

BOOMERS
Michael | Cincinnati, OH | October 27, 2011

To the extent that Boomers are considered to have been born post-WWII, it may technically be unfair to that generation to attribute to it Abbie Hoffman's and Jerry Rubin's behavior. Hoffman was born in 1936 and Rubin in 1938.

A HARD TIME
A.M. | New York, NY | October 27, 2011

I'm amused that people are giving GBT a hard time about the "clowns" comment. So far citizen X hasn't shined, so I'll give his words due respect. But even Zonker makes a good point once in a while, so I wouldn't be surprised if GBT uses this character we're poking fun at to poke a little fun of his own. I think OWS is great, but it's not above reproach.

BEST LEADER
Christopher Woerner | Santa Rosa, CA | October 27, 2011

I went to camp with a kid who wore a sack on his head. Best leader I ever knew.

SIXTIES RADICALS
Gordon Korstange | Saxtons River, VT | October 27, 2011

Yesterday's comment about the ego-driven Sixties radicals was fantastic. As a reporter for the U. of Chicago student newspaper, I was at Grant Park on the day of the Democratic Convention rally/riot, and listening to Eldridge, Abbie, Mailer, etc, I got the ego message loud and clear, all afternoon. So did the two middle class N. Chicago women sitting next to me, the kind of people that the movement needed if it was to effect any change. We all went home and watched the catastrophe on TV. Actually, when I got home I found that my house had been broken into!