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Anna | Vancouver, CANADA | August 03, 2012

Wait... You aren't really phasing out all the characters over 40, are you? I learned late 20th century American history through them! Seriously, I'll beg if necessary.

Sue | Oakland, CA | August 02, 2012

I saw Zipper earlier in the week, so I'm really-really hoping that Zonker is still going to be showing up from time to time. As an "green-thumbed aging hippie chick" I would miss my kindred spirit in the strip.

Brummbaer | Independence, MO | August 02, 2012

I'm not sure what the angle is with this Alex "takeover," but I find it less than amusing. I keep telling myself that it is just some not so funny exercise, the artist taking liberties with his work, but should this not be the case and the new Alex strip is to be the norm, I won't be around much longer. If this is what the "peeps" want, don't count me as a peep.

David Cooke | Issaquah, WA | August 02, 2012

if young Mrs. DeLuca actually can take over the script and nix characters at will, is it possible that all the characters in the strip are actually projections of Mike? Perhaps the entire strip has been a giant puff of Mike's imagination, like Mr. Butts. So my question is -- what was Mike smoking back in college that set him on this 40 year trip, and where can I get some?

R.B.S. | San Francisco, CA | August 01, 2012

I thought this must be Mike's summer daydream. Then I realized it's Alex's summer daydream. A mindbender.

Dr. Jimmy and Mr. Jim | Whitmore Lake, MI | August 01, 2012

Drew and other children of Baby Boomers, know that we will not go quietly into that good night, and you can not yet take over our world. Keep up the good fight, Mike D. You are an original and cannot be replaced.

Pat Goudey O'Brien | Warren, VT | August 01, 2012

I am so missing the steady hand of the duty officer. Alex is running amok! I love the girl, but she needs someone to rein her in, and her Daddy -- the rational parent -- was never all that good at it. I hope GBT can successfully pull this back to a reasonable place after messing with our heads this way. It's not nice to fool with cartoon nature...

Isabel | Edling, GERMANY | August 01, 2012

Please, please let the Alex takeover be a Summer Dream! And may we wake up soon... it's more like a nightmare. Mike, show some backbone already!

J.W.H. | Springfield, VA | July 31, 2012

I'm a Gen-X dude -- midway between Mike's age and Alex's age. But I'm seriously laughing at this week's "handing over the strip to Alex" conceit. But it also makes me a little sad. I can't help comparing Mike to my own Baby Boomer parents, and I wonder what it feels like for them as their children (now in their 30s) are hitting their stride personally and professionally.

D.J. | COLORADO | July 31, 2012

So which of the old characters will still be reading the strip? Not this one. I hope the goose tastes good.

Sparky | AMERICA | July 31, 2012

Although picture ID sounds simple, I recently moved to a new state and had to make three trips and pore through boxes and boxes of old files to get all the documentation I needed. The reason? The state would not accept my valid ID from another state as proof of anything. I had to go back to my original birth certificate and also produce proof of divorces and marriages to validate my current name. All this even though I had previously resided more than 20 years in the state into which I was moving.

This was a time-consuming and expensive chore for me -- to get new drivers licenses and tags for myself and my husband cost us more than $400, and this was with a discount for having previously had tags in this state. It was also somewhat anxiety provoking. And we are peaceful seniors who are very law abiding. Our skin color is white. We have college educations. We keep boxes of records which we lug around with us when we move.

If we are serious about preserving a democracy, and we want picture IDs for everyone, why doesn't the government pay all the costs, including the costs of researching birth certificates and other documentation for those who find it a burden to do it for themselves? The framers of the constitution did not necessarily want everyone to vote. The government they envisioned was pretty much run by free, white, male landowners. What do we want?

Jane G. | Philadelphia, PA | July 31, 2012

Are you seriously considering retiring from writing/drawing what I have for years now been seriously insisting to my friends is the great American novel of our lifetime? I hope not. Doonesbury is our Dickens, Trollope, and George Eliot -- all in one. Keep it going. Please!

Samuel M. Ofsevit | New York, NY | July 31, 2012

You can't possibly be getting rid of Mike, B.D., Mark and Zonker after 42 years. Say it ain't so! I have been a fan since Newsday published Doonesbury in the early 70s. Too much change is not good, although Leo is certainly one of the best, most sympathetic characters you have created.

Janet Cassidy | Patterson, NY | July 31, 2012

No!!!! Hey, Alex, sorry girl, but it is not all about you. You're just too young to be all that interesting. GBT, please just keep on doing what you've been doing all these years.

Babette d'Yveine | Fairfield, CT | July 31, 2012

I understand the desire to make the strip current, but please, don't get rid of Zonker. He's my fave of all the Doonesbury characters.

Bob | New Hope, PA | July 31, 2012

I am of an age where I understand transition, but have to say the thought of new "adventures" doesn't hold up to the decades of illumination the strip has served up. Doonesbury is popular without being populist, insightful and at times incising -- all done without malice or violence. We can't afford to lose this voice in the American conscience, and I hope it remains the core of the strip. Thanks.

Ian | Frankfurt, GERMANY | July 31, 2012

I hope this stuff about Alex becoming the lead is just a silly joke. If I want a strip about a neurotic, self-centered chick with a long suffering, down to earth boyfriend then I'll read Cathy. Whilst welcoming the newcomers -- Toggle, Melissa, Zipper etc -- there's no way I want to sacrifice B.D., Zonker, Uncle Duke and the rest for a bunch of kids with problems that I, as a long time reader and middle-aged man, don't really associate with.

Charles Chosewood | Darien, GA | July 31, 2012

So the "youthful flashbacks" are taking over, huh? I guess senility finally caught up with you. It's a shame that age so softens factual history, or you would realize these "new" folks have nothing to offer in 2012 and had very little in the 1980s for that matter. Good luck. You're going to need it!

S.J.G. | Portland, OR | July 30, 2012

The little-known but excellent comic Candorville covered the 'voter fraud' issue several months ago in a short series which starts here. I had the same doubts as some of the more angry Blowback commenters here, so I posted my questions on his site and the cartoonist answered them personally. Apparently there are many people who cannot afford a state-issued ID, for any number of legitimate (though sad) reasons.

Richard Hunter | London, ENGLAND | July 30, 2012

This week's story arc with Mike foolishly allowing Alex to take over the strip appears to be Trudeau's take on King Lear. Hopefully Doonesbury the elder will triumph, however, as I'd hate to lose all the old hippie characters!