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DUKE AND THE DICTATOR
Allie | Gettysburg, PA | June 29, 2012

That this week's Flashbacks were a flashback I can live with. That it's a dangling thread is making me nuts! What became of Duke and the dictator? Was he sent packing? Executed? Reinvented by Hollywood? I don't know! You decide!

FEARING FOR THEIR LIVES
S. LeSourd | San Diego, CA | June 28, 2012

By my count this is the third time you've run this week's strips showing Duke and the deposed dictator fearing for their lives. If you want to criticize the Syrian regime, as I suppose this strip was meant to, don't be lazy. Please draw a new strip.

Editor's Note:

 Regrettably, this week's Flashback strips already appeared as Flashbacks in late March. An error in record-keeping is the culprit, leading us to violate the longstanding policy that no strip appears more than twice. We apologize for the error -- especially to anyone who thought they were having a Flashback flashback.

ELECTION DAY
Bernard | Washington, D.C. | June 27, 2012

I find myself wanting a fourth response to the current Straw Poll. You're darned right I plan to contribute to the next election. On Election Day I plan to zip on my trusty ol' leather jacket, stride into the polling place like the Mighty Power of Democracy Itself, and vote for the candidate of my choice!

SKILL SET
Tom | Brisbane, AUSTRALIA | June 26, 2012

In Sunday's strip Trudeau brilliantly distinguishes Mr. Romney from the skill set needed for the job he's applying for. Has a Puritan with the wit of a top nightclub comedian and the political eye of a leading columnist ever drawn a daily cartoon before? Surely not.

LEO'S DAD
Jane Jordan | Tallahassee, FL | June 25, 2012

Oh, come on. We are waiting for the other shoe to drop. Who is Leo's dad? My husband predicted weeks ago that it is Zeke. Saturday's final panel was a teaser, right?

THE WEDDING
Martin Snapp | Berkeley, CA | June 25, 2012

Darn. I was hoping the wedding would never end.

I APPLAUD
Sheldon Harper | Strongsville, OH | June 24, 2012

Rarely has so much been said so well and so pungently as in today's "Bain" strip. I applaud your perception and creativity.

ABSURD POLITICS
Bob Stavis | Salem, MA | June 24, 2012

After 30 years, GBT, you finally divorced me. If I want absurd politics, I'll watch MSNBC or FOXNews. You've been bitten by the divisive bug.

MINGLED PASTS
Mary Vallance Franco | Carlisle, PA | June 23, 2012

This was a perfect wedding, bringing together the whole Doonesbury extended family and their mingled pasts. I loved the wonderful poignant little drift-out moment of Mike's, one all of us parents can relate to. I am happy for the young couple and enjoyed every moment leading up to this event. Congratulations! Thanks for inviting me. Yes, to another generation!

WEDDING OF THE SEASON
Mary Beth Frezon | Brainard, NY | June 23, 2012

I've so enjoyed the wedding of the season, and want to add my congratulations and thanks for the wonderful aisle seat. I thought, what could get better? But today's strip exceeded all expectations. I started giggling at the mini-conversations and then I got to the far right and guffawed. Thanks for the great start to my day!

WEDDINGS PAST
Rosie E. | New York, NY | June 23, 2012

In honor of Alex and Leo's wedding, I drew some fanart of Doonesbury weddings past. These past few weeks have been awesome.

WORRY
Pat Goudey O'Brien | Warren, VT | June 23, 2012

What? Did Zeke say "Black Sabbath" over there in the corner of the strip!? And to whom did he say it? (Music of foreboding rises: dun...dun...Dah!) Will Toggle's Father be revealed at the wedding? How Dickensian! This is scary for those of us who have imbued these characters with life in an alternate universe. We worry for dear, dear Toggle and his new, clueless but brilliant and loving wife.

HAPPY FOR THESE KIDS
Frankie | San Diego, CA | June 23, 2012

I have loved Toggle ever since he programmed the music for his buddies in their armored vehicle just before it was blown up. Toggle and Alex are good together: he is calm and confident and loves and appreciates her; she is super-bright and knows what a great soulmate she's found in this talented and centered person, and she even manages to be polite to his possessive mother. For a while I worried they wouldn't get married, that something dark would intervene, but no, Trudeau has allowed us to be happy for these kids on a beautiful day in June, with old friends and whacked exes with piggy boyfriends not excluded but bartending the party. Personally, I am very grateful for this gift.

ALEX AND LEO
Mary | CALIFORNIA | June 23, 2012

Alex and Leo will be okay. They were made for each other! Leo grounds Alex, and she inspires him. As for Alex being a disappointment to us old feminists -- hogwash! She graduated from MIT, fer gawd's sake. Just because a woman wants to be with one special man doesn't make her a throwback to the '50s. Au contraire, Alex sees herself as able to have it all, and good on her! Speaking as an ardent and involved feminist about Joanie's age, Alex is exactly what we hoped this generation of young women would be. Besides, you can't fight Mother Nature; she will make sure we pair up.

RE "TOO MUCH"
Martin Snapp | Berkeley, CA | June 23, 2012

If GBT is going to use this as the time to go out with a final bow, what an exit! Over 40 years he has given us nothing less than the great American novel for our time, a multi-volume continuing narrative in the tradition of Trollope and Proust...Perhaps the most amazing thing he is better now, both as an draftsman and a writer, than he has ever been, while most artists make their major contributions in their 20s.

RE "AFFECTION"
Ruth Berry | Chepstow, UK | June 23, 2012

Mara missed the subtle handhold in the first panel of the June 16th strip. I don't think we need to worry about Alex and Leo.

WANTING TO TOSS SOME RICE
McAlvie | Washington, D.C. | June 23, 2012

Awwww. I find myself wanting to toss some rice or birdseed into the air. Thanks for inviting us to the wedding of the decade, GBT.

BLESSING
Dave P. | Santa Monica, CA | June 23, 2012

I was showering this morning when it struck me how absolutely profound Thursday's strip was. On the surface it is just a moment of nostalgic regression for Mike. But it can be seen as a father's leavetaking of his child. "I'm fine, go forth and play." What finer blessing can any parent give their child? I don't know if this was intended by GBT, but it is one of the beauties of this strip that such moments occur routinely.

MYSTERIES
Gabe | Sydney, AUSTRALIA | June 23, 2012

The parallel between last Sunday's strip and the one from April 8th couldn't be more poignant. Two families with closely connected backgrounds, yet their kids have turned out so differently! These are the mysteries of human existence.

DEATH'S HEAD
Kimberly | New York, NY | June 23, 2012

Well, I guess I am the proverbial Death's Head at the feast because I hate this whole wedding. It's been well drawn and all, I just think this marriage is going to blow up in both Leo and Alex's faces, especially Alex's. I am as feminist as they come, but you don't ask a guy to marry you, and you certainly don't all but rope and hog-tie him the way Alex did. I think Leo loves her and has bought into the marriage idea, but he's really riding along in her wake. He has no real skin in the game, almost, because she's so busy trying to control everything so she won't get an answer she won't like.

I also shudder at the fact that this 20-something young woman, who is the heir to all that Second Wave feminists fought and suffered for, only wants to get married. How screwed is that? Sure, real gender equality is about choice, and if that's her choice then it's valid for that reason. But, good grief, it's like putting a scoop of cottage cheese and two celery sticks on your plate when there's a whole banquet in front of you. You can do it, but it's sad. I really don't see what the two have in common or what they see in each other. For Alex's part, I think she's just scared she won't get another chance, so she's using Leo in a way. The girl is a mess of insecurity and she should have worked that out before marrying anyone.

Well (deep breath), having gotten all that off my chest, I do like the way GBT approached the strips. Yes, probably every dad goes through seeing that his little girl isn't little anymore. And I love that Leo's rock star father seems to have been tracked down and invited to the wedding. That was funny.