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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.

MEMORIES
Sevenrock | Alexandria, VA | June 23, 2012

Thank you so much for a fulfilling series of strips surrounding the wedding of 2012. It renewed my faith that beautiful things still exist. It brought back memories of many wonderful days at Walden, and touched my heart like the sweet smell of spring flowers on an early morning.

RE "TOO MUCH"
Ann | West Chester, PA | June 23, 2012

I feel it too -- the sweep of the rushing current pulling us toward the climax of this glorious alternate world so many of us inhabit.

OLD
Al | North Eastham, MA | June 22, 2012

God, do I feel old!

STARING AT THE MONITOR
Bill B. | Media, PA | June 22, 2012

I'm the father of four grown children, and I'm about Mike's age. This strip had me staring at the monitor, tears running down my cheeks remembering my kids' childhoods, how soon it's over, how beautiful the times. I wish I could do them all over again. There isn't anything that can replace little arms wrapped around your neck and the words " I love you, daddy."

HOPES AND FEARS
Captain Jon Scuba | Baltimore, MD | June 22, 2012

Thank you for capturing so perfectly the hopes and fears of every parent, every bride and groom, every returning veteran, every person with a disability, in only four frames. Many of your strips have been moving enough to stay with me for years. ("Even revolutionaries love chocolate chip cookies.") None more than this.

WAYPOINTS
Rob | Olympia, WA | June 22, 2012

Wow, as I read today's strip I was remembering when Mike Doonesbury first met Joanie Caucus, Alex's grandma. It's funny how a comic strip can mark waypoints in your life. That was a long time ago in a place far from where I am now.

HIT HOME
Yvonne | Ottawa, CANADA | June 22, 2012

GBT, you continue to hit home with every pen stroke -- keep it up. BACHELOR, there's still time! I have a friend...