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Thank you, thank you, thank you for the Father's Day strip. It was perfect.
It happens so fast, doesn't it, Mike? She's beautiful! And she's marrying such a nice kid.
Boy howdy, do I recognize that look on Mike's face. Mental tornado: "That's my baby and when did she/he grow up?" How the heck did our kids grow up and we don't feel a day older (until we try to get out of bed). Hang in there daddy, when they place that first born babe in your arms suddenly becoming an "old fart" is the greatest joy since your now-grown baby was first placed in your arms. Grandparent is the best gig in the world! Well, we can't send wedding gifts -- is there a charity that we can donate to in honor of the soon-to-be newlyweds?
I immediately empathized with Mike when I saw the last frame of today's strip; tears welled up in my eyes. The quote by Alex was pitch perfect, and brought me present to my daughter, who still calls me Daddy sometimes, reminding me of when she was a little girl, even though she is 22 and will soon enough be getting married and moving on with the next stage of her life. Perfect for Father's Day. Thanks, GBT!
Thank you for the tear-jerker in today's strip, GBT! Best wishes on this Father's Day to everyone!
Aaaaargh! But I wanted to marry Alex!
Father's Day. All the fears and hopes of a father in one simple statement. Thanks, GBT.
More real than life! The beautiful wedding in Walden almost makes me love my own family, ha, ha. I don't think Hans Christian Andersen knew more about about the human character than you do, GBT. Thank you for almost 40 years in your company!
So. J.J. and Zeke are crashing the party. I anticipate quite the reveal and the epic ripping Alex is going to lay on Mom for it.
This week's strips are so great. It's not only Alex and Toggle's special event, it feels like a family reunion for me with all these characters I've known so long. All the same delights, surprises and worries of my real reunions.
Not only are you an on-point satirist, you are a keen observer of character. Somehow I just knew, as soon as J.J. said there was no way in hell she'd attend her daughter's wedding, that she'd find some way to finagle her way in! I don't mind telling you, I have a sister-in-law just like that -- loves to make a dramatic exit, then sheepishly sneaks back in when she realizes nobody cares. (You can publish this verbatim -- even the sister-in-law knows she's like this.) Bravo for another great story arc!
When GBT isn't being philosophically profound or polically astute, he resorts to being very funny. Today's strip is perfect comedy.
Garry Trudeau, you make me feel like I am right there in all the story lines. I read the strips so carefully, noting every detail. Right now, I want to see exactly what everyone is wearing at the wedding, especially Alex! Glad to see JJ show up. Best wishes to everybody.
Well, hats off for managing Zeke. It was a reasonably safe bet he'd turn up at the wedding, but today's strip managed to exceed my imagination spectacularly.
J.J. isn't the problem: I'm thinking it's going to be everyone's favorite cosplayer Jeff that will create the big "scene" that ruins the dinner/wedding. Note that Rick is MIA from the bash; perhaps he's guarding the Red Rascal so that he doesn't ruin Alex's big day by showing up in his garb and trying to highjack the festivities.
Two things: Firstly, I've been in treatement for PTSD (and related issues) for awhile now. If I have any advice to those who are just coming to grips with it, it is this: be patient, it gets better. And quit drinking /drugging /self-medicating. You may be one of those people who can go back to drinking later, but for now it really gets in the way of what you're trying to do. Second thing: Why do I get the ominous feeling that J.J. and Zeke are gonna parachute into the wedding ceremony wearing gorilla suits and swim fins? Just sayin...
OMG! Toggle's Mom and Zonker are sitting together. Is there going to be absolutely mad dancing? A hook-up? A heart-felt meeting of minds? A smoke in the bushes? Anything?
Today's strip: I don't like it. It's quiet. Too quiet. I'm worried about what J.J. has planned.
When I was in Basic Training (in 1964), I noticed a trainee in another platoon who seemed utterly miserable; crossing the company area off duty he shuffled, head hanging, with a very sad expression. We trainee squad leaders hung together, and I asked one in his platoon what was with that kid. He told me that a certain sergeant sent for the kid almost every night after lights out, used him sexually, and then, to show that he, the sergeant, wasn't gay, roughed him up a little. Obviously it would have been futile for the trainee to say anything. Yes, it happened to men then, and I'm not surprised to hear that it does now.
I'm in a PTSD program right now, and I just wanna say "Thank you."