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    Melinda W. Capozza | Augusta, GA | October 22, 2017

    I remember vividly the strips during the Nixon years, especially " Guilty, guilty, guilty!" from Mark. Cracked me up then, and it still does. But if we're comparing the less-than-desirable traits of Nixon and Trump -- it's hard to choose the ultimate villain.


    Michael Major | Edmond, OK | October 22, 2017

    I remember what a stir that "Guilty, guilty, guilty!!" caused the first time. I believe it caused Doonesbury to move from the comic section to the editorial page in my local newspaper.


    Bill Hansen | Yola, NIGERIA | October 22, 2017

    Mark, I remember it well, especially now that Kelly has started to Haldemanize.


    Drew Irwin | Mississauga, CANADA | October 20, 2017

    Many thanks to the Doonesbury team for today's video remembering Gord Downie of Canada's band, The Tragically Hip. A lovely tribute to one of our national treasures -- a man whose very soul was a poem.


    Patti H. | Rome, NY | October 17, 2017

    Oh dear. The 40-years-ago-today and 45-years-ago-today strips on the Flashback page are particularly pertinent and poignant this week.


    Glenn Gordon | Racine, WI | October 16, 2017

    Today's Classic strip: The more things change, the more they stay the same...


    Edward Cherlin | Columbus, IN | October 12, 2017

    I know this one! It's the stateroom scene from A Night at the Opera by the Marx Brothers!


    Ronald | North Little Rock, AR | October 10, 2017

    At least Honey's marriage to Duke lasted long enough for them to co-found Honeydukes Chocolates in Hogsmeade Village, Scotl -- no -- wait a minute...


    Alan Smithee | Philadelphia, PA | October 09, 2017

    I'm still blown away by Doonesbury. So-very-smart editorial cartooning. Trudeau, Pat Oliphant, and Signe Wilkinson are the best. I wish G.B. would go back to the daily strip...


    Rick | US of A | October 08, 2017

    Thank you so much for today's video introducing me to Michael Cleveland! He's wonderful!


    G. Roberts | UNITED KINGDOM | October 08, 2017

    Timing is all. The morning after I watch a TV doco on the pros and cons of legalisng pot here in the UK, Zonker reports in on his latest, presumably already street-legal US crop. Brilliant.


    Paula | Durham, NC | October 06, 2017

    Thanks. Just thanks, for all the pleasure and funny pain you've provided over the years. Your strip is a National Treasure.


    Edward Cherlin | Columbus, IN | October 05, 2017

    A boating accident on de Nile? What a lovely simile. I remember those days. There was a lot of denial on many sides, then and for a long time: AIDS was a punishment from God, including on rape victims and their babies; HIV wasn't the cause of AIDS; the FDA knew of cures but wouldn't approve them. I had Nigerian friends assure me with great certainty that the virus was a CIA plot to kill off all Africans. The worst delusion I know of was that sex with a virgin (in practice, raping little girls) could cure AIDS.

    For years now we have had real knowledge. One of the most important things we have known for a while is that AIDS patients with the virus suppressed cannot normally pass HIV on, so that San Francisco and other places have detailed plans to get to zero new cases. Here's a link to the International Journal of Preventive Medicine's "Zero New HIV Infections, Zero Discrimination, and Zero AIDS-Related Deaths: Feasible Goals or Ambitious Visions on the Occasion of the World AIDS Day?"


    Paul | North Canton, OH | October 04, 2017

    A big thank you for the "Oh Well" video the other day -- one of my all-time favorites from my college years. Great album too, Then Play On. Thanks for stirring the memories.

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    Scott Fletcher | London, UK | September 28, 2017

    Hef is dead and I'm worried that the silk-pajama and velvet-smoking-jacket trades won't be able to take the fall in demand. I see Boopsie was Babe of Honor at Hef's 1989 nuptials. Do you have pictures?


    Simon Kneebone | Sydney, AUSTRALIA | September 28, 2017

    Australia is heading towards being AIDS-free. I think the current CLASSICS story arc on Andy's remission and (spoiler alert) eventual succumbing to the disease, is among the very finest work Mr Trudeau has done.


    Amphibious | Donegal, IRELAND | September 27, 2017

    Boopsie has come a long way since the Walden commune daze, when Nichole tried to interest her in feminism.


    Derek S. | Peoria, IL | September 26, 2017

    On the FLASHBACKS page, the 20-Years-Ago-Today strip is still being represented by a string of bad code. What is the correct archive link for that strip? I'd like to keep up with the flow. Thanks.


    Tom | San Francisco, CA | September 24, 2017

    Re today's strip: The throwaway panels are pretty silly -- gender identity isn't something one chooses -- but the rest of today's Doonesbury is spot-on. Whenever I hear or read someone saying, "I'm not a feminist," I jump. How could anyone not be a feminist?

    No matter which wave of feminism, feminism boils down to the same questions. Should women have the autonomy to make their own decisions, to determine their own life path? Should women and girls have the same access to education, employment, recreation, public discourse and influence, personal safety, health care, and the fulfillment of other basic needs, that men and boys do? Should anyone be subjected to violence because of their sex or gender?

    Given the high numbers of child brides all around the world, the fact that child marriage is still legal (with parental "consent," which can often mean "command") in every state of this country, and the prevalence of human trafficking in this country, we need feminism now more than ever. Feminism is the right of every child to grow up unmolested and whole, safe and sound, regardless of gender, gender identity, or sexual orientation. It's also the right of every child to grow up with guidance to help them steer clear from becoming perpetrators of sexual cruelty. We need feminism so badly these days. For all of our children.


    Tom Wojcik | Toronto, CANADA | September 24, 2017

    Just read today's strip and laughed out loud. Had to show it to my 22-year-old feminist daughter, who never reads comics and had to be told which direction the panels went. She loved it!! One of the best Doonesbury comics of all time. Great Job!